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Rahul Gandhi detained by Delhi Police

The protesting Congress leaders, holding placards, raised slogans against the ED and Central government…reports Asian Lite News

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Tuesday detained by the Delhi Police after he sat in protest with other parliamentarians against the Central government in between Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Congress MPs carried out a protest march from Parliament House to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in wake of questioning of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and no discussion of important issues like price rise in Parliament.

However, as the parliamentarians moved forward to give a memorandum to President Droupadi Murmu, the Delhi Police stopped them midway near Vijay Chowk.

Subsequently, Congress parliamentarians, including Rahul Gandhi, sat in protest in front of Vijay Chowk.

The protesting Congress leaders, holding placards, raised slogans against the ED and Central government.

There was a heavy police deployment, including para military and Rapid Action Force.

Initially, the police began detaining other leaders, including women MPs, and at last Deepender Singh Hooda and Rahul Gandhi were left at the spot.

“What is the problem? We want to go there to meet the President and handover the memorandum. Why are we not allowed?” Rahul Gandhi could be heard while he was talking to a Delhi Police official.

The female Congress MPs could be seen being dragged by the police personnel and bundled in a bus.

Rahul Gandhi and the rest of the parliamentarians taken from there in a bus.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, who was among other protesting leaders, said that they wished to meet President Murmu and apprise her of many issues including the misuse of probe agencies especially to target the Opposition members.

Rajya Sabha member KC Venugopal said the government is not allowing any discussion on price rise and the issue of vendetta politics of the ED.

“This government is making the Parliament a mockery. We want to give a memorandum to the President of India,” Venugopal said.

Meanwhile, the questioning of Sonia Gandhi is currently underway at the ED office.

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Rahul Gandhi urged to take over top party post

Indian Overseas Congress UK passes a resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to take over Indian National Congress Presidency…reports Asian Lite News

Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) UK passes a resolution requesting Indian National Congress former president and MP Rahul Gandhi to take over Indian National Congress presidency.

The forum also appealed the leader to set up a Global Youth Forum to promote Congress ideals and engage with the young diaspora.

Indian Overseas Congress UK also hailed the success of Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the UK.

During his visit, Rahul Gandhi has addressed ‘The ideas from India’ conference in London, where he interacted with British parliamentarians in the House of Commons, interacted with students of the University of Cambridge, and met senior officials of the Indian Overseas Congress to discuss organisation reforms and better engagement with the diaspora.

At the request of IOC UK President Kamal Dhaliwal, IOC Senior Vice-President Gurminder Randhawa, and IOC in-charge youth Vikram Duhan Singh proposed and passed a resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to take over the party’s presidency so the Congress can “come back into power under his leadership”.

The resolution was seconded by IOC UK General Secretary Venugopal Gampa, IOC UK spokesperson Sudhakar Goud, IOC Kerala UK Suju Daniel, and IOC UK member Asra Anjum.

During his meeting with IOC UK delegates, Rahul Gandhi is said to have reiterated his stance that the party is geared up for an ideological fight in India.

“Rahul Gandhi said that we are not fighting against any one political organisation but against a harmful ideology and to protect the institutions of the country,” said IOC UK President Kamal Dhaliwal.

In a statement, Dhaliwal said that Rahul Gandhi’s visit to UK has set up a starting point for the party’s campaign for 2024 Lok Sabha elections. After three-day Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir in Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi arrived in the UK for his first political engagement showing how important and crucial the Indian diaspora is for Congress’s 2024 ‘Jodo India’ strategy. “We will work under his leadership and will ensure that Indian National Congress forms Government in 2024,” the statement revealed.

Rahul Gandhi with Kamal Dhaliwal, President IOC UK, Gurminder Randhawa, Senior Vice President UK, Vikram Duhan Singh, Incharge Indian Overseas Youth Congress UK.

IOC UK Senior Vice-President Gurminder Randhawa updated the Congress leader on social and cultural activities performed under IOC UK platform and how her working experience in Punjab helped her to gain insight of Indian political system.

