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New Delhi: Delhi state Congress chief Ajay Maken on Monday warned of mass protest if the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed in the winter session of the Delhi assembly starting on November 18.

Reacting to a report that the anti-graft legislation was unlikely to be tabled in the winter session, contrary to the promise made by the Aam Aadmi Party government, Maken said the bill was repeatedly delayed.

“We will hold a massive demonstration outside the Delhi assembly on November 18, demanding that the Jan Lokpal Bill should be passed in the winter session itself,” Maken said.

The AAP has a nearly full house in the Delhi assembly — holding 67 of the 70 seats in the house.

Maken, a former union minister said though six assembly sessions have been held, there has been no discussion about the introduction of the bill.

“There was a reported move not to take up the Jan Lokpal Bill in the winter session,” he added.

Maken also said he has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue.

“It is also quite ironical that a party that had quit the government on the issue of delay in enacting the Jan Lokpal bill has failed to even get the basic clearance from its own cabinet despite nine months in power in its second term,” he said in a letter to the chief minister.

“Especially, after making high-pitch about the same during elections and repeated personal assurance by your good-self, such unexplained delay is a blatant betrayal to the people of Delhi,” Maken added.

(IANS)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
Rahul Gandhi steps in as President of Congress, Wikipedia

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

Rahul Gandhi becomes the president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi Steps Down
Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Rahul Gandhi says Modi controls the Media. Twitter

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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