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

NDA announces candidates for 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar

NDA announces candidates for 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar

The NDA in Bihar, comprising the BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, Saturday announced its candidates for 39 out of the total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State.

As per the names announced at a press meet here by BJP national general secretary and party in-charge for the state Bhupendra Yadav, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be contesting from Patna Sahib seat — a party stronghold represented by Shatrughan Sinha in the outgoing Lok Sabha.

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According to media reports, Mr. Sinha is likely to join the Congress and seek re-election on a ticket of the grand old party.

Ravi Shankar Prasad replaces Shatrughan Sinha in Patnasahib. While Union minister Giriraj Singh, whose Nawada seat has gone to the LJP, has been shifted to Begusarai, his colleagues in the council of ministers Radha Mohan Singh, R.K. Singh, Ashwani Kumar Choubey and Ram Kripal Yadav will be fielded from their respective sitting seats of Motihari, Ara, Buxar and Pataliputra. Lok Janshakti Party state president Pashupati Kumar Paras will be replacing his elder brother Ram Vilas Paswan in Hajipur. The Union minister is likely to get a Rajya Sabha ticket. Chirag Paswan will be seeking re-election from Jamui. Mr. Yadav also said the candidate for Khagaria Lok Sabha seat, which would be contested by the LJP, would be announced shortly.

While Union minister Giriraj Singh, whose Nawada seat has gone to the LJP, has been shifted to Begusarai, his colleagues in the council of ministers Radha Mohan Singh, R.K. Singh, Ashwani Kumar Choubey and Ram Kripal Yadav will be fielded from their respective sitting seats of Motihari, Ara, Buxar and Pataliputra. Lok Janshakti Party state president Pashupati Kumar Paras will be replacing his elder brother Ram Vilas Paswan in Hajipur. The Union minister is likely to get a Rajya Sabha ticket. Chirag Paswan will be seeking re-election from Jamui. Mr. Yadav also said the candidate for Khagaria Lok Sabha seat, which would be contested by the LJP, would be announced shortly.

 – PTI, PATNA, MARCH 23, 2019

PM Modi influenced me to join BJP: Dr.FM Naik

PM Modi influenced me to join BJP to carryout  development work for Keonjhar: Dr.FM Naik 

Image result for Dr.FM NaikDr. Fakir Mohan Naik a medical officer by profession, an active social servant and a fearless young leader of a minerally rich but tribal dominated and backward district of Keonjhar in the state of Odisha always stand for the development of the district and development of the backward tribal population. In an interview to the Microstat in New Delhi Dr. Naik unveiledwhy he has left the government job of a medical officer? And why he opted the path of politics for the development of his people and the district? He also explained how he was inspired by PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji to join in BJP to carryout social service further for the people, which is his long cherished dream.  Excerpts;


Q. Why you left your job as a doctor?

I left my job because Keonjhar is a tribal dominated district of Odisha. Though Keonjhar is minerally rich district and government generates a huge income out of that, but here the people are deprived of the basic necessities of life. In my last job as a doctor I could only focus on the healthcare sector that too in my area therefore my area of operation would be limited. So I left my job for a bigger cause and for the interest of my entire district, where I can dedicate myself for the overall development of my District.
Secondly, under PM Shri Narendra Modiji India is establishing new records and breaking old records and this is a golden period on the history of the country. Under his strong leadership the country is moving ahead with utmost speed and in every sector it will create milestones. The PM Modi’s dedication and commitment influenced me a lot and forced me to take a decision to join BJP to carryout my social service further by quitting my job. I know even under his leadership I can fulfill my dream of the development of my backward district Keonjhar.

Q. What are the social activities undertaken earlier?

Being in government job whatever little could be done towards the development of the district I have undertaken that. Since I am doctor I preferred to work on my strong area of providing better healthcare. We have undertaken:

  1. Health camps and awareness programs among the people regarding few dreaded diseases like, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Cirrohosis, jaundice and also towards reduction of Infant mortality and maternal mortality.
  2. Blood donation camps.
  3. Plantation for curbing pollution and creating awareness regarding pollution control since Barbil and Joda area are mostly affected by pollution because of the mining activities.
  4. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and drug eradication.

Q. Why you choose politics over social service?

Keonjhar is a neglected district in areas of providing basic necessities for the people like Healthcare, Education, Agriculture, drinking water, public transport and unemployment. I feel in recent past all the people’s representatives of Keonjhar have failed to address the issues or failed to influence the decision makers either at the state or the centre. So I felt I can raise the issues of Keonjhar at the appropriate forums where the basic necessities of the people of Keonjhar are addressed. And I feel politics is the best platform to fight for the cause of people of Keonjhar.

Q. What are your plans regarding the development of Keonjhar?

My plans regarding Improvement in Keonjhar district will be basically to cater to the weaker section of the society and also take care of the overall facility development in the district of Keonjhar.

  • For farmers the development of regulated markets so they get the best price of their produced agricultural products also setting up of Cold storage facility in Keonjhar district.
  • Special projects to be taken up towards the mining laborers and their children and establishment o f crèches for their children.
  • Utilization of District Mineral Fund towards the development of the district. In a report published in Indian Express the state govt has allocated 6438 cr towards 11434 different project in 8 districts where mines are in dominance. Out of the total fund allocated only 1100 hundred crores were utilized. To add to the misery out of 11434 projects only 771 projects were taken up in Keonjhar district with 90% focus towards high priority areas. But it’s unfortunate that the district administration has not able to submit the project reports and none of the high priority projects like drinking water, sanitation, pollution control have majorly taken up. To add to the misery the district collector has taken up project to construct 300 crèches in the entire district to cater to the children of the mining laborers in collaboration with a NGO from Jharkhand “EKJUT”. But nothing seems to have taken up. We Keonjhar people are not aware, why there is no progress in this and whose interest was intervened for which the project dint take up.
  • Would also priorities the Health sector in terms of Infrastructure development and staff availability to cater to the people of Keonjhar.

Q.What will be your focus areas in the development of Keonjhar?

Since Keonjhar is a Tribal dominated district and ay behind in development compared to the other district of our state.

My focus areas will be providing the basic amenities to the people of Keonjhar like Education: Education to all, crèches for the mining workers children Health care: Establishment of medical college which is pending since long where as the adjoining districts the colleges have already started, proving proper facility like staff quarters and other facilities which will motivate the medical and paramedical staff to join even in the remote areas.

Also work toward the life threatening disease like malaria, TB and also curb child and maternal mortality. Facility management for the mining workers like providing them concrete houses, proper  drinking water and sanitation facilities, because they are still staying under inhuman conditions  leading to illness and early deaths.

Delhi vs Centre: SC delivers split verdict

Delhi vs Centre: SC delivers split verdict, refers it to larger bench

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of control of services in the National Capital Territory in the tussle between the Delhi vs Centre and referred the matter to a larger bench.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, agreed on their views on disputes pertaining to the anti-corruption branch, setting up of commission of inquiry, control over electricity boards, land revenue matters and appointment of pubic prosecutors.

Delhi vs Centre: SC delivers split verdict on control of services

The apex court also upheld the Centre’s notification that its employees cannot be probed in corruption cases by ACB of Delhi government. The top court also said that instead of the LG, the Delhi government will have the right to appoint public prosecutors or law officers.

BJP welcomes SC judgment, says it removes ambiguities

The Delhi unit of the BJP on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court judgment saying it removed ambiguities in the powers of the Delhi government. There should be no scope for “confusion or conflict” and the AAP government should humbly accept the Supreme Court judgment, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said. “We welcome the Supreme Court decision removing ambiguities in the powers of the Delhi govt. After this verdict there shouldn’t be any scope for confusion or conflict. The Delhi govt should humbly accept it & govern the capital as it was being done before they had come to power,” he said on Twitter.

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the contentious issue of control of services in the National Capital Territory in the tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre and referred the matter to a larger bench.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, agreed on their views on disputes pertaining to the Anti-Corruption Branch, setting up of  a commission of inquiry, control over electricity boards, land revenue matters and appointment of public prosecutors. The apex court also upheld the Centre’s notification that its employees could not be probed in corruption cases by the ACB of the Delhi government.

