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Congress to go alone in Delhi. No electoral pact with AAP

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Due to the obstinate attitude of the leaders of both Congress and AAP there does not seem to be any possibility of electoral understanding in the general election likely to be held in May n June.

Latest reports suggest that the Congress party has taken a unilateral decision of going alone in Delhi n contesting against the BJP n AAP in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

There were reports that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had asked Delhi Congress leaders for their advice favouring alliance with Aam Admi Party in Delhi after the former was pressurised by various opposition leaders like Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee and Sharad Pawar.

But latest news reveal that just today morning after the interaction of Delhi Congress leaders with Rahul Gandhi led by the state president n former chief minister Shiela Dikshit it was unanimously decided to contest singularly in all the seven parliamentary seats of Delhi making the Delhi parliamentary election a three cornered contest.

However, in politics nothing is final and it’s agame of possibilities. According to sources since the AAP Admi Party leadership was adamant on contesting on five seats conceding just two seats to Congress, this may be the major reason for the Congress going alone in Delhi.

However, it was also being said that earlier both the parties had agreed on contesting 3 seats each with the seven seat going to a concensus candidate like Shatrughan Sinha or Yashwant Sinha, both the BJP leaders n former union minister.

It may be recalled that there had been lot of bad mouthing by the senior leaders of AAP n Delhi Congress against each other pertaining to the electoral understanding.

While the AAP had already declared its candidates in all the six seats leaving one for the opposition candidate the Congress’s former Delhi chief Ajay Maken n the current president Shiela Dikshit too were deadly against any tie up with the AAP which had come to power after badly criticizing the then Congress regime of Delhi n the union government of varuious corruption charges such as Coal, 2 G Spectrum n the Common Wealth scams .

Not only this but the Delhi CM had in his campaigns started since the last two months strongly criticized both Congress n BJP, thus annoying the Congress party leaders.

But sources reveal that after the recent air strikes against Jaishe Mohammed camps in Pakistan to avenge the deadliest Pulwama masaccare n safe return of the wing commander Abhinandan to India from Pak’s captivity the political situation has changed in favour of the Modi led NDA government n BJP and as such unification of the anti BJP forces to avoid the splitting of opposition votes has become inevitable.

Therefore Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who too was against the alliance with AAP in Delhi earlier had now favoured formidable pre election alliance with AAP in order to give BJP a strong fight.

But what transpired in the meeting of Congress party to go alone in Delhi unanimously is anybody’s guess particularly at the time when Modi’s popularity graph is going up n the entire country is in a nationalistic fervour/ mood against Pakistan. What’s your take friends?

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Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.



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Ajit Doval is NSA again with cabinet rank for another 5 years

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While on the one hand the formation of the BJP led NDA government after securing a landslide majority in the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive time has been completed with a 57 member two tier cabinet, elevating a career diplomat fmr IFS Subramanium Jaishankar as the Union External Affairs minister, the very close n most trusted leutinant of prime minister Narendra Modi and the country’s national security advisor Ajit Doval has also been accorded a second term as NSA for full five year term with a full fledged cabinet rank.

A five and a half decade old IPS Ajit Doval is most trusted bureaucrat of prime minister Narendra Modi who was called by him even days before prime minister Modi was officially sworn in as PM in 2014.

Ajit Doval had been the chief of the Intelligence bureau during the tenure of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee n deputy prime minister and home minister Lal Krishna Advani n was in their good books as a highly intelligent officer with immense precision and dedication.

Ajit Doval after retirement have been looking after the work of Vivekanand Foundation as its chief and had served in highly risky assignments for years in Golden temple operation, in Pakistan as an Indian spy and in operations in North Eastern sector as well.

After serving in the Intelligence bureau for thirty three protracted years Ajit Doval is a 1965 year Indian Police Service Officer having been retired in 2005.

His appointment will be co terminus with prime minister’s term until further orders whichever is earlier as per the orders issued by the Appointments Committee Secretary PK Tripathi dated June 2nd.

Having been honoured with the highest military honour Kirti Chakra for his outstanding n exemplary services for the first time as a police officer, Ajit Doval has played an extremely vital role as NSA in planning a strategy in gunning down 12 or more Nationalist Socialists Council of Nagaland terrorists in the Myanmar territory after they ambushed the Indian paramilitary jawans in 2015.

