BJP open to tie-ups in Nagaland

BJP open to tie-ups in Nagaland

As the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates for Assembly polls in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura, the BJP said that it had kept its options open for allies in Nagaland and was looking to form a government that would be “helpful in concluding the Naga Accord amicably.”

The BJP general secretary in charge of the north-eastern States, Ram Madhav, told that the resignation of former Nagaland Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio from the ruling Naga People’s Party (NPP) to head the Naga Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) had opened options for the BJP.

BJP“In Nagaland, the BJP has kept its options open at the moment. We are serious about bringing a stable and development-focussed government in Nagaland. What happened in the last three-four years was that the government has changed at least three-four times, there are Ministers who have taken oath four times in the last five years. We are looking for an option which would help us in taking forward and amicably concluding the Naga talks, which have progressed to a great extent. In the present government [with the NPP], our party was the junior partner, and the instability was because of infighting within the NPP. A stable government which is in tune with the Centre will be helpful to the State at this time,” he said.

While the Naga elections are important to the Central government, considering the negotiations over the Naga Accord, for the BJP the real combat is in Tripura. “The contest in Tripura will be the battle royale in this set of elections. Tripura remains one of the most backward areas of this country, and therefore the current government needs to be voted out. The BJP has given the slogan Chalo Paltai which means ‘lets overturn/change this government’. The Left government is hugely unpopular with the people and is desperate,” he said.

Interestingly, the ruling Left Front has a vast cadre among the State government employees and it is this group that the BJP is angling in particular. “Tripura is one of the few States in the country, where government employees get paid under the 4th Pay Commission. We have already said that after we get elected, the next day itself we will implement the 7th Pay Commission in the State,” Mr. Madhav said.

He also said that the BJP’s talks with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) had not yet concluded, and added that the BJP was “in favour of addressing the socio-economic-cultural grievances of the tribals that are being championed by the IPFT and other groups as well” and that “as far as political unity of the State is concerned, everybody, including the IPFT, will be committed to the territorial integrity of Tripura.”

Mr. Madhav indicated that no chief ministerial face would be projected on behalf of the party in these States, leaving some hope for alliance partners.

“We have effective teams working in these States. We have a good number of new people who have joined the party in all these States. In Tripura, we didn’t have a single MLA, now we have seven MLAs, in Meghalaya also four MLAs have joined, and more are likely to join, in Nagaland we have four MLAs. So we have good local leadership which will work under the principle of collective leadership,” he said.


Nobody will protect Tricolor in Kashmir if constitutional status changed

Nobody will protect Tricolor in Kashmir if constitutional status changed: Mehbooba Mufti

The Supreme Court has now referred the case to a three-judge bench for a larger debate over it.

 Nobody will protect Tricolor in Kashmir if constitutional status changed: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned against any tinkering with Article 35(A) of the constitution that is being debated in the Supreme Court and which empowers the state legislature to define “permanent residents” and accord special rights and privileges to them.

Strongly defending the constitutional clause, Mehbooba said that any change in its status would invite repercussions and mean that nobody would be able to protect the Indian national flag in Jammu and Kashmir.

She said that mainstream parties like the National Conference and her own Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) risk their workers` lives who stand up and carry the national flag in Kashmir.

“Any tinkering with the article won`t be acceptable. I won`t hesitate in saying that nobody will even carry the corpse of the National Flag in Kashmir (if the article is scrapped). Let me make it very clear,” she said at an event here on Kashmir.

The Chief Minister said that by employing such tactics, “you are not targeting separatists who have an agenda to secede but you are weakening the forces who have accepted India, participated in elections. They make efforts to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India with respect and dignity. You are weakening them.”

The Article 35(A) is being challenged in the Supreme Court by NGO `We The Citizens` on its legal basis because the article was never presented before the Parliament and executed on the orders of President of India.

The provision was implemented in 1954 when then President Rajendra Prasad used the powers conferred on him by Article 370 to introduce the “Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 1954”.

Under the article, citizens from other parts of the country cannot acquire immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir or take up employment with the state government.

The Supreme Court has now referred the case to a three-judge bench for a larger debate over it.

-July 28, 2017, New Delhi

Install biometric attendance system in all offices

Install biometric attendance system in all offices upto Block level: Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level.



To ensure all government employees reach work on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed that a biometric attendance system be put in place in offices upto the block level.

Adityanath’s instructions came during a meeting with officials of the rural development department late on Saturday night.

