West Bengal: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’

Slamming the apex poll body, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’. Alleging a tacit agreement between RSS and the Election Commission (EC), Dikshit said that the EC should consider itself as a branch of RSS, shifting its headquarters to Nagpur. Congress and TMC have slammed the EC for the Cooch Behar killings where 4 were killed by CISF. Bengal’s remaining poll phases will be held on April 17, April 22, April 26, and April 29 with results to be announced on May 2.

Rahul says Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s identity – Amit Shah

While campaigning in Chirang ahead of the Assembly Elections in Assam, Home Minister Amit Shah vowed to fulfil every single promise made in Bodo agreement before 2022 “for a peaceful Assam”. “Rahul Baba is in Assam as a tourist nowadays. He says Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s identity. You tell me if Ajmal is Assam’s identity or Bhupen Hazarika, Upendra Nath & Shankar Dev. Black Mountain Badruddin Ajmal can’t be Assam’s identity,” the Home Minister said.

Politics of CPM which is repression, scam, and violence – Priyanka Gandhi

The people of Kerala are real gold of the state. But CM is busy smuggling gold and giving out fishing contracts to foreign companies. They’re pursuing a corporate manifesto. Their agenda is to sell state assets to corporates. You have a choice between 3 types of politics. Politics of CPM which is repression, scam, and violence. BJP politics which spreads hate and divisiveness; and Congress’ politics of futuristic vision for Kerala. For 5 years, CPM was about fraud, fear and favouritism.

Government will go on for 5 years – Nana Patole

On MVA alliance amid political turmoil in Maharashtra, state Congress chief Nana Patole said that the government will run for 5 years and BJP’s allegations do not matter. He said, “There will be no problem. ‘Ye Fevicol ka mazboot jod hai’. The government will go on for 5 years. They (BJP) may level as many false allegations as they want, it won’t affect the govt. They’re trying to malign Maharashtra, people of the state won’t forgive them.”

Soniaji is capable – Nana Patole

Soniaji is capable. She has been running UPA for years. This is not a matter of discussion. Narendra Modi government is not working for the people of the country they are working only for ‘hum do hamare do. Sanjay Raut is a Shiv Sena MP. Shiv Sena is not a United Progressive Alliance (UPA) member. He has not become an NCP MP. We have told Chief Minister that such statements are wrong and he should tell him. The Chief Minister said that he will discuss it.

People put blame on others, but Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility & resigned – Bhupesh Baghel

We fought a general election under his (Gandhi’s) presidentship only once, and we were defeated in a big way. After a defeat, people put the blame on others, but Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility and resigned. But what happened? The Congress Working Committee and all states asked him (Gandhi) to be president.

My acceptability is not beyond Chhattisgarh – Bhupesh Baghel

My acceptability is not beyond Chhattisgarh, there are other senior leaders whose acceptability may be more, but Rahul Gandhi’s acceptability is through the rank and file of the Congress and throughout the country.

CM Nitish Kumar must know that he lives in Mahatma Gandhi’s India, not Godse’s – Niranjan Patnaik, Congress

Whatever happened against elected members in the Bihar assembly is highly deplorable! Protests and debates are core the of democracy, whereas violence is its antithesis. CM Nitish Kumar must know that he lives in Mahatma Gandhi’s India, not Godse’s!

Indira Gandhi was a much taller leader than the pygmies leading the BJP today – Yashwant Sinha

Modi and specially Shah are extremely unpopular in Bengal; don’t go by the crowds that assembles in their meetings. We know how crowds are collected these days – the more electoral bonds you collect, the more crowds you can assemble. Indira Gandhi addressed some massive meetings in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections of 1977. We know the results. She was a much taller leader than the pygmies leading the BJP today. The main issue in Bengal in the forthcoming election is “Our own daughter versus the outsiders.”

Kerala Congress vice president KC Rosakutty resigned from the party

Kerala Congress vice president KC Rosakutty resigned from the party on Monday. Former MLA from Sulthan Bathery constituency and chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission, Rosakutty was reportedly unhappy with the present developments in the party. Rosakutty’s resignation comes a few days after Kerala Congress’s women wing president Lathika Subhash resigned and shaved off her head at the KPCC headquarters in protest after being denied a ticket for the upcoming state assembly elections.

Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF)

In yet another blow to the Congress in Kerala, another senior leader KC Rosakutty, who is also the Vice President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has resigned from the party. She cited women being ignored by the party in the polls for her decision. Hours after she announced her resignation, Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). She was the former MLA of Sulthan Bathery Assembly constituency in the ninth Kerala Assembly. Announcing her decision, Rosakutty said that the Congress ignored the women in the party.

Congress ignored G-23 members in West Bengal Star Campaigner list except Manish Tewari & Jitin Prasada

The Congress released its list of star campaigners for the third phase of the West Bengal elections on Monday. The 30-leader list included prominent Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. The G23 faction, comprises Congress veterans like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, among others. Last year, this group of 23 senior Congress leaders wrote a strongly worded letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, raising questions over the manner in which the party is being led.

…in the Assam government, there is a Shakuni Mama-like leader and a Dhritarashtra – Priyanka Gandhi

…in the Assam government, there is a Shakuni Mama-like leader and a Dhritarashtra. Both of them and the BJP have betrayed the people of Assam. The ‘Dhritarashtra’ who was at one time called ‘Jatiya Nayak’ (people’s leader) betrayed the six ethnic communities whom he had promised inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes list. But did not do so. Shakuni Mama who runs a corrupt government that only cheats people.

BJP is not a political party in Assam – Priyanka Gandhi

BJP is not a political party in Assam … (it) is functioning like a mafia organisation running syndicates of ‘supari,’ fish, coal, land. In the prime minister’s election rallies you must have noticed he sometimes takes the name of one in some meetings or the name of the other at other times. Their remote controls are in Delhi. BJP has not been able to decide who will be the chief minister. They are not able to respect their own chief minister and spell out the name. If there is no stability and unity in the party, then how will it give a stable government to people? Which chief ministers did he refer to… was it late Tarun Gogoi who worked tirelessly for the development of the state, gave employment to youth, introduced 30 per cent reservation for women in jobs and 50 per cent seats in panchayats, improved road connectivity, economic progress, protected Assam’s culture and heritage? As soon as the BJP returned to power at the Centre they made the Citizenship (Amendment) Act into a law. Police were unleashed on the anti-CAA protestors and five youths lost their lives.

Priyanka Gandhi alleged that PM Modi is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam

Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday alleged he is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam. A day after Modi raised the toolkit issue and alleged Congress conspiracy in it at a poll rally in Chabua in Assam, the daughter of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, lamented that Modi was silent on peoples’ suffering during perennial floods. Last year’s flooding of the Brahmaputra during the pandemic affected some 2.8 million people.

Coordination work main reason for not contesting polls – V Narayanasamy

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Sunday said he was not contesting the April 6 Assembly elections as there was a need to coordinate poll-related works and programmes of the party in the Union Territory. He told reporters at the PCC office here that the president of the Pradesh Congress Committee A V Subramanian was contesting the poll from Karaikal (north) and so he (Narayanasamy), along with the Congress Member of Parliament V Vaithilingam, had to coordinate election-related party activities.

Even the Asom Gana Parishad has been converted to Dilli Gana Parishad – Priyanka Gandhi

Top Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has teared into the ranks of the BJP over the issue of rising unemployment in Assam. Priyanka Gandhi, who is in Assam on a two day tour for election campaigning slammed the BJP Governments both at the Centre and the State for the rising rate of unemployment. Taking a dig at the BJP-AGP alliance, Priyanka Gandhi said that AGP is no longer Asom Gana Parishad, it is rather “Dilli Gana Parishad”. “Even the Asom Gana Parishad has been converted to Dilli Gana Parishad. The elephant once is now a bhigi billi (terrified cat),” Priyanka Gandhi said.

You were promised that your Chief Minister would be Assamese – Priyanka Gandhi addressing rally at Khumtai (Assam)

Your decision this elections would either secure the future of your children or break Assam. You were promised that your Chief Minister would be Assamese. You were promised that your Chief Minister would run a strong government. But what did you get instead? You got two Chief Ministers. When anti-CAA protests were at its peak in Assam, why didn’t he felt sorry? Where Assam was burning, why didn’t he felt sorry? Why didn’t he appeared before you? Why didn’t he apologised then? In the last election, BJP promised to provide 25 lakh jobs. Did you get those jobs? No. You were told that Clause 6 of the Assam Accord – which protects your culture – will be implemented. Has that happened yet? No.

