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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: PM Modi Says Kota Must be Upgraded to Smart City | November 29, 2018, 12:12 PM IST
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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said at an election rally in Rajasthan that Kota had developed under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and it should be given the status of a Smart City.

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.
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Nov 29, 2018 12:12 pm (IST)

"We are not asking for any free gift for farmers; we are just saying that whatever you do, you treat everyone fairly. If you are treating the richest people in the country, and you are giving them loan waiver, then you owe that to the farmers of the country", Rahul Gandhi said. The Congress has been accusing the Modi government of indulging in crony capitalism from time to time, a charge which has been vehemently denied by the saffron party. 

Nov 29, 2018 12:10 pm (IST)

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the PM has broken every promise, even the assurance of being an "honest PM". Addressing a convention on "KG to PG recognised institutions in Telangana for 'Change and Existence" in Hyderabad, he alleged that Modi has broken every single promise of his, including that of being an honest Prime Minister. Assembly elections are scheduled in Telangana on December 

Nov 29, 2018 11:27 am (IST)

Rahul Gandhi has profusely pushed for waivers of loans for farmers this time. The Congress manifesto for Rajasthan poll released earlier today, has also declared loan waivers for farmers, along with farmer pensions and the promise to remove farming equipment from GST. “If PM can forgive loans of richest people of the country then he should do so for farmers and treat everyone equally,” Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday. He has promised that if voted to power, farmer loans will be waived off with immediate effect.

Nov 29, 2018 10:09 am (IST)

Sachin Pilot said the Congress intends to give Rs 3,500 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the state. The party has promised to form an implementation committee for time-bound implementation of the manifesto. The assembly election in Rajsthan is scheduled for December 7

Nov 29, 2018 9:52 am (IST)

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot releases party manifesto, in which the Congress today promised to provide jobs to youth, free education to women and right to health.

Nov 29, 2018 9:45 am (IST)

Rajasthan Congress promises to bring Journalist Protection Act in party manifesto. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already promised a loan waiver to the farmers within 10 days of coming to power in the state.

Nov 29, 2018 9:42 am (IST)

Apart from the promises to waive farmers' loan in Rajasthan manifesto, the Congress party has also promised farmer pensions for old farmers in the state and has stated that a separate board will be set up for administering 'gau char' land. 

Nov 29, 2018 9:38 am (IST)

Congress Releases its Manifesto for Rajasthan | The Congress manifesto for the Rajasthan polls was unveiled by PCC president Sachin Pilot, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, chairman of the manifesto committee Harish Chaudhary and other senior leaders. Party chief Pilot said that the document has been carefully crafted after taking into account around 2 lakh suggestions from people through various mediums and platforms. Some of the salient features of the manifesto are the loan waivers for farmers, and free education for women and girl child. The party has also promised that it will work towards removing farmer equipment from the ambit of GST goods. 

Nov 29, 2018 9:21 am (IST)

The Congress is expected to release its manifesto for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections of December 7, anytime now. 

Nov 29, 2018 9:02 am (IST)

In the education sector, a private school board or an empowered committee will help the government decide policies and a Vedic studies board will be set up.The party also promised a scheme for providing meritorious students taking admission in government schools with laptops or smartphones.Every government college will get an e-library, the party said.

Nov 29, 2018 8:52 am (IST)

The BJP manifesto for the Rajasthan Assembly elections also carried promises for the tribals and Dalits. A Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar pilgrimage fund will be established, Ambedkar Peeth in Jaipur declared a national-level tourist site, Dr Ambedkar chairs set up at government universities and e-libraries introduced in Ambedkar community halls.The BJP announced that the state government will spend about Rs 5,000 crore in the next five years for the development of tribal sub-plan areas.The next BJP government will recommend to the Centre to include 'Meena', along with 'Mina', in the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) and will construct memorials to tribal leaders in Dungarpur, Kota, Bundi, Banswara and Jaipur.

Nov 29, 2018 8:50 am (IST)

Needless to say, creation of jobs is a big part of the manifesto and in this regard, Raje promised the enactment of an employment guarantee scheme on the lines of the Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for urban areas. Apart from creating 30,000 government jobs every year, the manifesto assured 50 lakh job opportunities over five years in the private sector, including through self-employment. Educated unemployed youths above 21 will be given an unemployment allowance of up to Rs 5,000 a month, the manifesto said.

Nov 29, 2018 8:49 am (IST)

Raje Government Promises to Arrange Farmer Trips to Israel and Other Countries | The Bharatiya Janata Party has also promised expansion of cooperative loans for the agriculture sector, saying loans worth Rs 1 lakh crore will be disbursed in the next five years. If the Raje government returns to power, there will be farmers' visits to Israel and other countries to study best practices, the manifesto stated.  It will pick a district in each division to focus on organic farming. Farming of medicinal plants will also be encouraged.

Nov 29, 2018 8:46 am (IST)

Illegal Migrants Will be Explained, Promises BJP in Rajasthan | The BJP manifesto for the Rajasthan December 7 assembly polls said illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Rohingya Muslims would be identified and expelled, and Hindus who had to leave Pakistan offered citizenship.Unveiled here by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his cabinet colleagues Prakash Javadekar and Arjun Ram Meghwal, the document called 'Rajasthan Gaurav Sankalp', also mentioned efforts to check cow smuggling in the state.

Nov 29, 2018 8:44 am (IST)

BJP Manifesto for Rajasthan Released on Tuesday | Earlier, the BJP rolled out its Rajasthan poll manifesto on Tuesday, promising 30,000 new government jobs every year, 50 lakh employment opportunities over the next five years in the private sector and an allowance for the educated jobless. It also held out a possibility to farmers of doubling their income, helped by a new Rs 250-crore fund to encourage rural start-ups.

Nov 29, 2018 8:41 am (IST)

Congress to Release its Manifesto for Rajasthan Polls | The Congress will release its manifesto today for the Rajasthan Assembly elections which are set to take place on December 7. PCC president Sachin Pilot, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, chairman of the manifesto committee Harish Chaudhary and other senior leaders of the party will release the manifesto, a party spokesperson said. Menawhile, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already promised a loan waiver to the farmers within 10 days of coming to power in the state. 

Nov 28, 2018 1:42 pm (IST)

Campaigning in Telangana’s Kosgi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi again accuses K Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS of being the ‘B team’ of the BJP. “TRS is not Telangana Rashtra Samiti, it's Telangana Rashtriya Sangh Parivar,” says Gandhi. The Congress leader will later in the day join TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu for election campaigning, the first time that leaders of the two parties will share the stage.

Nov 28, 2018 12:40 pm (IST)

"We are not seeking votes for our grandsons or granddaughters but for your welfare and to help fulfil your dreams," the prime minister said at a rally ahead of elections in the state on December 7. Hitting out at the Congress, he said those whose four generations have had no connect with the public cannot understand the pain of the common people.  "Our only mantra is 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', inspired by social reformist Jyotiba Phule and B R Ambedkar," the prime minister said.

Nov 28, 2018 12:23 pm (IST)

The "kamdar" is in a fight against the "naamdar" in Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Nagaur, making a distinction between the one who works and the dynast in a jibe against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Driving home the difference between himself and the Congress leader, who he has often referred to as 'naamdar' (dynast), he said he was like the people and was not born with a golden spoon.

Nov 28, 2018 11:55 am (IST)

Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Nagaur, PM Narendra Modi says Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was born with a silver spoon and cannot empathise with the common man. “I am asking you for votes based on my work. I am not seeking votes for the well-being of my family or my family’s future generations,” he says.

Nov 28, 2018 11:45 am (IST)

Rajasthan and Telangana are among 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, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram are voting today. 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.

Nov 28, 2018 11:44 am (IST)

Entering the final phase of the ongoing election season, parties are going all out to woo voters in Rajasthan and Telangana — two battlefields that are wide open and could be anyone’s game. While PM Narendra Modi is hitting the campaign trail in Rajasthan, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu will share the election dais in Telangana’s Khammam.

Nov 27, 2018 6:04 pm (IST)

Polling for Mizoram Assembly Election will begin at 7 am tomorrow and will end at 4pm, except for Bru areas where it ends at 3pm. 11,987 Bru voters will exercise franchise at 15 special polling booths have been set up in Kanhmun of Mamit district. 

Nov 27, 2018 5:36 pm (IST)

Chouhan exuded confidence that his party will win the election with a "comfortable majority". "The difference this time around, compared to the 2008
and 2013 polls is that we drew more crowds, especially the poor, in our public meetings," he said. Asked if demonetisation and GST will adversely affect the BJP in the state polls, Chouhan said they wont "come in way" of the partys victory. The two initiatives will prove to be a boon for the country in the long run, he said.

Nov 27, 2018 5:35 pm (IST)

On the eve of Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, the longest-serving chief minister of the state is unfazed by talk of anti-incumbency. In an interview to PTI Tuesday, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said pro-incumbency and not ant-incumbency, is at play in the central Indian state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the leaders who addressed poll rallies in the state, where voting for all the 230 Assembly seats is scheduled Wednesday.

Nov 27, 2018 4:46 pm (IST)

"We are neither dependent on BJP nor Congress," KTR said and said that India will surprise PM Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha elections and said that Modi was non-player in 2012

Nov 27, 2018 4:44 pm (IST)

India has options more than BJP and Congress, said KTR while speaking to CNN News18, asserting the importance of regional parties. He said that national politics is not limited to Congress and BJP.  

Nov 27, 2018 4:41 pm (IST)

KTR also said that the government is spending 1.2 lakh on each student, adding that the government has done revolutionary things for education.  

Nov 27, 2018 4:38 pm (IST)

KTR took a jibe at PM Modi saying that he should spend more time with the common man before making any comment.  He said that the PM should cut down his foreign trips. "PM needs to get off his chopper and meet people," he said.  

Nov 27, 2018 4:35 pm (IST)

TRS leader KT Rama Rao, while speaking to CNN News18, said that agriculture sector showed 6.9% growth in Telangana. He also added that farmer suicide rate has reduced. 

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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: PM Modi Says Kota Must be Upgraded to Smart City

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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