Congress Releases List For Rajasthan; Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot To Fight


Sources said the list was reportedly delayed over differences on distribution of party tickets.

New Delhi: 

The Congress late Thursday night released its first list of 152 candidates for the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly elections, fielding former chief minister Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpura and state party president Sachin Pilot from Tonk seat.

Mr Gehlot and Mr Pilot had on Wednesday made their intentions clear that they would contest the assembly polls along with senior state leaders.

Former National Commission for Women chief Girija Vyas will contest from Udaipur, while senior party leader C P Joshi will be party nominee from the Nathdwara assembly seat.

The Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, Rameshwar Lal Dudi, is the Congress’s candidate from the Nokha assembly seat.

AICC Secretary Harish Chaudhary will contest the polls from the Baytoo seat.

Former BJP MP Harish Meena, who had switched over to the Congress on Wednesday, has been fielded from Deoli Uniara.

The party’s central election committee General Secretary Mukul Wasnik released the list after hectic deliberations with senior state leaders and the party leadership.

Sources said the list was reportedly delayed over differences on distribution of party tickets.

The notification for the polls was issued on Monday.





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rajasthan elections 2018: after the confirmation from ashok gehlot, still it’s a suspence on sachin pilot’s assembly seat


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Congres’ Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot Will Both Contest Rajasthan Polls, Deny Rift


Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot made the announcement at a press conference in Delhi.

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Both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will contest the December 7 Rajasthan election, it was revealed in a joint press conference by the two Congress leaders amid reports of a widening rift in the party.

“Both, I and Sachin Pilot will fight the Rajasthan assembly elections,” Ashok Gehlot, a former chief minister, told reporters in Delhi, Sachin Pilot by his side.

Sachin Pilot added: “On Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s instruction and on Gehlotji‘s request, I have decided to contest the assembly elections.”

Who among the two would contest the election has been the subject of much speculation in the run-up to the polls. Both are seen as the main candidates for chief minister in the Congress, which hopes to win back the BJP-ruled state riding on what it sees as anti-incumbency.

The party was seen to be reluctant to field both, to avoid an inevitable tussle for the top post if it does win.

A section in the party believed that both leaders should stay out of the contest and focus on campaigning across the state as they are seen as crowd-pullers.

Another section felt both should contest – Ashok Gehlot from his seat Sardarpura and Sachin Pilot from a seat in Ajmer – his old parliamentary constituency – or Dausa, from where his father was an MP.

This morning, in a significant boost for the Congress, the BJP parliamentarian from Dausa, Harish Meena, quit his party and joined the Congress.

The Congress in Rajasthan is believed to be deeply divided between factions loyal to Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

Results in Rajasthan will be declared on December 11.





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Ashok Gehlot said in AICC press confress that he and sachin pilot will fight in election | राजस्‍थान चुनाव 2018 : अशोक गहलोत का ऐलान


नई दिल्ली/ जयपुर: राजस्थान में विधानसभा चुनावों को लेकर कांग्रेस की कश्मकश खत्म होने का नाम नहीं ले रही. एक ओर जहां टिकट को लेकर पार्टी में असमंजस बरकरार है. वहीं प्रदेश कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता अशोक गहलोत ने बुधवार को ऐलान किया कि वह और सचिन पायलट चुनाव लड़ेंगे. बता दें कि AICC की प्रेस कांफ्रेंस के दौरान अशोक गहलोत ने मीडिया को संबोधित करते हुए यह बयान दिया है. वहीं सचिन पायलट ने भी मीडिया को संबोधित करते हुए खुद के चुनाव लड़ने की बात कही. 

वहीं, इस दौरान दौसा से भाजपा सांसद हरीश मीणा कांग्रेस में शामिल हुए. हरीश मीणा को लेकर सचिन पायलट ने कहा कि, मीणा का परिवार कांग्रेसी रहा है. अब हरीश मीणा ने औपचारिक रूप से कांग्रेस का हाथ थाम लिया है, जिससे पता चलता है कि अब कांग्रेस की विचारधारा वाले लोग आपस में जुड़ रहे हैं. 

 

 

वहीं, अशोक गहलोत ने बीजेपी पर निशाना साधते हुए यह बयान दिया कि बीजेपी सरकार जनता की भावनाओं के साथ खेलती है. राम मंदिर और देश भक्ति के नाम पर भी बीजेपी देश को भड़का रही है. उन्होंने बीजेपी को फास्टेस्ट विचारधारा वाले लोग भी बताया. वहीं अमित शाह पर तंज करते हुए गहलोत ने कहा कि, अमित शाह 180 की बात कर रहे हैं, राम मंदिर के नाम पर जनता को बहकाने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं लेकिन जनता उनके झांसे में नहीं आएगी क्योंकि जनता अब समझदार हो गई है. 

