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BSP’s counter attack, inducts 4 INC MLAs along with an ex minister of BJP

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After BJP created a hustle and bustle by inducting Swami Prasad Maurya, It was the turn of BSP to show the strength by clinching a group of leaders from all the political parties. The bigger loss share went to INC as it had cost them 3 big Muslim faces in the election battle of 2017.

BSP tried to make a stop over the wave of rebels going here and there for upcoming elections. On Wednesday Mayawati permitted four MLA’s to officially join BSP and senior leader and chief Co-coordinator Naseemuddin Siddiqui announced the same at Lucknow today.

“There are a few more leaders from different parties who are ready to join us and if BSP will start taking them all from other parties, I am sure the rest of the parties will result to empty homes”

“There are few existing MLA’s from different parties who are in touch with us, but as of now we haven’t decided over their fate. Right now we had inducted three MLA’s on INC and one from SP today.” Naseemuddin added.

Among the Congress MLA’s there are Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of Rampur who is MLA from Swaar, Dr Muslim Khan, MLA from Tiloi seat of Amethi, and Dilnawaz Khan MLA from Bulandshahar who had joined BSP today.

Dil Nawaz Khan is considered close to Azam Khan also Nawazish Alam is a senior leader in his area. Similarly Nawab Kazim Ali Khan is son of Begam Noor bano who had been in INC from a long time and he hails from the princely family of Rampur. INC had also got a big jolt by lose of DR Muslim Khan who hails from Amethi.

Dr Rajesh Mishra, Vice president UPCC told us- “They are those who had been suspended already, so it hardly matters for us wherever they go.” “As far as the support of muslim community is concerned, we are still having them in our folds”.

Along with them, there is SP MLA Nawajish Alam Khan from Budhana seat of Muzaffarnagar who had also joined BSP today. BSP had also made damage in the BJP camp and has inducted ex Minister Awdhesh Verma which is being seen as another big loss for BJP.

After the successful Dalit+Bramhin combo, this time it is Dalit+Muslims for BSP-

She means to amplify the above mentioned calculus of social engineering this time and the new associates are Muslims who will add up to the existing Dalit votes. Senior leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui is busy in meeting people particularly in the Muslim pockets. And in the western region, senior leader Munakad Ali is busy sorting out the big Muslim names for the upcoming elections. The love for Muslims this year is so much visible in BSP that they had given tickets to almost 100 Muslim figures out of 403 seats. In 2007, she had given tickets to 61 Muslims and to 85 in 2012.
Unlike the previous years, Mayawati is keeping herself in a low profile but she is silently and stealthily doing the ground work in order to strengthen her position in India’s most populous state.

The deserting Muslim votes –

In UP, the Muslim community constitute a decisive strength of 19-20 percent and most of them had started gravitating towards the BSP after deserting SP and INC. The recent communal incidents of Muzaffarnagr and other areas of the west and the Dadri lynching case have disillusioned the Muslims who had voted for SP in 2012. Now, they do not find them secure enough in this rule and they are eager to switch sides to BSP.

The script of today’s induction process was written way back in June around the Rajya Sabha elections. And the cross voting done by a good number of MLA’s was a pointer towards today’s development. At that time after the cross voting the INC suspended 6 of its MLAs for defying the party whip and 3 among them were Muslims. Similarly SP had also suspended 4 MLAs and one of them was Muslim.

Mayawati’s theory of union and intersection-

She wants to create a formidable combination which comprises of Dalits+Muslims+Bramhins.
The Dalits are 20 percent in UP and most of them are believed to be supporting BSP this year also. Although a great section of them went to BJP in 2014 but as the voting patterns of parliamentary elections and the state elections differ they are likely to return back to BSP this time.

The BSP wants to have an edge over the issues of law and order with the Dalits already in their camp. And the Muslims make a formidable combination with Dalits for BSP who are no longer willing to support SP.

But Mayawati is still eyeing the Brahmins who are between 12-13 percent and even if most of them are being eyed by BJP and INC, Mayawati is smartly doing a pick and choose business. She had send her top associate SC Mishra to Rajya Sabha and had expelled a leader for commenting harsh words against Brahmins over facebook.

