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Rahul urges youth to revive Congress in UP

News4u - News Desk : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged the youth to work hard for reviving Congress in Uttar Pradesh and absolve it of the alleged “misrule” of the Mayawati-led BSP government.

 

In a meeting with the party’s youth brigade at Syed Modi railway stadium, he said that the youth should come forward to propagate the centre’s “people-oriented policies and programmes”, and unearth the “anti-people and anti-farmer policies” of the state government.

Senior Congress leaders including state unit president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, national and state youth Congress office bearers were present for the meeting, apart from district-level office bearers of seven districts of Gorakhpur and Basti divisions.

Gandhi later left for Mau district where he will address a similar meeting.

He is on a two-day tour to promote membership campaign of the Youth Congress in Uttar Pradesh.

After his kisan sandesh yatra in western UP earlier this month where Rahul carried out foot march in villages in Gauttam Buddha Nagar and Aligarh, this is the second programme of the Congress leader in the state.

 


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Rahul to visit UP to promote membership drive

News4u - News Desk : Congress national general secretary Rahul Gandhi will undertake a two-day tour from Thursday to promote membership campaign of the Youth Congress in Uttar Pradesh.

 

“The Congress general secretary will visit Mau and Gorakhpur tomorrow and Ballia and Varanasi on July 22 to promote membership drive of the Youth Congress,” UPPCC President Rita Bahuguna Joshi said in Lucknow on Wednesday.

During his visit to these places, Rahul will also interact with youths, she said.

After his kisan sandesh yatra in western UP earlier this month where Rahul carried out foot march in villages in Gauttam Buddha Nagar and Aligarh, this is the second programme of the Congress leader in the state.

 

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Rahul asks tribals to join politics in large numbers

News4u - News Desk : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today asked tribals to join active politics in large numbers to ensure their empowerment and help solve long-standing problems. “More and more tribals should join politics through which they will be able to solve problems being faced by them for ages,” Gandhi said during an interaction with party members at Kotpad in Orissa”s tribal-dominated Koraput district. A large tribal presence in politics would play a significant role in empowering them effectively and elevating their position in society, he said on the first day of his two-day visit to Orissa. Tribals as well as dalits could make their voices heard if more people from their communities participate in politics and public life, said Gandhi. Gandhi, accompanied by AICC”s Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler, said Congress provided a platform for common and ordinary youths to move up the ladder even without any political links or influential background. During the interacton, closed to the media, Gandhi answered a host of queries, the participants later told reporters here. PTI

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Rahul meets train accident victims, pulls up rail officials

News4u - News Desk : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who on Tuesday met those injured in the Kalka Mail accident at a hospital in Kanpur, pulled up railway officials after the victims complained that they had not got the promised compensation.

 

During his nearly 40-minute visit to Hallett hospital, Rahul, who was accompanied by Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and senior rail and other officials, inquired about the condition of those undergoing treatment in the Burns, Emergency and ICU wards from their families and doctors, officials said in Kanpur.

Rahul promised the victims and their families all possible help.

A few victims told Rahul that they haven’t received the promised compensation from the Rail Ministry yet. A visibly agitated Rahul expressed his unhappiness over the complaints and directed the rail officials to take steps to hand over the compensation to the victims as soon as possible, they said. The railway officials said that they were facing some problems but Rahul dismissed them.

“I don’t know all this. You will have to immediately settle this,” the Congress general secretary was quoted as saying by an official accompanying him.

56 of those injured in the train tragedy have been admitted to the hospital in Kanpur while others are undergoing treatment in Allahabad and Fatehpur.

Gandhi was originally scheduled to reach in Kanpur at 8 AM but due to a last minute change in plans, he reached Hallett hospital at 10:55 AM from Chakeri airport.

 

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Rahul takes up UP govt; says Mayawati’s land acquisition policy is full of flaws

News4u - News Desk : Winding up his four-day ‘padyatra’ in the battle against Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused her govt of acquiring farmers’ lands for golf courses and racing tracks and firing upon poor farmers when they protest.

 

Addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat, capping his 70-km foot march through the villages of Greater Noida and Aligarh district, he rejected criticism that he was enacting a “drama”, apparently referring to Mayawati’s description of his march as “nautanki”.

Using some strong words for his rival in the campaign seen as preparations for the next year Assembly elections, Gandhi said that in Uttar Pradesh a farmer gets to know about the acquisition of his land only when the builder comes and tells him that the land belongs to him.

“In UP, we are not against development or making roads. But this land is being taken away to make golf courses, colonies and racing track from farmers and that is why they are angry”.

