New Delhi: At a gathering of senior Karnataka Congress leaders Wednesday, get together chief Rahul Gandhi suggested that the state authorities ought to solely give commercials to media that’s “beneficial” to the Congress, ThePrint has learnt.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge was additionally current on the assembly held in Delhi.
Rahul’s recommendation stems from the Congress’s long-standing grouse towards the mainstream media, which, it believes, has been “captured” by the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP).
Throughout his Bharat Jodo Yatra that ended earlier this 12 months, Rahul prevented chatting with the mainstream media and as a substitute gave interviews to YouTubers and social media influencers.
On the assembly, Rahul additionally emphasised that the Congress-led authorities in Karnataka and get together leaders should keep away from graft costs, stating that that they had come to energy within the state earlier this 12 months on an anti-corruption plank, stated sources.
He additional stated that the 5 ensures, which had been a part of the Congress’s manifesto, must be fulfilled in totality and nothing ought to put the identical off monitor.
The Congress assembly Wednesday was the thirteenth carried out by the get together in Delhi with completely different state items in preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
A Karnataka Congress chief, who was on the assembly, stated that Rahul and Kharge instructed the state unit to give attention to ballot preparations as properly, and never simply governance.
“Now we have to focus extra on Parliament elections. Now we have to give attention to the federal government, establish candidates, work out a method and begin engaged on the bottom,” the chief instructed ThePrint.
“By each means obligatory, we should attempt to get extra seats in Karnataka. Usually, they had been making an attempt to remind us that there are Parliament elections. It’s simple to get caught in governance and neglect about our get together obligations,” the chief added.
Talking to the press after the assembly, Congress normal secretary in-charge for Karnataka, Randeep Surjewala, stated that one senior chief and one minister will probably be made in-charge of every parliamentary constituency in Karnataka. The state has 28 Lok Sabha seats.
“At the moment, greater than three dozen senior leaders of the Karnataka Congress had a gathering with Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge. Whereas each of them congratulated the leaders on the thumping victory in Karnataka, an elaborate dialogue was held on the preparations for the upcoming polls,” Surjewala stated.
“The Karnataka mannequin is the brand new mannequin of serving the individuals of this nation. Your complete nation must implement the Karnataka mannequin of governance,” he added.
Over the following six-seven months, until the Lok Sabha polls, all organisational duty of the get together within the assigned Lok Sabha constituency would be the duty of those two leaders, Surjewala defined.
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‘Congress will win at the least 20 Lok Sabha seats’
Of the 5 ensures in its manifesto, the Congress authorities in Karnataka has been in a position to fulfill 4 thus far — the Shakti scheme that permits ladies free bus journey; the Gruha Lakshmi scheme that provides Rs 2,000 to ladies heads of family; the Anna Bhagya scheme that guarantees 10 kg free rice to Beneath Poverty Line households; and the Gruha Jyothi scheme that provides 200 items of free electrical energy to each family.
Whereas the Shakti scheme is already in impact, the federal government has rolled out money funds in lieu of rice for the Anna Bhagya scheme. Registrations for the Gruha Lakshmi scheme have began whereas these for Gruha Jyothi will start from Saturday.
The Yuva Nidhi scheme, which guarantees Rs 3,000 per 30 days to unemployed graduates, is but to be rolled out.
The federal government has stated that these graduating this 12 months will probably be given six months to seek out work, publish which they are going to begin receiving direct money transfers.
Controversy has surrounded these initiatives since their inception, with the BJP alleging that the Congress’s schemes would put extra strain on the state exchequer.
Surjewala introduced to reporters Wednesday that the Gruha Jyothi scheme will begin from Karnataka’s Kalaburagi metropolis Saturday.
Congress staff have additionally been requested to go house-to-house to popularise the 5 schemes. Surjewala added that the get together will win “at the least 20” of the 28 Lok Sabha seats within the state.
(Edited by Nida Fatima Siddiqui)
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