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The election to the Press Club of India finally ended today with one thousand seven hundred journalists voting from 10 AM to 6 PM. As compared to the last year, this time 250 more members voted and it is being believed that this enhancement may be due to the enrollment of fresh members.

However, both the camps i.e. the Lahiri and Sen panels are keeping their fingers crossed till the final results come out on Sunday, the 26th November evening but observers say that it was more or less a mix voting trend, totally unpredictable as the contest was neck to neck. Whatever may be the final outcome of this prestigious annual poll but one thing is for sure that the club did a massive business today with PCI members and their fellow beings thronging the club in large numbers, since afternoon.

The liquor, tea, snacks and lunch were open for the whole day finally dinner in the evening obviously leading the club to make tremendous profits out of the record sale. The elections of press club of India is an annual feature which is an opportunity for journalistic fraternity to meet their old friends at least on this day for sure. Prominent among those who voted in this election were the editor in chief of India TV Rajat Sharma, Chief editor and anchor of India News Deepak Chaurasia, popular TV Anchor Ajit Anjum, former AAT Tak Anchor Deepak Sharma, veteran journalist and octogenarian Vishva Bandhu Gupta, former Railway minister and veteran journalist Ajay Singh, NDTV Anchor and popular journalist Ravish Kumar, former CBI spokesman and Press Secretary to former president Dr. Abdul Kalam Mr. Khan, Pankaj Vohra, Punya Prasoon Vajpayee of AAJ Tak and others.

A large number of journalists of print and electronic media were seen campaigning and voting for their respective panels. The significance of the PCI election is that while during this period the membership of all the journalists enrolled to this body gets renewed i.e. the balance if any is cleared and the club do a hefty business as well through the sale of liquor and food stuff. The current panel of Lahiri, Bharti, Vinay n Mahua is on the saddle since 2010 and each time which ever panel had contested against them has lost.

This would be their eighth victory in succession if they win though what happens on Sunday after the counting session in the evening, is anybody’s guess. However, the contest between both the panels have been very competetive and nothing outrightly can be predicted as to who’s going to win and who’s to lose.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum
Member, Press Club of India

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The election of the prestigious Press Club of India is on 25th November and the countdown has begun. The voting will start at 10 in the morning till 6 in the evening. There are thousands of members of PCI and the voting percentage goes beyond 70% as journalists take lot of interest in this poll getting an opportunity of meeting their old friends under a roof after long time.

You can see journalists of print and electronics media in large numbers interacting with each other while the contestents and their supporters busy in canvassing support for themselves as well as their respective panels.  You can also witness some heated disscussions amongst the rival groups.

But by and large the elections are held in a cordial and peaceful atmosphere. The election is also an opportunity for the PCI management to get the old pending bills of the members cleared as without getting their balance cleared they are not supposed to vote.

These PCI elections are no less than any other political elections’ as you may find banners, colourful hoardings and thousands of handbills and posters affixed in the PCI precincts and the surroundings with appeals to vote. A good amount of finance in involved in the campaigning and arrangements of the election. On the day of polling the PCI management looking after the sale of drinks, foodstuffs etc earn handsomely as the sale on this day increases considerably and beyond proportions.

This time the principle fight is between the two panels, one those are already at the helm of affairs since 2010 i.e. Gautam Lahiri, Manoranjan Bharti, Vinay Kumar and Mahuva Panel while the other represented by the president candidate Sen, Gandhi, Faridi, Jain Panel trying to give a strong fight using the anti incumbency factor to its advantage. But the current sitting panel has number of advantages to its credit like giving the club a magnifcient face lift with massive infrastructural development compounded with improvement in the quality of food stuff and bringing transparency in the club activities.

They have also been organising protest demonstrations, seminars, talks and launching struggles against the ahocking incidents of repression and lynching of journalists from time to time and fighting for the rights of the journalistic fraternity. Apart from this the present management has covered the entire fiscal deficit of the previous years the pre 2010 era and brought the club in satisfying financial position.

The rival panel is heavily banking on the anti incumbency factor and leaving no opportunity to request voters to effect the change this time as they say that in democracy change is an inevitable factor for the good of the society.

The Lahiri Mahua panel accuses their rival of allegedly filing a case in the court for cancellation of membership above 6700 membership and say that if they are elected a good number of journalists would loose their membership. The charges and counter charges are going on but who ultimately wins would be known after a day as the counting is slated for Sunday, the 26th November . However the voting is on 25th November which will by and large indicate the trend by the evening, when voting ends.

SUNIL NEGI

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Today the NDA is in power in 18 out of the 29 States. Some have argued that the Indian polity has again returned to single-party dominance system, with the BJP taking the place of the Congress.

It’s become almost certain that the BJP will win Lok Sabha elections 2019. Today the NDA is in power in 18 out of the 29 States in which thirteen have a BJP Chief Minister. Some have argued that the Indian polity has again returned to single-party dominance system, with the BJP taking the place of the Congress.

Opposition has failed so far, because it has tried to challenge the BJP on its home ground. BJP on the other hand has prospered by scripting an alternative national narrative around:

  • A Hindutva-infused nationalism;
  • Turning elections into a referendum on national leadership, specifically Narendra Modi’s leadership;
  • Framing the elections in all-India terms rather than engage with State-level issues.

The Opposition’s counter-narrative should include:

  • Conveying an idea that the 2019 polls are about choosing between, a coalition regime to protect the values of pluralism and federalism, and a majority under an authoritarian leadership.
  • Framing the election as a referendum not on leadership but on democratic values

Indian democracy has never worked anyways, under powerful parliamentary majorities led by a PM unchecked by coalition dynamics. Two examples are Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

The Opposition’s success now hinges on it’s effectiveness in convincing the people that if they value their nation’s democratic traditions, they must elect a coalition government in 2019.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi has made it clear to the opposition party leader Rahul Gandhi that UP is not a picnic spot where anyone from Delhi would come and enjoy! He has taken a dig on Rahul Gandhi ahead of his Gorakhpur visit o Saturday. Yogi Adityanath is not happy with Rahul Gandhi’s visit and this time he openly attacked him by saying There’s a ‘yuvraj’ (prince) sitting in Delhi, who doesn’t understand the significance of a Swachhta Abhiyan. There’s no valid reason why he should be permitted to turn Gorakhpur into his picnic spot.”

Rahul Gandhi would be visiting the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital where 70 children died because of unavailability of oxygen in the hospital. It is very much clear to all that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s visit is nothing more than a political gimmick. He just want to make use of the situation and it does not matter to him whether someone died or not he would only be concerned about talking against Bhartiya Janta Party.

Yogi Adityanath has also made it very clear this time he is quite angry with Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party which is constantly trying to put hurdle sin his ways. It is also true everything cannot be changed in just five to six months in Uttar Pradesh where Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav have ruled for decades with help of Congress Party or without them. It will take some time to put Uttar Pradesh and its machinery on track which was very badly dented by the Samajwadi Party. We should also not forget that only during the election time Congress Party starts sending Rahul Gandhi and other leaders to go at farmers houses and even eat with them but they have not done anything for Uttar Pradesh.

Yogi Adityanath said “Government in last 12-15 years has ruined institutions in UP for selfish motives by institutionalizing corruption. They kept people deprived of facilities.”

Not just Government People will also have to participate in the events and help the Government to make good change in the state as the Yogi Government has already started taking steps to transform the state which obviously cannot be done overnight and will take some time.

Yogi Adityanath further said “I started movement against Encephalitis; when it comes to it, prevention is better than cure and it starts with sanitation.”