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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.

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.

Pidi’s paw-some Namaste to all political functionaries!

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on pup Pidi has flickered fight on twitter engaging many political functionaries.

The cuteness overload video clip was uploaded in reply to all the critics who pointed fingers in his sudden popularity surge on twitter.

The 14-second clip shows how Mr Rahul is heard tutoring his pet, Pidi.
Doing a paw-some “Namaste,” Pidi shows venerable obedience. The cute pup excels the training session abide by the master standing up on its haunches.
He also poises a cookie on its nose and disappears at the spur-of-the-moment. Pleased master, Rahul yells “good boy”!

Accompanying the tweet comes to a sardonic mention where the Congress vice-president hit back against all his rumormongers for passing uncharitable remarks at his recent displays of witticisms on social media.

Known for his wit, Mr Rahul twitted that his pet is behind those tweets; this sarcastic tweet video caught immediate attention including the former Congressperson and current Assam BJP minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma. Responding to that, the minister recognised the pet.

In an interview, Sarma voiced that Rahul kept feeding when he sought to discuss political issues before the assembly polls in 2016.

Crafting it as a troll subject, here’s how political personalities have reacted to his tweet:

However, this seems to be no easy digest for political functionaries.

RaGa’s NRI gaffe about Mahatma Gandhi draws flak in New York

Here once again Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is creating headlines because of his humorous comment. Junior Gandhi who never spares a single chance to make fool of himself, this time commenting at an international platform said our founding father were NRIs and the Congress struggle was an NRI movement.

The bold comment was made in an urge to overseas Indians to help their country modernise and prosper.

Addressing the gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, “The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Azad, Patel they were all NRIs.”

He even went on to say that the fathers of the White Revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, was also an NRI.

Twitterati streamed on him, criticizing “Comedy Show with Rahul Gandhi.”

Concluding his visit on Thursday, this was the last comment in a row made by him after fashioning a buzz about dynastic politics and unemployment in Ivy League universities. He also focused on the BJP’s “divisive” politics which according to him is ruining India’s global reputation as a peace-loving nation.

The entertainment blockbuster brings back home a bin chocked-full of embarrassment from his recent US tour, however, the official Congress social media team congratulated him saying, ‘Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi rocks!’

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

Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM, says: India wants Sach bharat, not Swatchh Bharat.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the government for not being able to keep its promises and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to create a ‘Swachch Bharat’ but people wanted a ‘sach Bharat’.

“Modiji says he wants to create a Swachch Bharat but we want Sach Bharat. Wherever he goes he lies,” Rahul charged.
Rahul, however, did not point out which incident he was referring to in his allegations.

Addressing a meeting of opposition leaders, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Rahul called the government’s flagship programme ‘Make in India’ a farce and claimed most products available in the country were made in China.

“Modiji gave ‘Make In India’ but most things are ‘Made In China’. Truth is that Modiji’s Make In India has failed,” he said.

The Congress leader went on to accuse the BJP of not fulfilling the promises made to the people during the 2014 general elections. These included bringing back black money stashed abroad and creating jobs for the youth.
He also attacked the BJP’s ideological mentor the RSS, saying the right-wing organisation had accepted the national flag only after its ideological offspring the BJP came to power in 2014.

“Jab tak inhone (RSS) Hindustan mein raaj nahi kiya tab tak jhande ko salute nahi mara,” Rahul said.

The Gandhi scion also underscored the ideological difference between the RSS and the Congress, which views patriotism and nationalism with a perspective that is poles apart.

“There are two ways of viewing the country. One says ‘this country is mine’, the other says ‘I belong to the country’. That’s the difference between RSS and us,” Rahul said at the Save Composite Culture’ conclave.

Hitting back at Rahul for his barbed remarks, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned his silence on the alleged killing of RSS workers in Kerala, allegedly by CPM cadres.
“How do they consider the merciless killing of RSS workers by CPM and its goons in Kerala? Is that part of the composite culture?” the senior BJP leader demanded.

Congress Leader Suspended For Pappu Remark, Expelled By Congress For 6 Years!

A Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh who was suspended last month for referring to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu” on a WhatsApp group, has been expelled from the party for six years. He was the Congress chief of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district.

Vinay Pradhan, who claimed to have quit the party earlier this week, was today expelled by Ramkrishna Dwivedi, the disciplinary committee chairman of Uttar Pradesh Congress, said party spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi.

Mr. Dwivedi had then stated that Mr. Pradhan’s guilt was proved and he had violated the constitution of the Congress party.

Mr Pradhan, at a press conference on Wednesday, said it was Rahul Gandhi and the “sycophants around him” that were helping to bring about “some party’s dream of a ‘Congress-free’ India”, adding, “A person who cannot understand his praise is really a ‘Pappu’ (young boy) and I have no qualms in calling him that”.

Mr. Pradhan landed himself in trouble on June 14 when he, in a series of WhatsApp messages meant to praise Rahul Gandhi, referred to him as “Pappu” – a disparaging name bestowed on him by supporters of the BJP. The message was sent to a group of Congress party members, following which Raj Babbar, the party chief of Uttar Pradesh, had removed him from the party post.

“Pappu could have been a minister or even the prime minister, but he did not go down that road,” his purported message had said, adding that instead, the Congress vice-president chose to go to Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, where five protesting farmers were killed in police firing.

He had later said the messages were “a mistake” by a team member who handles his social media. “I was removed from all party posts without even hearing my side of the story,” Mr. Pradhan said.

Mr. Gandhi, who was in Italy for over two weeks to meet his 93-year-old grandmother, returned to India today evening. His visit abroad came at a time when Congress President and mother Sonia Gandhi was building consensus to field a joint opposition candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections, scheduled for July 17.

Reproduction Of PTI.