On Saturday, BJP President Amit Shah asserted on the point that India is a sovereign country and it has the right to develop the country within its boundaries. He also said that India is dismissing China’s objection to Japan showing interests in investment in the northeastern states.
While addressing a press conference, he said, “India’s policy has been very well clarified by Sushmaji (External Affairs Minister). It is our sovereign right to develop the country inside our boundaries and we will utilise that right.”
Moreover, China has opposed the involvement of any third party in the Sino-Indian boundary disputes or any foreign investments in areas over which it has claimed in the region.
However, a joint statement has been issued by India and Japan on Thursday stating that
the setting up of the Act East Forum and referred to plans to take up infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in India’s northeastern states.
Chinese Foreign Ministry, spokesperson Huan Hunyin, reacting to it, said,”We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes.”
As part of his three-day visit, BJP President Amit Shah uncovered a statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the founder of the erstwhile Jan Sangh. Madya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma were also present near the city’s Lal Ghati square to witness the same.
Shah was welcomed byChief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party leaders, KailashVijaywargiya and Prabhat Jha at Bhopal airport. He was also accompanied by a large number of Bjp workers and supporters during his visit to the party’s office.
According to Chouhan, Shah’s schedule in Bhopal will be a hectic one and involve a number of meetings with local party leaders, including State unit office-bearers, central office-bearers, core group members, State spokespersons, MPs, MLAs, district presidents, among others. The brainstorming sessions will also be attended by the central officers.
Apart from unveiling a book by Kailash Narayan Sarang, his hectic schedule will also involve addressing intellectuals and students.
The Bhopal visit is a part of his nationwide tour to promote his party ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
Current Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Venkaiya Naidu has been nominated for being the Vice-President By BJP. On expected lines, the nomination has been supported by NDA as well.
The official announcement was made by Party President Amit Shah at BJP headquarters in Delhi. He laid emphasis on the long career and the illustrious posts that he has held over the years within the government as well as party organization. “Across party lines, Venkaiahji is one of the senior most leaders in the country,” Mr. Shah said.
Shortly after the announcement, Naidu resigned from being a Union minister.
According to The Hindu, the veteran minister had some reservations about going to political exile, as he still remains a live wire in politics and a close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is believed that Modi had a formal meeting with Naidu where he convinced him that although it is a constitutional post, he would still head the Upper House. The NDA does not have the numbers at the Rajya Sabha, so having a Chairperson from their camp is likely to smoothen out the legislative agenda that the government plans to undertake in the next two years and thereafter.
Naidu is all set to file his nomination papers on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the third International Yoga Day on July 21,2017, at Ramabhai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow. The event , despite light drizzle, saw nearly 50,000 participants, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. This marked the Prime Minister’s third mass yoga celebration, since he addressed yoga as “an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition” to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.
Other BJP leaders, too, were seen hosting events across the country. BJP president Amit Shah joined yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, in Ahmedabad. Union Health Minister JP Nadda, too, gathered at Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh, along with Punjab governor VP Singh and Chandigarh BJP Chief Sanjay Tandon.
However, the event did not restrict itself to BJP leaders. In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal joined Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, along with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for the celebration. BJP’s nominee for the upcoming presidential election, Ram Nath Kovind, was also present. Minister of State for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman attended celebrations in Palakkad in Kerala
In 2014, the BJP government replaced Department of AYUSH with Ministry of AYUSH. This ministry laid foundation to the government-led research and development schemes about Ayurvedic health benefits. On June 21, 2015, the ruling government, along with the Ministry of AYUSH, organised the first mass Yoga Day celebration. The Ministry was credited with creating two Guinness World records, which were holding the largest yoga class in Rajpath, New Delhi, featuring 35,985 people, and for the largest number of participating nationalities with 84 nations.
Since then, the frenzy of International Yoga has expanded, where in 2016, the number of countries that joined in, rose to 135. The Prime Minister again was seen hosting the mass event in Chandigarh, which witnessed over 30,000 participants.
As the event came to an end in Lucknow, the PM, in a series of tweets, expressed his admiration for yoga and acknowledged its growing presence across the world.
Soon after his tweet, people on Twitter started promoting the event using the hashtag ‘IntYogaDay’. Inaugurating the State-level observance of International Yoga Day at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, said that yoga was not a part of any religion and it should be practiced with a free and secular mindset.
