Rahul Gandhi

Police officer gave Rahul story about ISI: Modi

Narendra-ModiJaipur, Oct 26 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday claimed a Rajasthan police officer, who wanted to contest elections, had given Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi "information" on Pakistani spy agency ISI contacting Muslim youth victims of Muzaffarnagar riots.

"I tried to gather information who gave him (Gandhi) this ISI story... I came to know that a Rajasthan-based police officer who wants to fight elections on a Congress ticket passed this information to him and he in turn used in his speech," Modi said while addressing a rally in Udaipur.

Modi attacks Rahul over ISI comment

Narendra-ModiJhansi, Oct 25 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday attacked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for alleging that the Pakistani intelligence was in touch with Muslim youths affected by the Muzaffarnagar communal riots.

Addressing his second rally in Uttar Pradesh, Modi asked Gandhi to either apologize publicly or name those allegedly contacted by the Pakistani intelligence.

Reacting to remarks made by Gandhi at Indore Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader also wanted to know why the Intelligence Bureau had to brief the Congress leader on the alleged ISI role.

BJP far removed from concerns of poor: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiSagar, Oct 24 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday continued his aggressive campaign against the BJP in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, saying the ruling party in the state was far removed from the concerns of the poor.

"The BJP's politics is the politics of air-conditioners and industrialists," Gandhi said, while addressing a rally in the backward Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh.

This is the second leg of his campaign in the state.

Sonia was breathless when she reached hospital: Rahul

rahul-gandhiShahdol (Madhya Pradesh), Oct 17 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Thursday that his mother Sonia Gandhi was breathless when she was rushed from parliament to hospital two months ago.

But although she was ill, "she was adamant that she wanted to vote in parliament" for the landmark Food Security Bill, which would ensure cheap food for the poor, Gandhi told an election rally here.

It is the first time Rahul Gandhi has spoken publicly about his mother and Congress president's sudden illness while the Lok Sabha was debating the food bill Aug 26.

Manmohan Singh my political guru, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiSangrur, Oct 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday heaped praise on the prime minister, saying he was his political guru and no one could match the development work done by Manmohan Singh.

"I have two political gurus, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the prime minister," Gandhi said while addressing a rally in this Punjab town.

"No one else has done so much development work as done by the prime minister," he said.

He thanked the people of Punjab for "giving us the prime minister".

My words wrong, not sentiment: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiAhmedabad, Oct 3 : A day after the cabinet withdrew a controversial ordinance to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification after Rahul Gandhi trashed it publicly, the Congress vice president Thursday said his choice of words was wrong, but not the sentiment.

"My mother (Congress president Sonia Gandhi) told me that the words that I used were strong. In hindsight, I feel maybe my words were wrong. But the sentiment I felt was not wrong," Gandhi told reporters here.

He is in Gujarat Oct 3 and 4 to meet party workers.

Rahul's comments may spread anarchy: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath-SinghKolkata, Sep 30 : Criticising Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for calling a cabinet-approved ordinance "complete nonsense" which should be "torn up and thrown away", BJP president Rajnath Singh Monday said the remarks would spread anarchy.

Describing Gandhi's outburst as an insult to the nation as well as to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Rajnath Singh said Gandhi should have asked for the ordinance to be formally withdrawn, instead of publicly denouncing it.

Rahul's outburst embarrassing, unfortunate: NCP leader

Praful-PatelKolkata, Sep 28 : Describing as "unfortunate" and "embarrassing" Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's trashing of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, union Heavy Industries Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel Saturday said the situation could have been better handled.

"The way the events have come out, what has taken place, is very unfortunate. I think the entire matter could have been handled in a better way. It's embarrassing," Patel told media persons here.

The Nationalist Congress Party leader said only the union cabinet had the right to reverse the decision.

Rahul outburst shows communication gap in party

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, Sep 28 : Rahul Gandhi's unexpected outburst against his government, which had acted at the party's behest to push an ordinance that would give a reprieve to convicted lawmakers and save them from disqualification, has exposed a glaring communication and generational gap in the Congress party that has become its talking point since Friday afternoon.

"The incident has highlighted that there is a greater need for intra-party consultations on legislative matters," senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi told IANS.

Rahul trashes ordinance, BJP seeks PM's response

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Sep 27 : Terming Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the ordinance on convicted law-makers as "damage control", the BJP Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if he accepted his party vice president's description of the decision taken by his government.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley said that Gandhi's remarks that the ordinance was "nonsense" were "grandstanding" and aimed at "damage control".

