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20 Jun 2019
Political Theatre: Is Congress on the brink?

So says Anand Mishra. He writes: Headless in a sense after the party chief Rahul Gandhi declared his intention to step down; and unable to squarely place the blame on the leader or key leaders for the results, the party is going through a series of mini implosions. Rahul Gandhi celebrated his 49th birthday and he was wished a long life by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. Looks like nobody wants to pick up the phone and call people on their birthdays, now that we have social media platforms, so our followers can constantly be reminded of our largeheartedness. And in case you are wondering, the words 'chowkidar' and 'chor' weren't used in the exchange. 

 

As much as 40% of the election-related news published by media outlets in April were "biased", claims a report. As the government toys with the idea of holding simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies, the Law Commission has recommended a tough legal framework for such a gigantic exercise.

 

Two-time BJP MP from Rajasthan, Om Birla, was sworn in as the LS speaker. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday introduced his new Council of Ministers to the Lok Sabha. After Mamata Banerjee's no thank you RSVP to Modi's invite to the all-party meeting, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief Mayawati followed suit. The Aam Aadmi Party also took a leaf out of Mamata's playbook and asked for a white paper on 'one nation, one election'. 

 

In Karnataka: Congress on Wednesday dissolved its Karnataka unit but retained President Dinesh Gundu Rao and working president Eshwar Khandre, setting in motion the process to the organisational overhaul in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha debacle. Beleaguered Congress leader R Roshan Baig, who has been suspended, insisted that his criticism of the leadership was "based on the truth". State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday charged Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with making false accusations of taking Rs 20 crore from Jindal company against him. Upset with JD(S) state unit present A H Vishwanath, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said Vishwanath should hold talks with H D Kumaraswamy on a row over the sale of land to JSW in Bellary. And Bengaluru is barrelling towards water wars owing to how "water-stressed" it is. (No one's talking about the water crisis. They are still on the JSW thing.)  

 

In world news: On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump formally announced his re-election campaign. In his announcement, Trump denigrated journalists and reiterated his tough stance on immigration. Did you know that today is World Refugee Day? According to a new UN report, a record 70.8 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence or persecution.

 

Exit stage left,

 

DH Newsletters team

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