Assembly Election Results Updates: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday offered to resign from his post, owing moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the Punjab assembly elections. His offer of resignation was, however, rejected by the party’s district presidents and senior leaders, according to a statement. Read More
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The group of 23 leaders of the Congress are set to meet again on Thursday evening, making it the second meeting in the past 24 hours. The meeting comes after Rahul Gandhi reached out to the party’s “rebel” group through former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is a member. Read More
Speaking to CNN-News over ongoing infighting within the party, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “The CWC is the place to have discussions. What has been brought out in public is not helpful to the party. There are party platforms where change of leadership can be discussed. Anybody can project himself as leader and that can be discussed, reforms should be discussed within. Nothing should be done outside the party. Party leadership is inclined to take the view. Congress has taken stock of the debacle in the elections.”
“When someone asks you for a bribe then don’t say no instead record the conversation and send the video/audio to the WhatsApp no. We assure you that immediately strict action will be taken,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Punjab CM’s announcement of launching anti-corruption helpline.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached out to party’s G23 faction after the group of rebel leaders said they “don’t have faith” in him while staying firm with their demand for a change in the leadership. The group comprising Congress’s rebels of sorts, the G23, met for the first time on Wednesday since the party’s humiliating defeat in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states and, as expected, captured headlines. Read More
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched on March 23, which marks Shaheed Diwas. The CM said that the people of the state will be able to lodge complaints of corruption via WhatsApp. The announcements come hours after Mann said that he is all set to take a “big decision in the interest of the state” — a move “no one in the history of Punjab” has made till now. Read More
Newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched on March 23 (Shaheed Diwas) where people of the state will be able to lodge complaints on corruption via WhatsApp.
Congress’s Shankar Singh Vaghela, one of the attendees of the G23 meeting last evening, has said that Sonia Gandhi has held the party together. “There should be human touch in the organisation. Priyanka Gandhi’s role in UP polls was a political misfire. G-23 wants someone who can listen to them, this is not anti-Congress,” he said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached out to party’s G23 faction after the group of rebel leaders said they “don’t have faith” him while staying firm with their demand for a change in the leadership.
The group comprising Congress’s rebels of sorts, the G23, met for the first time on Wednesday since the party’s humiliating defeat in recently concluded assembly elections in five states and, as expected, captured headlines. READ MORE
Leaders of Apna Dal (S) Anupriya Patel and Ashish Patel meet BJP President JP Nadda in Delhi. Union Minister & BJP in-charge for UP, Dharmendra Pradhan and UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh were also present at the meeting.
According to sources, Priyanka Gandhi is meeting top UP leaders to assess the Congress’s reason for loss. They added that she will prepare for 2024 Lok Sabha polls as well. The development comes amid varied reactions against the G-23 meeting. While some leaders have hailed the long-demanded institutional hauls of the party as demanded by the rebel group, some are criticising the open criticism of Congress leaders against its own leadership.
Former Union Minister Veerappa Moily distances himself from G -23. “G-23 has moved away from the stated intent. I signed their memorandum for reforms. But it can’t be institutionalised or leadership can’t be questioned on the streets,” he said.
The group comprising Congress’s rebels of sorts, the G23, met for the first time on Wednesday since the party’s humiliating defeat in recently concluded assembly elections in five states and, as expected, captured headlines.
The G23 leaders, who have been pretty vocal about their demand for a revamp of party’s leadership, said after the meeting that the “only way forward for Congress is to adopt a model of collective and inclusive leadership and decision-making at all levels”. READ MORE
पंजाब की जनता के हित में आज एक बहुत बड़ा फ़ैसला लिया जाएगा। पंजाब के इतिहास में आज तक किसी ने ऐसा फैसला नहीं लिया होगा।
कुछ ही देर में एलान करूँगा…।
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 17, 2022
Party’s central observers will visit Goa after the Holi festival for government formation. There will be a grand oath-taking ceremony…We have also started preparations for the 2024 elections: Sadanand Tanavade, Goa BJP President
The final preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of the Yogi government 2.0 in Uttar Pradesh are in full swing. As per sources, the ceremony will be held at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, which has a capacity to host a crowd of 50,000 spectators. Sources also suggest that thousands of beneficiaries of various central and state government schemes will also be invited to witness the historical moment. Preparations are being made for a crowd of 45,000 people in the stadium as of now. READ MORE
According to source, Bhagwant Mann is set to make his first big announcement after forming the government, this afternoon.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, a member of the G-23 group, told CNN-NEWS18 on Thursday that “one person, capable person, will make a difference in Congress”. “It will make the organisation efficient. We are in the Congress and are Congress loyalists,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told senior BJP leaders that the new governments in the four states, which were won by the saffron party recently, will be formed keeping in mind the aspirations of the next 25 years. The prime minister also said this was an opportunity to groom the future leadership within the party. READ MORE
The party also decided to form a high-powered panel to take feedback from its leaders as well people on the election debacle. Sukhbir Badal himself lost from Jalalabad while his father and former CM Parkash Singh Badal lost from Lambi.
During his interaction with the party’s district presidents and the senior leadership, Sukhbir Badal said, “The party and its well-being are supreme for me. I have always acted in the best interest of the party. I own moral responsibility for the party’s defeat and am ready to step down.” The party leadership rejected his offer in unison with many district presidents “bringing on record the hard work and intensive election campaign led by Sukhbir Singh Badal”, the statement said. A formal resolution was also passed unanimously to express confidence in the leadership of Sukhbir Badal.
Meanwhile, following Congress’ poll debacle in five states, as well as a row and accountability over leadership, senior Congress leader and member of the dissident “G-23″ group of leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad was expected to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday at 10 Janpath. However, sources have said that there is no meeting scheduled as of yet.
ANI had quoted sources as saying that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also attend today’s meeting. Azad’s meeting with the Gandhis is significant because G-23 leaders are dissatisfied with the Congress leadership’s working style.
The G23 leaders have been at the forefront of registering their dissent and demanding an organisational overhaul. The group also invited new members whom they felt wanted to voice their concerns. Among them were Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor, senior leader Manishankar Aiyer and Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, all of whom attended the meeting and were signatories to the final statement after the meeting.
The meeting took place at senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence in Delhi, following which the G23 released a statement. Leaders present at the meeting were Azad, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Shankar Singh Vaghela, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, PJ Kurian, Sandeep Dixit, Raj Babbar, Kuldeep Sharma, Rajender Kaur Bhattal, MA Khan and Vivek Tankha.
According to the statement, the G23 met to deliberate on the “demoralising” outcome of the assembly elections and the “constant exodus” of leaders and workers. The statement read, “We believe that the only way forward is for the Congress to adopt a model of collective and inclusive leadership and decision making at all levels.”
The G23, in their statement, also hinted that the Congress should “initiate dialogue” with non-BJP parties to fight the BJP in the 2024 elections. “In order to oppose the BJP it is necessary to strengthen the Congress party. We demand the Congress party to initiate dialogue with other likeminded forces to create a platform to pave the way for a credible alternative for 2024,” the statement further read.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said his outfit scored a moral victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls as it is “expanding” while the BJP has “shrunk”, apparently referring to the number of seats bagged by his party. The BJP combine got 273 seats while the SP-led alliance bagged 125 seats in the elections.
“In the elections, ‘samajwadis’ (sociallists) got moral victory. With the struggle of socialist workers and leaders, and the cooperation of people, the Samajwadi Party is expanding and the BJP has shrunk,” Akhilesh Yadav said in Sitapur, according to the SP’s official Twitter handle.
Yadav was in Sitapur to condole the death of party leader and former minister Narendra Verma’s brother Mahendra Verma. On the way to Sitapur, a bull came in front of the Yadav’s vehicle. “In the journey, you will get bulls..If you can move forward, go ahead. The journey is difficult in UP, if you can move, go ahead,” he said posting a video of the incident.
(with inputs from PTI)