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Telangana Cong to urge Rahul Gandhi to launch nation-wide ‘yatra’ from state

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The Telangana unit of the Congress will request party leader Rahul Gandhi to launch the proposed nation-wide ‘yatra’ from Telangana.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President A. Revanth Reddy said that Rahul Gandhi would be requested to cover a distance of 100 km in Telangana under the yatra.

He was addressing an extended executive meeting of TPCC at the party’s state headquarters here.

Speaking at the Chintan Shivir of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Udaipur on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had said that a nation-wide yatra will be launched on October 2 to strengthen connection with people.

The TPCC executive committee passed a unanimous resolution endorsing all the decisions taken at the Chintan Shivir. The resolution will be sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Revanth Reddy claimed that the Kisan Sangharsh Sabha addressed by Rahul Gandhi at Warangal on May 6 and the Warangal Declaration passed at the meeting have attracted national attention.

The MP said that with digital membership and Warangal Declaration, TPCC has set a model and hoped that it would score a hat-trick with Rahul Gandhi’s yatra.

He also announced that as per Rahul Gandhi’s direction, the party would take the Warangal Declaration to the people. A month-long programme titled ‘arytu racchabanda’ will be launched on May 21, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

During the campaign, the party will explain to the people what the party has promised for farmers in the declaration.

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Those who fight for people will get tickets: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday told the party leaders in Telangana that those who remain in the midst of people and fight for them will get the tickets in the next year’s Assembly elections.

Stressing the need for unity, he cautioned the state leaders against voicing their grievances before the media and also urged them to go to their respective constituencies and work on the ground.

On the second day of his two-day visit to Telangana, Rahul was addressing an extended meeting of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) at Gandhi Bhavan, the state headquarters of the party in Hyderabad.

Reiterating that the coming elections will be a direct fight between TRS and Congress, he made it clear that the tickets will be given only on the basis of merit.

“Tickets will be given on the basis of merit. Nobody should be under any illusion. Those who work and remain in the midst of people, fight for farmers, workers, petty traders and youth will get tickets on merit basis,” said the Congress MP.

“Our party is a family. No one should feel that he is being discriminated against. You will be rewarded for the work. No matter how senior a leader you are and no matter how many years you have spent in the party, if you don’t work, you won’t get a ticket,” he said, adding that the tickets will be given after taking independent and ground feedback.

“If you sit in Hyderabad you will not get a ticket. Don’t come to Delhi, it backfires. Go to constituencies and villages, take to streets and work. I know, in Hyderabad you get good biryani and chai but you will have to leave Hyderabad and go to villages to be with the people,” he told the party leaders.

Stating that the Warangal Declaration passed at Friday’s public meeting is the first milestone for Congress leaders, he said their first task is to tell every citizen and every farmer of the state about the Warangal declaration.

In the declaration, the party has made a slew of promises to the farmers of Telangana.

“It’s not a mere declaration but a partnership between Congress party and Telangana farmers. This is the guarantee of the Congress party,” he said.

Rahul said over the next one month, all the Congress leaders in their respective constituencies and areas should explain the Warangal declaration in detail to every person. “Even if I ask a 12-year-old child, he should be able to tell me all the points of the declaration.”

Describing Congress as a family, Rahul Gandhi warned the leaders against voicing their grievances publicly. “This is a family. The views may differ. This is not a family like RSS where one man takes all decisions. We want to hear views of all but not in the media. It should be in closed doors, the way a family talks,” he said.

“If there are grievances or complaints we have an internal system. You can openly say whatever you want to say but if anyone goes out and tells something to the media, he will be damaging the Congress party and we will not accept this,” he said.

Stating that the Warangal public meeting was very successful, he said this was the result of hard work put in by the party and congratulated all the leaders and workers.

Alleging that Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao, who is popularly known as KCR, looted Telangana, he said the TRS leader has no dearth of money. “He also has police and establishment with him but people are not with him and nothing is powerful than people, he said.

The Congress MP said the party wants to make Telangana a model state and realize the dream with which the state was formed.

“We don’t want to make a government of a few selected people and monopolists but we want to form a government of farmers, the poor and every citizen of this state. Want to focus on education, health and employment. This is our target and dream and to achieve this need we need unity in the party.”