Can the BJP please clarify whether they plan to implement CAA in Bengal but not in Assam – Gaurav Gogoi

The BJP has promised implementation of CAA in its manifesto in West Bengal. Can the BJP please clarify whether they plan to implement CAA in Bengal but not in Assam? In other words, do they agree with the Congress’s Guarantee of a law that would nullify CAA in Assam?

Sonia Gandhi asked me to fight the election – V Narayanasamy

Former Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy on Saturday refuted reports claiming that the Congress party has not given hum a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls in the union territory. “Some media reports stated I am not fighting election because high command didn’t give a ticket to me which is untrue. Sonia Gandhi asked me to fight the election,” V Narayanasamy said.

During UPA govt, gas cylinders’ cost was Rs 400 – Rahul Gandhi in Assam

While PM Modi addressed a rally in Assam’s Chabua, Rahul Gandhi was in poll-bound state’s Jorhat district. He hit out at the NDA government and said, “During UPA govt, gas cylinders’ cost was Rs 400, now under NDA, it is Rs 900. Who benefits from this? Not the poor, only India’s 2-3 industrialists. Their taxes, loans are waived off while nothing is being done for you”.

PV Narasimha Rao’s Daughter Surabhi Vani Devi won Election from Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad Graduates’ MLC Constituency

TRS candidate Surabhi Vani Devi, daughter of former Prime Minister late PV Narasimha Rao, won the election from Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad Graduates’ MLC constituency by a margin of 36,580 votes over her nearest BJP rival N Ramchander Rao on Saturday. The counting of votes that continued for the fourth consecutive day was completed late Saturday evening. The election officials, however, are yet to declare the result officially.

We will defend the idea of the state of Assam – Rahul Gandhi

Though Congress symbol is there in the document, actually it is the people’s manifesto. It contains the aspirations of the people of Assam. We are aware that the RSS and BJP are attacking diverse cultures of this nation. Attacking our languages, history, our way to thinking, our way of being. So this manifesto provides a guarantee that we will defend the idea of the state of Assam.

Assam: Rahul Gandhi Released Party’s Manifesto

Indian National Congress (INC) leader Rahul Gandhi released the party manifesto Saturday, ahead of the Assam assembly election 2021. Key promises made include monetary compensation for housewives across the state, an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act law and an increase in wages for tea plantation workers.

She (Navjot Kaur Sidhu) will work to strengthen the organisation in the State – Harpal Singh Harpura, Congress

She will work to strengthen the organisation in the state. The decision to appoint her was taken by the national executive at a meeting in Delhi last week. We were not very active in Punjab in the recent years. We have decided to rebuild the organisational set-up and made several appointments in several district in the recent weeks.

BJP wants to run Assam from Nagpur (through RSS)- Rahul Gandhi in Assam

BJP wants to run Assam from Nagpur (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Headquarters). They want outsiders to come and (take over) take what is yours as they took your airport. We want to run Assam from Assam only. Our Chief Minister will work after listening to the people of Assam and would have nothing to do with Nagpur. During the floods, you (the voter) cannot give him anything so he does not come but during elections, you can give him votes, so he comes.

Democracy is Declining – Rahul Gandhi in Assam

Democracy is declining. Youth are unemployed, farmers are protesting, CAA is there. We can’t ask the people of Assam to forget their culture, language if they come to Delhi. People from different cultures, languages, religions make up India. One force, born in Nagpur, trying to control the whole country. If the country’s future (students) cannot openly talk to the Prime Minister, then there is no doubt that something somewhere is wrong.

Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam on March 21 & 22

Top Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam and give a final push to the party’s campaigning in the State ahead of the Assembly elections. Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam on March 21 and 22. Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam on a two-day tour of the State for election campaigning. According to reports, Priyanka Gandhi will be holding rallies in Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam.

