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The Time Has Come To Usher in Another Green Revolution: Rahul Gandhi

Then Gandhi raised the slogan "Chowkidaar chor hai" and the crowd repeated after him

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Rahul Gandhi made the announcement while kicking off the party’s Lok Sabha election campaign in Rajasthan at a ‘Kisan Rally’ where he again hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale jet deal.

He announced that the Congress government in the state shall start food processing units near farmers’ land.

“We aim to connect our crops globally. We need a new strategy in this direction. So there is a need to bring another Green Revolution (Harit Kranti).

“In fact, the Congress shall do it. We have decided to start food processing units near farms where farmers are sowing their crops,” he said, adding he had already spoken to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress state President Sachin Pilot.

He also said that Modi would have to waive loans of Indian farmers. “Or else, the Congress shall do it after coming to power.”

Gandhi reiterated that waiving loans will not solve the problems of farmers but it was the first step to help poor farmers. “We will help farmers with new technology.”

The Congress President praised the farmers of Rajasthan for showing their might to Modi by forming a Congress government in the state.

“The Assembly elections have shown farmers’ strength to Modi. Now is the time when India’s farmers and youths should bat on the front foot without getting scared and hit sixers.

"He can throw up a serious challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019," the Sena cautioned in an editorial in the party mouthpieces "Saamana" and "Dopahar Ka Saamana".
It’s time to usher in another Green Revolution, says Rahul, Wikipedia

“In fact, Modi has been playing on the back foot after making promises for the past four and a half years,” he said, using cricketing analogy.

“Our Prime Minister promises employment, jobs, loan waiver but when his batting turn comes, he gets scared and goes on the back foot.

“Modi promised jobs, but instead he brought in demonetisation and GST which hampered small businesses and resulted in losses for farmers.

“Further, he gave our money to his friend (in the Rafale deal).”

Gandhi said that Modi boasts about his 56-inch chest but he could not gather courage to come to the Lok Sabha even for a minute. “He ran away to a Punjab university. In fact, his Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke for two and a half hours.

“Chaukidar ne chori ki hai aur chaowkidaar dar ke baag gaya” (The watchman committed theft and ran away scared).

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Then Gandhi raised the slogan “Chowkidaar chor hai” and the crowd repeated after him.

On this occasion, he asked the public to share their pain with Congress Ministers in Rajasthan. “Tell us your Mann ki Baat. We shall not tell our Mann ki Baat but will listen to your suggestions.”

He warned Rajasthan Ministers that he should not get any complaint against them. “My first priority is the people here and then come party workers.” (IANS)

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Greed For Power May Demolish The Democracy

Politicians compete with each other for power and this greed for power can demolish democracy

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Greed for power in politics may demolish democracy in India. Pixabay

By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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Politics in India might lead to a sinking democracy.

One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali