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IT notice to EC’s wife: Message is clear, stay right or upright

There is a murmur in the power corridor ever since news broke out about IT notices served on Novel Singhal, a former banker turned director of several companies. Though it appears to be a routine exercise but it sought the attention of the entire bureaucratic fraternity across service and batch.

IT department sought some clarifications from Ms Novel Singhal is a routine thing but they are being looked upon as gesturing, posturing and messaging for the entire bureaucracy. The message is loud and clear: Either be right or stay upright.

Ms Novel is the wife of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa who once served as Union Finance Secretary and during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; Lavasa expressed his dissent over the implementation of model code of conduct.


24 Sep 2019
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Tharoor, Tewari sulking

Two newly-elected Congress MPs Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have made it apparent that they are not exactly humored by Sonia Gandhi's appointment of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the floor leader of the 52-member Congress group in the Lok Sabha. Tharoor, who used to be a regular attendee in the House is seen abstaining. On the other hand, Tiwari comes only occasionally and sits away from the Congress benches and leaves quite early. The third claimant to the floor leader post, Kodikunnil Suresh, has, however, reconciled to having been overlooked.

 

The problem is that none of the above leaders realize that the Congress-leadership deliberately chose Chowdhury as the floor leader because he is endowed with not intellectual power but disruptive powers. The Congress-leadership  has apparently realized that, since the party doesn't have the strength of number to push its ideas through the house, it would be better to disrupt the functioning of the Lok Sabha as often as possible to remain in the public limelight. The grand old party has theorized that negative publicity is better than no publicity.

 

The Congress Party's penchant for negative publicity became apparent when on the Yoga Day, Rahul Gandhi tweeted about the Armed Forces dog squads performing Yoga with their trainers.

 

In this scheme of things, men like Tharoor and Tiwari don't fit in because they are equipped with a sharp intellect and know how to make their points and score in parliamentary debates. Unfortunately, these two leaders have nowhere to go and they can't but blame themselves for Congress Bhakti.

(By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan) 

25 Jun 2019
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IT notice to EC’s wife: Message is clear, stay right or upright

By IndianMandarins 24 Sep 2019

There is a murmur in the power corridor ever since news broke out about IT notices served on Novel Singhal, a former banker turned director of several companies. Though it appears to be a routine exercise but it sought the attention of the entire bureaucratic fraternity across service and batch.

IT department sought some clarifications from Ms Novel Singhal is a routine thing but they are being looked upon as gesturing, posturing and messaging for the entire bureaucracy. The message is loud and clear: Either be right or stay upright.

Ms Novel is the wife of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa who once served as Union Finance Secretary and during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; Lavasa expressed his dissent over the implementation of model code of conduct.


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Tharoor, Tewari sulking

By IndianMandarins 25 Jun 2019

Two newly-elected Congress MPs Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari have made it apparent that they are not exactly humored by Sonia Gandhi's appointment of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the floor leader of the 52-member Congress group in the Lok Sabha. Tharoor, who used to be a regular attendee in the House is seen abstaining. On the other hand, Tiwari comes only occasionally and sits away from the Congress benches and leaves quite early. The third claimant to the floor leader post, Kodikunnil Suresh, has, however, reconciled to having been overlooked.

 

The problem is that none of the above leaders realize that the Congress-leadership deliberately chose Chowdhury as the floor leader because he is endowed with not intellectual power but disruptive powers. The Congress-leadership  has apparently realized that, since the party doesn't have the strength of number to push its ideas through the house, it would be better to disrupt the functioning of the Lok Sabha as often as possible to remain in the public limelight. The grand old party has theorized that negative publicity is better than no publicity.

 

The Congress Party's penchant for negative publicity became apparent when on the Yoga Day, Rahul Gandhi tweeted about the Armed Forces dog squads performing Yoga with their trainers.

 

In this scheme of things, men like Tharoor and Tiwari don't fit in because they are equipped with a sharp intellect and know how to make their points and score in parliamentary debates. Unfortunately, these two leaders have nowhere to go and they can't but blame themselves for Congress Bhakti.

(By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan) 

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Modi 2.0 Cabinet: Reading between the lines

By IndianMandarins 31 May 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a history of sorts with his swearing in on Thursday, May 30, evening in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He has been sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind for another five year term and this is the second time that Modi took oath of office and secrecy as Prime Minister. Thus, he has become third Prime Minister in independent India after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to return to the top office for a second consecutive term with full majority in Parliament.

