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Uttarakhand Assembly elections: A Rawat manifesto and a potential new MLA

Even the Congress has demanded Bharat Ratna for the departed general. Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had said the late CDS was a symbol of national security and must be decorated with the Bharat Ratna in a special function.

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After his shocking demise in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash in December, India’s first Chief Defence of Staff General Bipin Rawat has become the focal point for both the BJP and the Congress ahead of the Uttarakhand Assembly elections.

So much so that there is talk that Gen Rawat’s younger daughter Tarini, an advocate, is likely to get a BJP ticket. There is no news, however, whether she will accede to the BJP request. The push, or more like a rush, to capitalize on the legacy of the deceased Rawat also points to greater anti-incumbency for the BJP which has seen three chief ministers in the five-year term.

The musical chairs seem not to have worked for the party which is keen to publicize the high faith it places on the people from Uttarakhand. Apart from the first CDS, Ajit Doval, the country’s National Security Adviser, also hails from the state and is a key member of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s establishment.

The Rawat manifesto is the flavour for this election. All political parties are now promising that if they come to power, they will implement the dreams and vision of General Rawat, who died on December 14.

Not only PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh but also Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Uttarakhand poll in-charge Harish Rawat have been discussing the ideas of General Rawat in their poll speeches.

Even the Congress has demanded Bharat Ratna for the departed general. Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had said the late CDS was a symbol of national security and must be decorated with the Bharat Ratna in a special function. If the Congress comes to power, it will implement Gen Rawat’s ideas, he had told the media.

BJP leaders frequently invoke General Rawat’s name to buttress their pledge for the development of Uttarakhand. However, many BJP leaders in Uttarakhand believe that merely keeping General Rawat’s name and ideas in the loop during the elections will help their cause. They also believed that even when the Congress brings up General Rawat in its campaign, it is the ruling BJP that will benefit.

A few days back, former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had exclusively told the media that the frequent mentions of Rawat do not have political connotations. While other BJP leaders have privately admitted that the party will benefit if the late CDS’ ideas for the state are championed repeatedly during the election campaign.

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The state is estimated to have 2.5 lakh serving and retired defence personnel and widows — a significant vote bank given their power to influence others.

General Rawat was born in Pauri Garhwal district and maintained an interest in the region’s development. He had also planned to spend his retirement in Uttarakhand.

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INDIA bloc rally: Sunita Kejriwal claims Arvind Kejriwal’s meals monitored, conspiracy to kill him in jail

Addressing the INDIA bloc’s rally in Ranchi, Sunita Kejriwal lashed out at the Centre and claimed conspiracy to kill her husband

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Sunita Kejriwal, the wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is now arrested, said that her husband is not receiving insulin in Tihar jail because they want to kill him, on Sunday.

Speaking at the INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi, Sunita Kejriwal said that cameras were watching every bite Arvind Kejriwal took.

Arvind Kejriwal’s detention without evidence of crime, was a dictatorship, according to Sunita Kejriwal. She claimed that although Kejriwal, who is an IITian, had the option to go abroad, chose to remain in India out of love for it.

During her address she said, Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren have been arrested. They have been arrested without having been found guilty. It’s a dictatorship here, she added. Mrs Kejriwal also questioned that what is her husband’s fault? Is it providing good education, health facilities? Patriotism is in his blood, she said.

Being an IITan, he had the option to go to abraod, but he chooses to prioritize his country. He took leave from the IRS to perform public duty. He has risked his life to save others, she remarked.

Sunita Kejriwal claimed Arvind Kejriwal merely wants to serve the country and has no thirst for power. She also referred to her husband as a lion and expressed concern over the nation’s jail population.

In an attempt to establish grounds for medical bail, the Enforcement Directorate has asserted that Arvind Kejriwal has been consuming sugar in tea, aloo-poori, and mangoes to raise his blood sugar levels.

In a Delhi court, Kejriwal’s lawyer denied the ED’s accusation, claiming he wouldn’t risk paralysis in exchange for release. He asserted that Kejriwal was not provided with insulin while incarcerated. Furthermore, he added that out of the 48 meals Kejriwal had received from home, he had only had mangoes three times. He claimed that he only ever had aloo poori for Navratri prasad.

At the Ulgulan Nyay Rally  in Ranchi, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about corruption, it seems as Osama Bin Laden and Gabbar Singh are advocating for nonviolence.

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Amit Shah to conduct roadshow in Assam’s Silchar today

Union home minister Amit Shah will be campaign is expected to start at 4:30 pm today

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As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha Election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be holding a mega roadshow in Silchar, Assam today, April 21.

According to Silchar Member of Parliament (MP) Rajdeep Roy, Shah would arrive at Silchar Airport in a special aircraft at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Silchar town via helicopter. He said, they are expecting the roadshow to start around 4.30pm.

Shah will be doing campaign work for Parimal Suklabaidya, the BJP’s nominee for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat. Following the delimitation procedure in Assam last year by the Election Commission, Silchar was designated as a reserve seat for candidates from scheduled castes. Suklabaidya, a five-term member of parliament from the Cachar district, has held several portfolios under the Assam government.

In addition to accompanying Amit Shah on the roadshow on Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma predicted that Parimal will win by a margin of two to three lakh votes over the rival contenders.

Shah’s rally, will begin from the playground owned by the District Sports Association (DSA) in Silchar and culminate at the Chittaranjan Statue Point, according to Roy. Over a lakh of supporters will participate in the roughly 1.5-kilometer walk. During the roadshow, Shah is scheduled to deliver a speech, he continued.

Central security agencies and senior Assam police officers staged a mock drill in Silchar’s streets ahead of Shah’s rally. According to them, sufficient security has been set up before the home minister’s arrival.

According to party officials, bad weather has forced Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge to cancel his Sunday visit to an event in the Karimganj district of Assam.

The Congress party’s Rajat Chakraborty announced that Kharge’s visit has been canceled owing to Friday night’s thunderstorms and intense rain. The agencies suggested that we cancel the visit because of the high security measures required for his visit, he stated.

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Rohit Sharma criticises impact player rule, BCCI reacts

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India captian and Mumbai Indians star cricketer Rohit sharma criticised the impact player rule and sad that he is not a big fan of it. Now, BCCI has responded to Sharma’s comment and said that they will reevaluate the rule.

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Arun Dhumal also acknowledged this and said  that every decision has advantages and disadvantages, he also mentioned  BCCI is prepared to review the regulation when the current IPL season concludes.

Ahead to being established in the IPL, the impact player rule was initially put into effect in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2022–2023. There have been many expert comments regarding the rule that has been in place for almost two editions of the prestigious T20 tournament, with the many of players being against it.

Since this remark has been made, they will certainly analyze it and talk to everyone concerned and then the board will take calls, Dhumal said.

Every rule that is in place has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Nothing about its execution is set in stone, so after the season ends, they are open to any discussion, he continued.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma also discussed how the impact player rule is reducing the role of all-rounders in the sport.

Sharma said, he is not a big fan of Impact sub rule. All rounders will eventually be held back because cricket is ultimately played by 11 players, not 12. To make the game exciting for everyone around you, you are taking a great deal from it. During an interew the hitman said, if the audience look just at the cricketing side of things, he feels guys like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar aren’t getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for them as a team.

He continued saying that there are 12 players, it’s interesting, and after the team or the captain sees how the game and the pitch are playing, they might turn on the impact player. You can add another bowler, giving you a total of six or seven bowlers, if the team bats effectively and don’t lose wickets. Many teams are hitting well up front, and he hardly ever sees a No 7 or No 8 coming to bat, so the team doesn’t need that additional batter, Rohit Sharma said.

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