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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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Mamata Banerjee to meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai

She will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that she will meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the current political situation in the country.

Speaking to reporters today before leaving for Mumbai to attend the wedding of Mukesh Ambani’s son, as requested by Ambani, Banerjee said she will meet all the leaders in Mumbai tomorrow including Akhilesh Yadav.

The TMC supremo said that she is going to Mumbai as people know that Mukesh Ambani ji’s son is getting married. They have extended the invitation multiple times, and Mukesh Ambani ji has attended the Biswa Bangla convention multiple times upon Bengal’s invitation, she added. She said that she might not have gone, but since Ambanis have repeatedly asked her to come including Mukesh ji, his son, and Neeta ji, she decided to go, Banerjee further said.

On being asked about her political engagements in Mumbai, the West Bengal Chief Minister said she will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

Banerjee said she would also go to Sharad Ji’s place and made an appointment to meet him as well. Akhilesh is also coming tomorrow and she could meet him as well. She will return the day after tomorrow, the TMC chief said.

The Shiv Sena, TMC, NCP, and SP are part of the Opposition bloc INDIA at the national level along with the Congress.

The Trinamool Congress chief also pointed out a fake video being circulated by the BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya and a section of the media for highlighting the video, ahead of Assembly bypools on Wednesday, that TMC men beating up a person inside a club.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked Congress on Sunday for preserving Article 370 of the Constitution, due to which terrorism increased in the country. He further added that BJP will never let another division of the country happen. Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

Addressing the people Shah said they had made Modiji the prime minister for the 2nd time and he abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.  He compared the situation to earlier times in the valley, when the Army had to be taken along for hoisting the tricolour, at that same Lal Chowk (Jammu and Kashmir) to the situation now when the shobhayatra of Lord Krishna is being taken out. The rally was organised to garner support for B P Saroj, the BJP candidate from the Machhlishahr Lok Sabha constituency in Jaunpur.

Shah further added that the divisive policies of the Congress want to divide the country again but BJP will never let that happen again. The Union Home Minister accused the grand old party of spreading lies that if PM Modi comes to power for a 3rd time at the centre then he will abolish reservation.

Shah Pointed out that the prime minister has been in majority for the last 10 years and he did not use it to abolish reservation. Shah said, he wanted to ask (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi that when their government was in power for 10 years, what did Uttar Pradesh get in that period? The UPA government gave Rs 4.9 lakh crore to Uttar Pradesh in 10 years as compared to the NDA government which gave Rs 19.11 lakh crore.

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu to crush the Aam Aadmi Party since its popularity among the people is rising too fast. Kejriwal was addressing Aam Aadmi Party workers at the party office in New Delhi where he claimed the AAP’s bank accounts would be frozen after elections and they will be brought on the roads and left without an office.

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them.  He further added that through Operation Jhaadu, AAP’s big leaders will be arrested; they are being arrested, and in the coming days, Aam Aadmi Party’s bank accounts will be frozen.

Kejriwal pointed out that ED’s lawyer has already given this statement in court that soon after the election, AAP’s bank accounts will be frozen. He said that if they freeze their accounts now, then AAP will get sympathy. As a result after the election, ED will freeze AAP’s bank accounts. He said AAP’s party office will be cleared out, and the party will be brought to the streets.  Kejriwal said these are the 3 plans made by the BJP.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that no gold or money has been recovered from him, and the BJP, by creating false cases has got AAP leaders arrested. Kejriwal recalled that since the time he came to power in 2015, many allegations had been against him by the BJP. He said after the liquor policy scam has happened people are asking them if the scam happened then where is the money. He pointed out that in other places, when raids happen, notes and gold are recovered, but here nothing was found. Kejriwal asked the people that where is all the money? He said BJP had made fake cases and arrested AAP leaders.

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