BJP moves Calcutta HC seeking permission for Bengal ‘rath yatra’



The BJP moved the Calcutta High Court Wednesday, saying it was yet to be given permission for taking out three rallies in West Bengal, scheduled to begin from December 7.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is scheduled to kickstart the party’s “Save Democracy Rally”, comprising three “rath yatra”, in the state.
The saffron party claimed before the bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty that several letters sent to the DG-IGP and the home secretary, seeking permission for the three rallies, did not elicit any response.
The BJP campaign is scheduled to begin from Coochbehar district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the South 24 Parganas district on December 9 and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.
Advovate General Kishore Dutta told the court that the DG-IGP or the home secretary was not the competent authority to grant permission for the rallies, which, as a political party, the petitioner (BJP) should have known.
The petitioner should also have known to whom the application should have been sent, he said.
Following this, the BJP counsel said they had also applied to the SPs of the districts through which the three “rath yatra” were scheduled to pass.
The judge suggested that the state authorities and the petitioner should sit together and sort out the issue before returning to court.
Dutta then told the court that the three rallies entailed huge security arrangements and he would require instructions from the state government if it could be done at such a short notice.
Following this, the court adjourned the matter till 2 pm.

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.


Uttarakhand Congress to start statewide Parivartan Yatra from 21st January. Would expose the BJP govt’s misdeeds



Uttarakhand Congress vice president Surya Kant Dhasmana addressing press conference in Dehradun

As the parliamentary elections are nearing the Congress party in Uttarakhand has also geared up its activities and mass contact programmes in various parts of Uttarakhand in order to accquaint the party workers at the grass roots as well as the general masses about the state government’s failures on various fronts since it came to power in the state about two years ago securing a historic majority of 57 MLAs out of total seventy n to also strengthen its party organisation at the lowest ebb.

The current Congress party organisation is lead by the five time MLA from Chakrata, Garhwal, Uttarakhand and former minister Pritam Singh carrying behind him a transparent image.

In the assembly elections held in 2017 the Congress government led by Harish Rawat suffered badly at the hustings with the then chief minister Rawat himself losing from the two legislative constituencies and his party winning in merely 13 seats, a record low performance in the last eighteen years since the state came into separate existence.

The Congress organisation since then had become almost defunct in the state as majority of its previous MLAs n ministers had joined BJP.

After the replacement of Harish Rawat who’d been elevated as the AICC general secretary, Incharge Assam Congress at the centre, the former minister Pritam Singh was appointed as state president who has after his untiring efforts brought back the Congress party organisation on rails by his enhancing activities and reconstitution of the state organisation till the grass root level.

Today, the Congress party has regained its lost ground n is in a credible position to give a strong fight to the ruling BJP.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarter in Dehradun today the senior vice president of Uttarakhand Congress Suryakant Dhasmana announced that the state Congress office bearers n activists led by Pritam Singh would commence the Parivartan Yatra from Chakrata legislative assembly’s Hanol village, Jaunsaar Baaver after the rituals in the temple of Mahashu Devta from 21st January onwards.

This political journey named as Parivartan Yatra would be carried in all the districts of Uttarakhand in five stages involving the district n block office bearers and the grass root workers as well. The Yatra would cover all the five Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies and the assembly constituencies falling under the jurisdictions of these MP seats of Garhwal and Kumaon divisions.

According to Surya Kant Dhasmana the party president Pritam Singh n other office bearers will address hundreds of small n big meetings on the way exposing the present BJP governments misdeeds and failures on various fronts n also enthising the party workers to prepare themselves for the general elections of 2019.

While the main agenda of this Parivartan Yatra is to expose the ill concieved notions n the misdeeds of the ruling BJP government of the state who has failed on all fronts despite having been in power since the last two years it will also help in revitalising and reviving the Congress party organisation at the grass root level in the entire state.

Prominent amongst those present at the press conference with the state Congress vice president Mr. Dhasmana were the party’s desciplinery commitee’s chairman Pramod Kumar Singh, state chairman of the minority department Tahir Ali, State Congress spokesperson Garima Dasoni, Mahesh Joshi, Rajesh Chamoli and Lakhi Ram Bijlwan.

