BJP releases first list of candidates for Election 2019

BJP releases first list of candidates for General Election 2019 

The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met under the Presidentship of Shri Amit Shah on 16th, 19th & 20th March 2019. The meeting was attended by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs 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.

Candidate List 

Sl. States PC No. Name of PC Name of Candidate Phase
1. Uttar Pradesh 77 Varanasi Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi 7
2. Gujarat 6 Gandhinagar Hon’ble National President, BJP Shri Amit Anil chandra Shah 3
3. Uttar Pradesh 1 Saharanpur Shri Raghav Lakhanpal 1
4. Uttar Pradesh 3 Muzaffarnagar Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan 1
5. Uttar Pradesh 4 Bijnor Kunwar Bharatendra Singh 1
6. Uttar Pradesh 6 Moradabad Shri Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar 3
7. Uttar Pradesh 8 Sambhal Shri Parmeshwar Lal Saini 3
8. Uttar Pradesh 9 Amroha Shri Kanwar Singh Tanwar 2
9. Uttar Pradesh 10 Meerut Shri Rajendra Agrawal 1
10. Uttar Pradesh 11 Baghpat Dr. Satya Pal Singh 1
11. Uttar Pradesh 12 Ghaziabad Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh 1
12. Uttar Pradesh 13 Gautam Buddha Nagar Dr. Mahesh Sharma 1
13. Uttar Pradesh 15 Aligarh Shri Satish Kumar Gautam 2
14. Uttar Pradesh 17 Mathura Smt. Hema Malini 2
15. Uttar Pradesh 18 Agra Shri S P Singh Baghel 2
16. Uttar Pradesh 19 Fatehpur Sikri Shri Raj Kumar Chaher 2
17. Uttar Pradesh 22 Etah Shri Rajveer Singh-MP (Raju Bhaiya) 3
18. Uttar Pradesh 23 Badaun Smt. Sangh Mitra Maurya 3
19. Uttar Pradesh 24 Aonla Shri Dharmendra Kumar 3
20. Uttar Pradesh 25 Bareilly Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar 3
21. Uttar Pradesh 27 Shahjahanpur (SC) Shri Arun Sagar 4
22. Uttar Pradesh 28 Kheri Shri Ajay Kumar Mishra 4
23. Uttar Pradesh 30 Sitapur Shri Rajesh Verma 5
24. Uttar Pradesh 31 Hardoi (SC) Shri Jai Prakash Rawat 4
25. Uttar Pradesh 32 Misrikh (SC) Shri Ashok Rawat, Ex MP 4
26. Uttar Pradesh 33 Unnao Swami Sakshi Ji Maharaj 4
27. Uttar Pradesh 34 Mohanlalganj (SC) Shri Kaushal Kishore 5
28. Uttar Pradesh 35 Lucknow Shri Rajnath Singh 5
29. Uttar Pradesh 37 Amethi Smt. Smriti Irani 5
30. Maharasthra 1 Nandurbar (ST) Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit 4
31. Maharasthra 2 Dhule Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre 4
32. Maharasthra 4 Raver Smt. Raksha Nikhil Khadse 3
33. Maharasthra 6 Akola Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre 2
34. Maharasthra 8 Wardha Shri Ramdas Chandrabhanji Tadas 1
35. Maharasthra 10 Nagpur Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari 1
36. Maharasthra 12 Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST) Shri Ashok Mahadeorao Nete 1
37. Maharasthra 13 Chandrapur Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir 1
38. Maharasthra 18 Jalna Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve 3
39. Maharasthra 23 Bhiwandi Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil 4
40. Maharasthra 26 Mumbai-North Shri Gopal Chinayya Shetty 4
41. Maharasthra 29 Mumbai-North-Central Smt. Poonam Mahajan 4
42. Maharasthra 37 Ahmednagar Shri Sujay Vikhe 3
43. Maharasthra 39 Beed Dr. Pritam Gopinath Munde 2
44. Maharasthra 41 Latur (SC) Shri Sudhakar Bhalerao Shrungare 2
45. Maharasthra 44 Sangli Shri Sanjay(Kaka) Ramchandra Patil 3
46. Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Shri Vishal Jolly 1
47. Assam 1 Karimganj (SC) Shri Kripanath Malla 2
48. Assam 2 Silchar Dr Rajdeep Roy Bengali 2
49. Assam 3 Autonomous District (ST) Shri Harensingh Bey 2
50. Assam 7 Gauhati Smt.Queen Ojha 3
51. Assam 8 Mangaldoi Shri Dilip Saikia 2
52. Assam 12 Jorhat Shri Tapan Gogai 1