IOC UK Youth In-charge Vikram Duhan Singh proposed to Rahul Gandhi to engage and empower Indian youth in India and overseas. Singh also proposed to set up a Global Youth Congress forum so that Indian youth living overseas can connect and interact with each other.

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Jeremy Corbyn meets Rahul Gandhi in London

The Congress defended Gandhi’s meeting with Corbyn sharing pictures of the Labour leader with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking whether he too endorsed the “anti-India” views of the UK Labour leader and MP…reports Asian Lite News

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday came under fire of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for meeting Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London. The BJP hit out at the Congress MP for allegedly endorsing the UK MP’s “anti-India” views on foreign soil.

The remarks took social media by storm when BJP leader and Union law minister Kiren Rijiju shared a picture of Gandhi’s meeting with Corbyn and attacked the former Congress president for going against his own country.

“Again.. Rahul Gandhi meets UK MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who is known for his hatred and dislike for India, advocates Kashmir’s secession. Or how long and how much one can go on against one’s own country,” Rijiju tweeted.

Similar sentiments were shared by BJP leader Kapil Mishra and IT cell head Amit Malviya who called Gandhi Corbyn’s “overseas collaborator” for sharing dislike for India.

“Jeremy is known for his visceral dislike for India, advocates Kashmir’s secession and is unequivocally anti-Hindu. Gandhi has finally found his overseas collaborator, who denigrates India with the same impunity as him,” Malviya said.

The Congress defended Gandhi’s meeting with Corbyn sharing pictures of the Labour leader with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking whether he too endorsed the “anti-India” views of the UK Labour leader and MP.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Am amazed as to how dearest friends in TV Media have to bend over backwards to serve the idiotic agenda of Government and ilk of Kapil Mishra.”

“May I also ask our Media Friends to identify the two men in picture below and ask the same questions? Does it mean PM has endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s views on India,” he asked, noting that political leaders having divergent and opposite views will meet each other in the future, just as in the past.

Surjewala further cited examples of Modi’s public interactions with economic fugitives Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and asked whether he endorsed them.

“Rahul Gandhi taking a picture with a person with whom we hold divergent views is neither a crime nor an act of terror as is being made out. If this is the criteria, our media friends should also debate – Why did the PM take Nirav Modi to Davos and about their common photos? What about video of the PM addressing Mehul Choksi as “Hamare Mehul Bhai” in a public function,” he said.

“Why does the PM meet President Xi Jinping, when China has occupied our territory? Why did the PM go to Pakistan to meet the then PM, Nawaz Sharif? Will the Government promise it’ll never ever meet anyone having divergent views from us? Time to debate real issues, not BJP propaganda,” the Congress spokesperson said.

Gandhi is on a visit to London. He met Corbyn on Monday and the Indian Overseas Congress shared the picture of the two along with Sam Pitroda. Corbyn, who served as leader of the Labour party and leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020 in the UK, has often been vocal about his criticism of India.

While addressing an event on ‘India at 75’ in Cambridge university on Monday evening, Gandhi said there is a “systematic attack” on the institutions that allow India to speak and as the conversation is being stamped out, the “deep state” is entering those spaces and redefining the way that conversation is happening in the country.

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‘Democracy in India is a global public good’

Rahul Gandhi made the remarks at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference in London, reports Asian Lite News

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that democracy in India is a global public good and the people of the country have managed democracy at an unparalleled scale.

Rahul Gandhi made the remarks at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference in London.

“Democracy in India is a global public good. We’re the only people who have managed democracy at our unparalleled scale. Had an enriching exchange on a wide range of topics at the #IdeasForIndia conference in London,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

The Congress leader will be speaking at Cambridge University on May 23 on ‘India at 75’.

“Mr @RahulGandhi will be speaking in Cambridge on Monday 23 May. He’ll be in conversation with Dr Shruti Kapila @shrutikapila on India at 75,” Cambridge University said in a tweet.

