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State politics turns ‘hot’ over Barmer Refinery foundation

Politics has become hot in the state in connection with the foundation ceremony of Barmer Refinery.Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has tweeted the question about the foundation of the refinery between the code of conduct of the by-elections. BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that permission has been sought from the Election Commission (EC) for the foundation ceremony of the refinery and said he (Gehlot) do not have to worry.PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of the refinery in Barmer on January 14. During the last Ashok Gehlot government, Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for the same refinery. BJP has revoked the previous MoU and has made a new one of the refinery.This is the reason why politics is ‘hot’ on the centre point i.e. refinery. Refuting the tweet of Gehlot, BJP state president said that Gehlot Sahab or anyone should not worry about the code of conduct.BJP will not do any work in violation of the Code of Conduct. The refinery has been discussed with the EC for the foundation ceremony.Gehlot also tweeted about the refinery’s ‘twice’ foundation laying ceremony. In response, Parnami said that Gehlot himself did the refinery MoU in a hurry. In this MoU, people of the state were burdened with Rs40 thousand crore.If interest of 30 years of Rs40 thousand crore is added, then this figure becomes Rs1 lakh 54 thousand crore. Gehlot should thank CM Raje to free the state from this burden.The verbal turn During the last Ashok Gehlot government, Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for the same refinery. BJP has revoked the previous MoU and has made a new one of the refinery. This is the reason why politics is ‘hot’ on the centre point i.e. refinery. BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that Gehlot Sahab or anyone should not worry about the code of conduct. BJP will not do any work in violation of the Code of Conduct.

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After Talkathon, doctors spike strike

After a marathon eight-hour talk and intervention of four ministers and state BJP president, the in-service doctors agreed to call off their 12-day strike on Wednesday.As per the agreement signed between All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) ARISDA and the govrnment, demands, including removal of the officer of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) Girish Parashar from the health department and adjustment of leaves taken by doctors during their agitation in earlier months of this year agitation, with their earned leaves has been accepted. The agreement also reiterates the execution of the agreement done on November 12 and withdrawal of cases registered against doctors, under Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA), during their agitation.About the recent transfers that forced the doctors to go on strike for second time in two months, nothing was mentioned in the agreement, but later on Ashok Parnami state BJP president said that ARISDA president Dr Ajay Chaudhary will be posted as Chief Medical & Health Officer (CM&HO) in Sikar.During the talks a seven-point agreement also signed between the government and resident doctors. As per the agreement, government has given assurance to initiate proceeding over demands related to stipend appreciation, hostel or transit quarters allotment, pay fixation, revised LPC, benefits payment according to 7th pay commission and age limit increase for senior residents.In the talks with doctors and resident doctors, Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Health Minister (state) Banshidhar Bajiya, PWD Minister Yunus Khan, Co-operative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak, State BJP President Ashok Parnami, Principal Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta, and Secretary (Medical Education) Anand Kumar were present. PRESCRIPTIONDuring the talks, a seven-point agreement was also signed between the government and resident doctors The government has given assurance to initiate proceeding over demands related to stipend appreciation, hostel or transit quarters allotment, pay fixation, revised LPC, benefits payment according to 7th pay commission and age limit increase for senior residents

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New India 2017: Government boosts telecom sector

For India, home to second largest population of cell phone users, connectivity and digitalisation is an important tool. As the Centre advances on its Digital India campaign to tap the potential of cell phone connectivity, ‘New India 2017’ conclave of Zee Hindustan held in Jaipur explored the scenario and possibilities of progress ahead.Chief guest on the occasion, Minister of State for Communications (independent charge) Manoj Sinha presented the vision of the government in the direction.”This is the 75th year of August Kranti, where our freedom fighters resolved for Independence. We resolve to turn India into the country that the great freedom fighters envisaged,” he said.He expressed delight at the increase in India’s communication density — from less than 2 per cent when BJP government came to power, to 75 per cent today. He mentioned initiatives taken by the present Modi government at the Centre and assured that tele infrastructure in the future will boost the development of the country.The conclave was presented by India’s state owned telecommunication company BSNL, and policy makers, experts and industry representatives from state and outside took part in it. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava discussed the ups and downs of the company in connecting India, especially the rural and remote areas to the mainstream digital revolution.”We have overcome the infrastructure shortcomings that the company faced a few years earlier, and improved our ranking among the top four service providers of the country,” said Shrivastava. “We our advancing towards introducing our 4G Volte services soon and continue on plan to connect panchayats with optical fibre,” he added.Speaking at the conclave eminent businessman, CMD of Kent RO systems Mahesh Gupta stressed on the scope of telecom services, “The mobile phone is a necessity. As an industry dealing in water purification, we find the telecom sector providing better services to people with us,” said Mahesh Gupta.BJP state president Ashok Parnami, UDH minister Rajasthan Shrichand Kriplani, Agriculture minister of Rajasthan, Prabhulal Saini, MP Jaipur Ramcharan Bohra, Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti and other senior officials and industrialists were present.” The BJP government holds development of the telecommunication sector as its priority,” said Ashok Parnami.

