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Assembly elections campaign 2018 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi hits out at KCR, says ‘Telangana had no debt when it was formed’

Assembly elections campaign 2018: Ahead of assembly elections, scheduled for December 7, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot Thursday released its party manifesto.

By HT Correspondent | Nov 29, 2018 18:30 IST
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Political parties are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to outdo each other in the assembly elections in the five states of Rajasthan and Telangana, fielding key leaders, poaching heavyweights, forging alliances, among others.

The Telangana legislative assembly was prematurely dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation made by the state cabinet. The assembly polls were originally scheduled to be held along with Lok Sabha elections next year.

Elections in Telangana and Rajasthan will be held on December 7 and the counting for all five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, will be held on December 11.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Telangana Thursday as part of his two day tour. He addressed public meetings at the Bhupalpally, Armoor, and Pargi districts of Telangana.

Follow live updates here:

6:05 pm IST

‘Congress party sees its vote banks in intruders’: Amit Shah

6:00 pm IST

Rajasthan’s voters are ready to elect BJP again: Amit Shah

All of Rajasthan’s voters are ready to elect BJP again: Amit Shah

5:46 pm IST

Only we can break the partnership of BJP, TRS, MIM: Rahul Gandhi

MIM introduced candidates in Maharashtra and Assam, even though they have negligible presence there, to cut Congress votes: Rahul Gandhi.

‘Only we can break the partnership of BJP, TRS, MIM’: Rahul Gandhi

5:40 pm IST

Narendra Modi pitches one against another: Rahul Gandhi

Narendra Modi pitches one against another and tries to divide the nation... And the TRS supports BJP at the Centre, says Rahul Gandhi in Parigi.

5:30 pm IST

‘TRS works as land mafia,” Rahul Gandhi

Congress president alleges that TRS workers work as land mafia in Telangana. He says when Congerss comes to power they will provide MSP and lists out the amount for various crops.

5:25 pm IST

Telangana’s dream was destroyed by ‘Khao Commission Rao’: Rahul Gandhi

When Telangana was born, thousands of people shed their blood to make this state... The goal was to make a new state and give jobs and employment to the youth. Your dream was destroyed by ‘Khao Commission Rao’. Telangana had no debt when it was formed: Rahul Gandhi in Telangana’s Parigi.

4:30 pm IST

‘Congress is not a democratic party,’ says Amit Shah

‘Congress is not a democratic party, it is just a private firm belonging to Gandhi-Nehru family,’ says Amit Shah at public meeting in Kotputli, Rajasthan.

3:55 pm IST

Unlike KCR, our focus will be to provide employment to at least 1 lakh youth: Rahul

“If voted to power, Congress’ focus will be on providing jobs to at least one youth, unlike KCR,” said Rahul Gandhi.

3:50 pm IST

TRS should be called TRSS- Telangana RSS: Rahul Gandhi

“Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) should be called TRSS- Telangana RSS, because they support RSS,” said Rahul Gandhi.

3:45 pm IST

Under KCR’s rule, 4500 farmers committed suicide: Rahul

“KCR government didn’t provide farmers the proper compensation for selling their land, nether did he fulfil their water needs. 4500 farmers committed suicide in Telangana under KCR’s rule,” said Rahul Gandhi.

3:40 pm IST

KCR, PM Modi’s words are hollow: Rahul Gandhi

KCR had promised employment to one lakh youth in Telangana, however, he didn’t do it, whereas in Delhi PM Modi had promised employment to at least two crore youth, but even he didn’t do it. Their promises are hollow,” said Rahul Gandhi in Telangana.

3:35 pm IST

Every family in Telangana in debt of Rs 2.5 lakh: Rahul Gandhi

“Every family in Telangana in debt of Rs 2.5 lakh loan, but KCR’s son’s income has increased by 4 times, says Rahul Gandhi.

3:25 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi addresses a public gathering in Telangana’s Nizamabad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is currently addressing a public gathering in Telangana’s Nizamabad.

2:15 pm IST

KCR cheated coal mine workers: Rahul Gandhi

Referring to the plight of coal mine workers of Singareni Collieries, Gandhi said KCR had cheated the coal mine workers, who had actively participated in the movement for separate Telangana state.

“He made several tall promises to come to the rescue of coal mine workers, including provision of jobs to kin of the medically invalidated workers. But he had never implemented the same,” he alleged.

2:10 pm IST

Rahul vows to restore tribal rights

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday vowed to restore tribal rights in the forest areas, which he said had been trampled upon during the four and a half year Telangana Rashtra Samithi government.

“During the UPA regime, we had brought in tribal land act, according to which Adivasis would get all the rights over the forest resources – Jal, Jungle and Zameen (water, forest and land). But the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the TRS government in the state has completely ignored this act and denied the legitimate rights to the Adivasis,” he alleged.