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Congress-led Chhattisgarh withdraws from Modi govt’s Ayushman Bharat scheme



The Congress government in Chhattisgarh has decided to withdraw from the Centre’s flagship universal healthcare scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) or Ayushman Bharatscheme, which was rolled out from the state’s Jangla Development Hub in Bijapur district.

The newly formed government in the state is planning to devise its own universal healthcare scheme which will replace Ayushman Bharat, which was started on September 15 last year.

State health minister TS Singh Deo said, “We have decided to withdraw from the scheme.”

“We don’t understand why we need to operate insurance packages when we have the entire system of medicine purchase, ASHA worker network and primary healthcare centers in place. We have the manpower and are capable of providing universal healthcare,” he added.

The minister when asked whether the move was politically motivated, said that Ayushman Bharat is similar to the UPA’s Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and that they are simply implementing their manifesto promise- universal healthcare scheme.

He also went on to say that Congress had promised ‘right to health’ in its 2014 parliamentary poll manifesto.

The move comes after a series of representations from associations including government doctors, hospital owners, and even beneficiaries.

The state government is now planning to introduce an alternative scheme which covers the poorest of poor, outpatients’ care and expenditure on medicines.

The new healthcare programme is the first central programme which the newly installed state government has spurned.

The newly elected government argues that a new alternative scheme needs to be devised in Chhattisgarh as the central scheme does not address the basic problems of primary healthcare. It is targeted at secondary and tertiary care.

“Almost 85-90% of the patients have waterborne diseases, malnutrition, malaria, typhoid — these are not what Ayushman Bharat addresses,” a source said.

Even before PMJAY was introduced, Chhattisgarh had insurance coverage in the health sector.

The erstwhile Congress-led UPA had introduced Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for those below the poverty line. The Raman Singh-led BJP government later tweaked the central scheme to introduce Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojana to include those above poverty lines. However, problems plagued the scheme over the past two years as small nursing homes sprung up in remote centers and the number of patients in government hospitals declined.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has become the fifth state to say no to PMJAY.

A month before the Centre rolled it out, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced the launch of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana on almost the same lines as the central scheme. Telangana has consistently parried the Centre’s attempts to initiate the scheme.

West Bengal government withdrew from the scheme last week when CM Mamata Banerjeetook an exception to PM Narendra Modi’sphotographs on letters sent to beneficiaries. The West Bengal government said that with a 60:40 share in the expenditure on the scheme, it should get space on letters sent to beneficiaries.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi has also given a cold shoulder to the scheme.

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Income Tax exemption may be raised to Rs 5 lakh by Modi government: Report



The Narendra Modi government is expected to double the income tax exemption limit in the interim Budget, reports have said. This would make income tax-free till Rs 5 lakh per year, up from the present Rs 2.5 lakh exemption. The expected bonanza is being perceived as an effort to shore up the BJP’s support with the middle class just months before the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

The raising of the income tax exemption is expected to be announced by Union Finance Minister when he rises to present the Modi government’s interim Budget, or vote-on-account, on February 1, new agency IANS reported.

It is the practice of the Union government to present a vote-on-account if a general election is around the corner, and leave the final Budget and appropriation process to the next government when it takes charge.

The abolition of the income tax or at least raising exemption slabs significantly has been a key focus on the economic agenda of a number of ideologues and advisors of the BJP. The move could also be seen as a bid by the ruling party to fight back against reports of middle class anger going into the elections.

At present, tax is not applicable on income up to Rs 2.5 lakh per year. Income between Rs 2.5 and Rs 5 lakh is taxed at 5 percent while income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh attracts income tax of 20 percent. All income over Rs 10 lakh is taxed at 30 percent. Individuals over the age of 80 pay tax only on income over Rs 5 lakh per annum.

There is also speculation that the Jaitley may announce a reduction in the top income tax rate from 30 percent to 25 percent.

The government is also in the process of rolling out the new Direct Tax Code, which is an overhaul of the income tax regime that has been in place for over 50 years. The new Direct Tax Code is set to be introduced on February 28.

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Uttarayini celebrated with gaiety and fervour in 62 locations in Delhi. Delhi govt financed majority events



The annual Uttarayini festival held on Makarsankranti was celebrated in various parts of Delhi with gaiety and fevour this year as well on 14th and 15th January with Uttatakhandies living in Delhi dancing, singing, exchanging pleasentaries, felicitating outstanding people n preparing traditional Kichri to serve people in at least more than seventy locations of Delhi n NCR donning their traditional colourful attires and interacting in local dialects.

