Why is Udhav Thakre so opposed to Modi




If the arch political rivals and diametrically opposite ideologues like the Congress or the Congress led NDA that includes the left parties as well, oppose the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party to the core it is definitely something that is acceptable and as per the norms of politics. But if parties very much close, ideologically and politically which also support each other at the centre and the state like Maharashtra target the ruling BJP and its conglomerates with precision its definitely not only hypocritical but something to worry about. ( by the ruling party at the centre).

Yes, I am talking about the strong political party of Maharashtra, having quite a stronghold in Mumbai in particular, having its MLAs in the state assembly supporting the BJP government of Fadnavis and also ruling the Bombay Municipal Corporation as a majority party, supported by BJP.

The most interesting thing in the Shiv Sena BJP alliance in Maharashtra is that despite the Fadnavis government ruling there with SHIV SENA’s support the chief minister’s position is always on tenterhooks as the Shiv Sena behaves in a more arch rival fashion than the traditional rival Congress.

Whether it was the issue of ministry formation at the centre, election of the president of India, issue of demonetisation, GST or bullet train the Shiv Sena under the presidentship of flamboyant and furious Udhav Thackarey and Raj Thackarey of the rival faction have always been opposed to the BJP high command and the prime minister Narendra Modi and the party’s popular newspaper SAAMNA had been criticizing the BJP led NDA government on various political matters and official decisions tooth and nail to the utter dismay, surprise and shock of the central BJP and the state leaderships, respectively.

The way Shiv Sena and its breakaway group MNS under Udhav and Raj Thakarey take BJP and its state and central leadership to task almost everyday it definitely gives the impression that it’s not the Congress party which is the arch rival but the Shiv Sena and its leaders who leave no opportunity to deplore BJP and its central and state government of Maharashtra.

After the Mumbai Elphinestone FOB tragedy both the Shiv Senas’, particularly the Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena chief Raj Thakarey has while strongly condemning the tragic deaths of 23 Mumbaites have issued warning to the central and state governments of BJP that it will not allow the work of the Bullet train in the Mumbai Suburb and if need be would forcibly stop the project alongwith thousands of its volunteers even if they are countered through force or police. Raj Thakarey said that unless or until the lives of the Mumbaikars are not safeguarded by upgrading the condition of Indian railway networks and its FOOT over bridges etc. the bullet train project is of no relevance to the people of MUMBAI.

^Not only this but while addressing a largely attended rally in MUMBAI on the eve of DUSSHEHRA Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thakarey lost no opportunity to lambast and criticize BJP’s top leadership amid huge uproar saying in a furious tone: Don’t teach us patriotism. The day when we need to be taught patriotism hasn’t come yet.

An atmosphere has been created that those who favour demonetisation and GST are patriots and those who oppose are traitors said he. Thakarey also questioned the credibility of BJP sharing power with the PDP in J&K and asked why hasn’t the special status of the state been revoked till yet which happened to be its one of the main election planks.

He outrightly crticized the over ambitious bullet train project of Narendra Modi and rejected the proposal saying that the need of the hour is improvement in the indeginous railway infrastructure. Thakarey criticized the implementation of GST terming it as anti people and said that even in Pakistan petrol and diesal are much cheaper.

Just imagine a party ideologically similar to the BJP who supports BJP led NDA and shares power with it always criticizes and condemns it but the Party chief AMIT SHAH and PM NARENDRA MODI ARE MUM. The question is WHY? Sounds unusual and uneasy indeed. WHAT’ s your take friends







Sunil Negi is a veteran journalist and President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum. He majorly writes on politics, current affairs and social issues.


Young and handsome Jagdish of Garhwal killed in Bengaluru by roadside robbers. Our heartfelt condolences !



Young and handsome hotel emoloyee Jagdish whose throat was slit by robbers in Bengaluru

It has really become challenging and insecure for the village guys to work in the metropolises of the country as their lives are not safe in in these high profile cities and metropolises as well.

If people are being murdered in such cities too in open roads then just imagine what might be the fate of the citizens living in rural areas where law and order had always been a huge problem.

Here, the the city in reference is Bengaluru an educational and Information technology hub where the lives of the citizens are not at all safe these days as road side robbers and murdurers have no terror of police, law enforcing agencies and the law of the land.

