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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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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)