Atrocities against women happening today in PM Modi’s rule, didn’t happen in 3,000 years: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of remaining silent on incidents of alleged rape, including in shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that what is happening against women during his tenure, had not happened in the previous 3,000 years in India, reports PTI.

Mr. Gandhi also said that his aim was to have 50% women in the Congress while asserting that the BJP cannot put forward such a vision as its “parent organisation”, the RSS, was a “male chauvinist organisation”.

Taking a swipe at the government’s campaign of “beti bachao, beti padhao”, he said that it was actually for “saving the daughters from BJP MLAs”, an apparent reference to some BJP leaders accused in rape cases.

He alleged that Mr. Modi had remained silent over the atrocities against women in the backdrop of rapes of girls in shelter homes in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and in Uttar Pradesh.

“The Prime Minister speaks on everything — bullet train, aeroplanes, toilets, but not women. Whenever there are atrocities on women, he does not speak up,” Mr. Gandhi said.

“[He] had talked about changing India, had talked about 70 years…what they have done against women in the last four years, had not happened in the previous 3,000 years in this country, leave alone 70 years,” Mr. Gandhi said.

The Congress leader, while addressing a “Mahila Adhikaar Sammelan” at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, promised to extend his party’s full support to the passage of the women reservation bill and said if the Modi government does not bring it, the Congress will do so soon after coming to power.

He also talked of empowering women within the Congress and bringing them forward in the organisation, for them to lead a State or the country one day.

He promised to include more women in central units of the AICC, saying “the country needs them”.

“In U.P. women are raped, the Prime Minister does not say a word on it. In Jharkhand and in various States women are raped, in Bihar small girls are raped, but our Prime Minister cannot speak a word on it,” he said.

In a reference to the Unnao rape case, Mr. Gandhi said that in U.P. “their MLA is accused of rape”, but the Prime Minister does not say a word.

Women across the country go out scared, he claimed.

The Congress chief also said that whenever the prime minister goes abroad, he embraces leaders, but has no answer to the question — why women are not safe in India.

He promised to bring women to the forefront of the party in framing policy, manifesto and strengthening the organisation. He said his job as the Congress president is to ensure women have equal space in the organisation.

“We are going to create space for you in the Congress party. We need to create special space for women in our party. We need to create a space at every level.

“The RSS and the BJP will never be able to show the country a similar vision. Their parent organisation, the RSS, in its history has never allowed a woman into its organisation,” Mr. Gandhi said.

“There are other organisations in the BJP that have females in it, but the RSS is a completely male chauvinist organisation that does not believe in giving space to women,” Mr. Gandhi alleged, adding that they simply “can’t do what we can do“.

The day one woman enters the RSS, it will not remain the RSS, Mr. Gandhi said.

The ideology of the BJP and the RSS is that India will be run by men, women cannot run this country, he said.

“Women’s place is at the back and men’s place is in front. This is the biggest difference between us and them,” the Congress leader said.

Launching a fierce attack on the Prime Minister, Mr. Gandhi said various institutions were under attack from the BJP and the RSS, who have “devastated” the country, and that the Congress party will unitedly defeat them in the coming days.

“Institutions are under attack in the country, be it Parliament, vidhan sabhas and the judiciary. Minorities, Dalits, women, tribals, small businessmen are under attack. We will fight the BJP and defeat them in the coming days.

“The Congress party and the opposition are working together to fight the ideology of the BJP. We are fighting an ideological battle,” he said.

Talking about the women reservation bill, which is pending for the last few years, the Congress chief said the BJP lacks commitment on the issue.

Promising to bring women forward within the Congress and give them their rightful place, Mr. Gandhi while pointing to the slogan “your fight is our fight” put up at the conference, said you can add “your right is Congress president’s fight”.

He said if he faced with a choice between a man and a woman for selecting election candidate, he will choose whoever is more capable.

“If both are equally capable, I will choose the woman as a candidate,” Mr. Gandhi said.

Mr. Gandhi, along with Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, unveiled the flag and the symbol of Mahila Congress.

Mr. Gandhi also said that the media should no longer worry, while alleging that the BJP and the RSS are frightening them.

Source: PTI

India needs relief from Narendra Modi’s ‘bogus achche din’ promises: Rahul Gandhi

There is a “rising tide of anger” against the Narendra Modi government — and its four years marked by corruption, economic failure, incompetence and spread of social divisiveness — and people want the Congress and its allies to give them an alternative to Modi’s “bogus achche din” promise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday, reports the Indian Express.

Addressing a meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party, Rahul signalled that the central theme of the party’s 2019 campaign will be “failure of the Modi government” to implement promises made before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the alleged controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, bank frauds, agrarian distress, and the economic and job situation.

There has been a “systematic attack” on institutions ever since the “BJP and the RSS” have come to power, the Congress chief maintained. “In modern India, these institutions were called temples of democracy. Today, the RSS is intent in destroying every single one of them,” he said. “Every single institution is being penetrated by their people and the nature of institution itself is being changed,” Indian Express quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.

He claimed that the “crisis of governance” in India is at its peak under the Modi government. “There is a rising tide of anger against the ruling dispensation. That calls upon all of us to work very hard to give the people of India the alternative they deserve — an alternative to the bogus promise of Modi-ji’s achche din.”

Rahul said, “In 2014, when he was elected, Modi-ji said India had been a slow ‘passenger train’ for 70 years after Independence. Now, under his guidance and rule, the country will become a sleek and shining magical train destined for achche din, he said. Give me your votes, Modi-ji said, and ‘I will take you on the best and most comfortable journey of your life’.

“Four years of Modi Rule later, sadly, India today looks more like a train that is being driven to disaster by an autocratic, incompetent and arrogant driver, who does not care what happens to passengers,” he said.

Arguing that the people of India are demanding change, he said they will “no longer be fooled by your (BJP’s) magical train headed for a bad accident”.

Rahul said farmers are agitating, the youth are restless and there is discontent at the lack of opportunities to earn and live with dignity. “Cabinet ministers are now publicly saying there are no jobs,” he said.

“The Rafale scam, involving over Rs 1.3 lakh crore of public money and designed to bail out debt-ridden corporate cronies of Modi-ji, is symbolic of the true ‘sanskar’ of this government — Raam naam japna, paraya maal apna,” he said, referring to an old Hindi film song indicating corruption, says Indian Express.

Source: Indian Express

Where are the Jobs” Why Rahul Gandhi and Congress praised union minister Nitin Gadkari

In a sarcastic remark over Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s “where are the jobs” comment, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday praised the BJP leader for his “excellent question”, saying every Indian had the same query, reports the Indian Express.

Gandhi’s remark comes a day after union road transport minister, in reference to the ongoing Maratha agitation, said reservation would not guarantee employment as jobs were shrinking in the country.

Talking to reporters in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, Gadkari was quoted by PTI as saying, “Let us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?”

Taking a swipe at Gadkari, Gandhi tweeted, “Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question.” He also tagged a media report carrying Gadkari’s remarks.

The Congress party also put out a tweet, applauding Gadkari for being the first BJP minister to speak the truth about employment in the country. “We applaud Nitin Gadkari for being the first BJP Minister to speak the truth and courageously raise the question that we and the people of India have been asking,” Congress tweeted, with the hashtag WhereAreTheJobs.

Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi too rubbed it in, saying finally there was one honest politician in the BJP. “Finally one honest Neta in BJP but that too not entirely. Tho candid & outspoken, clearly even sr leader like Nitin Gadkari made 2attribute lack of jobs to AI & not BJP policies in a clumsy attempt to save face,” he tweeted.

Lack of employment has been one of the main planks of Congress’ strategy to corner the Narendra Modi-led government ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Even during the no-confidence motion debate in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi had taken a swipe at the Narendra Modi government over job creation.

“You said every person will get Rs 15 lakh – this is jhumla No 1. You said two crore youth will get jobs every year, this is jhumla No 2. In 2016-17, all over the country, four lakh people have got jobs according to the labour survey. The Indian youth had faith in the PM as in every speech of his he said he will give 2 crore jobs to the youth.” he had said.

“China provided 50,000 youth jobs every day. But the PM generates only 400 youth jobs every day. Wherever you go, you speak about jobs — make pakodas, open shops… who will give jobs? Jobs will be given by small business and shops,” the Congress chief further said.

