Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit area Maharashtra district

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived at Satara district this morning for a visit to drought-hit areas there, an official said.

Accompanied by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other senior ministers, Gandhi arrived from Mumbai in a helicopter. Satara is around 250 km south-east of the country’s commercial capital.

Shortly after landing, Gandhi proceeded to the Zalshi Talao, which is one of the water sources in the district.

Last month, Chavan had visited the drought-hit areas and taken stock of the grim situation in Satara, which is his home district.

Gandhi is scheduled to travel to nearby Bijwadi to take a look at state government sponsored employment guarantee schemes being implemented there among the drought-affected people of Satara.

He will follow it up with a visit to the Pangari fodder depot, one of the important ones in the district which supplies fodder to a large cattle population in the region.

Ironically, Satara is home to the biggest water supply project of Maharashtra, the Koyna Dam. But, barely a few kilometres away, there is acute scarcity of water virtually eight months in a year.

Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to Maharashtra Friday morning and spent the day meeting party activists to assess the Congress strengths and weaknesses in the key state ruled by the party.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, the Congress’ star campaigners

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, the Congress’ star campaigners, have intensified their public contact programmes in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as the election dates draw near in the politically crucial state.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s tour programmes are yet to be finalised but a senior leader in the party said both leaders will be addressing at least one election rally in each of the seven phases starting from March 3.

While Priyanka Vadra  today reached Fursatganj on a three-day tour of Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar and Rae Bareli, Rahul will begin his tour of Bundelkhand region from tomorrow.

The AICC general secretary will also address a tribal rally in Sonebhdadra this week.

Priyanka Vadra three-day tour will be confined only to the Assembly segments falling in the Parliamentary constituencies of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi – Raebareli and Amethi – for the time being.

There are 10 assembly constituencies in Raebareli and Amethi of which seven are represented by Congress. Priyanka Vadra will again coming on Amethi tour from February 2.

Party sources say while Rahul Gandhi is on a whirl wind tour of the state spelling out party’s policy and programmes to electorates, Priyanka’s current tour is more related to rejuvenating the party workers and taking stock. Her public campaigns will start a few days later.

Rahul’s campaign this week focuses on Bundelkhand which has a sizable tribal population, for which the central government had announced a development package at his initiative last year.

He would start his campaign from Lalitpur tomorrow and then travel to and other districts before addressing a public meeting in Duddhi,Sonbhadra district, on January 21

Rahul Gandhi slams opposition for blocking Lokpal Bill

Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Opposition prevented the Lokpal Bill from being passed in Parliament because it had his backing.

Rahul Gandhi Said:

“I advocated a strong constitutional Lokpal. Make it on the lines of the Election Commission…. But they (BJP) defeated it in the Lok Sabha saying that it is Rahul Gandhi’s dream… this is not only the dream of Rahul Gandhi but also that of the youth of this country. We will not rest without (achieving) it,” Rahul told a rally inSaharanpur.

Rahul Gandhi, is spearheading Congress’ election campaign in the state, And is winning hearts of Muslim voters who had been disillusioned with Samajwadi Party in 2009 after it joined hands with Hindutva poster boy Kalyan Singh, widely seen by Muslims as the architect of the Babri Masjid demolition.

Gandhi pointed out that his father, late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, too, had faced similar opposition when he brought the Panchayati Raj Bill to delegate power to the village heads. “Rajiv Gandhi’s dream was the Panchayati Raj Bill. Did it not benefit you?” Gandhi said, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

Referring to the policies that the Congress has introduced, Rahul asked a youth near his podium whose policy it was that brought phones to villages.

“It was Rajiv Gandhi who paved the way for this. They had said even then that Rajiv Gandhi is not talking sense. He is talking about computers and phones in villages,” the MP said.

