BJP would scrap Article 370 after forming next govt: Shah

BJP would scrap Article 370 after forming next govt: Amit Shah

Hitting out at opposition leaders for being “unhappy” with air strikes on terror camps, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said his party would remove Article 370 from Kashmir “after forming the next BJP government” at the Centre.

Criticising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for questioning the Balakot air strikes in a bid to “appease” the minority vote bank, Shah asked her to come clean on whether she, too, wants a separate PM for Kashmir, just like her ally and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.

BJP would scrap Article 370 after forming next govt: Shah

“Mamata Banerjee and opposition leaders are unhappy with the air strikes. They are questioning it just to appease their minority vote bank. But, I want to say it loud and clear that we won’t allow such forces to win.

“We would remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre,” he said, while campaigning for Darjeeling Lok Sabha candidate Raju Singh Bisht.

Article 370 of the Constitution grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah also slammed Banerjee for trying to mislead the masses on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The BJP government would bring NRC across the country and grant citizenship to “each and every Hindu refugee” of the country, he asserted.

Criticising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for questioning the Balakot air strikes in a bid to “appease” the minority vote bank, Shah asked her to come clean on whether she, too, wants a separate PM for Kashmir, just like her ally and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. “Mamata Banerjee and opposition leaders are unhappy with the air strikes. They are questioning it just to appease their minority vote bank. But, I want to say it loud and clear that we won’t allow such forces to win. “We would remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre,” he said, while campaigning for Darjeeling Lok Sabha candidate Raju Singh Bisht.

-PTI | 11 April 2019 | Kailimpong (WB)

BJP releases Third list of candidates for 2019 Election

BJP releases Third list of candidates for General Election 2019

The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met today (23 March 2019) under the Presidentship of Shri Amit Shah. Meeting was attended by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and all other members of the Central Election Committee of the BJP.

The Committee has decided the following names for the ensuing General Elections to the Parliamentary Constituency of different States.

List of candidates 

Sl. States PC No. Name of PC Name of Candidate Phase
1. Andhra Pradesh 1 Aruku (ST) K V VSatyanarayan Reddy 1
2. Andhra Pradesh 2 Srikakulam Perla Sambamurti 1
3. Andhra Pradesh 3 Vizianagaram P Sanyasi Raju 1
4. Andhra Pradesh 5 Anakapalli Dr. Gandi Venkata Satyanarayana 1
5. Andhra Pradesh 6 Kakinada YallaVenkata Ramamohana Rao (Dorababu) 1
6. Andhra Pradesh 7 Amalapuram (SC) AyyajiVema Manepalli 1
7. Andhra Pradesh 8 Rajahmundry Satya Gopinath dasparavasthu 1
8. Andhra Pradesh 9 Narsapuram Paidikonda Manikyalarao 1
9. Andhra Pradesh 10 Eluru Chinnam Ramkotaya 1
10. Andhra Pradesh 11 Machilipatnam Gudivaka Ramanjaneyulu 1
11. Andhra Pradesh 12 Vijayawada Dilip Kumar Kilaru 1
12. Andhra Pradesh 13 Guntur ValluruJayaprakash Narayana 1
13. Andhra Pradesh 15 Bapatla (SC) Dr. Challagali Kishore Kumar 1
14. Andhra Pradesh 16 Ongole Thogunta Srinivas 1
15. Andhra Pradesh 17 Nandyal Dr. AdinarayanaInti 1
16. Andhra Pradesh 18 Kurnool Dr. P V Parthasarthi 1
17. Andhra Pradesh 19 Anantapur HamsaDevineni 1
18. Andhra Pradesh 20 Hindupur Pogala Venkata Parthasarthi 1
19. Andhra Pradesh 21 Kadapa Singa Reddy Ramchandra Reddy 1
20. Andhra Pradesh 22 Nellore Suresh Reddy Sannapareddy 1
21. Andhra Pradesh 23 Tirupati (SC) Bommi Sri Hari Rao 1
22. Andhra Pradesh 24 Rajampet Pappireddi Maheswara Reddy 1
23. Andhra Pradesh 25 Chittoor (SC) Jayaram Duggani 1
24. Assam 9 Tezpur Sjt. Pallab Lochan Das 1
25. Maharashtra 3 Jalgaon Mrs. Smita Uday Wagh 3
26. Maharashtra 16 Nanded Shri Pratap Patil Chikkalikar 2
27. Maharashtra 20 Dindori (ST) Dr. Bharati Pawar 4
28. Maharashtra 34 Pune Shri Girish Bapat 3
29. Maharashtra 35 Baramati Mrs. Kanchan Rahul Kul 3
30. Maharashtra 42 Solapur (SC) Dr. Jaysidhesvar Swami 2
31. Meghalaya 1 Shillong (ST) Shri Sanbor Shullai, MLA 1
32. Odisha 1 Bargarh Shri Suresh Pujari 2
33. Odisha 3 Sambalpur Shri Nitesh Ganga Deb 3
34. Odisha 11 Kalahandi Shri Basanta Kumar Panda 1
35. Odisha 17 Puri Dr. Sambit Patra 3
36. Odisha 21 Koraput (ST) Shri Jayaram Pangi

