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New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi launched a ferocious attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in Lok Sabha over the “growing intolerance” in the country.

The Gandhi scion asked the government to learn a lesson or two from Pakistan where people do not enjoy the freedom of speech, calling it their biggest flaw. He said India in the past few months has been looking like a mirror image of the Islamic Republic and that there was a need for introspection and course correction from our side.

Gandhi said that PM talked about how people who made India’s constitution inspired him as they had all the answers to the issues of India.

“But they inspired me because they allowed people to question them. They heard people’s voices,” Gandhi said.

He urged the PM to listen to people, alleging that “in today’s India, staging a protest means attracting the charge of sedition.”

Rahul also targeted BJP Minister VK Singh over his controversial ‘dog remark’. He referred to the Indian Constitution and reading the fundamental right from article 14 and 15 said that all citizens should be treated equally irrespective of their religion, caste, color or class.

Gandhi said VK Singh swore an oath as a minister, an MP and before that as a soldier, yet he allegedly compared the Dalit kids with dogs.

“How could PM Modi allow VK Singh to continue as a minister in the government despite his unfortunate remarks?” the Congress vice-president asked.

He further added that while Government talks of skill India but it does not listen to the grievances of FTII students, who are very skillful. Rahul said that he visited them and all they wanted was the government to listen to their problems, but that their movement was crushed.

The Congress VP continued his attack by saying that a Muslim man was killed in cold blood and the person who was supposed to provide him security, remained silent.

Rahul said that India’s strength was that it had embraced its people. This was the reason why India was successful.

PM Modi also gave a powerful speech in the Rajya Sabha saying that while there were many excuses for the political parties to be divided, but they should remain united for public welfare. He also said there was no need for anyone to prove their patriotism all the time.

BJP directed its lawmakers to avoid making any controversial statements and give the opposition any chance to hit the government.

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Gujarat Elections: The Fight to the Finish between Congress and BJP

The counting of votes for the Gujarat elections will begin on December 18 at 8.00 AM

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The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress in close contest with each other.
Women on their way to the polling booths in Gujarat on December 9, VOA News

 

  • The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress into a close contest over the seats.
  • The exit polls predict a victory for BJP.
  • The counting of votes will begin at 8.00 A.M. on Monday, December 18.

The Gujarat elections, which were carried out in two phases on December 9 and December 14, will finally come to its culmination on Monday, December 18, as the counting of votes will commence from 8.00 A.M. The Gujarat polls, over which seasoned BJP politicians such as Narendra Modi and Amit Shah  have locked horns with the newly appointed president of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, have been subjected to numerous speculations and predictions, ever since the two political parties have launched themselves into relentless campaigning for the various constituencies.

The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress in close contest with each other.
Rahul Gandhi kissing his mother after being elected as the President of Congress on December 16, 2017, VOA News

Congress vs. BJP: Who will Win the Gujarat Elections

The campaign for the Gujarat assembly elections has been a vehement one for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has extensively referred to the growth index and other statistical details while enumerating the virtues of the BJP government. His developmental policies, such as the Ujjwala Yojana through which free LPG gas facilities were provide to households below the Poverty Line, have made him immensely popular among the women of Gujarat. Modi’s appeal as the ‘son of the soil’ has earned him support in the urban and commercial hubs of Gujarat, in spite of the brewing discontent over demonetisation and the imposition of GST. The BJP has also succeeded in securing the support of the tribal people of Gujarat, who were previously considered as a stronghold of the Congress.
However, with the trio of Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani, Rahul Gandhi seems to have infused young blood into the Gujarat elections, and has thereby attracted a significant number of young voters. Hardik Patel, with his political acumen has become a potential threat for the BJP, as multiple scandalous tapes of him as well as his aides have not decreased his popularity. In North, Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch, people seem to be disappointed with the BJP government, since the much-applauded ‘Gujarat Model’ has failed to solve basic issues in their lives, such as shortage of water.

 

The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress in close contest with each other.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the voters at Kalol, in the outskirts of Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017, VOA News

Gujarat Elections: The Exit Polls

The Gujarat Polls of 2017 have often been hailed as one of the closest competitions faced by the BJP government during its 22 year long tenure as speculations are rife regarding who will win the Gujarat elections. However, in spite of the unyielding campaign by the Congress and Rahul Gandhi, the speculations hint towards another victory for the BJP in the state. An aggregate of nine exit polls in Gujarat show that the BJP is expected to secure 162 seats, while 65 seats may be secured by the Congress.

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