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RSS expresses concern over ‘growing’ casteism at samnvaya baithak

Considering it to be a huge threat to the very essence of nationalism and the society, the RSS expressed concerns over growing casteism in the country and stressed on the need to promote social harmony.The RSS held a two-day meeting here on the importance of social harmony and family values. State ministers, including Arun Chaturvedi, Gulab Chand Kataria, Vasudev Devnanai, and BJP leaders Satish Punia, Ashok Parnami took part in the meeting.Talking about the discussions held in the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said the RSS was of the opinion that castiesm was growing dangerously.Also readWill support BJP, RSS if they shun politics of hatred, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind”Casteism has emerged as a major threat to the Indian social fabric and the Gujarat elections have seen the issue acquiring threatening proportions. So with growing concerns, the RSS has taken a serious note of the issue and committed to promote social harmony,” Parnami said.Nearly 275 RSS workers from 35 regions participated in the deliberations – Samnvaya Baithak – spread over 8 sessions in two days.Also readJawaharlal Nehru divided the nation, Sardar Patel united it: RSS leader Indresh KumarStressing on the need of restoration of the traditional Indian family values and structure, RSS general secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi talked about the flaws that have crept into the Indian social mechanism.

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Ghanshyam Tiwari case rests on central leadership

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats of state in upcoming assembly elections, BJP MLA from Sanganer constituency Ghanshyam Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’. Tiwari has yet not resigned from BJP and the party leadership at state too is horns of a dilemma on the issue. The party-state leadership has shrugged off a decision on it for the central leadership. “Its democratic right of an individual to decide on contesting the election,” BJP state president Ashok Parnami said in response to media queries on Tiwari issue on Wednesday. “In process of my duty as a party state president, I have to inform the central leadership on all such issues and not just in case of Tiwari, So has been done in case of his recent comments,” said Parnami. “Tiwari has responded to the committee and it’s now it’s on them to take an action,” Parnami said. A senior leader, Tiwari has been associated with BJP since its inception in Rajasthan. Even as he has been sidelined at party politics, the state leaders do not intend to gain him on sympathy points and thus is not in the mood to decide on him in haste. However, as Tiwari has declared to announce the name of his party by ‘Makar Sankranti’ falling in January a decision will have to be reached before the date. New frontAnnouncing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’.

Rajasthan BJP go offensive on social media to counter Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP will aggressively counter Congress’ criticism on social media. During Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s Ajmer tour, it was decided that the party should respond in an offensive way to the Congress in the run-up to Lok Sabha by-polls.CM Vasundhara Raje and state president Ashok Parnami told party workers to send 50 WhatsApp messages in response to one misleading message from the Congress.During the meeting of Mandal and booth presidents and booth vistaraks, both Raje and Parnami had emphasised the importance of social media. They said it will play a crucial role in coming elections and they should provide party’s programmes and governments schemes and decisions to maximum people through the social media.However, there was concern that despite having WhatsApp group by party officials, most messages and information posted on these groups have no relevance. “Only party related information should be posted,” they said.Other worrying aspect that came to fore during the feedback meetings with party officials and workers for three hours each was that booth management is still weak. And, party officials failed to mention five important schemes of the state government. Only 2 or 3 out of 100 party officials could tell the names. Some of them mentioned Central schemes instead of the state schemes.CM’s meeting with different communities was also used by contenders for the party ticket for the by-poll. Jat, Vaishya and Rawat communities lobbied for a ticket for the leader from their communities. Some contenders had come with supporters who raised slogans in support of their leaders, which didn’t go well with the CM.

