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Rahul Gandhi Sends A Letter Of Support To Mamata Banerjee’s Mega-Rally At Brigade Parade Ground

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has sent her a letter of “support”  just a day before West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s mega-rally at the Brigade Parade ground. This is possibly in an effort to showcase the unity among opposition parties ahead of the April-May general election.

“Across India, there are powerful forces afoot. Forces that are fanned by the anger and disappointment of hundreds of millions of Indians who have seen through the false promises and lies peddled by the Modi Government,” Gandhi wrote.

“These forces are moved by the hope of a new tomorrow; a tomorrow filled with the idea of an India in which the voice of every man, woman and child will be heard and respected no matter what their religion, economic status or region,” he added.

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AAP To Contest Upcoming Lok Sabha Elections In Delhi, Punjab And Haryana On Its Own

New Delhi: Putting at rest months of speculation that it would ally with the Congress in a bid to take on their common political rival the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made it clear that it will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on its own.

“The AAP will contest all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on its own. The party has always been against the principles of the Congress. The AAP was the only party to start a movement against corrupt Congress rule,” said Gopal Rai, who heads the Delhi unit of the party.

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Defence Ministry Gives Access To All Files To CAG, Asks To Wait For Its Report To Come

New Delhi: The defence ministry said that it has given the CAG access to all files relating to the contract and it would be best to await the report of the national auditor on the issue as the firestorm over the Rafale deal raged further.

The ministry also dubbed as “factually inaccurate” a newspaper report which claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to buy 36 Rafale jets, instead of 126 as negotiated by the previous UPA government, while bypassing mandated procedures, pushed the price of each aircraft up by 41 per cent.

“The article is factually inaccurate. It does not adduce any new argument. All the issues have been answered in detail by the government at various fora and most recently by the Raksha Mantri in an open debate in Parliament,” a defence ministry spokesperson said.

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Harish Rawat Says Ram Temple will Be Built In Ayodhya When Congress Comes To Power At Centre

New Delhi: Raking another controversy, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said that Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya only when the Congress comes to power at the Centre.

“Congress would build the (Ram) temple based on the decision of the Supreme Court. The BJP would fail to construct the temple because they are ‘papi’ (sinners). They have violated maryada (order). Those who have no regard for ethics and dignity cannot be devotees of Maryada Purushottam Lord Ram,” Rawat had said on Thursday during an interaction with reporters in Pauri Garhwal district during his ‘Maer Mait’ (My Campaign).

The statement drew sharp retort from his fellow party leader and Uttarakhand leader of opposition Indira Hridayesh, who said: “If it is so, then the Congress could have built a Ram temple when it was in power for 10 years.”

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Supporters Of Two Congress Factions Exchanged Blows And Flung Chairs At Each Other In Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi: Supporters of the two Congress factions exchanged blows and flung chairs at each other in a brawl at the Himachal Pradesh Congress headquarters shortly after a new state unit president assumed charge.

 

The clash allegedly took place between supporters of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh and outgoing state unit president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. Eyewitnesses said at least two Congress workers were hurt in the fight, which brought into the open the factionalism in the party’s state unit.

“What happened at Congress Bhawan should not have happened. Appropriate action will be taken against those involved after identifying them,” Kuldeep Rathore, the new Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president told reporters later.