He also stated that outside the Congress party, there are several youth, leaders and the party’s old workers who believe in Congress ideology. “We should open Congress doors for them. I am inviting all of them to come and work with us to fight TRS and KCR,” he said.

“I want to tell the youth, you have seen eight years, you have seen how the dream of Telangana was ruined, how money was looted and your future was destroyed. You did not get schools, colleges and hospitals and the money which you should have got went to one family,” he said.

Rahul said that removing TRS and KCR from Telangana is the responsibility of Congress but it’s also the responsibility of the youth of Telangana.

“I also invite youth to come to Congress and work to change Telangana. Sonia ji had seen the dream of Telangana with you. She gave statehood. The Congress party suffered a loss but we stood with you because it was a just cause. I want to make the Telangana dream come true by working with people. Hence wherever my services are required invite me, I am with you,” he added.

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Rahul Gandhi calls on NSUI leaders at Hyderabad prison

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited Chanchalguda Central Jail in Hyderabad and called on NSUI leaders arrested last week for staging a protest at Osmania University.

On the second day of his visit to Telangana, Rahul went to the prison and called on 18 leaders of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of Congress party.

“The soul of the Congress party are its dedicated workers, who are waging a selfless battle against injustice. I will always stand by them. Heading to Chanchalguda jail to meet the 18 NSUI student leaders who have been illegally arrested by TRS govt for protesting peacefully,” Rahul tweeted before reaching the jail.

Rahul, who was accompanied by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, interacted with NSUI Telangana state president Balmoori Venkat and others. He enquired from them about the problems faced by students and youth. The MP posed for photographs with NSUI leaders.

They were arrested on May 1 during the protest at Osmania University protesting denial of permission for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the university.

The protestors had stormed into the OU administrative building and tried to barge into the locked Vice-Chancellor’s office. They allegedly broke glass panes of the door and raised slogans against the Vice-Chancellor and the government. They alleged the Vice Chancellor was acting at the behest of the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The NSUI leaders were booked for unlawful assembly, assault, rioting, trespass and preventing public servants from discharging their duties. On a complaint by a woman police constable, the arrested NSUI leaders were also charged with attempting to outrage her modesty.

Venkat Balmoor and 17 others were produced before a magistrate, who sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Some NSUI leaders had also approached Telangana High Court, seeking direction to Osmania University to allow Rahul Gandhi to visit the campus. However, the court refused to pass any such orders.

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As Rahul arrives in Telangana, Kavitha poses questions

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K. Kavitha on Friday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as to how many times he raised the issues of Telangana in Parliament.

With Rahul Gandhi set to arrive in Hyderabad later in the day on a two-day visit to the state, Kavitha took to Twitter to pose some questions to him.

“As Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji arrives in Telangana today, I sincerely request him to introspect on the following. How many times have you raised the issues of Telangana in Parliament,” she asked.

Kavitha, who is daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, also wanted to know why was the Congress party silent while TRS party was fighting with the Union government over the uniform paddy procurement policy, national status for irrigation projects, discrimination in establishing educational institutions, releasing of pending GSTs and grants etc.

Kavitha, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also told Rahul that Telangana has shown the path of comprehensive development to the nation, by introducing various schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bheema, Kalyan Lakshmi, Aarogya Lakshmi, Aasara and many more that ‘continue to benefit our people every day.’

“As many as 11 states are emulating KCR schemes, you are welcome to learn and understand from our state as well,” she added.

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Rahul Gandhi to visit Telangana on May 6-7

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 6-7.

MP and in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, Manickam Tagore announced on Saturday that Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting at Warangal on May 6. The next day he will hold a meeting with the party leaders in Hyderabad.

Tagore tweeted that they welcome their leader after achieving 40 lakh membership enrollment.

During the digital membership enrollment drive, which concluded on Friday, the state Congress has enrolled 40 lakh members.

The schedule of Rahul Gandhi’s visit was finalised at a meeting Tagore held with Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy and other top leaders.

The meeting discussed the tour programme of Rahul Gandhi, plans to strengthen the party and the public issues to be taken up in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections.

MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who was recently given the status of star campaigner by the party’s central leadership, former TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, former union minister Renuka Chowdary, senior leader V. Hanumantha Rao, Congress Legislature Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka, TPCC working presidents and other leaders attended the meeting.

