Congress leaders meet sans Gandhis
A group of senior Congress leaders met here on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir. Briefing the media after the meeting, chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asserted that party president Rahul Gandhi would continue to lead the party.
“An informal meeting of Congress leaders was held today under the guidance of A.K. Antony,” Mr. Surjewala said. “The preparations for the four election-going States — Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir — were discussed. We did not discuss anything else,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir
Neither azaadi nor autonomy possible, says J&K Governor
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the ruling elite involved in corruption in the State “will face action soon”.
Speaking at a press conference on the achievements of his government, the Governor said corruption in the State was more than in any other part of the country. “There were two major cases of corruption, involving ₹150 crore each. I apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and got many deals cancelled where middlemen were offering kickbacks. Many powerful people, with access to the PM, were involved in it. Ruling elite in J&K has been a part of the corruption. You will hear big news soon involving former Ministers,” he said.