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NCP wins in village adopted by Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After claiming victory in the first round of Gram Panchayat elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback of sorts in the second leg, with the Opposition triumphing over BJP candidates in villages adopted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.In Phetari village near Nagpur, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) claimed Dhanashri Dhomane won against BJP’s Jyoti Raut. It needs to be noted that Gram Panchayat elections are not contested on party symbols and the winning candidate is claimed by the party he or she is close to. Dhomane got 805 votes, while Raut got 710 votes. The result is significant as the village has been adopted by the CM under the Model Village Scheme.Fadnavis made light of the result, saying he had left it to the villagers whom they wanted as their sarpanch and did not appeal to vote for a specific candidate.Similarly, in Suradevi village in Vidarbha, Congress claimed victory against a candidate owing allegiance to BJP. Mukesh Dhomane, elected Sarpanch Danshri’s husband, told DNA that anger against BJP-led government policies reflected in votes. “Farmers are not happy with the BJP government for the delay in the farm loan waiver,” he said, “Unemployment is also a major issue in rural areas. People had hoped that the BJP government would bring some positive change in their lives, but nothing of sort happened. On the contrary, demonetisation and GST has adversely affected and worsened lives of peoples.”Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, reiterated that the BJP was going on a return journey after Nanded. “This trend is now sweeping across Maharashtra, he said. “People have now realised that the BJP can only make tall promises, but it falters when it comes to fulfilment. People are losing jobs and inflation is also at an all-time high. Therefore, people want the Congress-NCP regime back.”Chavan further claimed that the Congress had got more seats and Sarpanch posts than any other party in the Grampanchayat elections. “Congress is the clear choice for the people; It has emerged the largest gainer in this Grampanchayat elections,” he added.NCP leader Ajit Pawar, too, attributed the turnaround in Congress-NCP fortunes to farmers’ discontent, the section that was most affected by government policies. “The rise in minimum support price has not been substantial,” Pawar told DNA. “When the BJP was in Opposition, they demanded Rs 7,000 per quintal as the rate for cotton. Even after three years in power, farmers are forced to sell their produce at much lower rate – between Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500 per quintal. BJP has failed to fulfil its own promises. Therefore they are losing everywhere – from Gurudaspur in Punjab to villages in Vidharbha.”

Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Elections: BJP leave Cong, Sena, NCP in the dust; win 1311 seats out of 3692

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the second phase of panachayat election in Maharashtra, the BJP did magnificently to win 1311 seats followed by Congress who finished a distant second with 312.Sharad Pawar’s NCP came third with 297, while the Sena managed to capture 295 seats.A total of 3692 gram panchayats spread over 16 districts went to polls in the second phase.Hailing the performance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: “Great result in Phase 2 of the Gram Panchayat polls! Thank you Maharashtra. The continued faith in BJP inspires us to work even harder.”However, there was a minor jolt for Maha CM Fadanvis in his adopted village Fetri where the Congress-NCP backed candidate won. Dhanashree Dhomne of Congress-NCP alliance was elected as the sarpanch in Fetri village, adopted by the chief minister.Transgender sarpanch elected In a first in Maharashtra, a transgender was today elected sarpanch of a gram panchayat in the state.Dnyandev Shankar Kamble was declared elected sarpanch for the Tarangfal gram panchayat in Malshiras tehsil of Solapur district. Kamble defeated six other candidates.Polling was held yesterday and results were declared today.Elections were also held for panchayats in various parts of Maharashtra yesterday. Around 81 per cent polling was reported, a State Election Commission official saidWith inputs from PTI

Change in MahaRERA rules urged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), since its inception, has received maximum complaints about delayed possession from homebuyers. To overcome the quantum of cases, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, has written to the authority asking them to lay down a rule that will benefit homebuyers.The rule aims to force developers to directly pay interest to homebuyers in case of project delay. And to keep a tab on whether developers have made the payment or no to these affected homebuyers, they will be required to submit a compliance report quarterly. This will in turn reduce the number of cases reaching the regulatory authority.The letter reads, “Most of the ongoing projects registered with MahaRERA are delayed for a period ranging from 1 year to even 6/7 years or even more. Huge amounts of hard earned money and even borrowed amounts of allottees are stuck with the promoters of such ongoing delayed projects. Giving the revised date of possession to MahaRERA while registering such projects does not absolve such promoters from their liability to pay interest to the allottees for the original delay.”The provision under section 18 (1) of the RERA act, requires promoters of such delayed projects to pay allottees interest on their amount paid at the SBI’s Highest Marginal Cost of Lending Rates plus two per cent interest.Advocate Shirish Deshpande, of MGP, said, “We do feel that the promoters on their own will not pay such interest to the allottees for every month of delay unless they are directed by MahaRERA. Hence, the authority should direct all the promoters of delayed projected to comply with the mandate of section 18 (1) and start paying interest. The promoter should also be directed to file compliance of the decision with MahaRERA in their quarterly updates.”The aim of this is that if such directions are issued then thousands of homebuyers will not have to file complaints seeking payment of such interest with MahaRERA. In the last one week, Runwal and Nirmal Lifestyle were asked to pay interest to the allottees for delayed projects.The letter further states, “The intention of the Parliament in this scenario is that the allottees already suffering hardships due to delays should not be forced to approach the MahaRERA or any other court. In each such case and the interest payment to the allottees by the promoters is expected to be automatic as the promoters recover interest from the allottees in case of delay in payment of any instalment by just raising a demand letter.”…& ANALYSISThere are hundreds of projects that have been delayed by developers and thousands of homebuyers who continue to suffer.
If a developer, doesn’t hand over possession on time he is bound to pay interest to the homebuyer. But then, for that, the homebuyer has to approach MahaRERA.
If this new rule is laid down and compliance report is submitted, then, homebuyers won’t have to approach the court or MahaRERA.

Victory in Maharashtra Gram Panchayat polls shows support for BJP’s development agenda: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Gram Panchayat polls in Maharashtra and thanked people for their unwavering support.The Prime Minister also congratulated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state party chief Raosaheb Danve.”I thank people of Maharashtra for the impressive win of BJP in Gram Panchayat polls across the state. I congratulate @BJP4Maharashtra, @Dev_Fadnavis and @raosahebdanve for the impressive performance in Gram Panchayat polls across the state,” Modi said in a series of tweets.”Wonderful victory of @BJP4Maharashtra in rural areas shows the unwavering support of the farmers, youth & poor for BJP’s development agenda,” he said in another tweet.According to reports, the results of 2,974 bodies of 3,884 which went to polls in the first phase were declared on Monday. Reports claim that the BJP won 1,457, followed by Congress (301), Shiv Sena (222) and Nationalist Congress Party (194).However, the BJP suffered a setback in Pankaja Munde’s hometown Parali in Beed district of Marathwada where the NCP emerged as a winner.The victory for the BJP comes at the time when the BJP government is facing severe criticism due to a slowdown in the economy and receiving flak over farm loan waiver issue.”Thank you Hon @narendramodi ji! It is the victory of people’s faith on your strong leadership &vision of taking development to the last man,” said Fadnavis in reply to PM Modi.

Will develop Pushkar temple like Akshardham’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of her visit to Ajmer, chief minister Vasundhara Raje reached Pushkar for ‘CM Jan Samwad’ program while holding dialogues with the representations of various castes and heard their grievances and issues. Like Kishangarh, she doled out many sops to the region including the development of Pushkar temple on the line of Akshardham temple.“Pushkar will be developed on the like of Akshardham temple. Our government is also working to beautify Pushkar Lake’s Ghats (series of steps towards the lake) and get rid of the drainage water,” said a statement released on the behalf of Raje.As by-election in Ajmer parliamentary is due after the death of Sanwar Lal Jat, the CM is leaving no stone unturned to reconcile with the communities which are reportedly unhappy with the government. A day after holding talks with Rajput community leaders in Kishangarh, the CM held one to one interaction with the selected representatives of Dalit community which plays an important role to decide the very parliamentary seat.Addressing to the community leaders, Raje spoke that her government is committed to the welfare of Dalits. “Dalit made the nation proud. Today the nation’s highest post, the president is occupied by Ramnath Kovind while in the state, Kailash Meghwal heads the state assembly as speaker. This is a proud moment for Dalit,” said the statement quoting Raje.Along with holding talks with community leaders, the CM was also seen disposing of public related issues which came into light during the trip. For instance, in Ararka village of Srinagar Panchayat Samiti, the CM, when told by the people of the water problem, has instructed to make a water tank sanctioning Rs 80 lakh on the spot.Two top cops promotedGood news came for the two IPS officers of Rajasthan on the eve of October 6. IPS Kapil Garg of batch-83 and IPS Nand Kishor of batch-84 were promoted to DG from ADG rank. The circular was issued on late Friday evening by Department of Personnel. IPS Garg was earlier serving as ADG, SCRB and IPS Nand Kishore was serving as ADG, training. After promotions of the rank, the profile will remain same.

2-child norm: Dist panchayat member wins fight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After knocking on doors of various authorities, Ahmedabad District Panchayat (ADP) member Savitaben Rathod, whose election was challenged in 2016, got relief from the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday.The first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi has allowed the Congress member Rathod’s appeal to continue as the member of the 34-member district panchayat. She was elected from the Ghangad seat in the general elections held on November 29, 2015.In January 2016, Mobubhai Chauhan had challenged her election before the Additional Development Commissioner, alleging that she was mother of three children and as per the Panchayat Act’s section 30 (1)(m), no candidate having three children can contest the elections. The Act also states that if one has hid the information and got elected, the member stands to get disqualified.Petitioner Savitaben’s contention was that she had three children before the cut off date August 4, 2006 and thus can’t be disqualified as member. Additional Commissioner concluded that Savitaben has incurred disqualification under the said Act. Meanwhile, as Rathod produced the third child’s two birth certificates (issued by different authorities) before the Additional Commissioner and Development Commissioner, the latter concluded that date of birth of third child can be decided only by the civil court.While one certificate that Rathod had produced carried date of birth of her third child as April 22, 2004, the other depicted it as August 2, 2006.Aggrieved with this order, Rathod challenged this before the single bench judge which too did not grant any relief and upheld the Development Commissioner’s order. Aggrieved with this order, she had challenged it before the division bench which granted her relief.

Amendment to Panchayat Act challenged in High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The president of a district panchayat has challenged an amendment made to the Panchayat Act by the state government in the Gujarat High Court.In 2015, the state had amended the Panchayat Act reducing the district panchayat’s president and vice president’s term from five years to two and half years.The amendment has been challenged by the president of Bhavnagar District Panchayat on grounds of equality, whose contention is that panchayat tenure and president and vice president’s tenure are co-existant. Any change in this term is in violation of article 14 and 243(a) of the constitution. When the petition came up for hearing, before the first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi, on Friday, petitioner’s advocate AJ Yagnik sought time to carry out research and add more citation. The matter will be heard next week.The petition states that in 2015, the state government had made an amendment in the Panchayat Act 1993 section 81(2) through which it had intended to reduce the tenure of Panchayat president and vice president. The petition argues that when the panchayat term is fixed for five years, how can the term of the president/vice president can be reduced.The petition cited examples of Maharastra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh where the term of the president and vice president is five years. Even the Panchayat act’s section 81 also states same of co-existance of tenure of president/vice president with the panchayat term.The petitioner’s prayer is the state action is counter rational of not keeping co-extensive duration of Panchayat and that of its elected representatives.The petitioner prayed that till it is decided, the court should stay the effect of the amendment and declare Section 81(2) illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires.THE PETITIONThe petitioner has contended that the panchayat tenure and president and vice president’s tenure are co-existant.
Any change in term is in violation of article 14 and 243(A) of the constitution.

