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DHANBAD: Even before campaigning for the general election could pick
up, BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday
her agenda as the next Prime Minister of India.
She said, “I will liquidate terrorism and finish Naxalism. I will work
for an egalitarian and casteless society. We will give reservation to
the poor among upper castes and amend Constitution to give reservation
to Dalit Christians, minorities and OBCs among Muslims.'’
Kicking off her party’s campaign in Jharkhand, she said, “My party is
not against any caste or creed. I have given tickets to many upper
caste candidates. It is not a party of any particular group or caste.
We are for casteless society. I will take care of businessmen,
labourers and the poor if BSP comes to power at the Centre.'’
She even promised reservations in judiciary, private sector and
legislative bodies. Cautioning voters not to swayed away by tall
promises made in manifestos of BJP and Congress, she said, “Do not
believe them, have faith in me,'’ she said adding both the parties
might try `using the media’ against BSP.
Mayawati said BJP and Congress-led government at the Centre were under
the influence of capitalists, but the BSP government would be for the
poor. She claimed the capitalists have no say on the UP government.
“Economic policies in UP are not guided by capitalists and
industrialists, ‘’ she said.
Mayawati said rising prices and unemployment were badly affecting
children of upper castes. They should vote for BSP candidates to
ensure the defeat of BJP and Congress. Local coal mafia don Samresh
Singh is the BSP candidate from Dhanbad.
NEW DELHI - The election bugle has resulted in India Inc’s cup of
woes overflowing. Industrialists complain, mostly privately, that
political parties have begun clamouring, coaxing and sometimes even
threatening them to cough up for ‘party funds’.
It is a well-established fact that during elections, candidates and
parties in India are largely funded by money that is not accounted for.
While orporates have been hesitant to share such details, instances of
arm twisting by parties or candidates are not uncommon.
Most members of the corporate sector prefer to remain quite, but
Bajaj Auto chairman Rahul Bajaj and Tata Communications chief Subodh
Bhargava were quite vocal recently. They said enough was enough and
wanted an end to use of black money for elections.
‘There is a lot of black money involved,’ said Abhay Firodia,
chairman of Force Motors, which makes commercial vehicles and tractors.
‘Political parties would not like to account for the money received as
funding for elections,’ Bhargava told IANS.
Industrialists felt the problem also had to do with the limits set on election spending.
Under the present laws, a candidate can spend Rs.10-25 lakh in a
parliamentary poll and from Rs.5-10 lakh in an assembly poll. Details
of the spending also have to be filed with the Election Commission.
But that is certainly not the amount the candidates of the parties
end up spending, as revealed by a recent analysis by the Centre for
Media Studies, a city-based think tank that analyses communications and
media trends in the country.
‘Our studies say that the total expenditure for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections will be around Rs.10,000 crore ($2 billion). The
Election Commission’s expenditure alone will be about Rs.1,200 crore
($240 million),’ said N. Bhaskara Rao, founder of the centre.
‘But out of this Rs.10,000 crore, a fourth would be financed by unaccounted money. The two national parties - the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party - alone will spend up to Rs.1,000 crore in all,’ Rao told IANS.
He said parties across the world spend money during elections on publicity, surveys, campaigning, vehicles and aircraft. But in India there was also the phenomenon - ‘cash for vote’, where candidates or parties lure the potential voter with money.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, a leading
industry lobby, says it has a solution to curb this menace - approval
for state funding of elections and legislation to improve transparency.
‘There should be legislation according to which election funding
should be legalised through budgetary allocations and corporate
donations for which income tax exemption should be extended to
industry,’ said the chamber’s secretary general, D.S. Rawat.
At the same time, some industry leaders felt that the corporate
sector, too, can bring about a change by insisting on paying money to
parties only through legal channels and denying any demand for cash
‘Corporates should make payments only through cheque or give money
to registered trusts that fund electoral campaigns,’ said J.J. Irani,
veteran industrialist and director of Tata Sons, the holding arm of one
of India’s biggest corporate houses.
‘As a group, Tatas don’t give money to any particular politician or
party. But we have a Tata Elections Trust, which gives money to
parties, provided certain conditions are met. That too we only pay
Political parties, by and large support state funding of elections, but feel the ground reality today comes in the way.