The Delhi government this year as well financed 62 Uttarayini events in various locations of Delhi majorly organised by the AAP office beares and socio cultural organisations of UK in Delhi and enjoyed by the people of the Himalayan state living in the capital n NCR.

The entire capital city, particularly in areas dominated by the Uttarakhand folks one can conveniently find cultural events with Uttarakhandi cultural heritage in colourful traditional attires happening in every legislative constituency of Delhi n NCR with mesmerising songs and dances enthralling one and all.

Prominent amongst those where Uttarayini was celebrated with gaiety n fervour were Burari, Shyam Vihar Nazafgarh, Trilokpuri, West Vinod Nagar, Aya Nagar, Gole Market, Kirti Nagar, Qutub Vihar, Palam, Kailashpuri, Sagarpur, Karampura, Punjabi Bagh, Awantika Rohini, Karampura, entire Trans Yamuna, East Delhi, North Delhi , New Delhi and South Delhi.

It may be recalled that the Uttarakhandies comprise of more than 30 lakhs in Delhi n NCR n being a sizeable vote bank n a deciding factor in several municipal n legislative constituencies of Delhi, every political party eye on this credible vote bank.

Majority of the Uttarakhandi vote shifted to BJP after 1992 on the Ram Mandir pretext but in the name of establishing the Garhwali Kumaoni Academy in Delhi, n financing the events of Uttarayini in all the 70 legislative constituency for the second time, a majority portion of the Uttarakhandi vote bank seems to have shifted to AAP reveal sources.

The national election of 2019 n the state assembly polls of 2020 are nearing. Therefore every political party in Delhi is eying on the Poorvanchali n Uttarakhandi vote bank who jointly constitute an 55 % vote chunk of the capital thus a decisive factor to form government of their choice in Delhi.

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Congress to contest on all the seats in UP after being sidelined by SP BSP combine



The complete political sidelining of the Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh by the SP BSP pre electoral alliance for the 2019 general elections and the subsequent declaration of Congress party, contesting on all 80 seats on its own, is definitely a matter of less worry n satisfaction for the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party as all the above three parties, though very much the important ingredients of the national grand alliance against BJP led NDA, have sent a message across that if these so called anti BJP friendly parties can not cooperate with its main partner in seat sharing arrangements in one state of the country today , how would they really reach to an amicable consensus for the prime minister’s post , post general election.

This new development has definitely given BJP a handle to propagate about the disunity aspect of this grand alliance before its formally coming into existence, nationally.

The way BSP chief Mayawati had in her press conference openly accused the Congress party as highly corrupt, opportunist and anti people equating itself with her traditional political foe BJP n saying that it’s the party not to be relied upon ever, unambiguously speaks of the fact that the sole agenda of BSP chief Mayawati n SP’s Akhilesh Yadav is primarily to sideline the Congress party’s chief Rahul Gandhi thus nurturing ambition to be the prime minister of the country than to actually uproot the communal BJP as both these leaders usually claim.

If one asseses the statement and actions of these leaders one can easily observe how in 1993 the then BSP supremo Kanshi Ram betrayed the then SP CM Mulayam Singh n shook hands with the BJP to install Mayawati as the UP CM.

Even in the recently held assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh n Chattisgarh BSP chief Mayawati betrayed Congress n alligned with former CM Ajit Jogi’s Party and contested on all seats in Rajasthan n Madhya Pradesh fairing badly.

While Mayawati openly accuses Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party as corrupt, opportunist and anti people equating it with BJP just see Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi’s sober reaction after the formation of the alliance.

Rahul Gandhi not only appreciated the move saying that he welcomes the move adding that they ( BSP SP leaders) have every right to do so but also took the move in high spirits saying that Congress will contest in all seats n try to prove its mettle credibly.

Rahul’s affable and sober statement unambiguously speaks of the fact that he not only believes in morality n decency in political life but also respects his elders.

Not only this but Rahul Gandhi do not want to annoy the grand alliance partners by issuing irresponsible statements as Maya n Akhilesh did in their press conference, knowing very well that its the anti BJP grand alliance finally that would matter post elections, not the politics of squeezed thinking n bad mouthing against each other.

The general secretary of All India Congress Committee Ghulam Nabi Azad today held a press conference in Lucknow alongwith the state president Raj Babbar declaring that Congress would contest on all the eighty seats.

