Sachin Pilot to Skip Gehlot Meet Today Amid Severe Tussle; BJP Goes in 'Wait & Watch' Mode, Cong Rushes Seniors 1

Sachin Pilot to Skip Gehlot Meet Today Amid Severe Tussle; BJP Goes in ‘Wait & Watch’ Mode, Cong Rushes Seniors

New Delhi: Ahead of the Congress Legislature Party to be held in Jaipur on Monday, the Congress on Sunday dispatched two of its senior leaders to the state capital to talk to its MLAs as power tussle between Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot turned severe. The party’s general secretary in-charge of the state, however, asserted that the government was stable and will complete its full term.
The action by the Congress leadership came in the midst of widening rift between Gehlot, who convened a meeting of MLAs, including of Independent legislators supporting his government in what appeared to be a show of strength, and Pilot, who is camping in the national capital since Saturday and skipped the meet.
Sources in the Congress said the party cannot afford to lose another state, as it has already lost Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh even after forming the government following assembly elections there.
While the top Congress leadership was tight-lipped about the strategy for Rajasthan, some senior leaders said efforts were underway to keep all 107 MLAs together to avert any potential threat to the government in the wake of Pilot’s claims of support of 30 MLAs.
The Congress is also assessing the future moves of Pilot and his bargaining power with the BJP, which the senior leaders alleged is the principal spoiler in the game.
Sources in the BJP said that the party is in a “wait and watch” mode over the unfolding crisis and will wait for the outcome of the sRead More…

Assam BJP MLA Shiladitya Dev to Quit Party, Alleges Groupism by Leaders 2

Assam BJP MLA Shiladitya Dev to Quit Party, Alleges Groupism by Leaders

File photo: Shiladitya Dev (Image: Facebook) Addressing a press conference at his constituency Hojai, Dev said he will complete his term as legislator till the assembly polls next year. PTI Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 12:08 AM IST Share this: Assam BJP MLA Shiladitya Dev on Sunday said he will quit the party, alleging neglect and groupism by leaders, but clarified that he will not join any other party.
Addressing a press conference at his constituency Hojai, Dev, who is in news frequently for making objectionable statements over a host of issues, said he will complete his term as legislator till the assembly polls next year.
“I have been in BJP for 30 years. But nowadays there is no value for people like us. Nobody can say that I have ever done any lobby for making me minister. I have worked in Delhi for 17 years and in the ministry too,” he said.
“But today a situation is being created that we might be killed (politically). So better I should go away with my prestige. After consulting with my well wishers, I will retire, but not resign, from the BJP on July 14,” Dev told reporters.
When asked what he meant by retiring, he said that he will not join any other party such as the Congress or the AIUDF, and will only work for the people.
“If I resign, people may think that I may go to the Congress or the AIUDF tomorrow. So I am taking retirement. I will complete my term of five years. I will submit my report card in October. I am taking retirement from the party, not Read More…

Rajasthan Congress Leader Demands Floor Test in Assembly 3

Rajasthan Congress Leader Demands Floor Test in Assembly

Image for representation. Congress MLAs were holed up on Monday in a resort near Jaipur after a legislature party meeting, where they expressed support for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and only indirectly referred to Pilot, whose rebellion threatens his government. PTI Jaipur Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 11:30 PM IST Share this: Senior Congress leader Deepender Singh Shekhawat on Monday demanded a floor test in the Rajasthan assembly at the earliest to make it clear as to how many MLAs are in support of Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.
Congress MLAs were holed up on Monday in a resort near Jaipur after a legislature party meeting, where they expressed support for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and only indirectly referred to Pilot, whose rebellion threatens his government.
Shekhawat clarified that those with Pilot, who is also the Rajasthan Congress chief, do not want to leave the party and are not going to join the BJP, even if “helplessness arises”.
“We want a floor test at the earliest, which will make the situation crystal clear. We are with the Congress and Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot,” the former Rajasthan assembly speaker said. Shekhawat does not hold any ministerial portfolio in the present Congress government.
“I want to clarify that we will not join the BJP and don’t want to leave the Congress. Even if helplessness arises, we will not join the BJP,” he said.
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Congress Govt in Rajasthan Has Lost People's Confidence, Should Go: State BJP Chief Satish Poonia 4

Congress Govt in Rajasthan Has Lost People’s Confidence, Should Go: State BJP Chief Satish Poonia

