Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung steps down- to return to academia

More than 18 months before his term was scheduled to end, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung resigned. He offered no cause for his sudden stepping down from the post however, citing that he would be returning to his primary field of academia.

In a statement released by his office he thanked the Prime Minister for the help and cooperation he received during his tenure – and also to the people of Delhi, especially during the President’s rule imposed in 2014.

He also thanked Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal for his association over the last two years inspite of the bitter relationship between Jung and the AAP Government.

Any speculations that the resignation was because of the differences between the two was immediately shot down. The tenure was marked by the AAP alleging that the L-G was responsible for roadblocks in governance which included effecting new legislation and overruling decisions among many others.

Even the central government denied any possibility of Jung’s quitting having anything to do with the BJP Government citing that the move could be because of exhaustion and constant squabble over governance in the union capital.

Najeeb Jung is an IAS officer from the 1973 batch, and had been elected as Delhi’s 20th Lt Governor in July 2013. During his tenure he has worked with the Sheila Dikshit and AAP governments apart from administrating the union during the President’s rule.

He has a Masters degree in History from Delhi University, and has studied Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries at the London School of Economics. In the past, he has served as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Jung is currently in talks with various academic institutions to pinpoint on his future in academia.

Sources Indian Express  Scroll 

Sheila Dikshit assures help to Bhulandshahr rape victims

Congress’ Uttar Praesh Chief Ministerial candidate, Sheila Dikshit has offered legal aid to the Bulandshahr gang rape victims.

“We are ready to offer legal help to them. We are ready to get the girl admitted to the school of their choice. We would also like to say to Akhilesh Yadav to wake up. The security of people is the first priority of any state government and Akhilesh Yadav has totally failed in it,” Dikshit mentioned in her comments.

She alleged that the Samajwadi Party government has no control over the severe situations in Uttar Pradesh on lines of law and order.

The blow from Dikshit came after Chief Minister Akhilish Yadav, earlier in the day attacked his opponents saying that they are trying to gain political mileage from the gang-rape in Bulandshahr. He also called the incident ‘unfortunate’ and shameful’.

On July 29, a 35-year-old mother and her 14-year-old daughter were brutally gang-raped in Bulandshahr district. They were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with other family members via National Highway 9. The family had stopped near a cycle repairing shop near Dostpur village.

Source: Business Standard

Thousands come out in support of Sonia Gandhi’s UP poll campaign in Varanasi

With the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections at close quarters, Congress President Sonia Gandhi ventured into the contention by launching her party’s poll campaign with a road show in Varanasi on Tuesday, which also happens to be PM Modi’s constituency for the past two years.

 Scores of Congress supporters participated in the 6.5 km road show from the Circuit House right upto Englishiya Line, including 5000 motorcyclists accompanying Gandhi’s parade.
Reportedly, the show began with Sonia Gandhi garlanding the statue of B R Ambedkar at the Circuit House. She was also seen waving to the crowd from an open roof SUV and stepped out of the vehicle several times to accept the warm wishes of her supporters.

Also present  were senior congress leaders, including Raj Babbar, Sheila Dikshit, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh who were in full support of their party chief.

In a statement to NDTV, Raj Babbar said, “Yes we need a chamatkaar (miracle) in Uttar Pradesh, but it has happened in the past too, even 2014 was a miracle for our opponents and we are hoping there will be a miracle this time too.”

Incidentally, the party has launched a campaign “Dard-e-Banaras” to bring to fore the lack of development in Varanasi, which Modi has been winning for two years in the Lok Sabha.

In addition to this, Congress has also launched a campaign “27 saal UP behal” that highlights how the VIP constituency changed from bad to worse while Congress had been out of power.

Congress names Sheila Dikshit as chief ministerial candidate for UP polls

Three time Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, has been nominated by the Congress as its chief ministerial candidate for the Uttar Pradesh elections. With this, it is said that Congress has not followed the strategy of opting for a young leader.

Notably, this decision comes after the party was wiped out in various state-polls held recently.

Dixit has had a 15-year-old long tenure as the Chief Minister of the national capital. It is often said that it was under her government that Delhi witnessed substantial modernisation, especially in the field of infrastructure.

But she had expressed that she had been left hurt when her party excluded her from the 2015 Delhi elections and favoured her long-time rival Ajay Maken to face Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party. AAP scored a landslide victory in the 2015 elections, fetching 67 out of 70 seats, while Congress did not even get a single one.

Poll strategist for the Congress, Prashant Kishor believes that Sheila Dikshit, having a Brahmin association, will help lure the upper caste voters of the politically crucial state.

Moreover, the chief of the Congress’ campaign committee will be Sanjay Singh, who is from the royal family of Amethi. Notably, Amethi is the constituency of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.


SOURCES: NDTVIndian Express

Ex-Chief Justice of India appointed Kerala Governor

New Delhi: In a controversial decision, a former Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam has been appointed as the Governor to the state of Kerala after former Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, stepped down recently.

All the governors who were appointed during the UPA regime were being sacked, or transferred by the newly elected Narendra Modi government. This led to eight governors resigning from their post so far.

The decision, however, has not gone down well with many, especially among the members of Bar association and Congress party. For the first time in the history of this country, a non-political individual has been appointed as the Governor of a state. Besides, it is usually expected that a Judge refrain observe a ‘quarantine period’ during which he does not take up any responsibilities except for that of Judicial Inquiry Commission.

The Congress party members while protesting his appointment, are of the opinion that Justice Sathasivam was given such a plum post owing to his involvement in acquitting Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. “Why was he made? This raises a question if he has done some work, for which they are pleased. Prime Minister Modi is pleased, Amit Shah is pleased and that is why he is being honoured?,” questioned Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma.

The 65-year-old who retired in April this year, will be appointed governor ‘with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office’ informed a communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan

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