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No ease of doing business for SMSEs in India: Rahul

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Jambusar (Gujarat), Nov 1 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Modi government for demonetization and GST, saying small and medium businesses had been destroyed and they had no ease of doing business irrespective of what the World Bank said.

India has jumped 30 paces in ease of doing business in the World Bank’s latest business ranking list of 100 countries.

Speaking at a public meeting here, Gandhi said: “Jaitleyji sits in his office and listens to outsiders. I would request him that he visits small traders or mid-sized business persons and ask them whether ease of doing business has improved for them or not.

“The entire country will scream in unison that there is no ease of doing business. Your demonetization and GST has hit us hard,” he said at the rally comprising mostly farmers and small traders in this town in Bharuch, the home district of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel.

“What is spoken abroad is truth for this government but what the poor say in India is farce for them,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi is on his third leg of a three-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat that began on Wednesday. Under the ‘Navsarjan (Rejuvenated) Gujarat’ campaign, Gandhi will cover 30 Assembly constituencies across Bharuch, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and Surat districts in south Gujarat.

He said there was no section of the society in Gujarat which was happy with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule and there was widespread anger across the country over demonetization and tardy implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“They have destroyed the economy by demonetization and have ensured that the GDP fell by 2 per cent. But he (Prime Minister) did not stop at that. He introduced GST with multiple tax rates and a high rate of 28 per cent in one go,” he said. 

“I have given GST a new name. Gabbar Singh Tax. It means that poor who sweats it out sees his money snatched away from him.”

Gandhi ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to unearth black money in Swiss banks, saying Modi did not understand that not all money was black and that a very small per cent of it was in cash. The rest was in real estate and jewellery.

“It’s been three years of Modi government. Show me one person whom they have put in jail for having black money in Swiss banks? Look at Vijay Mallya, he is enjoying in London. What has Modiji done?,” he asked, drawing laughter from the people.

Gandhi said the so-called Gujarat model of development had left virtually every community in the state angry and frustrated.

“The only people who are not unhappy are 5-10 industrialists who are making merry and are supporting Modiji and BJP. Everyone else is on the streets agitating,” he said, referring to the ongoing agitations by Patels, Dalits, OBCs and farmers.

“The Gujarat model is take water, electricity and land of the people and give it to a handful of industrialists. In Gujarat Model, if you do not have money, no work will get done.”

In his fiery speech, Gandhi accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Gujarat of promoting crony capitalism.

“These 5 or 10 big industrialists, I will not name anyone, are ruling in every sector. Be it health, education, power, water, manufacturing.”

The Congress leader then warned: “The BJP is going to get an electric shock in the Gujarat election. People have realized the truth. The next government in Gujarat will be of farmers, poor, traders and not of Modiji’s industrialists.”

Gandhi said Modi’s ‘Make in India’ scheme was a total failure.

“Let me give you some figures. India and China house almost the same number of people. But China creates 50,000 jobs every year. In India, we create only 450.

“Modiji speaks about ‘Make in India’. He promised everything will be made in India. But today, three million Gujaratis are jobless.”

He said demonetisation hit a severe blow to the labour class, farmers, small businesses and traders who rely heavily on cash transactions. They were somehow managing when they were dealt another blow in the form of GST.

“We warned the government don’t implement GST hastily. Do it slowly, kindly. They didn’t listen. We told them it was not the Congress vs BJP. It is a matter that concerns the nation, the economy.”

Addressing the public meeting earlier, Congress leader Ahmed Patel countered allegations that he had links with two ISIS terror suspects caught in Gujarat. One of them worked in a hospital wherein Ahmed Patel was a trustee till 2015.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had asked Patel if he had links with the suspect who worked in the Sardar Patel Hospital in Ankleshwar.

“I conducted a research (on the person arrested) and found that he worked in hospitals instituted by BJP leaders. Care Hospital, where he worked was inaugurated by Narendra Modi,” Patel said.

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16-Year-Old Boy Held For ‘Threatening’ Yogi Adityanath, Sent To Juvenile Home

The 16-year-old boy had sent a WhatsApp message on 112 emergency number allegedly threatening the CM.

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A teenager has been detained for allegedly issuing a threat to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, police said.

The 16-year-old boy had sent a message threatening the Chief Minister on the WhatsApp number of the 112 emergency service on Sunday after which an FIR was registered at the Sushant Golf City police station, they said.

Police, however, did not divulge contents of the message but said it was for “threatening” the CM.

The mobile phone and the SIM card used for the threat have been recovered, police said.

“The boy was brought from Agra to Lucknow and later produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, which sent him to a juvenile home,” said Station House Officer Sachin Kumar Singh.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Ex-BSF Jawan’s Plea Challenging PM Narendra Modi’s Election From Varanasi

The Supreme Court of India rejects sacked BSF jawan’s plea against rejection of his nomination to contest 2019 Lok Sabha Polls against PM Modi from Varanasi

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Supreme Court rejects an appeal filed by dismissed BSF (Border Security Force) constable, Tej Bahadur, against the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which had reserved its verdict in the case on November 18, upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment dismissing Tej Bahadur”s election petition against the poll panel”s decision to reject his nomination papers.

On May 1 last year, the returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of Tej Bahadur, a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate, who was dismissed from the Border Security Force (BSF) in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops.

The hight court had upheld the returning officer”s decision to reject his nomination.

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Tarun Gogoi: Supreme Court lawyer who went on to become longest serving CM of Assam

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Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

Former Assam chief minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi succumbed to post-COVID complications on November 23. The Congressman was rushed to GMCH on 2 November due to post-Covid complications, just a week after he was released. He was first admitted to the hospital on 26 August after testing positive for Covid-19.

Expressing his grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Shri Tarun Gogoiji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”

Political Journey:

Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

As the leader of the Congress party in Assam for over 50 years, Gogoi was first elected joint secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He later served as general secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gogoi served six terms as a Lok Sabha MP from Assam. He first represented Jorhat for three terms between 1971 and 1985. He was later elected from Kaliabor in 1991-96 and then 1998-2002. The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

He stayed CM from 2001 to 2016, a total of 15 years.

Gogoi, a lawyer by profession, was in court to assist Congress leader P Chidambaram. The last time the former chief minister was in court to argue a case was in 1983. After more than three decades, Gogoi in December attended court proceedings as a lawyer as the Supreme Court took up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Gogoi had opposed the Citizenship Act, calling it “discriminatory”.

States in the Northeast, especially Assam, witnessed intense protests in the wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act, ever since the Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha. Army and paramilitary columns were called in to control the violence.

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