53. Assam 13 Dibrugarh Shri Rameswar Teli 1
54. Assam 14 Lakhimpur Shri Pradan Baruah 1
55. Arunachal Pradesh 1 Aruanchal West Shri Kiren Rijiju 1
56. Arunachal Pradesh 2 Arunachal East Shri Tapir Gao 1
57. Chhattisgarh 1 Surguja (ST) Smt. Renuka Singh 3
58. Chhattisgarh 2 Raigarh (ST) Smt. Gomtee Sai 3
59. Chhattisgarh 3 Janjgir-Champa (SC) Shri Guharam Ajgale 3
60. Chhattisgarh 10 Bastar (ST) Shri Baiduram Kashyap 1
61. Chhattisgarh 11 Kanker (ST) Shri Mohan Mandavi 2
62. Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 Dadra and Nagar Haveli (ST) Shri Natubhai Gomanbhai Patel 3
63. Jammu & Kashmir 1 Baramulla Shri M M War 1
64. Jammu & Kashmir 2 Srinagar Shri Khalid Jahangir 2
65. Jammu & Kashmir 3 Anantnag Shri Sofi Youssaf 3
66. Jammu & Kashmir 5 Udhampur Dr. Jitendra Singh 2
67. Jammu & Kashmir 6 Jammu Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma 1
68. Karnataka 2 Belgaum Shri Suresh Chanabasappa Angadi 3
69. Karnataka 3 Bagalkot Shri Parvatagouda C Gaddigoudar 3
70. Karnataka 4 Bijapur (SC) Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi 3
71. Karnataka 5 Gulbarga (SC) Dr Umesh Jadhav 3
72. Karnataka 7 Bidar Shri Bhagwanth Khuba 3
73. Karnataka 9 Bellary Shri Devendrappa 3
74. Karnataka 10 Haveri Shri Shivkumar Chanabasappa Udasi 3
75. Karnataka 11 Dharwad Shri Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi 3
76. Karnataka 12 Uttara Kannada Shri Anantkumar Hegde 3
77. Karnataka 13 Davanagere Shri Gowdar M Siddeshwara 3
78. Karnataka 14 Shimoga Shri B Y Raghavendra 3
79. Karnataka 15 Udupi Chikmagalur Kum. Shobha Karandlaje 2
80. Karnataka 16 Hassan Shri A Manju 2
81. Karnataka 17 Dakshina Kannada Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel 2
82. Karnataka 18 Chitradurga(SC) Shri A Narayana Swamy 2
83. Karnataka 19 Tumkur Shri G S Basavaraju 2
84. Karnataka 21 Mysore Shri Prathap Simha 2
85. Karnataka 22 Chamrajanagar Shri Srinivasa Prasad 2
86. Karnataka 24 Bangalore North Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda 2
87. Karnataka 25 Bangalore Central Shri P. C. Mohan 2
88. Karnataka 27 Chikkballapur Shri B N Bachchegowda 2
89. Kerala 1 Kasaragod Shri Raveesh Thantri Kuntar 3
90. Kerala 2 Kannur Shri C K Padmanabhan 3
91. Kerala 3 Vadakara Shri V K Sajeevan 3
92. Kerala 5 Kozhikode Adv K P Prakash Babu 3
93. Kerala 6 Malappuram Shri Unnikrishnan Master 3
94. Kerala 7 Ponnani Prof. V T Rema 3
95. Kerala 8 Palakkad Shri C Krishnakumar 3
96. Kerala 11 Chalakudy Shri A N Radhakrishnan 3
97. Kerala 12 Ernakulam Shri Alphonese Kannanthana 3
98. Kerala 15 Alappuzha Dr K S Radhakrishnan 3
99. Kerala 18 Kollam Shri K V Sabu 3
100. Kerala 19 Attingal Smt. Sobha Surendran 3
101. Kerala 20 Thiruvananthapuram Shri Kummanam Rajasekharan 3
102. Lakshadweep 1 Lakshadweep(ST) Shri Abdul Khader 1
103. Manipur 1 Inner Manipur Shri K K Ranjan Singh 2
104. Manipur 2 Outer Manipur (ST) Shri H Shokhopao Mate (Benjamin) 1
105. Mizoram 1 Mizoram (ST) Shri Nirupam Chakma 1
106. Odisha 2 Sundargarh (ST) Shri Jual Oram 2
107. Odisha 4 Keonjhar(ST) Shri Ananta Naik 3
108. Odisha 6 Balasore Shri Pratap Sarangi 4
109. Odisha 9 Dhenkanal Shri Rudra Narayan Pani 3
110. Odisha 10 Bolangir Shri Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo 2
111. Odisha 12 Nabarangpur (ST) Shri Balabhadra Majhi 1
112. Odisha 15 Kendrapara Shri Baijayant Panda 4
113. Odisha 18 Bhubaneswar Smt. Aparajita Sarangi 3
114. Odisha 19 Aska Smt. Anita Priyadarshni 2
115. Odisha 20 Berhampur Shri Brughu Baxipatra 1
116. Rajasthan 1 Ganganagar (SC) Shri Nihal Chand Chauhan 5
117. Rajasthan 2 Bikaner (SC) Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal 5
118. Rajasthan 4 Jhunjhunu Shri Narendra Khinchal 5
119. Rajasthan 5 Sikar Shri Sumedhanand Saraswati 5
