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Rahul Gandhi turns Potharaju during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Telangana

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi donned the role of Potharaju symbolically whipping himself during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Telangana’s Sangareddy district on Thursday.

Participating in Bonalu, a traditional festival of Telangana, along with party MLA Jagga Reddy, Rahul Gandhi whipped himself.

Potharaju is a character in annual Bonalu processions taken out in Telangana. He is considered to be the brother of seven sister goddesses — different forms of the goddess ‘Mahankali’.

Leading the procession, Potharaju carries a whip and lashes against his body to the sound of drum beats.

During his Yatra, the Congress MP has been interacting with local people, dancing with local cultural artists or playing with children.

A day after playing cricket with children during the yatra, Rahul Gandhi turned Potharaju much to the excitement of other leaders and workers walking with him.

Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Ramdas and his wife and social activist Lalita Ramdas also joined the yatra.

On the ninth day of his march in Telangana, the yatra entered Sangareddy district.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy, Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, MP Uttam Kumar Reddy and several other leaders and scores of party workers were participating in the yatra.

The foot march will continue in Telangana till November 7 with one-day break on November 4.

It will cover a total distance of 375 kms in 19 Assembly and seven Parliamentary constituencies in the state. From Telangana, the yatra will enter Maharashtra on November 7.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra enters Hyderabad

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Hyderabad on Tuesday to a huge response by the party cadres and supporters.

After covering Narayanpet, Mahabubnagar and Rangareddy districts, the yatra entered Hyderabad on the seventh day of its journey in Telangana.

Rahul Gandhi along with other party leaders and workers resumed the walkathon from Matha temple at Shamshabad on the city outskirts and entered the city through Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.

Congress MP and yatra coordinator for Telugu states Uttam Kumar Reddy, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, former MP Madhu Yaskhi Goud and other leaders along with hundreds of party workers were participating in the yatra.

The yatra will halt at Bahadurpura, where Rahul Gandhi will meet various groups and will have lunch and take rest.

The foot march will resume in the evening and reach the historic Charminar after passing through Puranapul, Hussaini Alam and Khilwat. At the historic monument, Rahul Gandhi will hoist the national flag.

It was at the Charminar that Rahul Gandhi’s late father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had launched Sadbhavana Yatra on October 19, 1990 for communal harmony in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Every year, the Congress party organises Sadbhavana Yatra commemoration day at Charminar and presents awards to personalities working for peace and communal harmony.

From Charminar, Rahul Gandhi will lead the Bharat Jodo Yatra to Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake, which divides the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

The yatra will pass through busy areas like Patthergatti, Madina Circle, Afzal Gunj, MJ Market, Nampally, Saifabad and Secretariat to reach Necklace Road.

The Congress MP will then garland the statue of his late grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Necklace Road and address a corner meeting. Congress leader and incharge for Telangana Manickam Tagore said Rahul Gandhi will also pay tributes to late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, whose Samadhi is located at Necklace Road.

Newly-elected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will also be joining Bharat Jodo Yatra in Hyderabad later in the day.

He will walk for some distance with Rahul Gandhi and is likely to address the corner meeting at Necklace Road.

Hyderabad police have made elaborate security arrangements for the yatra. They have imposed restrictions on movement of traffic on the yatra route.

Rahul Gandhi will have a night halt at the Gandhi Ideology Centre at Bowenpally in Secunderabad.

The yatra will continue in Telangana till November 7 with a one-day break on Friday.

It will cover a total distance of 375 km in 19 Assembly and seven Parliamentary constituencies in the state.

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BJP, TRS using corruption money for horse trading, says Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that both the BJP and the TRS are using corruption money to buy MLAs and influence elections.

He said both the parties were spending hundreds of crores. “Where is this money coming from. It’s obviously coming from corruption and being distributed blatantly with no regard for any rule,” he said, addressing a news conference during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rangareddy district.

Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP and the TRS have similarities. “Both steal public money and use to influence elections,” he said when asked to comment on the recent incident in which three alleged agents of BJP were arrested while trying to buy four MLAs of TRS.

He ruled out any truck with the TRS. “There is absolutely no question of Congress having any relationship with the TRS. We have made it clear. The confusion is created by TRS themselves,” he said.

Replying to another query, he said the decision not to have any relationship with the TRS was the decision of the combined leadership of Telangana.

“We can’t stand with the corruption and the approach and attitude of TRS which is looting people of Telangana, snatching lands of Dalits and tribals, privatising education. We are diametrically opposite to what they are doing,” he said.

“If Nitish Ji wants to talk TRS that is his concern, his desire. He is welcome to do it,” he remarked when asked about Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s talks with the TRS.

On the TRS deciding to go national by changing its name to BRS, the Congress leader remarked that any leader has the right to imagine his party in whatever way he wants. “If the Chief Minister of Telangana believes he is running a national party, it is perfectly okay. There is no problem. If he believes he is running a global party, that is also acceptable. He can imagine fighting elections in the United States and China. We are perfectly happy to accept it,” he said.

The Congress MP exuded confidence that Congress will win the next elections in Telangana.

He brushed aside questions about infighting in the party.

“Our party is democratic. It is not run on dictatorship. Our is the only party which conducts internal election. This is our DNA and the discussion is in our nature. We will fight the elections together and win. There is no doubt about it.”

He claimed that Congress demonstrated it is a democratic party by holding election across for the post of party President.

