Nitish Kumar wins floor test in Bihar

Nitish Kumar wins floor test in Bihar; Modi-led NDA goes strong in 18 Indian states

Sailing through the trust vote with 131 votes, Nitish Kumar is back being the ‘king’ of the Bihar.

Nitish Kumar wins floor test in Bihar; Modi-led NDA goes strong in 18 Indian states

‘Secularism can’t mask corruption,” said the Chief Minister in the Bihar Assembly with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi by his side.

“These are arrogant people. Political parties get a mandate in elections to serve the people. The people are fed-up,” added Nitish.

Last 48-hours, Bihar witnessed some fast-paced and stunning developments that has changed the political scenario of the country.

It all started on Thursday evening.

Alleging corruption charges against Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish tendered his resignation and dissolved the 20-month-old mahagathbandhan or grand alliance between JD(U) and RJD. Within hours, JD (U) formed a new coalition with old ally BJP and Nitish headed back to office, claiming support of 132 MLAs in a letter to Bihar governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

In 2013, Nitish had ended his 17-year alliance with the BJP over the party’s decision to name Narendra Modi its Prime Ministerial candidate.

Nitish’s decision to side with BJP has not gone down well with several party members. JD (U) stalwart Sharad Pawar is reportedly miffed with the new development while MP Ali Anwar openly expressed his dissatisfaction.

Today morning, Nitish moved the confidence motion to prove majority of his new government amid scathing attacks from various counters. In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, 131 legislators voted in favour of the new alliance and 108 against.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav argued that former his former ‘boss’ Nitish Kumar should have shown guts and sacked him rather than joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Aapko sharam nahin aayi? (Aren’t you ashamed?),”asked Tejashwi.

Today morning, Patna High Court accepted RJD’s petition challenging the appointment of Nitish as Chief Minister. However, the court refused to stop today’s trust vote, saying it would hear the case on Monday, 31 July.

JD (U)’s new alliance with BJP has changed significantly changed the political discourse of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA now holds the power in 18 states throwing Congress out of the national equation. This, in turn, will have some significant bearing upcoming state elections and 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Bihar’s political upheaval has only confirmed the notion of BJP’s saffron wave engulfing the entire nation.

-July 28, 2017, Patna

PM Modi’s call for simultaneous polls: Govt seeks public views on desirability

PM Modi’s call for simultaneous polls: Govt seeks public views on desirability

PM Modi's call for simultaneous polls: Govt seeks public views on desirability

Is it desirable to hold simultaneous elections? This question, along with some other queries related to the issue, have been posted by the government on its websiteMyGov.Com to seek the views of “all interested people”, including common citizens, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, constitutional experts, academics experts, bureaucrats and social media influencers.

The last date for submitting the views is October 15.

The development comes against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi floating the idea, which was subsequently articulated by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The questions asked are:

Is it desirable to hold simultaneous elections? What are the pros and cons?

If simultaneous elections are held, then for the first time what happens to assemblies whose scheduled tenure either ends before or after the proposed date of holding elections?

Should the term of Lok Sabha and assemblies be fixed?

What would happen in case by-elections are necessitated in between terms?

What happens in case the ruling party or coalition loses majority in between term, either in Lok Sabha or in State assemblies?

“The desirability of holding simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas has been discussed at various levels. A considered view is that simultaneous elections will not only keep alive the enthusiasm of voters, but will also result in huge savings to the public exchequer as well as avoiding repetition of administrative effort,” said a note explaining the reasons for such queries.

“It is also expected to control the expenses of political parties. Simultaneous elections will also avoid repeated enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct which affects administrative actions by the government,” it added.

The noted pointed out that several structural changes will need to be done in case a decision is made to conduct simultaneous election, including possibility of Constitutional amendments to Articles 83, 172, 85 and 174 to streamline the process.

-PTI,September 11, 2016, New Delhi

Subramanian Swamy lists 6 ‘charges’ against RBI Governor

Subramanian Swamy steps up attack on Raghuram Rajan, lists 6 ‘charges’ against RBI Governor in letter to PM

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday stepped up his attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan levelling six serious charges against him and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately terminate his services.

Subramanian Swamy steps up attack on Raghuram Rajan, lists 6 'charges' against RBI Governor in letter to PM

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday stepped up his attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan levelling six serious charges against him and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately terminate his services.

This is the second time in two weeks that Dr Swami has written to Prime Minister Modi seeking immediate removal of Rajan.

In the first letter, written on May 17 , Swami had called Rajan ‘mentally not fully Indian’ In his second letter, Swami once again accused Rajan of raising interest rate to the detriment of small and medium industries.

Swamy said the Governor should have known the “inevitable consequence of rising and high interest rate and his policy was wilful and thus anti-national in intent”.

Rajan, the BJP leader also claimed, has been sending confidential and sensitive financial information using unsecured Chicago University email id and publicly disparaging the BJP government.

Swamy said that six allegations levelled by him against RBI governor were “prima facie true” and require termination of Rajan’s services “immediately” in the “national interest”.

In his second letter to Modi within a fortnight, Swamy alleged that despite holding a sensitive and very high government post, Rajan has been making mandatory trips to the US to renew his Green Card.

RBI Governor’s post, Swamy added, “is very high in the Warrant of Precedence and requires a patriotic and unconditional commitment to our nation”.

