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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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BJP walks out of Karnataka Assembly ahead of trust vote

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Bengaluru, May 25: BJP members on Friday walked out of the Karnataka Assembly ahead of the trust vote moved by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in the House.

“Let’s see how long you last,” said BS Yeddyurappa, as he staged a dramatic walkout from the House. The 58-year-old Janata Dal Secular leader, who was sworn in on Wednesday, won the floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour.

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BJP MP Vinay Katiyar attacks Priyanka, says Rohingyas sympathisers should leave India

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New Delhi, May 24: Two days after actor and UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra visited Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Thursday attacked her and said those sympathising with Rohingyas should not be allowed to live in India and sympathisers should leave the country.

Taking a dig at Priyanka Chopra, he said there is no place for Rohingyas Muslims in India. He further added that Priyanka Chopra shouldn’t have to meet Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. Yesterday, Priyanka Chopra said, “Many months later Rohingya Muslims are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong…even worse when they will get their next meal.”

Priyanka Chopra on Monday visited Cox’s Bazaar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world and to share his experience, Priyanka Chopra on Twitter said, “I’m in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh today for a field visit UNICEF, visiting one of the largest refugee camps in the world.”

The actor also shared her pictures with victim children staying in refugee camps on the social media app Instagram. According to United Nations’official stats, almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017.

When Mansur Ali, 12 yrs old, first came to the Child Friendly Space (CFS) at the Balukhali camp, he was only drawing scenes of bloodshed and violence. Helicopters shooting at him and his friends playing soccer… or his village and home being on fire with burning bodies all around him.. Today, his drawings reflect a more hopeful story, one we would like all these children to have. Since the #Rohingya children have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, they have been living in overcrowded camps with no real place that to call their own. Imagine a space that lets you forget your troubles and be a child again… even if its only for just a few hours a day. For the Rohingya children, over 300,000, in the camps in Bangladesh this is the only space that allows them to be kids. These Child Friendly Spaces created by @unicef give kids access to art, music, dance, sport, and counselling etc. The space has often proved to be very therapeutic, helping these kids deal with the horrific situations they faced.. the @unicef aid workers work tirelessly to make sure these children find their spirit again. It doesn’t matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are… NO child deserves a life without hope for the future. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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As I walk into the Women Friendly Space at the Jamtoli Camp, I am instantly struck by a certain calmness. These camps are loud & crowded, actually overcrowded, and so to find a quiet oasis, in this case a small hut with a tarp roof and thatched bamboo walls, is surprising. But for the girls in this camp, this is what they call their “house of peace.” It’s a place they can come and just be. A place to interact with friends, seek counselling, learn about hygiene, or learn life skills like art and music. There are approx 50 Women Friendly Spaces in the camps, just like this one, that on any given day see 50-70 Rohingya girls seeking these safe havens. The centers open at 9am, but there is seldom a day when the women aren’t lined up early, waiting for the doors to open. It is here that I met three 18 year old young women, in particular, who’s stories really shook me – their names have been omitted to protect their identities. They recounted lives of pain and suffering so horrifying…it’s difficult to fathom. One scarred with memories of houses in her village being burned – she and her parents traveled for two days to get here, passing hundreds of decapitated and dismembered bodies along the way. Another shared stories of young girls being pulled from their homes to be raped and tortured. They even tried to kill her and cut her with a knife, but she fought back. How did you manage to be so brave, I asked her…she replied, “If you’re born you will die, so I’m not scared of dying today.” In what world is it normal for an 18 year old girl to have this perspective on life?! The third young woman traveled for nearly two weeks on foot through the forest, where her youngest brother died along the way. There was lots of rape and torture back home she told me, and some women’s breasts were even cut off. While their lives are safer now, they are all still struggling. They know that with an education they can get a job and create better lives for their family, like buying protein for their meals, and clean drinking water. It’s literally as basic as that. Please help however you can, no donation is too small…go to www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef

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This is little Shohida (8 months old), who stole my heart with her infectious smile. It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life…here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19 years old at the time) walked for 15 days, while 6 months pregnant with her ,to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world. When you’re dealing with a mass exodus of thousands of people, who have been displaced from their homes and are desperate for refuge, the need for proper health and nutrition takes center stage…especially for women and children. On the various Unicef Field Visits I have taken, I am always surprised by the simple yet effective solutions that @unicef and their partners develop to deal with the most dire and pressing situations and issues. This is something I experienced again today during my visit to the Nutrition Centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar. More than 60,000 babies have been born in the camps over the past 8 months, so this center is an essential resource for new mothers to learn about proper feeding and nutrition. It all begins with the MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level. From there, aids create a program for the child and a nutrient rich, ready-to-eat peanut paste is portioned out for each child based on the severity of malnutrition. At the Center mother’s are also taught basic hygiene and good health practices when they are in their homes. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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Priyanka, 35, has worked with Unicef for a decade and was appointed as the national and global Unicef goodwill ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes causes such as environment, health and education and women’s rights among many others.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

Last year, Priyanka had met Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

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Maha MLC biennial polls: Counting of votes underway

In the 78-member Legislative Council, the NCP is the single largest party with 23 seats, followed by the Congress (19), the BJP (18) and the Shiv Sena (nine).

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Mumbai, May 24 : Counting of votes was underway today for five out of the six local bodies seats where biennial elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council were held on Monday.

The counting began at 8 am, an election official said.

The Election Commission deferred the counting process for the election to Osamanabad-Beed-Latur seat in view of a court order pertaining to suspension of some members of local bodies in Beed district.

The election was held as three members of the NCP, two of the BJP and one of the Congress are retiring from the Upper House of the state Legislature on June 21.

As many as 16 candidates are in fray in the six seats where there are total 4,621 voters, comprising members of 128zilla parishads, municipal corporations, municipal councils, nagar panchayats and the cantonment board.

In the 78-member Legislative Council, the NCP is the single largest party with 23 seats, followed by the Congress (19), the BJP (18) and the Shiv Sena (nine).

The JD(U), the PWP and the Peoples’ Republican Party have one member each while there are six independents.

The term of NCP’s Anil Tatkare, who represents the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local bodies’ constituency, will end on May 31.

Besides, the terms of NCP’s Jayant Jadhav (Nashik) and Abdullah Khan A Latif Khan Durani (Parbhani-Hingoli), BJP’s Pravin Pote (Amravati) andMitesh Bhangdia (Wardha-Chandrapur -Gadchiroli) and Congress’ Dilip Deshmukh (Osmanabad-Latur- Beed) would end on June 21.

Pote is Minister of State for Industries in the Maharashtra government.

The Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat contest is being viewed as a battle of prestige between state Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde (BJP) and her cousin Dhananjay Munde (NCP), the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council.

Earlier, Ramesh Karad of the NCP had withdrawn his nomination from the seat at the last minute.

Karad, a staunch supporter of Pankaja Munde, had joined the NCP and was immediately declared the party candidate.

But after Karad’s withdrawal, the NCP extended its support to independent candidate Ashok Jagdale. The BJP has fielded former NCP minister Suresh Dhas for this bypoll.

The ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena, the warring constituent in the Maharashtra government, are contesting three seats each.

The Sena is contesting Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Nasik and Parbhani-Hingoli seats.

The NCP is taking on the Sena in Raigad-Ratnagiri- Sindhudurg and Nashik.

In the Parbhani-Hingoli local authorities constituency BJP rebel Suresh Nangare is in fray, along with Shiv Sena’s Viplav Bajoria and Congress’ Suresh Deshmukh.

BJP’s Rajya Sabha member and former chief minister Narayan Rane has declared his support to NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare in the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local authorities constituency, against Sena’s Rajeev Sabale.

Pravin Pote of the BJP is contesting from Amaravati constituency against Anil Madhogaria of the Congress.

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