‘Yes! state funding of elections will prevent black money from
entering the system and promote meritorious candidates.
‘But it is not happening because this is a coalition era where there
are many regional and unregistered parties that cannot be financed. If
the government starts funding everyone, it will involve a huge cost.’
254 candidates file papers for Chhattisgarh’s 11 seats
Raipur, March 30 (IANS) A total of 254 candidates
have filed nomination papers for the 11 Lok Sabha seats from
Chhattisgarh with 107 doing so Monday - the last day, election
Filing of nomination papers had begun March 23 and the scrutiny will
take place Tuesday while April 2 would be the last date for withdrawal
of nomination papers. The state goes to polls Nov 16.
The main contest will be between the two major national parties-
state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress that heads
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has
fielded candidates on all the 11 seats while the Communist Party of
India is contesting on just one seat - Bastar.
Mayavati to visit Gujarat
Mayavati is coming to Ahmedabad to address a
rally at Football ground on March 31st. BSP is going to fight all 26
seats in Gujarat.
Two days ahead of the rally of the Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati in the state, the Gujarat unit of
the party on Sunday announced names of 18 candidates who will contest
various seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The list includes Pravin Solanki and Mohan
Namori from the reserved seats (for SC) of Ahmedabad-West and Kutch,
respectively. The four candidates for the reserved Scheduled Tribe
seats include Ramsingh Kalara from Dahod, Prakash Bhil from Chhota
Udepur, Ranjana Gamit from Bardoli and Chagan Patel from Valsad.
Other candidates are Suresh Mali from
Banaskantha, Mahboob Khokhar from Patan, Rudratsingh Jhala from
Mehsana, Vikramsingh Ramalavat from Sabarkantha, Bhavesh Bhatt from
Ahmedabad-East, Dalichand Patel from Rajkot, Mehul Chandrawadia from
Porbandar, Usha Patel from Amreli, Mukesh Patel from Anand, Ratansingh
Chauhan from Kheda, Prakash Barot from Panchmahals and Samarnath Singh
The BSP will be able to win 14
seats in Gujarat in this election and will impact somebody’s winning
chance on some seat.
BJP’s Ahmedabad rally, not so impressive
BJP’s Ahmedabad rally at Football ground was
not as massive and impressive as it could be. Almost 30 percent of the
total space in the ground remained unoccupied till the end of the
rally. Local media had created hype on extra ordinary security
arrangements in this rally. But on ground, security arrangements were
below ordinary. There was no tempo, no charm in the rally even though
Narendra Modi, LK Advani and 24 other BJP Lok Sabha candidates from all
over the Gujarat were present on stage. According to party tradition,
Advanai’s speech should be at last but he spoke before Modi. In recent
years, it has been experienced that people leave a rally after Modi’s
speech. Perhaps to prevent such possible embarrassing situation,
Advani’s speech was held before Modi’s.
Interestingly when Modi’s speech was going on,
people were leaving the ground. In total around 100 people stood up and
started leaving the ground from differnt corners of the ground one by
one when Modi was talking on terrorism and Bangladeshi intrusion.
Looking at this, Modi shortened his speech. Usually Modi talks for
around 40 minutes in such election rallies but here Modi’s speech ended
up in less than 20 minutes!
Actually, rally’s official time was 5:30 pm
but Advani and Modi arrived at 7:30 and therefore people who had
arrived on time were thursty and tired sitting in the ground. Such
people started leaving earlier therefore.
My friend who is a TV journalist blamed live
telecast of this rally on couple of Gujarati tv channels for less
crowd. Other friend said that party workers, unhappy due to unknown
candidates chosen by the party were responsible for poor show. Such
workers don’t loud their voice but silently express their protest by
not performing enough. Some journalists believed that this was a
sabotage because not only the crowd was unimpressive but sound system
also was faulty. Many who were sitting on the backside of the ground
just couldn’t listen the speeches clearly.