120. Rajasthan 6 Jaipur Rural Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 5
121. Rajasthan 7 Jaipur Shri Ramcharan Bohra 5
122. Rajasthan 12 Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Shri Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria 4
123. Rajasthan 13 Ajmer Shri Bhagirath Chaudhary 4
124. Rajasthan 15 Pali Shri P P Chaudhary 4
125. Rajasthan 16 Jodhpur Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat 4
126. Rajasthan 18 Jalore Shri Devji Mansingram Patel 4
127. Rajasthan 19 Udaipur Shri Arjunlal Meena 4
128. Rajasthan 21 Chittorgarh Shri C. P. Joshi 4
129. Rajasthan 23 Bhilwara Shri Subhash Chandra Baheria 4
130. Rajasthan 24 Kota Shri Om Birla 4
131. Rajasthan 25 Jhalawar-Baran Shri Dushyant Singh 4
132. Sikkim 1 Sikkim Shri Laten Tshering Sherpa 1
133. Tamil Nadu 20 Coimbatore Shri C P Radhakrishnan 2
134. Tamil Nadu 31 Sivaganga Shri H Raja 2
135. Tamil Nadu 35 Ramanathapuram Shri Nainar Nagendran 2
136. Tamil Nadu 36 Thoothukkudi Dr Tamilisai Soundarrajan 2
137. Tamil Nadu 39 Kanniyakumari Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan 2
138. Telangana 3 Karimnagar Shri Bandi Sanjay 1
139. Telangana 4 Nizamabad Shri D. Aravind 1
140. Telangana 7 Malkajgiri Shri N Ramchandra Rao 1
141. Telangana 8 Secunderabad Shri G Kishan Reddy 1
142. Telangana 11 Mahabubnagar Smt. D K Aruna 1
143. Telangana 12 Nagarkurnool (SC) Kum. Bangaru Shruthi 1
144. Telangana 13 Nalgonda Shri Garlapati Jithender Kumar 1
145. Telangana 14 Bhongir Shri P V Shamsunder Rao 1
146. Telangana 15 Warangal Shri Chinta Sambamurthy 1
147. Telangana 16 Mahabubabad Shri Jatothu Hussain Naik 1
148. Tripura 1 Tripura West Ms. Pratima Bhaumik 1
149. Tripura 2 Tripura East (ST) Shri Rebati Tripura 2
150. Uttarakhand 1 Tehri Garhwal Smt. Mala Rajya Laxmi 1
151. Uttarakhand 2 Garhwal Shri Tirath Singh Rawat 1
152. Uttarakhand 3 Almora (SC) Shri Ajay Tamta 1
153. Uttarakhand 4 Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar Shri Ajay Bhatt 1
154. Uttarakhand 5 Hardwar Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal (Nishank) 1
155. West Bengal 1 Coochbehar Shri Nisith Pramanik 1
156. West Bengal 2 Alipurduars (ST) Shri John Barla 1
157. West Bengal 3 Jalpaiguri (SC) Dr Jayanta Ray 2
158. West Bengal 5 Raiganj Smt. Deboshree Chaudhary 2
159. West Bengal 6 Balurghat Dr Sukanta Majumdar 3
160. West Bengal 7 Maldaha Uttar Shri Khagen Murmu 3
161. West Bengal 8 Maldaha Dakshin Smt. Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury 3
162. West Bengal 12 Krishnanagar Shri Kalyan Chowbey 4
163. West Bengal 15 Barrackpur Shri Arjun Singh 5
164. West Bengal 16 Dum Dum Shri Samik Bhattacharya 7
165. West Bengal 17 Barasat Dr Mrinal Kanthi Debnath 7
166. West Bengal 18 Basirhat Shri Sayantan Basu 7
167. West Bengal 19 Jaynagar (SC) Dr Ashok Kandari 7
168. West Bengal 20 Mathurapur (SC) Shri Shyamaprasad Halder 7
169. West Bengal 22 Jadavpur Prof. Anupam Hazra 7
170. West Bengal 23 Kolkata Dakshin Shri Chandra Kumar Bose 7
171. West Bengal 24 Kolkata Uttar Shri Rahul Sinha 7
172. West Bengal 27 Serampore Shri Debajit Sarkar 5
173. West Bengal 28 Hooghly Smt. Locket chaterjee 5
174. West Bengal 29 Arambagh (SC) Shri Tapan Roy 5
175. West Bengal 30 Tamluk Shri Siddharth Naskar 6
176. West Bengal 32 Ghatal Smt. Bharati Ghosh 6
177. West Bengal 33 Jhargram (ST) Dr Kunar Hembram 6
178. West Bengal 34 Medinipur Shri Dilip Ghosh 6
179. West Bengal 37 Bishnupur (SC) Shri Soumitra Kha 6
180. West Bengal 38 Bardhaman Purba (SC) Shri Paresh Chandra Das 4
181. West Bengal 40 Asansol Shri Babul Supriyo 4
182. West Bengal 42 Birbhum Shri Dudh Kumar Mondal 4
183. Andhra Pradesh 4 Visakhapatnam Shri D Purandeshwari 1
184. Andhra Pradesh 14 Narasaraopet Shri Kanna Lakshminarayana 1
185. Daman and Diu 1 Daman and Diu Shri Lalubhai Patel 3

