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Congress lists 3 options before Patidar Andolan leaders over quota demand



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nominees of Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) hold late night talks with Congress delegation led by Kapil Sibal on reservation for Patels

With barely a month left before the first phase of polling for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the Congress party is literally burning the midnight oil to finalise its alliance with Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) in a bid to secure their endorsement for its bid at power.

Late on Wednesday night, a Congress delegation led by senior party leader Kapil Sibal held talks with PAAS representatives – though Hardik Patel chose to skip the meet – to discuss their demand for carving out a reservation policy that would enable the state’s politically crucial 18 percent Patidar/Patel population to seek government jobs and seats in educational institutions under a clearly defined quota.

The meeting that began shortly after 11.30 pm on Wednesday night in Ahmedabad continued almost till 2 am on Thursday. At the end of the deliberations, PAAS leaders claimed that the Congress had laid out before them three options through which the sticky issue of carving out the reservation – beyond the existing Supreme Court mandated cap of a total of 49 per cent – can be resolved.

Hardik Patel had made it clear to the Congress leadership that an endorsement from him and the PAAS for the party’s election campaign in Gujarat will come only after the grand old party clearly lays out its plan on how it would bypass the 49 per cent cap for reservations to grant a new quota that will largely benefit the Patidar community.

“We have been given three options by the Congress party on how to provide reservation to our community in educational institutions and government jobs,” PAAS convener Dinesh Bambhania said after the meeting.

Though the details of the options laid out by the Congress are being kept a secret, Bambhania said that the PAAS leaders will “discuss these with Hardik Patel, social leaders of the community, legal experts and then place them before our community.” The PAAS convener said that if any of the options listed by the Congress is found legally tenable and is also accepted by the Patidar community, then talks with the Congress over backing it in the upcoming elections will continue.

“The Congress proposal has not touched 49 per cent reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes which exists in the state. The options that have been given are over and above it,” Bambhania said, while adding that an earlier offer made by the party of carving out a quota “under the Economically Backward Class” category has been rejected by PAAS “as it is not constitutionally valid”.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal who led the talks from his party’s end expressed hope that the discussions will lead to a positive outcome soon and added: “we have discussed all the aspects and will do all the things (to provide reservation to the Patidar community) as per the Constitution.”

Another meeting between the Congress and PAAS leaders, Sibal said, would be convened over the next 2-3 days to take the talks forward.

The polling for the two-phase Gujarat elections will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.

Promising Hardik Patel and his PAAS comrades a reservation for Patidars in Gujarat will not be an easy choice for the Congress as in doing so the party risks alienating backwards castes, Dalits and adivasis who currently enjoy benefits of reservation and could see such a commitment as one that impinges on their constitutionally mandated right. This is why the Congress and even the PAAS leaders have made it clear that the Patidar reservation formula must leave the existing reservation system in the state untouched.

In Gujarat, OBCs comprise 146 castes and make up around 40 per cent of the state’s population. They have a 27 per cent quota in government jobs and education. The scheduled castes are entitled to a 7 per cent quota while the 15 per cent has been reserved for scheduled tribes. This makes a total of 49 per cent reserved seats in the state which is just under the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the Supreme Court.

The Congress has roped in OBC leader Alpesh Thakore within its ranks while popular Dalit leader from the state, Jignesh Mevani has assured Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that he will ask his supporters to “not vote for the BJP” in the largely bi-polar state. If the Congress also manages to get Hardik’s endorsement during the upcoming election, it hopes that its 22-year-long exile from the seat of power in the BJP ruled state could come to an end.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.



A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.



The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Priyanka Gandhi asks for how long will BJP keep blaming Congress

Priyanka Gandhi today addressed public rally in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, where she asked BJP that for how long they will keep blaming Congress



Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday responded to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s frequently made accusation that nothing happened in the country during the decades the grand-old party ruled, claiming the party is being responsible despite having been out of office for the last ten years

How long will you continue blaming Congress? Priyanka said, the Congress has not been in power for the last ten years, during a public rally in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand.

She said, the BJP has had a complete majority in government for the last 10 years, but they now claim that they want 400 paar, or an even larger majority. They claim that in 75 years, nothing has changed. Priyanka said, in Uttarakhand, the home of IITs, IIMs, and AIIMS, how have these capabilities grown if nothing has changed? Was it feasible that Chandrayaan landed on the moon if Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hadn’t constructed these? she continued.

Priyanka criticised the Modi government for abandoning youth who put in a lot of effort to enlist in the Army, using the contentious Agniveer project as an example.

The Congress leader said, in his speech, Prime Minister Modi mentioned soldiers, but who introduced the Agniveer scheme? A sense of patriotism drives thousands of young people to dedicate years of their lives to enlisting in the army. They believe that by continuing in their work, they will support both their parents and the nation. But by introducing a plan like Agniveer, Modi ji broke the dreams of the youth, she claimed.

She further claimed that PM Modi and the BJP had abandoned Devbhoomi (Uttarakhand) after the  terrible disaster.

Priyanka took aim at the Prime Minister, by saying that he believes everyone is corrupt while he is not. They have forgotten about jobs and inflation because they are too preoccupied with using the ED, CBI, and IT to win over leaders to their party and overthrow the government. The question of accepting donations and conducting business came to light once the electoral bond was disclosed, she added.

Earlier this month, the Congress party presented its Nyay Patra, or Lok Sabha election manifesto. Among other things, it calls for a minimum support price (MSP) for farmers crops.

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