Former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely comes back in Congress

On Saturday, the former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely rejoined Congress, who had joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nine months ago. This development is surely going to benefit the Congress party ahead of the by-polls for the 20 assembly seats.

“At that time, I had also said that it was not a happy decision for me. It was a weak moment for me. But then after, I had a chat with Ajay Maken and sort the differences,” said Arvinder Singh Lovely at the AICC headquarters in a press conference. “Ideologically, I was a misfit in the BJP,” Lovely added. The former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her happiness over the rejoining of Lovely’s into the Congress party. “I am feeling very happy that he has returned back to the Congress,” Dikshit told ANI.

Lovely had joined the BJP in April last year, who had raked up allegations of bribery in ticket distribution for the MCD polls by the Congress and asserted after meeting chief Amit Shah that many senior Congress leaders were feeling “suffocated” as the party is no longer what it was used to be. Lovely was a key minister in the former Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi and had later joined BJP along with Delhi Youth Congress chief Amit Malik. The Congress had faced a lot of criticism for joining the BJP.

Commenting on the criticism, Lovely had told the Indian Express that he had been patient with the party even after he was removed as the Congress state unit president in 2015 and that he could not wait any longer. “In 2015, the Congress lost when Maken was the chief ministerial face of the party. Instead, I was asked to step down and he was promoted. I did not say anything despite this and stayed on,” Lovely had said.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat compared volunteers with ‘general society’, not Indian Army, says RSS

On Monday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that its chief Mohan Bhagwat did not disregard the army or comment on its preparation in the course of a speech given a day earlier in Bihar’s Mirpur. The RSS clarified in a statement by spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya that Bhagwat said if the nation’s law calls for raising an armed force, the preparation time for ordinary citizens would be six months, but volunteers of the RSS would take a shorter time to be ready, because of the army-like discipline they follow.

“This was no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only,” the statement said. The 67-year-old chief had reportedly said that the RSS has the ability to make an “army” to battle for the nation within three days if such a situation ascends, whereas the army would take 6-7 months to prepare. However, Vaidya said that the RSS chief did not question the army’s capability nor was he portraying a comparison between the army and the swayamsevaks.

He added Bhagwat was stating to the time that the army would take to groom ordinary citizens facing swayamsevaks. Bhagwat was heard saying in a video clip posted by RSS on its Twitter handle that the Sangh is not a military or paramilitary organization, but a family organization.

Budget 2018: Reading the Signs

The Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, presented the last full term budget of the BJP before the 2019 elections take place. Also, BJP lost the Rajasthan Lok Sabha bypolls to Congress. The economic credentials of India, as advocated by our Finance Minister, remain strong on the macro-economic front, yet there is a larger picture that has been avoided by the minister. That picture is the micro-economic position of the nation.

Coming over to the budget now, the last budget was expected to be one that gives freebies to all the classes of the Indian economy, though this did not happen. The budget has rather than being populist, is remarked as one to be status-quoist.

This budget, has only tried to address the farm sector issues which remain a crucial issue for the current regime. Compared to the last budget presented by the UPA, this budget has many things that do not conform to the common notions of the masses. The government has carefully put the moves, while keeping in mind the losses incurred due to implementation of the GST.

The GST, is one of the most important tax reforms that were actually needed by the country that is the largest indirect tax based economy in the world.

The Budget-2018 has not only kept in mind the after-effects of the Demonetisation exercise of November-2016 but has also kept the idea to push make in India when the for import duties on electronic peripherals which will be witnessing a surge in demand, have been raised including LEDs . The budget has taken care of the corporate demands of keeping the tax regime in the medium range, so that the flight mode Prime Minister, may host the foreign corporations in India, and tap the benefits of improvement in the ease of doing business index for India.

The effects, further, have been that due to mid-size businesses falling behind in accounting and tax compliance the Indians, today are facing trouble. The budget has tried to go soft on all quarters of the economy when the tax slabs have been kept unchanged, and that too at a time when the government is in the need of funds.

The FM fixed a disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore, which needs to be looked at from the perspective that what does an entrepreneur do when his one business registers losses. The government in the current financial year had met the target for disinvestment and earned a revenue of Rs 90,000 crores. The present budget aims to compensate for the losses that are being incurred due to various reasons, while the unproductive government companies don’t have be a burden on the government, while they may be more productive in a different corporate setting.

Coming over to the imposition of cess on fuel, and the prices being kept the same, the principle here is in line with many nations, whereby India, being the world’s second largest democracy, is catering to various social relief initiatives which need a collective approach, where the people need to contribute to the State. Thus, while the prices of crude may see an upward trend, in the light of corruption clean up in Saudi Arabia, the nation will still be in a stable price regime, thus the prices of oil remain unchanged.

The interest rates of loans will remain unchanged as we are vying for conservationism in the economy to push growth, thus the taxpayers may hope to have a better prospect of growth in the following quarters.

The budget is a conservationist one, and has pushed for keeping the Indian economic-ecosystem protected while the economy adapts to the new normal.

BJP’s not so ‘Khamoosh’ Shatrughan Sinha says he felt stifled

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) veteran actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has claimed that he was treated like a stepson by the party. While speaking in an interview with news agency IANS, the parliamentarian looked quiet with the nonstop criticism from senior party leaders.

“I felt my parent party was giving me the treatment given to a stepson. Quite honestly I felt stifled,” Sinha said. The BJP leader, who joined the Rashtra Manch, a political platform launched by Yashwant Sinha last month, said that he has not been given any role in the party. “They never allowed me to do anything other than speak,” he said. However, commenting on the Rashtra Manch, Singh said that it was not a breakaway party. Saying that the new platform will take up issues like farmers’ suicide, internal security, unemployment and external security, Singh said that “We are not a breakaway party. We are not rebelling from our parent party. We are not fence crossers”.