Aapki Sarkar, Dalit ke Dwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, on the second day of her three-day visit to Bundi district under Aap Ka Zila, Aap Ki Sarkar programme, while returning to Bundi, unexpectedly stopped at a Dalit’s home in Matunda village near Bundi city and had lunch with them. She reached Babulal Bairwa’s home where Babulal’s mother Sohanibai and wife Sanjana served her home cooked food that included dal, kadi, chatni, and palak curry, salad and roti. “I would never forget the taste of such a delicious food for years,” Raje said, adding the urban food can never match the delicious taste of the rural food.State UDH minister Srichand Kripalani and food and supplies minister Babu Lal Verma were among those present with the district officials.However, the dilapidated and unhygienic conditions at places she visited left a bad taste in her mouth. Raje not only expressed her displeasure but she also took the officials concerned to the task.At the tribal hostel on Nainwa road, much to her annoyance she found deplorable conditions. The hostel ground was full of stray cattle and haystack. The hostel superintendent complained to the CM that the cattle feed sellers have encroached upon the hostel ground. The CM immediately ordered the removal of encroachment.Raje also visited the girls’ hostel of Babu Jagjivan Ram college and inspected the conditions. The girls informed the CM that there was no boundary wall around the hostel ground. The CM directed the district collector Shivangi Swarnkar to build a boundary wall around the hostel ground. Stains of spitting on the walls really upset her.During surprise visits at the primary health centre (PHC) and Gram Panchayat Cooperative Societies office and godown in Barupura Ojha village she expressed her displeasure on finding the ANM absent from the duty. On noticing the primary, secondary and senior secondary schools running separately, Raje directed the district collector to merge these schools into one. The villagers in Bharupura Ojha complained that the RO plant installed long ago in the village was not functional.At Khatkat village on the way on her surprise visits, Raje stopped at Annapurna Bhandar and examined the register of beneficiaries. The locals complained that the names of prosperous people, having good homes and sources of livelihood have been included in the list of BPL families. She also checked the list of commodities being sold at fair price shop and took a serious note of the complaint and delivered necessary directions to the district officials.Raje also inspected the overbridge constructed in 2016 on Motipura-Pipliya route and looked unhappy with the quality of construction and immediately called the principal secretary of PWD Alok and delivered necessary instructions. CM Raje also made a surprise visit at model government senior secondary school in Pipliya village and expressed her unhappiness over filthy conditions and an inadequate number of toilets and mismanagement.

RERA setting a bad example by going soft on builders: Housing experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Housing experts in Mumbai feel that Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is going soft on builders, especially in terms of levying fines on developers for late registration. Their basic apprehension is that the law allows developers to be fined up to 10 per cent of the total project cost, while RERA is charging the highest fine of Rs 10 lakh and lowest of Rs 2 lakh from developers for late registration.On Friday, MahaRERA decided the new fine for developers who applied after the period August 16 to August 31, to be Rs 1 lakh or an amount equivalent to the registration fee of the said project, whichever is more. For applications coming in from September 1 to September 30, the fine has been hiked to a minimum of Rs 2 lakh or an amount equivalent to double the registration fee, whichever is more. A ceiling of Rs 10 lakh has been set on the fine.Mumbai Grahak Panchayat’s Shirish Deshpande, said, “The law says that developers who haven’t registered after the deadline of July 31 should be charged a penalty up to 10 per cent of the total project cost. However, they are charging very less. Rs 2 lakh as fine is setting a wrong example. MahaRERA is in the forefront and doing a good job, but if it goes soft, then the same example may be followed by other states.”Echoing the same sentiments, Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, an expert on RERA said, “Fine should be moderate, but not Rs 2 lakh. This is very low.”Meanwhile, the authority in the order tried to justify the fine. “If any penalty linked to percentage of the project cost of each project has to be levied, every defaulting promoter will have to be given a chance to hear them individually before passing such an order. The act has in any case prohibited the said (unregistered) ongoing projects from advertising and selling with effect from August 1, MahaRERA recognised the fact that delaying the registration of the ongoing project will only jeopardise the interest of the allottees of the said projects, since the details will not be in the public domain for scrutiny and filing of complaints. It was hence decided that a similar procedure be adopted as for applications received up to August 16,” he said Gautam Chaterjee, the chairman of MahaRERA did not respond to our messages.Justified?Authorities have tried to justify the low fine by saying the act has anyway prohibited the said (unregistered) ongoing projects from advertising and selling with effect from August 1, MahaRERA recognised the fact that delaying the registration of the ongoing project will only jeopardise the interest of the allottees

Politicians should remain open to ideas from ordinary, illiterate people, says K J Alphons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The politicians and bureaucrats should remain open to accepting ideas even from “ordinary, illiterate and semi-literate” people while discharging their duties, Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons said on Saturday.He urged the government officials to reach to people and listen to them as they could have “fantastic” ideas.”Bureaucrats and politicians do not have all the wisdom in the world. We need to listen to the ordinary, simple, illiterate and semi-literate people, who have fantastic ideas.Bureaucrats, those who govern must keep their eyes and ears open, learn to listen to people and meet them,” he said addressing an event.He recounted how an 80-year-old woman inspired him as a District Collector to embark upon a programme to resolve the problems of the people residing in the villages in his jurisdiction.”The 80-year-old lady walked into my house and shouted at me. This is the third time I have come to your house, last couple of times you were not around. It is so difficult to reach you. The government has given you a car why can’t you come and see me in my village,” Alphons said.After which, the Minister said that he along with 2,000 district officers decided to visit the villages.They selected two panchayats and a venue and announced on television, radio, churches, mosques and temples that the collector would be visiting there in two months.He also sought petition on issues pertaining to the government at the Panchayat office.The minister recalled having received 5,000 applications, which were then marked to departments concerned and many problems of the villagers were sorted out.He also said that during his tenure as the Commissioner DDA, his office demolished 14,310 illegal mansions and not one illegal brick was laid in Delhi and not an inch of land was encroached upon. He said that the bureaucrats and government functionaries need to be committed to the citizens.

Will move casinos out of Mandovi in next 3 yrs, claims Godinho

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho today said the state government is committed to move casinos out of Mandovi river and claimed that it would be done in the next three years. Godinho said there would not be a single casino in Mandovi down the line three years and the government will execute it through a policy. “The BJP government is committed to remove casinos from Mandovi river. You will see that three years down the line there will not be any casino there,” he told a press conference here today. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had told the state legislative assembly in the recently concluded monsoon session that the vessels would be moved out of Mandovi by adopting a policy. When asked about where the casinos would be relocated in the near future, he said government is working out various alternatives and solutions to decide about it. “The decision will be taken in consultation with the stakeholders,” he said. Godinho, a former Congress leader, charged that it was the opposition party which brought casinos to the state. “Congress brought casinos to Goa and are now wanting them to be removed,” he said. The minister alleged that scams like land allotment to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or be it rise of drug trade in the state, it all began during the previous Congress regime. “We are committed to get rid of the drug menace. We are concern about our youth. It is a serious issue and every BJP member and its coalition MLAs want to make Goa free from drugs,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aiming to win 22 Lok Sabha seats in 2019: West Bengal BJP President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after BJP national president Amit Shah said that he was looking at 120 more seats in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019, West Bengal BJP president said they are aiming at winning 22 Lok Sabha seats out of 42 in Bengal.“We will win in 22 Lok Sabha seats including seven from north Bengal,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday talking to DNA. He said that preparations were on to take TMC head on and it would begin with the Panchayat polls next year. “About 50,000 party workers will be trained till the booth level to strengthen the grassroot organisation. We have already reached out to BJP supporters from 45,000 booths and after Durga Puja we will step up our movement of reaching to all the 77,000 booths of Bengal,” Ghosh said.Asked what he expected out of the Panchayat election next year he said it would be a 50-50 fight between TMC and BJP which would be the dress rehearsal before the big fight in 2019. “We will strengthen our organisation and ensure that people have the confidence of going to the booths and casting their own votes. That itself will boost the morale of people and our workers,” he added.
ALSO READ TMC sweeps civic polls in West Bengal, BJP emerges as main challengerTalking about the alleged state-sponsored violence during election he said that it would not be easy in panchayat polls and that the state BJP would not take any such attempts sitting down. “Assembly elections are different. There, the ruling party brings in people from outside the state and creates trouble but Panchayat election is very localised. Goons from some other villages cannot come over to create trouble in any village. And we will be on the guard too. If there is any attempt by the state government we will break their legs,” he said adding that the recent civic poll results were showed a positive sign that BJP had come up as the second strongest party in the state.TMC leaders refused to react to it. “Reacting to statements like these from the state BJP president would give the party more unnecessary attention, which we don’t want to,” said party general secretary Subrata Bakshi.

Trinamool Cong’s seminar touted a ‘revival bid’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being touted as a revival bid of the Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party (NTCP), a seminar would be held on Wednesday to bring all Opposition parties of Bengal together. The idea of forming the party was conceived when Mukul Roy had been sidelined in TMC in 2015 and was considered to be heading NTCP from behind the scenes.Technically, the seminar – ‘Khola Hawar Sondhane’ (in search of fresh air) – is a non-political one and has been put up by convenor Surya Mukherjeem. Most founder-members of NTCP would be present at the event and Amitava Majumder, a former aide of Mukul Roy and president of NTCP, would preside over the meeting.“Members of all political parties except TMC have been invited to this seminar at the Ram Mohan Hall in north Kolkata at 4 pm on Wednesday. Many intellectuals too are expected to turn up. There will mainly be a discussion about the misrule of the ruling TMC which has given rise to a suffocating environment here in Bengal, thus the topic of discussion. We believe the voice of the Opposition should be raised,” Majumder said while talking to DNA.Asked if the party intended to contest in the Panchayat election next year and the Lok Sabha election the year after that, he said that NTCP was not strong enough at the moment to contest independently but would lend support to other Opposition parties. “Contesting the election independently would mean facing the ire of the ruling party. We would rather like to form a Siliguri-model at different pockets and unite the Opposition against the atrocities of TMC,” he added.Mukherjee, talking to DNA, said that several MLAs have been invited and many have consented to attend the seminar. Sources said ousted TMC leader Kunal Ghosh had accepted the invitation and is expected to lash out at TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during his deliberation.ON THE ‘PARTY’ LISTThe seminar would be held to bring all Opposition parties of Bengal together
Politician Pradip Ghosh, who had defected from Congress to BJP and then to NTPC, also said he would be present as well.

