Rahul Gandhi attacks PM on GDP, unemployment

New Delhi, Jun 1 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the adverse GDP and unemployment figures and raised the issue of "shortage" of drugs for treating black fungus.

"PM's hall of shame - Minimum GDP, Maximum Unemployment," he said on Twitter and shared a graph showing a rise in unemployment among the youth since 2014.

His remarks came a day after data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that India's economy contracted by 7.3 percent in the fiscal year ended March 2021 after the growth rate picked up in the fourth quarter, just before the world's worst outbreak of coronavirus infections hit the country.

The gross domestic product (GDP) in Asia's third-largest economy grew by 1.6 percent in the January-March period, up from 0.5 percent in the previous quarter when India began pulling out of a steep pandemic-induced recession in the earlier six months.

Gandhi also posed questions to the central government on mucormycosis or "black fungus epidemic".

"What is being done about the shortage of drug Amphotericin B? What is the procedure for helping the patient get this medicine," he said on Twitter.

"Instead of providing treatment, why is the Modi government embroiling the public in formalities," he also asked, but did not elaborate.

After thousands of cases of black fungus were reported among COVID-19 patients in the country, the Centre on May 20 urged all states and union territories to declare it as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act to ensure mandatory surveillance to tackle the "new challenge".

The government had said that the shortage of Amphotericin B shortage will be resolved soon as five more pharma companies have got new drug approval for producing it in India, in addition to the existing six pharma companies.

Vaccine policy no less than demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Apr 21  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday compared the central government's vaccine strategy with demonetisation, which according to him, helped industrialists flourish and made common people suffer.

The Congress has termed the COVID vaccine policy as "discriminatory and inequitable".

"The central government's vaccine strategy is no less than the demonetisation. The common people will stand in queues, will suffer loss of wealth, health and life and in the end only a few big industrialists will benefit," Gandhi tweeted.

The Centre on Monday announced a liberalised vaccine policy, making all adults above 18 years of age eligible for getting vaccination from May 1.

Is it right to export vaccines, put countrymen at risk, asks Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Apr 9 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the export of COVID-19 vaccines, and asked if it is right to do so and put the lives of countrymen in danger.

He said vaccine shortage is a very serious problem during Corona times and is not a celebration.

Gandhi also called upon the central government to help states without any bias and help provide them with more vaccines.

"Shortage of vaccine in view of the rise in Corona cases is a very serious problem and not a celebration," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

"Is it right to export the vaccine and put our countrymen at risk. The central government should help all states without any bias. We all have to fight this pandemic together and defeat it," he added.

Some states have been demanding more vaccines and the Congress is seeking the vaccine for all.

The Centre, however, has accused some states of doing politics on the issue of vaccines.

Rahul accuses Modi govt of carrying out raids against those who are pro-farmers

New Delhi, Mar 4 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used three popular Hindi idioms on Thursday to hit out at the government and accuse it of carrying out raids against those who are pro-farmers.

A day after income-tax raids at the homes and offices of Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and others, Gandhi used the hashtag 'ModiRaidsProFarmers' with his tweet in Hindi to take a dig at the government.

Putting out three popular Hindi idioms 'Ungliyon pe nachana', 'Bheegi billi banna' and 'Khisiyani billi khamba noche' -- Gandhi stated what he believes they mean in the current context.

In his three-pronged attack, he alleged that the central government makes the Income Tax department dance to its tunes, friendly media gets cowed down before the Centre and the central government raids those supporting farmers.

The searches against Pannu and Kashyap as well as his partners who launched the now shuttered production house Phantom Films were carried out across 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune. They were part of a tax evasion probe against Phantom Films, officials said.

Pannu and Kashyap, both known to be outspoken in their views on a range of issues, were shooting in Pune and are understood to have been questioned by the tax sleuths as part of the preliminary questioning that takes place during raids.

The raids also covered Reliance Entertainment group CEO Shibhasish Sarkar and some executives of celebrity and talent management companies KWAN and Exceed. PTI

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China has mobilised conventional and cyber forces to threaten India: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that China had mobilised its conventional and cyber forces to threaten India and warned that the government's "cowardice" would have tragic consequences in the future.

He cited a news report that claimed that night satellite images show Chinese build-up in the Depsang region near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

"China mobilized its conventional and cyber forces to threaten India. Government of India (GOI) buckled. Mark my words, our land in Depsang is gone and DBO (Daulet Beg Oldie) is vulnerable. Government of India's (GOI's) cowardice will lead to tragic consequences in the future," he said on Twitter.

