Congress has been hinting at bringing Priyanka into active politics for years. It seems like now feels the right time for the party, especially against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Some now say she will fight the Lok Sabha Elections from Raebareli, her mother Sonia Gandhi’s seat. Rahul Gandhi is not expected to leave his seat, Amethi, and Sonia will head to the Rajya Sabha in all likelihood. It is also being said that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also want Priyanka to enter the fight from Uttar Pradesh.
On the other hand, many Congress leaders opine that if Priyanka enters active politics, it will create two power centres in the party, leading to the premature end of Rahul’s career, which will be unacceptable to Sonia. Hence, a majority of party leaders don’t want Priyanka to jump on the bandwagon just yet. However, at the same time, the party is facing an existential crisis and leaders believe Narendra Modi’s return to power in 2019 will spell doom for the party as well as the Gandhi family.
According to the Congress, the path to stop Modi can only be carved out from UP. If the BJP gets minimum seats in UP, then it is certain that either the party will not get power at the Centre or that Modi will not return as the PM. It is precisely for this reason that it becomes imperative for Priyanka to get active, and the Congress as well as the SP and BSP are gearing up for this. The SP and BSP are of the view that if Priyanka fights from UP, the State will witness a different situation altogether. The Congress leaders feel that if this happens, Rahul’s seat will be safe from the BJP’s challenge. There is a catch, though. The Congress doesn’t want to waste the Priyanka card and she will fight only when the party gets more seats. And that’s why the decision is pending.
NO JOBS OR NO DATA?
The burning question doing the rounds on social media these days is whether there are no jobs or no data of jobs with the Government? While replying to the no-confidence motion in Parliament, PM Modi said the Government has provided ample jobs in the past four years, but there is no corresponding data. His statement was immediately scrutinised by many on social media. People said Modi had data on 60 years of the Congress regime, but none on such a crucial part of his own regime.
However, senior BJP leader and Minister Nitin Gadkari gave a statement on a different track. While talking about the Maratha reservation in Maharashtra, Gadkari said: “If the Government agrees to give reservation to Marathas, what will happen? Where are the jobs?” He added that there was retrenchment in the IT and other sectors, and new jobs were not being created. He added that if there are no jobs, why is there a demand for reservation? So, finally, are there no jobs or simply no data on them?
BIHAR’S BIZARRE POLITICS
There is a bizarre situation in Bihar; leaders of the BJP are fighting with each other, and at the same time, the BJP leaders are squabbling with the JDU leaders as well. Both parties are at loggerheads over the Muzaffarpur issue. However, a BJP leader says this is a blessing in disguise for the party as infighting has come out in the open. In fact, there has been a controversy of Sushil Modi vs others in the Bihar BJP for years. So, when it was claimed that the Muzaffarpur mastermind was close to Sushil Modi, other leaders took up the cudgels against him. A leader said that right from the Srijan scam of Bhagalpur to the Balika Grih of Muzaffarpur, the accused almost always have a connection with Sushil Modi. The husband of Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma — who resigned on Wednesday — is under question in the latest case as the Balika Grih falls under the Social Welfare Ministry.
Verma was a Minister from the JDU quota, but Deputy CM Sushil Modi gave her a clean chit, saying she was not at fault. The moment Sushil Modi gave this statement, his party colleague, CP Thakur, demanded Verma’s resignation, thereby indirectly launching an attack on Sushil Modi. Now, supporters of Sushil Modi are claiming that the accused in the Muzaffarpur case and Thakur belong to the same caste, so Thakur had tried to pull strings to protect him.
Tejashwi’S DHARNA IN DELHI
Why did former Deputy CM of Bihar and leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, sit on a dharna against the Bihar Government over the Muzaffarpur case, in Delhi? His party says the matter has been taken to the national level, has become the focus of nation media, and the dharna was an attempt to speed up action. But some say the real motive was, in fact, political.
Tejashwi is worried about the fact that the Opposition parties have their eyes on Nitish Kumar, knowing well that many leaders of the Congress and Left are sympathetic towards him. Tejashwi knows that attempts can be made to take Nitish back into the Mahagathbandhan any time. That is why he planned a dharna against the Muzaffarpur issue in Delhi and invited all Opposition parties. Right from Sitaram Yechury to D Raja and Arvind Kejriwal — they were all at Jantar Mantar, against Nitish. Despite being a supporter of Nitish, Rahul Gandhi launched an attack on him, saying if he was ashamed of the Muzaffarpur case, he should immediately take action against the culprits. By getting the Congress and all other Opposition parties to attack Nitish, Tejashwi tried to ensure that they don’t talk to the JDU for any alliance. By the dharna at Jantar Mantar, he managed to make a dent into Nitish’s image.
Writer: Hari shankar vyas
Source: The Pioneer