India’s ruling Congress party is on course to winning power in the southern state of Karnataka in a rare piece of good news for the party as the government battles corruption allegations that have paralyzed parliament.
India’s ruling Congress party aims to oust its chief rival in weekend elections in southern Karnataka state, a victory that may bolster the government as it bids to revive the economy ahead of a national poll.
India’s government and opposition resolved differences over legislative changes to century-old laws on buying land for industry and roads, paving the way for parliamentary approval in the session which resumes next week.
India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party rejected pressure from its biggest alliance partner over the bloc’s choice of candidate for prime minister, widening a rift sparked by the growing clout of Narendra Modi.
The largest ally of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said the prime ministerial candidate of their coalition should have a secular image, a call that may weaken a bid by the BJP’s Narendra Modi to lead the opposition bloc into the next elections.
Rahul Gandhi said it was time to repair a broken system of governance in his first speech after being named deputy leader of Congress, an appointment that seeks to invigorate the ruling party ahead of next year’s election.
Rahul Gandhi, scion of the preeminent family in Indian politics, was appointed to the number two role in the governing Congress party as it seeks to appeal to younger voters ahead of an election next year.