Monday, April 30, 2012

Now govt’s transmission scam will be disclosed: Cong


Says wrong interlocutors selected to hold talks for release of abducted Collector

Raipur, April 30, 2012

AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada has said that Congress will soon disclose government’s transmission scam. “We have earlier submitted a chargesheet to President Pratibha Patil and complained her that state government had done corruption worth Rs 20000 crore. Later, the reports of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) too revealed grafts cases of the ruling party. Now, the Congress will inform the public how the BJP government is illegally selling power but showing loss in transmission,” said Hariprasada while talking to scribes at Congress Bhawan on Monday.
“The hike in power tariff is the result of this huge transmission scam,” he said hinting that the Congress would launch statewide movement against the government on this issue in coming days.
“The BJP has failed in all fronts despite ruling in the state for the past eight and a half years. Corruption and bad governance reflect the BJP’s performance,” he said.
When asked his take on government’s efforts to get Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon released, Hariprasada felt much more could have been done instantly after the incident took place.
“It is highly surprising that the government remained silent in the first 24 hours of Menon’s abduction. This indicates that it was not alert and took the matter very causally. Even it hastened in selecting the interlocutors to hold talks with those named by Maoists for release of the Collector,” he charged.
He lashed out at the government for ignoring Bastar, Sarguja. “There is no government in these tribal regions and hence the extremists got opportunity to ramify,” he said.
Asked about the Congress move if the Collector would not be released, he said the party had already appealed to the naxals to release Menon. He said his party would not compromise with the interests of Chhattisgarh and would always condemn the incidents Menon abduction case.
He further said dialogue could not be maintained at gunpoint and hence the Maoists should shun violence and hold talks with the government across the table pertaining to their demands.



YC to start career counselling for youth


Raipur, April 30, 2012

The state Youth Congress (YC) will soon start career counselling for youngsters. For this, they will get a panel of experts hired by the organisation’s national leaders.
PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda informed that the state Congress would guide the YC in making its career counselling programme a success.
“The prime agenda of this programme is to seriously help the youngsters make right selection of the career. Now, since the programme will be carried out under YC banner, the youngsters from the age of 18 would get an opportunity to get acquainted with the Congress ideology and its works,” Chhabda said.
Notably, just recently the software for state Youth Congress (YC) ‘pehchan’ was launched. The software will maintain database of all the YC office-bearers.
Chhabda said the state Congress was committed to increase activities of all its frontal organisations and pehchan software was the unique start for state YC to pick the pace as every member would be able to know about the organisation’s events beforehand.



Hariprasada to launch PCC website today


Raipur, April 30, 2012

With less than two years remaining for Assembly elections in the state, Congress has decided to use all the hi-tech methodologies to increase its domain and woo voters. In this connection, the AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will launch PCC’s website at Congress Bhawan at 11 am on Tuesday. On the occasion will be present Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industry Charandas Mahant, PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey.
The PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda informed that the party had been seriously working on the website for the past couple of months.
“Initially, we will upload details of all the PCC office-bearers, party legislators, public representatives and senior leaders. Soon, we will broaden the scope and encompass workers down the level. The website will enable a person to obtain comprehensive information about Chhattisgarh Congress on one click,” said Chhabda.
He said the party wanted to bring changes at grassroot level for which it felt technology as an effective tool.




Patel expands Cong coop panel


Raipur, April 30, 2012

PCC President Nandkumar Patel expanded party’s cooperative committee headed by Satyanarayan Sharma during a meeting held at Congress Bhawan on Monday.
“The expansion has been done to ensure better coordination during party’s upcoming cooperative committee polls,” informed chief PCC spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.
The expanded panel comprises of – convenor Baijnath Chandrakar, members – Gurmukh Singh Hora, Mahendra Karma, Domendra Bhediya, Brihaspati Singh, Dr Ramlal Bhardwaj, Ashok Agrawal, Umashankar Shukla, Vinod Tiwari, Rajesh Sharma, Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, US Singhdeo, Yogeshwar Raj Singh, OP Agrawal, Damrudhar Yadav, Jagdish Mehar, Rajesh Tiwari and permanently invited members – Harish Tiwari.
Patel has give responsibility of Raipur division to Satyanarayan Sharma, Gurmukh Singh Hora, Dr Ramlal Bhardwaj and Rajesh Sharma, Durg division - Domendra Bhediya, Vinod Tiwari and Yogeshwar Raj Singh, Bilaspur division - Baijnath Chandrakar and Ashok Agrawal, Raigarh division - Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Damrudhar Yadav and Jagdish Mehar, Sarguja division - US Singhdeo, Brihaspati Singh and OP Agrawal and Bastar division - Mahendra Karma, Umashankar Shukla and Rajesh Tiwari.
Trivedi informed that nomination process for cooperative committee polls in Bastar division will start from May 9, 2012. The panel member will once again meet on May 11, he said. The party has also formed a control room for cooperative polls. The Congress monitoring committee has assigned the task to handle the operation of control room during cooperative committee polls.



Cong gears up for April 30 rally


Raipur, April 28, 2012

Congress has completed final preparations regarding public rally on the concluding day of its vada nibhao fortnight at Raipur on April 30. PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda informed that the party was ready for the final show of the fortnight as it would be participated by three national leaders and all the senior leaders of the state.
Chhabda said that the vada nibhao fortnight filled the workers with new energy as the senior party leaders intensely conducted public rallies in different parts of the state.
Notably, to ensure success of the fortnight, the party had formed four teams of which one was led by PCC president Nandkumar Patel and three others were led by – CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh and legislator TS Singhdeo and chairman of Congress monitoring committee Arvind Netam and senior party leader Satyanarayan Sharma.
“In the backdrop of government’s gram suraj abhiyan, we continuously reminded the ruling party about the promises it made to the public but never fulfilled them. We reminded the government that 516784 applications received by it during previous GSA have not yet been addressed. We reminded the BJP about its poll manifesto in 2008 under which it had promised the farmers to provide Rs 270 paddy bonus and free electricity up to 5 HP for irrigation,” said Chhabda.
“We also informed the people about the reports disclosed by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding irregularities done by the government. Besides, we raised the issues like lathicharge on innocent tribals, use of duplicate medicines to conduct surgery of eye patients in government camps that eventually rendered the patients complaining about loss of eyesight, proposed hike in power tariff, etc,” he added.
He said as announced by Patel, vada nibhao would become the party slogan for its mission 2013 after April 30 rally. “We will continue our protest movements using the slogan – vada nibhao to frustrate the government,” said Chhabda.
He further informed that the party had also completed preparations pertaining to its May 1 dharna and court arrest programme in 80 Vidhan Sabha areas. On May 3, the party will again stage dharna and court arrest at Kharsiya, Chhabda said.
He said the party had increased attacks on the state government and would organise court arrest programme for the third time in past one year. “We have let not stone unturned in exposing corrupt face of the BJP government and have informed the public about its wrong polices by frequently organising district and Vidhan Sabha level workers’ meetings,” said Chhabda.  


BJP’s real character exposed: Congress


Raipur, April 28, 2012

Reacting on four years jail sentence to former BJP national president Bangaru Laxman by a Delhi court on Saturday, the Congress said the saffron party’s real character had exposed. PCC president Nandkumar Patel and other partymen charged that corruption prevailed in all the BJP-ruled states including Chhattisgarh and it was character of the saffron party to deceive people.




Jogi ridicules CM remarks


Raipur, April 28, 2012

Ridiculing Chief Minister Raman Singh’s remarks that ‘abduction of Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon’s is not the system’s fault as he has actually gone to one of Sukma villages to improve the system’, senior Congress legislator Ajit Jogi on Saturday said that the incident occurred due to fault in the system. “The CM should take moral responsibility of Menon’s abduction but unfortunately he is refraining to do so,” Jogi said. He said the naxals ramified in the state because the BJP government failed to take development to the remote areas.



Ramdev pawn in hands of BJP & RSS: Cong


Raipur, April 27, 2012

A day after seeking appointment from swami Ramdev to meet him during his state visit on May 1, the Congress has launched attack on him terming him pawn in the hands of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsewak sangh (RSS). “By far, the Yoga guru has not uttered anything against corruption and bad governance of BJP-ruled states. This indicates that he is actually being steered by BJP and RSS,” said PCC president Nandkumar Patel and other party leaders jointly on Friday.
Congress has submitted evidences of grafts against Chhattisgarh government to President Pratibha Patil. Even the Comptroller and Auditor General has disclosed scams done under BJP regime. But we are sure that Ramdev would not speak against the BJP government during his Chhattisgarh visit,” said the Conmen.
They said Yoga guru himself poses double standard on the issue of corruption. “His own religious trust Patanjali Yogpeeth and business establishment Divya Pharmacy are in controversy. Even it has not yet been proved whether his assistant Balkrishna is an Indian citizen or not. Balkrishna is also alleged to have acquired lands from farmers forcibly,” they added.
The Congmen said before his state visit Ramdev should clarify his stand on all the charges against him and must come clean out of it.

Hariprasada, Surjewala to attend Cong’s April 30 rally


Raipur, April 27, 2012

Three national leaders of Congress will attend the party concluding public rally under its vada nibhao fortnight at Raipur on April 30. According to information, the AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada, AICC secretary and state unit secretary incharge Bhakt Charandas and national president of Kisan Congress Shamsher Singh Surjewala will attend the April 30 rally.
The trio will be accompanied by PCC president Nandkumar Patel, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and senior party leaders, legislators, public representatives and PCC office-bearers.
The party’s chief spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi informed that the public rally will commence at Gandhi Maidan at 2 pm. He said large number of party workers from Raipur North, South, West and Rural Assembly areas are expected to gather at Gandhi Maidan.
In this connection, PCC general secretary and Raipur Lok Sabha incharge Devvrat Singh had recently conducted meeting of senior DCC Raipur Urban, DCC Raipur Rural office-bearers and had instructed them to convey the party message at ward-level and bring massive crowd in the rally.