Bollywood stars also joined hands and showed their support towards the Prime Minister’s approach towards yoga.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted this photo with the caption “International Yoga Day .. today .. lekin mera yoga DAY toh bachpan se chal raha hai .. aur ye toh Gujarat Tourisim ka drishya hai”!
In America, NBA legend LeBron James also uploaded a photo on Twitter, celebrating International Yoga Day.
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s resignation has come as a major blow to the BJP, especially for Prime Minister Narendra Modi; for she was the PM’s selected one to lead his bastion when he left for the national stage. However, her resignation did not send shock waves across the state as it was more or less expected. It was just a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘why’.
Offering her resignation through a Facebook post, Anandiben Patel cited her looming 75th birthday as the reason for her exit. But nobody was willing to buy her explanation as it was no secret that Gujarat was gradually slipping away from BJP’s hands under her watch. Whether or not the party forced her to resign, the growing anger among the Patidar and Dalit community in the state, coupled with corruption allegations against her daughter was clearly the trigger for the political drama that unfolded in the state.
Meanwhile, if the BJP thinks that her resignation can deflect the attention on the current political crisis in the state, they are completely wrong. The large number of Dalit protestors who gathered in Ahmedabad in wake of the Una incident, is clearly reflective of the fact that the BJP is losing its plot in the state. It is a far cry from the good governance model that PM Modi keeps boasting about.
Even though Uttar Pradesh may be the biggest political challenge for the BJP in 2017, winning Gujarat back has also become equally significant. PM Modi draws his authority from Gujarat and hence it becomes imperative that the party do not lose its grip on the state to avoid political ramifications.
The BJP has already entered damage-control mode and has named Vijay Rupani as Anandiben’s successor- a move that has party president Amit Shah’s stamp all over it. Instead of elevating Nitin Patel as the Chief Minister, a move that could have placated the Patel community, the party settled for Rupani as he has proved his administrative skills as a cabinet minister in Anandiben Patel’s government. The BJP cannot afford to make one more mistake in the state as it could damage the party’s electoral prospects in 2017.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav will hold a meeting next week regarding the new formation of the government in the trouble torn state, Jammu and Kashmir. The two leaders will likely talk about the several issues of the state and its policies in order to clear the impasse.
Mehbooba Mufti who is the successor for the chief ministerial post, after the death of her father, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on January 7, wants BJP to make some amendments in its political agenda for Kashmir to continue the alliance.
In addition to it, she demanded changes in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and also wants supplementary financial aid to the state from the centre.
According to the Raj Bhavan sources, in a letter, the Governor N N Vohra has asked both the Mufti and the state BJP chief Satya Pal Sharma to make their positions clear on the new government formation. “Besides being in touch with the leadership of the coalition government partners, the Governor N N Vohra has sent letters to Mehbooba Mufti, and Sat Pal Sharma, to urgently inform him about their respective positions regarding formation of the new Government,” the source said.
Meanwhile the BJP has already made it clear that they want to continue with their same agenda and wants to settle the matter before the parliament session begins.
The meeting between the two leaders will take place in Srinagar in February, but the official dates are yet to come out.
Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, 92, a two-term former Nawada MLA, who contested the state’s first assembly election in 1952 from Rajauli assembly segment, feels that politicians haved stooped to their lowest levels to win the 2015 state election in Bihar.
The plight of the farmers, the unemployed, price rise, the poor and all the ground level issues have been swept under the rug by the politicians’ love for abusive language and the beef row.
“Visionaries like Gandhi, Nehru and Jayaprakash Narayan would have been deeply pained to see that in Bihar which has a glorious history, politicians are using filthy language just to demean rivals for electoral gains,” he said.
The war of the words has been on since a long time between the parties contesting the Bihar elections. RJD chief Lalu Prasad called BJP chief Amit Shah ‘narbhakshi’ (man-eater) and Shah in return called him ‘chara chor’ (fodder-robber). FIRs have been lodged against both for the un-parliamentary remarks. Union home minister Rajnath Singh compared grand alliance partners with frogs and BJP leader Sadhvi Niranjana Jyoti called Lalu Prasad a joker.
“No one hit below the belt when I contested in the 1950s. The commentaries were limited to social and political issues,” he recalled. Battling poor health, Vidyarthi feels he is too old to contest elections. However, he is observing this year’s assembly elections from Nawada and Patna where his family live.