 

He has emerged as a virtual Man of the Series in over a month long countrywide electoral contest. Amit Shah has turned out to be like a Man of the Match with his induction in the Cabinet today. Shah is the biggest gainer. Yet, he genuinely deserved it because of the leading role played by him in taking the BJP to the highest ever tally, or 303 seats, in the Lok Sabha.


As per the Constitution, the total number of Union ministers, including PM, shall not exceed 15 per cent of the number of members in the LS. PM Modi can have as many as 80 ministers in the 543-member Lok Sabha. With current appointments, the total number of Union ministers in 17th Lok Sabha is 57.


With average age below 60; 24 new faces are in team, 37 ministers are out. Further, 'Team Modi' has 19 first-time ministers including Shah and Jaishankar. Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Amit Shah have become another star entrant to the Team Modi with today’s swearing in.

 

Unlike these two surprise entries to the new Cabinet the list of those left out despite being Ministers in Modi’s last team is rather long. The Ministers in the previous team who receded to the world of have-beens, or former ones, from today are Sushma Swaraj, Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Rajyawardhan Rathore, Radha Mohan Singh, Suresh Prabhu, Satpal Singh, Jayant Sinha, Rajiv Pratap Rudi, Mahesh Sharma,Uma Bharti, Jual Oram and Ram Kripal Yadav.

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Among the outgoing lot eight time MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to be made the pro tem Speaker to conduct the initial business of the Lower House.

 

Former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley could not make to the Cabinet this time and excused himself from continuing because of his serious illness.

 

And those who missed the bus today despite speculations in the media about their likely induction in the new team of Ministers are Aprajita Sarangi (Retd IAS) from Odisha and famed lawyer and New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Unlike these two who could not make to the new Ministry two others whom media thought could be dropped from Team Modi made it to the Council of Ministers again. They are Dharmendra Pradhan and Hardip Singh Puri.

 

As for the allies or parties in the NDA apart from the BJP the Lok Janashakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister. Unilke LJP no one was included from Janata Dal (United) and Apna Dal. In the case of the last of them Anupriya Patel was a Minister of State in the last team.

 

Among the main highlights of this evening’s event at Rashtrapati Bhavan are:

Rajnath Singh retains seniority in terms of sequence but Nitin Gadkari appears to have lost his position (no. 4 in the order of today’s swearing in) as Amit Shah came in on the third position after Modi and Rajnath.

 

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan did not attend the swearing-in ceremony and were conspicuous by their absence.

 

Here is the complete list of new ministers:

Cabinet Ministers- 24

  1. Rajnath Singh
  2. Amit Shah
  3. Nitin Gadkari
  4. DV Sadananda Gowda
  5. Nirmala Sitharaman
  6. Ram Vilas Paswan
  7. Narendra Singh Tomar
  8. Ravi Shankar Prasad
  9. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
  10. Thawarchand Gehlot
  11. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
  12. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
  13. Arjun Munda
  14. Smriti Irani
  15. Dr Harsh Vardhan
  16. Prakash Javdekar
  17. Piyush Goyal
  18. Dharmendra Pradhan
  19. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
  20. Prahlad Joshi
  21. Mahendra Nath Pandey
  22. Arvind Sawant
  23. Giriraj Singh
  24. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)- 09

  1. Santosh Kumar Gangwar
  2. Rao Inderjit Singh
  3. Shripad Yesso Naik
  4. Dr. Jitendra Singh
  5. Kiren Rijiju
  6. Prahalad Singh Patel
  7. Raj Kumar Singh
  8. Hardeep Singh Puri
  9. Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Ministers of State- 24

  1. Faggansingh Kulaste
  2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey
  3. Arjun Ram Meghwal
  4. General (Retd.) V.K. Singh
  5. Krisha Pal
  6. Danv Raosahe Dadarao
  7. G. Kishan Reddy
  8. Parshottam Rupala
  9. Ramdas Athawale
  10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
  11. Babul Supriyo
  12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
  13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao
  14. Anurag Singh Thakur
  15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa
  16. Nityanand Rai
  17. RattanLalKataria
  18. V. Muraleedharan
  19. Renuka Singh Saruta
  20. Som Parkash
  21. Rameswar Teli
  22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi
  23. Kailash Choudhary
  24. Debasree Chaudhuri

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There is a long list of who misses the Modi bandwagon 2.0

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2019

The Modi 2.0 government will swear in on May 30, 2019. But there is much ado about the fact that who would join the ministry under Narendra Modi and who would not. Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah discussed the issue on May 28 in great detail and it is learnt that there are many names that would be dropped.

