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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury makes yet another faux pas!

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweets against China on May 11, 2020 but deletes it apparently after a dressing down from his party high command. He has been embarrassing the party whether on the issue of making a statement like J&K being a disputed territory and under UN observation and PM too is an infiltrator. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy grabbed the opportunity to target party president Sonia Gandhi by saying that this was done due to fear of the Chinese retaliatory leak against the party. But party leader in the Lok Sabha has been more of an embarrassment than even serving the cause of the party.

12 May 2020
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Ghar Wapsi or course correction ?

The ghar wapsi of former Union minister and Jharkhand chief minister Babu Lal Marandi is being dubbed by the BJP as a big boost for the party especially among tribal populace. The BJP has been constantly getting shrunk in the tribal-dominated areas of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and even in Jharkhand where it had been the sole reason for the drubbing of the party. This is what is true for the BJP but for Marandi joining back the BJP will not only give him his honour back but may even strengthen him.

The leader who had defeated Shibu Soren in 1998 Lok Sabha elections and got him defeated in 1999 emerged very powerful in the state but due to some differences with the top leadership of the party, he was not only sidelined but was forced to quit the party. But people causing him trouble in the BJP are now either sidelined or out of the decision making process. He always wanted to come back to the BJP but with respect. On the other hand tribal leaders like Arjun Munda and Juel Oram proved ineffective so far.

Now his services will be taken in the tribal-dominated areas besides Jharkhand in a big way. He might be given the responsibility of Jharkhand state BJP president. The new BJP president J P Nadda not only has the responsibility of making the organisation more vibrant but also revive party fortunes where it lost its grounds. So the merging the party of the former RSS pracharak will definitely embolden the party among tribals.

17 Feb 2020
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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury makes yet another faux pas!

By IndianMandarins 12 May 2020

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweets against China on May 11, 2020 but deletes it apparently after a dressing down from his party high command. He has been embarrassing the party whether on the issue of making a statement like J&K being a disputed territory and under UN observation and PM too is an infiltrator. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy grabbed the opportunity to target party president Sonia Gandhi by saying that this was done due to fear of the Chinese retaliatory leak against the party. But party leader in the Lok Sabha has been more of an embarrassment than even serving the cause of the party.

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Ghar Wapsi or course correction ?

By IndianMandarins 17 Feb 2020

The ghar wapsi of former Union minister and Jharkhand chief minister Babu Lal Marandi is being dubbed by the BJP as a big boost for the party especially among tribal populace. The BJP has been constantly getting shrunk in the tribal-dominated areas of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and even in Jharkhand where it had been the sole reason for the drubbing of the party. This is what is true for the BJP but for Marandi joining back the BJP will not only give him his honour back but may even strengthen him.

The leader who had defeated Shibu Soren in 1998 Lok Sabha elections and got him defeated in 1999 emerged very powerful in the state but due to some differences with the top leadership of the party, he was not only sidelined but was forced to quit the party. But people causing him trouble in the BJP are now either sidelined or out of the decision making process. He always wanted to come back to the BJP but with respect. On the other hand tribal leaders like Arjun Munda and Juel Oram proved ineffective so far.

Now his services will be taken in the tribal-dominated areas besides Jharkhand in a big way. He might be given the responsibility of Jharkhand state BJP president. The new BJP president J P Nadda not only has the responsibility of making the organisation more vibrant but also revive party fortunes where it lost its grounds. So the merging the party of the former RSS pracharak will definitely embolden the party among tribals.

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Merger of LSTV and RSTV: Final report by month-end

By IndianMandarins 13 Jan 2020

In a move to rebrand Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha channels and to make it cost-effective, a committee headed by Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash is deliberating upon all aspects. Seven meetings have already been held in this regard including with lawmakers.

The Panel is likely to submit its by the end of January 2020 to Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Deliberations are continuing on how to ensure simultaneous telecast of Parliament proceedings. One of the ideas is to retain existing channels — Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV — under a common hierarchy. It is also being said that the merger might render many journalists jobless.

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When Speaker asked his social-media handlers to delete posts?

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2019

Social media is ruthless to anyone as far as response on contents posted on different platforms are concerned, so has been the case with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla when two posts one concerning Digamber Jain saint and another related to Brahmins were decried. There was so much outrage that he had to ask his social media handlers to delete a few posts.

 

What his handlers fails to count on was the sensibility of the content as Speaker is a constitution position and none of his view could be deemed as personal. Those handling his social media must be able to gauge the repercussion of any post before they are made public.

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Triple talaq bill to tell the real strength of the NDA in Rajya Sabha!

By IndianMandarins 30 Jul 2019

New Delhi: It is the floor management of the house by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that seems to be working for party when the triple talaq bill is introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has already been cleared in the Lok Sabha. But actually opposition political parties are wary if the bill will be stalled in the Rajya Sabha again as in the past. The bill makes instant Triple Talaq illegal and entails three years jail and a fine for offenders.

The BJP got Parliament sessions extended in view of these important bills. The BJP feels that any amendment in triple talaq will take away its deterrent factor. So neither the BJP is ready to make any changes in it nor do they want to send it to Parliament select committee. There is another thing out of these developments that the BJP wants to fathom depth of opposition before 35A is taken up in Parliament.

