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Is Baghel Government inching towards trouble with its lieutenants under surveillance

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh may land into trouble. Extensive raids conducted by Income Tax Department in February this year on the residence of Saumya Chaurasia, a 2008 batch PCS officer, may prove to be a prelude to further actions. The I-T Department had conducted raids at over 25 premises; including those of Ajaz Dhebar (Raipur Mayor and Congress leader), former Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and several contractors, Chartered Accountants, and big businessmen.

It may be mentioned here that Ms Chaurasia who was posted as Deputy Secretary to Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been considered among a few closest officers to the present dispensation in the state. Reportedly, she is under the surveillance of central agencies.

It is learned that key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi were intercepted and the said IT raids were supposed to have some links with the intercepted calls.

As it happens in Indian politics across party lines, the ruling party in a state or states are expected to support or fund elections in other states. Chhattisgarh too supposedly extended huge financial assistance during Jharkhand elections. Sources say that central agencies have intercepted some key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi.

Sources indicate that the Baghel government may get into trouble the same way it happened with Kamal Nath. It may be recalled that on April 07, 2019 in the middle of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there were massive IT raids at various locations having direct and indirect links with Kamal Nath including his nephew Ratul Puri (CM’s OSD), Praveen Kakkar and a close associate R K Miglani.

It could well be underlined that for the BJP, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are accomplished tasks now and BJP Rajya Sabha Member Subramanyam Swami has started instigating the Uddhav government in Maharashtra to untie the knot with Congress-NCP alliance. However, it would not be so easy to destabilize the Congress government in Chhattisgarh which has a brute majority unlike MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

22 May 2020
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Congress finds a sea of opportunities for revival in COVID crises and distressed migrant labourers

The Congress is looking at the ongoing scenario as a sea of opportunities for its revival amid people’s distress over alleged mismanagement of certain things by the Centre during the nationwide lockdown. Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi not only questioned Centre’s strategy in handling the global COVID-19 pandemic but also offered various suggestions. One such suggestion was to provide direct cash assistance instead of loans to the people affected by COVID-19. The Congress also criticised the Centre over Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package calling it a farce.

 

Further, the cash-strapped Congress has left no stone unturned to be seen as a party with proactive ground workers reaching out to the distressed people directly. Offering to pay for migrant labourers’ train fare, arranging busses for their repatriation to ration distribution have been some of the initiatives that had put the ruling BJP on defensive. The Congress knows well that the Modi government has been in constant endeavour in engaging the attention of rural masses with innovative ways leaving minimum avenues for its opponents to call it anti-poor and anti-people.

 

But the way BJP government has committed certain mistakes in handling the issues of migrant labourers, it gets a beating from almost every quarter and a dent into its image creating space for the Congress for its revival. However, one of its MLAs from Raebareli – Aditi Singh -- revolting against the party asking a certain question may help the BJP to question the very intent of the Congress. But it is the ruling party that is supposed to answer not the opposition.

22 May 2020
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Is Baghel Government inching towards trouble with its lieutenants under surveillance

By Rakesh Ranjan 22 May 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh may land into trouble. Extensive raids conducted by Income Tax Department in February this year on the residence of Saumya Chaurasia, a 2008 batch PCS officer, may prove to be a prelude to further actions. The I-T Department had conducted raids at over 25 premises; including those of Ajaz Dhebar (Raipur Mayor and Congress leader), former Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and several contractors, Chartered Accountants, and big businessmen.

It may be mentioned here that Ms Chaurasia who was posted as Deputy Secretary to Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been considered among a few closest officers to the present dispensation in the state. Reportedly, she is under the surveillance of central agencies.

It is learned that key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi were intercepted and the said IT raids were supposed to have some links with the intercepted calls.

As it happens in Indian politics across party lines, the ruling party in a state or states are expected to support or fund elections in other states. Chhattisgarh too supposedly extended huge financial assistance during Jharkhand elections. Sources say that central agencies have intercepted some key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi.

Sources indicate that the Baghel government may get into trouble the same way it happened with Kamal Nath. It may be recalled that on April 07, 2019 in the middle of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there were massive IT raids at various locations having direct and indirect links with Kamal Nath including his nephew Ratul Puri (CM’s OSD), Praveen Kakkar and a close associate R K Miglani.

