Devbhoomi CM post may change hands

Speculations are rife in the wake of rumors about a possible Union Cabinet expansion that the post of Uttarakhand CM may see a change.
Among the contenders for the post of Trivendra Singh Raut are Satpal Maharaj, Union Cabinet Minister for HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and Anil Baluni, BJP Media Chief who recently received the possession of Priyanka Gandhi’s residence in Lutyens Delhi 

07 Oct 2020

Devbhoomi CM post may change hands

By IndianMandarins 07 Oct 2020

Speculations are rife in the wake of rumors about a possible Union Cabinet expansion that the post of Uttarakhand CM may see a change.
Among the contenders for the post of Trivendra Singh Raut are Satpal Maharaj, Union Cabinet Minister for HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and Anil Baluni, BJP Media Chief who recently received the possession of Priyanka Gandhi’s residence in Lutyens Delhi 


Simmering anger among Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh?

By IndianMandarins 18 Aug 2020

Brahmin-centric politics is once again taking center stage in Uttar Pradesh with Samajwadi Party talking about Parasuram statue and the Congress leaders launching many organizations for the welfare of the community to woo them. The Uttar Pradesh government is under tremendous pressure due to attacks from several quarters failing to protect the community rather allegedly targetting the community.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that the Yogi government casteist. An MLA from Sultanpur Devmani Dwivedi writes to Chief Secretary asking how many Brahmins were killed in the past three years of the BJP regime. Brahmins have the sizable population in Uttar Pradesh and may give sleepless night to the BJP in the next Assembly elections, as there is simmering anger in the community


Mamata banks on PK’s suggestions for 2021 Assembly elections

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2020

Poll manager Prashant Kishor’s suggestions after a year-long survey are now being implemented by the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Party’s Lok Sabha member Mahua Moitra and former Indian cricketer and party MLA Laxmi Ratan Shukla have been made in-charge of important district units in Bengal as chief minister Mamata Banerjee decided to overhaul the face of the party leadership by putting young faces at the centre of its campaign for the 2021 assembly polls.
Senior leaders and those facing charges have either been shunted out or given higher posts that TMC insiders described as ‘non-functional’ in election-related matters. WB CM replaced key functionaries in north Bengal, where the BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019, as well as those in the western districts of Purulia, and Bankura where the saffron outfit made deep inroads into sizeable tribal population by winning four Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP got 40.64 per votes winning 18 of the state’s 42 seats while the TMC got 43.69 percent votes winning 22 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Youth wing of TMC headed by the chief minister’s nephew Abhisek Banerjee was also overhauled and presidents of several district units were replaced in an apparent bid to end infighting between leaders of the party’s general and youth wings in several pockets.
The TMC did away with poll observers and formed a seven-member steering committee for the 2021 assembly polls and a 21-member coordination committee. Significantly, Abhisek Banerjee was inducted in both committees.
The massive changes were made on the basis of a year-long survey made by political strategist Prashant Kishor, who was roped in by the chief minister after the debacle in 2019. The poll results indicated that a sizeable chunk of young voters supported the BJP. For the ruling party, this is a cause for concern before the crucial assembly polls where alleged nepotism in distribution of cyclone relief funds and mismanagement in the health sector can be raging issues.


How the BJP and Congress handle their dissent?

By IndianMandarins 20 Jul 2020

Both the Congress and the BJP face rebellion but how differently things are handled by the leadership of both the parties. When four National People’s Party (NPP) MLAs withdrew support to Manipur’s N Biren Singh-led government on June 17, 2020 threatening to bring it down and Rajya Sabha elections were also close, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s central leadership swung into action.

From Union home minister Amit Shah to BJP chief JP Nadda to party general secretary Ram Madhav immediately met the disgruntled MLAs and NPP chief Conrad Sangma to avert the crisis. It blew over by June 25 when Singh shook hands with detractors. A potential crisis in Karnataka in February was averted where several BJP leaders were upset over the denial of cabinet berths.

