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While the election campaigning in the Himalayan state of Himachal pradesh is in full swing with leaders of both Congress and BJP accusing each others with serious charges including the prime minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi vociferously hitting each other by their curse remarks and allegations, one things seems to be common and i.e. the issues of election already held in Uttrakhand where BJP has formed government and Himachal Pradesh where elections are due for 9th November are almost the same. What sounds interesting is that the BJP in Uttarakhand targetted the then Congress government of Harish Rawat on issues like corruption, Liquor, land, illegal mining, transfer, forest and drug mafia including dereriorating law and order situation and were quite successful to convince the voters of this 17 year old state finally gaining absolute majority and even more by bagging 57 seats out of seventy.

Similarly in Himachal assembly elections too, which is geographically and traditionally a Himalayan state witnessing more or less same problems is also the victim of the mafia rule as the charges being traded by prime minister Narendra Modi. In his recently held public meeting in Rehan and Una in Himachal Pradesh to capture the Congress strongholds prime minister Modi slammed the current Congress regime of Vir Bahadur Singh of corruption and promoting the liquor, land, forest, drug and transfer mafia in the land of abode of Gods and exhorted the electorates to ged rid of the Congress regime which has become a symbol of patronising these elements filling their financial coffers with laundered illegal money.

Prime Minister Modi said a chief minister who is already indicted in a graft case has no right to continue in power. The 73 year old former chief minister and the officially declared BJP CM has vowed to fight the liquor, land, drug, forest and transfer mafia as directed by prime minister to free Himachal Pradesh of incessant corruption let loose by the current political dispensation led by tainted CM Virbhadra Singh. Meanwhile, the Nehru Gandhi family scion and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has yesterday in a hard hitting tweet in Hindi attacked PM Modi and his government asking it to step down for not performing to the peoples’ expectation. In his tweet while criticizing Modi’s government Rahul Gandhi has written: MEHENGI GAS, MEHENGA RATION/ BAND KARO KHOKHLA BHASHAN/ DAAM BAANDHO KAAM DO/VERNA KHAALI KARO SINHASAN.

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Kumaraswamy sworn in the 24th CM of Karnataka. Significant presence of galaxy of non BJP opposition leaders in the swearing in ceremony

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The leader of the minority group of mere 38 MLAs and former chief minister H. D. Kumaraswamy has finally been sworn in as Karnataka’s CM today at the highly decorated precincts of Vidhan Saudha, originally the Mysore palace in the presence of the gallaxy of almost all the non BJP opposition leaders of the country including the Andhra CM Chandra Babu Naidu who left NDA just a few months ago, in the conspicuous absence of Bollywood star turned politician Kamal Hassan and the Telangana chief minister T Chandra Shekhar Rao.

The oath of office was delievered by the controvertial governor Vajubhai Vala to HD Kumara Swamy of Janata Dal (S) and G. Parameshwara of Congress as the 24th chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively. HD Kumaraswamy is the son of the octogenerian former prime minister of India HD Devegowda, who was also present in the swearing in ceremony seen receiving all the opposition leaders with generosity and ambivalence, despite being not in so good health condition.

Prominent amongst those present in the swearing in ceremony were Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, AICC president Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, Lok Dal President Ajit Singh, West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee, Andhra CM N. Chandra Babu Naidu, CPM general Secretary Sita Yachuri, Chandra Babu Naidu, Sharad Yadav, CPI national Secretary D. Raja, Danish Ali, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, BSP MP and general Secretary Mishra, RJD’s Laloo Prasasd Yadav’s son and former deputy chief minister Bihar Tejasvi Yadav, Kerala chief minister Mr. Vijayan Pirayani, veteran leader, NCP’s Sharad Pawar and former UP minister, SP MLA Rajendra Choudhary.

However, the prominent super star of the south and Bollywood actor turned politician Kamal Hassan and Telangana chief minister Chandra Shekhar Rao were conspicuous by their absence. Both the chief minister and Deputy CM took the oath in Kannada.

Thousands of people participated in the swearing in ceremony which lasted hardly for 40 minutes altogether.