Flood situation grim in Odisha’s Jajpur, Kendrapara districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation in Odisha’s Jajpur and Kendrapara districts continued to be grim today, said officials. A report from Kendrapara district said the people of several villages under 14 gram panchayats of Pattamundai block and eight gram panchayats of Aul block were still marooned. The situation is grim in Kendrapara district as the Brahmani and Kushabhadra rivers are flowing above the danger mark at Patrapur, Alava and Indupur. At least seven persons have lost their lives in the floods with three deaths reported from Jajpur district and two each from Kalahandi and Malkangiri districts. Over two lakh people have been affected in the flood caused by the Brahmani river, said officials. The Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office, however, said the situation in Jajpur and Kendrapara was expected to improve soon as the water level in the Brahmani had receded “significantly”. The river was flowing at 63 feet at Jenapur, against the danger level of 67 feet, and the Kharasrota was flowing at 9.6 metres at Binjharpur, against the danger level of 10.3 metres, it added. Meanwhile, those marooned in Kendrapara and Jajpur districts for three days alleged that they were being denied of relief materials and boats. “We have not received any relief material from the state government, even though we have been marooned for three days,” Upendra Kumar Mallick, Sarpanch (village head), Andra Gram Panchayat in Kendrapara district, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s Sampatiya Uike elected unopposed in RS bypoll from MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s tribal nominee Sampatiya Uike was today elected unopposed on the lone vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh. Returning Officer and Principal Secretary A P Singh declared Uike elected as she was the only nominee left in the fray on the last day of the withdrawal of the nominations this afternoon, a state assembly secretariat official said. On July 26, one Dr K Padmarajan filed his nomination papers as an Independent, but it was found invalid during the scrutiny. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave in May. Uike (50), the present district Panchayat president in Mandla, had unsuccessfully contested the assembly elections in 2013. Out of the total 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, eight seats are currently represented by the BJP while the Congress holds three.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farm loan waiver: 25,000 centres to accept forms for scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that 25,000 centres will be set up across the state to accept forms for loan waiver scheme. Every Gram Panchayat will have at least one such centre for farmers. Fadnavis was addressing reporters ahead of the monsoon session that begins here tomorrow. The state government had last month announced agri loan waiver scheme, which is expected to cost Rs 34,022 crore to the exchequer. Fadnavis said, “Aapale Sarkar web portal is being upgraded for uploading the information of farmers, their outstanding loan and land holding. “Every gram panchayat is going to have at least one such centre. There will be 25,000 such centres across the state, from where the state will receive applications of the farmers for loan waiver scheme.” The chief minister added that the idea is to select only genuine farmers through this exercise. “After a good spell of rains in the last few days, 88 per cent area has come under sowing. The government has spent around Rs 3,000 crore so far on tur procurement,” he said. A total of 21 bills will be placed during the monsoon session, the chief minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah trip: 50 hrs in 3 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During his three day visit to Rajasthan, BJP national president Amit Shah has elaborate plans. He plans to take stock of the party and government and take feedback from various sections of the society. He plans to meet party functionaries from grass roots to state level, elected representatives from panchayat to Cabinet post holders and draw inference about the health of the party. Shah is also expected to provide suggestions and inputs to the party and government regarding forthcoming Assembly and later Parliamentary elections.Shah’s trip spans approximately 50 hours and is spread over three days. As many as 10 formal interactions with different sections have been included in the itinerary. The first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. Legislators, Parliamentarians and post holders of party wings would be meeting Shah at BJP office on Friday afternoon. The national president would then meet professionals from various fields. An exclusive interaction with the Cabinet is scheduled for the first day itself. It is believed that a report of the government and major departments would be submitted to the party chief. In keeping with the party’s thrust on IT and social media a late evening meet with members of IT, social media and state media team has been slotted.The second day of Amit Shah’s trip is exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. The morning begins with a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges. Next he would meet the legislators and parliamentarians over a free flowing interactive session. Next in the series of meetings would be interaction with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.The third and last day of Shah’s visit begins with a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. The party is banking heavily on the newly inducted vistaraks for feedback and promotion and Shah’s meeting shows just that. Last but not the least Shah plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of the Nagar Nikays would also be present.Shah’s visit is crucial in timing and clearly shows how important the state is for the party. The party president’s packed schedule is ample proof of the fact that BJP is in the process of preparing a road map for elections in the next two years.SHAH’S JAIPUR ITINERARYDay one: Shah’s first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. MPs, MLAs and post holders of party wings would be meeting him at BJP office on Friday afternoon.
Day II: Shah has kept Saturday exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. He will hold a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges, meet MPs and MLAs over a free flowing interactive session and also interact with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.
Day III: Police a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. He also plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of Nagar Nikays would also be present.

Don’t test the patience of farmers: Hooda to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today hit out at the Centre, claiming that tillers are at crossroads and staring at a disaster due to its “anti-farmer” policies. The BJP government at the Centre must immediately implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, he demanded at his ‘Kisan-Mazdoor Panchayat’ rally here. “Do not test the patience of hard working farmers. The Centre should implement the recommendations, otherwise we will force the government to do so,” Hooda warned. He alleged that the “anti-farmer” policies of the BJP-led central government were responsible for farmer suicides in the country. “Farmers in the country are at crossroads. Thousands of farmers in the past three years have been forced to commit suicide. “They are staring at a disaster due to the government’s anti-farmer policies which are responsible for cases of farmer suicide,” Hooda alleged. He said a farmer is not alone, “even farm labourers and others are taking a stand with them against the anti-farmer policies”. The former chief minister alleged that the BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement the Commission’s report, but once it came to power it “forgot about it”. “They promised to give a minimum support price of Rs 2,100 per quintal for wheat, but how much the farmers are getting now? The same goes for the paddy crop. “It is an irony that farmers who grow cotton, paddy, potato and tomato are getting lower prices for their produce, but prices of products manufactured from these crops — garments, rice, chips and ketchup–continue to rise,” he said. Claiming that the Manmohan Singh government had waived about Rs 72,000 crore of farmers’ loans, he said the central government cannot just “wash their hands off” by leaving it to the states. Hooda also hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, saying it had failed on all fronts. “What is the state of affairs in Haryana, there is acute power shortage. Two and a half years have passed, but they have failed to take even one decision in the interest of farmers,” he said. The former chief minister had recently held a ‘Maha Kisan Panchayat’ in Jind. Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda also addressed today’s function here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narada Sting: Subrata Mukherjee seeks more time after failing to appear before CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Summoned by the CBI for his questioning of his alleged role in the Narada sting, West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee today failed to appear before the investigative agency and sought another date for the purpose.The CBI sources said Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukherjee was summoned by the agency to explain his alleged involvement in the Narada sting operation, which shows many politicos and bureaucrats accepting cash from a fake businessman to accord official favour to his fictitious firm.”He has sought some more time and has told us that he would appear very soon before the CBI,” a senior CBI official told

DCW chief pushes for action against ‘illegal’ liquor vend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of women today attended a public meeting organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in Karawal Nagar here and demanded removal of a liquor vend which was allegedly functioning in violation of the law. The women also raised other issues including domestic violence, non-functional street lights, unavailability of drinking water in the area. DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who attended the meeting, assured them of taking up their issues with the authorities concerned. Over a hundred women gave in writing to the Commission their grievances against the local liquor shop which they alleged was causing severe inconvenience and harassment to the them. According to law, no liquor vend should be situated within 100 metres of hospitals, school and temple. The liquor vend, when checked by Maliwal, was found to be existing in violation of rules. She also issued a notice to the Excise Department drawing their attention to the violation. The Mahila Panchayat was organised in collaboration with the NGO Nobel Cause Foundation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bill tabled for panel to recommend quota in TN civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bill for setting up a panel to recommend delimitation of wards in local bodies and also suggest quota for women, SC and ST candidates was introduced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today. The TN Delimitation Commission Bill, 2017, introduced by state Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani, provides for delimitation of territorial wards of village panchayats, panchayat unions, district panchayats, town panchayats, municipalities and municipal corporations. When the bill was introduced, DMK legislators said they opposed it. Once the bill is passed and the Act enforced, the panel shall make recommendations for fixing the total number of members to be elected to every local body on the basis of population as per the last census. According to the proposed legislation, the commission would recommend reservation of wards for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women in local bodies according to the population, determine boundaries of wards in local bodies and geographical compatibility. It would make recommendations for dividing the area of every local body into wards in keeping with the number of members that may be needed on the basis of the population. In the Statement of Objects and Reasons for the bill, Velumani said the government has decided to constitute a delimitation commission to make recommendations for carrying out delimitation of wards as per 2011 census and in respect of population of SCs, STs and women in the respective wards. The DMK had last year moved the Madras High Court seeking, among other things, reservation to categories including STs and rotation of seats in posts as per the Constitution. Following the plea, the Madras High Court had held the notification for civic polls (scheduling elections on October 17, 19, 2016) as null and void. The court had held that the TN Panchayat Election Rules were violated in the mater. On July 6, the Madras High Court had adjourned till July 14 all petitions, appeals in connection with local body elections in Tamil Nadu as a Special Leave Petition was set to come up in the Supreme Court on July 12.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha: Conf on rehabilitation of PAPs to be held on Jul 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Representatives of over 65 lakh people affected by various projects across Maharashtra would hold a day-long conference at a rehabilitated village in state’s Satara district on July 10. “The issue of rehabilitation of project affected people (PAP) in Maharashtra is too old and affects over 65 lakh people for over 50 years now. I realised the complexity of the issue when I helped the people of Boriv a rehabilitated village in Satara district – to get notified as a Gram Panchayat and hence I decided to bring all such people on a single platform,” said Madhav Bhandari of Janajagar Pratishthan. Janajagar Pratishthan is a forum mooted by Bhandari to raise issues related to rehabilitation. Bhandari, also the state BJP spokesperson, said that the conference would be an open platform for all. State Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil would attend the day-long conference at Boriv and is expected to expedite the process of rehabilitation, Bhandari said. A constructive dialogue is a better option than agitation to resolve issues. And this is the thing that we want to highlight through the conference, he said. Around four decades ago, Boriv was displaced on account of Dhom reservoir in Satara and then rehabilitated. But it could not avail government schemes for rehabilitation, as many of them are routed through gram panchayats, he said. The administration had not constituted a panchayat when the village went for rehabilitation. There are 29 dams built in Satara district alone and all the projects have issues related to rehabilitation are pending till date, Bhandari said. Konkan Railway project has over 49,000 PAPs whose issues are still pending while the widening of Mumbai-Goa highway has displaced around 20,000 people. Also, there are over 25,000 PAPs in Vidarbha who have lost their land and livelihood to power projects. Irrigation projects, power projects, highway projects, forestation projects and housing projects are the major ones that would be covered in this conference, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bajwa orders eviction of encroachments from village pond lands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today issued instructions to the officials of his department to remove the illegal encroachments from the village pond lands. He also directed them to ensure a proper maintenance and utilisation of the ponds. The minister ordered the officials to restore status quo ante (the previously existing state of affairs) after getting the records of the pond lands from the Revenue department. The lands should be marked on the basis of the records and the illegal encroachments should be removed from them, he said here in a statement. Bajwa said it was because of these encroachments that there were no outlets for the drains, leading to disputes among the people over the dirty, stagnant water. He also asked the officials to explore the possibilities of treating the sewage water for irrigation and added that the treated water could be supplied to the fields by installing solar-powered pumps in the ponds, for which the government was providing an 80-per cent subsidy. The ponds could also be used to harvest rain water as currently, the only outlet for the rain water were drains which resulted in its wastage, the minister said. “Rain water harvesting will also help raise the sub-soil water level,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Village heads need proper, time-bound training: Union minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today emphasised on proper and time-bound training of village heads after their election and said the funds meant for this exercise should not be spent anywhere else. He said neither the Centre nor the states have requisite infrastructure to impart training to the large number of panchayat representatives on time. “The Centre and states don’t have infrastructure to provide training to the representatives of 2.55 lakh panchayats of the country. “In the present set up, a sarpanch is able to get training after completion of four years or more out of his/her five-year term. This doesn’t benefit the system,” the rural development and panchayati raj minister said. Tomar was addressing a conference of state panchayati raj ministers here. “Training should be imparted within first six months of a sarpanch’s election. Through this way, a panchayat can benefit from his/her training for the next four-and-a-half years. By the time a sarpanch gets training, his/her term gets over. The district administration should hold training programmes in association with educational institutes.” The Union minister lamented that at times, the funds meant for such training sessions are spent on other events. Tomar said there are 29 subjects (as per the 11th Schedule of the Constitution for Devolution to the Panchayati Raj Institutions), which village panchayats need to address. “Some panchayats are doing a good work but there may be some others which are addressing these 29 subjects only on papers. Fund allocation to panchayats is increasing but there is a need for capacity building,” he added. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was the chief guest at the concluding function, said he held 40 panchayats (meetings) at his residence and this helped him to chalk out several public-oriented schemes. Chouhan said suggestions given by the participants at the conference would be implemented in the state. He said Madhya Pradesh recorded a robust growth in the agriculture sector last fiscal. “Madhya Pradesh has recorded an agriculture growth rate of 25.92 per cent (in last fiscal) after clocking 20 per cent expansion every year since the past five years. This growth rate has created its own problems as farmers are not getting proper prices of their crops. We are working to address this issue,” said Chouhan. Panchayati Raj Ministers from Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Assam and Andhra Pradesh participated in the conference. Addressing the event, Haryana Panchayat Minister Om Prakash Dhankar took a dig at the Congress prime ministers while speaking about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi government. “We have never seen any picture of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or more recently Manmohan Singh with a broom. But now we have a prime minister who wields the broom,” Dhankar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hooda blames Centre’s anti-farmer policies for farmer suicides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda today alleged that the “anti-farmer” policies of the BJP-led central government were responsible for the farmer suicides in the country. “Farmers in the country are at crossroads. They are staring at a disaster due to the government’s anti-farmer policies which are responsible for cases of farmer suicide,” he said at a “Kisan Panchayat” organised to highlight the plight of farmers here. The BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement the Swaminathan Commission report, but once it came to power it “forgot about it”, Hooda alleged. “The question today is not about the plight of farmers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu or Haryana, but peasants across the country. The BJP government is pursuing anti-farmer policies,” the former chief minister said. Claiming that the UPA had waived about Rs 72,000 crore of farmers’ loans, he said the central government cannot just wash its hands off by leaving matters of farm debt waiver to the states. “When farmers are demanding loan waiver, ministers in the central government are saying it is a state subject,” Hooda said. He also asked why the state government was not waiving farm loans like in Maharashtra and Punjab. Hooda also criticised Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for not “vigorously” pursuing matters related to the early construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal with the Centre. “He (Khattar) should ask the Centre to complete the canal’s construction. The court’s verdict does not bar (the state) from taking up the construction work,” he said. Senior Congress leader Raghubir Singh Kadian read out a 15-point charter that listed the party’s demands, among which was the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. Kadian and other leaders present on the occasion favoured that Hooda be made the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. The former chief minister, who recently held a ‘Kisan Panchayat’ In Kurukshetra, announced that a ‘Maha Kisan Panchayat’ will be held at Jind next month. Notably, senior Congress leaders of Haryana have been holding separate public meetings in different parts of the state on farmers issue. Senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has been holding meetings in different parts of the state where he has targeted the Centre on farmers issue. Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar had launched a three-day ‘satyagraha’ in Karnal recently to highlight the plight of peasants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena representatives to give month’s salary for loan waiver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today announced that party representatives at various levels would donate one month’s salary towards the farm loan waiver. This will apply to its ministers, MLAs, MPs, corporators, members of Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats. Sena has 18 MPs and 63 MLAs in Maharashtra. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray himself would contribute Rs 10 lakh, Sena leader and senior state minister Diwakar Raote said. Sena had supported farmers’ protest for loan waiver and now wants to contribute in giving relief to farmers through these donations, he said. “Uddhav-ji has already spent Rs 4.5 crore, earned from his photography, for farmers through various activities like giving help in drought-affected regions or water conservation work. He will now himself contribute Rs 10 lakh,” said Raote. The BJP-led state government — of which Sena is a part — recently announced a loan waiver for farmers. Earlier in the day, the state government issued a notification appealing its employees to contribute a day’s salary to provide financial assistance to families of farmers in the `suicide-prone’ regions of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mind your business, don’t influence court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State high court has taken a strong view against those elected representatives who thought fit to recommend temporary bail for convicts on various grounds. Coming down heavily on them, the court not only demanded written apologies from them in person on Wednesday, but directed the principal secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development and the principal secretary of Urban Housing and Development to issue notifications teaching them their duties, dos and don’ts.The seventh division bench of justice Abhilasha Kumari and justice AJ Shastri, while rejecting five temporary bail applications, observed, “If such recommendations came through once in a while, the court might have ignored them. But with each second temporary bail application, the convict is carrying a certificate from either the village sarpanch or a local councillor. It is not a part of their duty and is an attempt to influence the court. This has become a menace and a fashion. It is a direct interference in judicial proceedings and it cannot be tolerated further.” The court further opined, “It is clearly visible that these elected representatives are hand in gloves with the convicts and their family members. Instead of doing their duties, either under the Gujarat Panchayat Act or under the Gujarat Municipality Act, they are overzealous in recommending temporary bails. Their letterheads and seals are either lying at their homes or at a local paan/grocery shop instead of the panchayat office. Illiterate sarpanch’s certificates are either drafted by convict’s family members or by their husbands or sons. It seems as though this has become a family affair.”Court has directed government pleader Manisha Lavkumar and additional public prosecutors JK Shah and Ronak Raval to take up the matter with the concerned department.Unwanted limelightRamesh Solanki, sarpanch of Ingorada village in Bhavnagar, for convict Shamjibhai ParmarVasant Thakor, sarpanch of Vahedpura village in Patan, for convict Shaktabhai ThakorChetnaben Patel, sarpanch of Sankaliaata in Panchmahal, for convict Rajesh PatelShardaben Baraiya, sarpanch of Khanpur village in Panchmahal, for convict Ramsingh Pandor Councillor Babuhai Vasava of Bharuch municipality for convict Sandip Chauhan

