Archive | November, 2017

Congress has forgotten Ahmed

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

Once upon a time in Gujarat, the Congress’ almighty Ahmed Patel was the supreme authoritarian. He was the sole decision-maker on all major issues related to the state. But ever since the change in throne supremacy of the party has started shaping up, and Rahul Gandhi has taken-over the decision maker’s spot from Sonia, Patel’s aura has been over-shadowed. The pro-Dalit-Muslim Congress of Gujarat has this time shifted its focus to Hindutva. This has upset the Muslim community in the state, but they remain stuck with the party wondering where else would they go?
On the other hand, in his new found love for Hindutva, Rahul has yet neither visited any ‘dargah’ and performed any ‘azaans’, nor does he intend to. In contrast, Rahul is now orbiting the walls of temples and very much inclined to prove himself as a ‘true Hindu’. The first list of Congress has been released and only two Muslim candidates have been given tickets. In fact, Alpesh Thakore, Jignesh Mavani and Hardik Patel’s choices have booked higher number of slots. Majority of the Muslim population in the state considers the Patidars as the biggest villain of the Gujarat riots, yet Rahul is busy pleasing Hardik. The ritual of politics is unique – often the new interests fade out the old.

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Vibhav’s Union breakup

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

Vibhav Kant Upadhyay and Japan go way back in time. Vibhav is the Chairman of India Center Foundation and he has direct access to not only Japan’s official system, but also the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s time, he has a direct entry in the PMO. He was in very close terms with Sudheendra Kulkarni during Vajpayee’s tenure. He was also close to Sam Pitroda during the Congress reign. He was at his supreme during the Manmohan government. When Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, ever since then Vibhav has been in terms with him too. It is said that Modi’s first meet with Japanese PM was arranged by Vibhav himself. Since then Vibhav was a regular passenger of CM Modi’s chartered-flight.
In a bid to boost the Indo-Japanese business relations, Vibhav initiated the India Japan Global Partnership Summit back in 2000. Coming month, the summit is once again scheduled to take place. Many corporate biggies and Union Ministers had in advance nodded their presence. But in a turn of events, going by the sources, a lead Japanese Bank has lodged a complaint with PM Modi against Vibhav. Post, which, the CEO of Soft Bank Rajiv Mishra has met up with the PM. Soft Bank is a major investor in India and put in more than Rs 25,000 crore till now in the nation. Henceforth, following the complaint, sources suggest that Modi’s view has changed towards Vibhav and, not surprisingly, it seems that many prominent Union Ministers have since then expressed their inability to join the summit next month. Sources say that a hurt Vibhav approached Nitin Gadkari in search of shelter, but the latter too has separated himself from this matter.

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The clever Nitish

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

JDU has always contested its candidates in Gujarat elections, and despite being in alliance with the NDA, Nitish has always visited Gujarat for campaigning in favor of his party. Similarly, this time too JDU has its candidates on the field but in a new Nitish is exhibiting no interest in campaigning. At the same time, BJP wants Nitish to visit the poll-bound state and campaign against Congress, but a shrewd Nitish seems to be avoiding the advice. The BJP suspects that Nitish is playing safe and has one door open for the Congress so if need may come, he can switch sides.

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BJP vs BJP in Gujarat

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

The BJP is clearly split into two camps in the poll-bound Gujarat. One, which is led by CM Vijay Rupani and blessed by BJP President Amit Shah, and two, which is under the leadership of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who is considered as a special confidant of PM Modi. The talk of the state also suggests that Patel has dumped most of the plans approved by Rupani for budget allocations. And like the political war of the two leaders was not enough in itself that former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has also entered the scene. Sources suggest that Anandi ben Patel, who is very angry with Amit Shah, is busy chanting her own agenda.

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Fresh breath for Kejriwal

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

Revolutionary Chief Minister of ‘smogged’ national capital, Arvind Kejriwal, who recently termed Delhi as a gas chamber for its ‘very poor’ air quality, has of late installed at least seven air purifiers at his official residence. The Chief Minister’s lungs need fresh and pure air, whilst the Delhiites mask their faces in a wait to breathe a clearer air.

