Congress, BJP on the same page: Say No to NOTA

Political rivals, Congress and the BJP took a similar stand on the use of NOTA for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat. In a memorandum to the Election Commission, the BJP said: “It is submitted that use of NOTA in the upcoming poll has become an issue of debate among the political parties and therefore, a proper consensus should be made before the use of NOTA in an election in Rajya Sabha.” 

 The BJP believes that due to the lack of provision of the secret ballot, NOTA does not hold much use.“Therefore, the BJP demands that the direction for using the NOTA option in the election for the Rajya Sabha in the state of Gujarat be withdrawn with immediate effect,” the party said in the memorandum. 

 The Congress followed suit as they moved the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision of using NOTA  in the upcoming elections. 

According to Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs, NOTA goes “against the nature of the whip.”. “NOTA is fine in the case of direct elections but in the case of Rajya Sabha elections, it should be withdrawn. This option should be eliminated as it creates confusion” she added. 

News Source: Hindu, Indian Express

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Congress – RJD welcome Sharad Yadav against Nitish

The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s invitation to Janta Dal (united) leader and co-founder Sharad Yadav in the fight against the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, was welcomed by the Congress Party on Monday.

Sharad Yadav, who is a colleague of the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has expressed his disapproval towards his ties with the BJP. Yadav, who decided to remain silent for five days was invited by Lalu to fight against Nitish Kumar. On Monday, Yadav broke his silence and said he does not agree with the steps taken by his colleague. According to a report by NDTV, the veteran leader told the reporters at Parliament, “Whatever happened is very unfortunate, the mandate by the people was not for this.”

On July 26, 2016, Nitish Kumar took a political change as he broke his mahagahtbandhan with RJD and Congress and shakes hands with the BJP. According to Kumar, the refusal of resignation by the deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav, made him take the step.

ANI reported that Naresh Agarwal, a leader of Samajwadi Party (SP), condemned the decision taken by Kumar and also pointed out that a senior leader like Sharad Yadav was left out from making this decision.

RJD is planning to launch “Desh bachao, BJP bhagao” movement soon.

 

Sources: ANI news, NDTV

 

JDU checkmates RJD joins hand with BJP

Nitish Kumar sudden decision to break the grand-alliance and join BJP within hours came as a shock to many, but those who were in the political circles knew that something was not very right. It was like a game of chess between JDU and RJD where JDU was winning the board with every move they made, till the final check-mate this week.

Nitish Kumar was one of the few oppositional leaders who supported demonetization while his ally RJD was against it. On the issue of GST Bill, Nitish Kumar’s JDU was first to support BJP. In the last presidential elections, almost everyone began to see the tilt which JDU had towards BJP. The rumors began to take serious shape with CBI investigating the hotel scam against Lalu Yadav’s family. JDU has repeatedly demanded former deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav to step down based on alleged corrupt allegations.

However, one thing is very clear that Nitish Kumar is no more in the race of becoming PM, as Narendra Modi would occupy that post. Within two years of breaking up with the NDA camp, JDU realized that it is not getting what it wanted as family politics of “Yadavs” did not give JDU the full-fledged freedom to rule autonomously. JDU’s decision to break ranks with the NDA had gone bad. In the national assembly elections, JDU was able to secure only 2 seats across Bihar. Nitish Kumar also resigned and appointed Jeetan Ram Manjhi as the new Chief Minister who was not able to rule properly. In the end, the situation became so bad that Manjhi founded his own party i.e. Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM).

This is the first time since 1990, that both the state government and the central government are ruled by the same coalition party in Bihar. The demand for “special-status” for Bihar can be fulfilled under these circumstances and more funds can flow inside the state. Thus for the general population of Bihar, it could be a blessing as there has always been a shortage of funds allocated from the center in Bihar.

RJD can now try to split the JDU, as there are reports of some JDU leaders including Ali Anwar Ansari and Sharad Yadav who are unhappy with Nitish Kumar’s decision. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury are also trying to engineer a split within JDU. If RJD is successful even a small fraction of JDU leaders it would be difficult for the ruling coalition to stand the floor test. Also with 80 seats, RJD is currently the biggest party in Bihar. There are 16 Muslim-Yadav legislators in the JDU camp which can break up, due to a difference in ideology with BJP. RJD may try to convince them, that Nitish Kumar would backstab them when the time is right.

However, the situation of the opposition is now in tatters if we look at its preparation for the 2019 assembly elections. With Congress losing one state after another and defection of party members followed by a broken opposition which has a divided ideology, it will be very difficult for them to defeat a strong NDA which has been expanding in every direction.

