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National Herald Case: After getting bail, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi hit out at PM Modi

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Sonia and Rahul, who came straight to the AICC office from the court where they were granted bail in the National Herald case, asserted that they will continue to fight and “not bow down”.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of levelling “false allegations” against them and making “full use” of government agencies to “deliberately target” the Opposition.Sonia and Rahul, who came straight to the AICC office from the court where they were granted bail in the National Herald case, asserted that they will continue to fight and “not bow down”. “Today we had appeared before the court with a clean conscience. We did what any law-abiding citizen should do. The laws of the nation applies to everyone without any discrimination. I have no doubt that the truth will come out,” Sonia Gandhi told reporters.Coming down heavily on Modi government, the Congress President said, “The present government is deliberately targeting the opposition and making full use of the state agencies to do so. Nobody is going to be scared from it. We will continue our fight.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Making a direct attack on the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi said, “Modiji levels false allegations and thinks that the Opposition will bow down, I and Congress party will not succumb.” Referring to the case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Sonia Gandhi said that she was totally aware of the intention of the people behind the case. “These people have been trying for long to target us.They will not succeed,” she asserted. Asserting that Congress will continue to fight for the poor, Rahul said, “We will not budge an inch.” The Gandhis were speaking after they were granted bail in the case based on a private criminal complaint lodged by Swamy against them of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the Congress is united in support of Sonia and Rahul. “We will fight. We will give a determined fight,” he said asserting that Congress was a party that stood for certain values and it will not compromise on them.

‘Queen’ is not above the law: Arun Jaitley hits out at Sonia Gandhi over National Herald Case

In a sharp dig at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India has never accepted that the ‘queen’ is not answerable to the law and asked her and Rahul Gandhi to contest the issue in courts instead of disrupting Parliament.

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In a sharp dig at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India has never accepted that the ‘queen’ is not answerable to the law and asked her and Rahul Gandhi to contest the issue in courts instead of disrupting Parliament. Rejecting the Congress charge of political vendetta being pursued by the government, he said the Government has “so far not taken any punitive action”.Posting his comments on Facebook, Jaitley was apparently referring to the Congress plea against summons issued to Sonia, her son Rahul Gandhi and others, which was dismissed by Delhi High Court. The Congress later changed tact and submitted to the trial court that they were ready to appear. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Without naming Sonia or Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley said the Congress leaders created a ‘Chakravyuh’ for themselves through a series of financial transactions where tax-exempt income of a political party was transfered to a real estate company. “The Enforcement Directorate has not issued any notice to them. The Income Tax authorities will follow their own procedure… The Government has passed no order in relation to the disputed transactions,” he said. Detailing the issues involved, he said a Criminal Court had taken cognizance of the offence and the High Court agreed with the Trial Court.”The battle has to be fought legally. But the results of legal battles are always uncertain. The Congress is, therefore, crying foul and calling it political vendetta,” he said asking if the charge was against the courts.The minister said there was equality before the law for everyone.”No one is above the law. India has never accepted the diktat that the queen is not answerable to the law. Why should the Congress Party and its leaders not contest the notice before the Court?”The Government cannot help them in the matter, nor can the Parliament. Why then disturb the Parliament and prevent the legislative activity from continuing?,” he said.Jaitley said the answer to the Congress leadership landing up in a ‘Chakravyuh’ is to fight their battle legally and not disrupt Parliament. “By disrupting democracy the financial web created by the Congress leaders cannot be undone,” he said. Congress has for three days in a row stalled functioning of the Rajya Sabha, where the crucial Goods and Service Tax (GST) is awaiting approval for rolling out the landmark indirect tax regime from April 1, 2016. WHY THE CONGRESS IS WRONGThe Congress Party, for the past few days, has disrupted both houses of Parliament. Its…
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PM Modi greets Sonia Gandhi on her birthday

“On her birthday, greetings to Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi. May Almighty bless her with long life & good health,” Modi tweeted.

PM wishes Sonia Gandhi on birthday
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi on her 69th birthday, wishing her a long life and good health.”On her birthday, greetings to Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi. May Almighty bless her with long life & good health,” Modi tweeted.Modi’s greetings came even as the Congress party and the government were locked in a bitter fight with the opposition alleging “political vendetta” after Sonia and her son Rahul were summoned by a court in the National Herald case. Congress on Tuesday stalled Parliament and took to streets over the issue.