BJP National Convention 2019: Amit Shah’s speech

Salient points of speech of BJP National President Amit Shah at the BJP National Convention at Ramlila Ground, New Delhi

In the last week alone, the government of Narendra Modi ji has taken two major decisions that have massive implications for future. The first of to these two decisions was providing 10% reservation for the poor from the upper castes in education and jobs.  Prime Minister has got it cleared in the Cabinet and parliament in a manner of less than one week to fulfill the aspirations of crored of upper caste youth in this country. In my view, the 124th amendment to the Constitution giving reservation to the upper caste youth is one of the most significant amendments to the constitution since it was framed.

The second major decision of the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi ji is simplification of the GST and the relief given to the small traders and manufacturers. As per this major decision, small traders and manufacturers with turnover upto Rs.40 lakh are exempt from registration under GST. Likewise, the turnover limit for coverage under the composite scheme has been increased from Rs.1 crore to Rs.1.5 crore.

He called upon the entire parliamentary board of the Bharatiya Janata Party to join him in congratulating and complimenting the prime minister for the truly historic decisions in the last one week.

Describing Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi as the most popular Prime Minister since independence Shri Amit Shah exhorted the delegates attending the national convention to take a resolve and vow to re-elect the Prime Minister with a bigger mandate in 2019. Shri Amit Shah stated that the national convention was to strengthen our resolve to usher in New India as envisioned by Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shri Amit Shah said that in a tribute to Swami Vivekananda during his Jayanti, which will be celebrated on January 12, the BJP would implement the vision of Swami Vivekananda. He said that the party would celebrate the party’s victory in 2019 which also happens to be 150th year of Gandhiji’s birth and 500th year of Guru Nanak.

Recalling the contributions of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee the BJP President stated the this is the first national convention of the BJP when Atal ji is not alive. Atalji provided leadership to the BJP from the Jan Sangh days and recalled how Atal-Advani duo strived to take the BJP to every corner of the country and in establishing it as a national party. Though there is a vacuum after the demise of Atal ji he would always remain with the people and the party as it pursues his goals.

Highlighting the significance of Ramlila Maidan as a venue where the party had resolved to secure a win in 2014 and the venue where the first rally to end the undemocratic Indira Raj after the imposition of emergency, Shri Amit Shah stated that 2019 would also become a significant milestone at the venue for securing outright majority for the BJP.

Shri Amit Shah emphatically stated that a victory in 2019 for the BJP is also important for 50 crore poor people of this country,  for the youth and for women who have suffered neglect under previous Congress dispensations and have not had access to even basic needs. For over 70 years people waited for a leader who would Make India great and Shri Narendra Modi had arrived to fulfill that desire.

Highlighting that the so-called Opposition Alliance has neither a leader nor any positive agenda, he said that the 2019 electoral battle will have an impact that would last for centuries. Underscoring the importance of 2019 battle, Shri Shah drew a parallel with the Great Maratha rulers in pre-British era who won 134 battles but a defeat in Panipat third battle had brought in the British Raj which subjugated India for 200 years.

Recalling the 2014 verdict the BJP national president said the people of this country have given an outright majority to a government after a gap of 30 years. He further stated the BJP was in power in only 6 States when the party secured a majority in 2014 while at present the party is in power in 16 States. Further, he said, the membership of the BJP has risen from 2.4 crores in 2014 to 11 crores at present. Once the party scores a victory in 2019 the party would expand its influence and become a dominant party even in the south of India going as far as Kerala, he added.

Stating the there is no leader to rival the popularity of prime minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Shah said that the BJP’s victory in 2019 was certain as the people of the country are with the BJP under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. Highlighting the desperation of the so-called grand alliance the BJP President said that the politics is not just arithmetic or physics but produces chemical reactions. Referring to the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress party in 2017 UP assembly polls , the BJP President stated that the BJP had secured a massive mandate despite that alliance. He exuded confidence that the BJP would secure over 50% vote and would go on to win at least 74 scenes in Uttar Pradesh in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Taking a dig at rival political parties that are feeling compelled to come together despite their known rivalries owing to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP President said that these attempts would fail.

