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Congress announces 1st list of candidates for Chhattisgarh assembly elections

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Raipur | The Congress party on Thursday announced its 1st list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in the state of Chhattisgarh.

The Election Commision had announced that the assembly elections in naxalism affected Chhattisgarh will be conducted in 2 phases. The first phase of voting will be conducting will be on 12 November while the second phase of voting will be on November 20. The counting of votes will be held on December 11 along with the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.

The Congress in its first list has announced candidates on the 12 seats of the assembly. 11 out of 12 seats in the first list are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

The Congress list include Anoop Nag fromAnagag (ST) from,Manoj Singh Mandvi from Bhanupratap Pur (ST), Shishu Pal Sori from Kanker (ST), Santram Netam from Keshakal (ST), Mohanlal Maram from Kondagaon (ST), Chandan Kashyap from Narayanpur (ST) Lakheshwar Baghel from Bastar(ST), Rekhchand Jain from Jagdalpur, Deepak Kumar BaIJ from Chitrakot (ST), Devati Karma from Dantewada (ST), Vikram Shah Mandvi from Bijapur (ST) and Kawashi Lakhma candidate from Kanta (ST).

 

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Modi arrogant, country can’t be run by a single person: Rahul

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Bhilai | Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being arrogant, adding the latter “doesn’t understand that India has progressed due to the sweat and blood of the common man”.

Addressing a campaign rally here for the second phase of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said the country can’t be run by a single person or a party. “The common citizens have given their sweat and blood for development of the country. The prime minister doesn’t seem to understand this because he is arrogant,” he told the gathering.

“When Modi spoke from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi that before he became the prime minister in 2014, the elephant (India) was sleeping, he was insulting people of the country,” Gandhi said.

“By making such comments, he has insulted you, the workers of Bhilai steel plant who have worked here since 1955,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi spoke of “two Indias coexisting”, saying “One India is of the rich: Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and another India is of common people like you and me – farmers and labourers. We don’t want this. We have one ‘tiranga’ (national tricolour) and the country should also be one,” he said.

“If the rich are given benefits, the common people should also get the same. If you don’t want to waive loans of farmers, you should not do so for the rich as well. For a handful of rich whose NPAs total Rs 12 lakh crore, Rs 3.5 lakh crore have been waived off,” he said.

Targeting Modi, Gandhi asked the audience to question him when he visits them next.

“On my behalf, ask Modiji why doesn’t he speak of the promises he made in 2014 about depositing Rs 15 lakh in your bank accounts, about giving employment to two crore people, fair price for farmers produce and about being the ‘chowkidar’ of the country,” he said.

Modi did ‘chowkidari’ of Anil Ambani and made crores of honest ordinary citizens stand in queues outside banks, he said.

“Rs 30,000 crore was given to Ambani in the Rafale deal. This is the truth of the ‘chowkidar”, Gandhi said.

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Rafale probe will throw up names of Modi, Ambani: Rahul Gandhi

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Kabirdham/Korba | A probe into the procurement of Rafale fighter jets from France would throw up names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.

Addressing a campaign rally here for the second phase of Assembly polls, Gandhi also claimed the NDA government bought the planes at Rs 1,600 crore a piece as against the Rs 526 crore for each aircraft fixed by the Congress-led UPA government. Gandhi’s comments came on a day the Supreme Court said a discussion on the pricing of the Rafale jets can only take place if the facts of the deal are allowed to come into the public domain.

The apex court, which began its hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, also said it would like to hear from an Air Force officer and not an official of the Defence Ministry. “The CBI director (Alok Verma) initiated a probe in the Rafale deal. The prime minister removed him at 12 in the night. I am telling you, the day a probe will begin in Rafale deal, two names will surface: Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi,” Gandhi told the gathering.

On former French president Francois Hollande’s comments in French media that the Indian government had proposed Reliance Defence as partner for Dassault Aviation in the deal and that France did not have a choice, Gandhi said Modi named Ambani’s company as Dassault’s partner in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal.

The Modi government chose Ambani’s “inexperienced” company over the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which has a long experience in aerospace and defence sector, Gandhi said. There was no reaction from the government or the BJP on the fresh charges, though they have previously rejected all allegations over the Rafale deal.

On demonetisation, Gandhi said the poor suffered due to the move and that no billionaire or “thieves with black money” had to queue up outside banks to exchange notes after the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes were declared invalid by Modi on November 8, 2016. Gandhi termed demonetisation as the “biggest scam” of the country.

“There has been no bigger scam than this (note ban). The truth will come out. It will be proved that Modi made the move to snatch money from the poor and put it in the pockets of thieves like Nirav Modi, Anil Ambani and Mehul Choksi,” he said.

Terming the prime minister as corrupt, Gandhi accused him of not taking action against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek, whose name he said figured in the Panama Papers.

Invoking his family ties with the state, the Congress chief said the relationship was of love and not politics. “We have old ties with you. Jawaharlal Nehruji, Indiraji, Rajivji, Soniaji had family ties with Chhattisgarh. It was a relationship of love and not politics,” he said. He accused the BJP-led state government of forcibly acquiring lands of farmers, adding the Congress, if elected to power, would not snatch land from peasants.

The Congress president also promised to install a “people’s government” in Chhattisgarh and accused the ruling BJP of destroying the state in its 15-year rule. The state was among the richest in the country in terms of water, forest, mines and minerals but its people have remained poor due to the policies of the BJP government, he said.

Lands of locals in the tribal-dominated state were taken away to set up industries, he said. But when the units were not set up, the lands were not returned, he added. Polling for the second phase in 72 seats, out of the total 90-member Assembly, will take place on November 20 and the counting of votes will be held on December 11.

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Six security personnel injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur | Five security personnel, including four BSF jawans, and a civilian were injured when Naxals blew up a truck with an IED in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

The incident took place around 9 am at Bijapur Ghati, located around 7 km from Bijapur town, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations), Sundarraj P told PTI. “Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, belonging to 414th battalion, a District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, and a civilian, who was driving the vehicle, received injuries in the improvised explosive device (IED) blast,” he said.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured persons were shifted to a local hospital, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the region. Bijapur is located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur.

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