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Ambitious Rs 6.5K cr Parwan agri project initiated by Raj-Centre

Accusing Congress government for delaying ambitious Parwan irrigation project, chief minister, Vasundhara Raje has claimed that her government worked with sincerity on the project and laid its foundation, finally. She was addressing a gathering in Baran district where she along with Union road surface and water minister, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stones and inaugurated development works worth Rs8,487 crore, including Rs 6,490 crore of Parwan alone.“Congress has done politics in 50 years of its rule but we implemented it. When it gets completed, it will become lifeline of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The dam capacity of this project is 490 million cubic metre. After completion, 317million cubic metres of water will be available for irrigation. Along with irrigation, this project will also provide 50 million cubic metres of water to quench thirst of 1,821 villages of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The thermal power generation of 2,970 MW will be achieved with 79 million cubic metre of the project,” Raje spoke here at a rally.The project is set to be a boon for three districts of Hadoti region- Baran, Jhalawar and Kota- where over 2 lakh hectare will get sufficient water. By laying foundation the government fulfilled a major promise which may impact the assembly polls too. Albeit, it is also a truth that the government took four years in finalizing detailed project report (DPR) and issuing work tenders. In the event which is part of government celebration of 4 years anniversary, the CM also presented report card on major irrigation works done. She noted that her government spent Rs5,633 crore on various irrigation projects including Indira Gandhi canal to provide water to 50,000 hectare land. “Dholpur lift project is also one of the major project which we took up. This project was not realised in 5o years but we are making it,” said Raje.

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Cheers & jeers

Congress’s eccentric ‘inventions’ to attack Raje government for its alleged failures in past four years continue to be revealed without any break. A day after Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president, Sachin Pilot revealed a ‘digital bill board’ showing countdown of the ruling party in power, the Leader of Opposition, Rameshwar Dudi on Wednesday appeared with a ‘black box’. The black box (an electronic recording device placed in aircrafts) when recovered post accident of a plane, ascertains the technical cause of the mishap and accordingly a factual report is drafted. Implying the same concept metaphorically, Dudi brought a box in which 52 cards were written with the causes (read scams, failures, issues and broken promises” which, according to him, detail Raje’s government crashing. “The CM in Suraj Sankalp Patra had made 611 poll promises, of them, even 40 percent were not fulfilled. I have 52 questions in the ‘black box’, which is a bundle of promises which have not worked out till date. I will forward the box to the CM, ministers and MLAs seeking their reply and also the same will be tabled in next assembly session,” told Dudi to the scribes, accusing the government further for using public money to celebrate its fourth anniversary, while it did nothing for them. He expressed confidence that party will come into the power with a thumb majority. The issues written on cards ask questions about poor implementation of ambitious projects- Metro and Refinery, non compliance of complete loan waiver for farmers, poor state of Indira Gandhi Canal, ownership of Dholpur palace, unemployment, Mining scam, farmers suicide, increasing rate of crimes, death of newborn in the government hospitals and delay in Banswara rally project etc. In two days, the Congress leaders were found cornering Raje government on achievements it claims.

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Om Prakash Galhotra takes over as new DGP

