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Rahul Gandhi kicks off Telangana poll campaign with attack on Modi, KCR

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Hyderabad, Oct 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi kicked off his party’s election campaign in Telangana by targeting both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao by accusing them both of indulging in corruption.

Promising to build ‘new Telangana’, he addressed a massive public meeting at Bhainsa town in Adilabad district, where he told people that five years were wasted as Chief Minister Rao shattered the dreams of the new state.

Gandhi said it was only KCR’s family which “cornered” all the benefits. He said only Congress could build a Telangana which is free from corruption and farmers’ suicides.

On his first visit to Telangana after the announcement of the poll schedule, Gandhi was scheduled to address public meetings in Kamareddy and Hyderabad later in the day.

The Congress chief told the gathering at Bhaina that governments of both Modi and KCR were on their way out.

He also alleged that KCR insulted B.R. Ambedkar by changing the name of an irrigation project in the state to Kaleshwaram.

He claimed that KCR was resorting to corruption in irrigation projects by redesigning them to benefit his family and friends.

“This project was named after Ambedkar and was to be built at a cost of Rs 38,000 crore but KCR has revised the cost to Rs 1 lakh crore. Other irrigation projects were also redesigned to hike their cost,” he said.

He promised that if voted to power Congress would implement the legislation brought by the UPA government to protect the lands of farmers and tribals and return the lands which were forcibly acquired by the KCR government.

He claimed that the purpose of the legislation was to ensure that the lands of farmers were not acquired without their consent and if the lands are acquired with their consent they should be paid compensation which is four times the market value.

Gandhi said if voted to power Congress would waive all farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh and pay Rs 3,000 unemployment allowance to youth.

He alleged that KCR failed to fulfil his promises to provide one job in each family, three acres of land to every Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe family, two bed-room houses for poor and drinking water to every household.

Gandhi said like KCR, Modi had also made false promises including Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, two crore jobs every year and remunerative prices for farmers.

On Modi’s charge that Congress did nothing for the poor, Gandhi claimed that it was Congress which pulled out many families out of poverty by brining MNREGA and providing right to food.

Gandhi said Modi had promised that he would work as a “chowkidar” but he did not mention whose “chowkidari” he would do. He alleged that Modi was doing “chowkidari” of the likes of Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi and Anil Ambani.

He reiterated that Modi snatched Rafale contract from public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and gave it to Anil Ambani to benefit him to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore. “India’s chowkidar has stolen people’s money,” he said.

The Congress leader also alleged that Modi spreads hatred. “He pits people of one religion against another, one caste against the other and one region against another.

“He is weakening the country. Congress believes in uniting people irrespective of their religion, caste and region and that the difference between BJP and Congress,” he said.

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Congress asks Centre to provide CISF security to Navjot Singh Sidhu

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The Congress on Saturday asked the central government to provide CISF security and protection to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu citing ‘growing threat perception to his life’.

In this regard, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Congress said that Sidhu has always been a high-risk target as he has held campaigns against drug mafia and criminals in the state.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu has taken on Akali Dal (Badal) and also their anti-people policies, besides exposing the unholy nexus between the Akal Dal (Badal) and certain criminal elements on numerous occasions,” the letter said.

The letter further stated that the threats against Sidhu had increased after he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party and joined the Congress last year.

“As a result of his highly visible profile and political campaign, he has always been a high-risk target. However, there has been a marked escalation in these threats since S. Sidhu left the BJP and joined the Indian National Congress”.

In his letter to Home Ministery, Surjewala also said that through the Punjab Sidhu has been given adequate security, they cannot do so across the country.

“S. Sidhu is travelling extensively throughout the country during elections as also on other Party programmes on a regular basis. While the State of Punjab has provided him with adequate security, Punjab Police personnel cannot be assigned the responsibility of security in rest of India”.

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RLSP gives ultimatum to BJP over seat-sharing in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 17: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to the BJP to ensure by November 30 “respectful” seat-sharing in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Kushwaha said the RLSP has decided to reject the offer made to it in the seat-sharing formula finalised by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

“The BJP should decide a respectful seat-sharing for the RLSP in the NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar by November 30,” Kushwaha told reporters here after the party’s executive meeting.

Kushwaha said that the party’s State Executive has rejected the offer of seats to the party by the BJP. However, he refused to reveal the number of seats offered by the BJP.

Kushwaha also expressed unhappiness over the failure of BJP president Amit Shah to meet him in Delhi.

“I have twice tried to meet Amit Shah to discuss a respectful seat-sharing in the NDA in Bihar. Even on Friday I waited to meet him, but could not. I was not given time to meet Amit Shah.”

Kushwaha said that now he would not meet any BJP leader except Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the isue of seat-sharing.

“I will not make any move on my part to discuss seat sharing. Now, the BJP will have to make a move for seat sharing with the RLSP.”

He said that a delay in seat sharing will prove disastrous and costly for the NDA.

“It will be harmful for the BJP.”

Kushwaha alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has been trying to split the RLSP and destroy him politically.

The grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) are hopeful that the RLSP will join them soon.

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Parliament Winter Session: Congress to take up Parrikar’s health, constitutional crisis in Goa

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Panaji, Nov 17: The Congress will raise the issue of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s continuance in power and the impending “constitutional crisis” in BJP-ruled Goa in Parliament, party’s national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday.

The Congress leader demanded the convening of a special session of the Goa Legislative Assembly while daring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government here to prove its majority in a floor test.

“We are going to nationally put pressure on the BJP and the Centre. If necessary, we will move the President of India. We will also raise the issue inside the Parliament in the forthcoming winter session and we will say that Goa is the most classic case of a fraud being played on the Constitution of India by the Governor and the BJP government,” Surjewala said at a press conference here.

“This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and the floor test will determine as to which party has the rightful claim to head a democratic government in people’s interest,” he added.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) communications cell in-charge said the coastal state was suffering from a “complete breakdown of constitutional machinery”.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence for any official event since.

The Opposition, as well ruling coalition allies have been demanding Parrikar’s resignation, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to his absence.

On Saturday, Deepak Dhavalikar, president of ruling coalition outfit, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, demanded that Parrikar step down from the chief ministerial post and appoint a replacement.

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