Month: August 2016

Punjab Congress is not strengthened yet

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The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has been sitting silently as assembly elections are not far and moreover, there is no sign of strengthening of the party by the PPCC President Capt Amarinder Singh.

As per the information, the party has been working not even up to the mark in the state and still there is factionalism prevailing in the party. Even Capt Amarinder Singh has been waiting for the official announcement of his candidature as CM candidate of the party in the assembly polls.

The political atmosphere in Punjab Congress is not heated up as party cadre is waiting for the official announcement of the Chief Ministerial candidate by the party high command.

However, the differences between the top leadership have not been sinking as still there are factions against Capt Amarinder Singh. The former PPCC President and incumbent Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa is not in the good terms with Amarinder. Even the other Rajya Sabha MP, Shamsher Singh Dullo has cornered himself from Amarinder because the PPCC president had given the name of Hans Raj Hans for the Rajya Sabha nomination but when Dullo approached the high command, the name of Sufi singer was dropped from the list in the eleventh hour.

The two senior leaders Jagmeet Brar and Bir Devinder Singh already facing expulsion from the party and definitely their absence would affect the party in the assembly polls.

There is no much time left for the assembly polls and the party has not pulled up its socks to give a tough fight to the rivals. Already the Punjab Congress has witnessed two consecutive defeats in the assembly polls. If the party would not be strengthened its cadre across the state then definitely it would taste the third consecutive defeat in the polls.
It is evident that the Congress leaders have not eliminated their differences and the rift between the top leadership would put the party on a political ventilator.

The Left, Except CPI, Not Interested In Alliance With Congress

The Left, Except CPI, Not Interested In Alliance With Congress

 

Barring the Communist Party of India (CPI), three other constituents belonging to the Left in Punjab have taken a stand to now have any form of alliance with the Congress in any of the upcoming assembly polls.

Rather, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), CPM-Punjab and CPI (ML)-Liberation have reached the decision to take Congress and the ruling Akali-BJP combined party head on during this election.

CPI, on Monday, even refuted to any news reports claiming that an alliance with the Congress was possible, saying “nothing has been decided yet.”

“We appreciate the CPI refuting such reports, but it should make clear as there is also the question of credibility. All other three Left wings have resolved to fight the neo-liberal policies of the Congress and Akali-BJP combine,” CPM-Punjab general secretary Mangat Ram Pasla told HT.

On a two-day state council meeting that concluded on Monday, held by CPI, voices were raised against an alliance with the Congress. Many even advocated a strong ‘Left Morcha’ that was formed by all four constituents in Punjab two years back.

Bhupinder Sambar, CPI’s senior state council member, acknowledged the fact that the matter was indeed “discussed at length” in the meeting. “Yes, we stick to the ‘Left Morcha’ idea and will soon decide how to convert this movement into a force for the electoral battle,” he said.

Raghu Nath, state secretariat member of CPM, said the party had identified around seven constituencies to field its candidates from an alliance with other Left parties. The segments are: Raikot, Jagraon and Dakha in Ludhiana district; Garhshankar and Mukerian in Hoshiarpur; Balachaur in Nawanshahar; and Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar.

The CPI (ML)-Liberation wants to field 15 candidates, including from Talwandi Sabo, Maur, Bathinda (rural), Mansa, Budhlada, Sardulgarh, Dirhba, Lehra Gaga, Sunam, Mehal Kalan, Bhadaur and Baba Bakala.

“We are fighting for the masses and cannot compromise on that. Being on the Congress’s side is not possible,” said CPI (ML) Liberation secretary Bhagwant Samaon.

The CPM-Punjab has their eyes set on Bhoa and Sujanpur in Gurdaspur district; Baba Bakala in Amritsar; Phillaur and Nakodar in Jalandhar; and Sardulgarh in Mansa, assembly segments. Pasla said that the overlapping of a couple of seats is something that could be sorted out.

There was a lot of confusion during the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls as Left parties had back then supported Manpreet Badal who was the PPP leader fighting on a Congress Candidate. The CPM and CPI had then also jointly fielded 12 candidates who had all forfeited their security deposits.