गहलोत ने बीजेपी छोड़कर कांग्रेस में आने वाले नेताओं को कहा कि बीजेपी की रीति नीति में विश्वास रखने वालों का कांग्रेस में स्वागत है. हमें खुशी है कि अन्य पार्टी के नेताओं का कांग्रेस में जुड़ने वाले नेताओं की लिस्ट लंबी है. वहीं जबकि अशोक गहलोत ने अभी भी यह राज नहीं खोला कि वह किस सीट से चुनाव लड़ेंगे. 

अब तक जारी नहीं की गई प्रत्याशियों की लिस्ट
बता दें कि पिछले तीन दिनों से उम्मीदवारों की लिस्ट को लेकर दिल्ली में कांग्रेस की बैठकों का दौर लगातार जारी है. हालांकि, सोमवार को यह बयान आया था कि मंगलवार तक लिस्ट जारी कर दी जाएगी लेकिन ऐसी खबरें आईं कि सचिन पायलट और रामेश्वर डूडी में नोक-झोंक के कारण कांग्रेस लिस्ट जारी नहीं कर पाई. हालांकि, कांग्रेस का कहना है कि उम्मीदवारों को लेकर नेताओं के बीच कोई विरोध नहीं है. पार्टी जल्द ही उम्मीदवारों की पहली लिस्ट जारी कर देगी.





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Devendra Fadnavis, Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Congress Chief, Pay Tribute To Ananth Kumar


Ananth Kumar, 59, a six-time parliamentarian, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru (PTI)

Mumbai: 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state Congress president Ashok Chavan paid tributes to union minister Ananth Kumar, who died in Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday.

Mr Fadnavis said he was “shocked and deeply pained” by Ananth Kumar’s “untimely” demise.

“His contribution towards society, service to the people will be remembered forever. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, followers, karyakarta,” the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said in a tweet.

Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan also took to the micro-blogging site to express grief over Ananth Kumar’s death.

“Deeply saddened by the passing of Union Minister, Shri Ananth Kumarji. My condolences to his family & friends. May his soul rest in peace,” the former Maharashtra chief minister tweeted.

Ananth Kumar, 59, a six-time parliamentarian, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru after battling lung cancer for several months, hospital authorities said.

He is survived by wife and two daughters.





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Democracy Of Country Is In Danger, Says Ashok Gehlot


Ashok Gehlot says the Congress will win with huge margin in Rajasthan polls this time. (File)

Jodhpur: 

Congress veteran Ashok Gehlot today said various constitutional institutions of the country are facing a “grave threat” from the present government.

“The country is passing through a difficult time today. The top level institutions of the country like the Election Commission, NITI Ayog, CBI, judiciary are under threat today and being weakened,” he said.

Mr Gehlot will be holding extensive consultations with party workers and seeking their opinion on selection of various candidates for the upcoming polls.

Attacking the Narendra Modi government, Mr Gehlot said the democracy of the country is in danger and exhorted youths to support the Congress both in the assembly and the Lok Sabha elections and save democracy.

“Democracy of the country is in danger today and I call upon the youths of the country to come forward and bring back the Congress to power for the betterment of the country and democracy”, Gehlot said.

Mr Gehlot met workers from the three constituencies of Jodhpur city – Soorsagar, Sardarpura and City – and is scheduled to meet those of seven 7 rural constituencies – Osian, Phalodi, Lohawat, Shergarh, Bhopalgarh, Luni and Bilara – on Wednesday.

He said the selection of the candidates is a team work and an absolute transparency was being maintained in finalising their names.

Terming the ongoing poll campaign by BJP president Amit Shah and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, as “political tantrums”, Mr Gehlot said the people have already decided to choose Congress this time.

“People have decided whom they have to choose this time. Even the rallies and other tantrums of Amit Shah and Vasundhara Raje would not work,” he said, asserting that the Congress would win with a huge margin this time.





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Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot given the mantra of victory to party workers | राजस्थान: अशोक गहलोत ने कार्यकर्ताओं को दिया जीत का मंत्र, कहा


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Ashok Chavan Of Congress Accuses PM Narendra Modi Of Lying About Number Of Houses Built In UPA Tenure


Congress leader Ashok Chavan accused PM Modi of lying and misleading people (File Photo)

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Congress leader Ashok Chavan Friday refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the UPA government built only 25 lakh houses in its last four years, against 1.25 crore houses built by the present NDA government.

The UPA government built almost 25 lakh houses per year between 2004 and 2013, Mr Chavan, president of the Maharashtra unit of Congress, said in a statement.