Source: Indian Express

Ashamed? Then take immediate action: Rahul Gandhi to Nitish Kumar on Muzaffarpur sex scandal

New Delhi: It took a number of days for Nitish Kumar to break his silence on the alleged sexual assault of 34 women in a Muzzafarpur shelter home that has enraged the entire country, reports Zee News.

When he did speak – on Friday, the Bihar CM said he is ashamed of the incident. It is this admission that rival parties have clung to with Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that if Nitish Kumar meant what he said, he must act immediately.

Rahul on Saturday was at a Rashtriya Janata Dal-led sit-in protest where he said the state CM should take stern action against those guilty.

“We have gathered here for the women of our country and we stand with them. If Nitish ji is really feeling ashamed then he should take immediate action,” he demanded.

Beside him was RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav who has already accused Nitish of trying to shield Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the shelter home who is believed to be politically influential.

Thakur is the prime accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home case. At least 34 girls were allegedly sexually assaulted at the shelter home.

He has also been named in a case pertaining to another shelter home run by him. Eleven women have reportedly gone missing from the shelter home.

Rival parties have been targetting the JDU-BJP combine in Bihar for being lenient on crime and of not taking action in the particular case of Muzzafarpur sex scandal.

Saturday’s protest was attended by – among others – Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, LJD’s Sharad Yadav and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

Source: Zee News

Rahul Gandhi chairs CWC meet, decides to target Modi govt on corruption

Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday chaired the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in New Delhi. He said key issues pertaining to corruption, the political situation of the country and unemployment were deliberated in the CWC meeting, reports the Indian Express.

This was Rahul Gandhi’s second CWC meet as Congress president. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was not present at the meeting today. “The CWC met today. As a team, we discussed the political situation in the country & the huge opportunity for the Congress to highlight issues of corruption and failure of the government to provide jobs to our youth. Thank you to all those who attended today’s meeting,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

Addressing media after the meet, senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot mentioned that besides the issues of National Register of Citizens (NRC), Draft Bill, corruption, bank fraud cases and Rafale deal, the party is also preparing for the upcoming elections in four states. “Issues of NRC Draft Bill, corruption, bank fraud cases and Rafale deal were discussed in CWC. Discussions were held on the issue of unemployment. We have also started preparations for upcoming elections in four states,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

After the CWC meeting, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the party will launch a public campaign or ‘Jan Andolan’, against the Narendra Modi-led government in the next few days while in consultation with state units and leaders, according to a report by PTI.

The Congress alleged that the government’s ‘complicity and connivance’ in helping Mehul Choksi escape has been exposed and quoted Antiguan authorities who said that Indian agencies gave no unfavourable information against Mehul Choksi when a background check was conducted before granting the billionaire his citizenship.

Surjewala said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was initiated by late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 after signing an accord with Assam and it was Congress’ ‘baby’.

“The NRC is a baby of the Congress party and it will ensure that no Indian citizens is deprived of his legitimate right,” he said.

During the previous CWC meet on July 22, the Congress had laid down its strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party, which will fight the election under the stewardship of Gandhi, will set up a group to look into forming alliances across the country.

The party also decided on a mass movement to highlight issues including agrarian distress, joblessness, state of the economy, atrocities against Dalits and tribals, attacks on women, foreign policy and worsening internal security and restoration of institutional integrity to take on the BJP-led government.

The members of the new CWC are: Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Oommen Chandy, Tarun Gogoi, Siddaramaiah, Anand Sharma, Harish Rawat, Kumari Selja, Mukul Wasnik, Avinash Pande, K C Venugopal, Dipak Babaria, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Raghuveer Meena, Gaikhangam and Ashok Gehlot.

Source: Indian Express

Rafale Fighter Jet contract given by Narendra Modi to a ‘businessman friend’ who has not even manufactured a bicycle: Raj Babbar

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president and Rajya Sabha MP, Raj Babbar, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, accusing him of benefiting a private businessman who happens to be his friend, who has no knowledge of fighter jets and has not even manufactured a bicycle, reports India Today.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Babbar said “How can a company which has no experience of even making a bicycle get Rafale contract? This clearly shows PM Modi’s nexus with businessmen and the ground-breaking ceremony was conducted in Lucknow on Sunday just to hide his incompetence. ‘Dramebaazi‘ is being done by him everywhere.”