His role in the context of Surgical strikes inside Pak territories against the Uri attack and post Pulwama operation in Balakot have been highly appreciated.

Ajit Doval also played a very outstanding role in resolving the Doklam Stand off by his diplomatic initiatives in convincing the Chinese leadership through his extraordinary diplomatic acumen.

Ajit Doval had played a vital role with immense dexterity and diplomatic acumen making suitable environment and ground for prime minster’s foreign visits in US, China , Myanmar and other global nations including his role in United Nations as well.

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Amit Shah has many challenges ahead

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The newly appointed number two in the union cabinet of NDT part 2 government led by prime minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah today joined his office at North Block for the very first time and accepted bouquets from his senior office staff n secretary home etc.

Union Home minister Amit Shah was introduced to all the senior officers of ministry of home n would be holding the first round of meeting with senior bureaucrats to kick start his new innings as important number 2 minister in Modi governmet, the position held during the previous regime by Rajnath Singh who has been given the significant defence portfolio.

It is learnt that Rajnath Singh is not too happy with defence n wanted to retain his home ministry portfolio. However, he too has today formally joined his office as defence minister after paying floral tributes to the martyred jawans at India Gate alongwith the three service chiefs.

Extremely confident, prime minister Narendra Modi’s four decades’ old trusted associate n home minister in the government of Gujarat for five years during Narendra Modi’s chief ministership before 2014, Amit Shah has been inducted as Home Minister by the former as a gift for his untiring efforts n perfect planning to win historically at the hustings for the second time in succession.

Sources reveal that Amit Shah was not that interested n wanted to continue as the party chief but Modi’s pressure n gesture to make him number two compelled Amit Shah to accept the new offer.

Being a chanakya of BJP, an outstanding organisor, dashing leader and holding experience in technical expertise to strengthen the party up to booth level finally leading the saffron party to landslide victory twice at the centre n in states as well, Amit Shah’s elevation as union home minister is quite a challenging one.

He has to show his exemplary performance on several fronts especially to ensure free n fair assembly elections in Jammu n Kashmir, to strongly counter terrorism n stone pelters in strife torn Kashmir, devise strategy to guard our international borders in order to reduce sneaking of Pak sponsored terrorists in Indian territory, countering Pakistan shellings n cross border violations, stringently dealing with the naxalite menace in Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Garh Chiroli Maharashtra n Orrissa.

The issues of abrogation of article 370 n 35 A from Kashmir are also the pre election commitments of the saffron party on which he will have to exhibit his political dexterity in order to ensure that Jammu n Kashmir remains the integral part of India.

Though the Ram Mandir question is in the Apex court but being the BJP’s key issue in order to appease the majority community also gaining the confidence of the minorities simultaneously on this protractedvexed issue, the role of Home minister Amit Shah assumes more n greater significance.

Amit Shah has congratulated prime minister Narendra Modi for approving major changes in the PMs’ Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence fund.

In a tweet he added that it reflects Modi government’s sensitivity n commitment towards ensuring the well being of those who protect our nation against all odds. He also thanked prime minister Modi for including him in number two position in the union cabinet.

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Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank joins office as union minister of HRD

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The former chief minister of Uttarakhand n two time MP from Haridwar, 59 year old Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been allocated the important portfolio of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Nishank today went tohis Shastri Bhawan office and took the charge as other ministers of Narendra Modi gvernment also did by visiting theirrespective minstries and acceptng bouquets n garlends as a mark of greetings.

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand got an important share in the union cabinet in NDA part 2 government as portfolio of HRD is being considered as quite powerful in terms of dissemination of quality education in the distant parts of rural India n Uttarakhand where schools are being shut down n the standard of education is on a deteriorating level.

During the previous NDA government Uttarakhand was represented by a minister of state for textile portfolio which could hardly play any vital role in providing textile avenues or jobs to the unemployed. AjayTamata, an Almora MP was the minister of state representing the reserve constituency.

He has been sidelined this time as 24 other old ministers. Union HRD minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has thanked prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP supremo Amit Shah for giving him such an important responsibility. Dr. Pokhriyal said whilehe is quite delighted for having been elevated to cabinet rank as minister of Human Resource Development but the challenges are also high n multi pronged.

