Modi returns fire as Rahul corners Govt on jobs, farmers and electoral bonds issues


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the 'Kisan Nyay Mahapanchayat' amid the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, in Sasaram on Friday. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav is also seen (ANI)

Congress government in Telangana has brought a resolution in assembly on Friday to conduct a Caste census in the state

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Sasaram (Bihar)/Panipat (Haryana)  

The Bharat Nyay Yatra of Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Bihar days after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was at the forefront of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties formed to take on the BJP at the Centre, dumped the grand alliance and joined hands again with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

At a rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday addressed the youth and hit out at the BJP-led central government saying that this government wants them to become contractual labourers. “They (Centre) don’t want to use India’s Defence Budget for the training and security of jawans…You will neither be recruited in the Army nor in Railways or in any Public Sector Unit. Why? The Government wants you to become contractual labourers,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“They have given the name ‘Agniveer’ but he is a contractual labourer. That is the truth. They can sack him, throw him out anytime they want, without asking him, without pension or any help…” addedGandhi.

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav joined Rahul Gandhi in his ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ on Friday in Bihar’s Sasaram. The Yatra reaches its final stage in Bihar and is scheduled to enter Uttar Pradesh later today.

Yadav was seen driving Rahul Gandhi and other leaders in the lead jeep as the yatra made its way through Sasaram with the RJD leader acknowledging his ally in his post on x. This was the first time the RJD leader was seen sharing the stage with Gandhi in Bihar since state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the INDIA bloc.

Earlier on Thursday, Yatra reached Bihar’s Aurangabad, where Gandhi came out in praise of the Supreme Court over its verdict striking down electoral bonds, promising to conduct a financial survey across the country if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, in an important move, the Congress government in Telangana has brought a resolution in assembly on Friday to conduct a Caste census in the state. The caste census was among the guarantees promised by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to the people of Telangana.

An official statement issued by the State Government said,” This House resolves to take up a comprehensive door-to-door household survey (Socio, Economic, Educational, Employment, Political and Caste Survey (KULA GANANA) of entire Telangana State as per the decision of the Council of Ministers of 4″ February 2024 so as to plan and implement various Socio, Economic, Educational, Employment and Political opportunities for the amelioration of Backward Classes, SC and ST citizens of the State and other weaker sections of the State.”

But in a sharp attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India failed to deliver under the “corrupt” rule of the grand old party while asserting that the “country is moving forward with confidence.”

“Congress is corrupt; it can’t think of a future; India failed to thrive under Congress,” the PM said ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due in April-May this year.

PM Modi was addressing a ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ programme via video conferencing.

Lashing out at Congress, the PM further said, “After independence, today this golden period has come. India has this opportunity to leave behind all the disappointments from 10 years ago. India is moving forward now with confidence. Before 2014, there used to be only discussions of scams and bombings. People in India used to wonder what would happen to them and to the country. During the Congress regime, this was the atmosphere…”

“Congress has only one agenda, anti-Modi, extreme anti-Modi. They spread such things against Modi, which divide the society. When a party gets trapped in the vicious circle of nepotism and dynasty politics, the same thing happens to it. Today everyone is leaving Congress, only one family is seen there” PM Modi added.

He also expressed gratitude to the people of Rajasthan for giving a grand welcome to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

Hitting at the previous Congress government in Rajasthan, the PM said, “During the regime of the previous government in Rajasthan, there used to be frequent paper leaks, and youth used to get affected by this. To investigate this, an Special Investigation Team was formed as soon as the BJP came to power. The Central Government has formed a stringent law against those who indulge in paper leaks…”

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