Haryana Ministers speak out against Khattar, again ; Is it a good sign for CM ?
Ministers speak out against Khattar, again
Chandigarh : It’s Manohar Lal Khattar versus his Cabinet once again. Haryana ministers, who met BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya after the Budget session on Thursday, reportedly alleged they were “suffocated” by the “dictatorial” Chief Minister, who wanted to “control the government”, denying them any role.
Sources said Vijayvargiya called a meeting of the Haryana Cabinet, including Khattar, at Haryana Niwas for a feedback on government functioning. He was told by angry ministers that the officers did not pay heed to them as instructed by the CM. As it was Health Minister Anil Vij’s birthday, a small party was organised. Far from being pleased, Vij remarked wryly: “What’s the point of this celebration when there is a bitter taste in the mouth already?” He is said to be upset with the CM over “interference” in his department.
While Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu complained, “We are treated as nobody”, OP Dhankar, Agriculture Minister, pointed out that it was the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) that held all powers and that senior officers entertained instructions from the CM’s secretariat only. He accused the CM of instructing DCs and police chiefs to abstain from meetings called by ministers while on a tour.
At a meeting with party general secretary Dr Anil Jain at Surajkund in May last year, when some ministers had criticised the Chief Minister’s “style of functioning’, Khattar was not there. This time, the Chief Minister was present at the meeting when attacked.
Kavita Jain, Women and Child Development Minister, reportedly complained that files were first cleared by the Chief Minister and then brought to her for final signatures. “We have been reduced to robots,” she is quoted to have said. Industries Minister Vipul Goel accused the Chief Minister of “weakening” the government with his dictatorial ways.
Minister Ram Bilas Sharma lamented that little had changed despite the leadership having been approached earlier in the past.
Vijayvargiya also interacted with party office-bearers, Members of Legislative Assembly and ministers in the Chief Minister’s presence. Almost all complained that party workers felt ignored as they had no say in jobs or transfers.
4 men try to rape student on University of Hyderabad campus. Were Girls are Safe in India ?
Hyderabad : Four unidentified men allegedly tried to rape a 21-year-old student after assaulting her on the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus here, leaving her with minor injuries, police said on Saturday.
Her male classmate also sustained minor injuries when he tried to save her from the attackers, police said.
The incident occurred at a secluded place on the campus on Friday night, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Division) N Shyam Prasad Rao told.
After escaping from the attackers, the two post-graduate students alerted other students about the incident even as the four men fled the scene, the police official said. A case had been registered against the attackers and a search was on to nab them, he said.
Meanwhile, university sources said an internal inquiry was on.
The university, in coordination with student organisations, would take necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the students on the campus, sources said.
After Gorakhpur & Phulpur, SP-BSP formula to be tested at more bypolls. Is the alliance of SP+BSP give more fruits ?
LUCKNOW : After defeating BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur + , SP and BSP have the opportunity to put their alliance to another trial — bypolls for Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly seats due within next five months. The two seats fell vacant following the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh and MLA Lokendra Singh.
Sources in the two parties said that the bypolls could actually decide the finer contours of a possible alliance as they gear up to take on BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Not contesting bypolls has been a BSP tradition and hence it did not contest Gorakhpur and Phulpur. It is highly unlikely for BSP chief Mayawati to field a candidate in Kairana as well as the winner would get just a few months as an MP. In contrast, the winner in Noorpur would get more than 3 years as an MLA.
It is being discussed in UP’s political circles that if BSP candidate wins the Rajya Sabha seat with the support of SP-led combined opposition, there are fair chances that Mayawati would support the SP candidate in Kairana. BSP sources admitted that Mayawati would assess SP support in RS elections before deciding her strategy for Kairana and Noorpur.
The Jat-dominated Kairana seat was a stronghold of Ajit Singh’s RLD until 2009 Lok Sabha elections when BSP’s Tabbassum Begum defeated Hukum Singh by over 20,000 votes.
The 2014 Modi wave swept BSP away amid Hukum Singh’s claims of mass exodus by Hindus and he won by a record margin of around 2.5 lakh votes.
Singer Daler Mehndi sent to two years in jail in human trafficking case. Is this a right decision ?
Patiala : A Patiala court sentenced singer Daler Mehndi to two years in jail in a human trafficking case registered against him in 2003.
Mehndi, who was present in the court, was arrested. Daler Mehndi and brother Shamsher Singh had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money”.
It was alleged that Mehndi brothers had taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during the course of which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were “dropped off” illegally.
Daler, on a trip to the US in the company of Karisma Kapoor and the latter’s mother Babita, had allegedly “dropped off” three girls at San Francisco. The girls had been identified as Priya, Meenu Behn and Nimu, all from Gujarat.
The brothers took another troupe to the US in October 1999 in the company of Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon and Javed Jaffri during which three boys were “dropped off” at New Jersey.
Soon after the Patiala police registered a case against Daler and Shamsher, on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh; 35 more complaints came up levelling charges of fraud against the brothers.
The complainants had alleged that the brothers had taken “passage money’ from them to help them migrate to the US ‘illegally’, but had failed to do so.
The Patiala police had even raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, including the case file of those who had paid the Mehndi brothers ‘passage money”.
In 2006, the Patiala police filed two discharge petitions articulating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court had upheld that Daler Mehndi be prosecuted as there was "sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation".
Mustard farmers were forced to sell off their produce below the MSP. Is this failure of Govt. ?
Hisar : Mustard farmers were forced to sell off their produce below the MSP to arhtiyas as government agencies could not start procurement in the grain market of Hisar and Bhiwani districts today.
The MSP is Rs 4,000 per quintal. The state government has fixed a limit of 25 quintals to procure mustard.
The state government had announced to start mustard procurement from March 15 and designated several mandis in six districts to ensure that farmers get the MSP on their produce.
As famers arrived in the Hisar grain market with mustard oilseeds, government agencies expressed their inability to purchase due to non-preparedness.
Maha Singh of Juglan village said, “I have brought 24 quintals of mustard, but government agencies have not started the purchase. I have to sell my produce for Rs 3,550 per quintal to a trader.”
Another farmer Pradeep said the state government’s promise to ensure MSP had proved hollow on the first day itself.
Hafed official Rajender said they would prepare a roster of villages and then inform sarpanches to spread a massage about the day fixed for their village to bring produce to mandis.
Bhiwani farmers, too, were unable to get MSP in the absence of government agencies in market. The traders offered Rs 3,300 to Rs 3,500 per quintal to farmers.
Bhiwani’s Hafed manager Surender Singh said they were ready for the purchase, but the produce had moisture content above the permissible limit of 8 per cent.