The BJP will never implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Saturday, dubbing the saffron party’s poll promise as “fake”.The reaction of the Arvind Kejriwal-led party came after the ruling BJP released its manifesto for the Gujarat polls, promising the implementation of a UCC in the state if it retains power.“The BJP has ruled Gujarat for 27 years. After remaining at the helm for more than two decades, it is still making promises,” the AAP’s co-incharge for Gujarat, Raghav Chadha, told reporters.“If it was indeed their intent, they would have implemented it much ago,” Chadha said, asking, “Why didn’t they implement it?” “It is a fake promise. The BJP will never implement it (UCC),” he added. On October 29, the Gujarat government announced that it would form a committee for the implementation of a UCC. Other BJP-ruled states, such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, have also promised to implement a UCC. Chadha said neither the BJP nor the Congress is talking about the real issues in the run-up to the Gujarat polls. The AAP is the only party that has come up with a “model for the economic uplift” of the people of Gujarat, he said.
GANDHINAGAR: The BJP vowed to implement a uniform civil code (UCC) and set up an "anti-radicalisation cell" to identify and eradicate potential threats from terror groups as it released its manifesto on Saturday for the upcoming Gujarat assembly election. The declaration statement promised 20 lakh job opportunities for youth, one lakh government jobs for women, expenditure of Rs 25,000 crore on strengthening the irrigation network, free education for girls from KG to PG, converting 20,000 schools into "schools of excellence", pucca houses for all, and a massive infrastructure development push, as the ruling party envisaged making Gujarat a $1-trillion economy. The "sanklap patra" of the party was released at state BJP headquarters by party president J P Nadda in the presence of chief minister Bhupendra Patel and state unit chief C R Patil. Read AlsoKarnataka 'seriously' mulling UCC implementation: CM BommaiBENGALURU/SHIVAMOGGA: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said his government is 'seriously' mulling implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state to ensure equality. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on the occasion of Indian Constitution Day, he said his"We'll ensure complete implementation of UCC in Gujarat as per recommendations of a state government committee. We will also create an anti-radicalisation cell to identify and eliminate potential threats, sleeper cells of terrorist organisations and anti-India forces," BJP chief J P Nadda said on Saturday while releasing the party's manifesto for the Gujarat assembly polls. On October 29, the Gujarat government had announced that it would form a committee for the implementation of the UCC. The manifesto also promised to bring a "Gujarat Recovery of Damages of Public and Private Properties Act" to recover the cost of damage caused to public and private property by anti-social elements during riots and protests. This legislation was proposed to be introduced in the assembly earlier this year but was not tabled. Promising a boost in health spending, the annual cover under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) per family will be doubled from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, the manifesto said. Free diagnostic service at health centres and approved laboratories for EWS households, setting up three civil hospitals or "medi cities" also figure in the manifesto. On education, BJP promised free education for girls from " kindergarten to postgraduation" and setting up two AIIMS-level institutions. It also vowed to establish four Gujarat Institutes of Technology on the lines of the IITs. Promises for farmers include spending Rs 10,000 crore for the overall development of APMCs, mandis, sorting and grading units, cold chains, etc, while Rs 25,000 crore was proposed to be spent to strengthen the irrigation network.
Days after the Gujarat government announced that it would form a committee for the implementation of UCC, the BJP on Saturday released its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls, which promises to “ensure complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code committee’s recommendations”, among others.The party has also promised to launch a ‘Gujarat Olympics Mission’ for hosting the Olympic Games in the state in 2036, provide 20 lakh jobs, keep a tab on the Waqf Board and madrasas, and said it will roll out “Pashu aadhaar cards” to monitor health and vaccination status of all livestock, among others.The creation of an “anti-radicalisation cell” to identify and “eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of terrorist organisations and anti-India forces” was among the many promises made by BJP president J P Nadda while unveiling the manifesto in Gandhinagar on Saturday.The party promised to set up a task force to “scrutinisse assets and finances of Waqf Board and conduct surveys of madrasas with regard to their curriculum”.The BJP manifesto is testimony to the fact that the party's campaign, which began on the development plank, is taking a detour to the tried-and-tested Hindutva plank. Reflections of this were seen in the rallies addressed by several of the party's star campaigners in Gujarat in the last few days.The manifesto mentions enacting the Gujarat Recovery of Damages of Public and Private Properties Act, meant to recover damages to public and private properties by anti-social elements during riots, violent protests and unrest, etc.Elections to the 182-member Assembly will be held on December 1 and 5.
Gujarat Assembly election is an election for change, Raghav Chadha said. (File)New Delhi: The BJP will never implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Saturday, dubbing the saffron party's poll promise as "fake".The reaction of the Arvind Kejriwal-led party came after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the Gujarat Assembly polls, promising the implementation of a UCC in the state if it retains power."The BJP has ruled Gujarat for 27 years. After remaining at the helm for more than two decades, it is still making promises," the AAP's co-incharge for Gujarat, Raghav Chadha, told reporters here when asked for his party's view on the BJP's poll promise of implementing a UCC in the state."If it was indeed their intent, they would have implemented it much ago," Raghav Chadha said, asking, "Why didn't they implement it?" "It is a fake promise. The BJP will never implement it (UCC)," he added.On October 29, the Gujarat government announced that it would form a committee for the implementation of a UCC. Other BJP-ruled states, such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, have also promised to implement a UCC.Mr Chadha said neither the BJP nor the Congress is talking about the real issues in the run-up to the Gujarat polls.The AAP is the only party that has come up with a "model for the economic uplift" of the people of Gujarat, he said, asserting that the party will emerge victorious in the state Assembly polls to be held in two phases on December 1 and 5.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The Gujarat Assembly election is an election for change. Be it Saurashtra, north Gujarat, central Gujarat or south Gujarat -- there is a wave for change everywhere in the state and people will vote for it. And in Gujarat, a change means Arvind Kejriwal," the AAP leader said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayHow To Track FIFA World Cup
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party has promised to implement Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendations and create an anti-radicalisation cell in the state if re-elected to power in the upcoming assembly elections. The promises are a part of the ruling party's manifesto released on Saturday in Gandhinagar. The party manifesto, which made at least 40 promises, was released by Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel, BJP national president JP Nadda and state party president CR Paatil. The Gujarat assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 1 and December 5. Voting for 89 assembly seats will take place in the first phase, while for the remaining 93 assembly seats, voting will be held in the second phase of polling. Read AlsoCongress moves EC, alleges BJP using kids in Gujarat ralliesNEW DELHI: Congress on Friday petitioned the Election Commission accusing BJP and PM Modi of using children in the election campaign in Gujarat. The allegation pertains to a video shared by Modi, in which a small girl seated with him speaks in Gujarati about the BJP's governance under PM Modi. Implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendation"We will ensure the complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendation and create more than one lakh government jobs for women in the next five years," Nadda said on the release of the manifesto. The BJP, which has been in power in the state for more than two decades, in its manifesto promised the complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendation and the formation of an anti-radicalisation cell to identify and eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of the terrorist organisations and anti-India forces. Free-of-cost education to girlsBJP promised free-of-cost, and quality education to all the female students here from Kindergarten to Post Graduation and added that it will provide free two-wheelers to the meritorious college-going female students. It further added free bus travel to women senior citizens and promised to provide one lakh government jobs to the women for the next five years. In the electoral manifesto released today, the BJP promised to convert 20,000 government schools into Schools of Excellence in the next five years with a budget of Rs 10,000 crore. Keshavram Kashiram Shastri Higher Education Transformation Fund with a budget of Rs 1,000 crore, will also be used to construct new government colleges and revamp the existing ones, it read further adding that 20 lakh employment opportunities will also be created in the state. It, then, promised four Gujarat Institutes of Technology (GIT) like IITs as the Centres of Excellence and would emphasise the Gujarat Olympics Mission to create world-class sports infrastructure aiming to host the Olympics in 2036. Read AlsoCongress used to instigate Gujarat strife, BJP taught rioters a lesson in 2002: ShahVADODARA/AHMEDABAD: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday said while Congress incited riots to strengthen its vote bank, the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government "taught a lesson" to those perpetrators in 2002 to bring perennial peace in Gujarat. The state has not witnessed a curfew ever since, heAdvanced healthcare facilities in tribal areas For the tribals in the state, the BJP in its manifesto also promised to enable mobile delivery of ration across all the 56 Tribal Sub Plan Talukas in the state and ensured Rs 1 lakh crore under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana 2.0 for the all-round socio-economic development of tribals. The manifesto read that the Birsa Munda Adi Jati Samriddhi Corridor between Ambaji and Umergram will spur growth by connecting every tribal district's headquarters with a 4-6 lane state highway, and by constructing a tribal cultural circuit will connect Pal Dadhvaav and the Statue of Unity to Shabari Dham. The BJP also promised to provide advanced healthcare facilities in tribal areas by setting up eight medical colleges, and ten nursing/para-medical colleges. As many as eight Gujarat Industrial Development Corporations (GIDC) in the tribal belt will generate employment opportunities for tribal youth, it added. 