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The recent visit of Prime minister Narendra Modi being the second to Kedarnath, Uttarakhand during the last 6 to 8 months and assuring the people of 17 year old Himayan state all possible central assistence including launching of four new schemes worth several crores for the entire facelift and modernisation of Kedarpuri, the precints around historic Kedarnath temple has been taken in the right spirits by the electorates of Uttarakhand who’d voted the Bhartiya Janata Party with an overwhelmingly historic majority in the elections held seven months ago compelling the ruling Congress bite the dust. The extensive Modi wave and the majoritarian saffron factor played a pivotal role in dethroning the Congress.

This was the first time in the Uttarakhand’s political history that any CM like Harish Rawatj lost from both the constitiencies he contested as MLA, though BJP’s former chief minister Retired Major General BC Khanduri too lost from his Kotdwar seat during the state elections of 2010-11. Prior to Prime minister Modi’s visit to Kedarnath the BJP chief Amit Shah had also visited the state and had given the certificate of good governance to the incumbent CM Trivendra Rawat and so did prime minister Narendra Modi. Trivendra Rawat is in the good books of Amit Shah and is his old crony, primarily a staunch RSSite having worked with Amit Shah in close proximity as the observer of Jharkhand and healthily contributing in the party’s victory in the last year’s state elections.

Trivendra Rawat, though being a less experienced leader got the advantage due to the intercine squabbles amongst the former chief ministers of Uttarakhand viz. Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Dr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Major General Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, though two of the former CMs have crossed 75 years of age. But Satpal Maharaj who defected from Congress was also a bottleneck as he was also a strong aspirant for the CM’s post. But Amit Shah was interested to crown his yes man and sober, affable and non controvertial n above all a loyalist Trivendra Singh Rawat was the best bet. And Rawat replaced a Rawat.

Anyways, the core issues that favoured the BJP in Uttarakhand to come to power were alleged collaboration of the previous political regime with the liquor mafia, illegal mining on vast scale, the encouragement to the then land, building and transfer mafia, arbitrary sale of large tracts of agricultural or gram sabha lands to private builders and outside corporates to construct highly expensive commercial international institutions, mass scale influx from villages to cities to the tune of over 32 lakh people during the last 17 years, diminishing agricultural farming, over 3000 villages becoming empty with locks hanging in over 1.5 to 2.5 lakh houses of the different villages, closure of over 2000 primary and middle schools, rampant corruption in the funds of Rs 108 crores meant for the welfare and well being of the Kedarnath disaster victims of June 5, 2013 , massive lack of emloyment and health avenues including complete absense of the decentralised socio economic development right up to the district and block level.

About 8 chief ministers during the last 17 years ruled the state but the most emotional issue of Uttarakhand’s capital and appointment of LOKAYUKTA have not been resolved till date whereas the fact remains that only two political parties viz the Congress and the BJP ruled this himalayan state turn by turn. Number of scams came to fore during both the tenures but no body had been indicted or convicted till yet. Thanks to these governments for allegedly coming to each others’ rescue though both are diametrically opposite to each other, ideologically and otherwise.

An example is enough to prove home this point and i.e. in the matter of construction of mega dams in Uttarakhand, both the north and south pole looking parties and their respective governments’ of the centre and the previous Harish Rawat UK state govt. have given similar affidavits favorin them (large dams) in the Himalayan state at the cost of the peoples’ lives and the environmental health of the himalayas. When the BJP government formally took charge of of Uttarakhand with half of the council of ministers comprising of the Congress defectors it was felt that an upside down change in the functioning and delivery would be witnessed and experienced and pivotal issues like employment generation, appointment of Lokayukta, issue of state capital and hitting at the liquor, land and illegal mining mafia would be resolved and dealt with severely with government taking special initiatives to improve the agricultural farming, health and education sectors at the decentralized level by allocating more budget rationally. But instead the political dispensation at the helm seemed to be more interested in arbitrarily promoting liquor sale to the peoples’ door step to generate 2000 crores annually despite massive protests in various nooks and corners of Uttarakhand by the women power, MATRI SHAKTI.

