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Ajit Pawar game: Was Sharad Pawar really in the dark?

The reason behind the move was ascribed to him being meted poor treatment within the NCP, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde saying the same after the swearing-in yesterday.

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Ajit Pawar’s about-turn has turned the politics of Maharashtra and the country since the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been central in the Opposition build-up for Lok Sabha 2024. The 63-year-old NCP leader, once considered NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar’s political heir, has now set off on his own political path.

Ajit Pawar’s switching sides did not come as a surprise to many as it was expected for some time now but making his way straight to Raj Bhavan as just an MLA and stepping out as Deputy Chief Minister on a Sunday afternoon with no political buzz or resort drama startled many.

The reason behind the move was ascribed to him being meted poor treatment within the NCP, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde saying the same after the swearing-in yesterday.

Discussion within political circles was on the lines of saying ‘Bhanja, Sharad Pawar ko mama bana gaya’ meaning Ajit ditched uncle Pawar Sr, the one who is credited with shaping the nephew’s political career over the years. But is it really so, or is it a new game of tactics put to play chalked out by Sharad Pawar?

With his longevity of over 60 years in politics, the 84-year-old Sharad Pawar, credited as an astute political mind in the country, it is assumed by many that is a ploy of his to act like a dormant player on camera but be the kinetic force inside.

Speculation is rife that with an eye on the 2024 polls, Sharad Pawar has come to an understanding with the BJP top brass, which is eager for a third term.

The NCP patron may have sent 2019 dawn drama star Ajit to join the ruling alliance while he defines his role staying in the Opposition. A honest attempt to win even if it is heads or tails.

With Sharad Pawar key in stitching the 2024 Opposition alliance, analysts say he can help the BJP by sowing disaffection among the non-BJP alliance forming with the Congress in it.

The Pawar camp coup would also shield his party and party leaders facing corruption charges for a long time, including Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal and Praful Patel, Pawar Senior’s former right-hand.

The scams made their way back into the headlines after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the NCP leaders, for what he called, a Rs 70,000 crore corruption case at a rally in Bhopal.

The sequence of Sunday’s events begin with a meeting at Devgiri, Ajit Pawar’s official residence in Mumbai, which had Sharad Pawar’s daughter and NCP working president Supriya Sule in it, reports said Sule left the meeting abruptly.

Later responding to a question about the meeting, Pawar Senior, who was in his Pune residence, said he had no information regarding it, saying must have been a usual meeting convened by Ajit as the Leader of Opposition.

While reports claimed, Ajit Pawar had already resigned from the Opposition post on Friday, it is perplexing for most to understand how a micro-managing boss like Pawar missed that development.

Critics also pointed to Sharad Pawar’s body language after the oath-taking ceremony. He was captured on camera unworried nor did he make any direct attack on the nephew’s move.

Ajit Pawar had pulled a similar stunt some 3.5 years back on November 23, 2019, after Uddhav Thackeray snapped ties with the BJP. Ajit Pawar was sworn in Deputy CM in the hush of the morning hours with 35 MLAs under Fadnavis as CM, a government that lasted for less than 80 hours.

Back then, it was seen as a coup of Sharad Pawar, who was buying time to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi, comprising the Shiv Sena (then headed by Uddhav Thackeray), the NCP, and the Congress, just to form the alliance government with Thackeray as Chief Minister.

After repeated denials for years, last week, Sharad Pawar had admitted to the googly he had thrown in 2019. A senior NCP leader said with the 2024 elections on their head, the same pattern is being followed, the acceptance for which would come later from the Baramati strongman depending on which way the ball turns.    

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Hema Malini gets trolled on social media after she poses with farmers as part of her election campaign

The actor-turned politician took to X and posted that today she went into the farms to interact with the farmers who she has been meeting regularly for the past 10 years.

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As the Lok Sabha elections 2024 approach, BJP leader and Mathura constituency candidate Hema Malini faced backlash after she posed with farmers as a part of her election campaign. The actor-turned politician took to X and posted that today she went into the farms to interact with the farmers who she has been meeting regularly for the past 10 years.  She said the farmers loved her interaction with them and they also insisted that she should pose with them which she did.

The post has gone viral on social media with 604900 views on X, 1200 retweets and 7200 likes which are only increasing. Large number of X user commented on the social media post. One X user Priyamwada criticized Hema Malini and said that she thought the work of an MP is all about posing for pictures in a farm. She further added that Hema Malini should not mock the farmers. She failed to understand that why did people even bother to vote for her in the first place.

One X user Professor Abhishek Asthana asked how could people fall for such election gimmicks even in the 21st century?

One user Vishwajeet said the last time he had seen Hema Malini with the farmers was exactly 5 years ago. He asked wasn’t this act of Hema Malini be termed as being an opportunist.

One X user Anu said Hema Malini was wearing Kanjivaram saree , open hair in the month of April. She was the opinion that Hema Malini should definitely fire her PR agency.

One user Ganesh Kumar joked farmers can harvest their crops once in 5 years because of Modiji as the crops can wait till their MP arrives.

One user asked Hema Malini how many times had she visited the farmers in the last 5 years without a chopper. He further added that she did not deserve to contest the elections.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Yadav for eating mutton during holy month of Sawan, compares them to Mughals

PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a scathing attack on senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav for allegedly eating mutton during the holy month of Sawan last year. He claimed that they do not care about the sentiments of the majority of people of the country. PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

PM Modi was referring to a viral video which was released in September last year in which senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav were seen cooking mutton together. PM Modi was speaking at an election rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur.

He said the opposition and INDI alliance do not care about the sentiments of the majority of the people of the India. He added Congress party enjoys playing with the sentiments of the people.

Talking about RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Modi said a person who has been sentenced by the court and who is on bail – Rahul Gandhi visited the house of such a criminal and enjoys cooking mutton in the month of Sawan and a video was also made to tease the people of the country.  The Prime Minister claimed the intention of INDI alliance is to tease the people of the country and he even compared them with the Mughals.

PM Modi said the law does not stop anyone from eating anything but the intentions of these people are something else. He cited the example of the Mughals and said that when they attacked here, they were not satisfied until they demolished the temples. So just like Mughals, the Congress wants to tease the people of the country by showing the video in the month of Sawan.

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Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai hints at reviving Ghar Wapsi among tribals

Tribals are primarily Nature worshippers and have their own Dev and Devis. More than 300 years of Bastar Dussera has not been able to stamp away that part of their culture and assimilate them to worship mainstream Hindu gods.

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By Neeraj Mishra

If his recent utterances are anything to go by, Vishnu Deo Sai, the tribal flag-bearer and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, is seeking to bring the Adivasis into the Hindu fold. Either that or he has been given a strict line of action from his ideological superiors to follow a particular line of action in the state. It is pertinent that he has chosen to do so from his own political forbear Dilip Singh Judeo’s backyard Jashpur and during the ongoing elections.

Judeo was well known for his “Ghar Wapsi” programmes during his life time. He would wash the feet of tribal Christians “returning to the Hindu fold” in his tribal region of Jashpur-Raigarh. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha twice and became a Union Minister under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was well on his way to becoming the Chhattisgarh chief minister when a hidden-camera-cash stunt by Amit Jogi felled him and finished his political career.

Sai, his protégé, has become the chief minister and is seeking to revive his cultural efforts. The moot question, of course, is whether tribals coming back from Christianity were originally Hindus or the Ghar Wapsi programmes were actually the induction of tribals into another religion. Sai answered this in one fell swoop. “Adivasis who worship Shiva and Parvati are Hindus,” he declared in Jashpur at an RSS programme and then again in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the campaign trail. Mandla is a contiguous tribal region. The whole belt is dominated by Gond tribals.

From Bastar to North Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and parts of Odisha, tribals are as different and varied in their approach towards organised religion as can be. The Bastar tribals are a different stock from the North Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand ones. Christianity has been quite successful in these areas mainly through more than a century of social work, hospitals, schools and churches. The Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram has, in the past half a century, taken up cudgels on behalf of RSS in these backward areas to assert their presence.

But the question remains. Tribals are primarily Nature worshippers and have their own Dev and Devis. More than 300 years of Bastar Dussera has not been able to stamp away that part of their culture and assimilate them to worship mainstream Hindu gods. For practical reasons, they have adopted any church or temple as a place of worship to escape their poverty but they have not got accustomed to any organised religion. Islam has been a late entrant but its mostly through Muslim traders from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat who are working on tribal women.

What Sai might attempt to do in his term is now becoming clear. He has announced his intentions. By asserting that tribals are in fact Hindus he has taken a lead. As his government progresses, we are bound to witness an assertion of Ghar Wapsi programmes, temples and celebration of Hindu festivals in a big way in tribal zones. It is a smart manoeuvre by the BJP through a tribal face, and the one associated with the late Judeo.

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