Mayawati campaigns in Jammu
Posted: 6:47p.m IST, March 30, 2009
March 30 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) blue flags fluttered
here in Jammu and Kashmir Monday as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati campaigned for her party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing an election rally, Mayawati criticised
the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the Congress saying these
parties were ‘fooling the people’.
other parties have failed to deliver on their promises,’ she told a
large crowd, and asked them to vote for the BSP to help it form a
government in New Delhi.
said her party would contest all six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and
Kashmir, where elections will be held in five phases from April 16 to
Varun campaign? No thank you, says Madhya Pradesh BJP
Sections of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might be exulting in
the attention their party’s Pilibhit candidate Varun Gandhi is getting
after his inflammatory speeches. But there is one place where the
‘other Gandhi’ won’t be welcome — Madhya Pradesh, where the party’s
election in-charge is Sushma Swaraj.
The senior BJP leader made it clear to party workers that they
should not hope that Varun Gandhi, now behind bars and booked under the
National Security Act, would be campaigning for them in the state.
The reason: The party does not want to polarise votes and threaten its chances in certain constituencies.
“We are in the government here (Madhya Pradesh), and the government
doesn’t use this (kind of) language. We don’t have to do any such thing
which can be termed as ‘aa bail mujhe maar (which can harm us)’,”
Swaraj told party workers.
What recession? Indian political parties are flush with funds
New Delhi, March 30 It may be recession time for the world, but Indian
political parties appear to be awash with money as they plunge into the
world’s biggest electoral battle.
There is no official estimate how much money is being spent by
political parties on the staggered April-May elections for which
campaigning has already begun.
What everyone seems to admit, unofficially though, is that the Election
Commission bar on the maximum amount a candidate can spend in his or
her constituency is invariably breached. But few get hauled up.
According to unofficial estimates, the Congress, India’s oldest and now
the ruling party, is set to splurge a whopping Rs.20 billion (Rs.2,000
crore/$400 million) in this election.
A senior Congress leader however told IANS: “We would be spending
almost Rs.10 billion (Rs.1,000 crore) in the next three months.”
A high level source in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said his party too had a similar budget.
Under the law a candidate can spend between Rs.1 million (Rs.10 lakhs)
and Rs.2.5 million (Rs.25 lakhs) in a Lok Sabha battle.
The house has 543 elective seats.
But almost all political parties also shell out on advertisement and media blitz.
The Congress has roped in Percept, Crayons and James Walter Thompson
(JWT), three leading ad agencies to prepare the party’s campaign
“These companies are behind the concept, ideas and execution of the
Congress campaign,” former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya
Singh, a member of the Congress publicity committee, told IANS.
The BJP has hired ad agencies Frank Simoes-Tag and Utopia.
“They have prepared the advertisements for the BJP which will be used
on TV, FM radio and print media,” BJP spokesman Sidharth Singh said.
With the Election Commission outlawing the traditionally popular — and
cheaper — wall writings and graffiti, the major political parties have
no option but to spend big money.
Even parties with limited influences but with national aspirations are not short of finances.
the Best Secular Party (BSP)’s Self Respect! Gets a Vote and a Note ! that rules Uttar Pradesh which is sure of winning all state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Film clips showing the achievements of the BSP government in Uttar
Pradesh and its Chief Minister Mayawati, who has not hidden her prime
ministerial ambitions, have been on the air for weeks through the vote and a note!
The financially more prudent Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)
is not ready to reveal how much it spends on the election but insists
that it never breaches the Election Commission rules.
The party hasn’t roped in any advertising agency. But it has plans to
come up with CDs and audio and video cassettes featuring election songs
in West Bengal in particular.
So where is the money coming from — amid the financial downturn?
“Most major political parties get donations from big business houses,”
Vinoj Abraham, associate professor of economics at the Centre for
Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, told IANS.
“Since almost all major business houses are going through difficult
times, they might cut down their campaign budget. However, this may in
turn attract a larger share of unaccounted black money to support the
political campaign,” he added.
Abraham said the main beneficiary of the huge spending would be the media sector.
“Yet, given that such a large amount of money is going to be pumped
into the economy during campaign, it is going to trigger some demand
within the economy,” he said.
“The sectors that would directly benefit would be mainly media, be it
print, audio or visual, communication and transportation,” Abraham
A seven-year-old girl, popularly known as ‘Mini Mayawati’ today
campaigned for the Best Secular Party (BSP) till the Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati arrived here to address an election rally ahead
of the Lok Sabha polls here this afternoon.
As the BSP president reached the venue, late from the schedule time,
Mini Maywati addressed the gathering and delivered speeches similar to
that of Ms Mayawati and sought vote for the party.
Jammu based girl Simran Bangotra, famously known as ‘Mini Mayawati’,
addresses the public rallies and gatherings of the BSP during
elections, a party source said.
‘’Sirman not only resembles Ms Mayawati, but also attires and address rallies like her,’’ they added.
‘’A first class student was being trained by her grandfather and
would also conduct door-to-door campaign for the BSP and address
massive rallies in different constituencies,’’ they said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati promised reservation to SC/ST
Christians and upper caste poor on 22 March 2009, as she launched her
poll campaign from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala.
flew to the Kerala capital to kick off her nationwide 52-day poll
campaign, vowing to clamp down on terrorism and Maoist violence in the
country. “Labourers, religious minorities and the Scheduled
Caste/Scheduled Tribe communities continue to be aggrieved even 61
years after independence. Many from these communities have taken to
Naxalism (Maoism) and other wrong ways because of this neglect,” said
Mayawati. She spoke in Hindi for nearly 40 minutes and her speech was
translated into Malayalam.
“The BSP has clear cut policies on
foreign affairs, agriculture and economics. All post-independence
governments have sacrificed governance to the interests of the rich
land-owning class,” she said.
The BSP decided to contest all the
20 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Its star candidate in the State would
be former Congress MP and three time former state minister
Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who has been in a number of parties during his
Nadar is contesting from Thiruvananthapuram Lok
Sabha seat, which he won in 1980 trouncing then veteran Communist Party
of India leader MN Govindan Nair. One of his rivals this time would be
Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor, former UN under secretary-general.
Now BSP is not just Bahujan Samaj Party but also the Best
Secular Party (BSP).
Asked to comment on invoking of the stringent NSA against Varun Gandhi, Mr. Singh said it had nothing to do with the Centre.
“This has nothing to do with the Centre. The state government in Uttar Pradesh has taken the decision,” he said.
Mr. Singh said if what was being
attributed to Varun, a BJP nominee from Pilibhit constituency, was
true, “it is very unfortunate”.
Observing that Mr. Varun had a
distinguished legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, who have
given their lives in promoting communal harmony, Mr. Singh said his
comments were “more out of sorrow than anger”. Now INC is not just Indian National Congress but also the real Indian Nasty Communal (INC) Party. There will be more and more rumblings not only in UPA, but also with in INC.
SP acting as BJP’s ‘B team’, says BSP
Lucknow (PTI): Training its guns on
Mulayam Singh Yadav for his statement criticising the Uttar Pradesh
government for invoking NSA on Varun Gandhi, the ruling BSP on Tuesday
alleged that the SP supremo has an understanding with the BJP and his
party was working as its “B team”.
“The SP and BJP have tacit
understanding earlier but now SP has an open understanding with BJP and
is working as its B team. By not fielding candidate against BJP
president Rajnath Singh from Ghaziabad and joining hands with Kalyan
Singh, the SP has proved the point,” BSP general secretary Satish
Chandra Mishra told reporters here.
He also alleged that the SP had fielded dummy candidates in the state to benefit the BJP.
Justifying government’s decision to
invoke the NSA on Mr. Varun quoting Supreme Court’s observation that
his speeches were “inflammatory and full of hatred”, Mr. Mishra said
opposition parties should tell why it was not the fit case for NSA
despite the fact that it disturbed public order and created terror in
“The action was taken against Varun on
the basis of concrete evidence and it has inculcated sense of security
among the people of the Pilibhit,” Mr. Mishra said.
On allegation of laxity by the district
administration, he said that when Mr. Varun himself volunteered to
surrender, there was no reason for doubting his intentions but later
his supporters indulged in violence.
Election Commission notice to Mulayam
Samajwadi Party chief allegedly threatened Mainpuri District Magistrate
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Monday issued notice to
Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh for allegedly threatening the
Mainpuri District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer, S. Minishti, for
the cancellation of the gun licences of SP workers.
The Commission, which examined the compact disc allegedly containing
Mr. Singh’s speeches made in Mainpuri on March 23, has enclosed a copy
of the CD along with the notice. Mr. Singh is contesting from Mainpuri.