Cong issues list of speakers for May 1 dharna


Hariprasada, Patel, Choubey to participate dharna at Rajnandgaon

Vidya Charan Shukla at Mahasamund, Jogi at Bilaspur

Raipur, April 27, 2012

Congress on Friday issued list of speakers for its May 1 dharna programme to be staged in 80 Assembly areas of the state. Besides, the party has also issued list of leaders who will stage court arrest on May 1.
According to information, the AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada, PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey will participate in the dharna at Chief Minister Raman Singh’s Assembly constituency Rajnandgaon while senior party leader Vidya Charan Shukla will address the partymen at Mahasamund. Similarly, MLA Ajit Jogi will lead the party dharna at Bilaspur.
In addition, former PCC president Dhanendra Sahu will participate dharna at Gariyaband, Satyanarayan Sharma at Durg, deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh at Jashpur, Parasram Bhardwaj at Balodabazar, Kawasi Lakhma at Sukma, Mahendra Karma at Sukma, Arvind Netam at Kondagaon and Pawan Diwan at Dhamtari.
The places where the party will stage court arrest and the leaders who will participate in it are – Sukma – Kawasi Lakhma, Nina Ravatia, Lalu Rathore, Bijapur – Jhitruram Baghel, Antu Ram Kashyap, Mannu Ram Kutchh, Dantewada – Mahendra Karma, Awdhesh Singh Gautam, Vikram Sharma, Bastar – Manku Ram Sodhi, Ganga Potai, Kailash Poyam, Kondagaon – Arvind Netam, Madhav Singh Dhruv, Mithilesh Swarnkar, Narayanpur – Shiv Netam, Manak Darpatti, Vijay Thakur, Dhamtari – Pawan Diwan, Swaroopchand Jain, Ashok Bani, Ajay Tripathi, Kanker – Somprakash Giri, Ashok Som, Digvijay Singh Kridutt, Janjgir-Champa – Kamla Manhar, Ramadhar Kashyap, Manshi Ram Upveja, Korba – Dinesh Sharma, Sanjay Singh, Mohanmani Jatwar, Raigarh – Pushpa Devi Singh, Jhadu Ram Gabhel, Yuvraj Singh Diwan, Jashpur – Rampukar Singh, Gajendra Jain, Anil Agrawal, Koria – Rajendra Bondiya, Basant Sharma, Atal Shrivastava, Durg – Satyanarayan Sharma, Sheikh, Nijamuddin, Girish Dubey, Bemetara – Ganesh Shankar Bajpayee, Ramlal Bhardwaj, Surendra Sharma, Balod – Rajendra Tiwari, Jhumuk Lal Bhediya, Imran Memon, Kawardha – Pradeep Choubey, Balram Bais, Dashrath Lal Mishra, Rajnandgaon - BK Hariprasada, Nandkumar Patel and Ravindra Choubey, Bilaspur – Ajit Jogi, Dr Renu Jogi, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Mungeli – Baijnath Chandrakar, Shailendra Dubey, Arjun Tiwari, Surajpur – Ramchandra Singhdeo, Khelsai Singh, Bhanupratap Singh, Balrampur – Chakradhari Singh, Alok Dubey, Ajay Bansal, Sarguja – KK Gupta, Jethu Ram Manhar, Balodabazar – Parasram Bhardwaj, Arun Mishra, Parvez Ahmed, Gariyaband – Dhanendra Sahu, Girish Dewangan, Jeet Singh and Mahasamund – Vidya Charan Shukla, Pramod Choubey and Narendra Tiwari.




Cong rallies in Masturi, Janjgir, Sitapur today


Raipur, April 27, 2012

Congress will organise public rallies at Masturi, Janjgir and Sitapur Assembly areas under its vada nibhao fortnight on Saturday.
According to information, state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey will jointly take these rallies
These rallies will be attended by Mahant Ramsundar Das, Kamla Manhar, former state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, Rajendra Tiwari, Dhanesh Patila, Yogiraj Singh, Imran Memon, state Youth Congress president Uttam Vasudev, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Jeevan Lal Sahu, Deenanath Sahu, Prem Chandrakar, Yogendra Sharma, Gurmeet Dhanei and Surendra Sharma.
The other leaders who will attend the rallies are Dr Haridas Bhardwaj, Pushpa Devi Singh, KK Gupta, Baijnath Chandrakar, president of Rajiv Gandhi panchayati raj cell Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Ganesh Shankar Bajpayee, Devcharan Madhukar, Tarun Chaterjee, NSUI state president Devendra Yadav, president of civic bodies’ cell Santosh Agrawal, convenor of kisan khet majdoor Congress Digvijay Singh Kridutt, panchayati raj cell president Dinesh Sharma, legal cell president Faizal Rizvi and migration & bonded labourer grievance redressal cell Mohanmani Jatwar will also attend the two rallies.



RSU playing with future of MA Sanskrit students


Raipur, April 27, 2012

Youth Congress (YC) has alleged that Pt Ravishankar Shukla University was playing with the future of MA Sanskrit students by not clarifying in advance whether they should write answers in Sanskrit or Hindi during exams. “The students have actually prepared answers in Hindi as they learnt from the newspapers while the varsity says the mode of answers should be in Sanskrit,” said YC’s Raipur South Vidhan Sabha general secretary Sandeep Tiwari on Friday.
In this connection, the YC members staged dharna at the varsity campus and submitted a memorandum to the registrar on the name of vice chancellor.
In the memorandum, the YC members demanded from the RSU administration to allow students of MA Sanskrit (both previous and final year) to write their answers in Hindi as they have done hard work in preparations.
“Besides, there is no time for the students to prepare the answers in Sanskrit now as the exams have stared from April 24,” they said.
“The varsity says that its executive council had decided during its June 4, 2011 meeting that the students of MA Sanskrit would have to write answers in Sanskrit. But why did the students were not informed about this when they took admission during and while they filled exam forms? Hence, now it is the varsity’s responsibility to allow them to write answers in Hindi,” said Tiwari.
Tiwari warned of launching aggressive protest movement if the RSU would not meet YC’s demands. “About 11000 students are appearing in MA Sanskrit (previous and final year) exams. The RSU cannot play with their future,” he said.
On Friday’s dharna, Tiwari was accompanied by Akash Sharma, Karan Sharma, Anil Yadav, Kshitij Mishra, Azhar Rahman, Amit Sharma, Dhananjay Tomar, Malay Diwan, etc.



