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New Delhi: Taking lessons from its humiliating defeat in Delhi assembly elections, the BJP leadership has decided to involve its state unit in every major decision – from selecting candidates to whether to announce a chief ministerial candidate – in the upcoming Bihar polls.

“From seat sharing to ticket distribution, the decision will be taken only after consultation with state unit,” said a top BJP official, who did not want to be identified.

The state unit will have also a say in whether the party should announce its chief ministerial candidate or bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, he added.

The leader, who is said to be a “master strategist” of the party, however said that on the issue of chief ministerial candidate, the parliamentary board will have the final say.

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was declared the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi at the very last moment, that too without taking state leaders into confidence, contributing to the party’s crippling defeat.

The Delhi election was the first major setback for BJP president Amit Shah, with all his moves including fielding Bedi as chief ministerial candidate failed to click with the natiuonal capital’s voters.

Shah, who will be in Patna on June 21 to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations, will also then hold close door meetings with crucial state leaders and will chalk out the party strategy to take up the Janata Dal-United-Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress combine.

Meanwhile, the BJP has set a target of winning 185 seats in the state’s 243-member assembly.

“The alliance of JD-U-RJD-Congress is a negative one as it has been formulated with a fear of BJP and Narendra Modi. This itself proves that BJP is in strong position there. They all have compromised with their principles and people of Bihar are not going to accept them,” the BJP leader contended.

He further added that Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad had been staunch followers of socialist stalwarts Jai Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, who were strongly opposed to the Congress, but now to stop BJP, they have joined hands with Congress. 

“So why will the supporters of JP and Lohia support them?” he asked.

(IANS)

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Awakened to The Congress’s Blatant Support to Anti-Nation Forces

This time from foreign soil, Germany, Rahul Gandhi has spoken out his mind

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Rahul Gandhi.

By Salil Gewali

Sometimes I feel too confused that what makes a leader speak so badly about the country. Still more confusing is that the same leader is projected as the only fittest in the country to be the Prime Minister.

This time from foreign soil, Germany, Rahul Gandhi has spoken out his mind. With gay abandon he claimed the lack of employment is the cause behind the rise of ISIS. If we analyze such statement objectively, we see that the unprecedented danger is looming large around this country not because of the citizens but because of the irresponsible leaders.

Is it not too shocking that we tolerate a bunch of leaders all through who, with impunity, tramples upon prudence and embrace the fickleness by speaking with such rashness? The ridiculous ranting is what Rahul Gandhi is good at. How many immature gaffes he has committed in last one year. One finds it too sickening to see people defending what Rahul utters out? Again, to his party’s sycophants, each word spoken out by him is worth its weight in gold.

Could any conscious people come across the board to evaluate what will be the likely repercussion when the projected leader goes to the extent to connect the unemployment of youth with ISIS? What do you say — if a certain father harps on that his children will be dagger-wielding murderers if they will not get jobs? What message does it send out? Will such ideas not “viciously affect” the thought process of the children in future? One wonders how the constitution allows the leaders to speak out such dangerous language. Will it not encourage the treasonous activities within the country leading to the decline of the security and sovereignty of the nation?

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi.

Despite the height of stupidity, Rahul Gandhi is capable to earn more admirers then criticizers. Is it a pointer to the fact that one man’s loss of sense should lead to the “loss of sense” of other intellectuals? Or do we love an “individual” from a particular family more than our own “country”? On what ground is an “individual” more respect-worthy than the “party”, country and its constitutional ethos? This is in fact a very ominous trend which this country is witnessing now.

True, our Indian polity needs a strong opposition. People do not disagree at all that Congress should not be the one. Yes, this party can alone match well with the rival BJP. But sadly, the party is failing when Rahul started to become more vocal. The party with so smaller number of MPs has not yet “acknowledged” that its rapid decline now is because it continues to sing a hymn to one family only. The conscious Congress party leaders should come down to the ground and critically assess the people’s opinions and their concerns. They all have been intensely disillusioned by the dynasty politics.

Has this “family” not pleasantly ignored a very learned and seasoned leader Pranab Mukherjee by reducing him to just a rubber stamp?  Are Sachin Pilot, Ghulam Nabi Azad, C. P. Joshi, Ashok Gehlot, Jyotiraditya, Scindia, Priya Dutt, less Indian? If BJP can groom Kiren Rijiju why can’t Congress groom the astute leader of the northeast like Gaurav Gogoi or Vincent Pala or Mukul Sangma ? No exaggeration, Sachin Pilot could diplomatically handle the political situation and articulate the party policies far more maturely than entire Gandhi family members put together.

Enough is enough. People now anxiously await the REVIVAL of political parties with vibrant faces who genuinely love the country. We have seen enough of the anti-nation activities incited by the Gandhi family.  It’s totally wrong to be the puppets of a wrong family and spell doom for the nation. PM Modi rightly says that service to the country is far more important than the service to the family.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.

One response to “Awakened to The Congress’s Blatant Support to Anti-Nation Forces”

  1. During the UPA/Congress government there had been numerous terrorist attacks, Mumbai trains, Zaveri Bazar, 26-11, plus the attacks in Ahmedabad, Pune etc. Was this situation because the terrorists could not find jobs during their rule? Compared to that there are very few terrorist attacks in India in last four years. So the terrorists must be gainfully employed in last four years !