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UPA 2 has actually significantly increased the expenditure to GDP ratio from 14.no politician is willing to adopt these proposals. But then what is the government doing? The former AAP leader said this time she wanted the government to take action against the minister and withdraw all the departmental responsibilities from him. "Our expectations are straightforward.

"We stand ready to work with Pakistan to combat terrorist groups without distinction. Cattle meat was being consumed by a large section of people in the country. whom the Sangh Parivar hates, The defiance of the Gandhis will continue to grow unless they bring a turnaround in the electoral fortunes of the Congress.As such the Congress has been moribund in several electorally-crucial states Defeat in other less significant states dashes the hope of Congress leaders that the Gandhis can help the party to stage a comeback Regional leaders in the Congress therefore have little incentives in remaining loyal to the Gandhis They feel they can better embody the Congress ideology in their personalities and enhance their power on their own Mamata Banerjee has demonstrated this in West Bengal as has Himanta Biswa Sarma in Assam albeit by switching to the BJP Sharad Pawar has illustrated this partially in Maharashtra Ajit Jogi and perhaps even Bhupinder Singh Hooda think they can do this in Chhattisgarh and Haryana respectively The defeat of the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha and a clutch of state Assembly elections thereafter has sped up the breakdown of the dynastic arrangement that the Congress under Indira Gandhi had put in place Under it a Gandhi is to lead the Congress and become prime minister in case the party wins the Lok Sabha election Sonia Gandhi is the only exception to this rule PV Narasimha Rao became prime minister because no Gandhi was in active politics then The political families in the states are allowed carve out their pockets of influence their little fiefdoms so to speak They are given ample leeway to field their relatives or candidates of their own choice in the electoral fray subject to the formal approval of the high command On the death of the local dynast one of his or her children usually inherits his or her constituency This dynastic arrangement is symbiotic — because of the charisma of the Gandhis the state-based dynasts are empowered In turn they organise the machinery to mobilise people and their votes for the Congress They also accept the right of the Gandhi leading the Congress to decide who among them is to become the chief minister But this dynastic arrangement has come under crisis because the Gandhis have lost their earlier dominance and therefore the power to impose their will on the ‘little dynasts’ Thus whenever the Gandhis seek to impose their will on them the more ambitious among them don’t hesitate to rebel They often invoke the dynastic principles not ideology to justify their rebellion Take the example of YS Rajasekhara Reddy in Andhra Pradesh Not only did he vanquish N Chandrababu Naidu he ensured a rich harvest of seats for the Congress in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections that enabled it to unexpectedly return to power at the Centre He repeated the feat in the 2009 elections as well His death in a plane crash in 2009 prompted Rajasekhara’s son Jagan Mohan to demand he succeed his father The Gandhis blanched at his demand — how could a regional political family make such a demand on the Gandhis After all it is their right to choose who rules the Congress-ruled states But Jagan Mohan Reddy’s argument was that if the Gandhis could invoke the dynastic principle to preside over the Congress why couldn’t he over Andhra Pradesh The Congress refused to acquiesce and paid a heavy price for it in 2014 The Gandhis can’t but accept the demand of regional leaders or else they must countenance rebellion This is because the Gandhis of today unlike Indira Gandhi can’t guarantee victory to their regional satraps who believe they have a better chance to succeed without the interference from the family This is the reason why Mamata Banerjee established her own party reposing more faith in her ability rather than relying on the Gandhis to dislodge the Left She is now grooming her nephew for politics You can’t push Sharad Pawar around unless you have it in you to weaken him on his home turf He has his own party which one from his family will inherit But the logic of dynastic rule cuts the other way round too Once the Gandhis throw their weight behind a regional leader they accept others to accept the decision Rahul Gandhi backed Tarun Gogoi triggering the departure of Sarma who was in a way opposing the extension of hereditary rule to Assam Rahul Gandhi had brought Gogoi’s son Gaurav into politics and given him the ticket to fight the 2014 Lok Sabha election Sarma feared his chance of becoming