Financial limit of dev works by panchayats in Hry increased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to increase the limit of development works to be executed by gram panchayats from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. “The limit of development works to be executed by gram panchayats would be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh,” a spokesman of the Development and Panchayats departments said here today. He said that necessary amendments in the relevant rules were being made in this regard. The Haryana government had also issued comprehensive consolidated guidelines for the execution of development works by gram panchayats in the State. As per these guidelines, funds released under the Central Finance Commission (CFC), State Finance Commission (SFC) and surcharge on VAT (SOV) as per their share specified as a grant from the government would be credited directly to the accounts of the Gram Panchayats through RTGS. The grant-in-aid received under SFC and SOV would be credited to the accounts of three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), namely Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads with the share as 75 per cent, 15 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, or as may be prescribed by the government from time to time,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fine of Rs 4 lakh imposed on 13 families for open defecation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local government body in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh today imposed a fine of about Rs 4 lakh in total on 13 families for open defecation. “A government team visited Virpur village and caught people from 13 families defecating in fields or on a hillock outside the village. A fine of Rs 3,95,500 was imposed on them on the spot,” said Begumganj Janpad Panchayat’s chief executive officer Rima Ansari. The `culprits’ continued with open defecation though a toilet has been built at every house of the village, she said. “These villagers had been warned on several occasions, but they were not ready to use the toilets at home,” said Ansari.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh Yadav asks how bags with his picture were distributed in Gujarat schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav today sought to put the BJP government in Gujarat on the dock asking how bags bearing his picture was distributed in that state.In a curious turn of events, some 12,000 school bags distributed in government-run primary schools in Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district bear Akhilesh’s picture.The school bags came with stickers of the Gujarat government’s school enrolment program. Beneath these stickers, however, is a smiling Akhilesh.The bags were apparently manufactured for distribution in Uttar Pradesh when the Samajwadi Party was in power. “The question is how bags of Uttar Pradesh are being distributed in Gujarat. The photograph is being hidden with sticker but Samajwadi work and colour is visible”, Akhilesh said in a tweet. The bags were distributed to students under the Gujarat government’s ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ programme, an annual drive to enrol students in class I. The education department of Gujarat has now ordered an inquiry into how these bags landed up there.That they have Akhilesh’s picture was first discovered by teachers at a school in Vasedi village when the stickers reading ‘Jilla Panchayat Shala Praveshotsav’ came off. The district panchayat had procured 12,000 of these bags through an e-tender from a Surat-based company, said district primary education officer Mahesh Prajapati.The opposition Congress took this opportunity to take a swipe at the BJP government in Gujarat. “Instead of appointing teachers, the government is distributing recycled bags… It shows how serious the government is towards education,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said.