Dr. Nishank was not included in the previous NDA government because of the silent internal squabbles between him n the then MP from Nainital Bhagat Singh Koshiyari as both wrre the ministerial aspirants. In order to keep the dissensions at bay the prime minister had then on the advise of Amit Shah chosen a new, young and non controvertial dalit incumbent who had been the minister in Major General Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s cabinet in 2007.

But for the reasons best known to the prime minister Narendra Modi Tamata was dropped this time and Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was obliged. However this time, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s bete noire 76 year old former MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari was not given the party ticket and the former’sentry into the union cabinet fructified easily.

However there are rumours that Patanjali head n popular saint Ram Dev had lobbied for Dr. Nishank n his request had been aceded to. Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has very cordialn trusted relationship with Baba Ram Dev and his high profile state of the Art Patanjali Ahram is also situated in Haridwar.

The relationship between Baba Ramdev n Dr. Nishank gained momentum since 2008 n even before when he was the chief minister of Uttarakhand after the then CM Major Genetal B.C. Khaduri’s unceremonial exit. It may be recalled that Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank started his active political career in 1990/ 91 when he defeated the then higher education minister of UP n late political stalwart HN Bahuguna’s protege Dr. Shivanand Nautiyal from Karnaprayag legislative constituency in Garhwal. Thereafter Dr. Nishank never looked back.

In 2008 he became the CM of Uttarakhand replacing Major general Khanduri who recommended his name to the BJP high command in order to block Koshiyari’s chances. He has been two time MP from Haidwar onBJP ticket. An old RSSite Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had been a journalist, writer and a poet.

Prior to joining active politics he used to run his own vernacular newspaper published from Pauri n had also been a teacher and principal of Shishu Mandir School.

A soft spoken, intelligent n sharp Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has several books to his credit n has also been honoured with several distinguished awards for litetature n writing.

His both the daughters are quite brilliant one in Indian Army as a medical doctor n another a reputed classical dancer n producer of a regional film Major Nirala. Meanwhile the former minister of state for textiles n MP from Almora Ajay Tamata today congratulated Dr. Nishank athis Teen Murti Lane house by presenting him a bouquet n wished him good luck.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nishank too met the BJP chief Amit Shah at his residence and thanked him by offering a bouquet of flowers n sweets for including himin the union cabinet as HRD minister.

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Philanthropic organisation S. Foundation’s two day seminar on education n employment held in Pauri Garhwal

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An important two day seminar was organised by NGO Shuruwaat Foundation wedded to the cause of imparting free education to the students of poor n underpriviledged families of rural villages in the Rikhnikhal Development Block of Pauri Garhwal n subsequently providing employment for the last 13 years.

The seminar attended by educationists, social activists, journalists and teachers under the ages of Hans Foundation was convened at Hotel Corbett Paradise at Kotdwar, Pauri Garhwal. The first day seminar was inaugurated by lightening of lamps by the editor of the vernacular Hindi Daily Jayant newspaper Nagendra Uniyal n the Education Officer of Rikhnikhal Development Office Anil Kumar Rawat.

The two day seminar to discussed ways and means to impart quality education to the children of the rural villages of Rikhnikhal, Pauri Garhwal with limited resources and the role of parents and teachers in this regard was attended by good number of teachers, principals and students of over two dozen schools of Pauri Garhwal compounded with the significant participation of journalists n representatives of various social organisations.

One of the initial speakers Deepak Dhyani who is closely associated with this project of Shuruwaat Foundation explained in detail as to how their organisation is immensely contributing in the sohere of imparting free n cheap education to the students of economically deprived families and subsequently opening avenues for their jobs in Rikhnikhal development block of Pauri Garhwal for the past 13 years.

The second day of the seminar was inaugurated by lightening of the lamps by eminent journalist n literateur Pradeep Vedval and Vice chairman of Soldier Welfare Board Colonel CM Nautiyal.

Addressing the seminar on the second day the executive chairman of Shuruwaat Foundation Deepak Choudhary said that the foundation is successfully moving forward on the basis of valuable suggestions acknowleged by MANTHAN 2018. ( Seminar n exchange of views session held in 2018).

He added that a steering committee comprising of important members of Hans Foundation, teachers n journalists has been formed on the basis of the various suggesstion being acknowledged in this seminar.