Reeling out statistics as to how poverty and deprivation remained unaddressed despite the Congress having ruled India for 55 years the BJP President stated howin the last 4.5 years 6 crore women have received free LPG connections , 9 crore households have received a toilet , 2.5 Crore houses have received electricity, 2.5 crore households received free housing under Awas Yojana. Describing Ayushman Bharat as the world’s largest Health Insurance programme, the BJP President said that 50 crore people of the country who could not afford Healthcare are receiving Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover for hospitalization and for other expenses as well.

Highlighting significant improvement in the overall national security scenario, Shri Shah attributed improvements to the security doctrine followed by the Modi government which gave freehand to the armed forces to retaliate every act of provocation and infiltration with a heavy response. Naxalism has also been curbed and the problem has nearly ended, he said. The BJP government had given respect to the armed  forces by fulfilling a long standing demand of the armed forces for One Rank One Pension (OROP), he added.

Unlike the week-kneed response of the Manmohan Singh government in similar situations, our government carried out retaliatory surgical strikes after 16 of our sleeping soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Uri, he said. The whole world has started looking at us differently and with more respect after the surgical strikes, he added.

Demanding that the Congress party must make its stand clear on the National Register for Citizens (NRC), Shri Shah said that many opposition parties in Parliament shed tears for illegal immigrants who pose a threat to India’s security. Describing how this problem is eating away our resources like termites, he castigated them for vote bank politics.

Highlighting how India’s image and prestige has enhanced over the last 4.5 years under Modi government, Shri Shah recalled that Shri Narendra Modi was asked to inaugurate Davos summit though leaders from India never received such honour in the past. He also noted as major achievements the International Yoga Day, UN Champion of the Earth award for the PM Modi and India’s contribution to the deliberations in Paris Climate Summit.

Lambasting the corrupt rule of the Congress party before 2014 which looted Rs.12 lakh crore in various scandals, the BJP President listed various initiatives of Narendra Modi government like the SIT against black money, framing of rules under the benami act, fugitives act demonetisation etc to launch a big attack against black money. By implementing direct benefit transfer (DBT) under various schemes, the BJP government has plugged leakages and insured savings to the tune of Rs.80000 crore, he added.

Describing the Narendra Modi government as a Spotless government, the BJP president stated that the party cadres can hold their heads high for a government of total integrity. Highlighting how the Congress Party continues to indulge in lies and calumny even after the Supreme Court found absolutely no merit in the allegations being made in Rafale procurement and no need for any investigations. Shri Amit Shah has congratulated and complimented finance minister Shri Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for exposing lies of Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party during the parliamentary debates on the issue. Stating that the Congress Party is getting desperate as the party’s image is tarnished after the revelations by “Mama Michel” and Uncle Quattrocchi. Scare of a big defeat and the immaculate image of the government have made a desperate Congress to resort to lies and Propaganda, Shri Shah revealed.

Shri Amit Shah said that the likes of Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi , Nirav Modi who escaped India were in partnership with the Congress Party which allowed them to loot public money and that they would never have fled India had the Congress been in power. Because “chaukidar is holding everyone by the neck, they felt compelled to flee. Modi ji’s government will ensure that they return to India and payback everything they looted from this country with the Congress party’s collusion and help.

Source – http://www.bjp.org/ 11 January 2019/ New Delhi

BJP vows to win 2019 polls with bigger mandate than 2014

BJP vows to win 2019 polls with bigger mandate than 2014

The BJP vows in the National Executive meeting chaired by president Amit Shah  to work to ensure the party’s return to power in the Lok Sabha elections with a bigger victory than 2014 when it had won a majority on its own for the first time in its electoral history, sources said.

BJP vows to win Lok Sabha polls with bigger mandate than 2014A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units.

They pledged to work for the party’s victory in assembly polls in five states and a decision was taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is likely to go the polls with states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

“The BJP is confident of returning to power with more number of seats than it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” a source said.

Shah inaugurated the office-bearers meeting and it will be followed by a two-day meeting of the party’s national executive.

The BJP National Executive meeting chaired by president Amit Shah vowed to work to ensure the party’s return to power in the Lok Sabha elections with a bigger victory than 2014 when it had won a majority on its own for the first time in its electoral history, sources said. A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units. They pledged to work for the party’s victory in assembly polls in five states and a decision was taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is likely to go the polls with states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. “The BJP is confident of returning to power with more number of seats than it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” a source said. Shah inaugurated the office-bearers meeting and it will be followed by a two-day meeting of the party’s national executive.

