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Cong to Conduct Caste-based Census in Country If Voted to Power to Know Exact Number of OBCs: Rahul Gandhi

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Last Updated: September 30, 2023, 16:49 IST

The former Congress president said he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after he spoke against an industrialist Gautam Adani in the House.(File photo/PTI)

The former Congress president said he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after he spoke against an industrialist Gautam Adani in the House.(File photo/PTI)

He claimed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and central government officers were framing the laws of the country instead of the elected representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said if his party is voted to power at the Centre, it would conduct a caste-based census to know the exact number of OBC people living in the country.

He claimed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and central government officers were framing the laws of the country instead of the elected representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a public meeting in Kalapipal assembly constituency in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh, where state elections are due by the year-end, Gandhi described the state as an “epicentre of corruption” and claimed that 18,000 farmers have ended their lives there in the last 18 years under the BJP rule.

“Soon after coming to power, the first thing we will do is to go for a caste-based census to know the exact number of OBCs and other sections of people for the benefit of all as no one knows their exact number,” Gandhi said.

He claimed that the country was being run by only 90 officers, including the cabinet secretary and secretaries, while the BJP MPs and MLAs had no role in framing policies and laws in the country.

“The RSS and bureaucrats are framing laws instead of elected BJP members…The RSS has given the job to the government to divert people’s attention from core issues,” he said.

The former Congress president said he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after he spoke against an industrialist Gautam Adani in the House.

“After I raised the issue, BJP quashed my membership. I don’t bother, I will speak the truth,” he said.

On the women’s reservation law, he said it would take around 10 years to implement, and wondered why it does not have reservation for women from Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.

“Women’s reservation is good. But they have incorporated two lines in it. It will be implemented after (population census) survey and de-notification (delimitation). This will take 10 years…Why is there no OBC reservation in it?” he said.

He said that there are two ideologies at play in India – one of love, respect and brotherhood endorsed by the Congress, while another of hate and anger that is “backed by the RSS and the BJP”.

“We (Congress) pursue the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, while they follow (his assassin) Nathuram Godse. They pursue hate ideology. Now, the youth and farmers have started hating them. They are being paid back in the same coin,” he added.

The government was not working for the people but for a couple of industrialists, he alleged.

“Madhya Pradesh is an epicentre of corruption in the country. Scams like Vyapam have rocked the state. MBBS degrees are being sold, exam papers are being leaked, and (there is corruption) in the construction of Mahakal Lok corridor, among others,” he said.

He claimed that 18,000 farmers have committed suicide in the last 18 years. “It means that three farmers end their lives every day in the state,” Gandhi alleged.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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People’s Blessings in Form of Historic Win in Elections a ‘victory of Democracy’: PM Modi in Italy

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Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India for the third time in a row. (Image: AP Photo)

The prime minister in his speech also shared some figures to underline the mammoth scale of the world’s largest democratic exercise in India which was held between April 19 and June 1 in seven phases. Votes were counted on June 4

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted the recently-held Lok Sabha elections in his address at an outreach session of the G7 summit here and said the “blessings” that the people of India have given in the form of a historic win in the polls is a “victory of democracy”.

The prime minister in his speech also shared some figures to underline the mammoth scale of the world’s largest democratic exercise in India which was held between April 19 and June 1 in seven phases. Votes were counted on June 4.

Modi is in Italy to attend the 50th G7 Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni. He addressed an outreach session on artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean, alongside leaders from other countries, including Pope Francis.

This is his first foreign visit after being sworn in as the prime minister of India for the third consecutive time after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s victory in the general elections.

“The blessings that the people of India have given in the form of this historic victory is a victory of democracy,” Modi said, adding that it is a “victory” for the entire democratic world.

“And just a few days after assuming office, I am extremely happy to be present among you, friends,” Modi said.

In the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, the BJP with 240 seats fell short of a majority but the NDA secured the mandate with 293 seats.

The Congress bagged 99 seats while the INDIA bloc got 234 seats. Following the polls, two Independents who won have also pledged support to the Congress, taking the INDIA bloc tally to 236.

