Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will today be in Kerala where he will address a fishermen's parliament, hold a public rally and meet the families of Congress workers who were allegedly killed by the activists of the CPM. Rahul Gandhi will begin his tour of Kerala by addressing the fishermen's parliament at around 10 am. At around 12 pm, Rahul Gandhi will meet the family of a youth Congress worker, Shuhaib, who was allegedly murdered by CPM activists in 2018.
He will then head to Kerala's Kasargod, where he will meet the families of two other killed youth Congress workers, Kripesh and Sarathal, allegedly killed by CPM workers last month.
After this, he will hold a public rally at around 4.30 pm in Kerala's Kozhikode. He will address a gathering at Janmaharali at Kozhikode beach.
Here are the highlights on the political developments of the day:
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her first political speech in Gujarat, broke a tradition as she began her address with "behno aur bhaiyon (sisters and brothers)".
Tom Vadakkan, senior Congress leader and a close aide of Sonia Gandhi, today joined the BJP, saying it was "deeply hurt" when his party of 20 years "questioned the integrity of the armed forces".
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over China's move to block the global terrorist tag for Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar has brought a prompt response from the BJP. "China wouldn't be in UNSC had your great grandfather not 'gifted' it to them at India's cost," the BJP tweeted, referring to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Congress's Tom Vadakkan joins BJP, says "deeply hurt when party questioned integrity of armed forces".
When government is taking 28% tax from fishermen, it is Gabbar Singh who is taking your money. We will reform GST and make it simple: CP @RahulGandhi#RahulGandhiWithFishermenpic.twitter.com/TfUEVFpeyn- Congress (@INCIndia) March 14, 2019
"You all have seen Rahul Gandhi's tweet on Masood Azhar," he said.
"Why is Rahul Gandhi in his celebratory mood when country is pained by China's attitude," he added.
"He must be headlining news in Pakistan," Ravi Shankar Prasad added.
The Shiv Sena on Thursday asked ally BJP to be cautious while inducting leaders from opposition parties, saying doing so may pose problems in future.
"For India the most important thing is to give voice for the people. In today's government Ambani and Nirav Modi has a lot of voice and they can send the message in 10 secs. They can even whisper. But the farmers small businesses men, fishermen have to make a lot of noise to reach the PM," Rahul Gandhi replied to the fisherman.
"For example when the cyclone come the fishermen who goes and save people. But it's not your job but navy and coastguard's. But when the nation needs you, you are there, but the sad part is when you need India, India is not with you. The impact is borne by you," said Rahul Gandhi.
"You are facing issue with Sri Lanka. Trawlers and new sea rules. I want to give you a big solution. I want to give your own amplifier. So that you need something your voice is heard in Delhi. The solution is your own ministry in Delhi. Somebody has to represent you in Delhi. My commitment to you is that the moment we win in Delhi you will have your own ministry," said Rahul Gandhi.
"I will certainly raise this issue with PM. But as you said our PM has least regard for our common people," replied Rahul Gandhi.
We want to honour all those fishermen. We have decided that the best way to honour them is to have a dedicated ministry for fishermen in Delhi: CP @RahulGandhi#RahulGandhiWithFishermenpic.twitter.com/nhf6ghP6SY- Congress (@INCIndia) March 14, 2019
Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 14, 2019
NoMo's China Diplomacy:
1. Swing with Xi in Gujarat
2. Hug Xi in Delhi
3. Bow to Xi in China https://t.co/7QBjY4e0z3
Rahul Gandhi, in his outreach in Chennai today as part of his campaign for next month's national election, addressed hundreds of students at a college and urged them to ask him "only difficult" questions. "Can you call me Rahul instead of sir," he said as a student rose to ask him a question.
In an interaction with students in Chennai, Rahul Gandhi today referred to the investigation against his brother-in-law Robert Vadra and said, "The government should not be selective". Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also be investigated in the Rafale jet deal, said the Congress President.
Rahul Gandhi's flub at a college in Chennai while talking about fugitive jeweler Nirav Modi drove his young audience of students wild on Wednesday. It so happened that the Congress president blurted out "Narendra" instead of "Nirav" while talking about corrupt businessmen looting taxpayers' money.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "so angry" that he is "unable to see the beauty of the world" and that is what made him hug him in parliament, recalling one of the most memorable moments in politics last year during a breezy interaction with students in Chennai.
Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi today promised 33 per cent reservation of women in government jobs and parliament if the party is voted to power in national elections.
DMK chief MK Stalin, who had earlier backed Rahul Gandhi for opposition's prime ministerial candidate, today predicted the Congress chief will become the prime minister after the Lok Sabha elections and that the country will be safe in his hands.