But due to alleged absence of grievance redress mechanism, the crisis in Rajasthan Congress has gone out of hands. Ashok Gehlot said that he had not spoken to his deputy Sachin Pilot from the past 18 months tells the real tale. This crisis is happening just two months after the MP government fell when 22 lawmakers resigned to pave the way for the BJP’s return to power. Rebels have expressed dissatisfaction over the party leadership not ready to hear them out.

A BJP leader is of the view that disagreements are expected in any political party. This is not a new phenomenon. This happened between Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, between L K Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In such cases, these leaders used to supplement each other or even surrender to the other leader. There is a third authority in the BJP -- the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -- that serves as the safety valve.

Despite such mechanism, not all disagreements were amicably solved. Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh had a bitter parting with the BJP after being sidelined. Shatrughan Sinha, Kirti Azad and Navjot Singh Sidhu came out in public with their grievances. However, no party will accept that it does not have a proper redress system.


Massive IT raids amid political turmoil in Rajasthan?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jul 2020

The Income Tax Department is conducting searches since early morning today in four cities including Jaipur, Kota, Delhi and Mumbai relating to tax evasion cases against a Rajasthan-based jewelry group. Approx 80 tax sleuths apart from police officials launched the searches. Reportedly, another entity in Rajasthan is also being searched.

It department claims that searches were initiated on the basis of inputs of huge cash transactions taking place and the business group's alleged links to these transactions., they said. As per the news reports, official sources did not comment on reports claiming that the searches were linked to the current political crisis in the state.

Fuelling the speculations Mahesh Joshi, Rajasthan government chief whip, on Monday condemned the income tax raids on premises linked to two Congress leaders.


Falling for political masters: Cases of Senger and Dubey perplex people at large

By IndianMandarins 11 Jul 2020

Criminal-politician nexus is old and huge which is blatantly displayed in the rise and fall of Vikas Dubey. But there are certain questions that perplex people at large. Had there been a favorable government, would Dubey still meet with the same fate? The answer is simply no.

The way case of Kuldip Senger and many such people with protection was handled tells the real tale. He was allegedly being protected by the state government so has been the case with Vikas by previous governments. Finally, the court intervened and Sengar was sentenced for life. Vikas Dubey continued to flex his muscles despite 60 criminal cases. Comparing the two cases one can say that silence is better than many answers.


Now Congress takes on BJP on PM CARES Fund

By IndianMandarins 29 Jun 2020

After being cornered on getting funds for Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Congress has hit back at the BJP alleging that PM CARES Fund was accepting donations from Chinese firms when the armies of the two countries were engaged in a border standoff in Ladakh.

Senior Congress leader spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 18 meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the last six years and asked why he has not yet called China an aggressor. “I implore the Prime Minister to say China is an aggressor,” he said.

Singhvi said reports suggest the PM CARES Fund has received Rs 9,678 crore by May 20. The Congress spokesperson alleged Huawei has donated Rs 7 crore, TikTok Rs 30 crore, Paytm Rs 100 crore, Xiaomi Rs 15 crore and Oppo Rs 1 crore to the fund. HT couldn’t independently ascertain this.

Over the past few days, the BJP released details of contributions made to RGF by various state-owned companies, government departments, and the Chinese embassy. RGF is a private trust while the PM CARES Fund was set up in March this year to deal with any emergency arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has already funded the purchase of around 50,000 ventilators by government hospitals across India.

One of the allegations against the Congress, aired repeatedly by various BJP leaders over the past few days, is that the contributions made by the Chinese embassy and the Chinese government to the private trust controlled by the Gandhi family encouraged the party-led United Progressive Alliance government to turn a blind eye to India’s soaring trade deficit with China.

The charges and counter-charges have come against the backdrop of the stand-off between the two armies in Eastern Ladakh, where, on June 15, 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in countering a transgression by the Chinese. An unknown number of Chinese soldiers also died in the incident.

Singhvi alleged that it was the BJP that has maintained ties with the Communist Party of China (CPC) since 2007 and its presidents, starting with Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah, have had the maximum number of exchanges with China.

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