The Congress, which sank into political insignificance in the Hindi heartland in the last three decades after it got caught in the Mandal (social justice) versus Kamandal (Hindutva) narrative, appeared to be circumspect and wary of the political fallout of the verdict especially since it was a unanimous one.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case Verdict: A five-judge Constitution bench, earlier today, passed a unanimous judgment on the disputed land in Ayodhya allotting the land to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust, adding that an alternative piece of five acres of land would be allotted to the Muslims for a mosque.
Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Pradyut Bordoloi was caught on camera telling Congress general secretary in charge of Assam, Harish Rawat, that “AICC is notorious for indecisiveness” and should act fast if it wants to contest the 2021 elections seriously.
The Congress’s bid to rope in Babulal Marandi’s JVM(P) to stitch together a grand Opposition alliance has also not met with success, complicating its efforts to upstage the BJP government in the state.
After the meeting, he signalled that the two parties are keeping all their options open. He said the NCP and Congress don’t have the numbers to form an alternative government “as on today” but added he “can’t say what will happen” in the future.
Known for his oratory skills, Dasgupta worked as a parliamentarian for 25 years – first as a Rajya Sabha member for three terms in 1985, 1988 and 1994 and again as a Member of Parliament for two terms in 2004 and 2009.
Left parties, too, continued to target the government. CPI’s Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam wrote to PM Narendra Modi requesting that he be allowed to visit J&K since a foreign delegation was given a “red carpet’’ entry.
Maharashtra, Haryana assembly election results: While Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she was “really happy” with the party’s performance in Haryana, the Congress made no secret of the fact that the showing could have been much better had key decisions been taken early in the run-up to the elections.