The three cornered contest in the state between the major political parties viz BSP SP alliance, BJP n Congress would be more beneficial for the former as majority of the dalit, backward n OBC votes this time seem to go in the acount of the SP BSP particularly in view of the byelection results of Phulpur, Sitapur n Kairana where the Congress party’s separate contest could’nt put any dent on the prospects of the BSP SP n Lok Dal candidates’ victory defeating the ruling BJP in the home turf of the present saffron clad CM Yogi Aditya Nath as well as the BJP govt’s deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.

The Congress candidates’ separate contest have rather helped the BSP SP candidates in cornering the forward caste votes which would have otherwise gone to the BJP.

Moreover the ruling party’s poor administrative track record in UP, alleged fake encounters of the innocents of a particular community, the deteriorating law and order situation, women insecurity, after ill effects of demonetisation, existing agrarian crisis, anti government propaganda on Rafale, failure on the Ram Mandir front by way of not bringing the ordinance thus annoying the majority hindu community n failure on the employment front etc are some of the important factors that may go against the BJP in the general elections though the prime minister Narendra Modi is leaving no stone unturned to propagate his government’s credible achievements through his campaign meetings n the 100 odd public meetings which he would be addressing in the near futute in all the states of the country.

UP being the largest state of the country having 80 odd seats holds special significance for BJP which had won 73 seats with two of Apna Dal in the 2014 general elections n also formed a majority govt in 2017 assembly elections.

But according to political observers lot of change has been witnessed since 2014 n now as Congress party which was no where then n lost in most of the states has revived itself in three heartland states recently grabbing power in Rajasthan, MP n Chattisgarh from the saffron party ruling there for 15 protracted years expect in Rajasthan where it lost only after a single term.

Similarly the BSP SP combine once the arch rivals have also exhibited positive outcome in the three byelections held in Phulpur, Sitapur n Kairana where BJP lost sequentially despite being its political strongholds.

Moreover in UP there are 19 percent muslims, 22 percent Dalits n 46 percent OBCs’ usually considered the traditional vote bank of BSP SP combined which got polarised last time minus the minority vote bank in BJP’s favour on majoritarianism n due to SP’s anti incumbency factor. However, it does not seem to happen that way now predict political observers. What’s your take friends?

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BSP, SP pre poll alliance sideline Congress completely. Accuse BJP n Congress as a common enemy.



BSP supremo Mayawati n SP chief Akhilesh Yadav addressing a joint press conference declaring the BSP SP pre poll alliance

After completely sidelining the Congress party, leaving merely two seats of Uttar Pradesh viz Rai Bareilley and Amethi for mother son duo, always won by the Congress chief Rahul n Sonia Gandhi and negligible number of seats for other allies not certain still, the presidents of both the anti BJP parties BSP and SP Bahan Mayawati n Akhilesh Yadav have formally made the announcement of forging an electoral alliance for the forthcoming parliamentary elections contesting on 38 seats each out of total eighty, today, in a well attended press conference castigating the prime minister Narendra Modi n the BJP supremo Amit Shah on all fronts as castists, communal, reactionary, anti poor, anti people, anti working class, anti youth, anti women, anti farmer, anti small entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, as corrupt, oppurtunists n the betrayers.

It equally accused the Congress party n its leadership of ruining the country after ruling for six decades or more n giving birth to myriad scams, massive corruption but doing nothing for the welfare, well being and good of the youth women, farmers, backward classes, SC, STs n the people of the lowest ebb of the society.

In the eyes of both the leaders of BSP, SP, both BJP n Congress are responsible for the present mess in the country and therefore the BSP n Samajwadi party will have no electoral alliance with them for the 2019 elections nor thereafter declared the BSP chief Mayawati.

Being too harsh towards the Congress party as was she towards the ruling BJP, Mayawati said addressing the mediamen, while this announcement of SP, BSP electoral understanding will not let the Guru Chela PM Narendra Modi n Amit Shah sleep during the nights, it will equally prove disastrous for the Congress party who has no vote bank in UP and even if it has, its non tranferable n non beneficial to the BSP, SP combine.

This is indeed a great political setback to the Congress party in UP in particular where the BSP, SP not only did’nt forged any alliance with Rahul Gandhi but left merely two seats for them that too because Mayawati feels that she wants that the mother son duo win there defeating the BJP, as their basic fight is against the communal BJP.