Goa Panchayat elections establish BJP is main force: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the results of panchayat elections which were announced today have established that BJP is the main force in the State. “Panchayat election results are much satisfying then the assembly election. Except for a very few pockets, the election has virtually established that the BJP is the main force and that too with a majority,” Parrikar told reporters after meeting winning candidates at his official residence. He said in many panchayats, BJP has won almost all the seats. “…but more important aspect which you will have to realise…Congress is wiped out,” he said. Parrikar said “in some areas where it is not purely BJP workers, it is BJP plus coalition partners’ candidates… The chief minister said that the primary indications are we have won on sufficiently large number of seats. 90-95 per cent of our workers have got elected. Very few have lost.” Parrikar said that the party believes in grassroot democracy. “My only aspect is that while panchayat should get all the support, they should also discharge their duties. I have made it a rule that money is disbursed to them in 30 days. “Panchayat should do a lot of things, they have lot of powers but with the powers they also have responsibility,” he said. Parrikar said that the state government will involve them in Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. “In next one or two weeks, I will be calling their meeting and giving them task and support,” he said. The results for the panchayat election which was held on June 11 were announced today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa Panchayat Elections 2017: Ward-wise list of winning candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Panchayat Election results were announced on Tuesday, with the polling taking place on Sunday. The 186 panchyat bodies of the state have 1,450 wards, out of which are 540 have been reserved for SC/ST candidates. Also, 490 wards were reserved for women including 323 in the general category. As many as 5,297 candidates were in the fray with 7.49 lakh eligible voters.While parties don’t directly participate in panchayat elections with EC symbols, political parties including AAP, BJP and Congress have extended supportHere are some results of the Goa Panchayat Elections 2017: List of winning candidates of Kale PanchayatWard 1- BAPU SHELKEWard 2- SURAJ NAIKWard 3- JEMY REKDOWard 4- SHRADDHA BORKARWard 5- VIRAJ VEREKARWard 6- KISHOR DESSAIWard 7- BABLO KHARATList of winning candidates of Netravali PanchayatWard 1- SANTOSH NAIKWard 2- PRAKASH BHAGATWard 3- ANTONIA COSTAWard 4- ARCHANA GAONKARWard 5- RAJNI GAONKARWard 6- VITTHAL GAONKARWard 7- ABHIJIT DESSAIList of winning candidates of Sanvordem PanchayatWard 1- ULHAS BHANDARIWard 2- ANAND NAIKWard 3- SHREYA NAIK TARIWard 4- AMEY NAIKWard 5- TEJA NAIKWard 6- SANDEEP PAWASKARWard 7- NITESH BHANDARIWard 8- SUMITRA NAIKWard 9- SANJAY NAIKList of winning candidates of Vaddem PanchayatWard 1- JANO ZOROWard 2- KUSHTA GAONKARWard 3- JOSEFINA FERNANDESWard 4- SANYOGITA GAONKARWard 5- SANJOG PAIWard 6- DOMASIO BARRETOWard 7- PRAJYOT GAONKARList of winning candidates of Surla PanchayatWard 1- MAHENDRA SHIRODKARWard 2- DATTARAJ FONDEKARWard 3- SUREKHA KHODGINKARWard 4- BHOLO KHODGINKARWard 5- ANITA KUNDAIKARWard 6- KRISHNA BAYEKARWard 7- CHANDRAKANT GHADIWard 8 VINITA GHADIList of winning candidates of Bhati PanchayatWard 1- MAHADEV GAONKARWard 2- MANOJ PARYEKARWard 3- SHALINI NAIKWard 4- AVDU GAONKARWard 5- RUPESH GAONKARWard 6- SUJAY NAIKWard 7- UDAY NAIKList of winning candidates of Saligao PanchayatWard 1- DAYANAND MANDREKARWard 2- DEEPAK RANEWard 3- KALPANA ORASKARWard 4- LUCAS REMEDIOUSWard 5- LAFIRA REMIDIOUSWard 6- PANDURANG HARMALKARWard 7- DAYANAND JALMIWard 8- SHARADA BORKARWard 9- JACK COEHLOList of winning candidates of Chicolna-Bogmali PanchayatWard 1- INACIO FIGUEIREDOWard 2- JAGANNATH MAHALEWard 3- VIRGINIA RODRIGUEZWard 4- LORENZA FERNANDEZWard 5- CLAUDIO D’CRUZWard 6- LAXMAN KAVLEKARWard 7- ARUN NAIKList of winning candidates of Rivon PanchayatWard 1- SARVESH VELIPWard 2- SURYA NAIKWard 3- LUIZA FERNANDESWard 5- CLEOFY FERNANDESWard 6- VAISHALI NAIKWard 7- SURESH KEPEKARWard 8- VISHWAJEETWard 9- SARONA DSOUZAList of winning candidates of Ugem PanchayatWard 1- SANJAY PARWARWard 2- MARQIUES PEREIRAWard 3- AARTI NAIKWard 4- MAYA ZAANGLIWard 5- ARJUN NAIKWard 6- DARSHAN NAIKList of winning candidates of Nerul PanchayatWard 1- PIEDAD ALMEIDAWard 2- RAJESH KALANGUTKARWard 3- ANTONETTE DCOSTAWard 4- ANTHONY FERNANDESWard 5- SAVITA KALANGUTKARWard 6- ABHIJEET BANAVLIKARWard 7- PRAKASH HOBLEWard 8- SHASHIKALA GOVEKARWard 9- AVINASH SHIRODKARList of winning candidates of Xeldem PanchayatWard 1- VITHOBA NAIKWard 2- MARIA FERNANDESWard 3- JULIA FERNANDESWard 4- VIVEK SHETKATWard 5- LOURENCIHNA CORRIEAWard 6- JONH FERNANDESWard 7- PRAMOD DESAIWard 8- KAVITA DESSAIWard 9- CAETANO DELIMAList of winning candidates of Navelim PanchayatWard 1- KHUSHALI NAIKWard 2- DIGAMBER NAIKWard 3- MANILA GAWASWard 4- MAYURI GAWASWard 5- NAMRATA GAWASWard 6- NARAYAN GAWASWard 7- ROHIDAS KANSEKARList of winning candidates of Kargo PanchayatWard 1- SAMIR BHATLEKARWard 2- CUSTAN COELHOWard 3- SWATI GAWANDIWard 4- ABDUL NAIKWard 5- PRAMILA DESSAIWard 6- UDAY PALYEKARWard 7- RANGNATH KALSHAVKARWard 8-UMA SALGAONKARWard 9- VASANT DESAIList of winning candidates of Velsao-Pale-Issorcim PanchayatWard 1- CHRISTOPHER BARRETOWard 2- ASHOK SOUZAWard 3- BRANDA TEODOSIOWard 4- SILVIA DSOUZAWard 5- SANTAN LUKASWard 6- HENRIQUES DEMELLOWard 7- NANDITA DAYALList of winning candidates of Curti Khandepar PanchayatWard 1- SHRAVANI GAUDEWard 2- RUKMA KHANDEPARKARWard 4- SHAILESH SHETWard 5- SHARMILA SANGAONKARWard 7- DADI NAIKList of winning candidates of Manderam PanchayatWard 1- RAJVI SAWANTWard 2- RAGHOBA GAWADWard 3- PRIYA KONADKARWard 4- PRADEEP HADFADKARWard 5- ASHWETA MANDREKARWard 6- AMROJ FERNENDESWard 7- DENNIS BRITTOWard 8- PIURU DSOUZAWard 9- SANTOSH BARDEWard 10- SUBHASH ASOLKARWard 11- MAHADEV HARMALKARList of winning candidates of Mayem Vaingini PanchayatWard 1- SEEMA ARONDEKARWard 2- KUNDA MANDREKARWard 3- URVI MASURKARWard 4- SANTOSH GADEKARWard 5- VINITA GAONKARWard 6- PREMENDRA SHETWard 7- VISHWAS CHODANKARWard 8- NAMITA TARIWard 9- VIJAY POLLEWard 10- KRISHNA PARABWard 11- TULSHIDAS CHODANKARList of winning candidates of Van Maulinguem PanchayatWard 1- SHEETAL SAWALWard 2- SHIVA GAONKARWard 3- JYOTI MAULINGKARWard 4- DIPIKA MAYEKARWard 5- UMESH GAONKARWard 6- VIDESH GAOKARList of winning candidates of Mopa PanchayatWard 1- MADHUSUDAN SAMANTWard 2- DEEPAK TAMBOSKARWard 4- SARASWATI NAIKWard 5- PRASAD MAHALEWard 6- VITHI MAHALEWard 7- SUBODH MAHALEList of winning candidates of Kudenem PanchayatWard 1- MANGALDAS NAIKWard 2-RAJAN FALKARWard 3- NANDINI FALKARWard 4- VANSHIKA MALIKWard 5- SURESH KAMATWard 6- MAHENDRA EKAWADEWard 7- JAIRAM MALIKList of winning candidates of Ibrampur PanchayatWard 1- ATMARAM NAIKWard 3- SONALI PAWARWard 4- SONALI IBRAMPURWard 5- CHANDRASHEKAR KHADAPKARWard 6- DILIP GAWASWard 7- DILU NAGESH HALARNKARList of winning candidates of Ozari PanchayatWard 1- SMITA RAMA KALANGUTKARWard 2- SUDAM PARABWard 3- KARUNA NAIKWard 4- SURESH PARABWard 5- SANGEETA GAONKARWinning candidates of Cansaulim PanchayatWard-1 -José Marie FurtadoWard-2- Ferwin SaldanhaWard 3- Esha NaikWard 4- Iron lady Martha SaldanhaWard 5- Lustrida SequeiraWard 6- Pascoal PerieraWard 7- Maria Carmo FernandezWard 9- Ratnakar NaikList of winning candidates of Porascadem PanchayatWard 1- PADMARAM ASOLKARWard 2- RAKESH SWARWard 3- SATYABHAMA PEDNEKARWard 4- FRANCIS FERNANDESWard 5- NEETA MALVANKARWard 6- SATYAWAN GAONKARWard 7- ROY FERNANDESList of winning candidates of Torxem PanchayatWard 1- BRITTO DSOUZAWard 2- ASHOK SAWALWard 3- PRARTHANA MOTEWard 4- SUNDARI NAIKWard 5- SURYAKANT TORASKARWard 6- VILAS KESHAV SHETYEWard 7- MUKTA MUKUNDList of winning candidates of Calangute PanchayatWard 1- SHERYL LOBOWard 2- RUPA CHODANKARWard 3- SUDESH MAYEKARWard 4- ANTHONY MENEZESWard 5- POOJAT MATKARWard 6- GABRIEL FERNANDESWard 7- FRANCIS RODRIGUESWard 9- DINESH SIMEPURSHKARWard 10- SHAWN MARTINList of winning candidates of Latambarcem PanchayatWard 1- SAMIR GAWASWard 2- DNYANESHWAR GAWASWard 3- KUNDA CHARIWard 4- PRASHANT GHADIWard 5-VANITA GHADIWard 6- BABLOO GAOKARWard 7- YESHWANT VARAKWard 8- TRUPTI GAOKARWard 9- BALKRISHNA PARWARList of winning candidates of Dhargal PanchayatWard 1- PRADEEO PATEKARWard 2- ARJUN KANOLKARWard 3- SUNITA RAUTWard 4- SUBHASH DHARGALKARWard 5- SONALI SALGAONKARWard 6- RAJU SHIRODKARWard 7- VALLABH WARADKARWard 8- ARADHNA NAIKWard 9- PRADEEP NAIKList of winning candidates of Quelossim PanchayatWard 1- TIE BETWEEN DEEPA NAIK AND SALVADOR FERNANDESWard 2- FILOMENA FIGUERIEDOWard 3- MARIO COLACOWard 4- RIGEL TAVARESWard 5- SEBASTIO SERRAOWard 6- CYNTHIA SILVAList of winning candidates of Bicholim Sal PanchayatWard 1- VASUDEV PARABWard 2- PRAKASH RAUTWard 3- PRAMILA CHARIWard 4- BINDIYA RAUTWard 5- VASUDEV HALARNKARWard 6- DEVIDAS NAIKWard 7- GHANASHYAM RAUTList of winning candidates of Assagao PanchayatWard 1: HANUMANT NAIKWard 2: JOCKY QUADROSWard 3: RIYA NAIKWard 4: JOSEPHN DSOZAWard 5: KARTIK KERKARWard 6: JALINDAR GAONKARWard 7: SAGAR NAIKList of winning candidates of Chicalim PanchayatWard 1- MARIA MASCARENHASWard 2- ANA AZAVEDOWard 3- ROBERT FLACOWard 4- KAMLA YADAVWard 5- RUCHI BANDIVADEKARWard 6- SHIVAJI KURADEWard 7- SURESH MAYEKARWard 8- SANIFA DCOSTAWard 9- YUVRAJ VOLVOIKARWard 10- SEBASTIAO PEREIRAWard 11- PEDRO DAMIAO RODRIGUEZList of winning candidates of Mulgao PanchayatWard 1- GAJANAND MANDREKARWard 2- PRADEEP REVODKARWard 3- ANANDI PARABWard 4- TRUPTI GADWard 5- VISHALSEN GADWard 6- PRAKASH ARONDEKARWard 7- MAHESHWAR PARABList of winning candidates of Marve PanchayatWard 1- PRATISTHA MISHALWard 2- TUKARAM SALGAONKARWard 3- MANISHA AMONKARWard 4-RAGHUVIR VERNEKARWard 5- SIDDHESH PARSEKARList of winning candidates of Arambol PanchayatWard 1- DANIEL DSOUZAWard 2- PRAVIN VAIGANKARWard 3- DEEPIKA VAIGANKARWard 4- BARNADIO FERNANDESWard 5- MANISHA NAIKWard 6- ANANT GADEKARWard 7- GUNAJI THAKURWard 8- PRATIKSHA NAIKWard 9- MANOHAR KERKARList of winning candidates of Assagao PanchayatWard 1- HANUMANT NAIKWard 2- JOCKY QUADROSWard 3- RIYA NAIKWard 4- JOSEPHN DSOZAWard 5- KARTIK KERKARWard 6- JALINDAR GAONKARWard 7- SAGAR NAIKList of winning candidates of Moira PanchayatWard 1- SADANAND RAULWard 2- LAVU THAKURWard 3- PUJA CHARIWard 4- RIYA BELEKARWard 5- OSWALD CODEIROWard 5- SURYAKANT BHATLEKARWard 6- SURYAKANT BHATLEKARWard 7- MAHESH SATELKARList of winning candidates of Amona PanchayatWard 1-KRISHNA GAWASWard 2-SHAMBA TUKARAM GAWASWard 3-SALIYA GAWASWard 4-SANGHAVI FADTEWard 5-KASHINATH MHATOWard 6- SANDESH NAIKWard 7- VIJESH SAWANTList of winning candidates of Sarvan Karapur PanchayatWard 1- RASHMI NAIKWard 2- MAHESH SAWANTWard 3- SUSHMA SAWANTWard 4- DATTAPRASAD KHARKANDEWard 5- NEETA MORAJKARWard 6- LAXMAN GRAVWard 7- DAMODAR GURAVWard 8- UJWALA KAVLEKARWard 9- RAMESH SAWANTWard 10- MUHAMMAD MANDARList of winning candidates of Cortalim PanchayatWard 1- ANITA KINKREWard 2- SENIA BARRETOWard 3- RAYMOND DESAWard 4- MANUEL SILVAWard 6- AUGUSTINHO MENEZESWard 7- FRANCISCO MENDESWard 8- ANGELA FURTADOWard 9- PRATAP NAIKWard 10- ANTHONY FERNANDES

