Manoj C G is a Senior Assistant Editor. He writes on politics. He has worked with the PTI before joining The Indian Express in 2008.
PM Narendra Modi mentioned there has been a 40 per cent increase in overall allocation to states between 2014-15 and 2016-17.
In most municipalities, barring Darjeeling, he said, “seat sharing has been done more or less”.
Vijayan’s remarks come at a time when the West Bengal unit of his party has revived demand for an electoral understanding with the Congress for the forthcoming municipal elections in the state.
Achuthanandan is learnt to have circulated a brief note to the CPM Politburo explaining his views.
The defeat in UP has triggered a debate within the Congress on the need for nuancing its pronouncements on “potentially divisive” issues.
The timings are fixed. There are watches. In remote areas, where there is only one mosque and where people live scattered and people do not have access to all that...there you use loudspeakers.”
The Presidential elections are to be held before July 24, the Vice Presidential polls by August 10.
Sources said the party would soon come out with a detailed phase-wise schedule.
The upset victory came in Delhi where the Aam Aadmi Party lost Rajouri Garden, a seat won by it in 2015 by a margin of 10036 votes.
Former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said that questioning the efficacy of EVMs amounts to “censuring” the party itself, as the UPA government had introduced these voting machines.
Sources said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could also be part of the delegation.
With Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave absent, his predecessor Prakash Javadekar was to respond.
Congress deputy leader in RS speaks to MANOJ C G.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the CBI and the ED is being unleashed against non-BJP chief ministers.
RS seeks report from Govt after Naqvi remark sparks outrage in House
Anand Sharma said, “We know the antipathy of the present government towards the values and principles for which Nehru and Gandhi stood for.
The constitutional machinery, which is supposed to adhere to the Constitution and protect the lives and properties of citizens, is completely failing.
Yechury, however, reportedly told Rahul that the Opposition should at least “symbolically” register its objections by passing amendments and sending the bills back to Lok Sabha.
"Everybody has parceled it (the party) out into little enclaves of their own," the former MP said.
With every electoral defeat, the party finds its footprint shrinking and questions being asked of Rahul Gandhi’s ability to take it forward.
Kishore Chandra Deo said that AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi has to get rid of “a dozen people” around him to “survive”.
Senior Congress leader K V Thomas told The Indian Express that the Congress leadership should rise to the expectations of the people.
“The Congress Party complains a bit too much. It accused the BJP of ‘stealing’ the mandate in Goa. It unsuccessfully petitioned before the Supreme Court.”
“As far as the Congress party is concerned, we do need to make structural and organisational changes. That is a fact,” Rahul Gandhi said
Moily, however, made it clear that this “of course does not apply to our leadership.Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi”.
"For instance, look our wonderful achievement in Punjab. Look at this also and evaluate the whole thing and take whatever corrective steps need to be taken with a consensus," said Sheila Dikshit.
Amid the confusion, the Congress held a meeting of its newly elected 17 MLAs on Sunday afternoon.
Congress leader Ajai Rai said, “The alliance (with SP) was projected as a front to unify Muslim votes... and they (BJP) polarised it.
Rahul put all his might and all his eggs in the alliance basket. His campaign in the other states going to the polls was at best, nominal.
The Congress leadership was not willing to take the exit polls at face value.
Days ahead of voting, Sanjarpur presents a model for the reasons why the Samajwadi Party should be anxious about the Muslim vote.
Azamgarh was eastern UP’s only Lok Sabha seat not won by the BJP in 2014. Mulayam won comfortably but is now missing from the action.
The village was selected for the launch of the signature drive because of its Congress-linked history.
A divide in Sangh Parivar is posing a hurdle to BJP and Maurya. His remarks against Hindu gods and goddesses have returned to haunt him.
On dais, the two fiercely attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and indicated that their friendship will continue after the elections. On ground, workers of their parties showed signs of getting along.
In homes Rahul visited, Vimla Devi is unsure where her vote will go, Pradyuman will vote for ‘Modi’ while Bade Lal will go with ‘Panja’
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