25 Birsa Munda Gyan Shakti Residential Schools will also provide the best residential schooling facilities to 75,000 meritorious students from the tribal community. Double the cap under Ayushman Bharat On the health front, BJP promised to double the cap under Ayushman Bharat from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per family and ensure free-of-cost medical treatment. Mukhyamantri Free Diagnostic Scheme with a corpus of Rs 110 crore will also be ensured to provide free-of-cost diagnostic services for EWS households. It further added to provide Rs 10,000 crore in Maharaja Shri Bhagvatsinhji Swasthya Kosht and mentioned that three Civil Medicities, and two AIIMS-grade institutions will also be structured here. The manifesto promised to upgrade the infrastructure at Hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs). Read AlsoGujarat’s bond with PM Modi has grown stronger because of his work… will help BJP win again: Amit ShahA lot of issues that BJP consistently raised since its Jana Sangh days in the 1950s, and which resonated with large sections in Gujarat, have been resolved by Narendra Modi’s government.Rs 10,000 crore under Gujarat Krishi Infrastructure Kosh BJP has also promised to provide Rs 10,000 crore under Gujarat Krishi Infrastructure Kosh to develop Khedut Mandis, modern Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC), sorting and grading units, cold chains, warehouses, primary processing centres, and will also expand the existing irrigation network through projects such as Sujalam Sufalam, SAUNI, lift irrigation projects, micro irrigation, drip irrigation. Encircling Gujarat with 4-6 lane roads/highways"We will develop the first-of-its-kind Parikrama Path of 3,000 km encircling the whole state with 4-6 lane roads/ highways by constructing a South Eastern Peripheral Highway and North Western Peripheral Highway," the manifesto added. The Gujarat Link Corridors will also be completed by augmenting the highways through the East-West Corridor connecting Dahod with Porbandar and North-South Corridor connecting Palanpur to Valsad. It will also provide seamless connectivity between economic hubs and national highways by developing the Saurashtra Express Highway Grid. The manifesto added that BJP will use the Rs 25,000 crore under the Gujarat Urban Development Mission to transform the urban landscape with a focus on decongesting the existing cities (Satellite Townships) and increasing ease of living (Riverfront, Recreational Parks, Urban Forests, Traffic Management Systems) for citizens. The BJP is also expected to complete the works of Gandhinagar and Surat Metro and will kick start the first metro rail service at Saurashtra (Rajkot) and Central Gujarat (Vadodara). Read AlsoBJP will surpass its previous best in Gujarat polls: Union home minister ShahAHMEDABAD: Union home minister Amit Shah has claimed that BJP will win the coming Gujarat elections by a record margin, surpassing its previous best performances - both in terms of seats and vote share. "We shall break all our past records and and return to office once again with a thumpingEstablishing India's biggest spiritual centreThe party promised to work at Devbhumi Dwarka Corridor to establish it as western India's biggest spiritual centre, comprising of the World's tallest Shree Krishna statue. It will also invest Rs 1,000 crore to renovate, expand and promote temples, following the successful transformation model of Somnath, Ambaji and Pavagadh. It will also spend Rs 2,500 crore to promote Gujarat's culture at the national and international levels by building museums, centres for performing arts, and Sardar Patel Bhawan. Other promises With the additional budget of Rs 500 crore, the party has also included strengthening of the existing Gaushalas and setting up 1,000 additional Mobile Veterinary Units. It also promised to build seafood parks in South Gujarat and Saurashtra, build the country's first Blue Economy Industrial Corridor and strengthen the fishing-related infrastructures. BJP has promised Shramik Credit Cards for the labourers that would help them with collateral-free loans up to Rs 2 lakh. It added that the OBC/ST/SC/EWS students who get into a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) top-ranking institution in India ot any top-ranking world institution for higher education will be given a one-time incentive grant of Rs 50,000. It has also put forth that Gujarat can become a USD 1 trillion economy by focusing more on services and investing in human and institutional capacity-building for new-age industries. The party will also attract foreign investment of Rs 5 lakh crore and make the state the Defence and Aviation Manufacturing Hub of India. With agency inputs
Gujarat Election 2022: BJP president JP Nadda today released the party's election manifesto.Gandhinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP today released its manifesto for next month's Gujarat Assembly elections, in which it promised to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state if the party retained power.In the manifesto, which was released here by BJP president JP Nadda, the party also promised free education to girls from KG to PG (kindergarten to post-graduation).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIt also assured that the amount of medical insurance coverage under the Ayushman Bharat scheme would be doubled from Rs five lakh to Rs 10 lakh. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRapid Fire With The Cast Of Bhediya
Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari on Saturday asserted that Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would be a reality in West Bengal soon and dared Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop its implementation.“CAA is a much-debated issue. We are proud that it has been implemented in a place in Gujarat. CAA will be implemented here too. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeneeds to hear that it will be implemented soon. I challenge her if she has guts, then stop its implementation,” said Adhikari addressing a public meeting on CAA atThakurnagar in North 24 Parganas district.The meeting was convened by Union Minister of State for Shipping, Ports and Waterways Shantanu Thakur.Thakurnagar is considered the hub of the Matua community people who migrated to India from Bangladesh after the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Getting the country’s citizenship is their long-standing demand which the BJP had promised to fulfil if voted to power in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.Addressing the meeting, Thakur said, “The state government is misleading people on CAA, but it will prove a futile exercise. People support CAA. It will definitely be implemented one day.”Adhikari, meanwhile, asserted that he would ensure that Mamata Banerjee becomes the ex-chief minister of the state. “I have defeated Mamata Banerjee and I will ensure democratically that she becomes the former chief minister of the state. She has surrendered before the Opposition. So, we will keep mounting pressure on her,” said Adhikari, who met the chief minister at her Assembly chamberon Friday.Reacting to his comment, TMC MP Sougata Roy said, “CAA was passed in December 2019. Three years have passed, but the Centre is yet to frame its rules. Now they are showing an urgency to implement the law. People cannot be fooled anymore. Moreover, we have always maintained that the refugees who came to India before 1971 arecitizens of this country.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will be speaking at campaign rallies on Sunday in Gujarat’s ‘diamond city’ Surat which sends 12 MLAs to the state’s 182-member Assembly.Modi will address a public meeting at Mota Varachha in Surat after a 25-km road-show from the airport to the rally venue, said the local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jagdish Patel.He is also scheduled to address three rallies at Netrang in Bharuch and in Kheda district.Kejriwal will be on a two-day tour of Surat, which for long has remained a stronghold of the BJP with the support of its textile and diamond industry and lakhs people associated with the sectors.
LUCKNOW: Addressing three rallies in poll-bound Gujarat on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath referred to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as "namoona" from Delhi who has supported terrorists and was against the Ram temple. यह जो आम आदमी पार्टी का नमूना आया है न दिल्ली से, यह तो आतंकवाद का सच्चा हितैषी है... https://t.co/6iehVBaFDR— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) 1669448912000Paying respects to Hamirji Gohil, who reportedly died while protecting the Somnath Temple from a Mughal attack, the CM said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel wanted the temple reconstructed but to “keep its Muslim vote bank happy”, Congress kept delaying the work. “That namoona (sample) from Delhi is an avowed supporter of terrorism, who suspected the valour of the Indian forces during the country’s surgical strike in Balakot and asked for proof even though Pakistan admitted to the losses on its side caused due to the attack,” the CM said of Kejriwal, whose party is contesting Gujarat assembly polls for the first time and has turned the contest triangular. “AAP was against the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and its government in Delhi abandoned people during the Covid pandemic who had to rush to UP for treatment. Those who can’t handle Delhi, what can they do in Gujarat?” the chief minister said, addressing rallies in Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar and Amraili. In an attack on former PM Jawaraharlal Nehru, Yogi said he was against the reconstruction of Somnath temple for fear of losing Muslim support and it was only because of Vallabhbhai Patel that the temple could be rebuilt. During the rally in Amreli, Yogi said that the absence of the brother and sister of Congress, referring to Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, from the Gujarat campaign was proof that they had already conceded defeat. “Both Congress and AAP can’t respect people’s faith, nor can they provide security, development and prosperity to the nation and should be rejected. Corruption and supporting terrorism is in their genes. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the country is making rapid strides in development and prosperity while inclusive progress and security of the citizens have also been ensured,” he said. Under Modi’s leadership, he said, India’s prestige has shot up globally and that the country has defeated the UK, which ruled India for nearly 200 years, to become the fifth largest economy in the world. As the CM of Gujarat, Yogi Adityanath added, Modi had ensured that riots and curfews did not take place and when he became PM, he did not allow terror attacks on Indian soil. “PM Modi decided to celebrate November 26, the day of the final draft of the Constitution, as Constitution Day to make every citizen realise that they do not only have rights but also have duties towards the country,” he said. Paying tributes to BR Ambedkar, the CM said that Congress did not give him and Patel due respect whereas Modi not only got a huge statue of Patel built in Gujarat but has also developed five places associated with Ambedkar as ‘Panch teerth’. Yogi campaigns for Hardik PatelChief minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for Patidar leader Hardik Patel in Viramgam in Gujarat on Saturday. Patel quit Congress in May this year and joined BJP soon after, which gave him a ticket for the assembly polls. The CM held a massive roadshow in Viramgam. An official who was accompanying the CM said that the rally was accompanied by chants of Yogi and Jai Shri Ram. In the middle of the roadshow, the CM stopped his entourage to allow an ambulance to pass through. Later in the day, he visited a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and garlanded it as a mark of respect.
SABARKANTHA: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Saturday exuded confidence in the ruling party's returning to power in Gujarat where assembly elections are due next month. The BJP chief held a massive road show in Gujarat's Himmatnagar on Saturday. "There is trust and unconditional love for PM Modi here. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has implemented various development schemes in the state. The people here are eager to support BJP. This election appears to be one-sided, on December 1 and 5. The decision will be in favour of BJP," Nadda told ANI. "Seeing the immense public support in the road show organized today in Himmatnagar, I am clear that BJP is again getting the historic support of the public. This enthusiasm and love being expressed across the state is a reflection of all-round development and achievements made in the last two decades," he said. Earlier on Saturday, Nadda released the BJP's manifesto for Gujarat polls in Gandhinagar, in the presence of state Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and BJP state president CR Patil. The BJP, which has been in power in the state for more than two decades, promised a free-of-cost, and quality education to all the female students here from kindergarten to post graduation and added that it will provide free two-wheelers to the meritorious college-going female students. It further added free bus travel to women senior citizens and promised to provide one lakh government jobs to the women for the next five years. For the tribals in the state, the BJP in its manifesto promised to enable mobile delivery of ration across all the 56 tribal sub plan Talukas in the state and ensured Rs 1 lakh crore under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana 2.0 for the all-round socio-economic development of tribals. The manifesto further promised to provide Rs 10,000 crore in Maharaja Shri Bhagvatsinhji Swasthya Kosht and mentioned that three Civil Medicities, and two AIIMS-grade institutions will also be structured here. The manifesto then promised to upgrade the infrastructure at Hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs). The BJP has also promised to convert 20,000 government schools into Schools of Excellence in the next five years with a budget of Rs 10,000 crore. Keshavram Kashiram Shastri Higher Education Transformation Fund with a budget of Rs 1,000 crore, will also be used to construct new government colleges and revamp the existing ones, it read further adding that 20 lakh employment opportunities will also be created in the state. It, then, promised four Gujarat Institute of Technology (GIT) like IITs as the Centres of Excellence and would emphasise the Gujarat Olympics Mission to create world-class sports infrastructure aiming to host the Olympics in 2036. The party promised to develop the first-of-its-kind Parikrama Path of 3,000 km encircling the whole state with 4-6 lane roads/ highways by constructing a South Eastern Peripheral Highway and North Western Peripheral Highway, it added. The Gujarat Link Corridors will also be completed by augmenting the highways through the East-West Corridor connecting Dahod with Porbandar and North-South Corridor connecting Palanpur to Valsad. The Assembly elections in Gujarat are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 1 and December 5, whose results will be declared on December 8, which coincides with the result date of the Himachal Pradesh polls.
