The Congress was tight-lipped over what transpired at the meeting between Rahul and Nitish, coming after days of tension in the alliance over his support to the NDA’s presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind, and amid strained ties between him and the RJD over corruption cases.
“Nitish Kumar is wasting time meeting Rahul Gandhi for reportedly asking Tejaswi Yadav to tender resignation,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.
Later, Gandhi also tweeted, “Hitler, once wrote: Keep a firm grasp on reality, so you can strangle it at any time. This is what is happening today-strangulation of reality.”
The meeting has come at a time when trouble is brewing in Grand Alliance in Bihar after corruption charges were level against RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members, including Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
Describing current situation as “strangulation of reality”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accused the government of crushing people’s voices and trampling the poor and weak. He also attacked the ruling dispensation on demonetisation.
Rahul Gandhi says that the problems emanating in Kashmir are the internal business of India and the policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA are the one responsible for the ongoing crisis in the state.
“The president is the conscience keeper of the Constitution of India,” the Congress chief said conveying her best wishes to Kovind. Gandhi also reiterated the Congress party’s commitment to work for upholding these cherished values and established conventions which are the “intrinsic cornerstone of our Constitution”.
Sonia Gandhi said that the resident of India enjoys a unique position as defender and protector of the Constitution, upholder of democratic traditions and as supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The President is the conscience keeper of the Constitution of India.
The Congress vice president said in the run up to the 2014 general elections, two major promises related to farmers and the youth were made by Modi. “Modi talks about ‘Make in India’ and jobs for youths. But when we raised a question in Parliament, the government replied that less than one lakh jobs were given last year,” he said.
Accusing the PM of ignoring farmers and their issues, he said, “Today, we wanted to raise farmers’issues in Lok Sabha. PM Modi was present and other Ministers were also present. We were not allowed to speak about it.”
Rahul Gandhi is expected to address the farmers rally in Rajasthan and talk on the current agrarian crisis along with raising issues pertaining to farmers’ distress and farm loan waivers.
An official spokesman said the budget for primary education is Rs 50,142 crore this time compared to Rs 38,066.06 crore last time, which is 31.7 per cent more. Similarly, the budget for secondary education is 4.8 per cent higher than the previous fiscal.
Madhur Bhandarkar has taken to Twitter to call upon Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for an intervention into the constant interference he is receiving during the press conferences of his upcoming directorial Indu Sarkar by the party. He asks Rahul, “Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression?”
While former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda along with son and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda met Sonia Wednesday, sources said Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry met Rahul on Thursday whereas former CM Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi met Rahul recently.
The RBI also informed the Standing Committee on Finance, headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, that it had issued tenders for fresh Currency Verification Processing System (CVPS) machines to speed up the counting.