 

Congress Confused Regarding Formal Announcement of Capt. Amarinder Singh

Congress Confused Regarding Formal Announcement of Capt. Amarinder Singh

Following recent developments, it can be seen that AAP seems to be hanging by a thread in Punjab, which has given a better opening for Congress to place Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as its chief ministerial candidate as a way to attract any and all undecided voters. However, this call has not been made final as of yet, it is still a matter that the party is mulling over.

A number of the senior party leaders feel that by formally announcing Amarinder as CM could give a fillip to the party in the state, given that they feel AAP is spending most of their time in damage-control after the removal of Sucha Singh Chhotepur from the post of state convener.

“Amarinder is a tall leader. He will be declared the CM candidate eventually. The sooner the better,” said Lal Singh, senior vice-president of Punjab Congress.

AICC sources also told The Indian Express, since the Chottepur episode has unraveled, clamour within the party to announce Amarinder at the CM candidate has only gotten louder.

Asha Kumar, who is the general secretary cum state affairs in-charge said, “Our Congress president is unwell. We are waiting for her to get well soon before we can get the issue cleared from her.”

“The party wants to announce him the CM candidate at the right time to ensure we benefit from doing so. Hence, the leaders feel that this was the right time especially when the sting on Chhotepur has opened a can of worms for AAP. Many voters, who had decided to vote for AAP are looking for options. This was the right time to strike,” said a senior Congress leader.

The formal declaration of Amarinder as CM candidate has been looming over Congress party’s heard for quite some time. Previous delays has also put the party on the defensive quite a few time, once during AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Chandigarh and later when Congress had announced former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit as the CM candidate for Uttar Pradesh.

Chinnam Leaves Congress to Join AAP

Chinnam Leaves Congress to Join AAP

 

This Sunday, Chinnam Gandhi, who was the former leader of the Opposition in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) left Congress to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Should we say another disgruntled addition?

In the presence of Alka Lamba, Delhi MLA, Gandhi alleged “acute corruption” in the VMC governed by previous Congress-led UPA regime at the Centre.

Gandhi, who comes from Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, contested in the Gujarat Assembly in 2012 elections from Manjalpur constituency as a Congress candidate but lost to BJP’s Yogesh Patel. In 2014, he joined Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and shifted to Andhra Pradesh where he contested the district panchayat elections, where he once again, lost.

Due to which, he shifted base again to Vadodara and joined Congress disregarding the opposition from local party leaders and workers.

Gandhi told The Indian Express, “When I came back to Vadodara, local Congress leaders were not happy and they met the Gujarat Congress president demanding my suspension, though the president denied. But then I voluntarily took the decision to end my association with the Congress party.”

“Both Congress and BJP have joined hands in Vadodara to do corruption… To help the aam adami and the poor in the city, I have joined the AAP,” he said.

 

 

Congress theme song: entertainment or poll gimmick?

Congress theme song: entertainment or poll gimmick?

PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh and party are highly desperate to mark a victory in the upcoming Punjab elections 2017. A huge amount was spent to hire the best strategist Prashant Kishore to plan and manage the election campaigns and strategies for the same. “Halke Vich Captain” and “Sune aur Sunayein” campaigns were also organized to increase the public interaction in order to “understand” the public demands. However, these efforts went in vain when public refused to fall into the trap of congress and captain.

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Therefore, Congress came up with a new and unique plan to woo the voters i.e. Music. Yes, you heard it right; PPCC is all set to take the help from the best form of entertainment, music. During the next campaign of congress party, background music will be played for the audience. Not normal songs, but the “praise songs” will be on the track list. Richa Sharma and Shahid Mallya (singer of Chitta Ve song of controversial movie ‘Udta Punjab’) have sung the song named “Chaunda Hai Punjab, Captain Di Sarkar”. This song would be the theme song, which has already been test played in the program “Halke Vich Captain” of captain Amarinder Singh.

As per the sources, the song is prepared to give certain “messages” to the people of Punjab. It is to tell the people that Punjab belongs to a Punjabi and that Punjabi is none other than Captain himself (We wonder where was this “Punjabi Son” before?). “It will get people into the Bhangra mode,” a Congress leader said in his statement. Opening line of the theme song is “pind pind the sheher sheher, bas ikko challe leher leher”.

