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India’s Congress hits rock bottom

NEW DELHI (Reuters) Many political parties faring as poorly as the Indian National Congress in a bellwether state election would ditch key leaders, if they did not go of their own accord.

FILE PHOTO: Rahul Gandhi (L), Vice President of India’s 2018 canada goose outlet main opposition Congress Party, and Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) President and Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, wave to the crowd during a road show ahead canada goose coats on sale of the fourth phase of state assembly polls, in Allahabad, India February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/File photo

Not so Rahul Gandhi, scion of India most famous political dynasty, who remains in charge after his attempts to connect with voters in the country most populous state of Uttar Pradesh ended in failure.

Congress support Canada Goose Parka in a state that is home to one in six Indians fell canada goose outlet store locations to 6 percent and Canada Goose online it won seven of 403 seats in the state assembly, Canada Goose Coats On Sale marking a new low for a party that ruled the world largest democracy for two thirds of its 70 year history.

Filling the void is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won the biggest majority in the state for any party since 1977. It sets him on a path to cheap Canada Goose re election in a 2019 national ballot.

Gandhi, 46, is not yet president of Congress, but with his mother, Sonia, abroad for medical treatment, canada goose deals he is already its de facto leader. He spearheaded the party 2014 general election campaign that also led to humiliating defeat.

In the wake of the Uttar Pradesh results at the weekend, senior party members have not challenged Gandhi, even as they concede the need for action.

is no Canada Goose Jackets reason for despondency, Abhishek buy canada goose jacket cheap Manu Singhvi, a senior Congress lawmaker, told Reuters. is a need for surgical, structural changes and I have no doubt they will happen.

Not everyone is so sanguine.

is no leader today with a pan India acceptability who can take on Modi the BJP in 2019, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir canadian goose jacket whose party is allied to Congress.

this rate we might as well forget 2019 start planning/hoping for 2024, he said, referring to the Canada Goose sale dates of India next general canada goose elections.

LIABILITY Gandhi campaign in Uttar Pradesh never gained traction: people who came to see him at outdoor meetings stole the benches put out by party workers for them to sit on.

His hiring of Prashant Kishor, the Canada Goose Online backroom strategist who helped chart Modi rise to national power, did not pay off. And mother canada goose coats Sonia took a nasty fall after fainting on a road show in Varanasi, Modi constituency in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul, facing the press buy canada goose jacket on the steps of parliament on Tuesday, deflected questions on his future but did say: need to make structural and organizational changes that a fact.

That, say commentators, is a stock response and evades the fundamental issue: that Congress faces a leadership crisis.

FILE PHOTO: India’s Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi addresses a farmers rally at Ramlila ground in New Delhi, India, September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File photo

Gandhi is now an unmitigated liability for the party, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of the Centre for Policy Research, wrote in the Indian Express.

diminishes the party even more is that there are no challengers to Canada Goose Outlet Rahul the very lack of open revolt diminishes the party character to the point where it is now the canada goose store object of outright contempt.

Plenty of ink has been spilled over the years on political obituaries of the Congress, which enjoyed national dominance under Indira Gandhi and in the aftermath of her 1984 assassination the last time Congress held an absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh.

Sonia Gandhi election victory canada goose replica in 2004 marked a temporary reprieve. Despite winning canada goose sale uk only 26.5 percent of the national vote, she managed to forge a ruling alliance that held for canada goose clearance a decade.

NO CONTEST Now, in Modi, Congress faces an adversary who is in his element on the campaign trail and is uncompromising in his quest to create a India

is a driven, 24/7 politician and with Rahul canada goose outlet toronto factory it just no contest. That is demoralizing for the party, said commentator Ashok Malik, a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.

In fact, Congress won a notable victory in the state of Punjab during the latest round of local elections of which Uttar Pradesh was the most important. Even so, it actually lost votes in all five states that went to the polls.

Demonstrating the BJP greater hunger for power, the Hindu nationalist party has laid claim to two small states where no party won a clear majority, quickly forming coalition alliances despite being outpolled by the left leaning Congress.

Congress has bounced back from devastation before, but they have not yet demonstrated any ability to introspect on their shortcomings.

