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Rahul Gandhi meets Bihar Cong chief, reviews Bihar results

Sources said that Gandhi inquired in detail about the gains made by the party in Bihar during the meeting, which lasted for around 45 minutes.

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Amid indication that Congress is likely to participate in the grand alliance government in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi on Friday met AICC general secretary CP Joshi and PCC chief Ashok Choudhari, a pre-cursor to his proposed consultations with newly-elected party MLAs on November 19.Sources said that Gandhi inquired in detail about the gains made by the party in Bihar during the meeting, which lasted for around 45 minutes. On specifics he also wanted to know why the party lost on some seats, which it had earlier bracketed in A category from the winnability point of view. They include seats like Govindganj, Ramnagar, Pranpur and Valmikinagar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress vice president will meet all the 27 newly-elected MLAs and five MLCs on November 19 to seek their views on participation in government and related issues. There is an indication that the party could participate in the alliance government in Bihar. The grand alliance has won 178 seats with RJD winning 80, JDU 71 and Congress 27.Besides that of Chief Minister, there are 35 more berths to be shared, which makes it one portfolio for five seats each. PCC chief Ashok Chowdhury, who met Gandhi today said that the defeat of BJP happened because “Rahul Gandhi played a key role in forging the alliance” and backed Nitish Kumar as the CM face of the alliance. “Moreover, he gave the state unit a free hand in deciding the party matters including candidates,” he said adding all this helped Congress win this number of seats in Bihar. Congress had contested 41 seats out of 243, as part of the Grand Alliance, and won 27. This is almost seven times more against just four seats that it secured in the 2010 polls in which it had contested all the 243 seats.In fact, Bihar is a first major victory for the party after the Lok Sabha polls in May last year that had plummeted its stock to the lowest ever– a mere 44 in the 543-member Lower House. The party had not done well in the Assembly polls of Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.In Delhi, it had the ignominy of scoring a duck. Congress was a dominant force in Bihar till 1989 ruling it for most of the time since independence barring a few years including those after the Emergency which had brought the undivided Janata Party to power on the call of “Total Revolution” by Jaya Prakash Narayan. For over a quarter of a century, Congress has become a marginalised force in the Hindi heartland of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the Mandal and Mandir surge which saw emergence of the social justice forces and gave strength to the BJP.It is the general refrain in the party that the grand alliance could not have been possible but for the effective role played by the Congress Vice President. Leaders recalled that it was Gandhi who brought Nitish and Lalu Prasad together and played a key role of catalyst at a time when the RJD supremo was having reservations.The victory in Bihar is also being talked about as a good timing for Rahul to take over as party chief. The 40-minute meeting between Rahul and Nitish Kumar in Delhi months ahead of the polls played a crucial role and is being termed as “path breaking”, Congress sources said.

Congress protests against inflation, sell onions at Rs 40 per kg in Jaipur

Congress protested against government’s ‘non-action to control’ the price of the onions and sold the commodity for Rs 40 per kg against the current rate of Rs 70-80 in the state. The party held a camp at Malvia Nagar area in Jaipur and sold onions on wholesale rate.

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Congress protested against government’s ‘non-action to control’ the price of the onions and sold the commodity for Rs 40 per kg against the current rate of Rs 70-80 in the state. The party held a camp at Malvia Nagar area in Jaipur and sold onions on wholesale rate.PCC Vice President Archana Sharma informed that 1,000 kg onion was purchased by the party at Rs 40 per kg, and was sold at the same price.The initiative was taken as a protest against the government’s non-action to control the price and to provide relief to people, she said. PCC President Sachin Pilot also targeted the government over inflation and said that there was no action on hoarding that is leading to the price rise.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Rahul Gandhi meets street vendors, vows to work for them

Accompanied by Delhi PCC Chief Ajay Maken and AICC in- charge of Delhi P C Chacko, Gandhi went around the sheds where the vendors do their business but have been cramped into a smaller place as the civic authorities have taken over some of the sheds.

Reaching out to street vendors, Rahul Gandhi on Monday made a strong pitch for a fair deal to them, including better facilities, and vowed to work for their cause.Visiting the Raghubir Nagar area in West Delhi where hundreds of vendors sell lot of products, especially altered clothes, the Congress Vice President said, “The vendors called me complaining about the lack of proper facilities. The poor workers here have not been given proper space in the city.” Accompanied by Delhi PCC Chief Ajay Maken and AICC in- charge of Delhi PC Chacko, Gandhi went around the sheds where the vendors do their business but have been cramped into a smaller place as the civic authorities have taken over some of the sheds.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I have heard their grievances and will take it up with the authorities,” said Gandhi. Maken said that Gandhi was instrumental in the passage of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2014 which aims to regulate street vending and protect the rights of urban street vendors.The Act also protects the street vendors from harassment by police and civic authorities, besides providing protection of livelihood rights and social security of street vendors. Leaders of the Gujarati Vaghri community, whose members are mainly the vendors, said that some 4,000 vendors do their business in the cramped space and their demand is for more space.

