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Two former poll officers' meeting with BJP leaders racks up controversy in AP

Video footage showing the former top poll official meeting two senior BJP leaders at a hotel in Hyderabad around 10 days ago has racked up political controversy in the state. The video clip went viral on social and electronic media on June 23.

It shows former Union minister and present BJP MP YS Chowdary entering into a room on the eighth floor of the hotel, followed by former BJP minister in Andhra cabinet Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar one after the other within a gap of two hours.

The ruling YSR Congress Party, led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, was quick in alleging that the meeting exposed the political and caste connections of Ramesh Kumar. YSRCP parliamentary party leader V Vijaya Sai Reddy tweeted without naming anybody, saying: “Details of the fourth person who spoke through Facetime? Details soon.”

YSRCP demanded that the government order a detailed inquiry into secret meeting held by Ramesh Kumar with YS Chowdary and Kamineni Srinivas. Rambabu said it reeks of a conspiracy against the Jagan government.

While Ramesh Kumar did not respond to the calls and messages, Chowdary said there was nothing secret about the meeting. He said Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar had met him at different hours in the hotel room, from which he had been carrying out official and business activities since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Jagan government had removed Ramesh Kumar from the post of SEC on April 10 by promulgating an ordinance to amend AP Panchayat Raj Act, after the latter postponed the local body elections stating Covid-19 as the reason.

24 Jun 2020
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Maha legislative council poll on May 21, respite for Thackeray

In view of the possible constitutional crisis, the ECI has decided to hold elections for nine vacant Maharashtra Legislative Council seats on May 21. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray needs to get elected from one of these seats by May 28 to retain his post as the CM.

The 288-members of the Assembly will vote to elect the members to the upper house. The ECI has decided to hold the election on May 21. Normally, the counting is done on the same day. The results will also be declared then.

Political parties including Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress had written to ECI requesting to hold elections. The chief secretary assured that the situation was under control. MHA and health ministry guidelines will be followed and all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the conduct of the polls.

02 May 2020
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Two former poll officers' meeting with BJP leaders racks up controversy in AP

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

Video footage showing the former top poll official meeting two senior BJP leaders at a hotel in Hyderabad around 10 days ago has racked up political controversy in the state. The video clip went viral on social and electronic media on June 23.

It shows former Union minister and present BJP MP YS Chowdary entering into a room on the eighth floor of the hotel, followed by former BJP minister in Andhra cabinet Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar one after the other within a gap of two hours.

The ruling YSR Congress Party, led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, was quick in alleging that the meeting exposed the political and caste connections of Ramesh Kumar. YSRCP parliamentary party leader V Vijaya Sai Reddy tweeted without naming anybody, saying: “Details of the fourth person who spoke through Facetime? Details soon.”

YSRCP demanded that the government order a detailed inquiry into secret meeting held by Ramesh Kumar with YS Chowdary and Kamineni Srinivas. Rambabu said it reeks of a conspiracy against the Jagan government.

While Ramesh Kumar did not respond to the calls and messages, Chowdary said there was nothing secret about the meeting. He said Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar had met him at different hours in the hotel room, from which he had been carrying out official and business activities since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Jagan government had removed Ramesh Kumar from the post of SEC on April 10 by promulgating an ordinance to amend AP Panchayat Raj Act, after the latter postponed the local body elections stating Covid-19 as the reason.

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Maha legislative council poll on May 21, respite for Thackeray

By IndianMandarins 02 May 2020

In view of the possible constitutional crisis, the ECI has decided to hold elections for nine vacant Maharashtra Legislative Council seats on May 21. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray needs to get elected from one of these seats by May 28 to retain his post as the CM.

The 288-members of the Assembly will vote to elect the members to the upper house. The ECI has decided to hold the election on May 21. Normally, the counting is done on the same day. The results will also be declared then.

Political parties including Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress had written to ECI requesting to hold elections. The chief secretary assured that the situation was under control. MHA and health ministry guidelines will be followed and all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the conduct of the polls.

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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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Renaming doesn’t get you a place in history

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2018

It is always easy to rename a city, but difficult to build one. Sangh strategists would know shortly that their experimentation with the renaming of cities may not yield the political dividends that they expect; on the contrary, building of new cities in the 15-20 percent of India's barren land which can support housing needs of as much as 80 percent of India's population could get BJP rulers some place in history. CLICK TO READ RELATED STORY.

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