While addressing the media BSP Supremo Mayawati termed this pre election BSP – SP alliance as a revolutionery and historical development which will not only open the new chapter of BJP’s ouster from the national politics by dethroning them from power at the centre but will also introduce a new, strong and viable political alignment for the future.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav thanked Mayawati for having accepted his proposal n making the alliance with his party fruitful saying that the saffron party’s days seemed numbered now.

It may be recalled that after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, BSP’s founder chief Kashi Ram and SP leader Mulayam Singh forged the electoral alliance with the later becoming the chief minister.

However after some time the alliance government fell as Kanshiram withdrew support.

Today’s development reminsences the the electoral pact of 1993 which gave a great political rebuff to BJP which lost in UP despite the massive Ram Mandir wave.

In the last parliamentary election of 2014 Uttar Pradesh where the BJP won handsdown winning 71 Lok Sabha seats defeating the BSP n Congress badly giving them merely 5 n 2 parliamentary seats respectively. However in 2017 assembly election after  so much of extensive campaigning by Akhilesh Rahul duo n BSP , the vote percentage of SP n BSP despite tremendous Modi wave n hindu polarisation was surprisingly 41.80% whereas the vote percentage of BJP which ruined the BSP, SP n Congress completely was still 42.30%. In this assembly election the SP Congress alliance got merely 56 seats with BSP a distant third getting 19 only out of total 405 assembly seats.

The state has 45 percent other backward classes, 22 percent dalits and 18 percent muslims which is considered to be the traditional vote bank of BSP n SP which got polarised in the name of Hinduism n the Modi wave last time.

The victory of the BSP SP combine candidates minus Congress’s support in the Phulpur, Sitapur n Kairana by elections defeating the BJP in the home turf of UP CM Yogi Adityanath and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya enhaced the political morale of  both BSP n SP to patch up prior to 2019 elections keeping the Congress at bay which according to them is politically of no use for them in Uttar Pradesh. In Kairana Lok Sabha byelection from where Lok Dal candidate Tabassum won was jointly backed by SP, BSP.

Moreover the forward or upper caste votes which the Congress party acknowledges in UP largely dents the BJP vote bank and is non transferable to BSP n SP.

Sounds strange that on the one hand the Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is taking on the BJP n Prime minister Narendra Modi with full zeal, enthusiasm, acrimony n energy on core issues like Rafale, unemployment, inflation, agrarian distress and demonetisation, GST and winning three states from the jaws of BJP including trying his best to form a grand anti BJP led NDA alliance, the leaders of the very conglometation like Akhilesh n Mayawati are publicly n pre strategically sidelining him thus opening a way for division of votes n ensuring BJP’s re come back at the centre. What’s your take friends

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Will Octogenerian Shiela’s advent as new Delhi Congress chief be able to pose formidable challenge to AAP n BJP in Delhi ?



The nomination of former CM Shiela Dikshit who ruled Delhi for 15 protracted years till 2014 as the new Delhi Congress chief by Rahul Gandhi with three young working presidents to assist her viz. Harun Yusuf, Devendra Yadav n Rajesh Lilothia, former MLAs n secretaries AICC has proved one thing beyond doubt that Congress has no new experienced face to run the affairs of Congress party in the capital city except the old ones.

Will Shiela Dikshit who is an octogenarian be able to counter the increasing influence of AAP n Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival who is quite young and vociferous in countering every move of Congress party n BJP in Delhi is a question that requires a suitable answer ?

There is not an inkling of doubt that in terms of experience, capability and liasion with the grass root worker n leaders of the Congress Party, the veteran leader n former CM is one of the best choice in the prevailing political situation of Delhi’s politics but would she really be able to pull out the defunct party in the state out of the present impasse remains to be seen.

It’s a known fact that the AAP formed after the movement of the crusader against corruption Anna Hazaare is today a strong political force in Delhi which has siphoned of the majority vote bank of the Congress party that ruled Delhi undisputedly for 15 long years.

It has made tremendous inroads into the traditional lower middle class, minority, SC, ST, backward, JJ cluster n the unauthorised colonies’ vote bank of the Congress party including govt employees by giving these sections massive concessions in water, electricity, schools, education n health sectors thus posing a straight n clearcut challenge to the Congress party.

