Yuva Sai Sagar

An online news channel

Tag: assembly

Day after 5 Congress’ Meghalaya MLAs quit, Rahul Gandhi appoints new state unit chief

A day after five Congress MLAs resigned from the Meghalaya Assembly to join NDA constituent NPP, party president Rahul Gandhi today appointed Celestine Lyngdoh the new state unit chief replacing DD Lapang.Lyngdoh is a minister in Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s cabinet.Lapang will be an adviser to the state unit.Gandhi appointed Vincent H Pala the working president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee.He formed a 13-member pradesh election committee under Lyngdoh, with Mukul Sangma as a member. The state goes to polls early next year.Also read4 ex-MLAs join BJP in Meghalaya ahead of next year’s Assembly ​pollsIn a setback to the Congress in Meghalaya, eight MLAs including five from the party, yesterday resigned from the assembly to join NDA-affiliated National People’s Party (NCC).With the resignations, the number of Congress MLAs in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly has come down to 24.Gandhi also formed an election committee, campaign committee and media committee of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress in view of elections in the state, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement.Also read8 MLAs, including 5 from Congress, resign from Meghalaya Assembly to join BJP ally NPPK Therie will be the chairman of the election committee for Nagaland. Ayangba Aonok will head the campaign committee, while Capt G K Zhimomi will lead the media committee.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

BJP chief Amit Shah in poll-bound Karnataka tomorrow

BJP chief Amit Shah will spend the last day of this year in poll-bound Karnataka, strategising with state party leaders, as they gear up to take on the ruling Congress in the Assembly election next year.A party statement said Shah will first hold a meeting with all BJP MPs and MLAs in the state followed by a deliberation with the in-charges of all its assembly constituencies.He will also chair meetings with the state’s core group leaders, district presidents of the party and in-charges among others.The BJP is aiming to dislodge the Congress from the only big state, which sends 20 or more MPs to the Lok Sabha, it remains in power. The 224-seat assembly is likely to go to polls in May next year.The Congress had captured power in the southern state in the last Assembly polls dethroning the BJP which was hit hard by a rebellion by B S Yeddyurappa, who had floated a party.Yeddyurappa is back in the saffron fold and has been declared the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. The Congress campaign is being led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.Since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah have got the better of the Congress a number of assembly elections.However, the Congress hopes to do well in Karnataka after putting up a spirited fight against the BJP in Gujarat.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

Envoy in Hafiz Saeed rally: Palestine recalls ambassador in Pak, says ‘unintended mistake’ but not justified

The Palestinian Authority today described as “unintended mistake”, but “not justified” the presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event also attended by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and decided to recall him immediately.India today issued a strong demarche to Palestine after its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, was seen sharing stage with JuD chief Saeed during an event in Rawalpindi organised to express solidarity with Jerusalem. “On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our Ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified,” a statement from the Palestinian Authority (PA) said.”Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, under the direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine, decided to recall the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan immediately,” it said. The statement from the PA described Palestine as a “real partner” of India in its war against terrorism and also expressed its appreciation for New Delhi’s vote in favour of the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the issue of Jerusalem.Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed’s rally: Palestine issues ‘regret’, recalls himThe statement quoted the Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressing on the “commitment of the State of Palestine and its keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India, as well as its support to the efforts made by the Republic of India in its war against terrorism”. “In that regard the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism,” it said.India’s vote in favour of a UNGA resolution that made US President Donald Trump’s unilateral announcement declaring Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel “null and void” was also appreciated by the PA in its announcement. “The State of Palestine highly appreciates India?s support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honourable position that India has taken by voting in favour of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week,” it further added.The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) had earlier today condemned the act by the Palestinian Ambassador in strong words and called it “unacceptable”. “The government has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador’s association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on December 29 is unacceptable,” the MEA said. Here’s the full statement: The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed on the commitment of the State of Palestine and keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India, as well as its support to the efforts made by the Republic of India in its war against terrorism and in that regard the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism.The State of Palestine highly appreciates India’s support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 boarders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honorable position that India has taken by voting in favor of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week.On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified. Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates under the direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine to recall the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan immediately.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

CM Vasundhara Raje orders party members to fight by-polls on Dholpur model

During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.”
}

<!– Google Analytics –><!– comScore –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_ATF –><!–end of top add–>

<!–end of mega-menu–>

<!–end of nav–><!–end of logo–><!–end of extrnavi–>

<!–end of hdrscl–><!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Trending#Mumbai FireTTV DhinakaranKulbhushan JadhavWinter Session of ParliamentBigg Boss 11<!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Home
India
Jaipur
<!– one –>
Home
Jaipur
–><!–end of breadcrumbx–>CM Vasundhara Raje orders party members to fight by-polls on Dholpur model Jaipur_bjp__meeting
CM Vasundhara Raje, State BJP President, Ashok Parnami, with party members during the BJP meeting at party headquarters on Friday. – Santosh Sharma, DNA<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Right_300x250_ATF –><!–bnr300–>Share

<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 30 December 2017 4:10 ISTMust readVasundhara Raje ensures ‘smooth landing’ for PM Modi at BarmerNow, Veg khao, paisa bachao: Air India style<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh Assembly by-elections on Dholpur model. The BJP’s organisation in-charge and minister in charge will remain in the allotted constituency for five days in a week till the polls are held in all the three by-electoral constituencies. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the same during the meeting held on Friday at the BJP state headquarters.The meeting was held to chalk out a blueprint for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed Rajasthan tour and for by-polls preparations.The by-elections in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituency and Mandalgarh Assembly constituency will be held on January 29. Nearly 17 Assembly constituencies are connected with these parliamentary seats. In the wake of these events, BJP has appointed ministers as election in-charge and organisation officers in each Assembly constituency.During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars<!–end of col 9–><!–end of row–><!–<a href=”/jaipur/report-facelift-jaipur-jn-gets-4th-escalator-this-new-year-2571565″ title=”FACELIFT: Jaipur Jn gets 4th escalator this NEW YEAR !” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” onclick=”window.location.hash=’article-2571565′;” > –>Next story
FACELIFT: Jaipur Jn gets 4th escalator this NEW YEAR !
<!–</a> –><!– <a href=”/jaipur/report-facelift-jaipur-jn-gets-4th-escalator-this-new-year-2571565″ title=”FACELIFT: Jaipur Jn gets 4th escalator this NEW YEAR !” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” > Next storyFACELIFT: Jaipur Jn gets 4th escalator this NEW YEAR ! –><!–end of container–>
<!–end of 1st article–><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –>Next Story<!–bnrhorbx–><!– <script src=”http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/all/themes/mobile2017/js/jquery.autopager-1.0.0.min.gz.js?v=4″>–><!– .articleBlock –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Desktop_Article_Outofpage –>

<!– izooto push notification –>

BJP Going Micro

With eyes set on Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, BJP is fiercely preparing leaving no stone unturned. The party is heavily engaged in a bid to raise above 70 lakh party office-bearers team across the state, to ensure that a record wins can be registered in the upcoming elections. From the polling booth to the state-level, a strong organisation is being formed. To make the plan to reach out to the grassroots work, the number of members in the booth’s executive committee has been increased from 11 to 21.During the membership campaign, the BJP had made 87 lakh members through missed calls. Now, the party is targeting one crore members to expand the organisation as the aim is to reach at the micro level, giving a post to the workers. The BJP has set up Mission-180 for the Assembly elections 2018 and Mission 25 for the Lok Sabha elections-2019. The rationale behind the strategy is that when the worker is entrusted with responsibilty and given a post, he works with greater passion. Moreover, BJP has changed organisational structure to add more workers expanding the party’s reach to the masses. Also, the conception of booth executive was implemented by dismantling the ward unit. In addition, the mandals and districts were reduced to size and instead new districts and mandals were formed.BJP currently has 41 districts and 1046 mandals. Earlier, the executive was made at the ward level, but now the executive is formed at the booth level. Adding to this, the workers are given positions in the organization. Similarly, the number of mandals has also been increased by almost four times and new workers are being given positions in the newly created mandals.EVOLUTIONThe BJP’s origins lie in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. After the State of Emergency in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party; it defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 general election.STRENGTH TO STRENGTHAfter three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP. Although initially unsuccessful, winning only two seats in the 1984 general election, it grew in strength on the back of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Following victories, the BJP became the largest party in the parliament in 1996.VAJPAYEE, MODI DOMINANCEAfter the 1998 general election, the BJP-led coalition known as the NDA formed a government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a year. Following fresh elections, the NDA government, again headed by Vajpayee, lasted for a full term in office.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

Post oath, TTV Dhinakaran rails against AIADMK

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who won the RK Nagar Assembly bypoll as an independent candidate, on Friday warned that the fate of the AIADMK government will be sealed in the budget session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly in two to three months.After taking oath as a member of the Assembly before Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal, Dhinakaran said the Madras High Court verdict in the case against disqualification of 18 MLAs supporting him would be out by January-end and a trial of strength would be held in February or March.Hitting out at Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and some other Ministers, Dhinakaran, who was flanked by the disqualified MLAs, said that five-six “self serving” people who had committed “betrayal” were now ruling the roost with support from “north”, an apparent reference to BJP.Meanwhile, Palaniswami responded and said that some people were making false charges against the AIADMK due to political vendetta. “AIADMK party will remain unaffected even if a thousand Dhinakarans stood against it,” he said. Panneerselvam dismissed Dhinakaran’s claims and said that he would not reply to those speaking from the dream world.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

4 ex-MLAs join BJP in Meghalaya ahead of next year’s Assembly ?polls

Four former MLAs, including two from Congress, hailing from the western Garo Hills region of Meghalaya joined BJP today ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.The four former MLAs who joined BJP are– Billykid Sangma, John Manner Marak, Adolf Lu Hitler Marak and Omillo K Sangma.While Omillo and John Manner were members of the National People’s Party, Hitler and Billykid were former Congress MLAs.BJP has two MLAs in the present 60-member Meghalaya Assembly. The term of the Assembly will end on March 6 next year and elections are expected early in 2018.The joining of the four took place in the presence of a large number of party workers who came to attend the karyakarta sammelan held at Mendal in the district.Also read8 MLAs, including 5 from Congress, resign from Meghalaya Assembly to join BJP ally NPPBJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh and vice presidents David Kharsati and Rikman G Momin welcomed the new entrants.”We want to ensure the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come to Meghalaya so that things can change for the better. Don’t believe in propaganda being spread about the party being anti-Christian or anti-Muslim. Our agenda of Sabka Saath, abka Vikas encompasses everyone and these lies will not last,” Shibun Lyngdoh said addressing the sammelan.Also readMeghalaya CM admits not registering for Aadhaar; says he’s concerned over right to privacyShibun also berated at the dynastic rule in both the Congress and the NPP stating that the BJP was the only party that had allowed for development of people based on their capability and not on family.”For decades the Congress has ruled the state but where is the development. This time I will stand behind John Manner for the upcoming elections as he deserves the chance to be a part of the ruling coalition to effect development and we are certain the BJP will be leading the next government,” Hitler said addressing the crowd.Former Tura MLA, Billykid charged Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of neglecting development of Tura.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

8 MLAs, including 5 from Congress, resign from Meghalaya Assembly to join BJP ally NPP

Eight MLAs in Meghalaya, including five of the ruling Congress, resigned from the state assembly today to join NDA constituent National People’s Party (NPP), just a few months ahead of elections.Those who put in their papers are former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Prestone Tynsong, and Ngaitlang Dhar of the Congress, Remington Pyngrope of the United Democratic Party and Independents Stephanson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon, Assembly Principal Secretary Andrew Simons told PTI.The five Congress legislators had earlier rebelled against Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the party leadership.Also readTwo juveniles held for vandalising church in Meghalaya on Christmas DayFour of the five Congress MLAs were part of the state cabinet and were sacked by the chief minister on the grounds of “incompetence”.Rowell, a veteran Congress leader, later announced that all the eight MLAs, would join the NPP, also an alliance partner of the BJP in the Manipur government, at a rally next week.Also read4 ex-MLAs join BJP in Meghalaya ahead of next year’s Assembly ​pollsThe NPP, led by Conrad K Sangma, son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, has two MLAs in Meghalaya at present.With today’s resignation, which comes days after another MLA, PN Syiem, quit the Congress, the number of party MLAs in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly has come down to 24 from 30.However, there is no immediate threat to the Congress government as it has support of nine Independents which takes its tally to 33.The term of the current House expires on March 6.Elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura are due early next year.An elated Conrad Sangma said the decision of the five Congress MLAs to resign and join the NPP next week was a big boost for the party.”It is a big boost for the NPP ahead of the elections in the state … We will felicitate their joining the party next week. We welcome their decision and we are confident to form the next government in Meghalaya,” Conrad Sangma told PTI.He said their leaving the Congress and joining the NPP indicates that the party was the only alternative available to the people in the state.The NPP chief said: “More than 10 per cent of the Congress MLAs have resigned. This implies that the leadership under Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has failed.” The 79-year-old Rowell had to leave the Congress following a leadership tussle with Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and he was sacked from the cabinet last year.Rowell had contested all the nine elections in the state and was elected an MLA for the sixth time in 2013.”Eight MLAs submitted their resignation to me at the office of the Speaker today. The Speaker was on a tour and was not available at his office,” Assembly Principal Secretary Andrew Simons told PTI.He said the resignation letters have been sent by email to Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.”We are joining the NPP on January 4 at a rally at Pologrounds,” Rowell told reporters.He said it was a difficult decision to leave the Congress but he was compelled to do so “because of the people”.Hitting out at the chief minister, the former deputy chief minister said, “The autocratic style of functioning of the chief minister had made it difficult for me and others to function in the government.”Rowell said the decision to set up a medical college in the state capital Shillong on PPP mode and another one in Tura to be funded by the state government, was taken without consultations in the cabinet.He also slammed the state Congress president DD Lapang, who he alleged gave into the diktats of the chief minister and went ahead and dissolved the block Congress committee in many constituencies.Senior Congress leader and former cabinet minister Prestone Tynsong said the prospects of the Congress in Meghalaya will be badly hit.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

