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At meeting with Yashwant Sinha, KCR attacks PM Modi, says he is killing democracy
The Indian Express | 8 hours ago
The Indian Express
8 hours ago

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP even as he lent support to Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s presidential candidate, at the latter’s meet-and-greet programme with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders.Urging TRS MPs and MLAs to ensure that a deserving candidate wins, KCR said, “Weigh the two candidates and vote after thinking. It will bring a qualitative change.”He also accused the Centre of killing democracy in the country, and using constitutional bodies to harass those who disagree. “What the Modi administration is doing is successfully killing democracy every day, throttling the federal system of India…toppling governments which do not toe their line. One Union minister said that like Maharashtra, they will pull down the Telangana government…we are ready. If our government falls, we will be free to bring down the BJP government at the Centre. For 60 years, Telangana society has fought for a separate state and we are prepared for another struggle,” he said.The chief minister also hit out at the Prime Minister, accusing him of lowering the image of the country before the world. Saying that the actions of the Modi government and BJP functionaries have destroyed India’s image in the international community, KCR asked the PM to reply to the allegation that it was due to his pressure on the Sri Lankan government that a power project contract was given to an Indian industrialist. If the Prime Minister did not reply, the allegations were true, KCR said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 15th PM of India and in the terms of the previous 14 PMs, never has India’s image been affected,” he said.The chief minister alleged that as per the Centre’s coal policy, coal was being imported at a steep price of Rs 30,000 while Indian coal was cheaper. “States are being forced to purchase the imported coal because it is being imported by the PM’s industrialist friend. That is why I am saying he is not a PM but has become a salesperson,” KCR said, adding that PM Modi’s policies and promises were fooling 1.5 billion people of the country. “Have you fulfilled even one promise that you have made to the people? Even if you search with a torchlight, you will not find one,” KCR said.LIVE: My interaction with MPs and MLAs of TRS https://t.co/7KBR8tI4v7— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) July 2, 2022Criticising the Centre’s attitude towards farmers, KCR said that the Modi government had to face humiliation in front of agitating farmers and had to repeal the farm laws. “The PM and BJP leaders have vilified the farmers, even calling them Khalistanis and terrorists. Eventually, you had to bow down to the farmers. Seven hundred farmers died during the agitation but you did not express any sadness or mercy for them,” he said.KCR also accused the Prime Minister of failing the country during the Covid pandemic. “It was the biggest calamity since Independence and the PM failed to handle it. Lakhs of people died unnecessarily. Lakhs and crores of people had to walk on the roads. The Centre declined to give trains for free. Modi swears by river Ganga but instead of people immersing the ashes, bodies of Covid victims were pushed into rivers,” he said.The Telangana chief minister said that the country had fared badly on all indexes due to the Prime Minister’s failed policies.“The nation is watching and demanding answers. Modi may be under the false impression that he will be a permanent PM. Political change will happen,” KCR said, asking the Prime Minister to reply to all the allegations in his speech at Parade Ground on Sunday evening.Referring to the Prime Minister’s visit to Houston and his support to former US President Donald Trump, KCR asked if Modi knew the difference between US presidential elections and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.Meanwhile, addressing the TRS representatives, Yashwant Sinha said that the presidential election was being held at an extraordinary time. “We all know what is happening in the country. Intellectuals are saying that the nation is collapsing, and that it is why this election is so important. I am fortunate to have the support of TRS,” he said.Earlier, the chief minister and his Cabinet colleagues went to Begumpet airport to receive Sinha. The TRS had declared its support to Sinha’s candidature on June 27.

At meeting with Yashwant Sinha, KCR attacks PM Modi, says he is killing democracy
Supreme Court 2002 riots order: BJP says not poll issue, but ‘moral victory’ set to boost party
The Indian Express | 4 days ago
The Indian Express
4 days ago

On September 12, 2011, when the Supreme Court had sent the complaint filed by Zakia Jafri against then chief minister Narendra Modi and 62 others back to the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in Ahmedabad without issuing directions, Modi had tweeted “God is Great”. A few days later, on his 62nd birthday, he launched the ‘Sadbhavna’ fasts, meeting people from all faiths in different districts.As Prime Minister, Modi has chosen not to react to the verdict of a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on the same complaint, which upheld the clean chit to his administration for alleged role in “the larger conspiracy” related to the 2002 Gujarat riots.However, the BJP has been in celebratory mode. All its top leaders almost immediately issued statements welcoming the judgment, while condemning the role played by activist Teesta Setalvad, retired DGP R B Sreekumar, former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and others in “defaming” Modi who was the then CM of Gujarat. State chief C R Paatil called Setalvad a “Congress puppet”, and accused the three of “fabricating evidence” to “frame” Modi.A day later, Union Home Minister Amit Shah gave an interview to ANI solely centred around the Gujarat riots, repeating the charges against a “triad of media, political parties and NGOs”, and suggesting even the courts had been “swayed” due to their campaign. Hours later, Setalvad and Sreekumar were arrested on charges of forgery, criminal conspiracy etc, on an FIR that extensively quoted the Supreme Court order. Bhatt, who is serving a life term in another case, was also booked on the same charges.While the BJP’s stand publicly is that the riots order won’t be made a poll issue, the party is set to celebrate it as “a moral victory”. A lawyer actively associated with the BJP, who also represented some of the accused in the 2002 riot cases, said: “As a lawyer, I knew how witnesses were being tutored and many innocent people were framed and faced jail terms. This judgment will pave the way for justice, against those who framed Modiji.”The lawyer added that the Court order as well as arrests of Setalvad and Sreekumar would also send out a message to those party supporters “falsely” accused in riot cases. “Back then, the party was unable to check their persecution,” he said.The BJP especially expects a boost for those BJP leaders closely tied to the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. The Godhra train burning, in which kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya as part of the campaign were killed, is seen as the trigger for the 2002 riots.For those in the Ram temple campaign, this is the second big Court endorsement after the Supreme Court in 2019 gave the go-ahead for the shrine in Ayodhya.Only one big BJP leader was convicted in the riots, who was also acquitted later. Maya Kodnani was sentenced for the Naroda Patiya violence, one of the biggest massacres of 2002, by a Supreme Court-appointed special court. Since she was acquitted by the High Court, Kodnani is again a presence at the party office at Shree Kamalam.Trial is on in only one more 2002 case under the apex court’s scrutiny, the Naroda Gam deaths. Kodnani is also on trial in this apart from Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. In its order, the Supreme Court set aside the Tehelka sting operation that had caught Babu Bajrangi bragging about the killings.The Congress’s half-measures on the Supreme Court order – first choosing cautiousness, then speaking out after criticism – won’t help the party’s cause in a state where it is in a direct fight with the BJP.Since 2002, the Assembly elections in Gujarat have been largely polarised on communal lines, with the BJP winning one election after another. Only in 2017 did the Congress show some revival spark, though that is now also seen as snuffed out in face of the AAP’s fledgling competition.The BJP has further put the Congress on the defensive over the Supreme Court order, by alleging the hand of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in propping up Setalvad.Asked how important the Supreme Court judgment was for the BJP, C R Paatil told The Indian Express: “The judgment is important not only for Gujarat, but for the entire country. It is very dangerous in a democracy that some political party hatches such conspiracy or gets it hatched or supports it, by which its rival can get capital punishment.”On whether it will help the party electorally in Gujarat or not, Paatil said: “It is the biggest victory for us that Modi saheb has got a clean chit after such a long struggle. If you ask electorally, we are going to win (the state Assembly elections); it does not matter whether the judgment came now or afterwards. We are going to win because we are doing people’s work, we are connected with the people.”A senior BJP leader, who did not want to be identified, said: “Our party will definitely gain from this development. Narendrabhai and the party as a whole have faced a lot of stress due to these false allegations. Now, sympathy will be in favour of Narendrabhai among people. They will realise that he (Modi) was personally targeted and the entire state of Gujarat was defamed.”According to this leader, the order has ensured that the coming Assembly elections are fought solely on the issue of development. “Narendrabhai has set the tradition of fighting elections on the issues of development. Coming elections will also be fought on the same lines,” said the leader.Indicating the line the party is set to take, one also adopted by Shah in his interview, a senior office-bearer said: “Narendrabhai has always respected the law. He did not act against any of these people who hatched conspiracies (against him). Being the Chief Minister, he could have easily got an FIR registered against them. But he has set a benchmark for respecting the process of law.”The party leader also said that the cases against Setalvad, Sreekumar and Bhatt’s had been registered by the Gujarat government as per the direction of the Supreme Court. “The only gain for our party due to the Court order is that our stand has been vindicated. Our party is not going to make it an election issue and will stick to the politics of development.”

