The Indian Express | 2 months ago | 27-11-2022 | 05:50 am
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.”
Gandhinagar: Chief minister Bhupendra Patel’s mother in-law Shantaben Patel, passed away on Monday at the age of 94. Her last rites were performed at a crematorium in Gandhinagar in the presence of the CM and other family members. A condolence meeting will be held at the Gujarat University convention hall on Tuesday, January 24. The CM cancelled his official engagements on Monday and Tuesday owing to her demise. tnn
AHMEDABAD: The three-day B20 (Business 20) inception meeting - the first of the G20 meetings that will be held in Gujarat - kicks off in Gandhinagar from Monday with a host of international and industry leaders of top economies of the world deliberating on issues ranging from climate change, innovation, global digital cooperation and resilient global value chains.B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum that officially conveys its final recommendations to the G20 presidency. India holds the presidency of the G20 from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. It is among the most prominent engagement groups in G20, with companies and business organizations as participants. B20 leads the process of galvanizing global business leaders for their views on issues of global economic and trade governance.A plenary session for the B20 meeting will be organized at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Monday in which Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel and India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant will take part."The plenary session will take up deliberations on themes such as climate change, sustainable economic development, financial inclusion, and resilient global value chains. Transformative initiatives undertaken by the Gujarat government, which is enabling cleaner, greener, and inclusive economic growth, will also be discussed," principal secretary, finance, Mona Khandhar, said on Sunday.The B20 India 2023 dialogue will take place under the theme of 'RAISE', an acronym for Responsible, Accelerated, Innovative, Sustainable and Equitable Businesses.A galaxy of international and Indian industry leaders will participate in the plenary session. At least 600 delegates, including 250 international delegates from the G20 and guest countries as well as multilateral organizations and academia, and 250-300 delegates from Indian industry will participate, the official said.The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the secretariat for B20 India and Tata Group chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran is the chairman for B20 India, Khandhar said.The government has also organized visits of the delegates to GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) and Adalaj Stepwell as well as a yoga session, industries commissioner Rahul Gupta said. As part of the three-day meeting, the delegates were also taken for a visit to Dandi Kutir, a museum on Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhinagar, on Sunday evening."As 2023 is declared as the International Year of Millets by the United Nations, Gujarat will serve millet items during meals to the delegates during the meetings," Gupta said. The chief minister will host a dinner for the delegates, during which they will get to savour several Gujarati delicacies, including fusion food made of millets, he added.This is the first of 15 meetings to be hosted by Gujarat as part of India's G20 presidency. Gandhinagar will host 10 such meetings, Ahmedabad two, and one meeting each will be held in Surat, Kutch and Ektanagar, officials said. The Gujarat government will showcase its tradition, heritage, culture, innovative projects, investment potential and opportunities to the visiting delegates, Khandar said.The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation that plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues.
GANDHINAGAR: The state government on Thursday relaunched the scheme giving awards to Good Samaritans who help victims of road accidents. Chief minister Bhupendra Patel also launched the website of the Gujarat Road Safety Authority.Speaking at the event, the CM said the Union government's concept of four "Es" - enforcement of law, engineering of roads, emergency care and education" will be emphasized by the state government to ensure safety on roads.Stating that the first hour after a road accident is crucial for victims, the CM urged people to come forward and extend all possible help to accident victims. He relaunched the scheme to provide awards to people who save the lives of road accident victims. Minister of transport Harsh Sanghavi said the scheme to give awards to Good Samaritans will be taken up as a statewide drive and people will be urged to help those injured in road accidents.
