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  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Maybe Rahul 3.0 Will Be Effective In 2024

By Slogger
First publised on 2019-03-19 13:06:37

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Sunil Garodia Holding an extreme view and carting the ball out of the park is what interests him most. He is a hard hitter at all times. Fasten your seatbelts and read.
The recent attitude the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are showing stems from two things. First, Rahul Gandhi has a lot of confidence in his new, improved avatar. He thinks he has got the measure of Modi and is a natural to lead the opposition alliance and hence be the prime minister of the nation. Second, the party thinks that if anyone can take on Modi, it is Rahul. Their bloated sense of self-importance was furthered by the tough fight they gave in Gujarat (although the courtesy of Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor) and the conquering of big states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the recent assembly elections.

But the latest opinion poll, conducted by Times Now-VMR, shows that their balloon is going to be pricked everywhere except Punjab. While the party is likely to sweep the border state, the people of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are not likely to vote for the Congress. Hence, the party is likely to get less than double the seats it got in 2014. That is not saying much as the Congress had got fewer than 50 seats then. The UPA is expected to get just 135 seats, marginally more than the 125 seats the other parties, not aligned with the two major alliances, are likely to get. It is becoming increasingly clear that the overdrive that Rahul went into over the Rafale deal has not cut much ice with the voters. Further, the voter is also miffed with the Congress over its response to the surgical strikes.

Rahul Gandhi and the Congress have made a huge mistake by not entering into strategic alliances. All talks of mahagathbandhan vanished once most of the opposition leaders refused to accept Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the alliance. The Congress tried to play big brother ignoring ground realities. It tried to trample upon the regional parties leading to complete alienation with SP and BSP in UP, who went to announce their own tie up without the Congress. Although the Congress could not have made much of a mark in the state, the tie up with SP-BSP would have given healthy signals to other parties that it was willing to be flexible. As things stand now, the Congress has only RJD and DMK among the bigger regional parties, with Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu, Naveen Pattanaik and KCR all going their own way. Reports are emerging that the Bihar alliance with the RJD and other parties is also in trouble.

From the dreams of displacing Modi and installing Rahul as prime minister, the Congress must now resign itself to another five years on the opposition benches. Maybe, just maybe, this time it will not face the ignominy of not having its leader officially designated as the leader of the opposition. Once the elections are over and the Congress realizes the folly of not conceding space to regional parties and entering into alliances, it will have to think of sending Rahul on another sabbatical. Maybe, Rahul 3.0 will be better placed to give Modi a run for his money in 2024.