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Delhi Congress leader takes out ‘cycle yatra’ against fuel price hike

The oil prices include around Rs 32 charged by the central government as excise duty and Rs 18 as VAT by the Delhi Government.

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Congress Cycle Yatra

New Delhi, July 5 : Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar Chaudhary on Sunday undertook a “Cycle Yatra” from Connaught Place to the residences of all 10 MPs of Delhi, to hand over letters against fuel price hike.

Delhi has 7 lok Sabha MPs, all from the BJP and 3 Rajya Sabha MPs all from the Aam Aadmi Party.

The letter requested the MPs to intervene with their respective governments, to reduce the excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel, to give relief to the citizens of Delhi.

But only Manoj Tiwari of the BJP and Sanjay Singh of the AAP personally took the memorandum from the Delhi Congress Chief.

Anil Kumar said that his “Cycle Yatra” was to highlight the insensitivity of both the BJP and the AAP governments with regard to the increase in the fuel prices, disregarding the plight of the people.

Lashing out at the MPs, Delhi Congress Chief said, “It was unfortunate that barring BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP MP Sanjay Singh, none of the other Members of Parliament came out of their houses to receive the letters.”

He said, Congress was doing this on behalf of the people of Delhi, and it was indeed very sad that these MPs who got elected by the votes of the citizens of Delhi, did not deem it fit to personally receive the letter.

The Congress has been regularly demanding to reduce the taxes on petrol and diesel but without getting any response. The party hoped that its latest campaign will be an eye-opener for the BJP and the AAP, who would rise above narrow political considerations to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to serve the common interest of the people of Delhi.

The Congress also mounted an aggressive social media campaign — “Munafakhori_Band_Karo” as the continued hikes in the oil prices for 23 days in June have made the life of the people miserable. The Congress leaders and workers strictly followed the social distancing norms even during their cycle yatra to the residences of the MPs, said the Congress statement.

The Congress said that for the first time in the history of the country, the people of Delhi are being made to pay more for diesel than petrol with the prices going over Rs 80 per litre.

The oil prices include around Rs 32 charged by the central government as excise duty and Rs 18 as VAT by the Delhi Government.

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‘Done deal’: Congress hints at understanding with Pilot camp

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

New Delhi: Amid speculation of a meeting between rebel Rajasthan leader Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi, top sources in the Congress have claimed that a deal has been struck between the two sides and a formal meeting may take place on Monday itself.

The development comes after party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi met Rahul Gandhi at his residence to work out the deal. However, there is still no official word yet while all eyes are on 10 Janpath, the official residence of interim party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Congress sources say that there were no preconditions from both the sides and they hope for a happy ending to the crisis that has threatened its government in the state.

The Congress sources said that veteran party leader Ahmed Patel had pitched in to resolve the issue that had threatened the survival of the Ashok Gehlot government after the Pilot camp raised the banner of revolt against it.

The Congress had sacked Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and the state party chief. So far, Gehlot has stayed put as Chief Minister amid claims and counter-claims on attempts to poach MLAs.

On Sunday night, a Congress Legislature Party meeting was held in a Jaisalmer hotel, where MLAs from the Gehlot camp are lodged, and there were mixed views on welcoming back the rebels into the party fold.

While a few MLAs suggested that the rebels should be accepted in view of the “wafer-thin margin” of the Gehlot government in the Assembly, others were not in such a forgiving mood.

Meanwhile, the Gehlot camp in Jaisalmer is keeping a wary eye on any development in Delhi vis-a-vis the proposed meeting.

A senior Congress worker confirmed to IANS that a few Ministers from Rajasthan had been intimated about the meeting and the views of party lawmakers had been sought over the move to end the rebellion.

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Citizenship query: It’s not unusual, Chidambaram comes out in Kanimozhi’s support

While non-Hindi speaking recruits to central government posts quickly learn functional spoken Hindi, why cannot Hindi-speaking recruits to these posts learn functional spoken English? the senior Congress leader asked.

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New Delhi: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, a native of Tamil Nadu, has come out in support of DMK MP Kanimozhi, who had tweeted about an incident at an airport wherein she was asked about her citizenship and pointed to his own experiences.

“The unpleasant experience of DMK MP Kanimozhi at the Chennai airport is not unusual. I (too) have experienced similar taunts from government officers and ordinary citizens, who insisted that I speak in Hindi during telephone conversations, and sometimes even face to face,” Chidambaram said.

Read: CISF orders inquiry after DMK MP Kanimozhi asked ‘are you Indian’ at Chennai airport

The former Union Minister said: “If the Centre is genuinely committed to both Hindi and English being the official languages of India, it must insist that all central government employees are bilingual in Hindi and English.”

While non-Hindi speaking recruits to central government posts quickly learn functional spoken Hindi, why cannot Hindi-speaking recruits to these posts learn functional spoken English?” the senior Congress leader asked.

Meanwhile, the BJP has dismissed her allegation as ‘electoral stunt’. BJP General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh tweeted to counter Kanimozhi’s charge, saying that “assembly elections are 8 months away … the campaign starts”.

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Amid reconciliation talks, Congress leaders hint at Rahul-Pilot meet

Meanwhile, the Gehlot camp in Jaisalmer is keeping a wary eye on any development in Delhi vis-a-vis the proposed meeting.

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Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot

Jaipur, Aug 10 : Political circles in Rajasthan were on Monday agog with talks of a likely resolution to the crisis arising out of rebellion by Congress MLAs owing allegiance to Sachin Pilot. Congress sources claimed that the Pilot camp lawmakers will meet Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal during the day and even meet with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi thereafter.

The Congress sources said that veteran party leader Ahmed Patel had pitched in to resolve the issue that had threatened the survival of the Ashok Gehlot government after the Pilot camp raised a banner of revolt over the state leadership.

The Congress had sacked Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and the Rajasthan Congress President. So far, Gehlot has stayed put in the CM chair amid claims and counter-claims on attempts to poach MLAs.

On Sunday night, a Congress Legislature Party meeting was held in a Jaisalmer hotel, where MLAs from the Gehlot camp are lodged. In this meeting, they held mixed views on taking back the rebels into the party fold.

While a few MLAs suggested that the rebel camp leader should be taken back in view of the “wafer-thin margin” of the Gehlot government over the opposition in the Assembly, others were not ready to budge and were not in favour of taking back the Pilot followers.

Meanwhile, the Gehlot camp in Jaisalmer is keeping a wary eye on any development in Delhi vis-a-vis the proposed meeting.

A senior Congress worker confirmed to IANS that a few Ministers from Rajasthan had hints to the meeting and that the views of party MLAs were sought ahead of the scheduled meeting on reinducting Pilot and his loyalist MLAs.

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