]50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here. BJP Kisan Morcha general secretary Shaila Ram Saran said on Tuesday that the 'kisan chaupals' would be organised between September 20 and 25 in village panchayats of all the districts. The party's district presidents and other office-bearers attended a training programme for speakers at the chaupals organised here on Monday.
The Congress is responsible for the bad condition that the agricultural sector and our farmers are in. The morcha has already been conversing with the farmers across the country and in line with the same would now be taking the government's schemes and programmes devised especially for their benefit to them. The morcha leader would be a single window system. The morcha would be training nearly 50,000 such volunteers to be sent to the districts.
Even before the Congress finalised its candidates' list or kicks off a full-fledged campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, the party has launched a social media blitzkrieg that has triggered much interest in its initial days. From issue-based campaigns on Facebook and Whatsapp to a series of first-hand stories by 'citizen reporters', the party's social media team is on an overdrive to trump PM Narendra Modi's formidable social media army. This time we will go big with our social media campaign in the Assembly polls.
BJP president Amit Shah arrived in Dehradun Tuesday on a two-day visit to assess the Trivendra Rawat government's six months of work, take suggestions from party leaders and galvanise party cadres for future polls. This was Shah's first visit to Uttarakhand after the BJP's thumping victory in March. Though we won 57 seats, he (Shah) made us realise that we did lack somewhere and needed to strengthen ourselves up to the booth level.
Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress party in July, on Tuesday announced that he will lead a new political 'front' - the Jan Vikalp (people's alternative) - that will contest all the 182- Gujarat Assembly seats in the upcoming polls. This is set to make the Gujarat Assembly polls a multi-cornered fight if the Aam Aadmi Partyalso fields candidates, and should help eat into the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) votes. The Gujarat unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) might also join hands with Vaghela.
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah held a series of meetings with party members in Dehradun on Tuesday and sought feedback on the party organisation in the hill state, where the Trivendra Singh Rawat-headed BJP government has completed six months in office. Shah held six meetings with party members on the first day of his two day pravas (stay), his first visit to Uttarakhand since the BJP won 57 seats in the 70-member assembly.
Demonetisation was never a political decision, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said today and insisted that the move had increased the tax payers base and black money had been disclosed. Demonetisation was one of the four or five steps he took, Mr Madhav said. The GDP has slumped post demonetisation and note ban is being dubbed as the main reason by the critics. Remaining said their income is between 5-10 lakh, which is just not the reality of our country, Mr Madhav added.
While the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu is being compared to the action against some MLAs in Karnataka in 2010, a study of the two cases presents some interesting similarities and contrasts. The Independents were also covered as they were considered part of the BJP on account of their earlier support to Mr Yeddyurappa. As for the aspect of retraction, in Karnataka, two MLAs had gone back on their original stand and escaped the wrath of the presiding officer.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday alleged that the Congress kept poor steeped in poverty to pocket their votes. They claim that poor people used to vote for the Congress party. This was their politics, Jaitley told the executive committee meeting of the BJP's Gujarat unit. He said, in his view, the greatest achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to establish a connect between the BJP and the poor.
I was suspended from the party on Thursday and expelled four days later. The action was taken without giving me a hearing and the decision was conveyed through WhatsApp, Arfan told the Hindustan Times. I replied to the notice but a disciplinary action committee of the party expelled me indefinitely without giving me a hearing. The party is also doing lip service in the name of being there for minorities.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav today said no politics or religion is involved in the Centre's stand on the Rohingya issue and insisted that the decision was driven by national interest. It is doing this only by taking care of humanitarian interest of 1.3 billion people in India and their security, Madhav said at a FICCI event here. We will handle the Rohingya issue on the basis of national security concerns that we have.
Claiming that his government has removed 'jungle raj' from Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said there has not been a single incident of riot in the state during the last six months he has been in power. The BJP had stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh in the Assembly elections with a massive majority following which Adityanath took over on March 19.
State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki alleged the ruling BJP of ignoring the plight of farmers in the state. He said Congress would announce complete farm loan waiver if the party wins the election, due later this year. Farmers in Gujarat are reeling under huge debt because of BJP government's policies. If we are voted to power, Congress will waive all the loans taken by the farmers in Gujarat, Solanki announced.
A woman Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni was filmed slapping a person incessantly during a cleanliness drive today. The woman went on a slapping spree after the said man asked her plans on cleaning her own locality. It was then the woman leader lost all her calm and went on to thrash the man. Her wrath filled with persecution is as foul as it can get, regardless of her post as a BJP leader.
The much vaunted 'Gujarat model of development', once the poster-child of economists, has gone crazy, according to the top trending hashtag on social media. Mostly shared by youngsters, it has turned into a trending social media campaign that has put the ruling BJP on the defensive. As the phenomenon became a talking point across age groups, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani responded by blaming the Congress. Those who are saying 'vikas gando thayo chhe' have themselves gone crazy, he said.
Rumours were rife that the party had already opened the vestibule for parleys with the United Democratic Front. Aggrieved over the BJP national leadership's alleged neglect and laxity in honouring the commitments given from time to time, the BDJS is reported to be exploring all political options. The BJP has not honoured any of the assurances given during the past one-and-a-half years. The BJP national leadership remains nonchalant and is in no mood to assuage the BDJS by making fresh assurances.
In a Facebook post too, Rijiju propagated the same, Congress government made a mistake by settling Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh since 1964. The fact is that the Congress always pussy-footed the issue in keeping with the majority sentiment in Arunachal Pradesh. The committee was first headed by Sushma Swaraj and later by O Rajagopal, the BJP's first MP from Kerala. In the run-up to the 1995 assembly elections, the Congress promised AAPSU that it would try and solve the problem.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chosen its veteran leader in the district K Janachandran for the Vengara byelection. The BJP had faced criticism when it did not field any of its strong or veteran leaders against Mr Kunhalikutty in the Malappuram Parliament byelection held on April 12 this year. K Janachandran is one of the senior-most leaders of the BJP in the district. The BJP had fielded a Muslim candidate, PT Ali Haji, in Vengara in 2016.
Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goel- who have been deputed to Karnataka by BJP chief Amit Shah -are to undertake a tour of districts for feedback from district leaders and workers to fine-tune the party's election strategy. Javadekar is to tour Hyderabad-Karnataka districts of Bidar, Kalburgi, Raichur, Yadagiri and Bellari for three days from September 21.