Rahul addresses Chhattisgarh tribals, promises implementation of tribal bill

Rahul-GandhiJagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Sep 26 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said the Congress will ensure the implementation of the tribal bill when it comes to power in the state to prevent illegal acquisition of tribal land.

"When land is taken from the rich it is bought, but when it comes to the poor and adivasis (tribals) their land is grabbed. Our fight is for the poor," said Gandhi dressed in a white kurta pyjama and sporting a stubble.

"When the Congress party comes to power, we will ensure that the tribal bill is implemented so that your land is not snatched away from you," he said.

Congress wants to help poor, youth realize their dreams: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiJaipur, Sep 17 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party is working for the welfare of the poor and the youth so that they can not only have big dreams, but also be in a position to realise them.

"The Congress wants to see the son of a labourer flying in aeroplanes. The Congress party's main concern are poor and youth. Youths are a major force in the country at this time.

Dikshit refers to Rahul Gandhi as future PM

Sheila-DikshitNew Delhi, Sep 10 : Calling Rahul Gandhi the future prime minister, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday said she will go to him the day he occupies the government's top post and seek easing of land norms for faster progress of the city.

Speaking at a function held to confer freehold rights own residents of 45 resettlement colonies, Dikshit said there was multiplicity of authorities in the capital which led to difficulties in getting clearances for projects.

"The day he (Rahul Gandhi) becomes PM, we will go to him for improving conditions. There is a need of systemic change," Dikshit said.

UPA has changed development paradigm: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, Sep 10 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has changed the development paradigm in India by enacting rights-based legislation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday.

At a function held here to confer freehold rights to residents of 45 resettlement colonies, Rahul Gandhi said giving rights-based legislation was a guarantee of progress.

"In the last 10 years, we have changed the development paradigm. We are giving rights (to people)," he said.

The decision to give freehold rights is expected to provide relief to 1.5 million people in Delhi.

Rahul's poverty remark draws flak

Rahul's poverty remark draws flakLucknow, Aug 6 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi came in for sharp criticism Tuesday for saying that poverty was a "state of mind".

Political leaders here said the statement made in Allahabad showed how much the Gandhi scion was cut off from the ground reality.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Gandhi's statement smacked of arrogance.

"This is not only sad but also makes mockery of the poor," Pathak told IANS.

No decision on Rahul for PM issue: Dwivedi

Janardan-DwivediNew Delhi, July 13 : Countering his colleague Digvijaya Singh's statement that the party would not name Rahul Gandhi its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi Saturday said it was his personal opinion and the party had not taken any decision.

"Individuals may have their personal opinion but on such issues, the final decision is taken by the party only," Dwivedi told reporters to queries if the Congress had decided on its prime ministerial candidate.

Rahul meets family of killed IAF man

Rahul-GandhiAmethi, June 29 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday met the family members of Indian Air Force's (IAF) Akhilesh Kumar Singh who was among the 20 people killed in Tuesday's chopper crash in Uttarakhand.

Gandhi arrived in Amethi and drove to Singh's house and met the father, wife and children of the junior warrant officer.

Gandhi also attended the cremation and is said to have assured all help to the family.

The Indian Air Force chopper had crashed June 25 during a rescue mission in Uttarakhand, killing all the 20 people on board. (IANS)

Rahul era begins in Congress, impact clear in party reshuffle

Rahul-GandhiNew Delhi, June 24 :  The era of Rahul Gandhi, 43, has begun in the 127-year-old Congress with his stamp clear on the recent party reshuffle that saw the induction of 30 younger leaders as All India Congress Committee
(AICC) secretaries who are set to play a more active role in the organisation, party sources said.

"Rahul Gandhi's era has begun in the Congress. His impact is clearly visible in the recent AICC reshuffle," said a senior Congress leader who did not wish to be named..

Modi elevation not my concern: Rahul

rahul-gandhi1Badgam (Jammu and Kashmir), June 15 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Saturday that the elevation of Narendra Modi as the election campaign chief of the BJP did not concern him.

Describing it was an internal matter of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Gandhi told the media here: "It is really not my concern. My concern is how the Congress is doing and how we are doing in different states. What are the different types of action we are taking to benefit the people."

Stage set for Rahul vs Modi contest in 2014

Rahul-ModiNew Delhi, June 10 : With Narendra Modi heading the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign panel, the stage is set for a virtual showdown between the Gujarat chief minister and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi next year.

While Modi was named the Bharatiya Janata Party's central poll campaign committee head Sunday, Gandhi was picked in November last year to head the Congress election coordination committee.

This happened two months before Gandhi was made the vice president, second only to his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi.

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