Union Home Minister Amit Shah received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Shah was administered the vaccine under the supervision of a team of doctors led by Naresh Trehan. Shah has been holding public rallies and meetings in poll-bound states, including West Bengal, where elections are set to take place in March-April. The senior BJP leader had tested positive for the virus in August last year. He underwent treatment at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he tested negative. He was later admitted to the AIIMS for post-COVID treatment.
Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee Srabanti Chatterjee on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor was welcomed in the party by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and the party’s state president, Dilip Ghosh. “We welcome Srabanti Chatterjee to our party. People from various walks joined the BJP today,” Mr Ghosh said. The 35-year-old actor has been a part of many Bengali movies including ‘Fidaa’, ‘Mon Jaane Na’, and ‘SOS Kolkata’. He has also worked in Ekta Kapoor’s popular daily soaps like ‘Bandini’, ‘Na Aana Is Des Laado’, and ‘Adaalat’.
Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal – Srabanti Chatterjee after joining BJP
With Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joining the BJP, it was clear that she will contest the poll scheduled in eight phases starting this month. Joining the saffron camp the Bengali actor said that she is ready to contest the poll and left the party’s senior leaders to decide the rest. “Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal,” asked the 33-year-old actor. Asked about whether she will work with Tollywood director Raj Chakraborty who had joined the ruling Trinamool Congress last month to which the ‘Amanush’ actress said that politics and acting in films are two different things.
Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi today said, “Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS.” Modi also lauded the doctors and scientists of the country and said they have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. “Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter.
The AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday for the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswsami, who is the AIADMK joint coordinator, and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who is the party’s coordinator, called on Amit Shah at a star hotel in Chennai late on Sunday. The talks that started around 10 pm were on for two hours, a day after the AIADMK and the BJP initiated the parleys.
Dr Naresh Trehan also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the vaccine drive on Monday as he took his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “This is a very significant, confident-building exercise that the PM has done. This is a sign of true leadership for those above 60 and 45-with-comorbidities that if the PM can take it [Covaxin], the vaccine should be safe,” Dr Trehan said. PM Modi was administered Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS in Delhi on Monday morning.
All rumours about vaccines should be put to rest now – Dr Naresh Trehan after PM Modi took the COVID Vaccine
Thousands of people have already taken Covaxin. It has been proven to be safe. There have been no serious adverse events. The controversy is over which should not have happened in the first place. This is a national issue. ll rumours about vaccines should be put to rest now. It’s safe. No need to fear Covaxin. If the new wave is allowed to take over, don’t think India will be able to afford that. Moving up vaccination dates to March 1 has been a good move. Anyone who is vulnerable or above 6 should come forward and take the Covid-19 vaccine.
After E Sreedharan joined BJP more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra
After E Sreedharan joined BJP last week, the party men in Ernakulam are elated to know that more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra on Sunday evening. Sources said retired judges from the high court, two former IPS officers and members from the transgender community are expected to be inducted into the party at a public function.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend public and organisational programmes in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday, informed an official statement. At 10:30 AM, the Union Minister will hold a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Puducherry Core Committee meeting. The meeting will take place in Karaikal. At 11.30 AM, he will address a public meeting in Karaikal. At 1:30 PM, he will attend a BJP Puducherry Mandal and Office bearers meeting in Karaikal, Puducherry.
Addressing a rally in Jammu Azad was all praises for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Jammu. Praising Modi for being true to his roots, he said it was something which he really liked despite being rivals on political grounds. Weeks ago, the Prime Minister had also broken the barrier of political rivalry as he bid an emotional farewell to former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad just before his term as a Rajya Sabha MP expired. Some of the ’23 dissenters’ led by Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Manish Tewari, Anand Sharma, Vivek Tankha, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Raj Babbar, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal held a ‘Shanti Sammelan’ in Jammu, as part of a 3-day visit in Jammu to chalk out the future course of action and hold several public meetings.
We’re Political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self – Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped effusive praise on Ghulam Nabi Azad, the senior Congress leader returned the favour on Sunday. “I like lot of things about many leaders. I’m from a village and feel proud of it … even our PM hails from village and used to sell tea. We’re political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self. Those who do, are living in bubble,” Azad said.