National Herald Case: I will not budge an inch, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress Vice-President charged the BJP with adopting ‘vendetta politics’, while responding to the case involving him, his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and others.
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As the National Herald case involving Congress’ top brass snowballed on Tuesday, a defiant Rahul Gandhi charged the BJP with adopting “vendetta politics” and vowed to continue questioning the Narendra Modi government and not “budge an inch.””Let them do what they want. They can do whatever they want to. I am not going to budge one inch. The same questions I am asking the Prime Minister (Modi) or the government, I am going to continue asking them,” Rahul said.The Congress Vice-President charged the BJP with adopting ‘vendetta politics’, while responding to the case involving him, his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and others. His job as an opposition party member was to question the government, he said, adding, he was “not afraid” of these things.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, at Cuddalore, he accused the BJP of resorting to “political vendetta,” on a day when a magistrate court in Delhi exempted him and Sonia Gandhi from personal appearance today in the case. It had however directed them to be present before it on December 19.”Well I absolutely see a political vendetta. This is the way the Central government functions, the way they think,” Rahul, who was in Cuddalore to distribute aid to flood-hit people, said, showing a similar combative attitude adopted by his mother.Invoking the legacy of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her mother-in-law, Sonia Gandhi had asserted that she was not scared of anyone. Rahul also vowed to keep up the pressure on the NDA government.While Rahul initially said that he will react on the issue after returning to Delhi where Parliament is in session, he, however, later said there was “political vendetta” on the issue while responding to repeated queries from reporters.

Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi govt, says those who had no role in drafting Constitution are now laying claims on it

“People who never had faith in the Constitution, nor had they participated in its drafting, are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday targetted the government on issue of intolerance alleging that ideals and principles of the Constitution were under threat and being attacked deliberately.”People who never had faith in the Constitution, nor had they participated in its drafting, are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it.”They are now having a discussion on commitment to it.There cannot be a bigger joke than this,” she said, utilising the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the commitment to the Constitution as part of 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B R Ambedkar to attack the BJP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Rajnath Singh attacks Congress on ‘Secularism’ issue, says the word most misused in politicsInsisting that whatever being witnessed over the past few months was “totally against the principles” of the Constitution, she recalled Ambedkar’s warning to hit out at the ruling dispensation, as she sought to highlight the contribution of the Congress in the drafting of the Constitution and in the freedom struggle.She said Ambedkar had observed that howsoever good a Constitution may be, if those implementing it were bad people, then the utlimate effect would only be bad.At a time when BJP is seeking to appropriate the legacy of Ambedkar, Gandhi also utilised Ambedkar’s praise of the Congress for its contribution in the drafting of the Constitution, indicating that the Congress could lay the rightful claim on the document.Gandhi said Ambedkar had said at that time “I was surprised when I was chosen as the chairman. There were more learned and better people than me in the Committee. It was the discipline of the Congress party that enabled the Drafting Committee to give full information about every Act in the Constitution”.The Congress chief also said it was the Congress party which had spotted the “unique talent and capability” of Ambedkar who had returned after higher studies in US, UK and Germany on political theory and economics and was passionately fighting for the cause of the scheduled castes and the oppressed.She said on the morning of 26 November 1949, when the Constitution was formally adopted, Dr Rajendra Prasad complimented Ambedkar by saying, there could not have been a better chief for the Drafting Committee.At a time when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s legacy is under attack, the Congress President underlined that Nehru was among the four stalwarts that guided the Drafting Committee. The others being Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad and Maulana Azad.She said of the eight committees of the Drafting Committee, the chairman of these were either Nehru, Patel or Prasad. Azad was a prominent member of five of these committees.The history of the Constitution is very old and linked to the country’s freedom struggle and that it why it is interlinked with the Congress.She recalled that it was under Nehru, the Congress in its Karachi session in March 1931, had brought a resolution on fundamental rights and economic rights.When some BJP members sought to protest, she pointed out to them that what she is saying is history to which no one could have any objection.She noted that there was no doubt that the Constitution gave equal voice to the poor and secular values to the country, made democracy more representative and government more accountable.Hailing the greatness of the Constitution, she said that it happens very rarely in the world that a galaxy of stalwarts work in unison to produce a document of such magnitude.She said that the Constitution had proved to be flexible and had witessed more than 100 amendments in view of the changing circumstances.

Robert Vadra alleges ‘political witch-hunt’ against him

Son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the controversial businessman said a distinction should be made between him as an individual conducting business like anyone else and the politics of the family of his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra “without constantly attempting to link the two”.

