Expose Cong, Amit Shah tells state BJP leaders; Will Amit Shah's strategy work?
New Delhi :
Sounding the bugle for the General Election next year, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday directed party leaders in Haryana to fan out among the masses and ‘expose’ the Congress for ‘stalling’ the Centre’s legislation in Parliament to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes.
A decision was also taken to counter the Opposition’s ‘canards and misinformation campaign’ against the NDA government. The meeting was of the view that a ‘deliberate scurrilous campaign’ had been launched by the Opposition.
This was stated at a meeting of the Haryana BJP’s election monitoring committee. Goals were set for the party and leaders assigned tasks.
Sources said Shah took feedback and gleaned vital strategic points to be dovetailed in the party’s electoral plan for the state.
Giving details, state BJP president Subhash Barala said, “Shah expressed satisfaction over the progress report and directed us to further strengthen the organisation from the booth to state levels.”
“It has been decided to launch a campaign to expose the double standard of the Congress towards backward classes. It has stabbed them by thwarting legislation piloted by the NDA,” he added.
He clarified that issues pertaining to candidates did not crop up. The election monitoring committee would meet soon to discuss preparations and progress with regard to the parliamentary elections.
Thrust would be given to ongoing programmes of ministers spending the night “pravas” in the field. They would listen to grievances and strengthen the bridge between government and the party.
Other decisions included constitution of the party’s frontal organisations from the state to local levels within one month. Each of these would organise at least five party programmes in every village to highlight welfare schemes and other achievements of the Centre. A decision was taken to strengthen the social media wing.
80 shops sealed in Gurugram; Did the administration correct?
Taking a tough stand against encroachment, the Gurugram Municipal Corporation (MC) sealed over 80 shops in Sadar Bazaar here for renting out the area in front of the entrance to squatters.
The MC had been asking shopkeepers for the past few months to discontinue allowing ‘rehris’ in front of their shops in lieu of rent, but to no avail.
When these traders reached their shops around 9 am today, they found MC notices pasted on the shutters, informing them that the shops had been sealed. This led to an uproar, with shopkeepers seeking the help of politicians, but the MC refused to budge.
“It had become difficult to pass through the market on foot with ‘rehriwalas’ on both sides. Shopkeepers were getting high rent and continued to be indifferent despite repeated meetings, notices and warnings. Had fire ever broken out, we would have faced difficulties in dealing with the situation. We had to take this step, which would act as a deterrent,” said Municipal Commissioner Yashpal Yadav.
Lead by by MC Joint Commissioner Vivek Kalia, the team recorded videos for days of shops allowing encroachment and went ahead with the exercise after identifying the culprits.
“We were forced to act. We sealed the shops during the wee hours. We will repeat it in parallel lanes if the defaulters do not stop. Those promoting encroachment in lieu of illegal rent will be taken to task. We will de-seal the shops if the traders submit an affidavit promising not to indulge in the practice and pay Rs 25,000 as refundable security,” said Kalia.
Thalassaemic twins clear NEET; Is this the victory of conflict?
Ashu and Nishu, 17-year-old thalassaemic twin brothers of Ajaib village in the district, have proved the old adage ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.
The twins, who have been battling thalassaemia and related health disorders or complications ever since their birth, have also defeated the deadly Hepatitis-C.
Yet, the brave brothers have also realised their childhood dream of becoming doctors and have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS course. Nishu has secured 8th rank, while Ashu got the 127th position in the unreserved physically handicapped category.
“We have been undergoing regular medical treatment since we were very young. We used to see doctors and other medicos at work and got inspired by them. A desire to become doctors and wear white coats to serve others grew within us and became the goal of our life,” said Nishu and Ashu, while talking to The Tribune at their rented accommodation here.
Their father Krishan Singh Nain, a schoolteacher, observes that if a doctor does his job with a service motive without any greed, he/she is doing God’s work. He appreciated the Jeevanrekha project being run for the treatment of Hepatitis-C at the PGIMS here.
“I tell my sons to work honestly, sincerely and dedication and never try to fleece patients after they join this noble profession,” he maintains.
As of now, the twins are elated at their success and attribute it to their parents, especially their mother Pramila Devi, and their alma mater, RKP Senior Secondary School, Madina. While Nishu aspires to become a heart specialist, Ashu wants to be an orthopaedic surgeon.
But the path to success has not been smooth or easy for the boys. They have been facing multifarious health disorders and complications and have been taking medication. Apart from taking oral and injectible drugs, Ashu and Nishu have also to get two units of blood transfused every fortnight.
“Nearly a week prior to the NEET exam, Nishu had high fever. His haemoglobin count was reduced to 3g/dl and he almost decided to skip the exam. But we pushed him to go ahead and luckily, his health condition and haemoglobin count improved and he was able to take the exam,” recounts Nain.
Dr Parveen Malhotra, Head of the Department of Medical Gastroenterology at the PGIMS, who had treated the brothers for Hepatitis-C, said the courage and determination shown by them were exemplary and inspirational.
