Congress woos farmers to Rahul's rally with liquor promise

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    Holding a rally for farmers is good politics. And the Congress is pulling out all stops to ensure the success of a rally to be addressed by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday, arranging free rides and “drinks” for those who attend.
    All sitting party MLAs and defeated party candidates from 117 assembly constituencies have been tasked by the Congress general secretary in-charge for Punjab, Shakeel Ahmed, to bring two buses of supporters from each constituency to the rally in Delhi against the NDA government’s land acquisition bill.
    The arrangements on-board the buses promised by some leaders range from free lunch to free “drinks” on the way back home, sources said.
    “We are not promising any money to those going for the rally. But we have provided for two boxes of liquor per bus,” said a Congress leader who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    The expenses for each bus to ferry farmers from Punjab would add up to anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, including the cost of hiring the vehicle, fuel, food and "drinks".
    While this works out to 234 buses, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa pegged the figure at more 350.
    “Many people will also reach Delhi in private vehicles. There would be at least 200 people from each constituency. So there will be over 20,000 from Punjab alone,” Bajwa said. He put the average expenses for each bus at Rs 20,000.
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meets delegation of farmers at his office. (INC Twitter)
    But Congress leaders acknowledged that luring farmers for the rally at a time when the harvesting of wheat is on was not easy.
    “April 19 was not an ideal date owing to the harvest season. But the Congress wanted to have the rally before the parliament session began. Untimely rains have delayed harvesting of wheat and farmers are willing to come,” a source in the party said.
    Those with contacts have arranged buses for lower payments. “The bus operator has asked for just token money. We will foot the bill for the fuel. Those travelling from my constituency will be served food at Rohtak in Haryana,” said Ajit Inder Mofar, the MLA from Sardulgarh.
    The Jat Mahasabha headed by Bajwa’s bete noire, former Punjab chief minister and deputy leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Capt Amarinder Singh, will have its own show of strength.
    It will ferry farmers, a majority of them Jats, in around 75 buses – at least three from each district.
    “The buses will halt at Majnu-ka-tilla in Delhi for tea and langar. But the cost of hiring the bus, lunch and other expenses would come to nearly Rs 30,000,” said Punjab Jat Sabha president and former legislator Kushaldeep Dhillon.
    Amarinder Singh has asked sitting and former MLAs loyal to him to bring their supporters under the Jat Mahasabha banner, the state Congress unit too has asked them to contribute two buses in line with the party’s order.
    The Congress rally is also expected to witness a show of strength between the former Haryana and Punjab chief ministers through a “turban war”. Amarinder Singh has asked his loyalists and members of the Jat Mahasabha to sport ‘kesari’ (saffron) turbans while former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has asked his men to don pink turbans.
    Punjab Jat Mahasabha president Kushaldeep Dhillon explained, “Kesari has been the colour of Jat Mahasabha for decades. Since the splinter group of the Mahasabha in Haryana will be sporting pink turbans, we have decided to wear kesari to distinguish ourselves from them.”

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    cong workers or farmers? Vadra included?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Young Gandhi is a Charlie Uniform November Tango.

    He is BJP's wonder boy.

    Congress is doomed.

    Aunt Sonia is going to be a washout.

    More so, as the BJP peels off the Nehru Gandhi sheen by slowly and antagonistically with the Netaji files.

    The BJP is making major drama, building up tension and mystery to grip the Nation, as it reveals to expose the chicanery of the Nehru Gandhi combine to project the Nehru dynasty as the sole inheritors of India's Independence and post Independence history.

    INA, down in the dumps, is now emerging as the hero that has been done down by Nehru and his cahoots.
     
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    probably right strategy but wrong timing ...
     
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    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

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    jab rahul bolega to hasi ki wajah se sab utar jaayegi ....
    Only @Rashna likes RaGa.
     
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    The only one thing i like about RaGa is he isn't pretentious. He doesn't try to be Sheldon Cooper thank god, but the result is the same, a lot of laughter.



     
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    Raga lacks Namo's charisma, but more importantly he doesn't have a humble background like that of our PM. Raga was born into privilege and so he wouldn't know much about farmer's plight. Namo, otoh, has risen to the top despite being attacked - repeatedly and viciously - for being a low-caste tea vendor.
     
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    Off course there are land owners who are going to get effected. But the Q is how many?

    My assesment is quite a few because had the law been so anti farmers, the government might have been staring at a major farmers agitation, at least in states ruled by the opposition parties. Had the impact been so adverse, the political parties might not have needed to harp so much about it over internet and in media.

    As far as timing is concerned it could not have been better, Modi government must take all unpopular decisions before 2017 and then it will be time to shower sops.
     
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    how much money pumped in for rally and media!

    Ps- right time for haryana govt to order judicial enquirey into land deals!

    Centre should ask sonia to return NH land back.
     