A young handsome, enthusiastic and energetic boy in his teens having lots of unfulfilled dreams namely Jagdeep Singh Kunwar of the Hindav Kuran village of Ghansyali, Tehri Garhwal, Uttatakhand who was serving in one of the Hotels in Bengaluru for the survival of his large family, living at the ancestral village had been brutally murdered after his throat was slit by the roadside snatchers while the deaceased resisted their move with valour and courage.

This unfortunate incident is of 19th October. Young Jagdish Singh Kunwar had finished his late night duty and was proceeding to his house when robbers attacked him and tried to rob him of his mobile and the cash etc. The victim resisted bravely and tried to raise the alarm. Fearing being recognised and subsequentlt caught by the police, they grabbed him with cinsiderable force and slit Kunwar’s throat leaving him on the way hapless and profusely bleeding with nobody there to help him at the lonely midnight hours.

He was taken to the hospital where hard lucked Jagdish was declared broght dead. The reason for the death was due to excessive bleeding n grievous injuries. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum is highly shocked over this untimely sad demise of young and brave Jagdish and expresses its heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of this young boy away from his already distressed family leaving them behind in the state of deep shock, trauma and grief.

Pray to God to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreperable lost. The police is investigating the matter but it seems nothing would happen in the case as the boy was from Garhwal, Uttarakhand and there would nobody to pursue the case in Bengaluru now onwards.

Uttarakhand Journalists Forum urges the chief minister of the state to instruct the police chief to bring the criminals/ murdurers to justice at the earliest and pay a compensation of minimum Rupees Ten lakhs from his discreationery fundto the bereaved family most expeditiously.

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Five days have elapsed, not a single officer penalised for the horrible Amritsar tragedy. Social media poster says: Sidhu adopts all the children of the dead for whole life !



The one of the most tragic incidents of 61despicable killings of innocent migrant labourers at Jodaa Phatak in Amritsar on the eve of Dushehra celebrations has calmed down within just few days.

This is what happens with every incident, however massive or serious it may be. It was not only horrible and terrorising but one of the most unforgetable train tragedy ever witnessed in the last seven decades of independence except during partition when people saw sacks of corpses and body parts being sent in trains from Pakistan.

The Amritsar incident sounded like a killing machine on the work that came with a speed like a devil and created havoc within seconds most abominally killing 61 people and grievously injuring more than fifty. Chief minister, state Railway minister, the senior bureaucrats, senior most police officers came, visited the site announed financial compensation of 5 n 2 lakhs to each of the family members n ordered a commissioner level enquiry assuring peoole that the report will come out in just four days.

The railways however refused to order any inquiry having been successful to rid themselves of any responsibility, despite the fact that the tracks were of railways n the train were of railways. What’s worrisome and shocking is the fact that the blame which seems to have been over now between the BJP n Congress including the Akalies has not led to a single punishment, penalisation or termination despite four days having elapsed.

No report of the enquiry arrived nor does it seem it will ever arrive. The deceaseds’ bereaved families have to contend with few lakhs for the whole life. Not a single member or next of the kin of the dead has been given government job either by the state or the centre. What a horrible shame.

The whole world knows that the Punjab government, the Amritsar local administration and the railways are cumulatively responsible for this massive tragedy to happen.

There are several questions which remained to be answered. Number one – When the administration knew that the railway tracks are just wothin the ground area why was the permission granted and not rejected by the police or the administration.

Why did’nt the railways took the notice of its open railway lines knowing very well that people sit n stand on them and why was the railway police not deployed or train not cancelled or delayed from 6 to 8. 00 PM or as per the situation that existed then. Why had the railways not contructed the temperory or steel or iron grill boundary as fence alongside the open railway track to avoid tress pass.

Where was the local police and their officers to manage the crowd in the ground especially at the railway track side where about 300 to 5000 people were standing in order to restrict them to squat on the lines thus avoiding this huge tragedy. The fact of the matter is that the concerned police chief, the officer who granted permission and the senior railways officers etc should be immediately held accountable and penalised so as to avert such tragedies in the near future in other parts of the country.

What sounds most anguishing is the fact that every arm of the state and the union government, the railways are trying to shirk its responsibility under barious pretexts amd want to come out clean whereas the fact remains that the entire administration, the local police, the local CID and other agencies responsible were all sleeping or busy in the TIMAARDAARI of the VIPs of the function.

