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Rahul Gandhi assures student issues will be on national agenda

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New Delhi, Dec 6: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today assured the students that his party will put the issues concerning the “nation builders” of future on the national agenda.

Taking a note that many from the student community witness an “uphill task”, Gandhi assured them of direct access to opportunities and promised to end corruption in the academic system.

In an open letter to students, Gandhi stated a platform “Behtar Bharat” was being unveiled where students would have their say, thereby putting students’ issues on the national agenda.

“You tell us the issues that matter to you and we will put them on the national agenda. Your concerns are our concerns, your priorities are the Congress party’s priorities,” wrote Gandhi.

Calling them “nation builders”, the Congress Chief said: “Countries forge ahead not with war but with science and technology and art and literature. Societies progress by embracing rationality and justice.

“However, many of you face an uphill battle: it is not easy to get admission into good colleges, college fees are often very high, and sometimes what you study does not seem helpful to getting a job.

“We will do everything we can so that you have direct access to opportunities, and we will end the corruption in the system which holds you back,” said Gandhi.

Behtar Bharat was launched by the Congress student wing National Students Union of India.

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Election results setback for Modi, Shah: CPI-M

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : The results of Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland are a setback for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, the CPI-M has said, warning that the BJP may be tempted now to whip up more communal frenzy.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” also warned the Congress to immediately address the problems of agrarian distress and employment generation in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

“They cannot afford to take a soft attitude to communal activities and must crack down on cow vigilantism and mob lynching,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

“It provides the much needed momentum for the forthcoming battle in the Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP,” it added.

The results of the elections in the three BJP-ruled states have a national significance, it said.

“The defeat has dented the image of invincibility around the Modi-Shah duo which has been assiduously built up by the BJP… They have proved to be ineffective in their own traditional strongholds.”

The editorial also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been increasingly losing by-elections, reflecting “the growing discontent among the people against the Modi government at the Centre and the BJP-ruled state governments”.

At the same time, it faulted the Congress for trying to borrow some issues from the Hindutva platform. This, it said, did not get them any electoral benefits.

But it warned that the BJP had still got a substantial vote share — 41 per cent in Madhya Pradesh and 38.8 per cent in Rajasthan. In the former it was 0.1 per cent ahead of the Congress vote share and just 0.5 per cent less than the Congress share in Rajasthan.

“This underlines the scope for a BJP recovery if there is a slight swing in its favour. It also points to the likely possibility of the BJP-RSS combine stepping up its communal agenda in the coming days in view of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Manohar Parrikar’s sons offer prayers on his birthday

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Panaji, Dec 13: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons celebrated his 63rd birthday on Thursday by offering prayers at a popular temple here.

Parrikar’s sons were accompanied by former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar and several other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers to the Mahalaxmi temple, after which a blood donation camp was organised at the party’s state headquarters here.

“Holding a blood donation camp is our Chief Minister’s tradition on his birthday. We are following it,” Kuncalienkar told the media.

Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has not moved out of his private residence since October 14, was however not present.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah also wished Parrikar on Twitter.

“Wishing a very happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri @manoharparrikar ji. His passion and commitment towards the development of Goa is truly great, I pray for his good health,” Shah tweeted.

State Congress president Girish Chodankar also wished the Chief Minister “good health”.

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I’ll live and die in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Bhopal, Dec 13: Outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that ” I will not go to the centre, I’ll live in and die in Madhya Pradesh.

His remarks come a day after, Chouhan resigned from his post following a nail-biting defeat in the State.

Taking moral responsibility for the defeat in the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, the outgoing Chief Minister yesterday stated that the BJP will now play the role of a “vigilant and constructive opposition”.

In the recently held assembly elections, the Congress fell two short of the halfway mark when it won 114 seats and the BJP secured 109 seats.

Though, with the support of three MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and four Independents, the Congress is all set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

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