The former state party chief Ajay Maken despite his dynamism n active leadership has not been able to take on AAP in Delhi and has finally resigned on the health grounds, this being his second resignation.

He tried his level best to confront the AAP n the BJP equally with his full might by way of organising protest demonstrations, dharnas n even courting arrests on various pivotal issues but all in vain.

Though under Ajay Maken’s active n dynamic leadership the state’s one time defunct set up was fully energised n activated at the grass root levels but finally he could’nt withstand the AAP’s increasing political influence n popularity in Delhi n finally surrendered by way of resigning on health grounds.

However, it is said that Maken’s resignation was also the result of his unilateral decision of not favouring any political alignment or patch up with AAP whereas the present incumbent Shiela Dikshit is in favor of it.

Keeping in view the formation of the grand alliance at the national level keeping non BJP opposition parties like AAP in good humour is extremely necessary.

Moreover in the previous assembly election of Delhi in 2014 the combined vote percentage of AAP n Congress was 48% ( AAP 33% n Congress 15%) whereas the entire vote bank of BJP remained intact to 46% despite losing to AAP.

Since the AAP is a ruling party in Delhi there is always scope for anti incumbency. The possibilities of number of seats won last time as well as the vote percentage may therefore come down.

As such the electoral understanding between the old political foes i.e. Congress n AAP is inevitable if they really want to defeat the BJP , the common enemy of both the parties not only in Delhi but also at the national level.

Meanwhile AAP has already started its election preparations in Delhi and Arvind Kejrival is still adamant thus opposing the Congress asking its workers to oppose Congress Party tooth n nail perhaps to maintain pressure tactic over Congress to bargain maximum sests in the Delhi parliamentary elections. Political analysts say that the political seat sharing alliance between AAP n Congress is acutely necessary if they really wanted to defest their common political foe BJP in Delhi. What’s your take friends?

It may be recalled that Shiela’s immense political acumen and organisational n administrative dexterity has resulted in keeping the BJP at bay in Delhi politics for 15 long years despite the BJP having a traditional stronghold in Delhi’s politics since 1998. As the chief minister of Delhi she gave a new face lift to Delhi in terms of tremendous infrastructural development like building flyovers, successfully organising the Common Wealth Games n giving relief to the people of the lower ebb of the society through various welfare measures but the corruption in Common Wealth games n the cummulative effect of the central corruption let loose by the then ruling Congress party pit an adverse impact on her winning chances for her for the fourth time with anti incumbency at its peak. She herself lost to Arvind Kejrival from Gole Market n the Congress could’nt bag a single MLA seat out of total 70 under her leadership in the 2014 state elections from Delhi.

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Uttarakhand minister Subodh operated in AIIMS, Delhi. Recuperating post surgery.



Chief Minister Uttarakhand Trivendra Rawat at AIIMS private ward talking to ailing Subodh Uniyal, minister Agriculture Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand’s agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal has been addmitted in All India Institute of Mdical Sciences, New Delhi since the last three days.

Uniyal was was addmitted in AIIMS with an ailment of Hernia. He was operated on 9th January. Though the surgery was successful but post operation his blood pressure came down to 40 and was revived thereafter after the best efforts of the doctor.

Now he is under the regular monitoring of the specialists in the ICU in the private ward of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and his health condition is stated to be stable.

The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited AIIMS and stayed with ailing minister for fifteen minutes enquiring about his well being.

Several other politicians n his friends visited him at AIIMS to know about his health condition.

The old friends of Subodh Uniyal, Surya Kant Dhasmana, Vice President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee and the president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum Sunil Negi, senior advocate Balbir Luthiyagi, Rakesh Dhasmana and others also visited him n wished him speedy recovery.

Keeping in view the risk of infection observing increasing visits by the ailing minister’s well wishers, the doctors have shifted him in the ICU under regular medical monitoring restraining visits of his accquaintainces.

Uniyal will be in the hospital for couple of days more till he is fully recovered.

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Rahul asks PM Modi to waive off farmers loan in the country as it did in three states



Rahul Gandhi addressing a massive KISAN rally in Jaipur, Rajasthan today/ pic live FB

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the way Congress governments in the three hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh waived off the farmers loan within ten days as promised by him, the prime minister Narendra Modi should also waive of the farmers loans in all the states of the country n live up to his promise.

