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NITIN PATEL HIS DEPUTY
No surprises: Vijay Rupani re-elected as Gujarat CM
22.12.17 - TEAM PT
No surprises: Vijay Rupani re-elected as Gujarat CM



Vijay Rupani, a confidante of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, will be the Gujarat chief minister for a second term, with the state BJP legislature party on Friday unanimously electing him as its leader.
 
The announcement was made in a meeting conducted by elected BJP candidates following the party's win in the Gujarat Assembly elections, under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey.

Earlier, it was announced that  Jaitley and Pandey, would hold consultations with the MLAs before the new chief minister is announced.
 
"It has been unanimously decided in the meeting that Vijay Rupani will be the Legislature party leader and Nitin Bhai Patel will be the deputy Legislature party leader," Jaitley said while making the announcement.

Explaining how the final decision was made, Jaitley said that as Central Observers, they called upon elected MLAs to propose a name. "Bhupendra Singh proposed these two names for the leader and Deputy leader, it was supported by 5 other MLAs who came to the dais and supported them. This was then put to the house which they unanimously accepted. I also asked the members if anybody had any alternative proposal, and since there was none, the two were declared as unanimously elected," Jaitley said.
 
Though the BJP retained power in the key western state for a record sixth straight term, there was speculation about Rupani’s continuance due to the party’s narrow victory over challenger Congress. The BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, the first time its tally slipped below hundred since 1995, while the Congress clocked its best in many years clinching 77.

Together with its allies, the Congress has the backing of 80 MLAs. Rupani’s proximity to the top party leadership, his clean and caste neutral image apparently tilted the scales in his favour.
 
Asked why was there the suspense over who would be the next chief minister, Jaitley said, it was a media creation. He said Rupani will hold consultations with elected MLAs before forming the new government. Rupani who won by a margin of over 50,000 votes from the Rajkot West seat, will meet governor O.P. Kohli and finalise the date for the swearing-in.
 
A visibly happy Rupani-Patel duo said that they would continue to work together to ensure overall development of Gujarat. Rupani added that while the seat tally had fallen (BJP bagged 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, its lowest tally in the last two decades), the Gujarati citizens' had given a clear mandate in favour of the BJP.
 
"We would develop Gujarat as the role model as far as development (vikas) was considered," said Rupani adding that Patel's experience as an able administrator and politician would come in very handy in running the state administration.
 
Rupani is largely hailed as a caste-neutral candidate here as he hails from the Jain community (which comprise 5 per cent of the state's population) and is seen as a close confidante of Amit Shah. The BJP did well in the Rupani's home constituency- winning six out of eight seats, factors that strengthened his claim for the CM's post.




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TURNS OUT TO BE A RICH BUSINESSMAN
Astonishing! Beggar turns out to be a millionaire, reveals aadhaar card
21.12.17 - TEAM PT
Astonishing! Beggar turns out to be a millionaire, reveals aadhaar card



In a shocking news, an Aadhar Card and Fixed Deposit (FD) documents worth over a crore were found with an old beggar living in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh.
 
The matter came to light after the poor condition of beggar caught attention of Swami Bhaskar Swaroop ji Maharaj of Angroom school. The beggar was then taken into shelter by Swami.

While bathing the destitute beggar, Swami's helpers were astonished to find an Aadhar Card and FD documents worth Rs 1,06,92,731 inside his clothes.
 
A probe into the Aadhaar card revealed that the beggar, in actual, was a rich businessman from Tamil Nadu. He was identified as Muttaiah Nadar. 
 
Swami Bhaskar while talking to Navbharat Times recalled how for the first time on 13 December he saw the old man in his school's compound in search of some food.

After being fed food, the old beggar was given a haircut and made to take bath. While cleaning him, Swami's assistants also recovered a safety deposit key from his clothes.

Swami then apprised Nadar's family based in Tirunelveli city of Tamil Nadu of his whereabouts. Later, Geeta, the beggar's daughter, who came to UP to take her father back, revealed that he got lost six months ago during a train journey. 
 
She alleged that her father further lost his memory probably due to drugs forcefully injected into him reported The Times of India.




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MATHS TELLS A POLITICAL STORY
Number-Crunching Gujarat: How people get a government they do not vote for
21.12.17 - Sanehead
Number-Crunching Gujarat: How people get a government they do not vote for



AFTER THE POLITICAL analysis, the moral high ground claims of Rahul Gandhi and the we-are-still-the-victor claims of Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi, here is an analysis based on  a science most pure - Mathematics. You can quibble about politics, and rhetoric, but it is difficult to fight against prime numbers and integers.

Unless you are determined not to learn from numbers. And the lesson that Gujarat election results teaches us that we should vote. Or we get a government that we did not vote for. Here’s why we come to suffer the regimes we get:

So, the BJP won 99, the Congress 80, and Independents walked away with the remaining three seats of the 182 up for grabs in the Gujarat Assembly elections.

BJP claimed 49% of the vote share while Congress secured 41%, with NOTA accounting for almost two per cent and Independents and others, including AAP, NCP, BSP, etc., cornering eight per cent.

This means:

BJP with 99/183 = 54.39% of the seat share with only 49% of the vote share.
Congress 80/182 = 43.95% of the seat share with just 41% of the vote share.
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More people get a government they never voted for. Those who did not vote could actually have made all the difference to those who voted for the party that stood second, or third or fourth. That is so unfair on those who take the trouble to vote.
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What may have riled the two big parties here was that they are used to getting far more numbers/far greater seat share with much less vote share — often because of lower voter turnouts (not in Gujarat in recent times, by the way, but in many other states). So a lot of their votes were "wasted" as they used to get big margins in fewer seats in a first past the post system, with less of a more needed spread over a larger number of seats.

One way to understand this is by seeing the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Election results, when BJP got only 47.85% vote share (1.15% less than the 49% it got this time) but 115 seats out of 182 seats (16 more seats than this time's 99) and, thus, a far better and more disproportionate 63.18% of the seat share than this time's 54.39% seat share.

Another way to understand the importance of "spread" versus "concentration" of vote share percentages is to look at the recent UP Assembly Election, held in February-March 2017 where BJP (and its allies in the NDA) got only 41.35% of the total polled voted but won an overwhelming 325 out of the 403 seats (a 3/4th majority) in the UP Assembly, which amounts to a whopping 80.64% of the seat share. From the party's point of view, that is a much more "efficient" electoral success, than Gujarat where they have barely got a simple majority even with a much higher 49% vote share. Mind you, the total voter turnout in UP in February-March 2017 was only 61.04% as against over 68% in Gujarat in December 2017.
 

One of the insights for voters here is that a higher voter turnout with a good spread of voter turnout over all the streets will yield a result more in keeping with the people's will than a low turnout, or a high turnout in only a few seats and not in others.

Since the rural urban divide in terms of party rivalry and results is very sharp in Gujarat, it would be interesting to know the percentages of rural voter turnout as compared to urban voter turnout, of which the figures are not yet readily available.
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In the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Election results, the BJP got only 47.85% vote share (1.15% less than the 49% it got this time) but 115 seats out of 182 seats (16 more seats than this time's 99).
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Some more number crunching gives us many more interesting insights
(Numbers are approximate, and subject to correction):

Total voters in Gujarat 4.3314 crores
2.9453 crores voted
1.3861 crores did not vote

Of those who voted, 29.37 lakhs (0.2937 crores) voted for NOTA or independents or other parties (besides the BJP or the Congress).
 
1.4431 crores voted for BJP
1.2085 crores voted for Congress
(Difference of about 24 lakh votes)

Of total voters, that is, 4.3314 crores,
32% did not vote

33% voted for BJP
28% voted for Cong
(Difference  5%)
7% went to NOTA, Independents and other parties

68% (voted) plus 32% (who did not vote) = 100%
What is interesting here is:

A :
Less people voted for the Congress (1.20 crores) than those who did not vote at all (1.38 crores) resulting in a difference of 18 lakh votes 

32% of the registered voters did not vote while only 28% voted for Congress, a difference of 4% 

B:
BJP (33%) beat the non-voting registered voters (32%) by only 1% of the total registered votes; a difference of around 5 lakh votes only

If we add just the NOTA (2%) to those who did not vote (32%) then total (32%+2%=34%) is more than those who voted for the BJP (33%)
(Difference of 1% is roughly 4.5 to 5 lakh votes)

C:
This is where Voter Mobilization at the ground level makes all the difference.

Since the difference between the two parties against total registered voters is only 5%, imagine what a decisive role the non-voting registered voters could make.

They could change the whole nature and result of the election.

However, even after going to the booth, many voted NOTA.