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cong seeks appointment from Swami Ramdev


Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Congress has sought appointment from Swami Ramdev regarding its plan to submit memorandum to him against graft cases done by Chhattisgarh government on his arrival at Raipur on May 1, 2012.
In this connection, PCC general secretary Ramesh Warlyani has sent a letter to Ramdev on April 25.
In the letter, Warlyani extended best wishes to Ramdev for his nationwide anti-corruption campaign that will commence from Dalli Rajhara from May 1. He further sought ten minutes time from Ramdev so that a delegation of his party could meet him and inform him about corruption in Chhattisgarh in the form of a memorandum.
As Ramdev is set to target Congress-led UPA government under his anti-corruption campaign, the state Congress fears that the reverberations of his presence would spoil all its hard work done in last one year or so to frustrate Chhattisgarh government.
Notably, the Congress has organised district-level and Vidhan Sabha-level workers’ meetings in different parts of the state frequently besides raising all the burning issues including lawlessness, corruption and naxalism at state Assembly and during public rallies. Since April 16, 2012, the party has launched vada nibhao fortnight which will conclude on April 30.
The party claims to have received good response in every public rally organised during the fortnight. Now, it aims to conclude the fortnight with massive rally at Raipur on April 30 and to continue its offensive against the government in the form of vada nibhao campaign but arrival of Ramdev is likely to divert public attention from Congress programmes to his anti-corruption drive.
The Congress do not want the ruling BJP to take advantage of Ramdev’s drive and hence it has made ample preparation to introduce the Yoga guru the negative side of the state government by informing him about predominance of graft cases in all departments.
Meanwhile, the state Congress has also been categorically instructed by its national leadership to ensure that Ramdev in his drive must count corruption prevailed in Chhattisgarh.
The party has clear plans - if the Yoga guru will lambaste both UPA and Chhattisgarh governments on corruption scale then it will offer least resistance, but if he will spare the state government and charge the Centre then its frontal organisations like Pradesh Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, NSUI and different cells and morchas will portray him as biased and pro-BJP.



We want Ramdev’s remarks on grafts in CG: Patel

Raipur, April 26, 2012 

PCC president Nandkumar Patel on Thursday said that his party want Swami Ramdev’s remarks on graft cases in Chhattisgarh. “Congress has already launched movement against corruption in the state. Now, Ramdev is arriving here to start his anti-corruption drive. We would certainly wish to know his reaction on corruption done by the BJP government,” Patel said.






Cong to hold five rallies today


Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Congress will organise five public rallies at Durg Rural, Vaishali Nagar, Pamgarh, Akaltara and Samri Assembly areas under its vada nibhao fortnight on Friday.
According to information, while state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel will take public rallies at Maroda (Durg Rural VS area) and Housing Board Colony (Vaishali Nagar VS area), the rallies at Pamgarh (Pamgarh VS area) and Amora (Akaltara VS area) will be led by CLP leader Ravindra Choubey.
Similarly, the rally at Rajpur (Samri VS area) will be led by deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh and legislator TS Singhdeo.
In the rallies at Durg Rural and Vaishali Nagar VS areas, the prominent party leaders who will accompany Patel will be former state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, Pandaria MLA Mohammad Akbar and PCC vice president Pradeep Choubey.
The other party leaders who are in Patel’s team for vada nibhao fortnight and participate in the two rallies are - Rajendra Tiwari, Dhanesh Patila, Yogiraj Singh, Imran Memon, state Youth Congress president Uttam Vasudev, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Jeevan Lal Sahu, Deenanath Sahu, Prem Chandrakar, Yogendra Sharma, Gurmeet Dhanei and Surendra Sharma.
The prominent leader who will attend the rallies at Pamgarh and Akaltara VS areas are Dr Haridas Bhardwaj, Pushpa Devi Singh, KK Gupta, Baijnath Chandrakar, president of Rajiv Gandhi panchayati raj cell Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Ganesh Shankar Bajpayee, Devcharan Madhukar, Tarun Chaterjee, NSUI state president Devendra Yadav, president of civic bodies’ cell Santosh Agrawal, convenor of kisan khet majdoor Congress Digvijay Singh Kridutt, panchayati raj cell president Dinesh Sharma, legal cell president Faizal Rizvi and migration & bonded labourer grievance redressal cell Mohanmani Jatwar will also attend the two rallies.
Similarly, the rally at Samri VS area will be attended by parliamentarian Ingrid Mcleod, MLA Bodhram Kanwar, Chaneshram Rathiya, Gulab Singh, chief organiser of state Sewa Dal Ashok Raj Ahuja, state INTUC president Mahendra Kochchar, Rajesh Sharma, Congress business cell president Kanhaiyya Agrawal, Harish Tiwari and Samir Pandey.




BJP hijacking GSA: Congress


Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Congress has alleged again that the BJP was hijacking government’s gram suraj abhiyan (GSA). “The BJP office-bearers, who do not assume any post in the government, could easily be seen during GSA programmes. In fact, the government is accumulating crowd on the name of GSA and then turning the events into BJP campaigning programmes,” charged Congress vice presidents TS Singhdeo, Kawasi Lakhma and other party leaders jointly on Thursday.
“Even, the GSA teams comprising government officials are entertaining the BJPians by felicitating them and asking them to distribute cheques and kits to the farmers. This is sheer violation of Civil Services rules and we will complaint about this to Union Labour Ministry,” they said.
They pointed that despite objection lodged by Congress over presence of BJPians in GSA programmes, the government ignored it.