“The farmer says if in Lucknow a rich person’s land is taken he is given the market rate but when it comes to a poor farmer he is fired upon, beaten, and government does not talk to us,” Gandhi said.

An estimated crowd of about 10,000-15,000 farmers attended the Mahapanchayat, whose venue became soggy in early morning rains, capping the padyatra that began in the villages of Bhatta-Parsaul, the epicentre of a violent agitation against land acquisition in Greater Noida in May.

Travelling in buses, trucks and tractor-trolleys, the villagers arrived from the wee hours at the sprawling Nomaish Ground in Aligarh, amid tight security.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, Union Ministers Sachin Pilot and Jitin Prasad and state unit president Rita Bahuguna Joshi were among those present.

Heavy rains, however, led to waterlogginng at the venue and also damaged the waterproof tents erected for the assembly to be addressed by Rahul.

But the crowds soon began to surge as the showers stopped.

“We have come here because we are hopeful that Rahul Gandhi’s leadership will herald change in Uttar Pradesh,” said a Congress leader from Meerut J P Singh, who has been camping since Friday night.

With Congress leaders and workers thronging the town, no hotel accommodation was available in the area.

Huge posters of Rahul Gandhi dominated the complex.

Four big hoardings on the stage had pictures of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Joshi and AICC incharge for UP Digvijay Singh.

A muti-tier security ring was in place in and around the venue.

 

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Rahul accuses Mayawati govt of misleading farmers on land acquisition

News4u - News Desk : Citing compulsions of coalition politics in the delay in the Land Acquisition Bill, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised that the bill when finally passed will be in favour of farmers.

 

While hearing the grievances of farmers assembled in this village along the Yamuna Expressway, Rahul said, “We have a coalition government at the Centre in Delhi. There are a number of partners. We have to hold discussions with them, we are talking to our partners. We will bring a good law, we are trying our best to pass it in the next session of Lok Sabha.”

The Congress leader said, the National Advisory Council (NAC) and the government were both discussing the law. Counselling patience, he said, “It takes time to make a new law and the Centre is already working on it. If we make the law in five minutes, it will be wrong. We wish to enact to a new law which can last for at least next 20 to 30 years.”

Rahul said, “We have to find a solution to land acquisition and we can find that through dialogue alone. Don’t try to suppress people and their voices, you need to involve them, We think if you don’t involve the poor, it amounts to atrocities on them.”

Asked why the Centre did not stop the Mayawati government from “forcibly” taking over their land, the Congress leader said, “You have to understand one thing straight, I do not run the UP government. I cannot help you in anyway about it.”

“When you talk about not getting power, I cannot give you that power. Ask your UP government about it. Talk to your government in Lucknow, not me.”

He said, “If you wish to pose such a question to me, you should first help elect a Congress government here. Then pose such a question.”

Rahul went on to say that the Congress party runs the Central government and we will do our best to give you a “good new land law”.

Rahul, who has been targeting Mayawati, accused her government of not properly utilising central funds earmarked for various schemes.

He, however, said, “If the Congress government comes to power in UP, it will be your government. It will not be the Congress government but the government of the people of Uttar Pradesh.”

 

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Rahul continues footmarch in UP, heavy police force

News4u - News Desk : Continuing his footmarch in Uttar Pradesh for the second day on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi headed towards Aligarh with the district admin saying his ‘kisan padyatra’ would be a “clear violation” of prohibitory orders in force if it enters the area.

 

The AICC General Secretary during his informal interactions with villagers while criss crossing several villages after he resumed his march at 6.20 am at Rampur Bangar had Chief Minister Mayawati firmly on his cross-hairs over the issue of forced land acquisition from farmers.

Heavy police force has been deployed near Siarol village on Aligarh-Gautam Budh Nagar border, even as senior police officers insisted it was purely a precautionary measure.

“Heavy police force has been deployed near Siarol village on the Aligarh-Gautam Buddha Nagar border from where Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is barely at a short distance,” official sources said in Aligarh on Wednesday.

A Congress-backed kisan mahapanchayat is planned in Aligarh on Saturday.

After walking around 25 kms, Rahul had a halt at Rampur Bangar in Gautam Budh Nagar district where he spent the night at the house of a former village head after partaking rotis cooked by the women of the farmer’s household.

In Aligarh, SSP Satyendra Vir Singh said, “Section 144 CrPC is in force all over the district since June 12 and in this background Rahul Gandhi’s padyatra will be a clear violation.”

The SSP, however, clarified that if there is no apprehension of law and order problem, the authorities might choose not to prevent Rahul’s entry into the district.

