Congress first win in by-poll election after Rahul Gandhi become party president

Congress party for the first time have won though it’s just a by-poll, but still it’s a big thing. After so long finally Congress scored a perfect score somewhere. This is seen as blow for the Bharatiya Janata Party before the state elections and the national election next year. The Ajmer and Alwar parliamentary seats were won by the party. On this party president Rahul Gandhi said by tweet, “Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan.”

For this by-poll election though this is not so big yet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Congress Leader Sachin Pilot put in all their energy for campaign in the seat which was vacant after the death of the lawmaker. Ms Raje also said through a tweet “We are committed to Rajasthan’s development… now we have to work very hard.” What BJP should worry about is in Ajmar Congress is leading with 84,000 votes and in Alwar they are leading with two lakh votes. In Mandalgarh assembly seat Congress party came third and won with just a margin of 12,000 votes. BJP and Ms Raje did all they could to retain their seats in Ajmar and Alwar. It is said by the party works that they went out of the way to retain it.

BJP had to witness a setback not only in Rajasthan but also in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress took over the seats. As Congress won over Rajasthan’s Ajmar and Alwar, similarly TMC of West Bengal under Mamta Banerjee won over Naopara and Ulluberia. A shocking thing that we came across was these by-polls happened just four days after the release of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Whereas this by-poll was seen as prestige battle for Ms Raje in Rajasthan and same was for vice president Shri Rabin Chatterjee. The number of seats in Alwar, Ajmar and Mandalgarh are 11, 23 and 8 respectively. As we know TMC won over Naopara and Ulluberia with BJP coming in the second position. This is seen critically because next year we have national elections.

Ashok Chavan who is the head of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said, “The process of the revival of the Congress has begun. The political environment in the country is changing rapidly and it is the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi government.” The high voltage run up in all this was the Congress accused the BJP of polarizing the voters and they did nothing to stop attacks on the Muslims in incidences which were mostly linked to cow vigilantes. Sachin Pilot who lost the single seat of Rajasthan in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections today said “The people have rejected the Vasundhara Raje government and its policies. Young people have realized that the politics of polarization doesn’t work.” Whereas at the same time Ms Raje said that this by-poll won’t affect the big picture of 2019 elections.

Sources: NDTV, The Indian Express

PM Modi Plans Tiranga Yatras to Celebrate 70th Independence Day

BJP is likely to celebrate Independence Day by carrying out ‘Tiranga Yatra’ for a week in from August 15-22.
PM Narendra Modi while addressing Bharatiya Janata Party’s Parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday, outlined BJP’s plan for August 15. The party plans major celebrations to mark 70 years of Independence Day.
With the agenda of evoking ‘nationalism and patriotism’, the BJP MPs and MLAs will carry 8-feet high tricolours on motorcycle rallies in various constituencies with BJP MPs and MLAs. He also proposed a helmet with Tricolour stickers for all riders.
M. Venkaiah Naidu and a committee of ministers have prepared the blueprint for the celebrations. It will be finalised by BJP president, Amit Shah.  Among other proposals was a plan to search unsung heroes and bring their memories to the public. The PM wants the party to highlight 70 programmes as it is the 70th anniversary of Independence.  The renaming of Garib Kalyan Yojana on the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyay was also proposed, as reported by The Indian Express.
BJP has taken out rallies in the past with political motives. Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP’s veteran leader had carried out a yatra from Kanyakumari and ended it in Srinagar with unfurling of the flag in 1991. In 2011, BJP’s Anurag Thakur also carried the Tiranga rally, however, it was not allowed to enter J&K.

RSS plans to reach out to the Christian community through a Christian outfit

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh now plans to reach out to the Christian community by reaching out to the Christian leaders,  keeping in line with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch. The supposed Rashtriya Isai Manch is being set to build bridges with the community based on goodwill.

RSS’s National Executive member confirmed, “On 17th December, about 40-50 Reverend Bishops and 4-5 Archbishops, from across 10 to 12 states met to decide to develop a movement. This was done to lay the seeds for an organization.”

This was the first attempt of RSS to reach out to the clergy. Chinmayananda Swami of Vishva Hindu Parishad called this the ‘Christmas Message for Peace, Love, and Harmony from Indian Soil’, in a meeting held at Delhi on 17th December. The meeting was attended by eminent Archbishops and bishops of Delhi and the general secretary of the Church of North India, Alwan Masih.

The steps taken by the RRS comes in response of the recent intolerant allegations to the ruling party at the center. The Bhartiya Janta party has also been blammed to support and instigate communal violence between various communities.


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Nitin Gadkari Breaks His Silence

BJP president Nitin Gadkari carried out a protest in New Delhi on Wednesday against the government regarding issues such as foreign direct investment (FDI), corruption and inflation. The party aimes at starting a debate in the Parliament regarding the FDI issue. The protesters also demanded for an investigation against Parliament member Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who have been allegedly accused of corruption.

Nitin Gadkari speaks out.

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