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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. He urged the Prime Minister that while the previous UPA government, under then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured special status to the state, nothing in that regard had been done since the NDA government came to power.

Pointing that the state is facing huge revenue deficit, Rahul Gandhi accused the NDA government of not extending support to Andhra Pradesh.

Here's the full text of the letter:

Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

7 Race Course Road

New Delhi 110011

 

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you in connection with the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2013.

During the process of reorganisation, one of the major concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh was the economic viability of their state. To address these concerns, the UPA government was careful to include a comprehensive development package for Andhra Pradesh within the Act itself.

For further support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also announced Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014. This announcement was later approved by the UPA Cabinet and sent to the Planning Commission for implementation.

Over one year has elapsed since the NDA government has come to power, but many of the commitments made to the state - including Special Category Status - remain unfulfilled. I have been to Andhra Pradesh twice over the last year. Everywhere I went, I could sense the severe disappointment and pain the people were in due to the Centre's failure to honour its commitments.

Today, the state is facing a huge revenue deficit and development initiatives are at a virtual standstill. Despite the obvious need for immediate aid, the Centre has still not acted to extend support.

Since you are visiting Andhra Pradesh to lay the foundation stone for its new capital Amaravathi, I would like to urgently request you to use this opportunity to grant Special Category Status and announce a time frame for the fulfilment of the commitments made in the Act.

Sincerely,

Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneshwar: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to Odisha, slammed Centre and said Modi government cannot brush aside Opposition and impose any measure without proper discussion in Parliament.

He attacked BJP for accusing Congress of blocking GST Bill and said, "Parliament should function, but it needs discussion. It is not like RSS shakha. India is a country with diversity and not a closed system where decisions can be imposed." "The BJP-led government must realise that Parliament is a forum for discussion and nothing can be imposed without allowing opposition to express its voice and views. It should not brush aside opposition," the Congress Vice President said during an interaction with media persons.

The Congress Vice-President also lashed out at the Prime Minister, saying he simply indulges in his own 'Mann Ki Baat' while ignoring that of Hindustan. "Some journalists said here that Modiji's oratory is far better than mine. I humbly admitted, saying my oratory is poorer than Modiji, because I revolve around truth and harsh reality. "But, Modiji speaks only about his 'Mann Ki Baat' spinning here and there. He simply has the habit of assuring all sections, which is simply lip service," Mr Gandhi said while addressing a symposium on 'Social Security' in Bhubaneswar.

He also charged that that the BJP leadership did not believe in consensus and discussion adding that the Modi Government expected Congress to function like a ruling party. "Being an opposition party, Congress needs to express its views in Parliament as it represents the people and their voice. But, the BJP is not allowing us to present voice," said the Congress Vice-President. Maintaining that Congress had initiated GST, he said the GST bill has two-three fundamental shortcomings like the maximum tax slab of 25 per cent and the dispute resolution mechanism and there should be proper discussion to address these issues.

Rahul Gandhi stressed that getting GST bill passed and implementing are two different things, and said it would take at least two years to ensure proper implementation. Asked about the winter session of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said Congress defends the interests of the poor, weak, tribals, dalits, farmers and labourers and would continue to do so.

The Congress leader also brushed aside the question on possibility of his being elevated to the post of Congress President and said, "The way I look at my job, it is to mobilise the party and give it strength and energy." Accusing BJP-led government of trying to run the country in a centralised fashion, Rahul Gandhi said Congress played a significant role with regard to land bill and defeated BJP on that front. Hitting out at the Modi government, he said certain "dangerous" developments have taken place during NDA rule. While a clear divide is developing between the poor and the well off, "venom is being spread among communities", he asserted. The congress Vice President accused Modi of telling lies and making hollow promises and alleged that the BJP leader is in the habit of telling whatever comes in his mind and "there is no limit to his talk which are never translated into action".

Taking a dig at Modi over corruption issue, Rahul Gandhi said the Prime Minister had maintained "na khaunga, na khanedunga" but now he has "entered into a pact" with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and investigation into chitfund scam had slowed down. Similar are the stories of Vypam in Madhya Pradesh and Lalit Modi episode in which names of external affairs minister and Rajasthan chief minister are linked, Rahul Gandhi said. Referring to farmers and rural masses, the Congress leader said during UPA's rule poor people had got a feeling that there was empathy for them which is not there during NDA regime.

Reiterating his 'suit boot ki sarkar' barb, Rahul Gandhi said people can see "the PM wearing suit worth Rs 10 lakh". On agriculture, he argued farming sector in India cannot do without support but there is no focus on agriculture or steps required to safeguard farmers' interest.

"A new fashion has come up now in Hindustan that if you are patting a corporate house or any well-to-do, it means development and growth. If you talk of the development and growth of downtrodden, farmers and dalits, it is called charity and it is an anti-growth stand," he said. He also emphasised that  there was a need for industry and growth, but a balance should be struck so that the poor people could reap the development's benefits.

Rahul Gandhi said the Modi government was trying to snatch land from poor farmers without their consent while the United Progressive Alliance government had made it clear that it could not be acquired without seeking farmers' consent and providing adequate compensation. "We stand by downtrodden and poor people. We would continue to stall parliament for the interest of the poor people," said Rahul Gandhi. "When a businessman sells his land, he gets market value. Then why not a farmer would get market value during the sale of his land," he asked.

He also attacked at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the worsening economic condition in the country. "When we raise the question over dwindling economic growth, Jaitley says it is temporary phenomena. I want to know how far it will continue," he added, claiming that economic growth was at its peak during the UPA governments.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for spurt in infant deaths at Sishu Bhavan in Cuttack and said the state government lacks focus on key sectors like health care and education.

"I found the doctors are working sincerely and there is no shortcoming on their part. However, what is lacking is the state government's focus on health care and education. The chief minister is indifferent towards these sectors and state's future," said Rahul Gandhi. He was speaking to media after visiting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhavan, which witnessed death of more than 60 infants in a span of 12 days last month.

Rahul Gandhi described children as the country's future, and said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha which is endowed with rich mineral resources. Observing that there should not be any difficulty in running Sishu Bhavan properly, Rahul Gandhi said the attitude of the state Government should change. "Odisha's tragedy is played out in this hospital," said Gandhi who spent around 30 minutes in the hospital and interacted with doctors.

The Congress Vice President maintained that there was no politics behind his visit to the hospital as alleged by the ruling BJD in Odisha. "I came to see for myself the state of affairs here and I thought my visit can at least put some pressure on the state Government to improve things here," he added.

"If the state Government thinks there is politics in my visit, I am happy because it has drawn the attention of the administration to this hospital," he said. Narrating his experience inside Sishu Bhavan, the Rahul Gandhi said, "I saw the spirit .. future of Odisha inside the hospital where a child was lying on bed and the mother was crying. However, the child appeared disturbed not for his health condition but for his mother's plight. The child requested us to console the mother. The mother and the child have every right to get better treatment and attention at the hospital so that they can return happily, said Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi stepped up attack on the FTII issue accusing RSS of capturing educational institutions built on merit in the last six decades to destroy them. He also sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention over the ongoing students' stir against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

"I don't know what qualities the government sees in him (Chauhan). It is thrusting mediocrity on the country. We will not allow it," said Rahul Gandhi. The Congress Vice President had earlier also visited FTII, Pune to support the demand of the students who want Mr Chauhan to be removed.

