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Amarinder elected as CLP leader; swearing-in on March 16

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Chandigarh, March 12 

The Congress, which swept the Punjab assembly elections, on Sunday formally elected Amarinder Singh as the head of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Amarinder later met Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore and stalked claim to form the next government in the state.

“We have staked claim to form the next government. The swearing in will take place on March 16,” Amarinder told media after his meeting with the Governor.

This is the second time that Amarinder will become Chief Minister of the state. He had remained Chief Minister from 2002-2007.

Amarinder said that a few cabinet members will also take oath of office along with him, but did not give any details.

The newly elected Congress legislators met here on Sunday to elect the CLP leader. After the meeting authorised Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to take a decision on the new leader, Congress general secretary Asha Kumari called up Rahul to apprise him.

She later informed the MLAs that Rahul Gandhi had proposed the name of Amarinder Singh as the new CLP leader and the Congress MLAs subsequently unanimously elected Amarinder as their leader by a show of hands.

Outgoing Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal earlier in the day submitted his resignation to the Governor after the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance lost in the assembly elections.

The Governor asked Badal to continue as caretaker Chief Minister till the new government was sworn-in.

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‘Who got achche din,’ Rahul Gandhi takes swipe at PM Modi’s VVIP planes, raises China issue

“The Prime Minister of the country flies around in an aeroplane that costs Rs8,400 crore and he is scared to even take the name of China,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday raised the issue of India-China border standoff and questioned ‘achche din’ comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP planes and the condition of Indian soldiers living in sub-zero conditions. Sharing a news report which later the Press Information Bureau claimed fake, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The jawans of the country are fighting PLA soldiers in extreme weather conditions from normal tents. They are unafraid. But the Prime Minister of the country flies around in an aeroplane that costs Rs 8,400 crore and he is scared to even take the name of China. Who go achche din?”

A few days ago, VVIP aircraft Air India One to be used for President, Vice President and Prime Minister arrived at Delhi international airport from the US. These special flights are equipped with advanced communication system, allowing mid-air audio and video communication. Reports said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crore.

Juxtaposing this with the situation of the LAC soldiers — their tents are reportedly not suitable for sub-zero conditions, Rahul Gandhi mocked at ‘achche din’, a promise given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Over 50,000 India troops are likely to remain stationed through the winter months this year as the India-China standoff is going on.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha had promised suitable habitat and clothing. I can assure you that the morale and motivation of our armed forces is very high…They are being provisioned with suitable clothing, habitat and the required defence wherewithal,” he said. From specialised winter clothing to rations and arctic tents to portable heaters, military planes and helicopters have been flying to Ladakh almost daily with their cargo holds filled with crucial supplies and gear that soldiers would require to slug it out in the inhospitable mountain terrain, officials said in September. However, former BJP MP of Ladakh, Thupstan Chhewang, said the soldiers have not been provided with new tents, the report quoted by Rahul Gandhi said. The report also said Chinese troops have “further transgressed into Indian territory and occupied positions in Finger 2 and 3 of north bank of Pangong Tso Lake. “It is a fake news. Army’s additional directorate general of public information has refuted this statement,” PIB face Check claimed.

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Lalu’s son Tejashwi trying to secure his own place under the sun

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Patna, Oct 31 : As the Bihar Assembly elections are underway amid hectic electioneering, one political leader who is toiling to secure his own place under the sun – away from the political shadow of his father – is Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejashwi Yadav.

In the absence of his father and party supremo Lalu Prasad — whose oratory and inimitable style have catapulted RJD quite a few times to power in the past – Tejashwi is spearheading the poll campaign on behalf of his party and the Grand Alliance, of which the RJD, Congress and certain Left parties are a part.

By removing the pictures of his parents – former Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi – from the banners and posters of the RJD early on during campaigning, Tejashwi had give enough indications that he would go among the voters with a new image of a young leadership.

While his father forged a Muslim-Yadav alliance to come to power in Bihar, Tejashwi is talking of going down the developmental path by taking along all sections of society.

While the opposition NDA is bringing up the alleged ‘jungle raj’ during the RJD rule in Bihar in the past, Tejashwi has been avoiding to join issues with them and instead talking of jobs, irrigation and education to woo the voters.

Even as Lalu Prasad, who is presently admitted in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, where he has been lodged since May 2018 after conviction in fodder scams starting 2017, may be giving political instructions to Tejashwi and other RJD leaders in the run-up to the electoral battle, Tejashwi has been adding his own elements to the RJD campaign strategy.

Given the huge crowds that are seen at the rallies of Tejashwi, it seems that his poll strategies are a success so far, remarked a party leader.

Even though Tejashwi, who was Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Assembly, may not have his father’s ability to take lighthearted potshots at his political adversaries, which has swayed the voters in the past, he has been delivering his speeches in Bhojpuri for the voter connect.

“Tejashwi may not have Lalu’s oratorial skills or style, but he has got his fingers on the pulse of the voters as to what they want. He also understands what to speak so as to make the youths at his rallies to clap. The promises of jobs and to take all along have been paying him dividends,” said an RJD leader on the condition of anonymity.

Political analyst Faizan Ahmed pointed out that by seeking forgiveness from the people for all the wrongs done in the past RJD rule, Tejashwi has given indication that he wants to make a fresh beginning in Bihar politics.

“There is no doubt that he wants to move away from his father’s shadow and prepare his own ground. In this, he is succeeding and making a connect with the electorate.”

Senior journalist Manikant Thakur said that though Tejashwi’s attempt to move away from the past RJD rule is commendable, slip of his tongue once in a while has created fear among the voters.

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PM pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary.

Modi took to Twitter to express that she was a central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was the first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of India. “Tributes to our former PM Smt. Indira Gandhiji on her death anniversary,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister had paid tribute to Gandhi in his monthly Mann ki Baat radio broadcast last Sunday as well.

Born on November 19, 1917, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards on October 31, 1984 here following the Operation Blue Star.

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