Connect with us

Politics

Electing next Chief Minister of Himachal would be a tricky task for BJP

Published

on

BJP selects Chief Minister of Himachal

Four-time MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who has been associated with the BJP since its inception and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is the most deserving candidate for the post, say his supporters.  

Shimla: After the tragedy that struck the senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, the names of a couple of MLAs are doing rounds for being under consideration for the top post.

The BJP high-command has given the task to sort out this conflict to the Union ministers Nirmala Sitaraman and Narendra Singh Tomar. These two members will be in Himachal today to talk to all the stakeholders to judge the directions of the wind.

The caste does matter in Himachal, which apparently makes Thakur as the first choice.

It is noteworthy that despite his defeat, PK Dhumal camp is not stepping back and hoping for what appears to be impossible. Would BJP take such risk of electing a leader for the top position who individually failed to win elections?

In case of JP Nadda, it would cast a negative effect on the party management as his selection for the Chief Minister would leave a post vacant at the Centre. The government would have to spend on by-polls to fill this vacancy.  

Therefore, five times MLA Jairam Thakur, who has also served as the State party president and as a minister in the Dhumal government, is being speculated to be leading in the race. Thakur and some other MLAs like Rajiv Bindal and Suresh Bhardwaj were summoned by the high-command to the party headquarters.  

The supporters of four-times MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who registered his third consecutive win on the Shimla-urban seat, are seeking high-commands attention.

Bhardwaj has a clean record with no criminal cases, a respectable academic record (Bsc. and LLB), and he has also served as the State party chief. The supporters argue that despite being a senior and highly experienced leader, Bhardwaj is being ignored deliberately as he is an honest politician.

Bhardwaj had become a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at a tender age. He has served as the Vice-President and President of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad too, said his supporters.

He has been associated with the BJP since its inception during 1980 and was one of the leaders jailed during the emergency. He is the most deserving candidate for the post, said his supporters.

On his Facebook timeline, we came across a video of him, in which he recites his political carrer and achievements:

Other prominent names for the seat may include Mohinder Singh from Dharampur, who became MLA for the seventh time, and four-time MLA Krishan Kapoor.

The BJP registered a comfortable win with a full majority of 44 seats in the 68-member Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh. However, this victory came with a touch of grey as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the party, Prem Kumar Dhumal, faced a humiliating defeat by the hands of his Congress rival Rajinder Rana with a margin of 2,933 votes in the battle for Sujanpur seat.    

The political critics are of the view that ill-fated Dhumal fell victim to its party’s own politics. The BJP-high command shifted him from his comfort zone Hamirpur to Sujanpur. The announcement came just nine days before the polling day – November 9, leaving no time for campaigning.

Prior to his announcement as the CM candidate, JP Nadda’s active presence and political activity had created suspicion in the minds of Dhumal camp. It appears, the high-command played a tricky game with Dhumal.

Misc News/Press Release

Holding Clean Elections India’s Biggest Challenge as Misuse of Money Increases By Leaps And Bounds: EC

Published

on

Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

New Delhi: Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters, the Elections Commission of India said today.

Unfortunately, the use of the money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times. Mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system, said the EC Larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections.

To address this paramount problem, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence.  Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora along with the Election Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.  He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made. 

To ensure clean elections, it is vital keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns. More importantly, it is imperative to ensure that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, said Election Commissioner Chandra.

Issues Discussed at Committee on Election Intelligence

  • Ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties
  • Sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections
  • Co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action
  • Preparation of road map for action during the elections
  • Mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor, and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency

The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action.

The Commissions said a greater synergy amongst various enforcement agencies is needed to develop a collective strategy to fight this menace.  Therefore, the Commission expects that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taking coordinated action rather than working in silos.

Continue Reading

Misc News/Press Release

Congress Urges EC to Restrain BJP from Hoisting Party Flags on Houses of Govt Scheme Beneficiaries in Himachal

Published

on

BJP's Mera Parivar - Bhajpa Parivar Campaign in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla- The President of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Kuldeep Singh Rathore, have requested the Chief Election Commissioner to restrain Bhartiya Janata Party’s “Mera Parivar-Bhajpa Parivar” political campaign ahead of the upcoming elections to the Lok Sabha.

He has alleged misuse of the Government machinery for the promotion of BJP’s party campaign. The issue was highlighted by Rathore in a letter to the EC on February 22.

 BJP had launched its campaign on February 12, 2019. Under this campaign, BJP flags were hoisted at houses of various party workers.

However, Rathore raised questions over the campaign. In the letter to the EC, India, Rathor said BJP was also hoisting flags on the houses of the beneficiaries under Centre Government sponsored schemes, which he termed as “unconstitutional, coercive, and breach of privacy of individuals”.


The benefits are given by the Government and not by any political party,

Rathore said in the letter.

He said it would send a wrong message to the people, leading to unrest in society.  He alleged that this action of BJP is only intended to achieve political goals ahead of the elections.

The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had also hoisted flags on the prominent party workers in Shimla on the launch of the campaign.

The state government had even issued an official press statement with a photograph of the Chief Minister hoisting the party flag in Chotta Shimla. The State Government is not supposed to provide a platform for the party’s political campaign.

Continue Reading

Misc News/Press Release

4459.24 crore to be Spent on 7 NH Projects in HP: Union Minister Gadkari

Published

on

Panna Pramukh Samelan in Kangra Himachal Pradesh

Kangra- On Sunday, ahead of elections to the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Shipping, Road, Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, laid foundation stones of seven National Highway Projects for State worth Rs. 4459.24 crore at Gaggal in Kangra district .

He also addressed the Panna Pramukh Sammelan of Kangra Parliamentary Constituency held at Chambi in Shahpur on Sunday, which thousands of party workers of Kangra Parliamentary area attended.


Panna Pramukh Sammelan , Kangra

The amount announced for each of National Highway Projects in Himachal Pradesh is as follows:

  • Rs. 1572.90 crore for the four-laning work of 37.05 kms Punjab-Himachal Border to Sihuni section of National Highway No. 154
  • Rs. 1356 crore for 104.60 kms section of Paonta Sahib-Gumma-Feduzpul section of National Highway No.
  • Rs.1334 crore for 109.75 kms section Hamirpur-Mandi of National Highway No.70
  • Rs. 51.09 crore for 15.75 kms Una-Bhiroo section of National Highways No. 503A to be constructed
  • Rs. 46.13 crore for 23.10 kms section of Matour-Dharamshala-Mcleodganj National Highway No.503
  • Rs. 30 crore for 7kms Paonta Sahib Town section of National Highway No. 7 
  • Rs. 40.05 crore for 49 kms Baroh Chowk-Dehrian-Jandrah-Talli-Lagru-Dola Khudian-Nahlian road

Rs. 29.07 crore were announced for the construction of retaining walls and crash barriers between 94 kms section of Sainj-Luhri-Anni-Jalori-Banjar-Aut National Highway No. 305

Further, while adressing the public meeting, he claimed that the National Highway Authority of India was executing four laning and other National Highway projects worth Rs 25,000 crore and about 16000 Irrigation Projects were being executed by the Union Government.

He said that developmental projects worth Rs 10500 crore have been sanctioned by the Union Government for the State.

He also claimed that the State had only 1706 km National Highway but due to the centre Government today the State has over 7000 km National Highways. The State had only 15 National Highways in the State, but today the State has 70 National Highways, he said.  

He took a jibe at the previous Congress Government, and said it even failed to prepare DPR of National Highways sanctioned for the State.

Continue Reading

Trending