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Naxal attack reflects deteriorating internal security situation: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, March 13: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the attack on CRPF troopers in Chhattisgarh that left nine paramilitary personnel dead reflected a deteriorating internal security situation under the Narendra Modi government.

“The Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh in which 9 CRPF jawans lost their lives is tragic. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies,” tweeted Gandhi.

“My condolences to the families of those killed. To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery,” he added.

At least nine CRPF personnel were killed and three others injured when Maoists blew up their anti-landmine vehicle in Sukma on Tuesday, said a senior Chhattisgarh Police official. The blast was followed by a heavy exchange of fire between the security forces and the rebels.

The Congress also said that the attack exposed the hollow claims of Modi government in controlling Maoism, since it came in the same district where 26 CRPF personnel were killed by the ultra-left rebels last year.

“That attack was the biggest one in the past seven years, but BJP government has not learnt any lesson,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding that the national security situation was “a direct consequence of Modi government’s aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices”.

“Modi had sold the ‘national security’ plank hard to attain power, but in the past four years, we have only witnessed a precarious security situation in the country,” he said, claiming ceasefire violations on the border, cross-border infiltration, terror attacks on security installations and Maoist attacks had increased manifold.

The party said there have been 23 major Maoist attacks after demonetisation, in which 97 security personnel and 121 civilians were killed.

“In the last 14 years and 95 days, the Raman Singh-led BJP government in Chhattisgarh has miserably failed on this internal security front. Every time there is a Naxal (Maoist) attack, the Chief Minister promises some tough action, but nothing concrete has been done to stop these attacks.

“BJP President Amit Shah, who had last year started the BJP expansion plan from (West Bengal’s) Naxalbari, should have instead planned with the PM on how to tackle Maoism,” said Surjwala.\

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Stalin proposes Rahul as PM candidate to defeat ‘fascist’ Modi

He said Rahul Gandhi had the capability to defeat the “fascist” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We will strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands.”

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Chennai, Dec 16 : Putting an end to lingering speculation, DMK President M.K. Stalin on Sunday proposed the name of Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister and said he had the strength to defeat the “fascist” Narendra Modi.

He made the announcement at a public rally here in the presence of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) and V. Narayanasamy (Puducherry) and leaders of several other parties.

“I propose, we will install a new Prime Minister in Delhi. I propose the candidature of Rahul Gandhi from Tamil Nadu,” Stalin said.

He said Rahul Gandhi had the capability to defeat the “fascist” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We will strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands.”

The public meeting was held after Sonia Gandhi unveiled former Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi’s bronze statute installed at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.

Stalin said it was Karunanidhi who first welcomed late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to provide a stable government and then urged Sonia Gandhi to lead the nation in 2004 and added that he was following his leader’s steps in proposing Rahul Gandhi to lead the nation.

“Twenty-one political parties have come together against Modi and more parties will join,” Stalin said.

Coming down heavily on Modi, the DMK leader said: “Modi is a sadist Prime Minister. He is implementing all the schemes opposed by Tamil Nadu.”

Stalin said when the Gaja cyclone killed about 65 persons and left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Modi remained silent.

On the other hand, Modi tweeted if there was a forest fire in the US and a terror attack somewhere else, he said.

According to Stalin, under the Modi government, India’s economy, social justice, federal structure and various institutions have been destroyed.

“India has gone back by 15 years during the first five years of Modi rule. The country will go back by 50 years if he gets another term,” Stalin said.

Modi considered himself as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax Department (IT) and even the Supreme Court.

Addressing the rally, Rahul Gandhi showered praise on Karunanidhi and said: “Karunanidhi was not an ordinary politician. He was the voice of Tamil people. Whether it was people’s pain or their joy, Karunanidhi treated both as his own.

“While Karunandihi defended the voice of people and the institutions, the central government attacks the voice of Tamil Nadu and the institutions,” he said.

Gandhi said the Modi government believed that only one idea should run India.

“We are not going to allow the destruction of the idea of India. We are not going to allow the destruction of institutions like the Supreme Court, Election Commission, Reserve Bank of India and others. And we are going to do this together.”

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Naidu accused the central government of misusing various institutions said the next danger the country faced was the tampering of electronic voting machines (EVM).

Naidu said the BJP government had belied the people’s faith when they voted for it in 2014.

Sonia Gandhi described Karunanidhi as a social reformer and said he relentlessly fought for federalism.

She said Karunanidhi brought in laws that enabled non-Brahmins to become temple priests in the state and reserved jobs for women.

“A secularist and rationalist, Karunanidhi respected other religions,” she said.

She said the Congress would always remember Karunanidhi’s support to Indira Gandhi in the abolition of privy purse and nationalisation of banks.

“He was a great support and strength for the UPA government in 2004-14.”

Sonia Gandhi said the mutual support between the DMK and Congress that existed when Karunanidhi was alive would continue “to protect the India that we have known”.

The Chief Ministers of Kerala and Puducherry praised Karunanidhi on the occasion.

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No need of JPC on Rafale after apex court verdict: Akhilesh

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Lucknow, Dec 15 : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that his party has given up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal after Supreme Court verdict in the matter.

Yadav said at an event here that SP had demanded JPC when the apex court had not given its judgement.

“But now the Supreme Court verdict has come and it has looked at all aspects. If someone has to say something in the future, then the doors of Supreme Court are open,” he said.

“There is no bigger court than the Supreme Court and there is nothing bigger on which people have faith,” he added.

The stance of Samajwadi Party is at variance with Congress which is persisting with its demand for JPC into the Rafale jet deal with a French company.

Yadav’s remarks have come at a time when efforts are being made to bring opposition parties together against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The SP has offered support of its lone MLA to Congress in Madhya Pradesh after the Assembly elections.

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Rahul Gandhi hints at resolving Chhattisgarh CM tussle

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hinted at the end of tussle for the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, tweeting a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post.

Posting pictures of the four contenders in the race for the CM post– Bhupesh Baghel, T.S. Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant — Gandhi quoted American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saying: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

The party is likely to announce the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister tomorrow.

Baghel, the state party chief, is said to be the frontrunner in the race.

Gandhi’s tweet follows his hectic parleys with Chhattisgarh leaders, along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, party’s observer for Chhattisgarh, and P.L. Punia, who is in-charge in the state.

The Congress President had earlier tweeted similar pictures of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath and his rival claimant to the post Jyotiraditya Scindia as well as Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot and his state party chief Sachin Pilot who has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Before the announcements of Kamal Nath and Gehlot as the respective Chief Ministers, there had been power jockeying between the rival camps, with both Scindia and Pilot strongly advocating their stake to the post.

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