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By NewsGram staff writer

Today at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi, Congress Party is holding a ‘Kisan Samman Rally’ to honour farmers and party workers for forcing the NDA government to withdraw its land ordinance. Party president Sonia Gandhi and the vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed the rally.
Rahul Gandhi said a farmer has two mothers, first who is taking care of him and second is his land. And he understands that the fight is not about the land but it is for the respect and for his mother. Only farmers can understand this.
Commenting on Modi, he said he knows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not do what he says. Rahul warned to help farmers otherwise his party will take up the cause. He added that Congress has fought for farmers and won. The fight by them is not over. It is for the victory of farmers as they have refused to give up their land.
Rahul repeated the joke he cracked in Bihar yesterday. He said Modi ji says that there should be ‘Make in India’, but there is no place for laborers and farmers in his ‘Make in India’. This is not Make in India, this is ‘Take in India’.
Manmohan Sing in rally said the work that UPA government did, many tried to stop it and tried to weaken the law.
Sonia Gandhi addressing farmers at the rally said it is not only the victory of Congress party, it is the victory of all the farmers. The battle for farmers’ rights has shifted from Delhi to other states.
She further said that Modi ji does not understand the seriousness of protest by the Congress Party. But when he saw the power of protest, he had to take a step back.
‘Farmers are suffering since PM Modi came into power. Prime Minister has no time to solve their problems’, said Sonia Gandhi. Farmers’ condition is deteriorating. They have to face problems like drought, water, and electricity.
Promises made by Modi government are fake as always. They (Centre) are neither interested nor they have time to address farmers’ issues. They only have time to listen to issues of their industrialist friends. Congress would take on the Modi government if flood and drought-hit and farmers would not be taken care of, Sonia added.

 

(With inputs from NDTV)

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)