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PM Modi’s ideology ‘anti-Dalit’: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Aug 9: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his ideology is ‘anti-Dalit’. 

“If Modi ji had space for Dalits in his heart then the policies for Dalits would have been different. When he was CM he wrote in his book ‘Daliton ko safai karne se anand milta hai’. This is his ideology”, said Gandhi who joined the protest by Dalits groups at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

Launching a scathing on the Bharatiya Janata Party he told the gathering “Wherever there is BJP government, Dalits are beaten up and crushed”.

Gandhi accompanied by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury joined the protest.

Several Dalits groups organised the agitation over the provisions of the SC/ST Act.

In March this year, the Supreme Court had diluted some stringent provisions of the law, triggering a massive protest by the Dalits that claimed 10 lives.

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Rahul rejigs Odisha state Congress body

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reconstituted the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) including Vice Presidents, Treasurer, General Secretaries, Executive Committee members, Special Invitees, Secretaries, Disciplinary Committee, Election Committee and Campaign Committee.

While OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik will head the state’s Election Committee, Bhakta Charan Das has been appointed Chairman of the Campaign Committee. Ranjib Biswal has been made the Convener of the committee.

Kishore Chandra Patel has been appointed the Treasurer of the OPCC.

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Given up on ‘achche din’, people now await ‘sachche din’: Congress

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modis customary Independence Day speech, the Congress on Wednesday said all the Prime Minister said was “meaningless” for the common people who have given up on “achche din” (good days) promised by Modi in 2014 and are now waiting for “sachche din” (truthful days).

“The Prime Minister in his last address to the nation (before next Lok Sabha polls) on Independence Day did not utter a single word that would be meaningful to the common person. The people are now tired of the fake ‘achche din’ and are really waiting for ‘sachche din’ when Modiji will depart as the Prime Minister of the country,” Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The Congress spokesman also challenged Modi for an open debate on issues of corruption, Rafale deal, Vyapam scam, “failing” economy, falling rupee, foreign policy, mob lynchings and woman safety, among others.

“In 2013, Modiji had challenged then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to an open debate on the issues of corruption, on China and Pakistan threatening the territorial integrity of India, on falling rupee and economy, on unemployment as also farmers and women.

“We ask Prime Minister Modi today, is he ready for a debate on those very issues with the Congress President Rahul Gandhi? Will he debate on the issue of corruption, Rafale and Vyapam? Will he debate on the failing economy and falling rupee? Rupee has hit a new low of 70 per dollar and trade deficit has gone over $18 billion,” Surjewala said.

“Will he debate on the manner China has occupied Doklam, and intruding into Ladakh and engulfing India from all sides? Will he debate on Pakistan’s sponsored terrorism? Will he debate on the rampant unemployment prevailing in the country?” he added.

Commenting on Modi’s observation that world leaders are acknowledging India’s prowess, Surjewala said that Modi should desist from “undermining Indians’ contribution to the world over the last 70 years”.

“Let Prime Minister not insult India and India’s entrepreneurial spirit. It has not happened in just the last four years. India was always a power and India is a power that the world reckons with,” the Congress leader said.

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Independence Day: Can’t Handle Tricolour, Let Alone Nation, Says Congress On Amit Shah

The Congress’ jibe came after Shah fumbled while hoisting the national flag at the BJP headquarters

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The Congress on Wednesday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, saying those who cannot handle the national flag cannot be expected to handle the nation.

The Congress’ jibe came after Shah fumbled while hoisting the national flag at the BJP headquarters. The Tricolour slipped down the pole to the ground as soon as Shah pulled the string.

“How could those who cannot handle the national flag would handle the nation? If those who derided the tricolour for over 50 years had not done so, things would not have come to such a pass,” the Congress party tweeted as it shared the video of the fumble.

“Those who give certificates of patriotism to others are oblivious of the etiquette of the national anthem,” it added.

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