With Delhi emerging as the epicentre of the anti-UPA establishment, Dikshit was the first to feel the shock-waves in the 2013 assembly elections before the Congress was drummed out of power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. And in 2015, the Congress won none of Delhi’s 70 seats.
The decision to issue the whip to all 116 MLAs of the coalition (minus the Speaker) was taken by the Congress and the JD(S) shortly after the SC issued an interim order on the pleas of 15 rebel MLAs who approached the court for directions to the Speaker to accept their resignations.
Congress leaders have, so far, not pushed her name openly because Rahul Gandhi, while conveying his decision to step down at the CWC meeting on May 25, had said that the party should find someone other than a member of the Gandhi family for the post.
Congress leader said the government’s tax collection targets and projections were “completely unrealistic” and questioned the claim that domestic savings will increase which would, in turn, spur investment.
There has been intense lobbying in the Congress ever since Rahul Gandhi resigned last week with the seniors suggesting that a veteran should take over and be assisted by one or more young working presidents.
As the coalition government teetered on the brink of collapse, all eyes are now on Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar. So far he has bought some time for the coalition to manage the crisis by deciding to look into the resignation of the MLAs on Tuesday.
While Singh did not take any names, party leaders said Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia are the two obvious choices if the party decides to opt for a younger leadership.
Although he had made it known at the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 25 that he would no longer lead the party, Rahul Gandhi's resignation Wednesday without naming a successor added to the turmoil in the party.
The Congress said Rahul will continue to be president until his resignation is accepted by the CWC and a new chief is appointed after due process, nixing speculation that Motilal Vora, the most senior AICC general secretary, would be taking over as interim president.
The High Court, while hearing a PIL, had said that “in the event, any caste certificates are issued pursuant to the order impugned, those certificates shall be subject to the outcome of the writ petition”.
Senior Congress leader and deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma speaks to The Indian Express on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s decision to resign and the need to fix accountability within the party.
The Indian Express on Friday reported about Rahul Gandhi’s unhappiness over the fact that none of those state leaders and in-charges under whose watch the party fared badly owned up responsibility even after he decided to step down.
Kumar also took veiled potshots at party leader Anand Sharma, who has said that the inclusion of promises like repeal of the sedition law and amendment of the AFSPA in the Congress manifesto were avoidable as the BJP used it attack the party.