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Nitish Kumar is new Janata Dal (United) Chief
10.04.16 - pt team
Nitish Kumar is new Janata Dal (United) Chief



Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was on Sunday elected as Janata Dal (United) president, a move that would put him in complete command of the party as its seeks to expand beyond the state and prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

His unanimous election to the top post at the party’s National Executive meeting at New Delhi brought an end to the decade-old tenure of Sharad Yadav, who had ruled himself out for a fourth term.

It is for the first time that  Kumar, JD(U)’s face in Bihar, has been elected president of the state-centric party.

Its two previous presidents — George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav — were from outside Bihar, the state they virtually made their political home.

The Hindu reported that Kumar’s name was proposed by Yadav and seconded by the party’s secretary general K.C. Tyagi, general secretary Javed Raza, among others, party leaders said following the meeting.

The Bihar Chief Minister, who made a spectacular return to power last year after his party was bruised and battered in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, told the executive about efforts being made to bring parties with similar ideologies together as he accepted the new responsibility, Tyagi said.

Having spearheaded the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance to a massive win over BJP-led NDA in the last year’s state assembly polls, his party is in talks with Ajit Singh-led RLD and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for a merger.

A similar merger move to bring together six Janata Parivar outfits including the Samajwadi Party had come to nought last year ahead of the Bihar polls after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav walked out of the talks and his party contested the state assembly elections on its own.

The JD(U) sees the next year’s Uttar Pradesh assembly polls as a major battle before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Tyagi said, as he underlined the importance of the merger attempts to take on BJP.

"We stopped them (BJP) in Bihar and we are working to stop them in UP,” he said, noting that sweeping the Lok Sabha polls in these two states was the key to the emphatic win of the saffron alliance.

Asked if JD(U) would make another attempt at merger with Samajwadi Party, he noted that Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as BSP supremo Mayawati had made it clear they will go it alone in the elections.

Party sources said the presence of Kumar, the prominent party leader, at the helm, will help JD(U) make swift moves with regard to alliances and also help position himself as a rallying point for opposition parties against Modi in the Lok Sabha polls.

"Humbled by party’s trust in me. Will try my best to carry Sharad Yadav’s legacy forward and I accept the new role as president of JD(U),” Kumar tweeted after his election.

The National Council of the party will meet in Patna on April 23 to ratify Kumar’s election to the top post.

Kumar praised Sharad Yadav’s contribution to building the JD(U) and said he will continue to be a "margdarshak” (mentor) to the party.

With speculations over the Rajya Sabha MP’s future role, Yadav said he would continue to broaden the base of the party which had "no longer remained big”.

"I will remain what I was earlier... I am in national politics not due to the party,” he told reporters earlier in the day at his residence where JD(U)’s office bearers had met.

A resolution passed at the Executive hailed Yadav, saying he maintained an honourable distance from nepotism, self-glorification and factionalism.

Yadav, one of the founder leaders of the party along with Nitish Kumar, had been at the helm since 2006 and was re-elected for a third term in 2013 after the JD(U) constitution was amended to allow him a third term in office.

Tyagi said an atmosphere of despondency, similar to the one before the Lok Sabha polls, now prevailed in the country with BJP’s pursuit of "contentious” issues. He called BJP’s alliance with PDP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir "opportunism of the highest order”.

BJP under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah is not the party of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani, he said.

Hitting out at the RSS over its nationalism pitch, Tyagi said the Hindutva outfit’s head in 1947 had disapproved of the tricolour, saying three (the number of colours in the flag) was an inauspicious number.




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Shoe Thrown At Arvind Kejriwal During Odd-Even Announcement
09.04.16 - pt team
Shoe Thrown At Arvind Kejriwal During Odd-Even Announcement



An unidentified man threw a shoe at Arvind Kejriwal this afternoon when the Delhi Chief Minister had just begun giving out details of the odd-even scheme for cars which will run again from April 15. The shoe landed near Mr Kejriwal, missing him.

The shoe-thrower believed to be from a lesser known breakaway faction of AAP called the Aam Aadmi Sena was whisked away as soon as he hurled the shoe and a CD at Mr Kejriwal.
 
Before throwing the shoe, the man was seen shouting and seeking Mr Kejriwal's response to a sting operation on the CNG fitness scheme. As soon as he hurled the shoe, he was overpowered by unidentified men and slapped. He was then taken away by the police.
 
Mr Kejriwal and Delhi's transport minister Gopal Rai were addressing a press conference on the odd-even scheme for cars in Delhi that kicks in from April 15. After the man was whisked away, they continued giving details of the scheme which will be enforced for a second time in Delhi.
 
The man, who alleged fake CNG stickers were being distributed in Delhi ahead of the Odd-Even vehicular scheme, has been identified as Ved Prakash of the Aam Aadmi Sena.
 





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Shiv Sena makes jibe at CM; says people need to be alive to say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'
07.04.16 - pt team
Shiv Sena makes jibe at CM; says people need to be alive to say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'



Taking a swipe at Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' remarks over 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' even as a grim spectre of drought looms over the state, ruling ally Shiv Sena on Thursday said people should be able to live first to chant the pro-India slogan.
 
"It would have been better if he (Fadnavis) would have given a war cry that he would give drinking water in homes, in each village of Maharashtra or will leave the CM's post," said an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
 
"One will have to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', but to say that people need to be alive first," it quipped.
 
"At present, the politics over 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' is in full force. Let my Chief Minister's chair go, but I will chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', is a good call by the CM. But the children of 'Bharat Mata' are roaming all over for water, are harried, incidents have gone to the extent of seeking each other's blood," it said.
 