“Efforts should be made to ensure that a biometric system of attendance is installed upto the block level. Apart from this, a board be put up at every village panchayat, which will have information about contact details of the village pradhan and details of the ongoing works,” Adityanath said as per an official statement.

The chief minister said that the targets of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana should be achieved.

All the works pertaining to registration, uploading of photographs and approval of housing units for 5.73 lakh families eligible under this scheme must be completed at the earliest.

“The Centre will be requested to incorporate eligible families, which have been left out,” he said.

Emphasising on transparency in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MNREGS), Adityanath said that active workers should be linked with Aadhaar-based payment system.

The Chief Minister also sought information about the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, World Bank-aided ‘Neer Nirmal’ and Rajya Grameen Payjal Yojana among other schemes.

“Apart from Bundelkhand, piped water supply schemes should be implemented in other parts of the state. To address the problems of drinking water scarcity in Bundelkhand, repair works pertaining to hand-pumps along with re-boring should be done,” Adityanath said.

He also said that 160 piped water supply schemes in 31 districts should be completed to ensure water supply.

“Installation of new hand-pumps and re-boring of existing hand-pumps under the quota of MLAs and MLCs should be completed

after taking their consent,” he said.

He also directed that Samagra Gram Vikas Department be merged with Rural Development department.

-23 Apr, 2017 , Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath announces Rs 1 lakh assistance for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

Yogi Adityanath announces Rs 1 lakh assistance for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister also announced doubling of financial grant given to pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who made his maiden visit to Gorakhpur on Saturday as the state CM, announced setting up of Kailash Mansarovar Bhavan at either Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida.

Presiding over a meeting in the CM secretariat, Yogi said that the financial grant would encourage pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.

The previous Akhilesh Yadav-government too had doubled that the grant given to pilgrims of Mansarovar from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000. The grant had to be given to those who produce a domicile certificate or a copy of the passport, certifying that they belong to UP.

An average cost of yatra for a person is estimated to range at around Rs 2.5 lakh. As most pilgrims are unable to afford the amount, the government had announced a subsidy programme for devotees from Uttar Pradesh who are selected by the central government.

“Those who want to visit Kailash Mansarovar, if they are healthy we will grant them Rs 1 lakh. We will construct a Kailash Mansarovar Bhavan at one of the places in Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida,” the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was quoted as saying.

-March 25, 2017, Lucknow


Kejriwal & 5 AAP leaders put on trial in defamation case

Kejriwal & 5 AAP leaders put on trial in Jaitley defamation case



A Delhi court on Saturday asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other senior AAP leaders to face trial in a defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Patiala House court here has fixed May 20th as the next date of hearing after Kejriwal and the other accused pleaded not guilty.

In December 2015, Jaitley had filed civil and criminal defamation cases against them for accusing him of corruption linked to Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), which he had headed for 13 years till 2013.

On Saturday, the court framed notices against Kejriwal and the other accused in the case, the ANI news agency reported.

Earlier on January 20, while hearing the case, the court observed that Kejriwal exhibited “dilatory tactics to delay trial” and must be present in court on March 25 when charges will be framed against him and others.

Other AAP leaders named in the case are Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai.

Jaitley alleged that Kejriwal made false allegations for “political mileage, causing irreversible damage to him.” He also sought Rs.10 crore in damages.

In a separate case, ex-crickter Chetan Chuahan has also filed defamation charges against Kejriwal and suspended BJP lawmaker Kirti Azad for alleging a sex racket in DDCA when he was its vice president.

Last year, both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court dismissed Kejriwal’s request to suspend the defamation case against him.

-March 25, 2017, New Delhi


Manohar Parrikar wins floor test in Goa Assembly

Manohar Parrikar’s BJP-led coalition wins floor test in Goa Assembly

Manohar Parrikar


Two days after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa, the BJP-led government in Goa won the crucial floor test on Thursday.

  Latest updates:

