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Caught in cam: UP’s Minister fails to spell out full form of GST



Uttar Pradesh, June 30: Uttar Pradesh remains top in all the headlines whether it’s criminal cases, loot cases or anything but this time a Saffron party leader stole the limelight, where the minister do not have even knowledge of its government’s major move.

Showing the reality of politics behind the curtains, State Minister Rampati Shastri failed to spell out the full form of GST (Goods and Services Tax) which is the major move of the Central government.

The bizarre incident was captured when Social Welfare, Scheduled Castes and Tribal Affairs Minister Shashtri was interacting with local businessmen in Maharajganj to apprise them of the benefits of GST Bill.

As per the reports of PTI, someone from the background tried to hint the minister but he failed to recognise the clue. After realising his mistake, the minister said that he knew the full form but was not able to recollect it instantly.

“I know the full form. I am going through all the relevant documents to gather more knowledge about the GST,” Shashtri told media.

This incident came to light barely a day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi failed to spell Swachch Bharat in Hindi. Lekhi, during an event in New Delhi by Indraprastha Gas Limited.

She wrote ‘सवच्छ भारत, सवस्थ भारत’ instead of ‘स्वच्छ भारत, स्वस्थ भारत’. Later admitting her mistake, Meenakshi Lekhi reportedly said that she would not repeat it in future.

In a tweet, which was later deleted from her Twitter account, Meenakshi Lekhi had reportedly wrote: Aapka nazariya hai, hindi ८ class ke baad padhi nahi hai phir bhi koshish karti rehti hu seekhne ki autocorrect ka samay hai shukriya aage se ye galti nahi hogi (This is your outlook, I didn’t study Hindi after Class 8 still I am trying to learn. This is the time of autocorrect. Thank you. Will not repeat this mistake in future).

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Whatever the results, Congress is winner: Ashok Gehlot



Ahmedabad, Dec 18: Congress’s Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot on Monday said his party was the winner in Assembly elections even if it didn’t succeed in defeating the BJP in the state.

“The BJP fought elections on emotional issues. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi told voters that he is the son of Gujarat. His prestige is at stake,” Gehlot stated.

“But the Congress did a real election campaign and talked about the issues related to farmers, Dalits, tribals and traders. We formalized our manifesto for the people of Gujarat after talking to them,” he told media.

When asked the Congress win or loss in Gujarat would be credited to new elected party President Rahul Gandhi, Gehlot said it was a hypothetical question.

“Let’s not talk hypothetically. Whatever the election results, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are the real winners.”


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My plan is to transform Congress bottom upwards: Rahul



Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that his plan is to transform the Congress from bottom upwards and he will like to bring in many new, young, exciting and dynamic faces.

In his first interview as party president with National Herald and Qaumi Awaz, Gandhi rubbished BJP’s claims that his party fought the recently held Gujarat state elections of casteist lines and said that the party brought the OBC, Dalit and the Patidar communities together on a Congress platform.

Gandhi also strongly attacked the Narendra Modi government, saying “there is bankruptcy in the nation.”

Answering a query, Gandhi said his plan was to transform the Congress from bottom upwards.

“But it is not just my plan, it is the desire within the Congress party to transform, evolve and change itself, and I would try and help to enable that,” he said.
Gandhi said he will bring further democratise the Congress.

“That is certainly my intention. We have done a lot of work in the Youth Congress and NSUI, and very successful work at that. We would like to bring in as many new faces, young faces, exciting faces and dynamic faces (as we could). That’s not to say that people who are experienced or older should not have space.”

Gandhi alleged that the Modi government had far less talent compared to Congress-led UPA government.

“Just imagine those names. Compare a Manmohan Singh Ji with Mr. Modi. Compare a Chidambaram to Mr. Arun Jaitley. Tell [me], who can you compare Pranabda with in their government. Tell me, who can be compared with Mr. Antony in their government. So, when you actually look at them, from a policy perspective, it’s not much weight there. You can see it, when you listen to them. I mean, what is being done to India’s foreign policy is an out and out disaster,” he said.

Asked about fear and insecurity among the people, Gandhi said it has happened earlier.
“Look at Indian history — this has happened. A sort of polarisation you saw in the 1990s as well. But I primarily think that this country stands together, and we believe very deeply in love and affection..”

He alleged that there has been a large organised defamation campaign against the Congress party, carried out by the BJP and the RSS.

“I really felt this in Gujarat, that certain myths have been created, which are just lies,” he said, adding that Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel were friends. He said Sardar Patel had also banned the RSS.

Answering a query, Gandhi said the party has a lot of talent and has lot of work to do. “There are a large number of new people that we have to bring forward. There is tremendous talent in the Congress party that we have to utilise.

“We are going to show to the country, the true face of the Congress Party. You are going to see a change in the Congress party, you are going to see more of people who excite you, people about whom you can say that they are somebody very interesting who have been put there by the Congress party. We would like to be associated with decent persons and solid persons.”

Gandhi alleged that BJP believes in a philosophy “guided by hatred.” “Their leaders have been imbibed with such philosophy for years. Look at the comments made against an ex-Prime Minister.”

Gandhi said Congress was a dynamic and an organic party and will open its doors and “provide the youth of the country with an alternative vision, that’s premised on love and brotherhood.”

The Congress president said Indians had thought three years ago that we could bear with the shortcomings in RSS’ vision for India if they can deliver economic growth. “While flaws in RSS’s vision still remain, Indians haven’t benefited a great deal economically either.”

Gandhi said the central problem of the country was that it is simply not producing enough jobs. He also slammed demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax and said economy had been crippled.


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Cong to build alternative narrative based on fairness: Chidambaram

Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.




New Delhi, Dec 17 : Former Union minister P Chidambaram has said that the Congress will create an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity and jobs for the youth under the leadership of new party chief Rahul Gandhi.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said Gandhi’s inaugural speech yesterday laid down the contours of an alternative narrative that the Congress will put forward before the people.

“The Congress will build an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity, jobs for the youth, and lifting 250 million people out of poverty,” he said.

The senior Congress leader said that his party’s recall of India’s history was different from that of the BJP.

“Our idea of India is different from the BJP’s. Mr Rahul Gandhi called upon India’s youth to defend our idea of India, and I am sure the young will respond,” Chidambaram said.

In his first speech to party workers after his formal takeover as the Congress president yesterday, Gandhi set the tone of the future course and how the party would take on its arch-rival BJP.

He said the Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.

Stating that his party brought India into the 21st century, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.

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