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BJP builds labyrinth against Congress for RS polls

The BJP has built a labyrinth against the Congress in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections on 20 vacant seats. However, the same is being faced by the BJP in Manipur. Political parties have been herding their lawmakers to hotels and resorts in some states.

There are four seats each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh; three each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; two from Jharkhand; and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya.

The BJP has made things a little difficult for its second candidates in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and up to a certain extent in Rajasthan where the Congress is fearing cross-voting. Eight Congress legislators had resigned from the Gujarat Assembly since the Rajya Sabha polls were first announced in February reducing the party’s strength to 65 from 79 in 2017.

The Congress needs the support of five more legislators to help both its candidates Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki to win. However, the BJP with 103 members needs two extra votes to ensure the victory of the three candidates -- Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara, and Narhari Amin.

The BJP is set to win two seats in Madhya Pradesh as the BSP, SP, which have 2 and 1 lawmakers, respectively, as well as two of the four independent legislators, pledged support to the party. The BJP has fielded former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki while Congress Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya. 

The effective strength of MP Assembly is 206 and the BJP with 107 and Congress with 92 members can win a seat each easily as 52 first preference votes are needed for a win. For the third seat, the BJP has an advantage as it has more first preference votes and the support of four of the seven legislators from smaller parties and independents. 

KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi od Congress are expected to win from Rajasthan as the party enjoys the support of a total 125 legislators, including independents and those from smaller parties. The BJP has 72 legislators and can easily win one seat as 51 votes are required for that. The BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is accused the BJP of trying to poach Congress lawmakers.

In Jharkhand, JMM chief Shibu Soren is set to win his seat. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash is pitted against Congress’s Shahzada Anwar for the second seat from the state. The BJP with 26 MLAs has the support of Babulal Marandi’s MLA and AJSU. So the chances of Congress is negated in Jharkhand.

The ruling YSR Congress Party is poised to win all four seats given its strength--151 in the 175-member House-- in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur was dealt a blow on Wednesday after three of its legislators resigned and a key alliance partner withdrew its support two days before the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Before the crisis, the BJP-led government had 39 lawmakers in the 60-member House. The Opposition had 21. To win the Rajya Sabha seat, a candidate requires 26 votes.                

19 Jun 2020
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Anti-corruption ombudsman has nothing to tell Parliament this year!

The government informs that since the appointment of Lokpal took place at the fag end of March, 2019 so there is no report as such this year to present before Parliament. The long-cherished promise of fighting corruption at the top level, the ombudsman called Lokpal is in place and fully functional.

The President of Indida appointed Chairperson and eight Members of the Lokpal and they assumed charges of their respective offices on March 23 and March 27, 2019 respectively. Pinaki Chandra Ghose is the Chairperson and Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari, Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Dinesh Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahendra Singh and Dr Indrajeet Prashad Gautan being the other members.

The Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report on the work done by it, which is caused to be laid in both the houses of Parliament. Since the Lokpal was operationalized at the fag end of March, 2019, no such report has been submitted. Hence, details of the cases registered and action taken thereon by the Lokpal are not available.


12 Mar 2020
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BJP builds labyrinth against Congress for RS polls

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

The BJP has built a labyrinth against the Congress in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections on 20 vacant seats. However, the same is being faced by the BJP in Manipur. Political parties have been herding their lawmakers to hotels and resorts in some states.

There are four seats each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh; three each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; two from Jharkhand; and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya.

The BJP has made things a little difficult for its second candidates in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and up to a certain extent in Rajasthan where the Congress is fearing cross-voting. Eight Congress legislators had resigned from the Gujarat Assembly since the Rajya Sabha polls were first announced in February reducing the party’s strength to 65 from 79 in 2017.

The Congress needs the support of five more legislators to help both its candidates Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki to win. However, the BJP with 103 members needs two extra votes to ensure the victory of the three candidates -- Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara, and Narhari Amin.

The BJP is set to win two seats in Madhya Pradesh as the BSP, SP, which have 2 and 1 lawmakers, respectively, as well as two of the four independent legislators, pledged support to the party. The BJP has fielded former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki while Congress Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya. 

The effective strength of MP Assembly is 206 and the BJP with 107 and Congress with 92 members can win a seat each easily as 52 first preference votes are needed for a win. For the third seat, the BJP has an advantage as it has more first preference votes and the support of four of the seven legislators from smaller parties and independents. 

KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi od Congress are expected to win from Rajasthan as the party enjoys the support of a total 125 legislators, including independents and those from smaller parties. The BJP has 72 legislators and can easily win one seat as 51 votes are required for that. The BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is accused the BJP of trying to poach Congress lawmakers.