BJP-AGP alliance back on track in Assam

2019 Lok Sabha polls: BJP-AGP alliance back on track in Assam

Two months after breaking off over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the BJP-AGP alliance (Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party) is back on track in Assam. “After a prolonged discussion with senior AGP leaders, we decided to work together for the Lok Sabha election in Assam to defeat the Congress. The Bodoland People’s Front will be the third partner in the alliance,” senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Wednesday morning.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) State president Atul Bora with Chief Minister and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal in Golaghat district of Assam. File photoAGP president Atul Bora said, “We have renewed our ties on the request of the central BJP leadership. Seat-sharing details will be announced later.” Mr. Bora said he and two other AGP ministers who resigned from the Sarbananda Sonowal government in January after differences over the Bill would resume charge soon.

The renewal of the alliance followed announcements by both BJP president Amit Shah and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that the BJP would bring back the Bill if re-elected.

BJP spokesperson Jayanta Malla Baruah on Tuesday categorically stated that renewal of ties with the AGP would be on the condition that it accepted the BJP’s stand on the Bill.

Mahanta’s opposition

A section of the the AGP, led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, had opposed the idea of allying with the BJP again, as it ”would compromise the party’s stand on the Bill.” He is learnt to have been offered the post of Governor of Mizoram as a “peace deal”.