Image for representation. Asked about speculations that the BJP may support the Pilot camp from outside, party state president Satish Poonia said that “we have all options open” and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolve and as per the directions of the central leadership. PTI Jaipur Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 11:17 PM IST Share this: The Congress government in Rajasthan should go as it has lost the confidence of people, the BJP said on Monday amid a tussle for power in the ruling party.
Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has declared open rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and claimed that the government is in minority as he has the support of over 30 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly.
Asked about speculations that the BJP may support the Pilot camp from outside, party state president Satish Poonia said that “we have all options open” and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolve and as per the directions of the central leadership.
Poonia said that young leaders have always been “neglected and side-lined” in the Congress. Pilot had worked for five years to strengthen the Congress but he was neglected, Poonia added.What is happening in the Congress today is a result of infighting, the BJP leader said.
“The Congress government has lost people’s confidence. It should go in public interest. The government failed to keep its promises made to people,” Poonia told reporters.
“We have all options open. We will follow the dirRead More…

Congress Values Sachin Pilot, Everyone Prepared to Listen to His Grievances: Abhishek Singhvi 5

Congress Values Sachin Pilot, Everyone Prepared to Listen to His Grievances: Abhishek Singhvi

File photo of Congress leader Abhishek-Manu-Singhvi The Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party has called another meeting on Tuesday, urging Pilot to come and discuss issues with an “open mind”. News18.com Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 10:28 PM IST Share this: Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday said the party values Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who has raised a flag of revolt and could leave the party or float his own outfit.
“I consider Sachin Pilot one of the most talented, competent and impressive Congress men we have. He is a friend also. We all value him in the party,” said Singhvi. “He should come and air his grievances, the floor is open. All people are prepared to listen to him.”
The Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party has called another meeting on Tuesday, urging Pilot to come and discuss issues with an “open mind”.
“He may have genuine grievances but where I draw a red flag is that if you try to topple a government or hurt your own Congress party,” added Singhvi. “I think everything except that red flag is accepted in party. It’s a capacious party. I urge, request, beg him to exercise that right.”
The top Congress arty leadership on Monday appeared to go all out to pacify Pilot who has raised a revolt against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, with senior party leaders saying both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra talked to the rebel leader. The Congress leadership has also assured Pilot of quick redressal of hRead More…

Pilot's Close Aides Say Majority is Proven in Assembly, Not at CM's House; Deny Him Joining BJP 6

Pilot’s Close Aides Say Majority is Proven in Assembly, Not at CM’s House; Deny Him Joining BJP

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with his deputy Sachin Pilot. (PTI File) There was no official word on the number of MLAs who attended the meeting at Gehlot’s home, but party leaders claimed 106 legislators were there. PTI Jaipur Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 9:55 PM IST Share this: Hours after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s show of strength at the CLP meet in Jaipur, sources close to his deputy Sachin Pilot on Monday countered the Gehlot government’s claim of having the required numbers and said majority is proven in the Assembly, not at the CM’s house. They also ruled out the possibility of Pilot joining the BJP.
Pilot, who is also the president of the Congress’ Rajasthan unit, had skipped the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) at Gehlot’s residence, where the MLAs expressed support for the chief minister.
The legislators were then packed in buses and taken to a resort near Jaipur.
There was no official word on the number of MLAs who attended the meeting at Gehlot’s home, but party leaders claimed 106 legislators were there.
Rebutting the claim by the leaders, sources close to Pilot said the Ashok Gehlot government does not have the numbers.
The numbers are proven in the Assembly and not at the CM’s house. If they have the numbers, they should take the MLAs to the governor, why take them to a hotel, the sources close to Pilot said.
A resolution adopted at the Congress Legislature Party meeting urged strong disciplinary action against any party offRead More…

Do Everything to Persuade Sachin Pilot, Haryana MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi Urges Congress Leadership 7

Do Everything to Persuade Sachin Pilot, Haryana MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi Urges Congress Leadership

File photo of Kuldeep Bishnoi. (Pic: Kuldeep Bishnoi/Twitter) The Congress in Rajasthan is witnessing a power tussle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, upset since he was denied the the chief minister’s post after the December 2018 assembly elections. PTI Chandigarh Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 8:52 PM IST Share this: Haryana’s Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi on Monday urged the Congress leadership to do everything possible to persuade Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, saying his exit from the party will deal a severe blow to it.
The Congress in Rajasthan is witnessing a power tussle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, upset since he was denied the the chief minister’s post after the December 2018 assembly elections.
The current crisis began Friday night when the Rajasthan Police sent a notice to Pilot, asking him to record his statement over an alleged attempt to bring down the government.
The same notice was sent to the chief minister and some other MLAs, but Pilot’s supporters claimed that it was only meant to humiliate him.
Commenting on the issue, 51-year-old Bishoni, who is the younger son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, also batted for promoting young faces with a “mass base” to strengthen the party.
Earlier, Bishnoi had described Jyotiraditya Scindia’s exit from the party in March as a big blow and said there are many devoted leaders across the country who feel “alienated, wastedRead More…

