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Widespread dissent marks BJP’s ticket distribution! Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi Everybody knows that today elections are only the game of numbers, hence every political party chooses a candidate who has the maximum chances of his/her victory, but in the above mentioned context, the grand strategy of the BJP reflects just otherwise. Most probably due to prevailing Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo’s high recommendations in Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) or its current President Rajnath Singh’s directions along with the party’s own assessments regarding the selection of prospective candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and their ability to win their respective seats therein, the party has recently distributed the party tickets to the most suitable candidates, but a careful study in this context, particularly with respect to only three top most BJP leaders viz. Prime Ministerial candidate Naredra Modi, former Party President Murli Manohar Joshi and present Party President Rajnath Singh leads to raise serious questions whether it is an exercise to win the majority of seats and to form a government on its own strength under the leadership of Narendra Modi or a deliberate and shrewd tactics for some nefarious game with a view to alter the on-going scheme of hitherto projected grand victory under Mr. Modi’s leadership. Also by denying the party ticket to a very prominent & senior leader Jasawant Singh is also beyond one’s comprehension about the party’s wisdom for ensuring success because he is a very popular and leading stalwart in his constituency which he has been representing many times since long. Now he may, most likely, reduce the BJP’s tally by one seat as he is there an independent candidate and will win in all probability. If we come to candidature of Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi in Kanpur, though he is a very senior leader and has been a devoted RSS cadre, yet he does not enjoy the required influence in Kanpur because Mr. Joshi had never represented Kanpur earlier nor has he

worked in Kanpur in any capacity, whereas the sitting MP Sri Prakash Jaiswal of Congress-I Party is a prominent local person and enjoys considerable clout because of being a vaishya- a business community which is a major and united community here as Kanpur is an important industrial hub of trade and commerce in Uttar Pradesh. Obviously business interests prominently galore here and whosoever can vigorously and vociferously express the commercial interests of the business community can easily go through the elections. Although Mr. Joshi had won the Varanasi constituency in the previous Lok Sabha election, but equally important is the fact to be carefully noticed that despite being associated with Allahabad University for many decades and also winning his seat before, he could not win Allahabad constituency prior to the last election and was forced to seek another constituency in the subsequent Lok Sabha election ie. Varanasi, where he could win due to united upper cast vote and that, too, by just around 17000 votes against Mukhatar Ansari, who was a no match against Mr. Joshi. It clearly shows his sagging popularity among the electorates wherein a particular reason has been the allpervading resentment among Central School Teachers who were deeply hurt by Mr Joshi’s contentious transfer policy during BJP’s earlier regime wherein he was the Human Resource Minister at the Centre, under which a teacher, e.g. in Allahabad was transferred to Nagaland or Arunchal Pradesh and, in this context, even lady teachers were nor spared and were persecuted to undergo the trauma and agony of Mr Joshi’s ever enthusiastic transfer policy. Perhaps that led to his assured defeat in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2004. Now how will go through in the coming election against a well-established vaishya

leader in Kanpur, though upper cast voters are there in majority but upper cast seldom unites like Muslims or other Backward castes, raises million dollar question? In the same way Mr. Narendra Modi’s candidature in Varanasi appears to be meaningless because, though he is a wellprojected PM candidate and has so far organised a very good show of command and strength in the Party and also all over in the country and also because he has to his credit the full support of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his followers, and also that of the RSS and its cadres as he himself was the cadre of this organisation in the beginning, yet the residents of Varanasi know very well that their constituency is only an alternative to Mr Modi’s constituency in Gujarat where he is destined to win, although Mr Modi has proclaimed that the Varanasi seat will be retained by him if he wins. But this promise may not get translated into votes, because voters are now very cautious over such tall promises and seldom get swayed by such propaganda of the political leaders during election times, and, thus, that may create a difficulty for him. In the prestigious Lucknow seat in U. P., where the Party President Raj Nath Singh is pitted against a prominent Congress leader and former Party’s State President Mrs. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, and that makes a tough fight for him because Mrs. Joshi has a strong political family background and she also enjoys considerable clout among the voters in this constituency. Also because, Mr Singh himself is mired in bitter controversies, particularly, in the context of ticket distribution to several prominent, senior and potential candidates of the BJP, and that may cause intra-party infightings and secret efforts to defeat him (Mr. Singh) in a bid to teach him a lesson. Further, the Samajwadi and BSP candidates in Lucknow will also deeply penetrate into the accrued gains of both the Candidates of BJP and Congress-I

Party. Against this backdrop, the pertinent question naturally arises as to what is the real strategy of the BJP as regards its ticket distribution which has already created considerable resentment among party leaders and workers at large because the old and prominent leaders were side lined by the new generation of leaders. But the Modi-Shah duo and their followers must not forget that it is because of these old guards that the BJP is what it looks today- as a national alternative to the Congress-I. Obviously, the party’s success in the forthcoming elections and, consequent, government formation at the Centre may not be as smooth as is being supposed, though the present analysis is confined to only three Candidates of the party, but, in fact, all the three are the most important candidates of party whose victory or defeat will decide to great extent the future course of the party in waiting. Is there any covert agenda being hatched, in this context, which may seek an alternative of Mr. Modi in a situation when the party has to forge alliance/alliances with other political parties despite being the largest party after the elections, and that outcome may not agree on Mr. Modi as the Prime Minister and may seek another leader of the BJP. As everybody knows that today elections are only the game of numbers, hence every political party chooses a candidate who has the maximum chances of his or her victory, but in the above mentioned context, the grand strategy of the BJP reflects just otherwise which, in all likelihood, may change the actual outcome after the elections, to result into something unexpected. Author is Asso. Prof., Political Science, MDPG College, Pratapgarh (UP, India). Email: sudhanshu.tripathi07@gmail.com

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Second level training of polling staff held at Udhampur

A second level training programme for presiding and polling officers of 60Udhampur Assembly Constituency for the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 was held today at Community Hall Udhampur. In the training, 90 presiding officers and 270 polling officers were imparted training and guidance for the conduct of the ensuing Lok Sabha election 2014 to be held on April 17, 2014.

