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For all the latest Entertainment News, and Mattek-Sands wore knee-high socks and a left wrist band with the same red-and-white-striped,apart from Kella,Congress general secretary Abhay Rajput also resigned However Firstpostwas unable to independently verify Rajput’s resignation Kella said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi meets only a handful of people and does not take along workers with him Kella who in the past unsuccessfully fought election from the Maninagar Assembly segment sent his resignation letter to Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki Kella said he was not happy with the way three leaders Patidar quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani were being given prominence by the Opposition party ahead of the next month’s Assembly polls He said many loyal party workers were being "ignored" and these three leaders being given prominence "(Bharatsinh) Solanki does not understand anything and Rahul Gandhi does not meet party workers He meets only a handful of people He should have taken all party workers together rather than giving prominence to Patel Mevan and Thakor and mentioning them in his speeches" Kella told PTI Asked about his future plans Kella told the media that he is likely to join the BJP in the next few days In his letter Kella said he has been associated with the Congress for the last 38 years He said the Congress is waging its "last fight for existence" in the state by setting aside its "ideology and party loyalists" "(Former Congress chief minister) Madhavsinh Solanki’s KHAM (Kshatriya-Harijan-Adivasi-Muslim) theory had damaged the party Today Gujarat cannot be won by revisiting the same theory" he said in his resignation letter The KHAM formula successfully applied by Solanki revolved around wooing Kshatriya Harijan Adivasi and Muslim community members to come to power This news comes after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s three-day visit to BJP stronghold in north Gujarat on Saturday followed by his visit to the Veer Meghmaya temple sacred to the members of the Dalit vankar community Later Rahul also visited Khodiyar Maa temple and Maa Bahuchar temple Rahul concluded his three-day visit on Monday and also attended events in Patan and Mehsana districts in north Gujarat Rahul who has been campaigning in the region since Saturday earlier completed similar sojourns in Saurashtra (west Gujarat) central Gujarat and south Gujarat With inputs from agencies Updated: February 26 2014 3:57 am Poor political management has become synonymous with the Congress party’s current governance Related News Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah The Congress may have temporarily resolved its Telangana conundrum with the passage of the legislation to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh But the disruptions in Parliament the suspension of Congress MPs and the vehement opposition of the Andhra chief minister to his own party’s decision to push for Telangana signals that the party’s central leadership or high command did not secure the support of the state leadership before announcing the Telangana decision leading to an internal rebellion It is clear that the chaos to a large extent could have been avoided by better political management Poor political management has become synonymous with the Congress party’s current governance The centralised organisational structure of the Congress is the root cause of its political mismanagement A centrally controlled dynastic party does not enable the political education of home-grown talent at the state level The Congress has prided itself on being the only national party in India that can hold together a diverse coalition Given India’s social complexities coalition-building and coalition-maintenance are central to the electoral success and longevity of any party No party has stayed in power for an extended period in any state without learning how to stitch together a broad enough coalition in a state The Congress has often asserted that no other party can build and maintain a similar coalition The rhetoric (and hubris) that accompanied this claim has stressed that in the 1950s and 1960s the Congress was the only party that could hold India together In the 1970s the message was “there is no alternative” or the TINA factor Now the message from the Congress is that there is only one national secular plural party — the Congress A second element of the Congress’s strategy since the 1970s has been to centralise power and decision-making and present a dynasty as its face For most of the time since Independence the Congress has presented a member of the Gandhi family as the face of the party Jawaharlal Nehru was the undisputed leader of the party through the 1950s and early 1960s Indira Gandhi’s autocratic tendencies did not stop the then Congress president Devakanta Baruah from raising the slogan “Indira is India and India is Indira” Today the support for the Gandhi family is less brazen but still very obvious References to the “high command” as the ultimate decision-making authority are common in Congress leaders’ public statements It is claimed that the Congress has been most successful under the Gandhi family’s leadership as the dynasts have been able to stitch and hold together diverse coalitions The current political mismanagement that is associated with the Congress is largely due to the clear tension between the need to build and maintain coalitions at the state level and vesting power in a central dynastic system Why is this the case At the state and local levels political education begins with the need to learn the give-and-take of electoral politics The diverse and complex nature of Indian society makes coalition-building