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‘You can’t see because you wear Italian glasses’: BJP bigwigs attack Rahul Gandhi in Amethi
National   Tuesday, October 10, 2017 IST

BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah, launched on Tuesday a concerted attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, questioning his commitment to development of his constituency Amethi and asking people to defeat the Congress in the next Lok Sabha election.

“You have trusted the Gandhi-Nehru family for 60 years. You put your trust for once in the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will not regret,” Shah told the people of Amethi, where the BJP won four of the five assembly constituencies in the last Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani, who lost to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, also attacked Gandhi at the public meeting.

 

 

Describing Gandhi as “Shehzada (prince) of Congress”, Shah said the Congress leader can’t see the development work done by the Modi government as he wears Italian glasses.

“He (Rahul) is seeking answers from the Modi government for its performance of last three years but the people of Amethi are seeking answers from the three generations of Gandhi family which has ruled from panchayat to Parliament in the last 70 years.”

Shah said while Amethi had been a VIP constituency for decades, why there was no collectorate office, TB hospital, FM centre of All India Radio and houses for the poor.

Referring to Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat, Shah said: “There are two development models in the country. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. In Gujarat there is 24-hour power supply, drinking water in every house, a good public health centre in every tehsil.”

 

Similarly, he said, after the BJP took power in Uttar Pradesh, development had picked up pace. The government had written off farmers’ loans and given away nine lakh houses for the poor.

“I can assure you that Uttar Pradesh will become a developed state like Gujarat. There is Yogi in UP and Modi in Delhi. This jodi (pair) will together develop the state fully.”

He said the people of Gujarat know what development is. “You just look at Amethi. You have destroyed it.”

Shah said the Centre had initiated a number of schemes for the poor, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste, youth and farmers. “There are 106 schemes initiated by this government. Rahul Gandhi will not be able to even count them.”

Referring to the surgical strikes on terrorist hubs in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last year, Shah told Gandhi: “You cannot even see it because you wear Italian glasses. Changes are taking place in the country. There will be change in Amethi too in 2019.”

Yogi said the Congress can never do development work for the country as it had no vision.

Irani accused Gandhi of paying lip service to development. She said the Congress leader was making fun of development in Gujarat but had no answer for the lack of it in his own backyard in Amethi.

“This state was once ruled by the Congress and the Gandhi clan has been representing Amethi for long. Now is the time for them to answer the people why there has been no development,” she said.

Irani accused Gandhi of failing the people of Amethi and cheating the farmers by grabbing their land through the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

“A vast stretch of land was given by farmers long back for construction of the Samrat cycle factory. When nothing much happened, there is an effort to occupy the land illegally and despite eviction notice they are not letting the land go.”

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Delhi Metro fare hike comes into effect from today as DMRC rejects Arvind Kejriwal's request.
National   Tuesday, October 10, 2017 IST
 

 
New Delhi: The increased metro fares will come into effect from Tuesday as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) refused to defer the scheduled fare hike despite Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's opposition to it.
 
The board members on Monday discussed Kejriwal's proposal but decided to go ahead with recommendations of Fare Fixation Committee (FCC), to be made effective from October 10.
 

 

This is the second fare hike this year as proposed by the Fare Fixation Committee which was formed last year. The increased charges were to be applied in two phases - the first hike was already done in May this year.
 
Barring the minimum fare of Rs 10 for the distance of 0-2 km - which will remain the same, commuters will have to pay Rs 5-10 extra for distance travelled further as per kilometer scheme set by the transporter.
 
While commuters pay Rs 15 for the distance traveled between 2-5 km, now they will have to pay Rs 20. The maximum fare has been increased to Rs 60 as compared to current Rs 50.
 
Smart card users will continue to get 10 percent discount, so would those who happen to use metro during non-peak hours - between start of the metro service till 8 am, between 12 pm and 5 pm, and from 9 pm till the close of service.
 
The hike has been vociferously opposed by the Delhi government which accused the transporter of inefficiency and demanded that hike be withheld. The Delhi Assembly also passed a resolution on Monday seeking that the hike in fares be withheld.
 
In a letter sent to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal even proposed taking over the Delhi Metro promising an efficient management, provided the centre bears half of the expenses.

 

 
Puri, who had earlier said that the fare commitee's recommendations were binding, responded to Kejriwal on Monday, saying his proposals were not possible under the existing guidelines and rules.

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