As many as seven Zonal Magistrates and 19 Sectoral Magistrates of 60-Udhampur engaged in the election were also imparted training about their role and responsibilities for smooth conduct of the election. Assistant commissioner Development, Udhampur, Pawan Parihar, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, N.S Jamwal sensitized the polling staff deployed for conducting election with basic

guidelines to be followed during election. They were also instructed about other issues related to smooth conduct of elections which included pre poll arrangements, preparation on poll day, d u t i e s a n d responsibilities of polling staff and other polling related material to be used in the election. Master Trainers gave EVM training on the occasion.

Cultural prog, craft mela attractions of Baisakhi festival: Div Com

Festival to commence from April 12 The Directorate of Tourism Jammu in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal), an institution under Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organizing five day Baisakhi Festival from 12 to 16 April, 2014 at Mubarak Mandi, Raghunath Bazar, Rajinder Bazar and Veer Marg. This information was given b y D i v i s i o n a l Commissioner Jammu Shantmanu at a press conference held at Jammu here today. The inaugural ceremony shall take place at Kanak Mandi at 11 a.m followed by

Jhanki, Kud Dance and other cultural events by cultural troops. Tanga ride, special exhibition on Heritage at Mubarak Mandi, ethnic food stalls are major attractions of the event besides Wrestling competition, Arti at Jia Potha Ghat in Akhnoor, Golf Tournament at Sidhra Golf Course are other events of the Baisakhi Festival. Renowned singers Radhika Chopra and Taniya Gupta would also perform on April 16, the Divisional Commissioner informed. Another attractive programme of the event is craft mela in which folk and tribal artists from

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Gujarat, Assam, Manipur and J&K will demonstrate and sale their traditional craft products. In addition to this, cultural programmes would be organized by artists within and outside the state at Mubarak Mandi from April 13 to 16 from 7.30 onwards. On the occasion there will be 30 percent discount from Hotel Association besides Kanak Mandi, Vir Marg Traders would sell all items on wholesale rates with attractive prizes. The entry will be free for public on all days of this mega festival.

SKIMS organizes 4-day International Cranio-Maxillofacial Conference For the first time in the history of Kashmir a galaxy of International and National luminaries from Medical and Dental specialities shared platform at “FACE-OFF� 2014 International Conference on Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery organized by Department of Maxillofacial surgery and Orthodontics at SKIMS Medical College & Hospital, Bemina, Srinagar. During the 4-day long which started from April 09, 2014, various patients of craniofacial anomalies, which is the deformity of face, jaws and teeth by birth are being operated. National and International faculty from USA, UK, Germany, Spain and Sri Lanka are deliberating and discussing the various modalities to treat craniofacial anomalies. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. K. S. Rao, renowned Craniofacial Surgeon from Bangalore, Prof. Dr. Showket Ali Zargar, Director/Principal SKIMS, Prof. Dr. Rafiq Pampori, Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, Prof. Dr. Riyaz Farooq, Principal/Dean, Government Dental College & Hospital, emphasized the importance of holding such conferences that help the stakeholders, exchange fruitful information and ideas that ultimately benefit the profession and patients at large. The organizing Chairman of the Conference, Prof. Dr. Shakeel, renowned Maxillofacial surgeon of the Kashmir Valley welcomed the guests and emphasized the need for starting postgraduate course in the field of Maxillofacial surgery at SKIMS Medical College, Bemina, Srinagar.

Election Observers review election preparedness in Ganderbal General Observer for Ganderbal, Mr. A.K. Singh and Police Observer for Ganderbal, Mr. Sanjay Srivastav reviewed the election preparedness at Ganderbal. The Observers were briefed about basic minimum facilities at polling station, Expenditure Monitoring Cell, training of polling personnel, appointment and training of Nodal, Sectoral and Zonal Officers, randomization of polling personnel and EVMs among other aspects of smooth conduct of elections. District Election Officer, Ganderbal, Mr. Sarmad Hafeez provided information related to election preparedness to the Observers through a PowerPoint presentation. The Observers discussed in detail various aspects of Model Code of Conduct, Expenditure Monitoring and Transport and communication plan. SP Ganderbal, Mr. Shahid Mehraj briefed the Observers about the security plan. The Observers reviewed the arrangements being made in both the assembly segments of district Ganderbal and interacted with Assistant Returning Officers Mr. R.K Bhat and Mr. Naseer Ahmad of Kangan and Ganderbal Assembly Constituencies respectively. District Election Officer, Ganderbal gave a detailed resume of election preparedness at polling station level besides various other plans related to election. He briefed the observers about monitoring Model Code of Conduct, vigilance on expenditure by Political Parties and Candidates, Paid news, Certification of Advertisements of political nature and other issues. The Election Observers also visited two polling stations situated at Duderhoma Ganderbal and inspected the preparedness on ground. They reviewed the security arrangements made for strong room and collection and Dispatch Centres of EVM. The Observers appreciated the efforts of District Election Officer Ganderbal and Election team for poll preparedness. Additional District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Ganderbal, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad, all Nodal Officers besides Officers of the Police department were present on the occasion.


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