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The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has declared to start work on the Chennai Metro’s Phase-2 route by mid-2020 with the aim to develop smoother connectivity between the major regions of the city. The total work is to be done on 118.9 kms for the phase-2 metro route. Out of this, construction on 66.8km of the stretch is most probably commence by 2020, while work on priority corridor of 52.01 km will begin by the end of this year itself. The Metro officials are already in touch with international funding agencies to fulfill financial needs.
As per a senior official of CMRL, we have already started with soil testing in all the areas which drops on the route. The localities include T Nagar, Poonamallee and Lighthouse.
The official added that the soil testing task will be done by the end of this year. In June this year, Construction tenders for 52.01 km priority stretch will be floated. For this corridor, the metro rail corporation has already signed an agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fulfill the funding requirements in December 2018. JICA has given a consent to give Rs 20,196 crore which is around half of the total sanctioned amount that is Rs 40,941 crore. The first lot of Rs. 4760 has already been paid out by the JICA. This route consists of 57 stations from CMBT to Madhavaram and Madhavaram to Sholinganallur.
The rest of 66.8 km stretch whose work will start by mid-2020 consists of 71 stations which will connect major localities like Siruseri Sipcot, Sholinganallur, OMR, Lighthouse, Poonamallee, etc. The estimated cost of construction of this stretch is Rs 28000 crore and the funding will be fulfilled by major international financial agencies, state and central government. The 118.9 km long Chennai Metro Phase-2 will have a total of 128 stations which is going to connect some of the poorest connected areas of the city.
The approximate cost of the project is Rs 69,000 crore.

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The Vulture and the Little girl: The stark reality of Poverty, Hunger and Child Malnutrition

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In the contemporary world, the naturally most advanced creation, human beings are delimited by numerous adversaries and miseries. Amidst such unwelcoming adversaries, poverty, hunger, and malnutrition are the biggest threat to the human race. Taking a cue from such rarest of rare demons and difficulties, I will love to pin down a beautifully narrated and highly acclaimed incident from the third world country named South Sudan in Africa.

The memorable event, The vulture and the little girl, also known as “The Struggling Girl”, is a photograph by Kevin Carter which first appeared in The New York Times on 26 March 1993. It is a photograph of a frail famine-stricken boy, initially believed to be a girl, who had collapsed in the foreground with a vulture eyeing him from nearby. The child was reported to be attempting to reach a United Nations feeding center about a half mile away in Ayod, Sudan,(now South Sudan), in March 1993.

In 1993, Kevin Carter snapped the now famous photo in South Sudan while covering the famine plaguing the country, as well as the international relief efforts in response. When the picture first appeared in The New York Times, it ignited a firestorm that included both condemnations and congratulations for Carter. Most notably, the photo won him the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Not long after, Carter committed suicide, unable to process the horrors he had witnessed in South Sudan. His end adds yet another layer of tragedy to this somber tale.

While on the way to a United Nations feeding center, a young boy – initially mistaken for a girl – had stopped to rest, exhausted by starvation. As his parents had likely gone ahead to collect food, the emaciated child lay vulnerable, attracting the attention of a vulture. Many people are familiar with this picture from the South Sudan famine, but few know that the tragedy reaches far beyond the picture itself – it extends to the photographer, Kevin Carter.

Putting aside the allegations and agitations of the picture and tale, one thing which must mull over in the current scenario is that whatever may be our miraculous achievement in every walk of life by the human beings, still the stigma of hunger and malnutrition prevails and persists across the globe. By no means, the people of third world countries have made themselves free out of its grief grip. To substantiate our discussion, we must make a detailed study of hunger and malnutrition.

Hunger defines a short-term physical discomfort as a result of chronic food shortage, or in severe cases, a life-threatening lack of food. (National Research Council, 2006)

World hunger refers to hunger aggregated to the global level. Related terms include food insecurity and malnutrition. Food insecurity refers to limited or unreliable access to foods that are safe and nutritionally adequate (National Research Council, 2006). Malnutrition is a condition resulting from insufficient intake of biologically necessary nutrients (National Research Council, 2006). Although malnutrition includes both overnutrition and undernutrition, the focus for global hunger is undernutrition.