Kummanam Rajasekharan had resigned as Governor of Mizoram last week to re-enter Kerala politics. However, Mr. Mahanta said, “the gubernatorial offer is in the domain of rumours as of now”.

Reacting to the development, the Congress said it saw the AGP-BJP “remarriage” as the beginning of the end of regionalism in Assam. Former minister and Congress spokesperson Pradyut Bordoloi said, “The AGP is putting the last nail in their coffin. Their leaders will render themselves irrelevant.”

GUWAHATI, MARCH 13, 2019 

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

Petrol prices breaches psychological barrier of Rs 90

Petrol prices breaches psychological barrier of Rs 90 in Maharashtra

Petrol prices breached the psychological barrier of Rs 90 and touched a scorching Rs 90.11 in Maharashtra’s Parbhani – a new record in India, an official said.

Parbhani District Petrol Dealers Association (PDPDA) President Sanjay Deshmukh told IANS that diesel prices also increased from Rs 77.92 to Rs 78.06 on Tuesday.

On Monday, the petrol price was Rs 89.97 and diesel stood at Rs 77.92 in the town with a population of around 3,10,000, around 500 kms east of Mumbai in Marathwada region.

On the 15th day of consecutive hikes, petrol prices increased on Tuesday by Rs 0.14 and diesel by Rs 0.15, from 6 a.m, barely two days before the state’s biggest 10-day Ganeshotsav festival begins.

The other highest centres include Nanded where petrol was retailing at Rs 89.93 per litre and diesel Rs 77.90, and Amravati Rs 89.93 and Rs 78.84.

Elsewhere in Maharashtra, in Thane petrol retailed at Rs 88.43 and diesel Rs 77.64, Mumbai was Rs 88.35 and diesel at Rs 77.56.

On Monday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party termed the hike in petroleum products as a ‘momentary difficulty’ owing to an international crisis after the Opposition parties in the country observed a Bharat Bandh, to protest the skyrocketing fuel prices.

On Monday, the petrol price was Rs 89.97 and diesel stood at Rs 77.92 in the town with a population of around 3,10,000, around 500 kms east of Mumbai in Marathwada region. On the 15th day of consecutive hikes, petrol prices increased on Tuesday by Rs 0.14 and diesel by Rs 0.15, from 6 a.m, barely two days before the state’s biggest 10-day Ganeshotsav festival begins. The other highest centres include Nanded where petrol was retailing at Rs 89.93 per litre and diesel Rs 77.90, and Amravati Rs 89.93 and Rs 78.84. Elsewhere in Maharashtra, in Thane petrol retailed at Rs 88.43 and diesel Rs 77.64, Mumbai was Rs 88.35 and diesel at Rs 77.56.

-PTI |11 September 2018 | Parbhani (Maharashtra)

Rahul must apologize Hindus for labeling them terrorists

Rahul Gandhi must apologize Hindus for labeling them terrorists

Rahul Gandhi must apologise to Hindus for labeling them “terrorists”, BJP chief Amit Shah said on Wednesday while slamming the Congress president for “indulging in communal and vote bank politics.”

Speaking at a function in Bengaluru yesterday, Mr Shah said, “In pursuit of vote bank politics, the Congress popularised (the phrase) ‘Hindu Terror’ and tried to implicate some Hindu activists in the Meccas Masjid blast case in RahulHyderabad over a decade ago.” He went on to say that “Now an NIA court has acquitted them.”The National Investigation Agency or NIA court in Hyderabad acquitted all five “Hindu activists” on Monday. This included Swamy Aseemanand who was accused of triggering a bomb blast in the mosque that killed nine worshipers near the iconic Charminar in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.
Mr Shah also alleged that “The Congress also tried to substantiate its charge by foisting false cases against Hindus and pressuring investigating agencies to implicate them in the blast case.” “Congress leaders, including P. Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Digvijay Singh carried out ‘Hindu Terror’ campaigns and tried to defame Hindus both within, and outside the country in order to appease a section of society,” Mr Shah said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP chief went on to say that the court verdict which acquitted all the accused, “exposed the Congress party and its leaders.” He went on to say that “If the Congress does not apologise even now, then people will definitely punish them.”

