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Cong, a party of slum-dwellers, labourers: Rahul
New Delhi, April 6
In a last bid to revamp party's lost fortune three days before Delhi goes to polls, Rahul Gandhi today made every attempt to win people's faith by calling the Congress a party of "slum-dwellers and labourers" and tried to give a personal touch to his rally by shaking hands with the audience and waving from his open-roof vehicle.


Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally with other party leaders at Dakshinpuri (Ambedkar Nagar) in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Campaign trail
Top leaders of parties woo 1.2 crore Delhi voters
New Delhi, April 6
With just three days left for the fiercely fought Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, top guns of all three key players - BJP, Congress and newbie AAP - blazed today as they addressed a series of rallies across the city to woo around 1.2 crore voters.

Vardhan assures traders of reconsidering FDI in retail
New Delhi, April 6
On the Foundation day of the BJP and last holiday before the elections, the BJP workers went door-to-door at every booth level to seek vote for the party in the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency today.


Independent candidate from the South Delhi constituency and former Mrs Beauty Queen 33-year-old Ruby Yadav visits a slum area in South Delhi. Tribune photo

Rahul misleading people of Delhi: AAP
New Delhi, April 6
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today challenged the Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, who has become the face of the Congress this Lok Sabha elections in a bid to restore the party's losing ground, to come clear on his party's stand on fresh assembly elections in Delhi.

BJP accuses Kejriwal of making false statements
New Delhi, April 6
It may have taken sometime for the BJP to react to the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) move of questioning the silence of its prime ministerial nominee, Narendra Modi, over the gas price fixation issue. But it has done so capitalising on Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran's latest stand that questions the then Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal's role in lodging of an FIR against Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily over the matter terming it "illegal".

482 bikers fined, 269 vehicles impounded in special drive
New Delhi, April 6
Cracking down on stunt bikers and traffic violators in the high-security New Delhi area, the police today impounded 269 vehicles, detained 250 motorcyclists and fined 482. "We have detained around 250 riders, including juveniles. However, they were allowed to go following counselling and after their parents were called," said a senior police officer.

Cong has sidelined Manmohan Singh: BJP
New Delhi, April 6
Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chairperson of the BJP Lok Sabha Election Management and Campaign Committee Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra today said that it never happened in any country of the world that while the party of Prime Minister is contesting general elections, the Prime Minister is hale and hearty but not addressing any election meeting.

AAP expels its national council member Ashwini Upadhyay
New Delhi, April 6
The AAP today expelled its national council member Ashwini Upadhyay for "anti-party activities" after he planned to move a proposal of removing Arvind Kejriwal as party national convener. "The AAP has expelled Upadhyay due to his repeated involvement in the anti-party activities and his failure to response to a show cause notice served to him," said a statement issued by the AAP.

Seven robbers arrested
New Delhi, April 6
With arrest of seven wanted accused, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in robberies in the national Capital during the last 9-10 months. A semi-automatic pistol, five motorcycles and a scooter were recovered from them, the police said. "All the accused, who are residents of Delhi, were interrogated during which they admitted their involvement in a series of robberies committed by them all over the capital," they said. PTI





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Cong, a party of slum-dwellers, labourers: Rahul
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
In a last bid to revamp party's lost fortune three days before Delhi goes to polls, Rahul Gandhi today made every attempt to win people's faith by calling the Congress a party of "slum-dwellers and labourers" and tried to give a personal touch to his rally by shaking hands with the audience and waving from his open-roof vehicle.

Taking a dig at BJP's prime ministerial candidate, at a jam-packed ground in Dakshinpuri, Ambedkar Nagar, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said that the party wants to give a "chawkidar" (guard) to the nation who knows all about the world.

Ridiculing Modi, Rahul said, "They (BJP) say nation needs a 'chawkidar', make him the Prime Minister and everything will fall in place. But, we want to make you all the guardians. And that is why we gave you RTI, Panchayati Raj, Lokpal and Food Security."