Supreme Court 2002 riots order: BJP says not poll issue, but ‘moral victory’ set to boost party
MP panchayat poll candidate booked for using dog for campaigning in Khandwa
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 days ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 days ago

A candidate contesting the panchayat election in Madhya Pradesh for the sarpanch’s post was booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for using a dog during campaigning to defame the rival candidate, police said on Monday.The candidate Mukesh Darbar, who is contesting the panchayat election at a village in Khandwa district, put up a banner with a photo of his opponent Divyaditya Shah on his pet dog and took the animal out on the streets in Khandwa district.A video surfaced on the social media showing the poster put on the dog walking on the streets.The police took action after the candidate whose photo was put on the animal lodged a complaint alleging that the act was to defame him, a police official said.It came four days before voting in the second phase of the three-tier panchayat election is scheduled to be held on July 1. Voting in the third and final phase of the election would be held on July 8.”Sarpanch candidate Mukesh Darbar was charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as per the complaint of election agent Santosh Soni on behalf of rival candidate Divyaditya Shah,” Sub-Divisional Officer Ravindra Vaskale said.Shah’s father is a Cabinet Minister in the Madhya Pradesh government while his mother was a former Mayor of Khandwa.Shah in his complaint said that Darbar’s move was aimed at shaming him and his family members.He said that Darbar also violated the model code of conduct.The police said that a complaint has also been sent to the Animal Welfare Board and the Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission to take action against Darbar.Three-tier panchayat (gram, Janpad and Zila) polls are underway in Madhya Pradesh.The first phase of voting was held on June 25 and the counting of votes took place at each polling centre.However, the results would be announced on July 14 and 15 after last phase of voting is completed.

MP panchayat poll candidate booked for using dog for campaigning in Khandwa
Murmu’s vision for India’s development is extraordinary: Modi
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praised NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu for her “understanding of the problems on the ground” and dubbed her vision for India’s development as “extraordinary”.The Prime Minister made the remarks after he met Murmu in New Delhi. After Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also met the NDA’s Presidential candidate.Murmu will also be meeting several Union ministers and veteran leaders before filing her nomination for the post of President on Friday.Sharing pictures of his meeting with Murmu on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote, “Met Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her Presidential nomination has been appreciated across India by all sections of society. Her understanding of grassroots problems and vision for India’s development is outstanding.”Murmu, who reached the national capital on Thursday, was welcomed at the Delhi airport by Union Ministers Arjun Munda, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Virendra Kumar, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and BJP’s national media co-in-charge Sanjay Mayukh. Several other BJP leaders and workers were also present at the airport to welcome her.Murmu on Friday will file her nomination for the Presidential election. Prime Minister Modi, BJP President J.P. Nadda, Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states will also be present during her nomination.To make the nomination filing a grand event, the BJP has invited its allies as well as Biju Janata Dal, which has announced its support to Murmu, to attend nomination filing.The Opposition parties have declared Yashwant Sinha as their joint candidate. The election for the next President of the country will be held on July 18 while the result will be declared on July 21.

Murmu’s vision for India’s development is extraordinary: Modi
We appeal to all parties to support Sinha’s candidature: Ramesh
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

Asserting that the BJP government at the Centre has failed totally in fulfilling its promises and commitments and misusing various agencies as weapons against them, at least a dozen opposition parties on Tuesday announced a consensus candidate for the President and appealed to the rest to support him.After announcing the name of former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha soon after the opposition parties’ meeting concluded on Tuesday, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “India is passing through difficult times. The BJP government at the Centre has failed totally in fulfilling its promises and commitments. Furthermore, it is misusing the Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Election Commission, Governor’s office and other institutions as weapons against opposition parties and state governments run by them.”“Therefore, we assure the people of India that the unity of opposition parties, which has been forged for the Presidential election in a spirit of equality, common commitments and consensus building through dialogues, will be further consolidated in the months ahead,” he said.Stating that ideally, a consensus candidate of the government and the opposition should be elected to the highest office of the republic, Ramesh said, “However, the initiative for this should have been taken by the government. The Modi government made no serious effort in this direction. We, therefore, appeal to all the parties to support the candidature of Sinha so that the nation can have a worthy Rashtrapati elected unopposed.”Ramesh described Sinha as an able administrator, accomplished Parliamentarian, and an acclaimed Union Minister of Finance and External Affairs, and someone who is “eminently qualified to uphold the secular and democratic character of the Indian republic and its constitutional values.”Hours ahead of this meeting, Sinha had resigned from Trinamool Congress (TMC) leading to speculations about his name being finalized for the President’s post as opposition candidate.The meeting was called by NCP top leader Sharad Pawar and attended by leaders from the Congress, TMC, Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI-M, National Conference, and RJD among others.On June 15, a similar meeting was called by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to, what she had described as an effort “to build consensus on a joint opposition candidate.” However, Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) had skipped the meeting.The voting for the Presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 18 and counting to be held on July 21. In an electoral college of around 10.86 lakh votes for the Presidential polls, the BJP and its alliance partners in the NDA are a little short of the halfway mark.

We appeal to all parties to support Sinha’s candidature: Ramesh
SC refuses to release Nawab Malik, Deshmukh to vote in MLC election
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago

The Supreme Court on Monday denied the pleas of Maharashtra Nationalist Congress Party lawmakers Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh to be released temporarily to cast their votes in the ongoing state Legislative Council election.Minutes before the poll, a vacation bench of Justices C.T. Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia declined to grant interim relief to NCP leaders, who moved the top court challenging the Bombay High Court order, which last week refused to grant them temporary release.However, the top court said a further interpretation of Section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act, will be considered by it to examine whether arrested lawmakers — MLAs and MPs - could be allowed to vote in elections to Rajya Sabha and legislative councils. Section 62 (5) imposes a bar on a prisoner from voting.Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the petitioners, submitted before the bench that polling is being held on Monday, as she pressed for an interim relief. The lawmakers sought temporary release from prison - under escort protection — to cast their votes in the election, which is underway.During the hearing, the bench noted that regarding the entitlement of vote, the question is whether the person is in prison or not.”If you are in prison, in connection with preventive detention, there’s no bar at all but if it’s falling under money laundering (which doesn’t fall into exception)… prima facie Section 62(5) applies,” the bench told the petitioners’ counsel.Both NCP leaders are lodged in prison in separate cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.Arora argued that by closing her clients right to vote, the constituency is being deprived to cast its vote in the council. “Through me, as an elected representative I represent my constituency. It’s just not me but my constituency which is also there,” she argued.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, citing a top court judgment, submitted that the validity of Section 62 (5) has been upheld.Earlier, during the day, the top court expressed its disinclination to take up the matter, saying this should go before the Chief Justice first, before allowing an urgent listing. Arora vehemently argued that the matter requires urgent hearing since the election is scheduled on Monday itself. The bench said it would see whether the matter can be taken up for hearing after lunch.