NDA allies BJP & AIADMK met to discuss seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Tamil Nadu
As the race to the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections heats up, NDA allies BJP and AIADMK met on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on Sunday. BJP leaders, including MoS G Kishan Reddy and state president L Murugan met TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami and Dy CM O Panneerselvam at their respective residences on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing for the first phase of the Assembly polls. The NDA allies’ meeting over seat-sharing comes after the Election Commission revealed the dates of Assembly elections scheduled to be held in April and May in five states – Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Assam.
BJP on Saturday launched a poster to counter Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) campaign slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” (Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter). BJP’s poster says, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi” and has the faces of the party’s female leaders from Bengal. ‘Pishi’ is the Bengali word used for paternal aunt. The BJP tweeted the poster with the slogan in Bengali, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi”. Several BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have used ‘pishi-bhaipo’ jibe to hit out at the Bengal CM and her nephew, alleging them of dynasty politics.
Are Bengal Poll Dates Suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Amit Shah – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Questioned
From BJP party sources, I have seen the list of poll dates they wanted. And now I have seen the list out in the public. They are the same. I am sorry. I am shocked. Are Bengal poll dates suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the India Toy Fair 2021 via video conferencing. “Toys play a significant part in the development of a child’s mind and also help improve psychomotor and cognitive skills in children. In his Mann ki Baat address in August 2020, the Prime Minister had said that toys not only augment activity but also give flight to aspirations,” read the press release by Prime Minister’s Office. Noting the importance of toys in the holistic development of a child, the Prime Minister has earlier also emphasized boosting toy manufacturing in India. The India Toy Fair 2021 is being organized in line with this vision of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award during an annual international energy conference next week. The prime minister will also deliver the keynote address at the CERAWeek Conference-2021, which will be held virtually from March 1 to 5, its organiser, IHS Markit, said on Friday. Prominent speakers at the conference include US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy Bill Gates and president and CEO, Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser.
Himachal Pradesh: 5 Congress MLAs Suspended for Entire Budget Session for Manhandling Governor Bandaru Dattatreya
Unruly scenes were witnessed on the first day of the budget session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly here on Friday when protesting MLAs of the opposition Congress tried to stop Governor Bandaru Dattatraya from leaving the premises after he delivered his address in the House. The agitating members blocked Dattatraya’s exit from the building and later his vehicle for around 10-15 minutes. Both the Congress and ruling BJP members later traded allegations of manhandling and assault during the commotion. Speaker Vipin Parmar said the Congress MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, were suspended on a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh. Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran. Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP. “Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister Sri RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” senior BJP leader BL Santhosh tweeted.
Congress appointee Markandey Katju and party leader Abhay Thipsay tried to save Nirav Modi – Bhupender Yadav
Congress appointee Markandey Katju and party leader Abhay Thipsay tried to save Nirav Modi, the man who duped Indian banks of billions. The UK court busted them. Is money bigger than nation? Rahul Gandhi your silence is the answer.
Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders – PM Modi’s Jibe on V Narayanasamy & Rahul Gandhi in Puducherry
These development works cover roads, healthcare, education, culture, sport and marine economy. What I am seeing here today — the energy and enthusiasm — is wonderful. It shows how the direction of the wind is changing in Puducherry. In 2016, Puducherry didn’t get a people’s govt. They got a govt that was busy serving the Congress high command in Delhi, their priorities were different. Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders. The high command Congress government in Puducherry made it a point to damage every sector of governance. Traditional mills closed. Local industry was troubled. Congress doesn’t believe in working for the people.
To make Congress win, agitators are contesting under different names to cut into BJP’s votes. Their aim is to make Congress win. Everyone knows that they can’t form govt, they themselves know it but it’s sad that they’re trying to reduce BJP’s vote share to make Congress win. Unfortunate that new parties being formed to help Congress that tried to supress Assam agitation against foreigners with bullets.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ initiative to collect public opinion for its election manifesto in the upcoming Bengal Assembly Election. The drive will see BJP asking people to write their demands for the next state government. The saffron brigade will have 30 thousands drop boxes in 294 constitutencies of the state. “Through this drive we’ll welcome priceless opinions of the humble Bengali citizens. Our aim is to build a corruption free and developed Bengal,” Nadda said in Kolkata.
Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Prime Minister Narendra on Thursday (February 25) took a dig at the Congress, saying that the party is prone to lying and that he was shocked at Rahul Gandhi’s “will make fisheries ministry” remark. “Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule. They are gold, silver and bronze medal winners in telling lies,” said the PM. He said that Puducherry deserved a government that is commanded by the people of Puducherry and not a small group of Congress leaders sitting in Delhi. PM Modi is on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.
With an eye on Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal, the BJP on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ campaign to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress government from power in the state. BJP president J P Nadda, who had arrived in the state on Wednesday night, launched the campaign along with an election manifesto crowdsourcing campaign in West Bengal. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and the party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present on the occasion.
We’ll accept over 2 crore suggestions from people. We’ll make available approx 30,000 suggestion boxes across WB. Around 100 boxes will be kept in 294 assembly constituencies. Our workers will go from door to door with 50 boxes and 50 will be placed at strategic locations. We’re making efforts to work towards making ‘Sonar Bangla’, with the inclusion of contributions of Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in prestigious history of WB.
Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming the Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due
Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due. The massive 132,000-seater that has been built at the spot where the erstwhile Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium used to stand at Motera was christened after PM Modi and is now the world’s largest cricket arena as part of a larger Sardar Patel Sports Enclave which Amit Shah claims is capable of hosting the Olympics with just 6 months notice. The stadium was inaugurated by President Kovind and the Home Minister on Wednesday ahead of India’s pink-ball Test against England.
The outcry was understandable if this was the first time when a stadium was being named on someone. Hasn’t the Left always celebrated naming, in as far as it’s to memoralize extraordinary human action? I believe that credit must be given where the credit is due!
Smriti Irani hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remark at a rally in Kerala that has triggered a ‘north-south’ row
Union minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remark at a rally in Kerala that has triggered a ‘north-south’ row and has also drawn sharp responses from other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. “The spiteful and vengeful politics of Rahul Gandhi, which insults not only the people and voters of Amethi but seeks to create a divide between the north and south India, is to be condemned by every Indian citizen,” Irani told media.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his help in procuring the Covid-19 vaccines by the state government to vaccinate people free of cost. In her letter, Banerjee said: “We have embarked upon the COVID vaccination programme in right earnest. All the health workers, police workers, municipal workers, revenue workers and other frontline workers are being covered by COVID vaccination at a rapid pace. In fact, West Bengal being an election-going State, we are required to reach out practically to every government and para-statal employee on an urgent basis to make the election safe.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the central government is going ahead with the mantra of ‘monetise’ and ‘modernise’. Public sector enterprises shouldn’t be run as they were someone’s pet project, said PM Modi, while speaking on various reforms undertaken in Budget 2021-22. Many public sector enterprises are loss-making & several of them need the support of public money. It burdens the economy, he further added.
Ahead of the much-awaited pink-ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, the cricket world witnessed a big sruprise as the Motera’s Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium was renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the venue which will host the 3rd and the 4th Test between India and England. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also the guest of honour on the occasion, confirmed the news and said that since PM Modi’s days as the Gujarat Chief Minister, it was his vision to get the world’s largest cricket stadium built in Ahmedabad.
As CM, he (Modi) used to say Gujaratis must also Progress in 2 fields – Sports & Armed Forces – Amit Shah
As CM, he used to say Gujaratis must also progress in 2 fields – sports and armed forces. He took charge of GCA on my request and promoted sports here. His vision was that world’s largest cricket stadium be built here. This 1,32,000-seater stadium will be known as Narendra Modi Stadium. Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave & Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura. These 3 will be equipped to host any international sports event. Ahmedabad to be known as the ‘sports city’ of India
Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, commonly known as ‘love jihad’ law
After months of deliberations, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed the ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, commonly known as the ‘love jihad’ law, formalising the legislation by a voice vote. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel had promulgated the legislation exactly three months ago in November. The UP Cabinet had cleared the ordinance on November 24 after the Allahabad High Court upheld people’s right to freedom of choice of individuals, putting down its own previous order, which stated that conversion for the sake of marriage was not acceptable.
