RAJYA SABHA

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Some heartburn as Tulsi goes to Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh

There were several eying a Rajya Sabha berth but the matter was put to the rest when the Congress declared its candidates in March, 2020. Apprehensive Jyotiraditya Scindhia had already taken the route of defection to the BJP but many are heartburn. So they are venting out their displeasure by one way or the other. One of the close journalists to the Gandhi family on the election of K T S Tulsi from Chhattisgarh has gone to the extent of saying that he was redeemed for standing in court for Robert Vadra. The journalist was not considered despite taking on PM Narendra Modi without pause. Apparently, he needs to prove his worth more than what has he been doing.

22 Jun 2020
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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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Some heartburn as Tulsi goes to Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2020

There were several eying a Rajya Sabha berth but the matter was put to the rest when the Congress declared its candidates in March, 2020. Apprehensive Jyotiraditya Scindhia had already taken the route of defection to the BJP but many are heartburn. So they are venting out their displeasure by one way or the other. One of the close journalists to the Gandhi family on the election of K T S Tulsi from Chhattisgarh has gone to the extent of saying that he was redeemed for standing in court for Robert Vadra. The journalist was not considered despite taking on PM Narendra Modi without pause. Apparently, he needs to prove his worth more than what has he been doing.

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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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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

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Nominated members embarrass BJP; does party appreciate it?

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

The BJP is quite often embarrassed by its two academicians nominated members in the Rajya Sabha for breaching party lines. If some insiders are to be believed it is difficult for the party to rein in both the leaders as one draws its strength from his own activities, qualifications and taking on Gandhies while the other draws it from the RSS which has come down to its lowest ebb now.

If the elder one is constantly embarrassing the government by attacking FinMin for handling Indian economy badly then the younger one is talking about bringing bill to do away with ‘socialism’ and ‘secularism’ from the preamble of the Indian Constitution.

He also caused flutter when he had announced in 2018 bringing Private Member Bill in Rajya Sabha to take legislative way to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya but he was given a dressing down by one of the party general secretaries at the BJP headquarters by asking if the party wanted or the RSS asked for it. He was speechless and constantly demanded audience of the then president Amit Shah. Hope this time round, the BJP leader has sanctions from the party as he is close the present party president.

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Former CJI Gogoi Nominated to Rajya Sabha

By IndianMandarins 16 Mar 2020

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. Gogoi served as the 46th Chief Justice of India from 03 October 2018 to 17 November 2019.

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Not so easy: Scindhia’s induction into cabinet to take time?

By IndianMandarins 12 Mar 2020

Jyotiraditya Scindia has got a Rajya Sabha nomination the very same day he joins the BJP but he will have to wait for some more time if not years than months before he is inducted in the Union cabinet. He is most likely to be given Shipping ministry contrary to the speculation in the media.


Power corridor was abuzz with speculation that so and so the ministry has been decided for him but there is a need to understand that the new BJP leadership has a different style of working and they don’t concede to the condition prefixed. Of course, something must have been fixed before his joining the BJP but those conditions must be more suitable to the BJP leadership.


The BJP-RSS organisation is very strong in Madhya Pradesh, so where does Jyotiraditya will be suitable was a big challenge for the top leadership as one of its strong leader and cabinet minister Narendra Singh Tomar comes from the same region and too many cabinet berths from MP will disturb the balance.


So the Maharaja has to wait till the reshuffle happens and that is unlikely at least till the budget session is on but lots of firework awaits him in the Rajya Sabha.


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Hunt for new CEO of LSTV begins: Is LS Speaker unhappy?

By IndianMandarins 06 Mar 2020

With Lok Sabha TV Editor In Chief and CEO Ashish Joshi getting an extension for 90 days, it is likely that it may get a new chief sooner or later. Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is disappointed with the coverage and programming of the LSTV.

Sources told Indianmandarins that since plan of merger of LSTV and RSTV was being discussed all this while else the present chief Ashish Joshi would have been shown the door by now. LSTV is not into reporting news but its programming is even pathetic. Most of the debaters coming on the LSTV are not up to the debating standards with same faces being repeated even without having expertise on the debating subject. LSTV chief has been allowing that to continue ever since he has taken over as he is surrounded by a coterie, which has been reaching the Speaker.

Lok Sabha speaker is consulting every such person who can help to improve the Lok Sabha TV and he is getting some good advice but the initial roadblock is people executing the plan so he wants to correct them by all means. Sources said that now it is almost certain that merger of LSTV and RSTV is not happening, so Speaker wants a new CEO to run the LSTV professionally with quality programs.

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Why did Kejriwal Govt allow prosecution of Kanhaiya and Umar?

By IndianMandarins 29 Feb 2020

The Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal has finally given its nod to prosecute former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar and another former student leader Umar Khalid in the court for sedition charges that it has been skirting for very long. Why this sudden change of mind in the AAP government that has been short of defending them? Apparently because if the BJP is being criticised for its inaction during riots outbreak in Delhi, AAP is in the line of fire for direct involvement of its leaders in these riots.

AAP that had put up a brave face against terror charges to its leaders have found itself in a fix not only for the involvement of its suspended councillor Tariq Hussain but a couple of MLAs allegedly being under scanner. So political analysts feel that before AAP is branded as a party supporting every such elements that work with a particular mindset, it has given its approval.

This is a similar move when he recited Hanuman Chalisa during run-up to the Assembly elections to counter the Hard Core Hindutva campaign of the BJP. There is no election in the near future for AAP contesting but it appears that party wants to remain politically correct for future references.

However, some of its party leaders like Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh is still defending Tariq Hussain for being innocent. In a situation where everyone is trying to rub balm on riot scars, the Congress still embarrassing itself in its effort to target Modi and Shah with court seeking an answer from the police about inflammatory statements made by its top leaders.

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