MLA to resign over Rajasthan doctors’ strike

Even as the Rajasthan government heaved a sigh of relief as the 12-day doctors’ strike finally ended on Wednesday, former minister of state for health and current independent MLA from Navalgarh, Rajkumar Sharma has announced that he will on Friday resign from the legislative Assembly as protest against the government’s handling of the strike. The BJP has termed Sharma’s action a ‘publicity stunt’.Sharma says he is protesting the government’s inaction in ending the doctors’ strike. Speaking to DNA, Sharma said, “The government and the health minister are responsible for the second round of the strike and subsequent deaths of the poor patients. What was the need for the minister to issue statements to antagonize the doctors and arbitarily transfer them? There were strikes even when we were in government, but we never abused the doctors,” he said.On Friday, Sharma plans to meet the assembly speaker to submit his resignation. “I will urge the speaker to seek permission from the Governor to call an assembly session for this issue. I will also ask that an FIR be registered against those responsible,” he added.However, dismissing his move, health minister Kalicharan Saraf said, “This is a publicity stunt. He wants to attract attention. Were there no doctors’ strikes during their government’s tenure? We ended the strike in 12 days; they took 14.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

Won’t align with ‘communal’ BJP, says Tamil Nadu minister

Days after losing late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar Assembly seat to their arch-rival TTV Dhinakaran, a senior AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu minister, Sellur K Raju, on Thursday asserted that his party would never align with the “communal” BJP.Raju’s comments come in the wake of political observers crediting Dhinakaran’s victory to the AIADMK’s increasing proximity to the BJP since after Jayalalithaa’s death last year.”After Amma’s death, we continued our amicable relationship with the BJP government at the Centre. But the Centre’s policies like GST earned the wrath of the people. During the by-election campaign, Dhinakaran criticised the BJP government and it helped him get votes of minority Muslims who constitute 30 percent of the voters in RK Nagar. Hence, he won the bypoll,” Raju said while addressing a meeting of his party’s office bearers in Madurai.Raju, considered to be a close Dhinakaran aide, claimed that Jayalalithaa had told party leaders that she had made the mistake of joining an alliance with the BJP once, and that she would never want to repeat it. “Amma was very clear on not joining an alliance with communal forces. We will not deviate from her path. We will not align with communal forces again,” he said.Political observers felt that Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, was targeted by the Centre after his fallout with the ruling AIADMK. “He was arrested and imprisoned in Tihar for allegedly attempting to bride an unnamed Election Commission official. It was followed by IT raids. All these got him the sympathy of the party cadres, even as the AIADMK was getting closer with the BJP,” said Prof Ramu Manivannan, HoD, Political Science at University of MadrasMeanwhile, Tamil Nadu Assembly session will begin on January 8; the first time the Assembly meets after the disqualification of the 18 MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran who will be sworn in by Speaker P Dhanapal on Friday.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

Rahul Gandhi plans party revival in Maharashtra

In a bid to start planning for the crucial 2019 Assembly polls where 48 Lok Sabha seats and 288 assembly seats are up for grabs, newly-anointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi will soon convene a meeting with Maharashtra leaders and fast track the revival of the party organisation and increase its tally. To that end, Rahul has sent a missive to the state leaders that he will soon carry out his own ‘internal assessment’ to determine the party’s strengths and weaknesses and later take a call on striking a pre-poll alliance or seat adjustment with NCP and like-minded parties.Rahul’s initiative assumes importance in light of the fact that in the 2014 general elections, the party had been routed in the state and bagged just two LS seats in Nanded and Hingoli. It also managed only 42 seats in the state Assembly. In the subsequent local and civic body polls, Congress again failed to take on the mighty BJP effectively.Former minister Balasaheb Thorat, who headed the Congress party’s steering committee for Gujarat election, told DNA, “The state unit is quite serious about regaining power in Maharashtra and quite open to ally with NCP and other like-minded parties. However, state leaders are of the view that the Congress party should neither play second-fiddle to NCP nor should it blindly agree for a pre-poll alliance. Therefore, the state party unit expects to soon meet Congress president and work out the future course of action.”As far as NCP is concerned, state spokesman Nawab Malik said his party hopes the Congress will take a lead to form a broader anti-BJP alliance in the state. “Congress should not underestimate the presence of NCP and other parties in masses, and seriously consider this factor while forging an alliance,” he noted.Rahul’s move comes close on the heels of renewed bonhomie between Congress and NCP who recently organised a joint rally at Nagpur on December 12 and stepped up their attack against the BJP.Rahul’s planIntends to take a call on striking a pre-poll alliance or seat adjustment with NCP and like-minded parties. As far as NCP is concerned, state spokesman Nawab Malik said his party hopes the Congress will take a lead to form a broader anti-BJP alliance in the state.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

It is NCP’s turn to call out BJP’s ‘irrigation scam’

In the run-up to the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had accused the ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of a Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam. The campaign, which catapulted BJP to power, now seems to be turning against it. NCP says that under the pretext of project escalation cost, BJP has skimmed off Rs 40,000 crore through revised administrative approvals for 307 irrigation projects across the state.The NCP spokesperson has accused the BJP Irrigation minister of the scam in his three-year tenure.”Going by BJP’s yardstick,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Mallik, “their Irrigation minister Girish Mahajan, has executed a Rs 40,000 crore irrigation scam in his three-year tenure.””Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as an Opposition leader, was at the forefront when allegations were made against us. He should now answer our allegations, which are supported by facts.”Malik said that most of the projects – that were revised and the costs were escalated – have been awarded to BJP members and well-wishers. “Some of the contractors are BJP MLAs, ministers and even MPs in the Rajya Sabha. We want in-depth inquiry,” Malik demanded.Giving an example of how project costs have been escalated by BJP, Malik cited the Gosikhurd irrigation project in Vidarbha. “In 2005-06, the estimated project cost was Rs 5,659 crore,” said Malik. “After coming into power, BJP additionally approved Rs 12,835 crore, taking the total cost of the project to Rs 18,494 crore. Additionally, it sought Rs 12,000 crore more from the Centre, which was denied. We want to understand, where exactly the BJP government plans to spend the money.”According to Nawab, the escalated costs of all irrigation projects amounts to Rs 40,000 crore. “We will raise this issue in the upcoming Assembly sessions,” said Malik, “If the government doesn’t heed us, we will take the fight to the people.”When contacted, Mahajan, was not available for comment. However, a government notification dated September 2016 mentions that the state government knew that the cost of the project had been raised but it decided to approve it in the interest of east Vidarbha’s development.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
SHOCKING! ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot’s fake porn video goes viral, here’s what happened

UP govt sends letter to Gorakhpur DM to withdraw 1995 case against Yogi Adityanath, 10 others

The Yogi Adityanath government on December 21 ordered the withdrawal of a 1995 case in which the chief minister, along with Shiv Pratap Shukla (now Minister of State for Finance at the Centre), Sheetal Pandey (BJP MLA from Sahajanwa) and 10others were booked for violating prohibitory orders.On December 20, the state government sent a letter to the District Magistrate, Gorakhpur, directing that an application be filed to withdraw the case before the court. The government order stated that based on a letter received from the District Magistrate on October 27 and after scrutinising facts of the case, it had been decided to withdraw the case. The letter mentioned the names of Yogi Adityanath, Shiv Pratap Shukla, Sheetal Pandey and ten others.The Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar has issued directions that all District Magistrates of the state withdraw cases under Sections 144 of the IPC 107 and 109 of the CrPC. The Chief Secretary has asked DMs to prepare a list of such cases in their respective districts and file appeals in designated courts in the light of the state government order.Besides Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, cases against Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, UPCC Chief Raj Babbar, Leader of Opposition Ram Gobind Chaudharay and several BJP, SP, BSP and Congress MPs, MLAs, leaders and workers would be dropped.A home department spokesperson said that the State government will also file an appeal in the Allahabad High Court requesting directions to the lower courts for withdrawal of cases against politicians in the light of Amendment into the Act.It is, however, a different matter that crime graph in UP is on the rise even after police tightening noose around hardcore criminals. It was due to this reason, the state government had introduced UPCOCA (UP Control of Organized Crime Act) which was passed by the UP Assembly but requires assent from the Upper House.During debate on UPCOCA, the Chief Minister had announced that his government has initiated a process to withdraw as many as 20,000 cases against politicians across party lines. He had stated that the move was aimed at reducing the pendency of cases in lower courts.“These cases were usually petty cases registered by the police against political leaders and workers for staging a dharna and holding demonstrations. They go on in lower courts for years and need to be closed,” he had stated in UP Assembly.The opposition has welcomed the state government’s decision. “We welcome the step but along with politicians, the state government should also withdraw cases against innocent people,” suggested Rajendra Chief Chowdhary Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party.The former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had also withdrawn about 1800 cases against party leaders and workers during his tenure.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

New Vijay Rupani cabinet: Mix of youth and experience

Vijay RupaniChief MinisterThe 61-year-old who began his second stint as Chief Minister on Tuesday, has had a meteoric rise in Gujarat’s politics. A man of the organisation throughout his political journey, he was nominated as CM after the abrupt resignation of Anandiben Patel in August 2016. There were question marks on his future, especially after BJP won just 99 seats, its lowest tally in the past seven elections, but the party has chosen to maintain a status quo.CABINET MINISTERSNitin PatelA six-term MLA, 61-year-old Patel is the senior-most in the ministry. He was widely seen as the chief ministerial nominee after Anandiben’s resignation, but BJP picked Rupani and appointed Patel as deputy CM.RC FalduFaldu, a former president of Gujarat BJP, was elected to the Assembly for the fourth time in 2017. Faldu was sidelined in the party from some time, but the influential, Patidar leader has made a strong comeback.Bhupendrasinh ChudasamaChudasama is among the senior-most ministers in the Vijay Rupani cabinet having served as one way back in 1990. The soft-speaking Kshatriya leader is in his fifth term in the Assembly.Kaushik PatelPatel had lost in 2007 and had not contested in 2012, which means he is back after 10 years. This is the 63-year-old’s fourth term as MLA. He had held revenue, energy, civil supplies, and other important ministries.Saurabh PatelPatel, who is in his fifth term as MLA, served as minister from 2002 to 2016, handling finance, energy, civil aviation, planning, tourism. He was one of the visible faces of the government during these years.Ganpat VasavaA four-term MLA, he has emerged as the tribal face of the BJP in south Gujarat. Back in 2011, Vasava was appointed as Speaker of the state Assembly, the first from the tribal community to occupy the chair. He was later appointed as a cabinet minister.Jayesh RadadiyaSon of influential Patidar leader Vitthal Radadiya, Jayesh has been elected to the Assembly for the second time in 2017. The 36-year-old is the youngest minister in the 20-member Vijay Rupani cabinet. He had served as minister of state.Dilipsinh ThakorThis is the 58-year-old’s fifth term in the Assembly. A prominent OBC face in north Gujarat, Thakor had served as minister in the first Modi government in 2001, and had remained till 2007. He was brought back in the cabinet by Anandiben Patel.Ishwar ParmarThe 46-year-old, who was elected to the Assembly for just the second time, is a surprise pick as cabinet minister. The loss of its prominent Dalit faces such as Ramanlal Vora and Atmaram Parmar left BJP with little choice but to promote Parmar.MINISTERS OF STATEPradipsinh JadejaJadeja was elected to the assembly from Vatva seat in the just concluded elections for his fourth term as MLA. He was serving as minister of state for home in the previous government, in addition to law, parliamentary affairs.Parbat PatelThe 5-term MLA from north Gujarat was elected to the assembly first time in 1985. The 69-year-old is a prominent Chaudhary leader, a community that is quite dominant in north Gujarat. He has served as minister of state for finance, water supply, health, transport.Parsottam SolankiThe powerful Koli leader has served in all governments since 1998, barring one. In spite of his poor health, and though he barely attends office, the 56-year-old has once again been included in the ministry, because of the influence he has in his community.Bachu KhabadThis is the 62-year-old’s third term as MLA. He first found a place in the ministry when Anandiben Patel became the chief minister in May 2014. He was made minister of state for fisheries, and forests & environment. He was retained in the ministry by Vijay Rupani.Jaydrathsinh ParmarHaving started as a sarpanch in the late 1980s, Parmar first became a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet in 2011. The four-term MLA was included in the cabinet again in 2013 and has been its part since. The 53-year-old is a qualified lawyer by profession.Ishwarsinh PatelThis is Patel’s fourth term as an MLA. He had first found a place in the ministry in 2011 when the cabinet was expanded. He was dropped from the ministry in 2012, but was inducted again when Rupani took over as CM.Vasan AhirAhir, who has been elected as MLA five times, is among the senior legislators in the cabinet. The 59-year-old had first served as minister of state since 2008 in the second Modi government.Vibhavari DaveThe three-term MLA is the only woman in the Cabinet. She had served as deputy mayor and mayor of Bhavnagar in the mid and late 1990s, and was first elected to the Assembly in 2007.Raman PatkarThis is the first time Patkar has found a place in the ministry. He is a five-term MLA, and was elected from the tribal reserved Umargam seat in Valsad in the latest polls.Kishor KananiThis is the maiden entry of Kanani, a two-term MLA, in the ministry. He had won from Varachha Road seat in Surat. In fact, he was the only Patidar MLA from Surat city who was repeated by BJP.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Kerala: Fishing boat capsizes, six children drown in backwaters