The Commission notice said that if Mr. Singh failed to give his
reply by 4 p.m. on Friday, it would take action without any further
“The Commission considers such threats as obstacles to the conduct
of free and fair elections, as such actions affect the morale of the
district election machinery involved in the conduct of elections,” the
Mr. Singh, referring to the cancellation of gun licences, allegedly
warned the IAS officer that he would register a complaint with the EC
He accused her of losing her sense of proportion and not being able
to differentiate between a criminal and a common man. He suggested that
she get her “head checked” and asked her to mend her ways within a week.
The Commission has already transferred the Superintendent of Police for “dereliction of duty.”
This is the second complaint against Mr. Singh within the purview of
the Commission; he was earlier served notice in connection with the
alleged distribution of Rs.100 notes to people at Saifai in Etawah
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said the arrest of BJP candidate Varun Gandhi was a clear signal
that any attempt to create communal unrest and instigate communal
violence would be firmly dealt with. “In U.P. particularly at the time
of general elections, such a firm step or signal is required,” he added.
The verdict in Bihar is not easy to call with so many players and
new electoral factors in play.
The stage is thus set for a multi-cornered contest across the State,
with the presence of the BSP and the Left parties forging a seat
sharing arrangement among themselves.
Mayawati has sent a strong message: Brinda
NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday
applauded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s action in sending a
strong message that there was no place for hate speeches in the country.
Talking to reporters, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat
declined to comment on the provisions of the National Security Act
being invoked against BJP’s Varun Gandhi for his alleged hate speech
saying that it was dependent on the perception of the State government
on whether it feared the danger of communal violence when someone was
unapologetic and bent upon repeating his statements.
Ms. Karat maintained that a strong message had to be made and it
was sent to all political parties to desist from indulging in hate
speeches and that any attempt to foment communal violence would not be
She described as a pretext Mr. Gandhi’s claim that the CD was
doctored saying that she had heard it and it was clearly visible what
he was saying and his speech was full of hatred.
Ms. Karat charged the BJP with hypocrisy and said Mr. Gandhi only
expressed the core Hindutva theme that various organisations of the
sangh parivar supported.
Search for the Maratha vote
It is a high decibel campaign with no tangible results. Over the last
two years, Maratha leaders stepped up the demand to be categorised as
an other backward class (OBC) in Maharashtra. Apart from this, they are
seeking 25 per cent reservation in education and employment. The BSP is also planning to field Maratha candidates, which could add to the polarisation.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World
War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” - Albert Einstein “BSP the only alternative to Congress, BJP”
Party to build an equitable society
Bhagalpur: Uttrar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said here on
Sunday that the Bahujan Samaj Party was committed to building an
“equitable” society and the party was the only alternative to the
Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, whose “policies are influenced by
big houses and brokers.”
Launching the BSP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar at
Sandis ground here, she alleged that both the Congress and the BJP had
“grabbed power on the support of big industrial players and brokers and
ruined the country during their stints in power.”
Well-being of all castes
“The country’s economy will never improve if its policies are being
influenced by big houses and brokers,” the BSP leader said. She claimed
the current economic slowdown and price rise were result of the
policies followed by the Congress or the BJP-led governments and
promised that she would pursue the policies which would uplift all
sections the population. Ms. Mayawati said her party would ensure
reservations for the well-being of all castes without being confined to
the SC/STs’ interests alone.
“It is high time the BSP should come to power at the Centre,” she
said, claiming that the Opposition parties were worried because of the
BSP’s “clean, fair image and performance.”
“The BSP is the only party in the country which believes in doing
and not just making promises which is evident from the work being done
by it in Uttar Pradesh,” Ms. Mayawati said. She alleged the rival
parties had done nothing for upper castes, scheduled castes, scheduled
tribes and minorities, but during elections they would try to mislead
them by announcing a plethora of schemes.
She was canvassing support for her party’s nominees, including Ajit
Sharma (Bhagalpur), M.K. Singh (Banka), Navin Shastri (Munger), Bhagwan
Das (Jamui), Madan Mohan Nishadh (Katihar), Asarfi Paswan (Khagaria),
Navin Kumar Singh (Purnia), Kuber Alam (Kishanganj), in Bihar’s
Bhagalpur, Kosi and Purnia divisions.