Elaborating his statement, Mr Shah said “The people of Karnataka are waiting to punish the Congress in the May 12 state assembly elections.”

Speaking about Rahul Gandhi in the context of the Hyderabad blasts, Mr Shah recalled a conversation in which Rahul Gandhi told then US envoy Timothy Roemer in 2009 that “Hindu Terror” was something to be more worried about than even Pakistan’s terror outfit Laskar-e-Taiba. Mr Gandhi had made this remark to the US envoy nearly a year after LeT had carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Mr Roemer mentioned Rahul Gandhi’s remark in his report to the US State Department on August 3, 2009. Furthering his attack on the Congress, Mr Shah said, “Anti-national criminals have had a free run in Karnataka as the ruling Congress regime was soft on them. As many as 24 Hindu activists were allegedly killed in the state over the last two years, but none had been brought to book.”

Admitting that it was important for the BJP to win in the upcoming Assembly election in Karnataka, Mr Shah said the party was confident of a win and that his party had faith in the people of the state.
“I am sure of our party winning in the upcoming elections as the people across the state were fed up of corruption and crime in the Congress reign,” Mr Shah said.

IANS / April 19, 2018

BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

The BJP on Monday released its second list of 82 candidates for the May 12 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, including G. Somashekar Reddy who is the younger brother of Bellary mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy.
Otr prominent candidates in the second list are former BJP Ministers Murgesh Nirani, Hartalu Halappa, M.P. Renukacharya, Krishnaiah Shetty, and K. Subramanya Naidu and Kumar Bangarappa, who switched over from the ruling Congress and is the son of former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa.
The names of the candidates — all men — were finalised on Sunday in Delhi by the BJP Central Election Committee headed by party President Amit Shah and including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda.
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The party had released on April 8 its first list of 72 candidates, including three women. “The third list of 70 candidates will be released in 2-3 days as their winning prospects are being evaluated,” Bharatiya Janata Party state Spokesman S. Shantaram told IANS in Bengaluru.
“As candidates are selected on the basis of their winnability, the party has not considered the caste, gender, and other factors,” said Shantaram, but hoped the third list would have some women candidates.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, the party fielded eight women though only one — Shashikala Jolle from Nippani won. “All 40 sitting legislators of the BJP have been re-nominated to contest. So also those who lost in the 2013 elections,” he said.
The BJP also cleared the names of 10 legislators, including six from the breakaway Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) and four from the BSR Congress who rejoined the party.
The party’s chief ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa, who broke away from the BJP in 2012 and formed the KJP ahead of the 2013 elections, rejoined the party in January 2014 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Shivamogga in Malnad area.
“Most of our candidates lost in the last elections as our traditional votes were split between the BJP and KJP, benefiting the Congress,” Shantaram said. Winning 122 seats, nine more than the halfway mark (113), the Congress returned to power after a decade in the May 2013 elections.
-16 April 2018 | IANS | New Delhi/Bengaluru

Karnataka Assembly Election: BJP releases first list

Karnataka Assembly Election: BJP releases first list of candidates

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday named 72 candidates in its first list of candidates for the coming Karnataka Assembly Election to 224 seats.

The list was announced after a meeting of the party’s Central Election Committee in New Delhi. Top leaders who figure in the list are State president B. S. Yeddyurappa, who will be contesting from Shikaripura in Shivamogga district, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar (Hubballi-Dharwad Central) and R. Ashok (Padmanabhanagar).

Karnataka Assembly ElectionThe party has sorted out contentious issues between Mr. Yeddyurappa and Leader of the Opposition in the Council K.S. Eshwarappa as the latter has been given ticket to contest from the Shivamogga seat.

Earlier, the supporters of Mr. Yeddyurappa had demanded that Mr. Eshwarappa should not be allowed to contest from Shivamogga.

Similarly, the request by MLC V. Somanna to contest from Govindarajanagar in Bengaluru has been conceded by the high command, though Mr. Yeddyurappa’s supporters were not in favour of allowing Mr. Somanna to contest from that constituency.

This, the party insiders say, is an indication that the high command has merely gone by the potential of candidates rather than their loyalties to Mr. Yeddyurappa. Interestingly, all the 10 prominent party hoppers, who joined the BJP recently, have been provided tickets.