Cong takes out candle march


Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Demanding quick release of abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon, the Congress members took candle march in all the district headquarters on Thursday. The party said it was unfortunate that the government had failed to get Menon released till date.



Jogi demands FRC for private schools


Raipur, April 26, 2012

Senior Congress legislator Ajit Jogi on Thursday demanded constitution of fee regulation committee (FRC) for private schools. He alleged that the government was deliberately ignoring its own schools and allowing the private schools to charge inordinate fees. He said the government should stop protecting private schools and tighten noose on them by forming FRC.


Cong takes out candle march
Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Demanding quick release of abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon, the Congress members took candle march in all the district headquarters on Thursday. The party said it was unfortunate that the government had failed to get Menon released till date.



Cong to hold five rallies today
Raipur, April 26, 2012 

Congress will organise five public rallies at Durg Rural, Vaishali Nagar, Pamgarh, Akaltara and Samri Assembly areas under its vada nibhao fortnight on Friday.
According to information, while state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel will take public rallies at Maroda (Durg Rural VS area) and Housing Board Colony (Vaishali Nagar VS area), the rallies at Pamgarh (Pamgarh VS area) and Amora (Akaltara VS area) will be led by CLP leader Ravindra Choubey.
Similarly, the rally at Rajpur (Samri VS area) will be led by deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh and legislator TS Singhdeo.
In the rallies at Durg Rural and Vaishali Nagar VS areas, the prominent party leaders who will accompany Patel will be former state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, Pandaria MLA Mohammad Akbar and PCC vice president Pradeep Choubey.
The other party leaders who are in Patel’s team for vada nibhao fortnight and participate in the two rallies are - Rajendra Tiwari, Dhanesh Patila, Yogiraj Singh, Imran Memon, state Youth Congress president Uttam Vasudev, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Jeevan Lal Sahu, Deenanath Sahu, Prem Chandrakar, Yogendra Sharma, Gurmeet Dhanei and Surendra Sharma.
The prominent leader who will attend the rallies at Pamgarh and Akaltara VS areas are Dr Haridas Bhardwaj, Pushpa Devi Singh, KK Gupta, Baijnath Chandrakar, president of Rajiv Gandhi panchayati raj cell Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Ganesh Shankar Bajpayee, Devcharan Madhukar, Tarun Chaterjee, NSUI state president Devendra Yadav, president of civic bodies’ cell Santosh Agrawal, convenor of kisan khet majdoor Congress Digvijay Singh Kridutt, panchayati raj cell president Dinesh Sharma, legal cell president Faizal Rizvi and migration & bonded labourer grievance redressal cell Mohanmani Jatwar will also attend the two rallies.
Similarly, the rally at Samri VS area will be attended by parliamentarian Ingrid Mcleod, MLA Bodhram Kanwar, Chaneshram Rathiya, Gulab Singh, chief organiser of state Sewa Dal Ashok Raj Ahuja, state INTUC president Mahendra Kochchar, Rajesh Sharma, Congress business cell president Kanhaiyya Agrawal, Harish Tiwari and Samir Pandey.



Cong seeks appointment from Swami Ramdev
Raipur, Apr 26: Congress has sought appointment from Swami Ramdev regarding its plan to submit memorandum to him against graft cases done by Chhattisgarh government on his arrival at Raipur on May 1, 2012.
In this connection, PCC general secretary Ramesh Warlyani has sent a letter to Ramdev on April 25.
In the letter, Warlyani extended best wishes to Ramdev for his nationwide anti-corruption campaign that will commence from Dalli Rajhara from May 1. He further sought ten minutes time from Ramdev so that a delegation of his party could meet him and inform him about corruption in Chhattisgarh in the form of a memorandum.
As Ramdev is set to target Congress-led UPA government under his anti-corruption campaign, the state Congress fears that the reverberations of his presence would spoil all its hard work done in last one year or so to frustrate Chhattisgarh government.
Notably, the Congress has organised district-level and Vidhan Sabha-level workers’ meetings in different parts of the state frequently besides raising all the burning issues including lawlessness, corruption and naxalism at state Assembly and during public rallies. Since April 16, 2012, the party has launched vada nibhao fortnight which will conclude on April 30.
The party claims to have received good response in every public rally organised during the fortnight. Now, it aims to conclude the fortnight with massive rally at Raipur on April 30 and to continue its offensive against the government in the form of vada nibhao campaign but arrival of Ramdev is likely to divert public attention from Congress programmes to his anti-corruption drive.
The Congress do not want the ruling BJP to take advantage of Ramdev’s drive and hence it has made ample preparation to introduce the Yoga guru the negative side of the state government by informing him about predominance of graft cases in all departments.
Meanwhile, the state Congress has also been categorically instructed by its national leadership to ensure that Ramdev in his drive must count corruption prevailed in Chhattisgarh.
The party has clear plans - if the Yoga guru will lambaste both UPA and Chhattisgarh governments on corruption scale then it will offer least resistance, but if he will spare the state government and charge the Centre then its frontal organisations like Pradesh Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, NSUI and different cells and morchas will portray him as biased and pro-BJP.

In Box
We want Ramdev’s remarks on grafts in CG: Patel
Raipur, Apr 26: PCC president Nandkumar Patel on Thursday said that his party want Swami Ramdev’s remarks on graft cases in Chhattisgarh. “Congress has already launched movement against corruption in the state. Now, Ramdev is arriving here to start his anti-corruption drive. We would certainly wish to know his reaction on corruption done by the BJP government,” Patel said.


BJP hijacking GSA: Congress
Raipur, Apr 26: Congress has alleged again that the BJP was hijacking government’s gram suraj abhiyan (GSA). “The BJP office-bearers, who do not assume any post in the government, could easily be seen during GSA programmes. In fact, the government is accumulating crowd on the name of GSA and then turning the events into BJP campaigning programmes,” charged Congress vice presidents TS Singhdeo, Kawasi Lakhma and other party leaders jointly on Thursday.
“Even, the GSA teams comprising government officials are entertaining the BJPians by felicitating them and asking them to distribute cheques and kits to the farmers. This is sheer violation of Civil Services rules and we will complaint about this to Union Labour Ministry,” they said.
They pointed that despite objection lodged by Congress over presence of BJPians in GSA programmes, the government ignored it.








president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey have alleged that the government was campaigning for BJP through its gram suraj abhiyan (GSA). Strongly objecting over presence of BJPians during GSA, the duo charged that the ruling party was misusing funds to portray better image of Chief Minister Raman Singh.
Condemning FIR lodged against ten Congress leaders at village Mendra in Ambikapur, the duo said it was surprising that the BJPians filed false complaint with police against the peaceful protesters for their objection over felicitation of two BJP office-bearers at government programme.
They informed that criminal case under section 186 was filed against Congress leaders Alok Dubey, Ajay Agrawal, Rakesh Gupta, Hemant Sinha, Rajesh Malik, Prakash Sahu, Veenu Soni, Arvind Singh, Madan Jaiswal and Shailendra.
“The Congmen had actually protested felicitation of BJP’s district general secretary Ambikesh Kesri and BJYM state president Anurag Singhdeo at GSA in village Mendra at evening on April 21. On the occasion, the GSA team not only garlanded Kesri and Singhdeo but also distributed cheques and kits to the farmers through them,” the duo said.
They alleged that the BJPians mounted pressure on SHO Sadar Police at Ambikapur on April 21 night to file false criminal case against ten protesting Congmen.
They demanded lifting of all charges against the ten Congress leaders and registration of criminal case against those officials who violated Civil Services rules to benefit a specific political party during government-sponsored programme.

Cong rallies at Lormi, Kota, Nagri, Keshkal today


Raipur, April 25, 2012

Congress will organise public rallies at Lormi, Kota, Nagri and Keshkal Vidhan Sabha areas under its vada nibhao fortnight on Thursday. On April 27, the party will conduct five rallies at Durg Rural, Vaishali Nagar, Pamgarh, Akaltara and Samri Assembly areas.
PCC spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi informed that PCC president Nandkumar Patel will take public rallies at Kotri (Lormi VS area) and at Kota (Kota VS area) on Thursday and at Maroda (Durg Rural VS area) and Housing Board Colony (Vaishali Nagar VS area) on April 27.
Similarly, chairman of Congress monitoring committee Arvind Netam and senior party leader Satyanarayan Sharma will hold public rallies at Nagri and Keshkal VS areas on Thursday.
In the rallies at Lormi, Kota (April 26) and Durg Rural and Vaishali Nagar (April 27), Patel will be accompanied by former state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, Pandaria MLA Mohammad Akbar and PCC vice president Pradeep Choubey.
The other party leaders who are in Patel’s team for vada nibhao fortnight and participate in all the four rallies are - Rajendra Tiwari, Dhanesh Patila, Yogiraj Singh, Imran Memon, state Youth Congress president Uttam Vasudev, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Jeevan Lal Sahu, Deenanath Sahu, Prem Chandrakar, Yogendra Sharma, Gurmeet Dhanei and Surendra Sharma.
The rallies at Nagri and Keshkal will be attended by former CLP leader Mahendra Karma, MLA Kawasi Lakhma, Ganga Potai, Jhitruram Baghel, Somprakash Giri, minority cell president Haji Sheikh Najimuddin, science and environment cell Shobha Yadav and Gajraj Pagaria.
On April 27, the rally at Pamgarh (Pamgarh VS area) and Amora (Akaltara VS area) will be led by CLP leader Ravindra Choubey. In both the rallies, he will be accompanied by Dr Haridas Bhardwaj, Pushpa Devi Singh, KK Gupta, Baijnath Chandrakar, president of Rajiv Gandhi panchayati raj cell Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Ganesh Shankar Bajpayee, Devcharan Madhukar, Tarun Chaterjee, NSUI state president Devendra Yadav, president of civic bodies’ cell Santosh Agrawal, convenor of kisan khet majdoor Congress Digvijay Singh Kridutt, panchayati raj cell president Dinesh Sharma, legal cell president Faizal Rizvi and migration & bonded labourer grievance redressal cell Mohanmani Jatwar will also attend the two rallies.
Similarly, the rally at Rajpur (Samri VS area) will be led by deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh and legislator TS Singhdeo. The duo will be accompanied by parliamentarian Ingrid Mcleod, MLA Bodhram Kanwar, Chaneshram Rathiya, Gulab Singh, chief organiser of state Sewa Dal Ashok Raj Ahuja, state INTUC president Mahendra Kochchar, Rajesh Sharma, Congress business cell president Kanhaiyya Agrawal, Harish Tiwari and Samir Pandey.