“I am wondering when other parties will have election. When will the RSS, the BJP, and he TRS have elections. Interestingly, press always asks Congress. It never ever dares to ask about democracy in TRS, RSS and BJP,” he said.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Padyatra to enter Hyderabad on Tuesday

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which continued in Telangana on Monday, will enter Hyderabad on Tuesday.

He will visit the historic Charminar and is slated to address a public meeting at Necklace Road on the banks of the Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city.

Meanwhile, hundreds of party leaders and workers were walking with senior leader in Rangareddy district on the sixth day of his journey in the state.

Rahul Gandhi resumed the walkathon from Shadnagar bus depot and after passing through different parts of the town halted at Papyrus Port, Kothur for the mid-day break.

The Congress waved at the people gathered on either side of the road to welcome him. He also interacted with few people and allowed them to take photographs with him

Rahul Gandhi also paid tributes to his late grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.

“Grandmother, I am carrying both your love and Sanskar in my heart. I will not allow India, for which you sacrificed your life, to fall apart,” he tweeted.

He also paid tributes to India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, saying in a tweet that ironclad will united India.

“The most fitting tribute to him would be to keep the flame of unity he ignited shining brighter than ever.”

The yatris also paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel and Indira Gandhi and also observed two-minute silence to pay respect to those who died in the tragic cable bridge collapse incident in Morbi, Gujarat.

The Congress leaders say the yatra is drawing tremendous response in the state as people in large numbers are joining the leader in the walkathon.

The yatra will resume in the evening and will halt near Pedda Shahpur Cross Muchintal. After covering 28 km through the day, it will have a night halt at Thondapalli, Shamshabad and enter Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other state party leaders participated in the yatra.

Meanwhile, Revanth Reddy appealed to all to rise above politics and join the Yatra, adding that everybody should at least walk 1 km with Rahul Gandhi.

Slamming Narendra Modi and the KCR governments at the Centre and in Telangana, respectively, he alleged that there is no difference between them.

The MP said Chief Minister KCR failed to fulfill promises made to farmers, unemployed youth and other sections of people.

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BJP, TRS two sides of same coin: Rahul

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed both BJP and TRS, describing them as two sides of the same coin.

He alleged that both the parties are anti-democratic, buys MLAs and topple governments.

The Congress MP was addressing a meeting in Narayanpet district of Telangana as part of his Bharat Jodo Yatra.

“I want to make it clear that for us both BJP and TRS are the same. They are two sides of the same coin. You need to understand that both parties work together. They help each other. In Delhi, TRS helps BJP and in Telangana, BJP supports TRS,” he said.

“Both are anti-democratic parties. They practice politics of money, buy MLAs and topple governments,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi’s comments came a day after three persons were arrested in Hyderabad while trying to lure four MLAs of TRS with offer of huge sums of money to defect to BJP.

The TRS has alleged that it was a conspiracy by BJP to buy the MLAs to destabilise its government in the state but the saffron party has denied the allegation.

Rahul Gandhi recalled that whatever Bill Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to pass in the Parliament, the TRS extended its full support. “The three black laws on agriculture were fully supported by the TRS. In the Assembly, we brought a resolution against the three farm laws but TRS did not support it,” he said.

He stated that BJP and TRS are not political parties but businesses who loot public money but don’t do anything good for people.

The Congress MP also remarked that the TRS government in Telangana is perhaps the country’s most corrupt government. He referred to the Rs 15,000 crore Miyapur land scam and the corruption in Kaleshwaram project.

Rahul Gandhi said Telangana farmers say that TRS in Telangana is doing what BJP is doing at the Centre.

After a three-day break, Rahul resumed the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Thursday, which also marked completion of 50 days of Kanyakumari to Kashmir walkathon.

During the day, the Congress leader walked up to 26 km and interacted with farmers, fishermen and beedi workers.

Former Indian cricket captain and Congress leader Mohammad Azharuddin also joined the yatra on Thursday.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that Telangana and the country are witnessing highest-ever corruption and unemployment. He claimed that demonetisation and GST broke the backbone of providing employment in the country.

“Employment is mainly provided by small and medium businesses but demonetization and GST forced closure of lakhs of small and medium businesses. Today, even if the country and Telangana want to provide employment, they can’t. This is the ground reality,” he said.

He said people were suffering due to unemployment on one side and price rise on the other.

“Petrol and diesel prices have gone up. When the price of a cooking gas cylinder was Rs 400, Narendra Modi used to criticize us. Today, the price has gone up to Rs 1,000 but he does not utter a word,” he said.

He told people that the aim of Bharat Jodo Yatra is to stand up to the hatred and violence being spread in the country.

He stated that walking 3,500 km is not an easy task but the love and affection shown by people has made it easy. He said with the strength given by the people, walking for 7-8 hours every day has become easy for him.

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Rahul completes his yatra in AP, thanks people

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday completed his four-day Bharat Jodo Yatra in Andhra Pradesh. He left Andhra Pradesh and entered neighbouring Karnataka again from Mantralayam.

After two more days of walk in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi would enter the second Telugu State, Telangana on October 23.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi wrote an open letter to the people of Andhra Pradesh thanking them for their support. He said that the Congress is committed to implement the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 in letter and spirit.

The Congress, after coming to power, would give approval for the special category status, Rahul Gandhi said in his letter. He also said that the Congress government would roll out all provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 and implement every promise that the UPA government had made in the Parliament at the time of bifurcation.

