Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi begins day-two of his tour of Kerala by holding meetings with different delegations at Teak Town, Thana, Mampad.
The manhandling of Karur MP Smt. Jothimani at the hands of the TN Police is highly reprehensible.
How can a women be subjected to such misbehaviour as she protests against the disregard meted out to Bapu’s statue in her constituency.
We condemn this in the strongest sense.
Today’s results in MC Elections are the victory of each Punjabi.Capt Amarinder singh – chief minister, punjab
It is very clear that people of Punjab want development & will not be fooled by politics of hatred & theatrics.
I thank everyone for reposing faith in us & especially our INC India workers who worked day and night.
Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader :
Spent two and a half hours at an excellent interaction in Malappuram in the ‘Talk To Tharoor’ format.
People from all walks of life spoke passionately about their concerns & suggestions.
We took careful note. INC Kerala’s Peoples Manifesto is evolving well.
TS Singh Deo, Minister, Chhattisgarh Govt. :
My heartiest congratulations to INC Punjab and every Congress worker for the landslide victory in the local body elections.
These results are a testament to the belief and confidence people have in the constitutional values and progressive ideals of Congress Party.
President, All India Mahila Congress:
When we will form Govt in Assam, Change shall be visible.
The hate which is being spread, shall end.
We shall protect every religion, every caste, every person.
We shall provide job opportunities to our young.
— Shri Rahul Gandhi
KC Venugopal – General Secretary, Congress:
Visited and offered prayers at Veer Tejaji Maharaj Temple in Ajmer, today, along with Shri Rahul Gandhi, Shri Ajay Maken, Shri Ashok Gehlot, Shri Sachin Pilot, Shri Govind Singh Dotasra and other party leaders who joined in.
Ashok Gehlot – Chief Minister, Rajasthan:
Rahul Gandhi ji was presented a “Hal” at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Pilibanga, Hanumangarh by Rajasthan Pradesh Congress as he came to the state to stand with the farmers in their struggle..
DK Shivakumar – President, Karnataka Congress:
Congratulations to Senior Leader Shri Kharge on being appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
His vast experience will be invaluable to the party in raising people centric & policy issues in Parliament.
He will also be a guiding mentor to many junior MPs.
Excerpts from Special Press Conference by Rahul Gandhi – former Congress President – at AICC HQ via INC India:
Yesterday, the Defence Minister made a statement in both houses on the border situation in Ladakh with China. There are a couple of things that need to be made absolutely crystal clear
Indian Govt’s position at the beginning of this was status quo ante in April 2020. That’s what Govt was negotiating for. Now, sheepishly, Defence Minister makes a statement & we find that Indian troops are going to be stationed at finger 3
Finger 4 is our territory, that’s where our post used to be. We have now moved from Finger 4 to Finger 3. Why has PM Modi given up Indian territory to Chinese? This is the question that needs to be answered by him & the Defence Minister
Second, why have Indian troops, after the hard work that they did, capturing Kailash ranges, why have they been asked to move back? What has India got in return for this?
Most importantly, why have Chinese not moved back from more important strategic area- Depsang plains? These are real questions. Why have they not withdrawn from Gogra-Hot Springs? Prime Minister of India has given Indian territory to China
Now the PM has given back the land, status quo ante is irrelevant, Kailash (Ranges) has been given back and nothing has happened in the key area that China wants- Depsang Plains. This is 100% cowardice
The Prime Minister cannot stand up to the Chinese. He’s spitting on the sacrifice of our Army, he’s betraying the sacrifice of our Army and nobody in India or rest of the world should be allowed to do that
It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to protect territory of this country, the Prime Minister has ceded Indian territory to the Chinese, it is his responsibility to solve that problem
Manish Tewari, MP, Former Union Minister:
Demanding the repeal of the draconian farm bills at all cost, we have submitted private member bills in Lok Sabha.
This move requires joint effort & participation from other parties & I request my colleagues to come forward, cutting across party lines, solely in the interest of our farmers.
Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President:
Delhi is surrounded by farmers today. They give us sustenance, they work for us. Why is Delhi being converted into a fortress? Why is Govt threatening, beating & killing our farmers? Why is Govt not talking to our farmers, resolving this?
It is not good for peace & harmony of our country, future of our kisans, they need clarity.
PM says offer is still on table to postpone laws for 2 years. What does that mean? Either you believe you need to get rid of the laws or you don’t
With regard to the budget, I expected the government to support 99% people of India. This budget is the budget of 1% population only
India needs to put money in the hands of its people because if we want to start our economy, then it will be from the consumption side, it cannot be from the supply side
Had the government implemented NYAY scheme, if it had given money to small and medium industries, protected them, the economy could have been revived
What message did Indian Govt give to China by not increasing defense budget, that China can come inside Indian territory, do whatever, that you will not support Indian army?
How will our soldiers in Ladakh, our Airforce pilots feel today? What kind of patriotism is it that our army is braving the cold in Ladakh and you are not giving them enough resources. What kind of nationalism is this?
You may remember that our bright spot a few months ago was agriculture. The farmers worked, they saved India and you are destroying their lives. They are our backbone and you are killing them
Vivek Tankha, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha :
Met Heads of legal Dept of Punjab , Delhi & Harayana for aid & assistance of agitating farmers. Also assist in location of missing persons. Lawyers rep of UP also present.
Committees formed to render legal aid & service free of cost to innocent farmers & journalists arrested.
5 point resolution adopted for reach out. The resolutions will be uploaded & communicated to all concerned soon.
Special Congress Party briefing by Shri P Chidambaram and Shri RS Surjewala via INC India :
Finance Minister deceived people of India, especially poor, working class, migrants, farmers, industrial units that had been closed down permanently, those who had lost their jobs, both regular & informal & are still looking for jobs
FM deceived those who were listening to her, especially MPs, who had no clue she had imposed cess on a large number of products including petroleum & diesel: ₹2.5 on petrol/ltr, ₹4.00 on diesel/ ltr is a cruel blow to average citizen, including farmers
It was a vengeful act against the thousands of farmers who took out the longest tractor rally in history. It was also a cruel blow to federalism because the states do not get a share of the revenue from cesses
FM in her speech, didn’t mention Defence, as if Chinese had vacated occupied Indian territory. She didn’t mention that Defence expenditure in 2021-22 will see no rise. It is ₹ 3,47,088 cr, same as ₹ 3,43,822 cr in current year
FM gave a figure of ₹ 2,23,846 cr for Health, breathtaking rise from current year BE of ₹ 94,452 cr. It was a conjurer’s trick. She added one-time vaccination cost- ₹ 35,000 cr & Finance Commission grants amounting to ₹ 49,214 cr
She also included allocations to Department of Water & Sanitation. Shorn of these add-ons, allocations for Health were ₹ 72,934 in 2020-21 and ₹ 79,602 crore in 2021-22. Given inflation, the increase is practically nil
On pg 10 of Budget at a Glance, two numbers are ₹ 82,445 cr & ₹ 74,602 cr which means a reduction in expenditure from current year level. What kind of additional health infrastructure can be built with this parsimonious allocation?
Hence, on the two non-negotiables that the Congress party had listed on 28th January (at the Press Conference), the government has miserably failed the people of this country
The fiscal numbers show that the fiscal situation is in a mess. The Revenue Deficit (7.5%) and the Fiscal Deficit (9.5%) in the current year have exceeded every prediction, including the government’s
In 2021-22 the govt estimates it will borrow about ₹ 3.42 lakh cr less, but nobody is willing to believe the govt. The ‘borrowing’ number has been under-stated by assuming that there will be disinvestment revenues of ₹ 1.75 lakh cr
Govt has also assumed that tax revenues will increase by 15%, another questionable assumption. RD (5.1%) & FD (6.8%) numbers for 2021-22 will send alarm signals to rest of the world, especially investors & international lenders
Apprehensions should have been allayed by laying out a credible fiscal correction path, year by year, until the year when the FD will be 3% or less. On the contrary, her target was 4.5% by 2025-26. Investors and lenders will bristle
It was expected that there will be a significant increase in govt expenditure to offset private investment & private consumption. Numbers show that total govt expenditure will see a paltry rise from ₹ 34,50,305 cr to ₹ 34,83,236 cr
Farm Sector has been shortchanged. Budget allocation form ‘Agriculture & Allied Activities’ has been reduced from ₹ 1,54,775 cr (BE) to ₹ 1,48,301 cr (BE). Of total expenditure, proportion has been reduced from 5.1% to 4.3%
Budget allocation for Market Intervention Scheme & Price Support Scheme has been slashed from ₹ 2000 crore to ₹ 1501 crore. Budget allocation for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi has been reduced from ₹ 75,000 crore to ₹ 65,000 crore
MSMEs dismissed in a sentence: allocation of ₹ 15,700 cr. Nothing to be done to revive closed units or to recover millions of lost jobs. FM seems unaware that thousands of MSMEs- esp. micro & small units have been closed permanently
A meagre sum of ₹ 20,000 cr has been set apart for recapitalisation of Public Sector Banks. Govt also intends to privatise two PSBs. Govt’s intent is clear: let PSBs bleed slowly so they can all be privatised in the short term
Tax reliefs, tweaking provisions of tax laws completely by-passed tax paying working class and middle class. Each one of the measures announced by the FM will benefit only the taxpayers among the richer classes
There was no cut in GST rates. Mess of multiple rates remains. Saga of protectionism continues. Customs duties have been increased on a number of items with wrong belief that a stiffer dose of protectionism will help Indian industry
FM paid special attention to poll bound states, announced large capital outlays for Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Assam. People are no fools, they know expenditure will happen after scheme approval & over a period of several years
FM promised a Budget “like never before”. Her mandate was to present an annual statement of revenue & expenditure for 2021-22. What she did was to estimate expenditure over 2 years or 3 years or 4 years or, in one case, over 5 years
FM made a reference to Hon’ble PM 14 times, to farmers 11 times. 40 minutes before she read para 141, Bloomberg put out FD & RD numbers for 2020-21! Budget was a let down like never before. Budget, like the previous one, will unravel sooner than you think
Dr Abhishek Singhvi, INC’s National Spokesperson, | Sr.Adv| :
Delighted that what I have consistently written on over 25 yrs is now being implemented by Supreme Court especially Justice Kaul.
