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New Delhi, May 20 : Amid growing demands for a revamp of the Grand Old Party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet soon to discuss the outcome of the assembly polls in four major states and the future course of action.

Congress general secretary P.C. Chacko told mediapersons here that the date for the meeting of CWC — the highest decision-making body in the party — was being worked out. “The working committee meeting will be held soon,” he said.

Congress leaders said a reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee office-bearers was also on the anvil.

Chacko said the meeting’s agenda had not been finalised but party sources said the party performance in the four assembly polls will be discussed. They said the party will also deliberate on the future roadmap.

The Congress lost power in Kerala and Assam, fared miserably in Tamil Nadu and failed to click in West Bengal.

Its sole consolation came in Puducherry where along with the DMK it captured power. The party is now in power on its own only in six states.

Party sources said the issue of party vice president Rahul Gandhi’s elevation could come up at the meeting,

There has been growing concern in the Congress on a series of assembly losses suffered after the party was routed in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh has called for “major surgery” in the party in the wake of the recent results.

Answering a question on Rahul Gandhi, Chacko said everybody in the party wanted to move fast.

As for West Bengal, where the Congress had a seat understanding with the Left parties, Chacko said: “Likeminded parties come together with regard to various issues. As far as we are concerned, other than the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) we don’t consider others as untouchables.”

He said Congress leaders in West Bengal wanted to have such an understanding and the central leadership had not forced any issue.

Chacko said the alliance in West Bengal did not have an adverse effects in Kerala.

He said the number of seats won by the Congress did not reflect the percentage of votes polled by it in Kerala.

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Congress steps up attack on Yogi Adityanath govt

Punia alleged that UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in an interview to a TV channel that migrant workers were responsible for spreading the corona infection.

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Lucknow, May 26 : The Congress has stepped up its attack on the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, accusing it of putting out fake statistics regarding coronavirus cases and also spreading communal hatred.

Senior Congress leader P L Punia, while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, said that UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu had been sent to jail only because he was helping the migrant workers.

“No one is being allowed to meet the UPCC president and the Congress will not tolerate this injustice,” he said.

Punia alleged that UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in an interview to a TV channel that migrant workers were responsible for spreading the corona infection.

Meanwhile, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Aradhana Mishra said that the Yogi government had claimed that 25 lakh migrant workers had returned to UP.

“The government has said that the number of infected persons is 6228 so how can they claim that the 25 lakh migrant workers have brought the infection to UP? The chief minister should explain the basis of his claim,” she said.

Mishra demanded that the state government should come clean on the number of patients, testing figures and preparations made for corona.

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Arrest of UP Cong chief undemocratic: Priyanka Gandhi

He was arrested in a case of fraud and forgery, related to bungling in list of buses submitted by the Congress to the UP government for bringing migrant workers.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Amid the political slugfest over migrant workers and arrest of UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, here on Tuesday, termed his arrest undemocratic and violation of humanitarian principle, and demanded that he be released immediately.

“Throwing him into prison on baseless charges during a pandemic reveals the undemocratic and opportunistic mindset of the Yogi government and violates all humanitarian principles,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

“We demand justice for him and will continue to fight until it’s delivered,” she said and also tweeted a video clip showing Lallu providing help to migrants.

“Having lived a life of struggle, perseverance and grit, the UP Congress chief knows well the suffering of displaced and marginalised people. He has fought for them steadfastly throughout his career,” tweeted Priyanka.

Lallu was arrested soon after he was granted bail in another case in Agra on Wednesday. Earlier, he had been arrested in Agra on Tuesday for protesting against the government’s refusal to allow movement of buses in the state.

He was arrested in a case of fraud and forgery, related to bungling in list of buses submitted by the Congress to the UP government for bringing migrant workers.

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My statement on Maharashtra was distorted, says Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, May 27 : After creating a political stir by saying his party is not the key player in Maharashtra, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has claimed that his statement was “distorted”.

In a late Tuesday night tweet along with the video, the former Congress president said “paid media distorts the truth to distract attention from real issues”.

“I would like to make a differentiation here. We are supporting the government in Maharashtra, but, we are not the key decision maker in Maharashtra. We are the key decision maker in Punjab we are the key decision maker in Chhattisgarh, in Rajasthan, in Puducherry. So, there is a difference between running a Government and supporting Government,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, he said that the Congress is only supporting the Maharashtra government and is not a key decision maker.

He, however, defended the Maharashtra government and said the state is one of the most connected in the country.

“It is going to be one of the most aggressive places where corona is going to act. However, Maharashtra is struggling because of the nature of its connectivity and Maharashtra is one of the most important assets frankly that India has. It is the centre of business.

“So, it requires full support from the Government of India, I fully understand that Maharashtra is fighting a very difficult battle and I appreciate that fact and so many other states and it is important that full support of the Government of India goes to the people of Maharashtra and the Government of Maharashtra,” the Congress leader said.

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