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Rahul turns emotional hugs woman teacher on listening to her plight

In a gesture that touched many hearts, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi hugged a part-time woman lecturer after listening to her plight during an interactive session with the teaching community of Gujarat. Ranjana Avasthi, a PhD holder. With a chocked voice, Ranjana Avasthi explained how several Lecturers in Gujarat like her are being “denied” their basic right, be it adequate remuneration, medical leaves or Pension. Ranjana Avasthi, a PhD holder, was among the lecturers, professors and school teachers invited to attend a session with Mr Gandhi, who is on a two-day campaign, who is on a two-day campaign tour of Gujarat ahead of the first phase of Assembly polls next month.

Moved by Ms Avasthi’s representation, Rahul Gandhi who was holding his mike and listening to her plight paused for a moment and said, “ Sometimes, you cant answer some questions with words.”
The 47-year-old-Congress vice president then puts down his mike on a dais and walked towards the lecturer, sitting on the middle row of the hall, to console her.


Rahul Gandhi spoke with Ms Avasthi for a while and hugged her before returning to the stage, surprising the audience with his impromptu gesture which must have touched many hearts.

He promised the teaching fraternity that if the Congress comes to power, it will focus on building a robust public education and healthcare system in Gujarat.
Rahul Gandhi termed the fixed-pay system of the Gujarat government as “unfair” and promised to change it. The policy was introduced by the Gujarat government in 2006, wherein such direct recruits were only entitled to get a fixed salary for a period of five years.

Annoyed Karnataka Minister Hits A Man Taking A Selfie.

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar while addressing the media on Tuesday, hit a man who was clicking a selfie right behind him. Karnataka Energy Minister Shivakumar was at a Child Rights’ event at a Belagum college when the incident took place. While addressing the media, the minister happened to turn around, disturbed by the man trying to take a selfie, hit him. Shivakumar had hit him on the arm.

The minister later defended his action, saying it was a “normal incident”.
Have basic common sense. When I’m doing my responsibility & addressing the press how can someone come out for a selfie? It was a normal incident: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar on hitting a man who was trying to take a selfie. The video is doing rounds on Twitter.
Lately, the minister had been in the news because of his properties in Bengaluru. Income Tax department raided all his properties in Bengaluru and in other states. Denying all the allegations, Shivakumar blamed the BJP government for the raids.

Bros meet-up: Rahul Gandhi, Tejashwi Yadav bond while having lunch in capital’s eatery

The meeting between Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav took a little time, had it been earlier, they would have together saved the Bihar’s political power shift to Nitish Kumar. But today, it’s just the food for social media as Tejashwi Yadav tweeted photos of his lunch with Rahul Gandhi.

The two leaders dined at a restaurant in Delhi’s posh Khan Market area and reportedly discussed the current political scenario during the 90-minute lunch.

“Thank you @OfficeOfRG for taking me out for wonderful lunch. Feel appreciated and grateful. Again thanks for taking out time out of ur tight schedule (sic),” Yadav tweeted.

Tejashwi Yadav is in the capital to join the ongoing investigation related to the hotel deals-for-land case in which RJD leader and his mother Rabri Devi have been accused of acquiring land in exchange for awarding of IRCTC contracts during his father Lalu Yadav was Railway Minister.

The fresh allegations of corruption had led to the RJD and Congress losing power in Bihar in July when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pulled his JD(U) out of the Mahagathbandhan and returned to the BJP-led NDA.

I was 16 when Feroze proposed me: Indira Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was an Indian stateswoman and central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. There are many aspects of her life that we are not known to. She is known for her powerful personality all over the world.

In an interview, she said,”I was 13-14 years old when I first saw Feroze. When he proposed me I was 16-year old. He continued to propose me till I didn’t agree. Feroz was the only man in my life. I have taken great care of my children and I’ve never let anyone touch them. I have faced many difficulties in my life. I believe that you can share your happiness with others but not agony. You have to handle that alone. I think I have handled myself completely alone.


I could not make any friends because I was so busy with freedom fighting and politics. I never felt like a normal teenager. I had only cousins, who were boys. I had a few female friends in school, but I really hated the gossip. I liked games that included climbing trees.


I never dreamt that I could be the head of the country. Whatever I am is because of my father. People keep learning many things from many people at many stages of life. In the same way, I learnt many things from many people. For me, whoever fought for independence, were my true heroes. I was only 19 when my mother died.”

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu divests Congress from Parliamentary panel chairmanship

Even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have an equal number of members of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House member and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu relieved Congress of the chairmanship of one of the three parliamentary panels headed by the party. Though the latest development might escalate the differences between the government and Congress, negatively impacting the smooth operation of the Parliament, government representatives have conveyed to Congress that it will be divested from the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.

Both Congress and BJP have 57 members in the Rajya Sabha. Earlier lead by Congress’ Anand Sharma, the standing committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice will now be headed by BJP General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member Bhupendra Yadav. The formal directive on the latest development is expected to be issued in the next couple of days.