Launching strong attack at the BJP, Rahul said, women are beaten up and police are sent behind them in NDA-ruled states of Bangaluru and Gujarat.

"The BJP posters talk about women equality. But in Gujarat they put the police behind women and tap their phones. And in Bangluru, they are beaten up," he said, adding that the Sikhs were also made to leave the state.

The taunt of the Congress vice-president was directed at Modi, who was in the eye of storm over a scandal involving the surveillance of a woman in Gujarat.

"We want to give them place in Parliament, we want to take them to colleges and schools. We want to make them super power," he said.

Targeting Bajrang Dal in BJP-ruled Maharashtra, Rahul said people from UP and Bihar are discriminated. "In Mumbai, people hailing form UP and Bihar are harassed and made to leave the state. But in Delhi, we welcome all and treat them with equally," he said.

Calling for politics of equality, India is home to people of all religions. "It is one only religion that lives in this country. We have people from diverse religions," he said.

Commenting on the BJP on not being able to come out with a manifesto, Gandhi said the party has no vision even as first phase of the Lok Sabha polls will begin from tomorrow.

"For six months we asked what you want. Whatever we put in our manifesto was what you told us. I held 30-40 meetings. I talked to various sections...coolies, workers, industrialists...Then we created our manifesto," he said.

"Look at the other side. They did not even make a manifesto. Elections have come...There is no need to ask anybody...Everything is known to one person...This is the difference between them and us," he said.

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Campaign trail
Top leaders of parties woo 1.2 crore Delhi voters

New Delhi, April 6
With just three days left for the fiercely fought Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, top guns of all three key players - BJP, Congress and newbie AAP - blazed today as they addressed a series of rallies across the city to woo around 1.2 crore voters.

The Congress campaign in the city was led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who while addressing a well-attended rally in the Dakshinpuri area of South Delhi, appealed to people to support his party and slammed the BJP on a number of issues.

He asked why the BJP had failed to come out with its election manifesto till now.

Delhi goes to polls on Thursday.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani and party president Rajnath Singh also hit the campaign trail in the city, asking people to reject "corrupt" Congress and vote for BJP for a new beginning.

In his address at a rally in Jaitpur area, South Delhi, Singh accused the Congress of indulging in "politics of division" and said people now want to get rid of its "massive corruption" and "inefficiency".

He also alleged the UPA government was unable to respond effectively on a range of key matters, including the boundary issue with China and terrorism.

The BJP president also slammed the Aam Aadmi Party for "misleading" people of Delhi to "grab power" and then "running away" from its responsibilities.

"It is not a party for aam aadmi (common man) as it is run by 'khaas aadmis' (special people)," he said, appealing people to vote for the BJP to bring "change" and "good governance".

In a separate rally in North West Delhi, Advani slammed the UPA government and asked people to support the BJP in the election.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal also held several road shows where he attacked the BJP and the Congress and alleged that the two parties had a "setting" between themselves.

He wondered why he was always the target of ink and egg attacks and not his adversaries.

During road shows at a number of areas in the New Delhi constituency, the former Delhi Chief Minister said he was undeterred by the attacks and would continue his fight till the "last breath" and that "no evil force" could stop his party.

"I was hit with eggs, ink. My car was smashed with iron rod. Why Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi are not hit? They have made a setting among themselves and we are the ones who have threatened this setting.

We will fight till the last breath, no evil force can stop us," he said. PTI

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Vardhan assures traders of reconsidering FDI in retail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
On the Foundation day of the BJP and last holiday before the elections, the BJP workers went door-to-door at every booth level to seek vote for the party in the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency today.

In his meeting with the traders community in Civil Lines, BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk Dr. Harsh Vardhan assured that after coming to power, the party will reconsider FDI in retail and curb corruption in VAT, excise departments by forming traders' advisory committees.

Under the leadership of legislators, councillors, senior leaders, district and mandal presidents, meetings of workers were held in every mandal. In these meetings strategy was framed for the coming days and also for the day of voting. The leader of Valmiki Samaj of Dariyaganj, Madan Lal, announced his support to Dr. Vardhan.