Over Rs.2 lakh fine for UP village man for divorcing wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A man of the Turk community has been fined Rs. 2 lakh as penalty and Rs. 60,000 as a Mehr for allegedly divorcing his wife through triple talaq in the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. The father of the woman says she got married two years ago to a man of Hayatnagar village. The groom on June 1 divorced his wife and she went back to her father?s home. The matter later went to the Panchayat. The Panchayat gave the verdict in the woman’s favour, stating that triple talaq was banned in the village, and hence, the groom was accused of violating the rules. ?The decision taken in the meeting is right? said a villager. The member of the Panchayat also helped the bride?s family get back dowry given to the groom. ?The amount of money received as penalty has been given to victim bride so that it would be helpful for her in future? said a leader of the Turk community. The incident reportedly took place after a fight, prompting the man to pronounce talaq thrice in a fit of rage and asking his wife to return to her parental village.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Case registered against gram panchayat prez for allegedly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gram panchayat president in Mysuru has been booked for allegedly forcing two civic workers to clean a clogged manhole in front of her house manually. The video footage of the two civic workers entering the clogged manhole has gone viral. The incident happened on June 6 at Tavarekatte village under Chamundi Betta gram panchayat limits in Mysuru. The matter figured in the Karnataka Assembly today, forcing the government to make a statement. Raising the issue during Zero hour, Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar said it was in clear violation of Supreme Court orders, which prohibit such acts. Calling it a “shameful” and “deplorable” act, he expressed surprise about such an incident having taken place in the Chief Minister’s home district. Shettar said when civic workers initially did not agree to clean the manhole manually, the gram panchayat (GP) president Geetha threatened them that they they would lose their jobs. She even called up the Panchayat Development officer Anand, who asked the workers to clean the manhole, he added. Shettar wanted to know why such works should be performed manually when modern machines are available, and demanded that government take strict action in the matter. In his reply, Rural Development Minister H K Patil said that the government strongly condemns such acts. A team of senior officials led by Mysuru Zilla Panchayat CEO, which visited the spot, prima facie found that the incident had taken place. The incident is in violation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, he said. Patil said a case has been registered against the gram panchayat president and PDO at Krishnaraja Police Station in Mysuru. He said while PDO has been placed under suspension, pending inquiry, cases have been registered and necessary action will be taken against Geetha, under relevant sections of the Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj Act. Noting that the government has viewed the incident very “seriously”, the minister said necessary action will be taken so that such incidents don’t recur. In March, three contract labourers had died of suffocation after they entered a manhole on a road in Bengaluru, without any safety equipment, to clear a block.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Most of myths on children untrue: NCPCR handbook for panchayat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Do not believe the myths, most of them are untrue, instructed a handbook by India’s apex child rigts body for panchayat members in rural areas. Home is the safest place for children, we should not worry about boys, they can take care of themselves, it is better to marry off girls while they are minors, God created children, he will look after them – these are some common myths that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) warned elected representatives against today. The handbook prepared by the NCPCR, in association with the UNICEF, and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, contains a series of tips for Panchayat members on how to protect children under their jurisdiction. “There are several misconceptions about child rights. Many people do not understand why children need protection and who they need it from. But it is important for panchayat members to be aware of this so that they can contribute to child protection in their village,” the handbook states, listing a series of myths associated with child protection. While many might think that home is the safest place for a child, it is not true, the handbook states, adding that it is common in many families to physically assault children. Many families get their children married off at a young age so that they are not responsible for them anymore. It is here, says NCPCR that the community, government and panchayat members come in. “Unless and until communities are involved, making a difference in the lives of children at the village level is an uphill task,” said Secretary of Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Jitendra Shankar Mathur. The handbook also sought to create awareness about the fact that it is not just girls who are vulnerable and need protection, but boys do to. “Like girls, boys too are vulnerable to sexual and emotional exploitation. In some cases, boys are forced into child labour bonded labour. Often they are subjected to sexual assault at their workplaces. Assistance should be taken from government aided legal organisations to prevent these situations,” the handbook said. The guidebook also states there are a lot of misconceptions among families and the community surrounding child rights. Many families put their children’s future at stake because of their traditional views and sometimes because of their own selfish reasons. Under these circumstances, the role of the panchayat members becomes more significant, it states. Panchayat members have also been given tips to look out for vulnerable children- children involved in labour, street children and orphans, children belonging to weaker sections, children with HIV/AIDS, children trapped in prostitution and others. NCPCR will soon begin a programme through which the idea of community participation to retain children in villages will be taken up in 14 states and union territories. Through this child-friendly panchayats or bal panchayats, recreational activities for children at the panchayat level and vocational training for them to make a livelihood are some of the additions proposed to be made to the already-existing Panchayat systems in the country. The states to be covered on pilot basis would be Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttharakhand, Uttar Pradesh where State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) have a proven track-record of initiatives pertaining to children and are strong and active in the field of child rights.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt mulls over revision of Goa Panchayat Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government of Goa is considering the amendment of the Goa Panchayati Raj Act following multiple allegations of manipulations in delimiting and reserving the panchayat wards. As per the current provisions, the government has the authority to delimit and reserve wards.As many as 1,522 wards from 186 panchayats will be going to polls on June 11. Sources in the directorate of panchayat confirm that a positive nod from political leadership is awaited to transfer the powers to the State Election Commission (SEC).All the major political parties have agreed to unanimously pass the amendments. Currently, delimitation and reservation of wards are carried out every five years.

Haryana: Election expenditure of Panchayat bodies increased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana State Election Commission has increased the election expenditure limit of the candidates of various Panchayat bodies. As per the new guidelines, the expenditure limit for panch (member of gram panchayat) has been increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000, State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said in an official release here today. Similarly, the expenditure limit for sarpanch of gram panchayat (up to 15 wards) — Rs 30,000 at present — and for those more than 15 wards — Rs 50,000 at present — has been increased to Rs 1.50 lakh. The expenditure limit for member of panchayat samiti has been increased from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh, and that of member of zila parishad has been increased from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh. “Every contesting candidate would, either by himself or through his authorised election agent, keep a separate and correct account of all expenditure in connection with these elections between the date he has been nominated and the date of declaration of result, both days inclusive,” said Singh. This account would be maintained and submitted to the authorised officer within a period of 30 days from the declaration of the election result. “If any contesting candidate fails to lodge his/her election expenditure within the timeframe, he/she would be declared to be disqualified for a period of three years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

64 per cent turnout in urban local bodies election in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling for seven urban local bodies today passed off peacefully, barring some stray incidents, in Bihar with around 64 per cent voter turnout. The elections were held in seven municipal corporations — Gaya, Munger, Biharsharif, Darbhanga, Ara, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, 31 nagar parishads (municipal council) and 63 nagar panchayats. “About 64 per cent polling took place till 5 pm. The voting percentage may increase once we receive the final reports from all the districts,” State Election Commissioner A K Chouhan told reporters here. The fate of 13,027 candidates was now sealed in EVMs, he said. Polling for Patna Municipal Corporation will be held on June 4 while election for all other nagar parishads and nagar panchayats in Patna district will be held on June 7. Barsoi Nagar Panchayat in Katihar district would also go to polls on the same day, State Election Commission Secretary Durgesh Nandan told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa government manipulated delimitation to suit it: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Congress has accused the BJP government of “manipulating” the delimitation exercise conducted ahead of the Panchayat bodies elections to serve its political interests. The elections for the 180-odd panchayat bodies in Goa are scheduled on June 11. “The manipulations done by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his coalition partners during delimitation is nothing but setting an example before the younger generation that politics means only manipulation and autocracy,” All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said in a statement released here. He pointed out that the Goa government has brazenly violated the Goa Panchayati Raj Act when Article 243 K specifically gives powers to delimit and reserve the wards to the Goa State Election Commission and not the state government. He observed that Goa State Election Commission has filed an affidavit in the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court clearly stating that it is the constitutionally empowered authority to delimit and reserve wards while government is illegally taking over these constitutionally defined powers. “People have reacted sharply to the delimitation manipulations even by threatening to boycott the elections since there are blunders of dividing the voters of the same locality and even of the same family in two different wards. “These are not human errors but deliberate moves to benefit certain candidates of the ruling parties,” Chodankar said. In a similar manner, alleged Chodankar, that the BJP-led government has reserved wards to qualify or disqualify certain candidates irrespective of the presence of reserved category voters in the locality. “The government has not followed any transparent criteria while carrying out reservation of all categories. In some cases where reservation was not possible, ward numbers were changed to suit the needs of the BJP,” he said. “It is being done in a dictatorial style and arbitrary manner by disrespecting rules, laws and democratic practice,” Chodankar added. He said the government has compromised on free and fair elections that is the foundation of any democracy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KC(M) defeats Cong nominee with the support of CPI(M)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Congress (M) headed by veteran leader K M Mani and state’s ruling CPI(M) today once again joined hands in Kottayam district panchayat to defeat a Congress nominee contested for the post of a standing committee chairperson. KC(M) nominee in the district panchayat Sebastian Kulathumkal won the post of Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Development with the support of CPI(M) members in the voting. He defeated Congress nominee Lisamma Baby. Congress slammed the fresh hobnobbing between CPI(M) and KC(M), a former constituent in the opposition UDF, that evolved weeks after the ruling party supported a nominee of Kerala Congress (M) to help the party headed by Mani to wrest the Kottayam District Panchayat president post from the Congress. “It is a big political betrayal by Mani and his son Jose K Mani,” District Congress Committee (DCC) president Joshi Philip said condemning the steps taken by KC(M) in the district panchayat. He alleged that Mani was playing the “game of hide and seek” with regard to his party’s association with the CPI(M).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Important works to be given to panchayat volunteers: Das

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To strengthen the panchayat raj system, Jharkhand government would give important works to panchayat volunteers, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said here today. From June 1 every panchayat secretariat would start functioning, he said, adding villagers should not make rounds of offices for works done for their work. And for this, panchayat ‘sevaks’ were selected, he said. Panchayat secretariats would oversee 14 departments, including caste, residence, income certificates and banking. Das was addressing the programme “Sarkar App ki Dwar Abhiyan-2017 (government at your doors). Under the programme, the chief minister laid on-line foundation stone for different schemes worth Rs 153.45 lakh for different districts under North Chhotanagpur Division, according to an official release. He announced increase of caste and residential certificates duration from one year to three years and income certification from six months to one year, the release said. Das said that investments worth thousands of crores of rupees are coming to Jharkhand through “Momentum Jharkhand” and to give employment to the youth the government would impart skill training to boys and girls so that they could get jobs in the factories being set up in the state. Women would also be trained in knitting and poultry and they would be connected in employment and self-employment. He said that Hazaribagh is in top ten in cleanliness and expressed hope that in the next survey it would get into top position. The chief minister said that by 2018, entire Jharkhand would become open defecation free and panchayat sevaks have an important role in it. Das said the panchayat sevaks have worked hard in making survey of homeless, orphan, widows, divyang and unemployed in villages and this survey has revealed the true picture of village. The government would use the survey in all the development schemes, he added. Rural Development Minister Nilkanth Singh Munda said that programmes at divisional level helped understand problems and called upon the panchayat volunteers to work hard so that villages could develop. Education Minister Neera Yadav called upon the panchayat volunteers for team work so that Jharkhand would become developed and prosperity. She also called upon them to create awareness of education and skill development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Orissa: I respect ‘punishment’ of removal as party spokesperson if it helps BJD, says Jay Panda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Jay Panda on Saturday said that if removing him from the post of party spokesperson is for the party’s betterment, then he respects it.Panda said his intention is only to heal the party, adding that after the panchayat elections, Patnaik had said that they needed to do introspection.”In the process, if I am to get a punishment and the party corrects some of its problems, then I am prepared to face that punishment…As I said, it is the party president’s prerogative and I respect it. If he feels that is what is best for party. If my being removed from the post of spokesperson is good for the party then I respect it,” Panda told ANI.Supporting his argument, Panda said that even the Parliamentary floor leader has been quite outspoken about the same, adding that there is a lot of muttering going on within the party.”Naveen himself had said in public for the need for introspection. As far as speaking in party forums, whichever forums are functioning, we are speaking there. For example, the parliamentary party meet took place last month when the party president came and participated, there also I have very frankly spoken. It is not just me, but others also. The Parliamentary floor leader has also been much more outspoken than me,” he said.Giving clarification in regard to his article wherein he had talked about the problems the party is facing, the BJD leader said it was only written with the intention of healing the party as he has been with it since its founding day 20 years back.”I had written this article in a very frank manner to do introspection, to point out because I am one of those very few people who was there with the founder president 20 years ago when we founded the party. The party has succeeded tremendously over the past 20 years, but in recent situation I thought it was important for the party leader to understand. So, that is why I had written that article,” he said.Responding to a poser on whether he would join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Panda said he has a deep connection with his party and he is only trying to be the conscience keeper for the party to find its way.”I am trying for my party to heal itself. The BJD is a party with which I have deep connection right from the founding day. I am trying to be the conscience keeper for the party to find its way,” he said.With two senior leaders of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alarm bells have started ringing within the party as Panda on Tuesday said that the ouster reflected a larger resentment among the party cadres and called for immediate attention.”One gone yesterday, another today. Yet when I cautioned last week, was contradicted. Now large sections unrepresented, resentment everywhr (sic),” Panda tweeted.His reaction came after two senior members of the BJD – Jayaram Pangi and Amar Nayak – joined the BJP.Both leaders decided to join the BJP after the BJD suffered a humiliating loss in the recently concluded Panchayat elections.Reports indicate that a section of BJD leaders were inclined to split the party to join the BJP.Earlier, Pradhan said the BJP would welcome “clean and strong” leaders from other parties if they showed commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”We want to strengthen our party. Whoever is committed to the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and party president Amit Shah are welcome to join us. We will welcome clean and strong leaders,” Pradhan told reporters here.While Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik blamed the BJP for fuelling such “false” reports, the BJP instead blamed the internal discord within the regional party and maintained it had no role in it.The 2017 Panchayat elections conducted for 846 Zilla Parishad seats saw the BJD winning 473 seats and the BJP winning 297.The election results forced Naveen Patnaik-led BJD to announce a massive Cabinet reshuffle. As many as 12 ministers were inducted in the Cabinet and 10 ministers were shown the door.