A Unforgettable Emotional Meeting With Rahul Gandhi , Today. On 10 Janpath

( 7th October 2011 )

Though almost every Congress candidate is seeking a meeting by Mr Rahul Gandhi I personally got a chance to meet Him today On 10 Janpath, It was a General Meeting With issues Like “RISE OF ATROCITIES ON DALITS ” . And Reporting For www.rahulgandhicongress.com messages. Being a Dalit I felt wonderful and great after Meeting Rahul Gandhi At 10 Janpath Today. He Definitely Cares for us (Dalits) and assured me to look into matter substantially which I brought into his notice.!

Though Congress, will launch its U.P campaign in the first week of November with Yatras led by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

“Mr Rahul Gandhi will certainly visit constituencies where candidates need an extra push to reach the victory line”.

“Mr Rahul Gandhi will focus firmly on development, rather lack of it in UP, and the need for good governance. He will tell the people that corruption will automatically get curbed if the principle of good governance is applied.

“If one talks of corruption, then the Mayawati government is the biggest example of it. In UP, people want to get rid of non-Congress government that have encouraged criminalization and corruption over the past two decades and want a total change,”

Naveen Aladia

Rahul Gandhi on a surprise visit to riot-hit Gopalgarh

AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Sunday undertook a surprise visit to riot-hit Gopalgarh and surrounding areas, the cluster of villages in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan that had been witness to violent clashes between two communities last month, and met families of victims to get to the bottom of the conflict.

Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh, Gandhi interacted with villagers in Gopalgarh, Maliki and Piproli. They also visited the homes of people who had suffered during the clashes that left 10 people dead, and several others injured.

During his talks with village elders, Gandhi said all matters needed to be solved amicably. The Congress leader visited the house of deceased Rukhdin and interacted with his family members. He later travelled to Piproli village riding pillion on a motorcycle.

The SPG men were left with no choice but to hitch a ride on passing motorbikes . In Piproli village, Gandhi spoke to the family of Iqbal Singh, who had died in the riot. The villagers came in large numbers at the place and started narrating the incidents of September 14.

Rahul fit to be PM, says Haryana CM .

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said that AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is competent and has the ability to become the prime minister of the country.

Speaking to mediapersons in Rohtak, Hooda said: “Rahul Gandhi is a respected leader of the Congress and he is following the footsteps of his father Rajiv Gandhi to fulfill his dreams.”

Answering queries on corruption, the chief minister said that the state government was taking prompt action in graft cases and many wings like the crime cell, vigilance and CID were working apart from the local police to curb the menace. Asking people to come forward to fight against corruption, Hooda said that every body should cooperate with the government and the administration in eradicating this evil. “The Lokayukta has been appointed in Haryana and Justice (retd.) Pritam Pal is working in this capacity. In case of any complaint about corruption or bribery, people could approach the Lokayukta,” he added.

Hooda said the state government had made a provision for written examination before interview at the time of recruitment for government jobs to ensure transparency. This will also facilitate job opportunities to promising youths from all sections of the society. “For me, every child and youth of the state is equal and it is my aim to provide equal employment opportunities to all children,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi expressed his gratitude to Anna Hazare for raising the issue of corruption

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke in the Lok Sabha. He expressed his gratitude to Anna Hazare for raising the issue of corruption. He also said that besides the Lokpal, a set of effective laws is required. Read the full text of his statement here.

Here’s the full text of his statement:

Madam Speaker,
I have been deeply distressed at the developments of the last few days. Many aspects of the situation have caused me anguish. We are all aware that corruption is pervasive. It operates at every level. The poor may carry its greatest burden but it is an affliction that every Indian is desperate to be rid off.
Fighting corruption is as integral to eliminating poverty as is Mahatma Gandhi NREGA or the Land Acquisition Bill. Yet it is equally imperative to the growth and development of our nation.
Madam Speaker, we cannot wish away corruption by the mere desire to see it removed from our lives. This requires a comprehensive framework of action and a concerted political program supported by all levels of the state from the highest to the lowest.
Most importantly, it requires firm political will. Madam Speaker, in the past few years I have travelled the length and breadth of our country. I have met scores of countrymen, rich and poor, old and young, privileged and disempowered who have expressed their disillusionment to me. In the last few months, Annaji has helped the people to articulate this same sentiment. I thank him for that.
I believe that the real question before us as representatives of the people of India today is whether we are prepared to take the battle against corruption head on? It is not a matter of how the present impasse will resolve, it is a much greater battle.
There are no simple solutions. To eradicate corruption demands a far deeper engagement and sustained commitment from each one of us. Witnessing the events of the last few days it would appear that the enactment of a single Bill will usher in a corruption-free society. I have serious doubts about this belief. An effective Lok Pal law is only one element in the legal framework to combat corruption.
The Lok Pal institution alone cannot be a substitute for a comprehensive anti-corruption code. A set of effective laws is required. Laws that address the following critical issues are necessary to stand alongside the Lok Pal initiative:

(1) government funding of elections and political parties,
(2) transparency in public procurement,
(3) proper regulation of sectors that fuel corruption like land and mining,
(4) grievance redress mechanisms in public service delivery of old age pensions and ration cards; and
(5) continued tax reforms to end tax evasion.

We owe it to the people of this country to work together across party lines to ensure that Parliament functions at its optimum capacity and delivers these laws in a just and time bound manner.

We speak of a statutory Lok Pal but our discussions cease at the point of its accountability to the people and the risk that it might itself become corrupt.

Madam Speaker, why not elevate the debate and fortify the Lok Pal by making it a Constitutional body accountable to Parliament like the Election Commission of India? I feel the time has come for us to seriously consider this idea.

Madam Speaker, laws and institutions are not enough. A representative, inclusive and accessible democracy is central to fighting corruption.
Individuals have brought our country great gains. They have galvanized people in the cause of freedom and development. However, individual dictates, no matter how well intentioned, must not weaken the democratic process. This process is often lengthy and lumbering. But it is so in order to be inclusive and fair. It provides a representative and transparent platform where ideas are translated into laws.
A tactical incursion, divorced from the machinery of an elected Government that seeks to undo the checks and balances created to protect the supremacy of Parliament sets a dangerous precedent for a democracy. Today the proposed law is against corruption. Tomorrow the target may be something less universally heralded. It may attack the plurality of our society and democracy.
India’s biggest achievement is our democratic system. It is the life force of our nation. I believe we need more democracy within our political parties. I believe in Government funding of our political parties.
I believe in empowering our youth; in opening the doors of our closed political system; in bringing fresh blood into politics and into this House. I believe in moving our democracy deeper and deeper into our villages and our cities.
I know my faith in our democracy, is shared by members of this House. I know that regardless of their political affiliation, many of my colleagues work tirelessly to realize the ideals upon which our nation was built. The pursuit of truth is the greatest of those ideals. It won us our freedom. It gave us our democracy. Let us commit ourselves to truth and probity in public life.

We owe it to the people of India.

Rahul Gandhi is the heartthrob of India: Sheila Dikshit

Mr. Gandhi, who was presented a saropa and mementos and sat with his head covered during the shabad-kirtan, said the nation was also proud of the Sikh community as it had “propagated India, be it in Canada, England or America”. He said the community members have always kept the national flag flying high wherever they have been.

Describing the monument as “beautiful and symbolic”, the Congress general secretary also thanked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for getting it made. He said the monument, which was well conceptualised and had been created after a lot of thinking and discussions, would continue to remind the people about the teachings and sacrifices of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

“The nation can progress only when everyone walks together hand in hand and that is what Guru Tegh Bahadur said 400 years ago. This nation does not belong to any one religion, any person or region. It is the nation of all Indians,” he said.

‘MOST APPROPRIATE’

Ms. Dikshit said it was most appropriate that the memorial has been inaugurated by Mr. Gandhi as he was a young leader with a vision and it was his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi who had laid its foundation stone.

The Chief Minister also noted that Guru Tegh Bahadur has always been revered in Delhi as he had sacrificed his life here near Gurdwara Sis Ganj around 400 years ago.

