Congress To Hold Telangana Praja Garjana Sabha On June 1

Congress leaders have planned a big meeting at Sangareddy on June 1, one day ahead of Telangana formation day.

Hyderabad: To give vent to the frustration of people, Congress has decided to hold Telangana Praja Garjana sabha on 1 June at Sangareddy.  Party vice president Rahul Gandhi will be the chief guest. Speaking to media at Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, PCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the dormant anger in people came out on various occasions.

“People did not vote for TRS out of love, they voted for change, as Congress was in power from 2004 to 2014,” Uttam said.  He also accused the ruling party of projecting itself as the only party that participated in Telangana movement. Because of such hype and publicity, they could get voted, he added.

He expressed anger that the government has ignored the welfare of people. He said that his party has been fighting against Centre and State governments on behalf of people. “TRS government failed completely in its rule,” he observed.

He said that a public meeting will be held at a venue which has one lakh seating capacity. He also expressed the confidence that the meeting will be a great success as people from across Telangana will be attending it.

“Because of TRS’s inefficiency and recklessness Telangana stood in second place with regard to farmer suicides,” he said.  “KCR is being tyrannical against students and youth who played a crucial role in Telangana movement,”  he alleged.

Saying that 123 GO is of no use to farmers, he declared that they would go to court against it. Coming down heavily on ruling party for encouraging floor crossings, he reminded the ruling party that it is unconstitutional.

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Rahul’s Venue, Sanga Reddy; Indira Moment For Congress

Sangareddy has a special significance for the Congress since Indira Gandhi adopted Medak constituency after Emergency. She addressed a huge meeting at Sangareddy in 1979 in run up to 1980 elections.

Sangareddy:”Telangana Praja Gharjana” will be organised by Telangana congress on June 1st at Sanga Reddy. There is a strong nostalgia aspect for the decision to hold meeting at Sangareddy. The national party has sweet memories for the Congress from 1979.

Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi addressed a huge rally at Sanga Reddy in 1979 and went on to win the general elections in 1980 with Congress party coming back to power after the Emergency. It was a moment of revival for the badly hit party. Indira Gandhi has chosen Medak as a second constituency in the 1980 elections. The other constituency was her old Rae Bareli where Socialist leader Raj Narayan trounced her in 1977 elections held soon after the Emergency was lifted. Now her grandson and scion of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty will be trying his luck from the same constituency which had elected his grandmother in 37 years ago with a thumping majority.

TPCC president Uttam Kimar Reddy and other leaders hope that the magic will work again and bring them to power if they work with dedication and commitment.

Rahul Gandhi will certainly ignite the past memories on June 1st at Ambedkar Stadium. 2019 elections will be crucial for the Congress party both at centre and in the state. Rahul’s public meeting will launch the Congress campaign for the elections two years away in right earnest. The party has to first overcome the divided loyalties and group politics. The unity of purpose that was vigible in 1979-80 when all the leaders worked for Indira Gandhi with single-minded devotion has to be revived. The group politics which have been the bane of the Congress have to be buried in order to Face well-entrenched Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the resurgent BJP.

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After Amit Shah, Rahul To Visit TS To Attack TRS

Rahul Gandhi will be landing in Hyderabad soon after Amit Shah leaves. TRS says the Congress and the BJP are vying for the second position but both are discredited in the eyes of the people.
Amit Shah (Left) and Rahul Gandhi (Right)

Hyderabad: A week after BJP President Amit Shah departs from Telangana, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi would land in Hyderabad to take on the mighty TRS government. TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy told media on Thursday that Rahul will address a public meeting at Sangareddy on June 1, to ‘expose’ the failures of three year rule of KCR-led government.. The meeting- christened as ‘Telangana Praja Garjana’- will be held a day before TRS government completes three years in office, he added.

Amit Shah will tour Telangana for three days from May 22.

“Both TRS government and NDA government at the Centre have failed to reach to the expectations of people. They came to power with a lot of promise. But finally, people feel cheated and let down,” Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy said.

The TPCC chief denied that the visit of Rahul Gandhi was aimed at offsetting the impact of BJP President Amit Shah’s tour of the State. “It was media’s hype. He is not a master strategist as BJP claims. We have seen Amit Shah’s effect in Punjab and Goa,” Reddy remarked.

Mr, Rahul Gandhi will interact with various aggrieved groups like Dalits, unemployed youth and STs. Congress is making efforts to mobilize more than a lakh persons for the Sangareddy meeting, the first in series of such meetings planned across Telangana.

“Telangana is number two in farmers suicides which amply reflect the plight of  agrarian situation. Chilli and turmeric farmers were in distress. Instead of extending bonus as was being done by neighboring Karnataka and AP governments, the TRS government was handcuffing farmers demanding remunerative price for their produce. The ₹ 4000 per acre assurance was a poll gimmick and ryots wont believe it” he lambasted.

TRS has already indicated that it would go alone in 2019 polls. “The BJP and the Congress are vying each other for second position but finally they would draw a blank since their policies are a copy cat and their leaders have lost people’s faith” TRS MP Vinod remarked.

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Set Back To Congress In National Herald Case

The Congress party which has seen continuous disappointments in a string of elections held in the country will have to get ready for some serious investigations. Delhi High Court allows Income tax Investigation into Young Indian Private Limited in which Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are directors.

New Delhi: As the Presidential elections are fast approaching, major opposition parties are facing setbacks as law agencies are catching up with them. While opposition parties are calling it political witch hunting, these allegations have been in the news for quite some time. It’s only now that the law agencies have taken cognisance of these things and have swung into action.

On Friday, the Delhi High Court gave a green signal for an Income Tax investigation into Young Indian Private Limited in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi are directors.  The company was issued notices for the assessment year 2011-12.

The company will now probably move the Supreme Court.

Young India approached the high court for a direction to stay the IT proceedings and quashing of notices against it with regard to National Herald misappropriation of assets case.

As the Associated Journals Limited which publishes three newspapers including the National Herald was closed in 2008 due to financial losses, the Gandhi family loyalists Dubey and Pitroda have taken it over and floated Young India Private Limited. After two years Rahul Gandhi was appointed as its director.

The Associated Journals Limited was established by Jawaharlal Nehru before he became the Prime Minister of the country.

The accusation was that Sonia and Rahul by paying Rs. 50 Lakh through which Young Indian Pvt. Ltd obtained the right to recover Rs. 90.25 crores which Associated Journals Ltd owed to the Congress, conspired to cheat and misappropriate funds.  Incidentally, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi together hold 76 per cent stake in the Young India Private Limited.

Speaking to a television channel BJP leader and MP Subramaniam Swamy said that these cases will see trial, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not do anything, people will say that he only gives speeches.” he said.