The G7 Summit is being hosted at the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Apulia.

“Last week, many of your friends were busy with the elections for the European Parliament. Some friends will be going through the excitement of the elections in the coming time. In India too, the election time was a few months ago,” Modi said, quoting some figures to underline the “speciality and vastness” of the Indian elections.

“More than 2,600 political parties, more than one million polling booths, more than five million electronic voting machines, 15 million polling staff, and approximately 970 million voters, out of which 640 million exercised their franchise. Completed by the ubiquitous use of technology, the electoral process has been made fair and transparent,” he said.

“And, the results of such a big election were also declared within a few hours!” the prime minister said.

It was the biggest festival of democracy in the world and the history of humanity, Modi said in his address at the session.

“It is also a living example of our ancient values as the mother of democracy. And, it is my good fortune that the people of India have allowed me to serve them for the third consecutive time. This is the first time in India, in the last six decades, that this has happened,” he asserted.

Modi was sworn in as a prime minister on June 9 for a third term, equalling the feat of the first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who won in the 1952, 1957 and 1962 general elections.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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RSS-BJP’s Strategic Push in Kerala: ‘Samanwaya Vaithak’ To Address Key Political & Social Issues

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Post election, the Sangh has reviewed the national scenario. (PTI file)

The RSS-BJP outreach among minorities, specially the Christian communities in Kerala paid off as the saffron brigade opened its account this time

The RSS will hold its Samanwaya Vaithak or coordination committee in Palakkad, Kerala, from August 31 to September 2, News18 has learnt from the sources in the organisation.

This is the annual executive council meeting of the organisation which sees representation from all affiliates of the RSS and its political front -the BJP. The meeting is attended by senior functionaries, organisation heads and the senior leaders of the BJP. Several organisational, social and political issues will be discussed in the meeting.

Significantly, BJP’s vote share in Kerala rose by 2% in the general election, securing its first elected MP from the state. The decision of the Sangh of taking the executive council meeting to Kerala indicates its thrust on the state and in the region.

The RSS-BJP outreach among minorities, specially the Christian communities in Kerala paid off as the saffron brigade opened its account this time.

Suresh Gopi, a prominent actor-turned-politician, scored a significant victory in the Thrissur constituency in coastal Kerala. This is seen as a significant achievement as it marks the BJP’s inaugural entry into Kerala’s parliamentary representation. The party increased its vote share by around 3%, from around 15% in 2019 to around 17% vote share in the 2024 elections.

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Post election, the Sangh has reviewed the national scenario. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech early this week is indicative of the ideas the RSS believes in.

Reacting to the remarks by some Opposition leaders about RSS chief Bhagwat’s speech, a senior functionary said. “They interpreted some parts of his speech as one aimed at senior members in the government, which is not true. ”

“Bhagwat ji’s statements on arrogance were not targeted at PM Modi. They have been misinterpreted. By sevak he meant swayamsevak, not anyone in particular,” he clarified.

The functionary also stated that BJP’s national president JP Nadda’s remarks about the RSS role in the election impacted the ‘morale’ of the RSS volunteers for sometime, but it settled soon. Nadda in an interview to the Indian Express said that the BJP grew stronger and more capable than before when they needed RSS.

“Nadda ji’s statement that bjp didn’t need RSS came at the wrong time. Even swayamsevaks are humans, they were disappointed. But clarification made things clearer,” said the functionary.

He further added that the Opposition’s “false” narrative about caste and the “imminent change in reservation policy” affected BJP’s electoral fortune In Uttar Pradesh.



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G7 Summit 2024: Why PM Modi Is At The G7 Summit, And Why G7 Needs Him? | Modi 3.0 | News18

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On the first foreign trip of his third term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Italy, attending the summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries: Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States. The trip assumes significance as a re-elected Modi, albeit with a reduced mandate, will interact with leaders of the West most of whom are facing elections amid global turmoil with Russia and China at the centre of dominant issues. The Western world wants India by its side.



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