Lok Sabha campaign highlights: Rahul says Modi broke India's economic spine

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses booth workers in Cochin, Kerala, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Photo: @INCIndia
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 campaigns: With Lok Sabha elections only two months away, all political parties across India are addressing rallies and public meetings in order to woo voters and lift the confidence of party workers.

 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah addressed a public meeting at Kulia in Odisha's Cuttack district on Tuesday. Slamming the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Shah said Odisha remains backwards despite the flow of huge funds from the Centre due to "inefficiency" and "inaction" on the part of the Naveen Patnaik government. Shah also said that the BJP would retain power at the Centre because the Narendra Modi government has sincerely worked for the welfare and development of the poor and people belonging to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.

 
General elections and state Assembly polls in Odisha are expected to coincide this year.

 
Later in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed party workers in Kochi, Kerala. Gandhi said that he had committed that in 2019, the Congress would form a government that would make up for all the crimes that the Modi government has perpetrated against farmers over the past five years. Further, he said that the Congress government would guarantee minimum income to every poor Indian.

 
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10:30 PM IST Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and expressed serious concern over reports of violence near the venue of the rally of BJP President Amit Shah in East Midnapore on Tuesday. He has asked the CM that those indulging in violence should be brought to book.  HM Rajnath Singh called up West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and expressed serious concern over reports of violence near the venue of the rally of BJP President Amit Shah in East Midnapore today. He has asked CM that those indulging in violence should be brought to book. (file pics) pic.twitter.com/kMwPrDQ2xT — ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019

10:06 PM IST Congress President @RahulGandhi meets with senior UDF leaders during his visit to Cochin. #SwagathamRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/qY3lOHuuSv — Congress (@INCIndia) January 29, 2019

9:44 PM IST Senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya on Tuesday issued a defamation notice to BJP national president Amit Shah for his remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. At a rally in East Midnapore district's Kanthi, Shah launched a scathing attack against the TMC government in West Bengal and alleged that Banerjee's paintings were bought by chit fund owners for crores of rupees. Bhattacharya, who is also the minister of state for health in West Bengal government, accused Shah of trying to malign the TMC supremo's image by "uttering lies". "I have issued a defamation notice against BJP national president Amit Shah for his defamatory and malicious remarks against Mamata Banerjee," she said.  

9:43 PM IST WB Trinamool Mahila Congress Pres Chandrima Bhattacharya writes to BJP President Amit Shah over his speech in East Midnapore today. In the letter, Bhattacharya asks him to 'either prove his statements &/or withdraw the same&apologise before public' or legal steps will be taken' pic.twitter.com/cae0AYmz4R — ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019

8:14 PM IST TMC leader Madan Mitra on vehicles vandalised near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore: Beginning of the end of BJP as a whole has already started and it has started from Bengal. BJP has hired some hooligans from Jharkhand. They are doing this because they have no other issue.  TMC leader Madan Mitra on vehicles vandalized near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore: Beginning of the end of BJP as a whole has already started & it has started from Bengal. BJP has hired some hooligans from Jharkhand. They are doing this because they have no other issue pic.twitter.com/QvornDG03s — ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019

7:53 PM IST Thousands of young Indians who could've got high-paid jobs in HAL today have lost the opportunity. No defence capability is going to be built in India due to Mr Modi's actions: Rahul Gandhi 

6:19 PM IST Vehicles parked near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore, West Bengal, vandalised. BJP's Rahul Sinha has alleged that TMC is behind the attack. #WATCH West Bengal: Vehicles parked near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore, vandalized. BJP's Rahul Sinha has alleged that TMC is behind the attack. pic.twitter.com/N5lVGHjNT3 — ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019

5:55 PM IST Kerala is not just a state, it is an idea. It is a way of looking at the world that includes compassion, humility, respect. People of Kerala are helping guide the people of India: Rahul Gandhi

5:53 PM IST You don't forget who fought for the freedom of this country. You don't forget all the top leaders of RSS who were begging in front of the British when our leaders were in jail: Rahul Gandhi

5:40 PM IST Congress respects the women of Kerala and at the same time, respects the traditions of Kerala. We do not agree with the violence carried out by BJP and CPM: Rahul Gandhi

5:37 PM IST CPM and BJP work on dividing the people of Kerala. The real issue of jobs, protection of farmers was put on the back burner: Rahul Gandhi 

5:36 PM IST Mr Modi gave India a fundamentally flawed GST: Rahul Gandhi 

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and expressed serious concern over reports of violence near the venue of the rally of BJP President Amit Shah in East Midnapore on Tuesday. He has asked the CM that those indulging in violence should be brought to book. 


Rahul Gandhi meets senior UDF leaders during Cochin visit

TMC issues defamation notice to Amit Shah for remarks against Mamata.

Senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya on Tuesday issued a defamation notice to BJP national president Amit Shah for his remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. At a rally in East Midnapore district's Kanthi, Shah launched a scathing attack against the TMC government in West Bengal and alleged that Banerjee's paintings were bought by chit fund owners for crores of rupees.

Bhattacharya, who is also the minister of state for health in West Bengal government, accused Shah of trying to malign the TMC supremo's image by "uttering lies". "I have issued a defamation notice against BJP national president Amit Shah for his defamatory and malicious remarks against Mamata Banerjee," she said.  

TMC leader Madan Mitra on vehicles vandalised near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore: Beginning of the end of BJP as a whole has already started and it has started from Bengal. BJP has hired some hooligans from Jharkhand. They are doing this because they have no other issue. 


Thousands of young Indians who could've got high-paid jobs in HAL today have lost the opportunity. No defence capability is going to be built in India due to Mr Modi's actions: Rahul Gandhi 
Vehicles parked near Amit Shah's rally venue in East Midnapore, West Bengal, vandalised. BJP's Rahul Sinha has alleged that TMC is behind the attack.


Kerala is not just a state, it is an idea. It is a way of looking at the world that includes compassion, humility, respect. People of Kerala are helping guide the people of India: Rahul Gandhi
You don't forget who fought for the freedom of this country. You don't forget all the top leaders of RSS who were begging in front of the British when our leaders were in jail: Rahul Gandhi
Congress respects the women of Kerala and at the same time, respects the traditions of Kerala. We do not agree with the violence carried out by BJP and CPM: Rahul Gandhi
CPM and BJP work on dividing the people of Kerala. The real issue of jobs, protection of farmers was put on the back burner: Rahul Gandhi 
Mr Modi gave India a fundamentally flawed GST: Rahul Gandhi 

Modi broke India's economic backbone: Rahul Gandhi

Mr Modi has broken India's economic backbone, which the Congress had built with great care: Rahul Gandhi
The NRI communities brought honour to Kerala and stood with Kerala in a traumatic time. The government did not give support and vision that Kerala needed: Rahul Gandhi
Congress will increase government spending on education and health: Rahul Gandhi

We believe in politics of transformation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress has always worked towards transforming India. We believe in the politics of transformation: Rahul Gandhi


Like MNREGA guarantees right to work, like RTI guarantees right to information, like Food Security Bill guarantees right to food, the Congress government is going to guarantee a minimum income to every poor Indian: Rahul Gandhi 
We do not want an India where only the rich have access to good universities and hospitals: Rahul Gandhi
The first thing we will do when we win the 2019 election is to pass the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament. We want to see women in position of leadership: Rahul Gandhi 
"I want every single Congress worker to feel 'ente booth, ente abhimaan, ente party' ("my booth, my pride, my party"). Congress party belongs to every single one of its members": Rahul Gandhi 


Rahul Gandhi in Cochin: Mr Narendra Modi has spent five years wasting India's time, telling one lie after another. He promised 2 crore jobs to youngsters.

Modi provided maximum income guarantee to 15 of his friends: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi in Cochin: PM Modi has provided a maximum income guarantee to 15 of his friends. If you're Anil Ambani, you have got a guarantee to maximum income you can get. We're going to give a minimum income guarantee to all the Indians.

Will make up for all the crimes Modi has done against farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi in Cochin: "We have forgiven farm loan waivers in the three states where we've won elections. We've committed that in 2019 we will have a government that will make up for all the crimes that Narendra Modi has done against farmers over the last five years."

Amit Shah in East Midnapore: "I would like to ask Mamata ji if she will support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha or not, tell that to people of Bengal. They welcome infiltrators and Rohingyas but there's no place here for the refugees who came to save themselves." 
Amit Shah in East Midnapore: "I would like to tell all the refugees in Bengal that BJP and Narendra Modi government will grant them citizenship."


Rahul Gandhi in Cochin: "We will ensure that in every election, many more youngsters and women participate. We want to see women in positions of leadership and I know leaders of Kerala are extremely capable." 


Rahul Gandhi addresses Congress booth workers in Cochin

Amit Shah delivers speech in West Bengal's East Midnapore, invokes 'Shonar Bangla'

Amit Shah in East Midnapore: What happened to Bengal? Where did 'Shonar Bangla' go? Bengalis in India are looking for it today. All are looking at Bengal... For this nation, it might be an election to make Modi ji PM once again, but for Bengal, the election is to make 'Shonar Bangla'.  


Congress President Rahul Gandhi ahead of his speech in Cochin, Kerala.


Under Modi, BJP is working towards New Odisha, says Amit Shah

Under the leadership of Modi ji, we are working for New Odisha. What is “New Odisha”? Where no one is unemployed, better medical facilities are available and no one is below the poverty line: Amit Shah

Odisha is not progressing because of the state government, says Shah

We have hard working people and resources in Odisha, however, the state is still not progressing. This is because of the Odisha government: Amit Shah

Odisha government refused to join Ayushman Bharat: Amit Shah

Odisha government refused to join Ayushman Bharat as they fear that if this Yojana is implemented then PM Modi will become popular: Shah

BJP led govt gave Rs 2.11 trillion for Odisha's development: Amit Shah

Under the UPA government, the 13th Finance Commission gave only Rs. 79,000 crore to Odisha while, in the 14th Finance Commission, the BJP led government gave Rs.2.1151 trillion for the development of Odisha.
Poor people of Odisha are unable to benefit from the schemes of Central government because of narrow mindset of Odisha goverment: Amit Shah
Congress ruled for decades but poor did not get the basic amenities such as gas connections, electricity and medical facilities: Amit Shah
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BJP Odisha in-charge Arun Singh said party president Amit Shah will also undertake another tour to Odisha on February 3 and attend the party's ST Morcha meeting at Puri. The two-day convention will begin on February 2.

'Pariksha Par Charcha 2.0': Narendra Modi to address students, parents and teachers

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing over 2,000 students, parents and teachers through live telecast from New Dehi.

PM Modi visited Odisha on December 24, January 5 and January 15

Amit Shah will be visiting Odisha after three back-to-back visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24, January 5 and January 15.

Amit Shah's visit is politically significant as he is expected to counter the allegations made by Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Odisha.

On January 25, Rahul Gandhi had alleged that BJP and BJD continued to have a secret alliance and befooling the people of Odisha. He also had charged that the BJP led NDA government was remote controlling Odisha government and its chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
BJP president's visit is politically significant as he is expected to counter the allegations made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting at Tomando near Bhubaneswar on January 25.
Kerala and India can only grow if there is love and affection and if the people work together. We will not benefit from violence: Rahul Gandhi

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