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Queen of Hills facing ‘civic amenities emergency’, dissolve Shimla MC: Congress to Governor

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Dissolution of Shimla MC 2018

Shimla: With the return of Kusum Sadret, the elected Mayor of Shimla city, from her tour to China, the demands for her resignation as well as the dissolution of Municipal Corporation, Shimla, have gained momentum.

The Mayor has begun to apologize to the people as she is facing severe criticism for abandoning the people of the town amid a crisis for drinking water supply. One failed attempt to derail the MC House has already been made in her absence. The Councilors of her own party were seen coming out against her.

Today, the Legal cell of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Shimla, submitted a memorandum to the Governor, Acharya Devvrat, seeking dissolution of the SMC under Section 404 of the MC Act, 1994.

What does Section 404 of the SMC Act 1994 say:

“If, in the opinion of theGovernment, the Corporation is not competent to perform, or persistently makes default in the performance of the duties imposed on it by or under this Act or any other law or exceeds or abuses its powers the Government may by an order published, together with a statement of the reasons thereof, in the Official Gazette, declare the Corporation to be incompetent or in default or to have exceeded or abused its powers, as the case may be and dissolve the Corporation.”

However, the Mayor said she has no idea about the memorandum or the protest Councilors had been staging against her.

The Chief Minister and Bhartiya Janata Party are cursing the previous governments of Congress for not making long-term plans for better water supply to the town.

BJP government alleges that Congress has ruled the state for a longer period as compared to it. The drying up of the natural resources from where the drinking water was being lifted for supply is the second reason that the current government is referring to in its defence.

The error on the part of the previous government can’t be ignored, but at the same time, the fact that the State government had to take charge of the situation and form a special high-level committee to ensure the supply of drinking water to the area falling under SMC’s jurisdiction backfires at the SMC.

Moreover, the State High Court had to intervene once again in matters related to the civic body. Previously, it was the strike of the sanitation workers, and now it was the supply and distribution of drinking water. The court conducted a daily hearing for five consecutive days till May 31.

This is what the opposition is using as ammunition against the current MC House and Mayor.

List of Main Points of Congress Memorandum Seeking Dissolution of Shimla MC

The memorandum said the Historic Shimla town’ “Queen of Hills”, is facing civic amenities emergency. MC has failed to perform its duty; therefore, the High Court took suo moto cognizance of this water emergency in the town and issued appropriate directions to the State government.

Other points:

  1. The court had to direct the state government to take charge of this precarious situation and directed Chief Secretary to file an affidavit on the progress of distribution of the water.
  2. The court also observed in its order that No municipal Councilor shall indulge himself in the choice distribution of water through tankers.
  3. This suggests that there was material before the High Court that councillors affiliated to BJP are involved in malpractice of distribution of water through tanker in a discriminatory manner.
  4. The situation in the town is like a water emergency as the state government, as well as SMC, has even failed to comply with the affidavits filed before the court with regard to the distribution of water in the town.
  5. SMC is getting more than 20 MLD water per day, which is sufficient to supply if the town is distributed in three zones. Despite such zoning of the city, MC has failed to distribute the water properly.
  6. Even the officers of MC are under the scanner and the court observed they have put the city on ransom. MC has failed to top observe such key men. One of the officers of the MC has also been suspended in the regard.
  7. That Shimla city has been facing shortages of water earlier too but, in preceding years, the government used to plan three months in advance for the supply of water and regeneration of sources in summers. This year the government as well MC failed to act in time that resulted in the failure of adequate dirking water supply to the citizens.
  8. The MC Shimla failed to arrange for door to door collection of garbage because workers engaged are maltreated by the corporation. Their salaries are not paid on time, hence, they also abandoned the work, resulting into the failure of civic amenities.
  9. It’s only after the intervention of High court that garbage collectors resumed work. So, the MC also failed to perform this duty as well.

The opposition said that all these facts reflect that the Corporation is not competent to perform and is persistently making default in the performance of duties imposed on it by the MC Act 1994, it said.

The opposition has urged the Governor to consider these circumstances and direct the government to take recourse under section 404 of MC Act and dissolve the present MC Shimla.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Black Paint Smeared on Satpal Satti's Posters in Shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Satpal Singh Satti's abusive remark on rahul gandhi

Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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BJP Poll Manifesto 2019 Out, Read All Major Promises

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BJP Manifesto 2019 Released

Shimla-Bhartiya Janata Party today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Congress has already released its manifesto on April 2, 2019.

One thing which is common in both manifestoes is the claim that they reflect aspirations of crores of people.

Congress had claimed that its manifesto is not the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people.

As per BJP,

This Sankalp Patra is the voice of the people in the truest sense.

Prime Minister Narender Modi said,

In 2047, our nation would complete a hundred years of freedom. Let us together imagine what is the kind of India that we want by 2047. The BJP pledges to make the next ve years as the foundation laying period for India of 2047.

In the manifesto, the party president Amit Shah claimed that the BJP government has done incredible work in establishing transparent governance in the last five years

In last five years, our government has done incredible work in establishing a transparent system of governance, furthering economic development and increasing people’s participation in the country’s progress,

Shah claimed.

This Vision Document is the representative document of the expectations of the people of India, it gives voice to their aspirations,

Rajnath Singh, Chairperson, Manifesto Committee, claimed that party connected crores of people under the ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ dialogue which was a nationwide campaign run by the BJP for a month. He said millions of suggestions were shared with us through deferent means.

Our manifesto is a document of expression of crores of suggestions and aspirations. With the aid of about 7,700 suggestion boxes, 300 raths, more than 100 dialogue program, more than 4000 ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ program and through the social media we have gauged the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of people across India.

List of Major Promises by BJP in Its Manifesto 2019

  • We will continue our policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.
  • We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • We will adopt the ideals of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi
  • We will ensure a pucca house to every family who is either living in a kuchha house or has no access to housing by 2022.
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water connection to every household by 2024.
  • We will ensure that every Gram Panchayat is connected through a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste water and reuse of waste water
  • We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense related equipments and weapons.
  • We are committed to focus on ‘Make in India in Defence’ to enable indigenous production of defence equipment. This will also generate employment and encourage investment in the defence sector.     
  • We will provide assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’.         
  • We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority.
  • We will enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill
  • We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.                      
  • Will annul Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state
  • We will make an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector
  • We will provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
  • We will expand Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to realize 100% irrigation potential of the country within a defined time-frame.
  • We will create 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2022.
  • We will complete digitization of land records on a mission mode
  • We will launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ with an allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores
  • We aspire to make India the third largest economy with US $ 5 trillion by 2025 and US $ 10 trillion by 2032.
  • We will promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day                        
  • We will position India as a global manufacturing hub over the next ve years,            
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.              
  • We will ensure that 50 cities are covered with a strong metro network.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste through an emphasis on fecal sludge management and reuse of wastewater in rural, urban and unsewered areas.           
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special programme, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024.
  • We will construct 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next Five years
  • We will double the length of National Highways by 2022.                       
  • We want to become a world leader in e-mobility.
  • We will equip all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility by 2022.
  • Every Gram Panchayat will be connected with a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  •  We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022.
  • We will bring Police Reform. We will formulate a ‘Model Police Act’ in consultation with the States to have a pro-people citizen friendly police.
  • We will set up a committee for Easing Citizens’ Interactions with Government (CECIG).
  • We will explore every avenue to implement the Right to Service.  
  • We will launch a Language Translation Mission that will enable ready translation of English text in Science & Technology and humanities in any of our languages.
  • The supercomputer, Artificial  Intelligence, and Quantum Missions will make India not only Industry 5.0 ready but also a leader.
  • We will convene the National Clean Air Plan into a Mission and we will focus on 102 most polluted cities in the country.  
  • We will reduce the level of pollution in each of the mission cities by at least 35% over the next five years.
  • The Himalayan States will be provided special financial assistance in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to ₹50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs
  •  We will set-up new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme to provide Financial support to the micro, small and medium industries and for employment generation in the Northeastern state.
  • We will establish a National Sports Education Board.
  • We will establish National Institutes of Teachers’ training.
  • We aim to open another 200 Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidayalas by 2024.
  • We will take all necessary steps to increase the number of seats in Central Law, Engineering, Science and Management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years.
  • We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10% in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
  • We will ensure 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.          
  • We will establish 50,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ in the tribal areas of the country
  • We will recognize 11 Lout Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes.
  • are also committed to implementing the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
  • We will also provide 100 Panini fellowships to researchers and scholars across India to promote research in Sanskrit.
  • We will ensure a clean and uninterrupted flow of river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
  • We will continue to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day.
  • We will adopt the Uniform Civil Code.

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