Rajan, he further alleged, is a member of US dominated Group of 30 which is engaged in defending America’s dominant position in the global economy.

-May 26, 2016, New Delhi

PM Modi : I will continue to be your ‘pradhan sevak’

Two years of NDA govt: I will continue to be your ‘pradhan sevak’, says PM Modi in mega rally in UP’s Saharanpur

Congress, BJP quote Mirza Ghalib to spar over Modi govt's two years in power

 

On the day BJP-led NDA government completed two years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he would continue to serve 125 crore people of India.

Addressing a mega rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur to mark two years of his government, PM Modi said, “I have come to give an account of my work in the past work years. I am coming to you at a time when, exactly at this time two years ago we were taking the oath of office. As I had said earlier – as a ‘pradhan sevak’ I have tried my best to serve my countrymen.”

“Governments come and go. Elections happen. But a government is formed to serve the masses. In the two years, people have seen our work. I had said earlier that my government is dedicated to the poor of this country,” the PM added.

“Our endeavour has been to strengthen state governments so that they too work for the welfare of the people. I have been a CM of a state and so I decided that Centre will have 35 percent in their treasury and the rest will be part of state coffers. We have brought many schemes for the poor,” he said.

“The country is changing but the mindset of some of the people are not changing,” the PM pointed out.

“We have given importance to building schools, hospitals, roads and transforming lives of the poor. We want to ensure that our sugarcane farmers do not face any problems. Government’s policy is that if sugar mills run honestly, no farmer would remain unpaid. I am warning the sugar mills, you won’t be allowed to do injustice to the farmers,” PM Modi said.

“Merely throwing crumbs at farmers was is not our way of working. We are trying to solve the problems the farmers face,” he asserted.

On tackling corruption, PM Modi said, “Two years back, you would remember that corruption was at its peak. Its been two years since we came to power, and there has been no charge of corruption against my government. The previous government had robbed the country of all its wealth.”

“Have you heard in the two years that Modi government indulged in corruption? Siphoned off money. Have you heard,” the PM asked the crowd.

Talking about initiatives taken by his government, he said, “We have given soil health card to farmers to improve fertility of land of the nation. Give our farmers the right opportunity and see the wonders they can do We have started work to double the income of farmers by 2022. We brought ‘Fasal Bima Yojana‘ for farmers.”

At the same time, he talked about empowering the women. “We have started ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme to empower and save grils. When I talk of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ I do that for daughters of every caste, class and religion. If India’s girl child is not empowered how can the nation be?” PM Modi said, pointing out, “‘Swach Bharat’ is not for rich, it’s for poor. It will stop them from falling ill.”

“In the present government road construction is double than that of the previous government. I have decided to link villages with roads. Its shameful – there were 18,000 villages where was not even an electricity pole,” he said.

Further enumerating the good work done by his government, PM Modi said, “Over one crore people have given up their LPG subsidy.”

“The youth of this country must get jobs. The entire world says if there is a bright spot in the global economy, it is India,” he went on to say.

Meanwhile, PM Modi said with tongue in cheek, “Whatever I do is always under scrutiny and I welcome that. The government should be accountable to the public every second, for every rupee.”

The PM also announced that the retirement age of doctors would be raised to 65, whether in state or in Centre, so that “so they can serve poor for more years.”

“Our Cabinet will take a decision this week to increase the retirement age of government doctors to 65,” PM Modi said, adding, “I appeal to doctors to dedicate 12 days per year for free treatment to poor expecting mothers.”

“Two years back, there was an atmosphere of dejection in the country. Now there is a air of hope. We can progress only through development. Only development will take the country on the path of growth. I appeal to people to participate in this journey of development,” he said towards the end of his speech.

PM Modi signed off with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

-May 26, 2016, Saharanpur

 

First BJP govt in Northeast

First BJP govt in Northeast sworn in; PM Narendra Modi says CM Sarbananda Sonowal will work hard to transform Assam

 

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sarbananda Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam.Sonowal along with Himanta Biswa Sarma took oath in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.

First BJP govt in Northeast sworn in; PM Narendra Modi says CM Sarbananda Sonowal will work hard to transform Assam

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sarbananda Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam.Sonowal along with Himanta Biswa Sarma took oath in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.

The 53-year-old Union sports minister, who was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, led the campaign in the Assembly polls in which the BJP-led alliance bagged 86 seats in the 126-member House.

The whole Guwhati city was literally turned into a security fortress for the oath taking ceremony at the Veterinary College, which was attended by over 100 VVIPs including PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran LK Advani, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, VK Singh, chief ministers of NDA-ruled states and northeastern states.

Addressing the huge gathering, PM Modi heaped praise on Sonowal saying, “A leader belonging to the tribal community, a leader dedicated to serving society will now be the CM of Assam.”I am sure Sonawal ji will serve Assam and work very hard to transform the state and his team will do the same,” PM ässerted.Promising to provide all help for Assam, PM Modi said, “The Central government believes in cooperative federalism. Want to give the states maximum strength & enable them to progress.”

“Democracy is about Bhagidari. The Centre and states must walk shoulder to shoulder for development.””India’s development has to be all-round and inclusive. Eastern part of India cannot remain away from the development journey,” PM said

-May 24, 2016, Guwahati