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Dissent in Congress? Senior leaders urge party members to refrain from making comments on Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi, vice president of Congress

By NewsGram Staff Writer
Amid simmering noises in the ranks of Congress, the party on Wednesday asked its senior leaders to renounce from making “open” comments that could potentially scrape up “unnecessary controversy”.

“Senior leaders should refrain from making open comments. They should not create unnecessary controversy as interested sections want to create confusion,” P.C. Chacko, party spokesperson said in response to questions regarding Sheila Dikshit’s comment on party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Earlier, Shiela Dikshit, former chief minister of Delhi, had said, “(in case of) Rahul, of course, there is a question mark, there is skepticism because you have not seen him perform as yet.”

However, the former Delhi chief minister later denied having made such comments.

Denying all the speculations about any rift within the party over the leadership role of Rahul Gandhi, Chacko said that there was “no conflict” between the two as their leadership was totally acceptable to Congress party.

“The entire Congress party is in full support of both the leaders. President and the vice president are two different positions in the party and they are performing their duties very well,” he added.

Former Punjab chief minister and MP Captain Amarinder Singh had also reportedly suggested in an interview that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party president because she is the only force that could keep the party together.

Congress leader and Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep Dikshit also expressed similar opinion in an interview to a news channel.

 

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Conflict and Climate Change Largely Responsible for Rising Global Hunger, Finds Study

Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat

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Somalis fleeing hunger in their drought-stricken nation walk along the main road leading from the Somalian border to the refugee camps around Dadaab, Kenya. VOA

A new report by SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, finds conflict and climate change are largely responsible for rising global hunger.

More than 800 million people around the world are going hungry. SIPRI reports 60% are in conflict-affected countries. It says political instability and conflict-related displacement generate food crises.

The Stockholm research institute says food is often inaccessible to people caught in conflict. It says limited supplies of these commodities cause prices to spiral, making food largely unaffordable.

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The report finds nearly 11 million people, or more than 43 percent of the population, are undernourished and in a perpetual state of hunger. Pixabay

Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat. It says hunger is growing as crops and livelihoods in impoverished countries are wiped out by extreme flooding and drought.

The U.N.’s World Food Program reports Yemen suffered the worst food crisis last year, followed in order of severity by DR Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and northern Nigeria. WFP spokesman, Herve Verhoosel says these eight countries account for two-thirds of all people facing acute hunger.

“Even in conflict-affected areas with limited access such as South Sudan and Yemen, when we can do our job safely and have consistent access to people in need, we can prevent the worst forms of hunger,” he said. “We only see famine now when our staff are not able to reach the food-insecure people due to insecurity or where our access is blocked.”

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Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat. Pixabay

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Verhoosel says more than 113 million people in 53 countries suffer from acute hunger and are in urgent need of food, nutrition and livelihood assistance. He notes conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of hunger in 21 of these countries.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. Each year it provides food assistance to nearly 90 million people in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. (VOA)