Ajit Singh, one of the illustrious police officers, ended his career on a high note when he retired on Thursday as the Director General of Police (DGP) after more than three decades of exemplary service.On the last day November, he handed over the reins of the state police to OP Galhotra who took over as the new DGP.Om Prakash Galhotra, 58, till yesterday was serving as the additional director general (ADG) of the armed battalions. Taking over the reins on Thursday evening, Galhotra was given the baton by his predecessor Ajit Singh. Notably, Galhotra was given a promotion on Thursday and made Director General from ADG.Interestingly, Galhotra also started his career from the same place where Ajit Singh had started – Kota. Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General.Galhotra was later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI. As additional director general he was posted as director of the Rajasthan Police Academy and later of the armed battalion. It is from this position that the man had been promoted to the director general rank and made the DGP.About Singh: Known for his simple and straight forward approach towards any situation, Singh had mastery on police works. He has been instrumental in several achievement by state police during his illustrious career spanning three and a half decades. It was on 3rd April 1984 when he started his career as additional SP, Kota. For the next seven months he gained experience of police work as he served as a trainee and was moved further to the PHQ for additional training. It was in January 1985 when he got his first posting as CO of Rajgarh.Singh held several positions in 35 years of serving like SP of CID (Security) Kota Zone, Sirohi, CID, Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur (Rural), Jodhpur, Jaipur (City).Though Singh had established himself as a hard working and thorough police officer, it was his experience gained in his early life while serving as SP Sawai Madhopur which prepared him for future roles. His stance on dacoits and successes in nabbing dacoits of the Chambal area made him a legend with the locals.Later on in the Anti Corruption Bureau, Singh not only took major steps against high-placed officials but also paved way for future ACB officials to easily emulate the same as he left behind a robust infrastructure and work ethics.Officers still swear by Singh’s work for ACB and claim it was his work that gave the bureau its “teeth and claw”.About GalhotraStarted career from Kota Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI
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Piyush Goel green signals Vasundhara Raje plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway minister Piyush Goel on Friday waived off haulage charges on all royal trains, including the Palace of Wheels. The move came during chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s meeting with the minister in New Delhi.The decision will lower the operative cost and the fare and directly benefit the passengers. Meanwhile, Raje also discussed the coal crisis with Goel which was deepened in October around Diwali.The state governments, including Rajasthan, that operate luxury trains and the Indian Railways were at loggerheads over haulage charges imposed on such trains, citing high operative cost. During the meeting, the minister said: “In future, no haulage charges will be applicable by the Indian Railways on royal trains. Also the ministry will help Rajasthan to operate new trains.”According to a statement released by the government, the CM had requested the minister to give relaxation in recovery of hauling charge for Royal Rajasthan Wheels train, operation of Palace on Wheels as a heritage train and not to uproot 70km old heritage railway track between Dholpur- Sarmathpura while laying a parallel broad-gauge line.The severe power crisis happened due to shortage of coal in Rajasthan in October was also part of the discussion between Goel and Raje. The CM asked the minister to increase railway racks so coal in adequate amount could be supplied to the power projects in Rajasthan. “This will be helpful to provide power supply 24/7 to people and farmers will get power without disruption for irrigation,” Raje said.Meanwhile the minister appreciated Raje for adoption UDAY scheme to overcome power companies from losses.OPIUM POLICYThanking union finance minister Arun Jaitely for reduction of GST on marbles, granite and Kota Stone, the CM requested him to change ‘Centre Opium policy’ and sanction a processing unit for opium in Rajasthan. In her proposal Raje explained that opium policy 2017-18 mandates 56kg opium harvesting per hectare average while the average of harvesting hangs between 49 and 52kg average in Dholpur and Jhalawar. She sought amendment in these norms.

Rajasthan: NIA busts fake note exchange gang in Dholpur, three detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a gang and detained three men in Dholpur involved in cheating people on pretext of exchange of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The NIA had been investigating a case and after developing a lead, the men were detained and later handed over to Dholpur police. Moreover the NIA officials even recovered two kilogram gold from the possession of the men.While investigating a case last year, the NIA had learnt that an inter-state gang was active for past several years in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which used to lure people in exchanging high quality fake Indian currency notes or provide unbilled golf biscuits at throwaway rates. Interestingly the gold recovered by NIA is in shape of biscuits numbering twenty and weighing hundred grams each. The NIA has sent the biscuits for testing to verify the genuineness. While investigating the FICN related case, the NIA had recovered fake currency of face value Rs. 9.80 lakhs on 31st March last year from the possession of Nasir Sheikh near Indo-Bangladesh border. He was arrested on the spot, however his associate from Bangladesh namely Darul Sheikh escaped. A reliable input was received on Saturday that the same Bangladeshi absconder Darul Sheikh along with other associates were trying to strike a deal in fake currency at Dholpur. The NIA teams swung into action and detained three suspects. The accused have been identified as Rashid Khan alias Biza,Gagan Kumar Vyas alias Tiwari and Iqbal Ahmad Ansari. The accused have been handed over to Dholpur police.

