DELHI POLITICS

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Is there any match for full-time politics of BJP to part time engagement of Opposition?

What has happened in Maharashtra, no one would have even imagined. This makes the point very clear that it is really impossible to read minds of the duo – PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah – not only in terms of turn of events in the recent past but from the very time the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the government for the first time at the Centre in 2014 under Modi. Both the leaders are scrupulously involved in full time politics unlike their opponent and they do everything with élan. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that they eat, drink and sleep politics.

To understand the kind of politics they do, having a look at the recent developments is very pertinent when BJP’s own ally Shiv Sena was busy ranting against the party over the issue of its claim over chief minister’s post in Maharashtra. Looking at the hindsight, it appears that the BJP was working on its plans however it looked as if the BJP was intimidated by the SS and got confined to its cells. But it kept silent and had told its leaders to keep patience and they continued with their plans where no one would have imagined.

The full time politics of the BJP leaders had caught the opposition napping many a times. The BJP has brought election narrative to nationalism from various other issues with its full time strategy with one after another move. There is a genre of politicians involved in making money and is involved in many other such things like being lawyers, builders, businessman, corporate lobbyists and what not but Modi-Shah are fully focused on politics of the country from issues Brue refugees to formation of Maharashtra government. They always keep multiple options as if one does not work the other is ready.

The Modi-Shah duo work 24X7 in tandem with each other for politics in India as abrogating Article 370, Balakot strike, surgical strike, demonatisation, GST implementation, NRC, Citizenship Bill, Law against Triple Talaq and the latest being withdrawal of SPG from Gandhis cannot not be done with half baked measures. Do they have any match in the country at least for now?

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

23 Nov 2019
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Is the opposition voice gaining reverberation against the BJP?

With the Shiv Sena joining hands with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in Maharashtra is something very unusual but there is a subtle massage behind this unity that is unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Similar unity is visible in Jharkhand as well where the BJP is left alone and every other party has joined hands directly or indirectly to take on the BJP. If they are not part of the alliance there is some kind of understanding to defeat the saffron outfit.

This anti-BJP sentiment seems to be gradually seeping into the psyche of people across the country. However it is too early to say that it will start showing its results but it has definitely started gaining grounds at various levels. The BJP is out of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and now will be out of power in Maharashtra. Delhi and Jharkhand are really a tough call for the party.

The same unity is visible in Delhi where every non-BJP political party is joining hands together as they are fearful of their very survival and on many ideological issues. So much so that down south where actor Rajnikanth who was supposed to be a BJP man in southern parts of the country announced to join the most bitter critique of the BJP Kamal Hasan if need be.

So the BJP seems to be on the same situation from where it made its path to power corridor of Raisina Hills in New Delhi in 2014 when anti-Congress feeling was its Nadir with perception regarding corruption reaching its filthy level so everyone trying to get rid of the Congress and its akin. The Janata Dal (United) is not happy with the BJP and is apprehensive of being dumped in Bihar and Lok Janshakti Party supporting opposition on WhatsApp snooping case for BJP’s dominance over its NDA allies beyond a limit is a tale to tell for all.

It is not only the opposition but also workers of the BJP are feeling heat of reckless behavior of the party leadership even at state level. An old NDA ally Telugu Desam Party was the first to revolt against the BJP and was already out  of the NDA. The Assam ally Asom Gan Parishad of the BJP is against the Citizenship Bill but the BJP is going ahead with it.

Leadership of both of its former allies – the National Conference and Peoples’ Democratic Party – are in jail and all party meeting before the winter session of Parliament talked about Farooq Abdullah being allowed to attend Parliament. There are many such issues that are working as catalysts for opposition leaders to join hands but unfortunately but no one is there to become the voice of united opposition but this is not a pipe dream that won’t ever be realized. This is where the BJP has edge over rest of the political parties.

(By Rakesh Ranjan and Vinod Kumar Shukla)

22 Nov 2019
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Is there any match for full-time politics of BJP to part time engagement of Opposition?