"The capturing of educational institutions by the RSS is a political issue. I am not politicising it. The BJP is politicising it. Every institution that has been developed over the last 50-60 years on merit is being destroyed. This is a political issue not a social issue," said the congress MP.

 Students' agitation at FTII is going on for nearly two months after Modi government announced the appointment of Mr Chauhan as head of its governing council. The students have been boycotting classes since June 12, demanding Mr Chauhan's removal, maintaining that he lacks "academic credentials, vision and stature" to head the premier institute.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi fired fresh salvo on PM Narendra Modi by taking a dig at him and called him a frightened PM for backtracking on Land Ordinance. He said that more pressure would be built in future to ensure that Lalit Modi is brought back. He said that it is a great opportunity for the PM to get back ex IPL Chief Lalit Modi to cleanse cricket from corruption.

Referring to Sushma Swaraj’s remarks on Bofors issue linking former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi said that his father's name has been cleared by the judicial system of the country. He added that raking the same issues makes no difference to him.  

Speaking to the media, Rahul Gandhi said, "There are two networks in IPL. One which youth of country see - batting, bowling, fielding. Other is of Lalit Modi." Attacking Sushma swaraj, he said, "Sushmaji protected black money network of Lalit Modi. To Narendra Modi I say, youth is understanding the nexus. The network of Lalit Modi is the network of Corruption. Yesterday (Thursday) Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley protected that network " and continued " I want to tell Modi Ji, this is the good opportunity, get Lalit Modi and Clean up cricket."

Rahul Gandhi also accused that the current regime is trying to impose mediocrity in the country in an apparent reference to various controversial appointments done by the government. The Congress Vice President said that he wants to save the country from clutches of RSS and Narendra Modi. Referring to the notices received by the media channels owing to Yakub coverage Rahul said, "I am here to defend freedom of people. Way this country is heading, media will not be able to function"

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took the fight to the BJP camp after a no-holds-barred attack from Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “does not have the guts to sit in this House”.

Responding to the External Affairs Minister’s allegations against his family in the debate over the help extended to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, Rahul said: “Mr Prime Minister, you need to speak. Lalit Modi is nothing but a symbol of black money.” Reminding the Prime Minister about his poll promise of returning black money to the country, Rahul repeated his allegations against Swaraj and said the fact that she helped the former IPL chief discreetly showed she had something to hide. "A lot of people do humanitarian work, but Sushmaji is the first humanitarian in the world to do it in secrecy," Rahul Gandhi said as the treasury benches sought to shout him out and down.

"Yesterday, Sushmaji held my hand and asked that why I am angry with her. I told her I am not angry and that I respect her. I looked into her eyes and said I am speaking the truth about the Lalit Modi case, but she did not say anything and lowered her eyes," added Rahul Gandhi. The Congress vice president in his Lok Sabha address also took a swing at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the Lalit Modi row. "Modiji had said I will not be corrupt nor let anybody be. Today, he does not have the guts to sit in this chair and face this House. " Rahul said. Rahul went on to say, "Gandhiji had three monkeys - don't see evil, don't hear evil and don't speak evil. Modiji has new types of monkeys that preach; don't see the truth, don't hear the truth and don't speak the truth." He also added that the Prime Minister Modi needs to fight corruption and if he tries to save culprits, then he will lose the credibility and trust on which he was chosen to be Prime Minister.  “I want you to answer two questions: How much money did your family get from Lalit Modi? Two, why did you help him without even informing your own ministry?”

After his address, Rahul Gandhi stepped out of the Lok Sabha with his party MPs where he addressed the media and questioned Swaraj again with regard to her humanitarian service to Lalit Modi, asking why she was discreet about helping Lalit Modi.

"Why did she hide her humanitarian work? Along with this, her husband and daughter were also helping Lalit Modi which increases the suspicion. I am not angry with her, but I am pointing out that Modigate and IPL gate is not a small thing," Rahul Gandhi charged and continued, “My question is if it was a humanitarian gesture, then why was it done surreptitiously. The whole world does humanitarian activities, someone runs hospital… someone something else but they all tell the world they are doing some humanitarian activity… Sushmaji is the only person who is hiding humanitarian work. Why? My question is why didn’t you tell your ministry if it was humanitarian work. Why didn’t you tell the people that I am doing humanitarian work for Lalit Modi. So it is not credible.”

“Secondly, if it was only a humanitarian gesture even if done secretly, you could have been given the benefit of doubt. That you have done a humanitarian activity… there must have been some reason you have done it surreptitiously. But then your husband and your daughter are Lalit Modi’s legal counsel and are helping him… they are helping a criminal escape… So on one side mataji (mother) and on the other side family… On one side money and on the other side permission… Mataji, parivar, paisa, permission… I want to place before you this link,” he said.

“Now Sushmaji is getting angry with me. I can’t help it. I am not angry with her. I only want to point out that this Modigate, IPL is not a minor affair. The Prime Minister was given a mandate by the people. Why did they elect him… so that he would fight against black money… He should throw out those from his party who are corrupt. And say I am here because of my promise to fight against corruption and I will fight against corruption.”

“He should not be afraid. There is no need for that. The whole country will stand with him. But if he tries to save Sushma and (Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara) Raje, his credibility… the faith the youth of this country reposed in him will be shattered. I am in the opposition and I am putting forth my position… but I am also saying that it is good for Modiji if he takes action or else he should tell the country why he is not taking action,” he said.

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her statement in Lok Sabha regarding the Lalit Modi controversy. Congress president Sonia Gandhi dismissed Swaraj as a master at theatrics, saying while she would have helped Lalit Modi's ailing wife, she would have done so without breaking the law.

Accusing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of keeping her ministry in dark over Lalit Gate, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took on the former over her emotional clarification in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and said that Sonia Gandhi would have never done the same thing. “It was a very nice speech, hollow, but it sounded very nice. Sushma ji said that Sonia ji would have done the same thing. As her son, I can tell Sushma ji that Sonia ji would not have done the same thing,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Secondly, whenever there is some robbery happens, secrecy is maintained by the thief. In this case, Sushma ji has maintained full secrecy. Nobody in the ministry other than Sushma Swaraj ji knew about this decision. After this decision, the UK Government changed their position,” added the Congress Vice President. Rahul Gandhi further asked Swaraj to tell the nation exactly how much money she received from Lalit Modi so that he stays out of jail. “Whenever there is a robbery, a financial transaction takes place. There has been a financial transfer here as well. Sushma ji’s family has received money from Lalit Modi. She should tell the nation exactly how much money Lalit Modi has paid her family to keep himself out of jail,” said Rahul Gandhi.

The comments from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came a day after Swaraj told Lok Sabha that she did not extend any favours to Modi and had only helped his ailing wife on humanitarian grounds.

 

 

Pune: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) campus on Friday and met the agitating students who are protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as its chairman. He mounted a blistering attack on the Modi government saying the RSS and its ideologues were undermining educational, bureaucratic and judicial systems and “bullying” critics as “anti-national” and “anti-Hindu”.