Meanwhile a poster is being circulated in the social media that the Amritsar MP and former cricketer Novjyot Singh Sidhu has adopted the children of the Amritsar train tragedy and would be funding their food n education etc for the entire life. The news is unauthenticated yet. What’s your take friends?

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After P. Chidambaram’s clarity that Rahul is not the PM aspirant, would Mayawati n Mamata relent and form the grand alliance



While the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had quite before made it absolutely clear that he is not in the race of the prime minister in the process of formation of the grand alliance by the anti BJP opposition parties in view of the forthcoming 2019 elections, the former union finance minister P. Chidambaram’s reassurance to the conflicting opposition leaders on the leadership issue, that the Congress party has never mentioned the name of the Nehru Gandhi scion as its future prospective prime minister has once again cleared the doubt that the Congress party n Rahul Gandhi is not at all the hurdle in the way of the non BJP opposition unity.

This statement of the former union minister P. Chidamram outrightly clears all future doubts that the Congress chief despite being the head of the biggest party having the credible national character for ruling the nation for 60 protracted years would be a threat to those who might be nurturing ambitions of being the future prime minister after 2019 elections in case the BJP led NDA is defeated at the hustings.

The fact of the matter is whether she is the BSP supremo Mayawati, SP chief or former youthful CM of UP Akhilesh Yadav or the TMC chief n Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee all of them despite their having the confined area of political influence are nurturing the hopes to be the PM of India, and are trying to sideline Congress and Rahul Gandhi in their own manipulative ways, though on the face they have all admiration n praise for the UPA advisory Council chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi .

The regional political outfits who are anti BJP have their own likings and dislikings but till now nobody is favoring Rahul Gandhi except the NCP chief Sharad Pawar n a negligible few who still stand with the Nehru Gandhi scion and openly say that the claim of the Congress party as the largest political force does stand forth unambiguously to project Rahul as the PM candidate.

But the factor that currently goes against the Congress party is, its political influence only confining to two states today viz Punjab and Puducherry while in 2013 it ruled in 17 states. The party’s decreasing influence despite Rahul Gandhi extensively campaigning in all the states and losing them to BJP one by one has actually brought the image of the former to tremendous downslide and as such it has lost its big brother status.

However, despite all this there is also no denying the fact that right from the hectic campaigning in the elections of Gujarat to the current campaigning in the five states going to the polls including his outstanding performance during the no confidence motion by exposing the Modi government on important issues of prime national significance such as Rafale deal, banking frauds, demonetisation, unemployment, inflation and on crony capitalism, Rahul has unambiguously exhibited that he is today the most vociferous, eloquent and attacking leader who can counter the expediciously forward moving political juggernaut of Narendra Modi to a great extent provided the entire non BJP opposition parties, national and regional give uo their vested and squeezed interests and wholeheartedly n earnestely come behind him in the shape of a grand alliance atleast till the completion of the 2019 general elections n if it really becoes a reality he would definitely come out with flying colours n make a credible mark at the pan India level.

Moreover, since things are absolutely clear now that Rahul Gandhi is no more the PM candidate of the would be grand allaince against the BJP would the over ambitious Mayawati, Mamata Bannerjee and Akhilesh Yadav show their honest political decency and whole heartedly come forward to counter the Modi phenomena and form a credible national alternative for 2019 or they’ll still be squeezed in their thinking and political actions. What’s your take friends?

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Mr. Khattar you’ll have to answer this?



Oh no! 4 siblings in Surajkund, Faridabad die of abject poverty. All of them hang themselves. Few of them have not eaten for the last 72 hours. Their brother and parents had died earlier.

They had the inflated electricity bill of Rupees 25 thousands roughly and were not able to pay the house rent of 10000 per month, except rupees 7000 only and that too after great efforts as none of the family member was employed.

The entire family was completely dejected and was in grave economic crisis. This is the worst disastrous situation any family could ever confront suffering from abject poverty and finally constrained to commit suicide by hanging. So tortuous mentally, psychologically and from humane angle.

Where were the neighbours? Where were the so called government agencies and the NGOs and even the social welfare department of the government of Haryana.

Sounds totally irrational, shocking, anguishing and brutal that a christian family living in a residential colony went un noticed by the concerned department of the government and the neighbours and various social organisations that boast so much of taking due care of the have nots, the poor and the hapless.

