Guwahati court summons Rahul Gandhi over defamation charges

A criminal defamation case has been slapped on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on the RSS. Gandhi was summoned by the Kamrup Metropolitan Court over his remarks about temple entry at Barpeta Satra, a Vaishnavite monastery in Assam. The charges were filed by Anjan Bora, an RSS volunteer. Bora, while filing the charges mentioned that Gandhi, who was supposed to visit the Satra on December 12 went to a padayatra instead. Gandhi alleged that he was denied entry when he went to visit the monastery the  previous year. According to NDTV, Gandhi did not enter the monastery because of the presence of some women pilgrims.

The Congress Vice President is required to appear before the court on September 29. He later said in a press conference that he denied entry into the monastery. Gandhi was actually supposed to visit the monastery and then participate in a padayatra which was supposed to end in a mosque. “When I went to Assam I wanted to visit the Barpeta temple. The RSS people stopped me from going into the temple. This is the way BJP operates. They put women in front of me and prevented me from going in,” he said to NDTV. If found guilty, he might face upto two years of imprisonment or fine or both.

Rahul Gandhi also made the BJP furious over his remarks of the RSS being responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.


Sources: IndiaToday, Business Standard

17th Kargil Vijay Divas celebrated with aplomb

The Indian Army kicked off a week-long celebration on July 21, to commemorate 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh remembered the sacrifices of the soldiers of the 1999 war against Pakistan, along with prominent dignitaries like General officer Commander in Chief of Northern Command Lt Gen D S Hooda and General Officer Commanding of Ladakh—based Fire and Fury Corps Lt Gen S K Patyal, at the war memorial in the Dras sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Army Chief also took part in a one to one interaction with the near and dear ones of the war heroes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to glorify the slain soldiers, and said that “their heroics inspire us,” who paid homage at a memorial service at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. He was accompanied by Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar and the chiefs of  the Army, Navy and Air Force.
A host of other politicians along with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, took to the micro-blogging site voicing similar sentiments.
“Operation Vijay” was launched by the Indian Army to clear out infiltration of Pakistani soldiers on Indian soil, especially in the Kargil sector. The three-month (May-July) war, at the one highest altitude battle ground, resulted to 527 casualties on the Indian side as per official figures shared by the army, which saw India once again gaining control of lost ground.


Sources: The Hindu, The Indian Express

Supreme Court warns Rahul Gandhi about defamation case filed by RSS

Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, sued for defamation over his comment blaming the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, was rebuked by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. As reported by NDTV, he was told by the court that he “cannot make collective denunciations.”

The court also said that he may have to face trial and announced the hearing on July 27th, as opposed to Mr. Gandhi’s wish to get the case cancelled.

Earlier last year the court had adviced Mr Gandhi to apologise and settle the case with RSS. However, he refused to do so.

Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi added that Rahul Gandhi will not apologise to the RSS at any cost and that he will fight the case and support his allegation with historical facts.

The court further added that they have upheld the defamation law as the whole purpose of the law is to obey it so that harmony can be maintained and not anarchy.

The Supreme Court also rejected Mr. Gandhi’s request for two weeks’ time as his lawyer, Mr. Kapil Sibal, a senior Congress leader, will not be available to represent him in the court. The court, however, asked him to arrange for someone else who can represent him during the hearing of the case.

Mr. Gandhi was sued by a member of the RSS for his comments, accusing them of “killing Gandhi” during one of the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaigns.



National Herald: Gandhis seek SC intervention

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to hear their petition against Delhi High Court order of “personal summons”, over their alleged involvement in National Herald Case.

The Delhi High Court on December 7 refused to squash the “personal summon” clause in the order, and further referred the conduct of the accused as “questionable” and stated that a complete investigation should be examined to find out the truth.

The Gandhis were granted bail by the Patiala Court House on December 19, and scheduled the next hearing on February 20. While the Patiala House mandated the presence of the Gandhis during the hearing, their presence will not be required if the apex court decides to squash the order.

Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda, Suman Dubey, are the others who are accused in the case and are requires to be present during the next hearing. The case against the Gandhis and others were filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy over the alleged misappropriation of funds in running the National Herald newspaper.

Source: Economic Times 

MNREGA witnesses 10 successful years

Andhra Pradesh: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi marked his presence at Bandlapaalli, Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh  on Tuesday to celebrate ten successful years of MNREGA, .

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) was led by the UPA Government for implementing rural job guarantee scheme in 2006. It has been ten years now, since Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh declared this plan.

This scheme was a provision to reduce migration of the rural poor class who could not manage their livelihoods. However, after its implementation this scheme  delivered 100 days of work to the job-card holders. The Centre had few days ago decided to grant an additional 50 days of work in drought-hit areas. This was undertaken in the plan to reprieve farmers in various parts of India.

The Modi Government, on completion of ten years of MNREGA announced it as an achievement of a decade which was a reason of national pride and celebration. Following which Rahul Gandhi took it to twitter and expressed, a scheme which was initially a living monument of INC failure is now a pride for the nation. This displays our PM’s political wisdom, he said.

On Monday the Supreme Court came down heavily on the states which did not implement MNREGA, that was passed by the Parliament long before.


Source: zee news  ndtv

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Rohith Vemula’s suicide: Rahul Gandhi ends hunger strike

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sat on hunger strike alongside agitating students from Hyderabad Central University. On January 18, he had made his first visit to the university, a day after Rohith committed suicide.  On January 19, he had met agitating students and Rohith’s family members. The students have been agitating over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar at the university. Rohith and five other students were asked to leave the university in connection with an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.

During the hunger strike, Rahul Gandhi also stated that Narendra Modi and RSS are trying to crush the spirit of students and youths by commanding ‘one idea from top’. He asked students to put their ideas in the market place of ideas, and then if students accept that idea, he said he would be fine with it.

Claiming his main opposition to be Mr. Modi & RSS, he said to the students, “You will one day find that the very same people who crushed Rohith will be blocking your path to freedom, to progress.”

Rahul Gandhi and Rohith Vemula’s mother concluded their hunger strike at University of Hyderabad around 5.40 PM.

The congress Vice President also said that massive discrimination is prevailing in educational institutions. “Every single student must realise that most powerful thing they have is not what some powerful people tell you but what you believe in,” he added.

Drawing a line with Gandhi’s assassination, Rahul said that it is a very interesting day as it is not just Rohith’s birth anniversary, but also Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. He thanked Rohith’s family and students of the University for inviting him for the event. Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Film and Television Institute of India have reportedly joined the hunger strike.

Source: Indian Express, Times of India



Dalit scholar suicide: Rahul Gandhi visits Hyderabad Central University

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the University of Hyderabad on Tuesday, where he addressed agitated students who were protesting over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula.

During his talk, Gandhi attacked Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and the Vice Chancellor saying that they did not act “fairly”, which led to the death of the scholar. Gandhi asked for “strict punishment” against the ministers and chancellors, blaming them for the scholar’s death.

In his address, speaking about the need for legislation to safeguard the interests of the students, he said, “we should create legislation, a law which gives certain minimum rights to every Indian student, minimum rights with regard to the freedom of ideas and expression.”

Some student leaders also tried to clarify that they did not want political involvement as the protests were to seek justice for the victim. Responding to this, Gandhi explained that he had come to the university not as a politician, but as a young individual to support the students.

BJP, however, accused the Congress Vice President of misusing the suicide of the student for political agenda, and claimed that the issue had nothing to do with the fact that the student was from a backward community.

An FIR was filed by the Cyberabad police over the alleged suicide of the Dalit scholar, under the name of the Union Labour Minster, the VC and three others yesterday.

Source: DNA