India TV's Chunav Manch Rajasthan witnessed some interesting debates and heated arguments between top leaders over various issues that would impact the state Assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 7. The day-long event in Jaipur witnessed leaders like Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot, Union Ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ravi Shankar Prasad and several others sharing their views, opinions over topics concerning Rajasthan elections.
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Replying to queries from India TV Chairman, Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma, Sachin Pilot said: "I sometimes congratulate BJP leaders for projecting Vasundhara as their chief ministerial candidate, otherwise Congress would have been forced to exert itself two to five per cent more during campaign. With Vasundhara as the face of BJP, nobody can now stop the anger of voters in Rajasthan…On the other hand, we are within striking distance of coming to power."
Pilot said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s rule for the last five years had been one of “arrogance” (ahankaar).
During one the sessions of Chunav Manch, Congress leader Deepender Hooda reacted strongly to BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi's statement that even his own party workers don't take the Congress president seriously.
"A former Pakistan minister tweeted suggesting Rahul Gandhi's name as next PM, this shows who takes the Congress president seriously. Even Congress workers don't take Rahul Gandhi seriously," Trivedi said.
Responding to Trivedi's remark, Hooda hit back saying PM Modi and Amit Shah never forget to mention Rahul Gandhi in their speeches, this shows that they are rattled by the Congress chief.
CHUNAV MANCH: As it happened:
Session with Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
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07:43 pm: Our leaders are kaamdar not naamdar: Rathore
07:40 pm: People have chosen a right leader in the form of PM Modi: Rathore
07:35 pm: Every leader of the BJP is great in his or her own way: Rathore
07:32 pm: Rahul Gandhi has no vision: Rathore
07:28 pm: BJP will form govt in Rajasthan: Rathore
07: 22 pm: Session begins with Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Session with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
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07:12 pm: Sessions comes to an end
07:10 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad refuses to comment on RSS chief's remarks regarding the delay in the hearing of Ram temple case
07:08 pm: Now that Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples, I ask the Congress party to clear their stand on Ram temple
07:05 pm: We expect quick hearing on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya
07:01 pm: Questions are being raised over the delay in hearing in Ram temple case. They are asking when Sabrimala and other cases can be heard, why can't the temple case?: Ravi Shankar Prasad
07:00 pm: Ram Temple will be made under constitutional framework, says Prasad
06:58 pm: Ram temple is not an election issue for BJP, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
BJP's Sambit Patra vs Congress' Pawan Khera
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06:40 pm: Session comes to an end.
06:37 pm: Bajrangbali is with us, you can't do anything to us: Sambit Patra
06:35 pm: Congress said it will finish off Hindus after elections: Sambit Patra
06:26 pm: Congress says it needs 90% votes of Muslims, says Sambit Patra
06:24 pm: Congress calls itself a party of Muslims: Sambit Patra
06:23 pm: Pawan Khera says the BJP failed to provide jobs to youth, control inflation
06:22 pm: BJP and Rajputs have always defeated Congress in Rajasthan: Sambit
06:21 pm: Sambit Patra recounts development work done by the BJP govt in the state.
06:20 pm: Congress has made Manvendra Singh (Jaswant Singh's son) a scapegoat. If the Congress was serious about him, he would have been sent to Rajya Sabha: Sambit Patra
06:18 pm: Wrong to say Rajputs of Rajasthan will not vote for BJP. They have always voted for the BJP: Sambit Patra
06:12 pm: PM Modi says he is 'kaamdar' while Rahul Gandhi is 'naamdar'. We became 'Naamdaar' only after we did 'kaam' but you are 'daamdaar'
06:10 pm: He didn't do that, clarifies
06:08 pm: Gandhi family has given many martyrs. One should not ask questions about caste and gotra of a martyr: Pawan Khera
06: 06 pm: Sambit Patra questions Rahul Gandhi's claims of his belonging to "Kaul Dattatreya" gotra
06:04 pm: You have wrongly interpreted a tweet. It speaks volumes about your mindset: Pawan Khera
06:02 pm: Ashok Gehlot's objectionable remarks against Vasundhara Raje regrettable, says Sambit Patra
06:00 pm: BJP has the blessings of Bajrangbali (Lord Hanyman), nobody can defeat the party
05:58 pm: A new session begins with BJP's Sambit Patra and Congress' Pawan Khera, says Sambit Patra
BJP's Gaurav Bhatia vs Congress' Ragini Nayak
5:28 pm: We do not indulge in divisive politics like the Congress party: Gaurav Bhatia
5:22 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has earned name for himself: Gaurav Bhatia
5:18 pm: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje is taking support of Modi name: Ragini Nayak
5:16 pm: 33 lakh people in Rajasthan are unemployed: Ragini Nayak
5:08 pm: PM Narendra Modi is jumlebaaz: Ragini Nayak
5:06 pm: India's history is incomplete with Gandhi family: Ragini Nayak
5:03 pm: Rahul Gandhi is known because of his dynasty: Gaurav Bhatia
BJP's Sudhanshu Trivedi vs Congress' Deepender Hooda
01:51 pm: BJP stands for 'Bhaichara Jalao Party'. No one knows when acche din will come, says Congress leader Deepender Hooda
01:48 pm: The BJP government brought law which with provision of death sentence in rape case, says BJP's Sudhanshu Trivedi
01:45 pm: In Rajasthan, 22 lakh people got medical benefits under the Bhamashah Yojana, says Sudhanshu Trivedi
01:35 pm: Congress leader Navjot Sidhu hugged Pakistan Army chief, Digvijaya Singh calls Osama 'ji', but the party took no action against such leaders, says Sudhanshu Trivedi
01:30 pm: Even Lord Ram must be upset with BJP thinking the party remembers him only during elections and then sends him to 'vanvaas' for five years: Deepender Hooda
01:20 pm: The issue of Ram mandir is concerned with sentiments of people, it should not be looked with a political prism, says BJP's Sudhanshu Trivedi
01:16 pm: Rahul Gandhi is actually taken seriously by PM Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP. They speak about Rahul ji in rallies for at least 9 out of 10 minutes,says Deepender Hooda
01:14 pm: A former Pakistan minister tweeted suggesting Rahul Gandhi's name as next PM, this shows who takes the Congress president seriously. Even Congress workers don't take Rahul Gandhi seriously, says Sudhanshu Trivedi
01:09 pm: Even after five years, the Modi government has nothing to showcase. It is trying to hide its failures, says Deepender Hooda
01:08 pm: People want to know about achievements of Modi government, however, the BJP government has a habit of questioning others rather than showing what it has done, says Deepender Hooda.