It could well be underlined that for the BJP, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are accomplished tasks now and BJP Rajya Sabha Member Subramanyam Swami has started instigating the Uddhav government in Maharashtra to untie the knot with Congress-NCP alliance. However, it would not be so easy to destabilize the Congress government in Chhattisgarh which has a brute majority unlike MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Congress finds a sea of opportunities for revival in COVID crises and distressed migrant labourers

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

The Congress is looking at the ongoing scenario as a sea of opportunities for its revival amid people’s distress over alleged mismanagement of certain things by the Centre during the nationwide lockdown. Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi not only questioned Centre’s strategy in handling the global COVID-19 pandemic but also offered various suggestions. One such suggestion was to provide direct cash assistance instead of loans to the people affected by COVID-19. The Congress also criticised the Centre over Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package calling it a farce.

 

Further, the cash-strapped Congress has left no stone unturned to be seen as a party with proactive ground workers reaching out to the distressed people directly. Offering to pay for migrant labourers’ train fare, arranging busses for their repatriation to ration distribution have been some of the initiatives that had put the ruling BJP on defensive. The Congress knows well that the Modi government has been in constant endeavour in engaging the attention of rural masses with innovative ways leaving minimum avenues for its opponents to call it anti-poor and anti-people.

 

But the way BJP government has committed certain mistakes in handling the issues of migrant labourers, it gets a beating from almost every quarter and a dent into its image creating space for the Congress for its revival. However, one of its MLAs from Raebareli – Aditi Singh -- revolting against the party asking a certain question may help the BJP to question the very intent of the Congress. But it is the ruling party that is supposed to answer not the opposition.

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Has the time come for Jayanti Natrajan to don saffron robe?

By IndianMandarins 18 May 2020

Is this the time for former Union minister and three-term Rajya Sabha member Jayanti Natrajan to join the BJP? The way she is defending the government in TV debates and opposing the stand taken by the Congress and its high command, it appears that the time has come for her to don a saffron robe.

 

The BJP is very aggressive in two southern states – Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The party is not only strengthening the organisation in these states especially in TN but also reaching out to masses. A campaign is run across the state in a very subtle manner to dilute Dravidian identity and bring Hindutva identity to the fore.

 

This is to recall that when Rajnikant attacked social reformer Periyar EV Ramasamy who started the Dravidian movement in the state, political parties like DMK, AIDMK and other Dravidian outfits not only criticized Rajnikant but asked him to apologize. But he stood his ground despite several cases were registered against him.

 

With two Tamil Brahmins in the Modi cabinet – External Affairs minister S Jaishanker and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman – the BJP might have some bigger plans for the state. The strategy of the BJP as has always been to pick some establish leaders from the region to make its strength is working in Tamil Nadu too.

 

In such a situation, if Natrajan joins the BJP and works in Tamil Nadu as she is based in Chennai, it will be definitely a treasure for the party. She is bitter about the Gandhi family as she was asked to resign as Union environment minister and work for the party unceremoniously. She resigned from the Congress holding Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi making her scapegoat. She had also accused the interference of Rahul Gandhi in the working of the ministry. So there is a lot to unfold in Tamil Nadu.

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Mumbai CP, so-called saffron terror and the game plan?

By IndianMandarins 03 May 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed Shiv Sena Government may increasingly be under pressure from its allies. It is being discussed in certain crucial quarters that the Congress and the NCP will sooner or later force Shiv Sena Chief to do something on saffron terror as well if the government survives post-COVID-19 pandemic.

A section in the present dispensation believes that the present Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh was given the top job in Mumbai with a purpose. It may be recalled that as then ATS chief, he was the person majorly involved in quizzing Sadhvi Pragya Bharati, Colonel Srikant Purohit, and many others which helped to build Hindu terror narrative.

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Communication deficiency defines Congress’ crisis?

By Rakesh Ranjan 20 Apr 2020

Of late Politics in India has become a game of perception besides a few other things but any political establishment failing to understand this very fact is bound to fail in its objective. Perception comes with better communication skillsets.

Any political establishment has its own sets of strengths and weaknesses but the real skill of its leadership is to make propaganda of its strength and sidetrack its weakness. None of the political parties is an exception be it the BJP or the Congress or any regional party.

The most important case in the point here is PM Modi’s immense and untiring capability of striking chords with the masses of the country that becomes BJP’s strength eclipsing the party’s other weaknesses. On the other hand, lack of communication skills and strategy are Congress’ biggest deficiency that eclipses all its core strengths that the party has. It is also not true that the Congress has any dearth of such leaders but the issue is whom do you showcase.