A country fishing craft carrying a group of children on a pleasure trip capsized, drowning six of them in Kadukuzhi backwaters near here in Malappuram district today, police said.Most of the children were relatives and neighbours and have come here for a vacation when the tragedy struck them at Changrakkulam this evening. A total of nine persons were onboard the small craft for a pleasure trip in the backwaters. Two children and the boat’s oarsman had been rescued by police and local people and hospitalised, Ponnani Circle Inspector Sunny Chacko told PTI.The bodies of four girls and two boys, aged between four and 18, had been recovered, police said. Malappuram District Collector Amit Meena and senior police officials visited the spot. The State Human Rights Commission has suo motu registered a case and ordered a probe into the incident. A commission press release said the District Collector and police chief had been asked to file a report within three weeks. Kerala Assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, who represents the Ponnani constituency, in a statement condoled the death of the children and said the incident was very painful.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Yogi Aditynath breaks ‘jinx’, visits Noida with PM Modi to inaugurate new line

When 45-year-old, saffron-clad, UP chief minister Yogi Aditynath made successive visits to Noida this week, he broke a superstition that goes back all the way to 1988.UP CM Vir Bahadur Singh of Congress was firmly ensconced in his seat. He visited Noida in 1988 and then lost power within days. The theory of a jinx took hold and has believed by politicos ever since.BSP chief Mayawati tried to break the jinx when she visited Noida four times as the chief minister. But then she lost the 2012 Assembly election and one of the factors held responsible for the defeat was the ‘Noida jinx’.The fear of a jinx became so strong that during his entire five-year term, the then CM Akhilesh Yadav stayed away from the area. The situation was all the more ironic as Akhilesh was considered the modern face of the Samajwadi Party (SP). Throughout his tenure, he used video calls to inaugurate or launch projects in Noida and Greater Noida and never visited any of these two regions.In August 2012, Akhilesh inaugurated the Yamuna Expressway from Lucknow and avoided travelling to Noida. The following year as well, he inaugurated many infrastructural projects in Gautam Budh Nagar without visiting the city.In April 2016, Akhilesh skipped two events in Noida, which were attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.Before the 2017 Assembly polls in UP, Akhilesh had, in December 2016, launched several development projects in Noida through videoconferencing. He finally did set his foot in Noida but only in June this year, when he was no more the CM. He made a brief stopover in Noida while he travelling to Delhi from his family pocketborough, Saifai in UP.Yogi Adityanath, who shared the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during the inauguration of the Magenta Line, became the first CM to do after years.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Yoga does not have a religious connotation: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Yoga is a holistic approach to well being and it does not have a religious connotation. “Yoga connects physical health with mental equilibrium and emotional tranquillity, it promotes concentration and focused attention. It has physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions,” he noted.Naidu was speaking on the of the inaugural ceremony of the centennial celebration of Yoga Institute situated in the western suburb.Naidu informed the gathering that Sage Patanjali who compiled the first yoga philosophy defines yoga as an ability to control one’s own random thoughts and achieve a stillness, a calmness that creates inner harmony. This philosophy is usually referred to as Ashtanga Yoga. He explained “the components of this yogic philosophy form the ethical principles that are so universal: Non –violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, fidelity and not being avaricious.”The Vice President informed that the emphasis on physical exercises emerged around 11TH century AD in a branch of yoga called Hatha yoga.He said ”these exercises have gained worldwide importance and prominence over the years. We in India felt that this treasure house of knowledge should be shared with the entire world. We are so pleased that in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly has established 21st June as the international day of Yoga. This resolution has given a new impetus to the popularisation of this ancient science.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

4 soldiers killed in Keri sector: Army says no mutilation of bodies

The Army today clarified that the bodies of its personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were not mutilated and the injury marks were due to splinters and gunshots. An Army major and three soldiers were killed yesterday after Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. “The injuries suffered are due to splinters and gunshots sustained due to firing by the enemy on the patrol,” Army sources said here. Responding to media reports, they said that there has been no mutilation of bodies.Congress slams govt’s Pak policy: The Congress today attacked the Centre over the killing of four Indian soldiers along the LoC by Pakistani troops, saying the incident raises questions over the government’s ability to protect the country’s borders.Also readArmy Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pak firing in Keri sector, J&K CM pays tribute Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said yesterday’s incident along the Line of Control (LoC) was an outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “flip-flops and somersaults” on Pakistan. Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, yesterday. Tewari claimed that there have been 900 attempts of incursion by Pakistan this year, out of which 780 cases have been reported along the LoC and 120 along the International Border (IB).”There were 583 major ceasefire violations in 2014 (between June-December), 400 in 2015, 450 in 2016 and 900 this year. The prime minister points fingers at others, accuses people who have occupied top posts of committing treason but this government seems incapable of protecting our borders,” the former union minister told reporters. Modi, during the Gujarat assembly polls campaign, had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the Assembly polls in the state.The government and the Congress are involved in a face- off over prime minister Modi’s ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Tewari said that the BJP government’s Pakistan policy is driven by “flip-flops, somersaults and adhocism” and demanded that the prime minister comes clear on his agenda behind his 2015 stopover in Lahore or the Centre’s decision to allow ISI personnel at the Pathankor terror attack site.He said India’s neighbourhood policy was in tatters under the BJP dispensation as apart from the “frequent” Pakistani shelling along the border and incursions, the new Nepalese government was overtly tilting towards China. “In Sri Lanka, growing Chinese influence is a matter of concern. Maldives has signed an FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with China disregarding India’s position. China has constructed permanent structures in Dokalam,” he said.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit

In a bitterly fought election which can have huge political implications in Tamil Nadu, sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday secured a comfortable win in the RK Nagar bypoll. Dhinakaran polled 89,013 votes out of total 1,76,885 votes while his nearest rival, official AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan, secured 48,306 votes. All other 57 candidates, including DMK’s Maruthu Ganesh, 24,651 votes, and BJP’s Karu Nagarajan, 1417 votes, lost deposits. The bypoll held on December 21 had seen a record 77.68% voter turnout. RK Nagar, represented twice by Jayalalithaa, has an electorate of 2,28,234, comprising 1,10,903 men, 1,17,232 women and 99 transgenders.Also readRK Nagar bypoll result: Subramanian Swamy calls for accountability after BJP gets lesser votes than NOTAIn the 2016 Assembly polls, the then AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had secured 97,218 votes which was almost 58% of the total votes polled. His sucessor Dhinakaran has secured 50.32% of the total votes. The 2015 RK Nagar bypoll, Jayalalithaa was elected by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes. The constituency had then had witnessed a record 75 per cent turnout.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran says trends reflect people wanting changeThe contest for the seat, which was represented by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, had become a battle of prestige for both Dhinakaran and AIADMK faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Even before the poll results were announced and trends showed Dhinakaran leading, he said it was time for the state government to go. During the counting that began 8 am at Queen Mary’s College here, Dhinakaran kept a comfortable lead over his rival. Also readTTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll by over 40,000 votes, deals huge blow to ruling AIADMK For Dhinakaran, who lost the Two Leaves election symbol to AIADMK following merger of factions led by Palaniswami and former rebel O Panneerselvam, the bypoll success will give him another chance to claim that he represent the welfare legacy of Jayalalithaa. For the ruling EPS-OPS regime, the loss is a huge blow. The run up to the bypoll saw political parties and candidates holding as many as 152 public meetings and taking out 605 processions with the campaigning ending on December 19. There were also widespread allegations of distribution of money, use of state machinery and carious other wrongdoings. The nomination for the seat also was not without controversy, with the nomination papers of two high profile candidates – actor Vishal and Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar – being rejected.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

The Accidental CM: Meet Jai Ram Thakur, new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

As the trends for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections came in on December 18, it was clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was headed for a comfortable win. When the results for all the seats were declared, the BJP had won 44 out of the 68 seats, ousting the Congress from power.But as the fate would have it, BJP’s CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his seat from Sujanpur constituency to Congress’ Rajinder Rana. The next in line, BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti also lost from Una constituency. Then started the BJP’s search for a new face. Many contenders emerged and finally the saffron party chose soft spoken Jai Ram Thakur as the next CM of the hilly state.Ending days of suspense, BJP announced on Sunday that the five-time MLA will be the new Chief Minister of the state.The 52-year-old leader won the Assembly election from Seraj. Apart from securing his own win with huge margin, Thakur is also said to be instrumental in BJP sweeping 9 out of 10 seats from Mandi region, losing one to an independent candidate. Thakur comes from a humble background and was born in a farming family in Tandi village of Mandi district in 1965. The youngest of five children, Jai Ram was a bright student but had to drop out for two years after matriculation in 1980 due to poor financial condition of the family. He, however, went on to complete his MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh. He joined the RSS’ student wing ABVP right after graduation, thus making his entry into student politics. At the time when L K Advani took out his Ram Rath Yatra, Jai Ram also became active in the Ram Mandir movement. He is, however, not known for aggressive politics and is considered BJP’s ‘gentle face’ for his soft-spoken and non-aggressive brand of politics. Thakur contested his first election at the age of 28 on a BJP ticket in 1993. He lost his first election but again secured the BJP ticket in 1998 from Seraj, which was then known as Chachiot Vidhan Sabha. This time he won comfortably and defeated Congress veteran Moti Ram Thakur by 6,000 votes, thus marking his entry to the Assembly. There has been no looking back for him since then. He won consecutive elections from Chachiot in 2003 and 2007, before the constituency became Seraj after delimitation. Thakur was made Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister by then Chief Minister Dhumal in 2008. He was also the BJP’s state president between 2007 and 2009. In 2012, he won from Seraj while the BJP lost power to the Congress. In the latest election, Thakur won from Seraj by a margin of over 11,000 votes. He is married to Sadhana Thakur, a Kannadiga who was born and brought up in Jaipur, and have two children with her. Soft-spoken Thakur is considered a consensus builder in the Himachal Pradesh BJP. Even as his supporters raised slogans in his favour against Dhumal during BJP’s Central Observers’ visit to the state, he chose to remain silent. Today, it was Dhumal who proposed his name during the BJP legislature party meeting. Two other senior leaders from the party, Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda also supported the proposal, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the BJP’s Central Observer, said. After the announcement of his name, Thakur thanked everyone, signalling that he would take all leaders of faction-ridden Himachal BJP along in his journey. Himachal is famous for throwing out incumbent government’s after a single term in office. Can Thakur break that trend? That will be his biggest challenge. Watch: Jai Ram Thakur to be new Himachal Pradesh CM

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

RK Nagar bypolls: ‘All party workers with me, I have Amma’s wishes,’ says Dinakaran

Sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and independent candidate TTV Dinakaran on Sunday is confident of winning the RK Nagar Assembly bypolls after the sixth round of counting showed him leading with 29255 votes.Dinakaran told ANI, “I am an independent candidate for namesake but all Party (AIADMK) workers are with me. I also have Amma’s wishes.”He said the early trends of counting today indicated to whom the people voted in the election.”RK Nagar was represented by ‘Amma’. The thumping majority which the voters have given is an indication where the party symbol and the party will remain. I thank the people of RK Nagar and party workers who have shown massive support for me,” Dinakaran told the media.”I firmly believe that it is time for this government to go, and in the coming three months you will see this government go,” he added.As per the Election Commission, Dinakaran is followed by AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan (15181) and DMK’s N Marudhu Ganesh (7986).Dinakaran, who lost the AIADMK symbol to the EPS-OPS faction, chose to contest the election as an independent candidate and was allotted a ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for the same.Key candidates in the fray are Madhusudhanan, Dinakaran, Ganesh and Karu Nagarajan (BJP).The RK Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.The election is speculated to be a litmus test for the leadership of O Panneerselvam and E K Palaniswami who took over the reins of AIADMK after her.The election was earlier scheduled on April 12 but was cancelled following vote-for-cash scam.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Live updates | Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar bypoll result: Counting of votes begins, AIADMK legacy at stake

The counting of votes for RK Nagar bypoll began at 8 am on Sunday. Over 73 percent voting was recorded in the Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar) Assembly by-poll, which was held on Thursday, December 21. It is seen as an acid test for the ruling AIADMK, as it is the first election since the death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa.The RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant after the death of late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in December 2016. In this high-stake by-poll, the top contenders are AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan, DMK’s N Marudhu Ganesh, Bharatiya Janata Party’s K Nagarajan and TTV Dhinakaran – who’s contesting as an Independent.Here are the live updates: 8: 15 am: Visuals from a counting center in Chennai​

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Scurry within AAP leaders for Rajya Sabha seats

The race has started within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to get Rajya Sabha seats a day after the Election Commission (EC) announced polls on January 16 to fill up vacancies. Three top leaders — Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas — who are waiting for four years for a Rajya Sabha seat have started lobbying.But CM Kejriwal wants to give the seats to a Muslim, a woman and a representative of the trading community. Sources in the party has hinted that two of them are Imran Pratapgadi, who campaigned for the party in Punjab and hails from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi-based businessman Sushil Gupta. Sources, however, rejected speculations on Swati Maliwal being rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat.Even though chances are less, all the three leaders are doing their best to garner support fore themselves.In case of Vishwas, his relationship with Kejriwal deteriorated after he called him an autocrat. “I am a human being. I also have ambitions. My supporters also feel that I should go the the Rajya Sabha where I will be an articulate voice against the BJP and the Congress. I founded the Aam Aadmi Party with Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. Yet I have never even had the tea of Delhi Secretariat,” he had said.For Sanjay Singh, Kejriwal has stood by him through eups and downs. He maintains a healthy relationship with both Congress and BJP leaders. During the President’s Rule in Delhi in 2014, Sanjay Singh played a crucial role in bringing back the party from the verge of collapse. In Punjab Assembly polls this year, Sanjay Singh was made the state-in-charge but with the loss of Punjab, chances of him getting the seat is almost impossible.When it comes to journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh, who was behind making Kejriwal a national leader from an RTI activist , chances are low too. Ashutosh joined when AAP went to fight the Parliamentary polls in 2014 against two veterans — Congress Kapil Sibal and BJP Harsh Vardhan.Earlier, the party approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be its candidate, but he is believed to have declined the offer.The AAP has 66 members in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and its victory on all three seats looks certain.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

PM Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model debunked during polls, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who on Saturday met party leaders here to discuss assembly election results, claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much talked- about Gujarat development model was debunked during the polls.The Congress chief held zone-wise “introspection meetings” here to ascertain reasons for the party’s defeat.”You fought very well. We managed to ‘gherao’ the BJP, as you could see that they were not able to give reply to our questions,” Gandhi told party workers.”Modiji, in the end, spoke about himself, about (former prime minister) Manmohan Singh. But all earlier talk about development and Modi model was debunked by Congress workers and the people of Gujarat,” he said.The entire country was asking what happened to the Gujarat model. Modiji would not be able to talk about it in the future, Gandhi said.”The question asked three or four months ago was can the Congress fight elections, nobody was talking about us winning it. The Gujarat Congress has shown the entire country that if it fights in one voice on the basis of its ideology, it won’t get defeated,” he said.”We lost in the elections, but we won. That is the reality. We won because they (the BJP) fought with anger, they had all the equipment, money, chief ministers of different states (to campaign), industrialists, but we had truth,” the Congress chief said.In the morning, Gandhi visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district.While the BJP retained power in prime minister Modi’s home state by winning 99 seats in the Assembly polls earlier this month, the Congress increased its tally significantly by winning 77 seats.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

BJP begins preparations for mission Northeast; Rijiju, Sarma appointed election incharge of Nagaland, Tripura

Officially beginning its preparation for Assembly polls in Northeastern states, the BJP on Saturday appointed Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were on Saturday as election in-charge of Nagaland and Tripura. Announcing the appointment of Rijiju and Sarma, BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said in a statement: “BJP National President Amit Shah has appointed Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State of Home Affairs as Election Incharge of forthcoming Nagaland State Assembly Elections and Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Finance and Health in Assam Government as Election Incharge of Tripura state.”Sarma, who started his political career as a Congress leader, switched side ahead of last year’s Assam elections. He is the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), an alliance of regional parties. Rijiju is a heavyweight from Arunachal Pradesh and the two leaders have been instrumental in the BJP’s rise in the Northeast. Assembly elections in Tripura and Nagaland are slated for early next year. Last elections in both states were held in February 2013.While Tripura has been under the Left rule for the last 24 years, Nagaland Peoples Front has been in power in Nagaland since 2003. Along with Tripura and Nagaland, polls will also be held for Meghalaya and Mizoram next year. Launching BJP’s poll campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week inaugurated crucial connectivity and power projects in Mizoram and Meghalaya.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

A Raja and Kanimozhi reach Chennai after 2G acquittal, get rousing welcome from DMK cadres

DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja were given warm welcome by party cadres in Chennai after getting acquitted by special CBI court in the 2G court. The airport was throng with party supporters donning the traditional DMK colours. There were large number of supporters also present near DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s house. Both Rajya Sabha MP Kanimojhi and former Union Minister A Raja met Karunanidhi.They were welcomed by party leader and Karunanidhi’s MK Stalin. The verdict has come as a huge relief for DMK which has suffered electoral reverses and relegated to sidelines after name of their party leaders got tangled in the 2G case. DMK leader M K Stalin on Friday said the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case has come as a “blow” to those who wanted to “taint” the party.Hailing the acquittal of Kanimozhi and A Raja, he said the party has now emerged like “gold refined by fire.” Quoting certain observations made by the special judge in the verdict, Stalin said it showed the case was “fabricated with an aim of targeting and sidelining DMK” at the national level. “The DMK, after having faced insults and slander for baseless false charges, swam through the river of fire, and after seven years has emerged as gold refined by fire,” Stalin, DMK working president, said in a letter to partymen.The DMK was always confident of telling the truth to the world, Stalin said a day after the special court in Delhi acquitted party leaders Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, and former Telecom minister A Raja. The DMK leader said Raja as then Telecom minister, adopted “progressive measures” in allocating 2G spectrum aimed at the welfare of the poorer sections of the society. This, Stalin claimed, led to an increase in mobile phone users even while bringing the rates down. He said CAG Vinod Rai had made charges of “presumptive loss” of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in spectrum allocation and even those who were aware of the differences between “practicality and presumption blew up” the matter. “Those with political vendetta, and media known for sensationalism blew up the issue against DMK in the electoral field,” he said in an apparent reference to the 2011 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu which the AIADMK and its allies swept.Raja was always confident of getting justice through a legal battle and he himself put forward “strong arguments” before the court even as “Kanimozhi also proved she was not guilty,” Stalin, also state leader of opposition, added. Party president and his father M Karunanidhi was overjoyed when he was told about the outcome of the case, Stalin said.With PTI inputs

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Bill awarding death penalty for hooch trade passed by UP Assembly

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a bill to award death penalty and life imprisonment to those dealing in spurious liquor.The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in the House yesterday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna repealing the ordinance brought by the government in September in this regard was passed by a voice vote.The bill provides for death penalty, life sentence and fine to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs five lakh in case of death caused due to consumption of spurious liquor.It also provides for rigourous imprisonment up to 10 years and not less than six years in case of disability caused by consumption of spurious liquor and fine to the tune of Rs five lakh and not less than Rs three lakh.Earlier in September, the state government had promulgated an ordinance for amending the UP Excise Act with some cases of death and disability due to hooch being reported in the state.Also readChief Minister Yogi Adityanath amends 107-year-old law for capital punishment in hooch death cases in UPToday’s bill seeks to further strengthen the penal provisions to deal with those involved in illicit or spurious liquor.After Delhi and Gujarat, UP will be the third state where bootleggers may be sent to the gallows, if consumption of spurious liquor leads to a loss of life.Also read2 arrested in connection with Azamgarh hooch tragedyHooch tragedies take a heavy toll every year in Uttar Pradesh.In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. In 2015, 28 people were killed in a similar incident in the Malihabad area of Lucknow.The Assembly also passed UP Criminal Law Composition of Offences and Abetment of Trials (Amendment) Bill 2017.The bill pertains to abetment of certain proceedings pending before the magistrate till December 31, 2015.There are about 20,000 such pending cases.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth had yesterday announced in the House that the government will bring a bill to abolish political cases.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

TMC protests Centre’s FRDI bill; say they will continue protests as long as they are around

TMC youth president Abhishek Banerjee on Friday led a rally in Kolkata to protest the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill. At the end of his speech, he said that as long as the TMC was there the bill would not be passed.“The BJP government at the Centre might try to intimidate us with CBI, ED, Income Tax and other agencies but when it comes to the welfare of the people, TMC people can’t be silenced. I want to assure you all that as long as the TMC is there, we will not pass this bill. Mamata Banerjee had asked us to initiate a movement against the bill and if this bill is not cancelled, we will further intensify our protest, in every district of the state. They think they can force it on to the country. Just like the Left Front which could not force the Tata Nano factory to function here and the TMC won fighting for the people, we will not allow the FRDI bill to be passed as well,” he said.Saying the bill would empower the Centre to take over people’s deposits at will, without the permission of the depositors, he said there was no difference between Saradha Group head Sudipta Sen. “If Sudipta Sen had siphoned off people’s money through his chit fund companies, the BJP leaders are planning to take away your money as well. If Sen is jailed, these people need to be put behind the bars as well,” Banerjee lashed out.Banerjee added that the poor performance of BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections was the beginning of the end for the party. “In Gujarat with the help of which they had come to power, BJP has performed its worst in the last 22 years. This sounds the death knell for the party and after 2019 general elections, there will be no sign of the party in the country. They have been rejected in Bengal and after 2019 they will be rejected by the rest of the country,” he said.State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, reacting to Banerjee’s comments said, “They dont know what the bill contains. They are afraid of BJP’s growing popularity and thus they are saying these and now have come to personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and myself. People will see through these and the canards will not go on for too long.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Once jobless, PhD woman slays 5-time BJP MLA from Unjha

About five years ago, Ashaben was 35 and held a PhD degree. But she was still jobless. After her initial frustration, she decided it was time to reform the education system in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a man who has been amply vocal about his ambitious development vision. But the hitch was: to change a system, one has to be in the system.Thus, Ashaben Patel, who has her heart in social work and soul in teaching, made the leap into politics.Ashaben’s first poll fight was in 2012, when she was beaten by a BJP MLA on 24,203 votes. Not the one to give up, she worked harder. This Assembly elections, Ashaben, now 40, toppled Narayanbhai Patel, a five-time MLA, at Unjha constituency which includes PM Modi’s hometown Vadnagar.Speaking with DNA, Ashaben said, “My native is Vishol which, too, falls under Unjha. I lost the previous elections as I was very new and people in Vadnagar did not know me. This year, I have won because of the people’s love.”Ashaben wrested the seat which falls in the Patidar-dominated Mehsana district with a margin of over 19,000 votes. She attributed her victory to her extensive social work in Vadnagar.Mehsana was the epicentre of the Patidar agitation which flared up in 2015. Ashaben bagged 81,797 votes as against Patel’s 62,268 votes.”In 2012, every one knew me in Unjha, but not in Vadnagar. My social work spread across 20 villages in Vadnagar over the past few years. Social work is carried out in small places and are low-cost affair,” she says.Ask her why she did not join the BJP. “Their ideology does not suit me,” she notes.Being a Gujarati, she does not accept BJP’s campaign – ‘Hu Chu Vikas, Hu Chu Gujarat’. “The word ‘Hu’ in Gujarati is about an individual and represents arrogance,” she points out.A PhD in Chemistry, Ashaben is a guide to six students today. “I have been into social and community work since my childhood, the reason I never got married. But when I did not get a job despite being a PhD, I had to clear GPSC to join as a class 2 officer. I wanted to teach, but did not get a job; I decided to change the education system. I first fought in zilla panchayat elections, followed by the 2012 Assembly elections.”Now that she has finally won a ticket to the Assembly, Ashaben has set her priority clear: improve the education and health care systems.SYSTEM ERRORAshaben Patel joined politics to change education system in the state Lost in 2012 polls, this time, beat BJP’s Narayan Patel in Unjha

