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Arvind Kejriwal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Why the AAP imbroglio is more than an internal squabble

By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr

Many Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters, who are also ardent anti-BJP people, have been puzzled, confused and even distraught over the B-grade Hindi film plot unfolding on the AAP front. The disclosure of sacked water minister Kapil Mishra that he had seen health minister Satyendra Jain offering a Rs 2-crore bribe to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is both murky and ridiculous. And this is preceded by the twist of Kumar Vishwas, the poet-demagogue of the party being pacified by Kejriwal even as he sacked Vishwas-acolyte Mishra, and how Vishwas-baiter Amanullah Khan is dropped from the ministry but given the chairmanship of legislative committees. Is Kejriwal engaged in the acrobatics of keeping all the balls in the air?

There is reason to believe in the conspiracy theory that the BJP might be fishing in troubled waters as it were. After the victory in the Delhi municipal elections last month, it is natural that the aggressive BJP is looking out for ways of pushing AAP to the brink. It had been trying to do that by harassing the Kejriwal government through former Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, though the present L-G Anil Baijal is lying low for the moment. It can be the case that some disgruntled elements and other opportunists in the AAP may have been offered enough incentives to rock the AAP boat. It would be naïve to blame the BJP for trying to break up the AAP. That is part of politics – cunning, intrigue, and a bit of foul play too. So, it is not surprising that Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, the Bhojpuri film actor-turned-political hero, should promptly demand the resignation of Kejriwal on moral grounds after Mishra’s bribe charge.

The AAP-BJP rivalry is bitter because the two are in many ways ideological twins. This is something that Delhi’s middle-class worshippers of AAP tend to forget. AAP and the BJP occupy the same political ground of lower middle class self-righteousness and nationalist piety. AAP’s success undermines the BJP, and it holds true conversely as well. That is why, the buzz from Punjab assembly election was that the BJP had preferred a Congress victory rather than AAP’s and that it has even facilitated Congress’ win by transferring its vote to its ostensible rival.

It is reasonable to infer that apart from consolidating its Hindutva constituency of the lower middle classes through its religious and nationalist appeal, and attracting the poor through its economic populism, the BJP wants to divide the opposition, break up the other parties when those parties are facing internal dissent. The BJP has managed to weaken the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) by admitting some of the leaders who walked away from the party in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. It is wooing members of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha who are not happy with Navin Patnaik lording it over the state and the party, and it is turning the heat on members of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), who are caught in wrongdoing. It is not then surprising that BJP is looking to take advantage of trouble inside AAP.

The BJP has a special negative bonding with the AAP because both of them are strong anti-corruption proponents, and it essentially turns out to be an anti-Congress offensive. AAP subscribes to the same nationalist fervour as does the BJP. In electoral terms, the two parties appeal to the same lower middle class constituency.

It is not surprising then that each wants the other out. While AAP has not done anything so far to undermine the BJP support base, BJP has been quite sore with AAP’s Delhi assembly success and it is using every dirty trick – it is more an amoral rather than immoral approach – in the book to attack AAP.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Shiv Sena, BJP to fight Lok Sabha elections together: CM Eknath Shinde declares after meeting Amit Shah

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.



Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday, posting a picture from his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the BJP and Shiv Sena to unitedly fight all the upcoming elections including the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Shinde tweeted a picture, in which along with him and Shah, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis can also be seen.

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.

Shinde in the caption with the picture informed, in the meeting, it was decided that the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra to contest all the upcoming elections in the state together, which includes the state assembly elections, local body elections and the mega 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Shinde added, for the sake of Maharashtra’s development, their alliance is strong and in the past 11 months of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, the government has taken major steps towards progress of the state and has also given permission to the policies that were at halt.

Confident Shinde said, in the future elections, they will contest together and will win with majority to make Maharashtra as the top ranking state in the country.

The Maharashtra CM further added, discussions related to agriculture and cooperative department also held in the meeting with Shah.

Shinde also hoped for the continuous guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the implementation of policies for development of Maharashtra.

Shinde was a Thackeray family loyalist until last year, when he along with 15 other MLAs in a dramatic turn of events  went against then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, which resulted to the the collapse of Maha Vikash Aghadi government in the state and the formation of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government with Shinde taking over as the Chief Minister.

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Telugu Desam Party chief  Chandrababu Naidu meets Amit Shah, Nadda, speculation of BJP-TDP alliance

Reports said, both the parties may go into an alliance for the upcoming elections. The meeting between the leaders lasted for about half an hour.



Chandrababu Naidu

Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday evening, met BJP president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to reportedly discuss an alliance ahead of the Telangana assembly election this year and 2024 general elections. The meeting lasted for an hour.

Reports said, both the parties may go into an alliance for the upcoming elections. The meeting between the leaders lasted for about half an hour.

During the Narendra Modi led NDA came to the power at Centre in 2014, Naidu’s TDP was a part of the alliance until March 2018, when it broke the alliance on the special status issue to Andhra Pradesh.

The decision that was taken by Naidu just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he had then said it was in concern with the Centre overlooking Andhra Pradesh in the annual budget of the Centre.

Both the parties came together after the recent municipal elections in Port Blair. In March this year the Port-Blair municipal elections the TDP emerged as the kingmaker backing the BJP in the council formation.

If the two parties extended ties, it is expected to come as a shot in the arm for the BJP which has an aspiring target of expanding its footprint in Andhra Pradesh and and other southern region.

The Centre ruled party recently lost the Karnataka assembly elections, the lone southern state, where the party was in power.

However, the failure of the Karnataka Assembly elections has shifted BJP’s senior leadership’s attention to other states in South India, particularly Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where the party does not want to give the Congress any influence.

Reports said, while the TDP has emerged as one of the key opposition parties in Telangana, it has struggled to find support among the politically dominant castes in Andhra Pradesh.

Amid the speculations of an alliance between the TDP and BJP, both the parties have been throwing signals about a possible alliance in the near future.

The TDP recently distanced itself from the opposition’s move to boycott the Parliament inauguration event and marked its presence.

Reports said, the BJP leadership has made Telangana the party’s priority in its Mission South and has advanced in the state’s local body elections.

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War of words breaks out between BJP, Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s saying Muslim League is a secular party

Former Congress President and MP Mr. Rahul Gandhi got criticized by the BJP Leaders in India after his comment on the Muslim League is completely secular



Rahul Gandhi

Several BJP leaders were quick to pounce on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comment at the National Press Club in Washington DC calling the Muslim League a secular party.

In his interaction in Washington DC, Rahul Gandhi said the Muslim League is a completely secular party and is in alliance with the Muslim League in Kerala as part of the United Democratic Front. Gandhi said there is nothing non-secular about the Muslim League and questioned the reporter’s knowledge about the Muslim League.

Senior BJP leaders said Rahul Gandhi is insulting India from foreign shores. Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said Rahul Gandhi should apologise for his comments and should speak about it to the people in India once he is here.

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said he does not take Rahul Gandhi seriously and blamed the comment on a Congress tendency. He said the comment was dangerous as such seeds of division can grow up to be challenges to the country.

Former Law Minister and BJP leader Kiren Rijiju criticised Rahul Gandhi’s statement on the Muslim League’s secular character. BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya criticized Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.

In response, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera hit out at Malviya on Twitter and questioned the BJP IT Cell chief’s wisdom and awareness about the Muslim League. He schooled him about the difference between the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala and the Muslim League of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

During the Washington DC interaction, Rahul Gandhi held forth on various topics including the party’s chances in the 2024 Lok Sabha, the move for Opposition unity to take on the BJP and the perils of unemployment that has been encircling India. Gandhi said his party was holding regular dialogue with all Opposition parties, there is a lot of good work happening in that regard.

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