The church has come to the rescue of the family, finally after the four siblings committed suicide but never thought of their welfare and well being when they were actually passing through the real upheavals and trauma of life.

The honest and transparent family never thought of seeking the government’s relief and the support of the social organisations but was it not the due vigilance and the sole responsibility of the government, the police, the neighbours and their near and dear ones’s to look after their interest, welfare and well being before they were constrained to take such a drastic step of commiting a cumulative suicide just because they were unable to pay the rent and the 25 thousand inflated bill of the electricity department of Haryana n the rent of the house they lived in.

Our governments talk so much of housing for all, Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme, guaranting free treatment for all, various schemes of free food for all, housing for all etc but can’t guarantee the economic, food and social security to such families who die of hunger, economic disparity and emotional trauma in the broad day light committing suicides through hanging just because the government of the state could not provide meals, jobs, and requisite necessities to the actuallly deserving families, particularly of the downtroddens and the minorities like Christians.

Mr. Khatter the chief minister of Haryana, you will have to answer this question in all earnestness and with total integrity. How long will families in acute financial distress die in your state? This is the moot question. The nation needs an answer from you? Whats your take friends?

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Kejrival tightens his belt to win majority of parliamentary seats in Delhi



While the Bhartiya Janata Party, Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party are busy in the five state elections trying hard to score victories slated for next month, the Aam Admi Party in Delhi has also initiated its pre election door to door campaign in various parliamentary constituencies of Delhi, particularly New Delhi, East Delhi and the North Delhi with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain meeting electorates and also holding closed door corner meetings.

While the national elections are still 9 months behind and the elections of the national capital tertitory are in 2020 even further behind, the Aam Admi party born out of the movement of crusador against corruption Anna Hazaare, do not want to take any chance as the party is quite weak in terms of budget and money power as compared to mighty BJP , which is in power at the centre as well as in 19 other states of the country.

The Bhartiya Janata Party which considers Delhi as its traditional stronghold is all geared up to take on AAP fully, despite the unambiguous fact that it has been out of power in the capital for the last two decades, first conceding defeat to Congress led by Shiela Dikshit for 15 long years and lateron to AAP in the previous election.

The reason behind the AAM ADMI PARTY’S hectic preparatory door to door campaign in Delhi so early is primarily because the organisational structure of the former is too disorganised and non professional as majority of its office bearers and lawmakers are inexperienced having won for the first time. Moreover, there have never been any attempt by the party chief to reorganise the party at the decentralised block levels as a cohesive organisation, as majority of its functionaries are busy in the governmental affairs.

If one compares the organisational structure of AAP with the well knitted party organisation of Congress and BJP, AAP is far behind except for the fact that it has definitely been successful in regaining the confidence of the lower middle class and the majority of the voters of J. J. Clusters and the un authorised colonies on issues such as water, electricity, health and education, but that’s also needs to be translated into votes during the elections which is a very urgent neccesity of the party. Hence the party chief and the Delhi chief minister is trying to energise the party workers and the leaders to respond to the peoples’ wishes and demands.

Hence the door to door campaign has been activated to reach to the general public as well as to the cross sections of the people. The chief minister has also given a call for collecting subscribtion from the common people at the grassroots as well the low amd medium businessmen to give the impression that AAP is without funds and that it would fight the parliamentary as well as the state elections on the peoples’ money not on the donations from the big business houses as is the case with Congress, BJP, SP or the BSP.

The party is also banking on the traditional minority votes, votes of the Uttarakhandies and Poorvanchalies including that of Punjabies and other sections of the society. In order to appease these sections, the Aam Admi Party government has established language academies of all the sections of the society viz Uttarakhandi, Bengali, Odiya, Bhojpuri etc etc.

Not only this but has also increased funds for Chat Puja, a festival of Bihar and Uttarayini of Uttrakhand. Not only this but the AAP is also raking up the issue of arbitrary price hike in metro fares including that of the diesal n petrol and is assuring the electorates of taking it up with the government to bring them down by hook or by crook.

During the door to door campaign Kejrival was confronted with angly n furious crowd who’d complained about lack of drinking water, cleanliness, electricity problems and the local elected representatives not attending to these problems. The tone and tenor of the electorates was that of a completely dissatisfied voter with Kejrival and health minister Satyendra Jain in a defensive postute.

