Rajasthan: After poll loss, BJP biggies eye plum post in state organisation



With BJP now in opposition in Rajasthan, many of its senior leaders are now taking a keen interest in party organisation. The leaders especially former MLAs, ministers and even those who managed to win are keenly seeking opportunity to be included in state executive body of the party at plum posts. They are going by the logic that being functionaries in the party organisation would be a way to stay part of party affairs. What adds to their hopes is that the tenure of the BJP chief is scheduled to end within the year; but there is a spot of trouble for them as party sources say that there would in all probability be no changes in the state executive till Parliamentary polls are over.

Ashok Parnami had been elected unopposed for his second term in December 2015 and Madan Lal Saini took over in June after Parnami resigned in April this year. But the state president’s term of three years comes to an end this month and there are quite a few who are are hoping that there is a change and they manage to get a share in the pie.

BJP had given tickets to 110 sitting MLAs, ministers and relatives of sitting MLAs in the assembly elections.  Out of these only 40 managed to win again. Those who have lost elections include over a dozen ministers and two former state presidents.

Senior leaders will have to be adjusted in some respectable way. As the party is in opposition their first choice would be organisation posts; but seeing their large number; many could also be adjusted as prabharis at state level and at various districts and seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.” said a party functionary.

But there is no talk within the party decision makers about any immediate move. Speaking to DNA, BJP state president Madan Lal Saini said, “There is no time-table for such inclusions. We could add a few persons if there is need of their expertise. But right now nothing can be said for sure.”

State incharge for Rajasthan Avinash Rai Khanna said, “The leaders have a responsibility. They have accepted the decision of the people and now they are working with the people to look into their issues and interests. We have an election coming up”

After BJP lost 2008 Rajasthan elections; resignations has been sought from three top functionaries namely chief minister Vasundhara Raje; general secretary organisation Prakash Chand and state party chief Om Prakash Mathur; causing much upheaval within the party. But this time round BJP stands at a crucial juncture for two reasons; firstly the vital 2019 Parliamentary polls are round the corner and secondly the long deadlock has already been witnessed earlier this year over selection of a party president. A change in the organisation could disrupt the equilibrium that has been worked out and BJP is in no mood to do that.

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.


Col Kothiyal’s entry in the Pauri Garhwal election fray poses direct challenge to both BJP n Congress?



Colonel Ajay Kothiyal during his Padyatras and social programmes in various villages of Pauri Garhwal

The election of No: 2, Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency in Uttarakhand Himalayas, considered to be a hot seat is going to be quite interesting, unique and collossal this time.

The reason being that one of the most popular hero of Kedarnath reconstruction n rehabilitation, the founding chairman of NIM Col Ajay Kothiyal has finally made up his mind on the unanimous pressure of the youths, students, ex servicemen n the general public to contest from here as an independent candidate after being deprived opportunity from both the political parties viz BJP and Congress.

The social media is full of unstinting suport for Colonel Ajay Kothiyal from almost all sections of the society be it women, ex servicemen, youths, students or intellectuals.

The Pauri Garhwal constituency was once popular internationally when in 1983/ 84 it literally became the Indira versus Bahuguna political battle ground with Bahugna finally winning as an independent, establishing a record of sorts.

It was then, that the entire central govt led by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi n chief ministers of more than five Congress ruled states camped here and did their best to ensure that the epitome of Democracy H. N Bahuguna is defated at all costs, but all in vain.

This election wss rigged by the hired goondas of other states and was postponed after Bahuguna filed a strong complaint against the massive malpractices to the then election commissioner Shyam Lal Shakdhar.

It was due to this controvertial election that Garhwal was internationally popularised which was till then an unknown district in the country’s map. Today, after the speculation of Colonel Ajay Kothiyal’s possible entry into the fray it looks that the same history of 1983 is going to be repeated. If Colonel Ajay Kothiyal really wins as being given to understand by the rumours taking the round then ofcourse it will be the historic repetition of the Garhwal byelection of 1984.

But it’s still unclear as it’s only stored in the destiny to follow. As per the present political scenerio of this constituency, the Bhartiya Janata Party has announced the candidature of Its national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat, who’s the former MLA n minister in Uttarakhand govt hailing from Pauri, Garhwal district.