In Jharkhand, JMM chief Shibu Soren is set to win his seat. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash is pitted against Congress’s Shahzada Anwar for the second seat from the state. The BJP with 26 MLAs has the support of Babulal Marandi’s MLA and AJSU. So the chances of Congress is negated in Jharkhand.

The ruling YSR Congress Party is poised to win all four seats given its strength--151 in the 175-member House-- in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur was dealt a blow on Wednesday after three of its legislators resigned and a key alliance partner withdrew its support two days before the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Before the crisis, the BJP-led government had 39 lawmakers in the 60-member House. The Opposition had 21. To win the Rajya Sabha seat, a candidate requires 26 votes.                

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Anti-corruption ombudsman has nothing to tell Parliament this year!

By IndianMandarins 12 Mar 2020

The government informs that since the appointment of Lokpal took place at the fag end of March, 2019 so there is no report as such this year to present before Parliament. The long-cherished promise of fighting corruption at the top level, the ombudsman called Lokpal is in place and fully functional.

The President of Indida appointed Chairperson and eight Members of the Lokpal and they assumed charges of their respective offices on March 23 and March 27, 2019 respectively. Pinaki Chandra Ghose is the Chairperson and Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari, Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Dinesh Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahendra Singh and Dr Indrajeet Prashad Gautan being the other members.

The Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report on the work done by it, which is caused to be laid in both the houses of Parliament. Since the Lokpal was operationalized at the fag end of March, 2019, no such report has been submitted. Hence, details of the cases registered and action taken thereon by the Lokpal are not available.


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Issues Parliament may take up in the Budget session!

By IndianMandarins 30 Jan 2020

Union budget will be presented on February 1, 2020 but budget session will start from January 31. The small session of Parliament will have big issues to deal with for the government. Several issues to watch out for:

  1. Union budget is the biggest issue with low GDP growth rate and high inflation at the core. Possible tax rate cut to woo the middle class and increase spending to boost the sluggish demand.
  2. There are also talks about spending more money in rural and agricultural sectors.
  3. CAA is another issue that is likely to rock Parliament proceedings. The BJP too is latching on the issue to take on opponents.
  4. The issue of unemployment will also be taken up in Parliament as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is pitching for it
  5. Police atrocities in Uttar Pradesh too will be the issue on which the opposition try to corner the government
  6. The government is keen to attract more investments and improve the ease of doing business in India aiming to clear the remaining three labour code bills in Parliament.
  7. Lok Sabha would have to brace for long hours in the House as Speaker Om Birla is likely to stretch daily proceedings well into the evening.
  8. Lunch in Parliament will no longer be cheap from March 2020 as rates for food items will be revised to eliminate subsidy.

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Denting the govt’s image: B L Santosh asked to rein in motor mouths

By IndianMandarins 23 Jul 2019

Bhopal Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Pragya Singh Thakur has the habit of courting controversy even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his anger and warned her for her statement calling Nathuram Godse a patriot. But this time round her statement saying that she is not here to get drains of the city cleaned has also not gone down well and she got a proper dressing-down from the newly appointed national general secretary (organisation) of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) B L Santosh.

Not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi but party president Amit Shah is unhappy with such occurrings. Shah clearly instructed Santosh to deal with such kind of motor mouths in the party as sometimes it requires lots of human energy of the party in defending these issues without any benefit to anyone rather denting the image of the party and the government. The party wants to give message to others also by taking Pragya Singh Thakur to the task. Moreover, the political purpose of bringing her to party is over as the party just wanted to give a message that it is against the narrative of saffron terrorism. So that message is very well sent across and there is no utility of her if she goes on like this.

Party insiders informed that when Pragya Singh Thakur tried to explain her case to Santosh that why did she make such a statement but she was even more severely reprimanded by being told that now she represents people of Bhopal and holds constitutional obligation. So every word from people’s representative should be spoken very cautiously.

Sources said that actually such statements are casting shadow on the image of   the government also making the PM jittery. Santosh has been clearly instructed to rein in such leaders. There are a few more who will be told to remain cautious while speaking in public.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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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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2021 too long to wait: BJP eager moves for majority in Rajya Sabha

By IndianMandarins 21 Jun 2019

The BJP seems to be in a hurry to hit the majority mark in the Rajya Sabha, or the Upper House of Parliament. This is so because several bills either get stuck in the House, or the ruling party has to stop short of moving them in the House foreseeing the spectre of falling short of majority.

 

Attaining majority in the Rajya Sabha is now the prime concern of the NDA government as some of the contentious bills like abolishing triple talaq, amending the Citizenship Act and even the issues like 35A will be easier to deal with for the NDA once the House of elders swings its way.