In fact, it was Swamy who filed a complaint before the trial court in 2012 alleging that Congress leaders were involved in cheating and breach of trust in the acquisition process of AJL by YIL. If the case progresses, the Gandhis and others will be tried on charges of dishonest misappropriation of property (section 403 IPC), criminal breach of trust (section 406), cheating (section 420) and criminal conspiracy (section 120 B).

The first to react from Congress, spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, said “The Gandhis have the option of approaching the Supreme Court. The I-T department cannot open an onesided investigation. Swamy is not in charge of I-T.”

In the case filed by Swamy, the other accused include Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. The court summoned the accused on 26 June 2014 and granted bail to Sonia, Rahul, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey in 2015 as they appeared before it in pursuance with its summons. Only Pitroda was given bail in 2016 when he appeared before the court.

The Associated Journals over a period of time accrued losses as the National Herald’s circulation dropped and finances exhausted. It was closed in 2008 with a debt of Rs. 90 crores.

As it was launched by freedom fighter and first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, the Congress party gave the company unsecured, interest-free loans when it was in financial crisis. This went on up to 2010. Later it was taken over by Young Indian Private Limited (YIL).

After the creation of a new company, AJL became a subsidiary of Young Indian by virtue of AJL transferring its entire equity to Young Indian in lieu of YIL owning its Rs. 90 crore debt. Subsequently, Rahul was appointed as its director in December 2010 and Sonia joined as a director in 2011. On the same day Vora and Fernandes were appointed to the Young Indian Board.

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Congress 4th Most Corrupt In World: Fake News Goes Viral

New Delhi: A fake report by an unverified website which published that Congress party of India is the fourth most corrupt in the world is going viral now.

Website by the name BBC News point, put out a report which was found to be fake and was quickly debunked.

Many mistook the name BBC which led to argument between two major parties BJP and the Congress on Friday.

Not only the website, even the article was found to be aimless, shabby way without any proper basis to prove their contention.

Congress party, which was on the back foot after loss in recent elections, attracted more criticism after the fake news got circulated in social media.

Readers could not notice the difference between the original logo of BBC and fake website of BBC news which led to controversy.

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MP Student Wants Rahul Gandhi To Be Named In Guinness Book

Bhopal: An Engineering student from Madhya Pradesh, by name Vishal Diwan, approached Gunnies Book Of world records to enlist the name of Rahul Gandhi for losing 27 elections in the country after he took charge.

Diwan said his application form has been accepted and he is looking forward to receiving a reply from them.

“Ever since Rahul Gandhi became the Vice President of Congress party, the grand old party has lost 27 elections; he has no recognition apart from the fact that he is part of Gandhi’s family. So, this endeavour of mine is intended to fetch some fame for him on the International platform. My form has been accepted, rest there is a procedure to follow which will be done ss soon as they contact me,” Diwan said.

According to Diwan, for the last five years the Congress party is losing cream because of Rahul’s active participation; however Guinness Book of world records have not yet confirmed whether it will approve this type of requests.

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UP Verdict To Impact National Politics In A Big away

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New Delhi: The BJP tsunami in UP elections would change the contours of national politics. It is going to give the NDA a much sought majority in Rajya Sabha where it can get its bills passed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who won UP for the BJP single -handedly with strategic help from party chief Amit Shaw can now hope to have his nominees elected as President and Vice President of the country.

Had BJP lost UP, Amit Shaw would have found it embarrassing to continue as party president after the losses in Delhi, Bihar and UP. Even Modi would have lost some respect although there is no one who could have challenged him. Murmurs could have been heard and some defiant postures could have been seen. Now, with the superb victory in UP, the Modi-Amit Shaw combination will be extolled by party leaders and cadres.

Samajwadi Party chief and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav may have to face sarcastic jibes from his uncle Shivpal Yadav and a strong repudiation from his father Mulayam Singh. But he is the future leader of UP and Samajwadi Party. He will play an important role in mobilising the Opposition parties to face BJP and Narendra Modi in future battles. He had to pay for the anti-incumbency sentiment against the sitting SP MLAs. He will have to strengthen his party by weeding out elements with corrupt and criminal history and bring in educated and democratic young men and women.

Bahujan Samajwadi Party(BSP) chief Mayawati has received a decisive setback. Her calculation of Dalit-Muslim combination getting into power has not yielded expected results. Mayawati has blamed the voting machines for not registering the votes polled by other parties. She accused the BJP of rigging the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) She questioned the majorities BJP has got in constituencies in which Muslim voters are in large numbers. It is,however, a fact that non-Jatav votes have moved away from the BSP decisively towards the BJP. It is a severe jolt to Mayawati. It appears she is reaching the end of the road.

For Rahul Gandhi, the loss in UP would not make much difference. As long as the first family of the Congress party prefers not to field Priyanka Rahul will be in the leadership role irrespective of wins and losses in electoral battles. The party regained Punjab after ten years. The remarkable victory was due to the capable leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh and the value added by Navjot Sidhu. Rahul made the Captain PCC president after a lot of prevarication. But the Congress party can feel reasonably happy with its performance in Punjab, Goa and Manipur. The results in the four States, other than UP, that went to polls do not influence the national politics as much as the results of UP do. The historic win in UP which is likely to surpass the victory registered by BJP under the leadership of LK Advani and Kalyan Singh in the wake of former’s Rath Yatra is going to make Modi invincible. BJP would be sitting at the top of the table and call all the shots.

This may help in polarisation of non-BJP parties to join forces in order to defeat the NDA. It will be in the same way as the non-Congress parties had joined hands to decimate the oldest party of India. The UP results have opened up new opportunities and challenges for the country’s political class. The UP voters had continued with their tradition of not electing the same party for the second consecutive term.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu Joins Congress, Welcomed By Rahul

New Delhi: The entertainer par excellence Navjot Singh Sidhu has formally joined the Congress party in the presence of its Vice President Rahul Gandhi here on Sunday less than three weeks before the polling in Punjab for Assembly elections. Polling in Punjab is scheduled to be held on February 4 along with Goa.

Navjot Sidhu was member of Rajya Sabha some months ago representing the BJP. He felt neglected by the BJP leadership and resigned from the party. He had consultations with Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal toying with the idea of joining the party. Kejriwal is understood to have offered the position of deputy chief minister to Sidhu but the condition that only from one family would be fielded in the assembly elections has deflected the latter towards the Congress party. The Grand Old Party has agreed to give tickets to both Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur. Sidhu would be contesting from Amritsar East constituency beside campaigning in all the 70 constituencies as a star campaigner. His wife has already been included in the list of Congress candidates. Her constituency is yet to be finalized. Sidhu demanded the post of deputy chief minister. It is not yet clear if the Congress has accepted the demand. The chief ministerial candidate of the party is Captain Amarinder Singh who is presently spearheading the party’s campaign as the PCC chief. When asked about Sidhu’s demand, Amarinder said party vice president would take a decision on this demand at an appropriate time.  He denied the allegation that he was not very enthusiastic about Sidhu joining his party.