He blamed the BJP government at the centre and the YSR Congress government in the state for betraying the people by going back on the commitment made to the people of the state at the time of bifurcation.

He said that both the BJP and the YSR Congress have different agendas which is why the two parties have not implemented the bifurcation issues. However, the Congress is committed to the welfare of the people, and it would not go back on the promises made to the people.

Rahul Gandhi also reiterated that the Congress is committed to develop Amaravati as the only capital of Andhra Pradesh. He discounted the three capitals plan of the YSR Congress government. He said that decentralisation of administration is not an ideal and progressive decision.

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Rahul believes Andhra has lot of room for Congress to grow

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday claimed that there is a lot of room for the party to grow in Andhra Pradesh.

On the second day of his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kurnool district, he told reporters that the state Congress leaders were surprised over the tremendous response to the Yatra in the state.

When asked how Congress hopes to regain the lost ground in Andhra Pradesh with three parties occupying the political space in the state, he said that there is a lot of room for the Congress party to grow.

“Congress is an idea that helps weaker sections of society and stitches together all sections. There is a lot of place for Congress to grow in Andhra Pradesh. The three political parties are more like businesses than political parties. There is a lot of room for us to grow particularly because there is huge distress in Andhra Pradesh. I have seen during the Yatra that there is distress among farmers, labourers and poor people. That is going to be our focus,” he said.

He termed the response to Bharat Jodo Yatra in Andhra Pradesh as a good starting point to rebuild the party in the state. “We have had tremendous response to our Yatra. Lot of leaders were quite surprised over the enthusiasm and response we have had. I think this is a very good starting point to build the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

He evaded a reply when asked if Congress would have an alliance with TDP or any other party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “That is not my jurisdiction. That is the jurisdiction of leaders of the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana,” he said.

“Now, all these questions will be answered by the Congress president. It is not my jurisdiction,” he remarked when asked if the Congress would take support from the YSR Congress Party to form government at the Centre in 2024.

He parried questions on whether the Congress regretted the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. “I am not going to go into the past. I am interested in discussing the future. I am very clear. As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, a commitment was made and it should be fulfilled. I am not interested in delving into the past,” he said.

The Congress leader said all the commitments made by the Central government to Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation should be fulfilled. He identified Polavaram project and special category status to the state as the main commitments and reiterated that if voted to power at the Centre, the Congress would fulfill all commitments.

“When bifurcation took place, certain commitments were made to people of Andhra Pradesh. We believe those were fundamental commitments. Those should be fulfilled,” he said.

Rahul opposed the idea of three state capitals proposed by the YSRCP Government. “My stand on the Amaravati issue is clear. We do not think the idea of having three capitals is a sensible and efficient idea. We think Andhra Pradesh should have one capital and that capital should be Amaravati. I met people who have given their lands and who have been cheated. I reiterate that we standby those people and defend the rights of those people,” he added.

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Cong pins its revival hopes in Telugu states on Bharat Jodo Yatra

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Desperate to regain lost ground in the Telugu states, the Congress has huge expectations from Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

Conscious of the huge odds in Andhra Pradesh where it does not have a single MP or MLA, the party has planned the Yatra in such a manner that it will cover less than 100 km.

However, the coverage will be extensive in Telangana, where the party sees a real chance for itself in the Assembly elections scheduled next year.

The Congress leaders in Telangana are eagerly waiting for the Yatra to enter the state as they believe that it will infuse new enthusiasm among the party cadre and help gear up the organisation for the poll battle ahead.

The Yatra, which has received good response in Kerala and Karnataka, briefly touched Andhra Pradesh on the evening of October 14 before re-entering Karnataka. Rahul Gandhi along with hundreds of supporters walking with him reached Obulapuram in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district to a warm welcome by state Congress chief Sailajanath, working president N. Tulasi Reddy, senior leader Raghuveera Reddy and others.

Large number of party workers from Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts joined the Yatra. After covering 5.4 km in Andhra Pradesh, the Yatra re-entered Karnataka’s Ballari district.

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to reach Aluru in Kurnool district on the night of October 16. There will be a break on October 17 for the AICC presidential elections. The next day the Yatra will cover the Aluru constituency. According to Tulasi Reddy, the Yatra will pass through the Adoni constituency on October 19, Yemmiganur on October 20 and Mantralayam on October 21. The long march will then re-enter Karnataka.

Andhra Pradesh Congress leaders believe that Rahul Gandhi’s Yatra will help lift the morale of the party cadres.

“The Yatra will definitely draw huge public support in the state. The party leaders and workers are all waiting eagerly for it,” said Tualsi Reddy.

During the Yatra in Andhra Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi is likely to reiterate the promise that if Congress is voted to power at the Centre in 2024, it will accord Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh.

SCS to the residuary state was promised by the Congress-led UPA government at the time of bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh in 2014 and this commitment was part of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. However, the BJP-led NDA, which came to power at the Centre in 2014, declined to grant SCS to Andhra Pradesh on the ground that this would lead to similar demands from other states.

The Congress leaders say both the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government and the present YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) regime failed to mount pressure on the Centre to get the SCS to the state.

Political analysts say the Congress still faces a huge challenge to make a comeback in Andhra Pradesh. In the 2014 elections, it was virtually wiped out due to public anger over bifurcation of the state. It drew a blank in both Assembly and Lok Sabha and there was no improvement in 2019.