Malnutrition rates remain alarming: stunting is declining too slowly while wasting still impacts the lives of far too many young children.

Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition; undernutrition puts children at greater risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections, and delays recovery. We are still far from a world without malnutrition.

Measures of child undernutrition are used to track development progress. In the Post-2015 Development Era, estimates of child malnutrition will help determine whether the world is on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly, goal 2 to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Poverty, Hunger, and Malnutrition:

Child malnutrition hurts cognitive function and contributes to poverty by impeding people’s ability to lead productive lives. Poverty is the leading cause of hunger, but poverty also results from hunger, in a cyclical relationship. In spite of the importance of childhood nutrition and significant progress in the last 25 years, global childhood hunger is still rampant.

  • According to WHO sources, Overall, 5.6 million children under age five died in 2016, nearly 15,000 daily. The risk of a child dying before five years of age is highest in Africa (76.5 per 1000 live births), about 8 times higher than in Europe (9.6 per 1000 live births)
  • As per the report of UNICEF approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year ). Hunger and undernutrition contribute to more than half of global child deaths, as undernutrition can make children more vulnerable to illness and exacerbate the disease.
  • Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Undernutrition magnifies the effect of every disease including measles and malaria. The estimated proportions of deaths in which undernutrition is an underlying cause are roughly similar for diarrhea (61%), malaria (57%), pneumonia (52%), and measles (45%) Malnutrition can also be caused by diseases, such as the diseases that cause diarrhea, by reducing the body’s ability to convert food into usable nutrients
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, 23 million who live in Africa, which greatly impacts their ability to learn (World Food Programme [WFP].

Source: Mercy Corps, 2018

Every year Welthungerhilfe together with Concern Worldwide publishes world hunger Index to make aware of the impoverished and malnourished. Still, cores of a child die out starvation and deprived of basic amenities. Rich nations instead of increasing their imperialism must pay attention to such vulnerable and gut-wrenching issues. It is a wakeup call for all of us.

 

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Designated PM Narendra Modi stakes claim to form govt. Meets president Kovind n hands the letter of his unanimous election with NDA LEADERS

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Prime minister Narendra Modi said that after the formation of his government at the centre he will soon involve himself in the duties with utmost dedication towards the people of the country who’d accorded him massive mandate in this election.

He added that he believed in working hard with utmost commitment n dedication in order to come true to peoples’ expectation who have reposed extraordinary faith n trust in him n his government.

He assured all sections of the society while thanking them heartily for making him his party BJP n NDA win with such a massive n historic mandate.

Designated prime minister Modi also thanked n expressed his gratitude to his NDA partners, all members of parliament and the leaders who’ve expressed undaunted faith in his leadership n unanimously elected him as an undusputed leader of NDA.

The designated prime minister Narendra Modi was addressing the media at Rashtrapati Bhawan vicinity after meeting the president Ram Nath Kovind alongwith the NDA allies and handing him the letter of his unanimous election as the leader of NDA.

He exchanged pleasentaries with the president Kovind who also congratulated Modi n handed him a letter appointing him as a designated prime minister till the latter is formally sworn in as the prime minister of the country for the second consecutive term after 2014.

The NDA leaders who accompanied the designated PM Narendra Modi handed a letter to the president apprising him about his election as the leader of NDA.

Mr. Modi also presented a letter of support of NDA partners n all the 353 MPs thus staking claim to form the government.

The president has asked him to inform the Rashtrapati Bhawan about the day n timings of the swearing in function of the new PM n his cabinet which will be duly informed in a due course.

Earlier to the PM’s meeting with President Kovind, Mr. Modi’s name was proposed as the leader of NDA n prime minister by BJP supremo n MP, Amit Shah at the central hall in the presence of 353 lawmakers n seconded by union HM n Raod and Highways ministers, Rajnath Singh n Nitin Gadkari.

