BJP’s historical win in Shimla MC elections

Analysis

A victory in Himachal Assembly poll foregone conclusion

By Amba Charan Vashishth

With a historic win in Shimla Municipal Corporation elections in June BJP has maintained its winning streak in Himachal Pradesh too. For the first time BJP has won majority and grabbed Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s posts 31 years after elections were held to the country’s oldest urban local body since the days of the British Empire when the city enjoyed the privilege of being the summer capital of both the then Government of India and the undivided Punjab.

For the past 26 years consecutively Congress had ruled Shimla MC and during the last five years it was CPM which controlled it as the party won both the mayor and deputy mayor’s posts which were then filled through direct election.

BJP won 17 (50 percent) of the seats and its toll rose to about 56 percent with one BJP rebel rejoining the party and one newly elected Congress councillor joining the party.

In another historical first BJP candidate Kusum Sadret, a Dalit, won the Mayor’s post getting 19 votes while Rakesh Kumar Sharma scored 20, with one Congress member cross-voting in favour of BJP.

It is also for the first time that more than 50 percent (18) winners are women out of which 10 belong to BJP, 7 to Congress and the lone CPM winner.

Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, himself facing corruption charges in court, seems to have seen the writing on the wall and that is why he ordered postponement of the elections on the pretext of “revising the electoral rolls”. Former Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhuamal had described the act as unconstitutional. The decision was challenged in the High Court which ordered the Virbhadra Government to order elections immediately.

The results are a great personal setback to CM Virbhadra Singh as he had personally campaigned in the elections cancelling his pre-scheduled engagements. Congress lost the Totu seat which falls in Singh’s assembly constituency. In the adjoining seat of Boileugunj BJP marked its win where CM’s son and HP Youth Congress President Virkramaditya Singh campaigned extensively.

On the BJP front, former CM P. K. Dhumal, Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda and State President Satpal Satti held the fort and campaigned extensively. It is also a welcome gift for Shri Mangal Pandey who assumed charge of Himachal BJP organisational matters over a month back. BJP youth wing was also very active. Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur led the youth in the campaign.

The election results are being seen as a curtain raiser for the outcome of the state assembly elections which are just a few months away in October-November this year. BJP is bound to romp home to victory and form the next government with a thumping majority. The State capital of Shimla has sent a message loud and clear. The results have sent shocks of shivers down the ruling Congress.

Govt has banned the use of red beacon for VIPs

Govt have bans to use of red beacon for VIPs
Govt have bans to use of red beacon for VIPs

In what could be seen as a major step towards ending the VIP culture prevalent in India, the government on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.

As per sources, the decision taken by the Union Cabinet will be implemented from May 1.

It is reported that five categories would be allowed to use the red beacon- President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.

It was reported last week that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.

Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath, the new chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, have already taken steps to either end or restrict VIP culture.

In its first cabinet meeting, chaired by Captain Amarinder, the newly formed Punjab Government decided to completely shun the VIP culture by removing the red, yellow and blue beacons from their official vehicles.

44 people dead when bus falls into Shimla’s Tons river

when bus falls into Shimla's Tons river, then 44 people's are dead: Himachal
when bus falls into Shimla’s Tons river, then 44 people’s are dead: Himachal

As many as 45 people were dead after a bus fell into Tons river in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.At least 45 people lost their lives after a bus plunged into the Tons River in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate Pratyush Singh told  that the rescue team has not been able to reach the site as it is too deep.

There were more than 50 passengers in the bus.

The rescue team is rushing to the spot.

The accident happened in the remote Nerwa area of the Shimla district. There were over 50 passengers in the bus.

 

 

Government making all necessary steps to get liquor baron back to India

Govt making all necessary steps to get maliya back to India
Govt making all necessary steps to get maliya back to India

A day after Vijay Mallya was arrested in London, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the Centre is making all necessary steps to get the liquor baron back to India and put him before the law.

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu further said that the government would persuade the UK Government to extradite the liquor baron from UK.

“We will be impressing upon the UK government to extradite the liquor baron from UK and send him back to India as he is facing charges in India. We hope UK government will respond positively.

Mallya was arrested yesterday by Scotland Yard in London on an extradition warrant by India. He was later granted bail.

Following Mallya’s arrest, the Scotland Yard issued a statement saying that the absconding businessman was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud.

“Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extraction warrant. He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today, 18 April,” read the official statement of the Scotland Yard.

His arrest came after a Delhi court had issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant against Mallya in connection with the 1995 FERA violation case.

Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that Mallya’s extradition has been stratified by the Secretary of State of the U.K. Government and added that a warrant would soon be released against him.

Police has arrested a cab driver for harassing a tourist lady

 Police has arrested a cab driver for harassing a tourist lady
Police has arrested a cab driver for harassing a tourist lady

The She team of the Hyderabad Police has arrested a cab driver for allegedly harassing a lady tourist.

The tourist from Kerala, working in Bangalore, came to Hyderabad along with her family, on a three-day trip to see Hyderabad and its surrounding places last week. She engaged a cab from a travel agency.

They toured the city, went for shopping, took pictures, had food and spent the time moving around important tourist spots in the city.