The 56-year old Sidhu had several rounds of discussions with Rahul Gandhi before he decided to join the party. Rahul has welcomed the former cricketer and parliament member into the Congress. They met four days ago. Soon after the meeting on Sunday afternoon, the AICC spokesman Randeep Singh Sujrewala tweeted, “INC welcomes S. Navjot Singh Sidhu & thanks Rahul Gandhiji for bringing likeminded people under the Congress umbrella.”

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has questioned Sidhu joining a party that had attacked the Golden Temple. Sidhu left BJP on a complaint that he was forced to give up Amritsar Lok Sabha seat for the sake of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who contested only to lose to Captain Amarinder Singh, former chief minister.

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Rahul Emerges Steadily

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New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has improved his performance as a politician over the weeks giving a ray of hope to those who believe that the country would be safe only if the Grand Old Party survives the transition. There were widespread apprehensions that the BJP would have a no- holds-barred Rathayatra in power with the Congress party remaining uninspiring and leaderless. Many had almost written off Rahul Gandhi as a leader with any mettle. They were routing for his sister Priyanka to take over the reins of the party. Priyanka was considered a better bet since she resembles Indira Gandhi and is a better communicator than her brother.

Rahul embarked on a tour of Uttar Pradesh in which he traveled extensively and had a dialogue with the farmer. Though he was heckled by the ruling BJP, he continued with the initiative and completed the tour with remarkable commitment. This has sent the right signal to the people that the reluctant politician in the first family of the Congress has started taking his job seriously.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given, though unwittingly, Rahul a great opportunity by announcing the shocking decision of demonetisation. With Sonia keeping indifferent health, Rahul had to preside over the meeting of the Congress Working Committee. He took the plunge and kept himself in the forefront of the agitation against the bold but botched move of demonetisation. What is the encouragement given by the elections and social media expert Prashant Kishore, who is advising the Congress party at present, to Rahul is in the realm of imagination but the young Gandhi has been punching the Modi windbag with powerful dialogues delivered with a rare clarity. His repeated threat to expose the prime minister with the revelations about personal corruption may not be carried out at all. But it had its effect and caught the imagination of the people. This tactics brought Modi a little down from his high moral pedestal. Rahul followed Kejriwal in dubbing the demonetisation move as a total flop show that was launched without any preparation and planning. With the popular graph of Modi going down Rahul Gandhi’s has been going up moderately. The Congress rank and file appeared to have been enthused.

Rahul and Congress President Sonia Gandhi crafted a rare unity among the opposition Parties against the NDA government in parliament during the ruckus on the decision of demonetisation. Though Rahul did not make his promised earthquaking expose in parliament he was very active outside the temple of democracy.

Arvind Kejriwal has the guile, wit and courage to take on the prime minister but he cannot be an alternative to Modi since his party is not yet pan-Indian. He has future and his rise depends on the fall of the Congress. Another leader who could be considered as an alternative to the Modi is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. But he appears to have squandered his chances by delinking from his coalition partners- the RJD and the Congress-when he unilaterally declared support to the demonetisation move. He was careful enough to limit his support to fifty days, the time sought by Modi to bring about normality in the circulation of currency in the market. However, he is unlikely to retrieve the lost ground. Although Rahul had committed a blunder in disrupting the opposition unity by meeting Modi along with his party colleagues without prior intimation to the comrades in the opposition, the alliance built during the winter session of the parliament was bound to be disrupted because of the internal contradictions. One cannot expect Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party to coexist in the same alliance while bitterly fighting in the Assembly elections in UP. The only option before the congress is to regain the traction and emerge as a single largest party in 2019 elections to form UPA-III. This again depends on the speed with which Modi scripts his downfall, if at all.

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Parliament Winter Session Washout, Thanks To All

New Delhi: The winter session of the parliament has been a washout with both the ruling and the opposition parties giving priority to their egos and interests rather than the people and the country. The session started on November 16 and ended on December 16 without transacting any meaningful business. It has passed four bills but the most important bill relating to the Goods and Services Tax could not be passed. While the opposition parties insisted on the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the parliament while the debate on demonetization takes place, the PM chose to address rallies in different states without attending the parliament. He and his ministerial colleagues kept making allegations against the opposition parties provoking and making them stubborn in their demand for PM’s presence. In the last phase of the session, the ruling party itself obstructed the proceedings in parliament by raising the old issue of Italian court’s remarks about Agusta helicopter scam. The CBI arrested Air Marshal Tyagi in this connection when the debate on demonetization was being stalled. It was considered to be a diversionary tactic intended to show the Congress party leadership in poor light.  There was not an iota of sincerity on the part of the ruling party to discuss the important issue on the floor of the house. During the 31 days the members were bickering in parliament, the poor people of the country were spending their precious time in the queues before the ATM for no avail.

Both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu were at the vilification best heckling the opposition every time they spoke. The basic responsibility to run the house rests on the government. In this particular context, the government appeared unconcerned when an important bill was pending and the time is being wasted. Only veteran leader LK Advani expressed his anguish twice during the session at the attitude of both ruling and opposition parties. But leaders of his own party did not heed to his advice.  On the other hand, the opposition leaders were heard quoting the senior BJP leader. Advani criticized Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for not doing enough to help matters improve. He had requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene and speak to the leaders of the opposition. But it appears that the prime minister was in no mood to relent and he wished to go to the people and communicate to them directly rather than using the floor of parliament. He is keen on projecting the BJP as the only party which is interested in ending corruption and black money and the Congress as the only party which is thriving on corruption and black money. And he is confident that people would trust and support him in spite of the difficulties they are undergoing. He can bank on the electronic media and newspaper to spread his message. He did not express any regrets for the monumental decision he had taken. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his brief but powerful intervention, described demonetization as a monumental mismanagement. He also spoke of organized loot and licensed plunder in his criticism in the wake of the historic decision.  Narendra Modi, however,  insisted that the country is going to benefit from demonetization decision.

Prime Minister preferred to explain his actions at a meeting of captive audience-the BJP MPs=rather than the Parliament where he has to contend with uncomfortable questions from the irate opposition members. In a party meeting he can hear claps and only claps appreciating his speech and decisions. He attacked the Congress and other opposition parties with no holds barred saying that the opposition is worried because its cash reserves have dwindled.

