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Congress rally in Patna HIGHLIGHTS: PM has given Rs 30,000 cr to Anil Ambani, but only Rs 17 to farmers, says Rahul

Rahul Gandhi in Patna HIGHLIGHTS: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday addressed Jan Akanksha rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna and said the BJP government at Centre can waive industrialists' loans but not those of farmers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 3, 2019 6:08:14 pm
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday addressed Jan Akanksha rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna and said the BJP government at Centre can waive industrialists’ loans but not those of farmers. He mocked the budget 2019 announcement of Rs 6,000 minimum annual income support to farmers and said, “PM has given Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani, but only Rs 17 per day to the farmers of the country.” Gandhi also promised minimum income guarantee to poor if the Congress party gets to form the government at Centre.

The Jan Akanksha rally was the Congress’ first public meeting at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in nearly three decades. Congress is part of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar which comprises of RJD, RLSP and HAM.

Elaborate security arrangements were made for the rally. According to Superintendent of Police, Patna, Garima Malik, nearly 3,000 police personnel, including constables, sub-inspectors and officers of DSP rank were deployed in the city to maintain law and order even as a temporary outpost has been set up in the vicinity of the venue of the rally.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Patna's Gandhi Maidan. Get HIGHLIGHTS here.

15:28 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi promises minimum income to every poor once Congress forms government

Narendra Modi has given crores of rupees to Ambani, Choksi. Congress party, if gets the opportunity to form the government, will grant minimum income guarantee to every poor.

15:21 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Bihar is epicentre of unemployment: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi referred to PM Modi and asked, "What have you done for Patna University? What have you done for the employment of the youths of Bihar?" He added that Nalanda University and Patna University used to be popular all over the world for the standard of education. "But now, Bihar is no more a centre of education. It is the centre of unemployment," he said.

15:15 (IST)03 Feb 2019
PM allocates Rs 30,000 crore for Ambani while only Rs 17 for farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Prime Minister has put Rs 30,000 crore in Anil Ambani's pocket and only Rs 17 in the pocket of farmers.

15:10 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Everyone knows chowkidar chor hai: Rahul Gandhi

Everyone knows that chowkidar chor hai, said Rahul Gandhi. The amount of money that has been given to one Anil Ambani is enough to fund three MGNREGA.

15:03 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting at Patna's Gandhi Maidan

Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting at Patna's Gandhi Maidan

14:44 (IST)03 Feb 2019
To be Rahul Gandhi, means to fulfil the promises made: Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel greets the crowd in the local language. "Clouds of problems have darkened today. Constitution and constitutional institutions are under threat. Farmers are distressed, unemployment is at its peak. We are confident that Bihar will extend support to us. We are sure because we have Rahul Gandhi with us. To be Rahul Gandhi, it means to fulfil the promises made. Farmers in? Chhattisgarh is happy and it’s all because of Rahul Gandhi. Bihar will stand up again."

14:38 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi has ability to be the prime minister: Tejashwi Yadav

Accusing Modi of showing step-behaviour with Bihar, Yadav said: "When people ask Modi about his promises, he sends CBI, ED, official agencies against the political parties." Calling Modi "a factory, wholesaler of lies," Tejashwi Yadav said, "You (Modi) may accuse Lalu of multiple things, but will never be able to remove him from the hearts of people."

Adding that Gandhi has the "ability" to be the prime minister, Tejashwi Yadav asked the Congress chief to look after Bihar in case he takes the top office. "Congress is the biggest party. Rahul Gandhi and Congress share the biggest responsibility to save democracy, look after the alliance partners and take them together."

14:32 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Tejashwi Yadav welcomes Rahul Gandhi to Bihar

RJD leader Tejaswhi Yadav addressed the rally at Gandhi Maidan. Welcoming Rahul Gandhi to Bihar, Yadav said, "We had wished that Gandhi was present in the previous Opposition's rally, but he was pre-occupied with his foreign tour. We are happy today that Rahul Gandhi will today show the true face of Modi to the youth of Bihar." Taking a jibe at Bihar CM he said, "We are in Bihar. We look at Nitish Chacha more than Modi."

On NDA's claims that Opposition's alliance is opportunistic and made of several parties, Yadav said, "We are different people, different parties. Modi has today torn the country. We are stitching this country together with different threads."

14:32 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Tejashwi Yadav welcomes Rahul Gandhi to Bihar

RJD leader Tejaswhi Yadav addressed the rally at Gandhi Maidan. Welcoming Rahul Gandhi to Bihar, Yadav said, "We had wished that Gandhi was present in the previous Opposition's rally, but he was pre-occupied with his foreign tour. We are happy today that Rahul Gandhi will today show the true face of Modi to the youth of Bihar." Taking a jibe at Bihar CM he said, "We are in Bihar. We look at Nitish Chacha more than Modi."

On NDA's claims that Opposition's alliance is opportunistic and made of several parties, Yadav said, "We are different people, different parties. Modi has today torn the country. We are stitching this country together with different threads."

14:17 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Congress has biggest responsibility today to save democracy: Sharad Yadav

Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav addressed the crowd in Patna. "In the democracy, people are kings. The NDA government is responsible for lynching, communal disharmony in the country and the protests in the Northeast. Today, democracy is in danger. The biggest responsibility today is on Congress - the oldest party in India and Rahul Gandhi. I request all the Opposition parties to come together against the Modi government."

14:10 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi in Patna

14:02 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Patna rally will be historic: Shaktisinh Gohil

AICC in-charge of Bihar Shaktisinh Gohil said: "Our rally will create history. It is for the first time in three decades that the Congress is holding its own rally in Gandhi Maidan." He also added that while Congress leaders have spoken at rallies organized by party's allies, in Patna's rally, "We will be the hosts and alliance partners like Tejashwi Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha and Jitan Ram Manjhi have been sent invitations to lend strength to our fight against the BJP."

13:14 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Visuals from Gandhi Maidan
13:05 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel tries to pump up enthusiasm among Bihar supporters
13:00 (IST)03 Feb 2019
Rahul Gandhi's first address in Bihar as the Congress chief

Today's rally will be Rahul Gandhi's first public address in Bihar as the Congress chief. Local supporters have put up colourful posters across the city, many of these taking jibes at the Modi government.

Notably, the Gandhi Maidan which has witnessed rallies by luminaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad in the pre-Independence era and Jayaprakash Narayan, Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee later on - was hit by a series of bomb explosions in 2013 when Narendra Modi, then the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate, had addressed his maiden election meeting in Bihar.

A year later, a stampede at the huge ground with a perimeter of nearly 2.5 kilometers during Dussehra celebrations had claimed more than a score of lives.

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