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Subramanian Swamy suspects Congress’ hand in Bulandshahr violence

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday alleged that there could be Congress party’s hand in the Bulandshahr violence, which left two people, including a senior police officer, dead on Monday.

“This incident occurred because of some miscreants, we will find out whether they were Congressmen who are trying to give a bad name to Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Adityanath Yogi government or something else,” Dr Subramanian Swamy told ANI.

Responding to the Congress party’s allegations that “Uttar Pradesh is burning and Yogi is busy in campaigning”, Swamy said, “Wasn’t India burning during 1984 anti-Sikh riots? In fact, nothing has brought us as bad a name as the genocide of 1984. What about thousands of innocent people who were put in jail without any trial during the emergency?”

Violent protests erupted in Uttar Pradesh?s Bulandshahr district on Monday, over reports of a cattle carcass lying in the fields.

The angry mob threw stones and torched vehicles outside a police station. Inspector Subodh Verma and a local youth, identified as Sumit, died in the clashes.

“Two people have been taken to custody. A Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate why the violence happened and why the police personnel left Inspector Subodh Kumar alone,” Prashant Kumar, ADG Meerut Zone, told ANI.

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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 ?

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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

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

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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.

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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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Thousands bid adieu to the leader of masses Manohar Parikar at Panaji. PM Modi n Smriti in tears

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The epitome of simplicity, impeccable integrity, dedication, determination and affable nature, former defence minister and fiur time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has been finally given adieu by thousands of his tearful friends, well wishers, fans n followers amit chanting of slogans Manohar Parikar Amar Rahe with full defence honours.

The prime minister Narendra Modi and the union minister for Textiles were literally in tears while giving adieu to the departed soul.

Thousands of people looking like a sea of humanity accompanied his body to the cremetorium at Panaji finally consigning this great leader’s body to flame amid full military honours of 21 gun salutes n chanting of spiritual hyms.

It was during former defence minister Manohar Parikkar’s tenure only that the September 2016’s surgical strike and surgical strike on Indo Myanmar border took place killing more than hundred Myanmarese terrorists n the terror launch pads in Myanmar n Pakistan side of Loc against the Uri attack n martyrdom of 18 para military security troopers at the Myanmarese border. Late Manohar Parikar was the first ever IItian turned Chief minister of Goa n Defence minister of India.

Parrikar was a unique CM full of simplicity and impeccable integrity having rose to become the chief minister of the state he was born in 63 years ago. Parikars wife also died in 2000 with cancer and since then he continued serving the state and nation with extreme honesty, dexterity n determination winning the hearts of each and every Goan.

He has special bonding with prime minister Narendra Modi who was also the RSS pracharak before becoming CM of Gujarat like Manohar Parikar.

Parrikar who joined active politics in 1994 became the CM for the first time in the year 2000 n continued till his sad demise except for few years as defence minister at the centre when he was specially asked by PM Modi to lead the Defence ministry.

Very few people know that it was Goa CM Manohar Parikar who for the very first time in 2013 during the BJP’s national conclave in Goa recomended the name of Narendra Modi as the prospective BJP’s prime ministerial candidate seconded by the then party president Rajnath Singh.

Extremely popular and loved by one and all in Goa for his outstanding callibre, intellect and simplicity Manohar Parikar used to travel by a scooty, hire a three wheeler to reach the office, stand in que as a commoner and drink tea on roadsides to have the feel n know the pulse of his electorates.

He used to say that roadside tea drinking exercise is the best mode to know about the peoples’ grievances n sufferings. Hailing from a very modest background Manohar Parikar studied in a simple marathi medium schools and pursued his higher education as an IItian from Mumbai university finally becoming an IItian despite having limited resources.

A dedicated RSS pracharak for several years, for more than a decade after 1984, Parrikar joined active BJP politics in 1994 to become the Goa CM in 2000.

