Earlier in the day, going all out to woo farmers in the state, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised farm loan waiver in ten days if the party forms government in the state. Speaking at an election rally in Jaisalmer district's Pokhran Assembly constituency, Gandhi said he had said the same thing in Punjab and Karnataka elections and the Congress governments there have waived loans of farmers. “You are going to make Congress party's government in the state. Within ten days of government formation, Congress will waive farmers' loan in the state,” he said.
YOGI ADITYANATH IN RAJASTHAN: The Uttar Pradesh CM said the Congress is only indulging in divisive politics. “On one side there is BJP which works for the development and on the other hand, there is Congress which has come to you with its divisive politics,” Yogi Adityanath said in Tijara, Alwar on Tuesday.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi has fielded candidates in all the 119 Assembly segments. The Congress, which is leading the 'grand alliance', has fielded 99 candidates while its other partners — Telugu Desam Party 13 and CPI three. Its other ally, Telangana Jana Samithi has given 'B-Forms' for eight candidates.
The Mahakutami or grand alliance in Telangana on Monday released its manifesto for the upcoming Legislative Assembly elections in the state, which is scheduled to be held on December 7. The common agenda of the alliance was released by Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) state unit president L Ramana, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president Kodandaram and CPI’s state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy.
"This chief minister feels so insecure...he trusts astrologers, does puja, ties nimbu-mirchi (to ward of evil). So when we introduced Ayushman Bharat Yojana, he decided not to join it. He feared people will reject him if Modicare comes into force. He did injustice to the poor people of the state," Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the TRS and Congress of perpetuating family rule and said the two parties were playing a "friendly match" in the Telangana elections. "The chief minister of Telangana has adopted the style of the Congress which ruled for 50-52 years without doing anything. But that cannot happen now. TRS and Congress are family-ruled parties playing a friendly match in Telangana polls," he said.
Rajasthan is one of the five states that will go to polls in the ongoing election season. While Chhattisgarh voted in two-phase elections on November 12 and 20, the next two seats to vote will be MP and Mizoram on November 28. Rajasthan and Telangana will be the last to vote on December 7. The results, billed as the semi-final to the big battle for Lok Sabha in 2019, will be declared on December 11.
The election narrative has shifted back to the Ram Mandir issue with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya coinciding with a massive rally by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). While Thackeray warned that the BJP would lose power if it doesn’t pave way for construction of temple at disputed site, the VHP said the government must bring a legislation for the same.
Following the action in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had at a rally in Alwar alleged that the Congress threatened Supreme Court judges with impeachment when they tried to hear the Ayodhya dispute cases earlier this year.
Without naming anyone, Modi claimed that Congress party's Rajya Sabha members, who are also lawyers, had tried to scare away the apex court judges to ensure the hearing in the cases is delayed until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
In an unprecedented move, seven opposition parties led by the Congress had moved a notice for the impeachment of then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in April this year, accusing him of "misbehaviour" and "misuse" of authority.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice, saying the case against the then CJI was based on "suspicion and conjectures".
At the political rally in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Modi said the Congress has no faith in democracy and judiciary. "It does not hold dialogue and stall proceedings in Parliament, but the new game they are playing now is dangerous and this must be debated for a bright future of the country."
"If a Supreme Court judge does not prepare the time-table (for hearing cases) as per their (Congress's) political intentions and wants to hear all to deliver justice on a serious and sensitive issue, such as Ayodhya, then the party's lawyers, who are Rajya Sabha members, start the game of scaring the judges in the name of impeachment," Modi said.
He urged intellectuals to analyse this "dangerous game" of the Congress in the interest of the country.
"They are working to scare judiciary on the ground of their numbers in Rajya Sabha. But we will not let this 'kaala kaarnama' happen in the temple of democracy," he said.
The prime minister said the opposition party has "no courage" to talk about development and hence "they ask about the caste of Modi."
"Will you vote on the basis of the caste of Modi? Will the future of Rajasthan be decided on basis of birthplace of Modi," he asked the crowd gathered at his rally.
Modi's remarks were a reaction to former Union minister CP Joshi's statement when he had questioned the caste of Modi and others during a speech in Rajsamand district's Nathdwara.
Joshi is the Congress candidate from Nathdwara assembly constituency.
"They are deep neck involved in casteism. Casteism and feeling of hate against poor, deprived, underprivileged is in their veins and such statements reflect the basic behaviour and conduct of the Congress. It does not matter who spoke that (Joshi's remarks) because everyone knows about the 'naamdaar' who make them speak," he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family.
Modi also targeted the Congress over issues and discrimination faced by Dalits, saying the party "forgot" to give the Bharat Ratna to B R Ambedkar.
Ambedkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1990, 34 years after his death.
"Congress has only divided the country. For them, Dalits are a votebank while our values and traditions are different," Modi claimed, trying to contrast his party's attitude to the community, of whose members have been assaulted and beaten by right-wing activists for allegedly indulging in cow trade, with that of the Congress.
In Rajasthan, Modi praised the BJP's Vasundhara Raje government, saying it has done lot of work.
He also attacked Congress over a recent video in which a Congress candidate is seen stopping a party supporter shouting "Bharat Mata ki jai" and then the supporter starts shouting: "Sonia Gandhi ki jai".
"For us, the country is bigger than the party but Sonia Gandhi is bigger than Bharat Mata for them," he said.
Modi recalled BJP leaders like former vice president the late Bhairo Singh Shkhawat and said he had started election campaign during the 2013 assembly elections in Rajasthan from Alwar.
Chief Minister Raje and the party's candidates on all 11 constituencies of Alwar district were present at the rally.
In Lok Sabha bypolls earlier this year, the BJP had faced defeat in Alwar.
In the 2013 assembly election, the BJP won nine out of the 11 seats in Alwar but one of its sitting MLAs, Dharmpal Chaudhary, died in April this year; the party has given ticket to his son Manjit Chaudhary from Mundawar seat.
Located in eastern part of the desert state, Alwar shares border with Haryana and forms a part of Mewat region having a sizable population of Mev (Muslim) community people.
It also touches Jaipur, Bharatpur and Dausa districts.
Alwar's Ramgarh, a constituency represented by Gyan Dev Ahuja, who has been dropped by the BJP this time, was in bad light following the mob lynching of Akbar Khan on suspicion of cow smuggling in July this year.
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