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Rahul Gandhi to address public meeting in Andhra on Sunday



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Vijayawada, June 3:  After his visit to Telangana earlier this week, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will visit Andhra Pradesh on Sunday to address a public meeting in Guntur near here on the demand for special category status to the state.

Gandhi will promise the special category status to Andhra Pradesh if the party is voted to power in the 2019 assembly elections.

At the public meeting, the Congress leader will also likely come down heavily on the Telugu Desam Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in the state for going back on their poll promise to accord the special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Communist Party of India national Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy, and Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address the rally, state Congress chief Raghuveera Reddy said.

The Congress has also invited YSR Congress Party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan to the meeting.

It will be the first major public meeting to be addressed by a national Congress leader in Andhra Pradesh since 2014, when the party was wiped out in the simultaneous elections to the assembly and Lok Sabha.

Blamed for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Congress faced the worst rout in its former stronghold as it could not win even a single assembly or Lok Sabha seat in the state.

Rahul Gandhi had visited the state in 2015 but it was confined to a ‘padyatra’ in Anantapur district to highlight the problems of farmers and women.

During the debate on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in Parliament, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised the special status to Andhra Pradesh for five years.

Both the BJP and TDP, during the 2014 elections, had promised the special status for 10 years.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, however, has ruled out the special status, citing a report of the 14th Finance Commission, which states that no state other than north-eastern and hilly states could be given this status.

The Centre last year announced a special package, instead of special status, for Andhra Pradesh.

Since then, the BJP-TDP alliance has been facing criticism from opposition and other organisations.

Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Sangareddy in Telangana on Thursday drew huge public response, even beyond the party’s own expectations. This was the first major show of strength by the Congress in three years in Telangana.

The Congress leader targeted Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for perpetrating ‘family rule’ and for failing to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the people of Telangana.



Govt ‘Invented’ story on Data theft to divert attention from death of 39 Indians in Mosul: Rahul Gandhi



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New Delhi, March 22: Launching a scathing attack, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government invented a story on “data theft” to divert public attention from the death of 39 Indians in Mosul. 

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi stated as the Centre caught lying over the death of thirty-nine Indians so they created a story on Congress and Data Theft.

As a result, all the attention diverted to data theft.

The AICC chief asserted problems and solutions in a tweet.

Problem: 39 Indians dead; Govt on the mat, caught lying.

Solution: Invent story on Congress & Data Theft.

Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar.

Problem solved.


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Election Commission allows Mukhtar Ansari to vote in Rajya Sabha polls



BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari

Lucknow, March 22: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday allowed jailed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mukhtar Ansari to cast vote in the upcoming Rajya Sabha (RS) elections.

BSP national general secretary, Rajya Sabha member and renowned Supreme Court advocate, Satish Chand Mishra had filed a plea in the Allahabad High Court for the release of two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and Hariom Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), so that they could participate in March 23 elections.

Ansari is the prime accused in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai, among other crimes, and has pleaded not guilty.

In September 2017, He was acquitted in connection with contractor Manna Singh’s murder case.

There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April.

The tenure of three nominated members – actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga – will also be ending then.


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TDP calls for statewide protest




Amaravati, March 22: The Telugu Desam Party to stage a statewide peaceful protest in the support of party MPs’ agitation in the Parliament on Thursday. 

Calling for the agitation, TDP Andhra Pradesh unit president K . Kala Venkatrao in a teleconference with MPs, MLAs, MLCs, in-charges and other party leaders told them to sit on demonstration and protest meetings in major junctions of all constituencies , ANI reported.

Venkatrao also urged them that the agitation must be peaceful and should not cause any trouble to the common man.

Meanwhile, the mass organisations affiliated to left parties on Thursday also called for highway blockade, which all parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also announced support to the blockade and cited state interests as the reason .

Venkatrao stated the YSRCP may cause destruction and violence during the protest, so the TDP should not join protests along with them but hold public agitation separately.

On the other hand, Naidu in a teleconference with MPs asserted the BJP had been suspecting the TDP for quite some time now and not believing the TDP chief’s statement about his interest in national politics.

“They do not believe even after I clarified that I don’t have any interest in national politics . For the same, though there was no need, the ruling party at Centre took the support of YSRCP during the presidential polls”.

After the Andhra ruling party’s withdrew from the NDA, Wednesday’s assembly session witnessed  a confrontation between the TDP and BJP on ranges of issues.


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