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Sonia Gandhi signs first nomination paper for Rahul’s elevation

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday signed the first proposer on the first nomination paper submitted for the election of her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi to the post of party chief.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said Sonia Gandhi’s signatures were at the top of the first nomination form submitted to the returning officer Mullappally Ramachandran in the election being held at the party’s central office to elect the party’s next chief.

Gehlot, who is party incharge of poll-bound Gujarat, also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks about the Congress organisational elections.

“The affection that Rahul Gandhi is getting in Gujarat is worth seeing. The Prime Minister is making comments about Congress organizational elections out of frustration. He should not have made such remarks. There is dignity attached to the post of Prime Minister,” Gehlot said.

Modi had accused Congress of “lacking internal democracy” during an election rally on Sunday.

Gehlot also said that decisions concerning the BJP leadership are made by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. “I want to ask the Prime Minister, (BJP president) Amit Shah, is there democracy in your party? The RSS decides who will be the BJP president, who will be Chief Minister and who will be the Prime Minister. What right they have to talk like this?”

He said that seats were going empty at Modi rallies in Gujarat.

“Wait for Gujarat election results. Then there are polls in the states and then people will give their verdict in the 2019 polls. The way ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’ slogans use to be raised in the last election…See the meetings of yesterday, chairs were empty. There is frustration over defeat in Gujarat,” he said.

He said the future of the Congress and the country will be bright under Rahul Gandhi and the support he is getting is reflected in Gujarat.

Earlier, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday(4th December) filed his nomination for the party chief’s post at party’s headquarters. Senior party leaders including Kamal Nath, Sheila Dikshit, Motilal Vora and Tarun Gogoi filed first set of nominations(as proposers) for Rahul Gandhi.

Many Congress leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Amrinder Singh and the President of Congress party Sonia Gandhi were also present there when he filed nomination.

Talking to ANI Captain Amarinder Singh said, “If you ask me, I think he will make a very good Prime Minister.”

Meanwhile countering the criticism over election process by BJP the Congress leader Kamal Nath said, “Do BJP presidents get elected? Did Nitin Gadkari get elected through a ballot process? Let them answer that first. “

Earlier Mullappally Ramachandran, the Returning Officer for the organizational election, told IANS that 90 nomination forms were taken by different states though not one has been submitted so far.

The process of nominations started on Friday. The last date for filing nominations is December 4.

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PM Modi should take lead in resolving impasse with farmers: Ashok Gehlot

The meeting remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday, December 3, union leaders said.

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Jaipur, Dec 1 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take the lead in resolving the impasse with farmers.

He said the Centre”s invitation to farmer unions for talks is a step in the right direction, but taken too late.

“There is growing concern not only in the country but in other countries as well, where a sizable number of Persons of Indian Origin live, regarding protest of farmers in India. PM Modi ji must take the lead to resolve this impasse. Farmers” genuine demands must be met,” Gehlot tweeted.

The Centre on Tuesday offered to set up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, but it was rejected by representatives of 35 agitating organisations during their marathon meeting with three union ministers that ended without any resolution.

The meeting remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday, December 3, union leaders said.

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Punjab CM slams AAP govt for implementing farm laws

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Chandigarh, Dec 1: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over their shocking double standards on the farmers’ protests, saying the party had exposed itself by implementing the draconian farm laws in the midst of the crisis while pretending to be standing with the farmers.

Even as AAP was claiming to be supporting the agitating farmers, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi had brazenly executed the black laws through a gazette notification on November 23, the Chief Minister pointed out, adding the party was clearly indulging in political games to further its electoral agenda.

Quite clearly, AAP had been working behind the farmers’ backs all these days, said the Chief Minister, expressing shock at the fact that even before the farmers had embarked on their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, the Kejriwal government had actually issued the notification which would spell the death-knell for the ‘annadattas’ in the national capital.

“Do they have no shame?” asked Amarinder Singh, slamming AAP for misleading the Kisan Unions by pretending to be supporting their cause while all this time, Kejriwal’s party was merely indulging in political theatrics.

“First they failed to pass any amendment laws in the Delhi Assembly to negate the central laws, as was done in Punjab. And now they have gone so far as to officially notify the agricultural legislations in Delhi, where AAP is in power. The party’s true intent and affiliation has been utterly exposed,” Amarinder Singh noted.

Responding to AAP’s criticism of his handling of the situation and for taking on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister remarked that while he was busy fighting for the rights of his farmers, Kejriwal was preparing to pull the rug from under the feet of the farmers, who had been braving all kinds of atrocities by the Haryana government in their quest for justice.

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Nitish Kumar likely to expand cabinet in December

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Patna, Dec 1 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to expand his cabinet in December as the winter session of the assembly concluded in November after the formation of the new state government.

During this time the opposition parties, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress hurled political barbs at the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

There is wide speculation across the political spectrum especially with the opposition RJD claiming that not a single Muslim would be given a cabinet berth in the Nitish government.

Not a single Muslim candidate from the ruling NDA has reached the Bihar assembly so it is certain that if the Bihar CM wants to have a Muslim face in the cabinet, he would likely be a Legislative Council member.

During the recent Bihar elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not field a single Muslim candidate while the JD-U fielded 11.

As per the constitutional provisions, overall 36 ministers can be appointed in the state cabinet which at present has 13 ministers, including the Chief Minister. There are only four JD-U ministers besides Nitish Kumar. Twenty two more ministers are yet to be appointed.

Mevalal Chaudhary was also included as cabinet minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government but later resigned for alleged involvement in corruption. At present, all cabinet ministers have been assigned five departments each. Due to this Nitish Kumar may soon expand his cabinet regarding which he held a meeting with senior JD-U leaders on November 29.

Sources say that Nitish’s cabinet is likely to be expanded soon. If sources are to be believed, a meeting of the NDA would soon be held where Nitish would discuss the prospective names of MLAs to be inducted as ministers into the cabinet.

In this cabinet expansion, at least 10 new faces from the BJP could get an opportunity which may include MLAs who are young and belong to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and the Dalit community.

The JD-U could also give an opportunity to new faces from the party in the cabinet expansion and may also include a Muslim minister.

After the Bihar election results, the JD-U is playing the role of the ‘younger brother’ in the NDA government since it had won less assembly seats than the BJP. The JD-U has already started planning its future political course of action.

A JD-U leader believes that as expected the party did not get the support of the Muslim voters in Bihar, whose brunt the party had to bear in the recent elections.

Nitish Kumar could try to send a message to the Muslim voters by giving a ministerial berth to a Muslim from the party.

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