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Rahul’s Himachal Rally: Virbhadra Singh to lead party in assembly elections again

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Mandi: In a public rally held at Paddal Ground in Mandi on October 7, 2017, the National Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi, has announced Virbhadra Singh as the high command’s choice for Chief Ministerial candidate in the upcoming HP Assembly elections.

Rahul said Virbhadra is a ‘Fakir’ in the true sense. He urged the party leaders and workers to stand united to elect him as their Chief Minister for the seventh time.

On the other hand, Bhartiya Janata Party has still kept the state leaders in a dilemma. BJP is internally divided into two camps. The political activity and demand of the Union Health Minister JP Nadda have significantly increased recently.

Former Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, is being over-shadowed by Nadda’s active presence. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also shown overwhelming appreciation towards the Union Minister at the recent political rally held in Bilaspur district.

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While addressing the rally, Rahul focused on comparing development model of Gujrat and criticised the NDA government for demonetization and GST. He did not speak of the corruption charges against the Chief Minister and other repeated allegations of BJP regarding the presence of forest and mining mafia in Himachal.

Chief Minister provided employment to around 70,000 youth in the government sector, he said.

The Congress-led state government gave unemployment allowance of Rs.1000 to the unemployed whereas there is no such provision in Gujarat. The government opened or upgraded as many as 15000 schools whereas the Gujarat government closed 13,000 schools during last five years, said Rahul.

HP government opened four medical colleges, 57 degree colleges as opposite to Gujarat where just 25 degree colleges have been opened and no medical college during last five years.

The financial assistance for housing for different categories is Rs 1.30 lakh to poor in Himachal and mere Rs 70,000 in Gujarat. Social security pension in Himachal is Rs.700 per month and mere Rs.450 in Gujarat.
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Rest, Rahul repeated the same claims regarding development in education, healthcare, youth employment etc. that the Chief Minister had been making.

He blamed Union government and PM Narendra Modi for the decline in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and fall in GDP by 2 percent and said it led to mismanagement of the economic reforms.

He said the NDA Government has created trouble for all sections of the society by imposing Goods and Service Tax (GST). Services are now more expensive.

He said PM Modi has given the Indian economy the biggest blow ever.
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Instead of one tax throughout the country, the NDA has imposed five different types of taxes completely derailing the economy with the imposition of 28 percent tax from the very onset.

Modi government failed to provide employment to two crore youth, as he had promised before elections. The Modi government failed to protect the interest of farmers as hundreds of farmers are committing suicide in the country. Loan waiver policies of the Union government also made a mockery of farmers in the name of waiving off loans, said Rahul.

People were family members to me and I don’t have servant-master relation with them,

said Chief Minister. He credited the development of this hill state to Gandhi family, right from Jawahar Lal Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi.
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He said that 95 percent of the educational institutions are opened during the successive Congress regimes in the state. During last five years the government has opened or upgraded around 230 health institutions in the state, he said.

BJP Misinforming Public over Credit for AIIMS

He alleged BJP of misinforming people about the AIIMS. The government provided the land for AIIMS as demanded by the Union Health Ministry, but the BJP state leaders claimed that Union Government sanctioned AIIMS and gave funds for it, he said.

I want to make it clear that it was the responsibility of the central government’s to provide state share for undertaking development and the funds provided for AIIMS was not from anyone’s personal pocket, it was the funds from ‘Bharat Sarkar’ from the share of the state which the state government deserve and have full right to ask for,

said the Chief Minister adding

The Central Government can boast of funds provided to Union territories which were under the direct control of the Union government but it can’t claim the share of states as its own.

He said irrespective of the government in the centre, it is the moral duty of the Union government to release the funds earmarked for the states.

At the time of the formations of the state, there were hardly 288 kilometers of road and today the total road length stands 37,000 kilometers, he said

The state achieved 100 percent electrification, every village has drinking water facilities, he said. There are137 degree colleges in the state and 57 were opened in this tenure of my government.

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Himachal BJP Chief Satti Barred from Campaigning by EC for MCC Violation

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Shimla-The Election Commission of India has barred Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for 48 hours. This prohibition would begin from 10 am tomorrow onwards for two days for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

This makes him the first such leader from Himachal Pradesh who was barred from campaigning for violating MCC.

Satti had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.  The EC had taken strict note of it and had issued a notice. Satti had filed a reply justifying himself that he was merely narrating a Facebook comment made by some other person. He also alleged media of presenting edited video clip with manipulations. However, this justification failed to appeal to the EC as the word used by Satti was highly derogatory.  

Also, it was alleged that Satti had made objectionable remarks over religious sect Radha Swami, for which he had also apologized.

Here is what Satti Had Said About Rahul Gandhi:

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

However, Satti is yet to receive a response to the reply he has filed to a second notice served to him by EC for again making objectionable comments about Priyanka Vadra dressing and Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood in public meeting in Una.  The second notice was sent on the basis of video footage recorded by EC’s video surveillance team.

Himachal Pradesh Congress had launched a statewide protest against Satti along with submission of a complaint to the EC. An FIR was also lodged against Satti in relation to his derogatory comments.  Effigies were burnt at various places. Youth wing of the State Congress had smeared black paint on the face of Satti in BJP posters in Shimla. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had gone to the extent of saying that Satti had lost his mental balance.

State BJP leaders have so far avoided condemning Satti’s remarks, which also drew criticism from the opposition.

BJP leaders like Shanta Kumar, however, defended Satti. Shanta said Satti had apologized for his remarks. However, Satti had only apologized to Radha Swami organization. He had refused to apologize to Rahul Gandhi. He maintained that Rahul had also been addressing PM Modi as Chowkidar Chor or Chore while addressing rallies and public meetings.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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