One option for Congress, analysts said, would be for Rahul, or possibly his low profile sister Priyanka, canada goose clearance sale to retain control of the central leadership while nurturing a new generation of state leaders who could rebuild the party electoral viability.

Failing that, a series of regional or local alliances could blunt the BJP advance. Yet canada goose black friday sale analysts doubt such a rag tag coalition could pose a serious challenge to Modi bid for a second term.

And, as Uttar Pradesh showed, teaming up with Rahul Gandhi the strategy chosen by defeated Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav can prove toxic at the ballot box.

Not about music, art, women, sex, or the contentious plots

Not about music, art, women, sex, or the contentious plots

Ariel Pink Opens His Big Mouth Again

Ariel Pink has a prediction about the future. A future where the replica purses divisive musician's accumulated songs, albums, music videos, proclamations, press releases, feuds, personas (self-made, media-imposed, or crowdsourced on Wikipedia) live on beyond the existence of his corporeal self, which, as we Replica Bags Wholesale talked recently on what Handbags Replica was the hottest day yet of this New York City summer, was a little pungent, and clearly suffering.“On the giant projection screen of the future, I feel it all really doesn’t even amount to shit," he said, sitting across from me in a ratty Rolling Stones t-shirt. "There will be nothing to mine or sift through. There’ll Wholesale Replica Bags be no one to even care about it in five years. I don’t think replica handbags china people are even going to care about The Beatles in five years.”Why the future? It has to do with the current angst hanging over Pink, and the fact that he and I are sitting in the sparse Brooklyn dining room of Crystal Fawn, a second-generation psychic and self-described “modern mystic.” As it were, Pink was about to receive a prediction about his own future.“Jesus. What if next week is when I die?” Pink asked Crystal as she arranged an ornate deck of tarot cards in front of him.“There’s no such thing as death,” she assured him. “They can’t see death.”Bubbly and apologetic about the heat, Crystal finished arranging 10 cards in a standard Celtic Cross pattern. “So, the reading is just going to be a little about what’s going on right now and a little about what’s going on in your future,” she began. “First, is there anything I should know about?”“I wanna see if you know about it,” Pink replied.On September 15, Pink will release his eleventh album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Making songs is, without question, the thing Pink is most qualified to do. His oeuvre is a Replica Handbags distorted briar of pop music tropes reimagined for no one but Pink himself—yet, we listen. A large number of Replica Designer Handbags us do it eagerly, even. His songs range from insouciant genre experiments to FM gold divined from some KnockOff Handbags alternate reality. He succeeds because his aesthetic is singular and real. But operating outside the mode that aaa replica designer handbags musicians since the age of Mick Jagger have been forced to correspond to—that is, a never-ending adolescence—has been more challenging for the 39-year-old Pink, who would prefer the public eye altogether. Or so he claims.facebook dialogPinterestEliot Lee Hazel. Courtesy of Ariel PinkPink’s last foray into the public sphere was three years ago, around the release of his last album, Pom Pom, a 67-minute pop tirade. He's a self-described "career artist" who speaks only to the press out of a sense of duty to the enterprise of being a musician, but when he does it can be to his own detriment. The press that came with Pom Pom was about positive as the coverage of the rotating cast of goons speaking on behalf (or not) of our current president. In short time, Pink was labelled a misogynist, a beta-male, and a troll for his spats with Madonna and Grimes, whom he debased with a needless, misogynistic swipe. He praised Westboro Baptist Church (on first amendment grounds), referred to himself as a “small, nice, white guy” who just wanted to “touch some boobies” in front of a writer for The New Yorker, and told the Guardian that “everyone is full of shit” before announcing, just hours later, that he actually loved everyone, despite it all. It's a mode of willful agita that is not well-represented in the culture right now. Never mind that the album, when it was finally discussed, was critically adored.