This will be Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Telangana after 2019 Lok Sabha elections and this comes close on the heels of his intervention to put the house in order in Telangana in the wake of differences among leaders coming to fore.

On April 6, Rahul Gandhi met Telangana leaders in Delhi and announced a party forum to settle the differences. He told the leaders to bring any grievance on the functioning of the party to the notice of the forum instead of making public statements.

He warned the party leaders against running groups and thus harming the interests of the party. He promised to dedicate more time to Telangana and focus on revitalizing the party in the state.

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KTR hits back at Rahul Gandhi over paddy issue

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao has hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the TRS government over the paddy procurement issue.

Rama Rao listed the steps taken by the TRS government for the welfare of farmers and claimed that it delivered in seven years what Congress governments could not deliver in 50 years.

“Your party has been given opportunity to govern this country for over 50+ years. When in power INC couldn’t provide even 6 hours of electricity to farmers causing distress and suicides in Telangana,” tweeted KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known.

He was reacting to a tweet by Rahul Gandhi, who alleged that the BJP government at the Centre and TRS government in the state were playing politics over farmers issues and escaping from their moral duty to procure paddy from farmers.

Information Technology, Industries, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KTR, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, claimed that with innovative schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima, Mission Kakatiya, 24 hours of free power supply and with focus on irrigation, the Chandrasekhar Rao government has ushered in a agricultural revolution.

“What your party couldn’t deliver in 50 years, our Govt has delivered in 7 years. Comparing the performance of TRS Govt with past INC Govts will put your party to shame,” wrote the TRS leader.

Rahul Gandhi’s tweets had Tuesday sparked a war of words between between CM KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha and Congress MP in-charge of Telangana Manickam Tagore.

Kavitha, who is a member of State Legislative Council, had advised Rahul Gandhi not to just resort to tweets for political mileage but extend support to the TRS demand for uniform procurement policy for the entire country.

Manickam Tagore hit back at Kavitha, asking her not to play with Telangana farmers by ‘one nation one procurement’ demand. He reminded Kavitha that she was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 as she couldn’t keep the promise made to farmers of setting up a turmeric board.

Tagore warned Kavitha that “if TRS will play with farmers, then it will meet the same fate in 2023 as she did
Nizamabad”.

Kavitha then hit back, this time targeting Rahul Gandhi. “This arrogance reduced your party into double digits in the same Parliament. Win or lose, I did not run away from my constituency like your ex-CP Rahul Gandhi did. Also, I did not contest two seats like your ex-CP,” the former MP said, tagging Rahul Gandhi.

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Did not run away from constituency, KCR’s daughter attacks Rahul Gandhi

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A war of words broke out between Telangana’s ruling TRS and opposition Congress on Tuesday after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tweets over procurement of paddy from Telangana farmers.

With Gandhi slamming both the BJP government at the Centre and the TRS government in the state for failing to procure paddy, TRS leader K. Kavitha joined issue with him.

Kavitha, a state legislator and daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, advised Gandhi not to just resort to tweets for political mileage but extend support to the TRS demand for uniform procurement policy for the entire country.

Kavitha took to Twitter to respond to Gandhi’s earlier tweets in Telugu. She wrote that every day, TRS MPs are going to the well of ths house in the Parliament demanding that there should not be one procurement policy for Punjab and Haryana and another policy for other states.

“If you are sincere, come to the well and protest in support of TRS MPs. Demand one nation one procurement policy,” Kavitha told him

Congress MP incharge of Telangana Manickam Tagore hit back at Kavitha, asking her not to play with Telangana farmers by ‘one nation one procurement’ demand.

“Nothing personal against you. Kindly don’t take the Nizamabad defeat to your heart. It’s the same Turmeric farmers who defeated TRS because TRS couldn’t keep the promise to farmers,” tweeted Tagore referring to the defeat of Kavitha in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 when several turmeric farmers had filed their nominations.

Stating that farmers want their paddy to be procured for a decent price, Tagore warned Kavitha that if they play with farmers, then what turmeric farmers did to her in Nizamabad will happen to the TRS in 2023. He urged her to tell KCR not to play with farmers of Telangana.

