Venkatesh Kesari

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Gujarat CM’s I-Day ‘politics’ finds few takers

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s attempts to denigrate the sanctity of the Independence Day by his election speech in Bhuj is not going down well among political parties. While the Congress hit back at him for indulging in “petty politics”, even the regional players, including non-Congress CMs, have not come out in his support so far.

Row on Andhra virtually blocks food bill in House

The Andhra issue has virtually blocked the food security bill which is going to be the Congress’ main plank in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Some in Congress see early LS polls

Speculation of preponing the Lok Sabha elections is refusing to die down with a section of the Congress ministers predicting that they could be held either by the end of this year or in February-March

Buzz rises in Cong on early polls

Speculation about the possibility of advancing the Lok Sabha polls is refusing to die down, with some Congress ministers predicting it could be held either by the end of this year or in February-March

RSS expanding role in BJP, feels Congress

“The RSS is expanding its role-from being the cultural organisation to master strategist, influencing the BJP’s decisions ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. This is certainly a significant development,” viewed a member of the Congress “think tank” here on Monday.

New states issue may blunt Cong poll plank

The growing demand for new states could blunt the Congress’ main poll plank — food security — if the Centre and the party do not handle the issue carefully.

SP getting increasingly isolated

The Samajwadi Party is getting isolated at the national level on the issue of the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.

CWC go-ahead to Telangana

A new state of Telangana will soon become a reality. This became clear after the UPA and Congress Working Committee on Tuesday unanimously decided to split Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will become the common capital of the two states for the next 10 years.

Congress wants credit for food security bill

Though there was no formal or informal briefing of the deliberations by the Congress, those present in the meeting called by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi said “every body who took part in the deliberations demanded that the revolutionary piece of legislation should be named after Rajivji”.

Cong wants to brand food bill

The Congress on Saturday demanded that the food security bill should be named after the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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