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No ‘Happy’ New Year for MPs

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

For a second time in 10 years, the winter session of the Parliament is set to wrap up in a brief duration. Once considered the largest temple of democracy, the Parliament today is seemingly in the process of becoming a formality to Indian politics. Since 2014, when the Modi government has taken possession of the Nizam of Delhi, almost 10 states have witnessed Assembly Elections. But the much debated recent delay of the Parliament session can be crowned only to the upcoming, and much awaited, Gujarat Assembly polls. Currently the BJP is playing on a weak wicket in Gujarat while its oppositions are at the front-foot. Perhaps due to this the winter session has shrunk, but its declared duration has now crossed the 2017 boundary, entering the New Year 2018. Generally, the winter session of Parliament used to be held in the last week of December, but this tradition has been altered this time. Playing spoilsport, this winter session seems to be knocking the ‘Happy’ out of the ‘New Year’ celebrations of many MPs. According to sources, many MPs were all packed-up to celebrate the New Year abroad with their families, while many were planning to holiday in some or the other part within the country itself. Due to the fear of ‘Principal’ Modi, many MPs of the ruling party are now cancelling their tickets, whilst quietly cursing the coinciding calendar, and instead gearing up to formulate the new tomorrow of democracy in the ‘school’ of Parliament.

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Indira, the Dictator for Ranjita

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

The Congress celebrated the hundredth birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with great fanfare throughout the country. In a similar, the Bihar Congress too put into action its celebration at the Krishna Memorial of Patna, but on November 22 instead of November 19 to which very few Congressmen turned up. Furious at the low strength of the program, Bihar Congress in-charge K L Sharma fast-paced his speech and immediately left the premise. After his exit, Congress MP Ranjita Ranjan took over the mic, and then the celebration witnessed an unexpected turn of event. In flow of speech, the MP called Indira Gandhi a ‘dictator’ and that was not the end of it. She added that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has similar characteristics, i.e. he too is a dictator. The words of Ranjita created a hullabaloo in the Memorial Hall. The fuss was to the extent that when Akhilesh Singh (who was once a close aide of Lalu and became a Minister at Centre with his blessings but later joined Congress) stood up to speak, the loud noise muted him. He then pleaded the gathering to quiet, saying, “I have memorized my speech and the commotion will make me forget it.” Such was the ‘exceptional’ tribute to Indira Gandhi by Bihar Congress.

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BJP’s lost stars in Gujarat

Posted on 20 November 2017 by admin

The BJP seems to be in severe short supply of star campaigners for the Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar assembly seats. After the delimitation of 2008, the Ahmedabad Lok Sabha constituency was split into two parts, one of which is Ahmedabad West, of which BJP’s Kirit Solanki is the sitting MP. There are seven assembly segments within this LS constituency, of which two are reserved ones and the rest five are general. The other LS seat, Ahmedabad East, is held by Paresh Rawal of the BJP. There are seven assembly seats under the Parliamentary constituency, all in the general category. Besides these there is the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, held by party veteran LK Advani, which too has seven general category assembly seats subsumed. What ails the BJP is that neither the ailing Advani nor Rawal ever seem to visit their constituencies, a thing of major ire for the voters there. A troubled BJP has thus asked Solanki to handle all three Lok Sabha segments and the assembly seats under them. Result: Solanki’s best of friends can never find him either here or there, and so much for the BJP’s poll management!

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Axing the tickets of U’s 50 MPs

Posted on 20 November 2017 by admin

As many as 50 sitting MPs in Uttar Pradesh might lose their party nominations in the 2019 polls, though these are quite a few months away, sources revealed at the scuttlebutt. Party boss Amit Shah is said to be taking regular inputs on the results of the MPs from various seats. Birds and bees have it that Shah has commissioned a professional survey agency to report back on the MPs’ performances on set parameters and indicators. Party sources close to the Boss say that as many as half the sitting MP’s in UP might lose their nominations, so much so that even stalwart leaders like Home Minister Rajnath Singh might have to change their constituencies. Sources tell us quietly that those above 65 years of age could be ‘deployed’ for ‘organisational work’, and some 50 sitting MPs might lose their tickets. Instead, fresh faces will smile from the BJP posters in the 2019 polls. This is an old tactic of Shah, who changes sitters to smoothen the ruffled feathers of the electorate. Sources have it that even the looming Gujarat polls, 15 of the first 70 names announced are absolute greenhorns.

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AAP: Hospital Crisis

Posted on 20 November 2017 by admin

The Aam Aadmi Party loses no chance to endear itself to the commons. Now it has shot itself in the foot. It had issued a directive, obviously in good mind, that doctors in government hospitals will supply all medicines free of cost and the doctors will not prescribe any medicing that is not available at the hospital pharmacy. Now the doctors are in a fix. Most of the basic medicines needed are hardly found in the sarkari pharmacies. So now the doctors as well as patients are in a major limbo, as the former are barely prescribing medicines!

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