Sharad Pawar Chief of NCP, has ruled out the possibility of contesting the Lok Sabha elections and is all set to take the Rajya Sabha route.
“I have decided to stop. This will enable me to devote maximum time to party work. I am not averse to being in the Rajya Sabha. Biennial elections to the Upper House of Parliament will be held in March,” the 73 year old Union Agriculture minister told the NCP workers.
“I have been contesting and winning elections for 47 years. But now people want new faces and NCP will promote youth and women,” Pawar said while addressing to the reporters.
On December 8, TV channels and social media had no time for anyone but Gujrat CM Narendra Modi, pitched as BJP’s PM pick.
But the reality is rather different today. AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal has emerged as the centre point for the social medias. He is urban hero occupying public mind-space and literally eating into Modi’s turf. In a twitter poll on Thursday evening, 4,693 were talking about BJP, with 30% positive about Modi. Kejriwal had 3,418 people talking about him, with 36% talking positively.
On the other hand BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar denied Modi was losing out.
“Modi should learn austerity and humility from Arvind Kejriwal and Mamta who use Wagon R and Maruti Alto. Shoudn’t NAMO be using NANO?” Digvijay tweeted.
Digvijay had attacked Kejriwal and his team at the time of Anna Hazare’s anti-graft agitation and now he has been praising ever since the AAP scored an impressive win in the Delhi polls.
B S Yeddyurappa has pending corruption cases against him but it seems the BJP are not bothered about it. Karnataka is the only state in the southern region where BJP seeks to win sizeable number of seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party are ready to accept the criticism that it has not learnt its lesson despiste the victory of AAP in Delhi.
L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj have raised their concerns but the party now seems to induct the leader. B S Yeddyurappa has said that on Thursday he would merge his Karnataka Janata Party woth BJP. “While January 5 or 6 was fixed for his return, the KJP leader wants to make it after January 15. We have left the dates to him,” a senior leader said.
Assam Chief Minister Gogoi has asked for separate time zone for his state to make optimum use of the early daybreak, save energy and improve productivity.
“I am in favour of a local time for Assam, which will be atleast an hour ahead of the IST (Indian Standard Time). We need to explore this idea. If it happens, we will be able to save a lot of energy and improve productivity. Advancing the work time by an hour will make a lot of difference to the energy saved,” said the Chief Minister.
On Wednesday FIRs were lodged against Mayawati’s ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Babu Singh Kushwaha and seventeen others for their alleged involvement in the Rs.1,410.50 Crore memorial scam in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after taking charge in 2012, he had ordered a Lok Ayukta probe immediately and also in December 2013 he ordered for legal proceeding in the large scale irregularities in construction of memorials and parks when Mayawati was chief minister.
During an initial probe, a total of 199 persons were indicted by Lokayukta Justice (Now Retd) N K Mehrotra for fund irregularities in the construction of 14 memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida. The Lok Ayukta had also recommended all their properties be probed for assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
This is the first time since Akhilesh instituted a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged scams of Rs.40,000 crore by the BSP government, that FIRs have been lodged against prominent ministers in the Mayawati government.
The setting up of Lokpal Bill to check corruption in high places was given Presidential assent on Wednesday. On December 18, the Parliament passed the bill in the legislation with quite disruptions.
The assent to the Lokpal Bill is President’s first action in the new year. Their will be forming of multi-member anti-corruption ombudsman with the power to supervise CBI investigations into specific cases. The bill will look into the specific complaints and its ambit covers Prime Minister, Ministers and Senior Public Servants.