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BJP President Nadda announces new team: Ram Madhav, GVL & Muralidhar Rao dropped, Tejaswi youth wing’s chief

Eight months after taking over as National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jagat Prakash Nadda on Saturday announced the 70-member national executive committee as his new team.

What is more surprising is the absence of big names like G V L Narasimha Rao, Ram Madhav and P Muralidhar Rao in the list. While GVL was the national official spokesman, Ram Madhav from Andhra and P Muralidhar Rao from Telangana was the national general secretaries in the previous term. It is yet not known whether they will be given another assignment.

Tejashwi Surya (BJP MP) has been made the new President of Yuva Morcha; the party’s youth wing. Tejaswi replaces Poonam Mahajan.

The new team was expected in April but due to the coronavirus epidemic and nationwide lockdown, the party high command could neither convene the new team nor convene a meeting of national officials by calling a meeting of the National Executive and Council.

Reportedly, he had prepared a list of national officials a few months back after brainstorming with senior party leaders.

26 Sep 2020
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CWC to meet soon to take a call on the president; pressure mounting for Rahul

With the pressure mounting on the Congress leadership to take a call on President of the party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) may meet soon. There is a growing clamor for Rahul Gandhi to lead the party once again.

The party’s highest decision-making body will primarily deliberate on organizational matters and also discuss the current political situation in the country. The meeting is very significant in view of Sonia Gandhi completing one year as the party’s interim chief on August 10. Though the party said that she will continue on the post till a new president is elected. It is reported that many Congress leaders including former chief ministers and Members of Parliament have written to Sonia Gandhi seeking an early settlement of the leadership issue.

Leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have demanded internal elections if Rahul Gandhi does not return to the post he gave up in May 2019, owning responsibility for the party’s rout in the general elections. The functionary quoted above said Sonia Gandhi, 73, is not ready to continue in the post and had agreed to be the party’s interim chief last year only on one condition that it will be a temporary arrangement.

Congress dismissed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s remark that she agreed with her brother that a non-Gandhi should become the party chief. The party claimed that millions of Congress workers want Rahul Gandhi to return as the party chief as he is suited best for the post.

22 Aug 2020
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BJP President Nadda announces new team: Ram Madhav, GVL & Muralidhar Rao dropped, Tejaswi youth wing’s chief

By IndianMandarins 26 Sep 2020

Eight months after taking over as National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jagat Prakash Nadda on Saturday announced the 70-member national executive committee as his new team.

What is more surprising is the absence of big names like G V L Narasimha Rao, Ram Madhav and P Muralidhar Rao in the list. While GVL was the national official spokesman, Ram Madhav from Andhra and P Muralidhar Rao from Telangana was the national general secretaries in the previous term. It is yet not known whether they will be given another assignment.

Tejashwi Surya (BJP MP) has been made the new President of Yuva Morcha; the party’s youth wing. Tejaswi replaces Poonam Mahajan.

The new team was expected in April but due to the coronavirus epidemic and nationwide lockdown, the party high command could neither convene the new team nor convene a meeting of national officials by calling a meeting of the National Executive and Council.

Reportedly, he had prepared a list of national officials a few months back after brainstorming with senior party leaders.

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CWC to meet soon to take a call on the president; pressure mounting for Rahul

By IndianMandarins 22 Aug 2020

With the pressure mounting on the Congress leadership to take a call on President of the party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) may meet soon. There is a growing clamor for Rahul Gandhi to lead the party once again.

The party’s highest decision-making body will primarily deliberate on organizational matters and also discuss the current political situation in the country. The meeting is very significant in view of Sonia Gandhi completing one year as the party’s interim chief on August 10. Though the party said that she will continue on the post till a new president is elected. It is reported that many Congress leaders including former chief ministers and Members of Parliament have written to Sonia Gandhi seeking an early settlement of the leadership issue.

Leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have demanded internal elections if Rahul Gandhi does not return to the post he gave up in May 2019, owning responsibility for the party’s rout in the general elections. The functionary quoted above said Sonia Gandhi, 73, is not ready to continue in the post and had agreed to be the party’s interim chief last year only on one condition that it will be a temporary arrangement.

Congress dismissed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s remark that she agreed with her brother that a non-Gandhi should become the party chief. The party claimed that millions of Congress workers want Rahul Gandhi to return as the party chief as he is suited best for the post.

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Simmering anger among Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh?

