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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval of creating confusion over sensitive issues of national security.

“The NSA is reported to have said in an interview that ‘no peace talks now till Pakistan takes action against Pathankot terrorists and India is satisfied with Pakistan’s efforts’.

“Later, he denied having given an interview to the publication. This self-contradictory statement was in reference to the foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for January 15,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told media persons here.

 

“The NSA has further compounded and confounded the confusion that seems to have become this government’s hallmark as far as dealing with extremely serious and sensitive issues of national security is concerned,” he added.

He also sought to know from the government whether the foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for January 15 were happening or not.

Posing a few more questions to the government, Singhvi asked: “What are the ‘actionable proofs and evidences’ that they have given to Pakistan?

“Has the government of Pakistan acted on these evidences and to what extent?

“Is the government satisfied by Pakistan’s actions on the actionable evidences?”

He further asked: “Are these actions sufficient enough to surmount the earlier stand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that entails ‘talks and terror can’t go ahead simultaneously? Can the nation expect a clear statement by the external affairs minister or its spokesperson on this issue?”

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More Power Given to Congress State Units For 2019 Battle

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a "charge-sheet" about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy

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Congress on Friday promised to create one crore jobs across the southern state
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Bracing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has accorded more powers and autonomy to its state units in deciding candidates as well as strategising for publicity and coordination.

According to informed sources, in a meeting of the Congress core committee with state presidents held on Thursday in the national capital, the central leadership asked the state units to fill up vacancies in block and district committees at the earliest besides identifying probable candidates for the 2019 mega battle in the respective states.

“Keeping in view that there will be state-specific alliances and electoral understandings, the state units have been asked to identify potential seats that can be spare for the allies. The emphasis is also on reaching out to the grassroots and build connect with the masses at booth levels,” said a party source.

The source also said that the central leadership harped on finalising the candidate lists providing ample time for discussions on seat sharing with probable allies.

Besides the national issues including the Rafale deal, agrarian distress and unemployment, the state units have also been given a say to have local issues accommodated in the party manifesto for 2019.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi has constituted a 19-member Manifesto Committee to chalk out the manifesto for the general elections.

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a “charge-sheet” about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy.

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Gandhi has already constituted a nine-member “core committee” to supervise and organise the party’s preparations for general elections that includes party veterans like A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P. Chidambaram and Mallikarjun Kharge.

With the party persistently raising the issue of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), state units have also been asked to organise workshops to educate the party workers about the functioning of the machines and guard against any malpractices. (IANS)