Former Central minister and Bolywood actor Shatrughan Sinha addressed election meetings in support of Dr. Vardhan and attracted the people in his own style. In his address to the people, he said that they have an opportunity to choose among an honest public servant, corrupt minister and an opportunist journalist and he is confident that the people of the heart of Delhi Chandni Chowk will certainly choose dedicated public servant Dr. Vardhan.

In his address, Dr Vardhan congratulated partymen on the occasion of the foundation day and said the entire BJP clan looks forward towards formation of the Modi government. He, along with senior party leader Arif Begh, today joined a symposium organised by an NGO, Anjuman Aman Dost, Insaan Dost, near Delhi Gate.

Introducing the BJP slogan "Sabka saath sabka vikas", he assured the gathering that development of all irrespective of religion, caste or creed shall be the "rashtra dharm" of the Modi government.

Dr. Vardhan started his public contact today from Sushila Park of Chandni Chowk and councilor Surekha Gupta, BJP leader Suman Kumar Gupta, Anand Bharti accompanied him. After that he made his public contact in Matia Mahal, Chandni Chowk, Sadar and Ballimaran, including main roads and lanes. He staged intensive road show and padyatra in Azmeri Gate, Sitaram Bazar, Chudiwalam, Chawari Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Hamilton Road, Mori Gate and Gur Mandi among others.

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Rahul misleading people of Delhi: AAP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today challenged the Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, who has become the face of the Congress this Lok Sabha elections in a bid to restore the party's losing ground, to come clear on his party's stand on fresh assembly elections in Delhi

According to the AAP leaders, the fact that the Congress is shying away from making its stand public even before the Supreme Court makes it amply clear that the party is here just to mislead the public.

"Gandhi should reveal his party's stand on fresh assembly elections in Delhi. His party entered into an open alliance with the BJP in the Delhi assembly on February 14 to vote against the AAP government's Jan Lokpal Bill and is now making an unsuccessful attempt to mislead the public," they said.

They said Rahul talks about eradication of corruption... but chooses to remain silent about his party's role in the Delhi assembly, which sided with the BJP to defeat the most important legislation to curb corruption in public life.

According to the AAP, Rahul's comments are a desperate bid to deflect attention from the growing public anger against a series of corruption scams of the Congress-led UPA's Central government and its wrong policies.

Noting that the AAP government could not continue in office beyond February 14, since it did not have the numbers to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed and the cabinet in its last meeting had recommended dissolution of the assembly, the AAP leaders questioned the Congress, saying in case the Congress is so confident of its mature skills of running governments, then why does not it direct the Lieutenant Governor to recommend dissolution of the state assembly and why is it running away from facing the elections ?

The AAP is taking its message to the people that together the Congress and the BJP did not let the AAP government implement its agenda and it is for people to opt for an "honest and credible alternative to them".

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BJP accuses Kejriwal of making false statements
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
It may have taken sometime for the BJP to react to the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) move of questioning the silence of its prime ministerial nominee, Narendra Modi, over the gas price fixation issue. But it has done so capitalising on Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran's latest stand that questions the then Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal's role in lodging of an FIR against Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily over the matter terming it "illegal".

The AAP on the other side has hit out at the Congress-led UPA government for "trying to interfere in investigations against RIL gas price scam". It accused the Congress of influencing the ongoing investigation into the multi-crore natural gas price hike scam by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.

According to the AAP, the opinion by a Central government's law officer reported in the media is shocking and clearly establishes "collusion between the Petroleum Ministry and Reliance Industries Limited which is aimed at providing this company an unjustified gain of Rs 54,500 crore every year".

The AAP leaders said, what is important is that the law officer failed to take into account the fact that the Election Commission has deferred the Central government's decision to double the prices of natural gas from April 1.

However, the BJP maintained that Parasaran's comments came as further evidence that "Kejriwal's statements are designed to beguile and mislead, in or out of office".