-PTI |08 September 2018 | New Delhi

CBI wanted to arrest Modi, Shah in Ishrat Jahan case

CBI wanted to arrest Narendra Modi, Amit Shah in Ishrat Jahan case: Ex-DIG Vanzara

Gujarat’s former DIG of Police DG Vanzara told a special court that the CBI wanted to arrest then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and then Minister of State for Home Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jahan fake shootout case.

Arguing for Vanzara in a discharge petition filed in the CBI court presided over by J.K. Pandya, his counsel VD Gajjar claimed that though the Central Bureau of Investigation intended to arrest Modi and Shah, “fortunately” it did not happen. While Modi is now the Prime Minister of India, Shah is the President of Bharatiya Janata Party.

CBIVanzara, who is out on bail in the case, had earlier submitted in the same court that Modi was secretly questioned by the case Investigating Officer when he was the Chief Minister. The CBI had given a clean chit in 2014 to Shah on grounds of “insufficient evidence”.

In June 2004, Mumbai-based 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed alias Pranesh, and Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana were gunned down by a team of Vanzara’s men in a gun battle on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

Ishrat Jahan and her friends were dubbed terrorists out on a mission to assassinate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, subsequent CBI investigation concluded that the shootout was fake.

Vanzara’s lawyer on Tuesday claimed that the charge-sheet against his client in the case was “concocted” and that there was no prosecutable evidence against the former police officer.

He also said that the testimony of witnesses could not be believed as some were earlier among the accused in the case.

The CBI opposed the discharge plea of Vanzara. Another co-accused and senior police official N.K. Amin too has filed a discharge plea in the same court and hearing on it concluded last month.

In his final submission in the court, Amin, a retired SP and now a practicing lawyer, claimed that Satish Verma, the Gujarat cadre IPS official who assisted the CBI in the investigations, had “tampered with the evidence” and maintained that he had “never fired from his gun”.

Both former police officers had also sought parity with former in-charge DGP P.P. Pandey, a co-accused who was discharged by the court. The court posted the matter for next hearing on June 15.

-AhmedabadJun 06, 2018

Jay Amit Shah to sue The Wire for 100 cr over defamatory

Jay Amit Shah to sue The Wire for Rs 100 crore over defamatory report

According to the report, filings with Registrar of Companies (ROC) revealed that turnover of Jay’s company Temple Enterprises rose 16,000 times after the 2014 Lok Sabha election .

A day after news website The Wire published an investigative piece on the increase in the profits of a firm owned by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah‘s son, Jay Amit Shah , Railways Minister Piyush Goyal defended him by terming the report baseless.

Jay Amit ShahHIGHLIGHTS

  • BJP terms reports by news publication against Jay Shah baseless.

    The report revealed a dramatic jump in profit of firm owned by Shah.

    BJP said Jay will file Rs 100 crore lawsuit against the publication.

According to the report, filings with Registrar of Companies (ROC) revealed that turnover of Jay’s company Temple Enterprises rose 16,000 times after the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister.

Goyal, while talking to media persons today rubbished the allegations and said that all the transactions were made through banking channels adding that Jay’s business was legitimate.

Goyal pointed out that the article was a means to malign the reputation of Amit Shah. He said that Jay has decided to file a defamation and criminal suit of Rs 100 crore against the publication, reporter and editor.

The Railways Minister said that every question was answered timely by Jay and added that loan taken from NBFC were paid full with interest. Meanwhile, downplaying the findings Goyal also said that Rs 80 crore was not a large amount in commodity business. According to the report, Jay suffered losses and decided to shut the company in October 2016.

Earlier, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while talking to the media persons took a jibe at the BJP government. He said that the change of power had also affected change in the fortunes of some people.

Sibal alleged that the filings with ROC have revealed that the company owned by Amit Shah’s son started making profits after Modi came to power in 2014.

-New Delhi, October 8, 2017

AAP suffers crushing defeat in MCD Polls, massive victory for BJP

AAP suffers crushing defeat in MCD Polls, massive victory for BJP 

As projected by most exit polls, the BJP swept the Delhi civic polls, in a contest that was widely watched nationally, coming as it did in the wake of a ‘BJP wave’ in recent Assembly elections. As the BJP headed for a landslide victory in Delhi MCD polls and AAP suffers crushing defeat, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said that Delhi has rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and elected PM Narendra Modi. “People feel cheated by the AAP government. They went out to elect councillors but ended up rejecting the CM and electing the PM,” he said. On AAP’s charge of “manipulation” of EVMs, Yadav said that “It’s not the software of EVM, but it’s the software of the ruling party that needs to be changed”.

