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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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BJP is expert in stealing and poaching MLAs: Congress

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New Delhi, May 21: The Congress on Monday hit back at BJP President Amit Shah soon after the latter addressed his first press conference post-Karnataka verdict. 

Levelling serious allegations against the saffron party, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the BJP spent around Rs 6,500 crore in the elections and had a provision of 4000 Cr for poaching MLAs.

“The BJP intimidated our legislators, withdrew their security, stopped them from flying. The BJP only did this to be able to abduct and poach our MLAs”, he added.

He further said that the BJP used all means to win Karnataka election but, they failed.

“The BJP has become a repeat offender when it comes to stealing mandate and Govt. Do their rules change with the states”, the Congress asked.

“Will the BJP give an account of its sources of money? On one hand, people’s money was snatched away by PM Modi, while on the other, BJP has all the money”.

Countering Amit Shah’s statement that the mandate in the state was against the Congress, Sharma said that the Karnataka mandate was for the Congress and the JD(S), adding two parties aligned to protect the social and secular fabric of the country.

He further added that he expected Shah to apologise for what the BJP did during the Assembly election and after polls. “But they are experts in stealing and poaching MLAs. On day of floor test too, 2 MLAs had to be protected by the police”.

In a scathing attack on Centre’s proposal of change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of the prestigious civil services examination, the Congress leader stated: ” After creating an environment of fear for Civil Servants, the Modi Govt is now interfering with the procedures of the Civil Services”.

“In the light of the Constitution, Modi Govt’s recent diktat compromises on the neutrality of the Civil Services and violates the constitutional principles”.

Taking a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress said “No PM has ever distorted history and dragged the Indian Army in an election campaign with manufactured lies. This adds to PM Modi’s list of many firsts.”

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Palghar bypoll: CM accuses Sena of betrayal by fielding

In a jolt to its ally BJP, the Sena fielded Shriniwas Wanga for the by-election after his father and sitting BJP MP from the Palghar seat, Chintaman Wanga, died.

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Palghar (Maharashtra), May 21 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Shiv Sena of betraying the BJP by fielding the son of late MP Chintaman Wanga for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat bypoll.

He claimed the Sena knew that the BJP was already planning to nominate someone from Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election, scheduled on May 28.

Lauding Wanga’s association with the BJP, Fadnavis said the late leader represented the party’s ideology.

In a jolt to its ally BJP, the Sena fielded Shriniwas Wanga for the by-election after his father and sitting BJP MP from the Palghar seat, Chintaman Wanga, died.

Fadnavis, at an earlier rally in the district, said he had told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the BJP was planning to give ticket to a member of Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election.

“Our ally (on one hand) was welcoming our decision to give ticket to the Wanga family and on the other hand hatching a conspiracy,” the chief minister said at a campaign rally in Palghar’s Nallasopara area last night.

Chintaman Wanga’s wife had yesterday filed a complaint of model code violation against the BJP, accusing the party of using her husband’s pictures on publicity material for the upcoming bypoll illegally.

However, Fadnavis said only the BJP had the right to use the late leader’s photos.

“Only we have the right to put up Chintaman Wanga’s photo. He wasn’t an individual but our ideology,” he said.

Urging the people of Palghar to vote fearlessly without succumbing to any threats, the chief minister said those come between the BJP and the people will be “crushed”.

Nobody should indulge in extortion in the name of the saffron flag, he said without naming any party.

Fadnavis said this was not an election of ‘galli’ (a local street), but ‘Delhi’ (Parliament), and asked other parties to do politics for the welfare of the society.

For the bypoll, the BJP has fielded Rajendra Gavit, who recently left the Congress to join the saffron party.

Fadnavis asserted that Gavit was the right successor to Chintaman Wanga.

“Why vote for those who don’t know whether they exist or not. Rajendra Gavit is like (Chintaman) Wanga who struggles for people…send him to the Modi team (Parliament),” he said.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also spoke at the rally.

Apart from the BJP and the Sena, the Congress is also in fray for the bypoll to the tribal-dominated constituency, located about 110 km from Mumbai, and has fielded former MP Damodar Shingda.

Local outfit Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA), which has three MLAs in total six Assembly segments in the Palghar constituency, has nominated former MP Baliram Jadhav.

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AAP leader joins SAD ahead of Shahkot bypoll

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

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Jalandhar, May 20 : In a jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its leader from Doaba region H S Walia today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters ahead of the Shahkot bypoll scheduled to be held on May 28.

Walia said he was joining the SAD due to its “pro-people” policies as well as the party’s desire to take all sections of society with it.

“I earlier joined AAP because it professed idealism. However I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was not concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, AAP is being run from Delhi by Arvind Kejriwal who does not give any weightage to the local leadership,” Walia alleged.

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

Walia would be duly adjusted in the party organisation and would be given important duties, he was quoted as saying in a release.

The SAD president said the manner in which both the Congress and the AAP leaders were joining the SAD was indicative of the functioning of the Congress government as well as complete disillusionment with the Aam Aadmi Party.

Badal said political leaders usually changed parties towards the fag end of any government’s tenure, but presently leaders were “leaving the Congress in droves” because the party had “lost all appeal among the masses” after reneging on promises made to the people.

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