Rahul Gandhi has become the 16th person to hold the post of Congress president since independence, and the fourth from the Nehru-Gandhi family. Incidentally, Sonia Gandhi, the outgoing president has held the post for the longest time since independence, beating even Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. We take a look at the varied presidencies the party has seen so far since 1947. J.B. Kripalani - 1947 Known as Acharya Kripalani, he was the president of the Congress during the transfer of power in 1947. Defeated in a subsequent election in 1950, Kripalani left the party to found the Kisan Majdoor Praja Party, which was merged with the Socialist Party of India to form the Praja Socialist Party. He then went on to win a Lok Sabha seat four times, and moved the first ever no-confidence motion after the Indo-China war of 1962. Pattabhi Sitaramayya - 1948-49 Sitaramayya successfully ran for the president’s post with the support of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was also the Governor … [Read more...] about Presidents of Congress past: A look at the party’s presidency since 1947
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Asserting that he has joined the Congress presidential race to strengthen the party and not to oppose anyone, Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said he had reached out to Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor to pitch for a ‘consensus’ candidate. Mr. Tharoor, his rival, however reiterated his democratic right to contest the polls, Mr. Kharge added. Also Read Congress president polls | Open to public debate, will evoke people's interest in party, says Shashi Tharoor In a separate interview to news agency PTI, Mr. Tharoor also talked about having a presidential debate to understand the vision of each candidate. Launching his campaign on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 153 rd birth anniversary, Mr. Kharge responded to being labelled as the ‘establishment candidate’ and said he entered the polls after senior and young leaders alike urged him to enter the fray . Addressing his first press conference as a presidential candidate, Mr. Kharge said he decided to step down … [Read more...] about I am in Congress president race to strengthen party, says Mallikarjun Kharge
Chinese Deputy Representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang urged the world to organize an “objective, impartial, and professional investigation” into multiple leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines connecting Russia and Europe in remarks to the United Nations this weekend. Geng, previously a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, emphasized that communist China was willing to “work with all parties” to aid global security, but stopped short of offering China as a potential party to investigate the incidents. The Nord Stream and never-used Nord Stream 2 pipelines began leaking last week, causing the dramatic eruption of geysers of natural gas in the Baltic Sea. The pipelines served to help Russia quickly and efficiently sell natural gas, used for heating and other fuel needs, to much of Europe. Multiple government parties implicated by the leaks, which effectively mean Russia will not be able to provide natural gas to Europe to heat homes this winter, have indicated that … [Read more...] about China Wants ‘Impartial’ Nord Stream Leak Probe, Offers to ‘Work with All Parties’
Social activist Teesta Setalvad has said the country had rarely seen accountability of the State as far as targeted violence is concerned and added that survivors and citizens supporting them are among the "fallout" of such violence. Delivering the Girish Patel Smarnanjali Lecture in Ahmedabad, on October 2, Ms. Setalvad said the story of targeted violence begins with the build-up that is created with hate speeches and hate writings. “The survivors of such violence have to face difficulties in ensuring punishment for the perpetrators,” she added. Forced confinement is loss of dignity, says Teesta Setalvad "What is fallout? State accountability happens rarely in our country. How many people have been punished in [the riots of] 1984, 1992 and 2002? These are the questions before us. And the difficulties that survivors have to face to ensure punishment and citizens for supporting them are the issues that come up," she said. Ms. Setalvad was recently arrested by Gujarat … [Read more...] about India rarely saw accountability of State in targeted violence: Teesta Setalvad
The story so far: On September 25, the right alliance, the left alliance, the Five-Star Movement and other traditional autonomous parties competed in Italy’s snap elections. Among the four coalitions, the right alliance headed by Giorgia Meloni from Brothers of Italy with the League, Forza-Italia, and Nio Moderati emerged as the clear winner. It won with a majority of 237 seats in the Chamber of Duties (lower house) and 115 seats in the Deputies of the Senate (upper house). The left alliance led by Enrico Letta from the Democratic Party including the Green/left alliance, Più Europa, and Impegno Civico were able to secure only 85 and 44 seats in both houses. Who are the Brothers of Italy? The Brothers of Italy was founded in 2012 by Giorgia Meloni after her exit from the Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party. It included members from the Italian Social Movement (MSI), which was created by the supporters of Benito Mussolini. Starting from 2% in the 2013 elections, the … [Read more...] about Explained | The rise of the far-right in Italy