We should go back to ballot papers and I’m totally in support of this – Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday batted for polling through ballot papers, saying the electronic voting machines could be “fudged”. “We should go back to ballot papers and I’m totally in support of this,” Amarinder Singh said, replying to a question on EVMs during a press conference to mark the completion of four years of his government. “Why are advanced countries not having this (EVMs)? Why Japan is not having this? Why they have ballot paper? Why Sweden has ballot papers? Why the UK has ballot papers?” he asked.

I believe that India is One Country – Amarinder Singh on reservation in jobs like neighbouring Haryana

Asked about reservation in jobs like neighbouring Haryana, which has recently reserved 75 per cent of the jobs for locals in the private sector, the Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh opposed the policy of “excessive regionalisation” being followed by certain states, saying “Amarinder stands for India for Indians”. “I believe that India is one country,” he said, adding that “too much regionalisation” was not a good thing. Pointing out that there was no state in India where Punjabis were not flourishing and doing a great job, the chief minister asked “why Punjabis cannot buy land in Himachal Pradesh or do not have certain rights in Kashmir and Rajasthan?” “If we start regionalising, we will suffer,” he added.

Everyone wants Navjot to be part of our Team – Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Thursday expressed confidence that Navjot Singh Sidhu will be back in his Cabinet, nearly two years after the cricketer-turned-politician quit the government after being divested of a key portfolio. “Everyone wants Navjot to be part of our team,” Mr Singh told a press conference on Thursday, replying to a question on the meeting. Singh’s statement came a day after the two Congress leaders met at the chief minister’s farmhouse, where they had discussed Mr Sidhu’s possible reinduction into the state Cabinet.

I am sure he will decide on what is in favour of Party & the State – Punjab CM Amarinder Singh after Meeting Navjot Singh Sidhu

Even after Wednesday’s crucial tea meeting that went on for nearly 50 minutes between Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his bête noire Navjot Singh Sidhu, the possibility of latter’s reinduction into the state cabinet continue to remain uncertain. “It was a good meeting. We have a cordial relation and I am waiting for him to reply. I am sure he will decide on what is in favour of the party and the state. As far as the Congress is concerned, the party wants him back fast and play an active role for the benefit of the party and the state.” said Amarinder Singh on being asked about the meeting.

If Sidhu wants my Job, he can have it – Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

The meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere yesterday. Everyone wants Sidhu to be part of the team. I hope he decides on joining back soon. Before that he has sought some time. While everyone has his/her own ambitions, it is up to the Congress president to decide. In a difficult hour, you have to set aside your own ambitions and stand with the party. The decision has to be taken by the party president, not me or Sunil Jakhar. If Sidhu wants my job, he can have it.

All India Jat Mahasabha (AIJM) appointed Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu as President of its Women Wing in Punjab

All India Jat Mahasabha (AIJM) on Wednesday appointed former MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Congress leader and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, as president of its women wing in Punjab. Announcing her appointment at a press conference in Chandigarh, AIJM national vice-president and Punjab unit chief Harpal Singh Harpura said, “She will work to strengthen the organisation in the state. The decision to appoint her was taken by the national executive at a meeting in Delhi last week.” Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is the national president of AIJM.

He (Navjot Sidhu) has always made huge sacrifices for the state and its people – Navjot Kaur Sidhu

Whatever will be discussed in today’s meeting, the decision Navjot will take completely depends on him. He since the very beginning has always made huge sacrifices for the state and its people. Therefore, if he thinks that he will be able to contribute to the welfare of the state, he will accept the position and if he thinks he cannot work for the state’s welfare then he has no interest in the position in the Punjab government.

Bengal is also known to be a notorious place for cow smuggling – Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for failing check the incidents of coal and cow smuggling in West Bengal. Chowdhury, the president of Congress’ Bengal unit, also accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of smuggling girls in the state. He said that the accused do not get apprehended in these cases as the ruling party is involved. “Besides coal smuggling, Bengal is also known to be a notorious place for cow smuggling. Our mothers, daughters and sisters are also smuggled into Bengal. The ruling party (of Bengal) and bureaucracy do this together hence no one gets caught,” Chowdhury said.

