Rahul to take over as Cong chief soon: Sonia
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday confirmed that her son, Rahul, would soon take over from her as the party chief, making it clear that ongoing organisational polls will clinch the muchawaited generational change.
“You have been asking this for so many years and it’s now happening,” Sonia Gandhi told a TV channel, pointing at Rahul Gandhi at a function here. Her comments indicate that he is likely to take charge after Diwali.
Rahul sidestepped the sub- ject by referring to a controversy over BJP president Amit Shah’s son. “What about Jay Shah’s takeover and the huge increase in his turnover?” he said, according to the channel.
The petitioners had challenged a central government directive to states to sensitise law-enforcing and intelligence departments to identify and deport all illegal Rohingya migrants, who the petitioners said had come to India to save their lives from brutal persecution unleashed by the Myanmar army in Rakhine province.
Mehta said the issue had wide ramifications and the government, was in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar to find a permanent solution to illegal migration that threatened India’s national security, economic interests and the interest of the labour class. “Passing such an interim order was not required as even the petitioners have not sought it,” he said.
The bench changed its mind and acknowledged, “There cannot be an iota of doubt that there has to be a broader humanitarian approach to the issue which has come before the court for the first time. But national interest cannot be kept secondary. A balance has to be struck.”
After a lot of persuasion by Mehta, the SC agreed not to pass any interim order and recorded Fali S Nariman’s submission that if the petitioners felt there was any exigency (in event of any government action to deport the Rohingya), they would move the court.
The CJI said, “We have developed a tradition to protect people in humanitarian situations. But we have to see how far the court can go in this is- sue (sic). There are competing interests. On one side it is national, security, economic and labour interests and on the other side, there are children, women, infirm, sick and aged who need protection. A migrant having terror links gets deprived of humanitarian considerations. But children, women and infirm have to be dealt with differently.”
Nariman added it was fallacious on the part of the Centre to argue that the Rohingya issue was in the executive’s exclusive domain.