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NEW DELHI : A day after he was attacked by party colleague Gopal Rai for making "attempts to bring down the Delhi Government", AAP founder member Kumar Vishwas on Friday hit back, saying Rai should take delight in the contribution of "new Guptas" and not comment on him.

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NEW DELHI : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday decided to contest the Gujarat Assembly elections on its own and expressed confidence it would bag the maximum number of seats in the "solo fight". The party's decision came a day after the Congress declared its first list of 77 candidates for the first phase of the elections slated for December 9.

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NEW DELHI : After Moody's upgraded India's sovereign rating and a survey claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still a "popular leader", the Congress on Friday said both Modi and Moody's have "failed to gauge the mood of the nation". The party said: "After destroying India's economy, the Modi government was clutching at straws to claim lost credibility. "Modiji and Moody's ‘Jodi' have failed," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

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GANDHINAGAR : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced its first list of 70 candidates for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, giving tickets to six of the defecting Congress MLAs. Staying ahead of the opposition party in the announcement, the saffron party list shows that it has repeated most of the sitting MLAs in their constituencies.

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NEW DELHI : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked the media to raise questions about the Rafale deal and on BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay's income from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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BHOPAL : Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi was on Sunday declared elected to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly from Chitrakoot constituency, defeating his BJP rival by 14,133 votes. The Congress hailed the victory as an "indication of change", Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav termed it a sign of increasing distrust and resistance of people in the BJP, while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accepted the result as the people's mandate.

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THARA : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that his party will sweep the Gujarat state polls in December, as a "tsunami is coming and the (ruling) BJP is scared of it", and exhorted his party not to speak low of the office of Prime Minister even while criticising the government.

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GANDHINAGAR : The Congress party's central election committee is likely to meet on Friday to finalise the list of candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections. The meeting in New Delhi will be chaired by All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi, where top party leaders, including from the poll-bound state, are likely to attend.

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PATNA : Ending speculation, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said his son Tejashwi Yadav will lead the party in the next Bihar Assembly polls. He will also be the Rashtriya Janata Dal's Chief Ministerial candidate. "RJD will contest the 2020 Assembly polls under Tejashwi's leadership. He will be our Chief Ministerial candidate," Lalu Prasad told the media here.

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KOLKATA : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the BJP was already "morally defeated" in Gujarat even before the actual elections. Addressing the media here, Banerjee questioned why the Prime Minister, all other ministers, and top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, as also all frontal organisations of the Sangh Parivar had plunged headlong into the Gujarat poll campaign, if the state government there has done "so much work as they claim".

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Demonetisation has been all pain and no gain, senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday, summing up the effects of the note ban on its first anniversary.

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NEW DELHI : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "democratically elected autocrat" as he attacked demonetisation and GST on the first anniversary of the note ban.

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AHMEDABAD : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the "twin blow" of demonetisation and the "badly-designed" and "hastily-implemented" Goods and Services Tax (GST) was a "complete disaster" for India's economy and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to lower the democratic discourse by calling his critics anti-national or anti-development.

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LUCKNOW : BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of "criminal negligence" and blamed them for the NTPC tragedy in Rae Bareli in which 37 persons died. In a statement issued by the Bahujan Samaj Party, the former Chief Minister said that due to the "wrong and anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, human life has become cheaper than those of animals".

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KOLKATA : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday branded the Goods and Services Tax (GST) a "Great Selfish Tax" and said it was being used to harass people and destroy the nation's economy. She also termed the demonetisation a disaster and urged Twitter users to change their display pictures to black to protest against the note ban.

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DHARAMSALA : Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi "sapnon ka saudagar" (merchant of dreams), the Congress on Sunday said that Modi has not fulfilled any promises he made to the people of Himachal Pradesh during his 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. "In 2014, Mr. Narendra Modi came as merchant of dreams and made several attractive promises. Today the people of 'Dev Bhoomi' Himachal want to know what happened to those promises," Congress Spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said here.  

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NEW DELHI : One of the oddities of the current political scene is the compliments which the Shiv Sena has been paying to Rahul Gandhi. The party's spokesman, Sanjay Raut, noted recently how the Congress vice-president's "body language" has changed for the better and expressed faith in his credentials to lead the country since the Modi wave has "faded away".

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SURAT : With slogans of "Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar", Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday evening stormed into the Patidar-dominated Varachha area here in the diamond hub asserting that the "satya" of Gujarat and that of the BJP were two different things. He also promised to come here again on November 8 when the ruling BJP celebrates "anti-black money day". 