Today the state of Uttarakhand is running a fiscal loss of staggering more than 40 thousand crores running its economy on borrowed money paying hundreds of crores as interests having no credible source of income generation to cover the vast fiscal deficit and run the state on its own. However the BJP CHIEF AMIT SHAH has assured press conference at Dehradun that the BJP LED NDA government raised the central funds in the five year plan and various other heads to the tune of more than ten thousand crores as a special case. However despite all this not much progress has been acknowleged except the over ambitious all weather roads project worth 12000 crores, railway lines to Karnaprayag, facelifting of Kedarpuri and provision of electricity to the remaining villages of Uttarakhand.

Though when would they be completed is still a big question mark? All these schemes are the central plans and require timely release of funds in a time bound manner. These long term projects once notified and passed by the centre need to be completed even if governments change. But it has usually been visualized that in certain cases in view of the change of governments the plans of the earlier governments get stucked depending upon the new government’s will to carry it forward or not. Let’s sincerely wish and hope that all the above projects get completed in record time so as to avoid any risk of their being stuck on the way in view of any unforseen political circumstances. In Uttar Pradesh several projects allegedly got stalled after the change of governments.
SUNIL NEGI

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Despite prime minister Narendra Modi’s largely attended succesful public meetings in Gujarat and the declaration of various over ambitious projects worth 1600 crores, the over confident central and state BJP leadership today suffered a heavy jolt when one of the Patidar leaders’ who had recently left Hardik Patel and joined BJP, all of a sudden convened a hurried press conference and dropped a bombshell against the state ruling party’s top leadership revealing how he has been offered a whopping amount of Rs one crore to join BJP.  n Narendra Patel who comes from a modest middle class background literally presented wads of 10 lac rupees notes given to him as first instalment in front of electronic news channels thus exposing the ugly face of the Gujarat BJP leadership which is now being prominently aired and exhibited in all the news channels of the country.

A hard core associate of a prominent Patidar leader of Gujarat Hardik Patel, namely Nikhil Sawani had also recently joined BJP but left it after few days accusing it of deceit and betrayel. These two developments in a row in just a week’s time have given Gujarat state BJP a huge jolt whose national leadership boasts itself as being entirely blot free and pious as washed in milk. Watching the rallies of Congress vice president and scion of Nehru Gandhi family drawing excessive crowds and the closeness of highly popular and influential leader of Patidar Patel communities towards Rahul Gandhi and Congress not only has the BJP’ s chief AMIT SHAH and Prime minister Modi has made Gujarat election their prestige issue but have also made number of populist announcements worth 1600 crores in addition to highly over ambitious projects like high speed bullet train and Narmada dam.

Not only this but the BJP leadership preferred encouraging defection from the Patidar camp against huge monetary favours. The party also suffered a huge jolt when a prominent Rajput and OBC leader Alpesh Thakur joined Congress thus posing a direct threat to BJP IN GUJRAT. Meanwhile it is learnt that the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has sought the services of a election strategist who brought US President Ronald Reagan on the saddle of power in America. It may be recalled that during the recently held Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, the central and state BJP did their best to defeat the political secretary to Sonia Gandhi Ahmed Patel who was the RS nominee of Congress by encouraging horse trading in which few Congress MLAs’ finally joined BJP but Anmed Patel won at the last. Political.analysts say that now BJP is also taking the same route as the Congress used to take while in power.

In Uttarakhand and UP the BJP had engineered defections and the defectors of other parties that used to abuse the latter have been awarded with ministerships in Uttarakhand as well as UP thus undermininig their own hard core activists and leaders.

SUNIL NEGI

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Nawaz Sharif was dismissed for not declaring income at the time of filing his nomination papers for the 2013 election.

The Pakistani military has dominated the political institutions in the country for at least 50 of Pakistan’s 70 years as an independent state. However, over the last decade, judiciary and legislature have emerged to contest for the political sphere.