“People of Andhra Pradesh are still reeling under the after-effects of bifurcation, and it is evident the people there blame the Congress for this situation. The party has lost its leadership and cadres to other political outfits and does not have enough base to put up a decent show if the Bharat Jodo Yatra enters the state,” said political analyst Palvai Raghavendra Reddy.

Compared to other states, the Yatra will cover a small part of Andhra Pradesh and the route map has been deliberately planned in this manner.

“While Congress wants to showcase an upwards trend with the Yatra, entering Andhra Pradesh might prove counter-productive for the party. It also suggests that Congress is in no hurry to revive itself immediately in Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

Telangana is the state where the Congress wants to focus. Though the party had hoped to politically benefit by carving out the Telangana state, it landed in a situation of neither here nor there. All its hopes were dashed when people voted Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to power in 2014 and since then the Congress’ graph has been on the decline with exodus of its leaders and cadres.

Despite joining hands with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2018, the Congress suffered another defeat at the hands of TRS, which retained power with a huge majority. The Congress finished a poor second in the 119-member Assembly with just 18 seats and within a few months at least a dozen of its MLAs defected to TRS and the party lost even the status of main opposition in the Assembly.

The performance of the Congress in Assembly by-elections has also been disastrous. It failed to retain Huzurnagar which was vacated by Uttam Kumar Reddy after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2019.

With the BJP emerging stronger by winning two Assembly by-elections, the Congress is further demoralised. Infighting in the party following change of state leadership last year left the organisation in disarray.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra is entering Telangana at a time when Congress is facing an acid test in the Munugode Assembly by-election, caused by the resignation of its legislator Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy who switched loyalties to BJP. The November 3 by-election is the last chance for Congress to regain some lost ground before the next year’s Assembly polls.

It is in this context that Rahul Gandhi’s Yatra has assumed significance for the grand old party in its former stronghold. The party’s state unit is looking to draw maximum mileage from the Yatra to shape up well to take on both TRS and BJP.

“While the response in Kerala and Karnataka has been overwhelming, the Telangana state unit has to work hard to ensure people connect with the Yatra, and the message of Rahul Gandhi reaches every village across the state. In a state where regional sentiments are a big factor, it would be interesting to see how crowds respond to the Congress scion’s Yatra and meetings. Will the people of Telangana respond sympathetically towards the party which played a big role in the formation of the state is something which only time will tell,” said Raghavendra Reddy.

He also pointed out that the Bharat Jodo Yatra will touch only a few locations in Telangana, while completely ignoring Andhra Pradesh.

The route map of Bharat Jodo Yatra in Telangana is yet to be finalised. It is still not clear if the Yatra will cover the state for 15 days as originally planned.

The state leadership impressed on the high command to include Hyderabad in the Yatra. As per the revised schedule, Rahul Gandhi will visit the historic Charminar and the Necklace Road where he will address a meeting after garlanding his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s statue on October 31 on the occasion of her death anniversary.

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Oppn Challenge: Too many state stalwarts who can’t agree on a national leader

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The churn in the opposition camp in view of the general elections that is to happen in less than two years can throw up several possibilities.

It may be too early to predict whether a phoenix emerges or the churn ends in scattering stars. The question is who will challenge Narendra Modi and does any opposition leader have an alternative to ‘sabka vishwas’ … and the power of Hindutva?

Presently, the opposition is disjointed, with each party in their own realm, weaving their own webs to stay afloat. According to the Election Commission of India, the total number of registered parties is 2,858 — eight national parties, 54 state parties and 2,796 unrecognised parties. (This data dates back to September last year.) From time to time, some of these parties come together to form one or the other front.

The country has seen several coalition governments at the Centre as well as in the states. At the Centre, the experiment began in 1977 with the short-lived Janata Party government headed by Morarji Desai.

Then there was the National Front government, first headed by V.P. Singh, followed by the United Front government, first headed by H.D. Deve Gowda in 1996, followed by the BJP-led coalition headed by A.B. Vajpayee in 1997, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 1999, which was followed by the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Front in 2004 and 2009. In 2014, the NDA under Narendra Modi took over.

Being out of power for 10 years at the Centre and increasingly losing the states as well, the opposition has been finding itself on the backfoot and almost waning in political influence across the country. But will it be able to come together to take on the BJP? That is the million-dollar question.

After the drubbing in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the opposition was at a loss to figure out how to counter the Modi wave, which remained more or less the same even in the 2019 elections. In between, elections in a number of states have been good off and on for the Opposition. Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and now Maharashtra are examples where the opposition lost despite forming governments initially.

The BJP has been far ahead in its political strategies before and after elections. The opposition, most of the time, has been in a state of utter disarray with weak strategies and also lacking the will to take on the might of Modi or the BJP.

For any thriving democracy, it is essential to have a robust opposition that can make the people see through the government’s policies and decisions, and take up issues meaningfully. This may be an ideal situation, but the fact remains that the opposition, most of the time, has failed to rise to occasion. Whether it is inside Parliament or outside, the general feeling is that despite grave issues confronting the government, and the many sticks to beat the government with, the opposition has not been able to do much, except for Modi bashing.

The opposition has several stalwarts and mass leaders who have individual areas of influence. Such as Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, M.K. Stalin in Tamil Nadu, K. Chandrashekar Rao in Telangana, Nitish Kumar in Bihar, the Left in Kerala, the Congress in MP and Chhattisgarh, Naveen Patnaik in Odisha, Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra, and the AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal. Besides them, there are the Gandhis and the other dynasts, such as those of Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad, Deve Gowda, the Abdullahs and the Muftis. The list is long. The majority of them tasted power for a long time and now want the pie at the Centre.