Ponzi scheme: Now more victims approach SOG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after nearly a hundred people hit by the Ponzi scheme approached the Special Operations Group (SOG) seeking help to recover their money, more victims appeared before the SOG on Tuesday. Interestingly, the SOG officials have assured them of every help.On Tuesday, the statements of several people who approached the SOG for help were recorded. “We were asked about the date from which we have been depositing money and why did we keep investing money in the company. Also, we were asked about the money stuck in the company and when the company stopped paying the money back,” said Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Alwar.“The cops are very understanding of our situation and senior officials even spoke to all of us about the problem,” he added. Interestingly, highly-placed officials in the SOG informed that the accused have agreed to release payments to the people whose money had been stuck. Meanwhile, after the statements were registered, the people who had thronged SOG headquarters from various parts of the state like Dholpur, Ajmer, Alwar, Niwai, Chomu amongst others went back to their native places. The accused will be produced before the court on November 9th and the SOG might ask for a further increase in their custody as the investigation in the matter has to be continued.Previously, SOG had requested the ED to look into the issue as the accused had violated RBI norms.VOILATION OF NORMSPreviously, SOG had requested the ED and SEBI to look into the Kolkata-based liquor baron Manoranjan Roy’s multi-crore Ponzi scheme as the accused had raised Rs 1,600 crore from over lakhs of investors across India in violation of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines.
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SC pulls rug from under Raje’s Oppn, big moral win for CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time, when Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has been caught on sticky wicket over introduction of Ordination that aimed at shielding public servants and gagging media, here is the much needed breather from Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dismissed a prayer for a CBI inquiry into 8 missing antique Iranian carpets worth more than Rs 250 crore and outrightly refused to issue any new directive in the case. A bench of Supreme Court judges Ranjan Gogoi ans Navin Sinha observed that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case. The opposition Congress has been alleging role of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in missing of these carpets.In a plea filed by Ram Singh Kaswan, who has been contesting this case at various courts, the bench said that since the closure report has already been filed in the case and there was no need to issue new orders. The Rajasthan High Court has already dismissed this case in April 2016 following which Kaswan had moved Supreme Court.The Supreme Court order has put a pause on all speculations and allegations regarding any role of CM Vasundhara Raje in the missing of these valuable carpets. Senior counsel at Rajasthan A K Jain said that the order has proved that the case was a mere political conspiracy against Raje.“Congress weaved this issue without any ground just to get political mileage. The apex court’s order is a big jolt to Congress and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot,” he said.Congress and its leaders including Ashok Gehlot has been weilding attack on Vasundhara Raje over these carpets which went missing since Raje lost elections in 2008. “ Eight antique carpets were reportedly procured by the chief minister’s office when Vasundhara Raje was CM in 2005. But after she lost the next election and ceased to be chief minister, the carpets could no longer be traced,” said a PWD official.During the tenure of Ashok Gehlot, an FIR was lodged in 2009 by Satyendra Kumar, executive engineer (PWD) at the secretariat division, at Ashok Nagar police station on November 6, 2009. The FIR claimed that Rakesh Bhargav, the then executive engineer of PWD at the secretariat division had procured the eight antique carpets from Rajasthan State Hotel Corporation at Khasa Kothi, a former palace converted into a hotel and run by the Rajasthan State Hotel Corporation (RSHC). Bhargav, the FIR had added, procured the carpets after receiving a demand from the chief minister’s office on March 3, 2005, first for two carpets and again on September 17, 2005, for six more carpets for use at the CMO and at the chief minister’s residence.The carpets, which are of antique value are said to be 125 years old. The carpets were in 2005 rented out for two years by RSHC and were handed over to the OSD to the Chief Minister, Dhirendra Kamthan. But after the lapse of two years, the carpets were not returned by the CMO and the Government ceased to pay any further rent either.Now that the Supreme Court has dismissed the plea, Congress has lost a big issue which could have been used to corner Raje in next assembly elections. Ram Singh Kaswan, who is considered as a hardcore loyalist of former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that now there is no alternative left after this ruling.“My job was only to file the petition. It’s the court which has to decide the merit,” he said.A BJP leader said that the Supreme Court order has exposed the ‘malafide intention’ of Ashok Gelhot who was allegedly using his close aide Kaswan as an instrument to frame Raje.“SC has put an end to malicious intent of Congress and Gehlot. They fabricated stories and tried to frame Raje and BJP government in this case. But they could not present any evidence. Truth always prevails. Public will definitely understand the misdeed of Congress,” he said.Congress, which was looking to keep this issue alive till next elections for gaining political mileage by filing petition through Kaswan in Supreme Court, looked stumbling for words.“We respect the decision of Supreme Court. We can’t argue. It can only be discussed in the parliament. BJP is in majority, they should initiate discussion on this ,” said Archana Sharma, Congress spokesperson.BJP state president Ashok Parnami lashed Congress on the issue, “Its just another false allegation of Congress that has fallen flat on grounds of truth, the opposition should now resolve to fair politics instead of stooping down to mud-slinging on false allegations,”Kaswan: A motivated petitioner?It seems Ram Singh Kaswan, a known Gehlot loyalist, is an habitual petitioner against Raje. At least, past record says so. He has launched several unsuccessful attempts to question Raje’s decision in court. Every time, his petitions were dismissed at all the levels of judiciary – whether it was district court, High Court or Supreme Court. Kaswan had tried to grill Raje government on the issue of mines allotment levelling corruption charges against the government. But the petition was quashed by High court as well as the Supreme Court in want of proper evidence. His intention to harm the image of CM Vasundhara Raje was evident with the fact that he made Raje a party in this case.Apart from that, he also moved all the courts in Dholpur land compensation case where NHAI had awarded compensation to Raje’s son Dushyant Singh against the acquisition of parcel of land near Dholpur Palace. Kaswan contested the compensation award at all courts that also didn’t hold water in courts.

