Jignesh Mevani refuses to call off rally despite Delhi Police order

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Gujarat legislator and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is an accused in the recent violence occurred in Bhima-Koregaon, Pune.

New Delhi, January 09: Newly elected Gujarat legislator and Dalit leader, Jignesh Mevani called out the ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ along with Assam peasant leader Akhil Gogoi to address Dalit activists on January 09, 2017, even when the Delhi Police denied permission citing an National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that had disallowed protests at Jantar Mantar.

Around 1500 police and paramilitary personnel, armed with tear gas and 10 water cannons, have been deployed at the venue. In spite of that, a large number of students from universities in New Delhi, women’s groups, teachers’ associations and activists associated with Mevani from across the country are expected to attend the rally.

On Monday, a tweet by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police said, “No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders.” However, the organisers have claimed that their protest is on Parliament Street and not Jantar Mantar.

The purpose behind the rally is to demand the release of Chandrashekhar Azad, the Dalit leader arrested last June over caste clashes in Saharanpur.

The 37-year-old Mevani is accused in the case of violence in the recent clashes at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune, that eventually spread across Maharashtra.

 

Sources: The Indian Express, India Today

New Logo for West Bengal Unveiled, Name Change of State on Cards

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiling the State logo at Nabanna on Friday.

Kolkata, January 05: At an inauguration ceremony held at State Secretariat, Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal unveiled the new logo for the state. The new state logo has the alphabet “B” (for Bengal) written in Bengali script placed in middle in form of a seal, with the Lion Capital of Ashoka (the National Emblem) placed at top.

Along with logo, the West Bengal government is in the process of changing the state name to Bangla.

Describing the moment as historic, the Chief Minister stated that for the first time after independence, the state will have a logo of its own, informing that the logo had been approved by the Centre after being designed in Bengal. She added that henceforth, the logo will be used in official government documents, including letterheads. Incidentally, the logo is the brainchild of the Banerjee, who is an enthusiastic painter and writer herself.

She also stated that the name of the state will be changed from West Bengal to Bangla, and the due process of getting approval from Centre is underway. The CM had also designed the logo for Biswa Bangla, which was exclusively used for promoting the schemes and events of the state government.

However, Mukul Roy, one of the former top members of Trinamool Congress,  now defected to BJP, had alleged that the logo was registered under the name of Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, an MP himself, reports The Indian Express. The allegation was strongly refuted both by the party and the state government.

Haj House painted Saffron by Yogi Adityanath Government

Image Courtesy: ANI                                                                                                                         The Haj House in Lucknow, used by Muslims as a transit place on their way to pilgrimage in Mecca, is now saffron in colour.

Lucknow, January 05: The exteriors of Haj House in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been painted saffron by the state government. It houses the officials inspecting and regulating documents for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The house is used for customs and immigration checks and has also a prayer hall and residential facility for pilgrims.

However, Cabinet Minister Mohsin Raja of UP government dismissed any controversy regarding the move, reports ANI. He stated that the building has been coloured saffron as it is an energetic colour and adds to the beauty. Although a section of Muslims and opposition parties have objected to the move, the minister stated that since the opposition has no big issues, so they rake up inconsequential things.

Traditionally, saffron colour is associated with Hinduism and Sangh Parivar, the parent organisation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since coming to power in March last year, the BJP government has been on a spree using saffron colour to paint buildings including the State Secretariat that houses the offices of Chief minister and top officials along with rolling out saffron coloured buses by the transport department. Furthermore,the department of information have changed the colour of their official site as well the booklet to saffron colour.

68% vote in Phase one Gujarat polls-A look at the Highlights of the Day

Hindu Business Line reported that Gujarat saw a 68% voter turnout in the first phase of voting on Saturday, 9 December. 19 districts with 89 assembly seats were part of this phase. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP state chief Jitu Vaghani, former state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia, OBC leader Alpesh Thokor and SC/ST leader Jignesh Melvani are some big names from today’s list of contested seats.

NDTV stated that there were certain allegations about the use of mobile jammers at the place of voting. This was denied by the Chief Electoral Officer, BB Swain. It was not used due to policy guidelines. 397 candidates are ‘Crorepatis’. Pankaj Patel, the Congress candidate from Daskroi constituency is the richest with worth 231.93 crores declared assets. Molti Ba, 106-year-old citizen who witnessed the Dandi March and Civil Disobedience Movement during India’s freedom struggle, was one among the many voters.

India Today informed that 1,085 villagers of Gajadi, in Morbi district did not vote this time. They were upset about the lack of delivery of poll promises. The village lacks the basics of bijli, sadak and paani (electricity, roads and water). They complained that neither the BJP nor the Congress paid heed to their plea.  Hardik Patel mentioned, “I will join the Congress if it suites the needs of the Patidar community. I feel Rahul Gandhi has matured as a fine politician.”

The second phase is scheduled for 14 December. Results will be announced on 18 December. Gujarat has been the election laboratory for the country. BJP is eyeing to continue its political reign in Gujarat, while Congress sees it as a litmus test and wants to make a comeback.

Sources – India Today, NDTV

UP Civic poll results 2017: BJP wins big; Maya’s BSP down but not out

  • Lucknow gets its 1st woman mayor in 100 years
  • Ayodhya votes for Lotus; Gets its 1stmayor
  • Lucky draw for settling tiebreaker between BJP-Congress in Mathura
  • Congress puts up a poor show in Amethi and Raebareli

Eight months after BJP’s landslide victory in the assembly election, the party soars high in the UP local body election. Considering BJP’s large-scale campaign throughout the state, their win seems no surprise. Interestingly, BSP emerged as a silent winner in Aligarh and Meerut despite having a low-key campaign.

Party chief Amit Shah said, winning the Uttar Pradesh civic polls is a reflection of the people’s unshakable faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and the BJP’s politics of performance. The party bagged 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP candidate Sanyukta Bhatia created history after being elected as the first mayor of Lucknow, defeating her nearest rival, Samajwadi Party candidate Meera Vardhan, by a sizable margin of 1,31,356 votes. The state capital has never had a woman as its mayor. The newly-elected mayor said she will prioritise civic issues such as garbage and traffic congestion, in her interaction with The Times of India.

Meanwhile in Ayodhya, Rishikesh Upadhayay, a BJP candidate got elected as the first mayor.In Mathura, where BJP and Congress both polled 874 votes in ward number 56, the win was to be decided by a lucky draw. Coincidently, luck favoured BJP’s, Meera Agarwal.

Congress faced huge disappointment in its strongholds. The party failed to win even a single seat of the chairperson in the four town areas or Nagar panchayats of Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Whereas in Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the party candidate won municipality chairperson’s seat but lost in other eight town areas.

Sources – NDTV, The Times of India

 

 

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

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