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All the ageing, raging bulls of Congress

Senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi ko gussa kyon ata hai? The All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi is an angry man these days. He is angry at the way things are moving in the party. He is angry with the Congress leadership, he is angry with the media and he is also angry perhaps with himself. The only person he is not angry is with the RSS man and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Just a few minutes with him you will either hear him singing Modi praises or accusing the media of distorting his statements. The day Modi put Advani in the Margdarshak Committee, that day the sixty-six-plus Dwivedi took everyone by surprise when he said that all those Congress leaders who are between 60 and 70 should retire from active politics. Nobody could fathom what led to this outburst. Some said he is pre-empting that he may be dropped in the next reshuffle..

All is not well in Haryana. BJP which has decided to go alone forcing Kuldeep Bhishnoi to sever ties, is facing problems in the state in the absence of a chief ministerial face. It has decided to project a reluctant Sushma Swaraj as its chief minister. Sushma, who is the external affairs minister in the union cabinet, is however not willing to accept the offer as this would mean demeaning her national stature. On the other hand, the IB has reported to the government that if the party goes alone in a four-way contest, it can be advantage Congress. It is on this factor that Bhupinder Singh Hooda is banking upon. The Congress leaders have been heard saying it is not that bad in Haryana anymore and they may scrape through.

Rajnath Singh may not have much support within his party but outside his party Singh enjoys tremendous political backing. He created a flutter in the corridors of power when he threatened to retire from active politics if the rumours about his son or any member of his family taking bribe were proved true, thus forcing the PMO and party chief Amit Shah to issue a contradiction. The day the incident happened, practically all opposition leaders are believed to have extended their support to him. Many leaders like JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and the NCP’s DP Tripathi even came on record rubbishing allegations against him.

There are 108 Rajput MPs cutting across party lines who are believed to be backing Rajnath. It is said that it was these Rajput MPs, who after holding a meeting, instigated him to go ahead and throw the challenge. Though the Congress from the official podium used the issue to put the BJP in a spot but then individually there are people who were heard sympathising with Rajnath. Digvijaya Singh in an unofficial media interaction said that he had warned Rajnath Singh should not project Narendra Modi as the PM and now he must have seen the real face of Modi. He has started an All India Rajput Federation under the banner of which they would fight for Rajnath Singh and other issues of  similar kind. In the interaction with the media he also said that if Rajnath’s astrologer is to be believed, Rajnath would be PM by January 2015.

The war between Sonia Gandhi camp and the Rahul camp has further intensified with Digvijaya Singh, once the mentor of Rahul Gandhi and the Maharashtra chief minister, holding Rahul responsible for the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha. Digvijaya is no more the Rahul insider after he allegedly messed up in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, Madhusudan Mistry, who is the current Man Friday of Rahul Gandhi, took on Digvijaya and countered him. Now about 16 young AICC secretaries appointed by Rahul Gandhi have come together to take on the old guard critical of Rahul. These secretaries met in Punjab Bhavan on Monday night and wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi, saying the secretaries who are blaming Rahul are equally responsible as they too were party to the decisions.   IPA

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