 

The BJP-led NDA has 99 RS members but with four TDP MPs in the RS breaking away from the parent party and merging with the BJP the NDA tally has reached 103 with BJP alone having 75 members. This is minus Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ravi Shankar Prasad who resigned their respective RS seats after getting elected to the Lok Sabha (LS).

 

As per the present scenario, the NDA is likely to get a majority in the Upper House of Parliament by the end of 2021 or sometimes in 2022, making it easier for the ruling coalition to carry out its plans.

 

But with developments like a faction of TDP MPs merging with the BJP, the message is clear that the alliance is not ready to wait till 2021. The NDA is just 21 short of the majority mark of 123 in the House. The NDA gets issue-based support right now from parties like TRS (6), YSRCP (2) and BJD (9). This is the reason that NDA is planning to give Deputy Speaker’s seat to the BJD as a tactical move. There are six Independents in the House.

 

Now, there are two vacancies in Assam as tenure of former PM Manmohan Singh and Santiuse Kujur came to an end this month on June 14. With the BJP in power in Assam these seats will obviously go to the party.

 

Fifty-five seats are to fall vacant in April 2020 in UP, Maharashtra, Assam, Jharkhand, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Some of these will go to the NDA. The real gain for the BJP will be from UP when nine non-BJP seats will fall vacant. Of these, only one can go to SP while the remaining will fall in BJP’s kitty. In April 2022, another 10 Rajya Sabha seats in UP will fall vacant and the BJP will be clearly cross the halfway mark in the Rajya Sabha.   

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan) 

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PM surprises again with some of the names in council of ministers

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2019

The Modi 2.0 government has sworn in with some surprising names like former foreign secretary S Jaishankar and Pratap Sarangi making it a mix of professional and people from organizations. The total number of ministers in the Union council of ministers including the Prime Minister is 58.

 

Inclusion of Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nisank’, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Giriraj Singh is equally surprising at least in the cabinet but the PM doesn’t do anything without purpose as political analyst say. Now, the portfolio allocation is once again going to surprise people.

 

There are 24 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state with independent charge and equal number of minister of states. Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan has been lucky as he has not only won his seat with slender margin but got the ministerial berth in the bargain who was dropped last time in the mid-term of the government. Karnataka BJP chief Prahlad Joshi has been rewarded for the phenomenal success of the party in the state.

 

The name of Prahlad Patel has been doing rounds for ministerial berth right from the time of the previous tenure. Despite being the senior most member in the Lok Sabha, Santosh Gangwar has to remain contended with the minister of state portfolio. West Bengal is not properly represented with just two ministers in the council of minister and it seems one more inclusion in the reshuffle.

 

There are 19 first-time ministers in the 58-member council of ministers. First timers included Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Prahlad Joshi and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to name a few. Jaishankar is one of India’s leading strategic analysts, who was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. Arjun Munda also took oath as a Union minister for the first time. Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena who beat Congress’s Mumbai chief Milind Deora also got his first ministerial berth in the Cabinet.

 

Two four-time MPs from Karnataka Suresh Angadi and Pralhad Joshi also made it to the council of ministers. Prahalad Joshi could not make to the previous cabinet of Modi as two other Brahmin leaders from Karnataka Ananth Kumar and Anantkumar Hegde made the cut.

 

Rattan Lal Kataria who defeated Kumari Selja was also sworn in as a minister. G Kishan Reddy BJP MP from Secunderabad in Telangana is also a first time minister.

 

Kailash Chowdhary a farmer leader who defeated influential Congress leader Manvendra Singh in Rajasthan’s Barmer and Pratap Chandra Sarangi, BJP MP from Balasore in Odisha were also sworn in as ministers. Deboshree Chaudhary who won from Raiganj Bengal in the BJP’s stunning show in the state was also sworn in as a minister.

 

Anurag Thakur, BJP MP from Hamirpur and son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal also made the cut for a ministerial berth for the first time. Nityanand Rai, BJP’s Bihar chief is also a first time minister and so is Ratanlal Kataria, BJP leader from Haryana. BJP’s Kerala unit chief V Muraleedharan also joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new ministry for his first assignment as a central minister.

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Increase in retirement age of SC, HC Judges ruled out

By IndianMandarins 07 Jan 2019

The government has no plans to increase the age of retirement of judges of the Supreme Court from 65 years to 67 years and that of high courts from 62 years to 65 years. It may be noted that Approx 36% posts of judges are currently vacant.

 

A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice report had recommended raising the retirement age of judges. The Standing Committee, in its 99th report tabled in the Parliament on Thursday, made the recommendation in view of a large number of vacancies and pendency of cases in the higher judiciary. 

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