By Rahil Nora Chopra
Speculation is rife again that Ajit Jogi may return to the Congress after Rahul Gandhi called up Jogi’s wife Renu, who is a Congress MLA, to enquire about his health earlier this week. Jogi is suffering from pneumonia and was shifted to a private hospital near Delhi. With Assembly elections just a month away in Chattisgarh, Congress leaders claim they have got feelers from Jogi, who had walked out of the party two years ago.
RAJASTHAN CONGRESS FIGHT OVER PARTY TICKETS
Rajasthan Congress party chief Sachin Pilot has launched the Mera Booth Mera Gaurav campaign In which large number of party workers are participating in every assembly constituency. The stepped up activity has also seen an increase in fighting between Congerss faction leaders, with workers coming out on the street to protest. The infighting led to unruly scenes in front of Congress general secretary in charge Avinash Pandey as rival factions staked claim for party tickets. On the other hand, the BJP camp is still in sleeping mood as the party is stuck with the selection of a new chief of the state unit.
UTTARAKHAND BJP WIN HELPED BY CONGRESS INFIGHTING
The infighting in Uttarakhand Congress is believed to have played a major role in BJP winning the by-election in the state. Former chief minister Harish Rawat is opposed to state party president Pritam Singh while former president Kishore Upadhyay is working against Rawat because when the latter was chief minister he named Ganga to Ganga Nahar from Har ki Pauri in Haridwar while Ganga Nahar actually started from Kan Kahal. According to Kishore Upadhyay, this was done only to give benefit to builders. The pandas of Haridwar, whose livelihood depends on Ganga, had also opposed Harish Rawat’s decision.
MAMATA’S TACTICAL MOVES EYE DARJEELING
After the winning the panchayat elections and the assembly by-elections Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now concentrating on the hill region of the state. She launched several projects in Kalimpong while staying there for five days. She had already created a Development Board for Lepcha and Bhutia sub castes of Darjeeling region to weaken the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha led by Bimal Gurung, who is underground now a days. She also made Kalimpong a district, which was hitherto a subdivision of Darjeeling. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has strongly opposed the formation of Kalimpong district. Mamata has also announced the formation of University in Darjeeling and named Binay Tamang as the chairman of GTA. All these moves are said to be with an eye on the Darjeeling parliamentary seat, which is now represented by BJP’s SS Ahluwalia.
HARYANA CONGRESS GETS INTO ACTION MODE
On the advice of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Haryana Congress leaders have started organising meeting of party workers and public to expose the misdeeds of the BJP Government. Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently held a rally at Samalkha town of Panipat while launching the second leg of his Jankranti Yatra. Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is the MLA from Kaithal, addressed a Jan Aakrosh Rally at Nissing and accused the BJP led government at the Centre and in Haryana of betraying farmers, youth and poor sections by failing to honouri the pre-poll promises. Rajya Sabha MP Selja Kumari addressed meetings in Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala Lok Sabha constituency as part of the Haryana Bachao Rally. State Congress president Ashok Tanwar has similarly launched the second phase of ‘Haryana Bachao-Parivartan Laao’ cycle yatra from Chautala village of Sirsa district. (IPA)