Priyanka Gandhi Slams UP Govt over Weekend Lockdowns, Says an 'Attempt to Hide Failures' 8

Priyanka Gandhi Slams UP Govt over Weekend Lockdowns, Says an ‘Attempt to Hide Failures’

File photo of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. According to the government, weekend curbs will be implemented in the state over the weekend. Markets, shops, malls and other business establishments will be allowed to operate from 9 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday only. News18.com Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 8:39 PM IST Share this: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday attacked the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over its decision to impose curbs every weekend. She said despite a massive increase in coronavirus cases in the state, the government is trying to hide its failure through such decisions.
“In the last few days in Uttar Pradesh, coronavirus cases have skyrocketed with 1,347 cases on July 10, 1,403 cases on July 11 and 1,388 cases on July 12. The logic behind the ‘baby pack’ of weekend lockdown is beyond anyone’s understanding,” she said in a tweet. “Attempts are being made to hide the failures.” According to the government, weekend curbs will be implemented in the state over the weekend. Markets, shops, malls and other business establishments will be allowed to operate from 9 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday only. During this time economic activities will continue, industries and banks will also be open. The intention is to reduce social activity over the weekend.
Roadways buses will be restricted to the state during the weekend curbs. Markets, shops, haats and other business establishmentRead More…

Rahul Gandhi Slams 'Narrative of Lies', Will Share His Thoughts on Video from Tomorrow 9

Rahul Gandhi Slams ‘Narrative of Lies’, Will Share His Thoughts on Video from Tomorrow

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. In the last six years, the Congress leader has slammed section of the media on several occasions for alleged disproportionate criticism of the grand old party. IANS New Delhi Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 8:24 PM IST Share this: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at the Narendra Modi government, saying a large part of the Indian media had now been “captured by fascist interests” and asserted that the narrative of lies is tearing India apart. He said he would be sharing his own thoughts with people through videos.
In a series of tweets, Rahul Gandhi said: “Today, a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and false news.”
“This narrative of lies is tearing India apart. I want to make our current affairs, history, and crises clear and accessible for those interested in the truth. From tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on video,” the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said in another tweet.
In the last six years, the Congress leader has slammed section of the media on several occasions for alleged disproportionate criticism of the grand old party.
On June 8, he tweeted on the Chinese ‘intrusion’ in Ladakh: “The media is muzzled and terrified. The truth seems dormant. But it flows in the blood of every single Indian army officer and soldier. They know exactly what is happeniRead More…

Sharad Pawar Calls Eviction of Priyanka Gandhi as Govt's Display of Arrogance of Power 10

Sharad Pawar Calls Eviction of Priyanka Gandhi as Govt’s Display of Arrogance of Power

File photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The NCP chief said “petty politics” is being witnessed in the country, and recalled how, when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, whenever he organised a conference of chief ministers, the BJP would hold separate meetings of the BJP-ruled CMs. IANS Mumbai Last Updated: July 13, 2020, 7:12 PM IST Share this: Targeting the BJP-led Centre, NCP President Sharad Pawar on Monday said that the move to evict Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from her government residence in Delhi is a “display of NDA government’s arrogance of power”.
“We must remember that the Nehru-Gandhi family has dedicated its life for the country. Jawaharlal Nehru made immense contribution to India’s freedom struggle and put it on the path of democracy. His daughter Indira Gandhi and grandson Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives for the country. Priyanka is from the same family,” said Pawar.
Even after Rajiv Gandhi’s death, his wife Sonia Gandhi built the party and though there may be political differences, “that doesn’t mean that you can misuse the power to harass someone; that’s not wise or honourable,” the Nationalist Congress Party leader said.
The NCP chief said “petty politics” is being witnessed in the country, and recalled how, when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, whenever he organised a conference of chief ministers, the BJP would hold separate meetings of the BJP-ruled CMs.
“In those meetings, the then Gujarat Chief Minister NarendRead More…