Indira Gandhi had got ”Mahamrityunjay Mantra Jaap” done for a month after Operation Blue Star – Satya Pal Malik

There are many questions of farmers, which must be answered. Today, there is no law in favour of farmers. This has to be corrected. I want to assure you that in the matter of farmers, I will go to any extent to solve their problems. Indira Gandhi (ex-PM) had got the ”Mahamrityunjay Mantra Jaap” done for a month after Operation Blue Star. Arun Nehru told me that when he asked her that you do not believe in such rituals, then why are you performing these, she said you don’t know, I have damaged their ‘Akal Takht’. They will not spare me.

Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi used to have elections and used to win them – Rahul Gandhi

Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi used to have elections and used to win them. It wasn’t like there was no voting but there was no institutional framework to protect that vote. An election is not simply people going and pressing a button on a voting machine. An election is about narrative. An election is about institutions that make sure that the framework in the country is operating properly, an election is about the judiciary being fair and a debate taking place in parliament. So you need those things for a vote to count.

There is a group of about 20 people in the Congress who have different views – Rahul Gandhi

There is a group of about 20 people in the Congress who have different views but do you think they can exist in the BJP, the BSP or the TMC… No, they cannot exist in any other party except the Congress. Neither the BJP nor the BSP or any other political parties have elections but I understand that the Congress has a bigger responsibility, and we should absolutely have elections and absolutely elect our leaders.

Congress releases list of 14 candidates for Puducherry polls 2021

Congress party on Tuesday released a list of 14 candidates for the upcoming Puducherry polls 2021. Earlier on the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released a list of 9 candidates for the assembly elections in the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry. Puducherry will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

Raised the Chinese hack into India’s power Grid – Manish Tewari

Last night raised the issue of Data breach at the Northern Army Command HQ in Udhampur by the ISI. Also raised the Chinese hack into India’s power Grid. Asked the Defense Minister to come and explain as to how equipped are we to fight the new Phenomena of Cyber Warfare.

Congress High Command may appoint Navjot Singh Sidhu as Dy CM of Punjab ahead of 2022 Assembly Elections

In a bid to pacify disgruntled party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu ahead of Assembly polls in Punjab, the Congress party is actively mulling to appoint him as the deputy chief minister of the state, a report in Times of India said. Appointing Sidhu as the deputy to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will help the party to settle the voices of discontent within the ranks and pave the way for projecting Singh as the CM face when state goes to polls next year. The party leadership is confident that Singh will accept this option.

Gujarat (Somnath) Congress MLA Vimal Chudasama evicted from State Assembly for wearing T-shirt

Gujarat Congress MLA Vimal Chudasama was on Monday evicted from the Legislative Assembly on the orders of Speaker Rajendra Trivedi for coming to the House wearing a T-shirt. While the Speaker insisted that MLAs maintain decorum and refrain from wearing T-shirt in the House, the opposition Congress opposed Trivedi’s decision, claiming there was no rule prohibiting members from wearing specific clothes while attending the House proceedings.

Its (Congress’s) Social Media cell worships Doctrine of Amit Malviya more than it understands ideas of Jawaharlal Nehru

What little goodwill the Congress had left is being destroyed by its social media cell. Everyone who is concerned about the state of the Congress is not a BJP mole! Its social media cell worships the doctrine of Amit Malviya more than it understands the ideas of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Pilot group is being targeted – Ved Prakash Solanki, Congress Chaksu MLA

Pilot group is being targeted. A few Congress MLAs will meet Congress state in-charge Ajay Makan. This is not the issue of only one MLA, people of Rajasthan want to know whether an injustice has been done with the SC/ST MLAs.

Few MLAs are feeling suppressed – Ved Prakash Solanki, Congress Chaksu MLA

The Chief whip should issue the list. Everybody has a problem with the seating arrangement but few are speaking and few not. I had a word with the state party chief. Everybody is pained. Few MLAs are feeling suppressed and few want to remove that stress that’s why Ramesh Meena has proposed for resignation.

BJP have snatched jobs from the youth – Shama Mohamed

1.7 lakh people in India lost jobs every hour last April. 12.2 cr total jobs were lost in the lockdown. The BJP govt had promised to create 2 crore jobs a year. Instead, they have snatched jobs from the youth. Students demand the jobs they were promised!