Union Minister Satya Pal Singh:
12:57 pm: People want to see Vasundhara Raje ji as the CM, and Modi ji as the PM again, says Union Minister Satya Pal Singh
12:56 pm: I agree that Rajputs were miffed with Vasundhara over some issues but they have also realised that BJP is the best option to take the state forward, says Satya Pal Singh
12:55 pm: Villages, farmers were neglected in Congress rule, says Satya Pal Singh
12:50 pm: Government schemes were in pathetic condition during Congress rule, says Union Minister Satya Pal Singh.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar:
12:19 pm: Investigations against Robert Vadra are underway, I am sure action will be taken soon, says Prakash Javadekar
12:15 pm: During the UPA rule, the country witnessed 54 bomb blast, now terrorists are being being killed daily in Jammu and Kashmir, says Prakash Javadekar
12:11 pm: The present deplorable condition of farmers in the country is due to the faulty policies of the Congress in last 50 years, says Javadekar
12:08 pm: The Modi government has taken tough action against terrorists, naxals, says Prakash Javadekar
12:06 pm: Vasundhara Raje has got the best governance award. The Congress lacks clear policy and leadership both, says Javadekar
12:04 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will ultimately push Sachin Pilot as the CM candidate, Ashok Gehlot is not going to get a chance again, says Prakash Javadekar
12:03 pm: Congress is a party of one family. Sachin Pilot is actually upset with the party for not naming him as the CM face, says Javadekar
12:01 pm: BJP will retain power in Rajasthan and will get an overwhelming majority. Congress will get just four seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, says Javadekar
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot in Aap Ki Adalat:
11:23 am: People of Rajasthan have suffered because of differences between the CM and PM, says Sachin Pilot
11:20 am: Economic policies are made by the Centre, but we will work to develop favourable condition for investments. Vasundhara Raje government organised Resurgent Rajasthan and claimed investments of crores but nothing actually happened on ground, says Sachin Pilot
11:17 am: The BJP claimed to transform Jaipur into smart city, but they have failed to do so. Jaipur can be made better than cities like Nodia, Gurgaon. Yes, our focus will be on farmers but urban development will also be on top of the priority, says Sachin Pilot
11:15 am: There's a perception that Vasundharaji is cut off from the people of the state. Jaipur has become 'hartal' capital, says Sachin Pilot
11:12 am: Congress will surely form the next government and we will first work for the distressed farmers of the state, says Sachin Pilot
11:08 am: My family has contested 17 elections in Rajasthan. I am not hungry for any post or contesting the election to become an MLA, says Sachin Pilot
11:05 am: BJP is raking Ayodhya issue only because elections are round the corner. BJP was in deep sleep since four years. Now that they have realised that their boat is sinking, they have brought up 'mandir' issue. Why the BJP is troubled if Rahul Gandhi visits temples, why Rahul Gandhi is being attacked for his temple visits? asks Sachin Pilot
10:59 am: It needs a big heart to accept defeat. Vasundhara Raje is claiming the BJP will win 180 seats, I think she's counting seats of all three states, says Sachin Pilot
10:57 am: Schemes like Skill India, Make in India others have failed in the state. The BJP government brought in a 'black law' against journalists. It was Congress which fought for the rights of journalists, says Sachin Pilot
10:55 am: 'BJP bhagao, desh bachao' is the sentiment of people of Rajasthan at the moment: Sachin Pilot
10:53 am: The CM of the state was born in Gwalior, came to Rajasthan after marriage, I have been raised in this soil. But no one calls her an outsider, says Sachin Pilot
10:48 am: Narendra Modi is PM of the whole country not a leader of any particular party. People may forget the name of PM but remember the remarks made a person sitting on the PM's chair, says Sachin Pilot.
10:46 am: BJP highlights issues concerning caste and religion but it never talks about issues related to farmers, says Sachin Pilot
10:45 am: I am proud to say that there are many leaders in our party who could be the CM, says Sachin Pilot
10:42 am: Vasundhara Raje had the opportunity of doing plenty for the people in Rajasthan, but she has done little, says Sachin Pilot
10:40 am: Sentiments are with the Congress in Rajasthan, says Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot
10:39 am: BJP leaders will return to Delhi from Rajasthan with bag and baggage after polling, says Sachin Pilot
10:37 am: The CM face is no issue for the public, it's an issue only for the media. There is consensus in the party that the CM will be selected after elections, says Sachin Pilot
10:35 am: The Congress is within striking distance of forming government in Rajasthan. It is the BJP's propaganda to say that there is infighting within the Congress, says Sachin Pilot.
10:34 am: The Congress, in Rajasthan at least, has never announced a CM face in the last 70 years. As far as the CM candidates is concerned, whatever the MLAs and party will decide will be accepted, says Sachin Pilot.
10:30 am: Congress leader Sachin Pilot is facing questions from Rajat Sharma in Aap Ki Adalat at Chunav Manch.
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