While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention.
Last month, Kishor had met office-bearers of frontal organisations in Lucknow, where he had promised to arrange for meetings between the best performing workers and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
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.
The Congress has been a champion of corruption and it is natural that it will be held accountable,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
30 of its 83 candidates are aged 42 or under as party seeks image makeover, targets young voter.
Roy wanted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to make a statement on the issue after suspending regular business and matter discussed.
According to reports, Kishor is learnt to be in favour of either Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or Rahul taking the lead in the state election as the chief ministerial candidate.
TMC gave a notice in the House to suspend all other business and dedicate its time for discussion on the alleged AugustaWestland scam.
State Congress president Ashok Tanwar, who had been isolated by the dominant Bhupinder Singh Hooda faction, can smile at the prospect of Bishnoi joining hands with him.
The Prime Minister also spoke on the significance of May Day and said the new ‘Mantra’ should be — “Labourers, unite the world” as against “Workers of the World, Unite”, the slogan which used to be raised earlier.
Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala threw a volley of questions at BJP president Amit Shah, who had Friday targeted Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in connection with the case.
This would be the first major street protest by the party, under fire from the BJP and the government over the chopper deal and the Ishrat Jahan affidavit controversy, in over a year.
Insisting that the Congress respected the PM despite being his opponent, Surjewala said if the Prime Minister “himself hides his degrees, then how could be the Right to Information be defended”.
Kuldeep Bishnoi’s comeback will definitely boost Congress party’s image in the non-Jat community.
“Let bygones be bygones. We are here to merge with Congress to rid the country of communal forces and eradicate BJP from the political map of the country,” Bishnoi said.