All the NDA partners also extended their support to Modi’s candidature in this meeting in the presence of party veterens Lal Krishna Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi n Akali Dal’s Prakash Singh Badal.

Mr. Modi touched their feet n sought their blessings amidst the chanting of Modi Modi in the central Hall.

Designated prime minister Modi is leaving for Gujarat tomorrow to seek his mother’s blessing.

Those who accompanied Mr.Modi to Rashtrapati Bhawan were Amit Shah,Prakash Singh Badal, Ram Vilas Paswan,Udhav Thakrey, Pallaniswamy, MNF chief n various other leaders of NDA.

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Rawat’s camp demands resignation of Uttrakhand state president n Congress leader in the house Pritam n Indira Hridayesh

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After the Congress’ s debacle in Uttarakhand as in other states of the country as well, but not so bad as was the case in Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Tamilnadu where the party lost all its seats, heavy discontent against the state leadership is brewing up, with the demand for immediate resignation of the state party chiefs.

While the party chiefs of Uttar Pradesh Raj Babber, Shiela Dikshit in Delhi n the Congress chief of Tamilnadu have already tendered their resignations to the party high command accepting the moral responsibily for the poor performance, the Uttarakhand Congress chief n former state minister Pritam Singh, who himself lost the election including 4 other Lok Sabhas of the state with a hefty margin, has not shown decency to follow suit on moral grounds.

There is tremendous pressure from the rival camps, especially from Harish Rawat group on Party High Command to ask for Pritam Singh’s resignation.

It is believed that one of the Congress MLA Harish Dhami n 6 others have openly threatened to form a group of their own if the current state president Pritam Singh and Indira Hriyadesh leader of the opposition in the state assembly are not asked to resign from their respective posts with immediate effect, holding them responsible for the party’s ugliest show .

It may be recalled that the political enemity between the former CM of Uttarakhand n AICC general secretary Harish Rawat n Pritam Singh group is well known in Uttarakhand’s political circles.

Indira Hridayesh who had been number two in all the state Congress governments is Rawat’s bete noire as well who has not worked in his election in Nainital lok sabha accuse Harish Rawat’s followers resulting in the latter’s shameful defeat by more than three lakh votes.

Pritam Singh himself lost from Tehri Garhwal with a huge margin of 2.6 lakh votes against BJP’s Maharani Rajya Laxmi.

Since the party has lost badly in this lok sabha elections Harish Rawat’s group has become active directly asking for the resignations of the incumbent Congress president Pritam Singh as well as the leader of the Congress in state assembly.

However, it’s also a known fact that during Harish Rawat’s tenure as the state CM, several important Congress leaders viz Satpal Maharaj, former CM Vijay Bahugna, Cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat, Subodh Uniyal and several MLAs ( 11 in numbers) in 2016/ 17 have jouned BJP leaving Congress party in a huff. They had to lose their assembly membership as well.

The Congress party too suffered a heavy loss under Rawat’s leadership giving 57 seats to BJP n Harish Rawat himself losing from two assembly seats respectively. It was then that instead of demoting Harish Rawat, he was elevated to significant positions like appointed as general secretary of AICC n member of the highest decision making body, the CWC.

Pritam Singh’s supporters argue that how can there be double standards for two leaders of the same state. If they ( Harish Rawat camp) are asking for Pritam Singh’s resignation, why was Harish Rawat elevated despite the party’s extremely poor show in Uttarakhand in 2017 assembly elections under his leadership.

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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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Surat fire’s toll rises to 20. CM Vijay Rupani announces Rs 4 lakh as financial compensation for each of the dead

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Shame on the Gujarat government and its administration that its chief minister Vijay Rupani has valued the life of a dead in Surat fire for merely Rs four lakhs.

The Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has announced Rs four lakh as compensation amount for the bereaved family of each of the dead in the massive fire in Surat Gujarat.

The toll till now has reached to 20 n several others seriously injured. Cases have been registered under relevant sections of IPC against the builder and the owner of the coaching centre for violating the building n fire rules/ by laws.

The furious and highly angered relatives n near n dear ones of the deads have raised anti Modi slogans when the Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani n the health minister reached the spot.