AHMEDABAD: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Friday announced the projections for Gujarat’s priority sector credit. According to NABARD, the state’s credit potential stood at Rs 2.46 lakh crore for the upcoming financial year 2023-24, according to the announcement made during the annual state credit seminar organised in Gandhinagar.The estimated credit potential of Gujarat has increased from Rs 2.46 lakh crore in 2022-23 – up 21%. Out of this, agriculture and allied sector accounts for Rs.1.28 lakh crore (43%), MSME sector accounts for Rs.1.41 lakh crore (47%) and other priority sector accounts for Rs.0.29 lakh crore (10%).Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, said, “The government is working relentlessly to reach the poorest of the poor of the society and bring them to the mainstream.”The CM also exhorted bankers to help the fisheries and dairy farmers of the State by providing them credit facilities. NABARD has been regularly monitoring the potential flow of bank credit towards the priority sector across all the districts of Gujarat through its potential linked credit plans. Dr Gyanendra Mani, CGM – Gujarat region, NABARD, said, “NABARD Gujarat Regional Office has pioneered the idea of ‘Model Cooperative Village (MCV) Project’, in partnership with Gujarat State Cooperative Bank. I request the state government to advise various line departments to adopt six villages chosen for the MCV project & leveraging their various interventions in these villages.”“Due support towards value-chain financing in agriculture, promotion of economic clusters, among others from Banks and State Government, will enable inclusive development as well as expansion of agri-credit led rural investment,” he further added.
The coming elections in the Northeastern states of Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya will see the BJP fighting to keep hold of the gains it made in the region in 2018. While the BJP is in power in Tripura, it is a part of the ruling coalitions with the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland and with the National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya.The term of the three assemblies, which have 60 members each, is set to end in March. Tripura will vote on February 16 and Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 27. Votes will be counted on March 2.A look at how the previous elections panned out and what is at stake now:The Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) and the BJP contested the elections together. While the BJP won an unprecedented 12 seats, the NDPP’s Neiphiu Rio became the Chief Minister.This year, the state will again see an election in the shadow of the long-awaited final settlement to the Naga political question. It was in hope of this that all parties here joined hands in 2021 to form the UDA.The Naga People’s Front (NPF), which once ruled the state, has announced that it will be contesting the election alone and against the NDPP-BJP coalition. Like in 2018, both parties have announced a pre-poll alliance, with the BJP set to contest 20 seats and the NDPP the remaining 40.NPF – 26 (38.78%)NDPP – 17 (25.30%)BJP – 12 (15.31%)Independents – 1 (4.28%)JD(U) –1 (4.49%)There are fissures between the BJP and the National People’s Party (NPP) led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. In the 2018 election, Sangma’s party was backed by the BJP and the regional parties but contested 53 of the 60 seats on its own. The impression that the BJP is anti-Christian has been hard to shrug off, with misgivings of the community further strengthened after the surfacing of a letter by the Assam Police Special Branch seeking information from local police stations in BJP-ruled Assam on religious conversions and the number of churches in the state.The most vocal Opposition party against the BJP in the state is the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a new entrant in Meghalaya. In November 2021, 12 of 17 sitting Congress MLAs, led by former Chief Minister and six-time MLA Mukul Sangma, switched over to it. Mukul Sangma, a popular leader, can help the party, especially in his home turf of Garo Hills, which sends as many as 24 MLAs to the 60-member Assembly.BJP – 2 (9.63%)Congress – 21 (28.50%)Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) – 2 (5.35%)NPP – 19 (20.6%)United Democratic Party – 6 (11.61%)Khun Hyniewtrap National Awakening Movement – 1 (0.9%)The BJP came to power in the state for the first time in 2018, ending a 25-year reign of the Left Front. On May 14, 2022, in an abrupt change, the BJP dropped Biplab Deb and brought in the relatively low-key Manik Saha as CM. The Congress and CPI(M) are trying to put up a fight together, and there is increasing talk of an alliance between the two, while the tribal TIPRA Motha party, formed in 2021, may take away tribal votes of BJP’s ally IPFT. TIPRA Motha may end up being a decisive factor in the elections.BJP – 35 (43.59%)CPI(M) – 16 (42.22%)IPFT – 8 (7.38%)