Venkatesh Kesari

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CPP meet to focus on WikiLeaks counter

A general body meeting of the Congress Party in Parliament expected to meet the next week is likely to give a befitting reply to the Opposition’s campaign against the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in

Leaks could set tone for polls

The WikiLeaks expose could set the tone of the electoral battle in five states going to the polls in April-May. While this issue could be relevant in the West Bengal and Kerala Assembly elections with the ruling Left front trying to use it against the Congress and the Trinamul Congress, the AIADMK may launch its campaign on the single issue of corruption against the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu.

MPLAD move aim to secure stability

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s announcement to increase the allocation under MPLADS from `2 crores to `5 crores in one go is seen as a move to ensure stability at the Centre.

Regional leaders losing Centre control

Regional leaders are gradually losing their control over the Centre. While the TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and the Marxists had played the role of a kingmaker during the NDA and UPA-I regime and the regional leaders might have compelled the Congress to back the United Front government earlier, they are now slowly

DMK blinks, Cong gets 3 more seats

The Congress won the first round against ally DMK by exacting three more seats from it. The second round will be on sharing power if the DMK-led front retains power in next month’s Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

DMK defers its quit-govt move

The DMK appears to be blinking first in the war of nerves against the Congress, responding “positively” to the latter’s request to defer by a day its decision to pull out its ministers from the Union Cabinet. Crisis managers in the Congress are optimistic that the problem will end any time in the next 48 hours.

Cong sure govt safe, rules out more talks

The exit of DMK ministers from the Union government appeared certain on Sunday night with the Congress making it clear that it would not try to persuade them to desist. This is being perceived as the first step in the party’s departure from the UPA. The DMK has, however, maintained that even after its ministers resigned it would extend “issue-based” support to the Manmohan Singh government.

Cong has to depend on many

The Congress will have to depend on about half-a-dozen political parties to ensure stability at the Centre if the DMK comes out of the Union government as a first step after getting cornered on the co

Andhra gets jolt as AICC is reshuffled

Andhra Pradesh received a jolt in the much delayed AICC reshuffle as none of its leaders figured in the Congress Working Committee nor were any made general secretary.

Dependency on DMK, Trinamul worries Cong

The Congress is confident of winning Kerala and retaining power in Assam but it is heavily depending on the Trinamul Congress and the DMK in the historic battle to be fought in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the next two months.

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