They’ve angerly argued n complained that the administration haven’t responded in time n adequately to save the lives of students trapped in this massive fire as number of the immolated students were constrained to jump from the top floor killing themselves on the spot.

There were not sufficient number of fire tenders and other equipments. The disaster management officials were conspicuous by their absence.

This apathetic behaviour n attitude of Surat administration has resulted in 20 deaths say the furious onlookers and the relatives of those who’d succumbed to fire injuries.

On the top of that the financial compensation announced by the state CM Vijay Rupani was merely Rs 4 lakh for each of the dead which is considered to be a tip of an iceberg or peanuts.

Souds immensely shocking that a government that has been accorded a historic majority by the people of the country n Gujarat exhibits so much of indecency n harsh behaviour towards the deads of the massive Surat fire. There is tremendous opposition n anger in the public for the extremely poor show in saving the fire victims n coming to their rescue in time.

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Ajay Bhatt likely to get berth in union cabinet from Uttarakhand state

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Though the process of formation of government at the centre is on the anvil, the prime minister Narendra Modi has a very bigger task to perform in a new cabinet formation.

The reason being his party has brought a historic majority on its own n he has to oblige the NDA allies as well.

There are more claiments than the cabinet n state berths. The task is onerous.

However, as far as the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is concerned there is one name that is taking the rounds this time, either in addition to the present state minister of textiles Ajay Tamta or separately as an individual minister to be sworn in, either as a full fledged cabinet minister or minister of state with independent charge.

If certain reliable sources are to be believed the name of the Uttarakhand state BJP chief and MP from Nainital who’d defeated the Congress stalwart, former CM, Rahul Gandhi’s protege n AICC general secretary Harish Rawat with more than 3 lakh votes, Ajay Bhatt is very much under consideration.

The prime minister held two back to back public meetings in Nainital parliamentary constituency in April, considered to be most successful meetings with lakhs of attendence from where the prime minister Narendra Modi was able to successfully convey his positive message not only to the people of Uttarakhand but to the electorates of entire country.

PM Modi wanted to ensure that Rahul Gandhi’s main leuitenant Rawat is defeated at all costs n it finally happened when Ajay Bhatt defeated Harish Rawat with more than three lakh votes, the only constituency being predicted in opinion polls as the Congress’s strong hold.

Ajay Bhatt as the BJP’s state chief has many feathers in his cap since the last five years. Bhatt took charge as the state’s BJP chief in 2016 and it was under his efficient charge n leadership that the BJP defeated the ruling Congress party badly, securing a historic majority with 57 state lawmakers n ensuring the then Congress CM Harish Rawat’s shameful defeat from two assembly constituencies simultaneously thus giving merely 13 seats to Congress, which is a record of sort during the 18 year rule of BJP n Congress in Uttarakhand after attaining separate statehood.

Not only that but the party has staged a come back this time as well in all the 5 parliamentary seats defeating the Congress nominees with more than three lakh votes in all the five contituencies except Haridwar where Dr. Pokhriyal won by 2.5 lakh votes.

In addition to these plusses Ajay Bhatt firmly stood with the party and worked tirelessly in strenthening the BJP at the booth level in the entire state, despite not being included in the state cabinet last time in 2017 though he had then lost the assembly election from Ranikhet despite the party’s wave.

But it was felt that since he was busy campaigning extensively for the BJP candidates in the state, he could’nt accord time to his constituency n hence he lost.

Moreover since the state chief Trivendra Singh Rawat is a Thakur and in order to appease the Brahmins of the state, Bhatt’s inclusion in the union cabinet is an inevitability in order to maintain the caste balance as well.

Sources reveal that Ajay Bhatt’s chances for inclusion in the union cabinet are cent percent, if one believes in the above logics n feasible technicalities. May be, some other incumbent will be chosen for the Uttarakhand BJP presidentship. What’s your take friends?

