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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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Reality check: SC asks SG to produce letter of support placed before Maha Guv

Following an urgent hearing on Sunday on the legality of the formation of Government in Maharashtra the Apex Court has reportedly directed the Central Government through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce before Court tomorrow at 10.30 am the letters of support on the basis of which the Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, on Saturday early morning, decided to invite BJP to form government.

The SC bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna ordered: “Issue involved is the Governor's decision dated 23/11/19 inviting them to form government is unconstitutional. For the adjudication of this issue we request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the two letters by tomorrow morning 10.30”.

The order was passed after an hour long hearing of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi (for BJP), Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal (for Shiv Sena), Senior Advocate Dr A M Singhvi (for NCP). 

24 Nov 2019
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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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Reality check: SC asks SG to produce letter of support placed before Maha Guv

By IndianMandarins 24 Nov 2019

Following an urgent hearing on Sunday on the legality of the formation of Government in Maharashtra the Apex Court has reportedly directed the Central Government through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce before Court tomorrow at 10.30 am the letters of support on the basis of which the Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, on Saturday early morning, decided to invite BJP to form government.

The SC bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna ordered: “Issue involved is the Governor's decision dated 23/11/19 inviting them to form government is unconstitutional. For the adjudication of this issue we request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the two letters by tomorrow morning 10.30”.

The order was passed after an hour long hearing of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi (for BJP), Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal (for Shiv Sena), Senior Advocate Dr A M Singhvi (for NCP). 

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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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The Divider-in-chief responds: Goes on tapping into Oppositions' vote banks

By IndianMandarins 02 Jul 2019

One may call it BJP's response to the proponents of so-called social engineering. Even after winning the national election convincingly, the BJP is not content with its vote share. Like a marketing company that tries a lot of tricks to constantly increase the market share for its salable products, the national party, in its attempt at containing or neutralizing the influence of caste satraps, is on a big experiment to break the current caste arithmetic.


And for this experiment, it has chosen UP which, like its eastern neighbor Bihar, is riven with the politics of caste satraps. Remember the way Upendra Kumar Kushwaha and Om Prakash Rajbhar tried to bully and blackmail the BJP on the eve of the 2019 national elections. Having learned a lesson from the behavior of the two ambitious leaders, the BJP has charted out a course of action to avoid the company of such leaders by winning their claimed caste bases.


Accordingly, acting on its plan, on Friday last week, the UP government added to the SC category 17 OBC castes including Rajbhar, Mallah, Prajapati, and Kumhar. The state government has already initiated the process to give SC caste certificates to the 17 OBC caste members. 


This politics of division, which has been happily resorted to by wannabe politicians aspiring to become nothing less than state CM or national PM ever since Dr. Rammanohar Lohia worked out his famous caste arithmetic to destroy the Congress Party's hegemony in the mid-sixties, has lent itself to BJP's deep thinkers to further tap into the vote shares of the remaining opposition. 


Although every political leader has realized how BJP's knife is slicing through votes shares, they aren't in a position to object very much because the BJP is citing the same ideology for its purpose by which OBC caste leaders have played their politics so far.


However, BSP supremo Mayawati, who is reduced to a mere shade of her earlier national stature, has begun whining. Tomorrow, it will be the turn of Jignesh Mewani, Chandrashekhar Azad, Prakash Ambedkar, and other self-appointed Dalit leaders turn to voice against the move and agitate and rally their rag, tag, and bobtail army.


Mayawati has reportedly called UP's decision to include 17 Other Backward Classes (OBC) into Scheduled Caste (SC) as “unconstitutional”. She believes that the government has deceived these castes as ‘now they are not going to get benefit from either of the two categories’. Her argument is that following the inclusion, these 17 castes are neither OBCs nor SCs as Article 341 of the Constitution bars any government from adding or removing any caste from SC category.


Whether or not her argument may hold, she is immensely nervous as reflected in her statement that "the SC quota should be increased in the same ratio" as the percentage of the included community's strength.


The BSP leader has claimed that during her tenure, she sent a letter to the then Congress government at the Centre to add these castes in the SC list in a constitutional way and also to increase the SC quota. What she didn't say is important: The Congress Party didn't oblige her because they did not wish to add to her popularity and strength.


On the other hand, the BJP has done it because it wants to add to its pro-poor image. And luckily for the party, the cost will be borne by the BSP whose SC vote bank is already shrunk because of the en masse migration of Balmikis and other SC and ST categories to the Hindutva camp.

(By M K Shukla)

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RaGa reposes faith in Dikshit; wants a united face of the Congress in Delhi

By IndianMandarins 29 Jun 2019

New Delhi: A word of caution comes from none other than Congress president Rahul Gandhi to the Delhi Congress leadership to fight forthcoming Assembly elections in the state united amid reports that some of its leaders want the party to replace Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit with someone else. They were giving the alibi of her age to achieve their objective.

 

But Rahul Gandhi seems to have reposed his faith in Sheila Dikshit if the sources are to be believed. Apparently the Congress appears to be on revival path at least in Delhi despite the fact it has lost all the seven seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi wants the state Congress leadership to put up a joint show in the next Assembly polls under the leadership of former Delhi chief minister that might happen sometimes in January 2020, which is not too far.

 

A section of Delhi Congress leadership wants her to go and have been campaigning for it. They have gone to the extent of writing a letter to replace her with some young leader. Sources said that meeting of senior Congress leaders held in Delhi on June 28 under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi in which former Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken and Delhi Congress in-charge P C Chako were also present, it was clearly stated that elections must be fought united.

 

The Congress, which was slipped to third position in Delhi in the past few years, has put up a good show under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit as it stood second on five seats in the recently held Lok Sabha elections pushing Aam Aadmi Party down to the third position. The Congress that had got 7 per cent in the last Assembly elections in Delhi managed to get 23.5 per cent votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections while AAP was stopped at 18 per cent votes.

 

Sources further said that actually backroom preparation by the state Congress president is going on continuously under the supervision of her son and former Lok Sabha MP Sandeep Dikshit. The Congress is emerging stronger by the day with Sheila Dikshit at the helm.

 

The Congress leadership is well aware about the fact that the former chief minister has a better ability, understanding of the city administration and organisation that is proving handy for her to manage things in Delhi. This will definitely help the Congress to put up a good show in the state. Looking at the present scenario, if the party manages 15-20 Assembly seats, it will not only keep its future prospects alive but also give a new energy to already demoralized workers of the party in the city.

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