AAP suffersAfter Punjab and Goa, AAP loses in Delhi civic polls too

As of mid-afternoon, the incumbent BJP had won 118 wards, and was on its way to a two-third majority. It has controlled the MCD for over a decade. For the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is currently at second spot, it was a disappointing loss+ , coming as it did on top of a poor showing in the Punjab polls and a worse performance in the Goa polls. AAP had won 29 wards. The Congress was trailing at third spot, having been unable to sustain its buoyant win in the Punjab polls. It won 20 wards.
As many as 2,537 candidates contested for elections to the three civic bodies on Sunday. The polls saw a 53.53% voter turnout, better than the previous occasion. And like before, unauthorised colonies, slum clusters and areas on the periphery of Delhi voted in large numbers with the urban areas giving a lukewarm response, PTI reported.
AAP tried to pin BJP down+ on its record of running the three corporations for many years. However, the latter managed to counter any fallout of anti-incumbency with its strategy of putting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision at the centre of its campaign. It also didn’t give tickets to its sitting corporators to address charges of “incompetence”.
Most successfully, though, the BJP managed to caste the civic polls as a referendum on the AAP government, putting it on the back foot throughout the campaign.
On its part, AAP promised it will scrap property tax, but the move ended up looking like a cheap poll gimmick. It also couldn’t successfully sway voters towards it by highlighting what it called “insanitary conditions” in the Capital – which the BJP-administered corporations were responsible for – which it blamed for the outbreak of malaria, dengue and chikungunya+ .
AS for the Congress, it junked old war horse Sheila Dixit and put Ajay Maken in charge of the Delhi unit+ . In turn, Maken presented the Congress as the best alternative to the BJP which had run the civic bodies for over 10 years, as well as to AAP which was in government. The Congress said both stalled development work in the Capital.
“BJP has accepted that its civic leaders were corrupt by not giving tickets to sitting councillors. The corporations were deep in corruption under the nose of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he didn’t take any action. He suddenly realised the truth while distributing tickets,” Maken said.
Still, voters remained unconvinced, although Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the party improved its vote share from before.
The BJP, which beat anti-incumbency, said its win was a thumbs up for governance and a rejection of negative politics. AAP said it was a win for “tampered with electronic voting machines (EVMs). And the Congress said it expected to perform better but didn’t, for which Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken took responsibility and quit his post.

BJP president Amit Shah credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the MCD win. “Voters have rejected negative politics and the party has won under the leadership of PM Modi,” Shah said. “BJP is the only viable option available for voters and that is why the party has been given mandate at every level,” Union minister Jitendra Singh told ANI.

Some BJP leaders said Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal should quit. “Arvind Kejriwal must resign, BJP will clean Delhi in four months,” said the BJP’s Manoj Tiwari. AAP, which started finding fault with EVMs even before the polls, squarely blamed them for the loss. “MCD trends in favour of BJP prove EVM tampering,” said AAP spokesman Ashutosh. Another of his party colleagues Nagendar Sharma similarly tweeted: After the five assembly elections, it was BSP chief Mayawati who alleged that EVMs were tampered with. That allegation was then picked by other parties. “This is not a (Narendra) Modi wave, this is an EVM wave. This is the same wave that they (BJP) used in the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab polls,” said AAP leader Gopal Rai again today.

As for the Congress, it expected to do a tad better, given its decent performance in the recent bypoll in Rajouri Garden, but it was not to be. Ajay Maken took responsibility for the loss and offered to quit the post of Delhi Congress chief. “It is a reasonable revival of the Congress but I had hoped for something better than this. I had expected to perform a little better,” he said, adding that he will now dedicate himself to party work.

Former Congress Delhi chief minister Dixit blamed the lack of involvement of the local leadership for the civic polls debacle. “The party was not able to reach out (to voters) the way we should have. Any excuse can be given when you don’t want to do anything. The decision has to be taken by the high command. The leadership needs to introspect,” she said. The former Delhi chief minister rued that Maken failed to involve senior leaders including her in campaigning for the polls. “I was not asked for campaigning then how could have I gone for it,” Dikshit said.

Ex-AAP leader Mayank Gandhi slams Arvind Kejriwal in scathing open letter

In a strong “personal message” to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, old friend Mayank Gandhi has accused him of “manipulating” his supporters in order to become the Prime Minister in 2019 election, and asked him to choose between his “ego and the nation.”

“Arvind, the unselfish hero who would never compromise, was dead. In his place was a politician who wanted to manipulate that support to fuel his ambition to become a PM in 2019,” writes Gandhi, who was a member of the core committee in the India Against Corruption movement, and later a National Executive member of the AAP.