Earlier in the day, a delegation led by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Modi to give a representation requesting him to help the farmers who are in great difficulties. Rahul said the prime minister has heard their plea but did not respond. He also said the PM has accepted that the farmers are under great stress. It is to be noted that it was the first meeting between Modi and Rahul after the latter made an allegation that the PM is personally terrified to attend the parliament since he (Rahul) was personally corrupt and he has evidence to prove the charge. Many opposition leaders including Arvind Kejriwal had asked Rahul Gandhi to produce the evidence he has before media persons if he is not allowed to speak in the parliament, as he alleged. But the nation is still waiting for Rahul to divulge the crucial information he claimed to possess. He said he has bullet proof evidence against the PM. The media has been cajoling him to produce if he has really got it. The BJP said on the other day that the Congress VP does not have any evidence and he is making a joker of himself.

Leaders of some  opposition parties including the Congress, the RJD, JD(U), Trinamool Congress have met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rastrapati Bhavan on Friday. The delegation was led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi.  Angered by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some opposition parties had dropped out from the rally that went to the Rastrapati Bhavan to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.  The Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Nationalist Congress party and the DMK decided to stay away from the march. The SP which is the ruling party in UP and the BSP which is aspiring to win majority in the coming elections had taken objection to the Congress delegation meeting the PM to appraise the latter of the farmers’ owes that were recorded by Rahul during his recent tour in UP. Rahul Gandhi and his party colleagues had requested the PM to waive farmers’ loans. The prime minister is understood to have commented that they should be meeting like this frequently. The SP and BSP leaders asked, “Are we not interested in the welfare of the farmers. What is the point in Rahul Gandhi going to the PM without informing us?’” The carefully crafted opposition unity has thus taken a beating because of the thoughtless action on part of the Congress leaders.

BJP spokesmen had ridiculed the other opposition parties for joining hands with the Congress against whom they were fighting on Bofors, Coalgate, 2-G and other scams. However, the opposition stood united and they are bent on continuing the tirade against the government by organizing public meetings across the country. While the entire spectrum of the opposition is against demonetization or the way the decision was taken and implemented, the TDP, TRS, Akali Dal and other friendly parties are supporting the government.  The only opposition party that sided with Modi was Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) while its senior most leader Sharad Yadav is among the opposition leaders who met the president. BJP and its partners in the NDA on one hand, the opposition parties on the other, will be going to the people to explain the two sides of the demonetization decision. It is for the people to judge which argument is reasonable and trustworthy. So, the debate is shifting from the parliament in New Delhi to the people’s parliament.

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Upset Advani says he feels like quitting Parliament

New Delhi: Veteran leader of the ruling party at the Centre, and member of BJP’s Marg Darshan Mandal, LK Advani spoke of resigning from Lok Sabha after witnessing the near washout of the winter session of Parliament.

He found fault for the second time with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for not being able to run the House. The senior most leader had asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to convey his anguish to the Speaker. He remained seated for a while after the House was adjourned on Wednesday and members had left. He urged the Home Minister to try to see that the House functions at least on Thursday.  He also asked Rajnath Singh to talk to the leaders of the opposition parties. 

On coming out of the House after it was adjourned, Advani has expressed his desire to quit. He spoke of the way the Parliament used to function during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime. Had Vajpayee been in Parliament today, he would have been very sad, said Advani. “Disruptions are so disappointing that I wonder if I should resign from the Lok Sabha,” he told Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day of the winter session. If there is no debate tomorrow also, the winter session would be considered a washout,” Advani commented when the BJP and Trinamool Congress MPs came up to him to greet.

The winter session which began on November 16 had 22 sittings with many of the ten important bills that the government had listed to be discussed and passed remaining on the paper. The most important legislation waiting for Parliament’s nod is Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. The Parliament has cleared only four bills so far in this session.

The government’s decision to ban Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes received flak from the opposition with people standing in  serpentine queues across the country for days together. The essentially cash-based economy has come to a standstill with the invalidation of big currency and in the absence of alternative arrangement. Retail businesses, small industries and construction activity have suffered rendering lakhs of people across the country jobless. 

More than 90 deaths have been reported because of cashless misery. The Trinamool Congress and the Aam Admi Party were the first to raise the banner of revolt followed by the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. There have been allegations and counter allegations flying across the floor of Parliament with the Prime Minister spending a short time on two days in the proceedings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought it was better to speak to the people directly rather than facing the opposition in Parliament. Both the sides accused each other of obstructing the proceedings. President Pranab Mukherjee had intervened to ask the members, “For God’s sake, do your job.” But the plea of the head of state had no bearing on the lawmakers.

 Meanwhile, both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned yet again on Thursday without transacting any business. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress MP in the Upper House, said it was for the first time in independent India that the treasury benches had obstructed the functioning of Parliament.

In turn, aggressive BJP members started attacking the opposition parties in general and the Congress in particular, saying that the opposition had been obstructing debate in the Parliament for almost two weeks. Armed with the copies of a newspaper from India Today group which published the details of the expose that the reporters of Aaj Tak, Hindi channel from the group, have done through a sting operation, BJP members hit out at Congress allegations.

Senior BJP ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged that the first family of the Congress party (meaning Sonia Gandhi’s family) was the beneficiary in the Agusta deal in which hundreds of crores of rupees were paid as bribe to get the order. They repeatedly accused the Congress party of indulging in scams and laundering black money.

The Congress, on its part, accused the Prime Minister of running away from debate. Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he had a bombshell with him which he would like to explode in Parliament. He alleged that he was not being allowed to speak in the House because, “The Prime Minister is personally terrified. I have information which shows that Modi is personally corrupt.” The BJP leaders retorted saying that Rahul Gandhi was making a joke of himself and he had no evidence against the PM.

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  1. kushal1948@gmail.com says:

    It seems the incident of 15 December 2016 to say that veteran Parliamentarian expressed his feeling to resign from Parliament reported in the news could also , like many other incidents round the year , suggest to the relevance or accuracy of this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive article ” 2016 – a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” published as early as on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop.org

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Ex-serviceman’s suicide gives OROP political turn

NEW DELHI: The suicide of Ram Kishan Grewal, an ex-serviceman, over the One Rank One Pension (OROP) has taken a nasty political turn on Wednesday.

Grewal, 70, had ended his life by consuming poison at Jantar Mantar. He was staging a protest at Jantar Mantar demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP).

Amid the chaos over suicide by ex-serviceman, social activist Anna Hazare slammed the government for its inability to translate words into action over the OROP scheme.

Hazare said, “On one hand government glorifies soldiers and on the other hand, it doesn’t fulfil promises made to them.” Hazare’s comment came on a day when political leaders hit the streets in Delhi over the army veteran’s suicide.

The incident triggered a nation-wide controversy and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at the BJP government. They were detained by the Delhi Police subsequently. After being released, Rahul Gandhi slammed the police and asked, “Do you not feel ashamed?”