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Robert Vadra, whose land deals are being probed in BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan, on Sunday contended that he was being subjected to a “political witch-hunt” and used as a “political tool”.Son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the controversial businessman said a distinction should be made between him as an individual conducting business like anyone else and the politics of the family of his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra “without constantly attempting to link the two”. Alleging that there was a “sustained political attack” on him, 46-year-old Vadra claimed that BJP was using attacks on him as a “political tool whenever they need to divert public attention”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said he has always conducted business transparently in accordance with the law but he was being “singled out” and “lies” were spread which made it difficult for him at times to come to terms with the “way I have been portrayed”. Vadra told PTI that “perception about me seems to have become so deeply embedded that it seems as if the truth does not matter to anyone anymore”.On the inquiry being undertaken against his business deals in Haryana and Rajasthan besides the Enforcement Directorate sending a notice to his company, he said, “There is a clear-cut political witch-hunt…. The more they hound me, the more apparent it is becoming that they are using their attacks on me as a political tool whenever they need to divert public attention.” On the probe in Haryana where the one-man Justice S N Dhingra Commission is looking into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Vadra’s in four villages of Gurgaon, Vadra said he had not received any notices so far but has read the media reports in this regard.”I will deal with the notices from the inquiry and the ED as and when I receive them. Since these proceedings involve legal issues, I would not like to make any comment on them at this stage,” he said. The BJP government in Haryana had in May set up the Dhingra Commission to probe alleged irregularities in grant of licences by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies, including that of Vadra, in Sector 83 of Gurgaon for developing commercial colonies during the previous Congress government of Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The Dhingra Commission has been asked to probe subsequent transfer or disposal of the lands, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra’s land deal under the scanner. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on November 17 said the Commission will soon submit its report.Vadra said he has the highest respect for the process of law and expressed confidence that “the truth will eventually prevail over any political witch-hunt”. He said, “whatever I have or have not done, is in the public domain for everyone to see. Even the so-called facts forming part of media campaigns were based on information that I had myself provided to the ROC (Registrar of Companies) and other agencies.”He cited the example of debates repeatedly being held on “why I sold certain portions of land for a profit in an area where every single other buyer and seller of land made the same, if not more profit, during the same period of time. Those other transactions were never debated.” Insisting that his work had nothing to do with politics of his in-laws, Vadra said, “I have always conducted my business strictly in accordance with the law and have been more transparent. Why am I being singled out?” He said the media should make a “distinction between me as an individual conducting a business as anyone else would, and my wife’s family in politics without constantly attempting to link the two”.He also expressed regret for aggressively brushing aside a journalist when questioned over allegations against him.”Perhaps I got more worked up over it than I should have. I regret that but I am human too and cannot always remain calm in the face of all sorts of wild accusations being directed at me. I wish him all the best.” On the controversy with regard to his being on the VVIP list to be exempted from frisking at airports, he maintained that he had “never ‘enjoyed’ the special treatment” and “never availed it”. He added, “I am not a VIP nor do I want to be treated like one.”On current political and social atmosphere in the country, Vadra said, “I generally stay away from politics but just as an ordinary citizen, I feel that the prevailing social disturbance in our country is very sad.” He said that “to try to control freedom, expression and the rights of individuals to practice their own religion, or to live and eat and pray as they wish to, is an outdated idea. It stops progress and stunts development.”

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Faridkot to meet families of police firing victims

Chandigarh: With a possible view to getting political mileage against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in Punjab, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Faridkot district on Thursday to meet families of two victims of police firing last month.

File image of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

File image of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Rahul, who arrived in Kotkapura town earlier in the dau, visited the house of police firing victim Gurjit Singh in Sarawa village first. He spent over 20 minutes with the victim’s family.

He then headed to meet the family of another victim in Behbal Khurd village.

Rahul was accompanied by Punjab Congress putting up a united show with state Congress President Pratap Singh Bajwa, former chief minister and deputy leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar, Indian Youth Congress President Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Two people were killed in alleged police firing in Behbal Kalan village last month during protests by Sikh activists.

The protests were against recent incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab.

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India’s history of unity in diversity in danger due to communal ideology: Sonia Gandhi

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Speaking on the occasion of Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in New Delhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the current regime. She said that former President Indira Gandhi was always concerned with uniting the country. Explaining Indira Gandhi’s ideology, Sonia said that former PM was in favour of empowering the socially backward classes.However according to the Congress President, the rich tradition of unity in diversity in India is endangered due to rise of communal forces in the country. Sonia Gandhi said, “It is extremely important for everyone to come together and fight to safeguard the unity and integrity of our nation”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was very clearly a dig at the ruling BJP led NDA government. Many intellectuals have protested and even given away their awards voicing against the ‘growing intolerance’ in the country.

New Delhi: President Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi, Amit Shah and others participate in Dussehra celebrations

Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah were among a large number of dignitaries besides Mukherjee who watched the burning of effigies.

President Pranab Mukherjee performing aarti of artists enacting Lord Ram and Lakshman during Dussehra celebrations at Parade Ground in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Delhiites were soaked in joyful mood as they enthusiastically celebrated Dussehra by setting afire towering effigies of Ravana along with his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhkaran, marking triumph of good over evil as leaders, setting aside their political rivalries, joined the festivities.Participating in the celebrations at Parade Ground in Central Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee appealed to people to leave aside their differences and maintain India’s unity and integrity, amid rising incidents intolerance.Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah were among a large number of dignitaries besides Mukherjee who watched the burning of effigies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Image Courtesy: PTI”Dussehra is a symbol of our ancient culture and we should forget our differences and work towards nation building. That will be our victory. I appeal to the people to maintain unity and integrity of the nation and contribute to the country’s development,” Mukherjee said in his brief speech.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited to the celebrations but he could attend as he has travelled to Andhra Pradesh where he laid laying the foundation stone for its capital city Amaravati. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present at the celebrations in Ramlila ground here.Today’s burning of Ravana’s effigies marks the end of Navaratra and the beginning of 20-day-long wait for Diwali, festival of lights, to celebrate the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after killing the demon king.Congress President Sonia Gandhi holding a bow and arrow during Dussehra celebrations at Parade Ground in New Delhi on Thursday. PTIDressed in their festive best, people attended Ramlilas across city where artistes enacted the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana and brings back his wife Sita to Ayodhya on ‘Vijaydashmi’. The effigies were set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Ram, people witnessed spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky leaving many in awe.People also visited friends and relatives and exchanged gifts. A large number of people were seen bursting crackers to mark the festivities while others went to market places on a shopping spree. Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure that the festivities go without any untoward incident. Police kept a tight vigil in the city, a senior official said.