PTI|February 14, 2019 | New Delhi

SC asks West Bengal government to allow BJP’s yatra

SC asks West Bengal government to allow BJP’s yatra

The SC on January 15 asked the West Bengal government to allow proposed public meetings and rallies of the BJP under its “Ganatantra Bachao Yatra (save democracy rally)”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the BJP’s West Bengal unit to submit a revised schedule of its proposed yatra with the authorities and seek necessary approvals.

West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh during a press meet in Kolkata
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh during a press meet in Kolkata

The bench also comprising Justices L.N. Rao and S.K. Kaul asked the West Bengal government to consider the revised schedule of the BJP yatra, keeping in mind the fundamental right of speech and expression under the Constitution.

State government asked to consider the revised schedule of the “Ganatantra Bachao Yatra”, and the BJP would have to take all steps to address the State’s apprehension of a possible law and order situation

The bench said the apprehension of the State government of a possible law and order situation cannot be called “unfounded”, and the BJP will have to take all possible steps to address the apprehension in a reasonable manner.

The top court had earlier sought response from the state government on the BJP’s plea seeking permission to take out the yatra in the State.

The BJP’s Bengal unit challenged the December 21 order of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court, which had set aside the order of a single-judge bench allowing the procession. It had also asked the BJP State unit to submit a revised plan for the yatra for consideration by the State government.

The BJP has now decided to cut its 40-day programme to 20, and the fresh yatra would start from Baharampur in Murshidabad district, Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas district, Medinipur and the Kolkata North Lok Sabha constituency, a lawyer associated with the matter said, adding that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming school examinations and the general elections.

Earlier, the BJP’s West Bengal unit had approached the apex court seeking permission to take out the rally, which would cover the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State. In its plea, the BJP has said that their fundamental right to hold a peaceful yatra cannot be withheld.

The High Court’s division bench had sent the case back to a single-judge bench to hear it afresh and also to consider the intelligence inputs by State agencies.

The order of the division bench had come after hearing an appeal moved by the West Bengal government challenging the order of the single-judge bench.

The rallies, according to the original schedule, were supposed to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah from Cooch Behar district on December 7, Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas on December 9, and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum on December 14.

In the plea filed in the top court, the BJP’s West Bengal unit contended that authorities cannot abridge their right and they have a duty to facilitate them in exercising their democratic right.

The BJP alleged in the plea that the State government was repeatedly “attacking” the fundamental right of citizens due to which different petitions have been filed challenging the activities of the State government in denying permission to different organisations.

It has claimed that earlier too, permission was denied several times at the last moment to “harass the BJP” which later moved the High Court and that the party “is facing such political vendetta since 2014 in West Bengal”.

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BJP leader and his brother killed in Kishtwar (J&K)

BJP leader and his brother killed in Kishtwar (J&K), curfew imposed 

The Army on Friday staged a flag march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town where curfew was imposed after a senior BJP leader and his brother  were killed by suspected terrorists Thursday night, officials said.

District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said the situation was tense but under control. “The Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town in order to maintain law and order,” District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI.

Mr. Rana said the curfew, which was imposed in the town late night Thursday, was strictly in place and additional security personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the town. There were no reports of any untoward incidents, Mr. Rana said.

SSP Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said a hunt was launched to track down those involved in the case. Following the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, by terrorists, people had staged angry protests in the communally-sensitive town and manhandled senior police officials.

The district magistrate had requested the Army in the town and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings.

The district magistrate had requested the Army in Kishtwar and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings. File picture used for representation purpose only.He took the decision as he apprehended that violence might erupt and result in law and order problem, endangering the life and property of citizens of Kishtwar town.

Kishtwar district had witnessed communal clashes in the past. Terrorists had attempted to create communal tension in the region by targeting Hindu community, especially in higher reaches. In 2001, the terrorists killed 17 Hindu nomads.

The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters. The senior BJP leader and his brother were killed when were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex, officials said.

As two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla, they were fired upon from a close range by suspected militants around 8.40 pm, they said. The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home, they said.