Grewal’s son Jaswant complained that the police have beaten him and members of his family. The police, however, claimed that the family of Grewal was creating ruckus and they had to detain them. Delhi Police Special Commissioner MK Meena said Rahul Gandhi came to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital despite the police advice not to do so. Rahul Gandhi got upset on hearing Jaswant’s complaint. He commented that this shows the undemocratic mindset of Modi government. Kejriwal also criticized the NDA government for the highhanded behavior of the police. Police Commissioner Meena had commented that democracy does not mean creating obstruction at hospital.

The first politician to reach Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital was Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. He was detained. Then it was the turn of Rahul Gandhi to be detained. Afterward Arvind Kejriwal came and had the same treatment from the police. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Union government is adopting undemocratic attitude. “People who gave 30 years of their lives have been sitting on dharna for one year and a half”. The Congress party has demanded that the government should implement OROP immediately.

Kejriwal said angrily: “The Prime Minister says OROP has been implemented, and soldiers are dying demanding it to be implemented. It means the PM is lying across the country. Then why did he commit suicide? The Centre is deceiving the Army. I have come to meet his family. If anyone commits suicide in my state, should I not meet the family?”

Grewal’s family and OROP campaigners said Grewal was disappointed over the delay in implementation of the scheme which was announced earlier this year.

However, earlier in the day Home Minister Rajnath Singh defended the action of Delhi Police after they detained Rahul Gandhi when he tried to meet relatives of the deceased. “Whatever has to be done for risk reduction, the Delhi Police will do,” Rajnath said.

While celebrating the Diwali with the Army and ITBP personnel in Sumdo, Kinnaur, Modi had said that the first instalment of nearly Rs. 5,500 crore had been paid for implementing OROP.

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Rahul ‘Visits’ Jaya; Swamy Seeks Central Rule

CHENNAI:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi ‘visited’ Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospital on Friday and said “she is recovering well” without actually meeting her. His visit came as controversial BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy demanded President’s rule in the state.

Rahul Gandhi went to the hospital straight from the airport and reportedly spent an hour at Apollo. Either Congress or AIADMK did not disclose any details. Nevertheless, Rahul Gandhi said, “I came to extend my support to Ms Jayalalithaa.  She’s recovering. I wish her maximum energy so she’d be able to get well soon.”

Meanwhile, the hospital clarified that the Congress leader saw her from outside the ward. On Thursday, Apollo had given a little more information about the health condition of Jayalalithaa. It said in a bulletin, “the present treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supportive therapy.” The patient continued to improve and was making gradual progress, Apollo Hospital said.

Putting at rest public and political demands for official statements on CM’s health, the Madras High Court said on Thursday that there was no need for such announcements.

Stoking up more controversy, Subramanian Swamy urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to impose President’s Rule on Tamil Nadu because of prolonged hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa. “I urge Rajnath Singh to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution and put the Legislative Assembly in suspended animation till Jayalalithaa is able to attend office,” he said in a press statement on Friday.

Swamy’s call gained traction with Governor Vidyasagar Rao conferring with the state’s Chief Secretary and two senior ministers on Friday evening. He is reported to have enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health and the general administration of Tamil Nadu, among other things.

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జయలలితను చూసిన రాహుల్

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చెన్నై: తమిళనాడు ముఖ్యమంత్రి జయలలిత వైద్యసేవలు పొందుతున్న అపోలో ఆసుపత్రిని కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్ గాంధీ సందర్శించారు. “జయలలితకు నా మద్దతు తెలియజేయడానికి వచ్చాను. ఆమె కోలుకుంటున్నారు. ఆమె త్వరలోనే అస్వస్థత నుంచి బయటపడాలనీ, శక్తిని కూడదీసుకోవాలనీ కోరుకుంటున్నా”నని చెప్పారు. నేరుగా విమానాశ్రయం నుంచి అపోలో ఆసుపత్రికి వెళ్ళిన రాహుల్ గాంధీ అక్కడ గంటసేపు గడిపారు. రాహుల్ గాంధీ జయలలితను కలవలేదనీ, దూరం నుంచే చూశారనీ ఆసుపత్రివర్గాలు తెలిపాయి.

చెన్నై వచ్చి జయలలితను చూడాలని రాహుల్ హఠాత్తుగా నిర్ణయం తీసుకున్నట్టు కనిపిస్తోంది. తమిళనాడు పార్టీ నాయకులు ఎవరికీ ఆయన రాక గురించి ముందుగా సమాచారం లేదని అంటున్నారు. పోలీసులకు కూడా ఆయన రాక గురించిన సమాచారం ఉదయం 11.0 కు అందింది. ఆ తర్వాత కొద్దిసేపటికే రాహుల్ ఆసుపత్రికి చేరుకున్నారు. తమిళనాడు కాంగ్రెస్ కమిటీ అధ్యక్షుడు తిరునావుక్కరసు, ఆర్థికమంత్రి ఓ. పన్నేర్ సెల్వన్ ఆసుపత్రిలో ఆయన వెంట ఉన్నారు. కాంగ్రెస్ అధ్యక్షురాలు సోనియా గాంధీతోపాటు మొత్తం కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ జయలలిత కోలుకోవాలని కోరుకుంటున్నట్టు ఆయన చెప్పారు.

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BJP-Cong slugfest over Rahul’s ‘khoon ki dalali’ comment

New Delhi: AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi was found once again with his foot firmly in his mouth and unable to wriggle out of his most uncharitable and blatantly unwise comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rahul Gandhi called Modi, ‘khoon ki dalali’ (merchant of blood) for allegedly using the surgical strikes across the border with Pakistan for political gains. Rahul’s remark reminded of his mother Sonia Gandhi who called Modi ‘mauth ka saudagar’.

This comment by Sonia helped Modi to consolidate his hold on the electorate of Gujarat and win successive Assembly elections. Rahul later clarified his comments saying that he had already congratulated the Prime Minister for the surgical strikes and supported the government in that aspect. He was only saying that the government should not try to take political mileage from the sacrifices made by the Army. He said the army should not be there in political posters. He alleged that Modi is dividing the people in the country. He lashed out at the PM for hiding behind the blood of the soldiers.

BJP’s retaliatory attack was led by party president Amit Shah. Addressing a media conference on Friday, he said Rahul Gandhi had crossed all the limits when he made that irresponsible statement. He alleged that Rahul Gandhi and others like him had insulted the jawans of Indian Army whose valor the whole country is praising.

Except Pakistan and the Congress Party, no country or organization in the world ever doubted the fact that the surgical strikes took place. No one insulted the Army men as was done by Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah said.

The courage of the jawans has been highlighted by Indian media. Amit Shah asked Rahul not to demean the sacrifices made by the armed forces. He criticized Rahul for his jibes belittling the jawans. He advised Rahul Gandhi to go back to the newspapers in 1971 to know what the Congress leaders were talking about the victory of Indian forces on East Pakistan and creating Bangladesh.  He said Rahul should desist from passing judgments on important issues of which he has no knowledge.