 

However, the Prime Minister-designate had warned during his address to the NDA leaders not to play Modi as they are bound to go wrong. Still there are certain names that are being speculated to be dropped. Actually this is the time when action can be taken on non-performers and any minister who was even slightly short of performance.

 

It is learnt that sword is hanging over one of the most prominent name in the cabinet Dharmendra Pradhan for his alleged role in the defeat of Jay Panda and Sambit Patra. Delhi BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Vijay Goel is also likely to be dropped with former Karnataka CM Sadananda Gouda and another Karnataka leader Anant Kumar Hegde for his controversial statements.

 

Leaders like K J Alphonse, Sudarshan Bhagat, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, P P Choudhary, Krishna Raj, Bandaru Dattatreya, Subhash Bhamre, Hardeep Singh Puri and Jayant Sinha are some prominent names who are likely to be axed for multiple reasons. But amid all these names, there are certain names like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and J P Nadda who have either opted themselves out or would be given some other responsibility instead of a ministerial berth.

 

There is a long list of non-performing ministers of state, so a fairly good number of them will be replaced who were hiding behind their cabinet ministers. There is another possibility of swapping of ministerial berth in the case of another Gandhi scion Varun Gandhi as Maneka Gandhi might opt out for Varun Gandhi. Manoj Sinha has lost elections but it is still being said that he might be given a ministry but it is simply a rumor. If at all he has to be accommodated, it would be done whenever reshuffle takes place.

 

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Lone crusader Rahul fails as satraps fail to add him

By IndianMandarins 26 May 2019

Nothing could be a better offer than this that a non-Gandhi should be made president of the Congress by Rahul Gandhi. The Congress has failed to put up any great challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party but efforts made by Congress President cannot be in anyway undermined. And there is no doubt about the fact that Congress needs some drastic measure if it has to emerge from ashes like phoenix.

Rahul Gandhi has not only initiated the process by offering to resigning but also making it clear in no uncertain terms that leaders like Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot and P Chidambaram preferred their sons over the party. There are many more who have their other preferences. But the most noteworthy thing is that Rahul has done a very courageous thing to say it before CWC.

Moreover, this is a misnomer that he has an absolute power over the party rather his name is taken for ride by these leaders for their personal gains. He also expressed his displeasure over the fact that narrative built around by him on Rafale Deal was not properly supported by the Congress leadership.

People in the Congress say that he appeared like a lone crusader but all regional satraps did not add to his efforts rather harmed by their irresponsible statements. Rahul seems to have reached to the roots of the problem and his intentions are unquestionable so if he is able to deal with them or a group within the Congress foils his thoughts to become a reality is a long way to go as they are not dealt in one day.

Moreover, it seems that the reported statement made by UPA chairperson that Rahul needs to be given more power and faith is right. The Congress has succeed in increasing its seats but it must be understood that the lead taken by the Congress in a few states barely a few months ago like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh would not have been hold on to by regional satraps.

So blaming Rahul Gandhi for everything in not only unjustified but unfortunate and giving clean chit to those who are at the saddle by the herculean efforts of Rahul must also be introspect on.

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The 'Divider in chief' wins heart of people with empowerment: New social engineering for 'New India'

By IndianMandarins 24 May 2019

Sometimes unlearning becomes the order of the day that helps learning properly or in other words sometimes destruction becomes obligatory for the development. So Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have been doing all kinds of division and destruction but people of the country are taking them hand in hand. This is called creative destruction for some as it has produced the National Democratic Alliance not only unprecedented but unimaginable electoral success by the divider in chief.

But what has Modi divided in all these years that he was adorned with the title of divider in chief ever since he has been at the helm specifically in the past five years. Actually he has been able to change the ecosystem of governance in Delhi. Political analysts say that he has actually divided homogenized caste structure in the country forcing gathbandhan to bite the dust, he has also divided religion as a unit to vote for, he divided families voting together under the dictate from one person, he divided communities following mindlessly the dictate of religious heads, he divided the traditional mindset for the goods and he divided the biased value system. But he divided all this to benefit India and he succeeded to a larger extent by doing so.

But what for all this division was? Like a true Gujarati, he has come up with a perfect Gujarati Thali where there is division but there is a unity and larger good. It clearly means everything for everyone in the country with country in brackets. There was a blend of nationalism, comfort given to poor rural women with subsidized LPG cylinder, LED lights all across, solar light to tab renewable energy, electricity supply to the remotest villages with 90 percent electrification, toilets in millions to save women from embarrassment and humiliations, bank account to poor workers and direct money transfer benefits for their empowerment, crop insurance for farmers, MUDRA loans to again millions of people and heath care facilities to such poor who were unable afford costly treatment and many more. This has also divided poor from their caste and religious identity.