This is a clever way to avoid social embarrassment by refusing to go to vote and yet not vote; it could also help avoid social or political reprisals for not going to vote.

D:
The 6% that went to "other parties" like AAP, NCP, BSP, and so on (even if we leave aside the 2% to NOTA and 1% or so to the Independents - put together they make for 10%) could have changed the electoral maths completely, since the difference between the two major parties is only 5% of the total registered voters (1% less than Others, 2% less than Others plus Independents, and 5% less than NOTA, Ind and Others put together.
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Use UP to understand Gujarat. The BJP and its NDA allies got only 41.35% votes in last UP polls but won an overwhelming 325 out of the 403 seats, a 3/4th majority. In Gujarat, the party got a much higher 49% vote share but barely managed to secure a simple majority. This when the total voter turnout in UP was only 61.04% in February-March 2017 as against over 68% in Gujarat in December 2017.
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Conclusions :

1. We must all always vote. It can make all the difference

More people get a government they never voted for because so many of us do not vote.

Those who do not vote perhaps deserve to get the government they did not vote for, but they could actually have made all the difference to those who voted for the party that stood second, or third or fourth, etc.

That is so unfair on those who take the trouble to vote.

2. Even NOTA is better than not voting because it sends many more and clearer messages than not voting at all, and that way you can make absolutely sure that no one casts a proxy vote for you.

3. Smaller parties are just acting as spoilers in close contests. In such cases, votes given to them really are either wasted or merely act as spoilers. It's important for voters to understand which small party or independent is acting as a proxy or a spoiler for whom.
 

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How Dhumal was assassinated politically, by the BJP
18.12.17 - S Pal
How Dhumal was assassinated politically, by the BJP



HIMACHAL - The land awashed in the blood of Prem Kumar Dhumal, stabbed in the back by his own party, the BJP
 
ON MARCH 24, 1998, Prem Kumar Dhumal was beaming, his cheeks more radiant than his trademark maroon Himachali topi, as Narendra Modi stood next to him, his beard still more pepper than silver. The Himachal Pradesh Assembly election results had just been announced, and Dhumal was going to be the Chief Minister, Modi was still to become a CM in his life.

Today, till afternoon, Modi had not called Dhumal. Dhumal used to say Modi became a CM after he oversaw his election, and now hoped to win an election that was the first under Modi as PM.

The BJP did win the election, but the decimation of Dhumal was complete. And it is a story Indian national/nationalist media never reported in all its gory details.
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The BJP troika would have been more polite if they had asked Dhumal to jump from the nearest hilltop.
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The planning for the night of long knives began very early in the campaign when Amit Shah-JP Nadda & possibly Narendra Modi decided not to anoint a CM candidate in the hill state election. 

Then came the next killer move. Amit Shah decided to send Dhumal to fight in Sujanpur, a Congress bastion, where a protégé of Dhumal, Rajinder Rana, had been doing grassroots work for donkey years. On top of that, he is very close to Virbhadra Singh. Everybody and his uncle knew it was a move conceived, designed and executed by JP Nadda.

The BJP troika would have been more polite if they had asked Dhumal to jump from the nearest hilltop.

Thanks to the sheer force of reality staring the face, Amit Shah was able to see the shape of things and rushed to make Dhumal the CM candidate. Nothing else, he was convinced, could prevent a Virbhadra, ostensibly a corruption-accused, on the wrong side of 80 years, and losing his grip on law and order, from making political history by retaining his job.

It had not happened in Himachal so far, and Amit Shah could not afford it to happen this time, particular with Gujarat looking shaky and Rahul Gandhi hopping from temple to temple, janeyu and rudaraksh sneaking from underneath his shirt. (That is the reality, unless you were watching Arnab Goswami on Republic TV, which is akin to living under a rock covered with a lot of saffron moss.)

But a lot of damage had already been done. Plus, fans and friends of Nadda (read dedicated cadre loyal to a wanna-be CM who did not want to fight an election to sit in Shimla's cool environs) were hard at work, and not just in Sujanpur. 

Anurag Thakur's father in law Gulab Singh, who was contesting from Joginder Nagar, was also facing the heat, some of it of the Sujanpur variety. 

If Dhumal had won, he would have been a half term CM, since he would have been 75 by the time of general elections in 2019. That 75 year bar is very strong in the BJP, for how else will the Marg Darshak bench strength increase? Himachal would have seen another contest in 2019, possibly between Anurag Thakur and Nadda.