The atmosphere was too cordial and all the anti BJP opposition leaders met each other most heartily waving to the cheers of the crowd. The chemistry between Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi seemed to be extremely cordial with Sonia and Mayawati holding each other’s hands’ tight and embracing one another smilingly. They also posed for a photograph holding high each others’ hands alongwith other opposition leaders soon after the swearing in ceremony.

The West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee who came just before the swearing in did not go to meet Rahul, Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi but was seen in deliberations with Andra CM Chandra Babu Naidu who didn’t mixed much with this trio of Mayawati, Sonia and Rahul for the reasons best known to him. However, later on Mamta met Mayawati , Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Rahul duo too, pleasingly. However, when Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi arrived on the stage they first of all went to Mamta Bannerjee and exchanged pleasentaries remaining closeted with her for some moments.

This swearing in ceremony witnessed such a huge gathering of the non BJP opposition leaders of all partes after a long time unambiguously sending a transparent message across that leaving few ifs and buts, majority of them are very much in a mood to unify against prime minister Narendra Modi and his BJP led NDA government in the run up for the 2019 national elections, particularly after the successful Karnataka experiment and earlier victories in the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar defeating the saffron party in its own home turfs.

They seemed to have clearly understood that if thay at all want to stop the Modi juggernaut and avoit splitting of votes they will have to under any circumstances come together on one political platform in complete unanimity and todays conglomeration at Bengaluru gives an impressiin about something very credible and positive likely to happen in the near future.

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Forest fires of Uttarakhand result in raising the temperature of the hills !

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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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DELHI REELING UNDER DRINKING WATER CRISIS ! CONGRESS PROTESTS IN VARIOUS DELHI LOCALITIES

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As the increasing temperature having reached 44 degree celcius in Delhi yesterday and sun over the earth’s equater this summer, the capital of India, Delhi is confronted with acute water shortage in various parts of Delhi, compelling Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee volunteers under the leadership of Ajay Maken protest in different areas denouncing the AAP government for its inefficiency and ignorance in countering the water shortage problem and accused the Delhi Jal Board authorities of allegedly selling water tankers meant to be supplied to Delhi localities ,govt and private colonies and resettlement colonies of Delhi in league with the tanker mafia to five star hotels and the rich living in farm houses, thus minting huge profits.

The inhabitants of the resettlement and unauthorised colonies, the peoole of JJ clusters and even residents of government colonies are the worst sufferer during the peak Summer season in May and June.

Delhi has a population of about 1.50 crores and 60 percent of the population lives in resettlement and unauthorised colonies.

This vast chunk of this population either banks on submersibles by retrieving the under ground water or depend on water supplied through private or Delhi Jal Board tankers as regular pipelines of Delhi Jal Board have not been laid in majority ofthe colonies.

There is a huge tanker mafia active in Delhi Jal Board says Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken who siphons off the major share of the Delhi people by arbitrarily and cladestinely supplying it to Five and three star Hotels, high profile restaurants and farm houses against gigantic profits.

Water shortage in Delhi is increasing year after year as the the population of the capital has increased manifold. The shortage of rains, non existent of water conservation techniques to conserve rain water and fastly depleting underground water reserves in Delhi has further added to the wows of the over populated Delhi.

Currently Haryana and to some extent Uttarakhand is quenching the thirst of Delhites and the purification of water through affluent treatment plants of several Delhi drains and badly polluted Yamuna contributing further to cope with the situation additionally.

It may be recalled that Delhi being the capital requires lot of water in contruction activities and other related works like gardening, washing cars, and for general consumption.

The rich and elites have illegally and arbitrarily dug tubewells inside their vicinity in farm houses and private localities giving rebuff to the laws and restriction norms of the Central Ground Water Commission compounded with hundreds of thousands of new borings coming up every year in Delhi, thus resulting in massive depletion of ground water level.

If this would be the spate of retrieving water from the underground sources the time is not far when the Delhites will acutely suffer for want of drinking water.

Heavy and credible checks on the right usage of water and its conservation during rainy seasons by the government agencies is the mandatory need of the hour. What’s your take friends?

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