While commenting on the Padmaavat controversy, Sinha said, “I feel too much attention is being focused on irrelevant issues to digress attention from actual problems. A case in point is the “Padmaavat” controversy. It was highly unnecessary and totally uncalled for.” When the 72-year-old leader was asked recently about the growing rumor that the party leadership might not give him a ticket due to his public attacks on the government, Sinha said identical claims were also made during the last Lok Sabha polls and that his name was among the last ones to be declared.

BJP ally TDP Chandrababu Naidu disappointed over budget, calls it “deeply disappointing”

Voicing its disappointment over the Union Budget 2018-19, the NDA ally TDP today said it is going to be “declare war” and will decide the future progress of action during a party meeting on Sunday. Criticizing the budget, just after a day when it was presented in the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Telugu Desam Party MP TG Venkatesh said the choice to break alliance is also available.

“We are going to declare war, have three options, one is to try and continue, two is our MPs resign and third is breaking of the alliance,” Venkatesh said. He added that in order to discuss the further course of action, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will hold a meeting of party leaders in Amaravati on Sunday. Venkatesh’s statement comes a day following another TDP leader, Union Minister Y S Chowdhary stated dissatisfaction over the resources allocated in the Budget for Andhra Pradesh. The Minister of State for Science and Technology said that the people of Andhra were not happy with the budget.

“People and the party are disappointed with the Union Budget presented today. Many state issues like Railway Zone, Polavaram project funding, funding for capital Amaravati and other pending issues of Andhra Pradesh were not addressed in the budget,” he added. “Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has paid many visits to Delhi, not once did Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mention his name during the budget speech,” another TDP MP from Srikakulam, Ram Mohan Naidu said on Thursday. The dissatisfaction of TDP leaders starts coming over the budget hardly a week after Naidu hinted at breaking alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “If the BJP does not want to continue alliance then the TDP will on its own,” Naidu had said.

The TDP is a part of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and has been demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh following its bifurcation in 2014. But the demand of the state was rejected outright by the Centre. The TDP had also backed with the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling party BJP and its allies do not enjoy majority, to discuss the controversial triple talaq bill to a select committee.

Lokniti-CSDS Mood of The Nation Survey: Inside Story

Ahead of the full budget of the Narendra Modi led BJP government, the Lokniti-CSDS a research foundation conducted a survey for the ABP News, to bring out the ground realities of what is the mood of the nation today.

Amazingly, the survey which was conducted across India has sought responses over a varied level of questions which have been answered by the respondents to the Questionnaire of the CSDS.

The most important feature of the CSDS survey is the it gauged the general perception of the voters in India. The scales tilted in favour of Narendra Modi, who triumphed as people’s favourite, and not just in the Hindi heartland but in the eastern part of the country.

The NaMo is known to have reduced political bastions to zero and based on the current popularity of his leadership, the fortunes for the  BJP seem to be bright in the future, where they may garner as much as 50-54% support from Indians exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls.

Also, the survey included the response on economic conditions of the economy. This is the most tricky part of the survey because the people have expressed divergent opinions on the questions relating to the economic scenario.

There is not much popularity attached to demonetisation but GST implementation has had some approval from the people.

There is further appreciation for the international diplomacy, Pakistan and China issues and Kashmir issue. Thus, the only problem remains the economy, which the government accepts will grow slowly, and will soar in a while.

The survey also tried to draw a contrast between RaGa and NaMo, while NaMo is 44% popular in the country, RaGa is just 9% popular.

This will also make us think, whether people want to see NaMo coming back to power, the answer is a yes. Despite the confusion over the economic affairs of the country, the majority population wants to see him as the PM.

The lower sections, of both urban and rural areas alongwith the Dalits have also shown a positive shift towards the BJP, and the penetration of the BJP to the far regions of the country has increased by 29% (approx).

This survey, indicating the mood of the nation, assures the BJP that they will be voted back to power if elections are held today, and this also makes them aware that they need to responsibly cater to the overwhelming support of the electorate.

While the government needs to work their math to improve the economic status of the people, the nation is thumbs up with Narendra Modi and his vision for India.

This simply proves that the opposition is totally unable to produce a leader who matches the caliber of NaMo.


Shoe thrown at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Mumbai rally, case filed

On Tuesday, a shoe was thrown at AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s meeting at Nagpada junction, which was stopped for a certain time. The condition brought back to normal quickly as police and MIM volunteers tempered the crowd that started scattering after the incident. At Nagpada police station, a case was registered against unidentified persons.

Instigating an aggressive attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Owaisi stated that he was not scared to death. The AIMIM chief also attacked RSS and said that the organization wants to make ‘Muslim Mukt Bharat’. Addressing the parents, Owaisi said that they must make ready Muslim youngsters to face challenges. Criticizing the triple talaq bill, he said that the bill is unfair to women and if it becomes a law it will exploit women. The chief added that Muslim men struggle to keep one wife and still they are labeled as having four wives. “People ask me how many wives I have. I tell them I have just one who stays at home,” he said.

“Will triple talaq stop after the law is brought in? There have been 8 rapes in 6 days in Haryana. Yet Modi has not spoken about it. Between 2005-2015 there were 88,467 dowry deaths in India, 22 women die daily due to dowry. A law is not the answer,” Owaisi said. He advised that the Modi government allocate Rs 2,000 crore for rehabilitation of women divorced under triple talaq. Defining Modi’s concern for women an eyewash, Owaisi said, “Why didn’t you (BJP) give even one ticket to a Muslim woman in the recent Gujarat state elections? Why are there just gour Muslim legislators of BJP across the country?”