On the other hand the Congress party has fielded ,( though still not officially confirmed ) Mr. Manish Khanduri, a journalist turned politician ( novice) who just a few days ago joined the Congress party in Rahul Gandhi’s presence n son of the sitting BJP MP n former Uttarakhand CM Major general retired B. C. Khanduri. Mr. Khanduri has expressed his inability to contest but was also unceremoniously ousted from the Parliament Defence Committee by Modi government against which Khanduri’s son has joined the Congress.

Now the third entrant is Colonel Ajay Kothiyal as being given to understand. If it really hapoens, which s almost 100% sure as being given to understand then the contest in Pauri Garhwal constituency ranging from Badrinath Kedarnath China border to Kotdwar is going to be of tremendous interest, posing direct challenge to the Congress as well as the BJP candidates.

It’s being said that highly popular amongst all sections of the society Kothiyal is above caste and ideological affiliations. He is rated as the true Himalaya Putr of Uttarakhand as was late H. N. Bahuguna decorated by the people of Garhwal n Uttarakhand for his outstanding abilities n courage to take on the then PM Indira Gandhi opposing her draconion emergency of 1975 to the dynastic rule and thereafter joining the total revolution of Jai Prakash Narayan in 1977 fighting against all odds. Colonel Kothiyal is famous for organising good number of army recruitment camps un various districts of Uttarakhand in Garhwal as well as in Kumaon divisions and imparting specual training to recruits ensuring addmission to 8000 young recruits in Indian Army n giving free treatment to thousands of wounded nill soldiers n ex servicemen apart from engaging hundreds of youths of YOUTH FOUNDATION to carry out the rehabilitation of the Kedarnath victims and reconstruction of Kedarnath against the minus degree temperatures for months together.

It was him n his NIM team of courageous youths whose great efforts led to the successful landing of MI-26 in Kedarnath after the massive ecological disaster. It was the very first time when any cargo helicopter from Air-Force landed on the divine land.

And it was because of the successful landing of the MI-26 plane that heavy machines could be carried like (trucks, dumpers, JCBs) to the high altitude Kedarnath to help in restoration work. Even the prime minister Narendra Modi and the national security advisor publicly lauded the outstanding and exemolary contribution of Colonel Ajay Kothiyal and his dedicated team of hundreds of youth volunteers of Youth Foundation for having carried out the entire restoration n reconstruction work in devastated Kedarnath under extreme unforeseable condition under minus degree temperstures for months together.

It may be recalled that Colonel Kothiyal who is still a bachelor a fully dedicated to public service with a clear n constructive vision foranew n modern Uttarakhand had already made up his mind to contest from Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency.

He had already toured almost all the blocks and maximum villages n district headquarters of Pauri n Chamoli Garhwal holding umpteen corner and public meetings attended by hundreds and thousands of people.

He is considered to be a true messiah of the unemployed youth who carries behind him a clear cut vision on the problems of the hills pertaining to easing employment, providing health facilities, stopping increasing exodus to cities n improving the agricultural health of Uttarakhand.

He has send feelers to both the BJP and Congress parties through different sourcs but it’s really distressing to note that intelligent, committed and dedicated aspirants are never welcomed in political parties as the leaders find themselves insecure in the company n leadership of politicians with constructive vision and impeccable integrity.
Moreover,Pauri Garhwal being the exservicemen dominated constituency with 2.5 lakh seving n retired army voters gives extra edge to Colonel Ajay Kothiyal for himself being a dedicated Army officer n the everest climber as well.

Hence Colonel Ajay Kothiyal has to be constrained to take the risk of contesting on his own, solely depending on the peoples’ power. It remains to be seen whether honesty n dedication triumphs or money bags, liquor, muscle power in democracy ? What’s your take friends?

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Congress forges alliance with National Conference in J n K, Mayawati not to contest lok Sabha poll



As the final notification for the polls have been issued by the election commission, the Congress party which was lacking behind in forming alliances in various states especially after being sidelined in the largest state of the country Uttar Pradesh by the BSP, SP n RLD trio, a conglomeration of the parties carrying behind them the concrete vote bank of minorities, backward classes and the dalits, has also expedited its efforts for state wise alliance in order to solidify the grand alliance experiment at the national level.

Without wasting further time the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has issued directives to all its central and state leaders to forge a pre electoral alliance with the like minded anti BJP parties in order to gain the peoples’ confidence and trust n strongly n decisively defeat the saffron party led by the charismatic PM Narendra Modi whose juggernaut is speedily moving ahead cashing on the post Pulwama sentiments n Hindu polarisation strategy in the country.

