[Pune] Rahul Gandhi Bows New Arrows in Protection of Tax PayerUrban Middle Class
Money won’t be taken from middle class,
Incometax won”t be raised
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said the ‘Nyay’ minimum income scheme for the poor will be implemented without raising income tax or burdening the middle class.
The opposition party has said that if voted to power, it will give Rs 72,000 per year as minimum income to poor families, benefiting around 25 crore people, a move Gandhi has termed a ‘surgical strike’ on poverty.
“Money won’t be taken from the middle class and income tax won’t be raised,” Gandhi said when asked how funds will be raised for the Nyuntam Aay Yojna (Nyay) scheme.
Interacting with students here, the Congress chief said all calculations have been done to fund the scheme.
He said the Congress manifesto was prepared after taking inputs from all sections of the society, including farmers and the poor.
Asked about employment scenario in the country, he said around 27,000 jobs are being lost per hour in India.
The Congress chief promised to reserve 33 per cent seats in Parliament, assemblies for women if his party is voted to power.
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[Mumbai]Rahul Challenges Modi to Answer Questions Of Public In a PC
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a press conference and answer questions of the public.
Since he became the PM in 2014, Modi has not held a press conference in all this time, Gandhi said, addressing a public rally
The Congress leader claimed Modi speaks falsehood all the time.
He also slammed the PM for ‘protecting’ the likes of absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi.
He said “Modi will call Mehul Choksi as Mehul bhai (brother) but call you (people) ‘Mitron’ (friends),”
Gandhi said the Congress will give 500 sq feet houses to slum dwellers in Mumbai under the slum development scheme if voted to power.
[New Delhi]Modi And Rahul Condole Demise of Lingayat Seer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday condoled the demise of a prominent Lingayat seer, saying he lived for the people, especially the poor.
The seer of Tumakuru-based Siddaganga Math, 111-year-old Shivakumara Swamiji, who was known as the ‘Walking God’, died Monday after a prolonged illness.
“His holiness Dr Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu lived for the people, especially the poor and vulnerable. He devoted himself towards alleviating ills like poverty, hunger and social injustice. Prayers and solidarity with his countless devotees spread all across the world,”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said his passing away leaves behind a deep spiritual void.
He Tweeted “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Shivakumar Swami Ji, Pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt. Swami Ji was respected and revered by millions of Indians, from all religions and communities. His passing leaves behind a deep spiritual void. My condolences to all his followers,”
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge requested the Centre to bestow ‘Bharat Ratna’ on the seer. “I request the government to give him Bharat Ratna. He is worthy of getting the title.
[Chd,Pb]Capt Launches His Party Prez’s Shakti :Project To Galvanise Congressmen
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today launched Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s flagship ‘Shakti’ project to galvanise party workers in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha election due by May.
The project also aims to connect Congress workers digitally with Gandhi.
It said the project’s success was reflected in the party’s win in the assembly polls in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister asked party workers to make optimum use of this messaging system to target voters at the grassroots level, according to a Congress party release.
[New Delhi]Rahul Gandhi Wishes Arun Jaitley Speedy Recovery
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sent his and his party’s best wishes to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has left for the US for a medical check-up following a kidney transplant last year, and wished him a speedy recovery.
“I’m upset to hear Arun Jaitley Ji is not well. We fight him on a daily basis for his ideas. However, I and the Congress party send him our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. We are with you and your family 100% during this difficult period Mr Jaitley (sic),” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
Jaitley, 66, who had a kidney transplant operation and follow-up check-ups at AIIMS last year, left for the US on Sunday night for a “regular medical check-up”,
This is Jaitley’s first overseas visit since his kidney ailment was confirmed in April last year.
[Delhi,Chd,Pb] Punjab’s Capt Reports to His Party Capt In Delhi and Submits Strategy for 13 Lok Sabha Seats
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ruled out the need for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state but said the decision on a coalition with the party would be taken by the Congress high command.
He was responding to questions from media persons during an informal chat after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi to discuss a host of state government and party related issues, particularly in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
On the issue of the Kartarpur Corridor, Captain Amarinder Singh said while Pakistan had already started work on the construction of the road on their side, development work had yet to start in the Indian Punjab, as the state government had not received any funds so far from the Centre for acquiring land for building the infrastructure.