Asserting that the Mayawati government should understand its responsibilities, Rahul told villagers in Alawalpur that farmers, whose land is being acquired, come to know of it only when the process is already over.

“This is not being said by one person, but thousands. People were killed in Bhatta Parsaul, but it was said that nothing happened. People were killed in Tappal. Your voice must be heard against the wrong doing,” he said in Alawalpur village where he camped for several hours.

Addressing a chaupal (informal assembly) in another village, Rahul said the magnitude in which land was being acquired in UP was not happening anywhere else in the country.

“It’s ok if the land is being acquired for road. Roads should be constructed and development must take place, but here land is being taken for colony,” he said.

Aligarh SSP Singh said, “The Congress party has secured permission for its kisan mahapanchayat in Aligarh on July 9. They have, however, not sought any permission for the ‘kisan padyatra’ which is currently on in certain other districts.”

Singh said the district authorities have communicated to the Special Protection Group that Rahul’s padyatra here would, therefore, be considered as a violation of section 144 CrPC.

“All our options are open in this matter and we are monitoring the situation carefully,” he said.

For the second consecutive day, ruling BSP attacked Rahul terming his padyatra as merely a political drama in view of the coming assembly elections.

 

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Rahul visits Bhatta Parsaul again, starts foot march

News4u - News Desk : Throwing a fresh challenge to Chief Minister Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday visited Bhatta- Parsaul again to kickstart his foot march nearly two months after his visit to the twin villages, the epicentre of farmers’ protests that had led to his midnight arrest.

 

The Congress General Secretary made Bhatta-Parsaul, which saw widespread protests over land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh two months back, the first stop of his ‘Kisan Sandesh Yatra’ when he came calling in a car at 6 am drumming up support for the planned kisan mahapanchayat in Aligarh on Saturday ahead of next year’s Assembly elections.

Rahul visited a number of villages in this Gautam Budh Nagar district, met farmers and tried to know problems being faced by them.

He also held ‘Choupals’(informal assembly of people), some of it under the trees on the roadside.

Till evening, Rahul walked around 25 km on foot and covered Rustampur, Nagla Bhatauna and Dayanathpur besides Bhatta and Parsaul, according to UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh, who is accompanying the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

In the afternoon, Rahul relished “desi food”-Dal, Roti and Chhach at one Rajiv SIngh Jat’s house in Nagla Bhatauna, where people of nearby villages also joined in after hearing the news of his arrival.

During the yatra, Rahul preferred to talk less and hear more from the farmers and poor villagers, a person accompanying him said.

Rahul is expected to stay overnight in Jewar, a tehsil in Gautam Buddha Nagar and will rersume his yatra early on Wednesday.

The Mayawati government refused Rahul permission to hold a kisan mahapanchayat in Bhatta Parsaul in the outkirts of Delhi as the two sides geared up for another round of confrontation.

“Whatever happened in Bhatta Parsaul, other people were not aware of it. I wanted to understand this land acquisition happening here, from here to Agra,” he said addressing villagers at one place.

“This yatra I have started from Bhatta, from here I will to go to villages and I will try to understand this acquisition, the new law and the peoples’ opinion on this law. How, where and for whom are the laws getting implemented I want to understand.That is why I have come here and will go to other villages to understand the same,” he said.

Sitting on a rope cot, Rahul looked very much at home, holding a small, beaming child in school uniform on his lap as he talked to villagers in Bhatta-Parsaul.

Rahul was accompanied by security personnel.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said Rahul Gandhi’s foot march was aimed at getting first-hand information from people on the impact of Mayawati government’s land acquisition policy.

“The foot march is to know what is the benefit, what is the impact of the land acquisition policy of the Mayawati government. When and where he will go, we do not have information,” Singh told reporters.

He said that farmers facing problems relating to land acquisition in any part of UP should come to the party’s rally in Aligarh on 9th July and speak out.

Rahul was arrested by the Mayawati government in Bhatta Parsaul on the night of 11th May and released after a few hours when he had gone there to oppose the police action against farmers during their protests against land acquisition.

Four persosn were killed during the police action.

He told the villagers that the Congress is dedicated to take up their cause and was therefore holding the mahapanchayat.

Congress leaders accompanying Rahul told Bhatta Parsaul farmers that the kisan mahapanchayat was earlier scheduled to be held at Bhatta Parsaul but as the administration did not give permission the venue was shifted to Aligarh.

Some areas of Aligarh saw massive agitation against land acquisition in August last year.

