Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi with his entire family looking on.
His mother Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra were with him in the Collectorate when he filed his papers.
The three-term MP will take on Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani.
Congress indulging in a ‘Tughlaq Road Chunavi ghotala’: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused the Congress of a “Tughlaq road election scam” where money meant for poor, pregnant women was looted from people.
Notably, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s official residence is on the Tughlaq Road in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Junagadh in Gujarat on April 10, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi
The Income Tax Department recently conducted raids on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath and others in four states on Sunday.
The CBDT, that frames policy for the I-T department, had said the department has also detected a trail of Rs 20 crore suspect cash allegedly being moved to the “headquarters of a major political party in Delhi” from the house of an important person who lives on Tughlaq Road, home to many VIPs.
Addressing a poll rally at Junagadh in Gujarat, Mr. Modi took a swipe at the Congress, saying it is known by many names as far as scams are concerned. “Now it has got a new name, but with proofs. The Congress is indulging in a ‘Tughlaq Road Chunavi ghotala’, where money meant for the poor is being usurped for their own leaders. Money meant for pregnant women is looted,” Mr. Modi said.
Pakistan has ‘officially’ allied with Modi: Congress
The Congress on Wednesday cited a media report to claim that Pakistan has “officially allied” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said a vote for him would be a vote for the neighbouring country.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala launched a scathing attack on Modi over the report quoting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan saying he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.
Mr. Khan said other parties would be afraid of right-wing backlash in case of a settlement on the Kashmir issue.
“Pak has officially allied with Modi! A vote for Modi is a vote for Pakistan!” Mr. Surjewala tweeted.
Rahul Gandhi to file nomination in Amethi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be filing his nomination from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat on April 10 while his mother and former Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi, will be filing her papers from the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency a day later.
Deep in Maoist turf, no sign of polls
Munshi Madavi probably holds the most challenging job in the entire Dandkaranya forest range in central India. The 37-year-old farm labourer is pondering resignation as de facto village patil responsible for 123 inhabitants of Kasnasur, 190 km from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
Nearly a year after around alleged 40 Maoist guerrillas were gunned down by security forces near the village on April 22, 2018, in what was later described by civil rights activists as a “questionable” encounter, some 27 families continue to live in the shadow of fear.
As April 11 [voting day] looms large, the village — an arduous eight-kilometre trek from Tadgaon towards the banks of the Indravati river — seems to have completely missed out on the biggest celebration of Indian democracy — the Lok Sabha election.
Nizamabad farmers to vote for themselves
Contesting farmers in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency and their families have unanimously resolved to vote for themselves and not for the ruling party until their demands are met.
They have also resolved to contest in large numbers in every future election such as MPP, ZPTC and MPTC. “We don’t mind even if the farming community vote for other parties but they should not vote for the ruling party in this election,” said Rajender Reddy, one of the contestants from Dharmaram village in Korutla Assembly segment.
A number of farmers from different mandals in the constituency attended the Rythu Ikya Vedika sadassu (farmers’ unity forum meet) held here on Tuesday. Among those who attended the meeting included High Court advocate B. Rachana Reddy who fought on behalf of farmers in the court on their demands for postponement of polling and the use of ballot, and former MLC K. Nageswar.