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Financial crisis may disrupt Congress plans of defeating PM Modi in 2019: Report

The Congress party is reportedly facing a severe financial crisis, which can be a big hindrance in its plans to topple Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the elections in 2019.
Sonia Gandhi with his son and Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi

The Congress party is reportedly facing a severe financial crisis, which can be a big hindrance in its plans to topple Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the elections in 2019.

As per a report in The Economic Times, as per a source, the Congress leadership, from the past five months, has stopped sending money to run its offices in various states. The source also revealed that to overcome the crisis, the political party has urged its members to cut down expenses and work towards more contributions. Divya Spandana, the head of Congress social media department accepted that the party is not getting enough funds through electoral boards as compared to the BJP. The grand old party has reportedly been forced to raise money through crowd funding.

As per the report, while the BJP declared an income of Rs 10.34 billion in the financial year ended on March 2017, the Congress received just Rs 2.25 billion ? one fourth of the amount BJP received. While BJP’s income grew by 81 % as compared to the previous financial year, Congress income dropped by 14 %. It is because of this financial crisis that a senior congress leader could not reach a state to supervise elections earlier this year.

According to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), in the last couple of years, the BJP received massive donations from corporates as compared to Congress. While BJP received donations worth Rs 7.05 billion from 2,987 corporates during the four years to March 2016, Congress got Rs 1.98 billion from 167 business houses. During the 2014 general elections, the BJP collected Rs 5.88 billion, while the Congress collected Rs 3.50 billion.

Speaking as to how the grand old party will have a tough time during the 2019 elections against BJP and PM Modi, Jagdeep Chhokar, founder of ADR, said, A party that does not have money will be at a disadvantage in Indian elections. Political analyst Ajay Bose was quoted in the report saying, The 2019 election will see a very rich party and a powerful government spending many resources on a hi-fi campaign, where as Congress and other parties will run a simple, down-to-earth campaign.

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

Also read: Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

Also read: I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview

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Harish Salve

Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

Also read: Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son in money laundering case

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