Khalsa college suicide: Amarinder meets protesting students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has met the students of Khalsa College here, who have been protesting against the college management over the recent suicide of a student at his hostel room. The chief minister yesterday assured the students of justice and directed Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary, higher education, to address their grievances and probe the matter to ascertain the college management’s role in the suicide of the student who was found hanging in his room. He assured Harpreet’s father, Yadwinder Singh, of all possible help and take strict action against anyone found guilty of abetment to suicide. In a letter to the chief minister, Yadwinder sought Rs 50 lakh as compensation and a job for his younger son. The letter was also signed by members of Gram Panchayat and residents of Harpreet’s village Gumti Kalan. Demanding strong action against the college management committee members, principal and registrar for abetting the suicide of the student over the issue of attendance shortage, the students sought Amarinder’s intervention to bring the guilty to book. Amarinder assured the students of a thorough probe into the matter. Pointing out that the state police had already formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT), Amarinder said no laxity would be tolerated. According to the students, Harpreet, who was barred from appearing in exam over shortage of attendance, had been treated unfairly as there were other students who were short of attendance as well but they were allowed to take the exam. Harpreet, they said, was taking private coaching classes for admission into MSc course from some prestigious college, which was the reason for his low attendance. Harpeet’s father had already filed an FIR against the college principal, registrar and head of the agriculture department for abetment to suicide.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meo Muslims want countrywide ban on cow slaughtering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meo Muslims, a community of mainly the dairy farmers, want cow to be declared as the national animal or a countrywide ban on its slaughtering in the wake of lynching of a man by cow vigilantes on suspicion of cow smuggling. The Meo community, which has a population of 60 lakh spread over in parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, has called a meeting of its core committee on May 8 to discuss the issue in the wake of the lynching of 55-year-old Pehlu Khan last month by a group of cow vigilantes. “The government should either declare cow as the national animal or ban cow slaughtering across the country, Sher Mohammad, head of the Meo Panchayat-Alwar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Spurned man pours acid on woman in Tirupur district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly threw acid on a 40-year-old woman and attempted to stab her in full public view today in nearby Tirupur after she spurned his overtures. The 45-year-old man was caught by passersby who beat him up and later handed over to the police. Both the woman and the man were injured in the incident, police said. The incident took place near the panchayat office in Velandipalayam, police said adding that the two have been hospitalised.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tel financial aid scheme for single women to start next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telangana government today said its scheme to provide a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to ‘single women’ would get underway from June 2. The scheme is aimed at helping unmarried women and those women who are either deserted by their husbands or are staying away from their husbands, state Panchayat Raj minister Jupally Krishna Rao told reporters here. About three lakh single women are estimated to be living in Telangana. The government would accept applications for the scheme from May 8, he said. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to implement the scheme to help single women lead a life with self-respect, the minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal drops ‘Pradhan Mantri’ tag from central scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The West Bengal government has decided to drop the tag “Pradhan Mantri” from “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna” and rename it as “Bangla Fasal Bima Yojna”, a senior minister today confirmed today.The reason behind the decision to drop the Pradhan Mantri tag, taken at a state Cabinet meeting earlier this month, was that the Centre’s share in such schemes had come down to 50:50, state agriculture minister Purnendu Basu explained to PTI. “We do not see any necessity in continuing with the Pradhan Mantri tag on a project for which the state government has been contributing much. This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting,” Basu said.As per the norm, the farmer had to pay one-third of it while the remaining two-thirds was borne by the Centre and the state government. Earlier, the Centre’s contribution was either 90 per cent or around 75 per cent, which now came down to 50 per cent or below in several schemes. “Give me a logic why we should continue with the name Pradhan Mantri when the state government’s contribution to the scheme was maximum,” Basu reasoned.The state has already renamed some of the central government schemes like Swach Bharat has become Nirmal Bangla. It was also learnt that the Centre has sent a letter to the state Panchayat department seeking the reason behind dropping “Pradhan Mantri” tag from the schemes.

The increasing vote indicates the rise of BJP in Bengal: Dilip Ghosh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh talks about the present and future prospects of the party in the state in a freewheeling interview with Arshad Ali.Your party is doing well after you took over as the state President. What do you think was lacking?I was made the General Secretary of the state BJP on January 29, 2015. We had started enrolling BJP members through a missed call from the previous November. At that time, the number of BJP members stood at 1.25 lakh. Today the figure stands at 42 lakh in Bengal. When I took over as the state President, the confidence level among the party workers was very low. I led from the front trying to create a conducive environment for them, which is now reaping dividends.What do you aim for the panchayat election next year?We will give agents at all the 48,000 booths across the state. Many are still joining us and we will have a strong organisation in the next four months. This time, our target is to have 100 per cent presence. We will win one or two Panchayat Pradhan in every zilla parishad. That will be the quarter final. Similarly, 2019 Lok Sabha election will be the semi final where we aim to win 50 per cent of the parliamentary seats, and then we will fight the final in 2021 assembly elections.What does the recent success at Dakshin Kanthi mean to you?It is the result of our hard work. We were very weak at East Midnapore district. We had received only 8 per cent votes in the last Assembly election. The increased number of votes indicate the rise of BJP in Bengal.While you accuse Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing the Muslims, don’t you think saffron brigade is only appealing to Hindus? Even you had talked about Ramzaade and Haraamzade.If we are differentiating the nationalists from the anti-nationalists, are we doing something wrong? About the Ramzaade and Haraamzade, I meant those who don’t follow the ideologies of Ram. There are many Muslims here who believe Ram is their predecessor. He is not a political or religious leader. He was an ideal king and his policies for the welfare of his subjects can and should be replicated.You kicked a lot of controversy because of your armed rallies during Ram Navami…The allegations and false cases are part of the prevailing politics to stop us. When there is an uprising among the common people, those in power get afraid. The easiest way to curb the uprising is by using police and administration, which they have done. This is nothing new. We are ready to face all atrocities.There has been a clear divide within your party. What is your opinion about it?I dont see any divide in the party, but there can always be a difference in opinion within the party. People of different tastes and culture come to a party, but they get unified while working for a same goal. Many were initially a bit skeptic, but now that the party is doing well, they have come forward too.Your reactions regarding the recent development in the Narada probes…It was expected. We had fought for it and had moved court. We were the ones to play the tapes at our office. Mamata Banerjee, at one point when BJP leaders were accused of accepting bribe, used to say the camera doesn’t lie. After the Narada sting operation when her leaders are accused, she said camera can lie. Judgement is here and will be served.You had said that after UP elections Narada probe would be stepped up on and it has been done. Doesn’t it imply that the Centre is controlling the agency?Had there been any influence, they would have tightened the noose a lot earlier. Law is taking its own course.What has been the instruction from Centre as far as the strategies in Bengal is concerned?We need to bring momentum to the party and make the presence of BJP felt here. Many top leaders of different parties are already expressing their interest in joining our party.Your former party member has challenged your educational qualification…There were some people in the party who used to serve their own ends. Their interest has been hampered after I have taken over. There will always be resistance within and outside the party. We will have to deal with these.

Dalit youth commits suicide following social boycott by cow vigilantes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old dalit youth in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh jumped to death before a train to avoid the wrath of cow vigilantes and social boycott by Panchayat in his village after accidentally killing a calf in his house.The incident was reported from Gopalpur Barandi village under Ithiatok police station in Gonda district, about 140 kms from Lucknow. Ramu, 24, is a Dalit living with his mother and three brothers in the village.Ramu on Thursday was busy working with his hammer when a calf kept nudging him. After sometime, Ramu hit the calf with his hammer, injuring its head.A few villagers who had seen the episode informed village elders. A Panchayat was held regarding this and decided on a social boycott. The Panchayat asked Ramu to leave the village and his house too for a year.Ramu’s mother Kherai, 55, pleaded to the Panchayat saying that Ramu was the one who used to take care of the calf and had no intention of killing it. The elders decided to revisit the issue in their next Panchayat meeting.However, Ramu was unaware of the next meeting and jumped before a train on Saturday evening.Village Pradhan Balram Tiwari too claimed that they had called another Panchayat on Sunday to review Ramu’s punishment. “We had almost decided to exonerate him from the charge of killing the calf with a bare minimum punishment of one day social boycott and a nominal fine. But before we could do so, he committed suicide,” said the Pradhan.The Ithiatok Police Stataion SHO Ved Prakash Srivastava claimed that It was a suicide.Ever since Yogi government came to the power in Uttar Pradesh and launched a crackdown against cow slaughtering, such cases are not uncommon. Recently, cow vigilantes thrashed a few Muslim youths in Agra, Meerut, Muzffaranagar and Shamli districts on the pretext of attempting to slaughter cows. Gonda case is first incident in which the victim is a Dalit Hindu and ended his life out of fear of facing social boycott by cow vigilantes.

Maha:Heat forces SEC to extend polling time for 3 civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In view of severe heat across Maharashtra, the State Election Commission has extended the poll timing by one hour for municipal corporation elections at three places scheduled tomorrow. “Voters can exercise their franchise for Latur, Chandrapur and Parbhani corporations between 7.30 AM and 6.30 PM tomorrow,” the State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said today. The polling hours at the time of announcement of election for three municipal corporations at Chandrapur, Latur and Parbhani were between 7.30am and 5.30pm. He said the decision to extend the poll timing was taken in the view of severe heat conditions prevailing in Vidarbha and Marathawada regions of the state. While Chandrapur falls under Vidarbha region, Latur and Parbhani fall under Marathwada. Maharashtra has been reeling under severe heat for the last few days, with the temperatures crossing 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the state. Saharia said that adequate arrangements will be made for providing shelter from heat at all polling stations, besides facilities for drinking water. The extension of poll timing will be also applicable for by-elections to be held tomorrow for one seat each in Akola Zilla Parishad and Akot Panchayat Samiti in Akola district in east Maharashtra. The bypolls were necessitated as these seats have been lying vacant. A total of 1,284 candidates are in the fray for 201 seats in the three civic bodies. While 460 candidates are contesting in Chandrapur, 406 candidates are in the fray in Latur and 418 in Parbhani. A total of 7,93,621 voters are eligible to cast their votes in the three corporations. The results of elections, including of the bypolls, will be declared on April 21.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal: TMC leader shot dead in party office in Nadia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool leader and party block president was shot dead inside the party office. The incident happened around 9 pm on Sunday at Bagula area in Nadia district in Bengal.Hanshkhali block president and Pradhan of Bagula I Gram Panchayat, 52-year-old Dulal Biswas was in a meeting with party workers at the Bagula party office at about 8.30 pm when about a dozen people, most of them masked, entered and sprayed him with bullets, killing him on the spot and injuring two others before they fled.Biswas was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.While TMC leaders alleged that the murder had been a handiwork of BJP and CPI(M) together, BJP and CPI(M) said that it was a result of an infighting within the TMC.TMC district president Ujjal Biswas said, “It is a planned murder by the CPI(M) and BJP together. The intention is to scare us ahead of the panchayat elections next year.”A family member of the deceased said that a police complaint has been filed and about 12 persons who had been identified had been named in the FIR.The CID has taken over the investigation and two persons have been detained for questioning. Police have also recovered two double barrel guns, a silencer and a chopper from the vicinity.An event in the memory of Biswas was held on Monday. TMC national secretary general Dr Partha Chatterjee along party MP Abhishek Banerjee took part in it.“It has been done by the communal party. They took out armed rallies some days ago and now have resorted to violence. We have instructed the police and administration to probe into the matter and book offenders as soon as possible,” Dr Chatterjee said.Banerjee said that BJP was doing these as they were unable to beat TMC politically. “This shows what kind of coward they are. I have information that those who had been named in the FIR are close associates of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh,” he said.Ghosh, however, brushed aside all allegations. “It is the result of their gang clash. We don’t believe in such a culture at BJP. These people cannot save their own leaders, how will they keep the people of Bengal safe?” Ghosh said.It was found out that Biswas, about five years ago had defected from the CPI(M) to TMC and since then had worked towards strengthening the party organisation in Nadia district. Anticipating threat to his life, Biswas had been given two armed security personnel but they were on leave the day the incident happened. Police said that murderers might have known about it.