At the conclusion of this two days signifivant seminar the Uttarakhand incharge of Hans Foundation Parmendra Singh Bisht alias Taigu Bhai n its executive chairman Deepak Choudahary presented the participants’ a tradional Hill cap as a gift of honour.

Prominent amongst those associated with Hans Foundation n who actively participated in this two days seminar n also expressed their pivotal views were : Dr. Anamika Dhyani, Deepak Lakhera, Annu Pant, journalist Chandra Mohan Shukla, Girish Tiwari, Ashish Balodi, Subhash Chandra Nautiyal etc. Many proment intellectuals n writers, literateurs also spoke on this ocassion.

It may be recalled that another prominent NGO Hans Foundation is being run by popular pro people saints Bholeji Maharaj n his wife Mata Mangla highly reverred in the socio political circles of Uttarakhand. Hans Foundation is credited for building a huge hi tech hospital in the interiors of Garhwal Uttarakhand Satpuli area for the cheap n even free treatment of the poor n hapless villagers.

The Foundation gives economic aid to the poor n genuine patients of various critical illness n surgeries of heart, kidney transplant n for cancer as well. It’s track record is fantastic n highly appreciative.

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PM Modi seeks former president Pranav Da’s blessings. Meets him at his Delhi house

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The prime minster designate to be formally sworn in on 30th May as the country’s 17th prime minister, second time in succession, Narendra Modi today drove to the former president of India’s Delhi residence alongwith his cavalcade and sought Pranav da’s blessings.

He presented a bouquet to the former president Pranav da who always lauded Mr. Modi as a highly sensible and adorable prime minister of the country.

Though having been union minister several times in Congress n UPA central governments and a secular leader to the core, Pranav Da as he is fondly addressed out of reverrence, has always been prime minister Narendra Modi’s admirer as the president of India n has also been the chief guest as ex president in the national annual convocation of the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh in Nagpur, duly invited by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Prime minister designate Narendra Modi always considered him as a fatherly figure. The former president Pranav Mukerjee greeted Narendra Modi with ecstacy n wished him all the very best for his second tenure as the prime minister of BJP led NDA government at the centre. He served sweets to Narendra Modi personally.

It may be recalled that prime minister Narendra Modi has been on the move since winning the elections with a landslide victory margin with 353 MPs in Lok Sabha.

He had personally visited the residences of the party veterans n former deputy prime minister n union minster Lal Krishna Advani n Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and sought their blessings by touching their feet.

He then went to meet his aged mother Heeraben n sought her blessings. On the third day he was in Varanasi his parliamentary constituency on a thanks giving tour and also to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva at famous ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple. PM Modi won with a handsome margin of 4.5 lakh votes.

Two days prior to the last and seventh phase of polling , prime minister Modi also visited the renowned ancient Kedarnath and Badrinath Shrines forthe fourth time and also meditated for whole night in a cave, two kilometres away from snow clad Kedarnath shrine.

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PM Narendra Modi visits Varanasi for thanks giving. Accuses some opposition ruled states of killing BJP workers

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Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed serious concern over the lynching of BJP workers in opposition ruled states like Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal and said that the diabolical deaths of workers are still continuing. In Tripura, earlier ruled by communist parties for decades, the BJP worker were shockingly hanged to death.

Prrime minister Narendra Modi was addressing a massive rally of party workers n supporters in Varanasi thanking them for their unstinted support and blessings. This the the first thanks giving visit of PM Modi after three days of his victory from Varanasi constituency n the nation.

The prime minister was accompanied by BJP supremo Amit Shah who also welcomed him at the airport along with the state governor Ram Naik and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

From Airport the prime minister’s cavalcade headed for Kashi Vishwanath Temple where both prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah offered prayers amidst chanting of spiritual hyms for few minutes n sought Lord Shiva’s blessings. The PM took out a wad on notes from his pocket n put it in the Daan Paatr of the temple.

Prime minister Modi had also visited the temple after filing his nomination papers from Varanasi and sought the diety’s blessings.

The entite route from airport to Kashi Vishwanath temple was full of Modi supporters throwing rose petals, raising pro Modi slogans and also waving towards him in jubilation.

Addressing a huge gathering prime mininster expressed his heartiest thanks to the electorates of Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh for the third consecutve victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh terming it as hatric victory and said that it could be possible only because every worker and voter of Varanasi considered himself or herself as Modi.

