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Rahul is now my boss too, Let there be no doubt about that: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, Feb 8: After serving as the Congress president for nearly two decades, Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called the new party chief Rahul Gandhi “her boss too” and said let there be no doubt about that. 

We have a new Congress president and on your behalf and my own, I wish him all the best. He is now my boss too. Let there be no doubt about that Sonia Gandhi told  Congress parliamentarians.

Expressing confidence that the party would retain power in the Karnataka Assembly elections, she said we performed very creditably in Gujarat and by-election in Rajasthan under tough circumstances. This shows winds of change are coming. I am sure Karnataka too will underline resurgence of Congress.

“As for myself, as Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, I will work with the Congress President and other colleagues in discussions with like-minded political parties to ensure that in the next election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path,” Gandhi said.

While hitting out at ruling party BJP, Gandhi stated it has been almost 4 years since this government came to power, this has been a period in which institutions which have come under systematic assault-Parliament itself, judiciary, media and civil society.

“Investigative agencies have been let loose against political opponents”, she added.

Terming the 2014 electoral debacle of the party as an “aberration”, she called upon party workers to channelise the “discontent” among people against the Modi government.

“We have to be in a state of readiness for the national elections which are due in slightly over a year – and might well be called earlier as they were in 2004. No doubt 2014 was a severe setback, but I am convinced that it was an aberration.

“Increasingly, the people of our country, people belonging to all sections of our society, are getting disillusioned with the present regime. It is for us to channel this discontent into support (for the opposition),” former Congress President asserted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have floated the idea of simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assemblies and have called for a political consensus on the issue, setting off speculation that there could be early elections to Lok Sabha this year along with the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Gandhi voiced for building a positive and credible narrative against the Modi government.

“We have demonstrated our resilience before and we are now called upon to do so again. For this we must not only highlight the abject failures of the Modi government but more importantly, build a positive and credible narrative for ourselves on issues of public concern,” she stated.

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Mirzapur MP seeks ban on ‘Mirzapur 2’

“Mirzapur 2” is a violent tale of feuds in families, politics and elections.

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The Apna Dal MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district, has demanded a ban on the web series, “Mirzapur 2”, saying it was spreading ethnic disharmony.

The MP has also alleged that the series, that was recently released on Amazon Prime, was maligning the image of Mirzapur by portraying it as a “violent” region.

She told reporters that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Mirzapur “is a ‘centre of harmony’ and the matter must be investigated and strict action taken against those responsible for sullying its image”.

“Mirzapur 2” is a violent tale of feuds in families, politics and elections.

It features Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi Ali Fazal and Divyendu Sharma in the primary roles.

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If GST has failed, revert to the old tax system: Uddhav Thackeray

“Don’t destabilise the non-BJP governments. If these things continue, it will lead to an anarchic situation in the country,” Thackeray warned.

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Mumbai : In a significant statement, Shiv Sena President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that if the system of GST has failed, then the Centre should honestly admit it and revert to the old system of taxation in the country.

Addressing the party’s annual Dassehra Rally online with only 50 people present in an auditorium near Shivaji Park, Thackeray said that Maharashtra has not been refunded its Goods & Service Tax (GST) dues of Rs.38,000 crore which has created huge financial crises for the state in the Corona pandemic times.

“From all this, it appears that the GST system is proving a hoaxa It is time to review the present form of GST as the states are not beneittinga If it is not working, the Prime Minister should honestly admit it and bring back the old system of taxation,” Thackeray said.

Referring to similar problems faced by other states, Thackeray said the country is not of one party and urged Chief Ministers of states to join together, meet the PM to discuss and sort out the issues.

At the same time he lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for promising to distribute free Corona vaccines to the people of Bihar if itsAalliance is voted back to power in its poll manifesto.

“On one hand you don’t give us our legitimate GST dues and on the other, you promise free vaccines to people Bihara Where will the money come from? So what about other people of Indiaa Why this blatant discrimination? Is the rest of the country a Pakistan,” Thackeray said.

In another veiled punch on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari without taking any names, Thackeray questioned the credentials of those who sought to enquire about his ‘Hindutva’, referring to the recent letter-war.

“Our ‘Hindutva’ is far older and different from your ‘Hindutva’. The late Balasaheb Thackeray spoke about it when others were even scared to utter the word. I have pounced once, if needed will pounc again,” Thackeray warned.

Taking a swipe at the state Opposition BJP leaders and those wearing ‘black caps’, Thackeray advised them to listen carefully to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Dassehra Rally speech.

“Our ‘Hindutva’ is not limited to deities, temples or pujas or ringing bells or banging thaalis. Our ‘Hindutva’ itself is our Nationalism. You enacted a cow protection law in Maharashtra, why not in Goa,” he asked.

“Shiv Sena had demanded to make Mohan Bhagwat the President, but they have joined hands with Nitish Kumar’s party in Bihar which wanted no truck with anybody connected with RSS. Don’t play political games of ‘iski topi, uske sar’ in the name of ‘Hindutva’,” Thackeray said.

Training guns on the BJP and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavist for their hurry in toppling the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Thackeray took another jibe, saying despite many “Tarikh pe Tarikh, my government has survived and is stable”.

“From day one when I took over as CM, some people are dreaming of throwing me out. I repeat what I said then – This is an open challenge. If you have the guts, then try to dislodge my government,” Thackeray said.

The CM expressed concern over the “strange goings-on” in the country which is in the grip of the Corona pandemic, the economic crises and other serious issues, saying, “but the BJP is only interested in playing temple politics in lockdown and busy felling state governments during the pandemic”.

“Don’t destabilise the non-BJP governments. If these things continue, it will lead to an anarchic situation in the country,” Thackeray warned.

Without naming actress Kangana Ranaut, the CM said, “Those who don’t even proper food in their state come here, make money and then become ‘namak-haram’ (traitors) by comparing Mumbai with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and defaming the state, its leaders and the police department.”

“Temples will be opened at the right time. I also have full faith in the Mumbai Police, they are among the best in the world. Anybody attempting to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra would be reduced to dust. Had you (BJP) had spared so much time for the people of the country as you do for your party activities, it would be better for all,” Thackeray declared.

The Covid-compliant mini-Dassehra Rally was held in the Swatantraveer Savarkar auditorium – an unprecedented development since the inaugural rally in 1966 – and the first by Thackeray as the CM, with the presence of top Sena leaders, ministers and elected representatives, while it was telecast and webcast live to the audiences across the state.

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BJP targets Congress via Jamat-e-Islami, drags in RJD

He further hit out at Rahul Gandhi, calling him ‘yuvaraj’, saying: “When the PFI people were caught in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere, the Yuvraj of Congress reached out to console them.”

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New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday targeted the Congress through Jamat-e-Islami. It alleged that the organisation created a welfare party to “help” Congress.

“For the convenience of the Congress, Jamaat-e-Islami has formed a political party, probably named it Welfare Party,” alleged Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

He further alleged that the activities of Jamaat-e-Islami includes bloodshed, terror and acts against humanity.

“But when Modi ji’s government came, it was banned because of his activities in Kashmir,” he said.

Organisations such as this are promoting terrorism and known for their “jihadi mentality”, claimed Naqvi in a media briefing.

“Its relationship with Congress is reflective of the changed mentality of Congress,” Naqvi charged.

He further hit out at Rahul Gandhi, calling him ‘yuvaraj’, saying: “When the PFI people were caught in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere, the Yuvraj of Congress reached out to console them.”

Naqvi further said that the alliance of the Congress with such organisations will have to be explained by the Congress.

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