Rajasthan BJP organises ‘secret yagya’; not about bypolls, says state chief Ashok Parnami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A secret yagya was organised at the Rajasthan BJP office in Jaipur on Saturday.It is believed to be a ‘sakti sadhna yagya’ was performed for better health of the party.The gates of the BJP office were closed for general visitors. Only those taking part in the religious ritual were allowed to enter the premises.State BJP chief Ashok Parnami, newly-appointed organisation general secretary Chandrashekshar and state BJP general secretary Bhajan Lal were part of the yagya, that was solemnised by 10 pandits.According to sources, the pandits were specially called from Sirohi to perform the yagya, which was performed in the main hall of the BJP office.According to party sources, the yagya started around 11 am in the morning on Saturday.Chandrashekshar, the RSS man who has been appointed as organisational general secretary is said to be the main person performing the yagya.Parnami left the BJP office while the yagya was still going on. The vermillion and sandalwood paste on his forehead and saffron stole draped around his shoulders were a clear indication of the yagya.Parnami said it was a yagya for peace (shanti ) and power (shakti) in the party.“The yagya poojan is not unusual. We are doing it for strength and peace in the party,” said Parnami.He, however, refused to associate it with the upcoming by elections on two parliamentary and one assembly seat.This is not the first time that such a ritual is being performed at the BJP office.Parnami himself had performed a ritual to set right the ‘vastu’ of the BJP office after he took over as party chief and had called ‘ratna’ (precious stones) experts to perform it.A metallic ‘kalash’ with ‘ratnas’ in it still adorns a high ventilator in Parnami’s office.Pandits associated with performing ‘corrective’ rituals say the timing of this yagya is interesting – it is the first Saturday of the Hindu month ‘Kartik’ – that is conducive for tantrik yagya.Many BJP leaders and office bearers in Rajasthan have resorted to religious and tantrik rituals.Even chief minister Vasundhara Raje had performed a secret puja in her official residence while facing political crisis after allegations related to Lalit Modi.

Finally Raje meets Bhagwat, dispels all speculations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After keeping the powerful and popular Chief Minister of Rajasthan on a six day long “wait list”, RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat finally invited her on Tuesday morning to state RSS headquarters “Bharati Bhawan” for an hour long discussions, something unusual in the style and functioning of RSS. Around 11.23 am, she left Bharati Bhawan in a good mood and immediately summoned her trusted Principal Secretary and his team to work out a time bound plan to execute some of Bhagwat’s meaningful suggestions, which includes to further develop and beautify Udaipur “Pratap Gaurav Kendra”, a hill top RSS project, which is being developed as a “Mini Nagpur” (especially for North India).Bhagwat, apart from enquiring about the health of an ailing Chief Minister, Bhagwat reportedly discussed a wide range of issues with her and conveyed his appreciation for developing and expanding a few monumental and heritage sites in the name of towering BJP and RSS leaders. Raje gave an impressive presentation of her government’s flagship schemes to Bhagwat and assured him that she cares and values his advice to transform and convert her government into a “public welfare government”. At this juncture, Bhagwat also shared the negative feedback about the “ground realities” with the Chief Minister, gathered from district level Pracharaks. However, RSS chief was appreciative of an excellent coordination between the government and party in the state, which is headed by Ashok Parnami at the moment.The issue of social harmony was also discussed between the two leaders but it is yet not known whether Behrore’s Pehlu Khan case figured in the discussion or not.Both in CM and RSS camps, Parnami is considered as a “valuable asset”, who is successfully working as a bridge between the Chief Minister and the state level RSS functionaries. Recently, Parnami also got succeeded in establishing a “functional rapport” with the powerful party Chief Amit Shah, who took out some moments out of his busy schedule to make a “thank you call” to Parnami for arranging a tasteful coffee during Shah’s Kolkata bound Indigo flight during his transit halt at Jaipur airport.After a six day long unusual stay at Jaipur, Bhagwat finally left for Nagpur by Train. A Bharati Bhawan source revealed that before meeting the Chief Minister, RSS supremo had carefully gone through the contents of a 17th September DNA lead story titled as “CM waits to host Bhagwat, RSS Chief busy branching out Shakhas”. The story had categorically stated that the Chief Minister doesn’t belong to only a particular political party, she actually represents the entire state and therefore the respect, status and dignity of the Chief Minister should always be maintained, at least in public life, by the visiting dignitaries.

