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Rajasthan: PLC meeting at Gehlot residence on Sunday amid leadership change

Congress convened a meeting of its Legislative Party in Rajasthan at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur at 7 p.m. on Sunday, amid leadership change buzz after news it will contest the party chairman’s ballot .

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Mallikarjun Kharge as an observer alongside Secretary General in charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken. They will attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, AICC Secretary General KC Venugopal said on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Maken met with Sonia Gandhi and discussed issues related to Rajasthan in detail.

This is the second PLC meeting in a week. The last meeting took place on September 20.

Sources said that the direction of government in the future, if Gehlot is elected party leader, will likely be on the agenda of the meeting.

Gehlot became the first person to announce his candidacy in the AICC presidential ballot on Friday and said former President Rahul Gandhi told him that no member of the Gandhi family should become the party’s next leader.

The chief minister also said that the call for his successor will be taken by Sonia Gandhi and Maken.

Gehlot’s remarks came a day after Rahul Gandhi championed the “one man, one position” concept in the party, in line with the “Chintan Shivir” reforms.

Speaking to reporters in Kochi, Gehlot said, “I will set the date (to submit the application documents) after I return (to Rajasthan), but I have decided that I will have to contest. It is a matter of democracy and let’s start afresh.” Later that day, Gehlot told reporters in Shirdi that the “one man, one post” debate was unnecessary and that he would like to serve the people of his state all his life.

He also said that his statements about wanting to serve the people of Rajasthan were interpreted in different ways.

Interestingly, Congress leader Sachin Pilot met with Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi on Friday amid speculation of a changing of the guard in the state.

Pilot had met Joshi in his room at the State Assembly, where several party deputies were also present.

According to party sources, Pilot is the leading contender for chief minister, but Joshi’s name is also making the rounds.

Joshi is a former state congressman and was running for office in 2008, but lost the assembly election by one vote at the time.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD Chief Lalu Yadav will meet Sonia Gandhi today

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav will meet Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.

They arrive in Delhi to attend a rally to mark the birthday of former Deputy Prime Minister and founder of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Devi Lal in Fatehabad, Haryana, organized by the Chief of INLD, OP Chautala.

Raju Srivastava prayer meeting to be held in Mumbai

A prayer meeting will be held for comedian Raju Srivastava who died on September 21 after suffering a heart attack last month.

Taking to Instagram, his family wrote, “With deep sadness, we inform you of the passing of Sri Raju Srivastava on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The prayer meeting will be held on September 25, 22. Date: September 25, 2022 (Sunday ) Time: 4 PM to 6:00 PM Address: Mandapam Hal, ISKCON Juhu Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Temple, Mumbai 400049 #RajuSrivastav #RajuSrivastava (sic).

IMD predicts heavy rain and thunderstorms in Uttarakhand, UP and Delhi

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning in several states including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi over the next few days.

“A period of intense rain likely to continue over parts of the North West Indian plains over the next 2 days; over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the next 3 days and a significant reduction by sequel,” IMD said.