The Chief Minister trashed as completely incorrect the allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the loan waiver scheme for farmers in Punjab. His government had already waived off crop loans worth Rs 3,417 crores of 4,14,275 farmers in just one year. His government was committed to covering all the 10.25 lakh small and marginal farmers He said loans of the remaining about 3 lakh of the 10.25 lakh farmers would be waived off shortly.
[New Delhi]Nirmala Shows Jawala To Rahul Gandhi For Insulting Modi On Rafale
There were heated scenes in the Lok Sabha as Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of insulting her and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Nobody has a right to call me or the prime minister a thief and a liar,” said a visibly angry Sitharaman, whom speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to calm down.
The defence minister was responding to Gandhi who said that he wanted to speak as his name was taken by Sitharaman during her reply to a debate on Rafale deal.
Referring to Gandhi’s conversation with former French president Franois Hollande, Minister said the Congress chief had quoted him without any proof.
While clarifying his conversation with Hollande, Gandhi said the former French president had said that the price was not part of the contract and he could say that publicly.
He further claimed Hollande himself had stated that the name of businessman Anil Ambani was given to him by Modi and Government of India.
Gandhi wanted to know why Sitharaman did not take the name of Ambani who was chosen as the major offset beneficiary and why the price of aircraft went up to Rs 1,600 crore.
He questioned why the number of aircrafts to be purchased were reduced to 36 and why Prime Minister Narendra Modi bypassed the defence establishment to change the deal.
Sitharaman said that the NDA got a better deal then what was being negotiated by the UPA government.
On the offset partners, she said it was not a part of negotiations and the government was not involved in their selection .
The minister said she regretted that when the prime minister spoke, the Congress called him a liar.
“We all come from normal background…I come from a middle class. The prime minister comes from a humble background. The prime minister’s name is untarnished, he is not corrupt. I have my honour intact,” she said, adding “you can not insult us the way you want”.
[New Delhi]Clear Message to Modi: It Is Time for Change: Rahul on Poll Results
Thanking people and party workers for party’s good performance in three Hindi states of Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, he said, “It’s now time for change. We are going to provide these three states with a vision for overall development”. However, he added that they would have liked to do better in Telangana.
Gandhi said,”the BJP has a certain ideology and we will fight against it. We have won this elections, we will also win in 2019. However, we do not want to get rid of anyone, ‘hum kisi ko mukt nahi karna chahtein’.”
He said ,There is a clear message to Prime Minister Modi that people are not happy with his decisions, including demonetisation and those pertaining to farmers and youth, he said, adding the BJP has failed to provide a vision for the country going forward.
Asserting that the process of loan waiver for farmers will start as soon as Congress governments are formed, he, however, said the loan waiver is a measure, not a solution to farmers’ distress.
[Jaipur]Rahul Gandhi Dares To Teach Hinduism To PM Modi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Saturday Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not understand the foundation of Hinduism.
“What is the essence of Hinduism? What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody… Knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge,” Gandhi said at an interactive session in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
“Our prime minister says he is a Hindu, but he doesn’t understand (the) foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?” the Congress chief said.
[Chd,Pb]Minister Tript Bajwa Raises Finger on Sidhu’s Hits Wicket
Punjab cabinet ministe Bajwa said “If he[Sidhu] does not consider Capt Amarinder as his captain then he should resign on moral grounds from the cabinet and do whatever work is assigned to him by Rahul Gandhi,”Bajwa, who is the state’s rural development and panchayat minister, said Amarinder Singh is our captain in Punjab, he is our leader .
The minister demanded that Sidhu should seek an apology from the chief minister. “He will have to accept Captain sahib as his leader in Punjab,” Bajwa said.
Sidhu’s Jibe at Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, even as the cricketer-turned-politician backtracked on his claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had sent him to Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor event,has created turmoil in Punjab Congress.
Bajwa said Rahul Gandhi remained everyone’s captain , but he disapproved of Sidhu’s remarks about the chief minister.
“Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also,”
But Sidhu claimed tens of thousands of people wanted to take pictures with him in Kartarpur and he didn’t know Chawla.