All should cooperate for a peaceful election: Punjab CM(Chandigarh, Jan 4, 2016): With Punjab set to go to polls on February 4, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal appealed to political parties to cooperate with the Election Commission (EC) in conducting the elections in a peaceful and fair manner.
In a statement issued here today, the Chief Minister said that Punjabis have always upheld the lofty ideals of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood and hoped the glorious tradition would be maintained.
Punjab, together with Goa, will go to polls on February 4, the Election Commision announced today.
Irrespective of political differences, every party has a right to disseminate their ideology, the chief minister said, adding that Punjab government fully respected this and was committed to carrying out elections in a peaceful, free and fair manner.
The Chief Minister also said the state government would fully cooperate with the Election Commission in strictly implementing the Model Code of Conduct. (PTI)
Hazare is part of 'RSS conspiracy', alleges NCP(Mumbai, Jan 4, 2016): With Anna Hazare moving the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the alleged "Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam", the NCP today dubbed the social activist as an "agent of the RSS".
NCP spokesman Nawab Malik alleged that Hazare was playing a role in the "RSS conspiracy" to defame senior NCP leaders like Sharad Pawar.
"Why is Hazare not protesting over any issue in the BJPruled Maharashtra," Malik asked.
Hazare recently moved the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into what he termed a "Rs 25,000 crore sugar cooperative factories scam".
He filed two civil PILs and a criminal PIL seeking a CBI probe into the issue. The criminal PIL is listed for hearing on January 6 before a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka.
The petitions alleged that fraud had been committed in governance by first burdening sugar cooperative factories with debts and thereafter selling these sick units at a throwaway price, causing loss of Rs 25,000 crore to the government, cooperative sector and members of public.
The petitions also demanded an inquiry by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) into alleged role of "politicians into the sugar cooperative scam, including NCP president and former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and his nephew and former irrigation minister Ajit Pawar". (PTI)
Arvind Kejriwal helping forces who want to disturb Punjab's peace, says Rahul GandhiSANGRUR, Feb,2,2017: Launching an allout attack against Arvind Kejriwal in the backdrop of the Maur Mandi blast+ , Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused him of "helping" forces who want to disturb Punjab's peace and push it back to the dark days of militancy.
On the last day of the poll campaign in Punjab, Rahul addressed a gathering in Ballian village here and referred to the Tuesday night's car explosion in Maur Mandi+ , which left six dead.
The blast had occurred shortly after the "jansabha" of Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi, who is contesting the February 4 elections from Maur assembly seat.
"The most important thing is the atmosphere you live in. If that atmosphere gets spoiled, violence starts or anger prevails, then the work of farmers, labourers, weaker sections suffers, entire state suffers," Rahul said.
Taking a veiled dig at the ruling Akalis and the AAP, Rahul said, "from one extremist thinking, Punjab should not go to other extremist thinking. Congress is one such party which takes all sections along. We want that Punjab should rapidly progress."
"But if violence breaks, anger prevails+ , then everything will be destroyed. We have to understand that those forces, which destroyed Punjab earlier (referring to militancy period in the state), because of whom violence broke, such forces are yet again raising their head."
" Bomb blast took place+ and six people died (Maur). Arvind Kejriwal, who is Delhi's Chief Minister, is helping these forces and helping them raise their head. And this is most dangerous thing for Punjab.
"If these forces raise their head again, then entire agenda will be hijacked and Punjab will look in some other direction," he warned.
Rahul said, "So, it is necessary all of us together, be from any religion, caste or creed, we all should again stand up so that we can build a Punjab, which was known for its spirit of giving, a path as shown Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh."
Addressing the gathering while sitting on a cot with villagers and farmers of Ballian here, Rahul also talked about farmers issues, saying during UPA's time loans of farmers amounting to Rs 70,000 crore were waived off and promised that if Congress forms the next government in the State, the burden of state's farmers will be
Rahul is also scheduled to address poll rallies in Malwa belt later in the day, which constitute bulk of the seats in the 117member Punjab assembly.
After interacting with local villagers, Rahul also sat on a mat and shared food with them.
From Sangrur constituency, Congress has fielded its former MP Vijay Inder Singla, who was also present.
Arvind Kejriwal to "introspect" and "correct mistakes"(New Delhi, Apr 29, 2017): Grappling with a crushing defeat in the civic polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today admitted that his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made "mistakes" and that there was a need to "introspect" and "course correct".
Till now the AAP leader had been blaming Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the party's rout in polls.
Kejriwal said that based on his interactions with "volunteers and voters", it was obvious that the party made mistakes and there was a need to go back to the "drawing board".
"Need is action and not excuses," he said, amid growing clamour in the party to desist from raking up the issue of EVMs being "tampered with" to favour the BJP, an allegation rubbished by the Election Commission.
The remarks are part of a brief written statement, shared by the AAP chief on Twitter, three days after the party was defeated by the BJP in the Delhi municipal polls.
"In the last two days, I spoke to many volunteers and voters. The reality is obvious. Yes, we made mistakes but we will introspect and course correct. Time to go back to drawing board," he said.
He said it would be "silly" for the party to not evolve.
AAP was formed in late 2012, after the India Against Corruption movement led by Kejriwal and veteran activist Anna Hazare.
The party stormed to power in Delhi with an overwhelming majority of 67 seats in the 70member Delhi Assembly in 2015, gaining prominence in the national stage.
Since then, it has focused on expanding its base beyond the national capital, but its foray in Punjab and Goa failed, and the party has also lost its grip over the national capital in the recent past.
In Punjab, the party did emerge as the primary opposition but the performance did not live up to the hype.
In Delhi, the party first lost the Rajouri Garden assembly bypoll and within days, received a drubbing in the civic elections, where the BJP retained control of all the three corporations.
"It's time to get back to work. And even if we slip from time to time, the key is to find the reserves to hold and pull ourselves up. People deserve nothing less. The only thing constant is change," he added. (PTI)
Triple talaq: Modi hopes Indian Muslims would take the 'right path'(New Delhi, Apr 29, 2017): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the Muslim community to ensure that the triple talaq issue was not "politicised", and hoped that intellectuals from the community would come forward to fight the practice.
Addressing an event marking the birth anniversary of Kannada philosopher Basaveshwar here, Modi voiced the hope that Muslims in India would "show the path of modernity" to their counterparts across the world.
"There is so much debate on the triple talaq these days.
Looking at the great tradition of India, my mind is filled with the hope that powerful people will emerge from the community in this country (to) eradicate outdated practices, evolve modern systems," he said.
In his 40minute speech, the prime minister spoke about women's empowerment, equality and good governance.
"It is the strength of our country's soil that people from the (Muslim) community will emerge to save our mothers and sisters from this trouble," he said, referring to the practice of triple talaq.
"I will urge people from the community to not allow the issue to get politicised," Modi told the gathering at the event, which was also attended by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. (PTI)
India's first digitalised Panchayat ward in Kerala(Kottayam, Apr 29, 2017): A ward in the district today became India's first digitalised panchayat ward.
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated the website of the first digitalised panchayat ward number 15 of Aymanam grama panchayat at a function held at a temple premises.
The minister launched the website HYPERLINK "http://www.
digitalaymanam.com"www.digitalaymanam.com at the function.
This small panchayat ward in Kerala has become the first one to go digital in the country, taking a very important step in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of transforming India into a digitally empowered society, the Minister said.
Gurjar hailed ward member Devaki teacher for taking the challenge of collecting details of 423 families and 1,262 members in the ward and made them available in a mouse click away.
The website also contains information about blood donors' forum and telephone directory of the people of the ward, officials said.
CPI(M), which is ruling the Aymanam Gram Panchayat, boycotted the function.
They, however, have not cited any reasons for the boycott. (PTI)