As Dhumal trailed for hours, coming up to the surface a couple of times when he seemed to have levelled before sinking again in the final round, Anurag Thakur dared to appear before TV cameras. Gone were the Hermes, the flamboyance, even the colour he inherited in his cheeks. In a few hours, he seemed to have grown much older. Nothing makes you as older and wiser as death, real or political. 

As his people ran around, deciding what lines to spout before a waiting media, news came that Gulab Singh has also lost. 

The decimation was complete. 
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"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” I rarely take issues with Shakespeare, but this time, it was not Dhumal's fault. Julius Caesar was a king no doubt, and Dhumal would have loved to lose to Raja Sahib. Today, he was assassinated.
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As I pen this, Jai Ram Thakur was on his way to Delhi, summoned by Amit Shah. He is from Seraj in Mandi. Nadda also has a hat, and everyone knows it is in the ring, the same ring in which Dhumal is lying face down, done and dusted, and Gulab Singh is nursing the deep cut.
 
Anurag's career has been dealt a massive blow.

In this beautiful country for old men, where 73 year old Dhumal can get to have a shot, an 83 year old Virbhadra can go for a job extension, a 90 year old Vidya Stokes can call not contesting a sacrifice, a young Anurag Thakur will have so few to cry for him since it is a day of happiness. After all, his party has won Himachal, and he should be thanking the people of the state for such a landslide verdict.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” I rarely take issues with Shakespeare, but this time, it was not Dhumal's fault. Julius Caesar was a king no doubt, and Dhumal would have loved to lose to Raja Sahib. Today, he was assassinated politically, not defeated. And everyone and his uncle knew it much before it made headlines.
 

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Rahul Gandhi: Good speech in bad English
16.12.17 - HARCHARAN BAINS
Rahul Gandhi: Good speech in bad English



BAD ENGLISH APART, the script of Rahul Gandhi's latest speech as he took over as Congress president was one of the best one came across over a long long time.

He spoke about India being pushed back into "medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe (he meant "what they believe in") and killed for what they eat.”

So far, so good.

But one thing he could have done and didn't do was to add a note of apology while speaking about "people butchered because of who they are." 
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Chalo, chalta hai. Better bad English than bad politics. Better butcher the English language than butcher the Indian people.
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Sadly enough for him, his own words perfectly fit the 1984 massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs carried out on day one of his father's tenure as Prime Minister. The massacre is going to haunt him and the only way to get rid of it is to apply the closure with an unconditional, emotional apology.

Except for this, his speech was remarkable for its maturity and breadth of vision. It put the emphasis right where it needed to be put.

"The BJP breaks, we join." Poor English again. He meant "We unite." They set fire. We douse it. (Bad English. He meant 'They set the country on fire. We douse it.') They spread hate, we spread love. (This is perfect in every respect.) They divide. We bring people together and that is what tells us apart. (Bad English..To tell apart means "to distinguish one thing from another. He meant 'sets us apart.")

But his speech was quite remarkable for many reasons, and the only thing his speech writer got wrong was the English language. No big sin.
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Chalo, chalta hai. Better bad English than bad politics. Better butcher the English language than butcher the Indian people.

The best thing about the speech is that it recognises the ominous challenges from divisive politics as the "Danger Number One" to the country. He did well to let us know that the Congress knows where the country is really bleeding and that the party is willing to address itself to the task of healing those wounds.
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This shows great maturity - far, far above than where he stood during the disastrous elections 2014.
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The second great thing about his speech was the way it talked about the BJP, the terms he used to describe the BJPians.

"We consider the BJP our brothers and sisters, even though we do not agree with them. So sweet of him to say this. They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’ inclusion ( he means 'inclusiveness') and respect for all Indians extends (wrong English again) even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate.”

This shows great maturity - far far above than where he stood during the disastrous elections 2014.

And the speech revealed two things about Rahul Gandhi himself:

One, his mother has hired him a really good advisor (or advisors).

And two, he is listening to them and taking the advice given to him seriously.

It is one thing to have a good advisor and quite another to listen to him.
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 Also Read: THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati! 
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I stand opposed to the Congress but I do not stand opposed to the need for a good and quality opposition.

I wish Rahul Gandhi all the best - just what I used to do for my opponent before the start of every match during my tennis playing days.

 
The author is an Advisor to former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and formerly an academic dabbling in English literature, with a lifelong love affair with the English language.
 

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