India thinks, understands and communicates more eloquently in Hindi or in any other regional Indian languages or dialects. Masses are able to relate themselves with the BJP as Modi speaks Hindi in his Gujarati accent effortlessly and similarly most of its leaders do the same whereas most of the Congress leaders who are chosen to connect with the masses fail to strike chords with them rather their elitist appearance and disconnect with the ground driving masses away.

The BJP leadership appears to echo aspiration and sentiment of the ground whereas Congress’ leadership, even though they talk facts in an articulate manner fails to connect with the masses. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka that most of the young budding leaders and back-room boys of the Congress carry the elitist paraphernalia around them making people hesitant to reach out to them and so their failure to connect with the masses is bound to happen.

Congress appears to have been taking less effort in firming up its communication strategy whereas the BJP puts in constant effort to keep its communication strategy strengthened be it on issues, individuals, timings and communication mediums, etc.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Yet another self-goal by the Congress on migrant labourers?

By IndianMandarins 03 Apr 2020

The Congress seems to have missed people’s pulse yet again when the CWC criticized the government over the plight of migrant laborers walking back to their native places in view of COVID-19 lockdown. However, the government decision is not only hailed by the rest of the opposition and also a section of Congress leaders but various countries and institutions so much so that IOC praised Modi like anything while India stands much below in Olympic performances.

Why this islandish approach of the Congress at a time when there should have been unconditional support to the government as the situation is unprecedented for sure. Has the Congress believed certain media reports the only truth? Have they really taken the view of migrants? The government immediately come to the rescue looking at exodus and worked on war footing and quarantined them.

Actually a section of people even in the Congress started saying that ‘Hate Modi’ has become the policy document of the Congress which was retorted by the BJP saying that enough time will be there to do politics, it is the time to show solidarity to emerge out of this menace.

When everyone is requested to maintain social distancing and even cabinet meetings are taking place following those norms convening CWC meetings in such a situation was uncalled for. Interestingly, the government is considering suggestions that are necessary even during the lockdown but talking about the economy when saving the lives of people is the priority of anyone questions even the political prudence of the Congress.

Some of the suggestions made by Congress had been announced way back, they might not be with the same name but they are there whether helping MANREGA workers, laborers, poor people, farmers or any other section. Congress may get some media support but people are not taking it very positively so it must reboot first before attacking the government else the party will be embarrassed over and over again.

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One more split likely in Congress after Scindia's exit

By IndianMandarins 25 Mar 2020

There is a possibility of another split in the Congress after 22   Jyotiraditya Scindia's supporter MLAs left the party in Madhya Pradesh. This time four MLAs from Bundelkhand are reportedly preparing to leave the party. However, due to the postponement of the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress can get some temporary relief from this split.                                   

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh had fallen due to 22 MLAs leaving it within a month. Now, it is speculated that four Congress MLAs in Bundelkhand may leave the party at any time.               

Out of 26 seats in Sagar, Panna, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur districts of Bundelkhand, Congress won 10 seats in the Assembly elections, which constituted a big chunk after Gwalior-Chambal. But after Govind Singh Rajput left the party, there are nine Congress MLAs. There may be a similar situation in Bundelkhand, where they have few leaders like Kamleshwar Patel.One more split likely in Congress after Jyotiraditya Scindia's exit

 There is a possibility of another split in the Congress after 22 Jyotiraditya Scindia's supporter MLAs left the party in Madhya Pradesh. This time four MLAs from Bundelkhand are reportedly preparing to leave the party. However, due to the postponement of the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress can get some temporary relief from this split .

 

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh had fallen due to 22 MLAs leaving it within a month. Now, it is speculated that four Congress MLAs in Bundelkhand may leave the party at any time. Out of 26 seats in Sagar, Panna, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur districts of Bundelkhand, Congress won 10 seats in the Assembly elections, which constituted a big chunk after Gwalior-Chambal. But after Govind Singh Rajput left the party, there are nine Congress MLAs. There may be a similar situation in Bundelkhand, where they have few leaders like Kamleshwar Patel.


By: Neha Sharma

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An asset or a liability?

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

The way Congress high command allowed the state leadership to handle Madhya Pradesh crisis that raises several questions on its ability to differentiate between an asset and a liability. It is widely believed that it was Raja Digvijay Singh who, along with Kamalnath, left no stone unturned to corner Jyotiraditya Scindhia. 

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