“Personally, I have closely seen my friend, hero and someone as precious as you become so vicious and ugly because of hunger for power. I have now become afraid of power. That is why I did not join any group or party after you removed me from the primary membership of the party using the dirtiest and filthiest falsehood,” he writes. “The country needs heroes. Are you one? The battle is between your Ego and the nation. What will you choose?” Gandhi asks in the end.

Here’s the complete letter:

Dear Arvind,

A defeat deals a body blow to arrogance and makes the mind ready to reflect. So, the timing is appropriate.

I am addressing you as your former friend and colleague who believes that AAP can still be salvaged and become the party for alternative politics. I am reaching out to you because my agony is not just mine; but of lakhs of volunteers, donors and supporters.

We have known each other since 2003, when I was part of Annaji fast-to-death in Mumbai for the RTI etc. You have been my hero first, friend next and politician later.

Let me address the hero first.

I remember how you convinced me to get out of my spiritual pursuit and lead the IAC movement in Maharashtra when we met in Nov 2011 in a conference hosted by Bhagwanji Raiyani in SP Jain Institute, Mumbai. In spite of my reluctance, you announced my name. I respected you too much to decline.

I remember in mid 2012, when we both were travelling in an auto in Aarey Colony that you told me to quit my job so that I could give full time to the Anna andolan. In spite of my precarious financial situation, I quit my job.

I remember we used to discuss idealism in politics till late in the night whenever you stayed with us. My daughter, who was part of those discussions, got inspired to become an IRS like you. So, not just me, my entire family believed in your ideals.

I remember that you sent Manish Sisodia to study the experiment that we, in Mumbai, were working on for a citizen consensus candidate for Juhu in 2009. We both were working on creating a model where political candidates could be elected without using money, muscle or divisive agenda i.e. without use of caste, communal, criminal or corrupt practices.

That was exactly what AAP attempted in the 2013 and 2015 Delhi elections, successfully.

I remember how we used to speak for hours about how the personality or high command driven politics of India was destroying the nation- be it Cong or the BJP or the Thackerays or the Laloo, Mayavati and Mulayam. You hated that, then!

When I announced from the stage that you will remove the tubes if you were force fed during your Jantar Mantar fast, there were tears in my eyes along with many others in the audience.

When I came to meet you in Delhi during your fast for electricity your health and determination completely shook me up. You refused to compromise. You would rather break than bend. Millions like me admired you and were willing to even give up their lives for you. You were our hero. Where is that Arvind?

Like Anna, you were a symbol of the aspirations of an awakened nation. A symbol of the principles of Participation, Accountability, Transparency, Decentralization and Integrity. A symbol of the anger we all felt against the other parties that worked with the 4C (corruption, communalism, criminalization and casteism).  AAP became a symbol of the fight of crores of our countrymen against the corrupt parties.

In 2014 you resigned as CM of Delhi hoping that there would be immediate re-election and that AAP would sweep back to power on the back of 49 days of good, intense work. But BJP and Cong delayed the election and Modi swept to power in Parliament. To the worry of myself, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Prithvi, Admiral Ramdas and others – you started pushing all senior members to agree to form government with the Congress. We refused. You were really furious with us. You were still my hero, but by now I was getting worried with the way you were operating.

Then the 2015 Delhi elections were announced. While you had around 5000 volunteers from Delhi working part-time with the candidates; I was part of the leadership of over 6000 volunteers from all over the country, campaigning full time for more than a month. The silent volunteers, the trusting donors, ardent supporters, tele-callers from Rural India to Global Indians contributed and even Yogendra Yadav who was our Chief Spokesperson contributed for AAP victory. What looked like a possible 15-20 seats to AAP suddenly became 67 seats.

This is when you made THE classic mistake. You took the complete credit and felt that the support of the nation was for Arvind Kejriwal, the person. You assumed that you were the pied piper whom people were following, but in fact it was the music of a new political culture that had people enchanted.

Arvind, the unselfish hero who would never compromise, was dead. In his place was a politician who wanted to manipulate that support to fuel his ambition to become a PM in 2019. You and your coterie decided:

1. You will be CM but not take any portfolio and focus outside Delhi trying to create a mahagatbandhan to challenge the PM, with you as the face.

2. Use the MLAs and senior functionaries outside Delhi to try and win more states. The lack of governance in Delhi due to this fallout was to be blamed on the LG and Central Government.

3. Erase the difference between private and public money. Use public money for personal advertising, personal expenditure, fly First class, fight personal cases and whenever this gets questioned – point fingers at other parties.

4. Win at any cost! If Swaraj comes in the way – throw it away. If appeasement works – do it. If caste politics gets you the votes – embrace it. If too many questions are asked – remove the donation list. If money is required, sell seats. Power is more important than principles.