Expressing concern over large-scale migration of youths to other
States in search of jobs, she said if BSP was voted to power, it would
formulate a policy guaranteeing jobs to the unemployed in their
respective States. — PTI
Mayawati big enough to drive choices
With States emerging as the principal battleground,Mayawati’s political charisma
has shifted to a higher level-THREE BASKETS STUDY CIRCLE
How they stack up
Mayawati Manmohan Singh L K Advani
Strong Leadership 100 35 30
Honesty 100 30 25
Trustworthiness 100 20 0
In an image driven world, this Lok Sabha election stands out in that it
is dominated one personality. Mayawati is the transformative figure such as U.S. President Barack Obama — Manmohan Singh and L K Advani is not even equivalent to Tony Blair, Mahathir Mohamad, Hugo Chavez
or Sheikh Hasina around whom votes crystallise. A look at the popularity chart of the our leaders over
the last decade reveals that the single exception to this was Mayawati who emerged as a national leader.
The figures are drawn from various surveys conducted by the THREE BASKETS STUDY CIRCLE. The surveys have always
asked the same open-ended question (“Who would you like to be the Prime
Minister of the country?”) to a representative national sample of
respondents without offering any choices. About one-sixth of the
respondents offered only Mayawati as a preference.
The latest such survey, the THREE BASKETS STUDY CIRCLE poll, was carried out in mid-January this year. It showed that only single leader enjoyed
even 100 per cent support of the citizens for the Prime Minister’s
position. Manmohan Singh at 12 per cent and Lal Krishna Advani at 10 per cent.
Other leaders who secured the support of at least one per cent or
more were: Sharad Pawar (1.0),Lalu Prasad (0.9), Nitish Kumar (0.8).
If asked directly to choose the ‘best leader’ for the country from
among Ms. Mayawati, Manmohan Singh and Mr. Advani, 80 per
cent prefer Ms.
Mayawati, Manmohan Singh 13 per cent,Mr. Advani at seven per cent.
When asked to compare certain attributes of these leaders,Ms. Mayawati was rated highest for being a strong leader, honest and trustworthiness leader .
These findings would disappoint Mr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Advani.
They face a challenge from within their parties
including their allies whose national rating stands at less than one per
Mayawati assures justice to all if voted to power
Jammu (PTI): Blaming the Congress and
BJP for the plight of people of different sections across the country,
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday said that the party
would take all measures to ensure justice to all, especially the
“There has been no change in the lives
of downtrodden and the poor in the last 60 years. It has either been
the Congress or BJP that ran governments since independence”, said the
BSP supremo while addressing an election rally at parade ground here.
The BSP has fielded contestants in five out of six Lok Sabha seats in
Jammu and Kashmir.
Attacking the past governments’, Ms.
Mayawati said, “Those belonging to sc/st and other backward sections
continue to face unemployment and poverty and the ruling parties at the
Centre have not taken measures to alleviate their problems.
The Congress and BJP have mostly made
economic policies and programmes to enhance the welfare of the rich,
she alleged and said, “it is because of these policies that we are
witnessing price escalation in the country.”
Madurai ground out of bounds for Maya rally
27 Mar 2009, 0407 hrs IST, TNN
MADURAI: The Madurai district administration and city police have
refused to give the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) the use of Tamukkam
grounds in Madurai for holding the public meeting to be addressed by party
president Mayawati on April 3.
The party has sought an explanation for this refusal under the Right
To Information Act. BSP general secretary, Suresh Mane, told reporters
that he was informed of the inability of the district administration
to provide Tamukkam as the venue for the public meeting, when he met
district collector P Seetharaman and commissioner of police K
Nandhabalan in Madurai on Monday.
“We had given our application to the Madurai corporation commissioner
15 days ago and were granted permission, but now we have come to know
that there is a problem in providing the ‘no objection’ certificate
and we have asked for an explanation, ” he said.
Mayawati will be launching her Tamil Nadu campaign on April 3 in
Madurai and may visit the state again before she winds up her national
campaign sometime in May.
Filing of nominations for the second phase of elections picks up momentum
New Delhi, Mar 29 (ANI): The filing of nominations for Assembly and
Lok Sabha seats has picked up momentum with President Pratibha Patil
issuing a notification for the second phase of elections.
