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Karnataka poll battle heats up, Rahul calls it a ‘war of ideology between BJP and Congress’

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Mumbai :Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at an election rally in poll-bound Karnataka. Accusing the Modi government of benefitting the rich people, Rahul Gandhi said “it’s a war of ideology between the BJP and the Congress”.
Encouraging Congress workers to put in their best efforts during poll campaign in Karnataka, the Gandhi scion said, “Every Congress worker will show the strength of the party to the BJP, the whole party is fighting as one. And when the Congress becomes one, no one in the world can defeat it.”
Asserting that people in Karnataka were with him in the battle against the BJP, the Congress chief said, “Wherever am going to in Karnataka, people are showing me love, and Congress is going to form government in the state.”
“We will come to power in Karnataka and work for the poor and the under-privileged. And as soon as we come in Centre, we will give you real GST,” he added.
He further hit out at the Modi government at the Centre over demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying while the BJP called notes ban a fight against corruption, people in “suit-boot” stole money from banks.
“It was the same money that you took out from your pockets and put in banks. Modi ji knows Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi very well but never mentions their names in his speeches. He doesn’t tell you that Nirav Modi ran away with Rs 30,000 crore of your money,” said the Congress president.
Talking about GST, the Gandhi scion said that people were promised relief with implementation of one tax, but ultimately it turned out to be “Gabbar Singh Tax, which destroyed small businesses like toy and silk industries as the big players did not buy them because of GST”.
He further accused the Modi government of not doing anything for the benefit of farmers. He said that farmers folded their hands before PM Modi for farm loan waiver, instead he waived off loans of his corporate friends.
“I went to his office and told him that he should give relief to farmers, he did not even answer my questions. I asked the same question to Siddaramaiah, he gave a relief of Rs 8,000 crore within 10 days to the farmers,” said Rahul Gandhi.
He also lauded the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka for moves like free education for girls and Indira canteens. “We did what we promised,” he said.


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SC dismisses plea seeking ban on roadshows, bike rallies during polls

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.

“We are not inclined to entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepka Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.

Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC’s instructions and cause damage to the environment.

 
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Will give PM Modi whistle, cap if he wants to be ‘chowkidar’: Owaisi

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Hyderabad: Akbaruddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adding ‘chowkidar’ as a prefix in his name on twitter and said that he would provide him with a whistle and a cap if the Prime Minister is interested in such a job.

Speaking at a rally here on Sunday, Owaisi said, “I have seen on Twitter where the names have become as ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, ‘Chowkidar Amit Shah’. Why only one twitter? He should also mention ‘Chowkidar’ in his Aadhaar card, voter-id and passport.”

“We want a PM not a ‘Chaiwala’, ‘Pakodewala’…I am surprised at those who vote for Modi, what kind of person they vote for? If Modi is so interested in being a ‘Chowkidar’, he should come to me, I will offer him a Chowkidar’s cap and a whistle,” he said.

 

Akbaruddin had won from the Chandrayangutta Assembly seat in the last year’s assembly polls in Telangana.

In December 2018, Owaisi was elected as floor leader of AIMIM in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.

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Delhi HC seeks ED’s reply on Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of PMLA case

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New Delhi: Division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant interim relief to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora on their plea for quashing of FIR/ECIR by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.

The Delhi HC said that it does not want to interfere since the anticipatory bail plea is being heard in the Patiala House Court.

Although, the Delhi HC Court has sought response of ED on their plea that challenges the Constitutional validity of certain sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It has also directed the ED to supply a copy of ECIR to Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora.

 

The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for May 2.

Robert Vadra had moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of FIR against him filed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.

The Directorate has questioned Vadra multiple times in connection with the case which pertains London-based properties bought between the years 2005 and 2010.

Meanwhile, the ED filed a reply in the lower court alleging that Robert Vadra is the beneficial owner of various properties under investigation in the case which has been acquired through the proceeds of crime.

The Enforcement Directorate, in its application, had said that investigation is still ongoing and is at a crucial stage. In its reply, it had also sought a ‘free’ hand to a thorough interrogation.

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