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Sonia, Rahul hold Janata Darshan in Rae Bareli

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00 Written by

Rae Bareli, Apr 18 (UNI) UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a Janata darshan here on Wednesday morning where around 1,000 people thronged the Bhue Mau guest house to register their problems and complaints.
At the same time, Ms Gandhi also inaugurated several development projects to the tune of over Rs 75 crore in her Rae Bareli Parliamentary constituency under her MPLAD and PMSJY scheme at the guest house.

During the event, both the mother and son gave a patience hearing to the people which included 23 delegations.

Later, senior Congress leaders of the district also met Mr Gandhi and apprised him about the local politics.

The leaders expressed their concern about the reported anti-party activities of MLA Dinesh Pratap Singh and his two brothers-- the Congress MLA from Harchandpur Rakesh Singh and district panchayat chairman Awadhesh Singh. These rebel Congress legislators are slated to join the BJP during a rally in the district on April 21, to be attended by BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Later, Ms Gandhi inaugurated a Passport Sewa centre opened at the head post office premises and thereafter, she would be attending the District Development Coordination Monitoring Committee meeting to be held at the collectorate.
However, Mr Gandhi, would not accompany his mother in the programme but will go to Salon to meet the local people.
Both the leaders are expected to leave for New Delhi en route Lucknow at around 1500 hrs.

Kathua rape case: PDP-BJP divide widens as ex-minister Choudhary Lal Singh takes aim at Mehbooba Mufti govt

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00 Written by

Jammu: The BJP is playing with fire in the Jammu region with Choudhary Lal Singh — one of the two ministers unceremoniously ousted from the Mehbooba Mufti government — addressing over a dozen rallies on Tuesday in solidarity with the alleged culprits arrested in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, and also to demand a CBI probe in the case. To many political observers, this likely marks the beginning of a dangerous turning point in the communally-divided state.

On Tuesday, when the heavily-garlanded former forest minister of the state climbed onto a makeshift stage in Satwari Chowk of Jammu city, hundreds of his supporters — women included — resorted to intense sloganeering, denouncing the Jammu and Kashmir Police's probe into the case. Visibly enraged, Singh lent support to their demands of a CBI probe even as his speech was punctuated by slogans like "Bharat Mata Ki Jai".

"She is our daughter. We are fighting to punish her culprits, but it is a tragedy that people living far away (in Kashmir) are passing judgment on the case without knowing the facts. Our fight is for justice, which will be only be done by identifying the real culprits," Singh said in his speech.

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