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

West Bengal: Voting continues for Sabang bypoll amid tight security

Amidst heavy security arrangement, bypolls to Sabang Assembly constituency in West Midnapore district of West Bengal began at 7 am on Thursday.The voting process began in 306 booths where 2,45,259 electors will exercise their franchise. Of them, 2,01,142 are in Sabang block and 44,117 are in Pingla.Eight companies of Central force had already arrived in Sabang to take care of law and order situation. Sabang Assembly comprises 16 panchayats. Of these Sabang block has 13 and Pingla block has three.Officials at the office of Chief Electoral Official in Kolkata said that all the booths would be equipped with VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) which means voters would be able to verify that their votes have been cast for their choice of candidate.The by-poll has been necessitated owing to the defection of Congress MLA Manas Bhunia to TMC, who had been later made the party’s Rajya Sabha MP. Interestingly his wife, Gitarani Bhunia has been pitched as the TMC candidate where as Chiranjeeb Bhowmik of Congress, Rita Mondal of CPI(M), and BJP’s Antara Bhattacharya are also in the fray.Also readSabang bypoll | Four-cornered battle for this traditional Congress bastion in BengalManas, who had been the MLA from Sabang since 1982 is confident about his wife’s win from the place. In the last Assembly election in 2016, he was the Cong-CPI(M) alliance candidate and had secured 1,45,259 votes, registering a convincing victory against Nirmal Ghosh of TMC who received 77,820 votes. “TMC is the real Congress which had been formed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the real tension is whether Gitarani Bhunia would be able to defeat Manas Bhunia in terms of winning margin,” he said.Congress and CPI(M) candidates have, however, have been campaigning by referring to Manas as a ‘turncoat’ while BJP said that if there was a free and fair election, BJP would win.Also readLitmus test for Mukul Roy in West Midnapore’s Sabang seatThe result would be announced on December 24.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

RK Nagar bypoll | Amid tight security, voting underway in late J Jayalalithaa’s constituency

Voting in RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was left vacant after the death of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, began on Thursday morning.Chennai City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan said they had ensured to conduct a fair election and have deployed additional forces to maintain peace and harmony.”We will ensure free and fair elections, today. We have deployed additional forces,” Viswanathan said.BJP candidate Karu Nagarajan and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate N Marudhu Ganesh have also cast their votes. Ganesh expressed confidence of sweeping the polls and said, “Whether it is Rs 6000 or Rs 60,000, we are going to win. The voters of RK Nagar will teach a lesson to AIADMK this time.”Counting of votes will be held on December 24. The by-polls were earlier scheduled for April 12 earlier this year, but were cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat: BJP likely to pick CM on Friday; Cong begins analyses of results

The newly elected BJP MLAs of Gujarat are likely to meet in Gandhinagar on December 22 to elect their leader who would be the next chief minister of the key western state, party sources said today.Union minister Arun Jaitley and party general secretary Saroj Pandey, who have been appointed central observers for the election, will hold consultations with the MLAs before the new chief minister is announced. Though incumbent Vijay Rupani continues to be the favourite for the coveted job, there is speculation about his continuance given the BJP’s narrow victory in its bastion. The BJP has 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, seven more than the 92 required for forming government but its lowest in a long time. The Congress and its pre-poll allies have 80 seats, with the main opposition party having 77.BJP chief Amit Shah had said during the campaign that the elections would be fought under Rupani. Since Modi was the face of the BJP in the keenly fought electoral battle, a last minute change cannot be completely ruled out, sources said. Many in the party wonder if the top leadership would go for somebody from the Patidar community, as the party prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Though the Patidars have traditionally backed the BJP, a section led by young community leader Hardik Patel turned against the party over the quota issue.Also readGujarat elections 2017: BJP had more close victory calls in 2017 than in 2012The BJP leadership’s propensity for springing a surprise while making its choices for top positions, be it a chief minister or the president, has left many guessing if someone new will be chosen to helm the state. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Manohar Lal Khattar and Trivendra Singh Rawat, his Haryana and Uttarakhand counterparts, were all surprise choices. So was President Ramnath Kovind. Even Rupani was seen as a surprise choice when the party decided to replace Anandiben Patel last year. While many thought Nitin Patel was an obvious replacement of Anandiben, he was eventually made the deputy chief minister. Rupani is known to be close to Amit Shah, has a clean image, and is seen as caste neutral, qualities which may finally tilt the scales in his favour.Congress begins stock-takingAlso readGujarat Election Results: Congress must concede defeat; voters gave a clear cut mandate to us, says BJP Two days after the Gujarat assembly poll results, the Congress today began an exercise to analyse the electoral outcome at a three-day conclave that will be attended by party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday. During the ‘chintan shivir’ (introspection camp), the Congress leaders and workers will analyse the election results district-wise and discuss the road-map ahead in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, state party president Bharatsinh Solanki said here.In the elections, the results for which were declared on Monday, the Congress could not wrest power from the BJP even though its tally increased to 77 seats from 61 last time. The Congress ally Bharatiya Tribal Party won two seats, and along with an independent backed by it winning his seat, the tally of the Congress-led alliance stood at 80, 12 short of the simple majority in the 182-memberassembly. The BJP retained power for the sixth time, though with a reduced score of 99 seats against 115 in 2012. The Congress performed well in rural areas of Gujarat but failed to make a significant mark in the urban pockets.The venue of the conclave today and tomorrow is a resort in Mehsana district and on the third and final day, the venue will shift to Ahmedabad where Gandhi will be present, Solanki said. Gandhi, who campaigned extensively in the state for the assembly elections, will address the Congress workers on Friday. “The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has organised the ‘chintan shivir’ with the aim of discussing the Assembly poll results and to provide a road-map to strengthen the organisation and increase its connect with the people, keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Solanki told reporters.”For two days, we will meet here in Mehsana, and on third day, we will meet in Ahmedabad where Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit to address party workers,” he said. Congress general secretary and election in-charge for Gujarat, Ashok Gehlot, expressed satisfaction over the party’s performance in the polls, while accusing the BJP of “misusing government machinery” and raising questions over the approach of the Election Commission. “Both in terms of seats and campaigning, the Congress performed wonderfully well. Although we could not form the government, a message has been sent across that the BJP can have a tough time fighting the Congress even in the home state of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah,” said Gehlot, who is also attending the camp.”The way the BJP campaigned involving cabinet ministers with the prime minister himself making emotional appeals, the way they misused government machinery for polls, and the manner the Election Commission took decisions, we believe we have done exceedingly well,” he said. Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil, who lost from Mandvi in Kutch district, said the party could have formed government had it won 16 seats on which it got defeated by narrow margins.However, he took solace in the fact that the BJP was reduced to “double-digits” despite an aggressive campaigning. “At one point after forming the government in 1985, the Congress was reduced to a mere 32 seats. This time people have supported Congress in large numbers and we have increased our seat tally,” he said. “And after 1990, for the first time the BJP has been reduced to double-digits. We were defeated by small margins on as many as 16 seats. Had we won those seats, we could have formed the government,” Gohil said.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

FIR registered against Hardik Patel for holding roadshow in Gujarat without permission

An FIR was registered on Wednesday against Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and around 50 of his supporters for holding a roadshow on the city outskirts on December 11 without permission, police said.The Ahmedabad Police registered the case in connection with the roadshow held in Bopal area.”Hardik, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and his supporters were booked under IPC section 188 for disobeying the police order,” Bopal Police Inspector I H Gohil said.Hardik and his supporters, who were on their bikes, had organised a roadshow on December 11, despite being denied permission by the district authorities, he said.”Today, we have lodged an FIR against him and 50 other bikers for disobeying the police notification,” Gohil said.This is the first FIR against Hardik after the state Assembly elections.Three days before the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, the rally-cum-roadshow on motorcycles and cars was organised, which started from Bopal and culminated at Nikol area on the other end of the city, covering a distance of around 15 km.While Bopal area falls under the jurisdiction of rural police, Nikol area is under the city police limits.After the roadshow, Police Commissioner A K Singh had expressed displeasure over Patel’s move and said that legal action would be taken for holding the event without permission.Singh had denied permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshows in the city during the campaign which the leaders of the two parties had obeyed.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

After Gujarat, Amit Shah turns focus on Bengal, to draw roadmap to strengthen BJP in state

After emerging victorious in the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly elections, Central leadership of BJP has instructed to go all out in strengthening the party organisation in West Bengal.Sources said that on December 19, BJP national president Amit Shan had given such instruction in a meeting with party national secretary from Bengal and former state president Rahul Sinha.Shah had reportedly said that that state leaders needed to pay attention towards completion of party’s booth committee formation.In the meeting which was conducted late in the evening Shah had first taken stock about the party’s activities in Bengal.Later he said that along with the campaigns, meetings and rallies it should also be ensured that booth committees were paid due attention. The first task would be to build at least a 10-member booth committee in all the booths and later work on increasing the number.Sinha had also been instructed to mobilise all the party state frontal organisations and different cells. Sinha has also been handed over the task of seeing that more and more defection from different parties to BJP takes place as well as eminent personalities and intellectuals should also join the party.It was also found out that Shah wants to make the Gujarat and HP victory as the turning point for the West Bengal BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections and he would conduct a meeting with the state BJP leadership in January 2018 and draw up a roadmap. Shah is also likely to visit West Bengal next month.Sinha said that from the importance the Central leadership was paying to West Bengal it is clear how serious and focussed our leaders in Delhi are about Bengal.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Jammu and Kashmir | Education gets mega boost, 16 new colleges, 400 upgraded govt schools to come up next year

Forget 2016 unrest; the students of Jammu and Kashmir have all the reasons to look forward to 2017.The education sector in the state is all set for a major boost to offset the losses it suffered in the turmoil.More than 400 government schools will be upgraded and 16 new government degree colleges will be established in Jammu and Kashmir.Of the schools to be upgraded, 200 will be promoted from middle to higher and rest 200 from higher to the higher secondary level.The fresh steps to boost education comes a year after education became the prime casualty of the separatist-sponsored civil unrest in Kashmir.Official figures reveal that 34 schools were burnt by attackers during the 2016 unrest. Around 14 incidents of the school burning were timely addressed and property saved.More than 12 lakh students were sitting home as the schools and educational institutions in the valley remained shut for five months following the unrest.“Teachers both in government and private sector deserve all praise for their commitment towards their noble profession. The state is indebted to them. Present government led by Mehbooba Mufti is committed to take education sector to a new high”, said Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Education.Economic Survey Report presented by the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Legislative Assembly few months ago has depicted a grim picture of the education scenario in the valley in 2016.According to the report, normal schooling could be conducted only for a period of four months in the Kashmir valley last year due to the unrest which started after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in Bamdoora village on July 8 2016.“No one can dispute the fact that the young generation of technocrats and officers serving the state at present are the lot which was educated by the teachers in the times of turbulence. Both public and private sector institutions are contributing to raise the education standard in their own ways”, said Bukhari.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Rajasthan adopting BJP’s Gujarat win formula

The state BJP is not only adopting Gujrat’s “Development Model” but also its “Organization model.” Due to the organizational structure of the party, BJP is winning consecutively in Gujarat. Now, the same organizational pattern is being readied in Rajasthan.In order to win the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly by elections and general elections, the state BJP has started preparing “Panna Pramukh” in Rajasthan on the lines of Gujarat.Firstly, “Panna Pramukh“ is being made in the constituencies which are heading for bypolls. After the by-elections, “Panna Pramukh” will be made across the state.Following the historic victory in Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the BJP has adopted Gujarat’s organizational model for organizational expansion and strengthening nationwide.In this connection, work was done to eliminate ward unit and build booth committee. The concept of booth committee has been in vogue in Gujarat for years. Booth committees have been formed in Rajasthan in the last three years. Following this, an important concept emerged as “Panna Pramukh”. The BJP’s national president Amit Shah appointed an in-charge (Panna Pramukh) for every page of the voting list in Gujarat. So that the BJP worker can reach every voter and the responsibility of the party worker is fixed. Due to this “Panna Pramukh” concept, the BJP has won Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time. In Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, the concept of the “Panna Pramukh” was also adopted and the result is there for everyone to witnessRajasthan, whoch goes to poes in 2018 December is fast pulling up its socks and has also adopted this pattern.According to BJP officials, the first booth committee has now been formed at all the 49,000 polling booths across the state. After completion of this work, project “Panna Pramukh” has been initiated.Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and in the Mandalgarh assembly constituency bypolls is knocking. As a result, the party has swiftly swung into action and initiated the Panna project here. State General Secretary (organization) Chandra Shekhar himself is monitoring the work.” There are 600 to 12000 voters (approx) in a polling booth. A “Panna Pramukh” will be fixed for a page of the voter list. There are about 60 voters on one page. A BJP worker will be in charge of each page consisting 60 voters.49,000 boothsFirstly, “Panna Pramukh“ is being made in the constituencies which are heading for bypolls. 1st booth panel has now been formed at all the 49k polling booths.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat elections 2017: 1,444 candidates lost their deposits