Robert Vadra asks government to withdraw his no-frisking privilege at airports

Robert Vadra

Amidst controversy regarding Robert Vadra’s presence in the list of select VVIPs exempted from frisking in airports, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son- in-law has now urged government to withdraw his name. According to a report in The Indian Express, Vadra has said that he is not a VIP and his name should be removed from that list. He also felt that it may be a conspiracy to malign his name. He said that he has never used this privilege. “I am clear but wish the concerned authorities would understand that I am not a VVIP or a VIP,” said Vadra. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government had recently clarified that it had no plans of removing Robert Vadra from the no-frisking list. Vadra said that he had earlier also consented to removing his name from the list. He said that it any case it just takes a minute to get frisked and he had no problem with subjecting himself to such checks like ordinary citizens. The IE report even quotes an agitated Vadra saying if he needs to he would physically go to all airports to remove his name from the list. He also urged those outraging on this issue to dedicate time to more pressing problems.

Yemen airstrike: Hope government will do needful to bring Indians back, says Congress

Condemning the horrific incident of where at least 20 Indian nationals were killed in air strikes on fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port on Tuesday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a statement that she hoped that the Indian government will do the needful in evacuating Indians from Yemen.

Condemning the horrific incident of where at least 20 Indian nationals were killed in air strikes on fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port on Tuesday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a statement that she hoped that the Indian government will do the needful in evacuating Indians from Yemen.Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and deep anguish at killing of Indians in Air Strike, reportedly by Saudi Arabia led alliance in Yemen. Condemning the attack, Sonia Gandhi hoped Government of India is taking ample and adequate measures to ensure immediate & emergency relief, the Congress said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: 20 Indians reportedly killed at Yemen’s Hodeidah port, MEA ascertaining factsThe party further added that they expected the Centre will do the needful in evacuating Indian citizens from the strife zone.Around 20 Indians were killed in airstrikes on fuel smugglers by Saudi Arabia-led forces at Hodeidah Port in Yemen on Tuesday.The incident took place at al-Khokha near Hodeidah Port when two boats were hit in airstrikes.

Rahul Gandhi’s wait to take over Congress party gets longer

Sonia Gandhi is at the helm of the party since 1998 and as such she is the longest serving Congress president. She was elected for a 5-year term in September 2010

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during CWC meet on Tuesday
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi, whose fourth term was ending in December, will now hold office one more year, as the party’s highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee pushed back its internal polls by a year. Sonia Gandhi is at the helm of the party since 1998 and as such she is the longest serving Congress president. She was elected for a 5-year term in September 2010 but the resolution adopted by the CWC gives extension of one year not only to her but to all elected in the party at all levels.The CWC decided to put off the internal polls to bring in massive changes in the party in view of the worst show during Lok Sabha polls, last year. The CWC also decided that in future the elections will take place every three years instead of five. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who briefed media, said the party will be moving the Election Commission on postponement of internal organisational polls on the ground that it needs additional time to bring in key amendments in the party Constitution.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The amendments approved at the meeting include increasing the reservation for weaker sections–SC, ST, OBC, minorities and women – in party posts from 20 to 50 per cent and also mandating primary members to enrol 25 new members to claim active membership. Through another amendment, the party also reduced the term of membership from five years to three years. This will necessitate organisational polls every three years. The term of all party office-bearers, including that of the Congress President, now stands restored to three years instead of five, but that happens only after the elections next year.Though the CWC cleared the amendments in the party constitution they will become part of the party constitution only after they are adopted in a Congress plenary. There was no word when the plenary is expected.Earlier, addressing the CWC members, party president Sonia Gandhi said credit to forcing the government to withdraw amendments in the land bill goes to Congress workers. The party is planning to hold a ‘victory rally.sometime later in September in Delhi. Sonia Gandhi also spoke of launching ‘similar’ action against the ‘assault’ on issues like labour reforms, women and child development, RTI and MGNREGA. Expressing concern over considerable deterioration in the security situation in India’s neighbourhood, she said jawans and civilians are being increasingly targeted. “Instead of a coherent policy on Pakistan, this government can’t seem to make up its mind on what it should do,” she said. “From aggressively mocking Manmohan Singh and his policy during the election campaign, the prime minister has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops, casting doubts on what he really stands for,” she said Membership reduced to 3 yearsThrough another amendment, the party also reduced the term of membership from five years to three years. This will necessitate organisational polls every three years. The term of all party office-bearers, including that of the Congress President, now stands restored to three years instead of five, but that happens only after the elections next year.