TMC leader Derek O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making a false claim while inaugurating new rail routes in West Bengal
TMC leader Derek O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making a false claim while inaugurating new rail routes in West Bengal. The PM inaugurated the extension of the Kolkata Metro from Noapara to Dakshineswar, the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram, the doubling of Azimganj to Khargraghat section, the third line between Rasulpur and Magra and the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara. Maintaining that the Centre had not started these rail routes, O’Brien pointed out that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had allocated the budget for the same in 2011. He was referring to the announcements in the Railway Budget 2011-12 made by Banerjee who was then serving as the Railways Minister in the Manmohan Singh-led government.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country amid an upward trajectory in cases in a few states. The review meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and top officials of the two ministries. Shah took stock of the coronavirus situation in the country, particularly states which have witnessed a spike in cases recently. The meeting also focused on the possible assistance to be offered to the affected states. Recently, states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh saw a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.
Centre transfers money directly into bank accounts of farmers & poor. But monetary benefits of schemes of Bengal Govt does not reach the poor without the consent of all the ‘tolabaaz’ of TMC. This is why TMC leaders are becoming richer & normal families are becoming poorer. Development in Bengal not possible as long as cut money culture, syndicate rule and “tolabaji” (extortion) persists.
I am told that Vande Mataram Bhawan, where Bankim Chandra Ji lived for 5 years, is in very bad condition – PM Modi
I am told that Vande Mataram Bhawan, where Bankim Chandra Ji lived for 5 years, is in very bad condition. This is the same Bhawan where he brainstormed to write Vande Mataram, the poem which gave a new lease of life to the freedom struggle. Failure to keep the place of the creator of such ‘amar gaan’ in a good state is an injustice to West Bengal’s pride & there is huge politics involved in this — the politics which focuses on vote bank, not patriotism; appeasement, not Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas.
Yogi Govt allocated Rs 140 crore for overall development of Ayodhya and Rs 101 crore for airport in the city
The state government has allocated Rs 140 crore for overall development of Ayodhya and Rs 101 crore for airport in the city. The government has allocated Rs 2000 crore for new airports in Noida’s Jewar, Chitrakoot and Sonbhadra airports. With a target of making Uttar Pradesh ‘atmanirbhar’, the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday presented a whopping Rs 5,50,270.78 crore budget for 2021-22 in the state Assembly. With Assembly elections in the state less than a year away, the budget includes new schemes of Rs 27,598.40 crore.
Days after nearly 200 party workers joined the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) suffered another big blow on Monday when its lone MLC Nutan Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Nutan Singh, wife of Bihar minister and BJP MLA Neeraj Kumar Singh, joined the saffron party in Patna in the presence of state BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal. “My husband is in BJP so I also decided to join the party so that we both can work together,” news agency media quoted Nutan Singh, as saying after she jumped the ship.
Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha snubbed National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah’s proposition to hold talks with Pakistan
Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha on Monday snubbed National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah’s proposition to hold talks with Pakistan, saying that India had a Ministry of External Affairs to deliberate on such matters. Moreover, the J&K LG asserted that India was able enough to tackle its problems on its own. “I don’t want to comment on the statements of anyone. There is a Ministry of External Affairs in India which handles such issues and India is able enough to tackle its problems on its own,” said Manoj Sinha.
There are two main reasons behind the fuel price rise. The international market has reduced fuel production and manufacturing countries are producing less fuel to gain more profit. This is making the consumer countries suffer. We have continuously been urging the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and OPEC plus countries that it should not happen. We hope there will be a change.
We need this tax but there is also the need for balance – Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Another reason is Covid. We have to do various development work. For this, Centre and state governments collect the tax. Spending on development work will generate more jobs. The government has increased its investment and 34 per cent more capital spending will be done in this budget. State governments will also increase spending. This is why we need this tax but there is also the need for balance. I believe the finance minister and state governments can find a way.
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait will visit Gujarat soon to drum up support for the movement against the Modi government’s farm laws
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has said that he will visit Gujarat soon visit Gujarat to drum up support for the movement against the Modi government’s farm laws. He said this as he met visiting groups of supporters from Gujarat and Maharashtra at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border where he has been camping along with his supporters since November.
Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will present the first paperless Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly
Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will present the first paperless Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in the country to table a paperless budget. All members of the State Legislature have been provided iPads to view the budget highlights which will also be available on two big screens put up in the House. Thie year’s budget is the fifth budget of the Adityanath government in the state. State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna is slated to present the budget at 11 am today.
FIR against 8 Twitter handles in Unnao case: Yogi Adityanath Government Cracking Down on Social Media ‘offenders’
Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has started cracking down on social media ‘offenders’ in a big way. The Unnao police, on Sunday, lodged an FIR against eight Twitter handles and their users, on charges of spreading “misleading information” in connection with the recovery of the bodies of two minor girls in Baburha village of the district. Earlier, on Saturday, former MP and Congress leader, Udit Raj, had been booked by Unnao police for allegedly spreading misinformation through his tweet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the extension of Kolkata Metro’s North-South Line from Noapara to Dakshineswar on Monday, an official said. The prime minister will flag off a train from Noapara to Dakshineswar from a programme in the Hooghly district, Kolkata Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. The inauguration, scheduled on Monday afternoon, will help connect thousands of people in the 4.1 km stretch between Noapara and Dakshineswar, she said.
BJP will not stake a claim to form the government in Puducherry, confirms BJP State Unit President V Saminathan
We will not try and form a government at this stage. With the people’s blessings in the forthcoming elections and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modiji’s leadership, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a government with BJP and its alliance partners All India NR Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in May and build a new bright future for the people of Puducherry.
BJP MLA Girish Gautam was unanimously elected as Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on the first day of the state budget session. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan moved a proposal in the House to elect Gautam as the Assembly’s Speaker. The proposal was seconded by Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang and Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel, besides other members from the treasury benches and Leader of the Opposition Kamal Nath.
Rajya Sabha Bypolls Gujarat: BJP wins both seats, Dineshchandra Anavadiya & Rambhai Mokariya Declared Elected Unopposed
BJP nominees Dineshchandra Anavadiya and Rambhai Mokariya were on Monday declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat as the opposition Congress did not field candidates for the two vacant seats, one of which was held by its veteran leader Ahmed Patel. One of the seats was held by veteran Congressman Ahmed Patel since 1993 till his death on November 25 last year due to complications related to Covid-19.
Launching a frontal attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Monday it has perpetuated “syndicate raj” in all spheres of life in West Bengal where no work gets done without common people having to pay “cut money”. “The state government’s cut money culture has vitiated the atmosphere to such an extent that you cannot even take a house on rent without paying it….you cannot rent a house without the syndicate’s permission,” he said.
High Court said Love Jihad is a conspiracy to make Kerala state an Islamic state – Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath
In 2009, Kerala HC brought govt attention towards Love Jihad. But the govt did not make any law on Love Jihad over here. HC said Love Jihad is a conspiracy to make Kerala state an Islamic state, but the govt is sleeping and does not care about security and this anti-Kerala, anti-India conspiracy. You have to wake up and choose BJP. We can guarantee safety and security. In UP we have made a law against the Love Jihad and started apprehending people.
Case registered against former BSP MP Akbar Ahmad ‘Dumpy’ on a complaint by Delhi BJP vice-President Shazia Ilmi accusing him of misbehaving with her
A case has been registered against former BSP MP Akbar Ahmad ‘Dumpy’ on a complaint by Delhi BJP vice-president Shazia Ilmi accusing him of misbehaving with her at a private party, police said on Saturday. In her complaint, Ilmi alleged that Ahmad allegedly started “misbehaving with her and passed lewd remarks” at a dinner party in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on February 5, according to the police.
Yash Dasgupta told media that there is nothing unusual with him joining the BJP even as his rumoured acquaintance Nusrat Jahan Ruhi is campaigning for the Trinamool Congress. “Why can’t that be? At home do family members not have different opinions, political or otherwise?” Yash Dasgupta had told. When asked whether this was similar to the political affiliations of actor Akshay Kumar and his wife author Twinkle Khanna, Yash Dasgupta had said, “Oh no, Akshay and Twinkle are married. Nusrat and I are not. But you get the drift.”