On the third day at the end of their tour when they were going to catch the train, the lady was sitting as the seat adjacent to the driver while her parents and relatives were at the back seat.

When they were on the way and reached Ramanthapur area, the driver unzipped his pants and started showing his private parts to the lady.

She was shocked and screamed asking him to stop the car. But the driver did not listen and repeated the same act.

When the lady was shouting and screaming repeatedly, he stopped the car.

She got down immediately and narrated the incident to her father and uncle.

While they started questioning him, the driver started to drive away the car with her mother and aunt in it.

Both her father and uncle grabbed the car keys from him, while the driver threw their luggage on the road.

The lady called up the travel agency and complained against the driver.

As they were to board the train, she could not complain to the police station. However, she sent the details to the whatsapp number of Hyderabad City Police requesting to take necessary action.

SHE Teams, Hyderabad City Police investigated the case and arrested the driver Mohmmad Saleem.

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Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s social work was widely appreciated in Lok Sabha

Dr. Achyuta Samanta's social work was widely appreciated in Lok Sabha
Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s social work was widely appreciated in Lok Sabha

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and its founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s social work was widely appreciated in Lok Sabha on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Participating in a discussion, MP from Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh) Dr. Virendra Kumar said the need of the hour was to encourage people like Dr. Samanta who were instrumental in transforming the society.

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He said Dr. Samanta had set an example to the whole world by providing free residential education to 25,000 tribal students. Dr. Samanta who has also set up another popular institutions – KIIT University invest all the money made in this institution to fund the poor tribal students studying in KISS. I salute this great man and his selfless work. We need people like Dr. Samanta who can work without any political ambitions or personal goals. We should encourage persons like Dr. Samanta, who is working for those people who really need it. I can proudly say that he has been working for society and not for publicity. I have a great respect for this gentleman and I heartily congratulate him”, he said. As he mentioned Dr. Samanta’s works, the other MPs too thumped the desk in appreciation.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta is the founder of globally children KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences), a one-of-its-kind home for 25,000 poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine, which provides free accommodation, food, healthcare and education from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) with vocational training. Dr. Samanta has been honored with numerous national and international recognitions for his noble work, including Gusi Peace Prize International in 2014 and Isa Award for Service to Humanity. He is the founder and propagator of ‘Art of Giving’ (philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human mind around the globe. KISS also has been accorded special consultative status by the United Nations.

To get the Timeline in demolished the Babri Masjid case

To get the Timeline in demolished the Babri Masjid case
To get the Timeline in demolished the Babri Masjid case

On December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as ‘kar sevaks’. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the mosque.

A subsequent inquiry into the incident found 68 people responsible for the demolition, including several leaders of the BJP and the VHP. The demolition also resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.

There were two sets of cases relating to the Babri Masjid demolition.

The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, in a Raebareli court.

The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.

UP govt has ready to the work, with considering to schemes of previous regime

UP govt has ready to the wark, with considering to schemes of previous regime
UP govt has ready to the wark, with considering to schemes of previous regime

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath-led government is considering to scrap Samajwadi Smartphone Yojana, Janeshwar Mishra Gram Yojana and Lohiya Aasra aur Aawaas Yojana.

The Samajwadi Smartphone Yojana promises the people free distribution of smartphones.

More than 1.4 crore people – most of them youth – had registered online for the scheme.

Those applying for the scheme had to be residents of Uttar Pradesh, above 18 years of age and finished high school.

Besides, the applicant’s family income had to be below Rs. six lakh per annum.

The former Samajwadi Party government had said that the phones would be distributed in the second half of 2017.

This comes after the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to shed the ‘Samajwadi’ prefix from all the projects initiated by the previous regime.

Names of the Samajwadi Ambulance Swasthya Sewa and the Samajwadi Pension Scheme are among those in line for a change of name.

This is, however, not for the first time that the state is going to witness politics over names.

The erstwhile Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the Samajwadi Party government in the state had indulged in a war of letters over the use of “Samajwadi” in the ambulance scheme.

The then Central Government had even threatened to withdraw funding for the scheme if the prefix was not removed from its name.

The Samajwadi Party government on its part decided to run the scheme from its own resources.

The Samajwadi Party leaders, including the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, had argued that the word “Samajwadi” was mentioned even in the preamble of the country’s constitution and hence should not be linked with any party politics.

After assuming office in 2012, the Akhilesh Yadav government had rechristened eight districts named after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ideologues.

The Samajwadi Party government had also decided to restore the name of the state’s prestigious medical university as KGMU that the erstwhile Mayawati-led BSP government had named as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University.

The sensitivity over the name is, however, not a state-specific phenomenon.

Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre too has renamed a number of central schemes after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideologues.

 

Cabinet has discuss the matter of paper trail machine

Cabinet has discuss the matter of paper trail machine
Cabinet has discuss the matter of paper trail machine

The Cabinet has start to discuss the matter of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). It’s  Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Cabinet has so far cleared two tranches of Rs. 1,009 crore and Rs. 9,200 for the Election Commission to buy new voting machines.it’s so castly

Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the government seeking funds for VVPAT machines.

Last year, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to the funds needed for the machines.

The Supreme Court has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress had attacked the Election Commission for allegedly using “tampered” EVMs.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election