CM Vasundhara Raje ‘lifts’ development prospects for Dholpur.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A recently approved lift irrigation project for eastern Rajasthan will pave way for new development corridors for Dholpur. Aspirations of early implementation of the ambitious project were kindled at public hearing held by chief minister Vasundhara Raje in the district on Friday. “Work on the Rs 852 crore Dholpur lift irrigation project is expected to commence by end of this year. The project will bring new wave of prosperity for the entire district,” said the chief minister.On completion the project, it is expected to irrigate more than 13,000 hectares of land. However, at the public hearing the chief minister also assured of many more development works to commence soon in the district. “The foundation stone for Rs 100 crore district hospital will be laid by December, 50 bighas of land has already been allotted for the purpose,” the CM said.At the public hearing held on next day of Diwali, large number of local citizens turned up to greet the chief minister on the festive occasion and express their gratitude for the development works being held in the area. The chief minister in return further assured them of her commitment to betterment of all sections.The chief minister said that efforts are being made by the government to ensure that all eligible applicants under the DDUGJY are sanctioned electricity connections by end of June, 2018. She also highlighted the progress achieved in development of road and electricity infrastructure over the past four years of her government. As she instructed the officials to provide immediate solution to the issues brought to her notice at the public hearing, she also invoked the party workers to act as a link between government and the public. She asked the party workers to inform common people about the development works initiated by BJP government at state.

No horse trade at Pushkar fair this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pushkar fair which is popular for trade of live stock, this year will not see trade of equines and particularly horses. Rajasthan state government has passed an order to ban the entry of horses during the mela due to the spurt in glanders disease.The fair will be held from October 23 to November 4. The state has already seen the deaths of horses due to glanders in Dholpur and Udaipur districts already.The Pushkar animal fair sees a huge number of horses, particularly the Marwari and Kathiawari breed. Breeders as far as Punjab, Gujarat and even Maharashtra come to the fair for sale or purchase of the Indian horse breeds. However due to the glanders outbreak, a restriction has been imposed.”Some time back a case came to light in Dholpur and then at Udaipur. The decision has been made to not allow horses at the fair so that the disease does not spread which is fatal for animals. The orders would stand in effect till the time the authorities are sure that the disease has died out completely in the area,” said Ajay Kumar Gupta , Director of animal husbandry department.The infamy of the disease can be gauged from the fact that an Act is dedicated to just the disease, called the Glanders and Farcy Act. “The latest outbreak is a result of mules being used in brick kilns at Uttar Pradesh. The mules were brought back to Dholpur here the first case was reported in recent times. It then spread to Udaipur and Rajsamand. The disease spreads from equines to humans hence it is very dangerous. An incident was reported in Kishangarh last mont,h” said Bhawani Singh Rathore, additional director, animal husbandry department.The animal husbandry department has made an appeal to breeders and equine keepers to abide by the orders as it is in their benefit.

Rajasthan grants quota to Jats in two districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to douse fire of the quota stir called by Jat leaders, the state government has granted reservation to the community living in Bharatpur and Dhaulpur under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.Issuing a notification in 1999 the central government included Jats in the OBC list and in the subsequent year the community was clubbed in it the state. The notification was challenged before the Rajasthan high court, which in 2015, quashed the quota to Jats belonging to Bharatpur and Dholpur districts. The court stated that no survey was done before granting reservation to Jats, and directed the government to set up a commission to review the status of OBC community in Bharatpur and Dholpur.Jat leaders threatened the stir across the state on August 23. The social justice and empowerment ACS JC Monahti issued a notification in this context on Wednesday.Like other districts, Jats will also get reservation in jobs and education institutions.The notification states that in continence of cabinet decision, Jats of the two districts are immediately incorporated in the authorised list of OBC category at no 54.

