Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar on Wednesday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be reviewed once party vice-president Rahul Gandhi became the prime minister and that it would not exceed 18%.
“GST will be reviewed once Rahul Gandhi becomes the prime minister of the country, it will not exceed 18% and the interests of small businesses, youth and farmers will be safeguarded,” he said at a party function here.
The misdeeds of the BJP-led government at the Centre would be exposed once Rahul Gandhi became the prime minister, Babbar said.
Exhorting the partymen to uproot the saffron party, he said they should do so to bring the country back on track.
Alleging that the BJP and RSS were misguiding the youth in the name of nationalism, Babbar asked the party cadre to expose them.
Asking the party workers to identify their areas of strength, he directed them to prepare themselves to face the BJP leaders spreading lies and indulging in drama.
Babbar also recalled the sacrifices of the Congress leaders.
Party MP Sanjay Singh and former Union minister Jitin Prasada also addressed the partymen on the occasion.
AMETHI (UP): Congress Vice -president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over employment and asked him to address the issue instead of “wasting time” of the countrymen.
On a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi, Rahul said the prime minister should say if he is unable to address the problems like unemployment and the Congress will come and do it in six months.
“Farmers and youth are the two main issues concerning India and if Modiji cannot address these, he should say so and the Congress will come and do it in six months,” he said at a ‘chaupal’ (village gathering) in Kathawra village under Jagdispur area here in Uttar Pradesh.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to stop wasting time of the countrymen and start giving employment to the youth as promised,” said the Congress leader soon after his arrival here this afternoon on a three-day visit.
Meerut: Remembering Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary celebrations, senior Congress leaders on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on BJP and RSS in Meerut, one of the ten cities in UP where the party is highlighting the achievements of the former Prime Minister.
Prominent Congress leaders, including Mohsina Kidwai, Nagma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Pramod Tiwari, PL Punia and Raj Babbar, arrived here and talked about Indira Gandhi’s ‘many achievements’ ranging from freeing East Pakistan in 1971 to nationalizing banks.
Raj Babbar, Congress’ UP state president, said, “They (BJP) stole all our developmental schemes, renamed them, but unfortunately do not know how to implement them. The result is in front of us. They only know how to fool the people. Today, they are glorifying Sardar Patel, but are not telling people that it was Patel who sought a ban on RSS. These people are entering the schools and universities of our children to promote their ideology and only Congress can counter them.”
Comparing Indira with Modi, Congress’ Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari said, “Today we have leaders who snatch money from the pockets of the poor and deposit the same into banks. Whereas, Indira Gandhi was a leader who nationalized banks and opened the financial sector for the poor. Let me tell you, no matter what propaganda these people spread about lack of development in over past six decades, the reality is that India’s development story is incomplete without the story of Congress. No wonder, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in her recent speech while attacking Pakistan at the UN, ended up saying that at a time when Pakistan was nurturing terrorists, India was erecting AIMS and IIMs. Ask yourself, who made these premier institutions? Congress.”
Accusing BJP of divisive politics, Tiwari said, “The Modi government has adopted a divide and rule strategy.”
A day after police beat up women students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi snarkily remarked that incidents like this display the “BJP version” of PM Narendra Modi’s vaunted campaign to protect and educate the girl child.
The Congress leader was referring to Modi’s campaign,’Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. The ‘Protect and Educate Your Daughters” campaign was launched by the PM in 2015 to end female foeticide/infanticide, improve the country’s abysmal sex ratio and stop discrimination and harassment of women.
In fact, the students who were beaten up by police were protesting the alleged sexual harassment of a woman student at the university in Varanasi in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. The students were allegedly trying to enter the V-C’s house on Saturday night when they were caned by police.
Rahul reacted to the beating up of the women students by tweeting that the incident displayed the “BJP version of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Varanasi is PM Modi’s Parliamentary constituency…
Congress leaders Raj Babbar and P L Punia, along with scores of party activists, were detained today when they tried to visit Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where students were lathicharged by police following overnight violence. In the wake of the violence, the district administration issued instructions for declaring holidays from tomorrow till October 2 in all colleges and universities in Varanasi. Police also detained 16 students who refused to end their dharna against the police action.
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Rajya Sabha member Punia were stopped near Gilat Bazar by police when they were on their way to meet the protesting BHU students, a police officer said. Police tried to stop the Congress leaders at Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport as soon as they landed here, but they headed for the varsity along with scores of party workers. Many Congress workers sat on a dharna on the road after the leaders were detained, blocking traffic movement…