NCP and BJP candidates enters into violent clashes

Pune: Chinchwad area of Pune saw election campaign turn unruly after candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) got into clashes with one another, resulting in complaints filed from both ends.

A BJP worker complained that he and his fellow party workers were assaulted by NCP workers in the Anandnagar slums at around 10.45 on Saturday night, reported TOI .

According to the complaint filed at the Chichwad Police station, the members of BJP reached Anandnagar after learning that the NCP workers were distributing cash in order to buy votes for the elections. Four persons from the NCP were booked under the case, Vitthal Kaubade of the Chichwad police told TOI.

In another instance, the sitting woman NCP corporator from Chichwad registered a complaint with the police stating that 15-20 BJP workers hurled stones at her apartment in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

According to the complaint lodged, the BJP workers forced themselves into the house and assaulted the women of the family. They allegedly broke the window panes by hurling stones before leaving the housing complex premises.

The two parties are strong contenders in the Pune Municipal Corporation elections. Chichwad area is set to for the polls on February 21.



Francois Hollande to not contest for second term

After earning very low popularity ratings, Francoise Hollande, President of France conveyed his unwillingness to run for the second term of Presidency at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Socialist leader, in a television addressed, “I’ve decided not to be a candidate to renew my mandate”. After making his intentions clear, he also expressed his desire to lead the country during his remaining tenure.

He also made a reference to the deadly attacks in Nice that took place in July, the Paris attacks of November 2015 as well as the attacks on the cartoonists of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Stressing on the problems and challenges that Europe, especially France faced during his tenure, he made it pretty clear that he is not contesting for the next term. This opens up a spot for a Socialist leader to contest. Manuel Valls is a likely to be chosen as the next Presidential Candidate.

Accused of lacking the preparedness and coherence, his tactics of dealing with problems made him infamous with the French Public. Also, his messy split from partner Valerie Trierweiler just after his election added to his low popularity. However, he was praised by Manuel Valls who termed his decision as the “The decision of a Statesman”.

The leader of the opposition, Francois Fillion who had always expressed his displeasure at Hollande’s Presidential administrative skills and also termed them as ‘Pathetic’ is likely to be elected as the presidential candidate from his party.

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Choose between ‘Jungle Raj’ and ‘Vikas Raj’: PM Modi, Munger rally

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With the present agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to carpet bomb Bihar with election rallies, Prime Minister Modi yet again made a striking remark against the opposition in the Munger rally which was held on Thursday. In a high decibel voice pitch, he went ahead and fiercely attacked the opposition and also took on RJD leader Lalu Prasad  Yadav for his ‘insult’ to the Yaduvanshis in his very first rally of on Thursday, in Bihar’s Munger district.

Addressing the people, Modi said, “For the first time, Bihar polls are based on the idea of development and progress for the youth”, Modi said.”

The politics for power is at it high in the state of Bihar. Just one day before the rally, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organized a lit-up roadshow with some bike riders in order to persuade people to come and attend the Prime Minister’s public meeting, there was the administration who turned the town into a complete fortress with added security personnel deployed at each nook and corner.

PM Modi will also be addressing 3 more rallies-Begusarai, Samastipur and Nawada- in Bihar today to campaign for the Bihar assembly elections.

Gujarat first in making voting compulsory in local body elections

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Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Government on Tuesday issued a notification dated July 17, 2015 stating that voting will be made compulsory in local body elections. It comes under the Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment), Act 2009. By doing so, it has also become the first Indian state to make voting at the local body level mandatory.

The new regulation will be applicable to more than three crore voters in the state and they are expected to vote in the upcoming civic elections. The elections will happen in six municipal corporations, 33 district panchayats and over 150 taluka panchayats. As per the notification, any citizen failing to vote in the civic elections shall be penalized. Officials said that the specifics of the punishment will be clear once the rules are framed. It can be either monetary fine or non-eligibility for certain civic incentives.

An ordinance was issued by the state government for the addition of a clause in the act that disqualifies elected representatives if they dont vote. None Of The Above or NOTA option will also be available for the voters.

Gujarat Governor O P Kohli had given approval to the bill in November 2014, which had a controversial provision to penalise citizens who fail to cast their votes in elections to local bodies. According to the new act, any registered voter failing to vote and furnish a valid reason, will be liable for punishement.