Mr. Ramlal, would you be able to bring Ghanshyam Tiwari issue to a logical conclusion this time?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in mind 2018, one of the most influential and powerful RSS leaders Ramlal is camping in Jaipur for two days. His main agenda is to unite the party, to bring the dissidence to a bare minimum and to work out a suitable coordination strategy between the party and the government. Insiders in the party say that BJP and RSS has no moral ground to talk about the unity and discipline unless they sit together to bring the Tiwari issue to a logical end.However, to strike a collision, he met today a number of senior BJP leaders and also the Chairmen of UIT’s and Municipal Corporations. He also had a long dinner meeting with Ashok Parnami and is likely to hold his detailed discussions with the Chief Minister tomorrow.After being a bit sidelined during the past one year, Ramlal has emerged more stronger now and is considered close to the Party Chief Amit Shah. Knowledgeable sources say that in the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle also, as a RSS nominee, Ramlal was consulted by Amit Shah on various inductions and drops.Political observers are keen to see that while sorting out the internal dissidence in the party and the government, whether Ramlal will be able to sort out a long pending Ghanshyam Tiwari issue by bringing this entire chapter to a logical conclusion. BJP is in a cleft stick over its rebel MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari, who is busy these days raising public support on a three-month Loksangrah Abhiyaan. But this campaign is different. Tiwari is mobilising people against his own party BJP, launching a frontal attack on chief minister Vasundhara Raje and her loyalists including Ashok Parnami, Yunus Khan , Rajendra Rathore etc.The 6-time MLA from BJP and a grassroots leader , Tiwari has hinted that he would announce a new political front in November on the culmination of his campaign. His diatribes look stale and repetitive and now even media is not taking Tiwari seriously. Mainstream media is giving a miss to his rallies and statements.The matter is in the knowledge of BJP chief Amit Shah and other functionaries but it seems the party is clueless how to deal with Ghanshyam Tiwari, who was once blue-eyed boy of state BJP. He was also served a notice in May 2017 for his anti-party activities by the party’s central disciplinary committee. But no action has been taken after he replied to the notice.Unfortunately, in this disturbing scenario. BJP high command and RSS have done nothing but had been silent spectators. Neither it is acting against Tiwari’s indiscipline nor is it reacting to his allegations of corrupt practices of Raje government.Tiwari loses Brahmin base, Chaturvedi may pitch in Since BJP came into power in 2013, Tiwari has been openly raising voice against chief minister Vasundhara Raje and her government. As a result he has been alienated in his own party and was not inducted in the cabinet. A section of BJP leaders feels that it was an error of judgement on the part of Chief Minister and her advisers to not to induct Tiwari in the cabinet as a routine minister with some light charge. In fact, the personality and profile of Vasundhara Raje is so powerful and dominating that no minister, may be Tiwari or someone else, has guts and capacity to embarrass the Chief Minister and her government in public. Any how , by now, this has become too late and a history only.Ghanshyam Tiwari is waging a lone battle. Fighting against own people only creates opportunities for others. While he is losing out party’s dedicated Brahmin vote bank to social justice minister Arun Chaturvedi, BJP is finding it hard to defend against Congress when its own senior leader is firing tirade.Tiwari’s dissent helping CongressTiwari’s sporadic attack on government is only helping the cause of Congress as the opposition gets a free Raje baiter in Tiwari. And the only loser in this game is Tiwari’s own Deen Dayal Vahini, which can never win independent identity till Tiwari is a BJP MLA. Tiwari is a challenger. And he will have to sweat extra and dirty his hands to enter the ring where Congress is already strongly placed. Merely calling Raje’s government corrupt and insensitive will be termed nothing more than a widow wail. Tiwari has opened up a front against his own party government for years now. But rather than mobilising public against BJP, he instead got alienated in his own party.After expressing dissent in various party forums and assembly, Tiwari constituted a Special Purpose Force (SPF) Deen Dayal Vahini to oppose Raje and her government. But so far there has been no impact. Tiwari’s failure, an opportunity for Arun ChaturvediA few year ago, Ghanshyam Tiwari was considered to have a strong base in Brahmins. But his flip flop show in recent times has put him on a sticky wicket. Brahmin vote bank is now withering away. His own party has served him notice over indiscipline. This provides an ample opportunity for another Brahmin leader, a minister in Raje’s cabinet – social justice minister Arun Chaturvedi – to emerge as strong Brahmin leader in the party. Chaturvedi has a good rapport with the chief minister and party functionary. He prefers to keep a low profile. And this will help him in positioning himself as a party loyalist who can represent Brahmin community to party’s benefit.