SC refuses to release Nawab Malik, Deshmukh to vote in MLC election
UPSC Key-June 15, 2022: Why ‘I2U2’ to ‘Greenfield and Brownfield’ to ‘Palais des Nations’ relevant for UPSC CSE?
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for June 15, 2022. If you missed the June 14, 2022 UPSC key from the Indian Express, read it hereFRONT PAGEI-T flagged ‘misreporting’ of Rs 1.06-cr, black money SIT judge opted for amnesty schemeSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.Mains Examination: General Studies III: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.Key Points to Ponder:• What Is Black Money?• How Black Money Works?• What are the sources of black money in India?• Black money includes all funds earned through illegal activity only-True or false• Black Money is recorded for tax purposes-True or False• How Black money affects country’s economy?• Most people who have black money try to convert it into legal money, also identified as white money. What are the number of ways to do that?• What was the MC Joshi committee’s recommendation which was appointed to study the generation and curbing of black money?• Amnesty Scheme 2021-Know the Key Highlights• Why Special Investigative Team (SIT) on Black Money was appointed?• What are major initiatives taken by the Government of India to curb black money?• Demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes and Black Money-Connect the dot• Black Money and Imposition of Tax (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) Act 2015-Key HighlightsOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍No official estimation of black money in foreign accounts in last five years: Govt in Parliament📍Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill, 2015India, Israel, US, UAE are I2U2, summit next monthSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.Key Points to Ponder:• What is “I2U2”?• From ‘International Forum for Economic Cooperation’ to “I2U2”-Know the background and Evolution• The Abraham Accord is between which Countries?• Map Work-Countries involved in Abraham Accord• The Abraham Accord is the first Arab-Israeli peace deal-True or False?• The India-Israel-US-UAE grouping-Know the bilateral relations between each one of them• The Biden administration has launched several multilateral initiatives since January 2021 including the Quad (India, US, Japan and Australia), AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) and a Quadrilateral dialogue with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan-Know India’s role in these groupingsOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Explained: Why is the Israel-UAE trade pact more than just another international deal?Govt’s big employment pushSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importanceMains Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.Key Points to Ponder:• Why ‘Agneepath’ is said to be a “major defence policy reform”?• The expenditure on defence constitutes what percentage of the central government’s budget?• The expenditure on defence is what percentage of India’s estimated GDP for previous years?• Agneepath Scheme-Know the key Highlights of the scheme• What are the eligibility criteria?• What happens after selection?• When will the recruitment actually begin?• How will the scheme benefit the armed forces and the recruits?• Who are ‘Agniveer’ under the Agneepath Scheme?• The government announced key changes in soldiers recruitment for the Armed Forces. What are they?• What exactly does the term “tour of duty” entail when used in the context of the military?• Aim of New Tour of Duty system-Know in Detail• How would the Indian Army benefit from the Tour of Duty?• What will be advantages esp. for the Government with this new move?• Tour Of Duty may have certain drawbacks. What are they?• The Agneepath scheme will help cut the rising salary and pension bill of the armed forces. Why rising salary and pension has been a major worry for governments over the years?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍What’s in Agnipath scheme📍Why it can help cut the rising salary, pension bill📍A reform called Agnipath📍Force of ChangeGOVT & POLITICSPresidential polls: Mamata and Left leaders meet PawarSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and GovernanceMains Examination: General Studies II: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of theseKey Points to Ponder:• The President of India is integral part of the Union Executive-True or False• Know in detail about Article 54 to Article 58 of the Indian Constitution• Who elects the President of India?• The President is elected by members of the electoral college rather than by the general public. What does the electoral college entail?• What is the term of the office of the President?• When is the election of the Office of President of India held?• Who conducts the election to the Office of President of India?• What electoral system/process is followed for the election to the office of the President?• What is System of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote?• Why System of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote is used for President’s Election in India?• The voting at the President’s election shall be by secret ballot-True or False?• How Constitution of India provides uniformity in the scale of representation of different states as well as parity between the states as a whole and the Union at the election of the President?• What are the Qualifications required by a candidate to contest the election to the Office of the President of India?• Who is appointed the Returning Officer/Assistant Returning Officer for the election to the Office of President of India? Who makes such appointment?• Can the result of the election to the Office of President be challenged? If so, what is the proper procedure for doing so?• Are the provisions of the Anti-Defection Law applicable in Presidential elections?• The oath of office to the President is administered by Whom?• The President can be removed from office by a process of impeachment for ‘violation of the Constitution’-True or False?• The Constitution of India defines the meaning of the phrase ‘violation of the Constitution’-True or False?• What are the powers enjoyed and the functions performed by the President of India?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Presidential elections: Over 70 years, 14 Presidents, 15 big fights📍Explained: How the President is electedEXPRESS NETWORKPhase-1 of greenfield airport in Dholera gets CCEA nodSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social DevelopmentMains Examination: General Studies III: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.Key Points to Ponder:• What is Greenfield Infrastructure Project?• What is Brownfield Infrastructure Project?• Brownfield and Greenfield Infrastructure Project-Compare and Contrast• What is Greenfield and Brownfield investments?• What is Palace of Nations or Palais des Nations?• In which part of History, you have heard about Palace of Nations or Palais des Nations?• League of Nations and Palace of Nations or Palais des Nations-Connect the dot• National Industrial Corridor Development Programme-Know the Key features• Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs-Role, About• Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs-Know the CompositionOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Greenfield vs. Brownfield Investments: What’s the Difference?📍Cabinet Approves Development of New Greenfield Airport Dholera, AhmedabadGOVT & POLITICSDeadline for freezing administrative boundaries extended, no Census this yearSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social DevelopmentMains Examination: • General Studies I: Population and associated issues• General Studies II: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human ResourcesKey Points to Ponder:• What is the meaning of ‘Census’?• What is Population Census?•The census exercise in India, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2021, has been further pushed to 2023-24-Why?• How is the Census Conducted?• Registrar General of India-About, Role and Functions• What do you understand by the term ‘Administrative Boundaries’?• The Census in India is conducted by whom?• The Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner comes under which Ministry?• What is the Constitutional Provisions to Conduct census in India?• What is National Population Register (NPR)?• Is National Population Register (NPR) connected to National Register of Citizens (NRC)?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Explained: Why NPR isn’t NRC, and yet…THE IDEAS PAGEThe RBI’s misdiagnosisSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social DevelopmentMains Examination: General Studies III: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.Key Points to Ponder:• What is the Monetary Policy Committee?• The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is a Statutory Body-True or False?• What is the Primary Objective of monetary policy in India?• Why according to author Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has failed? (Hint: Given in the Article)• There are several direct and indirect instruments that are used for implementing monetary policy-What are they?• What is REPO rate?• What is Current Repo Rate?• What’s the RBI assessment on inflation?• “The RBI chasing five different targets that is inflation, growth, interest rate, exchange rate, and dividends, it is hardly surprising that it lost sight of its inflation objective”-Do agree with this statement?• What will be the impact of withdrawing the accommodative policy?• Why the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) once again raised the Repo rate for the second time in over a month by an expected 50 basis points?• The RBI has raised the Repo rate-How it will impact the demand in the economy?• How this rate hike will impact banks and non-banking finance companies?• There are two economic groups in every society including India i.e. the fixed income group and the variable income group. How Inflation effects these economic group?• What is the Long term, Medium Term and Short-term impact of Inflation?• How Inflation is Measured in India?• New Standard for Measuring Inflation in India and Old Standard for Measuring Inflation-Key Differences• Impact of Money Supply on an Economy-Inflation or Deflation?• Steps or Measures Taken by GOI to Control InflationOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍At this rate📍First, Price Stability📍RBI rate hike & its impact📍At over 7%, price rise likely to keep pinching till Sept: RBI📍ExplainSpeaking | How inflation beat the RBI: A recent historyEXPLAINEDThe significance of holy relics of Buddha, sent on exposition to MongoliaSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: History of IndiaMains Examination: General Studies I: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.Key Points to Ponder:• Four Holy Relics of Lord Buddha are being taken to Mongolia for an 11-day exposition to coincide with Mongolian Buddha Purnima Celebrations-Know the importance of this event• ‘Kapilvastu Relics’-Know in Detail• India-Mongolia Bilateral Relations and Shared Heritage-Know in detail• The rising role of Buddhism in India’s Bilateral Relations and in soft power strategy-Know in Detail• Lumbini and Kushinagar-What is the importance of this place in Buddhism?• Rise of Buddhism in India and Gautam Buddha or Siddharth-Know in detail• Know in detail about Doctrines of Buddhism, the Four noble truths, The Five Precepts and Eight-fold Path• What are the special features of Buddhism and why it spread rapidly and widely?• When, where and under which King’s Patronage the first, Second, Third and fourth Buddhist Council held?• Know about the two main schools of Buddhism-Mahayana and Hinayana• Rajgriha, Vaishali, Patliputra, Kundalvana and Kapilavastu-Know the Importance of these place in Buddhism• Know the important Buddhist Mudras-Dhyani Mudra, (gesture of meditation), Vitarka Mudra, (teaching gesture), Dharmachakra Mudra, (gesture of turning the wheel of the teaching), Bhumisparsha Mudra, (gesture of touching the earth), Abhaya Mudra, (gesture of fearlessness and granting protection), Varada Mudra, (gesture of granting wishes), Uttarabodhi Mudra, (gesture of supreme enlightenment), Anjali Mudra, (gesture of greeting and veneration) and Vijrapradama Mudra, (gesture of unshakable confidence)• Map work-Mark Important Buddhist Sites in India• Account for the decline of Buddhism in IndiaOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍 The rising role of Buddhism in India’s soft power strategy📍 BuddhismPrevious Year Prelims Questions Based on Buddhism theme:📍 Which one of the following statements is correct? (Prelims 2021 GS question Paper)(a) Ajanta Caves lie in the gorge of the Waghora river.(b) Sanchi Stupa lies in the gorge of the Chambal river.(c) Pandulena cave shrines lie in the gorge of the Narmada river.(d) Amaravati Stupa lies in the gorge of the Godavari river.📍 Lord Buddha’s image is sometimes shown with the hand gesture called ‘Bhumisparsha Mudra’. It symbolizes (Prelims 2012 GS question Paper)(a) Buddha’s calling of the Earth to watch over Mara and to prevent Mara from disturbing his meditation(b) Buddha’s calling of the Earth to witness his purity and chastity despite the temptations of Mara(c) Buddha’s reminder to his followers that they all arise from the Earth and finally dissolve into the Earth, and thus this life is transitory(d) Both the statements (a) and (b) are correct in this context📍 Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?1. Avanti2. Gandhara3. Kosala4. MagadhaSelect the correct answer using the code given below: (Please refer Prelims 2015 GS question Paper for complete question)Previous year UPSC Mains Question Covering Buddhism Theme:📍 Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. 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RS polls: After ACB, Raj Congress writes to CEC fearing horse-trading
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago

The ruling Congress on Tuesday approached the chief electoral officer here and requested him to maintain extra vigilance due to the possibility of MLAs’ horse-trading during the Rajya Sabha polls to be held on June 10.The Rajasthan government’s chief whip and cabinet minister Mahesh Joshi, in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, said that the election department needs to keep a watch on the people involved in horse-trading and if caught, strict action should be taken against such people.He met the chief electoral officer and handed over the letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner.Joshi recently approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau, expressing apprehensions of horse-trading. He went to the ACB office on Sunday and gave a written complaint to DG-ACB, B.L. Soni, requesting him that a watch be kept on the people involved in horse-trading.Congress and BJP MLAs have been kept in private hotels to check horse-trading in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats.While the Congress MLAs have been shifted to Udaipur, the BJP MLAs have camped in Jaipur near Jamdoli.The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party has announced to support Independent candidate Subhash Chandra, who is being backed by the BJP. This support gave a little relief to the BJP, while the Congress has been successful in placating BSP-turned Congress MLAs who were dissatisfied with the ruling party’s style of working.The Congress has fielded three candidates, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala and Pramod Tiwar while the BJP has fielded Ghanshyam Tiwari as its official candidate besides backing Chandra who is contesting as an Independent.The Congress is anticipating a smooth win in three seats with 108 MLAs while 13 Independents had already supported it earlier. Besides, it has one MLA from ally RLD and two MLAs each from BTP and CPM.The BJP has 71 seats and needs 11 votes to touch 82 to win two seats.

RS polls: After ACB, Raj Congress writes to CEC fearing horse-trading
‘If prohibition is removed, BJP will win all 182 seats’
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: A former Gujarat minister started of his fresh stint with the BJP on Saturday by claiming that the party would win all 182 Assembly seats if prohibition is removed from the state.Khumansinh Vansia, who rejoined the party in the presence of state unit chief CR Paatil during the day, however, added that this was his personal opinion and he would abide by the party's stand on the issue.Queried on his past statements on the need to remove prohibition, Vansia, a minister in the 1995 BJP government under Keshubahi Patel, said he stood by them even today.“It is my personal opinion and I stand by it even today that we should get rid of it (prohibition). And I would say that this way BJP will win all 182 seats. This is my personal opinion. But then I am bound to follow the party's ideology and stand on the issue,” he said.Defending Vansia, BJP spokesperson Yagnesh Dave said, “He has himself made it clear it is his personal opinion, and at the same time, he is bound by the party’s decision. He has himself said his personal statement should not be linked to the government’s stand.”Meanwhile, the opposition Congress attacked the BJP on the issue of prohibition.“Crores of litres of liquor continue to flow in the Gujarat of Gandhi and Sardar Patel as prohibition remains only on paper. It is well known how police protect vehicles smuggling liquor and lives of youths are being destroyed due to consumption of liquor,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi. Vansia had won the 1995 election from Vagra and had served as a minister in the then Keshubhai Patel government. He switched parties before contesting the 2017 Assembly election as an independent. PTI

‘If prohibition is removed, BJP will win all 182 seats’
Naqvi, Javadekar missing from BJP’s list for RS polls
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Prominent names, including Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are missing from the BJP’s list of candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls to be held next month.The BJP has so far released the names of 22 candidates in three lists for the June 10 election.The list misses the names of Union Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi, former Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, party national general secretary Dushyant Gautam, former national vice president Dr Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, former Union Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and national spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam. Sahastrabuddhe is serving as president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).Sources said that Naqvi may be fielded from the Rampur Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh for which bypolls are scheduled for June 23. Naqvi is elected to the Upper House from Jharkhand and the BJP has nominated Aditya Sahu from the state this time.Late Monday evening, the BJP announced the names of four more candidates for the upcoming biennial election for the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.On Sunday, the BJP announced the names of 18 candidates for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections in two lists.In a list of candidates released on Sunday, the BJP has fielded Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman from Karnataka and Piyush Goyal from Maharashtra.The BJP has fielded Sitharaman, actor-turned-politician Jaggesh and Lahar Singh Siroya from Karnataka, while Kavita Patidar and Sumitra Valmiki will contest from Madhya Pradesh.From Maharashtra, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Anil Sukhdevrao Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik have been fielded.From Uttar Pradesh, Laxmikant Bajpai, Radhamohan Aggarwal, Surendra Singh Nagar, Baburam Nishad, Darshana Singh, Sangeeta Yadav, Mithlesh Kumar and Dr K. Laxman are the candidates.In Bihar, the saffron party has given tickets to Satish Chandra Dubey and Shambhu Sharan Patel.The BJP has fielded Kalpana Saini from Uttarakhand, Krishan Lal Panwar from Haryana and Ghanshyam Tiwari from Rajasthan.Biennial elections for 57 Rajya Sabha seats will be held across 15 states on June 10.