When he [Tejasvi Surya] says Congress kept the people poor, you have the unique distinction – Supriya Shrinate

When he [Tejasvi Surya] says Congress kept the people poor, you have the unique distinction of leading the economy into recession first time ever. You have the unique distinction of taking unemployment to a 45-year high. Is this what new India stands for?

New India is a Rhetorical Question – Supriya Shrinate

You have the unique distinction of letting petrol cross Rs 100, letting LPG prices rise by Rs 225 and not utter a word. You have the unique distinction where students are jailed, activists are charged for sedition, where farmers are sitting outside Delhi for the past three-and-a-half-month and not a word from the prime minister. Is this new India? New India is a rhetorical question.

Governments after governments practising the same brand of Nehruvian Socialism – Tejasvi Surya

As the farmers’ agitation is concerned, I said in my opening remarks that this country under the name of Nehruvian socialism chose to keep India deliberately poor. Governments after governments practising the same brand of Nehruvian socialism, experts at redistributing poverty, and never for an ounce created prosperity in the country and this was done by creating hundreds of laws and regulations. For the first time in India’s history, this government has consistently, not just in the farm sector, has tried to unshackle the economy and give the young Indian, farmer and the entrepreneur, his freedom to choose the way he wants to run his business and farm.

Congress Kerala leader Ramesh Chennithalla would be contesting from Haripad constituency

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithalla on Saturday announced that he would be contesting the upcoming state assembly elections from the Haripad constituency. Referring to Haripad as his “mother”, Chennithalla further said the people of the constituency love him and that he could not leave the constituency. With barely 26 days to go for Kerala assembly elections, the final list for Congress, which was expected to be declared on Friday, has been again postponed with the party announcing that 81 candidates have been finalised, out of the 91 seats it will be contesting.

It is Duty of State Government now to bring amendments to exempt Goa from this notification – Girish Chodankar on Fastag

Goa Pradesh Congres Committee President Girish Chodankar while addressing a press conference on Thursday asserted that his party would challenge the notification of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued to make Fastag mandatory to all vehicles, calling it another idea to loot people. Pointing out that Toll plazas don’t exist in Goa and making the FASTag mandatory will only impose an additional burden on the Goans, he said, “It is the duty of the state government now to bring amendments to exempt Goa from this notification. “

Assam Election 2021: Sum Ronghang, BJP MLA from Diphu Gets Congress Ticket

Four days after BJP minister Sum Ronghang joined the Congress after denied ticket, the opposition party on Thursday nominated him to contest the forthcoming Assam Assembly polls from his Diphu constituency. A Cabinet minister and a former chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Ronghang had quit BJP after being denied a ticket and joined Congress last Sunday. Ronghang’s name was among the 11 sitting MLAs excluded by BJP in the list of party candidates. The saffron party had announced a list of 70 candidates on March 5 and, instead nominated Bidya Sing Engleng for the Diphu seat.

India is no longer a Democratic Country – Rahul Gandhi with reference to Sweden institute’s Democracy Report

“India is no longer a democratic country,” Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet as he shared a news clipping which read ‘India now as autocratic as Pakistan, worse than Bangladesh: Sweden institute’s Democracy Report’. In what could invite a sharp response from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that India was no longer a democratic country.

Kerala Congress Leader PC Chacko Resigns

Kerala Congress leader PC Chacko on Wednesday (March 10) submitted his resignation to Sonia Gandhi. In a statement, he said that he made this move because it had become difficult to be a Congress leader in Kerala. The senior Congress leader’s resignation comes as a big blow to the Congress ahead of the Kerala Assembly elections.

I don’t think it was a wise decision at this crucial juncture – Kerala Congress MP Hibi Eden, commenting on PC Chacko’s resignation

He is a very senior Congress leader who has been given ample opportunities by the Central leadership. He’s a valuable asset for the Indian National Congress. I don’t think it was a wise decision at this crucial juncture where Congress is going into an important election.

Congress leader Sikha Mitra accused the state leadership of sidelining her

The opposition Congress in West Bengal was hit by dissidence as senior Congress leader Sikha Mitra, wife of former WBPCC president Somen Mitra, on Monday accused the state leadership of sidelining her and threatened to leave the party. Mitra, a former MLA, accused West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of sidelining her and her son Rohan Mitra and didn’t rule out joining the BJP in near future.

