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Modi govt does not understand pain of people: Rahul Gandhi



Rahul Gandhi

Ranchi, Dec 2 : Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the revenue generated from common people in the form of GST and demonetisation has been distributed among just 15 industrialists.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot understand the pain of common people. Who were standing in queue when demonetisation took place? Not a single industrialist was standing. Common people, poor and tribals were standing in banks’ queue. ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ (GST) was implemented as funds were generated from small traders and all money of demonetisation and GST went to only 15 industrialists of the country who are friends of Modi,” said Rahul while addressing a rally at Simdega district.

He said “Narendra MOdi waived off loans of Rs 3.50 lakh crore of industrialists. BJP government at the Centre and the state are grabbing money from people of the country and filling pockets of 15 people.”

“Jharkhand is like Chhattisgarh where tribals live in large numbers. Congress changed the face of Chhattisgarh in last one year. BJP government was acquiring land for industrialists but Congress government in Chhattisgarh returned back tribal land from big companies like Tata. We gave MSP of Rs 2,500 per quintal and waived off loans of poor people. In Chhattisgarh BJP government was snatching land from tribals and poor but Congress returned back the land which was not used for industrial purpose for five years,” said Rahul.

He said “If our alliance comes to power in Jharkhand, like Chhattisgarh, loans of farmers will be waived, MSP of paddy will be Rs 2,500 per quintal”.

“Narendra Modi talks about employment and Make in India. He did demonetisation in name of curbing black money and launched GST. No farmer loan has been waived but industrialists’ loan have been waived by BJP government,” he said.

He said “Congress will protect you. In BJP government, the culture and ideology are crushed. In alliance government of Congress no one will be terrified. No changes will be made in land acts of ACNT and SPT. We will protect your ‘Jal, Jungle aur Jameen’ and hand over the land. Congress had brought MNREGA, food security and Right to Information for the people of the country. People have lost purchasing power as money has been grabbed by the government. We had brought Nyay yojna to deal with employment issue during Lok Sabha polls. We lost the polls but it will give momentum to economy and improve the purchasing power.”


West Bengal Will Drown In Ganga If BJP Comes To Power: TMC

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Mamata Banerjee

Taking the dig at BJP, the Trinamool Congress on Friday said if the BJP manages to come to power in West Bengal, the state will drown in river Ganga just like all the other projects which were powered under the central government, but were unsuccessful.

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy recalled the promises made by the saffron party and said that none of them were fulfilled. He also mocked BJP’s remarks to turn West Bengal into ‘Sonar Bangla’ (golden Bengal) if it emerges triumphant in the assembly elections.

“If this party (BJP) comes to power, then surely Bengal will drown in the Ganga, as all programmes and projects of the Centre have typically flopped, bearing no results,” he alleged.

Attacking the Centre for the demonetisation decision, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2016 promised that black money will be brought back to the country and that each person will receive Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.

“What happened to these promises? GDP growth rate has consistently fallen, unemployment increased and more than 100 people died while standing in queues to withdraw money from ATMs,” he said.

Even Home Minister Amit Shah had said the assurance of depositing Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of people was a “jumla (rhetoric)”, Roy said.

“Similarly, all promises of the Modi government are jumlas,” he said.

Roy alleged that the law and order condition in BJP- ruled states is “horrible”, as was evident during the recent incidents in Hathras and Balarampur.

The TMC leader also said deposit bases of public sector banks are gradually weakening, while those of the private lenders are “growing incrementally”.

After the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, bad loans have swelled, profitability has gone down and write-offs increased.

“I think there is a need for a probe by the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO), as all government and RBI guidelines are being sidelined,” he claimed.

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Sonia Gandhi calls meet of Kerala leaders after local polls debacle

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.




Sonia Gandhi in Cong meeting

New Delhi, Jan 16: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of party leaders from Kerala next week to discuss the upcoming Assembly polls in wake of the setback the party received in the recent local body polls, sources said.

The leaders called include former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state President M. Ramchandran and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala. The Congress in the state is pitted against the ruling Left Democratic Front, but not making headway despite the anti-incumbency factor, due to its internal rifts with factions led by Chandy and Chennithala scrambling for supremacy, party insiders say.

The divisions in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) came out in the open in December after it faced a rout in the local body polls despite performing well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

After the poll debacle, Ramachandran, Chennithala and Chandy had said that party will introspect. Congress MP K. Sudhakaran and other state leaders had lashed out at the state Congress leadership and said democracy needs to be reinstated in the party. “We need to reinstate democracy inside the party. The party should bring in leaders who can instill confidence in the minds of party workers and the civil society. Then we can save the party,” Sudhakaran had told the media.

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.

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US Senate reconvenes to certify Biden win after mobs invaded Capitol



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Congress met in a joint session to count electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election and officially confirm Joe Biden’s win.

Though Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to join fellow Republicans in challenging the count in a doomed show of fealty to President Trump, chaos soon broke out as pro-Trump protesters breached security, entering the Capitol Building.

Below, live updates on the volatile situation.

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