Hariprasada on two-day state visit from April 30


Raipur, April 25, 2012

The AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will be on two-day Chhattisgarh visit from April 30, 2012.
According to information, Hariprasada will reach Raipur at 9:25 am on April 30 through regular flight from New Delhi. He will hold meeting with CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and other Congress leaders from 10-11:30 am. At 1 pm, he will join public rally, dharna and court arrest programme under party’s vada nibhao fortnight at Raipur. At evening he will held talks with PCC president Nandkumar Patel.
On the May 1, 2012, Hariprasada will leave for Rajnandgaon via road route. He will be accompanied by Patel and Choubey. The trio will participate at party’s dharna programme at 1 pm at Rajnandgaon. Hariprasada will return to national capital at evening on the same day through regular flight.



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Devvrat holds 4 meetings for Cong’s April 30 rally


Raipur, April 25, 2012

Congress general secretary and Raipur Lok Sabha incharge Devvrat Singh on Wednesday held four meetings at Congress Bhawan to take stock of the preparations pertaining to party’s public rally including massive dharna and court arrest on the concluding day of its vada nibhao fortnight on April 30, 2012.
Singh first convened meeting of DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal and with BCC presidents of DCC Raipur Urban – Avtar Singh Saini, Rajesh Thakur, Ghanshyam Raju Tiwari and Harish Dhotre. He asked the BCC presidents to visit wards and prepare for April 30 rally. He instructed Dhariwal to monitor preparations in the city and ensure gathering of massive crowd on April 30.
In another meeting, Singh held talks with DCC Raipur Rural president Pankaj Sharma and DCC Balodabazar president Janakram Verma. He asked the duo to ensure participation of maximum party workers from rural pockets.
Singh also convened separate meetings of Pradesh Mahila Congress (PMC) and NSUI office-bearers. The PMC leaders who attended the meeting were – organisation’s Raipur district president Bhojkumari Yadu, Asha Joseph, Kalpana Patel, Chhaya Verma, Laxmi Rao, Usha Shrivastava, etc.





Jogi: Implement NCTC to beef up internal security


Raipur, April 25, 2012

Demanding instant implementation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh former chief minister and senior Congress legislator Ajit Jogi on Wednesday said that NCTC was the only tool through which the internal security of the four states would be strengthened.
“The law and order in these states have gone haywire. The cases like abduction, murder, etc have become order of the day. In these states neither government employees and public representatives nor common people are safe. Hence, NCTC is the only weapon through which the internal security will be consolidated in these regions,” he said.
Jogi alleged that Maoists, liquor mafia, land mafia etc ramified in all the four states because the non-Congress government created favourable condition for them. He said development reach remotest areas through public representatives but the government of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh never intend to uplift the needy and poor.
He also slammed non-Congress chief ministers for opposing NCTC during their recently held meeting which was convened by Prime Minister. He said the NCTC was being opposed by only those political parties which could not think about national security due to their limited regional activities. He urged the state government to put aside politics and support the Centre making the NCTC effective.



NSUI members write letter to Maoists


Raipur, April 25, 2012

The NSUI members on Wednesday wrote a letter to Maoists and appealed to release Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon. The NSUI members wrote the letter in several postcards at Jaistambh chowk and then posted all the postcards to Chief Minister requesting him to convey their message to the naxals through mediators. “In the letter, we have urged the naxals to take us in their custody and release Menon,” they said. The NSUI members who gathered at Jaistambh chowk to write letter were former state president Sanjeev Shukla, state vice president Subodh Haritwal, Gulzeb Ahmed, Vidhi Namdev, Asmita Chelak, Abhinay Route, Shahbaz Hussein, Vipin Mishra, Shashikant Barore, Sunny Solomon, etc.



Collector’s abduction: Mahant meets HM


Raipur, April 25, 2012

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industry Charandas Mahant has met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and urged him to provide full support to Chhattisgarh government for release of abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon.
Mahant also expressed his concerns over the habit developed by the Maoists to abduct the innocent people and to blackmail the state governments. He felt that the Centre needed to take effective and stern steps to curb naxal violence in all forms to check recurrence of incidents like Menon’s abduction.




Cong to submit memo to Swami Ramdev


Raipur, April 24, 2012

With Swami Ramdev set to launch his protest movement against corruption from Dalli Rajhara, the Congress has decided to submit memorandum to him against graft cases done by Chhattisgarh government on his arrival at Raipur on May 1, 2012.
According to information, Congress is concerned of Ramdev’s anti-corruption campaign as he will target the UPA government at Centre. This time, Anna Hazare too has hinted that he would jointly raise voice against corruption with Ramdev. The state Congress leaders fear that Ramdev’s movement might negatively impact their drive against the state government.
Hence, the party’s national leadership has instructed the state unit to gherao Ramdev before he could attack the UPA government.
In this connection, PCC president Nandkumar has constituted a committed chaired by former MLA Ghanaram Sahu that would submit memorandum to Ramdev at Mana airport.
Patel has also reportedly asked party’s frontal organisations including Youth Congress, NSUI and different cells and morchas to remain prepared to counter Ramdev’s movement.
The committee that will meet Ramdev comprises of convenor – PCC general secretary Ramesh Warlyani, members – Subhash Sharma, Bhupesh Baghel, Arun Vora (all party general secretaries), Abdul Hameed Hayat (PCC executive member), DCC Durg Urban president RN Verma, DCC Bemetara president Ganesh Gausewak, DCC Balod president Domendra Bhediya and party secretary Amit Pandey.



