Disquiet in Congress ranks as Rahul insists on resigning say sources

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Elections 2019 COMMENT Faced with a colossal electoral defeat, the Congress was riven by internal turmoil with Rahul Gandhi insisting on quitting as party president while its governments in Rajasthan and Karnataka teetered on the brink. In the midst of the disquiet, several state Congress chiefs, including Punjab’s Sunil Jakhar, Jharkhand’s Ajoy Kumar and Assam’s Ripun Bora, also offered to resign following the party’s drubbing in the elections, party insiders said. Congress sources said Gandhi is insisting on resigning his post and is understood to have conveyed to several leaders that it is time for the grand old party to look for a new chief. The Congress won only 52 out of 542 parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha polls, just six more than its 2014 tally. The party could not open its account in 18 states and union territories.Taking responsibility for the defeat, Gandhi on Saturday offered to resign as the party’s president at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, but it was “unanimously rejected”. At the CWC meeting, Gandhi accused three senior leaders — Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and P Chidambaram — of placing their sons above the party. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the entire top brass of the party left Rahul Gandhi alone to fight it out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Existential crisisAs the party grapples with a severe existential crisis, its governments in both Karnataka and Rajasthan face a tough time with reports suggesting the BJP may try to wrest power in both states.It is learnt that Congress legislators Ramesh Jarkiholi and Dr Sudhakar visited BJP leader SM Krishna’s residence in Bengaluru on Sunday along with several other BJP leaders and they are understood to have deliberated on dethroning the incumbent dispensation.Sources said a number of Congress legislators in Karnataka are understood to be unhappy over the party’s electoral loss.In Rajasthan, there have been reports of internal turmoil with several ministers demanding fixing of accountability and seeking action against those responsible for the poll debacle in the state. The Congress drew a blank in Rajasthan as the NDA won all 25 seats. In Karnataka, where it formed a government with the JD(S) in May last year, the Congress managed to win only one Lok Sabha seat out of 28.The party was crushed in most of the 29 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it had defeated BJP in the assembly polls in December. ‘Rumour mongering’As crisis beset the opposition party, its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Monday urged everyone to respect the sanctity of the CWC meeting and asked the media not to fall into the trap of “conjectures, insinuations, gossip and rumour-mongering”.Surjewala said it is a democratic forum for exchange of ideas and taking corrective action. It was a “closed-door” meeting and any speculation about it was unwarranted and uncalled for, he added. He was reacting to news reports about happenings at the May 25 meeting, the first of the CWC after the Congress’s humiliating defeat in the parliamentary polls.“The Congress party expects everyone, including the media, to respect the sanctity of a closed-door meeting of the CWC. Various conjectures, speculation, insinuations, assumptions, gossip and rumour-mongering in a section of the media is uncalled for and unwarranted.“The CWC held a collective deliberation on the performance of the party, the challenges before it as also the way ahead, instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual. The gist of the deliberations was made public in the CWC resolution of May 25, 2019,” the Congress leader said in a statement. All India Congress Committee (AICC) SHAREcenter_img May 27, 2019 Published on Congress president Rahul Gandhi loses in Amethi.   –  Bloomberg COMMENTSlast_img read more

Classy Djokovic charges into another Wimbledon final

first_img Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Ibiza party on hold as Bautista Agut reaches Wimbledon semis Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Highlights: Wimbledon day nine Related News Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Clinical Djokovic destroys Goffin to reach semis {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News LONDON (Reuters) – Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to triumph in four sets and advance to a mouthwatering Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.Remarkably the Serb’s 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the 12th victory in his last 13 Grand Slam semi-finals and he is now one win away from his fifth title at Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam singles crown as he resumes his great rivalry with the Swiss.Friday’s match turned on an amazing 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up – and from then on he took total control as the Spaniard, who had looked calm and confident in his first Grand Slam semi-final, was eventually brushed aside.”I had to dig deep. It’s the semi-finals and Roberto was not overwhelmed – he’s a very under-rated player,” Djokovic, 32, said. AdChoices广告”He played really well. He was managing his nerves in the first set but later on he established himself and started to play better. I got a bit tight. It was a close opening four or five games of the third set – that’s where the match could have gone a different way.”Bautista Agut flashed a brilliant return past Djokovic from the first serve of the match but he barely threatened for the rest of the set as his high-risk approach produced too many errors and a provided a straightforward set win for the favourite.The second was a different story as Bautista Agut dialled back a little and found that he was able to out-duel the master. Djokovic was making uncharacteristic errors on seemingly simple shots and was frequently left staring skywards, questioning himself and taking issue with the crowd.Bautista Agut snatched a break in the third game and served superbly to back it up, dropping only four points in five successful service games to level the match.REAL MATCHThe Centre Court crowd realised they had a real match on their hands and they were treated to a superb third set. It, and probably the match, hinged on the seventh game as Djokovic, a break to the good, served at 30-40.The players then smashed out their 45-shot rally, much of it a mesmerizing exchange of identical crosscourt backhands that had the crowd gasping before Djokovic blinked first to switch the angle of attack and take the point with a devastating winner.It was the longest rally officially seen at Wimbledon since records began in 2005 and Djokovic duly served out and stayed on top to take the set.The champion then took command in the fourth set, cutting out the loose groundstrokes and picking up points with adventurous serve-and-volley attacks and after breaking for a 2-1 lead he never looked back.”Obviously winning that game was crucial for me,” Djokovic said of the marathon rally game. “It gave me more confidence and relief so I could swing more freely in the next games.”Bautista Agut had no answers but can be pleased with his efforts in what is turning out to be the best year of his career, having never previously reached even a quarter-final at a Grand Slam.The 31-year-old can now join his friends on a belated stag break. They arrived in London to watch Friday’s game after his planned Ibiza trip was cancelled following his unexpected progress to the last four.Djokovic, however, has got more business to attend to as he prepares to face 37-year-old eight-times Wimbledon champion and number two seed Federer in Sunday’s showpiece.”Regardless of the history and many finals I’ve played, playing a final at Wimbledon is something different so I’ll definitely enjoy that experience,” he said. (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Ken Ferris)last_img read more

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:00 IST “This introduction of bill is gross violation of Parliametary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said (File photo)Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.However, as soon as Hardeep Singh Puri rose to introduce the Bill, Jairam Ramesh (Congress), said it should go to a Parliamentary Standing Committee first.”This introduction of the bill is a gross violation of Parliamentary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said, adding it should go to a standing committee.To this, Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot said the discussion was not possible today.The Chair said it was only allowing Hardeep Singh Puri to introduce the Bill.The Cabinet on June 24 had approved the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority(Amendment), Bill.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is a regulator that has the powers to set the tariffs charged at airports.The amendment is proposed to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure, sources had said.Currently, major airports with an annual capacity to handle one-and-a-half million passengers come under the purview of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA).If the amendment is passed by Parliament, the definition of major airports would be changed to any aerodrome which has or is designated to have an annual passenger capacity of three-and-a-half million.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) (Amendment) Bill was last approved by the Cabinet during the Modi government’s first tenure in December 2017.However, it could not be passed in last year’s Monsoon Session.As a new Lok Sabha has come in place now, the older bill has lapsed. Therefore, the Cabinet approved the bill again so that it can be re-introduced in Parliament for passage.ALSO READ | Union Budget: Infrastructure development for driving economic growthALSO READ | Govt introduces s bill in LS to amend AERA Act, change major airport definitionALSO WATCH | Delhi’s IGI Airport adjudged world’s best by Airports Council InternationalFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow AERAFollow Rajya SabhaFollow Jairam RameshFollow Hardeep Singh PuriFollow Airports Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya SabhaUnion Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.advertisementlast_img read more

Modi doing for Railways what Vajpayee did for roads Suresh Angadi

first_imgModi doing for Railways what Vajpayee did for roads: Suresh AngadiMost members made specific demands related to their constituencies and states.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 09:40 IST MoS Railways Suresh Angadi. Photo: ANIMinister of State (MoS) for Railways Suresh Angadi on Thursday said Railways has witnessed a change after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, adding that the latter did what late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did for roads in the country.Speaking to ANI after the marathon discussion in Lok Sabha on the demands for grants of Railways, Angadi said, “Railways is like a family that takes everyone together and satisfies everyone, all members gave good suggestions. Railways has changed since Prime Minister Modi came (to power). What Vajpayee ji did for roads, Modi ji is doing for Railways.”Over 90 members took part in the debate which continued till late night. Most members made specific demands related to their constituencies and states.Under the Narendra Modi government, Angadi said capital expenditure on railways has doubled from 2.30 lakh crore in 2009-14 to Rs 4.97 lakh crore in 2014-19.The Minister also said the government was laying thrust on safety, punctuality, cleanliness and improving passenger amenities in trains.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is expected to reply to the debate on Friday.Also read: Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah picked the Union Cabinet | India Today InsightALSO WATCH| PM Modi launches BJP’s membership drive in VaranasiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Nextlast_img read more