The Congress is set to release its manifesto for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on Tuesday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress in-charge for Rajasthan Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, state party president Govind Singh Dotasra, manifesto committee chairman C P Joshi and ex-deputy CM Sachin Pilot will release “Jan Ghoshna Patra” at the state party office in Jaipur.
During their campaigns, CM Gehlot and other Congress leaders have announced the party’s seven poll “guarantees”, which include Rs 10,000 per annum honorarium for women heads of families, subsidised gas cylinders at Rs 500 for over 1 crore households, free laptops or tablets for first-year students studying in government colleges, free English medium school education, purchase of dung from cattle owners at Rs 2 per kg, Rs 15 lakh calamity insurance for Chiranjeevi families, and a pledge to back the old pension scheme (OPS) for government employees with a law.
The BJP has already released its manifesto on November 16, which has pledged various welfare schemes for women, youth and students. It has also promised to form a special police cell for probing “anti-Bharat” sleeper cells.
Modi rallies and roadshow
In Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two public meetings Tuesday — at Anta town in Baran and at Dusshera Ground in Kota.
Union Minister and BJP Rajasthan in-charge Pralhad Joshi toured Anta and Kota on Monday and supervised preparations for the PM’s rallies. “It will be our largest public meeting in the history of Kota. People from nine Assembly seats in Kota and Bundi are expected to attend the public meeting at Dusshera Ground,” Joshi said.
PM Modi will also hold a roadshow in Jaipur on Tuesday evening. The PM’s roadshow will be held inside the walled city of Jaipur and will start from Sanganeri gate, before moving through Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Choti Chaupad, Trilpolia Bazaar, Badi Chaupad and Johari Bazaar before ending at Sanganeri Gate in the city.
Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in Udaipur district in Rajasthan. This rally will be held in Vallabhnagar Assembly constituency, where a triangular contest is expected between the Congress’s Preeti Gajendra Shekhawat, the BJP’s Udaylal Dangi and Deepinder Kunwar, wife of former Janata Sena Party MLA Randhir Singh Bhinder.
Last Thursday, addressing his first rallies in Rajasthan — in Churu, Hanumangarh, and Ganganagar districts — in this election season, Rahul praised the welfare schemes of the Gehlot government with a promise of seven more, while warning that if the BJP is elected to power here, it will pull down the welfare net stitched by his party, as Hamza Khan reported.
Repolling in MP booth
Repolling will take place at a booth in Ater Assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district Tuesday, in accordance with the Election Commission of India (ECI)’s order.
Voting will be held at booth number 3 of the polling centre number 71 at Kishupura between 7 am and 6 pm, the ECI order said. A district official said repolling was ordered as there was a breach in secrecy in the concerned booth after some people had shot videos of voting.
Jarange-Patil on CM Shinde’s turf
Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange-Patil will hold a rally in Thane, the bastion of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The announcement of his visit was made by the Sakal Maratha Samaj.
Jarange-Patil’s visit comes close on the heels of an all-party OBC Elgar rally held to protest against the demand for inclusion of Marathas in the OBC category. The meeting saw state civil supplies minister and NCP MLA Chaggan Bhujbal steal the show, deploying rhetoric that no one from the ruling NDA has so far used since the Maratha agitation was reignited on August 29, as reported by Manoj Dattatrye More. Much of Bhujbal’s attack was reserved for Jarange-Patil, who has been spearheading the community’s demand for reservation.
The Maratha activist’s visit to Thane is a part of his statewide tour, scheduled to culminate on December 24, the deadline set by him for the Shinde government to give Kunbi certificates for members of the Maratha community from across the state.
AIADMK brainstorms for 2024 LS polls
AIADMK chief Edappadi K Palaniswami or EPS will chair a meeting of district secretaries, office-bearers and other senior functionaries of the party to take stock of the preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The high-level meeting to be held at the AIADMK headquarters will review preparations at all levels, starting from the booth committees. The move assumes significance as the party is holding such a meeting for the first time since exiting the NDA in September.
Earlier this month, the ruling DMK concluded its zone-wise special meetings for its booth agents.
Odisha Assembly Winter Session
The Winter Session of the Odisha Assembly will commence on Tuesday, which will continue till December 30.
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According to a notification, the session will comprise 30 business days. Speaker Pramila Mallik held an all-party meeting on Monday to ensure smooth conduct of House proceedings.
According to the provisional calendar, at least 23 days will be allocated for official business and six days for private members’ business (bills and resolutions).
This is likely to be the last session of the Assembly before next year’s Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
– With PTI inputs