Sonia Gandhi to unveil statue of former PM Rajiv Gandhi at constituency Rae Bareli

Sonia Gandhi will unveil the statue during her two-day trip to her constituency, Rae Bareli starting from September 9.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi will unveil a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and attend a meeting of the vigilance and monitoring committee during a two-day visit to her constituency starting from September 9.The Congress president would unveil the statue of the former Prime Minister at Zila Panchayat building on Septmeber 9 and later attend the meeting of the vigilance and monitoring committee, Sonia Gandhi’s representative K L Sharma said. In the evening she would meet party workers at Bhuemau guest house.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day she would meet the people, before visiting her parliamentary constituency.

Smriti Irani hits back at Sonia Gandhi for ‘hawabazi’ remark, says Congress targetting PM Modi to hide its own failures

Charging that the party against was anti-progress, Irani said, “They have not put us on back foot, they are trying to put development on the back foot.”

“Whenever Sonia Gandhi targets us, people of India comes to support PM Modi,” she said.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s ‘Hawabaazi’ remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, indicated their own failures and their desire to hide it. “Today the Congress President took the help of the PM’s name to guide her failed organisation in order to hide the failure of the policies of a failed organisational leadership,” Irani told media here.”Whenever Sonia Gandhi targets us, people of India comes to support PM Modi,” she said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She brought up the alleged land grabbing case where farmers’ land was given to Rajiv Gandhi trust in Amethi. “Congress leaders fighting for farmers today, often forget that in Rahul Gandhi’s constituency (Amethi), lands of farmers were usurped,? she added. “Give me the name of a mother who pats the back of her son for taking the land of poor farmers,” she said.Charging that the party against was anti-progress, Irani said, “They have not put us on back foot, they are trying to put development on the back foot.”With agency inputs

PM Modi has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops, confusion on what he really stands for: Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “he has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops creating confusion on what he really stands for”.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “he has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops creating confusion on what he really stands for”.Speaking at Congress Working Committee (CWC), Sonia Gandhi said also said that Modi government is “out of touch” with the ground realities.”The U-turn on Land Ordinance is evidence that government is out of touch with ground realities. Modi Government has failed abysmally to match words with deeds, to match media events with actual accomplishment. The economy is on a downward slide while prices continue on their unrelenting rise,” she said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising the way NDA government is functioning, the Congress president alleged that “the media is being threatened with notices and other repressive measures”, adding that the “autonomy and integrity of vital institutions which have stood the country in good stead are being systematically eroded”.Sonia Gandhi also targeted Modi over the Indo-Pak relations and ceasefire violations. “The security situation in our neighbourhood has deteriorated considerably Our jawans and civilians are being increasingly targeted.I nstead of a coherent policy on Pakistan, this Government can’t seem to make up its mind on what it should do,” she said.She also said that it has been given clear evidence of what is obvious for a long time-that Modi government is controlled & directed by RSS.Bk Hari Prasad, Shakeel Ahmad, Ghulam Nabui Azad, AK Antony, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni and others leaders are present the CWC meeting.The CWC meeting is likely to adopt resolution over one year extension of the date of organisational elections. There may be consideration of the proposed amendments to the party constitution and law. Also, there would be a discussion on the present political situation and adoption of political resolution.

Himachal Pradesh landslide: Sonia Gandhi asks govt to provide immediate relief

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday asked Himachal Pradesh government to provide all possible assistance in the wake of collapse of a building adjoining Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib in Himachal Pradesh following a massive landslide.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday asked Himachal Pradesh government to provide all possible assistance in the wake of collapse of a building adjoining Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib in Himachal Pradesh following a massive landslide.Offering her deepest condolences to the bereaved families, Gandhi hoped that immediate and adequate relief was being provided to those affected.Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Extremely sad to hear about the landslide in Manikaran in which many people lost their lives. My prayers for the families who lost loved ones”. Eight persons were killed and ten others injured when a building adjoining the Gurdwara caved in due to a massive landslide this afternoon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Appoint full time ED Director soon, Subramanian Swamy tells PM Modi

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is of the view that no case under the anti-money laundering law could be made out against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is of the view that no case under the anti-money laundering law could be made out against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.A senior official of the ED is understood to conveyed this stand to the Revenue Department recently stating that there is no predicate offence that could be made out against the two Congress leaders, a requisite for filing an FIR under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who initiated the case through a private complaint in a local court, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint a full-time chief for ED to investigate the issue thoroughly under the PMLA.He said the ED has wrongfully arrived at the conclusion that no case under anti-money laundering laws is made out against the Congress leaders.