Close to 80% of the candidates who contested in the Gujarat Assembly elections lost their deposits, an analysis of the detailed election results shows.According to officials, 1,828 candidates had contested from the 182 Assembly seats, the results of which were declared on Monday. The BJP won 99 seats, its lowest tally in the last six elections, while Congress won 77 seats. Of the remaining six seats, three went to independents, one was won by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and two by the Chhotu Vasava-led Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP).Of the 1,828 candidates, 1,444 or almost 80% of the total candidates lost their deposits. “The 1,444 candidates were the ones who got less than one-sixth of the total votes polled in their respective constituency, and hence their deposits would be forfeited,” said a senior official.The number of candidates who will close their deposits in the current elections is the highest in the state since 1995, when 2,127 out of 2,545 contesting candidates had met the similar fate. In the elections before that, i.e. in 1990, 1,461 out of 1,889 candidates had lost their deposit.The analysis shows that most of the candidates who forfeited their deposits were either independents or from smaller parties such as BSP, AAP, NCP, and others. None of the Congress or BJP candidates lost their deposits, the analysis showsIn 172 out of the 182 seats, all candidates barring the winner and loser failed to win less than one-sixth of the total votes. In the remaining 10 seats, the third placed candidates also secured more than 16.66% votes, and hence their deposits would not be forfeited.The 10 seats where the second runners-up secured more than one-sixth of the votes are Sanand, Kapadvanj, Lunawada, Vaghodia, Sayajiganj, Tharad, Kheralu, Mahuva, Mandvi (ST) and Umreth.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Jaipur local polls land in Cong’s lap

Even as the euphoria of the Gujarat Assembly election results is settling, the Rajasthan BJP has been dealt a reality check in the form of local body polls that were swept by Congress.The four district council (zila parishad) seats at Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli were all won by the Congress with decent margins. Of the 27 panchayat samiti members, 16 went into the Congress kitty, while the BJP could only bag 10. Out of 14 urban local body seats, 7 were bagged by the Congress and 6 by BJP.Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot termed the results as a “moral defeat” of the “corrupt” Vasundhara Raje government. “The BJP government in Rajasthan has not worked to the aspirations of the people. There is widespread corruption, unemployment and inflation under this regime. The government is pretending to hold Jan Sunvais just to get through the bypolls. Over the last four years, the Congress has worked consistently as an opposition and raised the issues of the public. Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Congress will ensure BJP’s defeat,” said Pilot.The frontal attack has not only put the ruling BJP in a defensive position, but also made it concerned about the forthcoming bypolls. Two parliamentary and one Assembly seat have fallen vacant due to the demise of members, and the BJP is now concerned about its poll prospects at the fag end of this government’s tenure. It has also raised doubts about the party’s ability to retain the three seats.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

RK Nagar campaign ends dirty

The campaigning for the contentious RK Nagar Assembly seat, vacated by late Tamil Nadu chief J Jayalalithaa, came to an end on Tuesday evening, amid allegations of free-flowing money and freebies to voters. The bypolls are scheduled to be held on December 21.Even as there are 59 candidates in the fray for the crucial bypoll, the major front-runners are AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan, DMK’s N Marudhu Ganesh and sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, who is contesting as an independent candidate.To ensure a smooth election, the Election Commission of India has deployed nine observers, the highest ever for an election in one Assembly constituency. However, despite heightened security and monitoring, allegations of distribution of money and freebies for voters were flung back and forth.On Sunday, DMK working president MK Stalin wrote to the ECI, alleging that the ruling AIADMK distributed over Rs 100 crore to the voters and asked the commission to ensure free and fair election. The AIADMK on its part accused the DMK of bribing voters and complained against Dinakaran that he was distributing free pressure cookers — his symbol — to the voters.The flying squads have also seized around Rs 30 lakh from several people during the campaign. The police have arrested as many as 20 persons in connection to the money distribution to voters.Although the poll was first scheduled to be held in April this year, it was cancelled due to complaints of large-scale voter bribing by a candidate.The crucial bypoll is considered to be a litmus test for the ruling AIADMK, which underwent a split and then a patch-up within the last year. The victory in the bypoll would help the 11-month-old Edappadi K Palaniswami government to claim Jayalalithaa’s political legacy.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Election 2017: 13 women fielded by both BJP and Congress this time, 3 less than 2012

Fewer women were fielded by both the BJP and Congress in Gujarat this time compared to the 2012 Assembly elections, and their number in the new Assembly too has dwindled.Thirteen women, nine from the BJP and four from the Congress, were elected to the Assembly this time, against 16 in 2012.The BJP and Congress fielded 12 and 10 women candidates, respectively, in the 2017 elections.In 2012 the two main parties had fielded 33 women candidates — 19 by the BJP and 14 by the Congress. Among the winners then 12 were from the BJP and four from the Congress.BJP candidate from Choryasi Zankhanaben Patel registered an impressive victory by defeating her Congress rival Yogesh Patel by over 1.10 lakh votes.In another interesting contest, BJP candidate from Bhavnagar-East and sitting MLA Vibhavari Dave defeated Congress’s Nitaben Rathod. Nimaben Acharya and Sangitaben Patil also retained Bhuj and Limbayat seats, respectively.Other women candidates from the BJP who won include Malti Maheshwari from Gandhidham, Suman Chauhan from Kalol (Panchmahals), Manisha Vakil (Vadodara city), Geetaba Jadeja (Gondal) and Simaben Mohile (Akita).Congress MLA Tejashree Patel, who had switched sides during the Rajya Sabha election, was fielded by the BJP from Viramgam, but she lost.Congress fielded women candidates from Bhavnagar (East), Dahegam, Garbada, Maninagar, Navsari, Sanand, Umreth, Unjha, Vav and Rapar.Of them, Unjha candidate Ashaben Patel registered an impressive victory over her nearest BJP rival Narayanbhai Patel by over 19,500 votes. Vadnagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hometown, is located in the same constituency.Chandrikaben Baria retained her ST-reserved Garbada seat, defeating BJP’s Mahendra Bhabhor by over 16,000 votes.Geniben Thakor (Vav) and Santok Arethia (Rapar) of the Congress too won this time.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

UP Assembly: Dangers of marital life evokes laughter amongst legislators

The discussion in the UP Assembly was on the menace of stray cattle — until it strayed into the dangers of marital conversations, evoking much laughter among legislators.During a question hour debate on the dangers posed by stray cattle, first-time MLA Anil Singh of BSP brought up a conversation he had with his wife even though the topic was completely unrelated.”My wife asked me about my experience in the House and I told her it was poor,” the MLA said. Not one to be taken aback by this sudden deviation of the debate, Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit asked him about his wife’s reaction to the comment.”She said, sit quietly and gather experience,” Singh replied, as legislators burst into laughter.The matter did not stop there, as the Speaker in a lighter vein warned Singh of the repercussions of making marital conversations public.”She will scold you after watching TV (live telecast) on why you stood up,” he said, referring to the fact that Singh’s wife had asked him to keep sitting.The exchange triggered some more laughter, and some members were seen chuckling well after it was over.For Singh, however, the matter was not that funny.”When people of my area admonish me, I will face my wife’s chagrin,” he said.Singh said he told his wife that debates carried on for hours on “non-issues” while no one was willing to pay heed to important matters.The discussion soon veered back to the issue of stray cattle.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

When will attention be given to Hindu widows in UP? Samajwadi Party asks BJP

The Samajwadi Party today hit out at the Narendra Modi-led BJP goverment, claiming that it had special concern for the Muslim women and asked when the ruling party would address the problems face by Hindu widows.Speaking to reporters, SP national general secretary Ramashankar Vidyarthi also blamed the statements made by Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal for the Congress’ defeat in the Gujarat Assembly elections.”The BJP government has a special concern to address the interests of Muslim women, but it is unable to see the plight of Hindu widows,” he claimed.The condition of the Hindu widows is very bad and are kept away from various social programmes, he said.”When will any attention be given to the Hindu widows, and when steps will be taken to provide them equal rights,” he asked the prime minister.On the election results, the SP general secretary said, “The Congress lost the (Gujarat Assembly) elections due to the statements made by Mani Shankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal. It was because of their remarks that the BJP resorted to communal polarisation and was able to register a victory.” He also said the SP would review its performance in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Congress vanquished but valiant

Though Congress has lost Gujarat election, the party has got a new stalwart and an impressive poll manager in the form of AICC general secretary and state in-charge Ashok Gehlot. He masterminded the campaign under the leadership of AICC president Rahul Gandhi to give a tough fight to the BJP in its fortress. Going by what unfolded in Gujarat, the Congress is likely to reap benefits of the same in the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan next year and Gehlot could be seen doning the role of Sarathi of Gandhi as well.The appointment of Gehlot as party in-charge of Gujarat campaign gave rise to speculation that he is being shunted out of state politics. A group within the party even started claiming that he has been given a charge of a losing cause as PM Modi is invincible in Gujarat. As BJP’s victory in Gujarat was a forgone conclusion, many believed it will bring down curtains on Gehlot’s political career. Moving Gehlot to Gujarat was also seen by many as clearing the field for PCC chief Sachin Pilot to take reign of the party. “Creating alliances and support base on caste lines in a state was a key move. The Congress had on its side Patidar leader Hardik Patel, OBC community leader Alpesh Thakor as it ally and support from Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani. Gehlot played a major role bringing these leaders on same platform which definitely worked to improve tally of the party. He could be seen in a greater role in the party soon,” said a senior Congress leader reacting to the results. Gehlot worked tirelessly with Gandhi and during this campaign a new chemistry was developed between the two. Although BJP retained power in Gujarat, it will not be seen as a debacle of Gehlot’s campaign because BJP could not cross the hundred mark while Congress increased its tally unlike Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.Ashok Gehlot’s performance in Gujarat will have an impact in his home state Rajasthan, which set to go for polls in 2018. BJP basks in victoryThe BJP state headquarters broke into celebration after BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections on Monday. The party workers were seen dancing, bursting crackers and exchanging sweets. BJP leaders, including BJP state president Ashok Parnami, social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi, minister of rural development and Panchayati Raj Rajendra Rathore also reached the state headquarters and congratulated the party workers. Parnami said that the hardwork put in by PM Modi and national president Amit Shah is reflecting in the victory registered in Gujarat and HP. “The BJP government has been in Gujarat for 22 years. There have been no riots in Gujarat for 22 years and the public likes development and peace,” Parnami said. While commenting on the statement of the former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on EVMs, Parnami said that Gehlot should have faith in democracy.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017 | Out of 112 female candidates, only 11 chosen in these polls

In a democracy a woman has the Right to Vote, and as a sign of progressive democracy there should be equal representation by them in the House as well. Sadly, the scene will be different in the Gujarat Assembly these elections.A total of 112 women candidates were in fray for the state Assembly election, but only 11 candidates are now going to make their way to the House. Only 11 per cent of the total fielded candidates have won people’s mandate.This is the lowest number as compared the last three Assembly elections. After 2002 election, there were 12 women candidates in the House. In 1995, there were two female candidates; in 1998, four women representatives were elected as Member of State Legislative Assembly (MLA). However, in 2007, there were 15 members and in 2012 elections there were 16 MLAs.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Mamata Banerjee: BJP has suffered a moral defeat

‘I congratulate Gujarat voters for their very balanced verdict at this hour. It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP. Gujarat voted against atrocities, anxiety and injustice caused to the common people,” she tweeted.”
}

<!– Google Analytics –><!– comScore –>

JNU VC urges Centre to install Army tank on campus as ‘symbol of patriotism’
Former ISRO chief UR Rao, man behind India’s 1st satellite Aryabhatta, passes away
US biologists discover three new toad species

<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_ATF –><!–end of top add–>

<!–end of mega-menu–>

<!–end of nav–><!–end of logo–><!–end of extrnavi–>

<!–end of hdrscl–><!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Trending#Winter Session of ParliamentGujarat elections 2017Bigg Boss 11Amit ShahNarendra Modi<!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Home
India