and coalition-maintenance a necessity This has to be learnt through experience In a centralised system where the high command can be called in to smooth over intra-party factional disputes state-level politicians associated with the Congress do not receive the political education that is necessary If there were no high command that could intervene and settle matters a state-level leader would have to learn how to hold a diverse coalition together In the current system factional conflicts are mediated by the high command rather than resolved locally The latter is essential for only then do politicians and parties become versed in the art of give-and-take that is foundational in a democratic and diverse society The excessive interference of the central leadership in state affairs has obviously weakened the party’s chief ministers who do not have the authority to take big decisions without the blessing of the high command More important however is the Congress’s history of restricting the rise of home-grown regional leaders up the party ranks Sharad Pawar is a prime example Even today it often chooses to run its state-level campaigns under the leadership of Delhi-based Union ministers In the December 2013 state elections for example Union Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia led the party’s campaign in Madhya Pradesh Scindia has never been an MLA in the state and has focused on national politics since the inception of his political career Similarly the Congress relied heavily on the leadership of Sachin Pilot for its campaign in Rajasthan during the same assembly elections Pilot another Union minister has remained a national leader throughout his political career and has never contested an assembly seat In MP the Congress secured just 58 of the 230 contested assembly seats In Rajasthan it performed even worse securing only 21 of the 200 contested seats An oft-made defence of the high command system is that only a strong central leadership committed to pluralism and secularism can manage India’s diversity and plurality That claim has been belied by the rise of very successful chief ministers in Bihar and Orissa for instance who are secular and manage to hold together diverse coalitions within their state The rise of the AAP also suggests that a successful left-of-centre secular non-Congress national politics is indeed possible A second defence is that only a strong national leadership can negotiate successfully with regional parties This argument too is now being challenged At the state level the Congress has recently broken off its alliance with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and is leading a rather discordant alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra By restricting the rise of home-grown leaders at the state level the Congress has left its states devoid of efficient political managers The party’s prevalent high-command culture neither seems to be motivating its cadre nor attracting voters Rather it is weakening the foundations of the party especially at the state level The Telangana incident highlights the weakness of the high command system Perhaps it is time for the high command to go The writers are with the Travers Department of Political Science University of California Berkeley US For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Published: August 27 2017 9:16 am Madan Mitra (File) Related News A year after he walked out on bail Saradha scam accused and former TMC minister Madan Mitra has resumed his position as chairman of a prominent puja committee in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s constituency Bhowanipore The Bhowanipur 75 Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsav will be launching its theme for this Durga Puja on Sunday in the presence of Kartik Banerjee who is Mamata’s brother and president of the puja committee This year the puja committee will articulate the CM’s dream of “making Kolkata as glorious as London” “To associate myself with any puja committee is a kind of social commitment I like meeting people…This is my locality I have always been Madan da for them For me it is like participating in my home puja” Mitra told The Indian Express After spending 23 months in Alipore Central Jail in connection with the Saradha scam Mitra got out on bail on September 10 last year Before 2016 he was president of around three hundred puja committees Though he did inaugurate a puja last year he turned down all other invitations “We are expecting a great show For us Madan da wasn’t a minister or a former minister he is the para’s dada” said Subir Das secretary of the puja committee “People will be able to see the connect between Kolkata and London and we will depict the architecture of London by covering monuments like the Big Ben and Buckingham Palace The London theme will be on display till the pandal’s entrance after which it will look like a dream land…This year the puja committee will have an idol made of wood instead of clay” he added Though he now holds no “official portfolio” Mitra has been visiting the TMC headquarters “every day” “I sit there from 2 pm to 6 pm and meet people from different districts I work there as worker In politics workers are the highest assets for any party he said Asked if this would lead him to full fledged politics again he said “I am a worker and activist of TMC It’s a part of my identity If I do good work it will come to the notice of the supremo Also I was MLA of Kamarhatti and hence I keep visiting my constituency to understand the problems people are facing I have always been a social person Earlier it was a part of politics Now I am doing it because it gives me immense pleasure irrespective of what the future holds for me” For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | London | Published: July 2 2014 5:43 pm Listening to other languages while you are asleep helps reinforce prior learning (Source: Thinkstock Images) Related News Want to learn a new language but don’t have the time Do so while you’re sleeping Listening to other languages while you are asleep helps reinforce prior learning a new study has found The study conducted at the universities of Zurich and Fribourg has shown that German-speaking students are better at remembering the meaning of newly learned Dutch words when they hear the words again in their sleep “Our method is easy to use in daily life and can be adopted by anyone” said study director and biopsychologist Bjorn Rasch However the results were obtained in strictly controlled laboratory conditions It remains to be seen whether they can be successfully transferred to everyday situations In their trial Thomas Schreiner and Rasch asked 60 volunteers to learn pairs of Dutch and German words at ten o’clock in the evening Half of the volunteers then went to bed While they slept some of the Dutch words they had learned before going to bed were played back quietly enough not to awaken them The remaining volunteers stayed awake to listen to the Dutch words on the playback The scientists awoke the sleeping volunteers at two in the morning then tested everyone’s knowledge of the new words a little later The group that had been asleep were better at remembering the German translations of the Dutch words they had heard in their sleep The volunteers who had remained awake were unable to remember words they had heard on the playback any better than those they had not Schreiner and Rasch believe that their results provide further evidence that sleep helps memory probably because the sleeping brain spontaneously activates previously learned subject matter Playing this subject matter back during sleep can reinforce this activation process and thus improve recall For example a person who plays a memory card game to the scent of roses and is then re-exposed to the same scent while asleep is subsequently better at remembering where a particular card is in the stack “You can only successfully activate words that you have learned before you go to sleep Playing back words you don’t know while you’re asleep has no effect” said Schreiner The study funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) was published in the journal Cerebral Cortex For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe BJP expands its footprint in Maharashtra the Shiv Sena proves it’s no spent force in its strongholds and Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena remains of little political consequence — these are some of the key takeaways from the civic polls in the state The most important one however is that the Congress is in the process of becoming irrelevant in one more state Here’s the story so far from the trend: In Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls its tally is down almost by half from 52 in 2012 to 31 this time In Pune it has ceded to space to the BJP and is a poor third in the race From 28 in 2012 to 16 this time it’s a big fall In Thane it has slipped from 34 to 3 and in Nagpur from 41 to 22 It has registered poor performance in the civic bodies of Amaravati Akola and Solapur In short it has been decimated And what does it say Wherever it loses power particularly in states with more than two contenders to power it sinks With little capacity to revive itself through organisational strength it hurtles to the nadir There’s a reason why its presence is shrinking across the country In states like West Bengal Bihar Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh etc it is reduced the role of a bit player After the results on Thursday Maharashtra appears to be a fresh addition to the list Even in Odisha the BJP has started replacing it at the grassroots level The results of the Zilla Parishad election suggest this clearly Sanjay Mirupam AFP Results of civic body polls anywhere may not mean much from the perspective of wider politics The trend of the outcome may be different in elections at higher levels But they reflect strength of parties on the ground They indicate their cadre power and capacity to find their feet after an electoral blow or two It also is way of getting a measure of rivals The tally in the 10 civic body polls reveals that the Congress is losing ground fast Even the strongholds are not so anymore Being in the same bracket as the NCP and the MNS is certainly not a happy situation With the same script repeating everywhere and for so long it is expected that a party would sit up and initiate urgent action Curiously it appears they are in no hurry to address the situation Factional fights continue in all units — in Maharashtra it is believed to be a major reason for the defeat as it is everywhere else There’s a crisis of leadership at all levels and the cadre is depleting It is as if the Congress has decided to kill itself slowly and steadily The BJP has created its own space and is growing rapidly The civic polls in Maharashtra is an indicator of that If the trend continues the Shiv Sena the Congress the NCP and MNS would soon be reduced to fringe players in the state The Congress should be particularly worried since it still claims to be a national party But its efforts at organisational revival are hardly visible Sanjay Nirupam has taken the blame for the party’s performance in Mumbai and offered to quit But that hardly is a solution without a re-invention of the party from the grassroots level Like we mentioned earlier it has resigned itself to eventual death The BJP should not try too hard to make India Congress-mukt The Congress itself is working hard at itClark trusted his lieutenant Baljit Singh Saini’s instincts.