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Modi, Kejriwal using youth anger to grab power: Rahul Gandhi

He alleged that both Kejriwal and Modi remained silent on the issue of unemployment. “Their politics is of hatred and if they provide employment to you, then their politics will end,” he said.

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New Delhi, Feb 5 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at both the BJP and the AAP during his third public meeting ahead of the February 8 Assembly elections in Delhi, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were least bothered about providing employment to the the youth and were only using their anger to grab power.

He also accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not wiping out corruption from the country, saying the two parties were spreading hatred and violence in the name of nationalism.

Addressing a public rally in Kondli Assembly constituency for Congress candidate Amrish Gautam, Rahul Gandhi said, “The atmosphere in India has changed in the last five years. Brotherhood and peace have vanished from the society. What is the reason for this? Many of you will say that this happened due to Modi, the RSS and the BJP.

“But I will put things in a little different manner. The biggest reason is not taking the youth forward. People are scared due to unemployment. And if the youth and the new generation cannot find a way, they will get angry. That anger is being misused by Modi. The real reason is unemployment,” he said.

Slamming the BJP government at the Centre and the AAP government in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi said, “The youth are roaming around on the streets and getting angry due to unemployment. And their anger is being misused by Modi and Kejriwal.”

He alleged that both Kejriwal and Modi remained silent on the issue of unemployment. “Their politics is of hatred and if they provide employment to you, then their politics will end,” he said.

Training his guns at the Prime Minister and Delhi Chief Minister, the Congress leader said, “Kejriwal and Modi had said that they will wipe out corruption. Did corruption end? Entire India knows that corruption has not been wiped out, but in fact it has only increased.”

He further said that a new fashion of nationalism has emerged across the country. Both Modi and Kejriwal were teaching patriotism, but no one needed to do so as everyone is a patriot in India, he said.

“These are all ways to divide, understand this,” he appealed to the people.

Rahul Gandhi also highlighted the works of the UPA government and said that the Congress government had waived off farm loans to the tune of Rs 72,000 crore within 10 to 15 days of its announcement.

Hitting out at Modi and Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi said, “You people need to understand that they (Modi and Kejriwal) only want to divide india.”

The Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad also said that the entire world wanted to invest in India and give employment to the youth. “But they are questioning as to where is the India where peace, brotherhood and love prevailed. They dont want to invest in India which is now known for hatred.”

He further said that earlier “Pakistan was a symbol of violence and hatred”.

“Now it is also visible in India. And it is the loss of India and the youth of the country,” he said, adding that the hatred which has spread across the country is helping Modi, and not benefiting the people of the country.

The Congress, which ruled the national capital for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, was reduced to zero seats in the 2015 Assembly elections. The grand old party is looking for a revival in the Assembly polls scheduled on February 8. Counting of votes will take place on February 11.

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Joe Biden wins Louisiana primary

The state is not likely to be competitive in 2020, with President Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton by about 20 points in 2016.

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Washington, July 12 : Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the primary in the state of Louisiana, a media report said.

The former Vice President won with 82.2 per cent of the vote, leading Senator Bernie Sanders, who received 5.3 per cent, with 1 per cent of precincts reporting, The Hill news website quoted the New York Times as saying on Saturday.

The win on Saturday comes as he continues to march toward his formal nomination at the Democratic convention in August.

The Louisiana primaries were delayed twice from their original April 4 date, first to June 20 and finally to Saturday, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Louisiana will award 54 pledged delegates.

The state is not likely to be competitive in 2020, with President Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton by about 20 points in 2016.

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Like 2018, Kamal Nath starts MP poll campaign from Ujjain

Asked about the “Tiger zinda hai” comment from Scindia and Chouhan, Kamal Nath said the public will soon hand its verdict on who is a tiger or a cat or a mouse, as it knows everything.

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Ujjain/Badnawar/Bhopal, July 8 : Blowing the traditional conch before the war cry and whispering “earnest wishes” for public welfare in the ears of Lord Shiva’s vehicle Nandi, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath tried to reach out to devout Hindus as he on Tuesday launched the campaign for the mini-midterm elections involving 24 assembly seats.

In Badnawar, Kamal Nath, who is also the state Congress chief, visited the Baijnath Temple before addressing the first Loktantra Bachao rally.

Barbs and counter-barbs between the Congress and the BJP have gone on for quite some time in Madhya Pradesh. By picking on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the BJP’s recent acquisition Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kamal Nath seems to have focussed on voter’s sympathy for a “wronged party.”

The BJP’s quick reaction through virtual rallies intensified the battle. Leader after leader from the BJP kept blaming the Congress of spreading lies and indulging in corruption.

About the BJP’s allegations of corruption, Kamal Nath said his party would welcome a thorough investigations into the 15-month rule of his government. “We have the public as our witness. The farmers will decide if our government was true to the promise or not.”

Asked about the “Tiger zinda hai” comment from Scindia and Chouhan, Kamal Nath said the public will soon hand its verdict on who is a tiger or a cat or a mouse, as it knows everything. He said people of Madhya Pradesh are straightforward and sensible. They know who the betrayer is and where the state is headed under the new government which earned the power under a deal and is still haggling with the wheelers and dealers.

There are striking similarities between his present campaign and the one he led in 2018 to bring the Congress back into power after 15 years. Kamal Nath had started the campaign with a pooja at Ujjain. The key difference of course is the absence of Scindia, who blindsided him and his departure with a big chunk of the party caused the current campaign. Scindia was the campaign convenor then.

Though Kamal Nath and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh were the senior leaders in the party, Scindia was presented as the youth face to draw the electorate. Digvijaya Singh was asked to bring about a patch up between various factions. Kamal Nath was thus the key campaigner. He retains that status.

Kamal Nath who drew good crowds in 2018 under Chouhan’s rule has made a striking start with Ujjain Congress leaders responding in large numbers despite the lockdown curbs. The temple town responded with hundreds of billboards greeting him.

Kamal Nath also held a one-on-one discussion with prospective candidates to set the selection process rolling. The party plans to have 24 call centres, one in each constituency that will witness the by-elections. The party workers will receive voters’ feedback and inputs for the prospective candidates and the agenda will be set on local issues.

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BJP in MP sandwiched between Maharaj, Dissent, Shivraj: Shatrughan Sinha

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Bhopal, July 7 : Former Union minister and film actor Shatrughan Sinha has taken a dig at the politics in Madhya Pradesh. He says there are three camps in the BJP in Madhya Pradesh – “Maharaj, Dissent and Shivraj”. Sinha on Tuesday tweeted in his inimitable style on the state of politics in Madhya Pradesh.

The Congress government in the state fell after former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia left the Congress and joined the BJP.

The government was formed under the leadership of former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It took more than three months to form the cabinet and now the party has to do a lot of thinking before distributing portfolios to ministers. Shatrughan Sinha’s tweet is being linked to the same.

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