Situated between Surat and Mumbai, Navsari is an ancient and historical city. It is also known as the Mecca of Parsis, who reside in this district in large numbers. Navsari has birthed numerous illustrious Parsi figures including the first Dastoor Meherjirana; Dadabhai Naoroji – the grand old man of India and Jamsetji Tata – the father of Indian industry. Navsari is one of the 182 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Gujarat state. It is a part of Navsari district. There are over 2 lakh 47 thousand voters in this constituency and it represents segments from Navsari Taluka and Gandevi Taluka. Navsari has well-developed infrastructure in all aspects- good schools or hospitals, the district has it all, although people have mixed opinion. Some appear utterly dissatisfied while others point out the change that has been brought in the past 20 years. While Talking about the development in the last 25 years, Tejal Soni says, “When we shifted from Mumbai to Navsari around 25 years ago, there were only three English medium schools but today there are more than 20. Parents do not have to worry about their children’s education. Moreover, the number of hospitals has also increased over the years. Earlier, people had to travel either to Surat or Mumbai for better treatment options but now they don’t have to go through this hassle. People of Navsari and nearby villages can avail best of facilities at the Civil Hospitals in the district”. Navsari is one of the oldest cities of Gujarat and has a rich history. Dandi village near Navsari was the focal point of the great Salt March led by Mahatma Gandhi. Due to its historical relevance, the village attracts many tourists and if the infrastructure is enhanced, the footfall can rise. Arvindbhai Soni, a local resident said, “Navsari is known for being a peaceful place. The development is quite good here. Dandi Beach where Gandhiji has done his Satyagraha is just 15 kilometres away from here. So, that should be developed further and there must be more lodging arrangements for tourists near the site.’ He further added that development has been done near the Dandi beach due to the fact that it sees a number of tourists from Surat, Vadodara and Mumbai but still more can be done. While infrastructure is less of a concern in Navsari, inflation is. A senior resident from Navsari, Yoginiben Soni said, “Inflation is quite high. Rich people have no problem spending money and poor people get the necessary benefits, it’s only the middle class which is suffering the most. Be it the prices of oil, gas or petrol, all have increased, which is making our lives difficult.’ While BJP which has been holding Navsari seat since 1990 is trying to underplay inflation, the other major parties - Congress and AAP are aggressively bringing the issue to fore. Water scarcity is another issue being pointed out by the residents. A local from the district's Vejalpur area, Bharat Gupta said, “Till date, the government has not been able to solve our water woes. Though few months back, a water treatment plant was established in our area, the water hasn’t reached our homes yet.” He further highlighted the issue of potholes on roads which is putting people’s lives at risk, especially during monsoons. He also went on to express his disappointment with government schools in the area. He said, “Several government schools have closed, and few are in very bad condition. In many, there is only one teacher who is teaching all the classes.” With such disappointment among people against the government, this time the fight is not going to be easy for BJP. In 2017, Piyushbhai Dinkerbhai Desai defeated Congress candidate Bhavnaben Anilbhai Patel by a huge margin of over 46,000 votes. He also won the Navsari seat in 2012 when he defeated Congress's A.D. Patel by over 15,000 votes. Before Desai, it was BJP’s Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel who won the Navsari seat since 1990. This time BJP has fielded a new candidate, Rakesh Desai, to carry forward its winning legacy. He will be contesting against AAP's Upesh Patel and Congress's Deepak Barot. It would be interesting to see whether Navsari voters continue to support BJP or give a chance to other political parties. The voting in Navsari will be held on December 1 in the first phase of Gujarat elections.
Being home to one of the country's most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindu - the Somnath temple, Somnath-Veraval is no stranger to large crowds. This assembly seat is a prestige battle for BJP. PM Modi, Amit Shah and senior BJP leader, LK Advani are members of the Somnath temple trust. In the 1990s, BJP veteran LK Advani took out the Rath Yatra from Somnath. In 2007, the party won three out of four assembly seats in Gir Somnath region, followed by only one in 2012, but none in 2017, despite being the state's ruling party. The Somnath-Veraval seat was won by Vimalbhai Chudasama of Congress by a margin of more than 20 thousand votes. Congress has fielded its incumbent candidate, Vimalbhai Chudasma this time too. Vimalbhai is a prominent Koli leader. The constituency has about 40 thousand Koli voters. Congress will also be banking upon the 40 thousand Muslim voters in the constituency. BJP on the other hand, has brought in a fresh face this time. It has fielded Mansingh Parmar, a young fresh face. Mansingh is from the Karadiya community, which is estimated to be about 20 thousand voters. Mansingh Parmar believes the party missed out on “community factor” last time, which is why it lost in the region. However, this time it will win for sure since the party has factored-in different castes while giving tickets. PM Modi started the Saurashtra campaign with a visit to the Somnath temple on Sunday. He went to address the rally at Sadbhavna ground near the temple. PM Modi’s rally gives an indication of what is BJP's thinking for this seat. By all indications, it is attempting to leverage the popularity of PM Modi and has gone back on its ‘son-of-the-soil’ campaign strategy which the BJP tried in the last assembly elections. However, visiting the Somnath-Veraval seat, one can’t miss the voter fatigue. There are very few posters in the city. The energy and enthusiasm that one expects from a place of such religious importance is missing. The temple city is clean with adequate infrastructure for tourists. One can spend the whole day around the temple adjoining the beach. There aren’t many local issues as such. The economy revolves around tourism. Sandeepbhai Prajapati, a tea-stall owner, credits the Somnath temple for the town's livelihood. The town is crowded with people who run fast-food joints, restaurants, and guesthouses. Thanks to tourism, anyone can find some type of employment in Somnath. However, millennials aspiring for a better lifestyle tend to look for high income jobs, which are few and far between. Kewal Morbeeya, a student of computer application, explains why the better-educated, younger generation struggles to find employment in Somnath. Kewal is currently doing his bachelors from a university in Ahmedabad. Since colleges in or around the city of Somnath are not as good, he had to migrate to Ahmedabad. He agrees that Somnath is a good place for small traders like tea-shop owners, electricians and jobs in construction, but he sees no relevant employment opportunities for a BCA graduate. Radha’s husband works as a security guard. He has received a daily wage hike of Rs 150. With this increase, his wages have increased to Rs 450 a day. She credits this to the blessings of Somnath dada. However, living with this wage is still tough and the gas and electricity bill still stings. As per Radha, both bills add up to between Rs 1700 and Rs 2000 per month. It will be difficult for BJP to woo young voters as unemployment and inflation. People do talk about these after much probing, however, not many are willing to say it on camera. Although AAP has also fielded its candidate from this seat, it is currently seen as an also-ran. People, especially the young voters are curious to know about AAP, but how much this will translate into actual votes, remains to be seen. Congress, on the other hand is relying on popularity and caste arithmetic, which appears to be in its favour. Somnath-Veraval has over 2 lakh forty-two thousand voters and the voting will be held during phase-1 on December 1.
BJP president JP Nadda released the party's election manifesto for Gujarat in Gandhinagar todayGandhinagar: Ruling BJP has promised to start an "anti-radicalisation cell" against anti-national elements in Gujarat should the party be voted back to power in the forthcoming Assembly elections. "Complete implementation" of the Uniform Civil Code and creation of 20 lakh jobs are among the other major promises made by the party in the poll-bound state.Releasing BJP's election manifesto in Gandhinagar today, JP Nadda, the party's national president, said the "anti-radicalisation cell would identify and eliminate the threats of destabilisation as well as the sleeper cells of radical groups, terrorist organisations and anti-India forces".Mr Nadda's comments bear an echo with what Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said yesterday. Addressing an election rally in Gujarat, Mr Shah said that those responsible for communal riots in Gujarat were "taught such a lesson" that the state has been peaceful for 22 years."During the Congress rule in Gujarat [before 1995], communal riots were rampant. Congress used to incite people of different communities and castes to fight against each other. Through such riots, Congress had strengthened its vote bank and did injustice to a large section of the society," Mr Shah said.Elections are scheduled to be held in Gujarat on December 1 and 5 and votes will be counted on December 8.While releasing the BJP's election manifesto, the party president said today: "A new law will come into force that will help identify those who damage private and public properties. These anti-India forces will be identified and penalised."He added: "We will ensure complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code Committee's recommendations."Incumbent Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Gujarat BJP chief CR Patil were also present to release the party's election manifesto.The BJP election manifesto for Gujarat was released in Gandhinagar todayTaking a swipe at the opposition, Mr Nadda claimed: "Opposition parties making fake promises are free to do so because they're never going to come to power. So they're not even accountable, unlike the BJP."He said apart from establishing a Gujarat Institute of Technology, 20,000 government schools will be converted into Schools of Excellence and 20 lakh employment opportunities will be generated for the youth.Rs 10,000 crores for developing agricultural marketing infrastructure, Rs 25,000 crores for irrigation facilities, offering medical insurance worth Rs10 lakhs under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, developing three medicities and two state-of-the-art hospitals in the state are among the other promises made by the party in its manifesto.The manifesto also promised Shramik Credit Cards for labourers with collateral-free credit up to Rs 2 lakh.The BJP has promised to complete the Gandhinagar and Surat Metro corridors and begin work on the first Metro rail service at Saurashtra (Rajkot) and Central Gujarat (Vadodara).Mukhyamantri Free Diagnostic Scheme with a corpus of Rs 110 crores will ensure free-of-cost diagnostic services for households belonging to the economically weaker sections.For the tribals in the state, the BJP in its manifesto promised to enable mobile delivery of ration across all the 56 Tribal Sub-Plan Talukas in the state and ensured Rs 1 lakh crore under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana 2.0 for the all-round socio-economic development of tribals.The manifesto added that the Birsa Munda Adi Jati Samriddhi Corridor between Ambaji and Umergram will spur growth by connecting every tribal district headquarters with a four-six lane highway and by constructing a tribal cultural circuit that will connect Pal Dadhvaav and the Statue of Unity to Shabari Dham.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com25 Birsa Munda Gyan Shakti Residential Schools will provide the best residential schooling facilities to 75,000 meritorious students from the tribal community.On the religious front, the party has promised to work on the Devbhumi Dwarka Corridor to establish it as western India's biggest spiritual centre, comprising the World's tallest Shree Krishna statue.Featured Video Of The DayDelhi Civic Body Polls: Case Filed Against Ex-Congress MLA For Abusing Cop
AHMEDABAD: A faculty member at Ahmedabad University has developed a method to identify individual crocodiles based on aerial images, which can be used to understand crocodiles' habitats and migration patterns. Ratna Ghosal, an assistant professor at the university, was co-author of the paper 'Identification of free-ranging mugger crocodiles by applying deep learning methods on UAV imagery', which was recently published in the Elsevier journal Ecological Informatics. "The biometric tool identifies mugger crocodiles or marsh crocodiles based on the pattern of their bony external plate, known as scute. Each crocodile has a unique pattern which can be identified by artificial intelligence (AI). We have so far developed a library of 143 crocodiles in three different habitats - Kutch, Anand and Vadodara districts," Ghosal told TOI. "The library can be expanded by drone images from different populations," he added. This identification will serve several purposes, she said. "The most important is understanding population clusters and migration patterns. With a large population base in some districts of Gujarat, it is interesting to see how an increase in population affects the habitat. We have also shared this research with the state forest department," she added. The researchers added that this method is much more animal-friendly compared to rubber or radio tags or collars, which often irritate the animals. "We are also trying to understand the various aspects of these populations such as human presence, interaction with the local environment, their adjustment to modified environments - some muggers live in the highly polluted waters of the Vishwamitri river and this could be affecting the health of these apex predators," said Ghosal, adding that muggers are a protected Schedule I species under the Wildlife Protection Act.