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.)

In Rajasthan, party and govt will now carry forward the legacy of Deendayal Upadhyaya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deendayal Upadhyaya would be the guiding light for not just BJP but also for the state government in coming times. His picture in the form of a logo will now be placed on the letter heads and official correspondence of all heads of local bodies and boards. BJP national joint secretary and state incharge V Satish issued instructions to this effect on the second day of the deliberation meet being organised at the state BJP headquarters on Friday. Taking the mandate a step further chief minister Vasundhara Raje asked the party men to stay in direct contact of the public and told councillors that they need to be in constant contact with the public. She reiterated the target of 180 seats in assembly polls and 25 seats in parliament polls. V Satish directed the councillors to be in their wards from 8 am to 11 am and in their offices from 2 pm to 5 pm. The meeting was attended by the heads of various municipal corporations, commissions, boards and UIT. Party functionaries were also present. The BJP is celebrating Pandit Upadhyay’s birth centenary and the Central and State Governments have named several schemes after Upadhyay. The state government had issued an order a few days ago to sport logo of birth centenary on government display advertisements. The state BJP, that has geared up for elections after party president Amit Shah’s visit, also asked the representatives to strengthen the booth by connecting with the people. Chief minister Vasundhra Raje has instructed the representatives to start continuous interaction with voters and initiate new ideas in their cities and wards. Raje said that councillor is the first step in the urban area and they have the most responsibility. They should work for providing benefits to the people from the schemes of Central and State governments.Several organisations meetings were held continuously on the second day after party president Amit Shah’s visit. The first meeting was of heads of corporation, commission, academies and UIT. The second meeting was of the representatives of corporations. Chief minister Raje has ordered to initiate new ideas and interact with people while addressing meeting attended by mayors of seven municipal corporation, deputy mayors and councillors. Raje questioned every councillor and mayor about the new ideas initiated by them and focused on cleanliness and greenery in cities. Addressing the gathering, she said that every city should appear different on the basis of greenery and cleanliness and efforts should be made to increase the living standard. In cities plants that need less water should be grown.Notably, Raje ordered Ajmer mayor to develop Ana Sagar lake while giving example of Udaipur. The chief minister also said that since the gathering forms the base link, the representatives should have contact with people and provide benefit to people from BJP’s schemes. The CM said that the party has to achieve mission 180 and mission 25 in the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. She also said that it is a collective responsibility to provide good governance not only at the state level but also on every ward level. She said that it is their responsibility to uphold the trust people have shown in them.Raje said that electricity worth crores have been saved by changing sodium lights to LED lights and added that if corporations start concentrating on installing solar panels, then more electricity can be saved. Increase in living standard is the only parameter to gauge the success of corporations and mayors, deputy mayors and councillors.BJP state president Ashok Parnami and national joint secretary V Satish asked the councillors to visit four booths of wards apart from their own. During this time the councillors should work with ward samities and ward samities will give report to organisation on what was done during the entire day. Satish also asked the councillors to be in their ward area from 8am to 11am and dispose of the greivances in corporations from 2pm to 5pm.A ‘Rubber Stamp’ (?) Parnami to stayAccording to highly reliable sources, the BJP high command has finally dropped the idea of replacing a ‘rubber stamp’ Parnami (as quoted a top BJP leader) with some ‘independent and bold’ choice. Before and after Amit Shah’s three-day long Jaipur visit, after examining the pros and cons of shifting Parnami at this critical stage, the idea was dropped. However, a trusted Narendra Modi and Amit Shah lieutenant and Rajasthan in-charge V Satish was advised to gain some more grip or control over organisational affairs in Rajasthan. But a hardcore Raje loyalist is completely unfazed with all these ‘developments’, as he knows well that in any eventuality of his being shifted from the party, he may be inducted in the Raje cabinet as the UDH minister.

