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PMO to keep tab on Yogi Adityanath’s work

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New Delhi, March 20: The choice of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM is certainly Bhartiya Janata Party’s Beacon for 2019 elections. At least, the appointment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to eye administrative developments in Uttar Pradesh proves so.

As per India Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to keep a senior IAS officer Nripendra Misra as a monitor to Yogi Adityanath’s government. He would act as a middle man between PM Modi and Adityanath so as to direct PMO’s suggestions to the UP administration directly.

This is a very unusual move or could be seen as Modi’s direct call to keep a tab on firebrand Hindutava leader.

Reportedly, the Principal Secretary of PMO Nripendra Misra met Yogi Adityanath on Sunday for 45 minutes in the evening.

India today also quoted a source that said, “Nripendra Misra will be the key man between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.” He also said that these meetings would be frequent between the two.

Misra was an IAS officer from UP cadre and was called by Modi in 2014, when he formed the new government at the Centre. Bringing in Misra who is Modi’s close aide for discussing functioning of state government’s action cites many things.

On Sunday Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as UP Chief Minister with two Deputy Chief Ministers– Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.

The sources also said that all further appointments in the top administration in Uttar Pradesh will take place only after verification of their background through Misra.

To firm BJP’s feet in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi wants Yogi Adityanath to implement government schemes via Nripendra Misra’s suggestions aka PMO’s directives.

The sources revealed the two discussed strategy to propagate the benefits of government schemes to the poor in the yesterday’s meet. The two also discussed the new schemes required for the state to implement PM’s vision.

By appointing Nripendra Misra to guide the Yogi government in day-to-day affairs of the state government, Modi has clearly signaled that he is not ready to take any chances with crucial political state of UP.

As the news broke about new UP CM, the choice of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister was considered by many as a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.

The opposition parties slammed it as PM’s choice of saffron politics over the development of the state.

Some media reports even suggested it was under the pressure of RSS that Yogi Adityanath’s name scored over PM Modi’s first choice of Manoj Sinha for UP’s top position.

Three time MP from Ghazipur, Sinha is considered to Modi’s close man and currently is serving MoS Railways and Minister for Communication (independent charge). Media reports even claimed the official announcement of Manoj Sinha as UP CM will be made after the meeting of BJP legislative party on Saturday.

However Adityanath’s name surfaced after the RSS claimed its superior stronghold in the state over the Sinha, claimed the reports.

Sinha also rubbished the reports that speculated his name as UP CM.

With 2 deputy CMs, additional monitor by PMO, Firebrand Yogi Adityanath has no choice but to take along Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas (development of Minority and Majority).

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AAP withdraws petition in HC on disqualification of 20 MLAs

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New Delhi, Jan 22 : Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) disqualified MLAs on Monday withdrew from the Delhi High Court their plea seeking a stay on the Election Commission’s recommendation to the President to disqualify 20 MLAs in an office of profit case.

Justice Rekha Palli said the plea moved by six AAP legislators had become infructuous as the President has already issued a circular to disqualify all 20 MLAs.

The court’s decision came after it was informed by the EC that it had already sent its opinion to President Ram Nath Kovind on January 19, before the MLAs had moved the court.

EC also informed the court that the President issued the notification on January 20.

The court said: “What remains with the writ now, the final order has been passed by the President. The plea is dismissed as withdrawn.”

On Friday, the Election Commission recommended to the President for disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Following the President’s approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry had issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

The counsels appearing for the disqualified MLAs said they wanted to withdraw the plea and will examine the EC’s order.

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Why the haste to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, asks Shiv Sena

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Mumbai, Jan 22: The Shiv Sena on Monday raised questions over “the haste” with which 20 legislators of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi were disqualified for holding ‘office of profit’.

“This is an unprecedented incident in which so many elected legislators have been disqualified in a wholesale manner. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is facing a crisis, and that is because of the public campaign against corruption and injustice,” the Shiv Sena said.

Even President Ram Nath Kovind took cognizance and stamped his approval to the Election Commission of India (ECI)’s recommendations, the Sena said in a strong edit in the party mouthpieces, ‘Saamana’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’.

There were similar complaints against legislators during the tenure of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and even now in different states, but their positions have remained intact.

In the case of AAP’s 20 legislators, the EC has acted in haste, that is the opinion of even former ECI officials, and that too, without giving them an opportunity to present their case, it said.

“The EC gave its ruling on the complaints against these legislators without a hearing in the matter or giving the 20 AAP elected representatives a chance to explain themselves. This is wrong,” the Sena said.

It pointed to the ongoing war between the Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, in which the latter doesn’t miss “a single opportunity” to create obstacles for Kejriwal and the AAP government.

“Instead of Kejriwal, if there was a Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Minister, would the Lt. Governor have dared to behave in such a fashion, or recommend to the EC to shunt 20 legislators home without giving them any opportunity to defend themselves. More than the Centre, the Lt. Governor appears to work like a BJP agent,” the Sena commented sharply.

The recent developments have raised a new debate on “what exactly is the meaning of ‘office of profit’ held by an elected representative since this incident is the first of its kind in the country”, it said.

According to the Constitution’s Section 102(1), it is illegal for an elected peoples’ representative to accept any other post which is paid for by the government, since as MPs or MLAs they are already getting remuneration.

“The charge against the 20 AAP legislators is that they accepted another office of profit – of ‘Parliamentary Secretary’ – and hence forfeited their posts as elected peoples’ representatives,” the Sena said.

The AAP was elected with 66 members in the 70-member Delhi legislature and there was a huge pressure on Kejriwal for ministerial berths, so many were offered the carrots of Parliamentary Secretary.

In the sparring over the ‘office of profit’ issue, the AAP and other political parties have accused the ECI of political vendetta and haste in its action of recommending their disqualification, said the Sena.

“It is alleged that the ECI has been used as a political weapon to disqualify the 20 AAP legislators. This has raised questions on the credibility of the ECI,” the Sena concluded.

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Veteran CPI-M leader of Bengal passes away

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Kolkata, Jan 22: Veteran CPI-M leader and former West Bengal legislator Nirmal Mukherjee has died at his residence following old age complications, party sources said.

Mukherjee, 82, died on Sunday night. He is survived by his two daughters.

Mukherjee was elected to the state assembly twice from Behala (West) constituency in 1991 and 2001.

Born in 1935, he became a member of the undivided Communist Party of India in 1957, and joined the CPI-M after the split in the CPI.

In 1985, he was elected as a councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He later served as a member of the Mayor-in-Council and was elected KMC chairman in 2005.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and Communist Party of India-Marxist state Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra have condoled his death.

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