These three – Muslims, Dalits and Brahmins when combined have the potential to defeat any other combination engineered either by the SP, BJP or the INC. The same combination had ensured Mayawati’s victory in the 2007 assembly elections. But she lost in 2012 as the Muslims chose SP over her, this time she had been desperately trying to make the calculations apt for a safe victory.

BJP although is trying to give minimum publicity to the BSP by claiming that SP is the main rival. But deep down the line BJP is still not sure that weather the voters will buy these arguments or not. Touting SP as the main rival and being on number two might give a positive leap to them but on ground something else is going on within the voters.

BJP somehow missed to see that at the receiving end of the violence over cow, there was always either a Dalit or a Muslim. This was the hook Mayawati was looking for, and the rest was done by Daya Shankar Singh of BJP who gave Mayawati a chance to gain sympathy among the Dalits who have been the victims of feudal atrocities in past.

PM Modi might had tried hard to regain the trust of Dalits by talking about preparing dossiers on the background of criminals in the garb of gau rakshaks, but he might be aware of the fact that for Mayawati, the entire plot is now set.

Not only she was at her combative best in the parliament by saying “When I saw the incident at Una, I felt as if I was being flogged. This Modi government, in the name of gau raksha, was first inflicting pain on Muslims and now Dalits are being targeted by them.”

She even travelled to Una to put her message loud and handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh each to the Dalit victims who were flogged in the incident. There is no doubt that the cow brigade has given her a cause to reach to the Muslims and Dalits together.

Although, this Dalit- Muslim combination had not been tested in UP so far. But in case if it really works, it can be a lethal combination. With about 21-22 per cent Dalits and 18-19 per cent Muslims, together they form a formidable 39-40 per cent vote bank. And in that case after consolidation of Muslims behind Dalits the results can swing over to as many as 250 seats out of total 403 in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Report by Utpal Pathak from wefornews

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Haryana Minister Anil Vij, who was part of vaccine trial, tests positive for COVID-19

Vij, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, had volunteered to be part of the third phase trial of Covaxin, which started in Haryana on November 20. He was administered a trial dose. However, it’s not immediately clear whether he was administered the vaccine candidate during the trial or a placebo.

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Haryana health minister Anil Vij said on Saturday he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and has been admitted to a hospital.

“I have been tested Corona positive. I am admitted in Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for corona,” he tweeted.

Vij, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, volunteered to be a part of the third phase trial of Covaxin, which started in Haryana on November 20. He was administered a trial dose.

However, it’s not immediately clear whether he was administered the vaccine candidate during the trial or a placebo.

Also, the antibodies against the infection build up only after a specific number of days pass after the second dose of the vaccine is taken, since it is a two-dose vaccine, according to a health ministry official who did not want to be named.

The official said this was not solely in the context of Vij, who got just one dose — of either the vaccine or a placebo.

Vij’s media coordinator, Vijender, Chauhan said the minister was in Chandigarh on Friday afternoon and had reported fatigue later. “He got tested himself today morning and the result is positive. The staff will be tested today itself,” Chauhan said.

Bharat Biotech had said that phase 3 trials would involve a total of 26,000 people and be conducted at 25 centres across the country. “After successful completion of the interim analysis from the phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of Covaxin, Bharat Biotech received Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approval for phase 3 clinical trials in 26,000 participants in over 25 centres across India,” the company had said in a statement. This will be India’s first phase 3 efficacy study for a Covid-19 vaccine, and the largest such trial ever conducted in the country, the statement added.

According to top officials of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED) in Kolkata, the results of the phase-III trial of the indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine candidate, Covaxin, will be available in November 2021. The interim report may be available by May 2021 at the earliest, they added.

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Hyderabadis give fractured mandate, TRS single largest party

Union Ministers Amit Shah, Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani, BJP President J.P. Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the BJP.

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Telangana CM KC Rao

Elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) threw up a hung house as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made big inroads to deny the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) a clear majority.

TRS emerged as the single largest party with 55 seats in the 150-member municipal body while the BJP won 48 seats, signalling its emergence as a dominant political force in the state.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which retained 44 seats, has emerged as the kingmaker. TRS and MIM are likely to enter into a power sharing arrangement to rule the municipal body.

