This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Arati R Jerath, a seasoned journalist, and Dhanya Rajendran, editor of the News Minute.
They discuss the Congress party's leadership crisis in light of veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s resignation. Arati says Azad’s dramatic resignation is “a jolt for the Congress", not least because it further dents Rahul Gandhi’s authority as the party's leader. “This is a big setback for members of the party as Rahul hasn’t proved to be a great leader all these years and this just weakens their trust in him," she adds.
The panel also discuss the allegations of sexual abuse against a powerful Hindu religious leader in Karnataka and why the state has been hesitant to act against him. “This shouldn’t take such a long time, but when people have power they can delay justice as well,” says Dhanya while discussing the specifics or the case.
They also briefly discuss the Karnataka High Court's controversial decision to allow Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the Idgah in Hubballi and a similar case in Bangalore.
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