Kavitha then hit back, this time targetting Gandhi. “This arrogance reduced your party into double digits in the same parliament. Win or lose, I did not run away from my constituency like your ex-CP Rahul Gandhi did. Also, I did not contest two seats like your ex-CP,” she tweeted, tagging Gandhi.

Stating that the TRS is demanding ‘one nation one procurement policy’, she wanted to know the stand of Rahul Gandhi on this. “TRS will always be with the farmers & won’t rest until every gram of Telangana paddy is procured,” she added.

The exchange of words did not end with this as Manickam Tagore tweeted again to tell Kavitha that TRS MPs are not in the well of the Lok Sabha but “are in the Central Hall tasting Dhokla and Biryani”. “Let’s not forget who signed an agreement in August 2021,” he wrote referring to the agreement signed between the Telangana government and Food Corporation of India (FCI) over procurement.

State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy also tweeted that Telangana government had signed an agreement in August 2021 that it will not give boiled rice to FCI, and “the signature on the agreement has now become the noose around Telangana farmers’ neck”.

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Rahul Gandhi slams BJP, TRS govt over paddy procurement

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed BJP government at the Centre and TRS government in Telangana over paddy procurement issue.

He demanded that both the governments take all necessary steps to procure every grain of the paddy grown by farmers.

He said that it is shameful that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the state are playing politics over the hard work of farmers, ignoring their moral duty to procure paddy.

The Congress MP made tweets in Telugu over the issue of paddy procurement.

Rahul Gandhi said that both the governments should stop creating problems for farmers through their anti-farmer policies and procure every grain grown by farmers.

He said the Congress party will continue its fight till the last grain of paddy in Telangana is procured by the government.

The Central and State governments are currently locked in a row over paddy procurement issue.

The TRS government has threatened to intensify its agitation demanding the Narendra Modi government to procure entire stock of paddy during ongoing Yasangi season.

The Centre, however, maintains that it is committed to buy raw rice from the state as per the agreement reached between the state and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

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KCR keeps Congress confused over praise of Rahul Gandhi

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Till a few months ago, KCR called Rahul Gandhi the biggest buffoon. But today, he is all sympathy and support for Rahul Gandhi in the wake of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s comments on Rahul’s parentage. Why this change of stance and how will this impact Telangana politics? These are the hotly debated questions in Telangana politics these days.

KCR’s sudden activism has left the Telangana Congress Party thoroughly confused. It was only after KCR took up the issue, that the Congress decided to lodge a complaint against the Assam CM in all the thanas of the state. The Congress is still trying to fathom the inner meaning and the actual plan of the TRS.

This support from KCR is actually damaging the Congress Party. Many Congress leaders feel that by these statements, KCR is trying to send signals that the TRS and the Congress are friendly. This will only help the BJP. Only BJP would be seen as a credible opposition to the TRS and the Congress credentials would be seen as doubtful. This would affect the Congress chances in 2023, when the Assembly elections are held.

The Congress thinking heads feel that after hitting the Congress chances in 2023 assembly elections, KCR will have no use for Rahul Gandhi and might junk him in 2024 lok sabha elections. Thus, the Congress will end up losing both ways, the party’s thinking heads feel. They know what’s hitting them, but do not know how to deflect the attack.

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Rahul declares Channi as Congress CM face for Punjab polls

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Just two weeks ahead of Assembly polls in the Congress-ruled Punjab, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday announced incumbent Charanjit Singh Channi as the party’s chief ministerial face for the polls.

State party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was in the race, hugged Channi on the stage as Gandhi announced his name after over 45 minutes of his speech, televised across the 117 Assembly seats.

Political observers believe the decision of the Congress to go to the polls in the state, which is witnessing a five-cornered contest, under the leadership of Channi, the state’s first Dalit Chief Minister, is to woo the Dalit Sikh votes that are 32 per cent in the state.

“It is Punjab’s decision. It is not my decision. I didn’t decide. I asked workers, candidates, MLAs, people, youth of Punjab. What people said has led me to my final decision,” said Gandhi during his address at the ‘Aawaz Punjab Di’ virtual rally.

He praised Channi for his humble background.

Getting emotional on the announcement of his name, Channi said that he has always been honest, never took a penny from anyone, and will continue to work honestly.

The Congress announcement of the CM’s face came after the AAP declared comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann as its Chief Ministerial candidate.

