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Amit Jogi: The Son Rises

Amit, son of late chief minister Ajit Pramod Jogi, has filed his nomination papers from Patan in Chhattisgarh as candidate of his regional Party JCC against incumbent CM Bhupesh Baghel. He wants revenge for rejection of his nomination papers in 2019 for which he blames Baghel.

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By Neeraj Mishra

Amit Jogi, the son of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, has added Ajit to his name replacing Aishwarya that he used earlier. So, now he is Amit Ajit Jogi and not Amit Aishwarya Jogi as his last nomination papers read in 2013.

In 2019, Amit Jogi’s nomination papers had been rejected from Marwahi, a seat his father had held till his death. His papers had been rejected on the findings by the Bilaspur Collector that his Scheduled Tribe certificate was fake. Subsequently, his wife’s nomination papers were also rejected on the same grounds. On Sunday, Jogi filed his nomination papers from Patan as the candidate of his regional party, the Janta Chhattisgarh Congress (JCC), against incumbent CM Bhupesh Baghel.

Now, Amit wants to queer the pitch for his bête noire, Baghel, who he believes was behind the rejection of his papers. It is unlikely that Amt will cause much of a dent but his party’s influence in the Durg-Patan-Bhilai area is beyond doubt. It may not all convert into votes against a sitting CM and his might, but it would be sweet revenge if he is able to cause enough damage for the BJP to win the seat. The BJP has put up Baghel’s nephew and sitting Durg MP, Vijay Baghel, from the Patan seat.

Bhupesh Baghel also filed his papers from Patan on Sunday a few minutes before Amit. It was expected that Priyanka Gandhi would accompany him but she did not come for unexplained reasons. Amit is likely to gain enough publicity for his fledgling party which had been out of sight and mind for much of the past five years. His wife and mother are contesting the elections from Akaltara and Kota respectively on JCC tickets. Renu Jogi is likely to retain her seat because of her stellar reputation and the fact that she had won it last time too against the much touted Congress wave.

Who is financing the JCC for it to put up candidates in 85 seats across the state is the big question. It also seems to have a tacit understanding with the BSP, the GGP and Arvind Netam’s Sarv Adiwasi Samaj party. It leads to the obvious question about JCC’s financial strength. Raipur, the state capital, is abuzz with “insider information” that the BJP is behind the sudden emergence of the JCC from its slumber. It is believed that Amit Jogi has also already given all his candidates some advance funds with their tickets. Primarily, because there is pressure on non-Congress candidates to withdraw or not to file nomination. One BJP candidate from Kharsia also mysteriously fell ill just ahead of the date for withdrawal of nominations. He is unlikely to take further part in the elections, according to his doctors.

Amit Jogi has also filed a complaint with the Election Commission that his candidate Kismet Lal Nand, the sitting Congress MLA, who has been denied a ticket from Saraipali, is being threatened by the state apparatus. He has also named the police inspector involved. 

The elections in Chhattisgarh have become interesting and competitive after the JCC returned to life. In 2013, in a masterstroke, the BJP had financed a Satnami religious leader to campaign in Satnami-dominated constituencies. The party reserved a helicopter for him to campaign intensively. It had resulted in a very narrow victory for the Raman Singh government by a margin of 0.75 per cent votes. Similar tactics are being used this time with Amit Jogi as the front, it appears, as he too has great clout among the Satnamis in the state.

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Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj set to make poll debut in upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Bansuri Swaraj is a distinguished lawyer and brings wealth of experience in legal procedures to the political arena. She had been appointed by the BJP as the co-convenor of BJP’s Delhi legal cell last year. She has 15 years of experience as an advocate as she had enrolled in the Bar Council of Delhi in 2007

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Bansuri Swaraj, the daughter of former foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is set to make her poll debut in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In its first list of candidates, BJP announced that Swaraj will contest from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat. Soon after her name was announced, Swaraj said she will try to live up to the legacy set by her mother, who she was sure sending her blessings from heaven.

She said this achievement does not belong to Bansuri Swaraj, but every karyakarta (worker) of Delhi BJP. Bansuri Swaraj is a distinguished lawyer and brings wealth of experience in legal procedures to the political arena. She had been appointed by the BJP as the co-convenor of BJP’s Delhi legal cell last year.

She has 15 years of experience as an advocate as she had enrolled in the Bar Council of Delhi in 2007. She completed her graduation in English Literature from the University of Warwick and pursued a law degree from the prestigious BPP law School in London. Her academic qualifications include qualifying as Barrister at Law and being called to the bar from the honorable Inn of Inner Temple, London.

After enhancing her legal credentials, she completed her Masters of Studies from St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. Throughout her professional career, Bansuri has carved a niche for herself in the legal domain, representing high profile clients in contentious litigation. Her expertise includes a large number of legal areas, including disputes involving contracts, real estate, tax, international commercial arbitrations, and criminal trials.

Last year Bansuri launched a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party over the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Ammendment Bill), 2023. During a press conference she categorized AAP government as jhagdalu (quarrelsome) and nikammi (useless). She congratulated Droupadi Murmu for passing the bill and expressed confidence that the administration in Delhi would operate in accordance with the law.

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Mallikarjun Kharge criticises Centre over Make in India, says government has failed due to complete inaction in creating jobs and utilising funds

The Congress leader took to X and posted the Modi government failed to realize Make in India! The loud drumbeating on their interventions in the manufacturing sector has been drowned by complete inaction. He further asked why the value added by manufacturing in India’s GDP decreased from 16% to 13% over the past ten years.

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Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday targeted the Centre over Make in India and said the Modi government has failed to complete inaction in creating jobs and utilising funds. He asked many questions as to why the government has failed to create enough jobs and on the under utilisation of funds in key sectors to promote manufacturing in India.

The Congress leader took to X and posted the Modi government failed to realize Make in India! The loud drumbeating on their interventions in the manufacturing sector has been drowned by complete inaction. He further asked why the value added by manufacturing in India’s GDP decreased from 16% to 13% over the past ten years.

Kharge also asked why the average manufacturing growth had declined under the BJP government at the Centre. He said it was 7.85% during the Congress – UPA government which plunged to 6% only. He said the Modi government had promised 10 crore manufacturing jobs by 2022. Kharge asked where are the jobs? He asked why has the workforce in manufacturing declined in the last 10 years?

The Congress leader also pointed out a majority of the Production-Linked Incentives (PLI) Scheme has failed to take off? He asked why has there been a massive under-utilisation of funds for key sectors? He added 96% of funds for the PLI scheme in the textiles sector remained unused.

Kharge said no funds had been provided for the PLI scheme in the renewable sector and 95% of funds for the scheme in the white goods for manufacture of components and sub- assemblies of AC’s and LEDs remain unused. He failed to understand the percentage increase in India’s exports, which was 549% during Congress-UPA, declined to just 90% during the Modi government?He slammed Centre over rise in imports from China despite border transgressions.

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Won’t Lose My Way Again: Nitish Kumar assures PM Modi in Bihar

Nitish Kumar was addressing the gathering in Bihar’s Aurangabad.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not lose his way again and stay with the BJP-led NDA from now and not switch his allegiance. PM Modi along with other leaders were seen laughing at the Kumar’s jibe at himself.

Addressing a gathering in Bihar’s Aurangabad, Kumar said that PM Modi had come earlier as well but he had vanished, adding that, he said but he is with him now. Kuumar further assured PM Modi that he would not go here and there. He will stay with NDA only, the Chief Minister told PM Modi.

CM Kumar made a promise just over a month after his party JD(U) left the Mahagathbandhan alliance and joined the NDA again. He mentioned that even though his party and the NDA had not been together for the entire five years, they had still managed to work together and accomplish a lot.

PM Modi visited the state to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 34,800 crore in Bihar.

Addressing a public rally, PM Modi said that Bihar will develop only with the poor of the state will progress. Therefore, his government is focused on increasing the capacity of every poor, Dalit, Adivasi and deprived, he added.

The Prime Minister, taking a jibe at RJD, said since NDA has become stronger, dynastic politics in Bihar is moving towards its end. One might inherit a political party and post from parents, but they don’t dare to even once mention the work done by the mother and father. PM Modi also said that he has heard that their party leaders are not ready to contest Lok Sabha elections. They are now looking for Rajya Sabha seats, he further attacked.

A few days ago, the pride of Bihar, Karpoori Thakur was conferred with Bharat Ratan by his government. This is an honour for the entire state of Bihar, PM Modi said while addressing the public in Aurangabad.

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