Lalit Modi’s name was recommended for Padma award in previous Raje tenure: Rajasthan Congress

Seizing the opportunity, PCC President Sachin Pilot alleged that former IPL chief Modi “institutionalised” corruption in Rajasthan during the previous term of Chief Minister Raje.
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Rajasthan Congress on Wednesday opened another front against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as it cited media reports claiming that Lalit Modi’s name was recommended for Padma award during her previous tenure.Seizing the opportunity, PCC President Sachin Pilot alleged that former IPL chief Modi “institutionalised” corruption in Rajasthan during the previous term of Chief Minister Raje.”The latest revelation that the then state government led by Raje in 2007 had recommended Modi’s name for Padma award has again substantiated close relations of Raje with Modi,” Pilot said in a statement in reaction to a media report.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Corruption was institutionalised during the earlier BJP regime and Lalit Modi played very important and crucial role in flourishing corruption,” he alleged.The Congress MP alleged that Lalit Modi had a big “interference” in government’s functioning that time. He also attacked the BJP central leadership for not taking action against the embattled chief minister.”Central leadership of BJP is not taking any action against Raje despite all such revelations which shows that the party leadership had its nod to all irregularities committed during Raje’s previous term as Chief Minister,” Pilot said.When contacted, the then Secretary of Rajasthan Sports Council, UD Khan, who reportedly recommended Modi’s name to the state government to be forwarded to the Centre for Padma award in 2007 on ground of business and contribution in cricket, said that “any comment in this regard can be made only after examining files of that time.”External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Raje have been facing flak for “helping” Modi in procuring travel documents in the UK, a country which he has made his home to avoid legal processes in India.Raje came under fire after Lalit Modi’s lawyers released an unsigned set of papers which they said was a secret witness document by Raje favouring Modi’s immigration plea in a London court.As per the documents Raje wanted to appear as a witness on the condition that Indian authorities are not told about it.The chief minister’s son, Dushyant Singh, was under attack over media reports that his company received Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Lalit Modi in 2008.

BJP should break alliance with PDP: Sachin Pilot

PCC president Sachin Pilot on Thursday said that BJP should break its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging the saffron party has betrayed the people for the position of deputy chief minister.

PCC president Sachin Pilot on Thursday said that BJP should break its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging the saffron party has betrayed the people for the position of deputy chief minister.Pilot, during his visit to the city, told reporters that BJP’s alliance with PDP was a betrayal with the people of the country.He said that the party, if has morality, should part its ways and break alliance in J&K.Condemning the alleged lathicharge on Youth Congress workers in Jaipur during a protest last week, Pilot said the state government was working in “autocratic” manner.”BJP government wants to suppress the voice of Congress but the party will continue to raise such issues in the assembly,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi to be made Congress president?

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Struggling to recover from its worst electoral debacle, the Congress leadership has outlined a blueprint to revamp the party and redraft its socio-economic policies amid reports that Rahul Gandhi may be elevated to the position of party president.Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to PCC chiefs asking them to hold a series of consultative meets with party leaders to elicit views and coalesce a consensus on three core issues.The core issues she has flagged are Congress’ ideology, organisational reforms required to progressively devolve power and increased accoutability of leaders at all levels and the way forward for the party with a view to winning the confidence of all sections of society and expand its base. Gandhi has sought inputs from the party’s state units to finalise the “agenda for action” and the way forward for its ratification in the next AICC session likely in March.The party has also circulated an 11-page note containing suggestions culled from a series of discussions held by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi with around 450 leaders on ways and means to revive the party which is down in the dumps in the wake of BJP’s surge under Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha elections last year.With the youth predominantly voting for BJP in the Lok Sabha polls which saw Congress’ tally of seats plummeting to a record low of 44, the note says “we cannot ignore the aspirations of the sections of the urban middle class which cuts across castes and religions.”It said the party must accordingly take up all progressive issues including “but not limited to secularism or welfare for the poor”. “We have to redraft our socio-economic policies keeping their aspriations in view”.

Infighting in Punjab Congress intensifies, Amarinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi

Amid rumblings within Punjab Congress, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday met party President Sonia Gandhi and is said to have sought the removal of PCC chief Pratap Singh Bajwa.According to sources, Singh met Sonia at her residence and is understood to have told her that Bajwa, his known detractor, has failed to take the party along with him leading to major dissidence against his leadership.”I had met her to inquire about her health as she was unwell and was in hospital when I was abroad. It was a courtesy call,” Singh told PTI. He later said, “Bajwa cannot secure victory for the party”. Sources say that Singh has been openly airing his views against the leadership of Bajwa, who has been his known detractor and has been seeking a change in the leadership in Punjab in the interest of the party.Singh is understood to have told Sonia that if the Congress has any chance left in Punjab, the party has to change Bajwa, whom he alleges has failed to take the party with him and bring in fresh blood and vigour into the party.Sources that Singh has also met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and raised the issue of leadership change with him. There has been intense factionalism within the Punjab unit of the Congress ever since the last Lok Sabha polls where the party could win only three seats out of a total of 13, with entrant AAP securing four seats.The meeting has come at a time when the strains between the ruling Akali Dal and BJP are growing, with a section of the BJP in the state seeking severing of ties with SAD and going it alone in the next assembly elections.Punjab goes to polls in January 2017. Congress has successively lost to the SAD-BJP combine in the previous two assembly polls. Singh, who is also Congress’ deputy leader in Lok Sabha, was virtually absent in the Winter session of Parliament and could be replaced.Party sources also did not rule out the possibility of the 72-year-old leader being made Congress’ Chief Ministerial candidate in Punjab where assembly elections are due in 2017. A senior party leader, who declined to be identified, said the high command could designate another person as the party’s Deputy leader in the Lok Sabha soon.Seeking to dismiss speculation that Amarinder was set to join BJP, the leader said it showed the stature of the former Punjab Chief Minister as “no one can ignore him”. He did not rule out the possibility of Amarinder, a former chief of Punjab PCC, being made the “face” of the party in the Assembly polls.