The Congress party will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent byelections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level. It would reach out to every voter through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said. He said the Congress would not merely highlight the BJP’s failures, but would offer them a better alternative.“We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the State forward,” Mr. Pilot said. Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018.
Robin Uthappa, who hit a 39-ball 68 to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs on Saturday, said the team now wants him to bat at No.3. (Scorecard)After a shaky start being put in to bat by visiting captain David Warner, Uthappa stemmed the rot with a brilliant 68 to help KKR post 172/6. Sunrisers Hyderabad could reach 155/6 in their allotted 20 overs with Kolkata bowlers putting on a commendable performance.”The team requires me to bat at No 3. I have taken that challenge on. It’s a very important position as well. It’s an important wicket and we need someone who is experienced and can handle that pressure to make sure that you don’t lose another wicket immediately,” Uthappa, who usually opens the batting for the men in purple, told reporters at the end of the match. Uthappa was adjudged the man-of-the-match. (KKR vs SRH: Highlights)”I wouldn’t say that the experiment is not working, because it’s just one game,” the Karnataka batsman said of opener Sunil Narine who failed on Saturday managing just six.”He is hitting the ball really well. I think it’s important for us to back him. If we don’t back players in this tournament, they trend to breed insecurity and we will back Sunil all the way. He is going to repay that faith.” (Robin Uthappa, spinners star as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to go on top)KKR were always in control of the game, Uthappa said.”At no point, we were out of the game. They never had the upper hand. We kept the momentum really well and after not getting wickets in the first six overs I thought we did really well to keep the momentum,” he pointed out. (Kolkata Knight Riders can take a lot of confidence especially after this win: Gautam Gambhir)advertisementAsked if KKR were a few runs short, Uthappa said: “We did end up with a little less than we intended to. But credit should be given to the bowlers for the way they bowled. Bhuvi bowled really well at the death and he is an extremely good death bowler. We did out best and had faith in our bowlers.”
African All Stars Dede speaks on Swansea return, ambitions and memories Prince Narkortu Teye Last updated 1 year ago 00:04 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tony Marshall/Getty Images African All Stars Swansea City Premier League The attacker sheds light on rejoining the Jack Army after a spell at West Ham New Swansea City acquisition Andre Ayew has set his sights on helping the club win their relegation fight after completing a move to Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.The Ghana international signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Jack Army in a club record deal reportedly worth £18 million.He returns to the club, who are currently caught up in a relegation fight, two years after leaving for West Ham in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am very happy to be back,” Ayew told Swans TV.“Things have changed at the club, but the faces are still the same and I am happy to see everyone. Now I need to do the job.“What’s important is that we keep the club up.“The club have shown a lot of trust in me and a lot of determination to bring me in.“Now I need to give back to them on the field. My goal and my challenge is to do everything possible to help the club stay up – the same as it is for all the players and the staff.“That’s what I am here for and I will do everything I can to make sure it happens.”Swansea dangerously sit second from bottom on the league table ahead of matchday 26.“The season is going to be long and there will be a lot of tough games,” Ayew added.“It’s not going to be easy – everyone wants to stay up and when you look at the table, 20th place to ninth or 10th is very, very tight.“But when you know the players who are here you know the quality they have.“Sometimes in football you can have some bad results, but I think we have the quality of players to play in the Premier League.“We want to stay at this level and we need to do everything possible to make sure we don’t let the city down and we don’t let the fans down.”Ayew’s first spell was largely successful as he netted 12 goals in 34 league outings, finishing the season as the Jack’s top scorer“I had a great moment at the club last time,” the 28-year-old said.“I had a great feeling with my team-mates and a great relationship with the fans.“I had a few others to look at, but when the opportunity to come back to Swansea came up, I wanted to take it.“I felt the fans wanted me back, the chairman wanted me back and the gaffer wanted me, so I am really pleased.”