5. Project Kejriwal as a strong leader. Personally attack Modi at every instance so that you would appear like a daring contestant and be able to create a vote bank of anti-Modi votes.

6. To further look like a strong leader, remove anyone and everyone from the party that has a differing point of view. As Ashutosh told me – there should be one voice only in the party and anyone opposing should be dealt in a manner that would give a message that this party deals summarily with anyone who opposes the supremo.

As a part of the above strategy, you began by removing Yogendra and Prashant from the party with the worst possible humiliation.

When I was told that there was a gag order on informing the volunteers outside, I asked myself, “What would the real Arvind Kejriwal have done?” He would have listened to his conscience. So I did. I had to inform the lakhs of AAP volunteers about what happened in that crucial meeting, in spite of the gag order. I had the courage of conviction and was ready to be removed from the party. For me, Truth was non-negotiable.

You took time to remove me. And in spite of repeated requests to not punish the superb Maharashtra team to spite me, you threw out the entire Maharashtra AAP committees down to the lowest rung in Oct 2015.  Can Modi or Sonia remove an entire State team with just an edict? We have outbeaten other parties with our arrogance and internal politicking.  The other day, a young volunteer with tears in his eyes from rural Maharashtra asked me, “What is our fault?” What do I tell him, Arvind? Why was he removed?

Personally, I have closely seen my friend, hero and someone as precious as you become so vicious and ugly because of hunger for power. I have now become afraid of power. That is why I did not join any group or party after you removed me from the primary membership of the party using the dirtiest and filthiest falsehood.

I remember in one volunteer meeting in Santacruz where we had a public argument. You felt that we should not give any importance to volunteers, they were just tools. I publicly contradicted you saying that these were some of the finest humans who had sacrificed for the nation. They are NOT pawns to be used-and-thrown.

Look around you almost all of the original volunteers who had left everything to join for the principles have been removed, quit or are inactive.

In our scheme of things our volunteers were supposed to be the primary unit of the party so I ask on their behalf. How did you select Ashutosh, Ashish Khetan and others in the national team? Why has no internal election taken place? When is the donation list coming back on the website? Who is accountable for the loss in Punjab, Goa and now Delhi, were the volunteers asked or informed? The questions are innumerable but let us ask with these basic ones.

You took complete power by becoming convener as well as CM of Delhi. How much more power do you want before you start delivering alternative politics?

In your pursuit for power, you have betrayed my beloved nation. You have messed up the life of millions who followed you. They gave you complete power -made you convener and CM. Delhi gave you 67 seats just two years back. What more do you want? I do not know whether you know the reality or are living in denial – but are a very unpopular man in the country. If you do more drama, then it is going to get worse and we cannot afford that.

Dear Arvind, I have seen you turn 180 degrees from what you were. After your complete rejection in Punjab, Goa and now in Delhi, can I expect you to introspect and make another 180 degree turn? Abandon the agenda of wanting to be another BJP and Cong. We had come to fight them not become another version of them. Follow our original agenda that might get back the respect and credibility that you have completely lost with your foolish and vote bank oriented comments.

Get back credible and independent people in the core team. For now, forget your national ambitions and focus on governing Delhi well, that is your only chance of staying relevant. Stop dramas and blaming. We still need the principles; we still need to fight corrupts; we still need to fight against criminalization of politics. We still need to fight against caste and communal politics. The parties that use these tools are still around. Our AAP was formed to fight that. But, for that, AAP needs to transform.

Do you have the strength, integrity and love for the country to genuinely reboot? With all humility, can I request you to let go of your arrogance and ego for the good of the country? Remember nation first, party next and individuals last.

The country needs heroes. Are you one? The battle is between your Ego and the nation. What will you choose?

Love

Mayank

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Amit Shah: Take the policies and programmes to grassroots level

Take the policies and programmes to the grassroots level: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah today called upon the party workers to take the policies and programmes of the party as well as the Haryana government to the “grassroot-level”. He was addressing the ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shatabdi Karyakarta Vistar’ workshop on the third and concluding day here.

The event was not open to the media. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state ministers Ram Bilas Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh Sindhu, state BJP chief Subhash Barala and senior BJP leader Anil Jain were also present on the occasion among others.

Later, talking to reporters, a BJP worker who took part in the event said, “Amit Shah called on us to take the policies and programmes of the party and the state government to the grassroot level. He also told us to work as a bridge between the party and the government.”

BJP president Amit Shah today called upon the party workers to take the policies and programmes of the party as well as the Haryana government to the “grassroot-level”. He was addressing the ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shatabdi Karyakarta Vistar’ workshop on the third and concluding day here.