1:50 pm IST

Telangana PMC’s Subbalaxmi campaigns at Secunderabad Cantonment

1:48 pm IST

Entrepreneurs of Telangana will be source of employment for people of the state: Rahul Gandhi

“With our policies, entrepreneurs of Telangana will be a source of employment for the people of the state,” said Rahul Gandhi.

1:45 pm IST

AS BSP candidate in Alwar die, EC gives 7 days time to party for nomination filing of new candidate

“There are provisions in Section 52 in The Representation of the People Act, 1951, that if a candidate of a national recognised party dies after filing nominations, Returning Officer will adjourn polling,” Alwar DM on death of Lakshman Singh, BSP candidate from Ramgarh.

“EC will give 7 days time to concerned party for nomination filing of new candidate & then announce fresh polling dates. The same procedure will be followed in this case. Polling has been adjourned & EC is finalising the new date,” said Alwar district magistrate Prakash Rajpurohit.

1:40 pm IST

Education, housing, healthcare facilities our priority: Rahul Gandhi

“We wish to provide your children education, housing, and healthcare facilities,” said Rahul Gandhi.

1:40 pm IST

Contract-based workers will get regular work: Rahul Gandhi

Those who work on contract basis, Congress will regularize their work as promised the state’s manifesto, said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

1:35 pm IST

KCR promised jobs, but did he fulfil any promises, asks Rahul

KCR had promised jobs, but did he fulfil any of these promises”, asked Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally in Telangana’s Bhupalpally.

1:30 pm IST

KCR promised a tribal university, but he never came up with one: Rahul

“KCR promised a tribal university, but he never came up with one, but in our manifesto we have promised university for tribals and we will fulfil them,” said Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress president promised that the Congress party, if voted to power in the state, would give pattas to Adivasis who had been doing cultivation in the forest areas, so that they get permanent rights over the land.

He also promised to secure establishment of a tribal university in the district, in accordance with the AP Reorganisation Act.

1:25 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Telangana’s Bhupalpally

Rahul Gandhi is currently addressing a public meeting in Telangana’s Bhupalpally.

1:20 pm IST

N Chandrababu Naidu holds road show in Telangana’s Serilingampally

Ahead of the assembly elections scheduled for December 7, N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday held a road show in Telangana’s Serilingampally.

1:07 pm IST

Congress’ Rajasthan manifesto a ‘nakalpatra’ full of silliness: BJP’s Sudhanshu Trivedi

“Congress’ manifesto (for Rajasthan polls) is a ‘nakalpatra’ full of silliness.There is no seriousness. It’s just a document full of frivolous funny reactions on BJP manifesto. Not only their manifesto came after us, they are lagging behind us on every step,” said BJP’s Sudhanshu Trivedi, according to news agency ANI.

12:30 pm IST

Telangana CM could fulfil dreams of the state but he only gave way to corruption: Rahul Gandhi

“The Telangana CM was given a golden opportunity to fulfil the dreams of the state but he only gave way to corruption,” says Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

12:20 pm IST

BJP releases Telangana manifesto

11:50 pm IST

We don’t make false promises: Rahul

“I’m not in the habit of making false promises. We have fulfilled all the promises that we had made in Punjab and Karnataka. It is matter of my credibility and I take that very seriously,” said Rahul Gandhi at a meeting with management and teachers of govt recognised Institutions in Telangana.

11:45 pm IST

Congress believes in fairness: Rahul Gandhi

“Congress party believes in fairness. If you look at our policies, all of them are designed to create a level-playing field for different groups of people,” said Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

10:15 am IST

Rajasthan Congress promises Journalist Protection Act in party manifesto

Rajasthan Congress Thursday promised Journalist Protection Act in its party manifesto.

10:10 am IST

Rajasthan, Telangana to go polls on Dec 7

Elections in Telangana and Rajasthan will be held on December 7 and the counting for all five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, will be held on December 11.

10:00 am IST

An alliance of strength, honesty and for all citizens: Congress on alliance with TDP

9:55 am IST

In Tonk, Congress’ Sachin Pilot vs BJP’s Yunus Khan

The Tonk assembly constituency in Rajasthan seems to be headed for an interesting battle of opposites: state Congress chief Sachin Pilot is contesting state elections for the first time, while Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate Yunus Khan is a cabinet minister in the Vasundhara Raje government.

9:40 am IST

Congress promises jobs to youth, free education to women

As the party released its Rajasthan manifesto Thursday, it has promised jobs to youth, free education to women, and right to health.

9:35 am IST

Congress promises to waive farmers’ loan in Rajasthan manifesto

As Rajasthan party chief Sachin Pilot released the manifesto Thursday, Congress has promised to waive farmers’ loan.

9:30 am IST

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot releases party manifesto

Ahead of assembly elections, scheduled for December 7, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot Thursday released its party manifesto at the PCC Office in Jaipur.