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Rahul Gandhi likely to take over as Congress president on Dec 5



Rahul Gandhi likely to take over as Congress president on Dec 5

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Polling on December 16 but Rahul may be declared chief after scrutiny of nominations on Dec 5 in absence of a challenger, no clarity on role for Sonia Gandhi

After months of dilly-dallying over the timing of the inevitable elevation of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to replace his mother Sonia Gandhi as chief of the Grand Old Party, decks were cleared, on Monday, for the heir-apparent to take over the reins of the 131-year-old political party.

On Monday, at a meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC) – the apex decision making body of the 131-year-old party – that was chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the party leadership cleared the schedule for the internal elections for the post of Congress president.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As several Congress leaders claimed anonymously, the elevation of Rahul as the next Congress president, is a foregone conclusion and as such, the election – scheduled forDecember 16 is only a formality – one that in all certainty might not even take place.

According to the election schedule cleared by the CWC, notification for the election of the Congress president will be issued on December 1, the last date for filing nominations for the polls will be December 4 while scrutiny of the nomination papers and declaration of the list of “valid candidates” will take place on the very next day.

Given the sycophancy that is characteristic of the Congress party, which in late former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao’s words functions like “a train where the compartments have to be attached to an engine belonging to the Nehru-Gandhi family”, it is certain that no party leader would challenge Rahul in the election.

Sources in the CWC say that in the absence of a challenger the Nehru-Gandhi scion could be declared elected as the Congress president on December 5 itself. The other possibility is that the party may make the announcement on December 11, which the CWC has declared as the date for publication of the final list of contesting candidates.

However, considering that the party leadership seems to believe that elevating Rahul as Congress president days before the first phase of polling for the Gujarat Assembly (onDecember 9) could give the Grand Old Party’s campaign in the state some added heft, it is likely that the result for this faux election will be declared in December 5 and notDecember 11.

A senior party leader told APNLive that while election rules “make it necessary for declaring  date of polling and date of counting, neither of these dates is likely to come into play as we expect Rahul to be elected to the Congress president’s post unanimously… this can be done immediately after the scrutiny of nomination papers”.

Central office bearers of the party, delegates from different states and union territories, state unit chiefs, party MPs and legislators are expected to cast their votes in the election which would have over 8000 partymen constituting the electoral college.

The election for the Congress president has, since 1998, largely been a formality – one that is carried out only to unanimously endorse Sonia Gandhi as the party chief.

In fact, in the past 70 years the Congress leadership has constantly avoided a full-fledged election for the post of the party president and hoped to elect a leader through “consensus” in order to avoid the impression that the leadership doesn’t enjoy the unquestioned support of all Congressmen and factions that often fight against each other at the state-level.

The exception to this “election by consensus” was last witnessed on November 12, 2000 when party veteran Jitendra Prasada decided to challenge Sonia Gandhi but ended up facing a humiliating defeat. Prasada, a Congress war-horse and six-time MP who hailed from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh had managed to secure only 94 votes in his favour in the election while Sonia Gandhi – who had then joined active politics less than a year ago – had won 7448 votes of her party delegates. Sonia has, since being nominated party president in 1997 and then elected to the post in 2000, held the office for 199 years, becoming the longest serving president of the 131-year-old party.

The other occasion when the Congress saw an election for the post of party chief was in July 1997 when veteran Sitaram Kesri trounced heavyweights like Sharad Pawar (then a Congress leader) and Rajesh Pilot. Pawar and Pilot had decided to contest the polls against Kesri despite efforts by several Congress leaders to avoid an election.

However, as Congress leaders point out, Rahul’s election is unlikely to see him pitted against any other candidate.

It is not immediately clear as to what role Sonia Gandhi will be offered within the party once her son takes over the mantle of the Congress president. The Congress constitution has no provision for appointing a person as ‘patron’, ‘guiding light’ or ‘mentor’ for the party. Senior Congress leaders say that the CWC could, following Rahul’s elevation, meet to amend the party constitution and carve out a designation that “befitting of Sonia Gandhi”.

Introducing a designation in the party constitution is not a move without precedent in the Congress party. In fact, even the post of Congress vice president – the one that Rahul currently holds – was not part of the original Congress constitution but was added in the late 1980s at the insistence of Rajiv Gandhi to accommodate Arjun Singh. Following Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991 and Arjun Singh’s return to a ministerial role in the Narsimha Rao government, the post of vice president was left unoccupied till 1997 when Sitaram Kesri revived it to accommodate Jitendra Prasada. Prasada had helped Kesri defeat Pilot and Pawar in the election for the party chief’s post.

Congress leaders say that owing to her poor health, Sonia has already passed on the responsibility of taking most crucial decisions on behalf of the party to her son. While the party leadership would certainly want Sonia to carry on her association with the party’s functioning in some capacity – especially to oversee the transition from her ‘Old Guard’ to Rahul’s ‘New Guard’ – it is expected that an announcement on her new role will take place only after her son’s appointment as party chief is formalised.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Karnataka News

Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books, BJP leaders protest

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth.



Karnataka removes chapters on RSS founder Hedgewar from school books,BJP leaders protest

The BJP and the Congress are divided over the inclusion of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in chapters of school textbooks in Karnataka.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the alleged removal of the chapters on the RSS founder was a crime against Youth. The BJP has hit out at the Karnataka government demanding an apology that it is distorting history.

BJP Leader CN Ashwath Narayan said the Congress should take its time and should not take decisions in a hurry. He further added, as a government it should take into account the concerns of all sections of the society.

While the Congress MLC BK Hari Prasad said the Karnataka government will not include chapters on the RSS founder because he considered him as a coward and a fake freedom fighter.

Karnataka Education minister Madhu Bangarappa said the school syllabus will be changed from this year itself. He said old textbooks would not be recalled but supplementary textbooks will be sent to the teachers explaining what topics to be taught and what topics to be left out.

He said the changes in the syllabus was being made keeping in mind the future of the children. He added, the Congress had already made the announcement in the pre election manifesto itself.

He did not go into the details and said a special technical team is going to handle the process of revision of the textbooks.

The Congress had promised in thier election manifesto that they would remove the National Education Policy. He also added, the changes in the syllabus would be minimum so that no inconvenience is caused to the students in their studies.

The technical team will give their suggestions and recommendations which will be sent to the Education Minister.The Minister will discuss the changes in the syllabus with the cabinet members. This process will take 10-15 days.

After winning the recent held state election, the Congress said they are going to change the syllabus of the textbooks. They said they are not going to allow texts and lessons to poison the minds of their children.   

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CM Eknath Shinde says Maharashtra govt will protect Sharad Pawar after NCP chief gets death threat on Twitter

Shinde said he has spoken to senior police officers and given instructions for investigation into the tweets. Shinde said Sharad Pawar’s safety will be fully taken care of by the state.



Sharad Pawar

Maharahstra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday took serious note of the death threat issued to Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar earlier today by unknown persons.

Shinde said he has spoken to senior police officers and given instructions for investigation into the tweets. Shinde said Sharad Pawar’s safety will be fully taken care of by the state.

A Twitter user posted saying the NCP chief will meet the same fate as rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was shot dead in Pune on August 20, 2013.

In his reaction, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said threatening any leader or overstepping the bounds of civility while expressing oneself on social media will not be tolerated.

Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, the Baramati Member of Parliament, met Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar and demanded immediate action. She submitted printouts of the death threat to the police. Earlier on Friday, Sule told media that Sharad Pawar has received threats through a website. Claiming such actions as “low-level politics”, Sule urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Maharashtra Home Minister to look into the matter.

Sharad Pawar is a critical leader for the Opposition formation in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The veteran leader has been a bridge for several regional parties in their interaction with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Pawar had himself outed the challenge within the NCP posed by several people, including nephew Ajit Pawar, by threatening to resign as NCP president. Grassroots leaders of the NCP prevailed upon Pawar not to resign from the party leadership, thereby stalemating potential plans for the NCP to bail out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi and ally itself with the BJP.

Pawar will be attending the Opposition jamboree in Patna, Bihar on June 23 where senior opposition leaders from a range of parties will be attending. The meet which was initially slated for June 12 had to be called off since Rahul Gandhi was away on his US trip.

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Navjot Sidhu’s wife says her husband gifted Punjab CM post to Bhagwant Mann, claiming Arvind Kejriwal wanted Sidhu to lead

She claimed Kejriwal had approached Navjot Singh Sidhu through various channels for CM’s position.



Navjot Sidhu’s wife says her husband gifted Punjab CM post to Bhagwant Mann, claiming Arvind Kejriwal wanted Sidhu to lead

Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Friday, claimed that her husband and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had gifted the Punjab Chief Minister’s position to Bhagwant Mann claiming AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal had offered him the position but Sidhu declined it since he did not wanted to betray his party, Congress.

She claimed Kejriwal had approached Navjot Singh Sidhu through various channels for CM’s position. She further added, her husband’s only concern was the welfare of Punjab and he has sacrificed everything for it. She added, Sidhu believes two strong-headed men cannot work together hence, he turned down Kejriwal’s offer.

Punjab went to polls in February 2022, that marked AAP’s power debut in the state with Bhagwant Mann becoming the CM.

She said, Mann would walk on the path of truth then Sidhu would support him and if Mann deviates from the truth then his husband is encircle him from all the sides. Mann had slammed the opposition for their gathering in Jalandhar to support the Editor of Punjab Daily, who is under a vigilance scanner.

Responding to which Kaur said, Mann is running Punjab as pawns being remote controlled from Delhi(referring to AAP high command) and should stop moral lecturing the people.

On June 1, several leaders had gathered at the office of the Punjabi Newspaper Ajit in Jalandhar in support of its Editor-In-Chief Barjinder Singh Hamdard who is under the scanner of Vigilance Bureau over alleged misuse of funds in the construction of Rs 315 crore Jang-e-Azadi memorial in Jalandhar.        

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who has been battling with Cancer lately, is a former MLA in the Punjab Legislative Assembly and a former Minister. While, Navjot Singh Sidhu, now a Congress leader is a former Indian cricketer. The husband Sidhu made his political debut in 2004 wining the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in a BJP ticket. He also served as a Minister in then Amarinder Singh government in Punjab.

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