Gurjar quota settlement fuels Jat agitation, ‘Princely’ Jats threaten violent stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even before the government could heave a sigh of relief after settling Gurjar quota demand, Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur have threatened to stage a violent agitation on August 23, 2017, demanding their inclusion in the OBC quota. Jats, barring natives these two districts, are enjoying the benefits of OBC reservation in the state. Incidentally, Rajasthan is the only state in the country which has included Jats in OBC category. However, Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur were denied the quota benefits when the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee government notified Jats of Rajasthan in OBC category in 1999. The Jat community in these two districts belongs to ruling class of pre-independence era and hence not considered socially or economically backward.Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is the daughter-in-law of Dholpur princely state which is an erstwhile Jat kingdom. Raje has shown high-class political talent and diplomacy in resolving Gurjar agitation issue a couple of days ago and accommodated them in OBC category upping the ceiling of quota from 21% to 26%. The spearhead of Jat agitation Vishvendra Singh, a member of the erstwhile royal family of Bharatpur, has blown hot and cold on this issue. He is among the few politicians who have been able to represent both Congress and BJP in assembly. With friends in the ruling party, BJP stands a bright chance in negotiating with Vishvendra Singh.“After Gurjar, now the issue of Jat agitation is also to be dealt with deftly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Udaipur on August 29. She will have to show her negotiation skills to save the government from embarrassment before the PM. She has done it in past also when she was able to contain Jat agitation in June this year. Being a bahu from the same community, Raje has an upper hand in dealing with such situation,” said a political observer.The settlement of Gurjar quota has added fuel to Jat reservation fire. Jats want a similarly written assurance from the government. But in the case of Jat reservation, the government can do very little.The matter of inclusion of Jats from Dholpur and Bharatpur has been taken up with High Court and Supreme Court. The central government had tried for the inclusion of Bharatpur and Dholpur Jats in OBC following demands from the community. But the apex court on March 17, 2015, quashed a Government of India’s notification dated March 4, 2014, and struck down the Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur from the Centre’s OBC list. In such situation, what exactly and how much can be done by a “helpless” state Government, which is bound to go by the mandate of the Court.The Rajasthan high court also barred the Jat community in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts from being treated as Other Backward Classes (OBCs), saying that the community could continue to enjoy the benefits of the status across the rest of the state.To be dealt with deftlyJats of Bharatpur and Dholpur have threatened to stage a violent agitation on August 23, 2017, demanding their inclusion in the OBC quota.Rajasthan is the only state in the country which has included Jats in OBC category.Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur were denied the quota benefits as they belonged to ruling class of pre-independence era.CM Raje is the daughter-in-law of Dholpur princely state. Spearheading the stir is Vishvendra Singh of erstwhile Bharatpur royal family.

Rajasthan Khadi Board chairman passes away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairman of Rajasthan Khadi Board Shambhu Dayal Badgujar died here today. He was 64. Badgujar was admitted to the SMS hospital here about two months ago after he suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequent brain damage. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje and in charge of the party affairs in Rajasthan Avinash Rai Khanna paid homage to the departed soul at his residence in Bajaj nagar. His body was cremated amid chanting of Vedic mantras at Lalkothi cremation ground in the presence of his family members, relatives and large number of his supporters. BJP State president Ashok Parnami, MP Dholpur-Karauli Manoj Rajoria and others also expressed grief over the death of Badgujar who was also a former MLA from Kekri constituency of Ajmer district. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan: Jat stir affects services on Mathura-Alwar rail track

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Northern Western Railway (NWR) cancelled two trains and diverted two others due to a blockade on Mathura-Alwar rail track by the Jat community seeking OBC reservation benefits on June 23.Train-51973 Mathura-Jaipur departing from Mathura and train-51974 Jaipur to Mathura were cancelled, an NWR spokesperson said.He said that train-12035 Jaipur to Agra fort will terminate at Bandikui whereas train-51792 Bhiwani-Mathura will terminate at Alwa.Meanwhile, routes of train-19666 Udaipur-Khajurau and 12403 Allahabad-Jaipur were diverted, the spokesperson said.A day earlier, on June 22, a goods train was stopped by the agitators near Deeg in Bharatpur.Rail and road network remained affected in Bharatpur and neighbouring areas in Rajasthan due to the stir by the Jat community members demanding grant of OBC reservation benefits to the community in Dholpur and Bharatpur.

OBC commission submits report on Jats to CM Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Jat community members in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts hit the road with their demand for reservation in government jobs, the Other Backward Class (OBC) commission in state submitted its report on their eligibility for quota to the government. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje accepted the report from OBC commission chairman, Jitendra Goyal in Jaipur on Thursday. Sources said that the report has more than 100 pages and eleven chapters.The commission was set up in February 2016 by the government after the Rajasthan High Court declined reservation to the Jats of these two districts in August 2015. The High Court had then directed the state government to survey the status of Jat community to arrive at the conclusion if they were indeed in need of reservation.The commission was, in consequence, instituted by the Raje government and was tasked with a socio-economic survey of Jats along with other dominant communities in the two districts.