State BJP claims thumping majority for Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>‘Short on numbers’ Congress in the presidential poll battle was relying completely on ‘Antaratma’ (conscience) of MLAs in ruling party and others as voting proceeded in the state assembly with 199 MLAs casting their vote on Monday. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot exercised right of franchise in Gujarat Assembly on a special request.Polling for presidential elections commenced at 10 am and concluded at 2:15 pm with all 199 legislators exercising their franchise.UDH minister Srichand Kriplani, who was a polling agent for NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind, was the first voter who exercised right of franchise while Independent MLA Anju Dhanka was the last to mark ballot paper. Kriplani was followed by Congress Govind Singh Dotasara and Ramesh Meena.‘Antarama’, a word sounded many a time by Congress MLAs who were cornered by mathematics of votes which is in favour of the saffron party.“I have hopes that legislators will vote after listening the conscience. This is a democracy of votes and we will surely garner support,” said Rameshwer Dudi, leader of Opposition before entering into the polling venue. Dotasra, Ramesh Meena, Ghansyam Maher, Ashok Chandna, Mahendra Jeet Malviya repeated the conscience factor in their favour too.Though, this exaggeration of so called conscience-call fall completely flat on what calculation suggests. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is assured of having support of 171 MLAs including 161 of its own. As per the leaders votes of four MLAs of NPP, two MLAs of Zamindara and five out of 7 independents went to Kovind.“NDA candidate Kovind will secure 171 votes. Two MLAs of Zamindara will vote to us. The tally of votes could reach over 171,” said BJP state president Ashok Parnami. Industry minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, higher education minister Kiran Maheshwari, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Transport minister Yunus Khan and Assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal also claimed victory of Kovind with maximum votes from Rajasthan.The claim of Parnami hinted at cross voting in the Congress and this might be possible as leaders of the opposition except a dozen who cast votes in initial hours reached the venue in groups. The Rajasthan Assembly has 200 MLAs. BJP has 161 MLAs, Congress 24, four of NPP, two each of Zamindara Party and BSP, and seven independent. Two MLAs of BSP, Manoj Nyangali and Puran Chand Saini voted for Congress presidential candidate Meira Kumar.Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Vishvendra Singh has once again attacked his own party while talking to mediapersons after casting his vote for the presidential election on Monday. Singh without naming any leader said that the Congress has failed to perform a proactive role of the Opposition inside and outside the Vidhan Sabha.Experts believe that the Jat leader is trying to give a political message, ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s Banswara visit, by such statements against his own party.SEAT RESERVED IN NAME OF ‘BOX’A ballot box carrying votes cast by Rajasthan MLAs was flown to New Delhi on late Monday evening . A seat in the plane in the name of ‘box’ was reserved by the election commission of India (ECI). A staff of six security guards was deployed to keep the box safe. Suresh Kumar, observer appointed by the ECI for polling held in Rajasthan Assembly, monitored the dispatch.