INLD, BSP leaders demand SYL completion, ‘court arrest’; Is the statement of Abhay Chautala objectionable?
The INLD and BSP organised a ‘jail bharo’ rally to court arrest over their demand for the early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal here.
Leader of Opposition and Dabwali MLA Abhay Singh Chautala, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala, Ashok Arora and Prakash Bharati, state presidents of the INLD and BSP, respectively, were among those who courted arrest.
Abhay Chautala urged the police team led by DSP Jitender Singh to detain all the activists gathered for the rally. The DSP expressed his inability to do so. However, he completed the formality by announcing the detention of the activists from the stage.
An administrative official, who had accompanied the DSP, announced the release of the detainees. The INLD claimed that a total of 41,637 activists of both parties had courted arrest at the rally.
Addressing the gathering, Leader of Opposition Abhay Chautala said the BJP government has failed to get the SYL canal completed despite a favourable verdict of the Supreme Court.
Accusing the BJP of making false promises to win votes in 2014, he alleged that one of the promises was to bring the SYL waters by completing the construction of the canal.
“But after coming to power, the BJP has been hatching conspiracies to stop the construction of the canal. We will launch an agitation and continue it till the farmers of Haryana get their due share of the Sutlej waters,” Abhay Chautala said.
He alleged that both the BJP and Congress have been playing politics on the issue for many years.
He also accused the BJP of betraying the farmers by going back on its promise of implementing the Swaminathan Commission report. Abhay Chautala assured the gathering that when the INLD-BSP alliance is voted to power, the government would not only waive loans of farmers but also implement the Swaminathan Commission report on the fixing of MSP.
He also assured that one member from every family would be given a government job and Rs 5 lakh would be given on the marriage of a poor family’s daughter. Old age pension would be enhanced to Rs 2,500 per month and power bill reduced by half.
Abhay Chautala also said that the government has been fleecing the common man by installing meters outside the houses. “We will uproot all the electricity meters that have been wrongly installed outside the houses and are burning a hole in the pocket of the consumers,” he announced.
The INLD MP Dushyant Chautala lashed out at the BJP government for depriving Haryana farmers of water that was already available to it. He pointed out that the 1,500 cusecs, which was flowing through the Barwala canal, has now been reduced to 1,100 cusecs because the BJP government at the Centre is more concerned about Rajasthan. The 400 cusecs were being given to Rajasthan from the share of Haryana, he alleged.
He said that because of this decision, the 40 villages of Nalwa and Adampur were experiencing drought-like conditions. He also accused the Khattar government of financial mismanagement as the state finances are in a perennial state of crisis. When the INLD government demitted office in 2005, it had left overflowing coffers, he claimed.
Cong to launch ‘ghar, ghar abhiyan’ today; Will this Congress campaign get success?
The Haryana Congress will launch the “Congress ghar, ghar abhiyan” on the occasion of party president Rahul Gandhi’s birthday on Tuesday, besides organising various functions across the state.
State party president Ashok Tanwar told mediapersons here that the abhiyan is being launched to reach out to every home and every individual as part of the party’s preparations for the parliamentary and Assembly elections slated next year.
“Though usual blood donation camps, marathons, and distribution of essential goods to the poor will be organised, the party has decided to roll out this special campaign to expose the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state and highlight their unfulfilled poll promises,” he said. It would be launched simultaneously in the districts where celebrations are being held, he added.
He said that the party would shortly prepare a chargesheet against the BJP government in Haryana. Newly inducted member Pradeep Kasni, a retired IAS officer, has been assigned the job.
Tanwar took a dig at the recent meeting of the BJP-RSS leaders at Surajkund saying, “Haryana has burnt four times in as many years. The meeting at Surajkund was orgainsed to plot another mischief,” he alleged.
“We will begin the third phase of the cycle yatra to be held from July 19 to 22 from Garhi Kiloi Sampla to Kalanaur and it will pass through Chief Minister Manohar lal Khattar’s village,” he said.
He added that the party would consolidate its position up to the booth level as the government was facing opposition for the poor supply of water and electricity.
Later, Tanwar formally welcomed Kasni and a former student leader, Pradeep Narwal, into the Congress. Kasni said that he has joined the party unconditionally and would work to strengthen it.
He decided to join the Congress even though he had issues with the party during its rule because there was a “fascist stranglehold on the polity” and there was no choice in the “totalitarian condition”, he added.
‘Haryana water being diverted to Rajasthan’
Ashok Tanwar alleged that the BJP government is diverting Haryana’s share of water to election-bound Rajasthan. “Protests for water are being held all over the state but the BJP government has surrendered Haryana’s interest to benefit Rajasthan. The water was taken from the BBMB as early as February-March though the practice is to keep it pending for May and June. This certainly could not have happened without the knowledge of the Haryana Government,” he claimed.