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Government may not have polls for RS Deputy Chairman this session

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Amidst talk of a contest between the opposition and the ruling NDA for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, the government is also looking at the option of not going for an election for the post in the Monsoon Session of parliament beginning July 18, sources said.

They said that the issue came up for discussion at meetings held on Tuesday at the residence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.

The meetings were attended by BJP chief Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also attended one of the two meetings, sources said.

P.J. Kurien retired as the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha on July 1 on completing his term in the Upper House.

Sources said that the Constitution does not specify a time period for electing Deputy Chairperson of the Upper House and the government was looking at the option of not going for an election in the coming session, as there have been precedents of a new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman being chosen a few months after the incumbent retired.

The opposition is seen to have an edge if a contest is held for the post. Trinamool Congress member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy’s name has been doing the rounds as a possible candidate of the joint opposition.

There has been speculation that the BJP-led NDA could field Shiromani Akali Dal member Naresh Gujral as its candidate.

Sources said that the NDA would like to be sure of its numbers and not like to be defeated if there is a contest. They said chances of a consensus on the name of an opposition candidate were also remote as the post has gone to the members of the ruling party in the recent past.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had earlier this month called for the ruling and opposition parties to build a consensus on the next Deputy Chairman of the House.

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Rahul congratulates ragpicker’s son for cracking AIIMS entrance test

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated Asharam Choudhary, the son of a ragpicker in Madhya Pradesh, who cracked the AIIMS MBBS entrance test in his first attempt and hoped that he would contribute to nation-building and inspire many in future.

“I congratulate you on clearing the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance test in your first attempt and getting selected at Jodhpur AIIMS to pursue Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)… I extend my best wishes to you and hope you will contribute to nation-building,” Gandhi said in the letter.

“I am aware that despite all challenges you were able to secure good rank. It is a testament to their dedication and your hard work that you have performed so well,” he said, adding it gave him immense pleasure to note how Asharam’s village doctor and parents inspired him in his journey and Dakshana Foundation supported him financially.

Choudhary also cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted on May 6, bagging the 803rd rank in the OBC category and 2,763 overall.

In his letter, the Congress President said, “I hope one day, you will also be in a position to inspire other children to take up medical profession and serve the people of India. You remind me of Mahatma Gandhi who used to say: ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from the indomitable will’.”

In another letter to Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat, Gandhi said:”I write this letter to commend you on the excellent initiative of the Election Commission in Karnataka. The issuance of the Braille EPIC cards to the visually impaired voters is a step in the right direction, which will make elections and voting accessible to all voters.”

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Rahul Gandhi will be the PM face in 2019 elections : Congress

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi would be the Prime ministerial candidate of the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Naturally then Congress President would be the only face to be projected. Congress would fight this election by putting forward our leader – Rahul Gandhi: Randeep Surjwala replied when asked if Rahul Gandhi will be Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress party

Surjewala said, “We expect to better our ’04 performance. People will decide. Once Congress party becomes the single largest party touching the same magic figure of 200 or more, naturally Congress party will be leading whoever else wants to come&walk hand in hand.”

Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Capt. Amarinder Singh on Sunday backed party chief Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the joint Opposition front in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections •

 

, Amarinder said that Rahul was fully competent to lead the country and will surely prove to be a successful prime minister.

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Congress to set up special team to discuss alliances for 2019 polls: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance to form a grand national alliance.

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New Delhi, July 22 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced on Sunday setting up of a special group within the Congress to discuss probable alliances with various national and regional parties to form a grand national alliance to take on Narendra Modi led government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“We are setting up a group that is going to do that (alliance),” Rahul said after the Congress Working Committee meeting on Sunday.

“In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust,” he added.
“In the short term, we can come together with other parties and win the coming elections. After that, the damage done by the BJP & RSS to India’s institutions will have to be undone. Only the Congress can do this,” Rahul said.

Congress President called upon Congressmen and women “to rise as voice of the country and fight for India’s oppressed.”
Gandhi said as he chaired his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC), after taking over as party chief in December last year.Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at Parliament Annexe.

Rahul Gandhi  said, “Expansion of our party vote base is one of our biggest tasks. In each constituency, we have to find people who have not voted for us and develop a strategy to reach out to them and win back their trust.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said extended CWC authorised Rahul to constitute a committee to forge an alliance with like-minded parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha election to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He described the newly constituted CWC as an “institution comprising experience and energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.”

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi  said “To counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside.”

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary said , “Rahul ji has been authorised to form election campaign committee and take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance.”

Terming  Narendra Modi-led NDA government  as a “dangerous regime” compromising the democracy of  India, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said the rhetoric of PM Narendra Modi shows his “desperation” and it reflects that the “reverse countdown” of the Modi government has begun.

“We have to rescue our people from a dangerous regime,” said  Gandhi, adding that the party is “committed to make alliance work” and in this endeavour she is with the Congress president and her son Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing the first meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC), constituted by party president Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress chief Sonia said “democracy was being compromised under the current government and to counter RSS’s organisational might and financial power, the opposition has to get together in strategic alliances and that personal ambitions should be kept aside”.

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