Naqvi, Javadekar missing from BJP’s list for RS polls
Hardline conservative Peter Dutton elected Aus oppn leader
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Hardline conservative Peter Dutton was on Monday elected as the new Australian opposition leader.Dutton, 51, was officially elected unopposed to lead the centre right Liberal Party, replacing former Prime Minister Scott Morrison who resigned following defeat in the general election held on May 21, reports Xinhua news gency.A hardline conservative, Dutton served as the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Defence under Morrison.Prior to entering Parliament in 2001, he worked as a police officer in his home state of Queensland.He became the leading candidate to replace Morrison after former Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Morrison’s deputy and the most prominent candidate in the Liberals’ moderate faction, lost his seat in Parliament in the election.Dutton said on Monday that Liberal policies under his leadership would be true to its values.”Our policies will be squarely aimed at the forgotten Australians in the suburbs across Australia,” he told reporters in Canberra.”I want our country to support aspiration and reward hard work, take proper care of those Australians who, short-term or long-term, can’t take care of themselves,” he said.Sussan Ley, the former Minister for the Environment, was elected as Dutton’s deputy.The duo inherit a party still reeling from the May 21 election.The Coalition, which is made up of the Liberal Party and National Party, has been left with less than 60 seats out of 151 seats in the lower house of the parliament, down from 75 prior to the election.It experienced a collapse in its vote in metropolitan areas, particularly among women, at the election, with many voters abandoning the party over its climate policies.”We know that we didn’t receive the support of all women at the last election and my message to the women of Australia is we hear you,” Ley said on Monday.”We’re listening, we’re talking and we are determined to earn back your trust and your faith.”

Hardline conservative Peter Dutton elected Aus oppn leader
Gujarat IAS Officer K Rajesh used poll account to launder crores, says CBI
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: From a meagre Rs 5 lakh balance, the election expenditure account of the then Surendranagar district collector K Rajesh swelled up to Rs 5 crore in a span of nearly four years between 2018 and 2021. This is one of the ways in which Rajesh allegedly used the government machinery to commit corruption, said sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing graft charges against him.The 2011-batch officer is alleged to have used the election expenditure account to deposit bribes he took to grant weapon licences as well as to sanction mining and sand quarry leases, said sources in the CBI and Surendranagar district administration.A CBI officer said, "The Surendranagar district collector handles 32 bank accounts. One of them is the election expenditure account which was not audited. When Rajesh took over as collector in April 2018, there was around Rs 5 lakh in the account. By April 2021, the account held Rs 5 crore."The officer added, "The money was deposited in the account by applicants who came to get a weapon licence or a lease for sand mining. This shows that he used the government account to park graft money."As this account was not audited, he used it to carry out various personal transactions and never came under the radar. Moreover, the applicants who approached him were also unaware of this modus operandi. Most of them deposited the money thinking they were contributing to government funds."According to the norms, the deputy district development officer is in charge of the election account. However, Rajesh took over the handling of this account, said sources.CBI sources said that Rajesh extensively used the government's name to scam his victims. TOI had exclusively reported that he allegedly asked for a portion of bribes for issuing weapon licences through cheques for the ‘district collector fund'. This ploy was flagged in the preliminary inquiry conducted by former additional chief secretary P K Taneja.CBI officers said Rajesh also diverted funds by floating agencies that he claimed was working on the government's water supply project, ‘Sujalam Sufalam'. His aides used that ruse to take money by cheques or through instant transfers, the CBI officer said."Gradually, the Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) began receiving several complaints, accusing Rajesh of seeking bribes of around Rs 5 lakh to issue a weapon's licence and up to Rs 72 lakh for issuing a sand mining lease. However, no substantial action was taken against him, prompting some of the applicants to approach top leaders in Delhi. Following this, a CBI inquiry was initiated," said sources.A team of Delhi CBI conducted searches at Rajesh's house, office and other premises in Gandhinagar, Surat, and at his native Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night and arrested his aide Rafiq Memon from Surat late on Thursday.TOI had in early 2021 filed multiple reports of alleged corruption involving Rajesh. This included a report on January 25, 2021, on the complaint filed by an Ahmedabad-based businessman with the ACB. The complainant said that Rajesh, as the Surendranagar collector, was demanding Rs 5 lakh in bribe for issuing a weapon licence. A part of the money was to be deposited by a cheque payable to the ‘district collector fund'. In February 2021, two more complaints spoke of a bribe of Rs 32 lakh demanded by Rajesh for a mining licence. In March 2021, another complaint was filed stating that though Rs 5 lakh bribe and three litres of massage oil had been given, the promised gun licence had not been issued.After the corruption charges were levelled against him, Rajesh was appointed as the joint secretary, law and order, in the state home department on June 23, 2021. But he was shunted to the GAD on June 30, 2021.

Gujarat IAS Officer K Rajesh used poll account to launder crores, says CBI
Govts anti-corruption drive a stern message to babus
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Gandhinagar: The CBI crackdown on K Rajesh, a 2011 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, in connection with alleged financial irregularities related to land and arms licence-related applications, has sent shockwaves across the state’s babudom. In fact, this is the third instance of strong action against civil servants for alleged corruption in a span of three months, and is being viewed as a stern message from PM Narendra Modi-led high command for babus in the crucial election year. Gujarat Sachivalaya has seen unprecedented action againstcivil servants recently. In April, retired IAS officer S K Langa was booked by Panchmahal police for allegedly framing incorrect government land records when he was the Panchmahal-Godhra collector in 2017-18. The FIR had mentioned that Langa, in his official position, had played favourites among applicants in no less than three land ownership disputes and had issued circulars in favour of specific individuals. The circulars had reportedly bypassed the rules set for the procedure. The complainant in the case was Mahipalsinh Chudasama, additional resident collector of Panchmahal. Earlier in March, KS Randhawa, a 1992-batch IFS officer of Gujarat cadre, was suspended by the state government on charges of irregularities that cost the state exchequer hundreds of crores. At the time of suspension, he was the MD of Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL). According to the state government sources, he was accused of irregularities to the tune of Rs 300 crores in disbursement of subsidies and ‘inefficiency in implementing schemes’ when he was the managing director of Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation . In the suspension order, the state government noted, “He did not prepare any comprehensive plan to check the disbursement of the subsidy as per the agro-industrial policy (2016-21) on first-come-first-serve basis. This led to dissatisfaction among industries in spite of allotment to the tune of Rs 337 crore in five years. His inefficiency caused a major liability of Rs 540 crore at the end of the scheme.” Officials close to the power corridor said that the latest development was a clear warning to the IAS, IPS and IFS officers among others to not indulge in any suspicious and objectionable practices especially when the entire state machinery is working towards the election juggernaut later this year.