West Bengal: BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Kolkata, demanding an all-party meeting
With 125 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) scheduled to reach the state by February 25, at least 12 of them arrived on Saturday. They will be deployed for area domination and route marches. Meanwhile, a BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Kolkata, demanding an all-party meeting, proper deployment of the central forces and no poll duty for contractual civic volunteers.
Ahead of Assembly Elections in Assam, BJP-led State Government increased daily wages of Tea Garden Workers from 167 to 217 per day
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Assam, the BJP-led state government on Saturday increased the daily wages of scores of tea garden workers from Rs 167 to Rs 217 per day, officials said. Increase in daily wages of tea workers is an election issue in Assam with opposition parties, including the Congress, criticising the BJP-led government for deliberately delaying wage revision for the last several years.
I am ready to fight election but the ultimate decision will be taken by the party – Yash Dasgupta, BJP
Bengali actor Yash Dasgupta, who recently joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is willing to contest the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. However, the Tollywood actor asserted that the party will take the ultimate decision. “I am ready to fight the election, but the ultimate decision will be taken by the party. If we want to bring change in the state and the country, then we cannot do it by staying outside the system. We have to be in the system to bring change. I think this is the right time to join politics,”Dasgupta said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a meeting of BJP’s national office-bearers in the capital on Sunday. The meeting will be held at the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) convention centre from 10 am to 5 pm. The key BJP meeting gains significance in light of the upcoming assembly elections in several states due this year, with the saffron party intensifying its rallies and launching various development projects in poll-bound states.
An office-bearer of the BJP is a Bangladeshi and had been staying in the country with fake documents – Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
An office-bearer of the BJP is a Bangladeshi and had been staying in the country with fake documents, said Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Rubel Jonu Sheikh, head of the BJP’s north Mumbai minority cell, had obtained an Aadhaar card and PAN card but later the Mumbai police found that the 24 North Parganas address and school details in West Bengal furnished by him were fake. Taking a dig at the BJP, Deshmukh wondered how the party made him an office-bearer without checking his documents or verifying his credentials.
In a stunning turn of events in the state of West Bengal where intense election campaigning has begun by multiple parties, a series of violent attacks seem to have taken place in the poll-bound state. The BJP has alleged that vehicles, part of its convoy, were attacked in West Bengal’s Basirhatyeterday during its Parivartan Yatra. The BJP has written two separate letters, to the Election Commission of India and the Union Home Minister accusing the supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress behind this attack calling it an ‘orchestrated and planned attack to create terror in people’s mind’. Watch the full video to know more.
Absolutely sweet question. But I am not even sure I had a dream. i just kept doing what was before me and went along the flow. I don’t think I chart any course in my life. I walked along the path which was before me and that destiny has taken me wherever I am. Only thing is I better perform so that I don’t disappoint people who have given me the responsibility and I don’t want to disappoint the people of India.
Social media is so powerful that it can even topple governments and regulating them is difficult as they are borderless. These forces can promote anarchy, which will weaken democracy but solutions should be within the constitutional framework. We require new rules and laws to tackle and manage. The government is already working in this direction.
Local Body Polls: I am confident that today the people of Gujarat will cast their votes in large numbers – Amit Shah
After casting his vote at Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad on Sunday during phase 1 of the state local body polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed confidence that the people of the state will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Polling for municipal corporations in six major cities of Gujarat began on Sunday at 7 am. “Local body elections have started in Gujarat today. Corporation, Municipal Corporation elections have started from today,” Shah told reporters, adding that “I am confident that today the people of Gujarat will cast their votes in large numbers and the family and they will establish Gujarat as the stronghold of the BJP.”
PM Narendra Modi announced that he will visit the poll-bound state of Assam on Monday. He will also visit West Bengal on the same day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced on Sunday that he will visit the poll-bound state of Assam on Monday. He will also visit West Bengal on the same day in what promises to be a significant outreach ahead of the key polls. As per an official press release, PM Modi will dedicate important projects of the oil & gas sector to the nation in an event organized at Silapathar in Assam’s Dhemaji. He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for Engineering Colleges during the event. The Governor and Chief Minister of Assam, and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas will also be present on the occasion.