Reminding that youth take to Naxalism and pick up arms against 'injustice', the Sena asked, "Will the youth of Marathwada for the sake of a sip of water take up arms and become terrorists?"
 
"If that happens, 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' will have no meaning. If the people are happy then Bharat Mata will be happy," it said.
 
The Shiv Sena said that the "Jai" (victory) of Bharat Mata is "Jai" of the people, but they do not have a sip of water, cattle are withering to death and fields are turning into burial grounds.
 
"Then if anyone stands in such fields and raises nationalist slogans, Bharat Mata will not be thrilled and rise up," it said.
 
"This is not the Maharashtra of the dreams of Bharat Mata. Chief Minister, sit on your chair and give water to Maharashtra," it exhorted.
 
However, the Sena remained silent over a case before the Bombay High Court which had yesterday said that in view of the severe water crunch in Maharashtra due to drought it would be better to shift the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches outside the state.
 
The party also termed as "shocking" the deployment of police squads to protect water tanks and tankers at some places in the state.
 
In many regions of the state and Marathwada, people are becoming enemies of each other over water, it said.
 
"Many have foretold that the third world war will be fought over water. That seems coming to be true. The picture of riots breaking over water is disturbing," the Sena said.
 
Arguing that water policies of the previous rule may have gone wrong, the Sena said you cannot keep the people thirsty by blaming it on the past government.
 
It also said there were "dacoities" taking place on water stocks.
 
For want of water, industries might shut down and danger of unemployment may rise, the editorial cautioned.




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Kamla Advani, wife of BJP leader LK Advani, dies
06.04.16 - pt team
Kamla Advani, wife of BJP leader LK Advani, dies



Veteran BJP leader LK Advani's wife Kamla Advani died today after she suffered a cardiac arrest.
 
Kamla Advani was admitted to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences today morning after she complained of chest pain.
 
LK Advani had been married to Kamla for 51 years. 




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What Punjab Can't Even Imagine - Bihar A Dry State!
05.04.16 - pt team
What Punjab Can't Even Imagine - Bihar A Dry State!



Bihar has today shown a path on which any Punjab government can not ever imagine to walk. A few days ago Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced that Punjab government will file a PIL in Supreme Court against the cultivation and sale of poppy husk in Madhya Pradesh but he or for that matter any other Punjab leader has never raised a voice against the rising level of alcoholism in Punjab.
 
The Nitish Kumar government which had banned sale and consumption of country and spiced liquor in rural areas of Bihar from April 1 this year, today decided to impose a total ban on alcohol in towns and cities.

The decision to ban sale and consumption of India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in municipal and town council areas with immediate effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister told reporters in Patna.

The Nitish Kumar government had banned sale and consumption of country and spiced liquor in rural areas from April 1 this year, but had allowed sale of foreign liquor in towns and cities.
"But, the tremendous response of people particularly women and children against liquor in Patna and other towns in a short period of four days only convinced us that a conducive environment against alcohol has been created in the state and that’s why we decided to go for total ban on liquor after four days only,” he said.

On toddy, which has created controversy in recent days following intervention of RJD president Lalu Prasad against its stoppage in view of interest of people associated with the trade, Mr. Kumar said the Cabinet decided to strictly impose the 1991 guidelines which allowed the consumption of ‘neera’ (drink from palm trees before sunrise) but disallowed the consumption of toddy (after sunrise when the palm tree liquid gets fermented and gains alcoholic properties).

The 1991 guidelines prohibited the sale and consumption of ‘neera’ within 50 metre of places like hospital, education institutions, religious places among others in towns and 100 metres radius in rural areas, he added.

Army cantonment areas out of ban

Mr. Kumar said that no licence would be granted for sale and consumption of alcohol in places such as hotels, club and bars in towns and cities too with immediate effect.

He, however, said the Army cantonment areas would be out of it as they regulated the sale and consumption of alcohol in their own way.

Asked about fate of liquor manufacturing companies and factories existing in the State after the total ban order today, he said they could continue manufacture but can not trade in it within the State.

"Besides, they have to abide by rules like having a digital lock system and the GPS monitoring equipment in vehicles transporting the liquor manufactured in outlets in Bihar to places outside the State for sale,” he said.

In reply to a question as to what would be done with nearly 36,000 litres of foreign liquor lying with the Bihar State Beverages Corporation Limited (BSBCL), which they had to supply to limited outlets in towns and cities under its strict supervision, he said the Excise department would prepare an action plan for disposal of the residual IMFL.

Lessons from Tamil Nadu

Mr. Kumar said a high-level committee, headed by the Development Commissioner, and which would have Principal Secretaries of departments like Industries, Forest and Environment, Excise, Cooperative and COMFED (Bihar State Milk Co—Operative Federation Ltd.) in it, would dwell on the issue how to make trade out of toddy trees more beneficial to people associated with it as was done in Tamil Nadu, which has maximum number of palm trees.

The committee would work in close association with the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University and ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) to prepare a scheme for toddy trees products which would be put into action from next year, he said.

Any beneficial products like preparing mat and tokri (basket) out of toddy tree products could be developed to help people associated with the trade to continue their livelihood with even better profits, he said.

"Survey has brought to light that more than Rs 6,000 annually could be generated from a toddy tree by this means which is far more than earned through sale of fermented toddy drink,” he said.

The government would provide technical and financial assistance in making the trade out of toddy trees more beneficial to those linked with it.

"Like collection and marketing of milk through COMFED, 'Neera' trade would also be developed in an institutionalised manner,” he said




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