New Delhi: With another political drama stewing in Rajasthan between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Twitter was flooded with people taking sides in the feud.
To begin with, the Congress is in a tizzy, yet again.
Veteran leader Kapil Sibal is extremely worried—and so should be the party.
Worried for our party
Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables ?
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) July 12, 2020
P. Chidambaram’s son Karti takes a fairly roundabout way to make his point about the crisis in Rajasthan — with help from Google.
Why is @Google a successful company? Because it lets talent to become entrepreneurial within the organisation. Lessons to be learnt here. 🙂 🙂
— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) July 12, 2020
Sacked spokesperson Sanjay Jha made it clear whose side he’s on.
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I fully back Sachin Pilot. Look at the facts:
Rajasthan 2013 Assembly elections; CM- Mr Gehlot.
Result: BJP- 163, Congress- 21 ( lowest ever)
Rajasthan 2018 Assembly Elections:
Result: BJP-73, Congress-100.
One man slogged 5 years for it; Sachin.
But who becomes the CM?
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) July 13, 2020
Wordsmith Shashi Tharoor elevated the issue to loftier heights…
I passionately believe that our country needs a genuinely liberal party headed by centrist professionals committed to inclusive politics and respectful of India’s pluralism. All who believe in the founding values of the Republic must work to strengthen @INCIndia not undermine it
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 12, 2020
Senior party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala knows the BJP playbook by heart and predicts what will follow the IT raids conducted today on people close to Gehlot.
भाजपा का दूसरा अंग्रिम संगठन भी मैदान में आया
ई.डी भी जयपुर आ ही गई, जैसा कहा था।
अब CBI कब आएगी? https://t.co/KkoBoUvB7B
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 13, 2020
As for the BJP, it’s not saying much although newly-minted leader Jyotiraditya Scindia expresses sympathies for his former Congress colleague. Hmmm.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) July 12, 2020
Meanwhile, economist Kaushik Basu has an epic theory on what will happen if people from the Congress keep crossing over to the BJP. That’s one way of looking at it.
The Trojan horse mistake. If the BJP continues to woo Congress party members to become BJP, after some time there will be reason for BJP to worry and Congress to celebrate because, while it may still be called BJP, it will in effect be Congress.
— Kaushik Basu (@kaushikcbasu) July 13, 2020
Moving on to West Bengal, both Sambit Patra and Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga were amongst many BJP leaders outraged by the death of BJP MLA Debendra Nath Ray, found hanging outside a shop in Kolkata.
Bagga had some choice words for West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) July 13, 2020
बंगाल में तृणमूल कांग्रेस से छोड़कर भाजपा में आये विधायक देवेंद्र नाथ जी की फांसी के फंदे पर लटका कर हत्या कर दी गई । ये दीदी का बंगाल है और आज कोई अवार्ड वापिसी गैंग का गुर्गा कुछ नही बोलेगा क्योंकि हत्या करने वाली उनके गैंग की खुद सदस्य है #DemocracyKillerMamata
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) July 13, 2020
And why is BJP’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya publicising Ray’s body?
निंदनीय और कायरतापूर्ण कृत्य !!!
ममता बैनर्जी के राज में भाजपा नेताओं की हत्या का दौर थम नहीं रहा। CPM छोड़ भाजपा में आये हेमताबाद के विधायक श्री देबेंद्र नाथ रॉय की हत्या कर दी गई। उनका शव फांसी पर लटका मिला।
क्या इनका गुनाह सिर्फ भाजपा में आना था ?… pic.twitter.com/kdRoalHxbJ
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) July 13, 2020
Gujarat Police Constable Sunita Yadav was transferred from her position after she detained a deputy minister’s son for violating lockdown rules. Here, the Indian Police Federation reminds the police supervisors of their duty.
Every police officer takes an oath of allegiance to the constitution of India, swearing to enforce the law strictly, without fear or favour. When a policewoman discharges her duty with dignity, it is the duty of her supervisors to stand with her. pic.twitter.com/coXmzn2R0h
— Indian Police Foundation (@IPF_ORG) July 12, 2020
Actor Juhi Chawla makes a fairly accurate ‘slip’.
This deserves the worst Auto Correct award pic.twitter.com/xZM9qT7QKo
— Arun Bothra (@arunbothra) July 12, 2020
And finally, cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards cannot ‘keep calm’ about the fantastic four-wicket test match win by West Indies against England on Sunday.
WHAT A WIN!!!
Yes boys @windiescricket 🔥
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) July 12, 2020
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