AIADMK Crisis: TN Governor meets Rajnath Singh

Amid an ongoing political crisis in Tamil Nadu the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 19.

A day after the disqualification of 18 MLAs  owing allegiance to the rebel AIADMK(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagamleader) TTV Dhinakaran, Rao met the Home Minister at his residence in New Delhi. According the TOI, the Governor informed the Home Minister about the current political development in Tamil Nadu, in the 20-minute meeting.

Rao arrived a day earlier in Delhi and met President Ram Nath Kovind and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  The opposition parties and the and the rebels of the AIADMK legislators have urged the Governor to convene the assembly for a floor test at the earliest. Rao is yet to take a decision on the Chief Minister K. Palaniswami  vote of confidence.

The disqualified MLAs accused Palaniswami of being corrupt and  said they had no confidence in him.

The Governor is scheduled to fly on the afternoon of September 19 to Chennai, where he will meet the CM to discuss his approach on summoning the assembly .

UN General Assembly: Sushma Swaraj meets Ivanka Trump, discuss entrepreneurship

Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj met Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly. The two ladies were seen bonding and discussing women entrepreneurship and workforce development in the two nations.

Ivanka will head the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The United States of America and India will co-host the GES, to be held in Hydrabad from November 28 to November 30, 2017.

The GES will be a global platform for all the upcoming entrepreneurs, seed capitalists, Venture capitalists, investors and business moguls from across the world, to meet and exchange ideas. Not only it will facilitate easy business operations for aspiring entrepreneurs but also provide impetus to the Indian entrepreneurship sector.

After the meeting, Ivanka took to Twitter to praise Sushma Swaraj and call her a ‘Charismatic’ foreign minister. She further tweeted, “We had a great discussion on women’s entrepreneurship, the upcoming #GES2017 and workforce development in the US and India.”

Once done with her global address on September, Swaraj is expected to arrive in India. During her week-long stay, the minister is expected to hold around 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with other members of the summit.

Sources: NDTV, Economic Times

Image Source: Twitter/@IndianembassyUS official

Ex-Congress politician Shankersinh Vaghela announces Third Front for Gujarat

A former senior politician from Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela who left Congress in July announced the formation of a third front, Jan Vikalp, in the state for upcoming elections to the 182-member assembly.

Shankersinh Vaghela was seen as the architect responsible for plunging the Congress into disarray to block Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha election. Vaghela’s move to create an alternative party follows a similar narrative and may hurt the Congress.

The Jan Vikalp forum was launched by Vaghela’s supporters through an online media campaign and using outdoor hoardings. According to Times of India, Vaghela is likely to announce a political similar to that of a third front on Dussehra, September 30. 2017.

“People associated with Jan Vikalp were insistent in seeking my support, so I decided to support them. There will be several major political programmes in the coming days, which I will declare on Tuesday,” Vaghela stated, as reported by TOI.

Though Jan Vikalp has claimed to be an alternative to BJP and Congress, considering Vaghela opely supporting BJP in the Rajya Sabha and Presidential elections, the third front may end up hurting Congress prospects in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Eleven MLAs supporting Vaghela have joined the BJP and his son, Mahendrasinh Vaghela and one more former MLA may join the party during Navratri.

Sources: TOI, NDTV

Yogi Adityanath, four others take oath as MLCs

On Monday, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh took oath as a member of the State Legislative Council. Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and ministers, Swantradev Singh and Mohsin Raza, also took oath today. Raza, a minister of state, is the only Muslim member of the 48-member council of ministers led by Adityanath. Four Samajwadi Party (SP) and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLCs had quit their seats in August following which these five were elected in by-polls.  Ramesh Yadav, Chairman of the Legislative Council, administered the oath at a function in Tilak Hall of the Legislative Building in Lucknow.

Candidates including CM are required to get elected to either of the two houses- Vidhana Sabha or Vidhana Parishad- to become a member of the council of ministers. Each of these five ministers had to get elected to either of the two houses before September 19th in order to continue their office.

This makes Adityanath the third successive Chief minister to choose the upper house after Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP).

Sources: One India, Telangana Today 

Sushma Swaraj set to meet galaxy of leaders in NY

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is in New-york to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) meeting and interact with a galaxy of world leaders. Swaraj is scheduled to attend 20 to 30 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the head of various countries. She was received at the airport by the Indian ambassador to US, Navtej Sarna and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

She will kick start her diplomatic meetings with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj will also meet her Tunisian Counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. However, she will not meet Pakistani external affairs minister who will also be present. She will participate in a meeting on UN Reforms which will be hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India has been very much vocal about the necessity of change in the structure of the United Nations. She is also scheduled to address the general assembly on 23rdof September.

The UNGA meets on the backdrop of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tension along the Korean peninsula as well. UN may try to pressure India to open its gates and provide refugee to the Rohingya Muslims.

 

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TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sushma-swaraj-in-new-york-to-attend-un-general-assembly-meet/articleshow/60725679.cms

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Assam BJP muslim woman leader suspended for supporting Rohingya refugees

A muslim woman executive of Bhartiya Janta Party’s state majdoor morcha in Assam was expelled from the party on Sunday over her Facebook post that supported Rohingya muslim refugees. The evicted Benazir Arfan claimed to have been arbitrarily suspended without getting a chance to explain herself.

According to Indian Express, Dilip Saikia, General Secretary of the Assam state BJP unit said, “Benazir Arfan has been expelled after she failed to give any satisfactory reply to the show cause notice she was served last Thursday on why disciplinary action should not be taken against her for organizing a rally over the Rohingya Muslim issue in Guwahati without bringing the matter to the party forum.”

Arfan, in her post, she urged people to participate in the fast that protested the treatment given to the Rohingya muslims by Myanmar. She clarified her stand stating that her choice of words were misinterpreted and termed her expulsion an ‘insult’ to her loyalty towards the party.

She declared that she will take up the matter to the higher authorities. Rebuffing her claims, Saikia added that it is not for the first time she is flouting the party rules but has previously raised issues on inappropriate social forums.

Arfan had previously been BJP’s face in anti- triple talaq campaign in Assam.

Sources: DNA, Indian Express

Image Source: Facebook/ Benazir Arfan

Chandrakant Kavlekar booked by ACB in DA case

After filing a case against Chandrakant Kavlekar, leader of opposition in Goa Assembly, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked his wife, Savitri for abetting the crime in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

The ACB conducted raids at three of Kavlekar’s residences and offices at various places including in Betul.

The ACB released a statement that said that Kavlekar has combined wealth in the form of movable and immovable properties within and outside the state of Goa.

“It was also revealed that Kavlekar has purchased around 14 different landed properties worth Crores of rupees in the State of Kerala. He has not even disclosed the details of properties purchased by him in the state of Kerala in his Asset 84 Liability Statement submitted before the Institution of Goa Lokayukta during the period from the year 2013 to 2015,” read the statement.

According to the statement, Kavlekar amassed disproportionate assets of Rs 4,78,58.471, which was 59.21 percent above their known source of income. This was during the check period from January 2007 to April 2013, when Chandrakant was serving as the chairman of the Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC).

He has been booked under Prevention of Corruption act of 1988- section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (e) and under the Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kavlekar is a three-term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly and represents the Quepem constituency and earlier in the day ACB filed a FIR against him in the said case.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard