Chhattisgarh elections Updates: Rahul Gandhi releases Congress manifesto, promises farm sops

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Assembly elections Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi kick started the poll campaign for the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections on Friday.

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Assembly elections Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi kick started the poll campaign for the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections on Friday. Both, Modi and Gandhi addressed public meetings at different venues. The Congress also released the party’s manifesto for Chhattisgarh which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor sales. The Congress president addressed the gatherings in the Khairgarh and Dongargarh towns and later hold a roadshow in Rajnandgaon. As a highlight of the day, prime minister accused the Congress of backing “urban naxals”.

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23:06 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
What Congress manifesto promises?

The MSP for paddy will be fixed at Rs 2,500 per quintal and maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal, Gandhi said. Besides, a provision of pension for farmers aged above 60 years has also been planned, the Congress chief said. The manifesto also promised halving electricity bills for domestic consumers, provisioning of houses and land to urban and rural families respectively. Every family will be given 35 kgs of rice every month at Re 1 only, he said. Tackling employment under the party's 'Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar' scheme, the manifesto underlines apprenticeship programmes and employment opportunities for the youth. PTI

23:05 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Rahul Gandhi releases Congress manifesto

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday released the party's manifesto for Chhattisgarh which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor sales. The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 11. Gandhi released the manifesto, titled "Jan Ghoshna Patra" in Rajnandgaon, which is the constituency of Chief Minister Raman Singh. Addressing a press conference on the occasion, Gandhi said that farmers' loans would be waived within 10 days of the party attaining power. PTI

18:09 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Congress responds to PM's Urban Naxal jibe

His charge that the Congress party supports Naxalites deserves contempt and strong condemnation. He needs to be reminded that it was the Congress leadership including VC Shukla and Mahendra Karma who were all killed by the Naxals. He should be ashamed of making this charge.

17:33 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Will ensure that Chhattisgarh farmers get MSP of 2500: Rahul Gandhi

We will ensure that Chhattisgarh farmers get MSP of 2500 for paddy and 15 quintal limit will be abolished. Congress govt will also give the farm bonus that BJP hasn't given in the last 2 years:Congress President Rahul Gandhi

15:10 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Why is Congress backing urban Maoists?

Attacking Congreess, the prime minister asked why the party is trying to back Urban Maoists who live in AC surroundings. "Why is Congress backing urban Maoists who live in AC surroundings, travel in big cars and have their children study abroad, but ruin lives of poor Adivasi youth," Modi said.

14:30 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Maoists are revolutionaries for Congress: PM Modi

A brave and innocent cameraman from DD, Achutyanand Sahu was killed by Maoists. Recently our valiant jawans were also martyred in encounter with Maoists, and for Congress party these Maoists are revolutionaries? What sort of vocabulary is this?: PM Modi

13:58 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
PM Modi says people of Chhattisgarh never disappointed him

The Prime Minister said that when the BJP government asked about the development in the state, it was told that work couldn't be done as the areas are under Naxals’. "When we asked about development in the state, we were told that there cannot be any development as the areas are under Naxals’ control but we decided to take development to these areas," he said.

PM Modi added that people of Chhattisgarh never disappointed him.

13:50 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
'Congress defends urban Moaists'

Slamming Congress, PM Modi said that if the government probes against urban Maoists, the Congress comes and defends them. He said that the grand old party is trying to develop only one family.

13:46 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
PM Modi says he wants to fulfill the dreams of Atal ji

PM Narendra Modi said that he has come to Bastar to fulfill the dreams of Atal ji. He urged the people of the region to teach a fitting lesson to the Congress leaders. "I urge the people of Bastar to teach a fitting lesson to the Congress leaders, who on one hand try to shield the urban naxals, and in Chhattisgarh speak about freeing the state from naxals," he said.

13:39 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
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13:36 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
We are strengthening Bastar, says PM

The Prime Minister said that BJP is trying its best to improve Bastar and enhance the quality of life of people. "We are sparing no efforts to strengthen the region of Bastar. We are making efforts to enhance quality of life of people here," he said.

13:28 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
'We removed discrimination in development'

"Elections used to take place earlier, the government too were formed. But, these leaders used to focus only on their areas so that they remain power," he said. PM Modi added that the BJP government changed that and removed the discrimination in development.

13:24 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
PM says he never came empty-handed

PM Modi says people have come in a huge number despite the festival time and Bhai Dooj. The prime minister said that he is here to ask something on the day of Bhai Dooj. He says he has never visited the state empty handed.

PM Modi said that he always came with a new scheme. 

13:19 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
PM Modi starts his speech

The prime minister has started his speech. He starts by praising state chief minister Raman Singh. 

13:18 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Narendra Modi reaches Jagdalpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Jagdalpur with state chief minister Raman Singh. He will soon address the rally here.

13:03 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Rahul Gandhi slams government over Rafale deal

The Congress president said that PM Modi gifted Rs 30,000 crore deal to Anil Ambani. "PM Modi had gifted a Rs 30,000 crore deal to industrialist Anil Ambani. The Modi government decided to change the prices of the Rafale fighter jets from Rs 526 crore per jet (decided by UPA govt) to Rs 1,600 crore per jet. The govt also snatched away the deal from HAL to hand it over to the Ambanis," he added.

13:03 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Rahul Gandhi slams government over Rafale deal

The Congress president said that PM Modi gifted Rs 30,000 crore deal to Anil Ambani. "PM Modi had gifted a Rs 30,000 crore deal to industrialist Anil Ambani. The Modi government decided to change the prices of the Rafale fighter jets from Rs 526 crore per jet (decided by UPA govt) to Rs 1,600 crore per jet. The govt also snatched away the deal from HAL to hand it over to the Ambanis," he added.

12:52 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Rahul attacks Modi government

"All of you were standing in long queues during demonetisation but not one black money holder was seen. Also, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Mehul Choksi ran away from the country with your money." The Congress leader also attacked the government over the rising fuel prices.

12:43 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Rahul Gandhi starts address in Kanker district

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has started his address in Pakhanjore, District Kanker. He starts his speech by slamming PM Narendra Modi over deometisation.

12:30 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Naxal blast

Just one day before PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi's visit, four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when suspected Naxals detonated a bus with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Thursday. Two personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were also injured in the explosion, the third Naxal attack in 15 days in the poll-bound state.

12:11 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Amit Shah to Rahul Gandhi

While addressing a rally in Rajnandgaon and Kondagaon districts on Monday, BJP chief Amit Shah asked Rahul Gandhi and his party to make its stance clear on whether it believes Naxalites are “revolutionaries”. “A Congress leader yesterday called Naxalism a revolution. I want to ask the Congress chief to make his stand clear on Naxalism. Your leader called it a revolution. What is your stand?” Shah said while referring to Raj Babbar.

11:52 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Elections to show mood of the nation

The state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which have around 65 Lok Sabha seats, will also reflect a "mood of the nation" ahead of the next general elections in April-May, Japanese brokerage Nomura said in a report Thursday."The state elections will also reflect the mood of the nation, and the extent to which the BJP has been able to distance itself from the electoral issues of low farm incomes and broader rural distress," it added.

11:44 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
BJP's arguments

The BJP has projected the election in Singh's home constituency as a fight between a local and an outsider. "Karuna ji had left BJP to join Congress. People know this very well. She will not present any challenge for Raman Singh who will win the polls with the record margin of votes,” said Sanjay Shrivastava, a senior BJP leader of the state.

11:32 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
'Atal Ji's teachings are in my blood'

Shukla had joined Congress in February 2014 and unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha elections from the state's Bilaspur seat on the party ticket. As a BJP leader, she had won the Lok Sabha elections from Janjgir in 2004, but lost in 2009 from Korba.

"There is no question of denying that I am Atal ji's niece. His teachings and courage are in my blood. I am guided by his principles. People in Rajnandgaon know that I will implement the model of good governance in the corruption-riddled state if the Congress wins election," said Shukla.

11:29 (IST) 09 Nov 2018
Both parties trying to get votes in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh of the BJP is pitted against Congress candidate Karuna Shukla, niece of the late former prime minister. Both the parties are trying their best to garner votes in Vajpayee's name."BJP has changed its 'chaal, charitra aur chehra' (ways, character and face). It is no more a party envisaged by Atal ji and (Lal Krishna) Advani ji and people of the state know this," Shukla told PTI on her campaign trail.

The first phase of polling on November 12 will see 18 seats in eight Naxal-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. The remaining 72 constituencies will witness polling on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11. In the last assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party had lost 12 of the 18 seats of the Naxal-affected districts. In 2013, the BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and Independent 1 in the 90-member House.
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