Suvendu has Requested us to Join… I want to speak to Party President Sonia Gandhi before taking any decision – Sikha Mitra

The way the state Congress is being run is unacceptable. The state Congress leadership is compromising with the core ideology of the Congress. Both my son and I have been sidelined in the party. We don’t have any future in the party. Suvendu has requested us to join the saffron camp. He has even assured us a ticket for the assembly polls. I haven’t made any decision yet. I want to speak to our party president Sonia Gandhi before taking any decision. You never know what is in store in future.

Write it Down, he will Never become Chief Minister there – Rahul Gandhi on Jyotiraditya Scindia

He (Scindia) would have become the chief minister had he stayed with Congress but has become a backbencher in the BJP. Scindia had the option to strengthen the organisation by working with Congress workers. I told him — one day you will become the chief minister. But he chose another route. Write it down, he will never become chief minister there. He will have to come back here for that. – (Rahul Gandhi)

Congress, DMK, Left, VCK will sweep these elections – Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress incharge of Tamil Nadu

BJP by entering into an alliance with AIADMK, its intention is to finish off AIADMK. They want to kill all opposition parties and have ‘one party-one man rule’ in the country. Congress, DMK, Left, VCK will sweep these elections.

DMK allotted 25 assembly constituencies to Congress along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha by-election seat

The DMK on Sunday allotted 25 assembly constituencies to Congress along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha by-election seat. It has also given 6 seats to MDMK through a deal with Congress and CPI(M). The ruling AIADMK on the other hand allotted 20 seats to its ally BJP after rounds of negotiations, while its talks with the DMDK remained inconclusive. With talks on seat sharing over, the DMK is set to kick start its campaign with a mega rally in the state today.

Karti Chidambaram want Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be named as the candidate for the by-polls to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency

The Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency has become a hot seat this election season. Congress’ Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram Friday filed an application before the party’s state election committee, requesting that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be named as the candidate for the by-polls to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency. Meanwhile, deceased Congress MP H Vasanthakumar’s son Vijay Vasanth also filed an application to contest for the by-polls from Kanyakumari seat.

Congress Dismissed Reports of Sushmita Dev’s Resign from Party

Congress party on Saturday dismissed the reports that All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party amid differences over the seat-sharing arrangement for the Assam polls. Several media reports claimed that Dev has resigned from the party as she was unhappy with the seat-sharing formula between the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam.

We want to make it clear that Ms Sushmita Dev has not resigned from the party – Congress Party Spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma

It has been brought to the notice of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee that a speculative news about resignation of President, All India Mahila Congress Ms Sushmita Dev is doing the rounds on television and web portals. We want to make it clear that Ms Sushmita Dev has not resigned from the party.

She is a very indispensable part of Congress – Pradyut Bordoloi on Sushmita Dev

Congress party on Saturday dismissed the reports that All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party amid differences over the seat-sharing arrangement for the Assam polls. Congress MP from Nagaon Pradyut Bordoloi also rubbished the reports and said: “She is very much with us. She is a very indispensable part of Congress. She is a very respected leader of our party.” Earlier, Dev reportedly walked out of a Congress meeting called to discuss the list of candidates at a city hotel, party sources said. Supporters of the women’s wing chief also demonstrated against Congress leaders who favoured allotting more seats to AIUDF in the Barak Valley, PTI reported.

Modi Government has Explicitly Embraced “Privatisation” instead of “Disinvestment” – Sonia Gandhi

The Modi government has explicitly embraced “privatisation” instead of “disinvestment.” Its choice of language signals its intent. Unable to manage the nation’s finances, unable to inspire trust in the private sector to boost investment, the government has turned to distress sale of our national assets. Will selling assets for short-term gains make up for the long-term loss of public wealth?

Efforts to extract value from the sale of PSUs will also be hurt by the Modi government’s lack of credibility – Sonia Gandhi

Efforts to extract value from the sale of PSUs will also be hurt by the Modi government’s lack of credibility. Over the last few years, it has failed to achieve its disinvestment targets. Its few disinvestment “successes” have been no more than getting government-owned entities to purchase other PSUs. Thus, the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India bailed out the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) bailed out Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), and so on. What kind of value can the nation expect to receive from this distress sale then?

I cannot dignify gutter trash and garbage with any sort of response – Congress leader Anand Sharma

Only a strong and united Congress can challenge the BJP dominance and restore the much-needed balance in the national political narrative which is essential and must in any democracy. We are lifelong Congressmen and founders and builders of the party. We have dedicated our lives and shall continue to make all possible efforts to strengthen and energize the party. I cannot dignify gutter trash and garbage with any sort of response, for whom this is natural habitat can thrive in it.

Dr. Manmohan Singh Blamed Demonetisation Decision for Unemployment

Attacking the Centre, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said unemployment is high in the country and its informal sector is in shambles following the “ill considered demonetisation decision” taken by the BJP-led government in 2016. He also criticised the central government for not holding regular consultations with the states. “Unemployment is high and the informal sector is in shambles, a crisis precipitated by the ill considered demonetisation decision taken in 2016”, he said at “Pratheeksha 2030” in Thiruvananthapuram. The summit was organised to launch a Vision Document, a framework of ideas for development of Kerala well in advance of the state elections.

This election is an election of trust – Priyanka Gandhi in Assam

At a mega rally of the Congress party in Tezpur, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi launched the ‘5 Guarantee’ campaign for the 2021 Assam assembly elections. The party is undertaking five ‘Guarantees’ for the election. These are: (1) a law that nullifies the CAA; (2) 5 lakh government jobs; (3) raising tea workers’ wages to Rs 365; (4) free electricity up to 200 units per household; and (5) Rs 2,000 monthly income support to all housewives. ‘This election is an election of trust. The people of Assam were cheated by a party five years ago that promised them 25 lakh jobs but gave them CAA instead. The Congress party is not making empty promises but undertaking 5 guarantees,’ Priyanka Gandhi said.

Know ur facts Anand Sharma ji – Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Know ur facts Anand Sharma ji. CPI(M) led Left Front is leading the secular alliance in West Bengal of which Congress is an integral part. We are determined to defeat BJP’s communal & divisive politics and an autocratic regime. Congress has got its full share of seats. Left Front is allocating seats from its share to the newly formed Indian Secular Front-ISF. Your choice to call the decision of CPM led front ‘communal’ is only serving the polarising agenda of BJP. Would urge a select group of distinguished Congressmen to rise above always seeking personal comfort spots and stop wasting time singing praises of PM. They owe a duty to strengthen the party and not undermine the tree that nurtured them.

Rahul Gandhi insults North Indians in the South and their MPs insults South Indians – Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

These people who were earlier saying why they did not take the vaccine before, are now raising questions. Instead of seeing PM’s dedication, they are observing Assam’s ‘Gamchas’. Congress leaders should not insult the people of Assam, Puducherry and Kerala. Everyone knows the most number of nurses come from which states of the country. They should avoid such statements. Rahul Gandhi insults North Indians in the South and their MPs insults South Indians. So the party should decide among themselves what should be said.

Assam Elections: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plucked tea leaves, interacted with tea garden workers

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plucked tea leaves, interacted with tea garden workers and visited the house of one for a meal during the second day of her visit to the poll-bound state of Assam on Tuesday. Dressed in a saree, she was equipped for plucking tea leaves with a basket on her back balanced by a band on her head. In photos and videos shared in media, Vadra is seen plucking tea leaves and interacting with the tea garden workers in the northeastern state’s Biswanath district.

Life of Tea Garden Workers is full of Truth and Simplicity – Priyanka Gandhi

The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. Today, I got to know about their work and families and understood the struggles of their work. I will not forget the love and intimacy I got from them.

We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as ‘grihini samman’ – Priyanka Gandhi at a rally in Tezpur, Assam

We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as ‘grihini samman’. The woman working in tea gardens will be provided Rs 365 per day. We’ll create 5 lakhs new govt jobs. These are not promises but guarantee. When our party comes into power, a law will be enacted to ensure that CAA is not implemented here. 200 units of electricity will be given free of cost every month.