“It is better for him to concentrate his language and politics, Amit Shah said and demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi should clarify the stand of her party on surgical strikes.

He said the dalali work is done by the Congress party and his people believe in the slogan ‘Jai Jawan.’ He asked Rahul what dalali he is talking about. From Bofors to 2G scam, it is the Congress which was indulging in dalali, he said. Shah said the statement of Rahul Gandhi indicates the mindset of the Congress party. The BJP party chief has, as usual, taken the credit for the strikes saying that all the BJP leaders and workers were elated over the heroic deeds of the Army jawans.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal in a fight back told the media:

“People who are named in murder cases will tell us that our roots are tainted. I didn’t expect the BJP to stoop so low that its leadership will have to point fingers at those who gave independence. Convicted people are giving lectures; the government has no experience making statements.”

Speaking on BJP’s claim of first surgical strikes, Sibal asked, “Who crossed the LoC in 1965, 71 and 1999? Did Modi, Amit Shah or Parrikar cross the LoC? Does the Indian history start from 2014?” The Congress leader hit out at the BJP for forgetting all these dates in Indian history and accused the BJP of exploiting the Army’s strikes. “We didn’t politicise Kargil,” he declared.

Rahul was condemned by Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi CM himself appealed to the Union government to produce proof of the strikes to make the Pakistani propaganda machine to shut up.

Sanjay Nirupam, a Rahul-loyalist and Maharashtra leader of the Congress Party, commented the other day that he suspects the surgical strikes to be fake.  Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also expressed doubts about the surgical strikes. However, AICC spokespersons have distanced the party from Chidambaram and Sanjay Nirupam. The latter remarked later that the whole country welcomes surgical strikes but not the fake ones.

The Congress party is visibly worried that the ruling party is taking credit for the surgical strikes and it would have effect on the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi was clever enough not to preside over the all-party meeting which was addressed by army officer General Ranbir Singh. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was made to chair the meeting. Modi also advised his party and ministerial colleagues not to boast about surgical strikes. In spite of the advice, Defence Minister Manohar Parrkar and party president Amit Shah kept talking about the strikes in glowing terms and continued to ridicule the main opposition Congress and Kejriwal.

Majority of the mainstream media is also with the ruling party and the PM. Most of the opposition leaders are hesitant to publicly express doubts about the strikes since that would amount to suspecting the Army which at once becomes anti-national. Rahul was perhaps indiscreet in his comments and the timing.

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A case of message lost in thought-speech gap

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Cheerleaders of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi say he is a ‘misunderstood’ man whenever a controversy erupts over his emotional speeches.  Probably, he is. But when a projected prime ministerial candidate blows hot and cold, how can the public, let alone political leaders, understand him?

Just a few days ago, Rahul Gandhi literally saluted his bete noire Narendra Modi for ordering surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control in Occupied Kashmir. His unusual gesture has surprised many, including senior Congress leaders. At that time, he might have thought it wise to follow his mother’s example as the people from every walk of life had thrown their weight behind the government and the Army. Even before his words of praise died down in the developments that followed, Rahul Gandhi returned to his game of anti-Modi rant.

If his outburst on Thursday, Rahul accused Modi of profiteering from the blood shed by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir and surgical strikes. “Our soldiers who have shed their blood in Jammu and Kashmir, who have conducted the surgical strikes, you are hiding behind their blood. You are cashing in on their sacrifice, that’s wrong. The Indian Army has done its duty. Now you do your duty. Help the farmers, hike the salaries of soldiers under the seventh pay commission … that is your duty. That is your responsibility. India has elected you for that. That is the truth,” he thundered at a farmers’ rally in New Delhi. Speaking in Hindi, using sharp words, his flare-up came at the end of his month-long 3,500 km walkathon in Uttar Pradesh. It is Congress’s marathon bid to revive party fortunes in the poll-bound state.

While Rahul Gandhi’s onslaught on Modi has dismayed some Congress leaders, BJP went at it hammer and tongs saying “it shows his mental bankruptcy.” Once again, Congress and BJP slugfest has started with leaders and party officials from both sides leveling charges against each other. The phrase that has really stung the BJP is ‘khoon ki dalali.’

Proffering a clarification, a senior Congress leader told Indian Express: “His (Rahul) intention was to say that Army deserves the credit and kudos and you (Modi) cannot ride on them…but I agree it did not come out quite that way.”

If we have to believe the Congress leader’s explanation, obviously there is a gap between what he thinks and speaks. If none has explained it to Rahul, his use of choice words in a language that fits the occasion could lead to confusion and wordy duels as is happening now.

To say his tirade against Modi in the context of surgical strikes and Kashmir unrest is in bad taste is masking the real issue. That is, Rahul’s no line of control over his language and spurts of volcanic bursts. Take for example Thursday’s attack on PM at the farmers’ rally. It’s anyone’s guess how many would have understood him. What he actually wanted to convey to his audience must have lost in his angry tone. Moreover, his single target attack, without referring to any other political leader that looked out of context, has helped add more bitterness and animosity between the two national parties and politicize the surgical strikes issue.

PS: Amidst the raging verbal war comes a word correction from Rahul Gandhi. According to a tweet on Friday, he said, “I fully support the surgical strikes and I have said so unequivocally, but I will not support using…the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country.”

If that is what he meant to say on Thursday to farmers, why did he invoke ‘khoon ki dalali’? Is it a case of well-intended message lost in horrid expression?

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Rahul Gandhi Visits Apollo

Chennai: AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi has visited Apollo Hospital where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been under treatment for 15 days. He met the concerned doctors and the representatives of TN government on Friday and learnt about the line of treatment and status of the CM’s health.

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The day after…war or peace?

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Madhusudhana Rao S

A day after India conducted surgical strikes on terrorist camps inside the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir crossing the Line of Control, all was quiet on the western front on Friday. Is it the calm before the storm? Nobody knows. But India is bracing for a retaliatory action from the other side. Villagers in the border areas are being evacuated, all the fighting units have been kept in battle-ready modes and leaves of civilian and military officials cancelled. That means the Indian government and the armed forces do not want to leave anything to chance. Nor do they want to be caught napping.

Although the Indian government and military officials insisted on Thursday night that the surgical strikes had a limited purpose –elimination of terrorist launch pads in pre-identified spots -–and there was no intention of repeating the operation in other areas along the LoC, the midnight operation had fuelled the talk of a full-blown war between the two arch rivals. Some ‘analysts’ have speculated even a nuclear conflagration.

If we look at the history of Indo-Pak border tensions they are like ebb and flow. Similarly, cross-border firings and their escalations are also common. But what separates the Wednesday-Thursday midnight secret mission from the usual exchange of fire is India’s bid to go after terrorist outfits in occupied Kashmir. This had never been done so far because such missions were fraught with risks, the main one being a full-scale war.

