Congress president Sonia Gandhi had on Sunday night time cleared the names of 10 get together nominees, together with Ajay Maken, Randeep Surjewala and Mukul Wasnik, for election to the higher home.
Quickly after the announcement of the candidates, actress-turned-politician Nagma Morarji and the get together's nationwide spokesperson Pawan Khera made clear their disappointment over not being nominated.
The BJP additionally used it to take a swipe on the Congress management, saying the Gandhis can't suppose past their coterie.
Nagma raised questions over the candidature of minority cell head Imran Pratapgarhi, whereas Congress chief Acharya Pramod Krishnam mentioned that suppression of expertise is a “suicidal step” for the get together.
Sanyam Lodha, an adviser to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, mentioned the Congress ought to rethink its choice to area candidates to the Rajya Sabha from exterior the state.
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“Shayad meri tapasya mein kuch kami reh gayi (Possibly my penance fell quick),” Khera tweeted.
Responding to it, Nagma mentioned, “My 18 years of penance fell quick earlier than Imran bhai (Imran Pratapgarhi, who has been fielded from Maharashtra).
“Sonia Ji our Congress president had personally dedicated to accommodating me in RS in 2003/04 after I joined Congress get together on her behest we weren't in energy then.
“Since then it has been 18 years (however) they did not discover a possibility, Mr Imran is accommodated in RS from Maharashtra. I ask am I much less deserving,” she tweeted.
Nonetheless, each Khera and Nagma later congratulated the nominees.
Searching for to do some injury management, Khera additionally posted a 1.41-minute video on Twitter, saying, “Getting blinded by private ambition is a luxurious you and I can't afford on this struggle. This can be a struggle larger than any ambition.”
He quoted a couplet from Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poem “Madhushala”, saying one shouldn't be afraid of getting burnt.
He hailed the Congress and thanked the individuals for standing with him and cited the instance of Sonia Gandhi, who sacrificed the highest put up of prime minister.
Imran Pratapraghi, when requested about his candidature mentioned, “There is no such thing as a opposition to my candidature and the whole get together stands united. All the nation comes inside Maharashtra and there's no query of outsider or insider.”
“There is no such thing as a query of any opposition to the choice of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the whole get together stands collectively behind her choice. We are going to win the Rajya Sabha election.”
When requested about Nagma's criticism, he mentioned, “Have you ever seen one other tweet by her congratulating everybody nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Please see that tweet, it's extra stunning.”
Responding to Nagma Morarji's tweet, Congress chief Acharya Pramod Krishnam mentioned that the penance of Salman Khurshid, Tariq Anwar and Ghulam Nabi Azad was of over 40 years, however they too have been “martyred”.
“‘Suppression' of expertise is a ‘suicidal step' for the get together,” he mentioned in one other tweet in Hindi.
Shortly after the Congress introduced its candidates, Lodha had tweeted, “The Congress get together ought to clarify why no Congress chief/employee from Rajasthan is nominated for the Rajya Sabha elections,” with the hashtag ‘Congress Sankalp'.
He cautioned the Congress' prime brass that the get together would undergo a “enormous blow” within the meeting elections subsequent 12 months if it didn't accommodate leaders from Rajasthan within the Higher Home.
BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya additionally took to Twitter to criticise the Congress management over Rajya Sabha nominations, saying it has led to discontentment.
“The Chintan Shivir clearly did not serve any goal. Quickly after, Congress noticed high-profile exits. Now it has dissatisfied its Rajasthan, Chattisgarh (each election-bound) and Maharashtra items by denying nomination to locals for RS,” Malviya mentioned on Twitter.
“The Gandhis cannot see past their coterie,” he mentioned.
Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole, nonetheless, mentioned that each employee “accepts the choice of our chief Sonia Gandhi”.
“Congress is a democratic get together and anybody can really feel that he's extra deserving, however everybody accepts the choice of the excessive command and Imran Pratapgarhi might be elected because the get together's Rajya Sabha nominee from Maharashtra,” he mentioned.
One other Congress chief Milind Deora put out a cryptic tweet, saying, “The optimist-pessimist check.” He put out an image of sunshine signage with the writing, “You matter Do not hand over” if learn vertically and “You do not matter Hand over” if learn horizontally.
Deora has been a contender for a Rajya Sabha seat.
Earlier all of the leaders nominated to Rajya Sabha thanked the get together management for reposing religion in them.
“Grateful for the assist and good needs of the Congress President, the Congress management, hundreds of thousands of Congress members, colleagues and associates,” Chidambaram mentioned in a tweet.
Chatting with reporters after submitting his nomination in Chennai, the senior chief thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin and different allies of the DMK-Congress mix, together with the Left events.
The previous union minister, nonetheless, declined to touch upon voices of discontent inside his get together over the selection of candidates for the June 10 Rajya Sabha biennial polls.
Vivek Tankha, a frontrunner of the G23 dissident group that had raised questions on the Congress management and sought the get together's overhaul, mentioned, “I'm sorry if I've damage anybody resulting from my phrases or actions throughout this era up to now. My try has at all times been to wipe tears and never give ache to anybody via my work.”
In one other tweet, he mentioned in 32 years of affiliation with Kamal Nath, he has at all times been grateful to him for his unstinted assist.
Flanked by Nath and Chief of Opposition within the Madhya Pradesh Meeting Govind Singh, the 65-year-old Supreme Court docket lawyer offered his nomination papers to the returning officer in Bhopal.
Ranjeet Ranjan mentioned, “I am extraordinarily humbled and grateful to my get together, to madam Sonia Ji and Rahul Ji for nominating me for Rajya Sabha”.
Union minister Jairam Ramesh and Mansoor Ali Khan filed their nomination papers from Karnataka.
They have been accompanied to the Karnataka Meeting Secretariat by former chief minister Siddaramaiah, senior Congress chief M Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress state president D Ok Shivakumar.
The opposition get together is predicted to win not less than one seat, given its energy within the meeting, but it surely has additionally fielded one other candidate, Mansoor Ali Khan.
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