Home
India
–><!–end of breadcrumbx–>Mamata Banerjee: BJP has suffered a moral defeat Mamata Banerjee
<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Right_300x250_ATF –><!–bnr300–>Share

<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByArshad Ali <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 19 December 2017 2:43 ISTMust read’FRDI Bill will take away people’s bank deposits’: Mamata writes to Jaitley for immediate withdrawalForget sharing your data with banks, in Goa you need to share Aadhaar for paid sex<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>After the Assembly election result for Gujarat was out on Monday, with BJP registering its sixth consecutive victory, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the people of Gujarat for a ‘balanced verdict’ and at the same time termed it as a ‘temporary and face-saving victory.’<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>‘I congratulate Gujarat voters for their very balanced verdict at this hour. It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP. Gujarat voted against atrocities, anxiety and injustice caused to the common people,” she tweeted.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of col 9–><!–end of row–><!–<a href=”/delhi/report-pm-modi-to-launch-magenta-line-section-on-dec-25-2568817″ title=”PM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25″ rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” onclick=”window.location.hash=’article-2568817′;” > –>Next story
PM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25
<!–</a> –><!– <a href=”/delhi/report-pm-modi-to-launch-magenta-line-section-on-dec-25-2568817″ title=”PM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25″ rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” > Next storyPM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25 –><!–end of container–>
<!–end of 1st article–><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –>Next Story<!–bnrhorbx–><!– <script src=”http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/all/themes/mobile2017/js/jquery.autopager-1.0.0.min.gz.js?v=4″>–><!– .articleBlock –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Desktop_Article_Outofpage –>

<!– izooto push notification –>

Himachal Elections 2017 | A play with a difference: The tale of two CM faces

In an unusual tale that played out in Himachal Pradesh, one of the two most prominent political faces won his seat but lost power, while the other found his name in the losers’ list but still led his party to victory.End of the ‘Singh era’For 83-year-old outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh, this is certainly the end of his active political life that spanned over five decades. His only consolation is that under his watchful eyes, his son Vikramaditya Singh, 28, has managed to enter the Assembly by winning the Shimla (Rural) seat.During the campaign, the six-time CM had declared that this election would be his last. His departure from Himachal politics means that now the hill state has no one with a mass appeal. His immediate future also remains uncertain as he faces a string of corruption charges, which continue to be heard at Delhi courts.In almost 60 years of public life, first as a junior minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet and then as the chief minister of Himachal, Singh had a long rivalry with two BJP stalwarts — Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. Known for his unique style of administration, where he controlled almost every department of the government, Singh would be remembered as someone who ruthlessly crushed rivals and never allowed anyone within the party to grow in stature. For instance, Anand Sharma and Vijay Singh Mankotia, though hugely popular, were never allowed to come anywhere near the CM’s chair.Even state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was not allowed to have any say in the last five years. The office-bearers of the state unit were allowed to take directions only from Holy Lodge, Singh’s residence in Shimla.Singh’s biggest weapon to keep the BJP away from student politics was propping up the Left-wing Students Federation of India (SFI) in colleges and university campuses. This was necessary for him to keep the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) at bay.Singh’s personality was such that when denied complete freedom in selection of candidates, he even went up to the extent of breaking the Congress legislature party, twice. Once, after the Congress’s victory in the 2012 election, he got his lot of loyal legislators under one roof at a Shimla hotel in order to prevent the Central leadership from trying to woo them in Vidya Stokes’ favour.‘Outsider’ Dhumal’s woesOn the other hand, 73-year-old Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was not the party’s initial choice, was happy when the party finally decided on his candidature. His son, flamboyant BJP MP Anurag Thakur’s controversial tenure with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, served to exacerbate the problems of an otherwise low-profile Dhumal.This time, Dhumal chose his younger son, Arun Kumar Dhumal, to lead his campaign. Despite being the CM face, he was called an ‘outsider’ by his opponent Rajendra Singh Rana. To make matters worse, his son Thakur brought a battery of hand-picked workers from other states, such as Punjab, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan.Locals say the presence of ‘outsiders’ in Dhumal’s campaign did not go down well with the rural voters in Sujanpur and cost Dhumal the seat.THE CM STORYDespite the party’s return to power, Dhumal had to eat humble pie. Singh and Dhumal are out of the picture; BJP and Congress will have difficulty with successors.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017 | Over 5.5 lakh voters chose NOTA option

While Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 witnessed some of the most interesting trends not just in terms of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coming back to power, though being nowhere close to its performance, and Congress improving its vote share, there is NOTA (None of the Above) too which has garnered voters attention. Over 5.5 lakh voters constituting 1.8% votes preferred NOTA, that allows voters not to choose for any of the candidates contesting in their constituency.According to numbers released by the Election Commission, NOTA ranked in 1.8 per cent or 5,51,294 of all votes polled in the Gujarat Assembly election. Interestingly, NOTA ranked higher than parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that contested the Gujarat elections as well.Of the 29 seats of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), only three seats garnered votes more than NOTA whereas in the 26 seats, NOTA received more votes than AAP.In Mandvi, nearly 5,000 votes were given to NOTA whereas Gujarat Chief Minister’s constituency Rajkot West had 3,309 votes to NOTA. Rapar in Kutch had 4,614 votes to NOTA whereas in Ghatlodia, 4,173 votes were given to NOTA.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat elections 2017: NOTA gets more votes than AAP in Gujarat

NOTA was more popular than the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates in the 2017 Assembly elections. In fact, in all of the 29 seats (except two) that the party contested, NOTA polled the third highest votes after Congress and BJP.The AAP candidates also continued the party’s trend of losing their deposits. It should be noted that all the candidates of AAP had lost their deposit in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. That was the first time the AAP had contested in the polls in Gujarat.In fact in the 2017 elections, except for eight seats, the party got votes in three digits in the rest of the seats it contested.It can take solace from the fact that in Katargam and Bapunagar its candidates came third.In places like Chhota Udepur, the AAP unwittingly cut into the leading parties votes. Congress won Chhota Udepur with a slim margin of 1093 votes. It should be noted that the party had been called the BJP’s B-team after it put up candidates in seats where the winning margin was slim. At that time it was believed that AAP candidates would cut into the anti-BJP’s votes. In Chhota Udepur, it seems the AAP and another independent ended up helping the Congress.On the party’s poor performance, Harshil Nayak, spokesperson for the AAP said that the votes polled by the candidates have come as a shocker. “We were not expecting to poll such low number of votes. In fact, in places like Kamrej we had set up a helpline asking people to give us missed calls to let us know if they supported us and we had got 11,000 calls,” said Nayak. The party won 1454 votes in Kamrej.It should be noted that before going to polls, the party had claimed that it would concentrate its energy on 10 seats where it was likely to get good response. It fared poorly in most of the 10 seats.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

From PM Narendra Modi to Jignesh Mevani: Who said what after BJP’s narrow Gujarat win

The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP is all set to come back to power for the sixth consecutive time after a lower margin victory in Gujarat assembly elections.BJP crossed 92 seats it requires for a majority in the 182 assembly constituencies in Gujarat.Soon after the results were announced, political leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to young Patidar leader Hardik Patel have come forward expressing their views on their win or loss.Soon after the results were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to Twitter to hailed the massive victory as ‘Jeeta Vikas, Jeeta Gujarat’.”Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories,” said PM Modi on Twitter.”I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly,” he said in a series of tweets.For Congress, it was yet another major loss for them and newly elected President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accepted the loss and thanked his party workers for fighting ‘anger with dignity’.The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me,” Gandhi tweeted.”My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’ greatest strength is its decency and courage,” he added.BJP chief Amit Shah hailed the party’s win as “victory of development over dynasty and polarisation”.”We have once again emerged triumphant. I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them,” said Amit Shah”This is a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation,” he added.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took a direct dig at newly appointed Congress President Rahul Gandhi after the assembly elections verdict.”Won’t say anything now as he has recently been made party president, ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’ (Abhi toh kuch nahi bolunga kyunki woh haal hi mein adhyaksh bane hain lekin),” Rajnath Singh told ANI.Union minister Smriti Irani on Monday said the victory is “of every booth worker’s hard work and the people who trusted development”.”It is a matter of happiness for us, this is the victory of development. It is the victory of every booth worker’s hard work and the people who trusted development,” said Irani.When Smriti Irani was asked about Congress giving a tough fight in Gujarat she was quick to reply and said, “jo jeeta wohi sikander”.While Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the election results reflect “people’s unshakeable faith in the agenda of development and classless society”.”I would like to give credit for this victory to the people of Gujarat and I also give assurance that in the coming five years, BJP will work towards what the people of the state wants,” Rupani said.”The party’s vote share has increased and despite the tally of seat share leaning in favour of the Congress, the BJP maintained a lead of over 8 percent. The Assembly elections showed people’s unshakable faith in the agenda of development, caste-less and classless society,” he added.However, young Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday alleged that the BJP(BJP) has won Gujarat Assembly elections only because of money and EVM tampering. “There has been tampering in EVMs in Surat,Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs are hackable,” Patel was quoted as talking to the reporters.Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, who won the Vadgam constituency, said will raise the voice of Gujarat’s discriminated sections in the assembly. “I express my gratitude to the people of Vadgam for all their support. Now I will raise the voice of Gujarat’s discriminated sections in the assembly,” Mevani said after his win.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that it was a lesson for those who indulged in “divisive and caste politics” to reject the Gujarat Model of development.”The election results of one state will not have an effect on the election of another state. The issues will be different. Whatever may the Gujarat poll results be, it will have no impact on Karnataka,” Adityanath told reporters at Yadgir in the northern parts of the state.However, the results of the Gujarat assembly elections result did not go down well with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The TMC chief on Monday attacked BJP saying it was a moral defeat for the Hindutva-party the people of the state have “belled the cat for 2019″.”It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP. Gujarat voted against atrocities, anxiety and injustice caused to the common people. Gujarat belled the cat for 2019,” Banerjee tweeted.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for winning the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.”Congratulations to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for the victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. The Congress, which had claimed it would wrest power from the BJP in Gujarat, has ended up losing even Himachal Pradesh,” Kumar tweeted in Hindi.Goa Chief Minister Manohhar Parrikar said the newly-elected Congress President “scored zero in his opening innings.” “In his opening innings he scored zero” Parrikar said. Earlier on Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the results of the Gujarat Assembly polls would not have any impact on the Assembly election in the state, which is due early next year.”The election results of one state will not have an effect on the election of another state. The issues will be different. Whatever may the Gujarat poll results be, it will have no impact on Karnataka,” he told reporters at Yadgir in the northern parts of the state.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday took to Twitter to mock BJP’s victory in Gujarat.”BJP getting limited to double-digit in Gujarat is the beginning of the end for the party. It is the result of neglect of the villages, poor and rural people. This is the BJP’s so-called victory,” Akhilesh tweeted.Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said: “I think it’s clear in Gujarat: the BJP has won but the Congress has not lost.”