The biggest loser in Delhi so far has been the Congress party which has despite its best effort not able to restore its minority, J. J. cluster and unauthorised vote bank which has been grabbed by the Aam Aadmi Party since the previous victory.

However, there is no denying the fact that many prominent leaders like Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Ashutosh, Khaitaan, professor Anand Kumar and others have left the party but hardly moved by these developments strong, viable, energetic and fearless Arvind Kejrival is marching ahead with his all powerful juggernaut having pleged to win majority of the Delhi’s parliamentary seats from the BJP.

He has recently tried his best to offer two parliamentary seats of Delhi to popular but controvertial Patna MP and former Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha and the former union minister Yashwant Sinha though they have still not responded to his offer. Let’s see what comes out of it in the near future?

It may be recalled that AAP has 66 lawmakers in Delhi assembly and three MPs from Delhi in the upper house whereas it represents 4 MPs from Punjab.

However, the crux of the story is this time it would not be convenient for AAP n Arvind Kejrival to clear the decks. He will have to do a lot of hard work n fight against all odds to see of he can really make out ?

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Kejrival blames BJP for instigating the petrol pump dealers strike. Charges BJP of pressuring pump owners to call the strike.



Kejrival blames BJP for backing the petrol pump dealers strike. Charges BJP of instigating pump owners to call the strike.

The strike by about four hundred petrol n diesal dealers n petrol pump owners in Delhi has made the lives of Delhi citizens in a real mess with commuters going to offices, students to schools, colleges n entrepreneurs conducting small and medium size businesses suffering tremendously.

The striking petrol pump owners are demanding withdrawal of VAT on petrol prices as the rates of petrol, diesal are skyrocketing in the capital despite Rs. 2.5 decrease in the price of petrol per litre by the union government which has ultimately resulted in lessening of the sale of diesal by more than 25 percent including petrol thus affecting their margin of profit and simultaneously putting the Delhites to inconvenience, particularly those who regularly use the fourwheelers and two wheelers.

The public transport i.e. the already lerhargic DTC has also suffered adversely with buses going off the roads in majority of the routes compelling people n students to either skip their offices, schools, colleges or businesses and board metros paying more.

The majority of the cab services, public transport and private transports have been adversely affected in the capital where about 70 lakh or more vehicles big or small ply on the Delhi n NCR roads on daily basis.

The chief minister of Delhi who’d always been criticizing the union government as well as the entire non BJP opposition parties against the petrol n LPG price hike accusing it of not withdrawing the taxes on the petro products has not given any assurance to the striking petrol pump owners regarding withdrawal of the VAT, which is the state subject, as certain state governments have withdrawn VAT on petro products in their respective states, particularly the BJP led Rajasthan government who’d reduced the petrol rates by 2.5 Rupees per litre.

Instead, clever and vociferous Kejrival has put the blame on the union govt accusing it and the saffron party of being the party behind the strike by way of allegedly threatening them that in case the Delhi petrol pump owners don’t go on strike against the AAP government it will get their pumps raided by the income tax authorities.

Subsequently the oil companies have also allegedly threatened the petrol pump dealers to resort to strike failing which the cosequences would be disastrous. Kejriwal has tweeted this in his twitter handle today. A serious charge indeed.

Apart from this tweet Kejriwal has today in another tweet written: Oil prices lowest in Delhi amongst the four metros. Why aren’t the petrol pumps in Mumbai, which has highest prices, on strike. Because Mumbai is the BJP government and the BJP government is behind the strike in Delhi.

The BJP government should apologise to the people of Delhi. In another tweet in Hindi Kejriwal writes: the Modi government has imposed ” Anaap Shanaap” irregular taxes on petrol. Not we. Modiji should lessen the taxes and give relief to the people. We demand that petrol, diesal should be brought under the ambit of GST.

Why is the central government not bringing the petrol, diesal under the jurisdiction of the Goods and Services Tax tweeted Kejrival. His tweets acknowleged thousands of likes n retweets.

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Last Adieu to political stalwart N D Tiwari



leaders paying tribute to NDT before cremation in Chitraghat, Almora, Uttarakhand


The 93 year old veteran Congress leader and three time UP and one time UK chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari has been given the last farewell today when he was consigned to flames at the Chitra Sheela Ghat at Haldwani in the presence of thousands of his followers.

