Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.
Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh polls 2022: ‘Today AAP has become a national party:’ Arvind Kejriwal
BJP retained the possession of power for a record seventh consecutive term in Gujarat by acquiring 157 seats out of the total 182 while Congress acquired 17, AAP five and others four on Thursday, December 8. BJP steamrolled the Opposition by leading with a vote share of almost 53 percent.
Speaking about Gujarat election results Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “AAP has become a national party today. Gujarat elections results are here. AAP was a small party 10 years ago, now it has governments in two states and has become a national party.”
Congress however dethroned BJP in Himachal Pradesh by winning 40 seats out of the total of 68 while BJP stood at 25, AAP at zero, and others at three.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about Gujarat win. Says that he’s overcome with many emotions
Thank you Gujarat. I am overcome with a lot of emotions seeing the phenomenal election results. People blessed politics of development and at the same time expressed a desire that they want this momentum to continue at a greater pace. I bow to Gujarat’s Jan Shakti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2022
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted after Congress’ win in Himachal Pradesh. He said that every promise made to the public would be fulfilled at the earliest
हिमाचल प्रदेश की जनता को इस निर्णायक जीत के लिए दिल से धन्यवाद।
सभी कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ताओं और नेताओं को हार्दिक बधाई। आपका परिश्रम और समर्पण इस विजय की शुभकामनाओं का असली हकदार है।
फिर से आश्वस्त करता हूं, जनता को किया हर वादा जल्द से जल्द निभाएंगे।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 8, 2022
‘All previous regimes have neglected Jammu & Kashmir’s Lolab:’ DAP Chief Ghulam Nabi Azad
Democratic Azad Party (DAP) Chairman and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed a public meeting in Lolab, Kupwara district on Thursday morning.
Azad, took to twitter and said, “All previous regimes have neglected Lolab. The brave people of Lolab want change. Work done by me as CM for area (100 bedded SDH, Degree College, Upgradation of Kupwara-Sogam Rd, ITI Lalpora) shall continue. I promise you that.”
Addressed public meeting in Lolab, Kupwara today.
All previous regimes have neglected Lolab. The brave people of Lolab want change.
Work done by me as CM for area (100 bedded SDH, Degree College, Upgradation of Kupwara-Sogam Rd, ITI Lalpora) shall continue. I promise you that. pic.twitter.com/bqA6XmwgDq
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) December 8, 2022
Azad, on Monday, congratulated National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah after his re-election as his party’s president. Abdullah was re-elected president of the National Conference for another term on Monday. Azad prayed for the good health of 85-year-old Abdullah and his long spell in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad said, “I congratulate Abdullah for being re-elected as NC president. Since he has again been elected as party president, I am sure Jammu and Kashmir politics will thrive and will expand the democratic space.”
Will Bommai, Shinde-Fadnavis phone call defuse K’taka-Mah border issue?
After exchanging barbs on the Karnataka – Maharashtra border issue Mah Deputy CM says the matter will be taken up with Amit Shah
It all began with a 2021 Jath resolution that the drought-prone taluk (comprising 40 Gram Panchayats) in Maharashtra passed, which stated that their water scarcity woes have not been met by the Maharashtra government for long and hence they expressed a desire to join Karnataka. Referring to this resolution a few weeks back, Karnataka CM Bommai said that his government was seriously considering this resolution and was prepared to tackle any legal challenges that may come forth.
Rubbishing these Jath claims as being “old”, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that not a single village in Maharashtra would be ceded to Karnataka and that Maharashtra’s claim on Belagavi, Karvar and Nippani is non-negotiable. Bommai responded on Twitter saying, “There is no question of giving even an inch of land to Maharashtra. In fact, our argument is to merge predominantly Kannada-speaking Sholapur and Akkalkot areas in Maharashtra with Karnataka.”
Violence broke out in border areas of both states, with some buses and flags being burnt. However, in a words that seemed to hint at a patch, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, told ANI on Tuesday, I’ve spoken with Karnataka CM, he gave a positive response. Our constitution provides everyone the right to live & work in any state. I will take this issue to HM Amit Shah. I request people of Maharashtra to not react.” B
Bommai stated that he spoke with Mah CM Eknath Shinde over the phone and that they both agreed that peace and law and order should be maintained in both states. However, this seems to have fallen on deaf ears as violence was reported along the border areas.
(With input from agencies)