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Welfarism beats the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched several schemes for women including cash incentives and even delivered two tranches of Rs 3000 each on Rakhi and Karwa Chauth to married women. 

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By Neeraj Mishra

In one giant swoop, the BJP has cornered entire Western and Central India with its latest victories in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The party now controls the entire cow belt giving it the right platform for 2024.

While Rajasthan was iffy for the Congress, it was overconfident in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where a combination of weak and divided local leadership and women voters eventually brought it down. It has lost Madhya Pradesh 65-164 and Chhattisgarh 34-56.

ELECTION 2023 COVERAGE: Madhya Pradesh | Rajasthan | Chhattisgarh | Telangana

In many ways, these were elections driven by labarthis (beneficiaries) and the BJP proved itself with better planning, strategy and implementation. In Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched several schemes for women including cash incentives and even delivered two tranches of Rs 3000 each on Rakhi and Karwa Chauth to married women. 

In Chhattisgarh, where the BJP was in the opposition, it adopted a better strategy by promising Rs 12,000 per annum to married women and later getting them to sign some forms which made the signatories believe they would receive the promised benefit later. BJP workers got more than 30 lakh forms signed and in a state with more women voters than men, it surely means something.

In MP, an overconfident Congress made a mess of ticket distribution. Digvijaya Singh grabbed the largest share and brought in all his 90s cabinet. Eventually, they all lost. It is perhaps time to get rid of Digvijaya and Kamal Nath altogether just like Uma Bharti was ex-communicated from the state by the BJP in 2007 after Shivraj became CM. It paved way for the new. 

The loss in both states will hurt the party not only in the three states but its ramifications will be felt at national level with INDIA and other alliances. 

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UP: Yogi Adityanath meets injured persons in road accident of anti-demo securing route for Chief Minister’s convoy in Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath on visited the King George’s Medical University Trauma Center to meet injured persons.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday visited the King George’s Medical University Trauma Center to meet with persons who were injured in the road accident of an anti-demo vehicle (administrative vehicle) while securing a route for the CM’s convoy in Lucknow.

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, Sudarshan Setu, in Gujarat

The newly-inaugurated Sudarshan Setu connects Okha and Beyt Dwarka island.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge in Dwarka, Gujarat.

The Sudarshan Setu, which connects Okha to the island of Beyt Dwarka, cost Rs 979 crore for its construction. The 2.3 kilometer long bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in October 2017, with the statement that it will connect the old and modern Dwarka.

According to an official announcement, the four-lane, 27.20-meter-wide bridge has 2.50-meter-wide footpaths on each side. The unique design of Sudarshan Setu has a pathway flanked on both sides by pictures of Lord Krishna and verses from the Bhagavad Gita.On the higher sections of the footpath, solar panels have also been installed, producing one megawatt of electricity.

Before the bridge was built, pilgrims had to take boats to get to Beyt Dwarka.

The bridge was formerly known as Signature Bridge, but it is now called Sudarshan Setu, or Sudarshan Bridge. The popular Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is located in Dwarka town, approximately 30 kilometers away from the island of Beyt Dwarka, which is close to Okha harbor.

Additionally, PM Modi will offer prayers at the Dwarkadhish temple.

The first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gujarat will be inaugurated in Rajkot this afternoon by the prime minister.

The prime minister will virtually open four other recently constructed AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal in addition to the Rajkot AIIMS.

The Center spent Rs 6,300 crore building the five super-speciality hospitals, one of which is located in Rajkot.

The PM will also lay the foundation stone for several projects, including the construction of the regional scientific center in Jamnagar, the installation of a flue gas desulphurization (FGD) system at the Sikka Thermal Power Station in Jamnagar, and the expansion of the Dhoraji-Jamkandorna-Kalavad portion of NH-927D.

Additionally, the prime minister will set the groundwork for more than 200 healthcare infrastructure projects in 23 states and U.T.

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UP government cancels Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam, says fresh test to be held within 6 months

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.

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The government of Uttar Pradesh cancelled the Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam on Saturday and said a new exam to be conducted within 6 months. The examination took place on February 17 and 18th. According to reports there were allegations of the question paper being leaked.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.The re-examination will be held in next 6 months and the candidates will be taken to the exam centres free of cost by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses.

The Yogi government has ordered an investigation into suspected irregularities and tampering in the Review officer/Assistant Review Officer (RO/ARO) examination. The investigation is focusing on administrative issues rather than the content of the exam paper. The state government also directed for registration of an FIR against those found responsible for the leak. The recruitment exam took place in two shifts in which more than 48 lakh candidates had applied and 43 lakh had appeared for the examination.

According to reports there was a paper leak on social media and it was available at a price between Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Many candidates had it 8-12 hours before the commencement of the examination. The UP Police recruitment and promotion board on Monday constituted an internal committee to carry out investigation in the alleged paper leak and viral question papers on social media.Hundreds of candidates who had appeared for the UP constable recruitment examination 2024 gathered at Eco Garden, Lucknow, on Friday and staged a massive protest demanding re-examination

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