They are P. Rajiv (Kudachi), A.S. Nadahali (Muddebihal), Malikayya Guttedar(Afzalpura), C.P. Yogeshwar (Channapatna), Mallikarjun Khuba (Basavakalyan), Dr. Shivaraj Patil (Raichur), Haladi Srinivas Shetty (Kundapur), Gulihatti Shekhar (Hosanagar), Basangouda Patil Yatnal (Vijayapura City) and Gaviyappa (Vijayanagar).

Of them some leaders are those who have returned to the BJP fold following persuasion by top leaders. Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. B. Sriramulu are the only two MPs who have been given ticket to contest the Assembly poll.

According to sources, the party is cautious about the prospects of by-polls to the Lok Sabha seats especially after its debacle in the Uttar Pradesh by-elections. Curiously, Mr. Sriramulu, native of Ballari, has been given ticket from Molakalmur of Chitradurga.

Of the 28 Assembly constituencies coming under Bengaluru city limits, the party has announced names for 16 seats. In Hoskote, the saffron party has given ticket to Sharat Bachhe Gowda, son of its former minister Bachhe Gowda.

BENGALURU, APRIL 09, 2018

Jai Ram Thakur sworn in as Himachal CM

Jai Ram Thakur sworn in as Himachal Pradesh CM; 10 ministers also take oath

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jai Ram Thakur was sworn in as chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in a ceremony that top BJP leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah attended on Wednesday.
Thakur—a five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency of the hill state who was the BJP’s pick for the position after their chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost the recent assembly elections—took oath in Hindi.
Five of eleven lawmakers sworn into the Cabinet are former ministers: seven-time MLA from Dharampur Mahender Singh; Dharamshala MLA Kishan Kapoor; and four-time MLA from Kangra’s Shahpur Sarveen Chaudhary—the only woman in the Cabinet—were part of the BJP government under Dhumal.Jai Ram Thakur
Anil Sharma, formerly a minister in the Congress government under ex-chief minister Virbhadra Singh, was also sworn in, as was Ram Lal Markanday, a minister in the BJP-Himachal Vikas Congress combine regime in 1998.
Son of former Congress leader Sukh Ram, Anil Sharma defected to the BJP before the Assembly elections in November.
First-time ministers in Thakur’s Cabinet are Vipin Parmar, an MLA from Kangra’s Sulah; Virender Kanwar from Una’s Kutlehar; Vikram Singh from Jaswan Pragpur; Govind Thakur, an MLA from Manali; and Rajiv Sejal, a lawmaker from Kasauli, and Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj.
Two ministers—Suresh Bhardwaj and Govind Thakur—took oath in Sanskrit, while the others chose Hindi.
Top BJP leaders, such as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP veteran LK Advani, as well as BJP chief ministers of other states—Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis; Uttar Pradesh’s Adityanath and Haryana’s Manohar Lal Khattar—attended the event.
The BJP have ousted the Congress from power in Himachal by winning 44 out of the 68 seats in the recently held Assembly polls.
 -December 27, 2017

Mission Northeast- By Priyanka Deb Barman

Mission Northeast

BJP’s route into CPM-stronghold Tripura is via the Trinamool Congress

 By Priyanka Deb Barman 

On the way of Mission Northeast, the Left Front is Bharatiya Janata Party’s main hurdle in Tripura. But before taking on the entrenched reds, the saffron brigade appears to be gobbling up other competitors ahead of the 2018 assembly elections. In less than 48 hours since 23 March, 2017, some 1,250 Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, members, and supporters joined the BJP. It was reminiscent of how the TMC poached Congress leaders almost a year ago in a bid to do a West Bengal by uprooting the Marxists.

The Congress in Tripura was on TMC’s radar much before the BJP set out to make the Northeast comprising eight states Congress-free. In June last year, less than a month after the BJP ended 15 years of Congress rule in Assam, the TMC lured away six of the 10 Congress MLAs in Tripura.

It was the culmination of TMC’s 17 years of penetration in the Congress that began with former chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder in 1999. Majumder died 10 years later. But while the BJP expanded its footprint from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, the TMC’s march has been somewhat halted in Tripura owing to a leadership tussle.