The Congress high command was cautious about announcing the name as it has the potential to create trouble for the party.

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, ending all speculation with just a week to go before the election, then party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had announced that Amarinder Singh would head the government if the Congress was voted to power.

This time the key opponents in the state — the AAP, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) combine and the BJP in alliance with Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress and the Samyukt Samaj Morcha, the fledging coalition of farm unions — are making an issue out of the Congress CM’s face.

Now the prominent faces for the parties are Channi, 58, Mann, 48, Sukhbir Singh Badal, 59, Amarinder Singh, 80, (his name not announced by the alliance), and Balbir Singh Rajewal, 78.

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BJP not going anywhere, problem is with Rahul: Prashant Kishore

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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘is not going anywhere for many decades and the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he thinks that the BJP will be overthrown by people’.

Kishor said this in Goa on Wednesday and a clip of his Q and A session has been shared in social media.

The statement comes at a time when the Trinamool is spreading itself outside Bengal, and is also a proof that the talks of Kishor’s entry into the Congress have ended.

He said that the BJP will be at the centre of Indian politics for years, it wins or loses, much like the Congress in the first 40 years after Independence.

“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity, whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere. Once you secure 30 per cent plus votes at the national level you are not going away in a hurry. So do not ever get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” he said.

“Maybe they will throw away Modi, but BJP is not going anywhere. They are going to be here, they are to fight it out for the next many decades. It is not going in a hurry,” Kishor answered when asked.

He added: “Unless you examine, understand and take cognizance of strength, you will never be able to put a counter to defeat him (BJP & Modi’S strength)”. He said the problem with Rahul Gandhi is he does not realise this but thinks people will overthrow the BJP.

Earlier, he had said that the Congress party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year, would not be revived despite all the “hype” generated around the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, and the subsequent arrest of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor, who played an instrumental role in propelling Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress back to power in the West Bengal Assembly polls held in March-April this year, wrote on Twitter.

The remarks have come amid “strong speculation” that Kishor would join the Congress and the party was deliberating on the issues raised by him.

Even as no one in the party is averse to the idea of Kishor joining the Congress, the party leaders have said that he should not be given sweeping powers regarding elections.

The Congress is preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh along with a few other states which are going to polls next year.

In the politically crucial north Indian state, the Congress is pitted against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Rahul Gandhi-Amit Shah faceoff in Telangana on this September 17

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September 17 will see a big face-off this time. Yes. The two second-in-command leaders in the two biggest parties in the country will be in Telangana. BJP’s biggest leader after Narendra Modi and union Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress Party’s past and future president Rahul Gandhi would be in Telangana on September 17. This will be a unique face-off for Telangana.

September 17 is an important date for the BJP as it is the Hyderabad Liberation Day from the yoke of Nizam and the Razakars. It is also the birth anniversary of BJP’s biggest icon Sardar Patel. More importantly, it is the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amit Shah will join Bandi Sanjay’s Yatra and will address a massive public meeting in Kamareddy. Later, he would proceed to Nirmal, where he would address another meeting atop Nirmal fort. The location is important because it was here in 1857 that over a thousand freedom fighters were hanged from a banyan tree. The occasion, the location, the speaker and the yatra confirm the BJP’s ideological agenda.

Congress senior leader Rahul Gandhi too will visit Telangana on September 17. He would speak at a public meeting organised to mark the conclusion of the Dalit and Girijan conferences that the TPCC has been organising. The Congress is trying to gather around 5 lakh people for the occasion. The Congress is planning to launch its Mission 2023 on the occasion. The Congress leaders are already busy with the preparations for Rahul’s visit. This will be Rahul’s first visit to the state after October 2018. He is also likely to review the party’s organisation work and the visit is primarily intended to establish Revanth Reddy’s authority in the state Congress affairs.

So, expect a lot of political action on September 17 this time. The target of both the national parties would no doubt be the ruling TRS in Telangana. Let’s see how the TRS deflects the two-pronged attack.

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Rahul to visit Visakhapatnam to raise VSP issue

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Is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi planning to visit Visakhapatnam soon? Is he trying to meet the employees unions opposing the privatisation of the Vizag Steel Plant? Congress sources say that Rahul indeed is going to visit Vizag soon to take up this issue.