Rahul Gandhi also took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing comparisons between the Congress and the BJP and said that “no one other than Modi can say anything in the BJP’. “RSS and its ideologues are systematically promoting mediocre people in the system...they are hell-bent on undermining the educational institutions' stature...it is not going on just in the education system but also in bureaucratic and judicial systems” said the congress vice President.

"RSS wants to promote their idea. They will call you anti-national, anti-Hindu. They are scared of you. That is the nature of a bully," said Rahul Gandhi while pledging support to the students for their demand for removal of its Chairman Gajendra Chauhan. He said the RSS and its ideologues were "undermining" the institution's stature by promoting "mediocrity" and bullying the critics as "anti-national and "anti-Hindu." "If you do not agree with them, they will shut you up. They will bully you if you open your mouth," he said, adding a “bully should be resisted”.

The Congress vice-president said the government was suppressing the voice of the students by refusing to have a meaningful discussion on their demand and added, "They (students) have only one demand that they (want to) have a discussion and want their voice to be heard... All that the students are saying is that there should be a discussion and their voice should be heard". "The RSS does not understand the idea of India". Spending money on the FTII students was equally important as they too were doing a service to the nation just as a software engineer does, he commented, adding "(LK) Advaniji and (Arun) Jaitley also watch movies", further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi met the over 200 students of FTII who have been agitating for the past 50 days against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman and have boycotted classes despite being threatened with disciplinary action. “Why I’m here is because I fundamentally believe that this is an institution and you (students) form an important part of it, and if your point is not being heard…I fundamentally believe in your democratic right,” Rahul Gandhi said in his address to the students. “I am proud of them (students). They are asking for a discussion. The government should listen to the voice of the youth. It is not nice of the government to try and impose their decisions on them,” further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by actors-turned Congress leaders Khushboo, Chiranjeevi and Raj Babbar.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and sister of party vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday visited Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh to review developmental works in the constituency. Priyanka Gandhi met and interacted with the villagers in Sareni which falls under Raebareli, the parliamentary constituency of Sonia Gandhi.

Priyanka Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to her mother Sonia Gandhi's constituency, rubbished HRD Minister Smriti Irani's accusations made during her Amethi visit and said since she (Irani) is now the Education Minister, what was the hassle in setting up IIIT in Amethi as promised during UPA regime. "She is the HRD Minister. First she should tell why she is not setting up an IIIT here. The youth are facing a lot of problems and this is her department. Why is she not looking into it," said Priyanka Gandhi. She also said the people here are facing numerous problems and that she was "deliberately" visiting the place. Priyanka also had an exclusive session with the women in the constituency.   

"Look around you and you shall see the answers," she added on being asked if there has been an improvement in the condition of farmers in Amethi.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also is scheduled to visit Raebareli on May 28. Priyanka Gandhi will be joining her mother to attend the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting to be held on Thursday.

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed an impressive party election rally at Shastri Park in Delhi as part of his campaign for the Delhi 2015 polls and launched a scathing attack on the BJP and the Modi government.  The Congress leader accused the BJP- Led  NDA  of dividing people along sectarian lines for the benefit of corporates and of not fulfilling the tall promises made to the voters prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

 ”The Bharatiya Janata Party wants to divide Hindus and Muslims and wants the poor to fight amongst themselves. That is their strategy so that a few corporates can benefit. Ever since they have come to power, India has not progressed, the employment rate has not increased, but the corporates have been reaping all the benfits,” Rahul Gandhi said, while addressing a rally in Seelampur, ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi scheduled on February 7.

 Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying :”The Prime Minister promised to distribute Rs 15 lakhs to each household when he gets black money back into the country. You have not got the money yet. You wanted employment, you wanted the government to curb inflation, and he has given you a broom to clean up with”. It was an apparent jibe at PM Modi’s  much hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyan .

"The Congress party is not weakened - it is the poor man's party and we will stand by those who are poor. We will provide every poor person with the right to shelter. We want everyone to be part of Delhi's progress. Delhi is the capital and is everyone's city. If we have to take Delhi forward, we'll have to take everyone forward," he added.

Rahul further accused the Aam Aadmi Party of being hand in glove with the BJP, pointing towards the large number of AAP leaders who have defected to the latter. "The AAP only has one goal; to not let the Congress come to power. When the UPA was in power, Arvind Kejriwal started protests on every topic but now he doesn't protest at all," he said.

"When the UPA ruled, Arvind Kejriwal raised the issues of rape and corruption and held protests. Now when there is an NDA government, rape cases in Delhi have increased by 30 percent but Kejriwal has not held any protest. Also, everyone who leaves the AAP goes to the BJP," he added.

Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on February 7 and counting will take place on February 10. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. He urged the Prime Minister that while the previous UPA government, under then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured special status to the state, nothing in that regard had been done since the NDA government came to power.

Pointing that the state is facing huge revenue deficit, Rahul Gandhi accused the NDA government of not extending support to Andhra Pradesh.

Here's the full text of the letter:

Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

7 Race Course Road

New Delhi 110011

 

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you in connection with the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2013.

During the process of reorganisation, one of the major concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh was the economic viability of their state. To address these concerns, the UPA government was careful to include a comprehensive development package for Andhra Pradesh within the Act itself.

For further support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also announced Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014. This announcement was later approved by the UPA Cabinet and sent to the Planning Commission for implementation.

Over one year has elapsed since the NDA government has come to power, but many of the commitments made to the state - including Special Category Status - remain unfulfilled. I have been to Andhra Pradesh twice over the last year. Everywhere I went, I could sense the severe disappointment and pain the people were in due to the Centre's failure to honour its commitments.

Today, the state is facing a huge revenue deficit and development initiatives are at a virtual standstill. Despite the obvious need for immediate aid, the Centre has still not acted to extend support.

Since you are visiting Andhra Pradesh to lay the foundation stone for its new capital Amaravathi, I would like to urgently request you to use this opportunity to grant Special Category Status and announce a time frame for the fulfilment of the commitments made in the Act.

Sincerely,

Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneshwar: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to Odisha, slammed Centre and said Modi government cannot brush aside Opposition and impose any measure without proper discussion in Parliament.

He attacked BJP for accusing Congress of blocking GST Bill and said, "Parliament should function, but it needs discussion. It is not like RSS shakha. India is a country with diversity and not a closed system where decisions can be imposed." "The BJP-led government must realise that Parliament is a forum for discussion and nothing can be imposed without allowing opposition to express its voice and views. It should not brush aside opposition," the Congress Vice President said during an interaction with media persons.

The Congress Vice-President also lashed out at the Prime Minister, saying he simply indulges in his own 'Mann Ki Baat' while ignoring that of Hindustan. "Some journalists said here that Modiji's oratory is far better than mine. I humbly admitted, saying my oratory is poorer than Modiji, because I revolve around truth and harsh reality. "But, Modiji speaks only about his 'Mann Ki Baat' spinning here and there. He simply has the habit of assuring all sections, which is simply lip service," Mr Gandhi said while addressing a symposium on 'Social Security' in Bhubaneswar.