Most of these leaders dream of taking up the top job of the country. Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, KCR, Sharad Pawar, and the latest in the list, Arvind Kejriwal, all have made their aspirations known.

The contenders are many, which has perhaps been one of the big hurdles in the way of opposition unity. There is no political party at the national level which can single-handedly take on the Modi-led BJP. The Congress, over the past eight years, has been going downhill, so much so that other parties are shying away from forming alliances with it.

To recover lost ground, the Congress has been betting on its Bharat Jodo Yatra. Rahul Gandhi is aiming to rebuild his party and salvage his image. But more than creating influence, Rahul Gandhi seems to be generating other controversies that threaten to overshadow the Yatra’s intent.

Mamata Banerjee finds herself on shaky ground after ministers and leaders from her party have been caught in scams. As stacks of cash recovered from the premises of the leaders of her party get flashed in the media, her image takes a beating.

KCR and Stalin do not carry the same popularity in the rest of the country as they do in their respective states. Their area of influence outside their states is limited.

That leaves two names — Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal has been gradually increasing his party’s footprint across the country. Slowly, he is trying to take over the space vacated by the Congress. His area of influence across the country is rising.

His party is projecting him as PM material, but he may not be ready for the top job in 2024, as a lot will depend upon AAP’s performance in Gujarat and Himachal Assembly polls. In case, the BJP takes a hit from the AAP, then Kejriwal will prove to be the biggest contender from the entire opposition.

Nitish Kumar’s activism after severing his ties with the BJP in getting the Opposition unified has propelled him to the national stage. Though he has been reluctant to admit that he is a claimant for the top post, his meetings with several other opposition leaders have been enough to make his aspirations public.

It is too early to predict whether the Opposition will get united before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The unity to a large extent depends upon the Congress, which insists on being the centre of the alliance. It has been proving to be a speed-breaker in the unity efforts.

With several opposition leaders trying to make individual efforts towards some sort of unity, the political game has already begun. With less than two more years to go, the country seems to be entering into a poll mode.

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Telangana Cong to urge Rahul Gandhi to launch nation-wide ‘yatra’ from state

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The Telangana unit of the Congress will request party leader Rahul Gandhi to launch the proposed nation-wide ‘yatra’ from Telangana.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President A. Revanth Reddy said that Rahul Gandhi would be requested to cover a distance of 100 km in Telangana under the yatra.

He was addressing an extended executive meeting of TPCC at the party’s state headquarters here.

Speaking at the Chintan Shivir of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Udaipur on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had said that a nation-wide yatra will be launched on October 2 to strengthen connection with people.

The TPCC executive committee passed a unanimous resolution endorsing all the decisions taken at the Chintan Shivir. The resolution will be sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Revanth Reddy claimed that the Kisan Sangharsh Sabha addressed by Rahul Gandhi at Warangal on May 6 and the Warangal Declaration passed at the meeting have attracted national attention.

The MP said that with digital membership and Warangal Declaration, TPCC has set a model and hoped that it would score a hat-trick with Rahul Gandhi’s yatra.

He also announced that as per Rahul Gandhi’s direction, the party would take the Warangal Declaration to the people. A month-long programme titled ‘arytu racchabanda’ will be launched on May 21, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

During the campaign, the party will explain to the people what the party has promised for farmers in the declaration.

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Those who fight for people will get tickets: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday told the party leaders in Telangana that those who remain in the midst of people and fight for them will get the tickets in the next year’s Assembly elections.

Stressing the need for unity, he cautioned the state leaders against voicing their grievances before the media and also urged them to go to their respective constituencies and work on the ground.

On the second day of his two-day visit to Telangana, Rahul was addressing an extended meeting of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) at Gandhi Bhavan, the state headquarters of the party in Hyderabad.

Reiterating that the coming elections will be a direct fight between TRS and Congress, he made it clear that the tickets will be given only on the basis of merit.

“Tickets will be given on the basis of merit. Nobody should be under any illusion. Those who work and remain in the midst of people, fight for farmers, workers, petty traders and youth will get tickets on merit basis,” said the Congress MP.

“Our party is a family. No one should feel that he is being discriminated against. You will be rewarded for the work. No matter how senior a leader you are and no matter how many years you have spent in the party, if you don’t work, you won’t get a ticket,” he said, adding that the tickets will be given after taking independent and ground feedback.

“If you sit in Hyderabad you will not get a ticket. Don’t come to Delhi, it backfires. Go to constituencies and villages, take to streets and work. I know, in Hyderabad you get good biryani and chai but you will have to leave Hyderabad and go to villages to be with the people,” he told the party leaders.

Stating that the Warangal Declaration passed at Friday’s public meeting is the first milestone for Congress leaders, he said their first task is to tell every citizen and every farmer of the state about the Warangal declaration.

In the declaration, the party has made a slew of promises to the farmers of Telangana.

“It’s not a mere declaration but a partnership between Congress party and Telangana farmers. This is the guarantee of the Congress party,” he said.

Rahul said over the next one month, all the Congress leaders in their respective constituencies and areas should explain the Warangal declaration in detail to every person. “Even if I ask a 12-year-old child, he should be able to tell me all the points of the declaration.”

