By Rahil Nora Chopra
Congress General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is working hard to mobilise farmers against farm laws and she has been visiting the state frequently to show solidarity with the farmers’ movement. Priyanka attended Kisan panchayat in Mathura, UP on 23rd February 2021 in a bid to reach out to the people over the three contentious farm bills. Voices were heard in these Panchayat rallies from the public that Priyanka Gandhi should lead from the front and the party should project her as CM candidate in the Assembly elections of UP in 2022. According to political observers if Congress projects Priyanka Gandhi as CM candidate in the assembly election of 2022, it may benefit the Congress and party can get 40 to 70 seats and play a crucial role in forming the govt. While senior UP Congress leaders are of the view that if Priyanka is projected as CM candidate it will consolidate it’s vote bank of Brahmin, Muslims, Dalits and Jats who are now unhappy with the BJP govt in the state, Priyanka Gandhi side-stepped a question on whether she was ready to be the Congress’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the Uttar Pradesh polls next year. Priyanka said “My responsibility is to be with the people and raise their issues. It is my duty to raise my voice for people. I will not stand back, I will keep fighting. And I will never betray the people.” Whether Priyanka Gandhi will be the CM face or she may only campaign in UP and lead the party, the final decision will be taken by the Congress high command. Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday presided over UP manifesto committee along with the outreach committee to prepare Jan Ghoshna Patra for the preparation of coming assembly election of UP in 2022.
CONGRESS STUDENTS WING NSUI CANDIDATES WIN IN KASI VIDYAPITH ELECTIONS
In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, BJP student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has lost all seats in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Students Union election. While Samajwadi Yuvjan Chhatra Sabha (SYCS) leader Vimlesh Yadav was elected as the president, Congress’ student wing NSUI won 4 positions including that of the vice president and general secretary. The SYCS is the student wing of the Samajwadi Party. The NSUI also bagged six out of eight faculty representatives in the polls.
FORMER HARYANA CONGRESS CHIEF ASHOK TANWAR LAUNCHES NEW PLATFORM
Former Haryana PCC chief Ashok Tanwar on Thursday launched a social-political platform titled Apna Bharat Morcha with the aim of giving voice to the issue of the youth, farmers, middle class and women. He was joined by former Tripura Congress chief Pradyut Barman who had also quit the Congress. Tanwar’s new party was launched at the Constitution Club in New Delhi along with an online launch at 25 places including Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Tanwar had quit the Congress just ahead of the assembly elections in Haryana in 2019 after he was removed from the post of PCC chief. Tanwar said “The opposition is mute and the government is deaf. In such a scenario, Apna Bharat Morcha will work with a three pillared approach of dialogue, debate and discussion to add not only verve to Indian ethos of unity in diversity but will also lay the foundation for truly making our country the land of hope and fulfilment,”
KERALA BJP IS WOOING P T USHA FOR JOINING THE PARTY BEFORE ASSEMBLY POLL
The BJP is looking for progressive, clean, and credible faces” to woo urban, young voters in the poll-bound Kerala. After Metro man E Sreedharan, it seems Olympian PT Usha may also announce her entry into the BJP during the party’s ongoing ‘Vijaya Yathra’, which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched on 21 February. Usha is expected to join during the ‘yatra’ which will culminate around the first week of March. Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to be present at the ceremony to welcome a few celebrities into BJP.
RJD LEADER TEJASHWI JADAV’S TRACTOR RIDE TO BIHAR ASSEMBLY CREATES FURORE
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday drove a tractor to reach the Bihar assembly, to show the solidarity with those opposing the farm laws and protest against rise in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The tractor ride, commenced from his residence, right across the road from the chief minister’s bungalow. He demanded a proper statement from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the skyrocketing prices of oil which he has acknowledged but stopped short of commenting on. He must also explain what have the farmers gained by the abolition of agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) in Bihar. Many cultivators are forced to sell their produce for Rs 700-800 as against the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1800. He also expressed disappointment over the Speakers rejection of their proposal to mourn, on the floor of the House, the death of more than 260 farmers who have died in the course of the agitations and said, his tractor ride was aimed at reminding the powers of the much-used slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. (IPA)