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New Delhi, Aug 3 : CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday criticised the Centre’s foreign policy in the neighbourhood region and appealed to the government not to “cement” any India-US-Israel axis as it was “not in the country’s interests”.

“Good neighbourly relations should be the backdrop of our foreign policy… and for heaven’s sake please don’t cement any US-Israel-India axis as it’s not in the country’s interests,” said the Member of Parliament during a debate on foreign policy in Rajya Sabha.

He disapproved of India’s signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and called it a “worrisome” document.

“We know nothing of it (the content). This has not been placed before the Indian Parliament,” he said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader cited a few clauses from the document in order to show supremacy of US interests over India, and wondered whether there was a “greater surrender of sovereignty” than this.

“We are now the junior ally (of US) and a subordinate partner in our own neighbourhood,” he said.

“This is the last nail in the coffin of our independent foreign policy,” he added.

One of the four ‘foundational agreements’ that the US enters into with its defence partners, the LEMOA provides for cashless refuelling, replenishment and related services to the militaries of the two countries.

Continuing, Yechury warned the government of the perils of conducting join naval military exercise in the Bay of Bengal with the US and Japan, saying it carried “the danger of sending the wrong message” to countries in the region.

“I agree 100 per cent with the government on its stand to resolve the crisis with China through talks… But what is the meaning of conducting ‘Malabar exercises’ in the Bay of Bengal?” he said.

Joint military exercises are done when two countries perceive a common enemy, and who is that common enemy is known to them (the regional nations), said the CPI-M leader.

He slammed the government on its stand on Israel and the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not visiting Palestine during his latest visit.

“Our solidarity with the Palestinians goes before our independence … Today you have virtually given up on the entire approach of India’s standing in world affairs,” he said.

Criticising the government on its handling of Pakistan, he mentioned that “the incidences of soldiers dying” have also doubled since the cross-border ‘surgical strikes’ of last September.

(IANS)

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Rahul congratulates ragpicker’s son for cracking AIIMS entrance test

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated Asharam Choudhary, the son of a ragpicker in Madhya Pradesh, who cracked the AIIMS MBBS entrance test in his first attempt and hoped that he would contribute to nation-building and inspire many in future.

“I congratulate you on clearing the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance test in your first attempt and getting selected at Jodhpur AIIMS to pursue Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)… I extend my best wishes to you and hope you will contribute to nation-building,” Gandhi said in the letter.

“I am aware that despite all challenges you were able to secure good rank. It is a testament to their dedication and your hard work that you have performed so well,” he said, adding it gave him immense pleasure to note how Asharam’s village doctor and parents inspired him in his journey and Dakshana Foundation supported him financially.

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

In his letter, the Congress President said, “I hope one day, you will also be in a position to inspire other children to take up medical profession and serve the people of India. You remind me of Mahatma Gandhi who used to say: ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from the indomitable will’.”

In another letter to Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat, Gandhi said:”I write this letter to commend you on the excellent initiative of the Election Commission in Karnataka. The issuance of the Braille EPIC cards to the visually impaired voters is a step in the right direction, which will make elections and voting accessible to all voters.”

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Rahul Gandhi will be the PM face in 2019 elections : Congress

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi would be the Prime ministerial candidate of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Naturally then Congress President would be the only face to be projected. Congress would fight this election by putting forward our leader – Rahul Gandhi: Randeep Surjwala replied when asked if Rahul Gandhi will be Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress party

Surjewala said, “We expect to better our ’04 performance. People will decide. Once Congress party becomes the single largest party touching the same magic figure of 200 or more, naturally Congress party will be leading whoever else wants to come&walk hand in hand.”

Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Capt. Amarinder Singh on Sunday backed party chief Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the joint Opposition front in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections •

 

, Amarinder said that Rahul was fully competent to lead the country and will surely prove to be a successful prime minister.

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Congress to set up special team to discuss alliances for 2019 polls: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced on Sunday setting up of a special group within the Congress to discuss probable alliances with various national and regional parties to form a grand national alliance to take on Narendra Modi led government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“We are setting up a group that is going to do that (alliance),” Rahul said after the Congress Working Committee meeting on Sunday.

“In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust,” he added.
“In the short term, we can come together with other parties and win the coming elections. After that, the damage done by the BJP & RSS to India’s institutions will have to be undone. Only the Congress can do this,” Rahul said.

Congress President called upon Congressmen and women “to rise as voice of the country and fight for India’s oppressed.”
Gandhi said as he chaired his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC), after taking over as party chief in December last year.Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at Parliament Annexe.

Rahul Gandhi  said, “Expansion of our party vote base is one of our biggest tasks. In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said extended CWC authorised Rahul to constitute a committee to forge an alliance with like-minded parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha election to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He described the newly constituted CWC as an “institution comprising experience and energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.”

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi  said “To counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said , “Rahul ji has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance.”

Terming  Narendra Modi-led NDA government  as a “dangerous regime” compromising the democracy of  India, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said the rhetoric of PM Narendra Modi shows his “desperation” and it reflects that the “reverse countdown” of the Modi government has begun.

“We have to rescue our people from a dangerous regime,” said  Gandhi, adding that the party is “committed to make alliance work” and in this endeavour she is with the Congress president and her son Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing the first meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC), constituted by party president Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress chief Sonia said “democracy was being compromised under the current government and to counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside”.

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