The high court had pointed out that Love Jihad was a conspiracy to convert Kerala into an Islamic state. But all the subsequent state governments failed to enact a law to tackle the problem (of religious conversion). I salute the BJP workers who are fighting against communist and other elements for the politics of value. The state government allowed few organisations to spread anarchy and attack temples and churches.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the Union Budget 2021-22 has assured clarity and certainty on policy, taxation, infrastructure capex, and privatization, and now it is entirely up to the private sector to invest and expand capacity for long-term and sustainable economic growth. She asserted that this year’s budget was about charting a clear and certain path for the next decade. “Each word of this budget is full of meaning, so make the best use of it,” she told the management leadership of the country.
Ahead of State Assembly Elections, PM Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi
As five states go to polls in the next few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi on Sunday, reported NDTV. Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda also attended the meeting. Modi inaugurated the meeting of the BJP national office-bearers at the New Delhi Municipal Council convention centre. At the event, he urged BJP members to follow the “nation first” motto. Modi told them that the BJP’s mission was to work for the development of the country.
Convoy of cars led by West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh attacked in West Bengal North 24 Parganas District
A convoy of cars led by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh was on Saturday attacked in West Bengal North 24 Parganas district, triggering a scuffle between activists of the saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress, police said. While the BJP accused the Trinamool Congress of attacking the rally at Minakha, the ruling party denied the charge and alleged that workers of the saffron camp ransacked its party office in the area. The BJP launched Parivartan Yatra rallies ahead of the assembly election in the state, which is likely to be held in April-May.
Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wished people on the occasion. “Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation; connects us with our heritage and defines our socio-cultural identity. Emphasis on a well evolved New Education Policy on mother tongue is a remarkable milestone,” he tweeted. International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state – Dilip Ghosh, BJP
Our opponents are telling us that our game is over but let me tell them that our game is on. Be ready. Tell mothers to keep their children under control if they want to see their faces after polls. We are civilised and follow the law but it doesn’t mean that we are weak. Yes, ‘khela hobe, khela hobe’ and ‘paribortan hobe’. Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state. I know there will be attempts to stop the yatra so I have come to meet you. We will ensure that you are able to cast your votes
I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants – ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan
I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants. I have been living in Kerala for the past 10 years. I have seen both the UDF and the LDF rule. I feel that these rules have not brought any tangible progress to the state. Lot of things are possible in terms of industrialisation and employment opportunities for people. Not even one industry in the state in the last 20 years.
The BJP is raising the motto of development and a new Kerala. For the people of Kerala, Sreedharan is like an ambassador for development. The youth and new voters, especially in the city areas, will be supporting him. This will benefit us electorally.
BJP likely to delay Haryana Panchayat Polls after it’s non-performance in Punjab Local Body Elections
With BJP suffering huge setback in Punjab civic body polls following intense farmer stir, the panchayat polls are likely to get delayed in neighbouring Haryana. The tenure of current panchayats is ending on February 23. “As per the rules, the polls can be held even 15 days after end of the tenure of panchayat bodies. It means the polls can be held till March 10. But we need at least 20-22 days to hold the polls,” said a senior officer of state election commission.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asks Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Govt to hold Assembly Speaker Election
Amid a tussle between Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on Tuesday the governor asked the state government to hold an election for the speaker’s post during the state legislature budget session scheduled from March 1 in Mumbai. In the first week of November, the Maharashtra cabinet recommended to Koshyari for approval 12 names as members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) through Governor quota. He has not taken any decision on it yet. The post of Assembly Speaker has fallen vacant following the resignation of Nana Patole, who has been given the responsibility of state Congress president.
J&K LG Manoj Sinha remarked that the delimitation process was currently under progress, and would be soon followed by assembly elections
The delegation of foreign envoys who are on a 2-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir met J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday where a discussion over the delimitation process was held. While addressing the 24 foreign envoys, LG Sinha remarked that the delimitation process was currently under progress, and would be soon followed by assembly elections which would be held in a ‘free and fair’ manner. “Delimitation process is on. PM and Home Minister have assured the country that after the delimitation process is completed assembly elections will be held. After Delimitation Commission finishes its work, I assure, elections will be conducted in a fair and free manner,” said the J&K LG.