Meanwhile, the entire opposition is anxious as it failed to send the amendments to the Right to Information Act to a Select Committee last week but what they feel that triple talaq is a little tricky and even some of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners like Janata Dal (United) might not support the government on this issue. But the concern of the NDA is not their support but if they join the opposition block and the prevailing situation in NDA vie-e-vis JD (U) is such that anything might happen. JD (U) chief is looking for an opportunity to teach the BJP a lesson.

Opposition political parties are not yet sure how to deal with the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA still does not have a majority and it has to depend on Biju Janata Dal, Telangana Rashtriya Samiti and YRSCP. But TRS has certain reservation on triple talaq issue so the NDA will have to chalk out a new strategy. The opposition political parties that are clear in their ideas about opposing this bill included the Congress, TMC and the Left Front out of which the TMC is the most vocal. The rest of the opposition has failed to figure out how to prevent the NDA that it is not able to get it passed. Meanwhile, the BJP has issued a whip to its MPs.

It is not the party but some of the MPs belonging to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party who were not very enthusiastic on RTI Bill benefiting the NDA, it is to be watched out for if the same thing happens in triple talaq case. It would also be interesting to see how many opposition MPs will turn up to oppose the bill.

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Shiva Nand appointed PS to Prahlad Joshi

By IndianMandarins 18 Jul 2019

Shiva Nand, Deputy Secretary in Lok Sabha Secretariat, was on Thursday appointed Private Secretary to Prahlad Joshi, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines in the Ministry of Parliament Affairs for a period of two years and three months at the level of Deputy Secretary.

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BJP gets ready with its mission Coromandal Coast for next five years

By IndianMandarins 03 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Winning states along the Coromandal Coast is the new mission for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next five years and the BJP has already started working there from very long as these are the areas where the BJP has lots of hopes. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, states like Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Odisha and West Bengal are states where the party still not only wants its chances to improve in the Lok Sabha but also replace the state governments.

 

National secretary of the BJP Sunil Deodhar, who is credited with ousting the Communist government in Tripura, is working in Andhra Pradesh 24X7 to make prospect of the party better in the state besides many other leaders. The BJP has been successful up to some extent in West Bengal and Odisha but now they have added two more states into their scheme of things.

 

A BJP leader is of the view that in such areas where the party does not have any presence, you need a lot of perseverance and these new areas will help the BJP getting majority in 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The way party has managed loss of Uttar Pradesh from West Bengal, anti-incumbency of some other places will be matched up from these states.

 

The BJP is of the view that the wheel has rolled on in these states with the party winning 18 seats in West Bengal, Telengana 4, Odisha 8 however the party failed to get any seat in Andhra Pradesh which of course is a big challenge but party needs some more efforts. The party might induct some leaders from other political parties to the BJP fold as it did in West Bengal and Odisha.

 

So the new mission for the BJP and its leadership are these states. BJP president and Union home minister Amit Shah recently had an exclusive meeting with the leaders of the West Bengal as their eyes are on Assembly elections in the state. Assembly elections in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh will take place along with 2024 Lok Sabha elections while in Telengana they will happen little early.

 

So 21 seats in Odisha, 17 seats in Telengana, 42 seats in West Bengal and 25 seats in Andhra matter a lot for the BJP so it has started not only working among the people but also started winning over local leadership who can help making dent into people of these states.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Fear of not returning to next Lok Sabha stopping BJP leaders to take up Speaker’s job

By IndianMandarins 10 Jun 2019

Names of former Union ministers Maneka Gandhi, Jual Oram, S S Ahluwalia, Radha Mohan Singh and Dalit leader from MP Virendra Kumar are doing rounds for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker but no one seems to be amused with this rather they are shying away to take up the responsibility. The reason is that they don't want to retire for now.

 

Most of the Speakers did not return to the next Lok Sabha after being given the responsibility except Balram Jakhad who has the privilege of becoming Speaker for two consecutive terms. Second Speaker M A Ayyangar was made Speaker to complete the term of first Speaker G V Mavalanker after his demise. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy too became Speaker twice but not for the consecutive terms.

 

Outgoing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan opted out to contest Lok Sabha election when her name did not figure in the first list; her predecessor Meira Kumar lost election; Somnath Chatterjee was denied ticket and Manohar Joshi too lost in 2004. GMC Balyogi was made Speaker in the coalition era but he died in the office. He too was the Speaker for two Lok Sabha but none completed its term.

 

This apparently seems to the reason that BJP leaders don't want the job. Odisha leader Jual Oram has already refused to take up the responsibility and forcing anything on Maneka could be disastrous. So the party is left with a few choices like Radha Mohan Singh, S S Ahluwalia and Virendra Kumar.

 

Singh is a senior leader and the BJP wanted to deny him ticket and by making him Speaker the job will be done but there is a deputy chairman from Bihar that might save him. Ahluwalia had the only support system in Sushma Swaraj who herself is redundant in the party now. By making him Speaker representation from West Bengal will also go up and he is a seasoned man to do justice with the post. Virendra Kumar is a lesser known politicians, so will he be able to do justice is a big question. So Ahluwalia is the man to be counted on as the next Speaker.

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