The Congress could win just two seats. Owning the responsibility for the party’s disastrous performance, state Congress chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy announced his resignation from the poston Friday evening.

The results came as a big shock to the TRS, which had won landslide majority in 2016 with 99 seats. With just four seats in the previous elections, the BJP improved its performance manifold.

Result in one division (Neredmet) was withheld as the number of ballots with ‘distinguished mark’ other than ‘swastik’ was more than the majority of TRS. The ruling party was leading by 505 seats but ballots with ‘distinguished mark’ other than ‘swastik’ was 544. The result will be subject to High Court order in the matter.

The counting day saw several twists and turns in the fortunes of the parties. Though TRS appeared set to retain power with lead in 70 divisions at around 4 p.m., the scene changed subsequently with the BJP racing ahead in divisions where it was locked in neck-and-neck battle with the TRS.



The newly elected corporators and 52 ex-officio members will elect the Mayor. Since TRS has majority ex-officio members, it required 65 corporators to have its Mayor. The party may now have to negotiate power sharing agreement with the MIM if the latter doesn’t extend unconditional support. In 2009, when GHMC polls had thrown a similar verdict, the Congress had shared power with the MIM, leaving the post of Mayor to MIM for two years.

The post of Mayor this time has been reserved for woman.

Terming the results not to the expectations of the party, TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao said the party fell short by 20-25 seats. When asked about the possibility of an alliance with the MIM, he said the party would discuss all the issues and then take a decision.

Performing beyond its own expectations and making big inroads in the state capital, the BJP replaced MIM as the second largest party.

The saffron party fought the polls with all the might with top Central leaders and Union ministers campaigning for its candidates.

The party’s state chief Bandi Sanjay said that people have taught a lesson to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for his arrogance and corruption. He said despite all the unfair means adopted by the TRS, people gave their mandate to the BJP and they see it as the sole alternative to TRS.

Counting of votes cast in all 150 divisions began at 8 a.m. at 30 places in the city with Telangana State Election Commission deploying over 8,000 personnel.

The police made elaborate security arrangements in the city in view of the counting. Prohibitory orders and traffic restrictions were imposed around the counting centres.

The police in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda have imposed ban on victory rallies for the next 48 hours.

Out of the total 74.67 lakh voters, 46.55 per cent had cast their votes in 149 divisions on Tuesday. There were 1,925 postal ballots.

Polling in one division was stopped due to discrepancy in ballot paper and re-poll was held on Thursday.

A total of 1,122 candidates tested their political fortunes. The bitterly contested elections saw a high-decibel campaign with the participation of several central ministers and top national leaders of the BJP.

Union Ministers Amit Shah, Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani, BJP President J.P. Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the BJP.

The campaign also saw no holds barred attack by political opponents. The promise by BJP leaders to change the name of Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar if the party was voted to power also sparked a row.

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RJD denied permission to stage protest at Gandhi maidan

It is a Tuglaki government’s rule in state which is making all possible efforts to suppress the voice of opposition parties and farmers of the country. We will not allow them to do so.”

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Tejashwi Yadav

Patna, Dec 5 : The Patna district administration has rejected the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) application for staging demonstration here at Gandhi maidan, in protest against the Centre’s farm laws, which have triggered massive outrage across the country.

RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Friday announced its support to the farmers protesting in and around Delhi seeking repeal of the three recent farm laws and decided to stage a dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Gandhi maidan on Saturday.

Kumar Ravi, District Magistrate of Patna told IANS that dharna inside Gandhi maidan is not allowed.

“Hence, we have rejected the application of RJD. We only allow an individual to pay respect at Mahatma Gandhi statue. For dharna, we have already allocated place at Gardanibagh locality.”

As denied permission of holding a protest, RJD leaders have started demonstration at the maidan’s gate.

RJD spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan said: “We have staged dharnas in the past. If the district administration can give us permission of political rallies which have a large magnitude, why we are being denied permission of holding a stir?

It is a Tuglaki government’s rule in state which is making all possible efforts to suppress the voice of opposition parties and farmers of the country. We will not allow them to do so.”

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