TMC lost hundreds of leaders and workers to the BJP this month. The TMC received a major blow when Surajit Dutta and Ratan Chakraborty – ministers in Majumder’s Congress government from 1988-1993 – donned saffron within 14 days of each other.

Dutta and Chakraborty were among a handful of leaders who helped the TMC grow in Tripura. Dutta went on to be the TMC’s state unit president while Chakraborty became the chairman of the party’s coordination committee. “I respect (TMC president and West Bengal chief minister) Mamata Banerjee’s leadership spirit but she has entrusted the Tripura unit of the party with those who do not worked for the people,” Chakraborty said after joining BJP with 42 others in the presence Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain on Thursday.

Accusing Tripura’s TMC leaders of working at the behest of chief minister Manik Sarkar’s Left Front government, Chakraborty said the BJP was the only party capable of loosening the Marxist stranglehold on the state since 1993. Gohain agreed. “Tripura will see a tsunami in 2018 just as people in Uttar Pradesh did,” Gohain said.

Tripura is one of three north-eastern states where assembly elections are scheduled in 2018. The other two are Meghalaya, where BJP is confident of displacing the Congress-led coalition, and Nagaland, which is ruled by a coalition that the regional Naga People’s Front, a BJP ally, heads.

TMC insiders admitted that a few MLAs and party office-bearers were in touch with BJP leaders and could switch over. State BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb is learnt to have met TMC legislator Biswabandhu Sen besides Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath, who had indirectly supported demonetisation in the last assembly session.

Assembly elections

The Congress, though, has downplayed the threat from either BJP or TMC. “The BJP does not take the Northeast seriously, and it seems to be gaining ground only because of frequent visits by Central ministers,” veteran Congress leader Tapas Dey said.

Saffron step-up

The BJP has a long way to go in Tripura but been making its presence felt since 2015

 • Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council polls on May 3, 2015: The Left Front swept the 28 seats but BJP came second in five and was largely responsible for the communists getting less than 50% votes, as was the case earlier

By-poll for Pratapgarh and Surma assembly constituencies on June 27, 2015:  BJP displaced the opposition Congress for the second spot behind CPM that won both seats

 • Civic polls in December 2015: BJP won four seats each in two councils, stood second in five municipal councils and two seats in one Nagar Panchayat; Congress could manage only 13 seats

 • Tribal area village council polls in February 2016: BJP won 75 seats while the Marxists won 2,939 of the total 3,695 seats in 528 village councils

 • By-poll for Barjala and Khowai assembly in November 2016: CPM won both seats but came second in Barjala, earlier with Congress, and finished a close third in Khowai

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400 TMC members join BJP in Tripura

400 Trinamool Congress members including many TMC stalwarts join BJP in Tripura

TMC

 

It’s a big boost for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura and huge setback to Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC).

In a major development in the state politics, four hundred Trinamool Congress members, including 16 of the total 65 state committee members of the TMC, joined BJP on Thursday.

The TMC members who joined the saffron party also include former chairman of the Tripura unit of Trinamool Congress, Ratan Chakraborty.

The President of Tripura unit of BJP, Biplab Deb and Union minister of state for Railways, Rajen Gohain, jointly handed over the saffron party flag to Chakraborty.

“BJP is the only political party in the country, which attached maximum importance to develop the backward north eastern region. I have full confidence that BJP would be able to free the state from the clutches of CPI-M and form a government in the 2018 elections to give relief to the people,” Chakraborty told a press conference.

Stating that he joined BJP “unconditionally”, Chakraborty said, he would strengthen the party by bringing more TMC workers under the BJP banner.BJP “unconditionally”, Chakraborty said, he would strengthen the party by bringing more TMC workers under the BJP banner.

Nitai Chowdhuri, a state committee member of TMC, who joined the BJP said, altogether 16 members of the state committee of the total 65 have joined the BJP on Thursday.

Gohain said, “The BJP would get absolute majority in the 2018 state elections in Tripura and the ruling CPI-M would be washed away in a saffron tsunami.”

-March 23, 2017, Agartala