Though party’s top leaders have decided to discuss the future course of the matter internally, Congress representatives, terming the decision ‘arbitrary’, has launched a fresh protest against the government representatives.

The committee, earlier held by a Congress representative, was debating electoral reforms, stressing more on proportional representation as compared to first-past-the-post system of elections, mostly in the context of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the UP polls, conducted earlier in the year, the saffron party managed to clinch 39% of vote with 312 seats, while its major opposition Samajwadi Party got 21.8% vote share to win 47 seats and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party 9BSP) could get just 19 seats with 22.2% votes. In a five-page questionnaire, Sharma earlier challenged all aspects of election from state funding, to paid news, to internal democracy in political parties to the tedious process of filing nomination papers.

While the BJP and Congress will now be leading two committees each, the remaining six will be given to Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Dal (United) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). While the Congress protested the new arrangement approved by Vice President Naidu, claiming that Sharma should be allowed to continue working on the report on electoral reforms, a BJP functionary said, “Why should they get a concession? When they were in power, they did not give chairmanship of Law and Justice Committee to the Opposition. They kept it for themselves. They want to keep it with them even when they are out of power.”

At Princeton University, Rahul Gandhi lauds Make in India, criticizes its implementation

Having attracted much controversies with his remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies, during his visit to the United States, Rahul Gandhi now took a softer tone to laud the center’s initiative to promote ‘Make in India’. However, while the Congress vice-president agreed to support the concept, he further criticized the implementation of it. Speaking at the Princeton University in New Jersey, Gandhi opined that the NDA government’s initiative should be focusing more on the promotion of small businesses rather than make grow bigger ones.

Addressing the students at Princeton University, Gandhi said, “I like the ‘Make in India’ concept but they are not targeting whom they should. My implementation and focus would be slightly different. Large companies have a role to play, yet small- and medium-sized enterprises are where jobs come from.”

Continuing his attack on the Modi-government over the creation of new jobs for the youth, Gandhi stated, “A large part of our populations simply do not have jobs and cannot see a future and so they are feeling the pain. And they have supported these type of leaders. The problem is that the record on jobs of these leaders — I do not know Trump so I won’t go there — but certainly our Prime Minister is not good enough.”

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However, confessing that even the Congress party failed too in the objective to empower the nation, Gandhi said, “Frankly, the Congress party was unable to do it. But Modi is also unable to do it. It is a deeper problem, so we have to first accept it as a problem and then we have to unite at solving it. Right now nobody is willing to accept it.”

Further escalating attack on the Central government, he said, “There are two large migrations taking place- one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled. The systems respond differently. India and China are two huge countries that are transforming from agricultural countries to urban modern model countries. And that’s a huge chunk of the world population.”

“And how these two countries do is going to fundamentally reshape the world. It’s not my place to say that China should be democratic or not. They have chosen their path and we have chosen ours,” added Gandhi.

During his tour to the United States, Gandhi attended a series of meeting including a roundtable with eminent Indian/ South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-

leaning think tank. Earlier, addressing the students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi spoke about issues varying from the dynastic politics to the 1984 riots. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, while Gandhi spoke about contemporary India, he further criticized the ruling Narendra Modi government over unemployment issues, newly introduced economic reforms and the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi escalates attack on Modi government over intolerance, unemployment issues

Continuing his attack on the Narendra Modi government, during his two-week-long tour to the US, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi mentioned intolerance and unemployment among the key issues posing a threat to India’s national security and development. During his tour to the United States, Gandhi attended a series of the meeting including a roundtable with eminent Indian/ South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning think tank.

Among the eminent attendees at the roundtable meeting hosted by CAP were CAP head Neera Tandon, the former US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, and Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisor John Podesta. Participants of the meeting said that officials from the Trump administration sought the Congress leader’s views on the US-India relationship and the recently announced Afghanistan and South Asia policy of United States, while Gandhi met Lisa Curtis, the head of the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the White House.

After another closed-door meeting with Rahul Gandhi, Republican strategist Puneet Ahluwalia said, “I would say he did not seem to be somebody who did not understand the issue. He has an understanding of the issue. He came across as more of a grass-roots understanding leader. Everybody when they left they were pretty much very positive with the interaction.”

Earlier, addressing the students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi spoke about issues varying from the dynastic politics to the 1984 riots. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, while Gandhi spoke about contemporary India, he further criticized the ruling Narendra Modi government over unemployment issues, newly introduced economic reforms and the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Further speaking on dynastic politics during the question-answer session at Berkeley, Gandhi said that most of the country runs in a similar manner. Citing the examples of Akhilesh Yadav (son of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav), MK Stalin (son of former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi), Anurag Thakur (son of former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) and others, Rahul Gandhi stated that it’s not just him to be targeted at. Gandhi is the fifth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family in politics, after his father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru.