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

What has happened in Maharashtra, no one would have even imagined. This makes the point very clear that it is really impossible to read minds of the duo – PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah – not only in terms of turn of events in the recent past but from the very time the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the government for the first time at the Centre in 2014 under Modi. Both the leaders are scrupulously involved in full time politics unlike their opponent and they do everything with élan. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that they eat, drink and sleep politics.

To understand the kind of politics they do, having a look at the recent developments is very pertinent when BJP’s own ally Shiv Sena was busy ranting against the party over the issue of its claim over chief minister’s post in Maharashtra. Looking at the hindsight, it appears that the BJP was working on its plans however it looked as if the BJP was intimidated by the SS and got confined to its cells. But it kept silent and had told its leaders to keep patience and they continued with their plans where no one would have imagined.

The full time politics of the BJP leaders had caught the opposition napping many a times. The BJP has brought election narrative to nationalism from various other issues with its full time strategy with one after another move. There is a genre of politicians involved in making money and is involved in many other such things like being lawyers, builders, businessman, corporate lobbyists and what not but Modi-Shah are fully focused on politics of the country from issues Brue refugees to formation of Maharashtra government. They always keep multiple options as if one does not work the other is ready.

The Modi-Shah duo work 24X7 in tandem with each other for politics in India as abrogating Article 370, Balakot strike, surgical strike, demonatisation, GST implementation, NRC, Citizenship Bill, Law against Triple Talaq and the latest being withdrawal of SPG from Gandhis cannot not be done with half baked measures. Do they have any match in the country at least for now?

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Is the opposition voice gaining reverberation against the BJP?

By IndianMandarins 22 Nov 2019

With the Shiv Sena joining hands with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in Maharashtra is something very unusual but there is a subtle massage behind this unity that is unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Similar unity is visible in Jharkhand as well where the BJP is left alone and every other party has joined hands directly or indirectly to take on the BJP. If they are not part of the alliance there is some kind of understanding to defeat the saffron outfit.

This anti-BJP sentiment seems to be gradually seeping into the psyche of people across the country. However it is too early to say that it will start showing its results but it has definitely started gaining grounds at various levels. The BJP is out of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and now will be out of power in Maharashtra. Delhi and Jharkhand are really a tough call for the party.

The same unity is visible in Delhi where every non-BJP political party is joining hands together as they are fearful of their very survival and on many ideological issues. So much so that down south where actor Rajnikanth who was supposed to be a BJP man in southern parts of the country announced to join the most bitter critique of the BJP Kamal Hasan if need be.

So the BJP seems to be on the same situation from where it made its path to power corridor of Raisina Hills in New Delhi in 2014 when anti-Congress feeling was its Nadir with perception regarding corruption reaching its filthy level so everyone trying to get rid of the Congress and its akin. The Janata Dal (United) is not happy with the BJP and is apprehensive of being dumped in Bihar and Lok Janshakti Party supporting opposition on WhatsApp snooping case for BJP’s dominance over its NDA allies beyond a limit is a tale to tell for all.

It is not only the opposition but also workers of the BJP are feeling heat of reckless behavior of the party leadership even at state level. An old NDA ally Telugu Desam Party was the first to revolt against the BJP and was already out  of the NDA. The Assam ally Asom Gan Parishad of the BJP is against the Citizenship Bill but the BJP is going ahead with it.

Leadership of both of its former allies – the National Conference and Peoples’ Democratic Party – are in jail and all party meeting before the winter session of Parliament talked about Farooq Abdullah being allowed to attend Parliament. There are many such issues that are working as catalysts for opposition leaders to join hands but unfortunately but no one is there to become the voice of united opposition but this is not a pipe dream that won’t ever be realized. This is where the BJP has edge over rest of the political parties.

(By Rakesh Ranjan and Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Delhi Police: UT cadre IPS officers from NE elude important field postings?

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

North East claims to have a louder voice in New Delhi in the NaMo regime because of the emphasis of the NaMo Govt on ‘Act East policy’. To a bigger extent the assumption is closer to the reality as well.

On various developmental fronts, NE has got much more importance but while interacting with Indianmandarins several members of North East residing in New Delhi underlined an interesting administrative aspect which often goes un-noticed in the echelons of power.