Sonia Gandhi and Sumitra Mahajan hug it out at President Mukherjee’s ‘At Home’ reception on Independence Day

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was seen greeting Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan with a hug and exchanged pleasantries.

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President Pranab Mukherjee on a rain-soaked Sunday hosted an ‘At Home’ reception for politicians, ministers and diplomats at the Rastrapati Bhavan on the occasion of India?s 69th Independence Day. President Mukherjee stepped inside the chandeliered Ashoka Hall. The army band played the national anthem, with assembled guests standing as a mark of respect.Accompanied by his security, the President went around the hall greeting the guests exchanging pleasantries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who delivered a rousing speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort earlier in the day, also greeted the guests.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi was seen greeting Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan with a hug and exchanged pleasantries. This was seen as a sign of peace after the washed out Monsoon Session as tension was spotted between the speaker and the Congress, after Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for disrupting Parliamentary proceedings. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was seen talking and smiling Prime Minister Modi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Among others who were present at the reception were Vice President Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, and other Union Ministers. AAP MLA Colonel (retd) Devinder Sehrawat declined the invite to the ‘At Home’ reception in protest demanding the One Rank One Pension scheme.

Angered by BJP MPs remark, Sonia Gandhi storms into well of Lok Sabha

Incensed by the remark, the Congress President was heard saying, “kya bola (what did he say)?” While protesting, she addressed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and said, “What is this?” In an unusual move, she rushed into the Well and was followed by her party colleagues.

A remark against her by a BJP member on Wednesday angered Sonia Gandhi who rushed into the Well of Lok Sabha along with her party colleagues, protesting vigorously and forcing abrupt adjournment of the House for about an hour.When the House re-assembled, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said no allegation should be made by anybody against any member, particularly an important leader, may it be the Congress President, the Prime Minister or the BJP President.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the remark against Gandhi had, in any case, not gone on record.Earlier, all hell broke loose when a BJP member made certain remark against Gandhi in the context of blackmoney when Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge was speaking on the Lalit Modi controversy.Incensed by the remark, the Congress President was heard saying, “kya bola (what did he say)?” While protesting, she addressed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and said, “What is this?” In an unusual move, she rushed into the Well and was followed by her party colleagues.The Speaker said she was not aware what was said in the din and if there was anything unparliamentary, she would expunge it from the proceedings.Kharge insisted that nothing short of an apology was acceptable.As the uproar continued, Speaker adjourned the House for about an hour, till 2.45 PM.

Naga Peace Accord without consulting North-East CMs shows arrogance of government: Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday once again launched a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the Naga Accord.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Modi government over the Naga peace accord, accusing it of not taking chief ministers of north eastern states into confidence and said it showed its “arrogance”.Opening another front against the government, Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, who have been protesting against the suspension of 25 Congress MPs from Lok Sabha, charged that the voice of the three states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is being “suppressed”.Talking to reporters in Parliament complex, the Congress President said when she called her party’s chief ministers in the three states, who are directly affected by the Naga accord, she found that they were “totally blank” on the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Nobody has even bothered to brief them, perhaps not in detail, but in a wide sense. After all, our chief ministers are directly affected, be it Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh or Assam. So, what do I take from this? From this I take that this government is arrogant.”This Government keeps on saying that everybody has to be taken along and that they will hold consultations with all, will take the views of all Chief Ministers. Then what happened? Their arrogance is now even more clear than before.And it is an insult not only to the chief ministers, but to the people of these states and to the federal structure of our country,” she said.Also read: Will oppose NSCN-IM peace pact tooth and nail if it affects Assam: Tarun GogoiThe pact was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval by the outfit’s leader T Muivah and government’s interlocutor R N Ravi at the PM’s residence in Delhi.The signing of the pact is the culmination of over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 16 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when ceasefire agreement was sealed.Meanwhile, agitated over the suspension of 25 of its members in Lok Sabha and bolstered by support from most opposition parties, Congress took to the streets to protest for the third day to.Earlier, leading the protest Congress President Sonia Gandhi termed the move as ‘murder of democracy’. she had said, “The way our MPs have been suspended, it is anti-democratic. It is a murder of democracy. It is government’s duty to function the parliament.”

Sonia Gandhi accuses PM of centralising power, says NDA is a one-man government

“What do they deserve credit for? They deserve credit for the the most anti-farmer legislative amendments to our Land Acquisition Bill. They deserve credit for ignoring the severe plight of farmers throughout the country in a show of callous unconcern that has never been seen before,” she said.