The second phase of polling, scheduled on April 23 would include 25
seats in Maharashtra, 20 in Andhra Pradesh, 17 each in Uttar Pradesh
and Karnataka, 13 each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh and 11 each in Assam
A total of 130 nominations were filed for Lok Sabha and 1086
nominations for Assembly in the sixth day on Saturday for the coming
Lok Sabha elections.
Several prominent candidates including Ministers, sitting MPs and MLAs filed nomination papers.
In Chhattisgarh, 48 candidates from different political parties
submitted their nominations. The nominations included two candidates of
the Congress, four of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and five of the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Other parties like the Chhattisgarh Vikash Party, Gondwana Gantantra Party have also fielded their candidates in the state.
In Orissa, one independent candidate has filed his nomination for Lok Sabha election and two candidates for Assembly election.
The last date for filing nominations is April 4. These nominations will be examined on April 6.
April 8 is the date for withdrawal of nominations, according to State Election Office release.
Notification for the first phase involving 124 constituencies was
issued on March 23. Counting of votes for all five phases would be
taken up on May 16. (ANI)
Mayawati launches BSP campaign in Bihar
Patna, March 29 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati kicked off her party’s election
campaign in Bihar Sunday.
“Please bring BSP to power at the centre to serve all, particularly the
poor and weaker sections of the society,” Mayawati said in her address
at a public meeting in Bhagalpur town, about 200 km from here.
“I appeal to you to support and vote only for BSP. Don’t vote for
any other party because they have betrayed you and did not fulfil their
promises,” Mayawati said.
The BSP leader accused the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) and other political parties of ignoring the plight of the poor in
the last six decades.
“The socio-economic condition of the majority of the poorest of the poor has not changed till date,” she said.
Mayawati said that poor people from Bihar were forced to migrate to
big cities in search of livelihood as successive governments in the
state and centre did not bother to develop Bihar.
BSP is contesting alone in Bihar on all 40 seats in the state.
Bihar will go to the polls in four phases — April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 — to elect 40 members to the Lok Sabha.
the general elections approaching fast, party candidates and
independents have started queuing up to file their nomination papers in
Two candidates filed their nomination
papers for Bhawanipatna Assembly seat, which has been reserved for
Scheduled Caste (SC), on Friday. Pradipta Kumar Naik, who was a sitting
MLA of the BJP, filed his nomination this time too on the party ticket
at the office of Bhawanipatna sub-collector. Another candidate Ramani
Dora from Samrudha Odisha also filed his nomination for this
For Junagarh Assembly seat (general), four
candidates, Chintamani Bag from Lok Jansakti Party (LJP), Bamdev Durga
from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Satya Behera from Samrudhha Odisha and
Panchanana Dhangda Majhi from Republican Party of India (RPI),
reportedly filed nomination papers at the office of Dharmagarh
Similarly, three candidates, Janardan Panda from
BJP, Hira Bag from Samrudha Odisha and Kalyani Naik from BSP filed
their nominations for Dharmagarh Assembly seat. One independent
candidate Dambrudhar Sunani filed his nomination for one Parliamentary
Varun Gandhi gets bail, but remains behind bars
PILIBHIT (Uttar Pradesh): Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi
got bail on Monday in criminal cases
against him, but will remain behind the bars as he also faces charges under the
stringent National Security Act (NSA). (
court in Pilibhit granted bail to the young leader in two cases filed against
him for allegedly communal and inflammatory speeches he made in the run-up to
the elections and violence by his supporters when he was arrested on Saturday.
However, he will not be freed as the Uttar Pradesh government had
slapped charges under the NSA on him late Sunday night, officials said.
The BJP has announced Varun Gandhi, son of former central minister
Maneka Gandhi, will be its candidate from Pilibhit.
This BSP candidate rides bullock cart to visit
votersLucknow, March 28, At a time when politicians hire helicopters
and SUVs for election campaigns, a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
Etawah, Mar 27: A candidate of the Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) in Etawah in Uttar Pradesh has adopted unique means
for campaigning to woo the voters.
Gauri Shankar, who is contesting from Erawah,
is trying to woo the voters by campaigning on a bullock cart, a horse
cart and rickshaw.
According to Shankar, these modes of
transport are the common man’s transport and that is why he is using
them for his campaigning.