Interestingly, the project was set up due to the efforts of the then prime minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother Indira Gandhi. The project works were inaugurated in 1971 and the works began in the 1980s and the production began from the 1990s. The setting up of the project is because of the Congress Party’s efforts. So, Rahul has an emotional connection with the project. Now that Modi is hell-bent on privatising the project, Rahul Gandhi wants to use this emotional connect to fight the BJP and raise the issue of VSP privatisation.

Congress sources say that he would use Vizag as a forum to launch an anti-Modi tirade. He is likely to express his solidarity with the striking employees union. He is also likely to invoke grand-mother Indira Gandhi and recall her connection with the Telugu people. In fact, she had contested and won from Medak in the then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Rahul wants to recall these memories to attack Modi.

But there are discordant notes too. With the Congress completely down in the dumps in Andhra Pradesh, will the Congress be able to capitalise on the steel plant movement? He may be able to highlight the issue but, he may still be not able to stop the privatisation. Will parties like TDP and YSRCP stand with the Congress Party in the fight against the privatisation of the Vizag steel plant. Whether the VSP issue gets resolved or not, the Congress boss is likely to visit Vizag in August.

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Prashant Kishore teaches ‘Youth Mantra’ to Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi, it appears , has shed his diffidence and became active once again. He is now moving very fast to set his house in order and reactivate the party setup. He is now planning to tour the whole country and meet the party workers. He now wants to capitalise on the growing unhappiness against Narendra Modi, who is in power for more than 7 years.

Rahul Gandhi always felt that youth should be promoted in the party and that the differences between various factions within the party should be quickly ironed out. Now that he has solved the dispute between Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and PCC chief Navjot Singh Siddhu and appointed young Revanth Reddy as the PCC chief in Telangana, he is now planning to address similar issues in other states. He is said to be focusing on the Gehlot-Sachin Pilot dispute in Rajasthan. He is now planning to meet both CM Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

In fact, it was his inability to solve the dispute between Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia that has led to the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. Now Jyotiraditya is a shining star in the BJP and is made a union minister. Sources in the Congress say that Rahul Gandhi is determined not to allow such developments in future. He is now trying to bring the warring factions in various states together and focus on the young leaders. Election wizard Prashant Kishore has reportedly told Rahul Gandhi to focus on the young leaders in the party. Rahul Gandhi, it is being reported, is doing as per the directions of Prashant kishore.

Soon, Rahul Gandhi is likely to undertake a nation-wide tour to reactivate the cadres. He is likely to involve more and more youth in the party affairs. He is also likely to promote young leaders within the party. Sources say that he has promoted young leaders as PCC chiefs in Kerala, Punjab and Telangana and is likely to bring in more young leaders in other states too. Let’s wait and watch if the youth mantra works for him.

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Modi sarkar has failed to save people: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the Modi government has failed to provide relief to the public.

“No vaccine, no employment, public is suffering from corona, and Modi sarkar has absolutely failed,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Rahul Gandhi has been attacking the government and on Tuesday had said lockdown is the only option which was endorsed by Anand Sharma. “Endorse the call given by @RahulGandhi that a lockdown is the only option available, given the constant denial and false claims of the govt on the number of infections, deaths and shameful claims of no oxygen shortages when hundreds of Indians, including doctors, have died,” Sharma had said.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi had on Tuesday said, the only way to stop the apocalyptic march of the pandemic was an immediate complete lockdown with the protection of NYAY scheme for the vulnerable sections.

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A crime has been committed against India: Rahul

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday once again attacked the Narendra Modi government for its inaction as “many innocent people” continued to lose the battle against Covid and said a crime has been committed against India.

He said the only way to stop the apocalyptic march of the pandemic was an immediate complete lockdown with the protection of NYAY scheme for the vulnerable sections.

“Government of India (GOI) doesn’t get it. The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown – with the protection of NYAY for the vulnerable sections. Government of India’s inaction is killing many innocent people,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, lamenting at the government he said, “I just want to make it clear that a lockdown is now the only option because of a complete lack of strategy by GOI. They allowed, rather, they actively helped the virus reach this stage where there’s no other way to stop it. A crime has been committed against India.”