AHMEDABAD: A statement from the Admission Committee for Professional Postgraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPPGMEC) on Saturday said that 508 students have been allotted colleges in the mop-up round of admissions in postgraduate courses such as MD, MS, MDS and diploma. In all, 443 students have been allotted seats in MD, MS and Diploma courses. At the end of the second round, 453 of the total 1,538 seats for MD, MS and Diploma had remained vacant. Sixty-five students have been allotted seats in the MDS course. Students will have to confirm their admissions by November 28.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested a man accused of killing a witness in the rape case against Asaram in 2015. The accused, Pravin Kamble, was on the run since 2015, after he allegedly killed the witness, Akhil Gupta, in Muzaffarnagar, UP. According to ATS officers, a PSI named YG Gurjar got an input that Kamble was hiding at an ashram in Haridwar, Uttarkhand, disguised as a sadhu. Acting on the input, a Gujarat ATS team went to Haridwar and arrested Kamble when he was walking near the banks of the Ganga. The ATS team arrested him and will hand him over to Uttar Pradesh police. Kamble, along with two shooters named Kartik Haldhar and Neeraj Jaat, had allegedly shot and killed Gupta, who was Asaram's personal assistant and cook, in Muzaffarnagar on January 11, 2015. Police had caught Jaat and Haldhar, but Kamble was on the run ever since. Kamble, a native of Beed in Maharashtra, had not even contacted his family since the killing. He had been living in Haridwar as a sadhu, the ATS statement said. An ATS officer said Kamble was accused of attempted murder in Adajan, Surat. When he was out on bail, he hatched the conspiracy to kill Gupta with Jaat and Haldhar. The three accused staked out Gupta, who was then living at his native place, Muzaffarnagar, and shot him dead.
AHMEDABAD: One more case has been filed against Raman Patel and Dashrath Patel, the promoters of Popular Builders, for allegedly occupying a plot in Godhavi, Ahmedabad district, in 1983, using forged documents. Ramkrushna Acharya, a resident of Green Leaves Apartments in Sola, in his FIR filed on Friday at Bopal police station, said that Raman and Dashrath along with an unknown man, Saryudasji Bava, forged papers for the land deal in the name of Ramkrushna's grandfather, and occupied the plot measuring around 63,772 square metres. Ramkrushna said that his grandfather, Shatrughnadasji, had only one son named Gordhandasji. Shatrughnadasji died on February 4, 1991. Gordhandasji did not get the Godhavi plot transferred to his name. Recently, Ramkrushna checked the revenue records and found that the land in Godhavi was first owned by Saryudasji who later sold it to Raman and Dashrath. Ramkrushna said that the land documents suggested that Raman and Dashrath had aided Saryudasji in transferring Shatrughnadasji's property to his name by showing Saryudasji as Shatrughnadasji's son. This plot was transferred to Saryudasji's name on November 13, 1982. Later, Raman and Dashrath got the plot transferred to their name on August 5, 1983. Ramkrushna alleged that the land document said that his grandfather Shatrughnadasji had died in 2001, whereas he had actually died in 1991. According to the local crime branch (LCB) of Ahmedabad rural police, Ramkrushna had filed a petition with the special investigation team (SIT) of the district collectorate which investigates land grabbing cases. The SIT found irregularities, after which an FIR was filed. An LCB team will investigate the complaint filed by Bopal police for forgery, cheating, producing forged documents as genuine and criminal conspiracy. Legal trouble started for the promoters of Popular Builders in August 2020, when Raman Patel's daughter-in-law filed a complaint of attempted murder and molestation against Raman and accused his son Monang Patel of domestic violence. In October 2020, the income tax department raided 26 premises . The same month, a paint manufacturer filed a complaint accusing Raman and Dashrath Patel of Rs 3 crore cheating.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s model of governance is sustainable, as it has defied the principle of diminishing returns, there is no anti-incumbency, and the graph is rising always upwards, Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.Since 2014, Modi has given a “new, different kind of model of governance, which is based on a new, different approach, and a different work culture”, the MoS for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and PMO said.Addressing the inaugural session of 25th e-governance conference here, Singh said, “What is this governance model that I am trying to be boisterous about? Some authors have described it as Modi’s model of governance… It is not simply for name-dropping, as some cynics might feel. It is a model that has sustained itself for nearly 20 years, or more than 20 years, with Modi as the longest-serving head of government in any democracy.“Therefore, I have the courage and conviction to say this is a sustainable model of governance.”He said, “This is a model which has defied the principle of diminishing returns. On the contrary, with each passing year, the dividends have increased. There is no anti-incumbency…. The graph is always upwards, never down.”This is a model that has “grown stronger with each challenge”, because it was always prepared beforehand to face a challenge, Singh said. “As chief minister (of Gujarat), Mr Modi faced the earthquake in Gujarat. As Prime Minister, the pandemic (Covid-19). We were already prepared for it; we could do better.”Singh said it was due to this governance model that the Covid-19 pandemic could be managed. Recently, he said, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands appreciated the way India combatted Covid-19. “He said we (Amsterdam) could not manage with such a small population, how could you? I said because we were already prepared. So, this is the governance model (he is referring to).”Singh said the basic mantra of the Modi government is “maximum governance, minimum government”.“This sounds very fanciful…like a philosophy, an ornamental phrase…. But the simple meaning is a government that acts as a facilitator but does not act as an intimidator. That is how I have sought to interpret it…sarkaar ka abhav bhi nahin aur sarkaar ka prabhav bhi nahi (neither the absence of government nor the influence of government),” he said.Singh said the “whole of government, whole of nation and whole of society” approach has become the new norm to achieve the desired results in the shortest span of time”.The two-day National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) is organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) and the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), in association with the Jammu & Kashmir administration. The theme of this year’s conference is “Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government closer”.Addressing the gathering, DARPG Secretary V Srinivas said the maxim ‘Maximum Governance, Minimum Government’ is represented by a digitally empowered nation, a digitally empowered citizenry, and a digitally transformed institution. Between 2014 and 2022, he said, the government has brought about digital transformation that has been accepted by the rural population through Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, BHIM UPI, CoWIN, Arogya Setu App.J&K Chief Secretary Arun Mehta said it is a proud moment for the UT to be hosting the 25th National Conference on e-Governance at Katra, which shows signs of changes taking place in the UT.Information Technology Secretary Alkesh Kumar called it an occasion to recognise and showcase exemplary digital transformations brought about by the Centre, the states and the start-up community.On the occasion, Singh presented the National Awards for e-Governance (NAeG) under five categories of the NAeG Scheme-2022 to 18 e-Governance initiatives at Central, state and district levels, academic and research institutions and Public Sector Undertakings.(The reporter was in Katra on an invitation from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions)
Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday slammed the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying industrial projects coming to Maharashtra are being diverted to neighboring Gujarat as Assembly elections are being held there. He also called the BJP a “party of imports” and “chor bazaar (flea market)”.While addressing a farmers’ rally at Chikhli in Buldhana, Uddhav also slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for his “silence” over the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute, the alleged insult of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the government’s inaction on farmers’ plight in the state.After stepping down as chief minister in June this year, this was Thackeray’s first rally outside Mumbai. Last month, Uddhav had addressed party workers at its annual Dussehra Rally at Shivaji Park.“The BJP has lost its ideology and is only importing people from other parties. It has become a party of imports. If you enlist, you will find how many people they have taken into their party from other parties. Nothing is left with them so they are stealing people from other parties. Is it a political party or ‘chor bazaar’,” Uddhav said.Hitting out at Modi, Uddhav said the PM would not hesitate to break Maharashtra and hand over villages to Karnataka with polls in Karnataka next year. “The projects coming to Maharashtra were diverted to Gujarat owing to the elections there. Now Karnataka chief minister is staking claims over Akkalkot and Solapur of Maharashtra. Karnataka is going to polls next year, I am afraid that as the PM sent the projects to Gujarat, he won’t hesitate before breaking Maharashtra into pieces,” Thackeray said.Taking a dig at Shinde, Uddhav said, “This CM might even say that what is the harm in handing over 40 villages to Karnataka …. PM has promised to get Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and give us 100 villages…..”Further attacking Shinde who along with his MPs and MLAs went to Guwahati, Uddhav said, “Today all these 40 people have gone to Guwahati to take blessings. A weekago he (Shinde) had gone to visit an astrologer to know his future. He doesn’t know his own future. And he is going to decide our future? In fact, his future is being decided by people sitting in Delhi. He has to follow their orders,” Thackeray said.Claiming that nearly 1,000 farmers had committed suicide in Maharashtra since the formation of the current dispensation in the state in July this year, Uddhav said if he would have been the CM, he would not have allowed such suicides to take place.In response to Uddhav’s attack, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which held the reins of Maharashtra between November 2019 and June 2022, should explain where was its concern for farmers and the agriculture sector. Why did it fail to address the agrarian crisis?”
Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said that he is giving money to the people and “not taking it to Swiss bank”, replying to BJP’s accusations of him “squandering money”.“Ye mujhko BJP wale khoob galiyan dete hain…..Kejriwal sara paisa luta dega. Kejriwal janta ko hi toh paisa de raha hai (These BJP people curse me a lot…..Kejriwal will squander all the money. Kejriwal is only giving money to the public). Kejriwal is not taking the money to the Swiss bank, or building mansions or buying properties,” the AAP chief said in Bhavnagar.Kejriwal also repeated guarantees of free electricity, allowance for women, employment, unemployment allowance and raised the issue of paper leaks. The Delhi chief minister also claimed to reinstate the Old Pension Scheme by January 31 (2023), if they are voted to power. Asking just five years from his voters in the roadshow, the supremo said, “If I don’t work, then oust me.”AAP candidates from Bhavnagar West, Bhavnagar East, Bhavnagar Rural, Palitana, Gadhada, Botad and Talaja of Bhavnagar and Botad districts were present in the roadshow as well. All of these constituencies are the stronghold of the BJP, except for Talaja which is Congress dominated seat.Kejriwal also said that God will cause a miracle by sweeping the broom, the Aam Aadmi Party’s election symbol, and catapult his party to power in Gujarat.Raju Solanki, who is the AAP candidate from Bhavnagar West, of the two term MLA and Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani, who has been re-fielded from the same seat.When the “pot of sin is full, the Almighty sweeps his broom”, the AAP national convener claimed.“In all of Gujarat, a heavy storm of change is brewing. The entire state has stood up. Some miracle is going to happen this time. It is said in Bhagavadgita that whenever the pot of sin is full, the Almighty sweeps his broom. The Almighty has started sweeping his broom,” Kejriwal said.(With PTI)
PUNE: Four youths, including two college students, were arrested on Saturday morning for opening fire at Sant Tukaram Mandir Chowk and at Ganapati Chowk in Pune's Lohegaon around 10.30pm on Friday just to spread panic among residents. Senior police inspector Vilas Sonde of the Airport police said, “We have arrested Nitin Kisan Sakat (21), Ganesh Sakharam Ragpasare (19), Avinash Kaluram Madage (22) and Pawan Yuvraj Paithankar (18), all residents of Lohegaon. They do not have any criminal background.” A police team comprising of inspector Mangesh Jagtap and sub-inspector Ravindra Dhaware scanned the entire Lohegaon area after identifying the young men and nabbed them. Sonde said, “We have seized a country-made pistol from them. They bought it from a person in Dhule. Further probe is on.” Sonde said, “Sakat is a student of BA second year while Paithankar is pursuing BA first-year student. Ragpasare is an autorickshaw driver and Madage is unemployed. Parents of all the four arrested youths are casual workers”. He said, “These four youths and a few others gathered for a birthday party around 10.30pm on Friday. The arrested youths told us that they decided to terrify the people of Lohegaon after consuming liquor.” He said, “They first went to Sant Tukaram Mandir Chowk in Lohegaon on their motorcycles and one of them fired two rounds in the air. They issued threats to residents and left the spot. Then they went to Ganapati Chowk, where one of them fired another round in the air".