Crux of delays in judicial appointments (40% HC &25% lower court seats are vacant!!) is absence of time limits at each stage of recco process.
Beating backlog and winning battle of bulge needs time limits at each stage-recco of High Court collegium consd by state Govt; then decision by Supreme Court Collegium; then central Govt decision; if returned &reiterated by SC, 2nd decision by central govt (which then has zero discretion)
Kapil Sibal, Congress :
A non-political,non-religious, people’s movement is being given a religious colour by calling protesters “ Khalistanis “
All those who give the movement this tag should be prosecuted under 153A ,295A and for sedition .
Not journalists and editors !
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
Chapter 2 of the Economic Survey is a tutorial designed for the current Finance Minister.
All the gobbledygook of Chapter 2 can be summarised in three words: “Borrow and Spend” — when faced with a slowing economy.
The CEA has rebuked the government for pursuing a tight-fisted fiscal policy.
Who is right – the FM or the CEA?
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
According to the Survey, the top three ‘structural reforms’ were the
(1) anti farmer laws
(2) the new MSME definition and
(3) the four Labour Codes.
The farmers have rejected the three Farm laws.
The MSMEs have said that they had got no relief at all.
The Trade Unions have rejected the four Labour Codes!
What is reform is what the people have rejected. It is the new definition of ‘reform’ and ‘democracy’
The Economic Survey is “witnessing a V-shaped recovery”. The IMF says that the Indian economy will reach the pre-Covid level only in 2025!
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
The best decision taken by the government is the decision not to print the Economic Survey
Once upon a time, the Survey was the vehicle to communicate to the people in simple language the state of the economy and the prospects in the coming year
Now, the Survey has apparently a different purpose, although the purpose is not clear
Will someone please explain to me the meaning of the sentence “(Granger and Newbold) also illustrated that the regression residuals are likely to be autocorrelated, as evidenced by a very low value for the Durbin-Watson (DW) statistic”?
All this in aid of the self-congratulatory conclusion that government implemented “far sighted policy response for economic recovery” !
The most frequently used word in the Economic Survey is “regression” The current government has taught us the meaning of “recession” When you learn the meaning of “recession” and “regression”, you will qualify to be included in the team to write the next Economic Survey
Special Press Conference by Shri Rahul Gandhi at AICC HQ. via INC India:
It is important you understand what these three laws are.
The first law destroys the mandi system, agricultural markets of this country.
The second law allows unlimited storage of grains and makes it impossible for our farmers to negotiate price
Third law says if farmers have a grievance they cannot go to court.
It is obvious why farmers are agitated because Govt is destroying the livelihoods of our farmers, labourers and it will give a shock to the middle class when prices sky rocket
What is being done to the farmers is absolutely criminal, you are beating them, threatening them, you are trying to discredit them.
The Govt needs to talk to the farmers, give a solution and the only solution is repealing these laws
The person who has allowed this to happen should resign but there is no way he is going to resign. The BJP does not take responsibility for its actions. The whole idea is to discredit farmers
We didn’t see the relevance of going there [President’s address in Parliament] and we wanted to stand in solidarity with the farmers
We agree that the agriculture system needs reform but why are you being so stubborn.
Accept that you did it forcibly. You say you can withdraw them for a few years, why not withdraw them completely and have a discussion again in 2-3 years