He spoke at length for about half an hour and assured the people that entire Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi will witness complete moderisation in the near future.

He added that his government believes in full transparency and hard work. He also lauded the opposition leaders and the candidates in the fray for peaceful conduction of the elections but accused the ruling political dispensation of Bengal, Kerala and Tripura for terrorising n diabolically killing the BJP workers.

Prime minister Narendra Modi with sandawood paste applied on his forehead looked extremely confident and reiterated his government’s commitment to work for the overall well being and development of the every section of the society without any religious, community n caste bias, considering everyone as the citizen of the country.

He added that it’s primarily the Chemistry that beats Arithmatic n this what has happened in Varanasi. Modi catagorically said that involvement of the workers in the development works is a prime necessity and transparency with hard work does bring fruitful results and his government believes in this formula.

Prime minister Modi said the overwhelmning victory of his party was due to extreme pro incumbency and the massive mendane accorded to in order to give India its rightful place amongst the global nations.

He further said that his statement that the BJP’s seats would cross the 300 mark was criticized by news analysts but when we got the same everyone was tightlipped.

This was due to the massive mandate and blessings of countrymen n thanked them from the core of his heart.

The BJP supremo Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also addressed the people on this ocassion n conveyed their heartiest thanks to the electorates of UP n Varanasi for reposing faith in their party, ideology and prime minister Narendra Modi’s people centric development initiatives, thus making the BJP’s win with a landslide victory for the second time at the centre and third time in UP respectively.

The temperature in Varanasi was 42 degree celcius but hundreds of thousands of people chanting pro Modi slogans sat attentively to patiently hear their mass leader. It may be recalled that prime minister Narendra Modi won from here with a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes.

The victory margin this year is one lakh votes’ more than the election of 2014, which not only speaks of his increasing popularity but also recognition of the various developmental works carried out in Varanasi during the last five years.

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Narendra Modi elected unanimous leader of NDA. To meet president at 8.00 PM

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Former n future prime minister Narendra Modi has been unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP led NDA in the Central Hall of Parliament today with thumping of desks and slogans of Modi Modi renting the air.

All the 353 newly elected members of parliament, eighty percent having been re elected, were present on this ocassion.

The leaders of the BJP, NDA allies viz Akali Dal, JDU, Shiv Sena, AIADMK, Lok Janashakti Party, Mizo National Front, Apna Dal and other NDA partners praised Modi’s leadership one by one and extented their respective party’s overwhelmning support for Narendra Modi as their undisputed leader and the second term next prime minister of the country.

The former deputy prime minister and veteran leader n founders of BJP Lal Krishna Advani, former union minister n BJP president Dr. M M Joshi and the Akali Dal leader Prakash Singh Badal were on the stage with Narendra Modi n accorded him their blessings n support.

In return PM Modi touched their feet n embraced the party’s pillar n senior most leaders. After the extension of support n personally greeting prime minister Narendra Modi with bouquet all the NDA leaders pledged to cohesively support his leadership.

Thereafter the BJP chief Amit Shah ehorted all the 353 MPs present there including more than 300 of the BJP to express n extend their unanimous support raising their both the hands.

Everybody did the needful by chanting Modi Modi slogans hailing him and raising their hands as well.

In the end prime minister Narendra Modi thanked the member of parliaments n NDA partners for their unanimous support n assured them n the countrymen of coming true to their expectations.

The union Home minister Rajnath Singh, union minister Nitin Gadkari, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, (JDU), the MNF leader, Shiv Sena’s Udhav Thakarey, Akali Dal’s Prakash Singh Badal, AIADMK’s Pallaniswamy n several other regional party n NDA allies presented the bouquet n Shawl to the PM.

At 8 PM the prime minister alongwith the NDA allies n senior BJP leaders are meeting the President to officially inform him about the election of the NDA leader and staking claim to form the government at the centre.

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Modi to meet President Kovind with NDA leaders to stake claim to form govt at 8 PM

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The leader of the BJP led NDA, former prime minister Narendra Modi, who has resigned yesterday evening is likely to meet the president of India Ram Nath Kovind today, alongwith the NDA leaders to stake claim to form the government at the centre. It is believed that he will meet the president at 8 PM this evening.