Hailing Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for attacking PM Modi during his speech during the no-confidence motion, Babbar said “Rahul has exposed in the Parliament how PM is benefiting few businessmen in the country. He also exposed the discrepancies in Rafale deal but Modi had no concrete reply.”

Babbar also replied to Modi’s comment on relations with industrialists. The PM, in a gathering at Lucknow, said that in the previous government businessmen used to bow down in front of politicians back door.

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi on Sunday in Lucknow had said that there is no shame in standing with businessmen if intentions are clear.

Without taking Gandhi’s name, PM said that in the previous regimes businessmen used to bow down in front of politicians in backdoor meetings but his govt has ensured full transparency.

“We want to tell the PM that Rahul Gandhi has no picture with any businessmen because he doesn’t meet them. You promised employment to 2 crore people but have now said that only 2 lakh youths will be given jobs, why such hypocrisy is being done ?” asked Babbar.

“Prime Minister keeps on saying that he is a “bhaagidaar” but is not issuing any clarification on the Rafale deal. People made him a “chaukidaar” but he has become a “bhaagidaar” in favouring industrialists and ignoring the plight of farmers who are facing the worst crisis under BJP rule”, said Babbar.

Also hitting at the callousness of the government with regards to farmer deaths, he said “Farmers are committing suicide in UP every day but both PM and UP CM aren’t bothered. At least 70 people have lost their lives in the rain-related incidents across UP but there was not even a single word of condolence from these leaders.”

He also attacked the UP government for police brutality in Allahabad where female students were lathi-charged by the cops for trying to register their complaints to BJP chief Amit Shah during his visit.

Source: India Today

Taxpayers Will Pay 1 Lakh Crore To PM’s Friend For Rafale: Rahul Gandhi taunts favouritism to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence

NEW DELHI:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi today stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the tax payers would have to pay Rs. 1 lakh crore over the next 50 years to “Mr 56’s friend” for maintaining the 36 Rafale aircraft that the country was buying.

Mr Gandhi has been taking a swipe at PM Modi using the “56-inch-chest” remark that the latter had made at elections rallies in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress had also been questioning the prime minister about when he would show that “broad chest” while dealing with Pakistan and China.

“Over the next 50 years, Indian Tax Payers will pay Mr 56’s friend’s JV, 100,000 Cr to maintain 36 RafaleScam jets, India is buying,” Mr Gandhi tweeted.

The Congress chief attached an investor presentation of Reliance Infrastructure, saying there was “truth” in it, which would soon be denied “as usual” by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference.

The Congress has been attacking the BJP government over the Rafale deal, alleging favouritism in granting the offset contract to Reliance Defence in violation of the rules. It had accused PM Modi and Ms Sitharaman of “lying” to the nation on the issue.
The party had described the deal as the “biggest example” of crony capitalism and alleged that national interest was compromised. It had also given a notice for breach of privilege in the Lok Sabha against the prime minister and defence minister on the issue.
Source: PTI

Indian Black Money in Swiss Banks rises 50 per cent, touches a whooping Rs 7000 Cr

India will get all data on black money from Switzerland by the end of fiscal 2019, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said today, a day after the central European nation released data that showed money parked by Indians rose over 50 per cent to 1.01 billion Swiss francs (Rs. 7,000 crore) in 2017.

“We will have all the info and if anybody is found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Mr Goyal told reporters in New Delhi. “Today, nobody has the guts to save money outside the country. And it has been possible only because of the government’s hard work,” the interim Finance Minister said.

While Switzerland has already begun sharing foreign client details on evidence of wrongdoing provided by India and some other countries, it has agreed to further expand its cooperation on India’s fight against black money with a new pact for automatic information exchange.

“Agreement between India and Switzerland has this. From January 1, 2018 till end of accounting year (ends March 31, 2019), all data will be made available. Why assume this is black money or illegal transactions?” Piyush Goyal said, referring to the report.

India and Switzerland have held several rounds of discussions on the new framework on exchange of financial data, and also for fast-tracking exchange of pending information requests about suspected illegal accounts of Indians in Swiss banks.

About an hour after Piyush Goyal’s remarks, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to take a swipe at the Modi government over what he claimed was the government’s inability to win the fight against black money.