This is the first such overseas event for the Congress leader after the return of normalcy in international travel which had been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rahul Gandhi’s visit abroad has taken place at a time when the Congress is battling dissensions with a senior leader in Gujarat and Punjab having left the party. (ANI)

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May soon top ‘Hate’ and ‘Anger’ charts, Rahul slams Modi govt

According to the report, India has this year improved its position by three ranks and currently stands at 136th position….reports Asian Lite News

 In a blunt attack on the ruling dispensation over India’s low ranking in the latest World Happiness Index, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the country may soon top the ‘Hate’ and ‘Anger’ charts.

“Hunger Rank: 101, Freedom Rank: 119, Happiness Rank: 136. But, we may soon top the Hate and Anger charts!,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted, sharing a picture of the World Happiness Report (2022) issued by the United Nations Sustainable Development SOlutions Network.

The World Happiness Report is a publication of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by the Gallup World Poll data.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to report how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries around the world.

According to the report, India has this year improved its position by three ranks and currently stands at 136th position.

As per the report, for the fifth year in a row, Finland took the top spot as the happiest country in the world, while Denmark continues to occupy the second place, with Iceland up from fourth place last year to third this year. Switzerland is placed fifth, followed by the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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Rajnath hits back at Rahul over China-Pak bonhomie comments

Accusing Gandhi of spreading falsehoods, Rajnath Singh also said that the Karakoram highway through Pakistan occupied Kashmir was built during the tenure of former Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother late Indira Gandhi….reports Asian Lite News

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming the BJP for the “friendship” between China and Pakistan, while adding that the bonhomie between the two neighbouring countries was ongoing during previous Congress regimes.

“He stood in Parliament in response to the presidential address and said that because of the BJP China and Pakistan have become friends. I want to ask you, have China and Pakistan become friends because of us? Or did it happened during their government,” Singh said, while speaking at an election rally in South Goa.

“I want to remind Rahul Gandhi that during the tenure of PM Nehru… I want to say this with utmost respect to Nehru. I don’t want to disrespect him. During that time, Pakistan gave away the Shaksgam valley to China. There was no PM from our party at that time,” Singh also said.

Accusing Gandhi of spreading falsehoods, Rajnath Singh also said that the Karakoram highway through Pakistan occupied Kashmir was built during the tenure of former Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother late Indira Gandhi.

“I want to remind Rahul Gandhi that the Karakoram highway through PoK was built because of the friendship between China and Pakistan and the Prime Minister at that time was Indira Gandhi. China Pakistan Economic Corridor was started during the tenure of Manmohan Singh as the PM of this country. Their friendship has been going on since then. We did not do this,” Singh said.

The Defence Minister also said that the Congress leader’s claim of a lower fatality count among the Chinese armed forces during the Galwan valley clash has been proved wrong by recent disclosures made by an Australian newspaper.

“Rahul Gandhi said that when there was a skirmish between the India and China armies at the Galwan valley that only the two-four Chinese soldiers died. What is Rahul Gandhi trying to do? I want to tell the senior leaders of Congress please make Rahul Gandhi understand. What is he talking? But after he spoke, an Australian paper brought out after investigations that in the Galwan incident 38-50 Chinese soldiers died,” Singh said.

“I haven’t said this. The BJP hasn’t said this. It was an Australian paper that said this. I want Rahul Gandhi to understand we are proud of our armed forces that are defending our borders. You should never question them,” he added.

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BJP leaders slam Rahul Gandhi over remarks 

Commerce and Industry Minister, Piyush Goyal said, “It is a religious matter of an individual, as many of us do puja at home and don’t allow shoes at home.”…reports Asian Lite News

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the Parliament on Wednesday has drawn huge flak from the ruling BJP leaders.

The ruling party leaders condemned Rahul Gandhi’s remarks related to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, judiciary, Election Commission, unemployment, pegasus spyware and foreign policy.

Reacting to the remarks made by the former Congress chief while addressing the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pralhad Joshi said, “The Congress which doesn’t have democracy within their party, is talking about our elected Prime Minister in a very very silly manner. I don’t understand his mentality and language. He is talking about China and Pakistan, they have been against us since decades, it’s a known fact.”

