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Congress intensifies its poll campaign with Sonia Gandhi pitching in Delhi

The Congress that was otherwise in a dorment state in Delhi has suddenly sprung into action by planning to organise roadshow led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi with Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM also pitching in to campaign in Delhi Assembly polls. Interestingly Sonia Gandhi too will address couple of rallies in the city.

To understand it better actually the Congress that fared secound on five out of seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections does not want to give a message that it has given walkover to either AAP or to the BJP. The way it is aggressively campaigning against the CAA, it is very important to contest Delhi elections aggressively.

The party also wants to capitalise on the confused stand of AAP on CAA while the BJP and the Congress are out in open against each other on the issue. The party will be more aggressive in the days to come and one such example being that former minister in the Delhi government Rajkumar Chauhan who had switched sides with the BJP has come back to Congress once again. The party has also asked all its Lok Sabha candidates to contest Assembly election.

Manmohan Singh and Captain Amrinder Singh will campaign in Sikh dominated constituencies of Delhi and Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be asked to focus in the outer Delhi and Jat dominated areas. Kamal Nath, Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha will also campaign in Delhi. The Congress has already made Kirti Azad as the chairman campaign committee of Delhi.

The Congress feels that if any such message goes to people that Congress is not serious in Delhi, the revival dream of the party in Delhi will just remain a dream. Most of its leaders who had contested the Lok Sabha election will also contest Assembly and many other senior leaders of the party including former ministers in the Delhi government. Names of daughter Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi seat and son on Jai Prakash Agarwal to contest Delhi Assembly elections are also doing round.

 

17 Jan 2020
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CAA imbrioglio: Has crack started emerging in NDA?


Some voices of rethink on CAA have started enamating from the ruling NDA, Bihar CM’s statement on discussing it in state Assembly after supporting in Parliament, SAD demanding Muslims to be included in it and LJP too padelling similar opinion but softly. Apparently they want to keep their Muslim voters intact as managing Hindu votes is the responsibility of the BJP for alliance largly.

Kerala has already passed a resolution against CAA in its Assembly, Nitish too wants to discuss it in the house if everyone agrees of which the BJP may and may not agree. However, this will help the BJP speak its mind to reach out to people, some feel. The most important thing that even if the bill is passed against CAA in Assembly after it was cleared by Parliament, it does not have any constitutional validity. So is it just a posturing or more?

Though the Congress and RJD claim lion share of Muslim votes in Bihar but Nitish does not want to loose out whatever he gets when he says there should be a special discussion on CAA in the Bihar Assembly. The JD (U) is baffled with the attack of the RJD and the Congress. JD (U) vice president Prashant Kishor is campaigning against it right from the day one. So something is being discussed in the party. Meanwhile Nitish was more emphatic when he said that there was “no question” or need to implement NRC in Bihar.

Prashant Kishor, tweeted: “…would like to reassure to all – CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar.” Prashant Kishor posted several tweets critical of party boss and even offered his resignation from JD (U). Another ally of the BJP, the Akali Dal, wants Muslims to be included in CAA. Has Nitish become too dependent on him or Kishor following dictate of his boss?

 

14 Jan 2020
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Congress intensifies its poll campaign with Sonia Gandhi pitching in Delhi

By IndianMandarins 17 Jan 2020

The Congress that was otherwise in a dorment state in Delhi has suddenly sprung into action by planning to organise roadshow led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi with Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM also pitching in to campaign in Delhi Assembly polls. Interestingly Sonia Gandhi too will address couple of rallies in the city.

To understand it better actually the Congress that fared secound on five out of seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections does not want to give a message that it has given walkover to either AAP or to the BJP. The way it is aggressively campaigning against the CAA, it is very important to contest Delhi elections aggressively.

The party also wants to capitalise on the confused stand of AAP on CAA while the BJP and the Congress are out in open against each other on the issue. The party will be more aggressive in the days to come and one such example being that former minister in the Delhi government Rajkumar Chauhan who had switched sides with the BJP has come back to Congress once again. The party has also asked all its Lok Sabha candidates to contest Assembly election.

Manmohan Singh and Captain Amrinder Singh will campaign in Sikh dominated constituencies of Delhi and Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be asked to focus in the outer Delhi and Jat dominated areas. Kamal Nath, Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha will also campaign in Delhi. The Congress has already made Kirti Azad as the chairman campaign committee of Delhi.