“I didn’t even get to promote the record per se,” he told me. “I was just put on a very strange track of trying to double down or back up on things I said or supposedly said or said in response to someone. It was like going down a rabbit hole of retardation.”Pink's lack of tact in situations high quality replica handbags that require it certainly fueled the media pile-on. About that, he is still sore. “It was just clickbait, a passing thing. Designer Replica Bags I mean, I appreciate [the press] not giving a f— enough to really ask questions you’d expect them to ask about,” he said, underhandedly. In this current round of press for Bobby Jameson, though, he’s found the previous firestorm has quieted. I suggested that maybe we're a little tired of, or conditioned to, unmediated "honesty" these days.He agreed, and ran with it: “I got the Trump treatment before he did!” he exclaimed, referring to Donald Trump’s boastful claims of a casual sexual assault, before pivoting back to his own schadenfreude. “No one even cares, now. Nobody from now was even around three years ago. The world moves on a lot quicker now,” Pink said, adding, with self-effacing awareness, “There’s no lingering stink from my misogynist days.”Crystal Fawn flipped another card. There was, it seemed, some blockage in Pink’s life.“I don’t wanna say you’re getting bad advice, but there are people that you go to and they tell you that you have to do things that you don’t want to do. There's a martyrdom situation in that,” Crystal declared.“That’s good,” Pink said dryly.“You’re not getting the best advice. It’s subjective as opposed to objective, and that’s what’s distracting replica Purse you from your awesomeness."“That’s what I’ve been saying!” Pink agreed. He looked at his publicist, who was across the table sipping on a sweating iced coffee. “You’re fired,” he joked.facebook dialogPinterestEliot Lee Hazel. Courtesy of Ariel PinkFor Bobby Jameson, Pink reshuffled his own deck. Haunted Graffitti, his “band,” had been culled from the process since before Pom Pom; he’s on the second iteration of his post-Graffiti backing band. He also ditched his old label, 4AD. Even the nervous PR guy with the iced coffee is new. Perhaps most importantly, Pink took his recording process back to the bedroom, the wellspring of his creative past life. Here, he was free of punching the clock, worrying about money, or about hurting the players' feelings (the last time that happened, his ex-drummer filed a lawsuit for a cool $1 million).Bobby Jameson is an oddly ebullient collection for Pink, dedicated to a burnt-out psych rock musician from the 60's who was criminally forgotten even in his own time. The songs are shifty, playful, a little perverse, and as stylistically sprawling as Pink’s own Los Angeles milieu. On “Time To Live,” the album’s second single, Pink sings the title as some ad infinitum mantra. He’s cheering on Jameson’s downtrodden soul, and of course, his own. “He never got the acknowledgement that cheap replica handbags he felt he needed,” Pink said. “It’s important an Replica Bags artist get that acknowledgment.”Is Jameson a foil for your own creative insecurities, I asked.“No, I’ve felt acknowledged since I was 26,” Pink replied. “I’m living on the other side of the deficit I used to create in. I’m a career artist now, and I’m not doing it for the same reasons as when I was younger.” He ran his hand through his short, dark hair. “I think art is a therapeutic thing. You should do it once and never have to do it again. You should outgrow the need to be creative.”The depressed smog that hung over his early cassette-recorded romps has lifted at this point in life, he claimed. It was at this moment that Crystal pointed out the Golden Fleece card laying before him.“It’s literally the depression card,” she said. “I don't treat it very lightly. Do you have a therapist or someone you talk to or go to?”“I’m happy,” Pink insisted. Then he Fake Designer Bags downgraded the claim: “I’m lukewarm. If I get too happy, I get scared and depressed.”Crystal quoted a line from Erin Brockovich: “Don’t be too nice to me, it makes me suspicious.”“Things aren’t ever going to be too good ever again,” Pink said.“Ever again?” she asked.“Maybe, I’ll have a child some day, and their life will be full of wonders that I can…”“Draft off of?” Crystal interjected.“That I can suck all the juice out of,” Pink replica handbags online finished with a laugh.What Pink seemed to want to make clear, with his future on the Designer Fake Bags table in front of him, was that he’s not a cynic. Not about tarot cards or the future. Not about music, art, women, sex, or the contentious plots he’s played a starring role in since his first demo tapes were discovered long ago. “I’m just jaded,” he explained. “As long as I’m a benign entity in the world that doesn’t stir things up or rock the boat too much, then everything is good.”The wholesale replica designer handbags openness lasted for a second. 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