Arvind Kejriwal asked the people assembled to give him a chance. (File)Bhavnagar: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said God will cause a miracle by sweeping the broom, the Aam Aadmi Party's election symbol, and catapult his party to power in Gujarat, where the two-phase Assembly polls are scheduled for December 1 and 5.When the "pot of sin is full, the Almighty sweeps his broom", the Aam Aadmi Party national convener claimed while addressing a roadshow in Bhavnagar in the poll-bound state."In all of Gujarat, a heavy storm of change is brewing. The entire state has stood up. Some miracle is going to happen this time. It is said in Bhagavadgita that whenever the pot of sin is full, the Almighty sweeps his broom. The Almighty has started sweeping his broom," Mr Kejriwal said.He said people getting zero electricity bills for the usage of 24-hour electricity, as part of AAP's poll promise of not charging for 300 units of power, would be the "magic" people will experience once his party forms government in Gujarat."This is magic. This 24-hour, zero-electricity bill is magic. And only Kejriwal knows how to perform that magic. No other party can perform this magic. I have been specially blessed by the Almighty and this can only be done by Mr Kejriwal and no other leader," he said.He said the Bharatiya Janata Party had done nothing for the state in its 27-year rule and voting for the opposition Congress was futile as its legislators would defect to the ruling party post-elections.Mr Kejriwal asked the people assembled at the roadshow to give him a chance to see what can be done in five years, adding they could "throw us out" if promises are not fulfilled."Today, people are suffering due to inflation. They are unable to survive. I will give you relief from inflation. After the formation of our government, I will pay your electricity bill from March 1," he said.Mr Kejriwal said women above the age of 18 will get Rs 1,000 per month as an honorarium, while youth will get Rs 3,000 as an unemployment allowance till they land a job."If you want to keep your children unemployed, you want to be abused, then you vote for them (BJP). This has been going on for 27 years. But if you want employment for your children, then vote for AAP," he asserted.Slamming the ruling BJP, he said frequent exam paper leaks in major competitive exams meant there was the involvement of big leaders."All paper leaks since 2015 will be probed and these big leaders will go to jail. We will completely eliminate the atmosphere of fear in the business world. We will create an environment to do business with courage and peace. We will give every businessman the respect they deserve," he said.Mr Kejriwal said an AAP government in the state would be free from corruption, and Value Added Tax and other pending refunds will be paid within six months (of coming to power).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Goods and Services Tax will be simplified, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRow Over Karnataka Chief Minister's Border Remark Intensifies
AHMEDABAD: The movement of several trains will be affected at Vangaon and Dahanu section stations from 09.40 am to 10.40am on November 27 and from 9am to 9.40am on November 28 in connection with DFCCIL work. According to a release the details of the trains affected are as under: Trains affected on November 27, 2022: 1. Train No. 12934 Ahmedabad – Mumbai Central Karnavati Express will be regulated by 30 minutes at Dahanu Road station. 2. Train No. 12489 Bikaner – Dadar Express will be regulated by 10 minutes at Gholvad station. 3. Andheri – Dahanu Road Local departing from Andheri at 07.51 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 4. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 09.37 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon. 5. Churchgate – Dahanu Road Local departing from Churchgate at 07.42 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 6. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 10.10 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon. Trains affected on November 28, 2022:1. Train No. 12479 Jodhpur – Bandra Terminus Suryanagari Express will be regulated by 10 minutes at Dahanu Road station. 2. Train No. 22956 Bhuj – Bandra Terminus Kutch Express will be regulated by 15 minutes at Gholvad station. 3. Andheri – Dahanu Road Local departing from Andheri at 07.51 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 4. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 09.37 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon.
Officials at the local hospital where the bodies were kept.Ahmedabad: Two paramilitary jawans forces were shot dead and two others injured in the firing by one of their colleagues near Porbandar in Gujarat, where they were stationed for election duty ahead of next month's assembly polls.The men were not on active duty when they got into a fight in the evening that escalated and shots were fired from an AK-47 rifle, it is learnt. They were part of an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) from Manipur and deputed in Gujarat besides the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), said Porbandar Collector and District Election Officer AM Sharma. It's being investigated as to what led to the clash.The two injured jawans — one shot in the stomach, the other in the leg — were taken to the Probandar general hospital from where they were being shifted to a hospital in Jamnagar, about 150 km away, for advanced treatment.The police report identified the accused as Constable S Inauchashingh, and the two men killed as jawans Thoiba Singh and Jitendra Singh. The injured are constables Chorajit and Rohikana. All of them belong to Manipur.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThey were staying inside a cyclone centre in Tukda Gosa village, about 25 km from Porbandar.Voting in the Porbandar district will be held on December 1 in the first phase, while the second phase is on December 5, and results on the 8th.
Two jawans of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) were shot dead and two others injured during a clash that erupted between the personnel in Gujarat’s Porbandar district, where they were posted for election duty.The incident took place around 7 pm at a cyclone relief centre at Tukada Gosa near Nava Bandar that is currently being used as a shelter for the visiting CAPF jawans.“They had come to provide security during the upcoming elections. There was internal firing and two died while two others were injured,” A M Sharma, district collector and district election officer for Porbandar, told The Indian Express.“I am currently at the hospital where the two injured persons are being treated. They are safe,” Sharma added.The injured were brought to Bhavsinghji hospital at Porbandar. When asked about the reason behind the firing, the official said the cause was still being investigated.
NEW DELHI: Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed and two others were injured after their colleague opened fire at them in Gujarat's Porbandar. Porbandar collector and district election officer, A M Sharma, said all the jawans connected to the incident belong to a CRPF battalion from Manipur. They were sent here by the Election Commission ahead of the next month's Gujarat assembly elections, he added. Voting in the Porbandar district will be held on December 1 in the first phase of the state polls. The jawans were staying inside a cyclone centre in Tukda Gosa village, about 25 km from Porbandar. The centre is being used as a shelter for the visiting CRPF jawans. "A jawan opened fire at his colleagues with his assault rifle over some unknown issue on Saturday evening. While two jawans died on the spot, two others were injured. They were shifted to a hospital in Jamnagar. One of them received a bullet injury in his stomach and the other was hit on his leg," Sharma said, adding that further investigation will be carried out by the police. (With inputs from PTI)
Gopal Italia said a child was injured as stones were thrown at an AAP meeting in Gujarat todaySurat: The chief of the Gujarat unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today blamed ruling BJP for an alleged incident of stone throwing during an AAP election meeting in Surat.Gopal Italia, AAP's Gujarat convenor, alleged that a child was injured when stones were thrown while an AAP meeting was in progress in the Katargam constituency.Taking to Twitter, Mr Italia wrote: "Due to the fear of losing the Katargam Assembly elections, BJP goons pelted stones at my public meeting today, in which a small child got injured."He said if the BJP had done at least some work during its 27-year reign in the state, then they would not have had to throw stones at an AAP meeting.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn an obvious reference to the AAP electoral symbol, the tweet further said: "The public will answer BJP's stone pelters with a broom."कतारगाम विधानसभा चुनाव हारने के डर से बौखला गए भाजपाई गुंडों ने आज मेरी जनसभा पर पथ्थरबाजी करी जिसमे एक छोटे बच्चा पथ्थर लगने से घायल हुआ है।27 साल मे कुछ काम कर लिया होता तो आज आम आदमी पार्टी की जनसभा मे पथ्थर फेंकने नही पड़ते।भाजपाई पथ्थरबाजो को जनता झाड़ू से जवाब देगी। pic.twitter.com/2hCCA0TKYV— Gopal Italia (@Gopal_Italia) November 26, 2022For the last several months, BJP and AAP have been sparring over a lion's share of votes in a state that has had a BJP government for close to three decades.Elections are scheduled to be held in Gujarat on December 1 and 5. Votes will be counted on December 8.Featured Video Of The DayWatch Arvind Kejriwal's Townhall: "Give Me CBI For One Day..."
SOMNATH: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday dubbed Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal as a 'namoona' or buffoon, and accused him and his party of supporting terrorism and corruption. Speaking at an election rally in Somnath town in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat for BJP candidates, he also accused main opposition Congress of not respecting other people's religions because of its "Muslim vote bank". "A 'Namoona' (buffoon) from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who is visiting Gujarat now a days is a true well-wisher of terrorism. He had also opposed the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. He had sought proof from our brave soldiers when the Indian Army carried out a surgical strike in Pakistan," said Adityanath, who is among the Bharatiya Janata Party's star campaigners. "When the Pakistan government itself was admitting that the strike had broken their back, AAP kept on asking for evidence. Support for terrorism and corruption is in their genes," the UP CM claimed. "Professional rioters" as well as goons and criminals who enjoyed the patronage of Congress and its allies used to harass common citizens, poor people and traders in his state, Adityanath said. "But now riots no longer take place in Uttar Pradesh. Our bulldozers have made Uttar Pradesh riot-free," he said. "Do you believe that Congress would have removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir? Would Congress or AAP give consent for the construction of Ram temple? It was (prime minister Narendra) Modi ji and BJP government and Gujarat who stood by you in your difficult times. They gave you free treatment, vaccines and ration during COVID-19 pandemic," he said. Neither Congress nor AAP will respect your faith and neither of them are capable of protecting you, he told the audience. "Only the BJP can do that because we believe in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (progress for all by taking along all)," Adityanath said. The Congress party and the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru opposed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's proposal to rebuild the Somnath temple, he alleged. "Because of its Muslim vote bank, Congress never wanted to respect your faith. That is the reason why Congress was against rebuilding the Somnath temple. But with his strong will, Sardar Patel went ahead with the construction. Even attempts were made to stop President Rajendra Prasad from attending the event. Can you support such a party?" Adityanath asked. He also accused the Congress of insulting Dr B R Ambedkar and trying to defeat him in elections. Reacting to Adityanath's swipes at him, Kejriwal took to Twitter and said people should vote for the BJP only if they wanted foul language, hooliganism, corruption and dirty politics. "And if you want schools, hospitals, electricity, water connections and roads then give your vote to me," said the Delhi chief minister who too is in Gujarat for campaigning. Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 1 and 5.
