“Questions have been raised about the suitability, legality and desirability of appointing him (Khanna) to the post. Everything will become clear soon,” said a government source.
“We have changed our tactics… Let’s have a discussion and then we can move a resolution demanding a vote,” the Congress leader told The Indian Express.
The Congress also stepped up its attack on the Prime Minister over the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
Azad, backed by his party, remained firm and hit back at the BJP by raking up the Kandahar hostages-for-terrorists swap.
Ghulam Nabi Azad will be going to Lucknow on June 16 for a two-day brainstorming session with senior state leaders on the strategy ahead. He has already said the Congress will project a chief ministerial candidate.
Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has been made in charge of Uttar Pradesh, while Nath will look after Punjab and Haryana.
Sources said that after Derek O’Brien made a pitch for action against the 33 Congress MPs, senior Congress leaders reached out to Trinamool leaders to pacify them.
On Friday, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had moved the amendment, introduced a private member’s bill in the Upper House to amend the Constitution.
The Congress leader accused the BJP government at the Centre of adopting “anti-Assam, anti-people and anti-North East” policies.
In his letter, Azad expressed concern at the rising instances of vigilantism, the latest in a series of cases being the alleged killing of two cattle traders in Latehar district of Jharkhand.
“The entire nation is worried about the unchecked growth of communal hatred and mistrust being brewed for the sake of electoral politics.”
The ‘idea of India’ that leftists and secularists cling to so passionately is one in which the subcontinent has come to resemble a vast slum, in which the majority of Indians live in degraded conditions without clean water or clean air.
Senior leader’s bracketing of RSS, IS shows up party’s lack of judgement, incapacity to counter its opponent politically.
You have knowingly or unknowingly given respectability to the Islamic State, Jaitley tells Azad.
Azad had Saturday kicked a row by seeking to draw a parallel between RSS and ISIS.