And, for decades, Pakistani military and civilian leaders have perpetrated a myth that if India violates Pak sovereignty, Delhi has to pay a heavy price. In this respect, Islamabad has extended its sovereign right to Occupied Kashmir despite the fact that it is a disputed territory. So far, New Delhi has meekly accepted Pak claim and restrained itself from crossing the Line of Control in hot pursuit of Pak Army-trained terrorists and other Jihadist groups.

Now, there is a paradigm shift in India’s thinking with the surgical strikes. Post-operation, justifying Delhi’s decision, some experts had argued that since Pak-occupied area was part of Kashmir, we have every right to wipe out radical elements holed up there. Though their assertion sounds convoluted to ward off international condemnation, it raises a tricky question and stirs up a hornet’s nest why such missions had not been undertaken when cross-border terrorism was at a nascent stage. Had it been responded with an iron hand we would not have been facing a bigger menace now.   

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive act has shown Pakistan and the outside world that India can –and is capable of – break with the past and chart a new risk-taking course.

That’s what this country needs. For a change, people from every walk of life, irrespective of class or creed, put aside raging controversies that are more divisive in nature than uniting the people and hailed the Prime Minister and his team and the armed forces for making an ‘impossible’ mission possible.

It’s a psychological boost to a country that has been a victim of numerous terrorist attacks, including two on forward Army bases in a span of nine months this year. The euphoric moment has had its political fallout too: The rise of Modi. Even his perpetual critics and detractors had words of praise and admiration for him. Obviously, the opposition doesn’t want to be seen as anti-national in the eyes of public that is idolizing Modi.

Even Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, a trenchant critic of Modi, had a few good words to say about his nemesis. He said, “It is the first action worthy of a PM. When the Prime Minister does the job a PM is supposed to do, I support him. I want to congratulate him. The whole country is with him. All of us stand firmly united against terrorism and those who support and sponsor it.”

Since the selective target strikes are seen as an anti-terrorism operation, not war against Pakistan (no heavy artillery or Army were used), which dismissed it as a flash in the pan, escalation fears are discounted, at least for the time being. But the possibility of conflict looms large if there is another terrorist attack from across the border and India responds with similar surgical strikes. 

If Pakistani leaders see the writing on the wall in India’s action, despite trivializing it with bravado and putting up a brave face, they would rein in anti-India militant groups and restrain jihadi elements. But if the leaders are bent upon foisting a war on India through non-state actors, India has to be prepared for that. In other words, the ball is in Pak court: war or peace. Either way, what’s certain is Islamabad can’t take India’s restraint for granted forever.

The day after, in Pakistan, the media seemed to have scoured all available tomes to pick choicest words to expose India’s ‘lies.’ Major English language dailies’ banner headlines poured scorn and spewed venom on India’s “attempts to malign Pakistan.” If Indian observers expect anything better, that’s their mistake.

And, strangely, Pakistan cabinet that met on Friday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair had nothing much to say to the public. A government press release listed the topics, including LoC events, that were discussed and reiterated the government’s resolve to defend the country.

Has Pakistan subdued with the sudden turn of events or is it cooking up something else?

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రాహుల్ పై లాలూ విసుర్లు: ఇంతకీ తెరవెనుక కథ ఏమిటి?

పాట్నా: బీహార్ లో త్రికోణ అధికారకూటమిలో కలహపర్వం ఇంకా నడుస్తూనే ఉంది. ఆర్జేడీ అధినేత లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ ఎన్డీయే వర్సెస్ యూపీయేకు వచ్చేసరికి మొదటినుంచీ కాంగ్రెస్ కు , ఆ పార్టీ అధ్యక్షురాలు సోనియా గాంధీకీ తిరుగులేని మద్దతుదారుగా ఉంటూవచ్చారు. కాషాయ బృందానికి వ్యతిరేకంగా సెక్యులర్ పక్షాలను కూడగట్టడంలో జేడీయూ అధినేత నితీశ్ కుమార్ తో పోల్చితే లాలూ ఎక్కువ నిబద్ధత కనబరుస్తూ వచ్చారన్నది నిజం. దానివెనుక రాజకీయ అనివార్యతలు ఉండడం వేరే విషయం.

అలాంటిది, ఇప్పుడు లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్ గాంధీకి గురిపెట్టి కొన్ని వ్యాఖ్యలు చేశారు.  జయలలిత, మమతా బెనర్జీ, నితీశ్ కుమార్ లలో ఎవరైనా ప్రధాని కావడానికి అర్హులే నని, రాహుల్ గాంధీకి ఆ అర్హత ఉందని తను భావించడం లేదనీ మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ బాంబ్ పేల్చారు. నితీశ్ కుమార్ నాయకత్వాన్ని ఆమోదించలేకపోతే ఆర్జేడీ ప్రభుత్వం నుంచి తప్పుకోవచ్చని బీహార్ పీసీసీ అధ్యక్షుడు అశోక్ చౌదరి విసిరిన సవాలే లాలూ ఇలా రాహుల్ కు గురిపెట్టడానికి కారణం. ఆర్జేడీకి వ్యతిరేకంగా రాష్ట్ర కాంగ్రెస్ దూకుడుకి కళ్ళెం వేయడానికే లాలూ ఈ వ్యాఖ్య చేశారని ఆర్జేడీ వర్గాలు చెబుతున్నాయి. అయినా సరే, ఏకంగా కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడినే లాలూ గురి పెట్టడంలో ఆయన పట్ల లాలూలో గూడు కట్టుకున్న పాత కోపం బయట పడిందన్న అభిప్రాయమూ వ్యక్తమవుతోంది. లాలూ గడ్డి కుంభకోణంలో శిక్ష ఎదుర్కొని లోక్ సభ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కోల్పోయిన సందర్భంలో ఆయనను, అలాంటివారిని అలాంటి పరిస్థితినుంచి తప్పించడానికి యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం ఒక ఆర్డినెన్స్ తీసుకొచ్చింది. ఒక ఎంపీ కానీ ఎమ్మెల్యే కానీ ఏదైనా ఆరోపణలో శిక్షను ఎదుర్కొన్నప్పుడు  ఉన్నత న్యాయస్థానానికి అప్పీలు చేసుకుంటే తమ చట్టసభ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కోల్పోనవసరం లేదని ఎన్నికల నియమావళి చెబుతోంది. సుప్రీం కోర్టు ఆ ప్రోవిజన్ ను కొట్టివేస్తూ తీర్పు ఇచ్చింది. అప్పుడు యూపీయేకు, సోనియా గాంధీకీ మొదటినుంచీ సన్నిహితంగా ఉన్న లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కాపాడడమే ప్రధాన లక్ష్యం అన్న భావన కలిగిస్తూ యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం సుప్రీం కోర్టు తీర్పును తోసిపుచ్చే ఆర్డినెన్స్ తీసుకొచ్చింది. ఆ నేపథ్యంలో 2013లో పార్టీ ప్రతినిధి నిర్వహించే ఒక మీడియా సమావేశంలోకి రాహుల్ హఠాత్తుగా వచ్చి ఆ ఆర్డినెన్స్ ప్రతిని చించివేసి సంచలనాన్ని, విమర్శలను సృష్టించిన సంగతి తెలిసినదే. ఆ చర్య లాలూని నొప్పించడం సహజమే.

