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Congress leader Barkha Singh Shukla resigns, accuses Ajay Maken of harassing women workers

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In another setback to the Delhi Congress just ahead of the civic polls due on Sunday, Barkha Singh on Thursday quit as the party’s women’s wing chief in Delhi. She also hit out at Vice President Rahul Gandhi and the party’s Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.

“Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them,” the former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief said:

“In an organisation where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organisation? That is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress.”

Singh even quoted other senior party leaders questioning her party’s Vice President’s capabilities, saying: “Rahul Gandhi is unfit to lead the party.”

“The one pertinent question we need to ask today is why is Rahul Gandhi in hiding? Why is he scared of meeting his own party members?” Singh said in a statement.

Several senior leaders had quit the party because of that very reason, she said.

“Rahul Gandhi is reluctant to address issues that exist within the organisation. Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions,” she asked.

“He (Rahul) is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask,” she added.

Describing herself as a loyal soldier of the Congress, Barkha Singh said she would continue to remain that.

“Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office-bearers of the Delhi Mahila Congress. When the same was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears.”

“It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as five districts presidents and 75 block presidents resigned from the organisation. One of them has also filed a complaint of harassment against Ajay Maken and (All India Mahila Congress President) Shobha Oza,” she added.

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Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao: Rahul Gandhi targets Modi at Save the Consitution rally

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New Delhi, April 23: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that earlier slogan was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. But Now, PM will say is ‘Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao’.

Addressing save the Constitution rally, Gandhi said: “In his book “Karmayog”, PM Modi justifies manual scavenging by calling it a “spiritual experience” for the Valmiki community. This speaks volumes about his anti-Dalit mindset.

“The Congress Party will stand together to protect the interests of Dalits and other weaker sections of the society wherever the BJP & RSS attacks them”, he added.

Gandhi further stated “we will never allow the BJP & RSS to destroy our Constitution. The people of India will speak their “Mann ki Baat” in 2019″.

“Our institutions were gifted to us by our Constitution. The Modi Govt is now destroying these institutions by appointing RSS ideologues to occupy important positions”.

Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, the Congress leader said Narendra Modi is only interested in Narendra Modi. Electoral victory is his only focus.

The Congress on Monday launched “Save The Constitution campaign” at the Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.

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BJP MP’s son arrested on charges of drinking alcohol

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Patna, April 23: Son of BJP MP Hari Manjhi has been arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.

“Rahul, son of BJP MP from Gaya, Hari Manjhi arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.He was made to undergo a medical test in which traces of alcohol were found in his blood”, ANI reported.

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Modis looting country: Yechury

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Hyderabad, April 23: Launching a sharp attack on the Prime Minister, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Sunday claimed that Narendra Modi, fugutive diamantaire Nirav Modi and former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi were looting the country.

The Left leader said people never knew that the country had so many Modis, but what is common among them is that “all were looting”.

Yechury — re-elected the Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary — said the loot increased after the Modi government came to power in May 2014.

He said that though Modi had promised to waive loans of farmers, he waived loans of about Rs 3 lakh crore of big investors and industrialists.

“People’s money kept in banks was looted. Those who did it escaped from the country and the government is not able to bring them back,” he said.

Yechury was addressing a public meeting organised by the CPI-M on Sunday evening to mark the end of five-day party national conclave.

Yechury compared Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah to epic Mahabharata’s ‘Duryodhana’ and ‘Dushasana’.

The Marxist leader said there were 100 Kaurava brothers in Mahabharat but most people know of only two — Duryodhana and Dushasana. “Similarly, people know only two in BJP — Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he remarked.

Yechury vowed to defeat the BJP-RSS combine and said the CPI-M was determined to defeat the communal forces and restore harmony in the country.

Voicing concern over increasing sexual assaults on children, he alleged that all those involved belonged to the BJP and RSS and no action was taken against them. “Instead of registering cases against them, victims are being booked. The women and children never faced this grave threat before this government came to power,” he said.

On the third alternative proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao against both the BJP and the Congress, Yechury said the CPI-M would take a decision after seeing its policies.

Revealing that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief spoke to him a few days ago about the proposed front, Yechury said a front for the sake of power would be of no help.

He recalled that an effort was made for the third alternative 20 years ago, leading to the formation of United Front government in 1996.

Yechury said that while their priority was to defeat the communal forces and appropriate strategy would be adopted at the time of 2019 general elections, the electoral alliances alone will not help. He underlined the need to build a mass movement to achieve the goal.

He pointed out that during Telangana’s armed struggle, “the Communists protected 5,000 villages for three years from Nizam’s ‘razakars’, the Congress government and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Army”.

Referring to the march of hundreds of red-shirt volunteers at the public meeting, he said such ‘people’s army’ alone could give a befitting reply to the communalists.

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