Jats go Gurjar way, seek quota on tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurjars started it. Now, the Jats in Rajasthan have taken a leaf out of their book to read out to the government their right to reservation in government jobs.The Jat community of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan went on an indefinite protest demanding reservation in the OBC category. Led by Congress leader Vishvendra Singh who also happens to the erstwhile king of Bharatpur, members of the Jat community, on Thursday evening, blocked the Alwar-Mathura rail line at Bahaj village in Deeg area of Bharatpur.They also blocked the Kumher-Bharatpur road near Kankoli area, while warning that all rail tracks, national and state highways passing through Bharatpur district would be blocked by Thursday night.The Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur have been demanding reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) for sometime now. Jats from remaining districts enjoy the benefits of reservation, but have no share in the quota pie in these two districts. The Rajasthan High Court had put an end to their reservation in 2015 and had ordered a survey to check their socio-economic status compared to other dominant castes in the districts. The Rajasthan Government came up with the OBC Commission in 2016 to carry out the survey, which submitted its report on Thursday.Highly placed sources in the government said that the contents of the report are positive and the Jats should get their dues. The agitating Jats, however, refused to call off their protest or postpone the stir even after the report was in and demanded that it be made public and reservation secured for the community. Till reports last came in some two thousand members of the community took control of the tracks in Bharatpur affecting the schedule of several trains and forcing diversion on others.Bharatpur district collector NK Gupta and police superintendent of police Anil Tak reached the tracks where the community has occupied the railway tracks and requested them to get off the tracks, but the Jats continued with their sit-in. The agitation is being led by Deeg MLA and senior Congress party leader Vishwendra Singh and the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. The Samiti had earlier announced they would hold a chakka jam (roadblock) in Bharatpur from Friday June 23. But, in a surprise move they advanced their call by a day.Vishwendra Singh told DNA that the OBC commission may have submitted its report, but that does not serve their purpose. ”Senior and responsible ministers of the Rajasthan government should immediately issue a public statement and make the contents of the report public,” Singh told DNA. The Government should also take action on the report, he said.Singh’s arch rival and the man he defeated in last assembly polls, Digambar Singh, also came out in support of the community in the two districts. “The Jat community in these two districts deserve reservation. Their socio-economic status should be revealed in the report,” he told DNA.

2 held, minor detained after sand mafias fire upon cops in Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were arrested while a minor was detained after some police personnel were fired upon as they tried to stop a group of sand mafia in Bhamroli area of this district, a police official said today. But no one was injured in the incident, he said “Acting on a tip-off about an illegal sand mining, a team raided Bhamroli area last night where nearly two dozen people were found involved in the activity. Some of them were loading sand in a tractor and they opened fire at police,” Dholpur SP Rajesh Singh said. A police jeep was damaged in the firing. Two persons were arrested while a minor was detained following the incident, Singh said. The SHO of Sadar Police Station Niyaz Mohammad has lodged an FIR against the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj: Police party fired at for stopping illegal sand mining

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police party was fired at when it tried to stop a group of people, who were allegedly mining sand illegally, in this district. However, no one injured in the incident, the police said. “On information about illegal sand mining, a team raided the Bhamroli area where nearly two dozen people were found involved in illegal mining. Some of them were taking away the sand in a tractor and they opened fire at the police team,” SP, Dholpur, Rajesh Singh said. The police jeep got damaged in the firing, he said. Two persons were arrested last night while one minor has been detained in connection with the incident, the SP said. An FIR has been lodged against the accused at the Sadar police station, he added. The incident comes days after a dumper carrying stones from an illegal mine ran over a Rajasthan Police constable who was trying to stop it, crushing him to death in the Alwar district. Constable Lalaram, who had gone to a quarry to check illegal mining, was killed at Kairant Mod, in Alwar district, according to police officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EC’s Status Paper to clear EVM misconceptions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gearing up for the May 12 All Party Meeting on recent controversies surrounding Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), the Election Commission on Sunday released a detailed Status Paper to facilitate threadbare discussions and deliberations on the alleged issue of rigging and manipulation of EVMs.Asserting that the Indian EVMs stands as one of the “most credible, non-tamperable and transparent machines”, the paper says, “Till date, no one could actually demonstrate that EVMs in possession of EC and used by it, can be tampered with or manipulated. What has been demonstrated or claimed to have been demonstrated is on a privately assembled “look-alike of ECI-EVMs.”The EC also stated, the recent allegations of EVMs yielding votes for only one political party in Bhind (Madhya Pradesh) and Dholpur (Rajasthan) were found baseless after an enquiry.The State assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the Status Paper gives a detailed overview on how the EVMs are based on a robust technology that cannot be broken into and are administered under tight security that does allow anybody to play a mischief.The EC said, the Commission firmly believes that the introduction of VVPAT machines with the EVMs in all future elections will bring utmost transparency and credibility in the EVM-based voting system.EC said it is launching a voter education and awareness programme under its Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation initiative to ‘educate, orient and inform’ voters about the functioning VVPAT machines.

