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Rahul Gandhi visits gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor in Gwalior

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Gwalior, Oct 16: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday paid a visit to Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor in Gwalior.

Senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath were also present.

The Congress Chief, who is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, offered prayers at the famous Peetambra Shaktipeeth in Datia on Monday.

Later in a day, Gandhi will address a gathering at Mela Ground in Sheopur city and at Sabalgarh and Joura.

In the evening, the Congress President will hold a 26km-long road show from Joura to Morena. Around 8 p.m. he will take off for Delhi from Gwalior.

Madhya Pradesh is set to polls on November 28. The results will be declared on December 11.

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Bihar Poll: Will Fill 10 Lakh Vacancies Soon After Returning To Power: Tejashwi Yadav

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday promised that if his party returned to power after the Bihar Assembly elections, over 10 lakh government vacancies in different departments would be filled within two months.

He also accused the Nitish Kumar government of neglecting the youths of Bihar.

“As a result, job scarcity is at its highest in state. He is unable to fill 4.5 lakh vacancies in different departments. Besides, vacant posts of supporting staffs are even more,” the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly told the media here.

“If we calculate, over 10 lakh posts are lying vacant in various departments. Besides, opportunities to create jobs in industries and unorganised sectors are also possible,” Tejashwi said.

“As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), one doctor is required for every 1,000 people. Accordingly, 1.25 lakh doctors are required for 12 crore people of the state. Besides, around 2 lakh support staff like nurses, lab technicians and Group D employees are needed. As many as 50,000 posts of teachers and 75,000 Junior Engineers will be filled. In Bihar police, over 50,000 posts are vacant,” he added.

He also claimed that law and order in Bihar was at its worse. “When the RJD was part of the state government for 15 months, I was the Deputy CM… the crime graph had gone down during that period.”

Playing the regional card, Tejashwi said that he had earlier advocated the implementation of the domicile law in Bihar but the Chief Minister did not agree.

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

The RJD leader also took a dig at Nitish Kumar’s claims on ‘sushasan’ (good governance), asking if he was denying that 60 scams had taken place during his rule. “Srijan scam, paddy scam, Saat Nischay scam etc took place… I want to ask Nitishji about the recovery of money from offenders. How much money did he manage to recover from scamsters? Does he have the guts to reveal the amount in public domain?” Tejashwi said.

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Congress names two candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypolls

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Lucknow, Sep 27 : The Congress has announced candidates for two of the total eight Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats where by-elections are due.

The party has named Aarti Vajpayee as its candidate from the Bangarmau assembly seat. The seat fell vacant following the disqualification of sitting BJP member Kuldeep Sengar who was convicted in a rape case last year.

The Congress has named Haider Ali Khan on the Suar assembly seat in Rampur district. This seat fell vacant following the disqualification of Samajwadi Party’s sitting member Abdullah Azam who had allegedly forged his birth documents.

The Congress is the first party to announce candidates on two assembly seats.

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Congress’s Kumari Selja dares JJP to leave alliance with BJP in Haryana

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : In a bid to corner the Jannayak Janta Party, Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja on Sunday dared it to leave the alliance partner BJP in the state to protest against the three agriculture-related Bills even as the opposition party announced protests by PCCs on Monday.

“The JJP led by Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala should quit the alliance in Haryana if he is serious on the farmer issues. The soul of Devi Lalji (Chautala’s great-grandfather) must be crying on the farmers’ plight,” she said while addressing a press conference virtually.

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said: “As an extension of our concerted opposition to these anti-farmer Bills, the PCCs will hold protests on September 28. Pradesh Congress Committee Presidents, CLP leaders (CMs in Congress-ruled states) along with all MPs, MLAs, ex-Ministers, ex-MPs will walk from respective PCC offices or designated points like Mahatma Gandhi’s statues in different state Capitals to the Raj Bhavans and submit to the Governors memorandums addressed to the President of India on these Bills.”

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar alleged that the BJP had adopted diversionary tactics to shift focus away from farmer issues and misusing the Narcotics Control Bureau for the purpose.

The Congress claimed that the marginal farmers would be affected the most by the proposed laws. “If the government is so serious about the MSPs, why is it not putting it on the statute? They are only talking about the MSP due to Bihar Assembly elections as the Bihar model to scrap the MSP has failed.”

The party reiterated its allegation that the Bills intended to scrap the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism and abolish Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, which would render a big blow to farmers who contributed immensely to the Indian economy even during COVID pandemic.

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