BJP chief spokesperson Sanjay Kaul said, "It is hardly possible that as Chief Minister Kejriwal did not have access to the best legal advice. Kejriwal is not only guilty of making false statements at will, but he also attempted to befool the people while in office.

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482 bikers fined, 269 vehicles impounded in special drive

New Delhi, April 6
Cracking down on stunt bikers and traffic violators in the high-security New Delhi area, the police today impounded 269 vehicles, detained 250 motorcyclists and fined 482. "We have detained around 250 riders, including juveniles. However, they were allowed to go following counselling and after their parents were called," said a senior police officer.

As most of them gave the excuse of visiting religious places in the area, priests from Hanuman Mandir and Granthi's from the nearby gurdwara were called in to make them understand that they do not need to break laws to be religious, the police said.

The special traffic drive which started in the midnight continued till early this morning during which around 900 two-wheelers were checked and 213 were issued challans on the spot while others were challaned later. Around 269 vehicles were also impounded in the drive.

According to the police, pickets were put up at 52 points on the roads around India Gate.

A police official said that the drive was launched to stop motorcyclists from breaking rules, honking and performing stunts risking their lives and that of others.

In a similar drive on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, nine bikers were challaned and four motorcycles were impounded. A total of 288 vehicles, including 36 cabs and 237 motorcycles, were checked.

The police swung into action after around 40 rowdy motorcyclists created ruckus on Tilak Marg, Hanuman Road and Akbar Road.

In July last year, a 19-year-old boy was killed and his friend was wounded when the police opened fire on a group of bikers performing dangerous stunts in New Delhi district. The incident had caused uproar with the victim's family demanding a stern action against the policeman who had opened fire. PTI

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Cong has sidelined Manmohan Singh: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6
Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chairperson of the BJP Lok Sabha Election Management and Campaign Committee Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra today said that it never happened in any country of the world that while the party of Prime Minister is contesting general elections, the Prime Minister is hale and hearty but not addressing any election meeting.

In the Congress' advertisements there is no mention of his name even as he has been the Prime Minister for the past 10 years and the 2009 Lok Sabha election was contested under his leadership, he added.

But this time he has not addressed even a singly meeting in Delhi where he lives while on the other side from the BJP camp in Delhi all major leaders, including its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, LK Advani, Arun Jaitley, Shatrughan Sinha , Koshiyari, Khanduri, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ramlal, Baba Ramdev, Ravishankar Prasad, Prabhat Jha, Satpal Maharaj, Arif Beg, Vani Tripathi, Arti Mehra, Vijay Goel, along with the seven candidates, have held dozens of meetings.

" It appears his party has sidelined him. He has already searched a house where he will live after the elections. Here except the meetings by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, no other leader has held meeting. The Congress is completely disappointed. It has collapsed due to wide spread corruption. Due to Internal fighting and betrayal of the people and corruption by the founder members the people are disillusioned with the AAP," he said.

He stated, "The people of Delhi have resolved to make Modi the Prime Minister. Lakhs of youth are working day and night for it. Hence, all the seven BJP candidates will win by heavy margin."

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AAP expels its national council member Ashwini Upadhyay

New Delhi, April 6
The AAP today expelled its national council member Ashwini Upadhyay for "anti-party activities" after he planned to move a proposal of removing Arvind Kejriwal as party national convener. "The AAP has expelled Upadhyay due to his repeated involvement in the anti-party activities and his failure to response to a show cause notice served to him," said a statement issued by the AAP.

Upadhyay, however, denied the party's claim of any notice being served on him.

"The party has expelled me today on the grounds that I did not respond to the show cause notice. I did not get any such intimation," said Upadhyay.

Earlier in the day, Upadhyay called meeting of a national council members of the AAP and had claimed that about 60-70 members would turn up for the event; however, the number was far to less to what he had claimed.

For the past few days he has been attacking the party over several issues, including the selections of the candidate and its funding. PTI

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