Excl: Who is Rajnath fighting in his govt?
Excl: Who is Rajnath fighting in his govt?
Debate: 44 days, where is he?
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A 58 minute tango and a calibrated effort to end the speculation and the dissidence in the BJP - Rajnath with his statement exposed the cracks at the top - and within 10 minutes, the PMO had reacted - and in a few more minutes had passed a series of officials denial followed from the BJP - a clinical effort as Rajnath made his point while exposing the rift that's been brewing for the last 2 weeks.
Congress continued to evade persistent queries from the media about the long absence of Rahul Gandhi, who is on a sabbatical, and his whereabouts asking why was same question posed daily. A volley of questions were asked on the issue at the AICC briefing today with party spokesman R P N Singh telling reporters that they were unnecessarily exercised over the issue. A reporter asked whether the Congress Vice President was still "not reachable" and "outside the network". "You are asking the same question daily... As already said he has gone for introspection on recent events with an aim to strengthen the organisation. Whenever we will get intimation, you will be informed...," Singh remarked.At the outset, he said that senior party leaders A K Antony and Digvijay Singh have already spoken on the issue. Singh had said two days ago that Rahul would be participating in the farmers rally being organised by the party at the Ramlila grounds here on April 19, a day before the second phase of Budget session of Parliament starts. Senior leader Jairam Ramesh, who also addressed the briefing, dismissed a suggestion that the party has 'completely given up' on Rahul with Sonia Gandhi herself leading the agitation against the land acquisition bill. "Everyone in the party including the party Vice President are involved...," he remarked.In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress; Kumar Ketkar, Senior Journalist; Shazia Ilmi, Leader BJP; Shahid Siddiqui, Chief Editor, Nai Duniya and Sunil Alagh, Chairman, S K A Advisors -- discuss the issue -- 44 days on, where is Rahul Gandhi?
Union Minister Giriraj Singh has again kicked up a major row with racist remarks asking whether Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi's leadership if she was not white-skinned, comments that were slammed by a furious Congress which asked the Prime Minister to dismiss him and apologise to the nation. "Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her leadership?," he told journalists yesterday (March 31). Various women leaders also attacked Singh, who is Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, saying it reflected his racial mindset and attitude towards women. The Minister, who had courted controversies with remarks during Lok Sabha elections like people opposed to Narendra Modi can go to Pakistan, also mocked Rahul Gandhi's absence from the political scene and likened it to the "missing Malaysian airliner". "Imagine a situation, if Congress was in power instead of us and had Rahul been the Prime Minister, and if for somereason, the PM had disappeared for more than 47 days."Absence of Congress Vice President is similar to that of the missing Malaysian airliner that still has not been located. The same way the Congress leader was not present in the budget session. No one in Congress is ready to speak. This is unfortunate for the Congress and a joke for the country," he told journalists in Hajipur, Bihar, last night. When asked about his controversial comments, Singh, who was in Delhi today, initially refused to speak to the media. As his remarks snowballed into a major controversy, the BJP leader said if his comments have hurt Gandhi, he regretted them. "If Soniaji and Rahulji have been hurt by my remarks, I express my regret," he said even as he maintained that his remarks were "off the record" and suggested that media was blowing it out of proportion. Singh is not the first minister or a BJP leader to make controversial remarks that have caused embarrassment to the Modi government. Parliament was rocked during the winter session by communal comments of minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyothi during the Delhi elections that was disapproved by the prime minister. The party also had to distance itself from similar offensive comments of BJP MPs Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj.In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Khusboo, Spokesperson, Congress & Actor; Ragini Nayak, Spokesperson, Congress; Nina Pillai, Columnist; Padma Rao Sundarji, Senior Foreign Correspondent; Dr Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, BJP; Dr. Ajay Alok, General Secy, JD (U) and Gaurav Bhatia, Spokesperson & National Head, Legal Cell, SP -- discuss the issue -- shouldn't they be sacked immediately?
Whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had pointed out alleged irregularities in allotment of land to Robert Vadra in Haryana, was on Wednesday night (April 1) transferred yet again for the umpteenth time. A senior IAS officer, Khemka, who had in November last been posted as Transport Commissioner and Secretary by the Haryana government has now been transferred and given the dual charge of Secretary and Director General, Archaeology and Museums department relieving R.S. Kharb of the charge, an official release said in Chandigarh.