Event name: Amdavad Art- É- SummitAbout the event: Come and witness the art exhibition by various visual artists from the cityVenues: Hutheesing Visual Art Center, Kanoria Center for Arts, and Amdavad ni GufaOrganiser: Petal FoundationHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) to November 27 (Sunday), 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Amdavad ni Gufa)Event name: Novembre NumériqueAbout the event: A web documentary, Ex Aequo, on 10 professional athletes countering discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. This will be followed by an interactive session with Preeti Das, a journalist, stand-up comedian, academic, and actor.Venue: Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad, Shyamal, AhmedabadOrganiser: Alliance Française d’AhmedabadHow to attend: Register hereDate and time: November 26 (Saturday), 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent name: Akantha Sabarmati and Hotel PoetsAbout the event: Attend the talk between playwright Hiren Gandhi and poet Saroop DhruvVenue: Jitendra Desai Memorial Hall, Gujarat Vidyapith, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Navjivan TalksHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 5:00 pmEvent name: Film Showcase – Charulata (Bengali)About the event: A 1964 Satyajit Ray film, which is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Nastanirh, will be screened. The story revolves around the repressed desires and yearnings of a woman. The movie is about the wife of a newspaper editor who falls in love with her cousin-in-lawVenue: Arthshila Ahmedabad, Panjarapole, AhmedabadOrganiser: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) and November 27 (Sunday), 11:30 amEvent name: Incredible Ink, Incredible LegacyAbout the event: An exhibition on the historical legacy of Gujarat assembly elections, suffrage, and of local self-government. The documents related to the elections, and citizen’s agreement will be on display. Photographs – related to the election process and capturing the transition from ballots to EVMs – taken by senior journalists Sukdev Bachech and Kalpit Bachech will also be on display.Venue: Sardar Patel Bhawan, Ahmedabad Municipal CorporationOrganiser: Rizwan QadriHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: November 30 (Wednesday), 11:00 am to 5:00 pmEvent name: Film Showcase – The Motorcycle DiariesAbout the event: A 2004 biopic will be screened. The film is based on memoirs written by Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara narrating his motorcycle trip with his best friend Alberto Granada across South America. The trip is said to have had a deep impact on the then-23-year-old Guevara.Venue: Club O7, Shela AhmedabadOrganiser: Film Society of AhmedabadHow to attend: Direct message hereDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 12:00 pmEvent name: ManganiyarAbout the event: Enjoy traditional music by Gafur Khan and his Manganiyar comrades from the desert of RajasthanVenue: Natarani amphitheatre, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Darpan Academy of Performing ArtsHow to attend: Book hereDate and time: November 26 (Saturday), 8:30 pmEvent name: Ta DhomAbout the event: Enjoy the music night by the creators of the song ‘India91’ in Gully Boy, Viveick Rajgopal, MC Dehaati, and MC Khoj, in English, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Tamil.Venue: Natarani amphitheatre, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Darpan Academy of Performing ArtsHow to attend: Book hereDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 8:30 pmEvent name: Express It LoudAbout the event: In this fourth edition of Abhivyakti, witness expressions in all forms – theatre, dance, music, humour –in shows like Hustle the Shuffle, The Voice Within, Confluence, Marilynbai Monroe Cha Tamasha, Dancing with Frequencies, and so on by famous artists like Sheetal Makwana, Jaini Shah, Rakesh Wani, Deval Shukla, Jaimil Joshi, Hardik Dave, Mansi & Mansi.Venue: Upasana School of Performing Arts, Gujarat University Campus, AhmedabadOrganiser: Abhivyakti City Arts ProjectHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) and November 27 (Sunday), 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm
AHMEDABAD: Campaigning in the Akota constituency, Narendra Parmar urges voters to mark their approval by stamping on the ‘javelin’ — a symbol he chose to hit his target like Neeraj Chopra’s golden spear. “The javelin represents strength and one can defend oneself with it, too. Also, Neeraj Chopra had worked hard to achieve his target and he inspired millions of youth. I want to do the same,” Parmar told TOI. Like Parmar who is contesting from the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, many candidates have picked interesting poll symbols this time. From diamond, box, cup and saucer and pressure cooker, to bat, batsman, trumpet, camera, road roller and bucket, candidates have picked some unique symbols to woo voters with a sign that not onlyseems timely but also carries a message. Rajesh Bachubhai Parmar, a 49-yearold poll aspirant, has chosen football as his symbol. He said, “Football is one of the most recognized sports everywhere. Also, the FIFA world cup is underway. Hence, this symbol will be easily remembered by the people. ” A farmer by profession, Parmar is contesting as an independent candidate from Savli and is an avid football fan. “I watch World Cup matches whenever I get some time,” he added. Rahul Vyas, afinance expert contesting from Akota as an independent candidate, said, “I chose a robot as my poll symbol as it is the future. All of us use artificial intelligence and robots will be a common sight in the coming years. ” With eyes set on the youth using technology extensively, Vyas said his symbol represents both the future of humans and technological advances. Ankit Rajwadi contesting as an independent candidate from Vadodara city assembly seat chose an apple, not only because of its brandappeal, but also for its nutritional value. “I asked for the symbol as it is widely recognized and I also wanted to highlight the need to eliminate malnutrition among children,” he said. In Ahmedabad, around 250 symbols have been approved by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Amiraj Patel, an independent candidate from the urban Ellisbridge seat, had sought sun, tree, and diamond in this sequence while filling the form. “These symbols were not in the list of the ECI, so I was asked to pick some other symbol out of which I selected the sitar. ” In Ghatlodia, the seat of CM Bhupendra Patel, candidate Naresh Priyadarshi has been campaigning for abolishment of the liquor ban. “I had asked for the bottle as a symbol but it was not in the list so I got a carboy (container). ” Vishal Makwana, who has been contesting as an independent for the past 25 years, has a rickshaw as his symbol.
Pointing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is camping in Gujarat for the Assembly elections, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has held just three election meetings, Sambit Patra, national spokesperson for the BJP, on Thursday asked why senior Congress leaders were running away from Gujarat.Speaking to reporters here, Patra said, “Look at Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party. There is no sweat or work or effort. Without these, you cannot win elections. Rahul Gandhi came to attend only three sabhas.”“One the other side is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is continuously campaigning,” he added. Patra also questioned why the Bharat Jodo Yatra did not happen in Gujarat. “Don’t Rahul Gandhi consider Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to be part of India? Why didn’t he come here for Bharat Jodo?”“…He might be feeling that there won’t be any benefit or their local leaders asked him not to come… if he came the party would not win whatever it is currently winning… The Prime Minister is working so hard… He is coming to his own house and working for 24 hours and Rahul Gandhi did just three election rallies. No big Congress leader is coming. Why are they running away from Gujarat,” he said.Patra also questioned whether BM Sandeep, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and national secretary of Congress party, was involved in the Rs 75 lakh in Surat city. He said Uday Gurjar, a close aide of Rajasthan chief Minister Ashok Gehlot could also be connected with the issue.He said both the BJP and Congress will break record this election. While the BJP will emerge with the biggest victory, Congress will hold the record of winning the least number of seats ever. The leader also dismissed AAP’s presence in electoral fray, saying, “This is a two-pronged fight where on one side is the BJP and on the other side is the Congress.”
AHMEDABAD: One in every five candidates in the fray in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections faces criminal charges, according to an analysis of 788 candidates for 89 seats carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The analysis shows that 21% of the total candidates in the first phase have criminal records, up from 15% in these seats in the 2017 elections. Importantly, the percentage of those facing serious criminal charges has increased from 8% in 2017 to 13% in these polls. These offences include electoral misdemeanours, causing loss to exchequer, assault, murder, kidnapping and rape. Among the political parties, AAP has fielded the highest number of candidates with criminal cases. Of the 88 candidates fielded by the party, 36% have a criminal record, with 30% facing serious charges. Among the Congress nominees, 35% face criminal charges, and 20% are dealing with serious charges. As for BJP, 16% of its candidates face criminal charges, and 12% of them have serious charges against them. In the first phase of 2017 polls, Congress had 36% candidates with criminal cases, BJP 25%, and AAP 11%. Constituencies with three or more candidates with criminal records have also increased from 22 in 2017 to 25 in 2022. Of the 15 candidates in the Limbdi constituency in the 2022 poll, seven have criminal cases against them. In other constituencies, termed ‘red alert constituencies’ by ADR, the situation is no different. On the Karanj seat in Surat district, four of the eight candidates have criminal records, whereas three of the four candidates on the Dediapada seat in Narmada district face criminal charges.