Govts anti-corruption drive a stern message to babus
Gujarat: BJP insiders say Hardik Patel will join their party, AAP wooing him too
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: In August 2015, a relatively unknown 22-year-old Patel youth catapulted into the spotlight of Gujarat’s political landscape as he thunderously demanded OBC reservation for his community from the dais of a jam-packed GMDC ground in Ahmedabad. आज मैं हिम्मत करके कांग्रेस पार्टी के पद और पार्टी की प्राथमिक सदस्यता से इस्तीफा देता हूँ। मुझे विश्वास है कि मेरे… https://t.co/koH9Q8xxTb— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) 1652850100000The over 1. 75-crore strong Patidar community including Leuva, Kadva, and others had traditionally been strong supporters of the ruling BJP until the agitation for quota came up. Hardik’s pitched agitation for reservation led to the BJP suffering shocking reverses in the district and taluka panchayat elections in December 2015, just a year after Gujarat sent all its 26 MPs from the BJP to make Narendra Modi the prime minister. Read AlsoHardik Patel quits Congress: Is grand old party battle-ready in poll-bound Gujarat?NEW DELHI: When Hardik Patel on Wednesday announced his decision to quit the grand old party, it did not surprise many, given the acrimonious exchanges the Patidar leader had with the state Congress in the recent past. It was a separation that was waiting to happen. In a tweet, Patel said, "Today,The ire of the Patidars was one of the key reasons that CM Anandiben Patel, who hailed from the same community, had to step down in 2016. The party largely owes its existence to the Patels, who have used their social and economic muscle to finance, make, and break political rulers in Gujarat at least in the past three decades. The BJP felt the brunt of Patidars’ anger when the anti-party sentiment led to the Congress registering its best showing in over three decades during the Gujarat’s assembly elections in 2017. Read AlsoTerm limits, new departments: Key decisions by Congress during 3-day Chintan ShivirThe Congress on Sunday adopted a 'Nav Sankalp', a roadmap for wide-ranging reforms in the party organisation to make it battle-ready for the next round of assembly and Lok Sabha polls. The party has adopted the 'one-family, one ticket' formula as well as the '1 person, 1 post' rule.The Congress won an impressive 77 seats, the best since its record 149-seat victory in 1985 under Madhavsinh Solanki. The BJP could not touch the psychologically reassuring zone of three digits and was reduced to double digit numbers – 99 seats. Read AlsoGujarat: 2 gone, Jignesh Mevani is lone musketeer for CongressMany political observers believe that the troika of Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor, and Jignesh Mevani, who represent three dominant sections of Gujarat’s society, played a significant role in the 2017 assembly elections for the Congress. The party registered its best performance since 1985, winning 77Five years down the line, and with another assembly election round the bend, Hardik Patel finds himself at yet another significant crossroad in his political career. Hardik joined the Congress in 2019. Within 15 months, at the age of 26, he was appointed as the GPCC working president and was expected to breathe new life into the 135-year-old party’s state outfit. Three years later, the firebrand leader has given up on the grand old party. He resigned from the Congress on Wednesday, and there is a strong possibility that he will join the BJP and contest the December election on the lotus symbol. Read AlsoGujarat leaders weakened Congress for personal financial gains: Hardik PatelAHMEDABAD : Hardik Patel on Wednesday accused his estranged party colleagues in the state unit of actions tantamount to “betrayal” of the people of Gujarat. “Gujarat Congress leaders have weakened the party and diluted many issues of public importance — all for humongous personal financial gain. ”In fact, top state leaders confided on Wednesday that “Hardik Patel is likely to join the BJP as early as next week in the presence of a few national level leaders”. Meanwhile, speculations are also rife that Hardik Patel might join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). These rumours have gained ground in the wake of Hardik Patel’s statement that he will always be with popular Patidar leader Naresh Patel, who is being wooed by AAP. Over the past couple of months, Hardik has openly spoken out against the Congress leadership and its style of functioning. He criticized them for neither adopting a combative approach nor “allowing” him to function. The generational gap and the Congress’ style of functioning could be the reason for Hardik breaking ranks with the party. How well he assimilates into his new political cabal is a question that time will only answer. Yet, at 28, he has time on his side.

Gujarat: BJP insiders say Hardik Patel will join their party, AAP wooing him too
  • No decision yet on joining BJP or AAP, says Hardik Patel; hails saffron party over Ayodhya issue, Article 370
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A day after resigning from the Congress, Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Thursday said he "wasted" three years of his life in the party, but maintained that he has not taken a decision yet on joining any other political outfit, be it the ruling BJP in Gujarat or the new entrant AAP. Addressing a press conference here, Patel (28) hailed the BJP for its efforts in the Ayodhya case and also appreciated it for abrogating Article 370, while also accusing the leaders of the "visionless" Congress of being biased against the Gujarati people. Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls due later this year, Patel on Wednesday resigned from the Congress, claiming top leaders of the party were distracted by their mobile phones and that Gujarat Congress leaders were more interested in arranging chicken sandwiches for them. Asked if he would join the BJP or the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Patel on Thursday said, "I have not taken any decision as of now on joining any political party, be it the BJP or AAP. Whatever decision I will take, it will be in the interest of the people." According to Patel, his main contention was that he was never given any meaningful work despite being the working president of the state unit. He was appointed to the post in July 2020. "It is a fact that Congress benefited immensely in the 2017 Assembly polls due to the Patidar quota agitation (led by him). However, I was not given any responsibility even after making me working president. I was not even invited to the key meetings of the party. It never arranged my press conference during the last three years," he said. In the 2017 polls, the BJP had managed to retain power but its seat tally came down to 99 from 115 in 2012, while the Congress had won 77 seats, improving its tally by 16 seats in the 182-member House. "Some 7-8 leaders have been running the show for the last 25 years in Gujarat. Second cadre leaders are not given any importance. Party just believes in the theory of use and throw. During the last 7 years, nearly 122 Congress leaders had left the party, including 30 MLAs and nearly 40 former MLAs," said Patel. Hitting out at the Congress, he said the party never speaks anything on the issues concerning Hindus, such as the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) or on the issue of a 'Shivling' (said to be) found in a mosque in Varanasi. "Ruling BJP's efforts in the Ayodhya case were worth appreciating. I had welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict and my family even donated Rs 21,000 for the construction of Ram Mandir. BJP also did a good job by scrapping Article 370. I will not hesitate to appreciate what is worth appreciating," he said. According to him, the Gujarat Congress is too much into "caste-based politics" as he claimed that poll tickets as well as party posts are given solely on that criteria. "They used to discuss how the party can be benefited if Patidar voters are further divided into Leuva and Kadva sub-castes. I regret that I wasted my three years in this party," Patel said. Citing the examples of Patidar leaders Vitthal Radadiya and Narhari Amin, who had quit the Congress and later joined the BJP in the past, Patel alleged that the Congress always did injustice to the leaders from the community and sidelined them whenever they became powerful. The former Patidar quota agitation spearhead claimed that the Congress had no vision and that leaders of the party were biased against Gujarati people, like "Adani and Ambani". Patel also slammed Gujarat Congress in-charge Raghu Sharma for his statement that he (Patel) was having some sort of backdoor dealing with the ruling BJP about the withdrawal of cases against the quota agitators. "So, open discussions with the government about withdrawal of cases is now considered as dealing? Why does Congress never help us in that regard? If tomorrow, the government agrees to Jignesh Mevani's demand for the withdrawal of cases against Dalit agitators, will he be accused of joining hands with BJP?" asked Patel. Referring to the Congress's Chintan Shivir held recently in Rajasthan, Patel said the party needs to do chinta (worry) instead of chintan (brainstorming) as it lacks any vision as well as formula to win the elections. On Wednesday, in his resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, he had accused the party's top leadership of behaving as if they hated Gujarat and Gujaratis, and said he was quitting as the state Congress working president and from the party's primary membership. Patel had gained prominence in 2015 after he led the agitation seeking reservation for the Patidar community in the state.