“When somebody comes to our home, we always request him to remove shoes outside, it’s our culture. We keep separate slippers for home, Rahul Gandhi doesn’t understand this. I must say he is a brainless person,” Joshi said while reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that a group of politicians from Manipur was “forced to remove their shoes” at Amit Shah’s home.

Similarly, Commerce and Industry Minister, Piyush Goyal said, “It is a religious matter of an individual, as many of us do puja at home and don’t allow shoes at home.”

Rahul Gandhi, during his speech, “narrated an incident” about Amit Shah alleging that when a delegation from Manipur went to meet Shah, “they were told to remove their shoes, whereas Amit Shah himself was wearing slippers”.

The Congress leader, demanding an apology from Shah, has asserted that the Home Minister has “insulted people of Manipur”.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has sought the Congress leader’s apology for his comments on Constitutional institutions- Judiciary and the Election Commission.

“How can he give reference to a matter (pegasus spyware) which is sub judice, he should know the rules,” BJP MP Nishikant Dubey interrupted Rahul Gandhi during his speech, quoting the rule.

Meanwhile, responding to the former Congress president’s remark that the BJP-led Central government brought “Pakistan and China together”, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that the two Asian countries have been sharing close ties since the last several decades.

Jaishankar also rejected Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that “it is India’s faulty foreign policy under the Narendra Modi-led government which made China and Pakistan join hands together against India, and convert into a front”.

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Yogi calls Rahul, Priyanka ‘accidental, electoral Hindus’

The chief minister also took a jibe at the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying that he does not even know how to sit in a temple and knows nothing about ‘Hinduism or Hindutva’…reports Asian Lite News.

The BJP in Uttar Pradesh is scaling up its attack on the Congress and is policy of soft-Hindutva. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has termed the Congress leaders as ‘accidental Hindus’ while deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya has termed them as ‘electoral Hindus’.

“It is during the election that these leaders become a Hindu,” he said while addressing a meeting in Amethi on Monday.

The chief minister also took a jibe at the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying that he does not even know how to sit in a temple and knows nothing about ‘Hinduism or Hindutva’.

“During the elections in Gujarat, the former MP of Amethi went to the temple and sat there in namaz position, the priests interrupted him and taught him how to sit in a temple,” the chief minister pointed out.

He also targeted the Gandhis and said that they remember Amethi in the elections only.

“When the people of this district gave them a chance to serve, they did nothing and now as elections have come, they are coming here again,” he stated.

Launching a scathing attack on ‘bhai-behen’, the chief minister stated, “During the Covid-19 period, when we were working to save lives for the common man, the brother and sister gave fake numbers of roadways buses.”

“They were playing with the lives of people while we took action against them because they were creating disturbances in the work of the government,” he added.

During his recent Amethi visit, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had tried to distinguish between ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hindutva’, describing himself a ‘Hindu’ and the BJP leaders as followers of ‘Hindutvawadi’.

Meanwhile, deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya said those who fired bullets at ‘kar sevaks’ and used sticks on ‘kanwarias’ had suddenly started remembering Lord Ram. He asked people to be wary of such “electoral Hindus”.

On Samajwadi Party’s love for Brahmins, Maurya said, “Jo Ram ka na hua woh Parashuram ka kya hoga. (one who couldn’t be faithful to Ram, how would he be loyal to Parshuram)?”

He also accused the Congress as well as the Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders of remembering Hindus and temples only during elections.

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Rahul Gandhi: I am a Hindu but not Hindutvawadi

Before Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also addressed the gathering and attacked the policies of the central government and the BJP…reports Asian Lite News.

Addressing a mammoth gathering in Jaipur during the national rally organised to protest against the price rise and inflation, veteran Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday fiercely attacked the central government’s policies and said that he is a Hindu but not Hindutvawadi.

Elaborating the difference between the two, he said, “Two words cannot mean the same thing. Every word has a different meaning. In our country’s politics today, the meaning of Hindu and Hindutva are the same. These are not the same thing, they are two different words and they mean completely different things. I am a Hindu but not a Hindutvawadi. Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu and Nathuram Godse was a Hindutvawadi, he added.