Just today the Congress party’s senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reached Srinagar and forged a pre electoral alliance with the National Conference led by Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.

As per the arrangement, while the National conference would contest on the three seats in the Kashmir valley including on the Srinagar seat, the BJP will contest on Jammu n Udhampur seat. There are total 6 Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies in Jammu n Kashmir.

While addressing the media after the formation of the Congress NC alliance Farooq Abdullah said that while he welcomes the Congress Party’s gesture to forge an alliance with his party to strongly protect the secular n democratic credentials in the state and the country, he would request the Congress party to form a similar credible secular n democratic alliance at the national level in order to defeat the communal forces formidably, who are creating divisivenes n hatred in the society to meet their vested political interests.

The veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the nation is today confronting a twin challenge from the enemy country Pakistan as well as from the terrorists and divisive forces in Kashmir n other parts of the country.

Forging of credible secular n democratic alliances would save the nation and Kashmir form these impending dangers.

Currently, there are four main parties in Jammu n Kashmir viz Congress, National Conference, PDP, BJP with smaller political outfits like the Pathers Party led by Bhim Singh n other smallers groups , having their limited say.

Now, after the formation of the NC Congress alliance there would be a three corned contest in Jammu n Kashmir between the NC, Congress alliance, PDP n the BJP.

The BJP n PDP formed the government in the state earlier but were separated after a year or so as both were diametrically opposite parties ideologically.

The Congress party has also formed an alliance with the RJD n left parties in Bihar. The RJD president Tejasvi Yadav, Lalu’s son, was quite confident n jubilant after the alliance with Congress and said that all is well. He said that the actual party wise seat sharing/ allocation would be revealed after holi.

Tejasvi Yadav said the grand allaince would be taking a concrete shape nationally as well n would give a strong fight to the BJP led NDA in Buhar as well as at the national level.

The pact related talks are also in progress in Delhi with AAP after the intervention of the NCP leader Sharad Pawar. Though newspaper reports are giving negative view of the pact between AAP n Congress saying that both the parties could not arrive at any understanding but the talks are still on as the Delhi Congress incharge PC Chacko is still hopeful of the pact with AAP.

Political analysts say that the pact between AAP n Congress is inevitable if both of them really want to dislodge BJP in Delhi as the saffron party’s vote bank is intact n has rather enhanced after the Pulwama developments.

In Maharashtra too the Congress and NCP have already established the pre poll alliance and are trying to rope in other Ambedkarite parties as well to entice the votes of Dalits and the backwards.

The SP BSP alliance in Maharashtra will lead to a three cornered contest between the ruling Shiva Sena combine, Congress NCP duo and the BSP SP combine.

It however remains to be seen as to which side will the party of the Ambedkarite voters go.

In Bengal however, the Congress has failed to form an alliance between TMC n Left parties, especially the CPM as both the parties want a major share leaving Congress party to a negligible position to which Congress has not agreed .

As a result the Congress party has decided to field candidates on 41 seats in West Bengal.

This unambiguously states that in Bengal too the contest would be four cornered between the TMC ( ruling party) BJP, Communists( Left Front) and the Congress.

In Karnataka, the Congress JDU alliance against the BJP is already existing where both the parties are running the government.

In Tamilnadu the Congress has formed electoral understanding with the DMK of late Karunanidhi wherebas the BJP has alligned with the AIADMK of late J. Jaylalitha.

In Jharkhand too the Congress party has alligned with a regional party and talks with pre poll arrangements with Andhra CM Chandra Babu Naidu are in progress.

However in Oddissa the Congress party will go alone giving way for a three cornered contest between Biju Janata Dal, BJP n the Congress.

Meanwhile the BSP supremo Mayawati has announced that she would not contest from any seat in UP as winning maximum seats and defeating BJP is her main objective.

Analysts say that Mayawati do not want to confine herself to one seat as she would be the star campaingner of the BSP SP RLD combine and may go elsewhere also to campaign for her parties candidates contesting in various states.

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61 people died of swine flu across Maharashtra this year



As per the state’s public health department, 61 patients have died in Maharashtra of swine flu this year till Monday. Due to a change in climate, more citizens are suffering from H1N1 since January, officials said.