He also charged that that the BJP leadership did not believe in consensus and discussion adding that the Modi Government expected Congress to function like a ruling party. "Being an opposition party, Congress needs to express its views in Parliament as it represents the people and their voice. But, the BJP is not allowing us to present voice," said the Congress Vice-President. Maintaining that Congress had initiated GST, he said the GST bill has two-three fundamental shortcomings like the maximum tax slab of 25 per cent and the dispute resolution mechanism and there should be proper discussion to address these issues.

Rahul Gandhi stressed that getting GST bill passed and implementing are two different things, and said it would take at least two years to ensure proper implementation. Asked about the winter session of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said Congress defends the interests of the poor, weak, tribals, dalits, farmers and labourers and would continue to do so.

The Congress leader also brushed aside the question on possibility of his being elevated to the post of Congress President and said, "The way I look at my job, it is to mobilise the party and give it strength and energy." Accusing BJP-led government of trying to run the country in a centralised fashion, Rahul Gandhi said Congress played a significant role with regard to land bill and defeated BJP on that front. Hitting out at the Modi government, he said certain "dangerous" developments have taken place during NDA rule. While a clear divide is developing between the poor and the well off, "venom is being spread among communities", he asserted. The congress Vice President accused Modi of telling lies and making hollow promises and alleged that the BJP leader is in the habit of telling whatever comes in his mind and "there is no limit to his talk which are never translated into action".

Taking a dig at Modi over corruption issue, Rahul Gandhi said the Prime Minister had maintained "na khaunga, na khanedunga" but now he has "entered into a pact" with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and investigation into chitfund scam had slowed down. Similar are the stories of Vypam in Madhya Pradesh and Lalit Modi episode in which names of external affairs minister and Rajasthan chief minister are linked, Rahul Gandhi said. Referring to farmers and rural masses, the Congress leader said during UPA's rule poor people had got a feeling that there was empathy for them which is not there during NDA regime.

Reiterating his 'suit boot ki sarkar' barb, Rahul Gandhi said people can see "the PM wearing suit worth Rs 10 lakh". On agriculture, he argued farming sector in India cannot do without support but there is no focus on agriculture or steps required to safeguard farmers' interest.

"A new fashion has come up now in Hindustan that if you are patting a corporate house or any well-to-do, it means development and growth. If you talk of the development and growth of downtrodden, farmers and dalits, it is called charity and it is an anti-growth stand," he said. He also emphasised that  there was a need for industry and growth, but a balance should be struck so that the poor people could reap the development's benefits.

Rahul Gandhi said the Modi government was trying to snatch land from poor farmers without their consent while the United Progressive Alliance government had made it clear that it could not be acquired without seeking farmers' consent and providing adequate compensation. "We stand by downtrodden and poor people. We would continue to stall parliament for the interest of the poor people," said Rahul Gandhi. "When a businessman sells his land, he gets market value. Then why not a farmer would get market value during the sale of his land," he asked.

He also attacked at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the worsening economic condition in the country. "When we raise the question over dwindling economic growth, Jaitley says it is temporary phenomena. I want to know how far it will continue," he added, claiming that economic growth was at its peak during the UPA governments.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for spurt in infant deaths at Sishu Bhavan in Cuttack and said the state government lacks focus on key sectors like health care and education.

"I found the doctors are working sincerely and there is no shortcoming on their part. However, what is lacking is the state government's focus on health care and education. The chief minister is indifferent towards these sectors and state's future," said Rahul Gandhi. He was speaking to media after visiting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhavan, which witnessed death of more than 60 infants in a span of 12 days last month.

Rahul Gandhi described children as the country's future, and said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha which is endowed with rich mineral resources. Observing that there should not be any difficulty in running Sishu Bhavan properly, Rahul Gandhi said the attitude of the state Government should change. "Odisha's tragedy is played out in this hospital," said Gandhi who spent around 30 minutes in the hospital and interacted with doctors.

The Congress Vice President maintained that there was no politics behind his visit to the hospital as alleged by the ruling BJD in Odisha. "I came to see for myself the state of affairs here and I thought my visit can at least put some pressure on the state Government to improve things here," he added.

"If the state Government thinks there is politics in my visit, I am happy because it has drawn the attention of the administration to this hospital," he said. Narrating his experience inside Sishu Bhavan, the Rahul Gandhi said, "I saw the spirit .. future of Odisha inside the hospital where a child was lying on bed and the mother was crying. However, the child appeared disturbed not for his health condition but for his mother's plight. The child requested us to console the mother. The mother and the child have every right to get better treatment and attention at the hospital so that they can return happily, said Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi stepped up attack on the FTII issue accusing RSS of capturing educational institutions built on merit in the last six decades to destroy them. He also sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention over the ongoing students' stir against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

"I don't know what qualities the government sees in him (Chauhan). It is thrusting mediocrity on the country. We will not allow it," said Rahul Gandhi. The Congress Vice President had earlier also visited FTII, Pune to support the demand of the students who want Mr Chauhan to be removed.

"The capturing of educational institutions by the RSS is a political issue. I am not politicising it. The BJP is politicising it. Every institution that has been developed over the last 50-60 years on merit is being destroyed. This is a political issue not a social issue," said the congress MP.

 Students' agitation at FTII is going on for nearly two months after Modi government announced the appointment of Mr Chauhan as head of its governing council. The students have been boycotting classes since June 12, demanding Mr Chauhan's removal, maintaining that he lacks "academic credentials, vision and stature" to head the premier institute.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi fired fresh salvo on PM Narendra Modi by taking a dig at him and called him a frightened PM for backtracking on Land Ordinance. He said that more pressure would be built in future to ensure that Lalit Modi is brought back. He said that it is a great opportunity for the PM to get back ex IPL Chief Lalit Modi to cleanse cricket from corruption.

Referring to Sushma Swaraj’s remarks on Bofors issue linking former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi said that his father's name has been cleared by the judicial system of the country. He added that raking the same issues makes no difference to him.  

Speaking to the media, Rahul Gandhi said, "There are two networks in IPL. One which youth of country see - batting, bowling, fielding. Other is of Lalit Modi." Attacking Sushma swaraj, he said, "Sushmaji protected black money network of Lalit Modi. To Narendra Modi I say, youth is understanding the nexus. The network of Lalit Modi is the network of Corruption. Yesterday (Thursday) Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley protected that network " and continued " I want to tell Modi Ji, this is the good opportunity, get Lalit Modi and Clean up cricket."

Rahul Gandhi also accused that the current regime is trying to impose mediocrity in the country in an apparent reference to various controversial appointments done by the government. The Congress Vice President said that he wants to save the country from clutches of RSS and Narendra Modi. Referring to the notices received by the media channels owing to Yakub coverage Rahul said, "I am here to defend freedom of people. Way this country is heading, media will not be able to function"

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took the fight to the BJP camp after a no-holds-barred attack from Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “does not have the guts to sit in this House”.

