Tamil Maanila Congress to be re-born? and is it Congress vs Congress now ??

TNCC Leader Gnanadesikan who resigned the day before has attacked the high command in a rather unprecedented way, making it clear that with the so called ‘high command’ losing its sheen, a majority of state level leader will look for ‘other’ options for their political career.

Its an open secret that for a while now, the state leaders who are a part of the group inclined to be a part of the G K Vasan group are toying with the idea of reviving the Tamil Maanila Congress, and be a decent political force in the assembly elections in the state due somewhere in 2016.

Its also a strategic move by the TN leaders to distance themselves from the former Union minister P Chidambaram, who is widely believed to be in for a legal wrangle in some of the scams. Gnanadesikan’s utterances against Chidambaram, more likely with the blessings of G K Vasan must be seen in that light.

Is the Gandhi surname a liability now?
Is the Gandhi surname a liability now?

The move also needs to be seen in the light of two facts –

one, the charm that the Congress top brass and the Gandhi surname commanded are no longer there, and in fact, the danger is that the Gandhi surname is now a political liability, given the discredited state the party is in – after the LS poll debacle, and the failure to even put up a fight in the state polls for Maharasthra and Haryana. Observers feel that Jharkand where polls will be held soon will also be no different for the Congress leadership in terms of the outcome.

two, the state level leaders are no more willing to pay obeisance to the Congress high command, unless there is a semblance of a plan to revive the party through structural changes at the top leadership.

There two facts will haunt the high command not just in TN, but in most of the states where Congress has been relegated to a non-entity, thanks to the pro Modi wave, which continues.

The choice before a whole lot of Congress leaders now is to either jump ship to the BJP or other regional parties, and for those who have a bit of organisational backing, float a regional outfit and ally with like-minded parties in the future.

While the TMC may be born again or not in Tamilnadu, what Gnanadesikan has said now may well be what many regional satraps of the Congress may be pondering too.

Yet, its to be seen if this will shake the ‘high command’ from the deep slumber.

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Tamil Maanila Congress to be re-born? and is it Congress vs Congress now ??

Centre, and Arun Jaitley embarrased ? Supreme Court orders black money holder list be handed over.

The Narendra Modi led NDA government was sort of embarrased in the highest court of the country today – in a blow to the dilly dallying approach of the centre making names public in a selective way, the court ordered that the list of black money holders, in toto, be handed over by tomorrow to the court.

Black money - a vacillating centre rapped in the knuckles?
Black money – a vacillating centre rapped in the knuckles?

The  SC pulled up the government for seeking modification of its order on disclosing names of account holders in foreign banks.

The apex court also ordered the government to just pass the information of account holders and then await its orders on the matter. This decision by the Supreme court comes a day after the centre released eight names against whom it has started prosecution for allegedly stashing black money in foreign banks. Of the eight, three of them were said to have bank account in foreign banks.

This made the court to question the government as to why it was keen on  providing a protective umbrella to foreign bank account holders. “We can’t leave the issue of bringing back black money to government. It will never happen during our time”, stated   the SC said in its judgement.

This happening in the court is a huge embarrassment for the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has, as per even many NDA supporters, has been vacillating on the black money holder list being made public.

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Centre, and Arun Jaitley embarrased ? Supreme Court orders black money holder list be handed over.

Captain Vijayakanth is CM front-runner for TN in 2016

Captain Vijayakanth has made his ambitions clear in his speech to his party workers over the last week-end. He has asserted in his speech that with Superstar Rajinikanth refusing to be drawn into the BJP’s bandwagon, he was the front runner to the Chief-minister-ship of the state.

Captain will settle for nothing less than CM in 2016!
Captain will settle for nothing less than CM in 2016!

Elections to TN will be held somewhere in 2016, unless there is a drastic change in plans, where the present ADMK government may call for dissolution of the present assembly, and call for snap polls. Some political observers feel that this is a possibility, provided the ousted CM Jayalalitha comes out of her legal wrangles in the disproportionate assets case, which has convicted her along with Sasikala and a few others. Incidentally, Jaya’s appeal is to be heard in the Bangalore High Court today. However, it could be just the beginning of a fairly long drawn process.

Some party workers in the meeting venue where Vijayakanth laid his plans clear however felt that just in case the BJP agrees to the ally DMDK holding the CM chair, it would be Premalatha Vijayakanth who would be the partys choice, and even Vijayakanth would bide by the party’s choice.

The BJP camp is Tamilnadu is amused by these developments; while the leadership in the state Unit would take the actor ally’s speech with a pinch of salt, they will also be left wondering if the DMDK is trying pressure tactics for a larger chunk of seat sharing.

However, political observers feel that elections 2016 in TN are a long way to go, and Vijayakanth’s utterances are too premature.

As the classic adage goes – 2 years is a long long time in politics.

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Captain Vijayakanth is CM front-runner for TN in 2016

Modi may attend Maha swearing in… but quandary over protocol?!

PM Narendra Modi is likely to attend the swearing in ceremony of the BJP or BJP led government in Maharashtra, as and when it happens.

However, officials of the state governments protocol wing are in a quandary over how the seating arrangements are to be made, just in case Modi does attend the grand swearing in at the precincts of the Mantralaya.

Leaders of the state BJP seem to be of the opinion that the state officials must keep a watch on the swearing ceremony of the M L Khattar led government today, to see how the PM Modi is seated in that function.

“We suggested them that they should watch where PM sits during the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana government today and accordingly make seating arrangements here,” one leader stated.

Looks like the Haryana government officials did not ponder that much on the protocol challenge as this video of the today’s swearing in depicts.

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Modi may attend Maha swearing in… but quandary over protocol?!

PM Modi meets press at BJP HQ – more of a mainline media ‘selfie’ opportunity!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took time off from his hectic schedule to meet a host of media people at the BJP Party headquarters this afternoon (25th Oct). Most of the leading lights of prominent TV channels and print media were present there.

Party president Amit Shah welcomed and next to that PM Modi addressed the media – his brief speech focused on his Clean India campaign, and how the media was playing a very constructive role in informing people of the same, and propelling them into action.

After the speech, he mixed with those present for informal interactions.

While there was a promise from the PM of more similar interactions in the coming times, the event was marked by the lack of any serious attempt by Shri Modi to take up questions on more serious issues.

For most in the media, it was a good opportunity to wish the PM in person, and get a now in vogue ‘selfie’ shot.  And none of them were complaining of content as per seasoned observers.

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PM Modi meets press at BJP HQ – more of a mainline media ‘selfie’ opportunity!