Describing Congress as a family, Rahul Gandhi warned the leaders against voicing their grievances publicly. “This is a family. The views may differ. This is not a family like RSS where one man takes all decisions. We want to hear views of all but not in the media. It should be in closed doors, the way a family talks,” he said.

“If there are grievances or complaints we have an internal system. You can openly say whatever you want to say but if anyone goes out and tells something to the media, he will be damaging the Congress party and we will not accept this,” he said.

Stating that the Warangal public meeting was very successful, he said this was the result of hard work put in by the party and congratulated all the leaders and workers.

Alleging that Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao, who is popularly known as KCR, looted Telangana, he said the TRS leader has no dearth of money. “He also has police and establishment with him but people are not with him and nothing is powerful than people, he said.

The Congress MP said the party wants to make Telangana a model state and realize the dream with which the state was formed.

“We don’t want to make a government of a few selected people and monopolists but we want to form a government of farmers, the poor and every citizen of this state. Want to focus on education, health and employment. This is our target and dream and to achieve this need we need unity in the party.”

He also stated that outside the Congress party, there are several youth, leaders and the party’s old workers who believe in Congress ideology. “We should open Congress doors for them. I am inviting all of them to come and work with us to fight TRS and KCR,” he said.

“I want to tell the youth, you have seen eight years, you have seen how the dream of Telangana was ruined, how money was looted and your future was destroyed. You did not get schools, colleges and hospitals and the money which you should have got went to one family,” he said.

Rahul said that removing TRS and KCR from Telangana is the responsibility of Congress but it’s also the responsibility of the youth of Telangana.

“I also invite youth to come to Congress and work to change Telangana. Sonia ji had seen the dream of Telangana with you. She gave statehood. The Congress party suffered a loss but we stood with you because it was a just cause. I want to make the Telangana dream come true by working with people. Hence wherever my services are required invite me, I am with you,” he added.

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Rahul Gandhi calls on NSUI leaders at Hyderabad prison

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited Chanchalguda Central Jail in Hyderabad and called on NSUI leaders arrested last week for staging a protest at Osmania University.

On the second day of his visit to Telangana, Rahul went to the prison and called on 18 leaders of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of Congress party.

“The soul of the Congress party are its dedicated workers, who are waging a selfless battle against injustice. I will always stand by them. Heading to Chanchalguda jail to meet the 18 NSUI student leaders who have been illegally arrested by TRS govt for protesting peacefully,” Rahul tweeted before reaching the jail.

Rahul, who was accompanied by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, interacted with NSUI Telangana state president Balmoori Venkat and others. He enquired from them about the problems faced by students and youth. The MP posed for photographs with NSUI leaders.

They were arrested on May 1 during the protest at Osmania University protesting denial of permission for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the university.

The protestors had stormed into the OU administrative building and tried to barge into the locked Vice-Chancellor’s office. They allegedly broke glass panes of the door and raised slogans against the Vice-Chancellor and the government. They alleged the Vice Chancellor was acting at the behest of the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The NSUI leaders were booked for unlawful assembly, assault, rioting, trespass and preventing public servants from discharging their duties. On a complaint by a woman police constable, the arrested NSUI leaders were also charged with attempting to outrage her modesty.

Venkat Balmoor and 17 others were produced before a magistrate, who sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Some NSUI leaders had also approached Telangana High Court, seeking direction to Osmania University to allow Rahul Gandhi to visit the campus. However, the court refused to pass any such orders.

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As Rahul arrives in Telangana, Kavitha poses questions

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K. Kavitha on Friday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as to how many times he raised the issues of Telangana in Parliament.

With Rahul Gandhi set to arrive in Hyderabad later in the day on a two-day visit to the state, Kavitha took to Twitter to pose some questions to him.

“As Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji arrives in Telangana today, I sincerely request him to introspect on the following. How many times have you raised the issues of Telangana in Parliament,” she asked.

Kavitha, who is daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, also wanted to know why was the Congress party silent while TRS party was fighting with the Union government over the uniform paddy procurement policy, national status for irrigation projects, discrimination in establishing educational institutions, releasing of pending GSTs and grants etc.

Kavitha, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also told Rahul that Telangana has shown the path of comprehensive development to the nation, by introducing various schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bheema, Kalyan Lakshmi, Aarogya Lakshmi, Aasara and many more that ‘continue to benefit our people every day.’

“As many as 11 states are emulating KCR schemes, you are welcome to learn and understand from our state as well,” she added.

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Rahul Gandhi to visit Telangana on May 6-7

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 6-7.

MP and in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, Manickam Tagore announced on Saturday that Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting at Warangal on May 6. The next day he will hold a meeting with the party leaders in Hyderabad.

Tagore tweeted that they welcome their leader after achieving 40 lakh membership enrollment.

During the digital membership enrollment drive, which concluded on Friday, the state Congress has enrolled 40 lakh members.

The schedule of Rahul Gandhi’s visit was finalised at a meeting Tagore held with Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy and other top leaders.

The meeting discussed the tour programme of Rahul Gandhi, plans to strengthen the party and the public issues to be taken up in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections.

MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who was recently given the status of star campaigner by the party’s central leadership, former TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, former union minister Renuka Chowdary, senior leader V. Hanumantha Rao, Congress Legislature Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka, TPCC working presidents and other leaders attended the meeting.

