Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi and the Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor, has declared Isudan Gadhvi as his party’s candidate for chief minister in Gujarat in the ensuing Assembly elections. In a survey of the party, Isudan Gadhvi, a former TV host and journalist, received up to 73 per cent votes. Gopal Italia, who was in charge of the state party unit and was instrumental in the Patidar community struggle, was pitted against Gadhvi.
Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 1 and on 5. The results will be declared on December 8.
Ahead of Gujarat polls, lets go down the memory lane on who Isudan Gadhvi is?
Prior to becoming the CM face of AAP in Gujarat, Isudan Gadhvi was a journalist. He was born in Pipliya in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat. Afte studying journalism he joined Doordarshan and started doing a show there. In 2015, Isudan moved to Ahmedabad and became the editor of a leading Gujarati channel. Isudan was only 32 years old when he became the editor of this channel,. Isudan started a show named ‘Mahamanthan’. In which he was in the role of anchor. In this show, Isudan started focusing on issues related to common people and farmers.
Shot to fame by Mahamanthan
The content of the Mahamanthan show and Isudan’s desi impeccable style gained him popularity. He became quite popular for raising farmers’ issues. Coming from a farmer family, Isudan had an understanding of the issues, he used it in his journalism. Due to this the Mahamanthan show became extremely popular. People in Gujarat started waiting for this show. Isudan worked as a journalist in Vapi, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
Joined AAP 16 months ago
Last year, when the Aam Aadmi Party expanded in Gujarat, Isudan Gadhvi left journalism and joined politics. Isudan Gadhvi resigned in early June 2021, saying he would leave journalism and work for the public. After this the speculation of him coming into politics started. Isudan Gadhvi gave an affirmative response to the speculations by going live on Facebook, but did not say whether he would join any party or not. When Arvind Kejriwal reached Gujarat in the month of June, Isudan joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
First CM candidate of any party from Gadhvi community
The people of Gadhvi community are mainly associated with agriculture and animal husbandry. But there is another identity of the Gadhvi society, the people of this community are very active in singing. There are still many singers of Gadhvi community in Gujarat who perform at Kavi Sammelan. Kirtidan Gadhvi is a famous singer from Gujarat. But political participation of Gadhvi society has been very less. Pushdan Gadvi and VK Gadvi have become ministers, MLAs and MPs from BJP in the past, but this is the first time that a person from Gadhvi community has been declared as the chief ministerial face by any party.
Forty-year-old Isudan Gadhvi comes from the OBC category. The share of OBCs in Gujarat is about 48 per cent. Isudan Gadhvi’s popularity and clean image helped him in becoming the CM face of Aadmi Aadmi Party.
Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moves Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, says census, delimitation necessary
Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied.
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Addressing the house, the Union Law Minister noted that census and delimitation are necessary for the quota bill. He further expressed that the historic bill would bring equality to women.
The Union Law Minister underlined that through the Constitutional Amendment Bill, a section will be inserted in Article 330, Article 332 and Article 334. Through these, 1/3rd of the seats will be reserved in Lok Sabha and all State Assemblies of the country, he continued. Arjun Ram Meghwal further hailed that this bill is a major step ahead.
Initiating a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, BJP President J P Nadda praised Prime MInister Narendra Modi for the quota bill. He mentioned that the bill will strengthen women’s empowerment. The BJP President further expressed confidence that the Women’s Reservation Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously without any obstacles.
On the other hand, debating on the historic bill, Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied. Referring to the name of bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, the Congress MP remarked that the government should not bow down to them, but provide them equal rights and equal opportunities.
As far as reports are concerned, the Rajya Sabha will allocate seven and a half hours for the bill’s discussion and it is widely expected to receive approval in the Upper House. After the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will require the approval of the majority of state assemblies. Notably, the implementation of the historic bill will occur following a delimitation exercise based on census data completion. Reportedly, this is the seventh attempt to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Women Reservation Bill: Here’s a look at 20 states with 50% quota for women in panchayats, municipalities
At present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
Taking a significant step ahead, the Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Opposition to unanimously pass the bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. The Women’s Reservation bill was stuck for almost three decades.
While the Women’s Reservation Bill that seeks to provide a 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies remained stuck, around 20 states witnessed 50% reservations for women in local government bodies. As far as reports are concerned, at present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have made provisions for 50% reservation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions in their respective State Panchayati Raj Acts.
Evidently, the move for reservation for women in local bodies dates back to 1992 and 1993, when the then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reintroduced the Constitution Amendment Bills 72 and 73, which reserved one third (33%) of all seats and chairperson posts for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bills were passed by both the houses. Earlier, in May 1989, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide one-third reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha but failed to get passed in Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
Echoing the contribution of the aforesaid leaders in Women’s Reservation, several Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, KC Venugopal took the credit of the bill. However, though the Women’s Reservation Bill is introduced in the Lok Sabha, the legislation will come into effect after the next delimitation exercise, which might be carried out after 2026. At present, only 14% of the members in the Indian Parliament are women.
Furthermore, it is to be noted that in 1988, the National Perspective Plan for Women recommended the provision of reservation for women at various political levels, from Panchayati Raj institutions to Parliament.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury holds Constitution of India in hand as Congress MPs enter new Parliament building | Watch
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury emphasized the importance of the old Parliament building.
Leader of Opposition in the Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury held the Constitution of India in hand as Congress MPs including Rahul Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi entered into the new Parliament building, designated as Parliament House of India. Following the programme at Central Hall on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other MPs moved towards the new Parliament building.
Earlier, addressing at the Central Hall, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury emphasized the importance of the old Parliament building. He expressed that he feels elevated and elated for standing in the podium that has witnessed a caravan of historical episodes and events in the midst of the galaxy of luminaries who had racked up their brains and burned the midnight oil to frame the Constitution of India.
In addition, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also questioned the timeframe that the Centre has set for the nation to turn into a developed nation. He asked why India cannot become a developed country before 2047. He also called for sustainable solutions and measures to resolve the nation’s issues.
Meanwhile, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge recalled Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech, and thanked the Prime Minister for remembering it during his opening speech on Monday. Speaking at the Central Hall, the Congress President said working together is the only way to build the country. He also remembered the contributions made by Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, BR Ambedkar, GV Malvankar, and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan among others.
The parliamentary proceeding will now shift from the old building to the state-of-the-art new facility. Notably, the historic shift takes place on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. On the first day of the Parliament Special Session, all members of the Parliament gathered at the old Parliament building to recall their experiences there. PM Modi also paid tribute to every brick of the old Parliament building, mentioning that it would inspire the coming generations.