Responding to the External Affairs Minister’s allegations against his family in the debate over the help extended to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, Rahul said: “Mr Prime Minister, you need to speak. Lalit Modi is nothing but a symbol of black money.” Reminding the Prime Minister about his poll promise of returning black money to the country, Rahul repeated his allegations against Swaraj and said the fact that she helped the former IPL chief discreetly showed she had something to hide. "A lot of people do humanitarian work, but Sushmaji is the first humanitarian in the world to do it in secrecy," Rahul Gandhi said as the treasury benches sought to shout him out and down.

"Yesterday, Sushmaji held my hand and asked that why I am angry with her. I told her I am not angry and that I respect her. I looked into her eyes and said I am speaking the truth about the Lalit Modi case, but she did not say anything and lowered her eyes," added Rahul Gandhi. The Congress vice president in his Lok Sabha address also took a swing at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the Lalit Modi row. "Modiji had said I will not be corrupt nor let anybody be. Today, he does not have the guts to sit in this chair and face this House. " Rahul said. Rahul went on to say, "Gandhiji had three monkeys - don't see evil, don't hear evil and don't speak evil. Modiji has new types of monkeys that preach; don't see the truth, don't hear the truth and don't speak the truth." He also added that the Prime Minister Modi needs to fight corruption and if he tries to save culprits, then he will lose the credibility and trust on which he was chosen to be Prime Minister.  “I want you to answer two questions: How much money did your family get from Lalit Modi? Two, why did you help him without even informing your own ministry?”

After his address, Rahul Gandhi stepped out of the Lok Sabha with his party MPs where he addressed the media and questioned Swaraj again with regard to her humanitarian service to Lalit Modi, asking why she was discreet about helping Lalit Modi.

"Why did she hide her humanitarian work? Along with this, her husband and daughter were also helping Lalit Modi which increases the suspicion. I am not angry with her, but I am pointing out that Modigate and IPL gate is not a small thing," Rahul Gandhi charged and continued, “My question is if it was a humanitarian gesture, then why was it done surreptitiously. The whole world does humanitarian activities, someone runs hospital… someone something else but they all tell the world they are doing some humanitarian activity… Sushmaji is the only person who is hiding humanitarian work. Why? My question is why didn’t you tell your ministry if it was humanitarian work. Why didn’t you tell the people that I am doing humanitarian work for Lalit Modi. So it is not credible.”

“Secondly, if it was only a humanitarian gesture even if done secretly, you could have been given the benefit of doubt. That you have done a humanitarian activity… there must have been some reason you have done it surreptitiously. But then your husband and your daughter are Lalit Modi’s legal counsel and are helping him… they are helping a criminal escape… So on one side mataji (mother) and on the other side family… On one side money and on the other side permission… Mataji, parivar, paisa, permission… I want to place before you this link,” he said.

“Now Sushmaji is getting angry with me. I can’t help it. I am not angry with her. I only want to point out that this Modigate, IPL is not a minor affair. The Prime Minister was given a mandate by the people. Why did they elect him… so that he would fight against black money… He should throw out those from his party who are corrupt. And say I am here because of my promise to fight against corruption and I will fight against corruption.”

“He should not be afraid. There is no need for that. The whole country will stand with him. But if he tries to save Sushma and (Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara) Raje, his credibility… the faith the youth of this country reposed in him will be shattered. I am in the opposition and I am putting forth my position… but I am also saying that it is good for Modiji if he takes action or else he should tell the country why he is not taking action,” he said.

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her statement in Lok Sabha regarding the Lalit Modi controversy. Congress president Sonia Gandhi dismissed Swaraj as a master at theatrics, saying while she would have helped Lalit Modi's ailing wife, she would have done so without breaking the law.

Accusing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of keeping her ministry in dark over Lalit Gate, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took on the former over her emotional clarification in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and said that Sonia Gandhi would have never done the same thing. “It was a very nice speech, hollow, but it sounded very nice. Sushma ji said that Sonia ji would have done the same thing. As her son, I can tell Sushma ji that Sonia ji would not have done the same thing,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Secondly, whenever there is some robbery happens, secrecy is maintained by the thief. In this case, Sushma ji has maintained full secrecy. Nobody in the ministry other than Sushma Swaraj ji knew about this decision. After this decision, the UK Government changed their position,” added the Congress Vice President. Rahul Gandhi further asked Swaraj to tell the nation exactly how much money she received from Lalit Modi so that he stays out of jail. “Whenever there is a robbery, a financial transaction takes place. There has been a financial transfer here as well. Sushma ji’s family has received money from Lalit Modi. She should tell the nation exactly how much money Lalit Modi has paid her family to keep himself out of jail,” said Rahul Gandhi.

The comments from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came a day after Swaraj told Lok Sabha that she did not extend any favours to Modi and had only helped his ailing wife on humanitarian grounds.

 

 

Pune: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) campus on Friday and met the agitating students who are protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as its chairman. He mounted a blistering attack on the Modi government saying the RSS and its ideologues were undermining educational, bureaucratic and judicial systems and “bullying” critics as “anti-national” and “anti-Hindu”.

Rahul Gandhi also took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing comparisons between the Congress and the BJP and said that “no one other than Modi can say anything in the BJP’. “RSS and its ideologues are systematically promoting mediocre people in the system...they are hell-bent on undermining the educational institutions' stature...it is not going on just in the education system but also in bureaucratic and judicial systems” said the congress vice President.

"RSS wants to promote their idea. They will call you anti-national, anti-Hindu. They are scared of you. That is the nature of a bully," said Rahul Gandhi while pledging support to the students for their demand for removal of its Chairman Gajendra Chauhan. He said the RSS and its ideologues were "undermining" the institution's stature by promoting "mediocrity" and bullying the critics as "anti-national and "anti-Hindu." "If you do not agree with them, they will shut you up. They will bully you if you open your mouth," he said, adding a “bully should be resisted”.

The Congress vice-president said the government was suppressing the voice of the students by refusing to have a meaningful discussion on their demand and added, "They (students) have only one demand that they (want to) have a discussion and want their voice to be heard... All that the students are saying is that there should be a discussion and their voice should be heard". "The RSS does not understand the idea of India". Spending money on the FTII students was equally important as they too were doing a service to the nation just as a software engineer does, he commented, adding "(LK) Advaniji and (Arun) Jaitley also watch movies", further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi met the over 200 students of FTII who have been agitating for the past 50 days against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman and have boycotted classes despite being threatened with disciplinary action. “Why I’m here is because I fundamentally believe that this is an institution and you (students) form an important part of it, and if your point is not being heard…I fundamentally believe in your democratic right,” Rahul Gandhi said in his address to the students. “I am proud of them (students). They are asking for a discussion. The government should listen to the voice of the youth. It is not nice of the government to try and impose their decisions on them,” further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by actors-turned Congress leaders Khushboo, Chiranjeevi and Raj Babbar.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and sister of party vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday visited Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh to review developmental works in the constituency. Priyanka Gandhi met and interacted with the villagers in Sareni which falls under Raebareli, the parliamentary constituency of Sonia Gandhi.