According to a Right to Information (RTI) reply received from civic-run Kasturba Hospital, the number of cases from outside Mumbai are rising this year.

This year, two cases each from around Mumbai, Vasai, Virar and Bhayandar were admitted in Kasturba Hospital, followed by one case each from cities like Nashik, Dhule, Badlapur and Navi Mumbai to name a few, the RTI data reveals.

Of the 30 cases at the facility, 18 were from outside Mumbai. No cases were admitted from outside the state.

The state public health department stated after a meeting that the number of deaths reported till March 18 in the state is 61. The highest number has been reported in Nashik district (15) followed by Nagpur (14) and Pune (six).

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IMC Ladies’ Wing honours ‘women impacting women’



The Ladies’ Wing of the IMC Chamber of Commerce gave away its IMPACT 2019 awards to ‘Women Impacting Women’, that is women who have made a difference to many lives.
Dr Anagha Amte, medical officer, Lok Biradari Prakalp, which works with adivasi women in remote areas, said she was surprised at first. “Most awards rightfully go the way of my in-laws, Prakash and Mandakini Amte. My work is comparatively smaller. I work largely in the area of maternal and child healthcare and try to bring these services to the marginalised communities.”
Well-known athlete Anju Bobby George thanked the IMC for recognising her work with youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds. “Recognition like this is a pat on the back for me. Many of these children are already competing and doing well. In a few years, many of them will go on to bring honour to the country at the world stage.”

Thanking the gathering for the award, artiste Brinda Miller, director, Studio Millernium Pvt Ltd said: “I have been lucky to have supportive men in my life who have always looked out for me. We need to sensitise more and more men so that they also similarly support the women in their lives.”
Author and co-founder of Kali for Women Ritu Menon also felt that the IMC had done what many other awards don’t: “As publishers my work is largely in the background and hence remains unnoticed. I am glad that IMC is changing that.”
Mohana Nair, president, IMC Ladies Wing, said it was a privilege and honour for the IMC to award the women achievers. “Each of them is an inspiration.”

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Disappointed with BEST, staffers turn to citizens with grievances



What if you do not get salary even after working for an entire month? This is the question that the employees of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) will put forward to Mumbaikars. Starting Friday, the BEST employees will stage a protest meet outside every important railway station near bus depots every day. This Friday, they will organise a protest at CSMT.

The decision was taken on Tuesday in a joint meeting between the employees and the Shashank Rao led BEST unions at Wadala depot.

“We will be holding a dharna outside railway stations and tell people about our plight, without inconveniencing the public. The BEST Undertaking is part of the civic body, yet its 42,000 employees are not getting salaries on time for past several months,” said Shashank Rao, general secretary of BEST Workers Union.

According to sources, every month around Rs 184 crore needs to be allocated to pay salaries and remunerations to BEST employees. For this, the undertaking takes a loan of Rs 225-250 crore each month, which also includes maintenance of its bus fleet among other works.

At present, the number of commuters ferrying daily has dropped from 42 lakh to 27 lakh. In January, the BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), went on a 9-day long strike to keep forward their demands in front of the government. The assurance to end the strike came after BEST and the BMC agreed to appoint a retired High Court judge who will look into the nitty-gritty of their demands.

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Two sitting BJP MPs out of the race in Uttarakhand. Three sitting MPs to repeat. Names of Rawat n Bhatt finalised ?



Prospective candidates of BJP from 5 Lok Sabha seats

Though the BJP’s candidate selection committee’s meeting is in progress in Delhi and the party has not yet released the names of the prospective official candidates but the inside reliable sources reveal that two sitting member of parliaments’ tickets are being changed.

Both of them has crossed 75 years of age obviously non other but retired major general BC Khanduri from Pauri Garhwal and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari from Nainital.

Though both of them are sitting MPs they are the former state chief ministers as well. While retired Major general BC Khanduri who’d crossed eighty years of age had already expressed his inability to contest due to poor health, Bhagat Singh Koshiayari was not in a mood to retire. However, this news has not been officially confirmed.

Sources reveal that while the BJP has okayed the candidature of BJP’s national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat from Pauri Garhwal constituency against the candidature of sitting MP Khanduri, the state party chief Ajay Bhatt’s name has been cleared from Nainital seat in lieu of the sitting veteran ( MP) Bhagat Singh Koshiayari.

