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Rahul Gandhi Accused The Prime Minister Of Insulting His ‘Mentor’ LK Advani

New Delhi: Drawing criticism from the BJP that the country is watching how the chief of the oldest political party is behaving, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting his ‘mentor’ LK Advani.

Addressing a rally of party workers in Mumbai, Gandhi said Modi did not treat his guru (Advani) with respect even at official functions despite Hinduism teaching how a “guru” was the most important person in an individual’s life.

“Everybody knows who is the guru and mentor of Modi -- LK Advani. But the Prime Minister doesn’t accord respect to him even at official functions. It is me who follows protocol and I am always with him (Advani) during (such) events,” he said. “Today I feel very sad for Advani ji. The Congress party has given him more respect than Modi ji has,” he said.

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Rahul Pleads Not Guilty In The Case Of Accusing RSS In Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination

New Delhi: The Bhiwandi court in Thane accepted Rahul Gandhi’s application seeking a “summons” trial that could lead to an examining of historical evidence of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a defamation charge by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Rahul Gandhi, who has been accused of defaming the RSS by purportedly blaming it for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination at an election rally in 2014, was charged under Sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

After reading out and explaining the charges to him, the court asked Gandhi if he wanted to plead guilty, to which he responded not guilty. The framing of charges is the first step towards the commencement of a trial.

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Kejriwal And His Three Ministers Continue With Their Dharna At Raj Niwas Waiting Room

New Delhi: Dharna of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal continues for another day when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and three Cabinet colleagues spent their second consecutive night in the Raj Niwas waiting room in a protest unprecedented in the democratic history of the country.

“We are ready for any struggle for the rights of the people of Delhi and the development of Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted. Sources in AAP said the dharna by Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, home minister Satyendar Jain and labour minister Gopal Rai was likely to be a prolonged affair.

The waiting room has no sleeping arrangements. The four of them pass the night stretched out on sofas and use the waiting room toilet. Food, pillows and blankets are supplied from home as is Kejriwal’s insulin for diabetes. They get tea from Raj Niwas, said sources.

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Delhi CM Promises To Campaign For The BJP If It Gives Full Statehood To Delhi

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has offered to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 parliamentary elections if the Centre ensures Delhi full statehood.

Just before the Assembly passed a resolution on an issue it has been a political hot potato for decades, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday: “I want to tell the BJP that if, before the 2019 elections, Delhi is granted statehood, we will make sure that each and every vote from Delhi goes in your favour. We will campaign for you. If you do not do it, then Delhi residents will put up boards saying ‘BJP leave Delhi’.”

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Rahul Gandhi Cautions The BJP That Opposition Uniting Against It

 

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the present dispensation by saying that just three people cannot run the country and that the Opposition was getting united against the current government. He went on to name those three people — Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Gandhi was speaking at an event organised by the Congress party’s Other Backward Classes (OBC) cell. Called the OBC Sammelan (gathering), it was held at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. “All of the Opposition is uniting, and, within a time frame of six to seven months or a year, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Mohan Bhagwat will realise the strength of India. They will realise that only three people cannot run the country,” Gandhi said.

In his speech, Gandhi also alleged that the RSS was conspiring to divide the OBCs, so that a divided community loses its power to negotiate. “RSS is a force working to divide the people. It wants to drive a wedge in the OBC community,” Gandhi alleged.