The Congress feels that if any such message goes to people that Congress is not serious in Delhi, the revival dream of the party in Delhi will just remain a dream. Most of its leaders who had contested the Lok Sabha election will also contest Assembly and many other senior leaders of the party including former ministers in the Delhi government. Names of daughter Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi seat and son on Jai Prakash Agarwal to contest Delhi Assembly elections are also doing round.

 

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CAA imbrioglio: Has crack started emerging in NDA?

By IndianMandarins 14 Jan 2020


Some voices of rethink on CAA have started enamating from the ruling NDA, Bihar CM’s statement on discussing it in state Assembly after supporting in Parliament, SAD demanding Muslims to be included in it and LJP too padelling similar opinion but softly. Apparently they want to keep their Muslim voters intact as managing Hindu votes is the responsibility of the BJP for alliance largly.

Kerala has already passed a resolution against CAA in its Assembly, Nitish too wants to discuss it in the house if everyone agrees of which the BJP may and may not agree. However, this will help the BJP speak its mind to reach out to people, some feel. The most important thing that even if the bill is passed against CAA in Assembly after it was cleared by Parliament, it does not have any constitutional validity. So is it just a posturing or more?

Though the Congress and RJD claim lion share of Muslim votes in Bihar but Nitish does not want to loose out whatever he gets when he says there should be a special discussion on CAA in the Bihar Assembly. The JD (U) is baffled with the attack of the RJD and the Congress. JD (U) vice president Prashant Kishor is campaigning against it right from the day one. So something is being discussed in the party. Meanwhile Nitish was more emphatic when he said that there was “no question” or need to implement NRC in Bihar.

Prashant Kishor, tweeted: “…would like to reassure to all – CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar.” Prashant Kishor posted several tweets critical of party boss and even offered his resignation from JD (U). Another ally of the BJP, the Akali Dal, wants Muslims to be included in CAA. Has Nitish become too dependent on him or Kishor following dictate of his boss?

 

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NMML Society reconstituted, trace of Congress erased

By IndianMandarins 07 Nov 2019

The BJP has not succeeded in making the country Congress-free as yet but it has definitely been able to make an institution Congress-free by reconstituting Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society with the ouster of Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh and Jairam Ramesh from it.

The reconstituted body has been announced with television journalist Rajat Sharma and ad-man Prasoon Joshi making it to the list. Some other names who have been dropped included former minister MJ Akbar, former army chief VP Malik, Infosys co-founder NR Narayanamurthy, historian Nayanjot Lahiri, economist Bibek Debroy, space scientist K Kasturirangan and television anchor Arnab Goswami.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is president of the society and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh its vice president. Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Prakash Javadekar, V Muraleedharan and Prahlad Singh Patel, ICCR chairman Vinay Sahsrabudhhe, Prasar Bharti chairman A Surya Prakash, secretaries of Expenditure, Culture and Housing and Urban Affairs, are its members.

Besides, chairman of the UGC, representative of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund, Raghvendra Singh, director of NMML and journalist Rajat Sharma are also the new members. Other members included Anirban Ganguly, policy researcher and author Sachchinanda Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, academic Kapil Kapoor, Lokesh Chandra, Vedic and Buddhist scholar, Makarand Pranjpe, academic, writer, Kishore Makwana, academic Kamlesh Joshipura, researcher Rizwan Kadri and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.

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Karnataka, Kamal and Kamal Nath: BJP’s opponents under constant pressure

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2019

Union minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted removing Kamal Nath from the post of MP CM for his involvement in 1984 Sikh riots case but it has a bigger political implication both for the BJP and the Congress alike. What is that?

The Congress has been accusing the BJP of its alleged intention of destabilizing Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Karnataka government was taken over by the BJP replacing the Congress. Actually it has been NaMo-Shah strategy to keep their opponents on tenterhooks by keeping them under pressure. This seems to be the approach towards these states as well.

However, the BJP is in no position to do anything in Chhattisgarh but yes in MP they might do something if not topple the government, speculation is rife that Jyotiraditya Scindia may replace Kamal Nath in MP as Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP will have its own bearing the party and the BJP would eschew to go for any such move. A crippled non-performing government equally suits the BJP.

Not opening many fronts at the same time, the BJP will go slow in Rajasthan as Sachin Pilot has not forgotten that he was denied his due as CM’s post was given to Ashok Gehlot but Sachin will have to wait for some more time. This is clear that the NDA leadership does not do anything in such a way that anyone can read, understand or fathom their next move.

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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

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BJP to train its MPs on public speaking, ideology in a two day camp

By IndianMandarins 02 Aug 2019

New Delhi: To tell its lawmakers how to behave, the ruling party at the Centre -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- has planned a two-day training camp in the Balayogi Auditorium in New Delhi on August 3-4, 2019. Every member of Parliament of the BJP from both the houses will have to compulsory show up at the event to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with many other senior leaders.

