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Rahul Gandhi elected unopposed president of Congress

Rahul Gandhi on Monday was elected unopposed president of the Indian National Congress.

“Eighty-nine nomination papers proposing the name of Shri Rahul Gandhi for Congress President have been received. All the nomination papers have been found valid,” the returning officer for the election, Mullappally Ramachandran, said in a statement.

“Since the withdrawal date/time is over and there is only one candidate, as per Article XVIII (d) of the Constitution of the Indian National Congress, I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as President of the Indian National Congress,” the official AICC statement said…

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Will strengthen local bodies, says Raj Babbar in manifesto

LUCKNOW: Congress has promised to implement the 74th constitutional amendment in letter and spirit if voted to power in the local bodies elections. The party made the commitment while releasing its vision document — “haq poorti patra” (rights fulfilment document) — for civic polls here on Wednesday.
Releasing the document, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar said, “Former PM Rajiv Gandhi envisioned an empowered and self-sustained local self government for better and faster development of people…

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Cong observes ‘Black Day’, stage dharna in UP

Congress workers led by UPCC president Raj Babbar took out a candle march and staged dharna to mark the first anniversary of demonetisation as ‘Black Day’.

The Congress workers started from the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters this evening but they were not allowed to move any further and were stopped some distance away from the party office, party spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said.
“There was heavy barricading and we were not allowed to move ahead to reach the GPO park, as per our plan, and we sat on dharna on the road,” he said, adding that the dharna lasted for about one-and-a-half hour.

Party workers carrying posters and placards against note ban also raised slogans against demonetisation.

“Party workers and leaders later paid homage to those who lost their lives facing hardships of demonetisation,” Tripathi said.

Senior leaders, including Pramod Tewari and Sanjay Singh (both Rajya Sabha MPs), also took part in the march, he added.

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NTPC explosion in Unchahar: Rahul Gandhi visits accident site in Rae Bareli, demands probe

NTPC explosion in Unchahar Live: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today visited Rae Bareli to meet NTPC Power Plant blast victims’ families. Gandhi has taken a break from his ongoing ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in poll-bound Gujarat to visit Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh today to meet the families of victims of a massive explosion at an NTPC power plant. At least 22 people were killed and nearly 66 injured when a massive explosion ripped a boiler at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant. “Due to the unfortunate NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli on tomorrow morning. Will join Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra in the afternoon,” the Congress leader tweeted yesterday. Notably, Gandhi yesterday began his three-day campaign tour of south Gujarat, where Assembly poll will be held in December…

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NTPC blast: Sonia Gandhi expresses condolence, asks Cong workers to help in relief works

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today expressed shock and horror at the “terrible tragedy” in her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli, where at least 12 people lost their lives and several others were injured in a boiler blast at an NTPCBSE -0.19 % unit.
Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, Gandhi urged upon the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.
She also asked the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and party workers to provide all help in relief works and possible assistance to the families of the injured, the party said in a statement.
“Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the terrible tragedy in Raebareli,” it said.

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