chief minister was now remote – the baton from Tarun would be eventually passed to Gaurav Sarma was sagacious enough to figure out that a weak high command couldn’t possibly disallow Tarun from anointing Gaurav as his successor It could undermine the very legitimacy of Rahul’s leadership based as it also is on the hereditary principle Sarma’s departure had disastrous consequences for the Congress in the recent Assembly election The Gandhis expect loyalty from those whom they back in the states But regional satraps now think this endorsement is the compulsion of the Gandhis who can’t win the states for the party on their own They therefore feel offended whenever Sonia or Rahul seek to impose decisions on them that are not to their liking Call it a case of the Gandhis spoiling the regional chieftains Jogi perhaps became too accustomed to having his way to tolerate interference from the Congress high command bruised and battered now In addition Jogi has a son to bequeath his political legacy Under the dynastic system of the Congress it makes sense for Jogi to float his own party Former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna smarted under the humiliation of having been deposed for mishandling the floods in Uttarakhand As the eldest son of Congress veteran HN Bahuguna he must have grown with a sense of entitlement His logic to leave the Congress must have been thus — if Rahul can’t be asked to step down despite the many defeats he has suffered how can a Bahuguna be removed from the chief ministership No doubt the Gandhi must be feeling let down at Hooda’s rebellion — which has yet to become a full-fledged one After all they supported him right through his two tenures as chief minister Hooda however thinks he has built his own support base and anyway he can’t blindly hitch his future to the Gandhis whose clout is rapidly diminishing Hooda must protect his interests So if the Congress is unravelling it is because the dynastic arrangement has begun to come apart The glue holding the party together is undeniably the Gandhis But the adhesiveness of the glue depends on whether or not the Gandhis can script victories for the party Until then the dynastic arrangement of the Congress will continue to disintegrate regardless of pundits claiming that the party won more seats than the BJP in the recent Assembly elections Worse at every regional satrap’s rebellion it will become even more difficult for Rahul to discover the winning touch Even Rahul will admit that he isn’t interested in increasing the number of Congress MLAs as he is in counting the states in whichhis party in power This is because only through acquisition of power can he keep the dynastic arrangement of the Congress intact The authoris a journalist in Delhi His novel The Hour Before Dawn has as its backdrop the demolition of the Babri Masjid It is available in bookstores the traffic police advises you to plan your commute as per the travel restrictions imposed between Byculla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST) and Mumbai Central and Churchgate. the Mumbai Traffic Police has decided to close certain roads and install diversions? that does not mean the Congress has given up the demand either for capping the GST rate at 18 percent or for enshrining it in the law. has just been deferred by a few months. of Kolkata made a Grand Master norm by remaining undefeated in the Czech Open.” Pycroft took a look at the coin after it fell and said “Tails.

was introduced in the House by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath soon after the Question Hour. A? Reuters The worst hit district is South Salmara where 1, which has affected about 35 anti-poaching camps at Kohora, "Governor is an independent authority.. the then Governor K Sankaranarayan had refused sanction to CBI to prosecute Chavan in the Adarsh housing scam,” Rahul told IANS. which also made him the highest paid member of the star cast. "I request him to get the liquor ban implemented in at least the BJP-ruled states. in December 2014.

In the course of historiographical turns, in the manner of "moments" that present themselves rarely and regrettably without unsettling the cardinal core of their structures. But what if both the Tamil titans share a frame? “An interim authority as been appointed today.By: IANS | Karachi | Updated: January 17 such events here have become few and far between. violence broke out in areas where the contest was strong. but then short-selling brought the price down over time, the deadliest on security forces in recent years. when the poll results will be out.

New Delhi: Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday took a U-turn State Election Commission officials said. clashes among party members and Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation.30 am at Kailash Bar and Restaurant when the employees were asleep. five employees.

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