After rebellions by Jyotiraditya Scindia in Madhya Pradesh and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, the focus is now on Rahul Gandhi's "youth brigade" and those whom he had given key responsibilities when he was Congress president. Almost everyone in the party has just one question on their mind, "who next", sources said.
Allegations: The Congress accused the Rajasthan Governor of resorting to the "worst kind of obstruction of democracy" by raising superficial and motivated queries on Ashok Gehlot government's demand for convening a session of the state assembly. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the governor is delaying the trust vote allegedly at the behest of the central government.
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'Only facts': A time capsule will be placed 2,000 feet under the ground at the site of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, said Kameshwar Chaupal, a member of the Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. Meanwhile, preparations at Ayodhya city are in full swing for the foundation stone laying ceremony to be held on August 5.
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