  • No decision yet on joining BJP or AAP, says Hardik Patel
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: A day after quitting the Congress, Hardik Patel on Thursday said he had not taken any decision yet on joining any other party, be it the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat or the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Patel (28) claimed the Congress had no vision and that leaders of the party were biased against Gujarati people. Ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls due later this year, Patel on Wednesday resigned from the Congress, claiming top leaders of the party were distracted by their mobile phones and that Gujarat Congress leaders were more interested in arranging chicken sandwiches for them. Asked if he would join the BJP or the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, Patel on Thursday said, "I have not taken any decision as of now on joining any political party, be it the BJP or AAP." Hitting out at the Congress, he said the party never speaks anything on the issues concerning Hindus, such as the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) or on the issue of a 'Shivling' (said to be) found in a mosque in Varanasi. "Moreover, the Gujarat Congress is too much into caste-based politics. I wasted my three years in this party," Patel said. He claimed the Congress had no vision and that leaders of the party were biased against Gujarati people, like "Adani and Ambani". On Wednesday, in his resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, he had accused the party's top leadership of behaving as if they hated Gujarat and Gujaratis, and said he was quitting as the state Congress working president and from the party's primary membership. Patel had gained prominence in 2015 after he led the agitation seeking reservation for the Patidar community in the state. He was made the Gujarat Congress working president in July 2020. (With inputs from PTI)

BJP portraying 'fake' Hinduism: Kirti Azad
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Trinamool Congress’ Goa in-charge and former MP Kirti Azad on Thursday alleged that ‘fake’ Hinduism is being shown on TV and dared the BJP and RSS for a debate on ‘sanatan dharm’.Addressing the media, he said: “I am from a land where ‘Sita’ was born. If you read scriptures of the sanatan dharm, it calls for sacrifices during ‘saptami’ and ‘ashatmi’. There may be many such occasions where sacrifice forms a part of the tradition. Then how can they (BJP) speak about vegetarian and non-vegetarian?” he said.”Have we heard debates on unemployment, inflation, rising wholesale index, cost price index? We only get to hear about vegetarians vs non-vegetarians. Will the nation progress like this? People should know about the ‘fake’ Hinduism shown on the television,” Azad said.On fuel price hike, he said: “Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not able to score centuries in IPL, but since last six months, fuel prices have made centuries and trend is on.”He said that Goa unit of the Trinamool will raise all issues concerning state and nation on relevant platforms.”We are going to work for next five years. We will work hard for Lok Sabha election and for Assembly election in Goa. We are here to contest both the elections,” he said.He reiterated that the Trinamool will form the next government in the state as people are getting drawn towards the party.

BJP portraying 'fake' Hinduism: Kirti Azad
BJP, Cong in MP take credit as SC allows OBC reservation in civic polls
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

As the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed an OBC quota in the local body elections in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress started taking the credit for it. Both the parties also traded barbs over the issue.Senior leaders of the BJP and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh welcomed the SC’s decision saying, “justice prevailed”, claiming that the initiative for providing reservation for OBCs was taken by their parties and accused each other of being anti-OBC.Soon after a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar pronounced the order granting permission to conduct local body polls with OBC reservation and directed the Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (MP-SEC) to notify the elections in one week, the state BJP headquarters celebrated the decision calling it a win for the party.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was greeted by state home minister Narottam Mishra and urban development minister Bhupendra Singh. The trio had visited New Delhi last week to file a review petition for seeking modification in the SC’s order of May 10, in which the court had directed the state election body to conduct elections without OBC reservation.Expressing happiness over the SC’s decision, Chouhan said, “We had made our intentions clear on this issue. We wanted the local body elections to be held with OBC reservation and all preparations were made for this purpose. The election dates were announced, but the Congress went to the court and the process was stayed. The Congress committed a sin for political gains, but today justice prevailed and the truth won.”Chouhan said that his government made all possible efforts to provide reservation to the OBCs. “An OBC commission was set up and a survey was conducted across the state to collect facts regarding the same. When the SC demanded more clarity on reports, we submitted the second report and the court trusted the commission’s report. Subsequently the decision to allow elections with OBC quota was pronounced,” Chouhan added.He alleged that the Congress was in celebration mode after the SC’s order of May 10. He said that the Congress was not interested in the OBC reservation issue but was attacking the BJP for political gains.On the other hand, the Congress maintained that it wanted local body elections with OBC reservation and for that the party fought strongly. “We were saying from day one that elections to Panchayat and urban bodies should not be held in Madhya Pradesh without OBC reservation. We had also fought regarding OBC reservation and after that the resolution was passed unanimously in the House,” said Kamal Nath, former chief minister and Madhya Pradesh Congress chief.Nath said that the Supreme Court has given a decision to provide relief in the matter of OBC reservation. He claimed, “The OBC category will still not get the full benefit of OBC reservation increased from 14 per cent to 27 per cent by our government because the SC’s decision mentioned that the reservation should not be more than 50 per cent.”He said that if the state government had followed the entire procedure of the triple test on time, then this unpleasant situation would never have happened but the Shivraj government woke up after snatching the rights of the OBC class.

BJP, Cong in MP take credit as SC allows OBC reservation in civic polls
BJP has no competition in Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: Speaking at the end of the two-day brainstorming session with the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections on mind, the BJP said on Monday evening that it has no competition in Gujarat and the Congress’ presence is diminishing in Gujarat and across the country.Briefing the media at the end of the ‘chintan shibir’, state education minister Jitu Vaghani said, “Congress is no longer a force to reckon with in Gujarat. People of Gujarat have seen negative politics of the opposition.”The session concluded on Monday with leaders resolving to work towards winning 150 seats in the forthcoming assembly election in the state.State party general secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela claimed the BJP will win the assembly election convincingly and the win will lay the foundation for the BJP’s 2024 Lok Sabha campaign.Party leaders said on Monday evening that Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah guided the leaders on the way forward as the party gears up for the assembly election. BJP national organisation secretary B L Santosh, party’s Gujarat in charge Bhupendra Yadav, co in charge Sudhir Gupta, state BJP president C R Paatil and others from the organisation were present for the two-day session.The major issues that were deliberated upon during the two-day brainstorming session were strategies to consolidate those seats which the BJP had won with small margins in 2017, leaders stated. The Patidar community factor, the impact that the Aam Aadmi Party could have on the assembly election and the Congress’ tribal push were also discussed at length over the past two days, leaders said.Party leaders said that state level, district level and block level BJP workers will be educated on how to effectively propagate the schemes and achievements of the Union and state governments, sources said.