Rishi Kapoor hits out at Rahul Gandhi over remarks on dynastic politics in India

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi cited the examples of political leaders, Bollywood celebrities and business tycoons while speaking on dynastic politics, veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor lashed out at Gandhi asking him to earn respect through hard work. Criticizing Rahul Gandhi’s claim that several sectors in the country runs on mere nepotism, Rishi Kapoor, over a series of tweets, highlighted the contribution of the Kapoors in Indian cinema and how their four generations survived in the industry, purely on merit, for 90 years.

“Rahul Gandhi. In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor’s contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by the public on merit. By God’s grace, we are in 4 generations. Prithviraj Kapoor.Raj Kapoor.Randhir Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise. So don’t bullshit people on “Dynasty” You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi,” tweeted Rishi Kapoor.

Hours after Kapoor’s strong statements against Gandhi, a twitter user with the name Manish Sirsiwal reacted to the actor’s tweets, saying, “I can act better than you Mr Chintu, but I don’t have a father like legendary actor RK grandfather like Prithviraj Kapoor saheb.”

However, in yet another arrogant reply Rishi Kapoor shot back, saying, “I am absolutely sure you can Manish. Then it’s your genetic fault you don’t have what I have!”

Speaking on dynastic politics during the question-answer session, at the University of California, Berkeley, Rahul Gandhi said that most of the country runs in a similar manner. Citing the examples of Akhilesh Yadav (son of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav), MK Stalin (son of former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi), Anurag Thakur (son of former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) and others, Rahul Gandhi stated that it’s not just him to be targeted at. Gandhi is the fifth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family in politics, after his father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, while Gandhi spoke about contemporary India, he further criticized the ruling Narendra Modi government over the newly introduced economic reforms and the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi’s speech has created much outrage within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with the saffron party leaders hitting out at the Congress VP for ‘belittling the PM’ on an international platform and for stating that the whole country runs on dynastic policy. Further citing that the current President, Vice-President and PM of the country aren’t from a political background, Union Minister Smriti Irani termed Rahul Gandhi as a ‘failed dynast’.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s address at UC Berkeley

Addressing the students at the University of California, Berkeley, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday spoke about issues varying from the dynastic politics to the 1984 riots. The Gandhi scion is on a two-week visit to the United States and is expected to hold interactions with global thinkers, political leaders and oversea Indian. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, while Gandhi spoke about contemporary India, he further criticized theruling Narendra Modi government over the newly introduced economic reforms and the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on dynastic politics during question-answer session, Gandhi said that most of the country runs in a similar manner. Citing the examples of Akhilesh Yadav (son of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav), MK Stalin (son of former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunainidhi), Anurag Thakur (son of former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) and others, Rahul Gandhi stated that it’s not just him to be targeted at. Gandhi is the fifth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family in politics, after his father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Further lashing out at the Modi government, Gandhi claimed that the Centre’s decision to implement demonetization has caused “tremendous damage” to the country’s economy. In strong words of criticism towards the sudden ban on currency notes, he said, “Millions of small businesses were simply wiped out as a result of the demonetisation, farmers and many who use cash were hit extremely hard. Agriculture is in deep distress and farmers’ suicides have skyrocketed across the country.” Also targeting the central government over the newly introduced Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime, Gandhi claimed that the “hastily applied” economic policy has also put tremendous pressure on the economy.

And while the Congress vice-president continued speaking about several more issues including the decline of Congress party, its future, the 1984 riots, Kashmir and terrorism, here is how Twitterati reacted:

Rahul Gandhi’s speech has created much outrage within the ruling Bharatiya janata Party (BJP), with the saffron party leaders hitting out at the Congress VP for ‘belittling the PM’ on an international platform and for stating that the whole country runs on dynastic policy. Further citing that the current President, Vice-President and PM of the country aren’t from a political background, Union Minister Smriti Irani termed Rahul Gandhi as a ‘failed dynast

Sonia Gandhi’s SPG commando missing since September 3

In a rather unusual instance, a Special Protection Group (SPG) commando from Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s security team has gone missing since September 3, from the senior leader’s 10, Janpath Marg residence. Reportedly, the commando identified as Rakesh Kumar had reported on duty on the day he went missing, despite having an off on the given day.

Troubled with the suspicious circumstances under which the commando went missing, the Tuglaq Road police has started a probe into the matter and are conducting search operation. However, police have confirmed that the 31-year-old SPG commando has left his service revolver and mobile phone behind.

Initial investigation suggests that apart from reporting on duty on September 1, Rakesh had also met his SPG colleagues at Sonia Gandhi’s residence and had left the premise at around 11 am. His family, which stays at a rented accommodation in Dwarka, couldn’t reach him as Rakesh was not even carrying his mobile phone. And with no contact with Rakesh for 48 hours, his family contacted senior authorities. However, during police enquiry, the family ruled out any possibility of the commando’s enmity or feud with anyone.

Under the 1988 act of the Parliament, the SPG commandos are provided to the Prime Minister, former Prime Minister and their immediate kin. The special commandos, taken from the Central Armed Police Force and Railway Protection Force are usually equipped with the best weapons like FN Herstal (assault rifle), Glock Pistol and FN Herstal (P90)