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NAVSARI : After OBC leader Alpesh Thakore joined the Congress, Gujarat Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi here on Friday and said it was at least willing to have a dialogue with them as against the "arrogant" BJP. Mevani clarified that he was not joining the Congress but stressed that he along with all Dalit organisations and activists would go all out to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Assembly elections.

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NEW DELHI : Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here, and said he believed that it is a "secular" force. "I believe BJP is not a communal force, it is a secular force and it rules the country..." Roy said soon after formally joining the party.

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SHIMLA : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday targeted BJP President Amit Shah over the meteoric rise in the revenues of his son's company, a year after the party came to power at the Centre.

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BENGALURU : Bharatiya Janata Party's National President Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the party's statewide 75-day rally in poll-bound Karnataka at a huge gathering of its leaders and cadres. Shah, who had landed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport in the morning, was stranded in traffic for over an hour, after which he was flown in a chopper to the party workers' gathering at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on the city's outskirts.

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JAMBUSAR : Congress veteran Ahmed Patel on Wednesday tore into Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for linking him with a suspected ISIS operative, asserting that it was unbecoming of a head of the government to stoop this low and the BJP had no right to speak of terrorism.

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NEW DELHI : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the Narendra Modi government over "rising intolerance", saying that a discriminatory view of Indianness was being thrust upon the people and that the country's heritage was in the hands of "those rewriting history, imposing falsehood and unscientific ideas".

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NEW DELHI : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that compulsory linking of Aadhaar was a threat to national security and expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will strike down the government directions making it mandatory for availing various services. "I am writing a letter soon to PM detailing how compulsory Aadhaar is a threat to our national security. SC will I am sure strike it down," Swamy said in a tweet. 

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NEW DELHI : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday described demonetisation as an "out and out disaster" and said that GST was a "torpedo" which destroyed the economy. "The decision of demonetisation was an out-and-out disaster. The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is yet not able to understand the pain of the nation," Rahul Gandhi said after a meeting of party general secretaries here.

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NEW DELHI : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government is ready to talk to every section of Kashmir to normalise the situation there and to go ahead with the political process. "We are ready to talk to everyone in Jammu and Kashmir. If some section is not ready to talk, we can talk to students, traders, traders associations, any political leader and Kashmiri people," he told the media.

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NEW DELHI : In a bid to counter the opposition campaign, the BJP will celebrate November 8, the day high value currencies were demonetised last year, as "Anti-Black Money Day" across the country. Announcing the party's decision to counter the opposition plans for observing the day as "Black Day", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said all prominent leaders, union ministers, state ministers and office bearers will participate in programmes across the country.

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SHIMLA : Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government, terming it an "NPA" (non-performing asset). He said the common man was fed up with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST),  that has badly hit the Indian economy. "Now the people are telling the BJP that your government is going," the former Haryana Chief Minister, who was here to campaign for the party, told reporters.

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NEW DELHI : The Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday. The Commission had already announced that the results for Gujarat polls will be announced along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18. The first phase of the Gujarat election will cover 89 constituencies in 19 districts while the second phase will cover 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts.

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NEW DELHI : Opposition parties on Tuesday said they would observe November 8 as Black Day to protest against the "ill-conceived" decision of the government to spike Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, a year ago. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that the opposition parties have worked out a joint strategy and would register their protest against the November 8, 2016, demonetisation decision.

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NEW DELHI : A day after describing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as "Gabbar Singh Tax", Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday again hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the pan-India tax regime, saying it was designed so as to grab peoples' earnings. "Congress GST = Genuine Simple Tax. Modiji's GST = Gabbar Singh Tax = Ye kamai mujhe de do (Give me these earnings)," Gandhi mocked in a tweet.

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NEW DELHI : The Congress on Monday termed the appointment of an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir as admission of "blunder" by the Modi government as also failure of its "muscular approach". Party leader and former Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the announcement was a major victory for those who had been advocating a political solution to the Kashmir problem.   

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NEW DELHI : The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is likely to decide the date of election of the new party president after the poll schedule for Gujarat is announced. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is set to be elevated to the top post in the election.

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NEW DELHI : The Congress on Wednesday demanded to know who paid for over 100 trips Narendra Modi made by chartered planes across India and abroad when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister between 2003 and 2007. Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the estimated cost of these air travels was around Rs 16.56 crore.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Winding up his party's campaign against the CPI-M, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday warned that Kerala's ruling party will be "wiped out" if the political violence in the state does not stop. "Congress got finished because of corruption and the Left parties will be finished due to political violence," he told party cadres at the end of the 15-day "Jan Raksha Yatra" which he had flagged off on October 3.

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