This will be Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Telangana after 2019 Lok Sabha elections and this comes close on the heels of his intervention to put the house in order in Telangana in the wake of differences among leaders coming to fore.

On April 6, Rahul Gandhi met Telangana leaders in Delhi and announced a party forum to settle the differences. He told the leaders to bring any grievance on the functioning of the party to the notice of the forum instead of making public statements.

He warned the party leaders against running groups and thus harming the interests of the party. He promised to dedicate more time to Telangana and focus on revitalizing the party in the state.

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KTR hits back at Rahul Gandhi over paddy issue

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao has hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the TRS government over the paddy procurement issue.

Rama Rao listed the steps taken by the TRS government for the welfare of farmers and claimed that it delivered in seven years what Congress governments could not deliver in 50 years.

“Your party has been given opportunity to govern this country for over 50+ years. When in power INC couldn’t provide even 6 hours of electricity to farmers causing distress and suicides in Telangana,” tweeted KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known.

He was reacting to a tweet by Rahul Gandhi, who alleged that the BJP government at the Centre and TRS government in the state were playing politics over farmers issues and escaping from their moral duty to procure paddy from farmers.

Information Technology, Industries, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KTR, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, claimed that with innovative schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima, Mission Kakatiya, 24 hours of free power supply and with focus on irrigation, the Chandrasekhar Rao government has ushered in a agricultural revolution.

“What your party couldn’t deliver in 50 years, our Govt has delivered in 7 years. Comparing the performance of TRS Govt with past INC Govts will put your party to shame,” wrote the TRS leader.

Rahul Gandhi’s tweets had Tuesday sparked a war of words between between CM KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha and Congress MP in-charge of Telangana Manickam Tagore.

Kavitha, who is a member of State Legislative Council, had advised Rahul Gandhi not to just resort to tweets for political mileage but extend support to the TRS demand for uniform procurement policy for the entire country.

Manickam Tagore hit back at Kavitha, asking her not to play with Telangana farmers by ‘one nation one procurement’ demand. He reminded Kavitha that she was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 as she couldn’t keep the promise made to farmers of setting up a turmeric board.

Tagore warned Kavitha that “if TRS will play with farmers, then it will meet the same fate in 2023 as she did
Nizamabad”.

Kavitha then hit back, this time targeting Rahul Gandhi. “This arrogance reduced your party into double digits in the same Parliament. Win or lose, I did not run away from my constituency like your ex-CP Rahul Gandhi did. Also, I did not contest two seats like your ex-CP,” the former MP said, tagging Rahul Gandhi.

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Did not run away from constituency, KCR’s daughter attacks Rahul Gandhi

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A war of words broke out between Telangana’s ruling TRS and opposition Congress on Tuesday after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tweets over procurement of paddy from Telangana farmers.

With Gandhi slamming both the BJP government at the Centre and the TRS government in the state for failing to procure paddy, TRS leader K. Kavitha joined issue with him.

Kavitha, a state legislator and daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, advised Gandhi not to just resort to tweets for political mileage but extend support to the TRS demand for uniform procurement policy for the entire country.

Kavitha took to Twitter to respond to Gandhi’s earlier tweets in Telugu. She wrote that every day, TRS MPs are going to the well of ths house in the Parliament demanding that there should not be one procurement policy for Punjab and Haryana and another policy for other states.

“If you are sincere, come to the well and protest in support of TRS MPs. Demand one nation one procurement policy,” Kavitha told him

Congress MP incharge of Telangana Manickam Tagore hit back at Kavitha, asking her not to play with Telangana farmers by ‘one nation one procurement’ demand.

“Nothing personal against you. Kindly don’t take the Nizamabad defeat to your heart. It’s the same Turmeric farmers who defeated TRS because TRS couldn’t keep the promise to farmers,” tweeted Tagore referring to the defeat of Kavitha in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 when several turmeric farmers had filed their nominations.

Stating that farmers want their paddy to be procured for a decent price, Tagore warned Kavitha that if they play with farmers, then what turmeric farmers did to her in Nizamabad will happen to the TRS in 2023. He urged her to tell KCR not to play with farmers of Telangana.

Kavitha then hit back, this time targetting Gandhi. “This arrogance reduced your party into double digits in the same parliament. Win or lose, I did not run away from my constituency like your ex-CP Rahul Gandhi did. Also, I did not contest two seats like your ex-CP,” she tweeted, tagging Gandhi.

Stating that the TRS is demanding ‘one nation one procurement policy’, she wanted to know the stand of Rahul Gandhi on this. “TRS will always be with the farmers & won’t rest until every gram of Telangana paddy is procured,” she added.

The exchange of words did not end with this as Manickam Tagore tweeted again to tell Kavitha that TRS MPs are not in the well of the Lok Sabha but “are in the Central Hall tasting Dhokla and Biryani”. “Let’s not forget who signed an agreement in August 2021,” he wrote referring to the agreement signed between the Telangana government and Food Corporation of India (FCI) over procurement.

State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy also tweeted that Telangana government had signed an agreement in August 2021 that it will not give boiled rice to FCI, and “the signature on the agreement has now become the noose around Telangana farmers’ neck”.

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Rahul Gandhi slams BJP, TRS govt over paddy procurement

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed BJP government at the Centre and TRS government in Telangana over paddy procurement issue.

He demanded that both the governments take all necessary steps to procure every grain of the paddy grown by farmers.