Priyanka Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to her mother Sonia Gandhi's constituency, rubbished HRD Minister Smriti Irani's accusations made during her Amethi visit and said since she (Irani) is now the Education Minister, what was the hassle in setting up IIIT in Amethi as promised during UPA regime. "She is the HRD Minister. First she should tell why she is not setting up an IIIT here. The youth are facing a lot of problems and this is her department. Why is she not looking into it," said Priyanka Gandhi. She also said the people here are facing numerous problems and that she was "deliberately" visiting the place. Priyanka also had an exclusive session with the women in the constituency.   

"Look around you and you shall see the answers," she added on being asked if there has been an improvement in the condition of farmers in Amethi.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also is scheduled to visit Raebareli on May 28. Priyanka Gandhi will be joining her mother to attend the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting to be held on Thursday.

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed an impressive party election rally at Shastri Park in Delhi as part of his campaign for the Delhi 2015 polls and launched a scathing attack on the BJP and the Modi government.  The Congress leader accused the BJP- Led  NDA  of dividing people along sectarian lines for the benefit of corporates and of not fulfilling the tall promises made to the voters prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

 ”The Bharatiya Janata Party wants to divide Hindus and Muslims and wants the poor to fight amongst themselves. That is their strategy so that a few corporates can benefit. Ever since they have come to power, India has not progressed, the employment rate has not increased, but the corporates have been reaping all the benfits,” Rahul Gandhi said, while addressing a rally in Seelampur, ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi scheduled on February 7.

 Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying :”The Prime Minister promised to distribute Rs 15 lakhs to each household when he gets black money back into the country. You have not got the money yet. You wanted employment, you wanted the government to curb inflation, and he has given you a broom to clean up with”. It was an apparent jibe at PM Modi’s  much hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyan .

"The Congress party is not weakened - it is the poor man's party and we will stand by those who are poor. We will provide every poor person with the right to shelter. We want everyone to be part of Delhi's progress. Delhi is the capital and is everyone's city. If we have to take Delhi forward, we'll have to take everyone forward," he added.

Rahul further accused the Aam Aadmi Party of being hand in glove with the BJP, pointing towards the large number of AAP leaders who have defected to the latter. "The AAP only has one goal; to not let the Congress come to power. When the UPA was in power, Arvind Kejriwal started protests on every topic but now he doesn't protest at all," he said.

"When the UPA ruled, Arvind Kejriwal raised the issues of rape and corruption and held protests. Now when there is an NDA government, rape cases in Delhi have increased by 30 percent but Kejriwal has not held any protest. Also, everyone who leaves the AAP goes to the BJP," he added.

Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on February 7 and counting will take place on February 10. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. He urged the Prime Minister that while the previous UPA government, under then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured special status to the state, nothing in that regard had been done since the NDA government came to power.

Pointing that the state is facing huge revenue deficit, Rahul Gandhi accused the NDA government of not extending support to Andhra Pradesh.

Here's the full text of the letter:

Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

7 Race Course Road

New Delhi 110011

 

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you in connection with the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2013.

During the process of reorganisation, one of the major concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh was the economic viability of their state. To address these concerns, the UPA government was careful to include a comprehensive development package for Andhra Pradesh within the Act itself.

For further support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also announced Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014. This announcement was later approved by the UPA Cabinet and sent to the Planning Commission for implementation.

Over one year has elapsed since the NDA government has come to power, but many of the commitments made to the state - including Special Category Status - remain unfulfilled. I have been to Andhra Pradesh twice over the last year. Everywhere I went, I could sense the severe disappointment and pain the people were in due to the Centre's failure to honour its commitments.

Today, the state is facing a huge revenue deficit and development initiatives are at a virtual standstill. Despite the obvious need for immediate aid, the Centre has still not acted to extend support.

Since you are visiting Andhra Pradesh to lay the foundation stone for its new capital Amaravathi, I would like to urgently request you to use this opportunity to grant Special Category Status and announce a time frame for the fulfilment of the commitments made in the Act.

Sincerely,

Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneshwar: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to Odisha, slammed Centre and said Modi government cannot brush aside Opposition and impose any measure without proper discussion in Parliament.

He attacked BJP for accusing Congress of blocking GST Bill and said, "Parliament should function, but it needs discussion. It is not like RSS shakha. India is a country with diversity and not a closed system where decisions can be imposed." "The BJP-led government must realise that Parliament is a forum for discussion and nothing can be imposed without allowing opposition to express its voice and views. It should not brush aside opposition," the Congress Vice President said during an interaction with media persons.

The Congress Vice-President also lashed out at the Prime Minister, saying he simply indulges in his own 'Mann Ki Baat' while ignoring that of Hindustan. "Some journalists said here that Modiji's oratory is far better than mine. I humbly admitted, saying my oratory is poorer than Modiji, because I revolve around truth and harsh reality. "But, Modiji speaks only about his 'Mann Ki Baat' spinning here and there. He simply has the habit of assuring all sections, which is simply lip service," Mr Gandhi said while addressing a symposium on 'Social Security' in Bhubaneswar.

He also charged that that the BJP leadership did not believe in consensus and discussion adding that the Modi Government expected Congress to function like a ruling party. "Being an opposition party, Congress needs to express its views in Parliament as it represents the people and their voice. But, the BJP is not allowing us to present voice," said the Congress Vice-President. Maintaining that Congress had initiated GST, he said the GST bill has two-three fundamental shortcomings like the maximum tax slab of 25 per cent and the dispute resolution mechanism and there should be proper discussion to address these issues.

Rahul Gandhi stressed that getting GST bill passed and implementing are two different things, and said it would take at least two years to ensure proper implementation. Asked about the winter session of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said Congress defends the interests of the poor, weak, tribals, dalits, farmers and labourers and would continue to do so.

The Congress leader also brushed aside the question on possibility of his being elevated to the post of Congress President and said, "The way I look at my job, it is to mobilise the party and give it strength and energy." Accusing BJP-led government of trying to run the country in a centralised fashion, Rahul Gandhi said Congress played a significant role with regard to land bill and defeated BJP on that front. Hitting out at the Modi government, he said certain "dangerous" developments have taken place during NDA rule. While a clear divide is developing between the poor and the well off, "venom is being spread among communities", he asserted. The congress Vice President accused Modi of telling lies and making hollow promises and alleged that the BJP leader is in the habit of telling whatever comes in his mind and "there is no limit to his talk which are never translated into action".

Taking a dig at Modi over corruption issue, Rahul Gandhi said the Prime Minister had maintained "na khaunga, na khanedunga" but now he has "entered into a pact" with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and investigation into chitfund scam had slowed down. Similar are the stories of Vypam in Madhya Pradesh and Lalit Modi episode in which names of external affairs minister and Rajasthan chief minister are linked, Rahul Gandhi said. Referring to farmers and rural masses, the Congress leader said during UPA's rule poor people had got a feeling that there was empathy for them which is not there during NDA regime.

Reiterating his 'suit boot ki sarkar' barb, Rahul Gandhi said people can see "the PM wearing suit worth Rs 10 lakh". On agriculture, he argued farming sector in India cannot do without support but there is no focus on agriculture or steps required to safeguard farmers' interest.

"A new fashion has come up now in Hindustan that if you are patting a corporate house or any well-to-do, it means development and growth. If you talk of the development and growth of downtrodden, farmers and dalits, it is called charity and it is an anti-growth stand," he said. He also emphasised that  there was a need for industry and growth, but a balance should be struck so that the poor people could reap the development's benefits.

