Maharashtra Local Body Elections 2017 : Saffron Tsunami


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 26, 2017           11.35 P.M.

Five years back in 2012, almost at the same time and also in the month of February, I wrote a blog about Saffron Juggernaut in Maharashtra municipal elections for 10 Municipal Corporations. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] was victorious even then. But they won the elections in alliance with Shiv Sena.

This time again elections were declared for the same 10 Municipal Corporations. And I am writing about Saffron Tsunami.

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But this time 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena broke and B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] went alone to test the waters. It happened because of hubris of Shiv Sena. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won May 2014 Lok Sabha elections and formed government in Delhi. Then in assembly elections in Maharashtra, both the parties went their separate ways. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] wanted to fight half the seats i.e. 144. But Shiv Sena was not willing. Unable to accept new ground realities and unwilling to acknowledge resurgence of B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ], they were insisting on the old formula of Bala Saheb Thackeray and Pramod Mahajan days 171 : 117. [ 171 for Shiv Sena & 117 for B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] or a later day formula; 169 : 119 [ 169 for Shiv Sena & 119 for B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ].

B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] and Shiv Sena went their separate ways. Gamble paid off as B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 122 sears out of 288, only 23 short of majority mark. It increased its number of seats from 46 to 122. Shiv Sena won only 63 seats. But it also increased its tally. From 44 to 63, it got 19 more seats.

Not willing to accept any lessons from assembly elections 2014 drubbing, Shiv Sena was willing to give only 60 seats to B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] in B.M.C. [ Bruhan Mumbai Municipal Corporation ]. It was in fact 3 short of their previous tally. naturally B.J.P. refused and both the parties went their separate ways.

And as they say REST IS HISTORY.

B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 82 seats, 51 more from 31 seats won by it in 2012. Shiv Sena could win 84 seats, only 9 more than its 1012 tally of 75.

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Apart from stunning, almost 3 fold increase in B.M.C. [ Bruhan Mumbai Municipal Corporation ] , B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] won 8 other Municipal Corporations. It snatched Pune & Pimpri-Chinchwad from N.C.P. [ Nationalist Congress Party ].

PUNE : 2017 –  98 //  2012 – 26 [ +72 ]

PIMPRI-CHINCHWAD : 2017 – 78 // 2012 – 3 [ + 75 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] also won Nashik, where N.C.P. was the ruling dispensation along with M.N.S. [ Maharashtra Navanirman Sena ]

NASHIK : 2017 – 67 // 2012 – 14 [ + 53 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] gave bloody nose to I.N.C. [ Indian National Congress ] in Amaravati & Solapur, where it was the ruling party along with N.C.P. [ Nationalist Congress Party ].

AMARAVATI : 2017 – 45 // 2012 – 7 [ + 38 ]

SOLAPUR : 2017 – 47 // 2012 – 25 [ + 22 ]

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In fact B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] got solo control of 2 Municipal Corporations; Akola & Ulhasnagar, which it previously ruled along with Shiv Sena.

AKOLA : 2017 – 48 // 2012 – 18 [ + 30 ]

ULHASNAGAR : 2017 – 32 // 2012 – 11 [ + 21 ]

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B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] retained Nagpur with huge gains. It won 108 seat, 46 more seats than its previous tally of 62.

NAGPUR : 2017 – 108 // 2012 – 62 [ + 46 ]

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Now the case of the 10th Municipal Corporation of Thane. Shiv Sena was successful to retain the Corporation. B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] failed to win. But it improved its tally. It won 23 seats, 15 more than the previous tally of 8.

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2017 State overall tally for all municipal corporations :

BJP : 629

Shiv Sena : 268

NCP : 139

Congress : 119

MNS : 14

Others : 94

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Apart from above mentioned 10 Municipal Corporations, Maharashtra also voted for 25 ZILA PARISHAD & 283 PANCHAYAT SAMITI.

PANCHAYAT SAMITI : 238

Total seats : 2988 // Declared : 2809

BJP : 803

NCP : 630

Congress : 555

Shiv Sena : 538

MNS : 2

Others : 281

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ZILA PARISHAD : 25

Total seats : 1509 //  Declared : 1452

BJP : 400 [ In 2012 – 165 ]

NCP : 346 [ In 2012 – 511 ]

Congress : 293 [ In 2012 – 419 ]

Shiv Sena : 264 [ In 2012 – 233 ]

MNS : 0 [ In 2012 – 17 ]

Others : 152 [ In 2012 – 165 ]

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Apart from above mentioned polls of local bodies, Maharashtra also voted for 191 NAGAR PALIKA & 4704 NAGAR PANCHAYAT  seats.

NAGARPALIKA ADHYAKSH  :

BJP : 71

Congress : 35

Shiv Sena : 26

NCP : 21

Others : 38

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NAGAR PANCHAYAT SEATS : Total Seats 4,704

BJP : 1,190 [ In 2012 – 340 ]

Congress : 952 [ In 2012 – 992 ]

NCP : 812 [ In 2012 – 812 ]

Shiv Sena : 612 [ In 2012 – 333 ]

Others : 1,140

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All the above mentioned results show stunning and staggering growth of B.J.P. [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] in Maharashtra after Narendra Modi and Amit Shah era started in India and after Devendra Fadnavis era started in Maharashtra. Maharashtra B.J.P. president Rao Saheb Danve & Mumbai president Ashish Shelar also contributed immensely in this growth.

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Sainthood in Death? – A Kashmiri Pandit remembers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2016           07.45 P.M.

Two time Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and first Muslim Home Minister of India, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 07, 2016 in New Delhi of multiple organ failure. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in his native village Bijbehara of Anantnaag district.

With due respect to the departed soul, his political journey could be termed as colourful and sheer opportunistic. From Congress to Jan Morcha, and then again to the Congress, it was without any stated principles. Finally he, along with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, formed PDP and remained there till his death.

His two terms as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir could also be termed as maverick and opportunistic.

2002 = Though he had resigned from the Indian National Congress but without any qualm took their support to become Chief Minister. He had only 16 MLAs in the house of 87.

2008 = His PDP won 21 seats. But this time he prefered to sit in the opposition. It again defies logic. With 16 MLAs, he chose to become Chief Minister. But with 21 MLAs, he prefered to sit in the opposition.

2014 = He formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and became Chief Minister for the second time.  This time he had 28 MLAs, up 7 from the 21 last election.

From Congress to BJP, many people can frown but for him it was a smooth journey.

Here is the list of the milestones of his political journey.

Indian National Congress = 1972 to 1987

Jan Morcha = 1987 to 1990

Indian National Congress = 1990 to 1999

People’s Democratic Party = 1999 to 2016

Leader Congress Legislative Party = 1975

Union Minister of Tourism = 1986

Home Minister of India = Dec. 1989 – Nov. 1990

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = Nov. 2002 – Nov. 2005

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = March 2015 – Jan. 2016

It is in our culture to give respect to the departed soul. One is not supposed to be disparaging about the person after the he is gone. But in my opinion history is supposed to be unbiased. History should be loyal to the truth only. History is and should be cruel.

Therefore I thought to reproduce an article written by Anupama Handoo , a Kashmiri Pandit, which presents a totally different picture of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. —————————————————————————————————-

On 7 January 2016, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took his last breath. News feeds since then are full of eulogies for the supposed saint, nationalist and statesman.

Every paean takes me back to that fateful month of December in 1989 when Mufti’s youngest daughter Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped by (Yasin Malik’s) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. The nation was held to ransom for the daughter of the Union Home Minister who had taken oath just a few days ago. Bypassing the elected state government led by Farooq Abdullah, Mufti misused his power and influence to engineer the release of five dreaded terrorists. Local population in the valley and friends were confident that Rubaiya was at home or at least in a safe house where she was safe and well taken care of, all the time. This drama of hostage rescue is the watershed event in Kashmir terrorism. Encouraged by weakness of the state and central administration, terrorism took hold in the valley. General population started to believe that ‘Azadi from India’ and ‘Pakistan with Pandit women and without the men’ is just around the corner. December 1989 and January 1990 was when lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to become refugees in their own country. For me and lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus that was the last time we saw home and for that we have Mufti to thank for.

1989 was not the first time when the ugly head of communal militancy reared its head in Kashmir Valley. Political experts maintain that Mufti orchestrated the infamous 1986 Anantnaag riots in which hysterical Muslim mobs took out violent processions, desecrated and destroyed more than 40 temples, and killed and looted the helpless Hindu population. In Mufti’s constituency Brijbehara alone, two temples were looted, ancient idols stolen and broken. Kashmiri Hindus should have anticipated what was to come.

One word that comes closest to describing Kashmiri politicians in general and Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in particular, is chameleon. No, it’s not a kind word. I don’t intend to be kind – the pain is still raw. I call him a chameleon because he switched loyalties like clothes, seizing opportunities to promote himself and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. With subsequent stints in Democratic National Conference, Congress, and Jan Morcha and later on by launching his own People’s Democratic Party he bargained for more power and more influence with each stepping stone.

He first became Chief Minister in 2002, backed by Congress on a meagre strength of 16 in an 87 member strong State Assembly. In 2008 elections, he chose to stay in the opposition even with 21 seats and in 2015 he chose to form alliance with BJP on a strength of 28. Ambition is not a bad thing, manipulating masses for one’s own end is objectionable. While in opposition he engineered coups; in 1977, twice in 1986, in 1990 and in 2008; ushering the Governors’ rule every time. This marginalised the democratically elected parties and sowed seeds of discord in the electorate. He founded the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 for which he used the electoral symbol of ‘green flag and pen-inkpot’ of the Muslim United Front (MUF) the Jamaat-e-Islami-led conglomerate of anti-India parties.

He kept everyone happy … happily in the dark. To the central government he played the role of a ‘Nationalist’ who was trying to bring ‘healing touch’ to the battered communities through peace and dignity. But the modus operandi of this healing touch was far from nationalist. He was a firm believer in Kashmiris’ right to ‘self-rule’. Ceasefire on the Pakistan border, disbanding of instruments like Special Task Force and Special Operation Group of Police, scrapping of The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and release of political prisoners was all part of his arsenal. He facilitated bringing the separatists leaders (read Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) to a tripartite political dialogue with India and Pakistan. He recommended free trade and travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied J&K. His latest preposterous proposal was that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to transact their business in the Indian as well as the Pakistani currency. Looking at these steps in totality – these were ploys to weaken the State influence in Law and Order issues and dilute the army control on borders. Making borders with Pakistan porous, Mufti’s strategy was to pave the way for uninterrupted smuggling of currency, arms and drugs as well as infiltration of terrorists.

Kind obituaries are flooding in about the greatness of the man now dead. People are calling him a statesman and a visionary. He surrounded himself with wise people and those wise people (often Kashmiri Pandits) must undoubtedly believe in his secular and nationalist credentials. As a common person who never broke bread with him, I am entitled to judge his greatness by his impact and legacy. I will remember the man as someone who stepped on corpses for his political ambition. For this I cannot wish him peace in afterlife.

Cse Khoda rut karun, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, magar kari na zaahn.

[ May the almighty look after you Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but I seriously doubt He will. ]

– See more at: https://www.myind.net/sainthood-death-kashmiri-pandit-remembers-mufti-sayeed#.VpFMysSkQaw.gmail

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As stated above, I have taken this article from http://www.myind.net . They have printed this disclaimer towards the end of the article. I fail to understand the logic. Everyone has freedom of expression. And if a Kashmiri Pandit feels this way, she has every right to express her opinion.

WHY THIS DISCLAIMER ?

“Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. MyIndMakers is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of MyindMakers and it does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.”

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[ I express my gratitude to http://www.myind.net & the writer Anupama Handoo for this article. ]

 

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BJP’s Deepawali Crackers in Kerala


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 08, 2015           09.00 P.M.

 

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In bipolar KERALA politics, BJP is yet to open an account in Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha. But people of KERALA this time delivered a severe jolt to the ruling dispensation United Democratic Front [ UDF ] led by Congress in the Local Body Elections. The only opposition Left Democratic Front [ LDF ] led by CPM emerged winner. But the Bharatiya Janata Party [ BJP ] made strong inroads and sent shivers down the spine of the ruling dispensation and the opposition.

KERALA is bipolar state. UDF, Congress led front and LDF, CPM led front generally rule the state one after another. But the result of Local Body Elections 2015 show that Bharatiya Janata Party improved its seats in Village / Block / District Panchayats and Municipalities / Corporations of KERALA.

BJP had alliance with Sree Narayan Dharma Paripalana Yogam [ SNDP Yogam ]. This alliance with backward caste helped BJP.

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TOTAL Corporations : 6

CPM [ LDF ] : 2

BJP : 2 [ Largest Party / Short of Majority ]

Congress [ UDF ] : 1

Hung : 1

BJP became main opposition in THIRUANANTHAPURAM Corporation. 34 Seats in 2015 / 6 Seats in 2010 [ CPM : 42 / BJP : 34 / Congress 21 ] BJP 17 short of majority.

BJP became biggest party in PALAKKAD Corporation. It is 3 short of majority. 24 Seats in 2015 / 15 Seats in 2010 [ BJP : 24 / Congress 16 / CPM 6 / Others 6

BJP became major opposition in THODUPUZHA / THANUR / THRIPUNITHURA Corporations

BJP : Total 51 Seats in 2015 / 9 Seats in 2010 [ + 42 ]

BJP : Total 1242 Wards in 2015 / 480 Wards In 2012 [ + 762 ]

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TOTAL Municipalities : 87

CPM [ LDF ] : 44

Congress [ UDF ] : 41

BJP : 1

Hung : 1

BJP : Total Seats 236 in 2015 / 79 Seats in 2010 /

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Gram Panchayat

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TOTAL Panchayat : 941

CPM [ LDF ] : 551

Congress [ UDF ] : 362

BJP : 14

Others : 14

BJP : 933 Seats in 2015 / 450 in 2010 [ + 483 ]

Some of these figures are not big compared to the victory figures of CPM led Left Democratic Front. But one has to remember that state of KERALA is a bipolar state. BJP is yet to open account in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. Therefore, in my opinion, these results as very significant. If BJP could perform so impressively in Local Body Elections, then its performance in coming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha would certainly be epoch-making.

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List of Elections : Lok Sabha / Vidhan Sabha / Local Body

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MAY 2014 – NOVEMBER 2015

May 2014LOK SABHA [ BJP Won ]

October 2014MAHARASHTRA and HARYANA [ BJP Won ]

November / December 2014JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR [ BJP Won ]

February 2015DELHI [ BJP Lost ]

August 2015Local Body elections : MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN and BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE [ BJP Won ]

September 2015Panchayat / Municipal elections : ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS [ BJP Won ]

October 2015LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL [ BJP Won ]

October 2015Local Body Elections : GOA [ BJP Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : MAHARASHTRA [ BJP Won ]

November 2015Local Body Elections : KERALA [ Substantial Gains for BJP ]

November 2015BIHAR [ BJP Lost ]

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BJP Victories in 2015 : From Andaman to Ladakh & Goa


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28, 2015           12.40 P.M.

May 2014 is the date India, Indians and the world wont be able to forget for a long time. It is permanently etched in the memory of the nationalists, seculars, Left-Liberals of India and the people of the world at large. Result of Indian general elections were declared in May and Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party won absolute majority on its own in LOK SABHA.

Almost 5 months later in October 2014 MAHARASHTRA and HARYANA, 2 states went to polls. BJP won the elections and formed governments in both the states for the first time.

Two months later in November / December 2014 JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR state assemblies went to polls. BJP again won Jharkhand on its own and formed the government. BJP swept Jammu but fell short of majority in Jammu & Kashmir assembly. It formed the government with the help of PDP of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. It got post of Speaker and Dy. Chief Minister and heads several important ministries. Both the state governments are the first for BJP. JHARKHAND on its own and JAMMU & KASHMIR in coalition.

So the year 2014 ended with unprecedented success for BJP. First Lok Sabha, then in the assemblies of MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA , JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR, BJP scored impressive victory in all the 4 states.

2015 started with a sour note. In February 2015, BJP lost DELHI to Aam Aadmi Party. Its BJP’s only defeat till date. Its only defeat of indefatigable Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister and modern-day Chanakya and bellicose Amit Shah, the BJP President.

August 2015 came as the month of victory in Local Body elections. BJP made impressive gains in the municipal boards and municipal corporations in MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN and BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE. BJP made clean sweep in the Local Body elections of the 3 states.

But the real game changer came a month later.

Came month of September 2015 and it brought unexpected and unprecedented victory of BJP in Panchayat and Municipal elections of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the remote area and was not considered as stronghold of BJP.

All the other above mentioned national, provincial and local body elections were widely reported and discussed in the national print and electronic media. But Local Body elections of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS were not even prominently and properly reported. Media almost ignored it. Therefore I am chronicling results of these election.

October 2015 brought another BJP victory to our notice. BJP swept LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. It won 2/3rd majority in LAHDC for the first time.

In the same month, i.e. October 2015, while I was about to post this blog, last night came the news of BJP victory in the GOA Local Body Elections. Out of 11 Municipal Councils, BJP won 6, Congress won 4 and 1 got hung verdict.

But let me first start with Andaman & Nicobar Island results.

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Andaman & Nicobar Islands : Results of Panchayat & Municipal Elections 2015

 

BJP Emerged Single Largest Party with 11 Seats in Municipal Elections, Port Blair.

Port Blair Municipal Corporation Elections :

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Total Seats – 24 : BJP 11 / Congress 6 / Telugu Desam Party 2 / DMK  1 / AIADMK  1 / Independents 3

 

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2 – Elected Zila Parishad Members : Panchayat Election 2015

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A – Zila Parishad North & Middle Andaman

 

Total Seats – 17 : BJP 12 / Congress 4 / Independent 1

 

B – Zila Parishad South Andaman

 

Total Seats – 18 : BJP 10 / Congress 8

 

Grand Total of Zila Parishad Members :

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Total Seats – 35 : BJP 22 / Congress 12 / Independent 1

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3 – Elected Pradhans : Panchayat Elections 2015

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1 – DIGLIPUR : BJP 14 / Congress 1

2 – MAYABUNDER : BJP 4 / Congress 4

3 – RANGAT : BJP 7 / Congress 5 / Independent 1

4 – PORT BLAIR : BJP 3 / Congress 3

5 – FERRARGUNJ : BJP 11 / Congress 6 / Independents 2

6 – LITTLE ANDAMAN : BJP 2 / Congress 1

7 – CAMPBELL WAY : BJP 2 / Congress 1

 

Grand Total of Pradhans :

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Total Seats – 68 : BJP 43 / Congress 21 / Independents 4

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4 – Elected Panchayat Samiti Members : Panchayat Elections 2015

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1 – DIGLIPUR : BJP 12 / Congress 2 / Independent 1

2 – MAYABUNDER : BJP 4 / Congress 4

3 – RANGAT : BJP 10 / Congress 3 / Independent 1

4 – PORT BLAIR : BJP 3 / Congress 3

5 – FERRARGANJ : BJP 11 / Congress 4 / AIADMK 1 / Independent 3

6 – LITTLE ANDAMAN : BJP 3 / Congress 2

7 – CAMPBELL WAY : BJP 2 / Congress 1

 

Grand Total of Samiti Members :

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Total Seats – 70 : BJP 45 / Congress 19 / AIADMK 1 / Independents 5

 

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5 – Elected Members Gram Panchayat : Panchayat Elections 2015

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Grand Total of 68 Gram Panchayat Members :

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Total Seats – 665 : BJP 307 / Congress 270 / CPM 8 / NCP 6 / TDP 2 / AIADMK 1 / Independents 71

 

Out of 68 Gram Panchayats, BJP has an impressive presence in all the Gram Panchayats barring 6. They are 42, 46, 47, 48, 56 & 58 number Gram Panchayat.

Thus out of 68 Gram Panchayats, BJP has members in the rest 62.

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BJP Wins Ladakh

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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections

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A complete rejection of the Congress, acceptance of RSS programmes and attraction for Narendra Modi’s development plank seem to have worked in favour of the BJP, which registered a landslide victory in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections in October 2015. 

Coming at a time when the BJP has conquered an area that has a mixed demography comprising Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians.

 Total Seats – 26 : BJP 18 / Congress 5 / National Conference 2 / Independent 1

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Goa Municipal Council Results

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Candidates backed by BJP won majority of seats in 6 municipal councils in Goa in the local body elections, while Congress-backed candidates won majority in 4 towns.

Total Municipal Councils – 11 : BJP 6 / Congress 4 / Hung 1

BJP won majority of seats in Mapusa, Mormugao (Vasco-da-Gama), Sanguem, Pernem, Curchorem and Bicholim.

Congress won majority in Valpoi, Quepem, Margao, and Cuncolim.

Canacona saw the candidates from two sides winning five seats each.

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Thus apart from DELHI assembly elections, BJP, after winning Lok Sabha, won 4 assembly elections of MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA, JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR.

BJP also won Local Body Elections in 6 states of MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN, BENGALURU, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS, LADAKH and GOA.

Battle of BIHAR is going on. Election of 3rd phase is going to be held today. 2 phases are still left. Results will be out on November 8, 2015. But about Bihar, I will write later.

[ I have taken data of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS elections from http://www.andamanchronicle.net and from the website of Election Commission.

Data of LADAKH election is taken from http://www.dailymail.co.uk.

Data of GOA election is taken from Indian Express newspaper.

I express my gratitude to all of them. ]

 

One Year of Modi & A Blind Arun Shourie


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 12, 2015           06.20,  P.M.

 

Narendra Modi government will be completing one year in office on May 25th, 2015. To commemorate the occasion, there are many articles and several unsolicited advises for Narendra Modi in various newspapers and TV channels. All the critics assume as if he is not Narendra Modi, the hugely successful Chief Minister of Gujarat for 12 long years, but a school kid and knows nothing about politics. Therefore he should be advised about governance.

Every government of the day is prone to criticism and analysis. People should criticize, scrutinize and put forward suggestions for good governance. Some friends and well-wishers of Narendra Modi are rightly doing so.

There are some enemies also. These secular, Left-Liberal, Nehruvian socialists are his political opponents and a group of journalists, known in Social Media as PRESSTITUTES. Congress leaders and leaders of other parties are hellbent that this government must fail and a discredited Narendra Modi should be banished from New Delhi and live there after in perpetual disgrace. PRESSTITUTES are helping them in this endeavour.

And there are FRENEMIES [ Friends in his presence + Enemies in his absence ] also. In the garb of forwarding constructive critique, they are dishing out biased, highly opinionated and one-sided, false stories. These disgruntled lot want to defame Narendra Modi and his government at any cost because they are not entertained by him and are not getting anything from this government. Arun Shourie, for sure, is one of them. He is the kingpin of Narendra Modi’s FRENEMIES.

Shourie can’t see national and international press writings about Modi government. He seems to be unaware of the views of the world leaders about PM Modi and the international accolades he is getting. Though,he praises Modi government’s foreign policy, but still finds faults with it.

Arun Shourie is highly critical about the economic policy orientation of Modi government. He forgets MAKE IN INDIA campaign. He is oblivious of JAN DHAN YOJANA / JAN SURAKSHA YOJANA . MAKE IN INDIA is for the industry and gigantic enterprises. JAN DHAN / JAN SURAKSHA schemes are for the poor populace. Thus Modi government is taking care of all the sections and segments of Indian society.

Shourie doesn’t care about the statistics provided by government or independent sources, but has gumption to come on national television and hurl unsubstantiated charges and proffer it as critique. He certainly has a hidden agenda.

Last week I wrote a blog denouncing his dishonesty. Here is the link

Arun Shourie , A Dishonest Intellectual

 

It gives point by point answer to his 10 points charge sheet against PM Modi. In the present blog I am giving data of PM Modi’s achievements in the field of foreign and economic affairs. All the facts are taken from the twitter-handles of eminent twitter activists. Never-happened-before-achievements are here for everyone to see.

It is not for nothing that BJP [ Bharatiya Janata Party ] is now the largest, biggest party of the world. BJP now has 10 crore+ members. Though Arun Shourie is critical of Amit Shah also.

Today as I am about to post the blog, I just noticed a new tweet about 1 Year of Narendra Modi and 60 Years of Congress Scams. I am posting it here :

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1Year Of & 60Years of Congress See the Difference……….

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BJP government’s first year is one of the best years of Indian economic reform: US Expert – The Economic Times

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BJP now has 10cr+ (100 million) members in its fold. A milestone for any democratic movement in the world. Jai Hind

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: Parliament Productivity at Historic High under PM Govt

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news of the week that was missed by the mainstream media.

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There are almost 1700 laws that need to be done away with. I have already decided to remove 700 of them: PM

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New work culture for Ministers in this NDA government!

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New normal for Babus in NaMo Govt.

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Indian PM on in 2012 = The Underachiever. Indian PM on in 2015 = The Reformer in Chief. 🙂

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Economic Reforms

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: Estimated revenue gain due to e-Auction of Coal Blocks is 7 Lakh Crore!

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: Spectrum auction bids cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark | Read more at:

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Spectrum: Comparing the benefit of of Modi govt with the loot of Sonia’s UPA.

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> FYI is doing this but media is still in medieval world & talks of only communal issues

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Modi’s Model village has a new bank, bus stop, school, solar lights, bio toilets, pucca houses & 20,000l water tank

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More about the MUDRA Bank.

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Moody’s Upgrades India’s Outlook to Positive.

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Modi Govt’s Good Governance & Reforms applauded across the world!!

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Make in India gains further momentum. $2 billion cumulative outsourcing planned by from India by 2020.

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news from manufacturing industry. 15 of 22 industry groups posted positive growth in Feb 2015.

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Under PM Govt: India zooms past China to become the world’s fastest-growing Economy.

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Relief to farmers…

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Manufacturing & Industrial Production at 9 months high under Modi Govt.

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For the 1st time in 2 decades, govt registers double digit growth in the electricity generation.

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Powered by Modi Govts GoodGovn,PowerGeneration crosses 1trillion units & Manufacturing,IndustrialProd at 9 mths high.

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Historic Progress in the Power Sector.

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Indian Economy takes giant leaps under PM

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India is on the world map as country of most impressive economic growth

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World is looking at India with new hope thanks to our PM’s leadership

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India overtakes US as third biggest steel producer

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India’s trade deficit falls to a 17 month low.

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The entire world is looking at India.

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India’s Forex Reserves reaches a record high of $343.2 Billion.

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for Indian Women! Massive drive for women in forces.

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– Mission for smart cities takes shape. RT

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& they ask where is ?

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: Huge Surge in FDI inflows under PM Modi Govt For more infographics visit

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Acche din

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New record set: highest ever has been recorded for 11 sectors in a single FY (FY 2014-15)

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Foreign Affairs

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After Ukraine, Iraq & Libya, in Yemen is the 4th evacuation done under the new Indian Govt.

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Top billing. PM ‘s visit gets wide coverage in French papers.

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Saturation coverage in Toronto papers of

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A leader writes about another. Prez writes about PM in .

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The day after Coverage in Canadian print media today, following PM ‘s departure from Vancouver yesterday

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Difference that a willing & ABLE govt can do. No waiting & contemplation period.JUST ACTION

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A whopping 90% of respondents said that handled superbly!

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India has demonstrated its global leadership in recent weeks, 1st in Yemen & now in Nepal. We’re grateful: US Envoy

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आज से शुरू होगी E-VISA सर्वि‍स, दुनि‍या के 40% देशों को भारत ने कि‍या शामि‍ल

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Here is how India’s energy diplomacy has recieved a huge boost with every International visit of PM .

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The facts till now.

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I am not a famous journalist like Arun Shourie. I am not a world-famous intellectual. I am an ordinary citizen of India. If I can see all the above mentioned trends, why can’t Arun Shourie? If I can read all the statistics, why can’t Arun Shourie? It means he has an agenda. He is aggrieved that he is not getting any importance from Modi government. So he is venting out his frustration. It is the case of sour grapes.

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Bru Tribe : Refugee In Their Own Country


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 07, 2014           00.30 A.M.

Frankly speaking , few weeks back , I was unaware of the existence of Bru tribe of Mizoram . Years ago I had read about some conflict between Mizos of Mizoram and one particular tribe living there , near Bangla Desh and Tripura border . I knew that these days that particular tribe live in Tripura in exile. But apart from that I have not heard anything about Brus . When last week I read a couple of articles in Times of India and Hindustan Times , I came to know that the tribe in question is Bru and they are living in tents as refugee in their own country since 17 years.

The roots of the conflict can be traced to 1994, when a political party called the Bru National Union (BNU) was formed to promote the tribe’s welfare. In September 1997, at a conference in Saipuilui village in Mamit district, the BNU adopted a resolution to demand for an Autonomous District Council (ADC) for Brus in the western belt of Mizoram. Mizoram is predominantly inhabited by Mizos. Other tribes in the state include the Hmars, the Lai and the Chakmas, each of whom have their own ADC. Interestingly, though the Brus are the largest minority in Mizoram their demand for an ADC went unheeded. “What was wrong with that demand?” asks Elvis Chorkhy, chairman of the Bru Coordination Committee that has been working with the government to repatriate the Brus. “ Was it so unconstitutional as to lead to the physical torture and harassment of the Brus ?”

The bloody ethnic clashes of 1997 displaced  over 4000 Brus initially . They fled to neighbouring Assam and Tripura’s sleepy town of Kanchanpur , which lies about 45 km from the Mizoram border. 17 years ago, thousands of Brus fleeing attacks from Mizos took refuge here. Many crossed the border on foot. The displaced Brus put up temporary shelters on the lower tracts of the Jampui hills that separate Tripura from Mizoram and Bangladesh. Today, there are over 35,000 Internally Displaced Persons languishing in the seven camps spread over the region. Here, scores live amidst filth and human waste with small mountain streams being the only source of drinking water. The incident, like many others in the North East India , hardly made it to the national media , print and electronic both .

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[………The Map of Mizoram showing Bru Dominated Areas & Area of Bru Refugee Camps in Tripura ]

To know more about the Bru tribe , I checked Wikipedia and came to know a fascinating history about them . I am reproducing the Wikipedia article in verbatim .

The history of Bru (Reangs)

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The Bru are the second most populous tribe of Tripura after the Tripuris. According to the legend, a Tripuri prince who was once exiled by the King made his way, along with his followers, to the Mayani Thalang area of Lushai hills [ now Mizoram ] and founded a state over there. He proclaimed himself King and his descendants too ruled over the break-away state for generations. As it sometimes happens, there came a time when there was no heir to succeed to the throne, leading to anarchy in the kingdom. At around the same time, bitter feud and internal vendetta saw four chiefs of the following sub tribes Twikluha, Yongsika, Paisika, Tuibruha leave their hearth and home along with their entourages to migrate back to the state of Tripura. It was a long and difficult journey, fraught with danger and the travellers had to make more than a couple of attempts before they successfully made their way up the Dombur hill.

At the time, Mahendra Manikya ruled the kingdom of Tripura. The chiefs made many attempts to reach the King to request asylum. They approached ministers, bureaucrats, and courtiers for help in arranging a meeting with the King but with no success. By this time, they had exhausted their supplies and were rather anxious to catch the attention of the King. Finally in desperation, they breached the dam on the river Gumti where worshippers had gathered for prayers. This was a serious crime and all of them were immediately apprehended and brought before the king. The crime was a serious one and merited capital punishment. But before the King could pass his judgement, the chiefs managed to send word to the Queen Gunoboti. They begged her for help and she persuaded the King to forgive them. The chiefs swore fealty to the Queen and to the throne of Tripura and settled down in the Kingdom. Popular legend has it that the Queen even offered the chiefs breast milk, to symbolize their new parent-child relationship, in a large brass pan which was gifted to the chiefs along with other valuable things, carefully preserved by Reangs till date.

The latest episode in the ongoing conflict between Mizos and Brus came on November 23 , 2013 . It was two days before the Mizoram assembly elections, when Bru militants allegedly belonging to the Bru Democratic Front of Mizoram (BDFM) and helped by members of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) abducted three young men.

The incident reignited the long-standing conflict between the Mizos and the minority Brus . Enraged by the abduction of the Mizos, several protests spearheaded mostly by the powerful NGOs MZP and the Young Mizo Association (YMA) were organised throughout the state. Subsequently, local village headmen were threatened with dire consequences if they did not ask the militants to release the Mizos.

In modern Mizoram one can find the Mizo mindset about Bru tribe in a Mizoram Home department letter sent to National Human Rights Commission . In the letter dated February 10, the Home department of the Mizoram government listed the reasons that led to the original conflict between the Mizos and the Brus. According to the document, the Brus — recognised as Reangs as per the Constitution (Schedule Tribes) Order, 1950 — fled persecution in the erstwhile Tippera kingdom (now divided between Tripura and Bangladesh) to arrive in Mizoram in the early 1940s. “Brus have always been outsiders and can never be a part of the larger Mizo culture,” says Lalmuanpuia Punte, who was MZP’s president in 1997.

The Mizos say the Bru exodus of 1997 can be traced to a ‘circular’ signed by Bruno Msha, who was then the Bru Student Union president and is currently the general secretary of the Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples’ Forum (MBDPF). Dated March 1998, the ‘circular’ asks all Bru headmen to evacuate their villages and leave Mizoram because of a possible clash between Bru militants and Mizoram security personnel. Msha, who denies signing any such document, claims the story is a Mizo attempt to blame Bru militants for the exodus.

Each side might apportion blame to the other but ultimately, the ethnic violence of 1997 pushed many Brus into relief camps in a remote part of Tripura that borders Mizoram and Bangladesh.

Things, however, continue to look bleak for over 35,000 people still stuck in the forgotten camps of Tripura. A report by the Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network says ‘The ration quota is so inadequate that Brus do not report deaths as it means a further reduction of the rations’. The abject conditions and the lack of employment and education have made the camps a good recruiting ground for militants. Many young Brus have missed out on education and cannot even get job cards under central government schemes. “This is why we are asking for a Primitive Group Program and a development council which will look after the upliftment of the community once it is repatriated,” says Bruno Msha of the MBDPF.

Adults get a cash dole of Rs. 150 per month and 600 gms of rice per day while minors get half that amount. This is much less than other internally displaced groups like the Kashmiri Pandits and even the Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu have received in the past. Leaders of the MBDPF maintain that unless compensation is increased, no one will go back. Both the home department and Mizo organisations, allege that any attempts at repatriation are foiled by the staging of untoward incidents. The Bru side alleges that it is a conspiracy by Mizos who don’t want Brus to return. With only 5,627 people rehabilitated until last October, the Mizoram government has a mammoth task on its hands. “It has become necessary to remove those camps and resettle the displaced. We are losing precious time and a generation of kids is losing their future. The process needs to be expedited,” said Chorkhy.

But who cares? Mizoram government of Indian National Congress is heartless . National media is silent . National parties are ignorant . Few thousand Brus are insignificant for electoral arithmetic . So these hapless citizens of India are languishing in refugee camps . They are homeless in their own homeland .

According to me Bharatiya Janata Party should do something for these children of lesser God . It may not help electorally , but it is a national cause . A whole generation of Brus are getting deprived of their rights . We must stand for them . Politics is one thing , humanity is something else .

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[ This blog is not written by me in toto . I have taken excerpts from Wikipedia and quoted from the articles published in Times of India and Hindustan Times and simply re-arranged and re-produced those articles here . I express my gratitude . Views expressed about Brus are mine . ]

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The Telegraph’s Lie About Narendra Modi Exposed


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 15 , 2013           02.00 P.M.

This is not an original blog written by me . In fact this is not a blog at all . I follow Shri Kiran Kumar ji on twitter . I read few of his postings about Shri Narendra Modi‘s Patna speech in Hunkar Rally . I knew that some canard is being spread and facts are twisted and concocted by vested interests . I wanted to write about the facts and the canards . But it was taking time , as my son met with an accident and I was in and out of the hospital most of the time . So my blog remained incomplete .
Suddenly I read these tweets and thought it proper to copy / paste them on my blog space . Therefore these 4 / 5 tweets are taken from the twitter-handle of Shri Kiran Kumar ji and are being quoted here .
I express my gratitude to Shri Kiran Kumar ji . I also express regrets for not taking his prior permission . I hope I will be forgiven .
Readers can go through it and find out what Shri Narendra Modi actually said in the Hunkar Rally of Patna and what is being spread by paid media . I denounce Shri Shankarshan Thakur for twisting the facts and spreading it for the convenience of his political masters . This is nothing less than professional misconduct . It is shame for a journalist .
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Sankarshan Thakur‘s lie number 1 in The Telegraph exposed. Narendra Modi did not say, “Takshashila is in Bihar” -> pic.twitter.com/p5MqEmCoPV

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Sankarshan Thakur’s lie number 2 in The Telegraph exposed. Modi did not say, “Alexander was defeated by Biharis” -> pic.twitter.com/uiNhk3PgMq

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Sankarshan Thakur’s lie number 3 in The Telegraph exposed. Modi did not use name “Maurya” along with Chandragupta. pic.twitter.com/HjMO7uvPEu

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Sankarshan Thakur’s lie number 4 in The Telegraph exposed. Modi did not make a reference to Nehru in Patel’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/41nhDyPdp5

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My 4 prior tweets based of this awesome rebuttal to The Telegraph and “secular” Nitish. Their lies on Modi exposed -> http://fekukaun.blogspot.in/2013/10/an-answer-to-sankarshan-thakurs.html …

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I hope these tweets will make picture clear and discerning public can judge the facts , which Shri Narendra Modi really said and the fiction and canard , which the paid media is deliberately and mischievously spreading on the orders of their masters .

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I express shock and dismay that in the age of social media activism , such kind of canards can be cooked up and dished out by unscrupulous elements of paid media .

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