Congress, after marking a thumping victory defeating the incumbent BJP in the Karnataka state assembly elections on Saturday is now dwindling with the decision of whom should it crowns the chief minister post of the state.
Late on Sunday evening, a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting was held in Bengaluru under the purview of the AICC observers of the state and other senior party leaders.
Two unanimous resolutions were passed by the CLP leaders, one of which rests the power to pick the next chief minister at Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge.
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala while heading out of the CLP meet said to the media that two resolutions were passed unanimously by the newly elected legislators.
Surjewala said, one resolution was moved by the state Congress president DK Shivakumar, a front-runner for the Chief Minister post, which thanked the people of Karnataka for the mandate to the Congress party and also thanked party president Kharge, former presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, senior leader Priyanka Gandhi and all the members and leaders of the party for their efforts that helped Congress in winning with comfortable majority.
Surjewala added that the second resolution was proposed by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, another front-runner for the coveted post.
Siddaramaiah’s resolution was a single line resolution authorizing Mallikarjun Kharge to appoint a new leader of the CLP meaning the next chief minister of the state.
Surjewala also informed the media that senior Congress leader KC Venugopal after the CLP meet, dialed Mallikarjun Kharge to inform him about the passed resolutions.
Kharge then directed Venugopal to take individual opinions of the newly elected legislators and convey it to the party high command.
A one-on-one verbal opinion of each MLAs of the Congress party will soon be taken by the senior observers appointed by the party.
The observers will present the report containing the views of the legislators to the senior party leadership in Delhi tomorrow. The opinion would be definitely about who should be the next chief minister of the state.
Congress after the landslide victory yesterday, appointed three senior leaders Sushil Shinde, Deepak Bhabaria and Jitendra Singh as the observers.
Both DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are reportedly to fly to Delhi tomorrow morning to meet the party high command.
On Saturday results, Congress defeated the BJP by winning 135 seats in the 224-member assembly, while BJP secured 66 seats and HD Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) managed to win 19 seats.
Rahul Gandhi claims Congress is winning upcoming elections in Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his confidence in his party’s ability to win the upcoming legislative elections in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan on Sunday. The Wayanad MP asserted at an event in the nation’s capital that there is no way we are not going to win any of them.
They are really close and he thinks they will be able to win, he said. Rahul Gandhi said, right now, he would say we are probably winning Telangana, they are definitely winning Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. By the year’s conclusion, elections are scheduled for the aforementioned states, he said.
The Congress MP said that the BJP wins districts and doesn’t allow the opposition to create a narrative as an important lesson that the party learned in Karnataka, where it staged a comeback earlier this year with overwhelming majorities.
He further said, they battled in a way in Karnataka that stopped the BJP from controlling the narrative, contrary to what they did there.
Gandhi claimed that the party sought to stray from the Opposition’s call for a caste census by using the insults leveled by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri against Bahujan Samaj Party MP Danish Ali as a distraction in the Lok Sabha.
He continued, every time we bring a topic to the table, they use this type of nonsense to divert, and they have now learned how to deal with it. They know that a caste census is a fundamental thing that the people of India want, and they don’t want to have that discussion.
Gandhi claimed that one of the key elements in Telangana, MP, and Chhattisgarh was controlling the narrative, which contributed significantly to Congress’ victory in Karnataka.
He stated, what we did in Karnataka was we provided the state with a clear vision and then we controlled the narrative.
Rahul Gandhi referred to the One Nation, one-election debate as one of the side problems the BJP used as an excuse to sidetrack from the important issues.
Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi says India-Middle East-Europe corridor will become future basis of world trade
The India-Middle East-Europe corridor will become the basis of world trade for hundreds of years to come and history will always remember that the corridor was initiated on Indian soil, said PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 105th episode of Mann Ki Baat said that the India-Middle East-Europe corridor will become the basis of world trade for hundreds of years to come and history will always remember that the corridor was initiated on Indian soil.
On September 24 in his monthly Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi also talked about Chandrayaan-3’s success and urged all citizens to participate in the Chandrayaan-3 Mahaquiz, a unique opportunity to learn and celebrate India’s lunar mission. Let’s embark on this cosmic adventure together, he added.
PM Modi said throughout the year, programmes related to G20 were held at numerous universities in the country. Now in this series, another exciting programme is about to take place in Delhi, which is G20 University Connect Programme, he said.
Speaking about World Tourism Day, he said two days from now, 27th September, is World Tourism Day. Some people view tourism just as a means of touring and travelling, but a very big aspect of tourism is related to employment, the Prime Minister further said.
He further talked about temples in Karnataka. PM Modi said a few days ago, that Shantiniketan and the holy Hoysala temple of Karnataka have been declared world heritage sites by UNESCO. He extended his greetings to the countrymen on this feat.
During the G20 Summit in New Delhi, US principal deputy national security advisor Jon Finer announced an unprecedented and ground-breaking infrastructure initiative involving a railway and shipping corridor that will improve trade, energy, and digital connectivity.
Speaking to reporters, Finer drew an indirect but striking comparison between China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the project, saying it will close a significant infrastructure gap and be high-standards, transparent, sustainable, non-coercive and based on the demand signal from the region instead of being an imposition.
BRI is heavily attacked for entangling nations in unmanageable debt, as well as for being opaque, forceful, and sacrificing standards.
Finer claimed that the project is consistent with the greater West Asian agenda of the Joe Biden administration.
Vande Bharat: PM Modi to inaugurate 9 new trains in 11 states today
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today, nine Vande Bharat trains that connect tourist and religious sites in 11 states. There will be elections in three of the following states: Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gujarat.
The trains will be signalled off by the prime minister via video conference. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.
These trains are a step towards achieving the prime minister’s aim of enhancing connectivity throughout the nation and offering top-notch amenities to rail passengers, according to a statement from the government.
The Vande Bharat trains will be the fastest train along the routes of their operation, it continued, and will help save the passengers significant time.
Compared to the fastest train as of now on the routes, Vande Bharat trains will cut travel time between destinations by three hours in the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram routes; more than two and a half hours for Hyderabad-Bengaluru; more than two hours for Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai; about one hour for Ranchi-Howrah, Patna-Howrah and Jamnagar-Ahmedabad; about half an hour for between Udaipur and Jaipur.
The important religious towns of Puri and Madurai would be connected by the trains Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai.
The Renigunta route will be used by the Vijayawada-Chennai Vande Bharat train, which would offer connectivity to Tirupati.
As the festival season approaches, it is anticipated that the new trains will offer a comfortable travel experience.
Before this fiscal year concludes the following year, Indian Railways also intends to introduce a sleeper version of the Vande Bharat and Vande Metro. According to railway authorities, the non-air conditioned push-pull variant of the semi-high speed train series, which will be introduced in October 2024, would feature 22 coaches and a locomotive.