Rahul’s padyatra an attempt to know farmers’ problems: Cong

Dismissing criticism that Rahul Gandhi’s ‘padyatra’ from Bhatta-Parsaul was a “political stunt”, the Congress on Wednesday said there were “no party flags or workers” with the leader who is only trying to know the real problems being faced by farmers affected by land acquisition.

“Rahul’s padyatra is an attempt to know the real problems being faced by the farmers affected due to land acquisition. As the Centre will be amending land acquisition Act, he will be giving suggestions on certain points about that,” senior Congress Digvijay Singh, who is in-charge of UP, told reporters in Lucknow.

About BJP leader Rajnath Singh and ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh terming terming Rahul’s padyatra a “political stunt and a “drama”, Singh said, “People know better. “Unlike Rajnathji, we do not organise demonstrations for photographs only. If he goes to villages in this rainy season, I will appreciate him,” Digvijay Singh said.

“You can see that Rahul is among farmers. There are no party workers or flags around him in his yatra,” he said.

In Delhi, Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed echoed the views, saying it was the leader’s initiative to get a first hand knowledge of the problems of the farmers.

Asked about Rahul’s schedule during the padyatra, Digvijay Singh said that it was not known for how many days the tour will continue.

“Wo kitne din padyatra karenge ye pata nahi… Ye to unke upar hai”, (It’s upto him. We are not aware as to how many days he will undertake padyatra),” Singh said in reply to a question.

About the 9th July ’kisan mahapanchyat’, Singh said that after hearing farmers and their representatives, Rahul will deliver his address.

“There will be one stage, where there would be no party flags and banners and those not associated with the party can also come and air their views. We urge all farmers and their associations to participate in the mahapanchyat,” he said.

 

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Rahul visits Bhatta Parsaul

News4u - News Desk : Nearly two months after his visit to the epicentre of farmers’ protests at Bhatta Parsaul that led to his midnight arrest, Rahul Gandhi made his way to the twin villages again in Greater Noida on Tuesday morning throwing a fresh challenge to Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati.

 

The Congress General Secretary made Bhatta Parsaul, which saw widespread protests over land acquisition two months back, the first stop of his ‘Kisan Sandesh Yatra’ when he came calling in a car at 6 am drumming up support for the planned kisan mahapanchayat in Aligarh on Saturday.

The Mayawati government refused Rahul permission to hold a kisan mahapanchayat in Bhatta Parsaul in the outkirts of Delhi as the two sides geared up for another round of confrontation ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in UP next year.

Sitting on a rope cot, Rahul looked very much at home, holding a small, beaming child in school uniform on his lap as he talked to villagers. Rahul was accompanied by security personnel.

“Whatever happened in Bhatta Parsaul, other people were not aware of it. I wanted to understand this land acquisition happening here, from here to Agra. This yatra I have started from Bhatta, from here I will to go to villages and I will try to understand this acquisition, the new law and the peoples’ opinion on this law. How, where and for whom are the laws getting implemented I want to understand.

“That is why I have come here and will go to other villages to understand the same,” he said.

Rahul was arrested by the Mayawati government in Bhatta Parsaul on the night of 11th May and released after a few hours when he had gone there to oppose the police action against farmers during their protests against land acquisition. Four persons were killed during the police action.

Rahul told the villagers that the Congress is dedicated to take up their cause and was therefore holding the mahapanchayat.

Congress leaders accompanying Rahul told Bhatta Parsaul farmers that the kisan mahapanchayat was earlier scheduled to be held at Bhatta Parsaul but as the administration did not give permission the venue was shifted to Aligarh.

Some areas of Aligarh saw massive agitation against land acquisition in August last year.

Rahul also visited the adjoining Mirzapur, Rosa and Rustampur village where he sat under roadside trees and listened to farmers’ grievances.

He will proceed to Rabupura and then to Aligarh.

 

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Rahul meets families of Araria firing victims

News4u - News Desk :Extending a “healing touch”, Rahul Gandhi on Friday met the families of victims of Forbesganj police firing in Bihar’s Araria district and assured them justice.

The Congress General Secretary, who went to the house of a boy, Md Rashid Ansari who was injured in the firing, said that all assistance would be provided to the victims. He also spoke to Ansari’s mother Phulia Khatoon.

Gandhi directed state Congress president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser to bring the injured boy to New Delhi for treatment.

The Congress leader also went around the starch factory at Bhajanpura near Forbesganj, where the firing took place on 3rd June claiming four lives.

He, however, left after a group of persons standing there with flags tried to draw his attention to the loss of property in the arson before the firing.

Kaiser said that Gandhi met the bereaved families besides those injured. “The visit has nothing to do with politics and is to give a healing touch,” he said.

 

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