The people rushed to the spot after hearing gunshots and rushed them to the district hospital in Kishtwar where they were declared brought dead, they added.

As the news spread locals rushed to hospital and the brothers’ house, where they held protests against the alleged failure of the administration and the police.

Angry people manhandled policemen, including the SSP, after arguing with them. They also clashed with the police and forced them to leave the hospital.

The angry mob raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding arrest of those involved in the killings. The protestors later also took to streets and held a protest near the Kishtwar Police Station.

Anil Parihar was active in politics for over 25 years and had unsuccessfully contested the 2008 Assembly elections on a Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP) ticket. Ajeet Parihar was an employee of the State Forest Corporation (SFC).


Affordable healthcare for all Indians

Government ensuring affordable healthcare for all: PM Modi

Noting that access to medicines is a “big concern” for the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government is committed to decreasing the financial burden and ensuring affordable healthcare for every Indian.

He stressed on the need to make health a mass movement through public participation.

Interacting with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP) and affordable cardiac stents and knee implants through video bridge, Modi said his government is working to provide more beds, hospitals and doctors and has taken one step after another to bring down treatment cost for the poor.

“We have to make efforts to make public health a mass movement through public participation,” he said during his fifth such interaction in the series with various beneficiaries of government schemes.

affordable healthcareThe prime minister noted that illness not only creates a huge financial burden on families, especially the poor and middle class, but also affects the socio-economic sector. “It is the endeavour of the government to ensure affordable healthcare to every citizen,” he said.

Observing that the PMBJP was launched with the intention to make the poor, lower middle class and middle class get access to affordable medicines and reduce their financial burden, Modi said more than 3,600 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened all over the country, where over 700 generic medicines are available at affordable price.

“The cost of medicines at Jan Aushadhi Kendras is 50-90 per cent less than the market price. The number of Jan Aushadhi Kendras will reach over 5,000 in the near future,” he said.

On the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat programme, he said under it, around 10 crore families, that is around 50 crore people, will be given health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh.

“The first phase of this yojna has been initiated and soon people across the country will get benefited by it,” he said.

As people living in small villages or towns find it difficult to go to a hospital or health centre that is very far away, the government has decided to open around 1.5 lakh health centres across the country under Ayushman Bharat, Modi said.

Apart from medicines, diagnostics facilities will also be available there, he said. “In the last four years, our government has taken one step after the other so that the cost incurred by the poor for treatment can come down.

“I can say with satisfaction that we have chosen the right direction, taken the right path, made the right policies and they are now reaching the grass roots level…We have worked in mission mode,” he said.

Modi said access to medicines is a big concern for the poor and the government’s constant endeavour is to “ensure affordable healthcare to every Indian”.

Several people are benefiting from the PMBJP, he said. He also noted that the government has reduced stent prices substantially, benefiting the poor and the middle class the most.

Earlier, people had to sell or mortgage property to purchase stents, Modi said, adding that the cost of heart stents has reduced from around Rs 2 lakh to Rs 29000.

Although knee-related issues are common, the prime minister said their treatment was not common earlier as those who had the money could ensure treatment.

The government has reduced knee transplant prices by 60-70 per cent, thereby bringing down the cost from Rs 2.5 lakh to around Rs 70,000?80,000, he said.

“It is estimated that around 1 to 1.5 lakh knee operations happen in India every year. On that account, the reduction in knee transplant prices has saved close to Rs 1,500 crore for public,” he said.

The prime minister noted that the cost of dialysis too was high and it was available in selected cities and keeping that in mind, the PM Rashtriya Dialysis Yojna was started through which the government has performed more than 22 lakh dialysis sessions for 2.25 lakh patients in more than 500 districts.

He said that more than 90 medical colleges have been opened which has led to an increase of 15,000 MBBS seats.

“India would become great and healthy only when its 125 crore citizens are healthy,” the prime minister said while stressing his government aims to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally set deadline.

“The world has decided that by 2030, TB will be eradicated. We in India decided why wait for 2030. That is why we have made a programme to eradicate it five years ahead of the global deadline,” he said.

Modi said that the government has also started a huge campaign for immunisation and more than 3.15 crore children and 80 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated in 528 districts through Mission Indradhanush.

