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.
Earlier, addressing a rally in Telangana’s Nizamabad, Modi launched twin attacks on the Congress and K Chandrashekar Rao government, saying both think they can win elections without doing anything for the people. They have no right to squander the sacrificed made by previous generations for a separate state of Telangana, says Modi. Earlier, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the BJP manifesto in Rajasthan, making promises on education of girls and empowerment of farmers as the party hopes to beat a perceived anti-incumbency wave to keep the Congress at bay. Addressing the media, Raje said her government met 630 of 665 promises made in the 2013 manifesto.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reaffirming the BJP's commitment to inclusive growth, Modi, addressing his first election rally in the state, said vote bank politics has harmed development like "termites". "The chief minister of Telangana and his family thinks they can get away with doing no work like the Congress.... They have adopted the style of the Congress which ruled for 50-52 years without doing anything. But that cannot happen now," he told an election rally in Nizamabad.
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.
PM Narendra Modi.
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, 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.
During Monday’s campaigning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders attacked the Congress with Modi leading from the front, slamming the opposition party over its stand on terrorism, Naxalism and tribal development among others, while Gandhi said farm loans would be waived if the Congress formed the government in the state and asked his party workers not to use any bad word against the prime minister and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
While the prime minister was in Bhilwara, Dungarpur and Kota, Gandhi visited the Ajmer dargah and Pushkar, before addressing rallies at Pokhran (in Jaisalmer district), Jalore and Jodhpur.
Adityanath addressed five rallies in Nagaur, Sikar, Churu, Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts. Rajnath Singh took part in two rallies at Dholpur and as many in Jaipur district, while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati addressed rallies at Jhunjhunu and Jaipur.
Both Gandhi and Adityanath addressed meetings in support of the candidates of their respective parties in the Pokhran constituency, whereas Mayawati and Rajnath Singh held separate rallies in the Amber constituency in Jaipur.
Highlighting the importance of every single vote, both Modi and Gandhi exuded confidence that their respective parties will form the government in the state after December 7.
At the Kota rally, the prime minister said, "Your votes will empower Modi. Your votes will bring changes in the country."
"Broadband network reached one lakh villages, 2.5 to 3 lakh kms of optical-fibre line was laid, 12 crore LPG connections, better roads were given in four-and-a-half years of the BJP government at the Centre. Your one vote has provided speed to the country. It has the power to change the country and shape its future," he said.
Modi alleged that the Congress had no issues and therefore, was making casteist remarks.
Rajnath Singh and Adityanath also targeted Gandhi.
At Ratangarh, Adityanath said the Congress chief was the guarantee of defeat for his party's candidates.
"No Congress candidate wants Rahul Gandhi in his constituency because Gandhi means defeat," he said.
On the other hand, the Congress president said farm loans would be waived within 10 days if his party formed the government in the state.
He also said Modi and Raje were left with no issues as they had made false promises and broke people's trust, adding that now they were spreading hatred and anger.
Gandhi, who visited the Ajmer dargah and the Pushkar lake before addressing the rallies, said the Congress government would restart the free medicines scheme and put public money in improving the infrastructure in hospitals, schools and disbursing loans to the youth.
He also cornered the prime minister on the issues of the Rafale deal, demonetisation, favouring top industrialists and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
State Congress chief Sachin Pilot, who is contesting the upcoming polls from Tonk, and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, the party's candidate from Jodhpur's Sardarpura constituency, accompanied Gandhi at the rallies.
Mayawati, on the other hand, termed both the BJP and Congress "anti-Dalit and anti-poor" and alleged that the two parties wanted to abolish reservation in government jobs.
She addressed two rallies in Jhunjhunu and in Jaipur district.
The 200-member Rajasthan Assembly will go to the polls on December 7 and the results will be announced on December 11.
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