Looking at the efforts of Congress to win in the upcoming elections, we will not be surprised if they release a movie with the title like “I’m the Punjabi” (starring Captain Amarinder Singh and Aroosa Alam) before elections. But both Captain and Congress should know the fact that Punjabis have already a long list of songs’ on their playlist, they really don’t need your “sensational music”.


 

Notice Issued Regarding National Herald Case by Delhi HC to Congress Leaders

Notice Issued Regarding National Herald Case by Delhi HC to Congress Leaders

On Saturday, a Delhi Court issued notices to Sonia Gandhi Congress chief, her son and vice president of Congress party Rahul Gandhi along with other accused in the National Herald case. They have been asked by the court to submit documents such as balance sheets. This order has come from BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy asking for official documents.

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Swamy took to twitter and tweeted that the court hearing will take place on the 4th of October and has asked the seven accused to respond to the notice within two weeks.

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The court’s decision came in weeks after the Delhi High Court in July, who had set a trial court’s orders asking the Congress party to submit its balance sheet for 2010-11. The trial court had been seeking document from the ministries of finance and corporate affairs and other agencies.

Delhi High Court, however, had told Swamy that he should re-apply for the documents; the BJP leader tweeted after court orders.

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Besides Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda, and a company – Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) – are also accused in the case, which was filed by Swamy in 2012. He alleged that Congress had misappropriated funds by incorporating YI for just Rs 50 lakh and using the company to recover a Rs 90.25 crore loan.

At the eye of the alleged scam are large land holdings by AJL, the parent company of National Herald, the newspaper that was granted the prime land in Delhi soon after Independence.

Rahul Gandhi Says He Never Accused RSS for the Assassination of Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi Says He Never Accused RSS for the Assassination of Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi’s counsel and senior Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, made a complete U-turn on Wednesday telling the Supreme Court that Gandhi never accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as an institution that killed Mahatama Gandhi. The hearing was deferred by the court till the 1st of September, as Umesh Lalit, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the RSS worker, wanted to take time and get instructions from his client.

The Supreme Court, early July, told Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that he must either apologize to the RSS or face trial for claiming that the RSS was in fact responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

In May 2015, Rahul Gandhi had moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing a defamation case against him for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Gandhi.

In 2014, at a rally in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, Gandhi reportedly claimed that “RSS people killed Gandhi Ji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhi Ji.”

Secretary of Bhiwandi, Rajesh Kunte, alleged that at an election rally, Rahul blamed Gandhi’s death on the RSS. He also claimed, according to PTI, that the Congress leader had blamed RSS in order to tarnish the reputation of the Sangh through his speech. It was then that Kunte filed the defamation case against Rahul Gandhi at Maharashtra court.

As standard procedure, the magistrate’s court issued a notice to Rahul directing him to appear before the court.

RSS and BJP have always maintained that the Hindu militant, Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, in fact had no connection to the RSS.

“Godse had nothing to do with RSS. The attempt to link Godse to RSS was politically motivated. It was an attempt to defame RSS,” BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao told CNN-News 18.

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Captain Amarinder Continues to Mold Statements

Captain Amarinder Continues to Mold Statements

It seems that the Congress wants those who are young at heart, no matter what their age. After receiving a rather lukewarm response from the youth applicants, even after Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh promised allotting 35 out of the 117 assembly tickets to young candidates, the party was forced to push the age limit of youths to 45 years!

It’s only after such extreme measures the party has been able to keep up its promise of 35 seats to the youth with around about the same percentage (33%) of young applicants. The age limit to qualify for a berth in the Punjab Youth Congress is 35 years and the number of applicants for it are “between 100 and 110” as admitted by both the Punjab Youth Congress and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

Defending the current circumstance, Amarinder said that the Constitution fixed the minimum age at 25 to contest elections, but never the maximum age. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the average age of Congress applicants have been above 50 in prior elections. “Anyone up to 45 years is also a youngster,” he said. Interestingly enough, Captain Amarinder went on to say that nearly 67% of the state voters were youngsters “below 40 years”.