  • The coalition will come up with a common minimum programme by April 14 – Parrikar
  • Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss portfolio allocation, an announcement about the same will be made day after tomorrow, he said.
  • I have the first one to have a coalition with my side which lasted full term, we will last full term this time too – Parrikar.
  • Digvijaya’s claims that they have numbers, debunked. Right from the beginning they did not have numbers – Parrikar
  • We have proved before the people of India, we had the support of 23 and we proved it on the floor of house – Parrikar.
  • Congress’ Vishwajeet Rane abstained from voting by being not present in the house.
  • The Opposition Congress got just 16 votes.
  • Parrikar proves majority as the resolution in favour of the BJP-led government getting passed with 22 votes in its favour.
  • Oath taking of MLAs underway at Goa Assembly.
  • Congress leader Pratapsinh Rane’s son Vishwajeet Rane says, “As of now, I am with Congress party. I am going to vote for the Congress.”
  • Manohar Parrikar reaches state assembly, ahead of the floor test at the special session today.
  • The apex court on Tuesday directed that a floor test be held in the Assembly on Thursday to determine if Parrikar enjoyed the majority support.
  • SC order came on a petition against appointment of Manohar Parrikar as state chief minister.
  • The apex court bench comprising of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RK Agrawal rejected the Congress’s plea to stay the oath taking of Parrikar as Goa Chief Minister, holding all contentious issues raised by the party can be resolved by a “simple direction” of holding a floor test that has been ordered for Thursday.
  • The court gave its order while paving the way for Parrikar to take the oath shortly after which the former defence minister was sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha in Panaji.
  • The BJP has won 13 seats, four less than the Congress which bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House.
  • Parrikar, whose party has 13 MLAs, had staked claim to form the government on Sunday mustering the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) besides two Independents, which together took the tally of the combine to 21.
  • Another Independent MLA had extended his support to the coalition, raising its number to 22.

-March 16, 2017, Panaji


Uttarakhand Election Results: Lotus blooms on hills

Uttarakhand Assembly Election Results: `Lotus` blooms on hills, Harish Rawat `punished`



Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017:  Bharatiya Janata Party has scripted a wonderful success story in Congress-ruled.

Most exit polls had given the BJP a clean sweep and forecast a downslide for the ruling Congress. The results are no different than the predictions on March 09.

The humiliating drubbing of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat from both the Haridwar (Rural) and Kichcha (Udhamsingh Nagar district) seats is even more embarrassing for the Congress.

This is also to be underlined that Rawat had become the first state CM to have contested from two Assembly constituencies.

The results show that people cast ballots against Rawat’s `autocratic` style of functioning. The projection of the Uttarakhand CM as `baahubali` by the Congress` campaign managers also left voters unimpressed.

The result is a clear-cut referendum on the wrong strategies employed by Congress in ticket distribution.

The party’s choice of candidates for the Uttarakhand Assembly polls had triggered anger among some activists who had even vandalised the party office in Dehradun.

Unhappy over ticket distribution, a number of key Congress leaders, including former Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna, had defected to the BJP.

Bahuguna joined the BJP last year and got a ticket for his son Saurabh Bahuguna from Sitarganj, and also for more candidates close to him.

Notably, Saurabh has won Sitarganj, defeating Malti Biswas of the Congress with a margin of 28,540 votes.

The BJP also gave a ticket to Rudraprayag MLA and veteran Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat from Kotdwar and won.

With this result, those who had questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah’s strategy to take the advantage of a rebellion in the opposition camp and distribute tickets to political turncoats have been proven wrong.

The result is a clear mandate on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move. The Congress was seen backing the corrupt and the rich by opposing the notes ban. And the BJP campaign for corruption-free Uttarakhand struck a right chord with voters.

Also, the PM’s promise to provide central funds and an all-around development of the hill state impressed the people of ‘devbhoomi‘.

During his campaign, the PM had urged the people of the hill state to punish the Congress, which he said, had brought disrepute to Uttarakhand.

It seems the PM’s people have paid heed to the PM and `punished` Congress.

(Voting for 69 seats was held in Uttarakhand on February 15)

-March 11, 2017,  New Delhi


Delhi Court summons Kejriwal in defamation case

Delhi Court summons Kejriwal in defamation case filed by Dr Subhash Chandra.Noting that the imputations were prima facie made against Chandra’s reputation




Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been summoned as an accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra by a Delhi court which said “prima facie”, the offence was committed.

Noting that the imputations were prima facie made against Chandra’s reputation, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria asked Kejriwal to appear before the court on July 29.

Since the accused had made such imputations on the national television against the complainant, it has clearly established that

such imputations intending to harm the reputation of the complainant or to defame him, were made, the court said.

“Thus, clearly, there is sufficient material on record to summon accused Arvind Kejriwal for offences punishable under section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code,” it said.

Chandra had on November 17 last year moved the court seeking prosecution of Kejriwal for allegedly defaming him by levelling false allegations in the wake of demonetisation.

Chandra, who filed the plea through lawyer Vijay Aggarwal, alleged that Kejriwal, while addressing a press conference on November 11, had made “false, fabricated and defamatory allegations” against him.

The chairman of the Essel group had also claimed that Kejriwal had “defamed” him “by making inherently defamatory statements and caused serious harm to his reputation by imputing behaviour incompatible with proper conduct and suggestions of involvement in illegal activity.”

