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Vanquished in polls, Chhatrapati kin ‘on-board’ in Parl panel




Mumbai, Nov 22 : Defeated in the October 21 Lok Sabha bypoll from Satara, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), leader Chhatrapati Udayanraje P. Bhosale may be down but not out yet for the party.

In a recent communique, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MPA), has taken him aon-board’ the prestigious “Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation” (MOCA).

The notification – F.7-1/2019-CB, dated Oct. 31, 2019- is signed by Dr. Rajendra S. Shukla, Secretary to the Government of India, and has named Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, as its Chairman.

It also has two other ministers of state — Arjun Ram Meghwal and V. Muraleedharan as ‘ex-officio members’ on the panel.

The 16-member committee includes MPs: Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Thiru C. N. Annadurai, Sudip Bandopadhyay, Sarmistha Sethi, Vinayak B. Raut, Syed Imtiaz Jaleel, P. K. Kunhalikutty, (Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale), Poonamben H. Maadam, P. C. Mohan (all Lok Sabha); and Rajya Sabha Members Praful Patel, Jharna Das Baidya, Subramanian Swamy, Shwait Malik, Motilal Vora, and Vishambhar Prasad Nishad.

Though Bhosale has been shown as a aLok Sabha’ MP, he is the odd-man-out in the list since he is not a member of either house of parliament, depicting a ‘royal’ blunder on the part of the MPA.

An official source in Maharashtra, requesting anonymity, said that the MPA is headed by a cabinet minister (Prahlad Joshi) and such an “error” is gross on the part of the concerned officials, especially since the files are also counter-signed by two MoS.

He explained that the movement of the files of such critical committees is at avery high levels’ with all these names being vetted and cleared at various desks, indirectly involving the Prime Minister’s Office, besides the Lok Sabha Secretariat, various ministries and other top officials.

“How could officials/ministers at so many levels completely miss out that one of the persons in the list is not an honourable member of either house of parliament?” he wondered.

Legal experts have expressed shock at the revelation and have demanded a thorough scrutiny of all such statutory committees of parliament set up since May to verify if any other non-members figure on them.

An authority on Constitutional and administrative laws Vinod Tiwari termed it as “a sheer casual approach and an unpardonable lapse” on the part of not only the concerned ministers but their ministry officials and the parliament secretariats.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should order a detailed investigation to ascertain what resulted in this serious howler to ensure accountability and prevent recurrence in the future,” Tiwari told IANS.

He called upon the MPA Minister Joshi to rescind this communique forthwith by removing or replacing Bhosale’s name with a sitting member as it involves the very credibility of such committees.

Bhosale, who was elected to the Lok Sabha in May this year, quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on September 14 and did a high-profile ‘ghar-wapasi’ to BJP, days before the October Maharashtra Assembly polls.

He was then re-nominated to contest the coveted Satara Lok Sabha by-poll but suffered a surprise defeat by the NCP nominee Shriniwas Patil with a hefty margin.

The last phase of the polls campaign had created waves when NCP President Sharad Pawar was seen addressing a rally for Patil standing in chilling cold rains.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at: [email protected])


BJP denies tickets to 3-time MLA Kulwant Rana, 25 others

Rana became the youngest candidate to win the elections in 2003, while he retained his seat from Rithala constituency in 2008 and 2013 too.





New Delhi, Jan 17 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced the first list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections to be held on February 8.

In its first list, the party announced 57 candidates while it denied tickets to 26 leaders, including former state vice president and three time MLA Kulwant Rana.

Rana became the youngest candidate to win the elections in 2003, while he retained his seat from Rithala constituency in 2008 and 2013 too.

The BJP has still not announced its candidates for 13 seats, including New Delhi, Mehrauli and Sangam Vihar.

The party has fielded Manish Chaudhary in place of Rana from Rithala. Sources said the party denied a ticket to Rana as he was involved in some controversies.

Similarly, Rajni Abbi has been replaced by Surendra Singh Bittu in Timarpur, while Rajesh Yadav from Badli, Gugan Singh Ranga from Bawana, Prabhu Dayal from Sultanpur Majra, Surjeet from Mangolpuri and Nandkishor from Trinagar have not been given tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls.

The party has also denied the ticket to Vivek Garg, who lost the elections in 2015 from the Model Town seat, and fielded former AAP Minister Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP after quitting AAP.

The party has also denied tickets to Praveen Jain from Sadar Bazar, Shyam Lal from Ballimaran, B.B. Tyagi from Laxmi Nagar, Jitendra Chaudhary from Gandhi Nagar, Sanjay Jain from Seelampur, Ajay Mahawat from Ghonda and Krishna Teerath from Patel Nagar.

The party has also changed the candidates in Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Palam, Jangpura, Malviya Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Greater Kailash, Kondli and Patparganj.

(Navneet Mishra can be reached at [email protected])

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No need to reconfigure Asia-Pacific as Indo Pacific, halt strategies to contain China, says Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov



Sergei Lavrov

Speaking during the fifth edition of the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in the Indian capital, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday slammed both United States and India for making an attempt to establish a concept of Indo-Pacific to contain China.

At a global conference to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Lavrov furiously questioned the rules- based word order by the US while simultaneously violating international law, “Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive. Neither SCO nor BRICS is exclusionary.”

Stating that US deliberately reconfigured the region just to isolate China and apparently pointed to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India , the diplomatic and military arrangement as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power and influence in South China Sea.

Accusing Western countries of not adhering to the United Nations charter for discussions based on sovereign equality of states, noninterference in internal matters, territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes, he asked, “Why do our Western friends insist on a rules-based order and not international law.Western friends are using international law less. Instead, they have coined a new concept which they call as a rules-based world order.”

He emphasized that China’s influence in the region is enormous and said that any strategy should not exclude anyone rather cooperation should be extended to all.

Russia has been urging New Delhi and Beijing to continue coordinating their efforts to ensure global and regional security, including in the Asia-Pacific region.

China’s assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea has infuriated many as Southeast Asian nations Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all have rival claims.
He further added that Russia is also committed to the values of equal and indivisible security.

“The ongoing process of creating a more fair and democratic polycentric world order requires us to closely coordinate our efforts and to forge consolidated stances,” the Russian foreign minister had said. “It is important to keep promoting positive and unifying international agenda, directed at ensuring global and regional stability and security, at achieving goals of sustainable development, at improving the framework of inter-state relations, including in the Asia-Pacific region.”.

He said that Russia was very much concerned with the situation in the Persian Gulf region and suggested that Gulf countries start thinking about a collective security mechanism as a confidence-building measure.

Lavrov backed India for the permanent seat in the United Nation security council

“G7 can’t decide any issue of significance for decisions on BRICS it should be G20. India & Brazil should absolutely be at the UNSC. Developing countries should be given adequate representation there,” Lavrov said at the event while advocating representation of developing countries in the UNSC.

While concluding his speech, he talked about Indo-Russia ties, and said, “We want to develop such relations with all countries of the region and I hope that our Indian friends will be promoting the same ideology.”

Blog : By Arti Bali,


(Senior Journalist)

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Gehlot asked to pilot anti-CAA activities




Gehlot, Pilot

In a major development, which indicates growing clout of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the party, he has been assigned to coordinate with the Congress and alliance Chief Ministers to block the new citizensip law (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR).

Gehlot will also play a key role and steer the anti-CAA resolutions by Assemblies. The Congress has communicated to its Chief Ministers and alliance partners to adopt a resolution against the CAA.

Punjab could become the first Congress-ruled state to pass an anti-CAA resolution in the Assembly.

Gehlot has been asked to meet all the Chief Ministers for this as well as to oppose the NPR.

According to sources, the resolutions will be moved as a private member bills as the government can’t move such a resolution.

Till now, only Kerala has passed such a resolution. West Bengal has said it was against the CAA.

The opposition meet, convened by the Congress here on Monday, urged all the Chief Ministers to stop the NPR process.

“The CAA, the NPR and the NRC are part of a package and unconstitutional. They target the poor, downtrodden, SCs/STs and linguistic & religious minorities. The NPR will form the NRC’s basis. We demand withdrawal of the CAA and immediate stoppage of the nationwide NRC/NPR. The Chief Ministers who have announced that they will not implement the NRC in their states, must consider suspension of the NPR enumeration as it’s the prelude to the NRC,” it said in a resolution.

Earlier the Congress Working Committee, said the Narandra Modi government had unleashed the brute state power to suppress, subjugate and stifle the voice of youth and students across the country.

“A concerted attack on the Constitution, rampant unemployment, commercialisation of education, unprecedented fee hikes and autocratic refusal to listen to the voice and concerns of youth/students have led to spontaneous protests across campuses,” it said.


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