“Our target is that till 2020, all those children are immunised who have not been immunised or have been partially immunised, so that they can be saved from 12 different diseases,” he said.

Ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, the prime minister appealed to people to practice yoga and make it a part of their life.

-PTI /Jun 07, 2018

Supreme Court orders floor test tomorrow in Karnataka

Supreme Court orders floor test tomorrow in Karnataka

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that a floor test be conducted in the Karnataka Assembly on Saturday at 4 p.m. for BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa, who was sworn-in on Thursday as Chief Minister, to prove his majority.

Mr. Yeddyurappa cannot take any major decision before the floor test, the court said. The pro-tem Speaker will take decisions in accordance with the law on floor test.

Supreme CourtThe court also said no Anglo-Indian MLA can be nominated to the Assembly.

The court was hearing a petition filed by the post poll Congress-JD(S) combine against the decision of Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form a government and to nominate an Anglo-Indian member to the Assembly.

Yeddyurappa recommends to Governor to convene House at 11 a.m.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, who attended an emergency cabinet meeting along with Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha, has decided to recommend to Governor Vajubhai Vala to convene the Assembly at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Among others present at the meeting was Legislative Assembly Secretary N Murthy.

The other recommendation made from the State government are the names for the pro-tem speaker. Sources said eight-time MLA R V Deshpande of Congress, seven-time MLA Umesh Katti of BJP and six-time MLA Vishweshwar Kageri of BJP were recommended to the office of the Governor. The name of the pro-tem Speaker will be announced by Mr. Vala later.

Meanwhile in Goa, Congress MLAs led by CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar met Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan on Friday, reports our Goa correspondent Prakash Kamat. They had a letter seeking to be invited to form government, as the largest party with 16 MLAs.

In Bihar, Amarnath Tewary tells us that Tejaswi Yadav along with RJD, Congress, HAM(S) and CPI-ML MLAs have set off to the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake claim to form government in the State as being single largest party.

Mr. Yadav, who went inside to meet the Governor along with three other MLAs, said Mr. Malik had heard them seriously. “We’ve submitted the support of 111 MLAs of the single largest party and block. The Governor said he would think over it and let us know about his decision,” said Mr. Yadav. “If we get invited I would like to say we’ll pass the floor test comfortably. A lot of JD(U) MLAs are in touch with me…we’d easily get the magic figure of 122 MLAs to form the government,” he added.

“We welcome the Supreme Court order. Now BJP has been exposed in the country,” he said.

Last year, in the Goa Assembly polls, the BJP had had come second with 13 seats while the Congress had emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats. However, with some swift political manoeuvring, the BJP struck a post-poll alliance to form the government.

During the 2015 Assembly election in Bihar, the RJD was in a grand alliance with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Congress. Though the RJD had 80 MLAs, nine more than Mr. Kumar’s party, it gave the CM’s position to the JD(U) as part of a pre-poll understanding. However, Mr. Kumar switched sides last July and formed the government with the help of the BJP’s 53 MLAs.

Governor acted as per Modi, Shah directions: Siddaramaiah

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says the Governor’s conduct indicates that his decision is as per directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. “Giving 15 days to prove majority is unprecedented in the history of independent India,” he says. “It shows his collusion with the BJP.”

Who is the pro-tem Speaker?

The floor test will be conducted by a pro-tem Speaker.

The pro-tem Speaker performs the duties of the office of the Speaker from the commencement of the sitting of the Assembly till the election of a Speaker.

The pro-tem Speaker will be the senior-most MLA, that is, the one with the most number of terms as a member of the House. If there is a tie, the one with the earliest tenure will be chosen.

No official announcement has been made yet about who the pro-tem Speaker is.

Our stand vindicated: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi says, “The Supreme Court’s order on Karnataka floor test vindicates our stand that Governor acted unconstitutionally.”

Confident of proving majority, says Yeddyurappa

Mr. Yeddyurappa says he is confident of proving his majority in the Assembly.

BJP’s Shobha Karandlaje says, “The party will abide by the Supreme Court order and “we are confident of winning the floor test tomorrow.” She adds that many of the MLAs who do not want the JD(S)-Congress combination are in touch with them.

