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Rahul Gandhi: Achche Din will come when Congress returns in 2019

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New Delhi, January 11:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed Jan Vedna Sammelan by CWC at today at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. The convention aims to discuss Party’s next move to protest against PM Modi-led demonetisation move and suffering caused to people.

Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of demonetisation, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the ‘achhe din’ promised by the BJP will come only in 2019 “when Congress comes to power”.

He said the demonetisation move was not RBI’s decision but a “personal decision” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and caused immense suffering to nation and country has gone far behind 16 years. Automobile sector growth purged to 16 year low. People of country are wondering when are ‘Acche din going to come’. I’ll tell them it will come when Congress comes to power again, said Rahul.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders for accusing Congress for its performance in 70 years, Rahul said: People of country know what leaders of Congress have done for the nation. We do not need to explain what we did or didn’t do for last 70 years. I can name state after state where Congress workers and leaders have sacrificed their sweat and blood. People of the country understand the blood and tears that our leaders have given for this country.

Speaking at the Jan Vedna convention of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi said the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were undermining the constitutional institutions like Reserve Bank of India, judiciary and the Election Commission. This is what BJP has done under PM Modi’s leadership in 2 1/2 years we couldn’t do! In 70 years Congress have respected all the institutions in its tenure.

Rahul further added it is the first time in the history of India that post of Prime Minister of India is being ridiculed across the globe. . Prime Minister needs to spend some time with the poor, farmers of the country and ask them why suddenly people are running to villages.

He continued his guns against Prime Minister and said “Today I read in newspaper that PM will transform India. But PM needs to ask himself why suddenly auto sales have fallen?

Rahul sternly said voice of India cannot be curbed and Congress supports India’s Voice. When a judge sits he represents the spirit of the people of the country and We respect institution. Media is constrained under Modi rule and this is untolerable.

PM has broken back bone of Indian financial system with Demonetisation. PM Modi knows now yoga, Skill India and Make in India cannot save the Noteban flak.

He said My yoga guru told me one who practice Yoga can do padmasan but PM fails to do padmaasan, I have noticed.

Two and a half years back, PM asked everyone to join Swacch Bharat plan and the drama continued for a few days. Then came Make in India and Skill India and nothing happened.

Party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil before the address said: There will be discussions. Every member will express views and share ideas. The party will also pay respect to all those who lost their lives due to demonetization.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders are also present at the convention.

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Congress was not portraying ‘soft Hindutva’ with Rahul’s temple visits: Ahmed Patel

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Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Monday said the party was not trying to portray a “soft Hindutva” face when Rahul Gandhi visited temples during the campaign for the Gujarat elections.

He said the Congress never had any intention to play a “Hindu card”.

“That was their (BJP’s) intention. Congress never wanted to play a Hindu card… There was no intention of soft Hindutva behind it,” Patel said in an interview to NDTV news channel.

He said during the campaign Rahul Gandhi travelled more through roads, and hence visited several temples.

On about the Congress’ statement that Rahul Gandhi is a “janeu-dhari Hindu”, he said: “After Somnath temple… whatever register they gave he signed. They twisted it as if he is non-Hindu. Therefore Congress party had to counter it.”

Patel said during the campaigning, the then party Vice President Rahul Gandhi got a good response from the people of Gujarat, and that in certain places “he was attracting more crowd than Narendra Modi”.

He also said that his being the Chief Minister of Gujarat was “out of the question”.

“I have always been low-profile… I don’t have any ambition for any government post, I have never been a Minister. It is all propaganda… these were gimmicks of Narendra Modi…” Patel said.

Patel alleged that the BJP, which has been in power in Gujarat for the past 22 years, misused the administration to influence elections, and also distributed liquor.

“The way they spent money, not just money but liquor as well. They even misused the administration,” he said.

Asked if Rahul Gandhi, who was made Congress President on Saturday, had emerged as a hero after the results, Patel said the poll was more about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah’s prestige.

“Gujarat is the home turf of the Prime Minister. It is the state of BJP’s national president. It is a prestige issue for them, they can’t lose this state,” he said.

To a question on whether Sonia Gandhi will continue in active politics or retire, Patel refused to answer.

“This question only she can answer… When elections come up in Rae Bareli she will decide,” he said.

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Nitish Kumar taunts Congress over defeat in Gujarat

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Patna, Dec 18 : BJP ally, Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President Nitish Kumar on Monday taunted the Congress, saying the party had claimed victory in Gujarat and it lost Himachal Pradesh too. He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over the party winning in both states.

“Claiming victory in Gujarat, Congress lost in Himachal Pradesh also,” Nitish Kumar said in a tweet reacting to the outcome of assembly polls in the two states.

He gave the credit of victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader, targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying: “Demonetisation of Gabbar had been done in Gujarat.

He was referring to Rahul Gandhi describing GST as “Gabbar Singh Tax” during the campaign in Gujarat polls to reach out to people about how badly it had hit them.

“People of Gujarat have put their stamp on GST and demonetisation. Gabbar has been demonetised in Gujarat. BJP victory in Gujarat is a victory of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he said.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, who is incharge of BJP in Himachal Pradesh,said people in Himachal as well as in Gujarat had voted for development and governance led by Modi and Amit Shah. “BJP victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have made it clear that the days of caste and communal politics are over.”

Pandey said people have proved again that Modi is the most popular and accepted leader in the country.

Union minister Griraj Singh said Rahul Gandhi had tried to break the social fabric of Gujarat but failed to. “The people of Gujarat have voted against his attempt to break social unity.”

Actor-turned-politician and BJP MP Satrughan Sinha also congratulated Modi for his untiring efforts, sincerity, energy and his magic, which remains intact.

The BJP leaders and workers across Bihar are celebrating the victory of party in the two states.

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Satisfied, not disappointed: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Dec 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday, reacting to the verdict of the high-stakes assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, said  he was “satisfied, not disappointed”. 

Gandhi came up with this statement while speaking outside the Parliament.

After witnessing neck and neck fight, the Bharatiya Janta Party managed to reach the halfway mark.

Later in a day, taking to twitter the newly elected Congress President thanked people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for showing love. He also praised party workers for contesting with immense courage.

“The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me”, he tweeted.

“My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage”, Gandhi said.

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