Anandpal encounter: Raj offers SIT inquiry, kin want CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan government’s offer of an SIT probe into the encounter in which gangster Anandpal Singh was killed, failed to cut any ice with his family, who, backed the Rajput community, stuck to their demand for a CBI inquiry into it. The gangster was gunned down in Malasar village in Churu on June 24. But the family members have not cremated the body to press for their demands, which include a CBI inquiry into the encounter and allowing his brothers, who are in judicial custody, to attend the funeral. A meeting was held between a delegation of Rajput community members and state Parliament Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore and BJP state chief Ashok Parnami yesterday in which the government offered to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the encounter. “The government will abide by the Supreme Court guidelines regarding encounter cases. We proposed to set up an SIT to investigate the case in the meeting yesterday, but the members of the community said that they will discuss with the family members of Anandpal,” Parnami told reporters today. He said the family members have not cremated the body so far which is a “dishonour to the departed soul”. Rawana Rajput leader Ranjit Singh said their demand was for a CBI probe and the proposal of SIT inquiry was not acceptable. “The meeting yesterday was inconclusive because our demand is for a CBI inquiry in Anandpal encounter case,” he said. Meanwhile, Rajput Sabha and other social organisations questioned the shifting of Commando Sohan Singh, who was injured in the encounter, from SMS hospital in Jaipur to a private hospital in Gurgaon yesterday. “The shifting of the police commando to a private hospital raises doubt on the government. Instead, he should be shifted to AIIMS and his treatment should be monitored by an expert committee of five doctors,” Singh said. On the other hand, lawyer A P Singh, who is supporting the family of Anandpal, said that dialogue with the government in absence of the slain gangster’s daughter cannot succeed. His daughter is is studying engineering in Dubai and the family members are also demanding assurance from the police that she will not be arrested when she comes India. The SP of Nagaur said the body of Anandpal is kept in a deep freezer at his house where elaborate security arrangement has also been made. Police are allowing people to enter the village only after verifying their identity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP daydreaming to have set 180+ target for Raj polls: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Rajasthan minister and Congress leader Shanti Kumar Dhariwal today said by setting a target of 180 plus seats for next assembly elections the BJP is just building castles in the air. The BJP has set itself an ambitious target of clinching at least 180 of the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan in the state elections due next year. The mission was set early this month at a meeting of the BJP’s state-level working committee, where it also focused on retaining all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 general elections with a “bigger margin”. “The state unit president of the BJP, Ashok Parnami, and chief minister (Vasundhara) Raje are only making castle in the air to misguide the public,” said Dhariwal, who was the state home minister in the previous Congress government. “Why both the leaders have not set the mission for 200 seats? And for whom they have left the 20 seats?” he asked, taking a jibe at the BJP. “Actually both the senior state BJP leaders are dreaming and I wonder why they have not dreamt of all 200 assembly seats,” Dhariwal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP sets itself target of 180 plus seats in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has set itself an ambitious target of clinching at least 180 of the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan in the state elections due next year. The party is also focusing on retaining all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 general elections with a bigger margin. At a meeting of the BJP’s state-level working committee, which concluded today, the party brainstormed on steps to be taken to strengthen the party at the divisional and booth level and in remote areas. The party reaffirmed its stand of giving opportunities to youngsters during polls. Talking to reporters, state BJP unit chief Ashok Parnami said the party workers are full of energy and enthusiasm due to remarkable performance in various elections. “With this atmosphere prevailing in the entire nation, all party leaders and workers have set themselves a target of 180 plus seats in the state elections next year. We are confident of achieving it,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP workers must devote time for the welfare of poor: Ramlal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national general secretary Ramlal today asked workers to devote their time for the welfare of the poor and work hard to expand the presence of the party. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a two-day training workshop, he said BJP workers should act as a bridge between the public and the government. They should work towards increasing the presence of the party in areas where the BJP has no wide presence, Ramlal said. The BJP has become “synonymous to development” in the country and workers should take the government’s works and achievements to the people, he said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje called upon the people to publicise the government’s policies and programmes. BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and party state president Ashok Parnami also spoke on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dholpur bypoll: Raje campaigns for party candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today conducted a road show here to seek votes for BJP candidate Shobha Rani contesting the by-election for Dholpur assembly seat. Raje began the road show at Sagarpada along with the BJP state president Ashok Parnami which passed through several roads and areas during which she appealed people to vote for the party candidate. Both BJP and Congress leaders are leaving no stone unturned to reach out to voters today, the last day of campaigning. After the astounding victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the BJP is making every effort to ensure victory in the bye-election on April 9 as it has become a prestige issue for the party. The party is seeking votes on development agenda while the Congress leaders led by PCC Chief Sachin Pilot are accusing the BJP government of failing to deliver and exuded confidence of winning the seat. The bye-election was 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 the Congress candidate is veteran leader and five-time MLA Banwari Lal Sharma. The Samajwadi Party has fielded Banvari Sharma. The seat will go to poll on April 9 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.)

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