Congress needs to introspect, says Jyotiraditya Scindia
Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday that his party needs to do some introspection.
Speaking to media here, Mr. Scindia was responding to a question about senior leader Salman Khurshid’s statement about leadership “vacuum” in the party.
“I don’t comment on others’ statement, but it is true that the Congress needs introspection. The party’s situation should be assessed and improved, and this is the need of the hour,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir
BJP emerges as lone contender in BDC polls
The Congress on Wednesday decided to stay out of the Block Development Council (BDC) polls scheduled for October 24 in J&K, leaving the BJP as the lone contender in the elections being held on party basis.
“We won’t participate in the BDC election. How can political parties take part when leaders are under detention? The Election Commission should have consulted political parties before announcing the dates,” said Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G.A. Mir.
Siddaramaiah dropped from Congress Working Committee
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has lost his berth in the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.
Mr. Siddaramaiah has been appointed as Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Alongside this announcement came an one-line order from party general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal that the party “appreciates the contributions of Mr. Siddaramaiah as member of Congress Working Committee”.
BJP eyes split in Congress votes in Haryana
Within hours of Ashok Tanwar, the former chief of the Congress in Haryana resigning from his party’s primary membership, BJP leader and State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar put up a ‘no entry’ sign, for the 43-year-old erstwhile Congressman.
“We will not give him [Ashok Tanwar] entry [into BJP],” asserted Mr. Khattar, speaking in his constituency Karnal last Saturday. “None with baggage will be welcomed into” the party, he added.
The remarks by Mr. Khattar, who was responding to a question on whether the BJP had invited the former Congress chief, stood out in sharp contrast with the ruling party’s past electoral strategy in Haryana.
Salman Khurshid slams Rahul Gandhi for ‘walking away’
As an intense power struggle rages between Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s team and the old guard, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has slammed Mr. Gandhi for “walking away” soon after the 2019 results, robbing the party of an opportunity to carry out a detailed analysis.