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017: How GST tweak saved the day for BJP

Last ditch efforts to placate businessmen affected by Goods and Services Tax (GST) saved at least 20 seats for the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly polls, a top business leader in state claimed today. Another trade leader in Surat said that traders did not know that the contest would be so close and they did not want to rub the government in the wrong way and hence did not vote for Congress.From the results and trends available till now, the Congress has won 70 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, while the BJP was victorious in 75 seats. The Congress was leading in 7 other constituencies. The BJP was ahead in 24 other seats.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Akhilesh asks Rahul to build opposition unity ahead of 2019 pollsCities like Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot which were major centers of protests by businessmen have voted for BJP as the party won most seats in these cities. BJP’s tally dropped marginally in these trader-dominated cities as Congress made some token inroads in urban areas but failed to make substantial gain in these BJP strongholds.The issue of GST cropped up in Gujarat, right from its rollout in July 2016. High rates of taxation and issues related to compliance caused anger in businessmen and tax practitioner communities. Also readGujarat, Himachal Assembly Elections 2017 Verdict: Nation is ready for reforms, PM Modi saysSevere penal provisions, often because of systemic issues, had caused severe dissent among the traders. As the issue snowballed, the central government rushed in a team of tax officials to Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Following the feedback received, the government initiated massive course correction. “After the meeting, businessmen preferred to stay with BJP. If these measures were not taken, BJP would have easily lost 20-22 seats,” said Shailesh Patwari, President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry.On the other hand, a segment of business leaders believe that even though traders were adversely affected because of GST, they did not vote for Congress as they underestimated the support Congress was getting from the masses. “Traders did not imagine in their faintest of dreams that Congress and Rahul Gandhi would be able to garner so much support. If it had occurred to them, then they have voted aggressively in favour of Congress,” said Jaylal, President of Surat Vividh Vepari Mahamandal and was one of the key players to lead the protests by textile traders in Surat. “Businessmen have to face government authorities day in and day out. So they preferred not to antagonize BJP,” said Jaylal. He said that the elections have key takeaways for trading community and Congress has re-emerged as a credible force in the country. “Even Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a leader who could single-handedly challenged Modi and Amit Shah in their den. We can’t say that he failed. Had the Manishankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal episodes not happened, then results would have been quite different,” he added.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017: Akhilesh asks Rahul to build opposition unity ahead of 2019 polls

As the Congress lost to the BJP in Gujarat Assembly elections despite improving its seat tally, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav today asked AICC President Rahul Gandhi to take along all opposition parties in 2019 Lok Sabha polls to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that it was now the responsibility of the Congress party to take along all opposition parties if it wants to defeat the BJP in 2019.The Samajwadi Party had contested five seats in Gujarat and failed to win any of them. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: It is a face-saving win but moral defeat for BJP in Gujarat, says Mamata BanerjeeAs per the latets trends provided by the Election Commission, the BJP has already bagged 85 seats while it is leading on 14 others. Congress has won in 71 Assembly constituencies while its candidates are leading on 6 other seats. In last Assembly elections, the BJP’s tally was 115 seats while the Congress had sent 61 MLAs to the 182-member house. Yadav said that the BJP has lost some ground to the Congress in Gujarat and results would have been in favour of the Rahul-led party had it roped in support of all opposition parties.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Results won’t have any bearing on Karnataka polls, says SiddaramaiahHe alleged that the BJP won as it was successful in distracting attention of the people from the real issues. “Country cannot progress when poor and farmers face plethora of problems and youth unemployment is not addressed. But instead of contesting on real issues, the BJP resorted to aggressive Hindutava to divide the people and distract their attention,” he said.He asked Rahul to start thinking of making a grand alliance of all like-minded opposition parties, including regional ones, to take on the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Also readGujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Saffron sweep for BJP, Shah-Modi hail vote for development“A combine anti-BJP opposition alliance will usher a new era in country’s politics,” he said. The Samajwadi Party and Congress had struck an alliance in 2017 UP Assembly polls but they did not fare well. Both had fought polls separately in Gujarat.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Elections 2017: Results won’t have any bearing on Karnataka polls, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the results of the Gujarat Assembly polls would not have any impact on the Assembly election in the state, which is due early next year.”The election results of one state will not have an effect on the election of another state. The issues will be different. Whatever may the Gujarat poll results be, it will have no impact on Karnataka,” he told reporters at Yadgir in the northern parts of the state.The Congress leader also claimed that by ensuring the party’s victory in the Assembly polls, Karnataka would give the “first gift” to newly-appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his leadership.Also readAssembly Elections 2017: Gujarat, HP results lesson to parties indulging in caste-politics and dynasty, says Amit ShahClaiming that there was no anti-incumbency against his government, Siddaramaiah said if it was there, the Congress would have got to know about it in the Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls, which the party won by big margins.”I am sure that in 2018, we will come back to power hundred per cent,” he added.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Rahul’s campaign reminded us of Indira Gandhi, ‘moral win’ for Congress, says Ashok GehlotThe Congress has already announced that Siddaramaiah will be its face in the Karnataka Assembly polls.Expressing doubts about the BJP’s performance in Gujarat, despite anti-incumbency and a strong undercurrent against it, the chief minister said the poll results lent credence to the doubts regarding the electronic voting machines (EVMs).Raising apprehensions that the EVMs could be tampered with, Siddaramaiah had recently demanded the use of ballot papers in the next Assembly polls in the state.Suggesting that in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP was expected to win because of the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress, he pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were from Gujarat and claimed that the duo had taken the Gujarat election as a “prestige issue”.He also acknowledged that the strategy of Modi and Shah of using the “Gujarati pride” card had effectively worked in the saffron party’s favour.Though there was an undercurrent and a strong anti- incumbency factor against the Gujarat government, Modi had asked for votes pointing out that he was from the state, Siddaramaiah said, adding, “Most probably, this worked.” Noting that the trends of the results showed an improved performance of the Congress, the chief minister gave the credit for that to Rahul Gandhi.”I feel, in Gujarat, we have won despite losing. The people have shown their support to Rahul Gandhi’s leadership,” he said.Pointing at Modi and Shah’s Gujarati origin and the fact that the BJP was in power both in Gujarat and at the Centre as factors behind the saffron party’s performance, the Congress leader accused it of polarising the voters by systematically playing the communal card.”They (BJP) are playing it in Karnataka also by triggering communal tensions with an intention to polarise the voters. But it will not happen here,” he said.The BJP is headed for a record sixth straight victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls today. The party is also set to evict the Congress from Himachal Pradesh.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Assembly elections 2017 results?: Nitish Kumar congratulates PM Modi, Amit Shah on Gujarat, Himachal victory

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for winning the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.The Janata Dal (United) president also took a dig at the Congress, saying that while the party was aiming to defeat the BJP in Gujarat, it “ended up losing even in Himachal Pradesh”, where it was in power.”Congratulations to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for the victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. The Congress, which had claimed it would wrest power from the BJP in Gujarat, has ended up losing even Himachal Pradesh,” Kumar tweeted in Hindi.An official release issued here said the chief minister spoke to Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in the morning over phone and extended his greetings on the poll victory to them.Once considered a potential political rival of Modi, Kumar now maintains a cordial relationship with the prime minister, following the formation of a JD(U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar in July.The Grand Alliance, comprising the RJD, JD(U) and Congress, had come to power in Bihar after the 2015 Assembly polls. The anti-BJP coalition had, however, collapsed over corruption charges surfaced against the then deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, the son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.The reunion of the JD(U) and the BJP came four years after Kumar had severed ties with the saffron party in June, 2013 over the elevation of Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Assembly Elections 2017: Manohar Parrikar takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi, says ‘he scored zero in his opening innings’

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi over the impending defeat in the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Goa Chief Minister Manohhar Parrikar on Monday said the newly-elected Congress President “scored zero in his opening innings.” “In his opening innings he scored zero” Parrikar said. He was commenting on the results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh where the poll trends are hugely in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to official trends of the Election Commission at 2:42 pm, the BJP has 28 seats and leading on 70 others in Gujarat. The Congress, on the other hand, has won 21 and is leading 57 other seats. The BJP has ruled the state for the last 22 years. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has won 5 seats while leading in 39 other constituencies. The Congress, which ruled the state for 5 years, has won one seat and is leading on 18 seats.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Good news for Congress as Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins in Vadgam

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani won the Vadgam constituency in the pretigious Gujarat Assembly Elections on Monday.Vadgam, a reserved Assembly seat, saw a contest between Mevani and BJP’s Vijay Chakravarti.Popular among the Dalit youth, Mevani won the seat with more than 18,000 votes.Mevani came to limelight after he started organised protests against the Una killing in July, where four Dalits were beaten publicly for skinning a dead cow by vigilantes. ‘We want to overthrow the 22 years of BJP rule. But we are not endorsing Congress either… People of Gujarat are smart enough to choose whom to cast their vote to. We don’t have to tell them,’ Mevani had said during one of his campaign rallies.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Vijay Rupani wins prestige battle in Rajkot West

Bucking the initial trends, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani won the Rajkot West Assembly seat in the Gujarat Election results on Monday.The early trends had shown Rupani trailing to Congress’ Indranil Rajguru.Ahead of the Gujarat verdict, Rupani sounded confident and had said that the BJP will form the government in the state again.”The results are going to be in BJP’s favour and the party will form Government in Gujarat; people of the state have chosen development” Rupani was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.On Sunday, his supporters also started a ‘Havan’ for his victory.Pitted against Rajguru, one of the wealthiest leader in the fray, Rupani bucked the anti- incumbency factor and the Patel agitation that could have tilted the balance.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Watch: PM Modi flashes victory sign as BJP gets unassailable lead in Gujarat

As the trends show BJP getting solid lead in Gujarat Assembly Elections results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen jubilantly flashing victory sign outside Parliament.The stakes are high as the BJP looks for straight fifth victory in the Prime Minister’s home state.Though the initial trends showed a tough fight between the Congress and the BJP, the post-11 am leads show BJP topping the game.Top BJP leaders have already started reacting to the trends with many showing confidence in forming government both in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.”We will form government in both Himachal and Gujarat with clear majority,” Union Hom Minister Rajnath Singh said as election leads started trickling in.”The result is as per our expectations. BJP is leading in both the states. BJP will form a government with clear majority in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,” the Home Minister added.The elections for 182-seat Assembly were held on December 9 and 14, after an acrimonious campaign, which was dominated by a face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 115 seats while the Congress emerged victorious on 61 seats.The BJP has been in power in the state since 1995, winning consecutive elections in the home state of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar mocks at Opposition: criticism of EVMs out of fear of defeat

After the Congress, the AAP and Patidar leader Hardik Patel expressed apprehension that the EVMs may have been tampered, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar didn’t let go of the opportunity to mock at the opposition. He tweeted on Sunday night that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) have helped making elections “transparent and impartial” and those criticising them were doing so out of the fear of defeat. Kumar’s observation came a day before the counting of votes for the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and in the backdrop of allegations of EVM tampering in Gujarat to favour the BJP. “Some may criticize the EVMs out of fear of defeat, but the EVMs have made elections transparent and impartial. Now, nobody can deprive anybody of the right to cast votes,” Kumar, who has predicted a comfortable majority for the BJP in Gujarat, tweeted in Hindi. The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and Patidar leader Hardik Patel have expressed apprehension that the EVMs may have been tampered with in Gujarat where the BJP has been in power for 22 years and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had served as the Chief Minister for over a decade.(With PTI inputs)

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Modi wave all over again? BJP leads on 53 seats

All eyes are set on Gujarat as the much-awaited results of the bitterly fought Assembly polls, which saw a political Mahabharat contest between the two leading parties – the BJP and Congress, will be announced today.The counting for the two phase Gujarat Assembly elections has begun and the results are expected to come out by afternoon.Gujarat has 26 parliamentary constituencies and 182 assembly constituencies.A total of 977 candidates were in the fray in the first phase of elections, out of which 57 were women candidates and over 2.22 crore people took part in the election to decide their fate. While in the second phase, 851 candidates fought, out of which 69 women candidates contested.8:00 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Counting begins at the 37 centres that will decide the future course of Indian politics. 8:19 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Early leads for BJP, the ruling party leads in 15 seats, whereas Congress is ahead on 4 seats. BJP had predicted 150 seats in the state. If initial trends are anything to go by, BJP may be heading for fifth straight win in PM Modi’s home state. 8:25 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Visuals from Vadodara show the the buzz. There are seven seats in Vadodara district. The BJP had won 6 out of 7 seats in 2012. 8:35 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: The morning leads are showing strong position for BJP. Looks like the ‘Modi magic’ is working again. The ruling party is leading on 53 seats, whereas the Congress comes at distant second on 35.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Rohit Jigyasu first Indian to be elected to ICOMOS board

The newly elected board of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which includes an Indian on the board of members for the first time, held its first meeting in Delhi recently. ICOMOS Triennial General Assembly was hosted by Indian National Committee of ICOMOS (ICOMOS India) in Delhi from December 11-15, followed by meetings on December 16-17.Headquartered in Paris, France, ICOMOS organised its 19th Triennial General Assembly in Delhi and the theme of the assembly was ‘Heritage and Democracy’. This event of heritage professionals from around the world was held for the first time in India and third time in Asia. It was attended by nearly 900 professionals from more than 80 countries.During the assembly, elections of the new ICOMOS board were also held. Dr Rohit Jigyasu, conservation and risk management professional and president of ICOMOS India was elected as the Vice-President of ICOMOS. He is the first Indian to get elected to the bureau of ICOMOS. Toshiyoko Kono from Japan has been elected as the President.This year’s General Assembly elected 20 members of the board by a secret ballot for a term of three years. The members then elected a president, a secretary geICOMOS Triennial General Assembly was hosted by Indian National Committee of ICOMOS (ICOMOS India) in Delhi from December 11-15, followed by meetings on December 16-17neral, a treasurer, and five vice- presidents.India supported the ICOMOS India initiative and hosted the General Assembly through the engagement of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Culture, the Archaeological Survey of India, and Wild Life Institute of India. Regional states, such as the government of Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha and Bihar too supported the initiative.”It is a great honour to be selected as the vice-president. It is very important to bring Indian perspective to world heritage. I will do my best to do the same,” said Jigyasu.Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation, gave a concluding speech at the session and emphasised on the importance of protecting and managing living heritage through engagement of communities.WHAT IS ICOMOS?ICOMOS is an association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage around the world and offers advice to UNESCO on world heritage sites.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

© 2018 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.