Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has destroyed the institutional balance in the country by 'systematically attacking elected institutions and free press' for the last six years. "A nation is a balance between its institutions, if that balance is disturbed then the nation is disturbed. That is the central idea. What are the institutions that make up the Indian nation? There are elected institutions Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabhas, Panchayats. There is the judiciary, there is a supporting free press. These institutions together, they hold the nation together in place. What we have seen over the last six years, is a systematic attack on all these institutions. Democracy does not die with a bang, it dies slowly and I am sad to tell you that democracy in India is dead. It doesn't exist anymore. It is dead because one organization, the RSS has combined with huge finances to penetrate and disturb and destroy our institutional balance. That is what is happened," he said. Rahul also took a jibe at PM Modi during the event. Watch the full video for more details.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday addressed the Members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. In the context of demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP), Om Birla said, "We said that we should all work together so that autonomous districts council should be empowered and more and more accountability can be fixed." Later, he will visit the construction site of the new building of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. The Lok Sabha Speaker is in Meghalaya on a two-day visit.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned the leadership over "not using" Ghulab Nabi Azad's experience. Kapil Sibal's scathing remarks came during 'Shanti Sammelan' in Jammu on February 27. "What is the real role of Ghulam Nabi Azad sahab? A person who flies an aircraft is an experienced person. An engineer accompanies him to detect and repair any malfunctioning in the engine. Ghulam Nabi ji is experienced as well as engineer. He is one such leader who knows ground reality of Congress in every district of every state. We were saddened when we realised that he is being freed from Parliament. We didn't want him to go from Parliament...I can't understand why Congress not using his experience," said Sibal.
"If I want to conduct a public meeting there, then why am I not being permitted?" asked AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi during a press conference on February 25. Owaisi said that Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda can hold a rally, Congress, CPM, TMC can hold a rally then why can't AIMIM. "TMC MPs speak about freedom of expression, constitution, dissent in Parliament. But they have two faces, they say one thing in Delhi and do just the opposite in Bengal," he said. The AIMIM chief further said that Model Code of Conduct has not come into effect now. "If they're refusing to give us permission even before that, how will election be free and fair?" he asked.
Ahead of the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is effectively campaigning in several cities of the state. He conducted a massive road show in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu on February 28. During his rally, Rahul Gandhi said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India has 1 culture, 1 history and 1 language. Is Tamil history not Indian history or Tamil culture not Indian culture? India has multiple cultures, history and languages." "The PM must respect every language and culture," he added.
Passionate about water conservation and nature, Mayur Shah said that he was speechless when Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted his comment during Mann Ki Baat on February 28. Mayur Shah said, "My first reaction was my jaw dropped, I was speechless. We are ardent listener of Mann Ki Baat but never in the dream had we thought that he will pick and highlight what I wrote. We feel extremely blessed." Mayur had requested Prime Minister to highlight and appreciate people of Assam. Mayur said, "I had requested PM to use his platform and congratulate people of Assam for water conservation efforts in Kaziranga that has led to growth in waterfowls there, it is helping lot of migratory birds."
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he does not “recognise” suggestions he told MPs in private that he would raise taxes now before cutting them in a pre-election Budget, but he did not rule out the possibility.He said he wants to "support people and businesses through the remaining stages of this crisis".
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A day before the floor test in Puducherry Assembly, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held a meeting with Congress and DMK MLAs to discuss the strategy ahead. Briefing the reporters, Narayanasamy said, "I held a meeting with ministers, MLAs of Congress and DMK, MPs and other party leaders today. We discussed the strategy to be adopted in the Legislative Assembly. We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House." On Feb 21, Congress MLA K Lakshmi Narayanan and DMK MLA K Venkatesan tendered their resignation from the Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu. Narayanan said, “It was my individual decision as the party has not given me my due recognition in the government that's why I have taken this decision.” Watch the full video for more.
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A group of leaders who had earlier written to Indian National Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking reform in the party, held an event in Jammu on February 27. The programme was held in honour of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who recently retired from Rajya Sabha. He even received a tearful farewell from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The group of leaders - known as G23, an allusion to their number - called for making Congress strong again. Watch the full video for more.
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Soon after meeting with state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Kolkata, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta said that BJP "detected the conspiracy" by 3 Kolkata policemen who are attempting to accumulate and collect Aadhar Cards of fellow policemen so that they can cast their postal ballot votes on their behalf, BJP has called for the immediate suspension of these three policemen and they should be nowhere involved in any poll duty.