Rahul Gandhi said the Modi government was trying to snatch land from poor farmers without their consent while the United Progressive Alliance government had made it clear that it could not be acquired without seeking farmers' consent and providing adequate compensation. "We stand by downtrodden and poor people. We would continue to stall parliament for the interest of the poor people," said Rahul Gandhi. "When a businessman sells his land, he gets market value. Then why not a farmer would get market value during the sale of his land," he asked.

He also attacked at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the worsening economic condition in the country. "When we raise the question over dwindling economic growth, Jaitley says it is temporary phenomena. I want to know how far it will continue," he added, claiming that economic growth was at its peak during the UPA governments.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for spurt in infant deaths at Sishu Bhavan in Cuttack and said the state government lacks focus on key sectors like health care and education.

"I found the doctors are working sincerely and there is no shortcoming on their part. However, what is lacking is the state government's focus on health care and education. The chief minister is indifferent towards these sectors and state's future," said Rahul Gandhi. He was speaking to media after visiting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhavan, which witnessed death of more than 60 infants in a span of 12 days last month.

Rahul Gandhi described children as the country's future, and said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha which is endowed with rich mineral resources. Observing that there should not be any difficulty in running Sishu Bhavan properly, Rahul Gandhi said the attitude of the state Government should change. "Odisha's tragedy is played out in this hospital," said Gandhi who spent around 30 minutes in the hospital and interacted with doctors.

The Congress Vice President maintained that there was no politics behind his visit to the hospital as alleged by the ruling BJD in Odisha. "I came to see for myself the state of affairs here and I thought my visit can at least put some pressure on the state Government to improve things here," he added.

"If the state Government thinks there is politics in my visit, I am happy because it has drawn the attention of the administration to this hospital," he said. Narrating his experience inside Sishu Bhavan, the Rahul Gandhi said, "I saw the spirit .. future of Odisha inside the hospital where a child was lying on bed and the mother was crying. However, the child appeared disturbed not for his health condition but for his mother's plight. The child requested us to console the mother. The mother and the child have every right to get better treatment and attention at the hospital so that they can return happily, said Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi stepped up attack on the FTII issue accusing RSS of capturing educational institutions built on merit in the last six decades to destroy them. He also sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention over the ongoing students' stir against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

"I don't know what qualities the government sees in him (Chauhan). It is thrusting mediocrity on the country. We will not allow it," said Rahul Gandhi. The Congress Vice President had earlier also visited FTII, Pune to support the demand of the students who want Mr Chauhan to be removed.

"The capturing of educational institutions by the RSS is a political issue. I am not politicising it. The BJP is politicising it. Every institution that has been developed over the last 50-60 years on merit is being destroyed. This is a political issue not a social issue," said the congress MP.

 Students' agitation at FTII is going on for nearly two months after Modi government announced the appointment of Mr Chauhan as head of its governing council. The students have been boycotting classes since June 12, demanding Mr Chauhan's removal, maintaining that he lacks "academic credentials, vision and stature" to head the premier institute.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi fired fresh salvo on PM Narendra Modi by taking a dig at him and called him a frightened PM for backtracking on Land Ordinance. He said that more pressure would be built in future to ensure that Lalit Modi is brought back. He said that it is a great opportunity for the PM to get back ex IPL Chief Lalit Modi to cleanse cricket from corruption.

Referring to Sushma Swaraj’s remarks on Bofors issue linking former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi said that his father's name has been cleared by the judicial system of the country. He added that raking the same issues makes no difference to him.  

Speaking to the media, Rahul Gandhi said, "There are two networks in IPL. One which youth of country see - batting, bowling, fielding. Other is of Lalit Modi." Attacking Sushma swaraj, he said, "Sushmaji protected black money network of Lalit Modi. To Narendra Modi I say, youth is understanding the nexus. The network of Lalit Modi is the network of Corruption. Yesterday (Thursday) Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley protected that network " and continued " I want to tell Modi Ji, this is the good opportunity, get Lalit Modi and Clean up cricket."

Rahul Gandhi also accused that the current regime is trying to impose mediocrity in the country in an apparent reference to various controversial appointments done by the government. The Congress Vice President said that he wants to save the country from clutches of RSS and Narendra Modi. Referring to the notices received by the media channels owing to Yakub coverage Rahul said, "I am here to defend freedom of people. Way this country is heading, media will not be able to function"

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took the fight to the BJP camp after a no-holds-barred attack from Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “does not have the guts to sit in this House”.

Responding to the External Affairs Minister’s allegations against his family in the debate over the help extended to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, Rahul said: “Mr Prime Minister, you need to speak. Lalit Modi is nothing but a symbol of black money.” Reminding the Prime Minister about his poll promise of returning black money to the country, Rahul repeated his allegations against Swaraj and said the fact that she helped the former IPL chief discreetly showed she had something to hide. "A lot of people do humanitarian work, but Sushmaji is the first humanitarian in the world to do it in secrecy," Rahul Gandhi said as the treasury benches sought to shout him out and down.

"Yesterday, Sushmaji held my hand and asked that why I am angry with her. I told her I am not angry and that I respect her. I looked into her eyes and said I am speaking the truth about the Lalit Modi case, but she did not say anything and lowered her eyes," added Rahul Gandhi. The Congress vice president in his Lok Sabha address also took a swing at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the Lalit Modi row. "Modiji had said I will not be corrupt nor let anybody be. Today, he does not have the guts to sit in this chair and face this House. " Rahul said. Rahul went on to say, "Gandhiji had three monkeys - don't see evil, don't hear evil and don't speak evil. Modiji has new types of monkeys that preach; don't see the truth, don't hear the truth and don't speak the truth." He also added that the Prime Minister Modi needs to fight corruption and if he tries to save culprits, then he will lose the credibility and trust on which he was chosen to be Prime Minister.  “I want you to answer two questions: How much money did your family get from Lalit Modi? Two, why did you help him without even informing your own ministry?”

After his address, Rahul Gandhi stepped out of the Lok Sabha with his party MPs where he addressed the media and questioned Swaraj again with regard to her humanitarian service to Lalit Modi, asking why she was discreet about helping Lalit Modi.

"Why did she hide her humanitarian work? Along with this, her husband and daughter were also helping Lalit Modi which increases the suspicion. I am not angry with her, but I am pointing out that Modigate and IPL gate is not a small thing," Rahul Gandhi charged and continued, “My question is if it was a humanitarian gesture, then why was it done surreptitiously. The whole world does humanitarian activities, someone runs hospital… someone something else but they all tell the world they are doing some humanitarian activity… Sushmaji is the only person who is hiding humanitarian work. Why? My question is why didn’t you tell your ministry if it was humanitarian work. Why didn’t you tell the people that I am doing humanitarian work for Lalit Modi. So it is not credible.”

“Secondly, if it was only a humanitarian gesture even if done secretly, you could have been given the benefit of doubt. That you have done a humanitarian activity… there must have been some reason you have done it surreptitiously. But then your husband and your daughter are Lalit Modi’s legal counsel and are helping him… they are helping a criminal escape… So on one side mataji (mother) and on the other side family… On one side money and on the other side permission… Mataji, parivar, paisa, permission… I want to place before you this link,” he said.