SC has given a historic verdict: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Soon after the apex court order, Mr. Singhvi told journalists outside the court, “It is a historic verdict. Many important directions have been given, one of them being that floor test has to be conducted at 4 p.m. tomorrow under a pro-tem speaker.”

Supreme Court orders floor test

The Supreme Court orders  that a floor test be conducted tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 p.m in the Karnataka Assembly.

It says all MLAs will vote tomorrow. Pro-tem Speaker will decide what manner the floor test should be held.

Mr. Yeddyurappa should not take any major policy decisions in the meantimes, says the court.

Rohatgi opposes immediate floor test

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is appearing for Mr. Yeddyurappa, says:

 “I am disputing the signatures of Congress members. A floor test will show how many signatures they really had. The Governor never received a signed letter.

“I dont think floor test should be held tomorrow. Pro-tem speaker has to be appointed, etc. People should be given a reasonable time. Not tomorrow. Not fair. I have to also get my flock. Their people are locked up, not mine.”

Floor test an inevitability, says Singhvi

Mr. Singhvi states that conducting a floor test is an “inevitability.”

He says: “But B.S. Yeddyurappa declares he is the single largest party in his May 15 letter to Governor even before EC declares the election.

“B.S. Yeddyurappa says ‘I with an unknown X’ which he does not name ‘will form a majority.’ He had to say ‘I with A,B,C have crossed majority mark.

”Congress-JDS specified 117 with all details. Can you say the Governor applied his mind by giving B. S. Yeddyurappa the opportunity to form a government?

”Yeddyurappa tells the Governor, ‘give me some time. I have 104. Give me a small window, with that I will ‘manufacture’ a majority’.”

Floor test on Saturday an option, observes SC

Justice Sikri says, ” Ultimately this is a number game.”

He adds: “An alternative is floor test and tomorrow itself. We don’t give time for anybody.

“The issue has to be decided. Let us have the floor test and issue on question of law will be decided later here.”

Congress-JD(S) an unholy alliance: Mukul Rohatgi

Hearing in Supreme Court begins on a  petition was filed by the Congress and the JD(S) against the decision of the Governor to invite the BJP to form a government.

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi reads out the May 15 letter saying since there is no pre-poll alliance and as single largest party, the BJP can form a govt.

“The Congress-JD(S) is an unholy alliance. The Sarkaria Commission is only guidelines. Finally it is the Governor’s discretion to form a stable and popular government. We are the single largest party with additional support.”

Advance date for floor test?

What could possibly happen today?

Supreme Court of India. File

The court wants to check whether Mr. Yedyurappa gave sufficient material to the Governor for the latter to have reasonably felt that the BJP leader is the best option and not the post poll Congress-JD(S) combine.

One of the possibilities is that the court would advance the date for a floor test and leave the party with the most number of members to form a government. The BJP has 104 members while the Congress and the JD(S) jointly have 117 members, which is well past the majority mark.

Congress MLAs housed at Park Hyatt in Hyderabad

Congress MLAs are currently being housed at Park Hyatt in Hyderabad.

Congress MLAs are currently being housed at Park Hyatt in Hyderabad.

The Congress, with fears about poaching by the BJP, on Friday brought its  Karnataka MLAs to Hyderabad.

Sources said they were being accommodated in two five star hotels – Taj Krishna and Park Hyatt – which are owned by a senior Congress leader.

Where are the MLAs?

Meanwhile, suspense continues regarding the whereabouts of the Congress and JD(S) MLAs.

Party national Secretary General Kunwar Danish Ali confirmed to that all 37 MLA elects would travel by road to Kochi on Thursday night itself. But conflicting reports say they left Kochi and are currently at Hyderabad.