Denied having worked out a figure of the youth applicants till Monday evening, the PPCC managed to cobble up the numbers before Amarinder’s press conference on Tuesday.

This is not the first time that Amarinder has ‘flip-flopped’ on an issue. Just a few weeks ago, he claimed that the practice of taking Rs 10,000 from applicants belonging to General Category and Rs 5,000 from applicants belonging to reserved ones had been eliminated.

However, within a week the PPCC did a U-Turn and said that the deposits made would be refunded instead, which seems improbable seeing that the receipt slip has no mention whatsoever of the money paid by applicants. The fact that there is no serial numbers on the receipt has also brought about questions and concerns regarding fair play. Besides this, in the recent past itself, Amarinder has given contradicting statements “some sitting MLAs will be dropped” and “no MLA will be dropped”.

Talks of ‘Adjusting’ Jakhar Creates Confusion

Talks of ‘Adjusting’ Jakhar Creates Confusion

Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh and poll strategist Prashant Kishore put in efforts to “rehabilitate” Punjab Congress legislature party (CLP)’s former leader Sunil Jakhar as the head of the state’s unit’s communication and publicity department, however that has seemed to not favor Jakhar, whatsoever.

This was an attempt of part of the party to being all disgruntled party leaders in Punjab on board well ahead of next year’s assembly elections. Jakhar, who was then considered a close confidant of Amarinder Singh, had been removed as the CLP leader back in November just last year and was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi.

Then Jakhar was reassured by the leadership that he would be “suitably accommodated” back in the organization with a “key role” to play in the party’s poll management.

According to sources, poll strategist Prashant Kishor had suggested that Jakhar be appointed as the campaign committee chairman instead of senior leader Ambika Soni, who is also in charge of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh as general secretary. The argument was that she would be too busy with polls of Uttrakhand that will be held alongside with Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur from February to March next year. A call has yet to be taken regarding this decision.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed party in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari, as a way out, proposed that Jakhar be named as head of the communication and publicity wing and this proposal, in principle, has been accepted, according to sources.

However, when Jakhar was contacted regarding the matter, he claimed that he has never put forth a demand of any kind for any post from the party. “I am already working as party’s spokesman and have to look after my constituency. I cannot afford the luxury of heading the publicity panel,” he told HT.

It’s quite clear to see that there is a lot of underlying confusion that is gradually dwelling. Is the blunder of situations close to the elections something that Congress supporters should be worried about? Some may see it as being so, what do you think?

Are politicians above the law?

Are politicians above the law?

“An SUV in Mukatsar ran over a 10 year old boy crushing him to death in front of large number of people and no one including victim’s family wants to file a complaint.”

Why No Complaint?
Don’t they feel like guilty person should be punished? Don’t they think that any action or incident, which causes a criminal offence, is liable for legal action? Above all, don’t they think that a 10 year old innocent boy should get justice? If they do feel so, then what is stopping them to go to police and file a complaint so that guilty should get punishment for this inhuman act? Simple reason is that the car is owned by a “friend” of National Youth Congress President “Raja Warring”.

Raja Warring’s involvement in the case
Resident of Doda village, Gurkanwal Singh, a 10 year old boy was coming out from a barber’s shop after getting a haircut and a SUV hit him. Little did the boy know that it would be his last haircut as the accident took his life. Gurkanwal was taken to hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The car is owned by Happy Sharma (close friend of Raja Warring), but the local residents indentify the car as “Raja Warring’s” personal car because most of the time it’s Warring who drives it.

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Threatened or Pressurized?
Dharminder Singh, father of victim filed no complaint and also denied for the postmortem of his son’s body. In charge of Doda police station said that they had registered no complaint, as victim’s family didn’t want to do so.

Influence of power overshadows Humanity
It is so sad to realize that we are living in such a world where people like “Raja Warring” use their “political power” and “money” to suppress the voice of downtrodden and prevent truth from coming to light. It’s high time when we should speak out and fight for rights to put people like Raja Warring and his driver behind the bars.