The bypolls in four Assembly constituencies of Rajasthan have become quite important for the Congress and the BJP. The results of these bypolls will have their bearing on politics of both the national parties.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is hopeful of sweeping all the four seats on the basis of his government’s performance and farmers’ resentment against the Centre’s farm laws. Congress leader Dharmendra Rathore, a close confidante of Ashok Gehlot, claimed that the Congress will sweep all the four Assembly seats in the bypolls.
The BJP, at the same time, is banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to win these bypolls. However, both the parties are facing infighting. The factionalism in the BJP has assumed much more serious proportions, with a section of party trying to isolate former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The matter has reached the high command. The situation has come to such a pass that MLAs loyal to Raje are not being allowed to ask questions in Assembly.
In fact, internal fighting between Raje and the high command had begun ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls. Situation did not improve even after the defeat of the BJP. The party high command also started promoting those leaders who were in the anti-Raje camp.
Attempts were made to topple the Gehlot government but it came a cropper.
The high command of the BJP was informed that Raje did not cooperate in this political mission. Actually, Raje was not in favour of dislodging the elected government on the pattern of what was done in Madhya Pradesh.
Situation does not seem to be improving despite Raje’s meetings with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J.P. Nadda. Sources say that the central BJP leadership wants Raje to be shifted to the Centre.
So, the Congress finds itself in an advantageous position due to what is going on in the BJP in Rajasthan. It is also to be taken note of is that Congress leader Sachin Pilot continues to run his own parallel organisational system in the Congress.
The four seats going to bypolls are Sahada and Rajsamand of Bhilwara district, Sujangarh of Churu district, and Vallabhnagar of Udaipur district. Barring Rajsamand, all the other three seats were with Congress earlier. Sujangarh MLA Bhanwarlal Meghwal had died because of some illness. But all the other three legislators had succumbed to coronavirus. These deaths necessitated the bypolls.
The Congress wants to win all these four seats keeping in view the arithmetic of the house. At the same time, the faction of the BJP, which is against Raje, would want to win all these seats in order to strengthen its position in the eyes of high command.
The Congress and the BJP are in direct contest in these seats. Gehlot had assigned responsibilities to his strong ministers in these seats. Ministers Raghu Sharma has been given Sahada, Udai Lal Anjana has been assigned Rajsamand, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas has been asked to take care of Vallabhnagar and Bhanwar Singh Bhati has been given responsibility of Sujangarh.
Dharmendra Rathore, who is close to Gehlot and who is looking after Sahada along with Raghu Sharma, said that the Congress would sweep all these seats. Rathore further said, “We are going to public showcasing the two years’ achievements of the Gehlot government and exposing the three black farm laws of the Central government. Farmers are angry with the Modi government and the BJP.”
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Will increase turnover of village industry to Rs 5 lakh crore within 5 years: Gadkari
Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], March 7 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari on Saturday has asserted that the priority of the government is to take village industry turnover to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years.
Speaking at an event of KPIT Sparkle 2021, the minister said, “Our village industry turnover is Rs 88,000 crore, my highest priority is to take it to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years. It is an important mission for me.”
In November last year, Gadkari at Virtual Horasis Asia Meeting had said that the Centre is planning to take the MSME contribution to the economic growth from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
“Our target is to take the MSME contribution to the economic growth from 30 per cent to 40 per cent and also increase the MSME export from 48 per cent to 60 per cent. The government is also planning to create 5 crore more jobs from MSME sectors only,” he added. (ANI)
5 members of family found dead in Chhattisgarh’s Durg
Durg (Chhattisgarh) [India], March 7 (ANI): Five members of a family were found dead in the Durg district. Prima facie, it seems to be suicide, said the police.
“Bodies of five members of a family found in Durg. The case appears to be a suicide. We have also recovered a note. Further investigation is being done,” Vivekanand Sinha, IG Durg Range told reporters.
The incident has created panic in the area. The forensic team has been sent to the spot. The police is investigating the case from all possible angles. (ANI)
West Bengal Assembly polls: PM Modi to address public rally in Kolkata today
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Ahead of West Bengal polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday.
This will be PM Modi’s first public rally in the state after the announcement of the dates for eight-phased Assembly polls for 294 constituencies in West Bengal. According to party sources, many folk artists have been invited to perform at the event.