By IndianMandarins 18 Aug 2020

Brahmin-centric politics is once again taking center stage in Uttar Pradesh with Samajwadi Party talking about Parasuram statue and the Congress leaders launching many organizations for the welfare of the community to woo them. The Uttar Pradesh government is under tremendous pressure due to attacks from several quarters failing to protect the community rather allegedly targetting the community.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that the Yogi government casteist. An MLA from Sultanpur Devmani Dwivedi writes to Chief Secretary asking how many Brahmins were killed in the past three years of the BJP regime. Brahmins have the sizable population in Uttar Pradesh and may give sleepless night to the BJP in the next Assembly elections, as there is simmering anger in the community

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Priyanka Gandhi comes to rescue of the Congress in Rajasthan

By IndianMandarins 13 Aug 2020

Compromise between fractions of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot has been reached upon with the intervention of Gandhi Family especially due to efforts made by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She intervened and saved the Congress not only in Rajsthan but in some adjoining states.

There were 18-22 MLAs supporting Pilot, there might not have been an immediate danger to the Rajasthan government but any further ugly scene in the Congress could have caused irreparable damage to the party. Priyanka Vadra sensed it as she is working in Uttar Pradesh for 2022 Assembly elections and Gujjar community of which Pilot belongs to has considerable influence in over fifty districts in the state. His ancestral place is also in Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh are some other states with a sizable Gujjar population and Pilot have hold over young people. Sources said that to nip the crisis in bud to avoid further fragmentation of Gujjar votes, the Gandhies intervened and some kind of deal has been brokered.

Pilot also knew it well that there was a bumpy ahead for him with strong Gujjar leaders of the BJP besides Vasundhra Raje not wanting him in the party fold as it could have created another power center in the state. Vasundhara Raje meeting with the Central leadership in Delhi in the past week was not without any reason.

Moreover, the pivotal role played by Abdullas not letting Pilot go to the BJP can not be discounted either as they have a very cordial relation with the Gandhies. Pilot joining the BJP will not only impact Rajasthan politics but about half a dozen states including Jammu and Kashmir when it returns to electoral politics.

 

Pilot has always been the choice of Rahul Gandhi but ever since he relinquished the post of party president, Sonia loyalists have the sway over party decisions. This resulted in Ashok Gehlot getting the coveted post and Pilot being relegated to his deputy and bickering started. But with the Gandhis intervening, it is expected all hatchets are buried for once and all.

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He left IAS job to join politics; will he quit politics now?

By IndianMandarins 10 Aug 2020

In addition to several attributes, leadership is also about assertiveness, consistency, fighting and survival instinct. This is something people expect to accept a person as a mass leader. This is also one of the prominent differences between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Though Rahul has tremendous fighting instinct he lacks consistency which casts a shadow on his 'survival instinct'. 

But the recent development relates to a nascent mass leader Dr Shah Faesal, a 2010 batch IAS topper, who resigned from IAS job to join politics. Dr Faesal had in January 2019 announced his resignation from the services to "protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir" and to become a voice for freedom of expression. Later he became the founder of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement Party (JKPM). But on 08 August he grabbed media and social media attention after he made a few changes in his Twitter profile which now reads as ‘Edward S Fellow @HKS Harvard University. Medico. Fulbright. Centrist’. 

Faesal’s earlier Twitter bio mentioned his role as the JKPM president. Sources said that he is still under house arrest and it wouldn’t be prudent for him to speak.

Sources further said that if he changed his twitter bio or removing his official designation might mean that he wanted to continue in some other capacity. As far as the JKPM is concerned, Faesal as of today is the president of the party,” said a party leader.

All it triggered the speculation whether he would politics now. Though his party spokesperson denied that he was quitting politics but speculation is rife that the IAS topper of his batch might call it a day. In the bureaucratic circle in J&K it is assumed that he may quit politics. A senior government official said Faesal might pursue education abroad but the JKPM rejected the claim.

In case Dr Faesal would quit politics, as it is speculated now, it would raise a question mark on the prudence of his decision of joining politics and his attributes as a mass leader. 


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Measured moves by Gandhies on the Ram Temple issue

By IndianMandarins 06 Aug 2020

Four-members of the first family of Congress has taken slightly different views on the ground breaking ceremony of Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came out in open support of the temple by tweeting, her husband was a bit philosophical on the issue while Rahul Gandhi did not miss the chance to take on the government with his tweet. Congress president Sonia Gandhi kept silent on the issue.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: “Simplicity, courage, restraint, sacrifice, commitment, are the essence of the name Deenbandhu Lord Rama. Ram is in everyone, Ram is with everyone. With the message and blessings of Lord Ram and Mother Sita, the Bhoomipujan of Ramlalla's temple became an occasion for national unity, fraternity, and cultural congregation.”

Speaking to a television channel Robert Vadra called it as an occasion of national unity. However, Rahul Gandhi in a very subtle way tried to criticize when he tweeted in Hindi that goes like this: “Ram is love, who can never be in hatred; Ram is compassion, he can never be in cruelty; Ram is justice, he cannot appear for injustice.”

However, the view taken by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was criticized by her party’s ally in Kerala. Some other Congress leaders to expressed their view on the issue discounting the BJP from it.

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Leadership crisis in Congress makes squabbling ugly

By IndianMandarins 05 Aug 2020

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is discharged from the hospital amid bickering continuing in the party. However, former president Rahul Gandhi asked party leaders to stop squabbling. There is huge pressure on the party leadership to anoint Rahul Gandhi as party president once again.

Apparently, this has something to do with August 10 when Sonia completes one year of interim presidentship. The moot question is about a leadership vacuum. Suggestions have started pouring in that Sonia cannot function as interim president indefinitely and Rahul seems to want power but not the responsibility.

Leaders close to Rahul Gandhi are hoping that he will change his mind. Some issues erupted last week at a meeting of Rajya Sabha MPs called by Sonia Gandhi. A routine review meeting saw the heated debate and there is no end to it.

Several MPs including Rajiv Satav and KC Venugopal, thought to be loyal to Rahul held the UPA years responsible for the decline in Congress’ fortunes. By implication, this meant criticism of former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s government and its policies. Several leaders came out in public to say that while they respected Singh, they had a view that needed to be taken into account.

Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the BJP was out of the office from 2004 to 2014. Not once did it blame Atal Bihari Vajpayee or his government for its predicament then. In the Congress, unfortunately, some ill-informed Congressmen would rather take swipes at the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government than fight the NDA and BJP. When unity is required, they divide.

The debate inside the party is not just on its current predicament, it is also on who the primary enemy of the party is. Several leaders have advised Rahul that equivalence with Narendra Modi is a mistake as Modi’s popularity is at its peak. Instead, Congress should find blindspots within the BJP and the NDA government and focus on those. These leaders include R P N Singh, Jairam Ramesh and others. However, there is no evidence that Rahul is taking this advice. 

August 10 will bring some clarity on the leadership muddle in the party. The party constitution vests the Congress Working Committee with the authority to appoint someone who can run the organization when faced with a crisis — a decision that has to be ratified by the All India Congress Committee (AICC). However, an AICC session might not be possible in the midst of a pandemic. Therefore, collective leadership might be the only answer.

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Mamata banks on PK’s suggestions for 2021 Assembly elections

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2020

Poll manager Prashant Kishor’s suggestions after a year-long survey are now being implemented by the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Party’s Lok Sabha member Mahua Moitra and former Indian cricketer and party MLA Laxmi Ratan Shukla have been made in-charge of important district units in Bengal as chief minister Mamata Banerjee decided to overhaul the face of the party leadership by putting young faces at the centre of its campaign for the 2021 assembly polls.
Senior leaders and those facing charges have either been shunted out or given higher posts that TMC insiders described as ‘non-functional’ in election-related matters. WB CM replaced key functionaries in north Bengal, where the BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019, as well as those in the western districts of Purulia, and Bankura where the saffron outfit made deep inroads into sizeable tribal population by winning four Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP got 40.64 per votes winning 18 of the state’s 42 seats while the TMC got 43.69 percent votes winning 22 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Youth wing of TMC headed by the chief minister’s nephew Abhisek Banerjee was also overhauled and presidents of several district units were replaced in an apparent bid to end infighting between leaders of the party’s general and youth wings in several pockets.
The TMC did away with poll observers and formed a seven-member steering committee for the 2021 assembly polls and a 21-member coordination committee. Significantly, Abhisek Banerjee was inducted in both committees.
The massive changes were made on the basis of a year-long survey made by political strategist Prashant Kishor, who was roped in by the chief minister after the debacle in 2019. The poll results indicated that a sizeable chunk of young voters supported the BJP. For the ruling party, this is a cause for concern before the crucial assembly polls where alleged nepotism in distribution of cyclone relief funds and mismanagement in the health sector can be raging issues.

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