The average assets per candidate is Rs 2.88 crore, ADR said.Ahmedabad: Of the 788 candidates contesting 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, 211 are 'crorepatis', with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for 79 such nominees, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report on ThursdayWith this, 27 per cent of the total number of candidates in the fray have assets worth more than Rs one crore.The BJP, which is contesting all 89 seats, have 79 candidates or 89 per cent of its nominees with assets above Rs one crore, followed by the opposition Congress with 65 candidates at 73 per cent and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 33 candidates at 38 per cent. The AAP is fighting 88 seats.While the average assets per candidate contesting in the first phase of the election is Rs 2.88 crore, Ramesh Tilala, who is contesting from the Rajkot South Assembly constituency as a BJP candidate is the richest one with the total declared assets of Rs 175 crore, the ADR report said.Indranil Rajguru, a Congress candidate from the Rajkot East seat, follows Tilala with Rs 162 crore assets. Jawahar Chavda, a BJP candidate from Manavadar seat, has assets worth Rs 130 crore, it said.An independent candidate named Bhupendra Patoliya from Rajkot West Assembly seat has declared zero assets in his affidavit, the report stated.Among the 211 candidates, Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja who is contesting from Jamnagar North seat as a BJP candidate, has declared the combined income of Rs 18 crore for 2021-22 for herself, her spouse and dependent. Her own income stood at Rs 6 lakh, her affidavit showed. She has declared assets worth Rs 97 crore, it said.Of the total candidates in fray, 73 have declared assets worth above Rs 5 crore, 77 others between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, 125 candidates between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore, 170 between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, and 343 with less than Rs 10 lakh, the ADR said in the report.Party-wise, average assets is Rs 13.40 crore for the BJP, Rs 8.38 crore for the Congress, and Rs 1.99 crore for the AAP.The 14 candidates of the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) have declared average assets worth Rs 23.39 lakh.In the first phase of elections in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, a total of 198 or 21 per cent of 923 candidates were "crorepatis", the report said.Among the candidates with lowest assets is Rakesh Gamit, a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Vyara which is a Scheduled Tribe (ST) reserved seat. He has declared assets worth Rs 1,000, while Jayaben Boricha from Bhavnagar West has declared assets worth Rs 3,000, and Samir Shaikh from Surat East Rs 6,500 assets, it said.Rajguru, who has the second highest assets, is also the one with the highest liabilities at Rs 76 crore, followed by one Bachubhai Artheriiya with Rs 97 crore assets and Rs 30 crore liabilities. BJP's Pabubha Manek from Dwarka seat generated the second highest income in 2021-22 at over Rs 5 crore through his shipping business, etc. Next comes BJP's Kanu Desai, who is contesting from Pardi, with an income of over Rs 2 crore."Around 65 per cent candidates fall in the category of assets worth Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. As compared to last year, the number of crorepati candidates also keep increasing...What is worth noting is that there is no crorepati candidate in BTP, unlike last time when it had 67 per cent crorepati candidates," said ADR's head Anil Verma.As far as the education details of the candidates are concerned, there are 492, or 62 per cent candidates, who have studied between Class 5 and 12, while 185 are graduates and above, and 21 are diploma holders. As many as 57 candidates are literate, while 37 others are illiterate."Compared to other states, the number of illiterates is very high in Gujarat," Mr Verma said. As many as 277 or 35 per cent candidates are in the 25 to 40 age group, while 431 or 55 per cent are aged between 41 and 60 years. Another 79 candidates are in the age group of 61 to 80 and one is above 80 years of age, the ADR report stated.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThere are 719 men and 69 women candidates contesting in the first phase of election, it said.Elections for 182 seats of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly will be held in two phases - on December 1 for 89 seats and December 5 for 93 seats, while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.Featured Video Of The DayCongress's Bharat Jodo Yatra vs BJP's March For Tribals In Madhya Pradesh
Many commentators have written off the Gujarat elections as "predictable". Some say the municipal corporation polls in Delhi are offering much more bang for the buck. The Gujarat campaign has, at least, caught up with a global trend. The Cancel Culture.A few days ago, the BJP media cell in the state decided to not send their panelists and spokespersons to TV discussions that also feature AAP.It happened to us in Vadodara. A BJP guest backed out at the last minute. He never gave us any reason but informed his colleagues, who very casually mentioned this to us towards the end of our show."Samjha karo yaar. Order hai," they said.The BJP has decided that AAP should not even be acknowledged or legitimised as a player in the state. Most of the party's messaging at the national level is to challenge AAP ahead of the Delhi civic polls.In Gujarat, the party only acknowledges the Congress as an opponent.From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath, CR Patil, Bhupendra Patel, and Harsh Sanghvi, the message across the BJP is clear. Talk about your own work, talk about the Congress. Ignore AAP."They (AAP) are only creating a buzz on the media and confusing voters on the ground. We are Gujaratis. Time is precious. Why waste it fighting a non-entity? So, we are calling them out by not acknowledging them," a BJP leader told me.A senior BJP functionary even said, "AAP bought themselves legitimacy in Gujarat by pumping in ad money on channels."Not just BJP, now the Congress too is boycotting debates with AAP panelists."On local channels, we only debate with BJP candidates. AAP spokespersons come only with some political analyst type," said a senior Congress spokesperson.Not that AAP is taking this lying down. Arvind Kejriwal has started his own version of "cancellation".On Thursday, he released a video in which he used his rudimentary Gujarati to say: "Don't waste your vote on Congress."In his mission to fight the BJP, the AAP chief is asking voters to ignore the Congress. Effectively, he has cancelled the Congress.I find this funny. BJP cancels AAP. AAP cancels Congress. Congress cancels AAP. The cycle repeats in each of Gujarat's 182 seats.Who will be cancelled by the voters? We will know on December 8.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Sanket Upadhyay is Consulting Editor, NDTV Group)Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of the author.Featured Video Of The DayWatch Arvind Kejriwal's Townhall: "Give Me CBI For One Day..."
Political leaders cutting across party lines took to social media Saturday morning onwards to observe Constitution Day. November 26 is being observed as Constitution Day since 2015. The Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution on November 26, 1949.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before addressing the Supreme Court during the launch of the government’s e-court project, tweeted, “Today, on Constitution Day, we pay homage to those greats who gave us our Constitution and reiterate our commitment to fulfil their vision for our nation.” In his address, Modi referred to India as the “mother of democracy” and paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.At the event, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said the courts must reach out to the people, pledging that every bench of the Supreme Court would hear 10 bail applications, preceded by 10 transfer petitions, from next week onwards.Today, on Constitution Day, we pay homage to those greats who gave us our Constitution and reiterate our commitment to fulfil their vision for our nation. pic.twitter.com/eKVwA7NdaB— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2022Last year, several Opposition parties, including the Congress, boycotted a Constitution Day event in Parliament’s Central Hall, saying the government was disrespecting the fundamental values of the Constitution and undermining parliamentary democracy. But this year, there no all-out criticism of the government from Opposition leaders, except Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the Congress’s Jairam Ramesh.Vijayan tweeted, “India’s Constitution, which encompasses the ideals of our anti-imperialist struggle, is facing a wide array of challenges on this 73rd anniversary of its adoption. It’s time to join the fight to fend off such threats and defend its spirit and values on our #ConstitutionDay.”India’s Constitution, which encompasses the ideals of our anti-imperialist struggle, is facing a wide array of challenges on this 73rd anniversary of its adoption. It’s time to join the fight to fend off such threats and defend its spirit and values on our #ConstitutionDay.— Pinarayi Vijayan (@pinarayivijayan) November 26, 2022He added, “Today, the values of secularism, democracy and federalism in our country are facing serious challenges…The challenges being faced by our Constitution, even on the 73rd anniversary of its adoption, are not just trivial.”Congress general secretary in charge of communications Jairam Ramesh alleged that the “ideological fountainheads” of the BJP had nothing to do with the making of the Constitution and PM Modi decided to mark November 26 as Constitution Day as he “desperately” wanted to show respect to the document.“The draft Constitution was adopted by Constituent Assembly on 26.11.1949. Constituent Assembly decided it would come into force from 26.01.1950 which is since celebrated as Republic Day,” Ramesh tweeted.Ideological fountainheads of the BJP had nothing whatsoever to do with the making of the Constitution, the Congress leader said. “In fact the RSS was opposed to the Constitution of India. Desperately wanting to show that he respects the Constitution – while he subverts it daily in letter and spirit – the prime minister decided to celebrate November 26 as Constitution Day. This is sheer hypocrisy.”Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Babasaheb urged us to march on the road to unity. I will walk that road long enough, until every word of our Constitution is upheld, and every citizen stands protected by fairness and justice.”Babasaheb urged us to march on the road to unity.I will walk that road long enough, until every word of our Constitution is upheld, and every citizen stands protected by fairness and justice. pic.twitter.com/OUMCJKugxj— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 26, 2022At Tummalapalli Kalakshetram, Vijayawada, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan and Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy participated in a National Constitution Day programme.The draft Constitution was adopted by Constituent Assembly on 26.11.1949. Constituent Assembly decided it would come into force from 26.01.1950 which is since celebrated as Republic Day. Ideological fountainheads of BJP had nothing whatsoever to do in making the Constitution 1/3— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) November 26, 2022Addressing an election rally in Gujarat, MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said Muslims were legitimate citizens of India and no one could snatch this right from them as long as they stuck to the values upheld by the Constitution.Early in the morning, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi, “Our Constitution is the pride of our country’s democracy, this is the identity of the rights of us Indians. Best wishes to all the countrymen on Constitution Day. Protecting the constitution of the country, we will give our whole life to fulfill the dreams of Babasaheb and to make India the No. 1 country in the world.”
Campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Somnath, Bhavnagar and Amreli, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Saturday attacked the Congress for “appeasing Muslims” by opposing the reconstruction of the Somnath temple and branded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a “true sympathiser of terrorism”.A recurrent theme across all three of his public addresses was that of national security and pride associated with the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, which, according to Adityanath, has been restored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.He also appealed to the public to not vote for the Congress and the AAP and hailed his own administration in Uttar Pradesh and said “professional rioters, goons and criminals”, who flourished “under the patronage of the Congress and their allied parties”, have been bulldozed in UP to make the state riot-free.Evoking sentiments towards the Ram temple, Adityanath said, “In 1990, the yatra towards Ayodhya was started after seeking blessings at the Somnath temple. People used to say that if the Ram Temple is built, there will be bloodshed. I say not even a mosquito will die.”He added, “Now, riots do not happen in Uttar Pradesh. The professional rioters, goons and criminals, who flourished under the patronage of the Congress and its allied parties, who used to oppress the poor, businesspersons and the common people, have been bulldozed.”In Bhavnagar’s Gariadhar, Adityanath spoke of an improved national security under PM Modi. “Earlier, there used to be attacks every other day. When Modi became the chief minister of Gujarat, curfew and riots ended forever. When he became the Prime Minister, terrorist attacks stopped altogether.”He added, “Under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, India’s cultural heritage is being honoured and taken to new heights. By constructing the tallest statue of Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel in the world in Kevadia, PM Modi honoured him. He also honoured Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and in five places he was associated with, development of the panchteerth is being done by the BJP under Modi’s leadership.”He further said, “Congress never honoured Sardar sahab. When Sardar sahab wanted to restore Somnath temple, Congress had opposed it. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had opposed it. Congress, for the sake of the Muslim vote bank, never wanted to respect your faith. But Sardar sahab had pledged here that an independent India will not accept symbols of oppression and had taken forward the work of rebuilding the Somnath temple. Back then, president of India Rajendra Prasad wanted to attend the ceremony but efforts were made to stop him.” Adityanath further asked the crowd to not support the Congress.The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister made it a point to mention at all the three public addresses that Gujarat does not witness curfews, riots and Naxal threat anymore. Attacking Kejriwal, he said, “He is a true sympathiser of terrorism. He opposes Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and when the Indian Army does a surgical strike in Pakistan, he demands proof from our brave soldiers. Don’t waste your votes on those who are corrupt and support terrorism.”Adityanath further added, “No self-respecting person should vote for Congress or AAP. These two parties are power-hungry. They do not care about the country’s security, development or security of the common citizens.”Gujarat will go to polls in two-phases on December 1 and December 5 and counting will be held on December 8.Adityanath later attended a roadshow at Viramgam in Ahmedabad along with BJP candidate Hardik Patel. Recurrent chants of “Jai Shree Ram” and “Modi, Modi” by the crowd continued till the end of the roadshow.
NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted on Saturday that his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will record a "historic victory" in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls and become a "national" political party. Congratulating the party workers on the 10th anniversary of the AAP's foundation day, Kejriwal said the party has created "many histories" in Indian politics since it came into existence on November 26, 2012 and become "a new hope" for the people of the country. "The Aam Aadmi Party was formed 10 years ago on this day. In these 10 years, the party created many histories in Indian politics with the immense love of the public and the hard work of the workers," Kejriwal, the national convenor of the party, said in a series of tweets. The AAP has offered a new hope to the people of the country and gained their trust, he said. "With yet another historic victory, the AAP is going to become a national party very soon," he said. Riding high on its stupendous victory in the Punjab Assembly polls earlier this year, the AAP is betting big in poll-bound Gujarat. It has fielded candidates in all 182 Assembly constituencies in the BJP-ruled state. Till the 2017 Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress were the main contenders in Gujarat. With the AAP joining the fray with its high-decibel campaign, the state is set to witness a three-cornered poll contest this time. The Kejriwal-led party is hoping to gain its foothold in the state by winning several seats in the polls to be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. According to rules, a political party gets the status of a "State Party" if it secures 6 per cent of the votes polled and two seats in a legislative assembly. If a party gets the status of a "State Party" in four states, it automatically becomes a "National Party". The AAP is recognised as a "State Party" in Delhi, Punjab and Goa. If it secures 6 per cent of the votes polled and two seats in Gujarat, it will earn the tag of a "National Party".
