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Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel miffed at portfolio allocation; Hardik Patel offers to join hands

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Hardik Patel to join BJP

Internal rift within BJP’s government cropped up on Thursday – just before first cabinet meeting.

Within three Days after Vijay Rupani’s cabinet sworn-in to form government in Gujarat, Deputy CM Nitin Patel was apparently miffed at being given a ‘light-weight’ portfolio. The prominent Patidar leader did not turn up to office on Friday, when other colleagues took charge of their respective ministries.

During previous state government, Nitin Patel was holding major departments like Finance, Petrochemicals, Urban Development and Urban Housing, Roads and Buildings, Capital Project, Narmada, and Kalpasar. But Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who took over 48 hours to decide on  the portfolios of his cabinet colleagues, snatched Patel’s former portfolios this time. In the present state cabinet the Deputy CM Nitin Patel is assigned with departments of roads and buildings, Narmada, health, medical education and capital projects.

Meanwhile, the front face of Gujarat’s quota agitation and Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel has invited Nitin Patel to leave the saffron government and join hands with the opposition.

Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Hardik Patel said, “If Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel, along with 10 MLAs, is ready to leave BJP, then I will talk to Congress to get him a good position. If BJP does not respect him, he should leave the party.”

Reportedly, the internal rift within the state’s BJP ministry cropped up on Thursday – just before the newly formed government’s first cabinet meeting. The said meeting was reportedly delayed till 9 pm from its scheduled time at 5 pm. Nitin Patel and Gujarat’s party President Jitu Vaghani had a separate meeting to decide on the allocation of ministry portfolios, with consultation of the party’s top leaders in Delhi.

A senior party leader has confirmed, “Nitinbhai is upset at not getting the Finance department. Despite being Deputy Chief Minister, he is not dealing with any important portfolios like Home, General Administration, Industries, Mines and Minerals, Finance, Urban Development or Revenue.”

However, while addressing a press conference – along with Nitin Patel and Baghnani – Vijay Rupani ruled out of any possibility of differences within the party, even though the Deputy CM kept silent.

“There were no differences on anything and the government will utilize Nitinbhai’s experiences and expertise,” said Rupani.

In the new cabinet, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has kept home, general administration, industrial and mines and minerals and urban development and petrochemical departments with himself. On the other hand, Finance and Energy ministry is allotted to Saurabh Patel – who was dropped off the cabinet during earlier Rupani government. Saurabh Patel had been facing allegations of irregularities and nepotism against him at that time.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

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A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.

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The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Election Commission records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 crore ahead of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 in 75-years of history.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to witness the highest ever seizures of inducements.

According to a notification from the poll board, enforcement agencies had already seized a record Rs 4,650 crore before the first round of polling, which is yet to start. This was a significant increase over the Rs 3,475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019.

As part of a level playing field, the Election Commission said that the enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Significantly, narcotics and drugs, which are the Commission’s main focus, account for 45% of the seizures. The poll body continued, the seizures have been made possible by thorough planning, increased cooperation and coordinated deterrent action by agencies, proactive public participation, and optimal use of technology.

The commission also made statistics on the distribution of inducements that were seized available for public consumption by state. With a seizure of over Rs 778 crore, Rajasthan topped the list. Gujarat came in second with Rs 605 crore, and Maharashtra came in third with roughly Rs 431 crore.

When announcing the polls last month, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted money power as one of the 4M challenges, along with money, muscle, misinformation, and Model Code of Conduct violations.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favor of a more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies, the panel stated in its statement released on Monday.

The poll authority claims that the seizures are an essential part of the ECI’s resolve to hold fair elections for the Lok Sabha that are free from electoral malpractices and inducements.

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