Rahul To Also Contest From Wayanad

Senior Congress leader AK Antony on Sunday announced that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

“For the past so many weeks there have been continuous requests and demands from the Congress workers and our partners, they feel that Rahul Gandhi should contest from one seat from South India. The requests and demands were mainly raised by Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu,” said Antony.

He further said that there were deliberations done on the issue by Congress leaders and added, “all of us requested Rahul that ignoring the unanimous request from Southern states is not correct. Hence, Rahul must accept the demand”.

“Finally he has given the consent to contest from Wayanad”, said Antony.

On March 15, former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah had requested the Congress president to contest from Karnataka.

In its first list released on March 7, Congress had announced that Rahul will contest from Amethi. (ANI)


PM Lays Stone For AK Rifle Unit In Amethi

In an apparent reference to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that some people keep giving “Made in Ujjain, Made in Jaipur, Made in Jaisalmer” speeches but his government has given a reality stamp to “Made in Amethi”.

Modi was addressing a public rally after laying the foundation stone of a factory to manufacture advanced AK-203 rifles in Amethi, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha. The guns will be manufactured under an India-Russia joint venture.

“Some people keep giving “Made in Ujjain, Made in Jaipur, Made in Jaisalmer…” speeches but Modi walks the talk. We have made “Made in Amethi” a reality. This factory should have come into being 8-9 years back. But the full potential of the initiative was never realised,” he said.

“Amethi will be known through the new scheme now. AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles will be manufactured in Amethi, it will Russia and India’s joint venture,” Modi said, adding people of Amethi are going to script a new history.

The Prime Minister said, “I express my gratitude to my friend and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This venture was made possible in such a short time due to his support.”

Modi expressed confidence that ‘Made in Amethi’ AK-203s would be of great help in fighting terrorists and Naxals in the country.

Talking about the job opportunities, the Prime Minister said, “The rifles made here will be exported to other countries also. Job opportunities will be created besides strengthening  the economy and country.”

The Prime Minister said that previous governments made security forces wait for modern ammunition and fighter aircraft.

“Our brave security personnel were made to face the enemy without bullet-proof jackets. Previous governments made our forces wait for modern ammunition and fighter aircraft. The forces and their needs were neglected. But 2,30,000 bullet-proof jackets for the forces have been bought only by our government,” he said.

He said, “The factory in Amethi will strengthen the country’s defence and security. Lack of modern rifles, lack of jobs have been major hindrances for the forces and also the youth under the previous governments.”

Hitting out at the Opposition on the issue of purchase of Rafale fighter jets, Modi said, “They sat on Rafale for years. We are trying to bring in the jets and some people are trying to object to the purchase. The Supreme Court too is supporting the government’s decision on the Rafale deal.”

Recalling his visit to Amethi with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said, “I remember when I came here with Atalji in 1998 it was raining that day. After becoming the Prime Minister, I have the opportunity to meet you all again.”

“Amethi is an example of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Those who voted for me and those who did not, are all my people. We have not discriminated Amethi on the basis of election results. In future, Amethi will not be known by the leaders who come here, but by the developmental projects undertaken here,” he added.

Modi also unveiled several development projects for Amethi.

This is Modi’s first visit to Amethi after coming to power in 2014, the constituency which has remained loyal to the Gandhi family since long. The BJP had fielded party leader Smriti Irani against Rahul Gandhi in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.



Shah-Rahul spat smells like an election

RAHUL GANDHI “Prime Minister Narendra Modi came up with a slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save girl child, educate her)’. But here, what is happening is save the son of Amit Shah.”

On a report about the 16,000-fold increase in the turnover of the company owned by Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah before the firm was shut ahead of the November 8 demonetisation last year.

“You hit the farmers of Gujarat, you hit small traders, medium businessmen, and from this fire one company rises and that company is of Amit Shah’s son. This is a sign of Modiji’s Startup India.”

On demonetisation and GST

“If our government comes to power, we will do this (single-minded focus on job creation).”

On employment generation by the Modi government

“We will bring policies after understanding your needs. We will listen to you and not impose our ‘mann ki baat’.”

On Modi’s Mann ki Baat and outreach to the public

“I do not believe in suppressing anyone.”

On freedom of expression

  AMIT SHAH “You have trusted the Gandhi-Nehru family for 60 years. You put your trust for once in the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will not regret it.”

On the Gandhis  versus the BJP

“He is seeking answers from the Modi government for its performance of last three years but the people of Amethi are seeking answers from the three generations of Gandhi family which has ruled from panchayat to Parliament in the last 70 years.”

On Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the Modi government

“There are two development models in the country. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. In Gujarat there is 24-hour power supply, drinking water in every house, a good public health centre in every tehsil.”

On economic policy and Rahul Gandhi’s presence in Gujarat

“There are 106 schemes initiated by this government. Rahul Gandhi will not be able to even count them.”

On the NDA government’s schemes for the poor, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste, youth and farmers

“You (Rahul Gandhi) cannot even see it because you wear Italian glasses. Changes are taking place in the country. There will be change in Amethi too in 2019.”

On the surgical strike on terrorist hubs in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last year


 Attacking the Sangh parivar over the issue of women empowerment Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sparked off a row with his remarks that were no “women in shorts in RSS shakhas”. Gandhi, who talked to youth in Vadodara, accused the Sangh Parivar of “not being interested in giving rights to women” and said women were present at all levels in the Congress. He also said Gujarat did not figure among the top 10 states in female literacy. “It is fine with them if a woman is quiet. But if she speaks, the tendency is to make her quiet,” he alleged. Referring to BJP and RSS, Gandhi said “women empowerment was never their priority.” “They are not interested in rights of women. I ask you a simple question. Their main organisation is RSS. How many women are there. Have you seen women in shorts in shakhas? Have you seen. I have not seen. You get to know about an organisation from its structure,” Gandhi said. “There are women in Congress at every level. In RSS, you will not find a single woman. What mistake have they made that they cannot enter the RSS,” he added. Shorts were worn by RSS volunteers while they attended shakhas (daily gathering) earlier but the dress has now changed to trousers. Information and Broadcasting Minister Irani, who was at Amethi, the constituency of Gandhi, hit back.  “The remarks that Rahul Gandhi made about our sisters in Rashtriya Sevika Sangh or who have joined the Sangh in some capacity or are sisters, daughters, wives and relatives of Swayamsevaks… the indecent remark that he has made about women. If Rahulji believes that wearing shorts is a sign of empowerment in India then as a woman, I condemn it,” she said. Human Resource Development Minister Javadekar said: “He (Gandhi) has never seen the shakhas. In (RSS’ woman wing) Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, women hold separate shakhas. But Rahul Gandhi never tried to know about it. He only tweets and that too dictated content.” (IANS)
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