అయితే ఆ తర్వాత నితీశ్, లాలూలను దగ్గర చేసి రాష్ట్రస్థాయిలో ఎన్డీయేకు బలమైన కూటమిని అవతరింపజేయడంలో రాహుల్ కూడా కొంత పాత్ర నిర్వహించారు. కనుక కాంగ్రెస్, రాహుల్ ల విషయంలో లాలూ అప్పటికి సర్దుబాటు వైఖరిని కనబరచడంలో కూటమి విశాల ప్రయోజనాలను దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకుని విజ్ఞత పాటించారన్నది నిస్సందేహం. అటువంటిది ఇప్పుడు లాలూ రాహుల్ కు గురి పెట్టడం ఒకవిధంగా విస్మయం కలిగించేదే. అలాగే ఆర్జేడీ నేతలు కొందరు నితీశ్ పై వ్యతిరేక వ్యాఖ్యలు చేసిన సందర్భంలో ఆర్జేడీ-జేడీయూ ల మధ్య మరింతగా మంట రాజుకునేలా రాష్ట్ర కాంగ్రెస్ నాయకత్వం ఆజ్యం అందించడమూ విస్మయం కలిగిస్తుంది. కాంగ్రెస్ సమీపకాలంలో జేడీయూ, ఆర్జేడీలకే కాదు సరికదా, బీజేపీకి కూడా ప్రత్యామ్నాయం కాలేని స్థితిలో ఇలా ఎందుకు వ్యవహరిస్తోందో కూడా ప్రశ్నార్థకం. మొత్తంమీద జేడీయూ-ఆర్జేడీ-కాంగ్రెస్ కూటమి ఏడాది కూడా తిరగకుండానే కలహ సంకేతాలు జారీ చేయడం సెక్యులర్ పక్షాలలో ఆందోళన రేపుతుందన్నది నిస్సందేహం. రాజకీయంగా ఎంతో సర్దుబాటును కనబరుస్తూ వచ్చిన లాలూ కూడా ఇప్పుడు ఒత్తిడికి గురవుతున్నట్టు రాహుల్ వ్యతిరేక వ్యాఖ్య ద్వారా అర్థమవుతోంది. 2019 మరో రెండున్నర ఏళ్ల దూరంలో ఉన్న స్థితిలో ఎవరు ప్రధాని అభ్యర్థి అన్న ప్రశ్న ఈ మూడు పక్షాలనూ తలోవైపుకీ లాగుతోందా అన్న సందేహం కూడా కలుగుతోంది. ఇది కాకపోతే తెర వెనక ఇంకా ఏవేవో జరుగుతూ ఉండవచ్చు. కాలం గడిచిన కొద్దీ అది స్పష్టమవచ్చు.

ఆర్జేడీ కి చెందిన సహబుద్దీన్ 11 ఏళ్ల శిక్ష తర్వాత జైలునుంచి విడుదలవడం ఈ కలహపర్వానికి ఊతమిచ్చిన తక్షణ ఘటన. “గత్యంతరం లేని స్థితిలో నితీశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి అయ్యా”రన్న సహాబుద్దీన్ వ్యాఖ్యా, “లాలూయే మా నాయకుడు. నితీశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి అవడాన్ని నేను అప్పుడే ఒప్పుకోలేదు” అని మరో ఆర్జేడీ నేత రఘువంశ్ ప్రసాద్ సింగ్ వ్యాఖ్యా కందిరీగల తుట్టను రేపాయి. సహాబుద్దీన్ విడుదలకు వ్యతిరేకంగా అప్పీలు చేయడానికి నితీశ్ ప్రభుత్వం సుముఖంగా ఉండడం ఈ మొత్తానికి కారణంలా కనిపిస్తోంది. బీహార్ లోనే కాదు, దేశమంతటా నేరశక్తులూ, రాజకీయాలూ ఎలా పెనవేసుకున్నాయో తెలిసినదే. అందులోనూ ఆర్జేడీలో అలాంటి శక్తులు గణనీయమే. కనుక నితీశ్ వైఖరి లాలూకు ఇబ్బందికరం అవడంలో ఆశ్చర్యం లేదు.

ఎన్డీయేకు బలమైన సెక్యులర్ ప్రత్యామ్నాయం గురించిన ఆశలు రేపిన ఈ కూటమి ఇలా కలహకాపురంలా మారుతుండడం దేశవ్యాప్తంగా ఎన్డీయేతర పక్షాలలో ఆందోళన కలిగించడంలోనూ వింత లేదు.

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Rahul to visit Ayodhya on Friday

NEW DELHI: In a first-ever visit  by a Gandhi since 1992 Babri demolition, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi  is going to Ayodhya on Friday, the fourth day of his Uttar Pradesh tour, where elections will be held early next year.

As no member of the Congress’s first family has visited Ayodhya since the demolition of the Babri Masjid 24 years ago, Rahul’s  visit  may generate considerable interest in political circles.

In Ayodhya, Mr Gandhi will first offer prayers at the famous Hanuman Garhi temple, but it is not clear yet whether he will visit the Ram temple at the disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site, a km away.

It is said, that Rahul Gandhi’s father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had planned to visit the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya, but could not because of a lack of time. He was assassinated the next year, on May 21, 1991.

Some political pundits suspect a soft Hindutva agenda in the Rahul’s  Ayodhya visit as the Congress follows a Brahmin-centric campaign in Uttar Pradesh prescribed by election strategist Prashant Kishor.  Kishor is directing every move that Mr Gandhi makes on his month-long tour.

“I am happy that he is going. But his party always accused BJP of playing politics whenever we talked about Ram temple or about going there. Rahul has understood the power of Ram,” said the BJP’s Sidharth Nath Singh.

Mr Gandhi will also visit Faizabad tomorrow, where he will conduct a road show. He is also scheduled to visit the Kichaucha Sharif Dargah, a Muslim shrine in Ambedkar Nagar.

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Rahul To Visit Vijayawada

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee is planning to organise a big rally demanding Special Status for the State. AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Vijayawada to address the meeting which is slated to be held in the first week of October.

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