The surge in Indian money held with Swiss banks in 2017 comes as a surprise given India’s continuing clampdown on suspected black money stashed abroad, including in banks of Switzerland that used to be known for their famed secrecy walls for years.

Indian money in Swiss banks had fallen by 45 per cent in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to 676 million Swiss francs (Rs. 4,500 crore) — the lowest ever since Switzerland began making the data public in 1987.

In November 2016, the government had withdrawn high-value currency notes from circulation overnight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said demonetisation would wipe out black money from the system.

The rupee has also been under severe stress. On Thursday, it breached the 69-mark against the US dollar for the first time, ending the day at an all-time low of 68.79.

Source: NDTV

Rahul Gandhi to visit Mumbai on June 12 for court hearing, will meet party workers at Mumbai Exhibition Centre, Goregaon

Mumbai, Jun 7: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Mumbai on June 12 to attend a court hearing in connection with a defamation case filed against him.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said that Gandhi would be present in Bhiwandi court at 11am on June 12 and would later meet the party’s booth-level workers.

On May 2, the Bhiwandi Magistrate Court in neighbouring Thane had asked Gandhi to appear before it on June 12 to record his plea in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS functionary.

The court had, on May 2, heard arguments on Gandhi’s application, seeking a detailed recording of evidence instead of a ‘summary trial’, and adjourned the matter till June 12.

The court had said that it would pass an order on the application and would also record the defendant’s (Rahul Gandhi) plea on June 12, and asked him to remain present on that day.

Rajesh Kunte, a local worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, had filed the case against Gandhi in 2014 after watching his speech in Thane’s Bhiwandi township where the Congress leader alleged that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.

He filed the case against the Congress president over the latter’s alleged statement at an election rally near Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 that “the RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi.”

Nirupam today said that Gandhi would meet an estimated 15,000 party workers at the Mumbai Exhibition Ground in suburban Goregaon between 2pm and 4pm on June 12.

“The Congress party has always believed in working ground up and Rahul ji believes in connecting with the hardworking members of our party who work relentlessly at the booth level,” Nirupam said.

He said that the meeting was to thank these workers.

NRI US Billionaire Bizman offers USD 1 Mn to Garland Amit Shah with Chappals?

According to some Facebook posts circulating since the last 24 hours, an Indian-born NRI US billionaire businessman has offered USD 1 Mn to the person who succeeds in garlanding BJP National President with a garland of chappals. It seems the business magnate was totally pissed off with the horse-trading going on in Karnataka, post the election results were declared on the 15th of this month.

From the FB posts, which could be circulated either by his supporters or by troublemakers, it seems the businessman originally hails from Karnataka and was pained with the political happenings in his home state.

The news has been doing the rounds on Facebook since the last 24 hours, particularly in Indian communities in the US. The name of the businessman is only mentioned as Ramesh Kumar Rao, but no photograph or further details are available. IndiaScoops.com has not been able to verify this news and does not claim it to be authentic.

It could be a hoax or prank news or the posts could be put up by troublemakers. Or was the bizman drunk or did he loose his mojo after making a wild dare? We will possibly never know.

We have tried to identify the businessman, but at the time of writing this article, were not able to find anyone by that name who matches the description in the posts. Most of the posts too have got auto-reported or manually reported by Facebook users and have been blocked or deleted. No photograph of the bizman was provided in the FB posts.

The news was trending on Thursday night (IST) in FB groups of the South Indian community living in the US. It was also widely shared on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms. However, by Friday morning the posts could not be spotted on Facebook, possibly because they got auto-reported as spam.

Meanwhile, according to a report in The Hindu, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday congratulated newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, while accusing the Congress of propagating “corrupt and divisive politics.”

Shah took to Twitter to remind the Congress, in a sarcastic vein, of its “glorious history.”

“President of the Congress (Rahul Gandhi) obviously does not remember the glorious history of his party. The legacy of Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of Article 356, subverting the courts, media and civil society,” he said in a series of tweets.

“Who has the people’s mandate in Karnataka? The BJP, which has won 104 seats, or the Congress which dropped to 78 seats, whose own chief minister and ministers lost by big margins. The JD(S) who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits in several others,” he said.