“No matter whatever happens, Hindu seeks and spends his whole life in search of truth whereas Hindutva spends his whole life in search of power and getting empowered. He will kill anyone for the sake of power. The path of Hindu is ‘Satyagraha’ while the path of Hindutva is ‘Sattagraha.’

Attacking the Modi government, Rahul Gandhi said that the entire country has been left in the hands of a few industrialists and the country is being run by “Hum Do, Hamare Do”.

Rahul Gandhi further said that the government of the country says that no farmer has died during the agitation. “I gave them a list of five hundred people from Punjab and Haryana and asked them that the Punjab government has given compensation, you should also give it. But they didn’t.”

He also took a jibe at PM Modi for giving concessions to industrialists.

He said that the country belongs to the poor, farmers, small shopkeepers, only these people can give employment to this country. Adani-Ambani has a place but they cannot create jobs on a large scale. Small business people, farmers can generate large scale employment.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi was unaware of the absence of Punjab CM Charanjit Channi from the rally. He kept calling his name but then Sonia Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot signalled him about Channi’s absence.

Before Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also addressed the gathering and attacked the policies of the central government and the BJP.

She termed the central government as the government of lies, greed and loot.

I know how roads are being built in Goa just for the sake of transportation of coals to benefit one industrialist, she said and termed Modi as Paryatak PM.

“Modiji travelled throughout the world but did not go to farmers who were protesting on the roads,” she said adding that “the state in which I work spends crores of rupees on advertisement but does not spend on fertilisers for farmers.”

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also spoke on the occasion and said that all state governments are facing the challenge of financial crisis as the central government stays mum.

He said that Narendra Modi is one such PM who has not replied to a letter from the CM.

“This government is being run with hubris,” he added.

Tributes were paid to late CDS Bipin Rawat and other soldiers who died in a chopper crash on December 8.

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CWC likely to give nod to elections for new party president

The G-23 sources say that they have time to prepare a strategy and push their agenda in the CWC. However, the group is in a minority in the CWC and it is unlikely that they can push anything without the approval of Sonia Gandhi…reports Saiyed Moziz Imam Zaidi

It’s official that the Congress Working Committee will be meeting on October 16 to deliberate on many issues and after demands from many quarters for elections it may give the nod to organisational polls, sources said.

The Congress has not had a regular president since the resignation of Rahul Gandhi in 2019 and from August that year Sonia Gandhi has been the party’s interim president. Congress G-23 leaders have time and again raised the issue of organizational polls in the party.

The Central Election Authority has already submitted the list of voters and has prepared digital cards for AICC members who can vote in the party’s presidential elections. However, the G-23 has demanded a fresh voters’ list which could see a face-off between loyalists and reformists within the party.

The CWC can remove or appoint a new president but a two-thirds majority is required for making changes. The working committee appointed Sonia Gandhi as President in 1998 when it removed then party chief Sitaram Kesri.

The G-23 sources say that they have time to prepare a strategy and push their agenda in the CWC. However, the group is in a minority in the CWC and it is unlikely that they can push anything without the approval of Sonia Gandhi.

The sources say that if Rahul Gandhi agrees to contest the elections, then it is unlikely there will be a contest but if he pushes any proxy then there will be a contest.

“Ghulam Nabi Azad had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi for a CWC meet but the group is in a minority and it is unlikely that they can push for any resolution of their choice,” a source said. The CWC constitution says, “The Working Committee shall consist of the President of the Congress, the Leader of the Congress Party in Parliament, and 23 other members of whom 12 members will be elected by the AICC, as per rules prescribed by the Working Committee and the rest shall be appointed by the President. The quorum for a meeting of the Working Committee shall be eight.” Meanwhile, all special invitees have been summoned as well.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and Anand Sharma, who were signatories to the letter written to Sonia Gandhi last year for visible and effective leadership and reforms in the party, are among the CWC members.

The G-23 leaders have recently raised the pitch in the wake of some high-profile exits from the party, noting that the issues they raised have not been dealt with so far.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had launched an attack on the party leadership, asking who was taking decisions in the party. He said that the demand for organisational elections has not been met even a year after the letter was written.

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