Speaking in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra Friday, PM Modi claimed that the previous government built 25 lakh houses for the poor in the last four years of its rule, while the present NDA government has constructed 1.25 crore houses in four years.

The Congress-led government was not serious about poverty alleviation, the Prime Minister alleged.

Mr Chavan accused PM Modi of lying and misleading people.

“Nobody can compete with Modi when it comes to speaking untruth. Devotees of Saibaba such as me are sad that the Prime Minister speaks lies even in Saibaba’s Shirdi,” the former Maharashtra chief minister said.

“Under the Indira Awas Yojana, between 2004 and 2013, during UPA government, 2.24 crore houses were constructed. Which means almost 25 lakh houses were completed every year,” Mr Chavan claimed.

As per the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report of 2014, the UPA government constructed 1.28 crore houses during 2008-2013, the Congress leader added.

The Rajiv Awas Yojana, launched in 2013, saw construction of 1.17 lakh houses in one year, he said.

PM Modi renamed the scheme as Sardar Patel National Urban Housing Mission with the promise of constructing two crore houses by 2022, but as of July 10, 2017, only 1.33 lakh houses had been built, Mr Chavan alleged.

“I pray to Saibaba to give the Prime Minister the wisdom to speak truth,” Mr Chavan said.

The Congress leader also alleged that the government spent Rs 5 crore on Friday’s function in Shirdi where PM Modi distributed keys of “ten houses” to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.





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Maharashtra Alliance Decision To Be Made By Next Month: Ashok Chavan


Ashok Chavan is leading the state Congress’s ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra’ campaign at Faizpur (File)

Mumbai: 

Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said today that final contours of the proposed ‘grand alliance’ of opposition in the state will emerge within a month.

The next meeting of the Congress and NCP leaders to discuss alliance will be held on October 12, Ashok Chavan told PTI from Faizpur in Jalgaon district of the state over phone.

“We are keen to take Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar, with us and talks are on,” he said, adding that the issue of Mr Ambedkar’s insistence to include the AIMIM  in the alliance will be resolved after talks.

While Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen have announced a tie-up, the Congress is reportedly reluctant to join hands with the AIMIM.

“I just want to tell everyone that we should not do anything that will help the BJP,” Mr Chavan said. “The final picture of the grand alliance will emerge in a month’s time,” he added.

The Congress has already held talks with independent MP Raju Shetti, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Kapil Patil and leaders of the Left parties.

The decision about taking along the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be taken by the Congress high command in Delhi, Chavan said.

Earlier in the day, Ashok Chavan, who is leading the state Congress’s ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra’ campaign at Faizpur, lashed out at the NDA government for use of force against agitating farmers who wanted to enter Delhi on October 2.

Addressing a gathering, Mr Chavan said, “At least spare farmers on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. What was the need to use force against them? The true colours of the central government have been now exposed.”

The BJP’s celebration of Gandhi Jayanti was an eyewash and a “photo opportunity” for its leaders, he said. “On one hand they celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and on the other they beat up farmers,” the former chief minister said.

Marathwada and North Maharashtra are facing a serious rain deficit and twenty-six tehsils have received less than 50 per cent of normal rainfall, Mr Chavan said at the rally.

“But Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil wants to set up a commission, wait for six months to get a report and then decide if they will declare a drought,” the Congress leader said.

While the Congress government introduced Aadhaar to put money directly in people’s bank accounts, the BJP tried to “spy on citizens” by linking it to mobile numbers, he alleged.

“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for not letting the BJP use Aadhaar as a tool for surveillance,” he said.

Ashok Chavan told PTI that Marathwada and North Maharashtra have received about 72 to 73 per cent rainfall this monsoon.

“This is 30 per cent shortfall. The government’s loan waiver has not reached the farmers. The government should declare a scarcity situation in these areas and provide relief to people,” he said.





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6 Killed As 3-Storey Building Collapses in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar


Rescue operations are underway in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area after a building collapsed. (PTI)

New Delhi: 

Two women and four children were killed and at least seven were injured after a three-storey building collapsed in Delhi on Wednesday.

A woman who died on the spot was Munni, said the police. Another died in hospital. Two brothers, aged around 10 years, and a boy and his sister, both below five, also died in the incident at Ashok Vihar in northwest Delhi.

Several people are still feared trapped under the debris and rescue teams are working to pull them out, the police said.

A call at 9.25 am alerted the police and fire services to the building crash. Six fire engines were sent to the spot, an officer said.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been mobilised for rescue operations, a spokesperson of the agency said.

A senior North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said the building was about 20 years old. Its structure was weak and in a deteriorated condition.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the building collapse.





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