The NDA partners to accompany him beside the party supremo Amit Shah n other senior leaders are Akali Dal chief Prakash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thakrey, Ram Vilas Paswan of Lok Janashakti Party, K. C Tyagi of JD ( Nitish), DMK MPs, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal n others.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has secured a total majority of a whopping 343 seats with BJP singularly crossing a 300 mark, quite ahead of the 2014 tally.

In 2014 the BJP had scored victory on 282 seats whereas NDA had bagged 336 seats.

After his outstanding victory PM Modi came to the party headquarter and addressed hundreds of thousands of party workers, leaders and newly elected MPs to thank them and assure the countrymen of fulfilling the pre election promises in the near future.

All the members of parliament of BJP n NDA have reached Delhi.

After staking claim to form the government, the NDA allies would be asked to give the names of their respective party MPs to be included in the union cabinet, depending upon the technical feasibility of numbers n PM’s prerogative.

However, prime minister Modi would have his fullest say n discreation this time as he’s already in absolute majority from his party’s side having secured more that 300 seats.

Showing a broad heart and respect for the elders n party’s veterans , he alongwith Amit Shah also went to the residences of former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani n former union minister Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi to seek their blessings. Both are now in the highest decision making body of the party n govt called the MARG DARSHAK MANDAL.

It may be recalled that PM Narendra Modi was publicly ridiculed n humiliated by his arch rival Rahul Gandhi n other senior leaders of opposition parties during election speeches as to how badly had he treated these BJP veterans by sidelining them from active politics of the saffron party.

But after his personal visit to the houses of these two senior most leaders and seeking their blessings it seems that the prime minister Modi has sought their moral support for future as well thus subsiding n closing this controvertial topic for ever.

It is believed that the exercise for the formation of the two or three tyre ministry will start from tommorrow onwards and would be completed in a week’s time in order to give an enthusiastic start to the new government functioning.

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Rahul may quit in CWC accepting moral responsibility for party’s debacle but his resignation will not be accepted

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Reports are pouring in that the Nehru Gandhi scion and the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi may tender resignation in the CWC meeting, the highest decision making body of the Congress, today accepting the moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the general elections.

However, sources reveal that the UPA chairperson has asked Rahul not to do so but instead advised him to express his point of view in the presence of all the senior leaders of the party during the CWC meeting, finally leaving the decision on majority of the CWC members.

Political analysts say that it would be nothing more than a customery or a moral gesture by Rahul Gandhi to show to the country or party’s rank n file that he has no interest in sticking to the highest slot of the organisation after the debacle.

Moreover, no leader or the CWC members would be inclined or posses guts to accept his resignation for the party’s defeat.

The UP Congress chief Raj Babber n the Delhi Congress chief Shiela Dikshit too have publicly accepted the moral responsibilities for the party’s bad performance n worst debacle in UP n Delhi but had not offer their resignations till yet.

Mrs Dikshit has however convened the DPCC meeting in order to do soul searching n find the reasons behind the poor show.

There are reports that apart from discussing on Rahul’s supposed resignation, accepting the moral responsibility for the party’s debacle the CWC will also discuss in detail rather threadbare, the important reasons behind the political poor show of the 135 year old party.

Reports also say that the CWC may also hail the contribution of Priyanka Gandhi in the national campaigning despite her contribution not accompanying any positive results.

The CWC will also device ways n means to strengthen the party from the grass roots to the top.

The crux of the whole story is Rahul Gandhi’s leadership in the Congress party is unchallengeable as the entire Congress politics revolves around Nehru Gandhi family and till date there is no undisputed leader in the Congress party who can replace the Nehru Gandhi scion as the family has been ruling in the country for the last 65 years with their ancestors’ immeasurable contribution in the freedom struggle.

Moreover the established coterie around Rahul Gandhi n Sonia Gandhi would in any case never want to change the leadership, come what may.

Priyanka Gandhi’s solid emotional support to her brother who always refuses to play his roleas a possible alternative in the party is another prime reason why there is no alternative to Rahul Gandhi in Congress party.

The CWC will also pass a resolution expressing full n unstinted faith in Rahul Gandhi’s leadership further unanimously pledging to strengthen the party in the days to come to counter increasing Modi effect n juggernaut, under his credible leadership. ( credible for Congressmen)

Despite all this the latest reliable sources reveal that Rahul Gandhi is adamant to resign while the entire CWC is trying to appease him take back his decision to quit..The CWC meeting is in progress in New Delhi.