A border standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies has been on in Eastern Ladakh since May last year after a violent clash in the Pangong Tso Lake area, and both sides had gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

Last month, the armies of the two countries concluded the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso.

Rahul Gandhi has been repeatedly criticising the government's handling of the issue. PTI

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Rahul Gandhi reaches Guwahati to pay tribute to Tarun Gogoi

Guwahati: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached Guwahati, he will be paying his final homage to former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

Gandhi will be heading to Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra from LGBI Airport.

After paying tribute to the Former Chief Minister of Assam, Rahul will head back to New Delhi.

Update: Rahul Gandhi addressing the media said, “He was not just a Chief Minister of Assam, he was a National Hero. He inspired us by bringing the state of Assam together, he did a great job for Assam and India, he was my teacher and guru, he explained about Assam to me like nobody else. This is a personal loss for me, we shared a very good space. Talking to him was like talking to Assam.”

It is to be noted that former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi passed away on Monday evening at Gauhati Medical College Hospital.

He was suffering from multi-organ dysfunction.

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Rahul Gandhi mocks at PM Modi's 'water from wind turbines' idea; debate stirred

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on wind turbines stirred debate after Rahul Gandhi mocked him and the head of Danish Wind Turbine Maker, Vestas on Friday.

PM Modi had suggested that wind turbines could be used to generate clean drinking water, oxygen and energy during a video interaction with the head of Danish wind turbine maker, Vestas.

Later, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday shared the video on Twitter saying, “the real danger to India isn’t that our PM doesn’t understand. It’s the fact that nobody around him has the guts to tell him.”

Notably, the video is from an interaction that PM Modi had with Henrik Andersen, head of Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, on October 6, 2020.

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Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi detained at Yamuna Expressway

Guwahati: Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi were detained while on the way to Hathras on Thursday.

The Uttar Pradesh Police stopped them at the Yamuna Expressway, citing the imposition of Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of four or more people.

They have since been released and were escorted back to Delhi.

The Congress leaders are headed to meet the family of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday after being allegedly raped.

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Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo at Centre over worsening pandemic situation in country

Guwahati: Hitting back at the BJP-led Government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that the Government of India mocked at him while he alerted them about the upcoming pandemic situation in the nation in the month of February and thus, they failed to persuade over the present situation of the nation.

Taking to twitter, Rahul shared a video saying, “I had urged the GoI to make necessary preparations ahead the lockdown period i.e in the month February to combat COVID-19, but they mocked at me. I made another appeal before the Government highlighting three important points for the future of the youths. Firstly, direct transfers of money to the bank accounts of poor people through introduction of Govt scheme like Nyay Yojana, secondly, protection of the small and medium scale industries which is the backbone and future of the youths, and lastly, protection of our strategic industries. But the Modi-led BJP Government didn’t paid any heed to it.”

He further alleged in his tweet (in hindi), “मोदी जी सिर्फ़ अपने चंद "मित्रों" की बात सुनते है और उनका विकास करते है। आज देश का युवा मोदी जी से अपने हक़ का रोज़गार और उज्ज्वल भविष्य माँग रहा है पर मोदी जी चुप हैं। युवाओं की समस्याओं को अनदेखा किया जा रहा है। (Modi ji only listens to his 'few friends' and benefits them. Today, the youth of the country is demanding employment and a bright future from Modi ji, but Modi ji is silent. The problems of the youth are being ignored).

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Lockdown was not an attack on Corona, it was an attack on India's poor: Rahul

Guwahati: After GST, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi once again slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre over the issue of Lockdown.

Gandhi lambasted the PM Modi-led BJP Government on Wednesday in his back to back tweets.

In one of his tweets, Rahul said, “The lockdown was not an attack on Corona, it was an attack on India's poor, an attack on the future of our youth, an attack on labourers, farmers, small shopkeepers. It was an attack on unorganised sector. All of us have to stand against this attack.”

Rahul in his another tweet suggested saying, “For MSME businesses, the govt should prepare a package. They need to be saved. Without this money they will not be able to survive, but the govt did nothing. Instead, they waived off taxes worth lakhs of crores of the richest fifteen-twenty people.”

“The third attack on unorganised sector was done in the name of Corona. The poor, those working in small & medium businesses are daily wife earns they eat with what they eat each day. When you announced a lockdown without any notice. you attacked them,” alleged Rahul in his third tweet.

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