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What China does in two years, Modi govt takes one year: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Jan 15: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Modi government, what China does in two years saying it takes a year to complete. 

While addressing a public meeting at Salon, which is located in Rae Bareli district, he said “Jo kaam China ki sarkaar do din mein karti hai use karne mein Narendra Modi Ji ki sarkaar ko ek saal lag jaata hai, (What China does in two years, Narendra Modi-government takes a year to complete)”.

He accused the BJP of accusing it of continuously “lying” and not honouring its promises made to the people.

“The BJP people are continuously lying…one lie after the other. Whether it is pertaining to the Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of people or giving a remunerative price to the farmers or construction of roads…,” the Gandhi scion asserted.

Stating that lakhs of youngsters were jobless in the country, Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi never uttered a single word about them.

He asked the Congress workers to “expose the lies” being propagated by the BJP.

“It is your responsibility to tell the public about the lies being said by the BJP. Also, tell the people of Amethi about the various development works done by us. Whether it is related to the highways, the rail line network, the food park, the IIIT or the petroleum institute,” the Congress chief stated.

Gandhi is on a 2-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

On his arrival at Lucknow airport this morning, the Congress President received a warm welcome by party workers.

The Congress president along with party’s UP Chief Raj Babbar visited a tea stall in Raebareli.

Later in a day, he offered prayers at Hanuman Mandir and eat khichdi, specially prepared for Makar Sankranti.

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PM pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary.

Modi took to Twitter to express that she was a central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was the first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of India. “Tributes to our former PM Smt. Indira Gandhiji on her death anniversary,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister had paid tribute to Gandhi in his monthly Mann ki Baat radio broadcast last Sunday as well.

Born on November 19, 1917, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards on October 31, 1984 here following the Operation Blue Star.

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Revocation Of Kamal Nath’s Star Campaigner Status: Congress To Move Supreme Court

Congress’ Rajya Sabha member and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha told reporters that a petition will be filed in the Apex Court as soon as possible.

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The Congress on Friday said it will move the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision to revoke the `star campaigner’ status of its senior leader Kamal Nath ahead of November 3 bypolls in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress’ Rajya Sabha member and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha told reporters that a petition will be filed in the Apex Court as soon as possible.

The EC on Friday revoked the star campaigner status of MP Congress chief and former chief minister Kamal Nath for repeated violations of the model code while campaigning for the bypolls to 28 Assembly constituencies in the state.

While a political party pays for the expenditure of a star campaigner, an individual candidate pays for the expenditure of other campaigners.

The EC said it has carefully considered the matter and has observed with “displeasure that Kamal Nath despite being a leader of a political party is repeatedly violating the provisions of Model Code of Conduct and breaching the ethical and dignified behaviour”.

The Commission referred to his remarks against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Last week, the EC had asked Nath not to use words like “item” in campaigning. He had used the jibe to hit out at state minister and BJP candidate Imarti Devi at a rally.

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Shiv Sena Picks Urmila Matondkar For Legislative Council Seat

Urmila Matondkar was in the news for slamming actor Kangana Ranaut over her Mumbai POK remarks

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Amid speculation that the Maharashtra government will recommend actor Urmila Matondkar’s name for her nomination to the state Legislative Council, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been authorized to take a decision on it.

His statement comes a day after the Maharashtra cabinet discussed the proposal of recommending to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari the names of 12 candidates for their nomination to the Upper House of the state legislature from his quota.

Replying to a query on the actor’s name doing rounds, Raut told reporters, “I have also heard about the speculation that Matondkar will be nominated by the government to the council. It is the prerogative of the state cabinet, which has authorized CM Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision.”

When asked about the secrecy being maintained about the list of 12 nominees, state parliamentary affairs minister Anil Parab said, “There is no secrecy. Leaders of the three MVA allies will finalize the names and submit the list to the chief minister, who will forward it to the governor.”

The 12 council seats had fallen vacant in June this year.

Under Article 171 of the Constitution, the governor can nominate 12 members with special knowledge or practical experience in the field of literature, art, science, cooperative movement, and social service to the state Legislative Council.

Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress will field four members each.

Apart from Urmila Matondkar, the names of Marathi actor and Shiv Sena leader Aadesh Bandekar, singer Anand Shinde, BJP-turned-NCP leader Eknath Khadse, farmer leader Raju Shetti are also doing rounds.

Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North constituency on a Congress ticket. However, she had later quit the party over the style of functioning in the Mumbai Congress.

Recently, she was in the news for slamming actor Kangana Ranaut over her remarks in which she had likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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