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All said and done, this is the first positive move that the party has made since its humiliating rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

March 5, 2015 12:55:53 am

This refers to ‘Rahul on leave, his “imprint” on choice for five PCC chiefs’ (IE, March 3). It seems clear that the stage is being set for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to take over as party president upon his return. Though some of the new PCC chiefs are controversial, some seem to be go-getters. At any rate, at this point, the Congress isn’t spoilt for choice, given the number of high-profile exits from the party. All said and done, this is the first positive move that the party has made since its humiliating rout in the Lok Sabha elections.
— Ganapathi  Bhat

Rahul Gandhi seems set to take over the reins from his mother and be anointed as Congress president. But the people have voted against the Congress party, which has largely been steered by Rahul Gandhi, in election after election since May 2014. The electorate seems to be signalling that it doesn’t want Rahul Gandhi to be at the head of the party. He is, and has been for a long time, missing from important debates in Parliament. In any case, his remarks are of no great value. The best course of action for him would be to gracefully exit politics. Doing so would also be in the best interest of his party.
— M. Kumar

No blowing whistles
This  refers to ‘Maharashtra government won’t probe anonymous graft complaints’ (IE, March 2). The administration’s questionable decision to ostensibly arrest policy paralysis in the bureaucracy has the potential to be deeply damaging. It is ironic that the only way that the government thinks policy paralysis can be countered is to effectively put an end to the grievance-redressal mechanism against the state. The veil of anonymity, which ensures protection against reprisal, is the only factor that makes it possible for people to complain against the high and mighty. By making it cumbersome to lodge a complaint, the Maharashtra government has made its intentions clear.
— Nivedita Dwivedi

Dalmiya returns
There is more intrigue in a BCCI election than in most Lok Sabha or state assembly polls. A decade after Sharad Pawar’s vice-like hold over the BCCI ended, Jagmohan Dalmiya is back as president. Dalmiya was a “neutral” candidate, acceptable to both factions of the board — N. Srinivasan’s camp as well as the Pawar’s coterie. For Dalmiya, this has been a remarkable comeback. He has emerged unscathed from the crossfire between the two camps. Whatever may happen in the future, one thing is for sure, the BCCI is set to remain in the shadow of Srinivasan for some time to come.
— J. Akshay

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