In the sad demise of Manohar Parikar the country has lost an epitome of simplicity, integrity, transparency, determination n an astute politician. Parikar worked till the last signing files of pro people projects and attending meetings. Salutes to this outstanding icon.

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Tirath Singh Rawat is the BJP nominee from Pauri Lok Sabha seat. Sitting MP Major genl Khanduri denied ticket

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Tirath Singh Rawat, national secretary BJP n nominee of the saffron party from Pauri Garhwal seat

The national secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party, the former minister in the state BJP govt and former president of Uttarakhand BJP Tirath Singh Rawat has been allocated the party’s ticket from the hot seat of Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency finally putting at rest the rumours about the candidature of Colonel Ajay Kothial and retired rear admiral from Gopeshwar Om Prakash Singh Rana.

Tirath Singh Rawat was also denied ticket in the assembly election despite his being the sitting MLA of BJP from Choubattakhaal in order to oblige the present tourism minister of Uttarakhand the saint turned politician Satpal Maharaj.

He had been the state minister of Railways and Finance at the centre and had also represented the Pauri Garhwal parliamentary constituency during the Congress party’s tenure.

Satpal later on joined BJP prior to the state assembly elections alongwith his minister wife n was obliged by side linining Tirath Singh Rawat, sitting MLA n former minister in the state cabinet.

But Tirath Singh showed a great heart and tolerated the injustice meted out to him. He was obliged by the BJP high command n made the national secretary. Rawat continued his party activities in his capacity as the national secretary of BJP.

He was finally rewarded for his patience n being loyal to the party by giving the BJP ticket for Lok Sabha from Pauri Garhwal constituency, currently represented by reited Major General n former union minister n state CM Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri. Rawat is an old n dedicated RSSite n the student of Jehrikhal Inter college, Lansdowne as is the present CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.

There had been lot of speculation in the social media about Colonel Ajay Kothiyal who’s the hero of Kedarnath disaster having contributed tremendously in the resurrection of Kedarnath temple vicinity even during minus degree temperature.

The name of retired rear admiral Om Prakash Singh Rana was also came up from the blue with several newspaper prominently higlighting his candidature.

The Pauri constituency has been in the news these days, particularly after the journalist turned politician son of the BJP MP n former CM Khanduri, Manish Khanduri’s joining of the Congress party at the invitation of the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at Dehradun on 16th March in a massive public rally.

There are rumours that the Congress party may field Manish Khanduri from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency.

Manish’s father n the present MP Major general Khanduri has in an interview to Asia News International assured that he is a dedicated worker of the partyhaving no grudge with the party high command and is ready to even campaign against his son if the party asks him to do so.

The Pauri Garhwal Parliamentary constituency represented earlier by stalwarts like late Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, Chandra Mohan Singh Negi, Satpal Maharaj and Major general Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri is primarily a thakur dominated constituency with 70% rajput voters and 25 % brahmin electorates followed by the SC n minority votes which is almost negligible.

Even the old stalwart n former UP CM n union minister HN Bahuguna has wrested this seat from Congress in 1883/ 84 with a small margin of 28000 votes as caste factor plays its important role in Pauri constitiency.

It also has good number of exservicemen n serving armymen which usually go in favour of BJP.

While the BJP has withdrawn the 75 year old deadline to deny tickets to sitting MPs as was earlier the case when veteral leaders likeL. K. Advani and Dr. Murli Manoha Joshi were deliberately n pre strategically sidelined by PM Modi n Amit Shah, Khanduri too has been denied ticket despite his being a sitting MP and a politiciam with impeccable integrity.

Sources say that he himself has denied the ticket due to overage n abnormal health. But if it was so than why had his son joined Congress n why has he been shunted out of the parliament’s defence committee?

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Our heartfelt tributes to a true son of the soil Goa CM n former defence minister Manohar Parikkar

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The sad demise of the former union defence minister and the Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has shattered each and every Indian.

A symbol of simplicity, transparacy, impeccable integrity and a down to earth human being and an outstanding administrator n a politician is no more who left for the eternal journey at the age of 63 leaving one and all in the state of utter shock n despair.