Mr. Sharif was first dismissed in 1993 under the provision of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, under Article 58 2(b), allowing the President to dismiss the Parliament. Mr. Sharif’s was again removed from the office in 1999 after a military coup by General Parvez Musharraf. Pakistan’s supreme judiciary has always supported the actions of the military providing constitutional and judicial cover to the coups.

Mr. Sharif, is the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, although following his dismissal, the Election Commission of Pakistan has asked him to be removed formally as the party’s president.

He was dismissed for not declaring income at the time of filing his nomination papers for the 2013 election. He has promised to challenge the decision and gathered some support among the legal community over the modus operandi of the court.

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Mr. Sharif was accused in social media of being an Indian agent, had alleged investments in India and ‘secret partnerships’ with Indian businessmen.

Supreme Court of Pakistan has decided to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This action confirms the Pakistani ideal that a politician can engage in corruption only if he does not challenge the country’s judiciary.

During the decade of 90s, civilian Prime Ministers who failed do as ordered were dismissed by the President by the power bestowed to him by the Article 58-2(b) of the Constitution. After the dismissal of Benazir Bhutto for two times and once of Mr. Sharif, the Article 58-2(b) of the Constitution was removed. This action cleared the path for General Pervez Musharraf’s military coup in 1999. Nowadays, Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution have been cited as the means for the establishment to keep an eye on the politicians.

The Supreme Court has found Mr. Sharif in violation of Article 62(1)(f) that demands that members of Parliament to be “sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and Ameen”. “Ameen”, means ‘the keeper of trust.’ It is one of the attributes of Prophet Muhammad, which is a very hard standard to meet for any Muslim.

The Pakistani Supreme Court is acting similar to Iran’s Guardian Council, which disqualifies politicians if they are not sufficiently dedicated to Islamic values.

If any convincing proof of corruption had existed, a trial would have taken place. But in the last seventy years, each and every Pakistani Prime Ministers have either been assassinated, dismissed from their post, or forced to resign, or deposed in military coups. Mr. Sharif lost the army’s favour when he decided to appear in the matters of foreign and national security policy after becoming the Prime Minister. He was ousted before once by the President and then again by the army chief in a coup. Elected for a third time, now he has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

This scenario proves the point that Pakistan is far from being a democracy and the powerful sway of the media and influence of the army can place or remove a person from the throne. Mr. Sharif is clearly not a right person for the job but the manner of his removal from office is also not right.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Israel on Tuesday for a 48-hour visit. Modi’s visit to the Jewish country is the first by an Indian pioneer of politics. Him being a Hindu patriot, traditionalist and adherent to free markets, he has the benefit of extraordinary prominence at home, and according to many think tanks he is bound to be re-elected as the PM in 2019.

As per a rundown given by Minister of State to External Affairs V.K. Singh, in an answer to an inquiry, after first going to Bhutan in June 2014, Modi went to visit the U.S. four times, and Nepal, Russia , Japan, China and Afghanistan  twice each. He has actually made 56 International visits since accepting charge.

Such a forceful attitude by the PM towards visiting to various nations as a method of strategy is a sensational change as compared to all the strategies adopted by  the predecessors except the first Prime Minister of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Such visits are focused about building the brand India picture and to showcase our countries capabilities on international stages. To prove that Indian business visionaries with world-class ideas and visions possess the capacity to exhibit their ability and find genuine accomplices and resources to recreate their dreams.

The impact of such visits is a get together for mutually beneficial trade partners and political thinkers, for example, the Indo-Japan Trade Forum. The CEOs of various Silicon Valley based companies have also begun to show a lot more interest in our country as of late, most of which is directed towards Modi’s enthusiastic approach to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ ventures.

The benefits of his International visits are of course boasted by all his supporters, but there is a group largely comprising of the opposition in India that claims that such visits are a waste of tax payer’s hard earned money. According to them the PM should focus more on the internal problems of the country. Modi, who is too busy to pay heed to such talks, will soon be making a trip to Germany, to participate in the G20 Summit in Hamburg.