According to sources, from rest of the three Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttarakhand viz Almora, Haridwar n Tehri Garhwal, the three sitting MPs’ name(s) have been finalised maintaining the status quo. They are union state minister for Textiles Ajay Tamta, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Maharani Lakshmi Shah.

It was being said that the BJP high command had cleared the earlier bottleneck forbidding the over 75 year old MPs or MLAs from contesting polls but denying opportunity for recontest to Koshiyari from Nainital is like stabbing him from the back as the latter carries behind him a good n transparent reputation as a true son of the soil, hailing from a protracted RSS background having dedicated his entire life to the RSS n BJP.

It is believed that both Tirath Singh Rawat and state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt have been rewarded not only for their unstinted loyalty for the party but also for exhibiting immense patience despite both of them not given MLA ticket last time during the assembly elections of 2017.

Both had stood with the party in its thick n thin and worked hard to strengthen the BJP in the state as well as during the previous assembly election when the saffron party sought 57 seats reducing the Congress party to negligible minority in the state.

It is believed that the list of the candidates would be out either midnight or tomorrow afternoon.

Sources reveal that Bhagat Singh Koshiyari is using his best possible efforts to ensure his repetition n hopes that he will definitely be honoured with the second chance.

There are also rumours that his name can be considered for governor of any state in case the BJP returns to power at the centre in case he is left out of the race this time.

Meanwhile the Congress has not officially opened its cards as its waiting for the BJP to declare the list first.

However, speculations are rife that names of Harish Rawat, (.Nainital) Pradeep Tamta, ( Almora) Manish Khanduri, ( Pauri) Kishore Upadhyay, ( Tehri) n Pritam Singh ( Haridwar) have been cleared.

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BJP government is the weakest which could not provide jobs n resolve farmers issues : Priyanka Gandhi



The Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi today visited the Vidhyachal Temple and Salim Chisti Dargah at Sitamadhi on her second lap of the three day Boat Journey from Allahabad to the constituency of Prime minister Narendra Modi, Varanasi.

This 140 kilometre boat journey would end tomorrow evening on the third day at Varanasi where Priyanka may address a massive public meeting.

In the first day of her enthusiastic boat Yatra which started from Prayagraj, Allahabad yesterday after offering of prayers of Ganga Mayya at the Sangam ghat, Priyanka was accompanied by ten jubilant girl students of Allahabad university in the boat whom she pronounced as young, dynamic and talented students.

Priyanka Gandhi was in a Red Saree while she paid obiesance to Goddess Sita at the Vindhyachal Mandir. She was closetted with the devotees n temple priests for quite some time seeking the blessings of the Goddess.

While her supporters raised slogans hailing her, a group of BJP women supporters vociferously raised anti Priyanka and pro Modi slogans.

She thereafter visited the Salim Chisti Dargah and carried the ” Tokri of Chadhava” on her head to the Dargah paying her respectful obiesance to Baba Salim Chisti seeking blessings for her, her family and the party’s triumph in the ensuing elections.

She also offered CHAADAR on the Samadhi. Her grandmother Indira Gandhi, mother Sonia Gandhi n brother Rahul Gandhi had also visited here earlier and sough blessings.

After visiting the Vidhyavasini temple having the darshan of Sita Mata and offering prayers Priyanka met enthusiastic people n peasents at Bhatauli and Singhauli Ghat and interacted with them.

At Sitamarhi while addressing the media Priyanka said that the BJP has been repeating the tape of 70 year rule of Congress. I ask them what have they done in the last five years. The 70 year old rule by Congress accusation has now expired. If the prime minister Narendra Modi is really powerful, strong with a 56 inch chest as claimed by him, then why had he not given employment to youngsters during the last five years?

Why are the people of the country suffering, the poor becoming more poorer ? She questioned what has this government done for the people of the country? This is a dishonest n weak government.

Condemning the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said that the students, farmers, women and the people living at the lowest ebb have been betrayed. Nothing has been done for their welfare by the Yogi government. The report card is all fake to fool n betray people. I have met people from all sections of the society in UP. They are in total disarray. The government’s commitments are all fake to make people foolish.

Priyanka’s three day Ganga boat journey is drawing huge crowds with enthusiatic supporters n fans following her wherever she goes. She is more like a Bollywood star whom people like to feel, touch n enthusiastically see deeply.