Manohar Parrikar was across ideologies and more of a humane personality who identified himself with humility and simplicity serving the people of Goa and the country for decades selflessly and with precision.

Losing him is like losing a close friend, a genuine well wisher, a politician with impeccable integrity and above all a statesman.

A chief minister with utmost simplicity who travelled by a scooty with affable nature and down to earth behaviour has set an unique example of honesty n transparency in public life across ideology n party lines never ever caring for luxurious lifestyle n comforts but fully dedicated towards public service with utmost sincerely, clarity, transparency and selfless interests. The country has lost a true fighter against social evils, corruption and wrongs in the socio political system of the country.

The former union defence minister, Goa CM and an outstanding administrator Manohar Parrikar has today left a huge vaccum in the country never ever to be filled again.

Suffering from acute pancreatic cancer and fighting the dreaded desease most courageously for the last several months this true son of the soil breathed his last yesterday in Goa after relentlessly struggling to survive for the last several months even attending to his pivotal duties as the state CM under extremely odd and challenging situations.

The social networking sites of the country n the globe are full of news of Parriker’s sad and shocking demise. It may be recalled that after seriously suffering from acute Pancreatic cancer Parriker headed for treatment to the United States of America in March 2018 and was back to India thereafter to again get addmitted at AIIMs in the month of September.

Despite being in bad health Parriker returned to Goa in October but continued serving asthe Chief minister despite bad health.

But his health continued to deteriorate thereafter as well and he finally succumbed to his deteriorating health due to cancer having spread elsewhere in the body.

Even while Parrikar was the Defence minister he was extremely active and mobile and was immensely instrumental in making the Defence sector fully modernised and tuned to the latest standards.

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman and the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi including all the central ministers n leaders of the opoosition parties expressed their immense grief and shock over Mr. Parrikar’s sad demise and condoled his death praising him for his valuable and undaunting service and contribution to the country during his chequered political carreer of several decades as the chief minister Goa and the union defence minister since 2014.

Manohar Parrikar was an IItian and an RSSite who was elected to Goaassembly for the first time in 1994. He was elected as the Goa CM in the year 2000 and continued till 2014 when prime minister Narendra Modi brought him to centre as the union defence minister. In his condolence message the prime minister Narendra Modi called him the true n unparalleled leader.

He added that Parrikkar was the builder of modern Goa . Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature. He remained the preferred leader of Goa for years, tweeted Modi on his twitter handle. His pro people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress, added PM Modi.

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I have no grudge against BJP leadership. Son’s decision to join Congress was his own. Can even campaign against him if asked for.

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The former union minister in Vajpayee’s govt, former CM UK n the current MP from Pauri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency has no grudge about his son Manish Khanduri going into the fold of the Congress party saying that it was his son’s own discreation but as far as he ( B C Khanduri) is concerned, he would serve the party with full dedication as he had been doing since 1991 when he joined the saffron party after retirement from the Indian Army.

Khanduri said everybody has their own ideology n choice. Even if I will have to campaign against my son on my party banner I will do so.

Responding to the questions from the ANI correspondent after his son’s joining the Congress party on 16th in the presence of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Major general retired Khanduri said that he has no grudge with his son as it was his own personal decision nor had the BJP done anything wrong or unjustifiable with him as being talked about.

Though bit reluctant to say anything against the party Khanduri refuted Rahul Gandhi’s charge about his ( Khanduri’s) insult by the party by shunting him out of the Defence Committee of Parliament saying that this is not the appropriate time to say on this, nor the context, nor necessary as nothing of the sort happened. Though small things/ differences do happen. He said if one is in the job, minor differences do occur as everybody has his or her own view points.

Khanduri took Rahul’s allegations that Khanduri has been insulted by depriving him of the membership of Defence Cimmittee on Parliament is incorrect as every political party exploit the situation to its advantage and so is Rahul doing. What’s unusual about it?