Former BSP MLA Kushwah shifted back to Dholpur jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BSP MLA B L Kushwah, whose wife Shobha Rani won Dholpur assembly by-election as BJP candidate, has been shifted back to Dholpur jail from Sriganganagar. Kushwah, who was awarded life imprisonment in a murder case in December last year leading to termination of his membership from the legislative assembly, was shifted to Srigangangar on directions of the Election Commission of India following a complaint by Congress alleging that he was influencing voters from Jail. Dholpur Jail superintendent Ashok Verma said that the directions to shift Kushwah to Dholpur from Sriganganagar were issued by the Jail head office following which he was shifted to Dholpur last night amid tight security. BJP fielded Kushwah’s wife Shobha Rani in the by-election and she won the seat defeating the Congress candidate on Thursday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Of 15 candidates in Dholpur bypoll, 13 forfeit security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barring the winner and her nearest rival, all other candidates in the Dholpur Assembly bypoll, the result of which was declared today, forfeited their security deposits. BJP’s Shobha Rani Kushwah defeated her nearest rival Congress’ Banwari Lal Sharma, with a record margin of 38,673 votes. Of the total 1,47,298 votes cast, the BJP candidate secured 91,548 votes while Sharma got 52,875 votes. As many as 952 voters preferred NOTA. Of the 15 candidates in the fray, 12 were independents. The BJP’s candidate was Shobha Rani, the Congress’ was Banwari Lal Sharma and the SP had fielded Banvari Lal Sharma. Barring the BJP and the Congress candidates, security of all other candidates was forfeited, district election officer Suchi Tyagi said. Independent candidate Deshraj Updahyay secured the lowest, only 70 votes. The bypoll was necessitated as B L Kushwah had lost his membership of the Assembly after he was convicted and awarded life imprisonment in a murder case in December last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dholpur bypoll: BJP candidate Shobha Rani leading by 12,427

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP candidate Shobha Rani Kushwaha was leading by 12,427 votes after five rounds of counting in the Dholpur Assembly bypoll in Rajasthan. “In the four rounds of counting, Kushwaha got 24,667 votes while her nearest rival and Congress candidate Banwari Lal Sharma got 12,240 votes. “As many as 37,621 EVM votes have been counted in four rounds and the next round is going on amid tight security arrangements,” according to the state election commission. So far, NOTA votes are 201 and postal votes are 230. The result of the bypoll will be announced today after counting of votes. Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf said that the people of Dholpur voted for development and the party is going to win the seat. The bypoll was necessitated following disqualification of BSP MLA B L Kushwaha in a murder case and the BJP surprised observers by pitting his wife Shobha Rani as its candidate against Congress veteran Banwari Lal Sharma. As many as 15 candidates, including 12 independents were in the fray for the bypoll. The SP fielded Banvari Sharma while there is no candidate contesting from the BSP. Voting took place on April 9.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Opposition parties step up clamour against EVMs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up clamour over alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), a delegation of 13 political parties met the Election Commission on Monday and expressed their “complete loss of faith” in them.The delegation demanded using VVPAT (voter verification paper trail) machines or paper ballots in all the upcoming polls. The delegation, comprising of Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, JD (U), RJD, BSP and Left parties, among others, are expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to press on the same issue.”Going by what happened in the recent polls, be it the people or political parties, all have lost faith in EVMs. Therefore, the Election Commission should revert to using the old system of paper ballot instead of EVMs,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said after the meeting.”Representatives of 13 parties put forth their views about the EVMs to the EC. We told them that free and fair polls cannot be ensured unless EVMs are taken out of use,” he added.Congress leader Anand Sharma said the poll panel has assured of calling an all-party meeting soon to discuss the concerns about the EVMs.”The EC heard each political party patiently and the grievance was unanimous — lack of faith in EVMs. The EC assured that an all-party meeting will be convened soon and it will seriously examine our grievances,” he said.Earlier in the day, in a scathing attack, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal compared EC with Dhritarashtra whose only aim was to see son Duryodhan (read BJP) to emerge victorious in elections.Kejriwal alleged that what was being dismissed as EVM malfunction was actually a case of tampering to ensure that the BJP gets the votes of even other parties. He alleged that in at least 18 EVM machines in Dholpur by polls the vote was going to the BJP no matter where it was pressed.”It means that their software was changed, the code and programming was changed. When did they change all this?” said Kejriwal asking why the EC was not ready to investigate it.

Dholpur bypoll: Pilot sure of Cong triumph in Raje’s home turf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot today expressed confidence of his party’s win in high- stakes Dholpur assembly by-election, saying people have voted against the ruling BJP and for the alternative in Congress. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has rendered the election a high profile by campaigning there vigorously for days besides getting most of her ministers to canvass intensively in her home turf. Pilot too matched her by holding over 200 public meetings and spending over 18 days in the backward region as a win for the Congress will be a big boost to the opposition party ahead of the state assembly polls later next year. The Congress had suffered a rout in 2012 assembly polls and then complete decimation in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when it did not win a single seat out of 25, but is seen to have recovered some ground under Pilot who led the party to a good show in local elections. A win in the by-poll will be a big boost to him, observers say. “I am confident of a Congress win in the election. People have voted for strengthening the alternative in the Congress and against the BJP government,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dholpur bypoll: 25% voting recorded till 10 AM despite technical faults in EVMs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 25% votes were cast by 10 AM in the by-election to Dholpur Assembly constituency in Rajasthan on Sunday. The election office said around 25% polling was recorded in the seat by 10 AM.Technical faults in the voting machines were reported at few booths after which were then rectified. The by-election in the constituency began peacefully at 7 AM on Sunday at 231 polling booths. The voting will continue till 6 PM.A total of nearly 1.91 lakh voters are eligible to cast votes in the by-poll, of which nearly 1.18 lakh are males and 90,000 are females.Paramilitary forces and RAC jawan have been deployed at 61 polling booths which were declared critical, District Election Officer Shuchi Tyagi said.A total of 15 candidates are in fray. Apart from BJP candidate Shobha Rani and Congress’s Banwari Lal Sharma, 13 other candidates including wife of dacoit Jagan Gujjar, Mamta, are contesting election thus making it a tough fight to win. Sharma has won from the seat for five times whereas Shobha Rani is contesting in place of her husband B L Kushwah who was convicted in a murder case and subsequently his membership was terminated.Till 10 AM, nearly 25% voters exercised their right amid sporadic incidents of technical faults reported at few booths, which were rectified.