When Indianmandarins started digging out information it was found that approx 10 senior UT cadre IPS officers are serving in Delhi Police but hardly any of them get important assignment in field operations. Rather, most of them are employed/deployed in Training, VIP Security, Delhi Armed Police which are considered less important.

In police administration, assignments like Crime, Law & Order, Economic Offence Wing, Licencing and Traffic are considered to be more important but none of the officers from NE are presently deployed in these areas. Rather, going by the data it appears that there has been a long practice of ignoring them for ‘so-called main postings’ like L&o, Crime, EoW etc.

For instance the list goes as follows;

  1. P N Khirmey (IPS:2004:UT)- DIG, Delhi Armed Police
  2. M N Masuvi- DIG, Training
  3. Michi Paku (IPS:2004:UT)- DIG, PTC Training
  4. Hibu Tamang (IPS:2004:UT)- DCP, Security
  5. Tushar Taba (IPS:2002:UT)- DIG, Security
  6. C K Mein (IPS:2004:UT)- DIG Security (Additional CP, PM Security)
  7. Robin Hibu (IPS:1993:UT)- Special Commissioner of Police, Delhi Armed Police. He served as DCP West for 2.5 years during Dr Paul’s tenure as CP.
  8. David Lalrinsanga (IPS:1995:UT)- Presently in Delhi Police HQ earlier served  for more than four years in VIP Traffic
  9. Kimey Kaming (IPS:UT)- Earlier served in Delhi Armed Police is now in Arunachal Pradesh Police HQs as DIG (Training)
  10. Apurva Bithin (IPS:UT)- DIG Training

Those who underlined these aspect also said that even in the name of modern HR practices and perception management or for the sake of giving due importance to Act East policy, IPS officers belonging to North East should have been given a little more space in a few important field postings which would have sent out messages across.

But unfortunately, while interacting with Indianmandrins, they forgot to underline several examples wherein many NE States often show less appetite for giving important field postings to IAS, IFoS and IPS officer’s native of outside NE Region.

Terming the cases as examples of discrimination would certainly be the over simplification of facts but this something which draws attention.   

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Change of Delhi CS ruled out; Mrs Ray faces tough time ahead?

By IndianMandarins 21 Oct 2019

Immediately after the abrupt repatriation of Mrs Reena Ray (IAS:1984:UT), Secretary, Department of School Education under Union HRD Ministry, last week, it was speculated that she may be made Delhi Chief Secretary vice Vijay Kumar Dev (IAS:1987:UT). Indianmandarins explored the prospect with several top officials and it is learnt that MHA might not destabilise the Delhi administration.

It may be underlined that the incumbent Delhi CS, presently holding the additional charge of NDMC chairman as well, had earlier served as Chief Electoral Officer in Delhi. Having well versed with the Delhi affairs, the NaMo administration may not find it much productive to destabilise the Delhi administration ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.

In addition to the reasons for abrupt unceremonious repatriation of Mrs Ray, which Indian Express broke first, there were other factors too which went against her abrupt unceremonious repatriation just 18 months ahead of retirement. If well-placed sources are to be believed differences and bitterness with juniors under her department would have added to her predicament and made her chances bleak to become Delhi’s next CS.

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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Lavish lunch at CM residence; unsettled bills still haunts power corridors

By IndianMandarins 19 Sep 2018

The issue of luncheon meet at the residence of chief minister Arwind Kejriwal’s residence in February 2016 has not been resolved till date. The occasion was luncheon meet on completion of Kejriwal’s one year in office. Each thali served at the lunch was worth Rs ten thousand. And the total cost of the luncheon meet was enormous. The Directorate of Information and Publicity had asked DTTDC to arrange the lunch. The DTTDC engaged the services of a five-star hotel to serve the lunch. The hotel raised its bill.


According to Delhi government rules, chief minister can host a lunch and the bills can be paid at the rate of Rs 1200. The gap of government approved rate of Rs 1200 and the bill raised by the DTTDC at the rate of Rs ten thousand per plate is huge.


How to approve this file is a big issue. Chief Secretary took a meeting on this issue nearly one month ago but the file is still pending. The five-star hotel is consistently approaching for payment but the chief minister’s office or the DTTDC has no answer.

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