STATE POLITICS

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Mamata banks on PK’s suggestions for 2021 Assembly elections

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.

24 Jul 2020
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Massive IT raids amid political turmoil in Rajasthan?

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.

13 Jul 2020
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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.

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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.

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BJP's Southern voyage: New BJUM chief Surya, Mahajan or Sanghavi ?

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2020

The BJP has started working for its new organizational setup. Three important names are doing rounds for the chief of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha that includes Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya, Poonam Mahajan Mumbai North Central MP and daughter of late Pramod Mahajan maybe repeated and Surat (Majura) MLA Harsh Sanghavi.

 

National organising secretary B L Santosh wants Surya to be given the responsibility, a section in the party wants Poonam to continue while she is reluctant to continue and reportedly told the organisation. Another section is backing Sanghvi. Tejaswi is a firebrand leader, articulate, young and roots in the south as his advantage that the BJP is more and more focusing on.

 

An aggressive leader like him suits the BJP for its southern voyage as he will be able to make a dent among youths. So he has a better chance if any darkhorse does not emerge in the meantime.

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J&K: Demographic change Vs course correction

By Vinod Kumar 25 May 2020

The demographic dividend of India is sold to the world as a hot cake but various political parties have been attacking each other for supporting a particular kind of demographic arrangement orchestrated in certain parts of the country. Alleged demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir by various governments with the help of Article 370 and 35A and finally exodus of Pandits from the Valley have been the flashpoint. But the government seems to have started the course correction by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and now new Domicile Law for J&K in place.

 

But the government responded to the opposition on the issue of demography in no unequivocal term when Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the opposition is raising the bogey of J&K ‘demography’ for vote bank because it is apprehensive that the new Domicile Rules Notification will not enable it to continue thriving on limited pockets of vote bank by exclusion as they had been doing in the past.

 

From scrapping the Roshni Act that enabled Muslims to occupy forest land to giving citizenship to many living since 1947 to undoing such acts of the past government that disallowed such things to happen has baffled many. Moreover, the government is committed to send Pandits back to J&K.

 

Actually a few families had succeeded in maintaining their hegemony in J&K by including only those in the voter list whose vote bank they were capable of manipulating and excluded those who they thought would not be vulnerable to their tactics and could vote with free will. They not only deprived outsiders of obtaining citizenship but also did not allow voting rights to a large section of people who had settled in J&K since 1947 with arguments like these people were not entitled to citizenship because they were refugees from West Pakistan.

 

Now, the opposition is accused of committing the greatest assault on demography by remaining silent on the mass exodus of Pandits. All India Service officials putting 30 to 35 years of their lives in the state were asked to pack up after superannuation. The worse was the plight of the children who were born, brought up and did schooling in J&K but were not eligible to apply for higher education institutions. So miscarriage and anomaly that waited for 70 years is being corrected.

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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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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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Maha CM job at stake: Udhdhav faces constitutional hurdle with limited options

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

There is a constitutional obligation before Uddhav Thackeray under Article 164 (4) that he would have to be a member of any of the houses of Maharashtra Assembly before May 24, 2020. Since the Election Commission of India has postponed every election, he is left with no other option but to look at the governor to be merciful on him to nominate him for Legislative Council.

What will happen if he fails to get nominated? There is one option that he resigns and takes oath as the CM once again giving himself another six months. But this is easier said than done as it would involve not only both the Shiv Sena's partners, the Congress and the NCP but give the governor more power to take a call on this.

There is a Supreme Court judgment pronounced on August 17, 2001, that had ruled such re-appointment of a minister in the Punjab government without getting elected to the Assembly as improper and undemocratic.

So what other option does he have if the governor refuses to oblige him? He can let his son Aditya Thackeray to take over but making his allies to agree on this is very difficult as they may seek some more concession that SS might not agree as it has already compromised a lot with its ideology.

There is no problem technically with any nominated member holding top posts as they are as good as any elected member. There is no bar on the governor nominating him as well.

However, till date, no CM has been nominated to the upper house under the nominated category. So much so that no one has been able to get a ministerial berth from the nomination category. His name has already been sent for nomination for the legislative council by the state cabinet. But the Maharashtra government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario. Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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A few patches may expose the entire country to danger

By Vinod Kumar Shukla 22 Apr 2020

Democracy has its own functional perils, but at the time when the country is reeling under serious threats of an unprecedented global pandemic that has affected over 200 countries, 25 lakh people getting infected and 1.75 lakh people already dead due to COVID-19, some of the state governments in India are still involved in politicking compromising the safety of people of the state speaks volumes about politics in India. However, some state governments are wise enough to give precedence to life over politics like Kerala, Odisha and a few others.

The BJP-ruled states don’t have any other options but to follow the dictate of their central leadership but state governments like West Bengal are completely defying central government's orders even at the time of crisis. They are also not cooperating with the central government officials. The home ministry has sent a letter to the West Bengal government to allow interministerial teams to review the implementation of lockdown measures in the state.

Similar is the case with Delhi which is also handled equally bad by the Arvind Kejriwal government. Now, he has realized and said that Delhi has paid the price of Markaz incidence while his MLAs were not only supporting, giving clean chit but also instigating Tablighi Jamaat activists. Unable to understand the gravity of the situation and resulting negligence has spiked the cases of COVID-19 in the city to the second-highest in the country with 87 containment zones. Though the Delhi police are directly taking care of the containment zone but the number of containment zones is likely to go further with the city police working on data dump procured from the telecom operators to dig out people attending Markaz congregation.

The case of Maharashtra is a little different with virtually three bosses operating in the state. However, the CM has been able to tell his friends to project him as the best performing chief minister but now only he is exposed but people serving him as it has emerged as the numero uno state in COVID-19 cases. The CM is trying to strike a balance with his allies appear to save his chair from allies who have their own political agenda. The Maharashtra CM is also facing his survival not from the allies but constitution obligation as well.

Amid these rogue states, Kerala, Odisha, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh are some of the states that are trying their best to contain the disease and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has gone to the extent of saying that his government does not have any clash with the Centre on the issue of handling the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too are not defying government measures to contain COVID-19, some political statements were made by the Congress leaders but that is their democratic right. It is the responsibility of the people to judge if anyone has crossed the limit.

But there is a need to understand that any lapse or laxity from any part of the country will put the entire country in danger, the country might be divided into states but the disease transcends it.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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