Modi has divided rather demolished the clichéd narratives of people being driven like heard on their social, religious, linguistic and cultural identities for votes without providing them fruits of growth and development.

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2019 Poll verdict: Congress pays the price of its poor politics despite better economics

By IndianMandarins 24 May 2019

The message that comes from the BJP and NDA’s landslide victory in Thursday’s poll count is that for winning elections politics and its message are more important than economics.

 

Congress may have shown promise on economic front and it also did better in fiscal terms when it was in power. Yet, the party has somehow turned out to be weak in political sphere. And this has helped quite a bit in giving the BJP Government a second term in office.

 

Despite being in the Opposition for past five years Congress could hardly take its fight with the Government to the people at the ground level except during late last year’s Assembly polls for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Even these gains were dissipated in the just concluded polls since the party is too top heavy with little support at the bottom to back it up.

 

In other words the party has a heavy command structure with a virtual army of Generals, Lieutenant-and-Major-Generals as happens in a military command structure but without any soldiers or foot workers to take down the message of the party to common voters. This has led to a situation where the team of Congress Generals may draw a better plan than the BJP or other rivals but the wherewithal to sell party’s plans and programmes to the people is either non-existent, or thrown out of gears.

 

Looking at the inefficacy of a promise like giving Rs 6000 a month to poor families under NYAY scheme by Congress just before the polls can help to explain this. The promise of the welfare programme with a universal reach for BPL families could not catch the imagination of the electorate though it was expected to rev up the economy besides helping the poorer sections of the society.

 

The Congress scheme could hardly catch voters’ imagination because of the party’s weak communication strategy and set up against BJP’s more assertive campaign that was also couched in Rs 6000 in a year Government dole for marginal farmers. Congress’ promise was trumped over despite offering 12 times as much in a year to not only farmers but also all those who lacked basic income for subsistence and survival both in rural as well as urban areas.

 

A meager dole for marginal farmers alone, excluding even the landless farmhands, with rich political content offered by the BJP somehow worked against Congress’ more well meaning scheme based on the concept of universal basic income to fight poverty. This has been so because of a better and politically charged rhetoric and the way it was communicated through the better part of the country, or through the poorer Hindi belt, by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Congress was nearly decimated because of this, though other reasons may too have contributed, through not only the Indo-Gangetic basin but also vast parts of Central and Western regions of the country. In the South the Opposition party and its UPA allies not only remained unscathed but also improved their presence.

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Exit Polls 19 May 2019: Reading between the lines

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2019

Almost every exit poll has predicted a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some of them are giving a clear majority to him while others having some constraints after the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections of 2019 got over. Seven important exit polls predict BJP-led NDA bagging over 300 seats except ABP-AC Neilson that restricts NDA at 277 marks. A party or an alliance needs 272 seats to form the government. On the other hand the Congress is predicted that it not likely to cross 100 mark which had 44 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha. The overall tally for NDA varies from 277 to 365 seats in different exit polls out of 543-member Lok Sabha. However, there are sections that still find the survey figures too unrealistic to believe.


These surveys have underlined certain trends very clearly however the actual result will not be what the polls indicate. Actually, Modi has turned elections as a referendum between him and the rest by offering people of the country between him and none making issues concerning states and regional no takers.


Modi focused about beneficiaries of schemes of his government from six months before Lok Sabha elections were actually announced by putting every minister to reach out to people. Modi repeatedly mentioned pro-incumbency wave across the country for Modi 2.0.


Interestingly this time round the Modi Wave (2.0) seems to have transcended Hindi heartland barring UP but certainly not for the South India. West Bengal, Odisha and North East have emerged as NaMo-Shah risk management model which may compensate the loss of seats in UP.


Modi-Shah combination appears to have crossed the boundaries fixed by their detractors. In 2014 entire BJP fought the elections whereas in 2019 it was Modi-Shah plus RSS cadre.


The exit polls figures might not possibly tally with the results on 23 May. It may be underlined that exit polls failed to predict BJP’s historic numbers (72) in UP in 2014 LS polls. Further, it did fail to predict UP and Bihar Assembly elections.


In case the surveys turned out to be close to final results on 23 May,  Modi and Amit Shah will rule the turf fine five years further changing the political landscape of the country making Rahul Priyanka tough to regain the lost ground.   

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