Amit Shah addresses a rally in Talaja town in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district for a BJP candidateAhmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said terror attacks were rampant when Congress was in power and terrorists from Pakistan used to kill Indian soldiers but the then ruling party never condemned them due to "vote bank" politics.Paying tributes to the victims of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attack, Shah said it is impossible to carry out such an attack under the watch of the Narendra Modi government."Today is the anniversary of the 26/11 attack. On this day (in 2008), Pakistani terrorists killed 164 persons in Mumbai. I pay my humble tributes to the departed souls. Though such attacks were rampant during the Congress rule, it is not possible to carry out a 26/11 type terror attack today because Narendra Modi is the prime minister," Shah said while addressing a poll rally in Talaja town in Bhavnagar district for a BJP candidate.Voting on Talaja and 88 other seats will be held on December 1 in the first phase of the two-phase Gujarat Assembly elections."Sonia (Gandhi) and (former PM) Manmohan Singh were in power for ten years from 2004 till 2014. During their regime, terrorists from Pakistan used to enter India frequently and kill our soldiers and even decapitated their heads. Despite that, Congress never uttered a word. Why? Because of their vote bank. I hope you know who is Congress' vote bank," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.He added PM Modi gave a strong message to the world by carrying out surgical and air strikes on terrorists after Uri and Pulwama terror attacks.The Gandhinagar MP also said the now-scrapped Article 370 (granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir) was the mistake of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Didn't you want Article 370 (was supposed) to be removed from Jammu and Kashmir? For 70 years, these Congressmen preserved this Nehru's mistake as if it was a child. Our PM (Modi) removed it in one go in 2019 and made Kashmir an integral part of India in its true sense," he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWatch Arvind Kejriwal's Townhall: "Give Me CBI For One Day..."
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party boss Arvind Kejriwal today shared a video of BJP's star campaigner Yogi Adityanath calling him "a sympathiser of terrorism" during a poll rally in Gujarat, and pitched himself as someone who stands for "development" as against the BJP's "politics of abuses and hooliganism"."If you want dirty abuses, hooliganism, corruption, or dirty politics, then vote for them. If you want schools, hospitals, electricity, water, roads, then vote for me," the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in Hindi, retweeting a video which his UP counterpart had captioned: "This specimen from the Aam Aadmi Party who has come from Delhi is actually a sympathiser of terrorism."अगर गंदी गाली गलौज चाहिए, गुंडागर्दी चाहिए, भ्रष्टाचार चाहिए, गंदी राजनीति चाहिए तो इनको वोट दे देना। अगर स्कूल, अस्पताल, बिजली, पानी, सड़कें चाहिए तो मुझे वोट दे देना। https://t.co/kNtrOR2azB— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 26, 2022The AAP, buoyed by its victory early this year in Punjab, has mounted a high-decibel campaign to challenge the BJP in Gujarat where it's been in power for 27 years, including PM Narendra Modi's 13 years as chief minister. Pitching a former TV news anchor Isudan Gadhvi, as the AAP chief ministerial candidate, Mr Kejriwal has spent weeks in Gujarat speaking of "development" besides making appeals to the BJP's core Hindutva voter with demands such as Hindu gods' images on currency notes. The Congress, which increased its vote share in 2017, has been running a lowkey campaign — it calls that a strategy. It refuses to see the election as a three-way contest, dismissing AAP as "just hype". The BJP, too, sees the contest as a direct fight with the Congress.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comYet, the BJP has gone all-out and deployed its big guns, including the hardline Hindutva icon Yogi Adityanath, in the campaign. And the campaign has taken a turn towards the BJP's primal appeal, with Amit Shah saying "rioters were taught a lesson in 2002", and Yogi Adityanath, too, calling rivals "opponents of Lord Ram". In the video that Mr Kejriwal shared, Yogi Adityanath said that the AAP leader had "opposed the construction of Ram Temple, and even sought proof for the Indian Army's surgical strike in Pakistan". He said corruption and terrorism are "the same thing".
AHMEDABAD: Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said terror attacks were rampant when Congress was in power and terrorists from Pakistan used to kill Indian soldiers but the then ruling party never condemned them due to "vote bank" politics. Paying tributes to the victims of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attack, Shah said it is impossible to carry out such an attack under the watch of the Narendra Modi government. "Today is the anniversary of the 26/11 attack. On this day (in 2008), Pakistani terrorists killed 164 persons in Mumbai. I pay my humble tributes to the departed souls. Though such attacks were rampant during the Congress rule, it is not possible to carry out a 26/11 type terror attack today because Narendra Modi is the prime minister," Shah said while addressing a poll rally in Talaja town in Bhavnagar district for a BJP candidate. Voting on Talaja and 88 other seats will be held on December 1 in the first phase of the two-phase Gujarat assembly elections. "Sonia (Gandhi) and (former PM) Manmohan Singh were in power for ten years from 2004 till 2014. During their regime, terrorists from Pakistan used to enter India frequently and kill our soldiers and even decapitated their heads. Despite that, Congress never uttered a word. Why? Because of their vote bank. I hope you know who is Congress' vote bank," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said. He added PM Modi gave a strong message to the world by carrying out surgical and air strikes on terrorists after Uri and Pulwama terror attacks. The Gandhinagar MP also said the now-scrapped Article 370 (granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir) was the mistake of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. "Didn't you want Article 370 (was supposed) to be removed from Jammu and Kashmir? For 70 years, these Congressmen preserved this Nehru's mistake as if it was a child. Our PM (Modi) removed it in one go in 2019 and made Kashmir an integral part of India in its true sense," he said.
For those looking to utilise their weekends to apply for jobs, here’s a list of government jobs with an ongoing registration process.Candidates should remember to check the eligibility criteria, the number of vacancies, the application process and the last date to apply through the given official websites for each job listed below.BPSC 68th CCE 2022The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) today started the registration process for the 68th combined competitive exam (CCE). A total of 281 vacancies are to be filled through this recruitment process. Of these, 77 vacant posts are reserved for women candidates. The preliminary exam is scheduled to be held on February 12, as per the official schedule.Last date to apply: December 20.Where to apply: bpsc.bih.nic.inBihar CSBC Recruitment 2022The Central Selection Board of Constable (CSBC) Bihar is inviting applications for the posts of prohibition constables. For the post of constable, candidates should have passed class 12 on or before January 1, 2022 The candidates should be between the age of 18 to 23 years to be eligible for application.Last date to apply: December 14 Where to apply: csbc.bih.nic.inRPSC Food Security Officer RecruitmentThe Rajasthan Public Service Commission has invited applications for the post of Food Safety Officer. There are a total of 179 non-TSP vacancies, three Sahariya vacancies and 18 TSP vacancies. The aspirant must have working knowledge of Hindi and the culture of Rajasthan.Last date to apply: November 30Where to apply: rpsc.rajasthan.gov.inSBI pecialist cadre officer recruitmentThe State Bank of India recently invited applications for the post of specialist cadre officer on regular basis and contractual basis. The applications are available for a total of 65 posts. There are a total of 55 vacancies for the post of manager (credit analyst) in the middle management grade scale 3. The minimum age for appointment is 25 years and the maximum age is 35 years.Last date to apply:Where to apply: sbi.co.inRajasthan RSMSSB community health officers recruitment The Rajasthan Subordinate and Ministerial Services Selection Board (RSMSSB), Jaipur has invited applications for the post of Community Health Officer. A total of 3071 posts which will be filled through this recruitment drive. The aspirants should have a BSc in Community Health, Nurse (GNM or BSc), Ayurveda practitioner (BAMS) from a recognised institute.Last date to apply: December 7Where to apply: rsmssb.rajasthan.gov.inDepartment of Posts recruitmentThe Department of Posts recently announced 188 vacancies against various posts under sports quota for Gujarat postal circle. The posts for which the vacancies are open are Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, Postman, Mail Guard and Multi Tasking Staff. The tentative date for the provisional list of shortlisted candidates is December 6.Last date to apply: November 27Where to apply: dopsportsrecruitment.in
Promising to launch a ‘Gujarat Olympics Mission’ for hosting the Olympic Games in the state in 2036, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday unveiled its manifesto for the upcoming Gujarat elections, promising to provide 20 lakh jobs and freebies, including electric scooters and cycles to female students.The creation of an “anti-radicalisation cell” to identify and “eliminate potential threats and sleeper cells of terrorist organisations and anti-India forces” was among the many promises made by BJP National President J P Nadda while unveiling the manifesto at Gandhinagar.Elections for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5.The party also promised to set up a task force to “scrutinize assets and finances of Waqf Board and conduct surveys of madrasas regarding their curriculum”. The manifesto also promised rigorous imprisonment along with a financial penalty for forced conversions under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021.The party also promised to enact the Gujarat Recovery of Damages of Public and Private Properties Act. This legislation is meant to recover damages done to public and private properties by anti-social elements during riots, violent protests and unrest, etc.ભારતની પ્રથમ મ્યુઝિયમ સર્કિટ સાથે ફિલ્મ સિટી લેશે આકાર…#અગ્રેસર_ગુજરાતનો_સંકલ્પ pic.twitter.com/erJKAqc8x2— BJP Gujarat (@BJP4Gujarat) November 26, 2022The party also promised to “ensure complete implementation of the Gujarat Uniform Civil Code committee’s recommendations”.Among the freebies announced in the manifesto, BJP promised to provide free sanitary napkins to female students, free monthly supplements of nutrients to all poor and pregnant women from the economically weaker section (EWS), two free LPG cylinders every year and free bus travel for women senior citizens.The party has also promised to start giving free electric scooters to meritorious college-going female students from financially weak households. It also promised to give free bicycles to all female students from classes 9-12.The BJP said it would double the cap under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per family and “ensure free-of-cost medical treatment”. The party will also launch a ‘Mukhyamantri Free Diagnostic Scheme’ with a corpus of Rs 110 crore, to provide “free-of-cost diagnostic services in all government health institutions and empanelled laboratories for EWS households.”The party promised to provide 1 litre of edible oil four times a year and 1 kg ‘chana’ per month at subsidised rates through the Public Distribution System.The BJP also promised to make Gujarat the top FDI destination by attracting Rs 5 lakh crore of overseas investments in the next five years. It also plans to make the state a defence and aviation hub of India. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and BJP state president C R Paatil were also present at the launch of the manifesto.