Chairing her first meeting with top party leaders after returning as Congress president, Sonia Gandhi asked them to go to people directly, saying it is “not enough to be active and aggressive on social media” alone.
There are unconfirmed reports that newly-appointed Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja and CLP leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda met BSP president Mayawati on Sunday night. Both of them denied the reports.
Ahead of the release of his latest book The Hindu Way, Tharoor also said that given the “depth of belief” associated with the Ram temple in Ayodhya, “there would have been a case for having some sort of proper temple there, ideally, without destroying another community’s place of worship”.
The CPI(M) said exclusion of over 19 lakh people from the list has roused legitimate fears that a large number of Indian citizens have been excluded, and demanded convening an all-party meeting in Assam to discuss it.
Many in the party, however, argued that a mere tweak here and there would be meaningless, and that the party should be focusing on getting its messaging right, especially on issues of ideology and nationalism, to effectively counter the BJP.
AICC general secretary in-charge of the state, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has had a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but sources said the party is yet to find a compromise formula acceptable to all factions.
In a letter addressed to Tharoor, Ramachandran stated that his stand “does not auger well for the party”, even as the Lok Sabha MP defended his stance and urged “fellow Congressmen” to respect his stand.
This comes in the backdrop of several Congress leaders, including former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Jyotiraditya Scindia, openly supporting the government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370.
While parties like BSP, NCP and the AAP were not present, the Trinamool Congress and DMK were silent on Article 370 and bifurcation of the state and instead confined themselves to demanding the release of detained leaders.