The complaint claimed that Kejriwal, while addressing the press conference, “without any lawful basis or justification, dragged the name of the complainant in the entire facade, which has defamed and lowered the reputation of complainant in the eyes of general public and thus accused person (Kejriwal) has committed the offence of criminal defamation.”

-March 6, 2017, New Delhi


Kejriwal moves to HC on Defamation case


Kejriwal supremo in his application contended that he is seeking such financial records of Jaitley and his family members





Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today moved the Delhi High Court seeking details of bank accounts, tax returns and other financial records of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has filed a defamation suit against him.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo in his application contended that he is seeking such financial records of Jaitley and his family members from 1999-2000 to 2014-15, “to disprove” the claims made by the senior BJP leader against him and five other party leaders who were named in the defamation case.

Jaitley had filed the suit in 2015 seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai.

The AAP leaders had allegedly attacked Jaitley and his family members in various fora, including social media, over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.

Jaitley has already denied all the allegations of financial bungling in the DDCA during his tenure.

When contacted, the lawyers for Jaitley said that they are yet to examine the application and “in any case, it is extremely mischievous for defendant to circulate the application in the media before it is listed before the court. They are only further adding to their defamatory remarks”.

The application was filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava.

Jaitley, in December last year, had appeared before the high court to record his evidence in connection with the defamation case.

Apart from the civil defamation case, Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders are also facing a criminal defamation case proceedings in which they had attempted to get stayed, till the civil suit is decided, but were unsuccessful in the endeavour.

The high court had on July 12 framed issues against Kejriwal and others in the matter, notwithstanding their claim that they had not made any defamatory statement against him in the DDCA case.

In a civil suit, when one party affirms and other party denies a material proposition of fact or law, then only the issues arise.

Some of the issues framed by the court include whether Jaitley was entitled for any damage for the alleged defamatory statements made by AAP leaders and what should be the amount.

“Whether the statements which are in public domain are actionable or not,” the high court had said in one of its issues.

-25 February 2017 | PTI | New Delhi


BJP won’t ally with Congress at any cost, Fadnavis

BMC hung verdict: BJP won’t ally with Congress at any cost, says Devendra Fadnavis

BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with the Congress


BJP fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday categorically stated that Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) won’t ally with Congress at any cost for taking control over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

In an apparent reference to Shiv Sena, Fadnavis said if any party wants to align with the Congress, it’s is free to go, BJP will not say a single word.

“We will take along those who come with us, but proceed without those who don’t come with us,” he said, addressing a rally at the state BJP office.

“We (BJP) will go as per our path, taking along those who come with us,” he said.

“BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with the Congress,” the CM said.

Fadnavis’ statement comes a day after a Congress leader leader confirmed to IANS that the Shiv Sena did approach the party for an alliance in Mumbai, but the party did not show interest.

In the fiercely contested BMC polls, the ruling BJP finished close second to Shiv Sena, while it pulled off a stellar performance in other civic and local bodies polls winning in eight out of the 10 municipal corporations.

While the Shiv Sena emerged on the top with 84 seats, the BJP was a close second at 82, and claiming the support of at least four independents, announced it would stake claim to the key post of Mayor.

The tally of Shiv Sena, which emerged as the single largest party after the counting on Thursday, has risen to 87 corporators with three party rebels who won as Independent nominees returning to its fold yesterday.

The BJP gained hugely in nine other major civic bodies of Maharashtra as well.

With BJP and Shiv Sena finishing neck-to-neck in the BMC elections, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that both parties have no option but to come together again.

Speaking to a Marathi TV channel. Gadkari said, “there is no option for his party and Shiv Sena, but to come together,” adding that the decision, however, would have to be taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Meanwhile, differences in the Congress over considering the option of enabling a Shiv Sena candidate to become mayor of Mumbai today came to the fore as a senior party leader strongly opposed the idea.

“I take strong objection to any discussion even of having any tie up or indirect support to the Shiv Sena in the BMC,” party’s former city chief Gurudas Kamat said, adding he has informed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of his opinion.

With the bitterly fought elections to BMC resulting in a fractured verdict, thinking is strong in the Maharashstra Congress that it should consider the option of enabling the Shiv Sena to foist its candidate as mayor of the city, as a tactical move to sharpen the rift in the saffron camp.

Sena continued to maintain that the coveted Mayor’s post will be held by it only, discounting the chances of a post-poll pact with the BJP.

-February 25, 2017, Mumbai