Dholpur bypoll: Congress accuses Raje of violating poll norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today accused Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of violating poll norms by staying in the constituency after the campaigning for bye-election ended. The Chief Minister’s media advisors, said she stayed in Dholpur on health grounds and the same was communicated to the election officer. PCC president Sachin Pilot said, “Raje has violated the instructions which is very disappointing. All the Congress leaders left the constituency after the campaigning got over last evening but Raje stayed there to influence the voters.” “This is violation of code of conduct and against the sanctity of the chief ministerial post,” he said. Election officer Suchi Tyagi said the chief minister stayed on health grounds. “The chief minister stayed in Dholpur on the grounds of sickness. I have communicated to the election commission and waiting for further instructions from there,” she said. As per the instructions of the election commission, all political parties leaders have to leave a constituency if they are not a voter or a candidate or candidate’s election agent after the campaigning ends. BJP Dholpur district president Bahadur Singh said the chief minister suffered foot strain after she returned from campaigning yesterday and it was not possible for her to move therefore she stayed in Dholpur to take rest. “Doctors advised her to not move so she is taking rest. All other leaders returned yesterday after the campaigning but the chief minister had to stay due to this problem and she is taking rest,” Raje’s media advisor said. The bye-election has been necessitated after the seat fell vacant on termination of the membership of B L Kushwah following conviction and life imprisonment in a murder case in December last year. As many as 15 candidates, including 12 independents, are in the fray for the bypoll. The BJP has fielded Kushwah s wife Shobha Rani while Congress candidate is veteran leader and five-time MLA Banwari Lal Sharma. The SP has fielded Banvari Sharma. The seat will go to poll tomorrow and counting of votes will take place on April 13.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Firearms seized ahead of bypoll in Bhind; 2 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large number of firearms being allegedly carried illegally were seized from two men in the district, ahead of the byelection to the Ater Assembly seat here, police said today. The two persons have been arrested, they said. The police got a tip-off that the two men were going to transport the firearms in a tractor-trolley. But, the duo changed the plan and brought the weapons on a motorcycle by hiding them in a sack full of potatoes, Superintendent of Police, Bhind, Anil Singh Kushwaha said. When the two men were intercepted, they told the police that they were carrying potatoes in the sack. However, when the sack was opened, the weapons were found in it, the SP said. The seized firearms included four 315 bore rifles, one 12 bore rifle, four 12 bore hand guns, two country-made pistols and 20 cartridges, he said. The two arrested persons were identified as – Mohar Singh (35) and Maan Singh (22). They brought the weapons from Khilli village in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district, police said. The byelection in Ater Assembly constituency is scheduled to be held on April 9.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Civic body by-elections in 7 Rajasthan districts on Mar 26

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The by-elections to seven wards of five municipalities and municipal councils in Rajasthan’s seven districts were today announced. The by-elections will be held in Barmer, Dausa, Dholpur, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur and Sawaimadhopur districts on March 26, the state election commission said. The notification for the bypolls was issued on March 3. The last date for filing nomination papers is March 14, while the scrutiny will take place on March 15 and the last date for nomination withdrawal is March 17, it said in a release. Symbols will be allotted on March 18 and if necessitated, polling will take place on March 26 and the counting of votes would be done on March 28, the release said. Elections for chairman and vice chairman will take place on March 29, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

200 villagers fall ill due to food poisoning in Raj

“Owing to critical condition, nearly two dozen were referred to Dholpur government hospital today,” block CMO Dr Mahesh Verma told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 200 people were taken ill after they allegedly consumed stale food in Nasilpur village of Dholpur district, but most of them were sent home after medical aid. “Owing to critical condition, nearly two dozen were referred to Dholpur government hospital today,” block CMO Dr Mahesh Verma told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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