The BJP leaders are of the view that this is an attempt of the saffron outfit to train and sensitise all its 381 members of Parliament on the issues related to parliamentary practice, debates, party ideology, public speech, handling media and even the internal issues of the party.

The meeting is important because of the fact that training session would give clarity to the BJP MPs on ideological issues which is important for the BJP. They will also be told not to speak out of turn and on such subjects that they are not well equipped with. The meeting will not only attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both days but he is likely to speak at the event as well.

Sources in the BJP said that the meeting will also be addressed by speakers not only from the BJP but outside the party as well on specialized subjects. Besides the PM and Union Home minister Amit Shah, there is a possibility that party general secretary and in-charge of BJP training cell Muralidhar Rao might also address it. All the MPs have been asked to attend this meeting without a miss. Actually the BJP wants to pull string on some of motor mouths in the party by telling them how to speak saving the party from any unnecessary controversy and embarrassment due to some of its own leaders.

Sources further informed that this is a hectic meeting that would start at 9 am and would finish at 9 pm. MPs will get breakfast, lunch and dinner at the venue itself. Training cell of the BJP has major role to play in it as it is continuously doing the same but at smaller level. It will take up many issues including etiquette and how to deal with media which is a major concern of the party.

Sources are not ready to divulge any further detail about the programme but the purpose of the entire exercise is to ensure that certain basic things are required for a MP, minister and people having organizational responsibilities.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) too keeps on doing such training camps for its workers but this would be the first such event when all BJP MPs will be participating in such a mega event that is dubbed as (Abhyas Varg).

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G P Gupta takes over as CGA

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2019

Girraj Prasad Gupta (ICAS:1983) took over as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in national capital here today. Earlier, the Government of India had appointed as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance w.e.f. 01.08.2019.

Gupta has vast and rich experience in the government at the Centre. He worked at higher positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Rural development, and Ministry of Finance.

He also worked as the Director of National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad. As Additional Controller General of Accounts, he is highly credited for his work in development and implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS), a backbone IT infrastructure for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and other financial management modules in Government of India. Mr. Gupta also worked as Director (Finance) on the joint venture mega hydel power project in Bhutan.

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Congress-MNS alliance may prove to be counterproductive for the party

By IndianMandarins 14 Jul 2019

New Delhi: The Congress has appointed a new president for Maharashtra as Balasaheb Thorat who is in favour of alliance with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for the Assembly elections in the state along with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is stronger than the Congress at the moment at least the 2019 Lok Sabha elections suggests so.

 

Such indications of Congress-MNS alliance started being talked about when MNS chief Raj Thackerey met with United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi recently. Apparently the entire move is to counter the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state which has decimated the Congress-NCP alliance in the state. Now, on the other hand All India Majlish-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has told the Vanchit Bahujan Agadi (VBA) headed by Prakash Ambedkar to contest 100 Assembly seats out of 288 seats in the state.

 

This is to remind that instead of managing its own support base, the Congress attempt to steal into the vote banks of other political parties might prove to be counter-productive. Dalits and Muslims had been the core vote bank of the Congress for very long time besides a few other sections in Maharashtra but a new social engineering of Assaduddin Owaisi and Preakash Ambedkar has brought Dalits and Muslims under a new platform which helped the alliance to snatch Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat from the Shiv Sena. If they are planning to field candidates on 100 seats in Maharashtra that will have definite impact not only on the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance but will harm more to the Congress-NCP in the state.

 

Bringing MNS into the Congress-NCP alliance is a double-edged sword, if it will bring some Maratha votes to the alliance then it will drive away not only Muslim vote but north-Indians votes as well from the Congress-NCP combine and AIMIM and VBA combined are ready to take Muslims hand in hand and north Indians going to the BJP-Shiv Sena fold. These two communities are decisive in certain pockets in the state. Dalits will also be lured by Ambedkar. So the attempt of the Congress and the NCP will go in vein if the VBA accepts proposal of the AIMIM. The AIMIM was an old ally of the Congress but they had developed differences and parted ways just before 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

 

On the other hand the BJP and the Shiv Sena are working on their original plan with Shiv Sena taking the hardliner stands while the BJP talking about taking everyone along. The alliance has been able to deliver best-ever performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but Assembly elections are different. They have decided much in advance that they will be contesting equal number of seats leaving others much behind in terms of polls strategy.   

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