Rahul assured the people n the farmers of the country that if the present government does not waive off their loans the Congress government would do so immediately after coming to power at the centre in the 2019 general elections.

The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was addressing a massive KISAN RALLY for the first time after the party’s decisive victory in Jaipur in the presense of the newly sworn in chief minister Ashok Gehlot, deputy CM Sachin Pilot, the entire cabinet n the state Congress leaders, to extend his thanks n gratitude to the electorates of Rajasthan.

In his hard hitting eloquent speech amid sligans hailing him, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while thanking the chief minister Gehlot n deputy CM Pilot including the Congress workers n the electorates said that the newly elected government is not the Congress’s government but it’s in true sense the peoples’ government which will function on the advice, suggestions n dictates of the people.

He directed the CM without naming him to ensure that no Congress worker is demoralised or neglected in terms of fulfilling the entire election promises and doing their work amidst applaud from the audience.

Rahul accused the BJP government of not fulfilling the peoples’ pre election promises pertaining to employment n resolving farmers issues including failing to waive off their loans at the national level.

He catagorically said that mere waiving off the farmers loans is not the overall solution to resolve the agrarian crisis in the country.

A new concrete strategy to improve the condition of agriculture n farmers is urgently required for which his government in Rajasthan has devised a solid strategy.

Rahul disclosed that before coming at the public meeting venue he deliberated with the chief minister Ashok Gehlot n the deputy CM Sachin Pilot n the senior officers and had arrived at the decision that the government will establish food processing units at the decentralised level near the agricultural fields to ensure that the produce is rightly and adequately processed including making all necessary arrangements for the profitable sale of their fertile crops in the agrarian sector.

Rahul Gandhi as usual raised the controvertial issues of CBI n Rafale Jet Fighters and accused the ruling party government of the alleged wrong doings on the massive scale thus resulting in losses to the public exchequer.

He said that the prime minister Narendra Modi had approached the French former president Francois Hollande n allegedly asked him to give the Rafale offset contract to Anil Ambani in lieu of HAL arbitrarily thus allegedly benefitting him to the tune of thirty thousand crores.

He ridiculed the PM saying that he skipped parliament when the Rafale matter was being discussed in the Lok Sabha and instead send the defence minister Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman to protect him by giving a protracted speech for two n a half hours which was not at all required as his ( Rahul Gandhi) simple question to Modiji was to answer in yes or no, whether the defence bureaucrats or Army officers have ever raised any question or objection during the last few years when the Rafale offset deal was changed from HAL to Reliance of Anil Ambani ?

But instead of getting the answer in yes or no, the defence minister gave a long speech of 2.5 hours but neither her nor the prime minister Modi has given any answer till yet. Instead the PM went to Punjab university n skipped the Lok Sabha session discussing Rafale.

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Upper caste quota bill strong answer to those spreading lies: PM Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said the smooth passage of the bill which provides 10 per cent quota for the general category poor in jobs and education in the Lok Sabha is a “strong answer” by the Parliament to those “spreading lies”. Hoping the Rajya Sabha will pass the Bill Wednesday, Modi said the rights of the deprived sections, including the dalits and the tribal people, will not be affected because of this bill. He termed the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha as a “historic” step which seeks to uplift the deprived sections and also illustrates the commitment of the government to prioritising the good of those needing it the most. “Yesterday late night, a historic bill was passed in Lok Sabha. By passing the bill regarding 10% reservation being granted to the economically weaker section in the general category, our principle of ‘Sabka sath sabka vikas’ has been further strengthened,” Modi said. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and was brought to the Upper House after the sitting of the House was extended by a day. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot introduced The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty- Fourth Amendment) Bill 2019 amid slogan shouting by opposition Congress over the citizenship amendment bill. The passage of the Citizenship Bill, seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan also found a mention in Modi’s speech. “I want to assure the people of Assam and North East that their rights will not be hurt after passage of the bill,” Modi said. Speaking after inaugurating a highway project built at an investment of over Rs 970 crore, Modi said Solapur will soon be covered under the Udaan scheme which seeks to link far off places with air connectivity. He also laid the foundation stone of an over Rs 1,800 crore project of 30,000 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana here. Before addressing the public meeting, Modi launched the four-laning of Solapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211, underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants and laid foundation stone of 30,000 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

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