He said that it is shameful that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the state are playing politics over the hard work of farmers, ignoring their moral duty to procure paddy.

The Congress MP made tweets in Telugu over the issue of paddy procurement.

Rahul Gandhi said that both the governments should stop creating problems for farmers through their anti-farmer policies and procure every grain grown by farmers.

He said the Congress party will continue its fight till the last grain of paddy in Telangana is procured by the government.

The Central and State governments are currently locked in a row over paddy procurement issue.

The TRS government has threatened to intensify its agitation demanding the Narendra Modi government to procure entire stock of paddy during ongoing Yasangi season.

The Centre, however, maintains that it is committed to buy raw rice from the state as per the agreement reached between the state and the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

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KCR keeps Congress confused over praise of Rahul Gandhi

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Till a few months ago, KCR called Rahul Gandhi the biggest buffoon. But today, he is all sympathy and support for Rahul Gandhi in the wake of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s comments on Rahul’s parentage. Why this change of stance and how will this impact Telangana politics? These are the hotly debated questions in Telangana politics these days.

KCR’s sudden activism has left the Telangana Congress Party thoroughly confused. It was only after KCR took up the issue, that the Congress decided to lodge a complaint against the Assam CM in all the thanas of the state. The Congress is still trying to fathom the inner meaning and the actual plan of the TRS.

This support from KCR is actually damaging the Congress Party. Many Congress leaders feel that by these statements, KCR is trying to send signals that the TRS and the Congress are friendly. This will only help the BJP. Only BJP would be seen as a credible opposition to the TRS and the Congress credentials would be seen as doubtful. This would affect the Congress chances in 2023, when the Assembly elections are held.

The Congress thinking heads feel that after hitting the Congress chances in 2023 assembly elections, KCR will have no use for Rahul Gandhi and might junk him in 2024 lok sabha elections. Thus, the Congress will end up losing both ways, the party’s thinking heads feel. They know what’s hitting them, but do not know how to deflect the attack.

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Rahul declares Channi as Congress CM face for Punjab polls

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Just two weeks ahead of Assembly polls in the Congress-ruled Punjab, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday announced incumbent Charanjit Singh Channi as the party’s chief ministerial face for the polls.

State party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was in the race, hugged Channi on the stage as Gandhi announced his name after over 45 minutes of his speech, televised across the 117 Assembly seats.

Political observers believe the decision of the Congress to go to the polls in the state, which is witnessing a five-cornered contest, under the leadership of Channi, the state’s first Dalit Chief Minister, is to woo the Dalit Sikh votes that are 32 per cent in the state.

“It is Punjab’s decision. It is not my decision. I didn’t decide. I asked workers, candidates, MLAs, people, youth of Punjab. What people said has led me to my final decision,” said Gandhi during his address at the ‘Aawaz Punjab Di’ virtual rally.

He praised Channi for his humble background.

Getting emotional on the announcement of his name, Channi said that he has always been honest, never took a penny from anyone, and will continue to work honestly.

The Congress announcement of the CM’s face came after the AAP declared comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann as its Chief Ministerial candidate.

The Congress high command was cautious about announcing the name as it has the potential to create trouble for the party.

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, ending all speculation with just a week to go before the election, then party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had announced that Amarinder Singh would head the government if the Congress was voted to power.

This time the key opponents in the state — the AAP, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) combine and the BJP in alliance with Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress and the Samyukt Samaj Morcha, the fledging coalition of farm unions — are making an issue out of the Congress CM’s face.

Now the prominent faces for the parties are Channi, 58, Mann, 48, Sukhbir Singh Badal, 59, Amarinder Singh, 80, (his name not announced by the alliance), and Balbir Singh Rajewal, 78.

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BJP not going anywhere, problem is with Rahul: Prashant Kishore

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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘is not going anywhere for many decades and the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he thinks that the BJP will be overthrown by people’.

Kishor said this in Goa on Wednesday and a clip of his Q and A session has been shared in social media.

The statement comes at a time when the Trinamool is spreading itself outside Bengal, and is also a proof that the talks of Kishor’s entry into the Congress have ended.

He said that the BJP will be at the centre of Indian politics for years, it wins or loses, much like the Congress in the first 40 years after Independence.

“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity, whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere. Once you secure 30 per cent plus votes at the national level you are not going away in a hurry. So do not ever get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” he said.

“Maybe they will throw away Modi, but BJP is not going anywhere. They are going to be here, they are to fight it out for the next many decades. It is not going in a hurry,” Kishor answered when asked.

He added: “Unless you examine, understand and take cognizance of strength, you will never be able to put a counter to defeat him (BJP & Modi’S strength)”. He said the problem with Rahul Gandhi is he does not realise this but thinks people will overthrow the BJP.

Earlier, he had said that the Congress party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year, would not be revived despite all the “hype” generated around the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, and the subsequent arrest of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP led opposition based on #LakhimpurKheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor, who played an instrumental role in propelling Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress back to power in the West Bengal Assembly polls held in March-April this year, wrote on Twitter.

The remarks have come amid “strong speculation” that Kishor would join the Congress and the party was deliberating on the issues raised by him.

Even as no one in the party is averse to the idea of Kishor joining the Congress, the party leaders have said that he should not be given sweeping powers regarding elections.

The Congress is preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh along with a few other states which are going to polls next year.

In the politically crucial north Indian state, the Congress is pitted against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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