Khanduri said the party has given lot to him and he has and would be doing everything that is asked to do by the party high command in future. I am a committed BJP soldier n have tremendous regard n respect for the Defence forces n Army as well. I am a Fauzi as I have served the Army for the last three decades added Khanduri.

Therefore there is no point of having any differences with the government on matters pertaining to defence. He even said that her daughter who is MLA from Yamkeshwar Legislative Assembly got the BJP ticket on her own as he had flatly refused her to help. In fact he was trying for the candidature of some other woman but if the party allocates her the ticket despite my refusal that what can I do? he added.

Khanduri seemed to be very cautious answering to ANI’s query but indeed looked worried for having been sidelined in the party but looked confident as well. The vedio of ANI is going viral in the social media.

It may be recalled that the BJP high command had send the Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the Uttarakhand Party Chief Ajay Bhatt to Khanduri’s Delhi residence to cajole n appease him as the latter seemed to have been annoyed with the party leadership. But despite both the leaders having tried their best to cajole Khanduri n request him to prohibit Manish join the Congress party didn’t worked.

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Major General (R) Khanduri’s son joins Congress in Rahul’s presence. Was disenchanted due to the insult meted out to his father ?

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Manish joined Congress at Dehradun's public meeting in Rahul's presence

According to the reports pouring in from Dehradun, the journalist son of the former chief minister of Uttarakhand n the current MP from Pauri Garhwal constituency Manish Khanduri has joined the Congress Party at a well attended public meeting in Dehradun in the presence of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Manish Khanduri is primarily a journalist having worked with several reputed economic papers n magazines Business Standard n Business world etc for a long time including at CNN.

He is a graduate from US. Manish was not the active or ordinary member of the Bhartiya Janata Party who’d joined BJP after feeling bad, insulted and disenchanted over the shabby n uncalled for treatment meted out to his father, former union minister in Vajpayee’s cabinet n current MP from Pauri, Garhwal Major General retired B C Khanduri, by arbitrarily removing him from the Standing Committee of Parliament on Defence by the present political dispensation at the centre led by prime minister Narendra Modi.

Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi mentioned this fact in his speech while welcoming Manish Khanduri in the Congress party’s fold amid cheers n clappings from the crowd.

It is believed that Manish Khanduri may be the Congress candidate from Pauri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency currently held by his father on BJP ticket, who’s is no more interested to contest due to abnormal health having turned 78.

Major general Khanduri has represented Pauri Lok Sabha on BJP’s ticket since 1991 losing it in between to Congress party as well.

Manish Khanduri is the great grandson ( grt grand nephew) of one time political stalwart late Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, the ex UP CM in 1974 n several times union minister in Indira’s cabinet as well as in the cabinet of Janata party during Morarji Desai n Choudhary Charan Singh’s premiership during the seventies n eighties.

Manish’s grandmother mother was Bahuguna’s elder sister namely Durga Devi Khanduri popularly known as Maldani ( rich woman).

Manish Khanduri’s joining the Congress party is a great setback to BJP in Uttarakhand as it’s bound to send a wrong message accross putting adverse effect/ impact on the four other parliamentary seats of Garhwal n Kumaon in addition to the Pauri, Garhwal lok sabha seat.

If we analyse the election trends in Uttarakhand since it’s gaining separate existence since 2000 there had always been the change in election results after every term, unambiguously indicating that the Uttarakhand electorates prefer change in every elections.

But this time due to the post Pulwama situation n the air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot terror camps including the safe and early return of Abhinandan, the BJP seemed to be too confident of winning all the seats in Uttarakhand which are five in numbers n currently represented by BJP.

But it looks that the shabby n insulting treatment meted out to Major General Khanduri n his son Manish joining the Congress in disenchantment n protest, may turn the tables in favour of the Congress party which too is suffering from factionalism say the news analysts.

