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Naidu defends not naming presidential nominee in meetings with opposition



Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, June 19 :  The BJP on Monday defended the decision not to come out with a name for the July 17 presidential election during meetings held by the three-member panel with the opposition, saying it did not want to appear “pre-determined”.

“Of course, we did not suggest any name. The reason was that if you suggest any name, it means you are not leaving any option for others,” Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said, adding that he hoped for opposition support to Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind’s candidature.

On June 12, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah had formed a panel comprising Naidu, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to hold discussions with various political parties for a consensus on the presidential candidate.

“If I take a name, practically that means (that) I am pre-determined. We went there with open mind, asked for suggestions. We met all important political parties, both allies and opposition, and asked for their views.”

The opposition, including the Congress, Left and the Bahujan Samaj Party, termed the announcement of Kovind’s name as NDA nominee as “unilateral”.

“Keeping in view the best traditions of democracy, we reached out to all political parties, particularly the opposition.”

Naidu, along with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had met key opposition leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in connection with the presidential poll.

The union ministers, during these meetings, had not suggested any name, prompting the opposition leaders to call the meetings a “public relations exercise” and a “formality”.

“Taking into consideration various suggestions and inputs from various parties, we came out with Kovind’s name,” Naidu said.

The Minister said that before Kovind’s name was formally announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally called up Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, among others, to inform them about the Bihar Governor’s candidature.

“Despite having a majority, we reached out to opposition parties. We now hope that they don’t have any reason to oppose Kovind’s candidature because of his background, his non-controversial nature and social background,” Naidu said.



Cong to build alternative narrative based on fairness: Chidambaram

Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.




New Delhi, Dec 17 : Former Union minister P Chidambaram has said that the Congress will create an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity and jobs for the youth under the leadership of new party chief Rahul Gandhi.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said Gandhi’s inaugural speech yesterday laid down the contours of an alternative narrative that the Congress will put forward before the people.

“The Congress will build an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity, jobs for the youth, and lifting 250 million people out of poverty,” he said.

The senior Congress leader said that his party’s recall of India’s history was different from that of the BJP.

“Our idea of India is different from the BJP’s. Mr Rahul Gandhi called upon India’s youth to defend our idea of India, and I am sure the young will respond,” Chidambaram said.

In his first speech to party workers after his formal takeover as the Congress president yesterday, Gandhi set the tone of the future course and how the party would take on its arch-rival BJP.

He said the Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.

Stating that his party brought India into the 21st century, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.

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Rahul Gandhi invites Party MPs, Office bearers and others for dinner today



Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)

New Delhi,17th December: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has invited Party MPs, Office bearers,PCC leaders and Congress Legislative Party leaders for dinner on Sunday (17th December) evening in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (16th December) took over the post of Congress President.

In his first speech as Congress President Rahul said that it is a ”It is with the deepest humility, that I accept this position (of Congress President) knowing that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants.”


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BJP won’t win enough seats to form government in Gujarat: BJP leader Kakade



Rajyasabha MP, BJP Leader, Sanjay Kakade (File Photo)

Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha and Bhartiya Janta Party leader Sanjay Kakde, has claimed that Congress will be the Major party with maximum votes in Gujarat elections.

Talking about Gujarat election the BJP rajyasabha member from Pune said, “BJP would’nt win enough seats to form its government in Gujarat.”

The Bjp leader also stated,”If Congress wins this election, it will be because the BJP did not conduct a good election campaign.”

Kakde has claimed that his team has done a survey of Gujarat election which are the basis of his purport.


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