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In Uttarakhand the victory margin of four BJP candidates is more than three lakh each

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The celebrations by the BJP chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, his entire cabinet, party leaders and workers in Uttarakhand and all the winning candidates are over for now but this one sided victory in the Uttarakhand Himalayas for the third time in succession since 2014 till now has proved home the point the the saffron party is undoubtedly an invincible factor in the hills of Uttarakhand.

Not only had the BJP sweeped the 2014 parliamentary elections winning all the five seats then, it also win the 2017 state elections with a thundering majority gaining a record of 57 seats in the state assembly leaving just 13 for Congress followed by a re victory this time as well, never ever witnessed in the parliamentary elections history of the state since the year 2000 when Uttarakhand came into separate existence.

The pro Modi wave was so ramphant in all these three elections since 2014 that the saffron party achieved three consecutive success rendering the Congress party in a politically non entity position. Both the present n former minister of UK n state presidents have lost this time viz Pritam Singh n Harish Rawat leaving Congress party of nowhere in the state. The margin of the victory is in lakhs making it abudanlyclear that people had voted for prime minister Narendra Modi n national security, thus diluting the state’s anti incumbency factor.

In Nainital from where the former CM n AICC general secretary Harish Rawat was pitted by Congress party against the BJP’s state president Ajay Bhatt, the former being a seasoned national leader lost by a massive margin of more than three lakh votes. It was in this constituency that prime minister Modi has addressed two huge public meetings n raised theissue of the pride of defence forces post Pulwama. In the previous election of 2014 it was the party’s veteran n former Uttarakhand CM Bhagat Singh Koshiyari who scored a comfortable victory against the Congress’s sitting MP n Asian Weight lifting champion K C Singh Bawa, who was then the sitting MP from this seat.

Therefore being a new comer Ajay Bhatt gave a strong n formidable fight to Harish Rawat n won the seat by more than 3 lakh votes’ margin, attributing his victory to the dynamic pro peoole leadership of prime minister Modi.

From Almora parliamentary constituency the union minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta defeated his nearest rival of Congress Pradeep Tamta by 2, 37, 000 votes. Pradeep Tamta is also quite popular in the area having been associated with number of movements of the hills but due to existing Modi under current n other factors every logic of his got diluted giving Tamta a golden opportunity to repeat this time as well. Pradeep Tamata is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand and is the protege of Harish Rawat.

BJP’s Ajay Tamata’s humble nature and his incessant connect with the local populace n carrying out number of development projects including opening of air n train services has added to his advantage apart from theModi undercurrent. The important Pauri Garhwal lok sabha seat has been won by BJP’s former minister in UK n state president Tirath Singh Rawat, earlier held by retired Major General Bhuvan Chand Khanduri. Rawat defeated Khanduri’s foreign returned son Manish Khanduri by a huge margin of 3 lakh 3 thousand votes.

Manish Khanduri had joined Congress at the nick of the time protesting against the shabby treatment meted out to his father BC Khanduri. From Tehri Garhwal constituency BJP’s sitting MP Maharani Lakshmi defeated the present Congress president Pritam Singh with a massive margin of more than three lakh votes. Although there were general annoyance against the Tehri Maharani Rajya Lakshmi for not having been accessible to the voters during the last five years n Pritam Singh sounded as a heavy weight who never lost assembly election from Chakrauta for the last 25 years but against being the heavy Modi under current he too lost with a huge margin. Moreover, being from the Royal family people of theinteriors of Tehri Garhwal constituency have special, respect n soft corner for them. It was because of this very reason that his late father in law Maharaja Manvendra Shah won from here for five consecutive terms on BJP ticket.

Similarly the sitting BJP MP n former Uttarakhand CM Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank defeated his nearest Congress rival Ambrish Kumar by 2 lakhs 57 thousand votes. The BSP candidate in the fray minussed the Congress party’s SC ST n minority vote bank to some extent giving the benefit to Nishank.

Dr. Nishank is considered to be a manipulater who’s reputation to some extent was at stake due to some charges of irregularities during his tenure as CM but Modi wave has finally re elected him as the other four in Uttarakhand. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has written several books and is a poet as well having been felicitated with literary honours good number of times.

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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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