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Hardik cautions against BJP ‘golmaal’in Gujarat, Jignesh meets Rahul

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congress party scored another big catch on Friday after Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani said he’ll ask his supporters to vote against BJP in the poll-bound state

The battle for Gujarat is warming up and the Congress party, which has been out of power in the state for 22 long years, is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to its efforts of wresting the BJP-ruled state which is also the home state of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

Whether the grand old party’s campaign, being led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, will actually help the Congress finally return to power in the state that has been a BJP bastion for over two decades is something that will be revealed only on December 18 when votes for the crucial polls are counted.

However, in the electorally charged environment of Gujarat, political allegations are flying high while the Congress continues with its quest for new allies and the BJP fights to retain its citadel.

On Friday, Hardik Patel – the face of the state’s raging Patidar Andolan who recently announced his support for the Congress in the state – alleged that the BJP would resort to “golmaal” (fraudulent means) to win the Gujarat polls. Patel claimed that the Election Commission had found glitches in 3550 voter verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) dispatched for the state. The VVPAT is a device which ensures that voters have a chance to check whether the vote cast by them has been registered in the electronic voting machine in favour of the their candidate or not and is being used for the first time in the Gujarat assembly polls by the Election Commission.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Patidar Andolan leader also alleged that the BJP had “prepared a doctored sex CD to defame me and it will be released just before the election”; a serious charge by any standard but one which the state’s BJP leadership has maintained a studied silence on.

Patel’s allegations came on a day when the Congress scored a big catch in the poll-bound state after popular Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani said he was “very satisfied with the assurances” given to him by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during their meeting in Navsari on Friday evening. Mevani, who has been leading a massive agitation by the state’s numerically significant Dalit population, declared that he would ask his supporters to “not vote for the BJP” in the upcoming elections.

Although Mevani said that he wasn’t formally joining Rahul’s party but would continue to have talks with its leaders, his remark of asking his supporters to vote against the BJP can be viewed as his endorsement of the Congress as Gujarat is a bi-polar state with the key electoral players being the BJP and the Congress.

The Congress had, in October, managed to rope in another popular youth leader Alpesh Thakore – an activist leading the electorally crucial OBC community against chief minister Vijay Rupani’s government in Gujarat. Thakore has formally joined the Congress and is also likely to contest the polls on the party’s ticket.

With the troika of Hardik, Jignesh and Alpesh on its side, the Congress is hoping to secure electoral support of the Patel, Dalit and OBC communities in Gujarat and be propelled to the seat of power in the state.

Hardik, Congress leaders feel, would be their biggest strength in Gujarat, provided he delivers on his promise of rallying the state’s around 15 per cent Patel/Patidar electorate behind the grand old party. The Patels have been BJP voters for the past two decades and are seen as the prime reason for the saffron party’s continued stint in power in Gujarat.

The Patidar Andolan leader has been touring the state for months, making combative speeches against the BJP and continuously raising his demand of reservations for members of his community on the basis of their “economic backwardness”. When he isn’t busy engaging with the people, Hardik takes to Twitter and other social media platforms to lash out against the BJP, thereby also helping the Congress’ social media campaign to counter the saffron party.

His allegation on the BJP’s “golmaal” in the Gujarat polls was also made on Twitter.

Surprisingly though, while the BJP chose to remain quiet on Patel’s allegation, the Election Commission did issue a clarification. Election Commissioner OP Rawat, conceded that “the normal failure rate during the first-level check of EVMs/VVPATs is 3-4 per cent” but in Gujarat, with a total 70,182 VVPAT-enabled EVMs deployed by EC this “slightly higher failure rate of 5 per cent… may be explained by first-time handling of the VVPAT-enabled EVMs by the staff.”

Chief electoral officer of Gujarat BB Swain refuted Patel’s charge while asserting that “discovery of defective VVPATs should be taken in a positive manner” and that the defective VVPAT machines were “already sent back to the factories for repair.”[/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.

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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.

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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

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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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