Nitish Kumar is the Chief Minister again just like the last week, everything seems to be functioning normally, and just political-parties have changed hands. Sushil Modi is back in his shoes of deputy CM thanking Tejaswi Yadav for being an accused of corruption charges. What else can one expect from politics in Bihar?

 

News Sources- Financial Express 

Congressman arrested for raping a 51 year old woman.

Congress MLA M Vincent has been arrested for allegedly raping a 51 year old female. The victim, attempted suicide after she was sexually assaulted by the congress legislator reported NDTV.

 

A case had been registered against the MLA under charges of abetment of suicide after a complaint was made by the woman at Balaramapuram, told the police. However, he denies any such sexual attempts towards the woman and says that he is being framed.

 

Ajeetha Begum, Kollam City Police Commissioner was quoted,”A case under IPC section 376 has been registered against Congress MLA M Vincent representing the Kovalam segment, after the woman’s statement was recorded at a hospital in Neyyatinkara, where she is undergoing treatment.”
TOI mentioned, the woman’s husband had stated that the MLA on a regular basis used to call her wife over phone and harass her. Despite all this, Mr Vincent claims the charges to be “baseless” and “without facts”. He adds, the allegations were a part of a conspiracy and told the woman used to call her many times for help on a different sexual assault case, which he had passed on to the local police.

SOURCE: TOI, NDTV

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Shankarsinh Vaghela Quits Congress; Claims that he was thrown out of the Party

Shankarsinh Vaghela, former chief ministers of Gujarat, said that he quit the Congress on July 21, 2017. This statement was made just a day after he claimed that he had been thrown out of the party and was spotted sporting a saffron scarf.

According to The Hindu, Vaghela said that he was a ‘victim of internal conspiracy in BJP and now in Congress’.

Vaghela went on to say that he was expelled from the Congress because they were worried regarding what he might say during his birthday celebrations.

In a report by the Economic Times, Vaghela was unhappy that the Congress had not declared him as the front runner of the party’s campaign in Gujarat as well as the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming party elections.

There has been reported internal strife in the Congress party after Vaghela criticized Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

Regarding the matter, a Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala told NDTV, “Congress regrets a veteran leader of his stature resigning.” He went on to say, “He wanted to be made the party’s state president. But no party can comply with this request. It’s something that the party must decide and cannot be left to individuals”

 

Sources-

  1. The Hindu-http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/shankarsinh-vaghela-quits-congress-wont-join-bjp/article19324073.ece
  2. The Economic Times-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/congress-expelled-me-24-hours-ago-says-rebel-shankarsinh-vaghela/articleshow/59698011.cms

Congress is Corrupted No. 1, says KT Rama Rao

KT Rama Rao, Telangana’s IT Minister accused Congress of creating obstructions in the state’s development and for being the most corrupt.

He addressed TRS student leaders during a convention in Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad calling the party as Scamgress and not Congress. Also, he stated that it fails to be an Opposition Party.

The MA&UD Minister dismissed the allegations made by Congress leaders regarding a misuse of Rs 43,000 crore for Mission Bhagiratha. Whereas he brought out that NITI Aayog and the United Nations have praised the State government’s initiatives. He appreciated TRS student wing for fighting back the Congress power and motivates them to keep up the good spirit.

The News Minute quoted KTR saying, “The same Congress had merged Telangana region in 1956 much against the wishes of the people and it also evaded granting of statehood to Telangana for many years. Indeed Congress leaders of Telangana worked against the movement.”

Also, a Twitter war happen between the duo over employment. KTR also lashed out against the Gandhi family for not supporting state development.

Sources: the Hindu, Deccan Chronicle

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi opposition’s choice for Vice-President

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen as the Opposition’s candidate for Vice-President. The decision to pick the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi was taken after 18 Opposition parties met on Tuesday.

According to Indian Express, only Gandhi’s name was discussed during the meeting at Parliament House.

After the meeting, Congress President Sonia Gandhi told reporters that Gandhi’s name for the nomination had been raised unanimously by all parties present in the meeting.

“Eighteen parties have decided to field Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their vice presidential candidate. We have spoken to Gopalkrishna Gandhi. He has agreed to be the opposition’s candidate for vice president”, Indian Express quoted the Congress President as saying.

Nitish Kumar caused a bit of worry in the opposition camp by not attending the meeting, although he sent Sharad Yadav, JDU’s other top leader to compensate for his absence. There has already been some tension in the Opposition camp over Nitish Kumar’s support for BJP Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. But Nitish Kumar’s earlier approval of Gandhi, though, is a major positive.

The meeting was attended by Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, NC’s Omar Abdullah, SP’s Naresh Agarwal and BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra. If required, polling for the vice president’s post will be held on August 5 and counting will also take place in the same evening.

The NDA government is yet to announce their candidate for the vice president.

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV