Rahul Gandhi meets sanitation workers, pays homage to Ambedkar in Bengaluru

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Rahul's decision was communicated to all state unit presidents, AICC general secretaries and Congress legislative party leaders in different states through a letter by general secretary Ashok Gehlot.

An upbeat Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that a united opposition would defeat the BJP, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, in the 2019 general elections.

"Gandhi, accompanied by party leaders, rode the metro and later shopped for some books at a bookstore in the city centre", a party official said. "It is a disrespectful statement, but we don't take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness", Gandhi said.

He also visited "Book Worm", an iconic book store, which is considered a treasure trove by bibliophiles.The source said Siddaramaiah bought six books for Rahul Gandhi, which included "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong, "The Art of Living" by Thich Nhat Hanh and "The Goat Thief" by Perumal Murugan. "Then we have to do some work on transformation of the Congress, brining in younger people", he said.

The basic thing is how to get the country out of the "mess that Mr Modi and RSS has put it in", he said.

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"When there was a drought in Karnataka, PM Modi gave the least amount of money to the state because it has a Congress government", he said.

She had also met Sonia Gandhi, the former Congress president who often does the reaching out to allies and hosts lunch or dinner meetings with opposition leaders. "It is obvious that we have to come together", Yadav said.

Taking a dig that is bound to turn up the campaign heat further in poll-bound Karnataka, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "lacks the guts to face the Congress in Parliament" and has used NDA allies to stall proceedings in both Houses, which were adjourned sine die without transacting business for 22 days.

"Instead of creating two crore jobs for the youth of the country, Modi snatched away thousands of jobs by signing a deal with a French company (Dassault Aviation) to buy Rafale fighters for the IAF and denied HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd) making them in India", reiterated Gandhi.

Later, Gandhi participated at the ruling party's "Jan Ashirvada Yatra", held for the people's blessings in the May 12 Karnataka assembly election. "Peace and harmony has been embodied in the soul of this country and the responsibility to uphold it lies with the Congress", the letter said.

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