Trying to ascertain exact location of stone-pelting video, uploader- CRPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After a video appeared showing a section of population targetting the Jammu and Kashmir security force personnel by pelting stones and raising anti-Indian slogans, PRO of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Bhavesh Kumar on Wednesday said that they were trying to ascertain the exact location of the video and the uploader. ?This video is not made by our security personnel. We also got this through the social media. An unknown person has made this video and uploaded it. After seeing the circumstances, we think that this can be from some area of Budgam. We are trying to ascertain the exact location,? CRPF PRO told ANI. The viral video features a CRPF personnel using immense restraint even when he is attacked by an angry mob at a polling booth in Srinagar. The video shows the Jawan walking when suddenly a civilian attacks the soldier. The impact of the attack makes the Jawan?s helmet roll down the road. This caused him some injuries. Bhavesh also expressed his concerned towards the soldiers who worked in such conditions in Kashmir. He said, ?This video automatically shows the condition our security forces are working under in Kashmir. Stone pelters were misbehaving with the security forces; still the forces didn?t retaliate. 53 security personnel were injured, out of which four to five are injured badly. The security personnel gave more importance to the polling parties and EVMs as they were their first priority.? In wake of the prevailing tension in the Kashmir Valley, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday deferred the Anantnag by-polls till May 25. Earlier, it was scheduled to be held on April 12. A school designated as polling station for Anantnag by-polls was set on fire in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. A Panchayat Ghar was also set ablaze in Pulwama district. The Srinagar Parliamentary constituency witnessed lowest voter turnout for the by-polls in the wake of the clashes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naidu condemns protest of Sena MPs over flying ban on Gaikwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condemned the “unruly behaviour” of Shiv Sena MPs, including Union Minister Ananth Geete, towards Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju in Lok Sabha today. The Lok Sabha witnessed utter chaos as Shiv Sena members, including Geete, surrounded Raju after he refused to heed to their demand for revoking the flying ban on their colleague Ravindra Gaikwad. “It is unfortunate to witness some MPs’ unruly behaviour towards Aviation Minister @Ashok_Gajapathi. Strongly condemn such behaviour,” Chandrababu said in a tweet. “Such incidents in the highest lawmaking body remain as a blot on democracy. The members should behave in a decent manner and uphold parliamentary traditions,” the CM later said in a statement. The leaders of the respective parties should act firmly and ensure that such high-handed incidents do not recur, the TDP chief said. Raju is a TDP MP from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh. State IT and Panchayat Raj Minister Nara Lokesh also criticised the behaviour of the Shiv Sena members. “Strongly condemn the unparliamentary behaviour of several MPs towards Union Civil Aviation Minister @Ashok_Gajapathi,” Lokesh said in a tweet. Earlier in the Lok Sabha, the BJP members, including several Union ministers, watched in shock as their allies hit Raju’s bench in anger and did not let him leave. Soon thereafter several leaders, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, tried to placate Geete and his colleagues while Raju was ushered out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Eyes on 2019 Lok Sabha polls, top BJP leaders to visit West Bengal starting April 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s next target is to gain grounds in West Bengal and for that they intend to leave no stone unturned right, from the panchayat elections next year to the assembly elections in 2021.Led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as many as 40 national leaders and ministers will be coming to the state, beginning April 6, to hold meetings at all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. In the first meeting, the BJP leaders will come out all guns blazing at the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the Narada sting operation issue.“Other than the PM, party national president and all the national leaders will come over. Each of the Central leaders would visit one of the Lok Sabha constituency of Bengal, talking about the Central welfare schemes on the one hand and the prevailing corrupt practices here on the other,” said Sayantan Basu, the party’s state secretary.The visit of the leaders is scheduled between April 6 and 14. BJP’s national executive meeting will take place in Delhi on April 15 and 16, where the party’s roadmap will be explained by Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah.Sources said that while Rajnath Singh will hold meetings in south Kolkata, Union textile minister Smriti Irani will address rallies in north Kolkata. One of the objectives of the visit is to boost the morale of the party workers for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“They will come over to motivate workers. We will try to establish ourselves as the major Opposition in the forthcoming Panchayat elections and later put up a tough fight in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. If all goes well we will pull off the 2021 Assembly elections successfully,” said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.Referring to the BJP leaders’ upcoming visit, state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee, after a core committee meeting on Saturday, said, “Why 40? They can come in 400. People in Bengal have rested their trust in Mamata Banerjee and that will remain. These don’t bother us,” Dr Chatterjee said.

Nilesh Rane quits as general secretary of Maharashtra Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former MP Nilesh Rane today quit as general secretary of Maharashtra Congress, accusing party president Ashok Chavan of “inaction” in appointing district president of Ratnagiri. “Despite telling you (Ashok Chavan) that I want to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from my constituency, you have not appointed president for Ratnagiri district…your inaction smacks of political conspiracy,” Nilesh, a former MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, said in a letter to Chavan. “If you use your position only for yourself the party will suffer more in future. If you cannot empower the ordinary party workers I have no interest to continue as the state executive committee under you as an office bearer,” he said and accused Chavan of “harbouring vested interests”. He said if proper decisions are taken, meritorious people will be associated with the party. “Otherwise Congress will not get candidates to contest even Gram Panchayat polls,” he added. In the letter, Nilesh cautioned Chavan to act before it is too late. “I want to see how much more damage you can do to Ratnagiri district,” he said, informing that he was quitting the general secretary post but would continue to be associated with Congress. Congress defeat in Ratnagiri Zilla Parishad polls was because the party had not appointed a district unit chief for the last one-and-half year, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP: TDP bags all 9 council seats after win in Kadapa, Kurnool

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling Telugu Desam Party today stunned lone Opposition YSRC to win three seats of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in the biennial elections from the Local Authorities Constituencies (LACs). The TDP nominees defeated YSRC candidates in Kadapa, Kurnool and SPS Nellore LACs, elections for which were held on March 17 and counting was taken up today. With this, the TDP has won all the nine Council seats from LACs, having already bagged six where candidates were elected unopposed. These seats are: Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari (two seats), Anantapuramu and Chittoor LACs. Members of Panchayat Raj institutions and urban local bodies formed the electorate in LACs. The biggest shock for the YSRC came today in its stronghold Kadapa where its candidate Y S Vivekananda Reddy was defeated by TDP’s B Ravi by a margin of 34 votes. Vivekananda is the uncle of YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and had earlier served as an MP, MLC and MLA for many terms. Kadapa is their home turf but the TDP, rather unexpectedly, got the better of Vivekananda. Stung by the defeat, the YSRC alleged that the ruling party “purchased” voters by spending over Rs 200 crore. “Chandrababu has become an expert in buying votes and he excelled in it in this election,” Jagan remarked, as news poured in about the humiliating defeat of his uncle. “Is this (buying votes) a victory,” he questioned. In Kurnool, TDP’s incumbent MLC Silpa Chakrapani Reddy secured re-election against Gouru Venkat Reddy of YSRC by a margin of 56 votes. In Nellore, sitting legislator Vakati Narayana Reddy, a defector from Congress to TDP, won the LAC seat over Anam Vijaykumar Reddy of YSRC by a margin of 87 votes. The TDP heaved a sigh of relief after the results as there was an apprehension initially over possible “cross-voting” in Nellore. “The victory reflected the good performance of the government. It also denoted the growing strength of the party in the Rayalaseema region,” TDP state president K Kala Venkata Rao said. Two of the incumbent MLCs will retire on March 29, while the term of seven others will end on May 1 which necessitated the biennial election.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JKPC asks its members not to take part in pol activities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A body of Panchayat members in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (JKPC) today announced not to take part in any political activity in the forthcoming bypolls to two Lok Sabha seats in the Valley. Holding the political parties responsible for the killings of sarpanchs in the Valley, JKPC chairman Shafiq Mir said “We have asked all the Panchayat leaders not to take part in any sort of political activities and only focus on the development and community issues in their respective areas”. He said Panchayats are community institutions and have nothing to do with the political activities. Referring to the killing of a sarpanch in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district earlier this week, Mir said “a total of 15 sarpanchs have been killed in the last five years in Jammu and Kashmir by the unidentified gunmen and we hold the political parties responsible for that.” Asked about their participation in the Panchayat elections slated this year, Mir said it will be decided later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A state BJP general secretary said that a screening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>process was recently started to induct hundreds of wholetimers for the party. According to party sources, the district leaderships have been instructed to keep aside their differences and work as a single unit to strengthen the party organisation. “The district leadership has also been asked to take regular feedback from the RSS in the districts, which will help us more to work and reach out to the grass roots level,” a BJP leader said. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh hoped that the measures being adopted by the state unit would help the party emerge as the main political opponent of the ruling party force in the state. “In terms of force, we are the main opposition in Bengal. We may have a small number in the Assembly, but we are a major force. Both the Congress and the CPI(M) are playing second fiddle of the TMC,” Ghosh said. According to party sources, the state unit has also decided to use the experience of 300 BJP workers from Bengal, who were sent to UP ahead of elections to pick up new startegies and campiagn techqnies which may give an edge to the party in the back-to-back elections in Bengal – 2018 Panchayat polls, 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 2020 municipal polls and 2021 Assembly polls. Riding on Modi wave, the BJP had made impressive gains in Bengal in 2014 when it secured 17 per cent of popular votes. But in the absence of good leadership and organizational efficiency and due to severe infighting, the party lost its momentum by the beginning of 2015 only to bounce back in the 2016 Assembly polls by bagging three seats and 11 per cent vote share.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After the proceedings began post adjournment, Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister Devendra Fadnavis moved a condolence motion for former legislator Chandrakant Deshmukh, who passed away recently. Amid persistent sloganeering, the Speaker rushed through the business, including laying of papers and passing of supplementary demands. Vikhe Patil again demanded the government take a stand on the loan waiver issue, which led to the third adjournment which was for 15 minutes. After the House reassembled, Yogesh Sagar (BJP), who was in the Chair, cleared a clutch of bills amid noisy scenes even as Sena and Congress members climbed atop the Speaker’s podium and displayed placards. After the bills were passed without discussion, the Chair adjourned the House for the day. The bills that were passed included Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Municipal Corporation and Municipal Council; Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships (Amendment) bill; Maharashtra Village Panchayat and Maharashtra Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti Amendment bill. The Maharashtra Agriculture Land Ceiling (Amendment) bill and Maharashtra State Backward Commission Amendment bill were re-introduced. An amendment in the Maharashtra Village Panchayat Act mandates that no person shall be member of a panchayat if he does not have a toilet at home. A similar provision is already in place for Zilla Parishad members. Earlier in the morning, before the House assembled, Congress and NCP leaders protested outside the Vidhan Bhawan to press for the loan waiver demand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP, U’khand poll results an approval of Modi govt’s work: J-K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP today said the party’s resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand is a clear approval of Modi government’s work by the people. The party’s state chief and MLA Sat Sharma, while addressing the jubilant activists, claimed with these victories, the BJP alone or in alliance with other regional parties shall be governing “more than sixty per cent” of the states in the country. “This has been made possible by the vision and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and able management and dedication of BJP national president Amit Shah,” he said. The party’s leaders and workers distributed sweets, and raised slogans hailing Modi and Shah. “The resounding victory of the BJP is a clear and emphatic approval of the working of the Modi government. The people have shown their commitment to nation building under the BJP,” said chief spokesperson of state BJP Sunil Sethi. He said, “It is an eye opener for the opposition which was trying to paint a false picture of the impact of demonetisation. But the poll results are emphatic yes to the mammoth effort of the Centre to fight corruption and black money.” Sethi also called upon state unit of the BJP to gear up for the upcoming Panchayat elections in the state and contribute to the growth of the party by ensuring its resounding victory even in areas which are not its traditional stronghold.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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