Late Narayan Dutt Tiwari breathed his last at the Max Hospital Saket on 18th October coincidently on the day he was born. It was his 93rd birthday having born on 18th October 1925 in his village in Kumaon Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the state minister of Textiles Ajay Tamata, the former chief mnister and MP Dr. Ramesh Pokhroyal, Nishank, the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh, the BJP chief of Uttarakhand Ajay Bhatt several state ministers, MP’ s and MLAs including a good number of late leaders followers were present at his funeral.

Prior to his cremation his body was kept in Delhi and Lucknow where the national leaders including former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi n Rahul Gandhi including several VIPs laid wraths and paid last floral tributes. After the sad departure of ND Tiwari the last political stalwart of the Nehru- Indira era has gone.
Born on 18th October 1925 in a tiny village of Uttarakhand N. D Tiwari was greatly influenced by the freedom movement and despitehis father not able to fund his higher education went to Allahabad and passed MA in first division winning the Gild medal.

He actively participated in the freedom movement and was recognised by Nehru n later Indira Gandhi for his immense political acumen.
Primarily a socialist in the first election in Uttar Pradesh after the independence for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly held in 1952, he was elected from Nanital constituency and became an MLA for the first time on Praja Samajwadi Party ticket. In 1957, he was elected from the Nainital legislative constituency, and became the leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
In 1963, Tiwari joined the Indian National Congress party, and was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Kashipur constituency in 1965 and was subsequently appointed a minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

After that he also remained Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Affairs in the Chaudhary Charan Singh Government (1979–1980). In 1968, he established Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre (JNNYC), a voluntary organisation. He remained the first President of Indian Youth Congress from 1969 to 1971.
Tiwari was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for three yerms: from January 1976 to April 1977, from August 1984 to September 1985 and from June 1988 to December 1988. He was elected to 7th Lok Sabha in 1980, and served as a union minister in several portfolios in the 1980s: starting with Planning, and also remained Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.

Thereafter he became a member of Rajya Sabha 1985-1988, during this period he also remained the Minister of Industries in September 1985 and in addition to that portfolio, became minister of Petroleum in 1986. He then served as India’s External Affairs Minister from October 1986 until July 1987, at which point he became Minister of Finance and Commerce. He served in that position until June 1988, when he became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the third time.

He was an unsuccessful contender to be Prime Minister of India in the early 1990s but was pipped to the post by P. V. Narasimha Rao. In 1994, he resigned from Congress and formed his own All India Indira Congress (Tiwari) along with senior Congress leader, Arjun Singh in 1995. He joined back when Sonia Gandhi came at the helm of affairs of the party two years later, and after a devastating defeat of the party under Narasimha Rao during the general elections in 1996. Tiwari was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996, and again to the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.
He later served as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, from 2002 through 2007. He resigned on 5 March 2006, citing his age and left office in March 2007 following setbacks from his party in the state elections.

Narayan Dutt Tiwari was appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 19 August 2007 and was sworn in on 22 August. Following a controversy over his involvement in a sex scandal, he resigned as the Governor on 26 December 2009, citing “health grounds”; subsequently he relocated to Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
He married Dr. Smt Ujjwala Sharma at the age of 88 and accepted Rohit Shekhar as his biological son who had gone to the court to claim his right as the biological son aling with her mother who wanted to be called his legal wife.

On 18 January 2017, along with his son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari (Advocate & Former Advisor, Government of Uttar Pradesh) and his wife Dr. Smt. Ujjwala Tiwari, Tiwari gave his blessings and support to Narendra Modi and the BJP for the assembly elections held in the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in presence of BJP President Amit Shah in the name of development.

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Is the Railways really faultless or scot free in the Amritsar tragedy?



Railway minister of state Manoj Sinha, union minister Railways Piyush Goyal and the Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani

The political parties of the country have no right to play politics on the corpses of the deceaseds of the most despicable killings by the two trains in extreme speed in Amritsar on the day of Vijaydashmi claiming 60 lives and grievously injuring more than 50 innocent persons.

Sounds really shocking that while the Punjab government led by the Congress party has ordered an enquiry into the whole episode the report of which would be tabled in four days including the instant announcement of the compensation of 5 lakh rupees each to the bereaved family of those bludgeoned in this horrible mishapening compounded with the 2 lakh rupees compensation by the union government, the adamant Railway department has not taken the courage to either institute the enquiry for the alleged lapse on its part nor has it exhibited the courage n decency to compensate the completely ruined bereaved families monetarily.

