The developments in Karnataka will take the fizz out of Congress’ victory in forming governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The Congress, in its election manifesto for the Rajasthan assembly election, had promised to provide free education to girls in all government institutions.
Political parties need to ask themselves if they are morally on the right side when they entice voters with ‘welfare schemes’. The electorate needs to ask itself if it has no compunctions in falling for such promises.
The farmers' rally in Jaipur would be Gandhi’s first major public address in Rajasthan since Congress won the assembly elections there in December 2018
CM Gehlot had announced to waive entire short term agriculture loans from cooperative banks and agriculture loans of up to Rs 2 lakh from nationalised and other banks for defaulting farmers
Gadkari dedicated works worth Rs 2,000 crore to the nation after their completion and laid foundation for some projects worth Rs 4,000 crore
It will be his first rally in the state after the Congress wrested power from the BJP.
A slew of economists, including former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan have been voicing concerns on the farm loan waivers claiming they spoil the credit culture and have been appealing political parties to desist from announcing such measures
He alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had waived bad loans worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore of select industrialists when loans of farmers should have been the priority.
The allocation of portfolios were done late on December 26 after Chief Minister Gehlot and Pilot held meetings with Gandhi in New Delhi that day.
On December 25, Rajasthan Congress chief Pilot had hinted at its expansion in the near future, saying several leaders will be given a chance to work.
Farm loans, which have been announced since 2014, are a major factor responsible for fiscal stress in certain states.
"It seems that urea racks meant for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were diverted to Haryana which led to the crisis. It was an artificial crisis created in the states where governments changed," Gehlot told reporters outside the Raj Bhawan.
Governor Kalyan Singh administrated the oath of office to the new ministers at an event attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and senior Congress leaders.
Kuldeep Ranka, who was principal secretary tourism and forest, was appointed as principal secretary to the chief minister.
Around 129 newly elected MLAs have declared themselves to be ‘graduate’ or above while seven have declared themselves to be literate
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh are expected to attend all three ceremonies along with a host of opposition leaders
Live updates of the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly election results. Congress set to form the government
After Congress' observer to the state K C Venugopal made the announcement at a media briefing here, Gehlot thanked Gandhi for giving him an opportunity to serve the people of the state for the third time and promised that he and Pilot will give "good governance".
According to sources, both Gehlot and Pilot were called by the Congress president for an amicable settlement to the issue amid a clear fight between the old and the young guard in the party.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi might be ready to take on the Amit Shah-led BJP, but he is yet to smoothly navigate Congress’ internal dynamics
His appeal came in the wake of reports of incidents of violence in various parts of Rajasthan, allegedly by his supporters demanding his appointment as chief minister.
The Congress president will first meet the party observers A K Antony for Madhya Pradesh and K C Venugopal for Rajasthan before meeting those in the race.
A Congress MLA said there could be another meeting of the Congress Legislature Party the morning of December 13 to resolve the deadlock.
After the results declared Congress one short of a simple majority, the focus has now shifted on the two candidates for the top post — two-time CM Ashok Gehlot or party unit chief Sachin Pilot