“Now Sushmaji is getting angry with me. I can’t help it. I am not angry with her. I only want to point out that this Modigate, IPL is not a minor affair. The Prime Minister was given a mandate by the people. Why did they elect him… so that he would fight against black money… He should throw out those from his party who are corrupt. And say I am here because of my promise to fight against corruption and I will fight against corruption.”

“He should not be afraid. There is no need for that. The whole country will stand with him. But if he tries to save Sushma and (Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara) Raje, his credibility… the faith the youth of this country reposed in him will be shattered. I am in the opposition and I am putting forth my position… but I am also saying that it is good for Modiji if he takes action or else he should tell the country why he is not taking action,” he said.

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her statement in Lok Sabha regarding the Lalit Modi controversy. Congress president Sonia Gandhi dismissed Swaraj as a master at theatrics, saying while she would have helped Lalit Modi's ailing wife, she would have done so without breaking the law.

Accusing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of keeping her ministry in dark over Lalit Gate, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took on the former over her emotional clarification in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and said that Sonia Gandhi would have never done the same thing. “It was a very nice speech, hollow, but it sounded very nice. Sushma ji said that Sonia ji would have done the same thing. As her son, I can tell Sushma ji that Sonia ji would not have done the same thing,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Secondly, whenever there is some robbery happens, secrecy is maintained by the thief. In this case, Sushma ji has maintained full secrecy. Nobody in the ministry other than Sushma Swaraj ji knew about this decision. After this decision, the UK Government changed their position,” added the Congress Vice President. Rahul Gandhi further asked Swaraj to tell the nation exactly how much money she received from Lalit Modi so that he stays out of jail. “Whenever there is a robbery, a financial transaction takes place. There has been a financial transfer here as well. Sushma ji’s family has received money from Lalit Modi. She should tell the nation exactly how much money Lalit Modi has paid her family to keep himself out of jail,” said Rahul Gandhi.

The comments from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came a day after Swaraj told Lok Sabha that she did not extend any favours to Modi and had only helped his ailing wife on humanitarian grounds.

 

 

Pune: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) campus on Friday and met the agitating students who are protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as its chairman. He mounted a blistering attack on the Modi government saying the RSS and its ideologues were undermining educational, bureaucratic and judicial systems and “bullying” critics as “anti-national” and “anti-Hindu”.

Rahul Gandhi also took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing comparisons between the Congress and the BJP and said that “no one other than Modi can say anything in the BJP’. “RSS and its ideologues are systematically promoting mediocre people in the system...they are hell-bent on undermining the educational institutions' stature...it is not going on just in the education system but also in bureaucratic and judicial systems” said the congress vice President.

"RSS wants to promote their idea. They will call you anti-national, anti-Hindu. They are scared of you. That is the nature of a bully," said Rahul Gandhi while pledging support to the students for their demand for removal of its Chairman Gajendra Chauhan. He said the RSS and its ideologues were "undermining" the institution's stature by promoting "mediocrity" and bullying the critics as "anti-national and "anti-Hindu." "If you do not agree with them, they will shut you up. They will bully you if you open your mouth," he said, adding a “bully should be resisted”.

The Congress vice-president said the government was suppressing the voice of the students by refusing to have a meaningful discussion on their demand and added, "They (students) have only one demand that they (want to) have a discussion and want their voice to be heard... All that the students are saying is that there should be a discussion and their voice should be heard". "The RSS does not understand the idea of India". Spending money on the FTII students was equally important as they too were doing a service to the nation just as a software engineer does, he commented, adding "(LK) Advaniji and (Arun) Jaitley also watch movies", further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi met the over 200 students of FTII who have been agitating for the past 50 days against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman and have boycotted classes despite being threatened with disciplinary action. “Why I’m here is because I fundamentally believe that this is an institution and you (students) form an important part of it, and if your point is not being heard…I fundamentally believe in your democratic right,” Rahul Gandhi said in his address to the students. “I am proud of them (students). They are asking for a discussion. The government should listen to the voice of the youth. It is not nice of the government to try and impose their decisions on them,” further said the Congress leader.

Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by actors-turned Congress leaders Khushboo, Chiranjeevi and Raj Babbar.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and sister of party vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday visited Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh to review developmental works in the constituency. Priyanka Gandhi met and interacted with the villagers in Sareni which falls under Raebareli, the parliamentary constituency of Sonia Gandhi.

Priyanka Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to her mother Sonia Gandhi's constituency, rubbished HRD Minister Smriti Irani's accusations made during her Amethi visit and said since she (Irani) is now the Education Minister, what was the hassle in setting up IIIT in Amethi as promised during UPA regime. "She is the HRD Minister. First she should tell why she is not setting up an IIIT here. The youth are facing a lot of problems and this is her department. Why is she not looking into it," said Priyanka Gandhi. She also said the people here are facing numerous problems and that she was "deliberately" visiting the place. Priyanka also had an exclusive session with the women in the constituency.   

"Look around you and you shall see the answers," she added on being asked if there has been an improvement in the condition of farmers in Amethi.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also is scheduled to visit Raebareli on May 28. Priyanka Gandhi will be joining her mother to attend the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting to be held on Thursday.

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed an impressive party election rally at Shastri Park in Delhi as part of his campaign for the Delhi 2015 polls and launched a scathing attack on the BJP and the Modi government.  The Congress leader accused the BJP- Led  NDA  of dividing people along sectarian lines for the benefit of corporates and of not fulfilling the tall promises made to the voters prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

 ”The Bharatiya Janata Party wants to divide Hindus and Muslims and wants the poor to fight amongst themselves. That is their strategy so that a few corporates can benefit. Ever since they have come to power, India has not progressed, the employment rate has not increased, but the corporates have been reaping all the benfits,” Rahul Gandhi said, while addressing a rally in Seelampur, ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi scheduled on February 7.

 Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying :”The Prime Minister promised to distribute Rs 15 lakhs to each household when he gets black money back into the country. You have not got the money yet. You wanted employment, you wanted the government to curb inflation, and he has given you a broom to clean up with”. It was an apparent jibe at PM Modi’s  much hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyan .

"The Congress party is not weakened - it is the poor man's party and we will stand by those who are poor. We will provide every poor person with the right to shelter. We want everyone to be part of Delhi's progress. Delhi is the capital and is everyone's city. If we have to take Delhi forward, we'll have to take everyone forward," he added.

Rahul further accused the Aam Aadmi Party of being hand in glove with the BJP, pointing towards the large number of AAP leaders who have defected to the latter. "The AAP only has one goal; to not let the Congress come to power. When the UPA was in power, Arvind Kejriwal started protests on every topic but now he doesn't protest at all," he said.

"When the UPA ruled, Arvind Kejriwal raised the issues of rape and corruption and held protests. Now when there is an NDA government, rape cases in Delhi have increased by 30 percent but Kejriwal has not held any protest. Also, everyone who leaves the AAP goes to the BJP," he added.

Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on February 7 and counting will take place on February 10. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray