As Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning during the second round of questioning in connection with the National Herald-money laundering case, Delhi Police detained Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, along with several others MPs at Vijay Chowk, following a massive protest in New Delhi over the Congress Chief’s questioning.
Gandhi was detained during MPs’ march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest the ‘misuse’ of central probe agencies against Opposition leaders.
The ED probe relates to alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald newspaper.
Shashi Tharoor to run for Congress Presidential post?
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor reportedly hinted at the possibility of running for the party’s Presidential post. This came after the senior MP, on Monday, wrote an article in the Malayalam daily Matrubhumi calling for a ‘free and fair’ election. However, he is yet to give his final say in this regard.
When asked about his plan to contest for Congress Chief, Tharoor, while speaking to media persons in Thiruvananthapuram said, “I’ve absolutely no comment to make. I accept what I’ve written in my article which is that an election would be a good thing for Congress party.”
Expressing concern at the damaging effect the leadership vacuum at the top has caused on the party, Tharoor said, “By fixing current leadership vacuum and institutionalising a process through which the Congress worker can have a concrete say in the leaders that represent them at the upper echelons of the party, free and fair elections will give the party the strong footing it needs in the hearts of the workers and the general public.”
He added, “We have seen global interest in the British Conservative Party during their recent leadership race, a phenomenon we have already witnessed in 2019, when a dozen candidates contested to replace Theresa May and Boris Johnson emerged on top.”
He further added, “Replicating a similar scenario for the Congress will similarly increase the national interest in the party and galvanise more voters towards the Congress party once again. For this reason I hope that several candidates come forward to present themselves for consideration. Putting forward their visions for the party and the nation will surely stir public interest.”
The Congress, on Sunday, announced that the election for its party President would be held on October 17, the results, of which would be declared on October 19. The filing of nomination would begin on September 24 and continue till September 30.
BREAKING: Nitin Gadkari dropped from BJP’s most powerful body ‘Parliamentary Board’
In a major organisational shuffle, the BJP on Wednesday dropped the names of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from the party’s highest organisation body – ‘Parliamentary Board.’
The names of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Sarbananda Sonowal, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Satyanarayan Jatiya, K Lakshman, and Sudha Yadav have been included in the party’s parliamentary board.
While Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Om Mathur and Bhupender Yadav have been made members of BJP’s Central Election Committee, Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain’s name has been dropped from the same.
Chandrashekhar Bawankule appointed as new Maharashtra BJP Chief
The BJP appointed MLC from Nagpur Chandrashekhar Bawankule as the Maharashtra President of its party and Ashish Shelar as the Mumbai city unit Chief. Earlier, BJP MLA Chandrakant Patil was the BJP Maharashtra Chief.
BJP Chief JP Nadda, in a communiqué, announced the same on Friday afternoon.