She recalled how he sacrificed his life to protect human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

Uttar Pradesh is run by dalals: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, Has taken on Mayawati government on the land acquisition issue, today promised the farmers that the Land Acquisition Bill will be in their favour.
Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that “dalals” are running Uttar Pradesh and accused U.P government of resorting to land grab to help “big builders”.“You are not together. Uttar Pradesh is divided and that is why dalals (brokers) are running the state,” Rahul said, addressing farmers in Kirpalpur village, as he continued to woo them on the third day of his padayatra to Aligarh for the Congress-backed “kisan mahapanchayat” on Saturday.The AICC general secretary also promised that the Land Acquisition Bill to be brought before Parliament will be in favour of farmers.Meeting groups of villagers at Kirpalpur, Jahangarh, and Kansera villages in Aligarh district to drive home his point how farmers were suffering after their land was “forcibly” acquired at cheap prices, he said the state’s land acquisition policy was “full of flaws”.
The land acqisition policies should be framed after talks with farmers and taking them into confidence, he said.
Elaborating on his comments on UP being run by “dalals” Rahul said, “You may not like it. But this is true. Since you are not together that is why this is happening here. Unless you unite, you will continue to suffer. Unless you don’t understand what is happening, the train will not come on its track.”Accusing the Mayawati government of committing “land grab in favour of builders” in UP, Rahul said, “We will present the Land Acquisition Bill in the Lok Sabha and you will see that it will be passed in your favour.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi arrested in U.P.

 

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was arrested in a dramatic late night swoop Wednesday while he was on a sit-in at Bhatta Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh to support agitating farmers demanding more money for their land being acquired for a highway project. He was released after being held for about three hours and later returned to New Delhi.

There was high drama at the Kasna police station in Greater Noida where Gandhi and other Congress leaders, who were held with him, were taken after the arrest at around 11.00 p.m.

Gandhi was asked to sign a bond after which police said he would be permitted to leave.
He, however, flatly refused to do so saying he had gone to the village with a purpose and would return there if he was released, Congress sources said.

The police later released Gandhi on its own volition at around 2.00 a.m. Thursday and he was driven back to New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters.

Gandhi was picked up from the sit-in site along with Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and MP Raj Babbar, Gautam Budh Nagar acting district magistrate Sheetal Verma said.

“Rahul Gandhi has been arrested for violating the prohibitory orders enforced under section 144 of Cr.P.C (Criminal Procedure Code). State president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Digvijay Singh and Raj Babbar were also arrested along with Rahul Gandhi,” she said earlier.

The district administration, prior to the arrests, imposed section 144 of the Cr.P.C.
According to state Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, Gandhi and the other leaders were taken to a police station where they were required to sign a bond in front of an executive magistrate before being permitted to leave.

Singh said the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration received a letter from the Congress at 8.30 p.m. saying it planned to hold a meeting in Bhatta Parsaul Thursday.
Singh said Gandhi was held apprehending a law and order situation due to the the proposed meeting.

Ritu Bahuguna Joshi said the Congress leaders were arrested in the dark of the night.
“It was a peaceful demonstration. There were not even mikes there. It is a defeated government and the Congress is the only party fighting for the farmers,” she said.
On Saturday, police and agitating farmers fought a pitched battle in Bhatta Parsaul that left four dead, including two policemen.

Gandhi was in the village Wednesday supporting farmers who are agitating for higher compensation for land acquired for the 156-km Yamuna Expressway, linking New Delhi with Agra.

The Congress scion sneaked into the village, which was barred to politicians and outsiders, early Wednesday on a motor-bike despite heavy police presence. He spent nearly 18 hours with the villagers before his arrest.

Addressing the agitating farmers earlier in the day, Gandhi said the Uttar Pradesh government’s high-handedness made him “feel ashamed to be an Indian”.

“I have seen the violence unleashed on your youth and women. By seeing what has happened here, I feel ashamed to be an Indian. The state government is tormenting its own people,” Gandhi said, targeting Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government.