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Demonetisation legalised black money, GST hurt small businesses: Rahul

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Rajkot (Gujarat), Sep 27 : Attacking the Narendra Modi government over its manner of implementing GST and on demonetisation, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi termed the former “catastrophic” to small and medium businesses and the latter legalising the black money of “the country’s biggest thieves”.

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Interacting with businessmen, intellectuals and entreprenuers in this Gujarat business hub late Tuesday, he said anger is rising among people of country over “lack of jobs” and businesses slowing down and it could become uncontrollable, according to a video posted by the party on Wednesday.

Answering queries, he admitted that mistakes by Congress was a reason for Narendra Modi leading the BJP to a resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but said the party was improving its shortcomings.

He also said that he did not believe in slogans like “Modi-mukt Bharat”, but noted that the Prime Minister has been caught in a “chakarvayu” as he has raised bar of expectations but is unable to fulfill them as he “does not believe in anyone and does not listen to anyone.”

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He said 30,000 youth were entering the job market every day but only 450 jobs were being created, while China creates 40,000 employment opportunities every day.

“If the situation is not changed, the anger among people will increase and after a certain level, it will go out of control,” he warned.

Gandhi said while half the problems with Goods and Services tax were “structural”, the other half had been created by the manner in which it has been implemented.

Gandhi, who is on a tour of the state ahead of assembly polls later this year, said Congress will try to live up to expectations of the people.

“If Modi became prime minister, it was also due to shortcomings of Congress. Our effort is to improve our mistakes. Our vision outlined in 2004 started failing in 2012. There are many reasons for Modi coming to power. Congress will try its best to fulfill your expectations,” he said.

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Madhya Pradesh By-Polls: Set back to BJP, Congress bags 20 wards of 24 in Raghogarh

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Bhopal, Jan 20: The Congress party showcased an enthusiastic fight in the Madhya Pradesh civil polls by clinching nine president posts in 19 civic bodies on Saturday, tying the Bharatiya Janata Party, which too, won nine top posts. 

Meanwhile, giving a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress bagged 20 out of 24 wards in Raghogarh Nagar by-elections. Whereas the BJP won only four wards.

However , the Congress has been in control of the Raghogarh-Vijaypur Municipal Council for the last two decades.

The results are seen as a morale boost for the Congress as the party is planning to go all out against the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections , which slated to held later this year.

Municipal Council elections took place on January 17 in Five districts – Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Guna, and Anuppur.

The counting of votes begun at 9 am and ended in the afternoon.

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EVMs to have candidates’ pictures

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Jaipur, Jan 19: The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will carry pictures of candidates along with their names — when by-elections are held in Rajasthan on January 29.

According to Chief Election Officer Ashvini Bhagat, this has been done to ensure there was no confusion if there were two candidates with the same name.

According to the new arrangement, the EVMs will have the name of the candidate, his or her picture and the election symbol.

Bhagat said although this experiment was done in the Dholpur Assembly by-election, it hasn’t been done anywhere in a Lok Sabah election.

Lok Sabha by-polls are scheduled in Ajmer and Alwar on January 29 while Assembly elections will be held the same day in Mandalgarh.

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Assembly elections: Tripura to vote on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27; results on March 3

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Election Commission on Thursday announced  the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections. 

While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said Tripura will vote on February 18, 2017. While polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27 (Tuesday).

Counting for all the three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day.

A total strength of  the three assemblies is 60 members each.

Election to the three states to be held in two rounds.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner informed  VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states for the very first time.

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