Govt campaigning for BJP thru GSAL Cong


Raipur, April 24, 2012

State Congress president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey have alleged that the government was campaigning for BJP through its gram suraj abhiyan (GSA). Strongly objecting over presence of BJPians during GSA, the duo charged that the ruling party was misusing funds to portray better image of Chief Minister Raman Singh.
Condemning FIR lodged against ten Congress leaders at village Mendra in Ambikapur, the duo said it was surprising that the BJPians filed false complaint with police against the peaceful protesters for their objection over felicitation of two BJP office-bearers at government programme.
They informed that criminal case under section 186 was filed against Congress leaders Alok Dubey, Ajay Agrawal, Rakesh Gupta, Hemant Sinha, Rajesh Malik, Prakash Sahu, Veenu Soni, Arvind Singh, Madan Jaiswal and Shailendra.
“The Congmen had actually protested felicitation of BJP’s district general secretary Ambikesh Kesri and BJYM state president Anurag Singhdeo at GSA in village Mendra at evening on April 21. On the occasion, the GSA team not only garlanded Kesri and Singhdeo but also distributed cheques and kits to the farmers through them,” the duo said.
They alleged that the BJPians mounted pressure on SHO Sadar Police at Ambikapur on April 21 night to file false criminal case against ten protesting Congmen.
They demanded lifting of all charges against the ten Congress leaders and registration of criminal case against those officials who violated Civil Services rules to benefit a specific political party during government-sponsored programme.




Cong public rally in Bhatgaon today


Raipur, April 24, 2012

Congress will organise public rally at Khilganwa (Bhatgaon Assembly area) under its vada nibhao fortnight on Wednesday. The party will further conduct four rallies on the following day, i.e. April 26 at Lormi, Kota, Nagri and Keshkal Vidhan Sabha areas.
PCC spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla informed that Khilganwa rally would be led by deputy CLP leader Rampukar Singh and legislator TS Singhdeo while state Congress president Nandkumar Patel will conduct public rallies at Kotri (Lormi VS area) at 4 pm and at Kota (Kota VS area) at 7 pm.
Similarly, chairman of Congress monitoring committee Arvind Netam and senior party leader Satyanarayan Sharma will hold public rallies at Nagri and Keshkal VS areas.
The party leaders who will attend rallies at Khilganwa are parliamentarian Ingrid Mcleod, MLA Bodhram Kanwar, Chaneshram Rathiya, Gulab Singh, chief organiser of state Sewa Dal Ashok Raj Ahuja, state INTUC president Mahendra Kochchar, Rajesh Sharma, Congress business cell president Kanhaiyya Agrawal, Harish Tiwari and Samir Pandey.
The party leaders who will attend rallies at Kotri and Kota are former state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, Pandaria MLA Mohammad Akbar and PCC vice president Pradeep Choubey.
The other partymen who will participate in the rallies are Rajendra Tiwari, Dhanesh Patila, Yogiraj Singh, Imran Memon, state Youth Congress president Uttam Vasudev, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Jeevan Lal Sahu, Deenanath Sahu, Prem Chandrakar, Yogendra Sharma, Gurmeet Dhanei and Surendra Sharma.
The party leaders who will attend rallies at Nagri and Keshkal are former CLP leader Mahendra Karma, MLA Kawasi Lakhma, Ganga Potai, Jhitruram Baghel, Somprakash Giri, minority cell president Haji Sheikh Najimuddin, science and environment cell Shobha Yadav and Gajraj Pagaria.



I am a stalwart Congress worker: Gill


Raipur, April 24, 2012

Rubbishing the charges of voting against budget proposal during Raipur Municipal Corporation’s (RMC) general body meeting (GBM), Congress corporator Lakhwant Singh Gill has claimed that he is a stalwart party worker and he cannot think about going against partyline.
Gill’s clarifications come in the form of a reply to a notice shot by DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal to whom RMC Mayor Kiranmayi Nayak and other Congress corporators had complained that Gill had voted against budget proposal during GBM.
Blaming RMC Speaker Sanjay Shrivastava for counting his vote against budget proposal, Gill said he had actually raised his hand seeking permission from the Speaker to speak on operation of city buses.
“The agenda of city bus operation was tabled during the GBM on April 30. On this issue, the House proceedings obstructed a couple of times as the members of both ruling and opposition parties started shouting. Majority of the corporators were opposing Speaker who suddenly asked Mayor to present the budget. Meanwhile, I was repeatedly demanding from the Speaker to allow me to speak on the agenda of city bus operation. While the House was uproarious, the Speaker announced for voting on budget proposal. At that time, I again raised my hand to speak on city bus operation agenda but the Speaker counted it as vote against budget proposal,” Gill said.
He said the party could also watch the video recording of the House proceedings on April 30 to confirm whether his claims were true or false.
“In fact, there is no provision of voting on budget proposal but the Speaker did it. I had raised my doubts over the speaker’s intentions since the beginning of the GBM. Eventually, he counted my vote against budget proposal out of malice,” he charged.
According to information, Dhariwal has forwarded Gill’s reply to the party’s discipline committee which will take decision in next meeting after consulting with PCC president Nandkumar Patel. 



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