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Will Harish Rawat sustain in Uttarakhand’s politics after three consecutive defeats ?

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There is always a saturation point in politics. Politicians who never want to end their innings always long for positions and power, even if they are over aged or defunct in politics losing one after another elections. They are so power hungry n greedy that they would never want to give space to the younger generations who are more qualifed, energetic n outright then, them.

In BJP however this hard fact was recognised n the prime minister Narendra Modi has fixed 75 years as age of political retirement in his party unnerved with the ongoing criticism.

As a result the saffron party’s first casualty were its two towering leaders, former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani and another stalwart former union minister n party chief Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. However, prime minister Modi keeps both of them in good humour diplomatically by seeking their blessings from time to time.

This fact can be reflected further when two of its former CMs n sitting MPs from Nainital n Pauri Garhwal viz Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Major General Bhuvan Chand Khanduri have been divested of party tickets this time.

Instead younger party cadres and former ministers in Uttarakhand were obliged from these seats viz Tirath Singh Rawat n Ajay Bhatt who’d won with a heavy margin alongwith three others. Even the Congress chief of Uttarakhand n former minister Pritam Singh lost to BJP’s sitting MP Maharani Raj Laxmi this time.

In Uttarakhand all the five seats went to BJP for the second cosecutive term since 2014.

While BJP has fixed 75 years’ deadline for retirement of over aged politicians, in Congress, age is not the criteria where veterans like more than 85 years old Moti Lal Vohra and his likes are still holding important party positions, though not able to walk or stand straight.

If we take the instance of Uttarakhand’s Congress politician having crossed 75 years n nearing eighty years, the name of Harish Rawat, former CM, two times union minister and ex MP comes into picture.

Still mobile and active Harish Rawat had been the most vocal, active n mobile CM of Uttarakhand but has the greatest demerit of losing three elections in a sequence, two assembly elections while being the caretaker CM of UK and an MP election this time from Nainital in his capacity as the AICC’s general secretary, incharge Assam.

What was special in Harish Rawat’s case was that even after losing Nainital Lok Sabha with a heavy margin in Uttarakhand in 2019 n also losing from both the assembly constituencies in 2017 as well, Rawat was elevated as party’s national general secretary and also co opted in the party’s highest decision making body, Congress’s Central Working Committee by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

But things have become extremely difficult for Rawat after losing the Nainital Lok Sabha election morally. Political analysts question that if a leader is popular and well established in state politics, how can he lose three elections in succession and that too holding important party positions ?

Moreover, the state Congress leadership in Uttarakhand which had always wanted to get rid of Rawat accusing him for unnecessarily intervening in the state organisational affairs despite having been given the full fledged charge of Assam also feels that now he should keep himself away from interfering in state politics, especially after losing three elections in sequence.

The saturation point in the political career of Rawat has arrived now as not only is he nearing 79/ 80 years of age but has lost three successive elections from Uttarakhand as well.

Where does his political credibily exists now, after three sequential defeats ? question some of state Congress leaders of the rival camps who do not want to be identified?

In order to give the younger generation n second line leadership responsibilities in the party’s hierarchy in the states as well as in the central organisation, the Congress party should also follow suit after BJP n pave the way for newer n younger entrants by amicably retiring the over 75 year old politicians in Congress party as well.

It may be recalled that Harish Rawat is the senior most veteran leader of Congress party whose contribution in establishing the party at grass roots after the formation of separate Uttarakhand state had been phenomenal. He started his political career five decades ago rising from a gram pradhan to block pramukh n then member of parliament several times.

Late Mrs Indira Gandhi n Sanjay Gandhi were his political mentors. Rawat was the Sewa Dal’s All India Vice chairman during PM Narsimha Rao’s tenure and represented Uttrakhand in union cabinet twice as state minister of water resources and Agriculture during the tenure of PM Dr. Manmohan Singh. He was appointed as CM Uttarakhand in 2015/ 16 by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi replacing the then CM Vijay Bahuguna. Currently he is the All India general secretary of Congress committee n member CWC. He is quite popular in Uttarakhand despite losing three elections in a row. Still physically fit at the age of 79 Rawat seems to try his luck in 2022 as well when the state assembly elections would take place.

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