A combative Congress President Sonia Gandhi today mounted a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of running a government “of some people, by one person for a select few” and said he has not much to showcase even as the government completes one year.Addressing a meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party, Gandhi, who is also CPP Chairperson took repeated digs at the Modi dispensation over issues like centralisation of power, lack of substantial growth on the economic front and acting with “obstinate arrogance” in Parliament and criticism of previous governments by the Prime Minister on foreign soil.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”What do they deserve credit for? They deserve credit for the the most anti-farmer legislative amendments to our Land Acquisition Bill. They deserve credit for ignoring the severe plight of farmers throughout the country in a show of callous unconcern that has never been seen before,” she said.”They deserve credit for creating the most centralised government in India’s recent history. Ministers hardly matter.Even the bureaucrats, who are supposedly empowered, feel paralysed because all key files are pending in the PMO for decision,” she said.Gandhi, who is seeking to move an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue of keeping vacant critical appointments in the government, wondered “what is this government afraid of?She said those appointments in government structure, which have independent authority to question the working of the government machinery, were specially lying vacant.”Friends, the challenge to us is very clear. We are faced with a government, which assaults everything precious that India and the Congress stands for…We must take the fight for and expose this government on its other sins of omission and commission.”Taking a jibe at Modi, she said the Prime Minister likes to talk of consensus.”Yet ignoring convention, this government acts with obstinate arrogance. Such arrogance is also apparent when forcing its way in Parliament. Out of 51 bills, 43 have not been sent to the Standing Committee,” she said.The Congress President’s remarks come at a time when there is a face off between the Government and the Opposition over referring the key GST bill to the Standing Committee.Citing two examples, she said recently the government imposed AFSPA in Arunchal Pradesh “without even informing the Chief Minister” and they were earlier planning to go through the Bangladesh Land Agreement excluding Assam.

Congress reaches out to Dalits on BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday chaired a meeting to finalise programmes for year-long celebration of 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar as the party intends to reach out to Dalits in a bid to recover lost ground after a string of electoral reverses.

Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is Co-Chairperson of the Committee to finalise plans for the commemoration, was not present in the meeting. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the 125th anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution.

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Sources in the party maintain that Rahul had not returned to the national capital till last night and was not scheduled to participate in the meeting as such.

The Committee which is headed by the Congress President and has former Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde as its vice- chairperson deliberated at length over the plans.

The manifesto for Dalit empowerment prepared by the party during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls will serve as a guiding principle in future plans, the sources said.

The party has announced that the Congress Vice President, who had gone on a sudden sabbatical over six weeks ago, will be attending the April 19 Kisan-Khet Mazdoor rally of the party.

Rahul Gandhi will also be participating in the programmes to commemorate Ambedkar’s anniversary once he is back.

Congress plans to hold national level programmes at Mhow, Mumbai and Nagpur, places connected with Ambedkar’s legacy.

In Mumbai, it will be a Chintan Baithak, which will discuss the measures needed to empower and address social discrimination faced by marginalised sections.

“In the Chintan Baithak, we will discuss what had been our promises to Dalits and what we have delivered on them. We will introspect what we could not do and how we should be empowering Dalits and address their problems,” Chairman of the AICC Scheduled Caste Department K Raju said.

The party is also organising an event at Mhow, the birthplace of Ambedkar, tomorrow, for which AICC will send its senior leaders.

Congress’ state units will also organise similar programmes at their headquarters.

Apart from the symbolism, some major changes are also underway in Congress to elevate Dalit leaders in states. Rahul Gandhi has expressed the view many times in the past in party’s internal meetings that non-emergence of strong Dalit leaders from the party fold was the main reason that the community was looking for leadership elsewhere.

Gandhi is learnt to have said in an internal meeting that rather than it being the drift of Dalits from Congress, it has been a case of Congress in many states drifting away from Dalits.

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Sonia Gandhi concerned over continuing Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed grave concern over continuing Naxal attacks in Chhatisgarh in the wake of killing of seven policemen in a fresh incident in Sukma district.

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Extending her condolences to the families of the policemen killed, Gandhi hoped that authorities were taking appropriate measures to ensure adequate compensation and
treatment to the injured.

Reports from Raipur had it that seven policemen were killed and ten persons injured in a gunbattle with Naxals in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma district.

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Somali militants massacre students in Kenya: Sonia Gandhi condemns attack

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday condemned the terror attack on a university campus in Kenya, saying any ideology or religion cannot justify such acts.

Relatives of those who died at the Garissa Uninversity in Kenya at the Nairobi City Mortuary. APRelatives of those who died at the Garissa Uninversity in Kenya at the Nairobi City Mortuary. AP

Relatives of those who died at the Garissa Uninversity in Kenya at the Nairobi City Mortuary. AP

Expressing anguish and pain, she said, “Only barbaric and inhuman groups/individuals could carry out such acts in premises of education and learning.

“Any ideology or religion cannot and should not justify such acts,” she said.

At least 147 students were massacred when Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group attacked a Kenyan university on Thursday.

Hurling grenades and firing automatic rifles, the masked gunmen stormed the university in the northeastern town of Garissa as students were sleeping.

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Ashok Ghelot condemns Giriraj Singh comments on Sonia Gandhi

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Friday slammed Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his comments on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and said that the remarks show the “narrow mentality” of the BJP leader.