Despite the hard fact that the entire agencies of the state government and the railways had been allegedly guilty for mishandling the situation leading to this most tragic mishappening the balme game has started with every agency trying to come scot free as they were only the public or the deceased who were responsible and not the Railways or the state government.

What is most worrisome is the fact that the Railway ministry has expressed its total ignorance or had come in the denial mode despite the known fact that the people had been crushed or mowed down under the speeding trains , MDU n the Amritsar bound express thus destroying the the future of several traumatic families who’d lost their near and dear ones’ and the sole bread earners.

Where will they go now ? How will they survive ? Is Rs 7 lakh provided to them as monetary compensation would suffice for the distressed families for survival during their entire lives.

Sounds completely irrational and shocking. The union minister of the Railways Piyush Goyal who is currently in the US in connection with the official work has continued his stay there though he had earlier promised to come to India cancelling all engagements.

The state minister of Railways Manoj Sinha who was very prompt to visit the tragedy site in Amritsar says that the trains are meant to ply in speed and since they were not informed by the Punjab administration in advance about the Vijaydashmi event despite the fact that the effigy burning programme had been happening since long in this ground near the open railway tracks, there is no reason for him to order for an enquiry.

He added : I have personally visited the site and examined every aspect of the mishappening and found that the Railways were not at all at fault, then what for is the need for any enquiry ?

The chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani says that the railway lines are not meant to squat, loiter or stand on them hence the accident occured. And as such how is the Railways responsible for this tragedy ?

The point is if the Railways are not responsible under whose trains this heart rendering and treacherous massacre occured, then who is respinsible ? The trains were of the railways, plying on full speed, the tracks are of the railways.

The moot point is if functions are organised in the open ground situated near the open Railway tracks every year and the railways as well as the local administration very well knows that the people of the adjacent colonies cross the tracks usually and even witness events from here then why had the railways not constructed boundaries along the railway tracks to avoid the tress passers cross them, especially when the tracks are attached with the ground ?

Where was the Railway police to avoid this tragic mishappening and how long will such horrible accidents continue to happen in railway tracks close to such grounds where functions are held ?

Simply passing on the bucks on other agencies won’t do. Analysts say that since there is the government of the Congress in the state and the BJP is at the centre the entire episode has assumed political character with both the parties and governments accusing each other by shifting the blame game on the other side. This is most inhuman and uncalled for.

Under such circumstances the Punjab Government and the Railways should have taken the cumulative responsibility on their shoulders together and have instead of shying away from owning the responsibilty for this huge lapse must have jountly come forward and adequately compensated each and every family of the deceaseds n grievously injured and punish the guilty to maintain the highest traditions of decency n morality.

There was a time when the former Railway ministers like late P. M. Lal Bahadur Shastri n late Madhav Rao Scindia had resigned from their respective posts when accidents occured to maintain the greatest tradition of morality and decency in public life but unfortunately, now even after 60 tragic deaths no minister at the helm seems to have bothered to take the moral respinsibilty n show valour to resign on moral grounds?

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Dalbir Singh who played the role of Ravana sacrificed his life while saving others



Dalbir Singh, who played the character of Ravana got crushed under the train while saving others

Nobody really knows what lies ahead in ones’ life as fate is totally unpredictable . The most tragic train tragedy at Amritsar near the Joda Phaatak yesterday killing sixty innocents and grievously injuring more than fifty, have proved this fact as they had never imagined that just after few seconds of their enjoying the festive Vijaydashmi event watching the burning Ravana effigy and making vedio in their mobiles would die gruesomely.

The unfortunate incident occured at 7.15 PM also witnessed the killing of the one of the artists Dalbir Singh who actually played the role of Ravana in this Ramleela and also enacted his role just before the burning of the effigies of Ravana, Meghanath and Kumbhkarna.

While Ravan Dhahan programme was likely to start Dalbir Singh also came in the audience to watch the effigy burning after enacting his role. But when he saw a train in speed approaching near the people standing and sitting on the tracks he came rushing, shouting to them to be aware.

Dalbir pushed several people on the other side of the railway track but unfortunately his own leg got stuck in the track and he also came under the train and got mowed down.

Dalbir Singh as others never ever thought that he will meet such a tragic end. Dalbir was actually waiting for being felicitated after the effigy burning but fate had his tragic death stored for him.