BJP has no competition in Gujarat
Gujarat: BJP focuses on AAP, Patidars and tribals
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: The impact that the Patidar community, the tribal vote bank, and the AAP might have on the BJP’s prospects dominated the deliberations at the ‘chintan shibir’ or brainstorming session of the BJP. The two-day session got underway on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Sunday. Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah and other leaders of the party were present for the event which gains significance as the ruling party prepares a blueprint for the assembly election scheduled later this year in Gujarat. Ruling party sources said that the BJP has identified the seats which it won in 2017 by a margin of fewer than 5,000 votes and the seats which the Congress has been traditionally strong in. Strategies to win such seats and divide the anti-BJP votes were mulled, sources said. The BJP has already announced that it intends to win a record 150 seats of the total 182 in the Gujarat assembly. Although the BJP has publicly underplayed the AAP’s presence in the state, sources said the issue of AAP having made electoral gains in the Surat Municipal Corporation was examined. Also, a strategy to thwart the Kejriwal-led party from consolidating its gains was debated. Much of the BJP’s electoral setbacks in 2017 were a result of the antagonism from the Patidar community, spurred by the reservation agitation. Subsequent elections have indicated that the Patidar community vote bank is now firmly with the BJP. In this backdrop, the anti-party utterances being made by state Congress working president Hardik Patel were discussed, sources said. The Congress’s tribal push at the beginning of the election season was also a theme for exchanges, sources said.

Gujarat: BJP focuses on AAP, Patidars and tribals
BJP councillor hid religion, birth date, court orders probe
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has asked the Navrangpura police to conduct an inquiry against a BJP councillor who allegedly did not mention his religion and mentioned the wrong birth date while filing nomination papers for civic polls from Navrangpura ward in 2021.The court issued the order in response to an application filed by rival candidate Jay Patel from Congress who has alleged that BJP candidate Nirav Kavi didn’t mention his religion in the election affidavit. He also wrongly mentioned his date of birth.The plea sought that a criminal offence be registered under various sections of the IPC, including submission of concocted documents as genuine one. Kavi has denied the allegations.“We don’t have to mention religion in the election affidavit, and even he (Patel) didn’tmention his religion. I follow the Hindu religion and his allegations are false. Even the civil court issued an order in my favour in response to an election petition filed by him,” Nirav Kavi told Mirror.He said, “I am not aware about the criminal proceedings initiated against me. These allegations have been levelled against me without any basis and only due to political rivalry.”According to Jay Patel, he had first raised the issue before the Navrangpura police for action against Kavi, but the police did nothing for a long time. He said he also moved an RTI application, but didn’t receive any satisfactory response. So, he filed an FIR against Kavi under section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.“I have proof that Kavi is actually a Muslim and he has faked his birth date. He studied at Samarth Vidya Vihar near Law Garden and his school leaving certificate mentioned his sub-caste as ‘Musalman Raj Kavi Mir’. His birth date is June 6, 1975, but he mentioned it as November 11, 1977 in the election affidavit,” Patel claimed.He said, “I have filed a complaint in the civil court as well as the criminal court. The criminal court issued an order on March 23 directing the police to initiate inquiry and file a report within 90 days. I got a copy of the court order today (Friday). The police should act and register an offence against him as I am ready to submit documents to it and any legal forum.”

BJP councillor hid religion, birth date, court orders probe
GCCI election schedule to be out today, may be held in July
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: The elections of the apex trade and industry body of the state, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), may be declared soon and the prospective candidates have started campaigning. GCCI elections are likely to be held in the last week of July this year though some may demand that they be conducted in June in line with tradition.GCCI may announce the election schedule on Monday during the executive committee meeting. Usually, GCCI elections are completed in June every year. “According to the rules, current office-bearers can hand over charge till July 31, but traditionally the process is completed through election or selection in June,” said a senior member of GCCI.Meanwhile, prospective candidates have started lobbying for the top posts. According to the constitution of the body, the senior vice-president takes over as the president for the following year. This year, Bhargav Thakkar, Jigish Doshi, Sanjeev Chhajer, and Mihir Patel may run for the senior VP post. Others did not comment about their candidature but Mihir Patel, a former president of Vatva Industries Association, confirmed that he will contest the election for the senior VP position. “GCCI is doing good work but many issues need to be dealt with,” he said. “They relate to GST, GPCB, and GIDC. These are continuous processes and I will try to make things simpler for industry and trade through dialogue with the government if I am selected.”The vice-president’s post may draw four candidates this year. GCCI textile committee head Saurin Parikh, environment committee chairman Yogesh Parikh, and senior members Anil Sanghvi and Madanlal Jayswal are the potential candidates, said reliable sources. All the candidates have conveyed their wish to their supporters and have started contacting GCCI members.

GCCI election schedule to be out today, may be held in July
Gujarat: About 500 doctors join BJP ahead of assembly polls
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

GANDHINAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been ruling Gujarat for nearly three decades and on Sunday BJP received a huge boost ahead of the assembly polls as about 500 doctors joined the party. About 500 doctors joined the BJP in the presence of chief minister Bhupendra Patel and party state chief CR Paatil in Gandhinagar. Assembly polls in Gujarat are slated to be held later this year. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while gearing up for Gujarat assembly polls has asked party workers to continuously work for the next six months after May 4 without a break. After poll victory in four out of five states in the recently concluded Assembly polls, the BJP workers have been asked to prepare for next the big elections in Gujarat. "We want our party cadre to be energised and that is one of the reasons we have decided that May 1 being a public holiday we have decided not to hold any programs from May 1 to 4. This will be the only break that the party workers will get ahead of the poll battle for Gujarat," Paatil told ANI. "Be geared up to work non-stop for the next six months because we need to give our best, and that's the message conveyed to the party workers," Patil added. The state has already gotten into an election mode with Prime Minister Narendra Modi already having blown the poll bugle in the state, making two visits in the last two months and many more to follow in the forthcoming months. Gujarat has had a slew of visitors not only politicians from within the state and Centre but also from foreign countries, including Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and PM of and Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth respectively. Apart from the visits by PM Modi, there have been visits to the state by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is also an elected member of Parliament from Gandhinagar. Gujarat has been a BJP bastion with the party now seeking its sixth term. PM Narendra Modi has been the longest-serving chief minister of Gujarat for a total of 21 years. In September last year, the BJP adopted a complete makeover strategy and Bhupendra Patel replaced Vijay Rupani as the chief minister along with a complete makeover of the state Cabinet. In the last election to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the BJP won 99 seats with 49 per cent votes and the Congress 77 seats with 41.4 per cent votes. However, in the last four-and-a-half years, more than a dozen MLAs have left Congress.

Gujarat: About 500 doctors join BJP ahead of assembly polls
I have been a Modi bhakt since 2007
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Gandhinagar: Within hours of quitting as MLA, former Congress legislator Ashwin Kotwal proclaimed that he has been an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2007. The three-term Congress MLA handed over his resignation to the assembly speaker and rode straight to the state BJP headquarters to join the saffron party.“I became a ‘bhakt’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2007. I may have won the assembly election thrice on a Congress ticket, but all the while, PM Modi was in my heart,” said the ex-MLA who added that he will gladly do whatever work is assigned to him in the BJP.Kotwal was MLA from Khedbrahma seat in Sabarkantha district of north Gujarat – a seat which he won thrice consecutively on a Congress ticket since 2007. The seat which is reserved for candidates from scheduled tribes (ST), has been a Congress bastion for almost three decades. Former CM Amarsinh Chaudhary won this seat thrice from 1995 to 2002While the Congress has been hit by defections before every major election in the past decade, Kotwal is the first sitting Congress MLA who has resigned in the run-up to the December assembly election in Gujarat.“In 2007, Narendra Modi told me that his aim was to ensure that every Adivasi lives in a concrete house, with facilities of drinking water and electricity. I was about to join the BJP way back in 2007,” said Kotwal, adding that Modi said he was looking for hardworking and dedicated leaders from the Adivasi community.Kotwal was welcomed into the party by state BJP president C R Paatil.

I have been a Modi bhakt since 2007