U.P. Congress holds dharna over Karnatka issue

Uttar Pradesh Congress on Friday held a state-wide protest over the illegal way Karnataka Governor Vajhubhai Vala administered oath to B S Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister and demanded immidiate sacking of the BJP Government there.
The main protest was held in Lucknow at the GPO when Congress leaders and workers led by the State President Raj Babbar along with Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh sat on dharna over the undemocratic attitude of the Karnataka Governor…


UP: Congressmen to observe fast today for communal harmony

Congress workers will observe fast and hold a demonstration on Monday as part of their nationwide campaign to protest against anarchy because of damage to social harmony in the country, a party leader said.

Congress spokesman Vinod Madaan said in a press release that the party’s state unit president Raj Babbar would participate in the protest at the Congress office while similar programmes would be held at all the district headquarters in the state.

“Originally, the ‘upvas’ (fast) in Lucknow was scheduled to be held in front of the Gandhi statue in Hazratganj, but as the district administration denied permission to the programme, we decided to hold it at the party’s Mall Avenue office,” he said.

Madaan said the demonstration was being held following the instructions of Congress national president Rahul Gandhi.

He said the BJP governments at the Centre and in UP were spreading social disharmony due to which the people were angry.


PM Modi’s ’56-Inch Chest’ Nothing But Hollow Claim: Ghulam Nabi Azad

VARANASI: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today hit out at the government over the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and, in a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said his “56-inch chest” was nothing but a “hollow claim”.

Mr Azad also said that the Modi government was the weakest in 70 years.

Addressing Congress workers in Varanasi, Mr Azad claimed that so many terror attacks never happened in Jammu and Kashmir under the previous governments.

Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Modi, Azad said his “56 -inch chest” was nothing but a “hollow claim” (‘kaaghazi seena hai’).

He said attacks were on the rise under the rule of the present PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Azad said if the central government is weak then terrorist attacks on the Army will continue.

Five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier were killed by the terrorists who struck at the sprawling camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) in Jammu on Saturday.

The Army said on Sunday that three heavily armed terrorists were also killed in the encounter.

Lashing out at the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, Mr Azad said the Dalits, minorities and women were unsafe in the state.

He said unemployment and inflation has peaked under the Modi government.

COMMENTSThe government failed to fulfil the promise made to the farmers and the youth of this country, he said.

The senior Congress leader along with state Congress chief Raj Babbar addressed the Congress workers of the eastern region here.


Raj Babbar at Kisan Yatra in Lucknow

UPCC president Raj Babbar addressed two public meetings in Sarojininagar assembly constituency on Sunday as part of the party’s Kisan Sandesh Yatra. Congress party had launched a 13-day Kisan Sandesh Yatra through close to 200 villages around Lucknow five days ago.
Raj Babbar addressed farmers first in Ashraf Nagar and then in Nurdi Khera. “We promise to fight for you and with you. Even if it means coming out on the streets. The party will also fight for suitable compensation for land that the government is acquiring. We won’t let anyone cheat you,” he said.


Rahul Gandhi on first visit to Amethi after becoming Congress president

Congress president Rahul Gandhi began a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi on Monday – his first since taking over as his party’s chief last month.

He arrived at Lucknow’s Amausi airport on way to Amethi. Congress supporters set up posters and banners welcoming him at main crossings and other important points along the way to Amethi. He will travel through Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha seat of his mother Sonia Gandhi who decided to retire from the post of AICC president.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) President Raj Babbar, former union ministers and party’s senior leaders welcomed him at the airport as workers raised slogans in his favour.

Rahul Gandhi will address a meeting at Salon in Rae Bareli where Salon Nagar Panchayat has organised a programme to greet him..