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    This is most spirited Cong rally I have seen a long time.Cops complaining saying they've been drinking since morning. pic.twitter.com/IKN4KYuD8t

    http://t.co/IKN4KYuD8t
     
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    Rahul Gandhi returns to yet another flop show : India, News - India Today

    Rahul Gandhi returns to yet another flop show


    Read more at: Rahul Gandhi returns to yet another flop show : India, News - India Today

    Rahul Gandhi 2.0 was billed to be the biggest political statement from the bruised Congress struggling to remain relevant in India's political circus. But the party's grand farmers' rally on a sweltering Sunday Delhi afternoon at the historic Ramlila Maidan turned out to be a listless gathering.

    A fresh looking Rahul, back after a hiatus, harped on old rant while seeking to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a high after a sterling international recognition through a personal note written by US President Barack Obama and a ranking in the Fortune list of top world leaders.

    Returning after nearly a two-month-long leave, the Gandhi scion's attack on Modi was direct but the Congress vice president, who is widely tipped to take control of the party despite resistance from a section of the leadership, was seen to be lacking in homework as he touched upon the fallacies in the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

    At the Congress rally, party president Sonia Gandhi joined Rahul in taking on the government. "Enough is enough, we have gathered here to send a strong message to the prime minister that the farmers and labourers have seen through his hollow promises," she said.

    The crowd had begun to leave by the time she started speaking. She spoke after Rahul had finished his speech.

    Meanwhile, Modi dismissed Rahul's aggression by hitting back at his critics and terming them as perverts who have a congenital habit of running down the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Farmers' fight

    "Congress will fight your battle like I did in the Niyamgiri hills case," said Rahul, recalling his fight for Odisha's Niyamgiri hill tribals whose land was to be acquired for the Vedanta mining project in 2010.

    Rahul said Modi was pushing the anti-farmer Land Acquisition Ordinance to favour corporates who had allegedly financed his 2014 parliamentary election campaign.

    "Modiji took loan from these corporates for his Lok Sabha poll campaign. He will now pay them back by taking away your land and giving it to them," said Rahul.

    To drive home his point, he recounted a visit to an Australian diamond mine where children of the original inhabitants whose land was taken away were forced to do odd jobs in the absence of rehabilitation. He narrated the story to stress that the kids of Indian farmers will meet a similar fate. "They (farmers) are living under constant threat under the new Land Ordinance," he said.

    BJP workshop

    When Rahul was addressing the farmers, Modi spent time with his party MPs at a one-day workshop to counter Opposition in Parliament that is reconvening after a recess from Monday when the government is set to introduce the controversial Land Acquisition Ordinance in the Lok Sabha. He told his MPs to believe in "rashtra neeti" (national policy) and not "rajneeti" (politics).

    The government had re-promulgated the Land Ordinance, which had lapsed on April 5 as it could not be passed in Parliament. In the first half of the Budget session, a Bill to replace the Ordinance was passed in the Lok Sabha where the government has a majority but it could not be taken to the Rajya Sabha where the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) lacks strength.

    Modi said: "The compensations given to farmers following unseasonal rains is unprecedented. We have also decided to purchase their damaged crops."

    He also talked about efforts to curb corruption in MGNREGS, direct transfer of subsidies and Jan Dhan scheme for the poor. The reference was seen as a direct response to Rahul's claim that the NDA government had faltered on paying remuneration to farmers and compensating them for the damage to their crop on account of the unseasonal rains.

    To counter those attacking him, Modi raised questions too. "We are working to provide house to everybody. Who are the people who do not have a house? Who will benefit from it? Rich? Are we doing it for owner of some TV channel or newspaper? Are we going to build a house for Mukesh Ambani? Who are those people who don't have houses?" he asked.

    Without naming former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Modi mocked his remark that only 15 paise out of a rupee sent by the government reached the poor due to systemic corruption.

    Finding 'cure'

    "Somebody had said how only 15 paisa of the one rupee sent from the Centre reached the intended beneficiaries. The job of a leader isn't just to diagnose the disease but to treat it," said Modi.



    Read more at: Rahul Gandhi returns to yet another flop show : India, News - India Today

    Rebuts by Modi is not covered by Media properly.
     
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    GoI can and must do better to communicate these initiatives using Doordaeshan, RSTV, Social media such as PMO twitter handle and possibly "friendly" channels such as Zee news and IndiaTV.

    I think you'll find that they are lagging behind. Then why blame #Pressitudes, when you fail to make ample use of resources at your disposal.
     
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    problem is they choose wrong medias(presstitutes)!

    Ps- take recent interview with "ndtv and the hindu"!

    Znews,IndiaTV,newsX are good. In print media deccan herald, the New Indian Express, dna are good!

    But bjp always try to cosyup with presstitutes!
     
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    The anti development pro poverty mindset of people means these people will remain big players in Indian politics for a very long time.
     
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    May be presstitues are very attractive to BJP.
     
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