Senior party leaders said Surjewala is considered close to Yadav politically, as his father Shamser Singh Surejwala, who was also a senior Congress leader was considered close to Ajay Yadav’s father Rao Abhay Singh.
The campaign will revolve around key promises mentioned in the party’s manifesto including the NYAY scheme, universal healthcare, doubling education budget, the women’s reservation bill and the separate farmers’ budget.
This comes a week after Sinha met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on March 29 in New Delhi. He has been critical of the Narendra Modi government of the Centre and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, with which he had an association of more than two decades.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised that 20% of the poorest families in the country will be given Rs 72,000 each annually if his party came to power in this summer’s Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in Parliament proved to be a “jumlon ki dukaan” (a shop of rhetoric) and it was characterised by “false stories” and “made-up facts”.
After a round of meetings, chaired by senior Congress leader KC Venugopal and attended by top party leaders from Haryana, Rahul Gandhi took a final call on the nominee. Congress leaders feel Surjewala is the party’s strongest candidate in the region, sources said.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released a conversation purportedly between Goa minister Vishwajit Rane and another person in which Rane claimed that the Goa CM had the entire file and all documents related to Rafale in his bedroom.
Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview as bereft of reality and full of rhetoric, the Congress on Tuesday alleged that he was “peddling in lies” and asserted that the countdown for his exit has begun.
Congress will choose the chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh after taking the opinion of each of the newly elected legislators, spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Wednesday, although the MLAs have authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to choose the persons for the top job.Congress has emerged as single largest party, ousting BJP in Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh. In the Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress won 99 seats out of 199 while BJP secured 73 seats. BSP and others won 6 and 20 seats, respectively.A Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting held on Wednesday in the three states authorised Rahul Gandhi to choose the chief minister. Yesterday, a delegation of Congress party had met the governor to stake claim to form the government.However, Rahul has appointed observers for the states — AK Antony for Madhya Pradesh, Mallikarjun Kharge for Chhattisgarh and KC Venugopal for Rajasthan.Here are the live updates:
Enforcement Directorate officials on Friday started raids at multiple locations linked to Robert Vadra in Delhi and Bengaluru, triggering a sharp reaction from the Congress that described the raids as an effort to divert the narrative.
The Congress on Wednesday said the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “latching” on to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal who was extradited to India from Dubai, for a “smear campaign” against opposition leaders.
The government on Wednesday lowered the country’s economic growth rate during the previous Congress-led UPA regime, shaving off over 1 percentage point from the only year when India posted double-digit GDP growth post liberalisation and from each of the three years with 9-plus per cent expansion.
Attacking the BJP, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wondered if Alok Verma was “sacked” for his keenness to probe the “layers of corruption” in the Rafale scam and sought an answer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.