The media is also following her and giving adequate coverage to her visits at the banks of Ganges where she’s meeting people, interacting with them and jubilantly waving them.

According to one of her tweets’ with a picture of her grandmother’s room in Allahabad’s Swaraj Bhawan where Indira Gandhi was born, Priyanka tweeted in hindi :

While sitting in the compound of Swaraj Bhawan, I am able to see that room where my grand mother was born. My grand mother used to tell me ( narrate) the stroy of John of Arch. Even today her words reverberate in my ears. She used to say : Be fearless, everything will be alright.

In another tweet she wrote with a photograph of girl students of Allahabad university who accompanied her in the boat on the first day of her journey: Loved sharing my journey with these intelligent, dynamic young women from Allahabad university this morning. I met so many talented students today – they deserve a future in which their hopes and dreams can be realised.

After finishing her darshan at the Vidhyavasini temple n Dargah Priyanka visited the Bunkar vicinity ( weavers) in Mirjapur constituency. The Ana Dal president Annu Priya Patel is contesting from here in alliance with the Congress party.

Local people being interviewed by the media predict that Priyanka Gandhi’s tours have accorded added advantage to Congress party though there is still no dearth of Modi supporters here too. Where ever she goes enthusiastic supporters show extreme eagerness to take selfie with her n pose for photographs. Priyanka Gandhi is full of energy n enthusiansm n looks as if she has finally made up her mind to bring out the sinking Congress boat out of quandry in Uttar Pradesh.

However, it remains to be seen as to how successful would she be in country her political enemies BJP n BSP, SP n RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh in the ensuing election.

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AIMIM prez Asaduddin Owaisi declares assets worth Rs 13 crore



AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen) president Asaduddin Owaisi, who has filed his nomination for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, has declared assets worth more than Rs 13 crore.

His immovable assets are worth over Rs 12 crore and movable assets are over Rs 1.67 crore, according to the affidavit submitted by him while filing the nomination on Monday.

He owns no motor vehicle but has one NP bore .22 pistol worth Rs 1 lakh and one NP bore 30-60 rifle worth Rs 1 lakh.

The grand total of his liabilities is Rs 9.30 crore.

He has Rs 2 lakh cash in hand. His income during 2017-18 was Rs 10,01,080. It was Rs 13,33,250 during 2016-17.

There are five criminal cases pending against him. He was not convicted for any criminal offense.

Owaisi is seeking a fourth straight term in the lower house of Parliament, from Hyderabad constituency.

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Mayavati’s harsh gesture towards Congress is the biggest impediment in the success of grand alliance



Badly infuriated by the overwhelmning support being acknowleged by the newly appointed general secretary, incharge of East Uttar Pradesh Priyanki Gandhi’s Prayaraj to Varanasi Yatra, always against n jealous of Congress party n its leaders especially the Gandhi family, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Behan Mayawati today said that Congress party has no need to leave seven seats for the BS n SP combine and they ( Congress) is free to contest on them as well as the BSP, SP, RLD combine is powerful enough to defeat the Bhartiya Janata Party on its own.

Mayawati’s proud seems to have been speaking from her head these days, particularly after Priyanka Gandhi’s visit to a Meerut Hospital recently to meet her ( Mayawati’s) adversary strong n young Dalit leader in the making Chandrashekhar aka Ravan and the recent alliance with a regional party of the SCs Jan adhikar Party in Uttar Pradesh.

Not only this but after the success of Priyanka Gandhi’s Ganga Yatra Mayawati seems to be more upset than before.

However, it was BSP chief Mayawati only who took the lead in criticizing the Congress party n its leadership always considering it at par with the BJP saying that she views both BJP and Congress as her enemy number one.

In Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh n Rajasthan assembly elections too Mayavati broke the talks with Congress and went alone winning just one seat in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress general secretary Priyanka strongly reacted to Mayawati’s negative gesture by saying that she should’nt be worried about Congress as all of them are fighting to defeat the BJP.

It may be recalled that after the formation of the BSP, SP n RLD alliance completely sidelining the Congress, except leaving two seats of Bareilly n Amethi, the Congress has finally taken a decision on fighting on 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh leaving seven for the BSP, SP, RLD combine as a return gesture but Mayawati instead of expressing her gratitude towards Congress, harshly reacted by sending a wrong message towards the mahagathbandhan politics being tried to unitedly fight against BJ atthe pan India level.

