Mumbai: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party was ready to support the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in parliament once the government accepts the opposition party’s conditions.
“The day the conditions are accepted, we will help pass it in just 15 minutes,” Gandhi assured during his interaction with management students of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies at Vile Parle here.
He expressed willingness for a ‘compromise’ on GST with the government by discussing it across the table but alleged that the government was not ready for it.
Gandhi pointed out that it was the Congress which had introduced the GST bill, but the BJP had stopped it in parliament for seven years.
“(Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley did not allow it to pass then, and Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, also did not allow GST,” he said, referring to the roadblocks confronting the proposed legislation.
Jaitley does not have to tell me GST is good. I know it’s good. But we don’t want a GST without a cap on taxes, we want a limitation on the maximum tax that can be charged.
The Congress leader denied that it was the strategy of the party to block parliament on the issue.
Chandigarh, Sep 11, 2017: Punjab’s opposition Akali Dal on Sunday said that latest findings of PGIMER survey listing drug addiction in the state at less than a per cent had yet again nailed the “anti-Punjab conspiracy” of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and demanded they apologise to the people.
“The latest comprehensive survey which was carried out in all 22 districts as well as 22 villages in each district, had exposed the anti-Punjab conspiracy of Rahul Gandhi and his team as well as that of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal,” SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a statement here.
“Both leaders and their parties should now tell Punjabis why they branded them as drug addicts and tender an unconditional apology to the people of the state.”
Claiming that the “entire conspiracy was hatched to counter the development narrative of the previous SAD-BJP government”, Badal said though the Congress had succeeded in its goal of achieving power in Punjab, it had caused incalculable damage to its people and its economy.
“Both Congress and AAP played with the lives of the youth and made them virtually unhireable. The image distortion also dented the image of Punjab and Punjabis worldwide,” he said.
Highlighting Rahul Gandhi’s “nefarious role in this sordid chapter of Punjab politics”, Badal said he was “definitely the villain-in-chief”.
“Rahul uttered an utter lie to reap political mileage for his flagging party by claiming in October 2012 at a NSUI function in Chandigarh that 70 per cent of the state’s youth were drug addicts.
“This despite the fact that he knew well that he was reading out a sample survey of drug addicts of which youth formed a big share,” he said.
“During the Punjab assembly campaign this year, he insisted he was speaking the truth and even had the gall to ask Punjabis to admit they were drug addicts. Such behaviour coming from the chosen scion of the Gandhi dynasty is shameful,” he added.
A survey done by a team of doctors and researchers of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research had revealed that drugs abuse in Punjab was just around one per cent of the 2.8 crore population in the state.
Badal said that Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and “his gang of outsiders had also tried to doom the future of the youth by claiming 40 lakh youth were drug addicts”.
“The PGIMER report puts the entire number of addicts in the state at 2.7 lakh. Other reports, included that conducted by AIIMS, had come out with even lower figures than this,” he added.
A detailed survey by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi had put the drug addiction at 0.84 per cent.
“The Punjab government also got a dope test conducted on 3.76 lakh youth who presented themselves for police recruitment. The test, which was conducted by the Baba Farid Health Sciences University, saw only 1.27 per cent candidates testing positive,” Badal said, citing a survey done during the Akali government last year. (IANS)
Rahul Gandhi was attacked by Rita Bahuguna Joshi over his methods of running the party and his response to the Surgical Strikes by the army
She strongly repented the present conditions of the party affairs
Joshi claimed that Rahul’s barb at Modi presented Pakistan with an opportunity to question the Surgical Strikes
October 20, 2016: In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, it was a jolt to Congress when Rita Bahuguna Joshi, the leader of the senior party, joined BJP. Following her joining, Rahul Gandhi was attacked by Joshi over his methods of running the party and his response to the Surgical Strikes by the army.
67-year-old Joshi is the daughter of the renowned Congress veteran late Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna who has been highly speculated over deserting the Congress party. Today, in the presence of the president of the BJP party Amit Shah, Joshi joined the party at the headquarters in New Delhi.
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There can be no alternative to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP party- a former president of UPCC, resigning today from the power of a Congress MLA, was reported as saying.
Joshi was said to be not happy regarding the leadership of Congress over the projection of Sheila Dikshit as the face of its chief minister in UP. She strongly repented the present conditions of the party affairs and has alleged that the extremely poor shape of the party has led it to hand over the working contractually to Prashant Kishore, the strategist.
Joshi stated that she has been utterly disheartened by recent events and slammed Rahul for his disparaging remarks of “Dalali” at Modi, regarding the Surgical Strikes.
“Along with the nation, I too was happy. The whole world accepted India’s arguments behind the strikes. Congress, however, behaved like a small party and went on to question it. The whole nation was upset with a phrase like ‘khoon like dalali’,” she said attacking Gandhi.
Joshi claimed that his barb presented Pakistan with an opportunity to question the Surgical Strikes. Joshi stated that out of her political career of 27 years, 24 years had been spent in Congress and only 10 months in the Samajwadi Party. She added, “The decision to quit Congress was not easy. However, I took it in the interest of the nation and the state (UP).”
Joining of Joshi in the party will supposedly boost up the efforts of BJP to combine the Brahmin voters into a single unit as it looks forward to undergo a colossal transfiguration and rise to power in the state after a huge time of 15 years.
– prepared by Antara Kumar with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s oratory skills seem to be taking a much-desired shift as he gave a fiery 31-minute animated taunt at the government, mixed with sarcasm and humour yesterday. Gandhi has been ridiculed for his drab speeches since a long time now.
There was often deft silence, repeatedly disturbed by loud jeer from the treasury benches, when the 45-year-old Gandhi scion tore into the government over various issues in the high-ceilinged precincts of the Lok Sabha.
He poked a finger and perhaps touched a raw nerve when he sarcastically referred to RSS ideologue Veer Savarkar and slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for following him. The BJP members heckled back, objecting to his remarks.
“I said (Mahatma) Gandhi is ours, Veer Savarkar is yours. Am I wrong? Have you thrown Savarkar away? Good for you,” Gandhi said, with a grin, as he intermittently looked at a paper on which he apparently had written his talking points.
He wore a clean-shaven look, a white kurta pyjama, appeared calm, made frequent eye contact with MPs, moved his hands freely with strong gestures. Congress MPs cued him on various issues that the party needed him to speak on. But he remained undistracted.
He apparently didn’t bother about details and fumbled many a time, giving his detractors a reason to boo at him. But he took the criticism in his stride without getting overwhelmed.
“I am not from RSS, I commit mistakes,” said Gandhi, often derided for his alleged lack of knowledge and not so good oratory skills.
Even some BJP members, including Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, could not help but smile back at him while Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha clapped at least once.
Gandhi rode roughshod over the ruling party for its criticism of the previous Congress government.
“Modiji said I have not seen a scheme as bad as MGNREGA. But (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley came to me and said that it’s a very good scheme. I told him, why don’t you say this to your boss? When money was allotted to MGNREGA, I closed my eyes and thought it was (P) Chidambaram, (the former finance minister during the Congress government), presenting the budget.”
His colleagues burst into laughter amid bouts of protests from the other side of the house. He lashed out at the government’s measures as an “assault on democracy”.
“Modiji is a very powerful man. Everybody feels a bit scared of him. But we should ask him questions. You should also ask,” he told BJP MPs. (Sarwar Kashani, IANS)