The average voting percent in elections to local bodies was around 45-50 percent in the past. Six municipal corporations recorded an average of 44 pecent of voting in 2010.

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Jagguda Back with a Bang

Jagmohan Dalmiya is back to the most powerful position in Indian cricket, that is, the President of the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He will stay in charge till September 2017. It marks a grand comeback for Dalmiya, who was the BCCI President almost 10 years back. He was elected unanimously as he was supported by both the major factions led by Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan. Dalmiya was nominated as it was the turn of the East Zone to nominate a candidate for the post. Dalmiya qualified as he is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The wheel has turned a full cycle as Dalmiya was ejected from the BCCI in 2005, after the candidate he backed Ranbir Singh Mahendra lost to Sharad Pawar, who was then supported by Srinivasan, Lalit Modi and Shashank Manohar.

It was the first time that Dalmiya had lost an election in over 25 years of cricket administration. The event marked a tectonic shift in the BCCI. He was much maligned and even arrested over embezzlement of funds after Pawar came to power. However, what hurt him the most was the India-England fixture in the 2011 World Cup being taken away from the iconic Eden Gardens on the grounds that it was not ready to host the match. It is interesting to note that Srinivasan and Pawar were the presidents of the BCCI and the International Cricket Council at that time. Dalmiya has also been the President of the ICC in the past and was instrumental in bringing the 1996 World Cup to the subcontinent. He also was a voracious supporter of more opportunities for minnows like Bangladesh and pushed for their test status.

However, his lasting contribution to the ICC was making it into a money making enterprise by selling the commercial television rights and bringing events like the World Cup entirely under the ambit of the BCCI. When he was the President of the BCCI, Indian cricket enjoyed some of its best years, both in terms of money making and on field performance. Dalmiya came back in the public spotlight when he stood in for Srinivasan after he was asked to step down by the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the IPL spot fixing scam where his son in law was accused of betting.

It would indeed be interesting to see if Dalmiya wields the same sort of influence in his current tenure and whether he can redeem the BCCI’s reputation which has taken a hit in recent times. Jagguda is back and back with a bang.


Delhi Election: AAP is a backstabber, says PM Narendra Modi

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New Delhi: In a hard-hitting assault on AAP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called it a “traitor” and asked the people of Delhi not to repeat the “mistake” of voting in favour of the Arvind Kejriwal-driven party.

During his thirty-minute address at an election rally at Viswas Nagar in East Delhi, Narendra Modi sought a clear mandate for the BJP, which fell short of majority in the last assembly elections and promised that his party will provide a clean and stable government which the public have “never seen” before.

Taking on Aam Aadmi Party without naming the party, Modi made fun of its execution in the Lok Sabha elections, saying it “created a world record in forfeiting deposits.”

“The very people whom you voted in favour of last time stabbed in your back. They destroyed your dreams and obliterated Delhi. You gave them a befitting punishment in the Lok Sabha polls,” he added.

Calling Delhi the face of India, he said this assembly election would decide how the nation is seen at the worldwide stage. “There is no preferable place over Delhi for India’s identity.”

Modi also complimented Kiran Bedi, who is the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate, for her administrative abilities.

“She knows Delhi inside out. She has administrative knowledge and is well versed with the history and geography of Delhi. She is a lady with solid determination and will take the capital to new heights,” he said.

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Tayyip Erdogan set to become the first President of Turkey

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Ankara: Tayyip Erdogan, the political leader who has spent three terms as prime minister,  has won about 52% of the votes in the elections and is all set to become the first elected President of Turkey. More than 50% win means that the veteran leader won’t have to contest a second round of elections.

Tayyip Erdogan, who is revered by the people of Turkey for boosting the economy of the country and giving a voice to conservatives, left his main opponent Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu behind at a distant 38%. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party leader, Selahattin Demirtas took 9% of the votes.

The former Prime Minister who was barred from standing for another term has earned some flak by critics who feel that Erdogan, with his Islamist leanings and authoritarian approach, will take the country further away from being the secular state that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had founded.

The voting turnout, which was 89% during the local elections in March, in comparison was considerably lower this time owing to the summer heat and the holiday season.

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