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Dissolution of Shimla MC haunts BJP as opposition lays tempting bait for its Councilors

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Shimla MC Dissolution

The opposition has reportedly told vulnerable BJP Councilors that the two top positions would be given to them if they join hands to support a no-confidence motion.

Shimla: The town is still recovering from the acute water-scarcity it faced during last month. The government claimed that the town was receiving increased supply now, but SMC is still following the schedule prepared for town’s three zones for supplying drinking water after every three days.

Despite it, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Shimla remained missing from their offices on Monday and Tuesday. The Mayor reportedly escaped to some cultural function on Tuesday. Her absence enraged the people and Councilors who had come with their grievances to see her.

The attention of media, as well as their readers, has also now shifted from water scarcity to opposition Congress’s political move to dethrone Kusum Sadret and Rakesh Sharma from the chairs of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. As per the inside sources of the opposition, the bait laid for the BJP Councilor of Engine Ghar, Arti Chauhan, has worked.

She has agreed to use the support of the Congress-Councilors if she is given an opportunity to become the Deputy Mayor, said unofficial sources. It was further reported that about five Councilors of Congress have signed a written assurance to the BJP Councilor.

The Congress and BJP had won 12  and 17 seats respectively out of total 34 in the SMC elections held in 2017. Four seats were claimed by independent candidates while one went to the CPI(M).

BJP was one mark short of a majority and had poached one of Congress-supported independent Councilor, Sanjay Parmar, who had won elections from Ghora Chowki Ward. Sanjay was even thrashed for shifting his loyalty, and a video of the same had gone viral on social media.

Currently, owing to the failure to deal with water scarcity and Mayor’s poor performance, Congress is now at 16 – just short of two Councilors, which it is trying to poach from BJP. If opposition succeeds, then it can move a no-confidence motion to derail the current MC.

The opposition has reportedly told vulnerable BJP Councilors that the two top positions would be given to them if they join hands to support a no-confidence motion.

Congress’s choice for the Deputy Mayor is Arti Chauhan while poaching is still going on for the new Mayor. In simple words, currently, the eligibility for a highly important post of  Mayor is to shift loyalty.

It is to be seen whether BJP could prevent this one unidentified Councilor from falling to the temptation of sitting on the Mayor’s chair.

It would be a huge embarrassment for the ruling government as it was the first time in the history of SMC that people had given a chance to the BJP to run the Corporation.

The SMC has not completed its first year and it would be a great opportunity for Congress to propagate incapability of the BJP in running SMC and managing its own Councilors.

The acute water-scarcity and inequitable distribution of available drinking water to facilitate VIPs and influential have put the BJP on the target of not only the people but also on its own Councilors.

The opportunity for Congress is most suitable as the mismanagement and poor response of the current MC to the water scarcity had forced more than half-a-dozen of its own Councilors to come out on streets to protest against the Mayor, who had opted to disappear from the scene for an opportunity of a foreign tour.

The Councilors of the Engine Ghar and Dalli Wards had even sat on a dharna in front of the SMC Office. They didn’t listen to the Deputy Mayor at all, and the High Command had to intervene to silence them by evening.

The Legal Cell of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee has already submitted a memorandum to the Governor Acharya Devvrat on June 4 urging him to direct dissolution of the SMC under Section 404 of the Shimla MC Act 1994.

Further, the public, too, doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the performance of the current Mayor, who could soon repent choosing China visit over being present among the people.

Go through the comments made by the people on a post regarding the reason given by Mayor behind the urgency of her visit to China:

But it is the public that is sandwiched between the ruling government and opposition. This is why the political parties and their leaders do not get time to think about the welfare of the people.

Sadly, the MC currently does not require professional politicians but leaders with a scientific attitude and knowledge of technicalities crucial to running a town.  

Shimla town is an ecologically fragile hill station and requires a scientific approach in order to sustain itself amid rapid environmental degradation and haphazard, unplanned construction.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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