Later, talking to reporters, a BJP worker who took part in the event said, “Amit Shah called on us to take the policies and programmes of the party and the state government to the grassroot level. He also told us to work as a bridge between the party and the government.” The BJP president also said benefits of development should reach “the last man”, what Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay had dreamt of, he added.

The BJP president also said benefits of development should reach “the last man”, what Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay had dreamt of, he added.

-26 March 2017 | PTI | Kurukshetra

N Biren Singh set to be next Manipur CM

BJP’s N Biren Singh set to be next Manipur CM as legislature party elects him as leader

N Biren-Singh

N Biren Singh will meet Manipur Governor soon to stake claim for forming government. He is set to become Manipur CM now.

In a major development in Manipur politics on Monday, N Biren Singh has been elected as BJP’s legislature party leader.

“BJP’s legislature party leader will be N. Biren Singh, unanimously elected; will soon move to stake claim to form govt,” BJP leader Piyush Goel said.

Biren has thanked Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi and other senior leaders.

“I left Congress due to misgovernance, sure that BJP will give good governance to Manipur,” Biren Singh added.

Earlier, in the day, Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh had said that he will resign in a short period of time.

“I will tender my resignation (from position of CM) in a short period of time, either today or tomorrow,” Okram Ibobi Singh said.

The development came after Ibobi Singh failed to muster the required numbers to form a Congress government.

N Biren Singh will meet Manipur Governor soon to stake claim for forming government. He is set to become Manipur CM now. In a major development in Manipur politics on Monday, N Biren Singh has been elected as BJP’s legislature party leader. “BJP’s legislature party leader will be N. Biren Singh, unanimously elected; will soon move to stake claim to form govt,” BJP leader Piyush Goel said. Biren has thanked Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi and other senior leaders. “I left Congress due to misgovernance, sure that BJP will give good governance to Manipur,” Biren Singh added. Earlier, in the day, Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh had said that he will resign in a short period of time. “I will tender my resignation (from position of CM) in a short period of time, either today or tomorrow,” Okram Ibobi Singh said.

-March 13, 2017, Imphal

 

Amit Shah: The ‘Shah’ of caste equations and poll math

Amit Shah: The ‘Shah’ of caste equations and poll math

A few would be familiar with Khadagvanshi Kshatriyas. small community of peasants, they get dwarfed by castes with greater numbers, and were mostly overlooked by political parties. Community elders were, therefore, surprised two days before the area went to polls in 2014 when they were told by local BJP members that Amit Shah wanted to visit them. Shah knew what he was doing. The concentration of the community in western and central UP makes it crucial to the outcome in certain Lok Sabha constituencies.
Amit Shah, Microstat
In the meeting, Shah invoked former UP CM Kalyan Singh, who is held in esteem by his hosts, and spoke of Narendra Modi‘s development message to try to persuade the Khadagvanshis to vote for BJP .  The effort paid off, with the community agreeing to enter the saffron tent.Yet, it did not benefit BJP greatly because the message could not be conveyed to all members of the community in time. This time, Shah made it a point to connect with Khadagvanshi elders well before polling day and ensured that 600 youth were des patched on motorcycles to take the panchayat’s endorsement of BJP to all members of the community .
The win is the result of hundreds of personal interventions by Shah to create a large social coalition. When the last round of polling closed, BJP sources said such initiatives could have boosted the party’s chances in at least 100 constituencies. A tireless slogger known for his hands-on style and an unwavering belief in micro-management, Shah emphasised -this time more remorselessly than in 2014 -on winning potential rather than reputation and age. The decision to bench Shyamdeo Rai Chaudhary , who had won the Varanasi seat seven times in a row, was taken despite Shah’s personal regard for the man.
The decision to field Avatar Singh Bhadana, former Congress MP from Faridabad in Haryana, in western UP raised eyebrows. Shah went ahead because he needed to rally Gujjars around BJP , a vital necessity at a time when there was a fear that the Jats might drift away . The decision not to project a CM candidate was taken because of Shah’s belief that BJP could ride on Modi’s popularity while avoiding getting sucked into caste animosity .
His decision to admit many members from other parties, particularly from BSP , was mocked by rivals who said the opportunism showed that BJP lacked bench strength of its own.Shah, however, felt that peeling away BSP’s MLAs, especially important ones like R K Chaudhary and Swami Prasad Maurya, was necessary to undercut the perception about Mayawati being the main challenger and to get it cast as a party of Jatavs.Likewise, non-Yadav SP legislators were welcomed to frame SP as a Yadav outfit, a point that was harped on consistently by local campaigners among other backward communities.
-TNN | Mar 12, 2017