British Prime Minister Liz Truss was forced on October 3 into a humiliating U-turn, reversing plans to cut the highest rate of income tax that helped to spark a rebellion in her party and turmoil in financial markets . Ms. Truss, and her Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, announced a new “growth plan” on Sept. 23 that would cut taxes and regulation, funded by vast government borrowing to snap the economy out of years of stagnant growth. Also read: The U.K. is staring into an economic abyss But the plan triggered a crisis of investor confidence in the government, hammering the value of the pound and government bond prices and jolting global markets to such an extent that the Bank of England had to intervene with a 65 billion pound ($73 billion) programme to shore up the markets. While the removal of the top rate of tax only made up around 2 billion out of a 45 billion pound tax-cutting plan, it was the most eye-catching element of a fiscal package that was to be … [Read more...] about U.K. scraps tax cut for wealthy that sparked market turmoil
The story so far: In a bid to end the Congress party’s leadership crisis prevailing since 2019, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 28 fixed October 17 as the date to elect a party president. While Rahul Gandhi was the presidential candidate favoured by many CWC leaders, other contenders have entered the field. The upcoming presidential polls will witness a battle between Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor, and the Gandhi family has indicated that it would remain ‘neutral’ in the presidential contest. Several members of the G-23, a group of Congress members seeking party reform, have batted for a fair competition for the top post. Also Read A battle of opposites for Congress president's post In the CWC meeting , held days after the exit of the party’s longest-serving general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad , the schedule for the election was endorsed. Throughout the meeting, both former Congress … [Read more...] about Explained | How is the Congress president elected?
Water companies that dump sewage in rivers and seas will face fines of up to £250 million, the new Environment Secretary has vowed. Ranil Jayawardena warned water firm chiefs that if they do not do more to prevent effluent flowing into open water, he will institute an up to 1,000-fold increase in civil fines. It came as he emulated Liz Truss's "That is a disgrace!" speech when she had the same job nearly a decade ago. He said: "In 2022 we still find sewage in our rivers and on our beaches. That! Is! Not! On!” The Tories have been in power for 12 years. He told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Monday: "On my first day in office I met water company bosses to give them their report card. I'll be polite: could do better. "I asked them to write to me with their plans to accelerate investment in infrastructure. They did and now they must deliver. Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena said: "In 2022 we still find sewage in our rivers and on our beaches. … [Read more...] about Water firms that dump sewage in rivers to face £250million fines – 1,000 times higher
A Labour MP has been suspended after making "racist" remarks about Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng at a fringe event during the party conference. Rupa Huq has had the whip suspended after she described the Tory minister as a "superficially black man". A Labour source told the Mirror: "What Rupa said was clearly totally inappropriate." The remark provoked outrage, with Conservative chairman Jake Berry writing to Labour leader Keir Starmer and describing the comment as "nothing short of racist". She has since apologised to Mr Kwarteng descsribing her remarks were as "ill-judged". The shadow Home Office minister was sitting on a panel, alongside Shadow Equalities Minister Anneliese Dodds , at a Labour fringe event on Monday that was meant to focus on the party's agenda on race. A member of the audience questioned what policies Mr Kwarteng rolled out in his mini-budget that would positively affect the lives of black people living in Britain. Reflecting on Mr Kwarteng's … [Read more...] about Labour MP Rupa Huq suspended after ‘racist’ comment on Kwasi Kwarteng
Sign up to our free IndyArts newsletter for all the latest entertainment news and reviews Sign up to our free IndyArts newsletter RATHER confusingly, New York Fashion Week has been divided into two this Autumn. It was originally scheduled to take place in November after the collections in London, Milan and Paris. But in August, Helmut Lang announced that he couldn't possibly wait that long to show his Spring collection. "The energy is gone at that point, the energy is exhausted," he complained to Women's Wear Daily - so he would be showing in September. Not surprisingly, a number of other New York designers - Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, for example - decided to follow suit and the result is two Fashion Weeks. One of the reasons Helmut Lang did this, according to a Vogue editor I spoke to, is to avoid being accused of plagiarism. Within the fashion press, apparently, the issue of who has copied whom each season comes down to which collection they see first. Of course, … [Read more...] about If it’s September, it must be Fashion Week. Sort of.