As per the latest news artist Dalbir Singh’s wife and a two year old child and his family members were also in the function watching his role. His highly anguished and grief stricken wife said that she had done the entire make up of her husband.

Though Dalbir played the role of Ravana, a symbol of evil, in real life he sacrificed his life to save others.

Meanwhile after the Railway ministry has shrugged off its responsibility from this tragic episode the union Railway minister Piyush Goyal who is in the United States and who had just yesterday announced of his returning back to India in view of this tragedy is no more coming back now but has continued his US stay, negligibly concerned about the tragedy.

The state minister of Railways Manoj Mishra has denied that the Railways has received any information from the Punjab administration about the event. He said had the Railways acknowleged the information it would definitely had made necessary arrangements to avoid the accident. He flatly refused to admit that the Railway department was at all at fault therefore asked what’s the need for an enquiry? Sinha abruptly said trains are meant to run on speed n since the Railways have nothing to do with the teagedy since its not at any fault or had’nt committed any lapse enquiry is not warranted. He advised the media not to exploit this sensitive issue for vested interests and exercise restraints to give it the political colour and overtones.

Similarly, the chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has also denied the fault of the Railways saying that railway lines are not meant to sit, loiter around or walk on them. He expressed his heartfelt condolenses to the families of the deceased and said that its indeed a worst tragedy that should not have happened.

Meanwhile the political blame game between the BJP, Congress and Akali Dal has ensued and nobody is ready to take the responsibility for the collosal tragedy. The chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh who’d visited the accident site has however ordered an enquiry into the episode by the Commision the report of which is expected within four days. Shameful indeed.

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Sixty feared dead as two trains crush people watching Ravana effigy burning in Amritsar at 7.00 PM today



crowd standing near the accident site at Amritsar where 50 people have been unfortunately crushed under the trains

About sixty persons are feared dead in Amritsar as the speeding train crushed them while they were watching the Rawan Dahan at the Joda Faatak area of Amritsar. The death toll may exceed more than hundred say news sources.

Hundred of persons with their families were busy watching the burning of the effigies of Ravana n Meghnath. The police authorities who’d expressed the casualties from forty to fifty earlier have now confirmed the total death tally at sixty n are still apprehensive that the figure may go up to more than hundred. The injureds have been ferried to hospital while the unacounted bodies in multilated condition lying scattered here and there.

According to the police there was tremendous crowd in the ground. While the Effigies were burning there was bursting of crackers and people out of fear ran towards the track which are quite near the ground and all of a sudden two trains, one Howrah n another DMU came in speed from both the directions simultaneously, crushing people most gruesomely with their badly mutilated body parts lying here and there.

People are badly angered, furious and shocked over this most tragic incident claiming over fifty lives. This is the constituency of Navjyot Singh Sidhu and people are badly annoyed and angered against him as his wife who was present in the function as the chief guest disappeared from the scene.

This is the massive tragedy in the recent times. Sounds shocking as to why the authorities have given permission to the mela management to organise the effigy burning event on Vijay Dashmi when there are no arrangements of safety of the people knowing very well that the rail tracts are just adjacent to the ground where people gather in hundreds. The point is why has the raikway authorities not delayed the trains knowing very well that the Effigy burning event on Vijay Dashmi as usual is taking place at the venue extremely close to railway lines/ tracts.

Police fear that the deaths might be more than fifty n can exceed to hundred/ two hundred. It is said that dozens of people were standing/ sitting on the tracts and when the crackers exploded/ burst all of a sudden people ran towards the tract n got crushed under two trains coming n going in the opposite directions. There is panic all around the accident site. The source of the news is PTC being flashed by TV channels. People say that the permission to organised the MELA was not sought nor the railway authorities informed accordingly.

The visibly moved chief minister has announced the financial compensation of Rs. five lakhs to the families each of the deceased in this tragedy and has directed the home secretary, health secretary n the state police chief to reach the accidental spot immediately. The CM Captain Amrinder Singh has also left for Amritsar.

The prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over this tragic incident by tweeting: Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistence that is required.

Meanwhile the union finance minister Arun Jaitley has also blamed the Punjab administration for being completely negligent by not seeking permission and awaring the authorities concerned to exercise restraint. He assured of the complete support and assistence of the government towards the victims, injureds and the bereaved families.

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