Bollywood veteran Mithun Chakraborty is expected to attend the rally at the central Kolkata venue. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met Chakraborty in Kolkata on Saturday amid speculations that he may be joining PM Modi’s Brigade rally in Kolkata.
On speculations of the actor joining the BJP, Vijayvargiya had earlier said, “I have spoken with him (Mithun Chakraborty) over the telephone, he’s going to come today. I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him.”
The public rally will be held a day after BJP announced its first list of 57 candidates for the polls and two days after incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) announced the list of 291 candidates and left three seats for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
BJP functionaries including Kailash Vijayvargiya, national General Secretary, Mukul Roy national Vice-President, Sanjay Singh, General Secretary and Swapan Dasgupta, MP, Rajya Sabha are looking into the preparations at Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata where PM Modi will address a public meeting today.
After winning 3 seats in the 2016 Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP made deep inroads in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and reducing TMC’s tally to 22. Out of the total 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank.
According to sources, Prime Minister Modi will address 20 rallies in poll-bound West Bengal responding to the huge demand of local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of the state.
The rallies will cover all the 23 districts of West Bengal.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 2. (ANI)
Odisha cabinet resolves 16 major decisions under chairmanship of CM Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 7 (ANI): The State Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday have resolved 16 major decisions adding the approval of a proposal to create a new department called Mission Shakti in a bid to strengthen the SHG (Self Help Group) movement across the state.
According to a press release, the decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The cabinet has resolved 16 major decisions including the decisions pertaining to the departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Farmer’s Welfare, Social security, and empowerment of persons with a disability, Excise, General administration and public grievance, Panchayati Raj and drinking water, Revenue and disaster management, and Steel and mines.
The major decisions include the creation of a new department named Mission Shakti; construction of ten mega rural pipe water supply schemes in Aul, Rajkanika, Chilika, Tangi, Banpur, Khordha, Jatani, Gondia, Bhubana, Golaminda, Jajpur, and Binjharpur blocks.
The constitution of the rural piped water scheme for 26 Gram Panchayats of Sambalpur district and 2 Gram Panchayats of Jharsuguda district has also been sanctioned in the cabinet.
Besides, the cabinet has sanctioned the lease of 25 acres land for construction of one satellite centre of AIIMS in Remuna Tehsil of Balasore district, the release reads. (ANI)
Tamil Nadu polls: MDMK gets 6 seats in DMK alliance, says Vaiko
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 7 (ANI): Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) has offered its ally, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), six seats as part of a seat-sharing deal.
MDMK chief Vaiko signed the agreement with DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday.
Speaking to ANI, Vaiko said, “MDMK has joined hands with DMK. The talks went well. DMK president MK Stalin has signed an agreement in which six Assembly constituencies have been allotted to MDMK.”
With this, Vaiko, who created the MDMK after he quit the DMK in 1994, will contest in an Assembly election as part of the DMK-led front for the first time.
The 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). DMK has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)
Army condoles demise of candidate at Kerala recruitment rally
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 7 (ANI): Indian Army has expressed grief and condolence on the demise of a candidate of recruitment rally in Kerala on Saturday.
According to Army officials, a recruitment rally for the seven Northern Districts of Kerala commenced on Saturday at Greenfield Stadium in the Karyavattom area of Trivandrum city.
Sachin, a 23-year-old candidate from Neelashwaram, Kasargod, fell down while participating in the requisite selection run and complained about the pain in his leg. He was attending the army recruitment rally for Soldier Technical trade. The immediate medical assistance provided to the candidate by the medical team present at the rally site. The medical team examined the candidate and did not find signs and symptoms of any other serious ailments.
As the candidate could not complete the race of 1.6 kilometers in the qualifying time, after the medical check-up he returned to the staging area arranged at Chanthavila Lower Primary School, Kazhakootam by the KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus arranged by the army.
At the staging area, he had lunch around 12:30 pm and had a few episodes of vomiting. His friends admitted him to the CSI Missionary Hospital, Kazhakootam.
On examination, doctors identified a feeble pulse and later declared him dead around 2:30 pm due to cardiac arrest.
An FIR (First Information Report) has been generated by Kazhakootam Police and the post-mortem will be held on Sunday morning at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
The parents of the candidate have been informed. The Army has expressed deep condolence in the unfortunate incident. (ANI)
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