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Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Friday slammed Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his comments on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and said that the remarks show the “narrow mentality” of the BJP leader.
“By making these types of remarks, Giriraj Singh just wants to be in the news. The comments show his narrow mindset,” the former Rajasthan chief minister said.
Giriraj Singh, the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is under fire for his racist barb at Gandhi. He had kicked up a row on Tuesday by asking whether Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi’s leadership had she not been white-skinned. “Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her (Sonia’s) leadership?” he had told journalists on Tuesday.
<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gehlot also took potshots at the BJP government at the Centre and said that “it seems the BJP is not interested in governance”
“Since the BJP came to power, issues like ‘love-jihad’ and ‘ghar-wapsi’ have been at the forefront,” he said.
Gehlot also questioned the move of adjourning the Rajasthan Assembly in eight minutes yesterday and alleged that it was done to crush the Opposition’s voice in the Assembly.

Compensate farmers hit by unseasonal rains, Sonia Gandhi urges Modi govt

Bhiwani: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today appealed to the BJP government in Haryana to provide timely compensation to farmers whose crops were damaged in the recent unseasonal rains in north India.

Her visit to the state comes amid increased focus of the party on farmers’ issues and its strident opposition to the NDA government’s controversial land ordinance, which has brought opposition parties on one platform.

“What do they want? They just want relief.I appeal to the government to give right and timely compensation to these farmers. That is what the government’s responsibility is,” she said during her visit to Bhadra village in Bhiwani district.

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Gandhi, who is on a day-long visit to the state, is also visiting Gurwara village falling under Rohtak Parliamentary seat, represented by Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda.

In the later part of the day she will visit Surakhpur, Jakkhala Road, Gudiani, Mubarikpur chowk and Rattanthal villages of Rohtak apart from visiting Karnal.

The Congress President had yesterday visited villages in Kota district of Rajasthan where she met farmers, who have suffered crop and livestock losses, and expressed solidarity with them.

Gandhi said farmers told her that they used to get adequate compensation when the Hooda-led government was in power. Gandhi was accompanied by former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Chaudhry and Haryana Congress President Ashok Tanwar.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said that a team from the Centre would visit the State to survey and assess the damage.

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Rahul Gandhi likely to be elevated as Congress President

Rahul Gandhi was elevated from the post of General Secretary to Vice President in a Chintan Shivir in Jaipur in January 2013. He was made the virtual face of the Congress in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by being anointed chief of the campaign committee.

Rahul Gandhi is likely to be elevated as Congress President in April as the party grapples with the crisis which has hit the organisation since the Lok Sabha election rout and the subsequent Assembly election defeats.Some senior leaders like Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh have come in support of elevating Rahul who has mysteriously gone on a sabbatical.A nine-term member of the Lok Sabha, Kamal Nath said what has to be done is Rahul Gandhi must be given full responsibility of the party. There cannot be two decision- making bodies in one party.
Make him the President, he said in interviews today adding that at present the situation that existed showed that neither Rahul nor Sonia Gandhi “is there”.”Mrs. Sonia Gandhi thinks Rahul Gandhi is doing something and Rahul thinks that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is doing something. We must have a situation where Rahul is in command,” he said.Sonia Gandhi is the longest serving President of Congress after she took over reins of party from Sitaram Kesari in 1998.The Congress is likely to hold a session of the AICC in either Bengaluru or Shimla in April to discuss ways to revive the party after its disastrous performance in elections.
Digvijay Singh dismissed speculation that Rahul could “run away” from politics and maintained that he is made of “sterner staff” and will return to play a “larger role”.”There is no question of Rahul Gandhi running away. I absolutely rule it out. He is made of sterner stuff. I am absolutely sure that he will not run away. He will continue not only as an MP but he also has a larger role in the Congress at the national level,” Singh said.He was asked about Rahul’s sudden disappearance from the political scene and going on leave, which has generated speculation that he could renounce politics as he was no longer in a position to take the pressure.
Singh argued that if Gandhi wanted to give up why would he have had widest consultations with senior leaders.Asked whether there are differences between him and his mother Sonia Gandhi, who is the Congress President, Singh said, “there is no question of differences. There is a strong bonding between them as family members.”But when pressed further whether there are differences politically, he said, “both of them are from different generations. Obviously every generation has a mind set.”

Congress President Sonia Gandhi condemns terror attack on media office in Paris

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday condemned the terror attack on a newspaper office in Paris and said extremism and intolerance will never be able to curb freedom of expression.”Congress President Sonia Gandhi has condemned the cowardly and dastardly terror attack on media in Paris. Shocked at the audacity of the gruesome act…”Extremism and intolerance will never be able to curb freedom of expression and will only result in perpetuation of violence,” Gandhi said in a statement.Heavily armed gunmen shouting Islamist slogans stormed a Paris satirical newspaper office and shot dead at least 12 people in the deadliest attack in France in four decades.

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