-MAY 18, 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.
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



By Swapan Dasgupta

Three weeks ago, at the Central Hall of Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah told me quite categorically that the CPI(M) would be swept away from Tripura in this election. To be honest, I felt he was overstating the extent of the BJP surge in a State where it had polled less than two per cent of the popular vote in 2013 and had never won either an Assembly or Lok Sabha seat. That the BJP was dominating the anti-Left space and had squeezed out the Congress was apparent. But against the excitement and momentum the BJP campaign had generated was the organisational depth of the CPI(M) and its formidable election machinery. In the end, the intensity of accumulated resentment against 25 years of Left rule proved too powerful. Tripura witnessed one of the biggest electoral upsets by recording a clear and emphatic victory, its coalition winning the endorsement of both the Bengalis and the tribal communities.

It has been customary for Middle India to pay little or no heed to the manner Indian democracy functions in the North-eastern States of India. Worse, there is an inclination to debunk its workings with dollops of condescension, as Congress leader Ashok Gehlot did when he brushed aside the Tripura outcome as indicative of the North-east’s tendency to tilt in the direction of the Centre.

Why, therefore, should the Tripura verdict be viewed as different, apart, of course, from the sheer magnitude of the change?

BJPTo begin with, the battle in Tripura was not a clash between regional parties that are often inclined to negotiate their positions on the politics at the Centre. Initially it was viewed as a triangular battle between the incumbent CPI(M), headed by a man who was often praised in Left-liberal circles as the most honest and unassuming Chief Minister in India, a weakened Congress and a rising BJP. True, the BJP had among its candidates a disproportionate chunk of erstwhile Congressmen – including a former PCC president. But that is not surprising considering that at one time the Congress was the only worthwhile opposition to the Left. Once the centre of gravity of anti-Left politics shifted away from the Congress – a process that began in 1996 when the Congress and Left teamed up at the Centre to keep out the BJP – there was an  inclination of these activists to scour for new homes. In West Bengal, they rallied round Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress. In Tripura, they found a home in the BJP.

Secondly, in the two months between the results of the Gujarat Assembly  elections and Saturday’s results from Tripura, the media had been systematically broadcasting the apparent retreat of the BJP and the simultaneous advance of a ‘rejuvenated’ Congress under Rahul Gandhi. The gains made by the Congress in Gujarat, its wins in three by-elections in Rajasthan and its success in retaining two seats in Madhya Pradesh were cited as evidence of a growing mood shift that would culminate in the BJP’s defeat in the 2019 general election. It was this reading of the public mood that was also a factor in the very convoluted (and largely media) campaign to link the scams of diamond trader Nirav Modi to the BJP Government and even the Prime Minister.

What Tripura has demonstrated is of considerable significance. Apart from indicating that the BJP has enough political reserves to mount an extremely successful campaign in an area where it barely had a presence, the victory suggested the continuing attraction of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government at the Centre. Exit polls have indicated that the support for the BJP was particularly marked among the youth, suggesting they associate the party with the yearning for a better life. BJP campaigners have also suggested that women voters too gave exceptional support to the BJP. Both these trends reinforce the findings from the Gujarat elections.

Thirdly, despite putting on a brave face and pointing to the Congress’ relatively better performance in Meghalaya, there is little doubt that the Opposition to the BJP is shell- shocked. That it was the formidable CPI(M) that suffered a crushing defeat has only made it worse. Mamata, for example, admitted quite openly that she would have been happy had the CPI(M) won in Tripura. It is likely that the Tripura outcome will have a direct bearing on the outcome of the Prakash Karat-Sitaram Yechuri difference. It will perhaps even tip the scales in favour of the incumbent general secretary and encourage a larger anti-BJP mahagathbandhan.

On the other hand, the smaller regional parties that have limited national ambitions could, however, be tempted to gravitate towards the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance. My feeling is that the Tripura verdict will encourage a move towards bipolarity – BJP versus anti-BJP – for the 2019 election. This implies that the BJP has to persevere relentlessly in its bid to enlarge its social base, particularly the poorer sections that have not been traditional supporters of the party.

In short, the next 12 months has to witness the Modi Government has to work overtime to ensure maximum delivery of its Central schemes. People will renew their mandate for Modi once they are convinced that the direction of governance is positive and that the quality of their lives is improving. The Prime Minister’s cult following is based on a combination of both hope and performance. And a fierce sense of integrity.

Courtesy-The Pioneer | 04 March 2018 | New Delhi