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Priyanka’s Ganga Yatra to entice electorates in Uttar Pradesh starts from Allahabad on 18th named as Sadhbhawna Yatra

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Priyanka Gandhi paying tributes to a martyred soldier in Western UP

In a bid to entice electorares of eastern Uttar Pradesh n to identify herself and the Congress party towards soft Hinduism in order to effectively counter the BJP n its jingoistic offshoots spreading hinduism in order to capitalise on majority community votes, the Nehru Gandhi family daughter and the newly appointed general secretary, incharge of Eastern UP affairs of Congress Priyanka Gandhi is embarking on her three days whirlwind tour via the Ganges from Allahabad Prayagraj to the city od Lord Shiva and the Lok Sabha constituency of prime minister Narendra Modi from March 18th for three days in succession. According to the latest reports Priyanka Gandhi will reach Allahabad on 17th evening and halt for a night at Anand Bhawan the historic residence of her great great grand father late Moti Lal Nehru, Jawahar Lal Nehru n grand mother Indira Gandhi, both former prime ministers and embark on her three day sea mobilisation journey from Prayagraj after payining obiesance to Mother Ganges.

The entire entourage will consist of her security personel, the general secretary n incharge of western UP Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Uttar Pradesh Congress chief n MP Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand Raj Babber n some important leaders. After embarking on the three days mobilisation campaign yermed as the Sadhbhaavna Yatra to establish one to one connect with the people along the 340 kilometres route Priyanka Gandhi who will go by motor boat/ steamer will visit five six important temples on the way, seek blessings from Gods n Godesses by conducting rituals and also stay on the way, meeting people and interacting with them exposing the BJP government’s policies n propagating the Congress’s programmes n commitments for their all round development n well being.

This is a Sadhbhawma Yatra says Party’s MP n leader, veteran journalist Rajiv Shukla to counter the forces of communalism n fundamentalism who are exploiting the electorates by raising various relion oriented issues to beget votes in the election.

Priyanka Gandhi will also address people on the way in areas connected to the river banks and seek their support for Congress. She will also expose the alleged failures of the BJP led NDA government in the saffron party’s over ambitious clean Ganga project called Namame Gange with a massive budget of 20 thousand crores reveal sources.

It may be recalled that this is the first ever Ganga Yatra being carried out by any leader of a political party covering 340 kilometres on motor boat. Political analysts say that it’s the Congress party’s new attempt to encourage soft Hinduism on the pattern of her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s Temple visiting spree in Gujarat last year and other historic temples of the country like Tirupati in the South etc to appease the hindu voters as well who are considered to be the traditional BJP voters, especially in view of the Ram Temple issue of the saffron party gaining ground n momentum in Uttar Pradesh n the country.

After having been sidelined by the Bahujan Samaj Party, SP and RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state that gives 80 MPs’ to Lok Sabha, the Congress Party is finding it difficult to go alone. Therefore Priyanka’s enhanced campaign strategy like the Ganga Yatra are being organised to capitalise on the votes of the forward communities like Brahmins, Thakurs n those religiously tilted towards the BJP apart from the people of the lowest ebb of the society that also includes SCs, STs, backward community votes n those hailing from the economicall deprived sections of the society.

After being appointed as the party’s general secretary Priyanka Gandhi is leaving no stone unturned to revitalise n strengthen the Congress party and this can be gauged from the fact that not only had she proved highly successful in gathering thousands of people in her public meeting in the PM’s home turf Gujarat the other day but she also travelled 100 odd kilometres alongwith her entourage to meet the Dalit leader Chandra Shekhar Azad to Meerut hospital to know about her well being to throw an impression on BSP leader Mayawati as well as the Dalit voters of UP as to how seriously she is concerned for the opptessed people n community of the state and the country.

What will come out of her Ganga Yatra is anybody’s guess but she is fetociously n dedicatedly doing her best to prove her mettle in the general election to ensure that the sinking ship of Congress in UP gains momentum n comes out victorious with good number of parliament seats (outcome). What’s your take friends?

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