The way Mayawati is reacting to the Congress party considering it her enemy number one, it seems that the Mahagathbandhan exercise is going towards a dead end, ultimately benefitting the BJP at the hustings.

If we analyse the current situation the largest state of UP will witness a triangular contest between Congress, Apna Dal – BSP, S, RLD combine and the BJP, ultimately resulting in the division of anti BJP votes benefitting the latter.

Similarly in Delhi the pact between the AAP n Congress has completely failed so far finally benfitting the BJP resulting in the vertical division of the anti BJP votes.

In West Bengal too the Congress is contestimg on all the seats as TMC’s Mamata Bennerjee is not conceding seats to Congress party.

Her traditional enemity with the Left parties is well known to all. Here too there are hundred percent chances of the anti BJP division of votes in a four cornered contest, finally helping the BJP which has already done its best to polarise the hindu sentiments in Bengal.

Similarly in Maharashtra BSP, SP are going alone leaving Congress, NCP as a separate entity, amounting to likely division of anti BJP votes where the ShivSena n BJP has already formed a formidable alliance.

If this would be the condition of the grand alliance in other states as well like Bihar where the JDU, LJS P n BJP has already formed a strong alliance then what would be the fate of anti BJP opposition politics in the making.

If things are not being resolved at pre election time what’s the gurantee that the anti BJP forces will be able to form an unanimity post election. This is a moot quesion which requires a suitable answer ?

Moreover, witnessing the scattered opposition, still fighting within themselves, the electorates of the country has no option but to go with stability which under such circumstances they see in Modi’s leadership.

The political analysts say that Mayawati’s harsh gesture towads Congress is the greatest impediment to the unity efforts of the anti BJP opposition in the country. What’s your take friends?

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Uttarakhand Ekta Manch organises pre Holi celebrations at Delhi Haat, Pitampura.



Uttarakhandi Artists presenting mesmerising folk sings and dances at Delhi Haat, Pitampura

As Holi is approaching near several functions to celebrate this festival of colours are being organised in the capital of India. Holi represents harmony, bonds of frienship and togetherness. In Uttarakhand Holi is celebrated with colours as is celebrated all over India but in different forms. In Delhi the Uttarakhand Ekta Manch celebrated this festival in advance by organising a mesmerising cultural evening at Delhi Haat Pritampura. Shiv Dutt Pant an eminent Uttarakhand singer and music composer with his team of musicians presented various items from melodiius singing to folk dances to performance of traditional colourful Raj Jaat Yatra.

Melodious female singers Asha Negi and Puja Pant n Narendra Negi Chaundkotiya presented good number of mesmerising songs in Garhwali dialects which enthralled the audience. The audience danced on the floor on the famous CHAITU KI CHAITWALI songs extremely popular these days sung by legendary singer n his team mates. Hundreds of people of Uttarakhandi origin living in Delhi participated in the event. The president of the organisation Shiv Singh Negi n the vice president Murli Singh Negi deserve accolades for the success of the cultural evening prior to Holi.

According to young writer and video journalist Mayak Arya
Shiv Dutt Pant ji is one of the most popular and living legend of Uttarakhand. He is well known for his live performances in various cultural programs of Uttarakhand.

Pant represents the folk tale
of Uttarakhand through exquisite song
performances. Kumaon Ramleela and
various other stories are so we’ll showcased by him and his Team.

The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whatever its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi all of which start from Basant Panchmi.

Famous for his Baithi and Khadi Holi representations, Shiv Dutt Pant elaborates Khadi Holi where he remembers Lord Rama and Invocates divine energies during Cheer Bandhan, The Holika bonfire in Kumaun is known as Cheer (चीर) which is ceremonically made in a ceremony known as Cheer Bandhan (चीर बंधन) fifteen days before Dulhendi. The Cheer is basically a bonfire with a green Paiya tree branch in the middle.

Mr. Shiv Dutt’s Pant’s team of folk dancers n musician have exhibited the musical holi at Dilli Hatt New Delhi dressed in colourful attires mesmerising one and all, where thousands of culture lovers from all corners gathered to witness this exquisite peice of Folk Performance.

Shiv Dutt Pant’s singing, his impressive music n outstanding perfirmance by his teams colourful folk dancers have made the evening truly wonderful n highly entertaining.

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