Rahul Gandhi, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad has been critical of the central government over the handling of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

On Tuesday, India recorded over 3.57 lakh fresh cases of Covid with 3,449 fatalities.

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Rahul Gandhi tests Covid positive

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19.

He shared this information on social media and asked people to follow Covid guidelines.

He tweeted, “After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive for COVID. All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe”.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram wished him speedy recovery: “Learned that Mr Rahul Gandhi has tested positive and has isolated himself. Deeply concerned. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi demanded that the government should transfer money into the accounts of the migrants who are compelled to go back home due to the lockdown and pandemic. He tweeted in Hindi, “Migrants are again moving back, so this is the responsibility of the Union government to transfer money to their accounts. Will the government, which is blaming the public for the spread of the Covid, take such a public supportive step.”

The Congress has questioned the government over the handling of the Covid pandemic. “Where has the money of Covid tax and the PM-CARES fund gone?” asked Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

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T’gana Cong passes resolution favouring Rahul as party chief

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The Telangana unit of the Congress on Sunday passed a resolution urging Rahul Gandhi to again take up the national president’s post of the party.

A meeting of all 33 District Congress Committees (DCCs) held in Khammam unanimously passed the resolution favouring Rahul Gandhi as the president of All India Congress Committee (AICC).

It urged him to take up the post again and offered full support.

The meeting was attended by AICC incharge for party affairs in Telangana and party MP Manickam Tagore, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), working president Ponnam Prabhakar, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, senior leaders and presidents of DCCs.

The meeting was held as part of the efforts by the party to strengthen the organization in the state.

Tagore said formation of all booth, mandal, town and district level committees would be completed in 15 days.

He said that booth level committees will be constituted in 30 days.

Tagore, who launched our polling booth our pride strategy, said each booth committee will have 15 members.

He said that after Congress comes to power at the Centre and in Telangana an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be ordered into corruption charges against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his family members.

On the allegations of corruption being made by union minister of state for home G. Kishan Reddy and other BJP leaders against Chandrasekhar Rao, the Congress leader wanted to know why BJP government has not ordered any probe against the chief minister and his family members.

Tagore alleged that CM KCR bows before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah out of fear that the Centre may order investigations against him. “Every time KCR goes to Delhi he bows before them,” he said.

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Help Andhra fishermen stranded in Gujarat: Rahul

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday appealed to the government to move 6,000 Andhra Pradesh fishermen stranded in Gujarat in their fishing trawlers to relief camps.

“Over 6,000 fishermen from AP, stranded in Gujarat, have been confined to their tiny fishing trawlers for over a month, in unhygienic conditions with limited food & water. I appeal to the Govt to move my brothers to relief camps and ensure their well being,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

He also attached a news report highlighting the plight of the fishermen staying in their fishing trawlers in Gujarat for over a month.

Several migrant workers and fishermen have been stranded in several parts of the country following the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as train, bus and airlines services have been suspended.

On Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 24,506 with 775 people losing their lives due to pandemic.

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Join protest against hate, violence unleashed by Modi-Shah :Rahul

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Ahead of the Congress protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Rajghat, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday appealed the students and youth to join the protest.

In a tweet Rahul Gandhi said: “Dear Students and youth of India, it’s not good enough just to feel India. At times like these it’s critical to show that you’re India and won’t allow India to be destroyed by hatred.

“Join me today at 3 p.m. at Rajghat, to protest against the hate and violence unleashed on India by Modi-Shah.”

The Congress has planned to hold protest at Rajghat against the CAA and NRC. On Sunday, the Gandhi scion attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, accusing them of destroying the future of the students and youths.

The Congress has come out in support of the students and other aggrieved citizens, and has attacked the government for not listening to the people’s voice.

In fact, the Congress has faced flak over its non participation in the protest against the CAA and NRC.

A day after the violent protest at the Jamia Millia Islamia, Rahul Gandhi had left for South Korea on an official tour.

In his absence his sister Priyanka Gandhi took the centrestage and protested against the government as she joined the symbolic protest against the ‘police brutality against students’ at India Gate on Tuesday. She again joined the protest of students at India Gate on Friday evening, soon after the protest over the CAA and the NRC turned violent near the Delhi Gate area in Daryaganj and a car parked just outside the Deputy Commissioner of Police’s office was torched and other vehicles vandalised.

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