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Dubai, Jan 12 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaving the Congress out of the alliance in Uttar Pradesh was not a “setback” for his party, and stressed that the poll results “would surprise people”.

“The SP and BSP have every right to have an alliance. It’s their political decision. They might have taken it after due consideration. I won’t call it a setback because the BJP is anyway not going to win any seats in Uttar Pradesh,” Gandhi said at a press conference here.

“The Congress party has tremendous amount to offer to the people of Uttar Pradesh, so we will do our best. We will fight with full aggression for our ideology. And the result will surprise people,” he added.

Gandhi said the results of the coming parliamentary elections will surprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi who “will not understand what has happened”.

However, Gandhi refused to open up on possibility of a post-poll alliance with the two dominant parties in Uttar Pradesh. Notably, the SP-BSP alliance will not field its candidates on the Lok Sabha seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli, the constituencies of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi respectively.

“I have tremendous respect for Mayawati ji, Mulayam Singh ji and Akhilesh. The BSP and SP have said a few wrong things about us, but we accept it. That’s our way of doing things,” Rahul Gandhi said.

He said the Congress “might give a surprise or two to the people” about what it was capable of doing in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh is considered the most crucial as it has 80 in the Lok Sabha seats, the maximum for any state. Political pundits hold that the road to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister’s office, goes from Uttar Pradesh.

Gandhi also emphasised that the equation in Uttar Pradesh will not affect alliances in others states.

“The situations are different in different states. In Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Bihar and others states, alliances are being sealed smoothly one after another. So I don’t think it should be any problem,” he said.

Asked what will be his priorities if his party comes to power, Gandhi said the Congress government would take “rational economic decisions” and would restructure the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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AAP will Support Congress if Next PM is From Grand Old Party: Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Openly announcing support for Rahul Gandhi in 2019, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the party would extend support to the grand old party as there is much likelihood that the next Prime Minister would be from the Congress .

“Abhi bahar mujhse koi keh raha tha ki log keh rahe hain ki Congress ko vote isliye denge kyunki Pradhanmantri unka banega, hum ye keh rahe hain ki agar Pradhanmantri unka hi bana toh hum bhi usey support kar denge,” Khan said indicating that 2019 is Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

The major statement by AAP’s Amanatullah Khan was made in the presence of Chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Waqf Board meeting.

The chairman of the board, urged the Imams of the city mosques to support the AAP and said, “People are saying they will vote for the Congress because the next prime minister will be from that party.

Muslim voters should elect AAP in Delhi and if Congress wins at the Centre, “it will draw our support”, he said.

Kejriwal also said that his party will support anyone except Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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INA veterans to march in Republic day parade

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Marching Contingent on Rajpath during Republic Day Parade 2018

New Delhi, Jan 23 : For the first time, four veterans from the Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose will take part in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath.

The move is considered as an unprecedented honor for freedom fighters and the acknowlegmentof the contribution of INA in the Indian independence

According to the report, the veterans- Parmanand, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal. The four are aged 95 plus.
The four veterans, who fought World War II, will be seated in jeeps that will march past Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

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Piyush Goyal given temporary charge of Finance

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New Delhi, Jan 23 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given charge of Finance Ministry in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in the US for medical treatment, apparently ruling out his recuperation in time for the interim budget to be presented on February 1.

Goyal will hold the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs on a temporary basis till the resumption of duties by Jaitley, who has now been made a Minister without portfolio, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said.

Jaitley (66) had a kidney transplant in May last year and then too Goyal was put in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs,” the communique said.

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