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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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

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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

Chief litigant of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case Bhaskar Das passes away

The head seer of Nirmohi Akhada and the chief litigant in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case, 89 years old Mahant Bhaskar Das died due to brain stroke in Ayodhya. The seer was a petitioner in the case since 1959 in which the Nirmohi Akhada had filed a claim for the ownership of the Ram Janmboomi land. With his death, both the chief litigants from both the sides – Hindu and Muslim have passed away. Hashim Ansari, the main litigant of the Muslim side had passed away in July 2016, at the age of 95 years. Das’ disciple mahant Ram Das is likely to take over as the chief litigant of the case.

On September 12, Das was admitted to a private medical facility after he complained of breathing problems. According to the Hindu, the seer was advised to be taken to a super-speciality hospital either in Lucknow or Delhi but he refused to leave Ayodhya.

Several local BJP and RSS leaders including former UPCC president Nirmal Khatri paid their homage to the seer. As a mark of respect, all shops in the Hanumangarhi area in Ayodhya have shut their business for the day.

The final rites and cremation would take place on September 16 at the Tulsi ghat in Ayodhya.

 Sources: The Hindu, India Today

Morsi sentenced to 25 years in jail

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As per sources, the original sentence amounted to 40 years which was reduced to 25 years. The Court of Cassation, which is Egypt’s highest court of appeal, upheld the life sentence of Morsi who was involved in the Qatar espionage case. The court also mentioned that the ruling is “final and unappealable”.

Morsi was found guilty by an Egyptian court for leaking confidential documents to Qatar and selling them to Al-Jazeera channel. The information included military secrets and state’s policy affairs. He has also been charged with possessing weapons, inciting violence as well as the killing of 22 Coptic Christians working in Libya in 2015.

Morsi became the first democratic Egyptian president in the year 2012, was ousted from power within a year. He was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is currently serving as the president of the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has been blacklisted by the current government as a terrorist group.

Egypt is also one of the four nations of the Saudi led block which cut off all trade relations with Qatar since 5th June.


  1. Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/world/egyptian-court-confirms-ousted-president-mohamed-morsis-life-sentence-4846562/


The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egyptian-court-confirms-morsis-life-sentence/article19698974.ece


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Livmint – http://www.livemint.com/Politics/M5F2JgvjqGvzehSZDs7nyO/Egypt-court-sentences-former-president-Mohammed-Morsi-to-25.html