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Mayawati opts out of Lok Sabha contest – for now, did not say about top post of PM




[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati today (Wednesday, March 20) said that she would not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election to be held April 11-May 19 and would rather campaign for the candidates fielded by her party and the ally Samajwadi Party (SP).

She kept the option open for contesting election at a later date.

“I won’t contest polls. I am confident that my party will completely understand my decision. I can contest later if I wish,” the former chief minister told reporters in Lucknow.

She said it was more important for the party and its allies to win all seats and stop the “arrogant, uncontrolled” rule of the BJP. The BSP is in alliance with the SP and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh.

“I do not want to see the alliance lose at any cost. More than my personal victory it is more important to win each and every seat in Uttar Pradesh,” Mayawati said while expressing confidence that she could get elected to the House any time.

This also means that, at least till the elections are over, she will not be overtly pushing for herself as a prime ministerial candidate, though it is not completely ruled out either – as apparent from her statement that she can contest and win anytime later.


A split Opposition could benefit BJP

The announcement comes amid an ongoing spat between the BSP-SP alliance and the Congress with neither side yielding any quarter to the other to put up a joint fight against the BJP which is expected to gain substantially through the division of opposition votes.

To recall, the SP-BSP alliance had given only two seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, owing to the lacklustre performance of the party in previous election and the sad state the party was in at the time.

The Congress subsequently got a boost with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally joining the party as general secretary in charge of eastern UP and launching herself into active politics. But, with SP-BSP not willing to rework the arrangement, the Congress decided to contest all seats in Uttar Pradesh, leaving seven for the SP-BSP alliance.

Efforts for a grand alliance in UP came a cropper, giving BJP much reason to cheer: it was otherwise faced with a dismal prospect in the state that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha and had given the BJP-led NDA 73 members in 2014 election.

BJP’s gain means opposition’s loss. Mayawati’s decision may be based on this reading. Not contesting will leave her free to campaign all over and consolidate the position of the alliance candidates.


Another argument: Vote split may damage BJP

Besides, while the arithmetic-based calculation at a superficial level may seem to suit the BJP through division of anti-BJP votes, things could work out differently, according to a different arithmetic.

Both Mayawati’s BSP and Akhilesh Yadav’s SP retain their core vote base. It is only the Congress that had lost its support base. The BJP’s massive win in 2014 came from upper castes, non-Yadav backward classes and those lower castes who were not fully with BSP. A resurgent Congress would take away votes of many of these sections who are not committed to BJP’s Hindutva, but this would not dent the core votes of BSP and SP.

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Form JPC to probe Adani case, investigation should be conducted under Supreme Court supervision, says Opposition

Adani Enterprises on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of its Rs 20,000 crore follow-up public offering (FPO) and return of investors’ money



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The Congress and several other opposition parties on Thursday demanded a discussion on the Adani Enterprises case in both the Houses of Parliament and also urged that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) be set up to investigate the matter or under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters after Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha meetings were adjourned till 2 pm due to ruckus on various issues, including Adani and said that they want to ask why the government should give pressure to such companies in getting loan?

He further said that keeping in view the interests of the people and the investment of LIC, SBI, they are demanding a discussion. “Our demand is that it should be investigated by constituting a JPC or it should be investigated under the leadership of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. And people should be sure that their money is saved.” Earlier, the proceedings of both the Parliament were disrupted due to the uproar by the opposition parties on this subject.

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Both Houses of Parliament adjourned till 2 pm today as the government responds to the joint opposition’s demand to probe investments made under duress by LIC, SBI and other public institutions.” He claimed that the savings of crores of Indians are at risk today due to the fall in the value of such investments.

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Earlier, senior Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Trinamool Congress’ Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, DMK’s Kanimozhi, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, Shiv Sena ( Sanjay Raut of Uddhav Thackeray) and leaders of some other parties were present.

Opposition parties have raised the issue related to Adani Enterprises in both the Houses and demand a discussion on it. Kharge had given an adjournment notice under Rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha without directly mentioning Adani Enterprises. In the notice, it was demanded that the issue of investment of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), public sector banks and financial institutions in companies that have lost capital in the market should be discussed. In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Manickam Tagore also gave an adjournment notice and demanded a discussion on the issue of Adani Enterprises.

Congress MP Manish Tiwari tweeted that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should be constituted on the Adani episode. Significantly, Adani Enterprises on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of its Rs 20,000 crore follow-up public offering (FPO) and return of investors’ money. However, the FPO of the company was fully subscribed on Tuesday. It is understood that Adani Enterprises has taken this step after the report of America’s short selling company Hindenburg. This business group had termed the report as baseless.

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Meghalaya Assembly Election 2023: BJP announces list of 60 candidates, check the full list here

Nagaland and Meghalaya will turn to polls on Feb 27 and results will be announced on March 2



Meghalaya Assembly Election 2023

The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced a list of 60 candidates for the ensuing Meghalaya Assembly Elections on Thursday.

Prior to announcing the list, the party’s election committee held a meeting at party’s national headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday to finalise the same. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President JP Nadda and state BJP leaders AL Hek and Ernest Mawrie were among other party top guns who attended the meeting.

Check out the full list here:

Former Cabinet Minister and NPP leader Martin M Danggi was given the seat from Ranikor.

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It is worth mentioning that earlier in the day, Danggo had officially joined the BJP in the Meghalaya’s state capital

The former Speaker claimed that he joined the BJP on the advice of his leaders and followers.

Danggo said that he didn’t make the choice but all of his leaders gathered and resolved that he should resign from the NPP and join the BJP. In his address to the party workers, he asked them to help in comprehending the BJP’s manifesto and constitution.

Notably, in Meghalaya, the BJP is fighting all seats along and in Nagaland it will fight the elections with cooperation of alliance party National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), where it will contest on 20 seats out of 60 seats.

On February 27, the voting for Assembly elections in Nagaland and Meghalaya will be held in a single phase manner. The results of the same will be announced on March 2.

The Election Commission of India said that the terms of Nagaland and Meghalaya were coming to an end on March 12 and 15 respectively.

The BJP held a CEC meeting in the national capital to decide the names of the candidates for the ensuing Tripura Assembly elections, earlier on January 27.

Following the meeting, the BJP announced its first list of 48 candidates for the Tripura Assembly elections, while it fielded Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik from Dhanpur.

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JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha lashes out at Nitish Kumar, says CM unable to exercise his own volition

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar.



Upendra Kushwaha

Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday lashed out at Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar and said the CM is unable to exercise his own volition.

Speaking at a press conference, he also cited it to be the reason for JD(U)’s vulnerability.

Kushwaha further said he has been asked to clarify what he meant by claiming his own share in the party that Nitish Kumar demanded at the unforgettable rally of 1994 when Lalu Prasad Yadav didn’t want to give their leaders due.

He further dismissed Nitish Kumar’s claims that he was appointed as the Chairman of the JDU Parliamentary Board out of respect. Even after being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Board, he cannot nominate a member and no attention was paid to his suggestions, claimed Kushwaha.

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar. Reports said the JD(U) leader was travelling to Buxar from Bhojpur to attend a private event.

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In a tweet, Kushawa alleged that a few people started pelting stones at his convoy while it was passing Nayka Tola crossing and he managed to escape. He also informed that the people who attacked his convoy covered their faces.

However, Bhojpur superintendent of police Pramod Kumar dismissed the claim and said there was a fight between supporters of Kushwaha and his opposition.

In 2017, Upendra Kushwaha merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata and returned to the JD(U). He alleged that parliamentary board chiefs are unable to exercise their powers. He split with Nitish Kumar’s party twice. After the split in 2013, his party went down and suffered defeats in multiple elections including the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and the assembly elections of 2020.

Kushwaha started his political career in 1985 and served as National General-Secretary, of Yuva Janata Dal, from 1988–93.

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