Rudy attacks Congress. Says not naming Rahul Gandhi for the PM post was a sensible decision as the party is going to lose badly.
PM Manmohan Singh to address the Congress session shortly.
J & K CM Omar Abdullah tweets on M S Aiyar's statement on Modi - Modi has a lot of negatives but his humble origins are a positive some of us can't claim. We aren't helping our campaign by mocking him.
PM speaking at the Congress session.
PM "All Congress sessions are very important. This special session is even more important".
PM "we have lost assembly elections in some states. It is disappointing".
PM at Congress session "if we prepare well, we can win 2014 Lok Sabha Polls"
PM at Congress session "Our party is a progressive party. We have a respectable background".
PM at Congress session "need to tell voters about our achievements".
PM at Congress session "In the first 7 years of UPA govt, we have achieved a lot. Economy prospered"
PM defends his government. Says UPA has done a lot for the people.
PM at Congress session "opposition is dividing the nation".
PM at Congress session "our government cares for all. It is an inclusive govenment"
PM at Congress session "we made new laws to prevent sexual harassment of women"
PM at Congress session "There has been a lot of improvement in rural areas".
PM lists out UPA's programmes for rural population. He tries to tell his own party that he is not against rural people. PM says he has done a lot for the poor people in rural areas.
Surprisingly, the PM is talking more about what UPA has done for the rural India. Party seems to have realised that it is on a weak wicket in urban areas.
PM at Congress session - He is now talking about UPA's programmes for urban areas. Lists out its programmes across urban India.
PM at Congress session -blames CAG for policy paralysis. Says govt decisions delayed due to fear that CAG might question them.
PM's speech disrupted by youth Congress' slogan shouting in favour of Rahul Gandhi.
PM at Congress session "Rahul Gandhi is a progressive leader"
PM at Congress session "we tried our best to end corruption and make the governance transparent"
PM at Congress session "those who committed crimes are facing the law".
PM at Congress session "Opposition is making impossible promises. They can't be fulfilled".
Union HRD minister is at the session. Trying to take pictures of the PM on his smartphone.
PM at Congress session "Only the Congress can take everybody along. We unite India".
PM at Congress session "Rahul Gandhi has instilled confidence in the minds of party workers. Under his leadership, we will face 2014 polls"
When PM praised him, Rahul Gandhi was seen smiling. Youth Congress shouted slogans. Sonia tried to calm them down by waving at them.
Interesting thing is, whenever Rahul Gandhi's name is mentioned, the crowd cheers, shouts slogans. Leaders want the dynasty to run the party.
All Congress delegates at the special session want only one thing. Coronation of Rahul Gandhi. Clamour for him is growing.
PM gets support from unexpected quarters. Former BJP leader, strategist and a close aide of Vajpayee and Advani Sudheendra Kulkarni tweets in his support -
Sudheendra Kulkarni @SudheenKulkarni 1m
Prime Minister #DrManmohanSingh is absolutely right in stressing the need for broad national consensus on major national issues. #AICCMeet
M S Aiyar speaks to CNN-IBN "says, he never said anything about Modi's humble background"
M S Aiyar on his Modi remarks "he does not know history, does not know law".
M S Aiyar "my statement has been misinterpreted".
Mani Shankar Aiyar denies that he had insulted Narendra Modi's humble background.
M S Aiyar "my statement on Modi is distorted".
M S Aiyar says he has not said anything insulting to say sorry.
Salman Khurshid speaks to CNN-IBN -
Congress president must have given it serious thought. She must have had a strategy and there is a necessity to follow traditions.
Hes heading the campaign and will become the pm if the party wins. Theres no need to put a label to it.
The end of the story will be how we want it to be
It does not make sense to name him pm nominee. We dont have the slightest hesitation abt him leading from the front
We never said he wont be pm nominee. We just said we wont give him the label. Modi forced himself on the bjp. Why should we follow
Lot of our senior state leadership has gone into the hands of younger leaders. we will see more similar decisions. There is a sense that for a younger country you need to have young people to represent
Rahul is not afraid of modi. To say we are worried abt his popularity is ridiculous
Aap is a ridiculous party. They are a grave danger to the system. They believe in personal wins
On somnath bharati getting cars searched. And asking police to verify nigerians. Its absolutely shocking, unconstitutional. You cant label people like this.
The entire Congress leadership is waiting for Rahul Gandhi's speech at 3-30 PM. All eyes are on him. Youth Congress, which he directly controls is expected to shout slogans demanding that he should be made the PM nominee. Rahul Gandhi has promised to explain the reasons for not appointing a PM candidate in his speech.
Discussion is now on whether the Congress would be able to get new allies in the next one month.
Most regional parties are adopting to the 'wait and watch' policy. They want to strike a deal only after the results. They are maintaining that they will go solo. What will the Congress do?
Every speaker since morning has backed Rahul Gandhi for the PM. It includes even the PM Manmohan Singh.
It looks like AAP impact. Congress launches helpline number to connect with workers.
Congress Announces a phone number 18002082020
Says congress workers anywhere in the country can SMS their views
Ajay Maken says "We will soon have this in different languages"