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Congress fights Congress ahead of Uttar Pradesh Polls

Apart from this, a group of young Congress leaders are already gunning for the state leadership’s scalp over the party’s failure to run on an inclusive basis.

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Lucknow, Aug 30 : As the countdown begins for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, scheduled to be held in early 2022, all political parties are putting their house in order but the Congress in UP is busy fighting itself.

To profess their loyalty to the party high command after last week’s Congress Working Committee meeting where a letter written by 23 senior party leaders kicked up a huge controversy, Congress leaders are now targeting the ‘dissenters’.

The first to face flak was former Union minister Jitin Prasada. The Lakhimpur Kheri unit passed a resolution demanding his expulsion from the party for being a signatory to the controversial letter.

DCC chief Prahalad Patel claimed that it had been passed under pressure from an office bearer of the state-level Congress leadership.

Instead of dousing the flames of revolt, the UPCC leadership maintained a studied silence on the issue. An unverified audio clip of conversation between two local Congress leaders revealed that the demonstration against Prasada was staged at the behest of a senior party leader and some labourers had been hired to shout slogans.

UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu, interestingly, defended the outburst saying that some party workers wanted to convey their feelings to the party high command.

Soon after, former Congress MLC Naseeb Pathan put out a video message demanding veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s ouster from the party. “As he has broken the party discipline, he should be made ‘Azad’ and expelled from the party,” Pathan stated.

Naseeb Pathan, incidentally, was one of Azad’s staunchest loyalists in the UP Congress at one time.

Now, former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nirmal Khatri has accused Azad of forcing the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance on the party in the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress ended up with the lowest number of seats – just seven – in the state Assembly in 2017.

“As far as I know, Rahul Gandhi too was opposed to the alliance, but probably kept quiet due to Azad’s obstinate and defeatist political thinking. His principles of political science are focused on politics of alliance,” said Khatri in a post on the social media, directly targeting Azad.

The former UPCC chief said, “Azad in his interview had said that for the past 23 years, elections to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) were not held. The question is that when in these 23 years, he himself was a nominated member to the working committee, why did he not raise the question then?”

Khatri said that “I also feel that elections should be held at every level. But, leaders like you believed the nominated way to be a better one and derived pleasure from it. I am of the view that there is no threat to the integrity of the country, but there is a certain threat to the integrity of the Congress.”

Apart from this, a group of young Congress leaders are already gunning for the state leadership’s scalp over the party’s failure to run on an inclusive basis.

The leaders, in their WhatsApp group, hurled allegations at the UPCC chief, accusing him of ignoring upper castes and promoting OBCs in the party.

These leaders also claim that Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is being misled by her aides about the state of affairs in the UP Congress.

Meanwhile, the party has not shown any inclination to revoke the expulsion of 10 senior leaders though it is noteworthy that Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi revoked the expulsion of senior party leader Shakeel Ahmad recently.

Ahmad had been expelled from the Congress last year after he contested the Lok Sabha election from Madhubani in Bihar as an independent candidate.

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EC seeks detailed report on Kamal Nath’s jibe at BJP candidate

Addressing a poll meeting on Sunday in Gwalior’s Dabra town where the BJP has fielded Imarti Devi, Nath said the Congress candidate was a “simple person” unlike the opponent who was an “item”.

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The Election Commission on Monday sought a “detailed report” from the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh on Congress leader Kamal Nath’s remarks against a woman candidate during a poll rally in the state.

Addressing a poll meeting on Sunday in Gwalior’s Dabra town where the BJP has fielded Imarti Devi, Nath said the Congress candidate was a “simple person” unlike the opponent who was an “item”.

Imarti Devi and 21 other MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia had resigned from the Congress and the state assembly and joined the BJP in March, in the process bringing down the Nath government.

“Based on the report received from the chief electoral officer of MP, we have asked for a detailed report. It would be with the Commission on Tuesday. Based on it, the Commission would take a view,” said a senior EC functionary.

The National Commission for Women had also forwarded the matter to the Election Commission for necessary action.

“By the time we received reference from NCW, we had already sought a detailed report from CEO, Madhya Pradesh,” the EC official said.

Bypolls to 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly seats will be held on November 3 and the counting of votes will take place on November 10.

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When Husband Jailed, Wife Made CM: Nitish’s Dig At RJD

He said that no section of society had been ignored during his rule and special developmental works taken up for those pushed to the margins of society.

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Aurangabad (Bihar): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday took a dig at the RJD leadership, and said — without taking names — that when ‘husband’ went to jail his ‘wife’ was made the Chief Minister in the past.

He was obviously referring to Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi.

Nitish, who leads the Janata Dal-United, also claimed that law and order during the earlier RJD rule was poor.

“Everyone knows what all happened during the rule of husband and wife. All kinds of crimes were reported. People used to desist from venturing out as evening hours approached. But when we got a chance to serve the people, we carried out developmental works in all sectors,” the Chief Minister said while addressing public rallies in Rafiganj in Aurangabad district and Sherghati in Gaya district.

“When the wife (Rabri) was made the Chief Minister, nothing was done for the welfare of women. But during our rule, we ensured 50 per cent reservation for women in rural local bodies,” the JD-U leader claimed.

He said that no section of society had been ignored during his rule and special developmental works taken up for those pushed to the margins of society.

“Today, not only the country but the whole world is taking note of works done in Bihar, but some people are busy finding faults,” he remarked.

Nitish also said that his government also worked for the welfare of minority communities without discrimination, apart from women empowerment.

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Lalu attacks Nitish over remark linking coastal areas to industries

Lalu Prasad is currently in Ranchi jail after he was convicted in the fodder scam. The tweet is posted on his Twitter handle @laluprasadrjd.

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Patna, Oct 19 : After Kashmiri militants, Article 370, Left extremism and Jinnah, the Indian Ocean is the latest to enter the political war of words in Bihar at a time when the campaign for the Assembly polls is in full swing.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and asked him: “Do we now have to send the Indian Ocean for the development of Bihar?”

Lalu posted a cartoon and a statement in the Bhojpuri language on social media to slam Nitish for his statement that big industries had not come in Bihar as it was not located in a coastal area.

While giving a clarification on the lack of jobs in Bihar, Nitish Kumar, during a virtual rally in the second week of October had said that although the state was on the development path, big industries had not come here as it is not situated near a sea coast. Industrialists generally prefer coastal areas to establish industries, he said.

In the cartoon posted by Lalu, a person is asking a group of people carrying water why they were carrying it, was there a fire somewhere? In reply the water-carriers say they are carrying sea water as Nitish Kumar is saying bring the ocean to Bihar for industries to be established.

“You cannot hide the failure of 15 years by making such excuses,” Lalu said in his tweet.

Lalu Prasad asked Nitish Kumar to go home and relax as you are tired now.

Lalu Prasad is currently in Ranchi jail after he was convicted in the fodder scam. The tweet is posted on his Twitter handle @laluprasadrjd.

The JDU-BJP government is facing the heat after RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav announced that the RJD will provide 10 lakh government jobs to the youths of Bihar in the first cabinet meeting if his party comes to power.

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