“Bullock carts, horse carts and
rickshaws are the vehicles used by the common man in every nook and
corner of the country. But if I receive your blessings, I too may
travel in big cars with a beacon light on the top, ” he said.
watch the unusual view, many residents came on streets and cheered for
Varun charged with attempt to murder, rioting
BJP Lok Sabha candidate
Varun Gandhi has been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and other
offences in an FIR filed in connection with violence that erupted here
even as police on Sunday maintained a close vigil to maintain law and
order in this district.
29-year-old Varun, along with Uttar
Pradesh BJP chief Kalraj Mishra, local MLA Sukhlal and former party MLA
B K Gupta, have been named in another FIR registered for violation of
prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC on Saturday when the BJP
candidate courted arrest in a case related to his alleged anti-Muslim
speeches, Kotwali police sources said.
Varun, who is in judicial
custody, has been booked under sections 147, 148 and 149 (rioting and
related charges), 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing
hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 336 (doing any act that
endangers human life or the personal safety of others) and certain
sections of IPC and public safety and certain state acts for the
violence around the district jail in Pilibhit, they said.
FIR relating to rioting and other chages has been filed by Pilibhit
district jailor Mukesh Arora against Varun and his supporters after BJP
activists fought a pitched battle with the police and laid a siege of
the jail premises.
Meanwhile, Pilibhit District Magistrate Ashok
Chauhan discounted the allegation of BJP MP and Varun’s mother Maneka
Gandhi that a Muslim officer had injured several of supporters and said
he was not deployed there.
Chauhan said ,”I strictly don’t agree
with the comments of Maneka Gandhi. The person she is naming was not at
all deployed at that place.
“We checked the records and we were
careful about his deployment. He was at another place and the
allegation is totally false,” he said.
On the situation in
Pilibhit, he said, “it is under control. People may be spreading
rumours but as of now the situation in the city and rural areas is
totally under control”.
In Lucknow, Additional Director General
of Police Brij Lal, said, “A close vigil is being maintained in
Pilibhit with deployment of adequate number of personnel from
Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and police”.
Asked about the
cases registered against Gandhi, who courted in Pilibhit on Saturday,
he just said, “A case under section 188 of IPC has been registered
against all those who violated the prohibitory orders under section 144
During the violence on Saturday, BJP workers, who were
demanding Varun’s release, had indulged in heavy brick batting and laid
a siege of the district jail..
Karnataka poll process begins
Notification issued for polls in 17 Lok Sabha constituencies
Eight candidates file papers on Saturday
Scrutiny of papers on April 6
BANGALORE: Notification for conducting the first phase of Lok Sabha
elections in 17 constituencies in Karnataka was issued on Saturday by
the Deputy Commissioners and the Returning Officers of the respective
With this, the process of elections has started and candidates have
commenced filing their nominations. Eight candidates filed their papers
on the first day.
Elections would be held in Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bijapur (SC), Gulbarga
(SC), Raichur (ST), Bidar, Koppal, Bellary (ST), Uttar Kannada,
Chitradurga (SC), Tumkur, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore
Central and Bangalore South, Chickaballapur and Kolar (SC)
constituencies on April 23. In Bangalore North constituency, the
nominations could be delivered by a candidate or his proposers to the
Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore District,
Bangalore, or to the Assistant Returning Officer and Chief
Administrative Officer, Department of Collegiated Education at the DC’s
office. April 4 is the last date for filing nominations.
The scrutiny of nomination papers would be taken up at 11 a.m on
April 6, at the office of the Deputy Commissioner/Returning Officer.
Notice of withdrawal of candidates may be delivered either by a
candidate or by any of his proposers or his election agent, who has
been authorised in writing by the candidate to deliver it to either of
the officers at his office on April 8 before 3 p.m. Nominations have
been filed by candidates in eight constituencies including four
Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath will definitely become PM
Mayawati is chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, home to 190
million people. She is a SC/STs, the caste made “untouchables” at the bottom of the caste hierarchy. (March 15, 2009
For centuries, SC/STs, were made as untouchables” of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath, have lived as
outcasts, barred from owning land, thwarted from marrying into a higher
caste and forced into dirty jobs such as cleaning toilets – this
despite the government’s abolishment of the caste system.
53-year-old former schoolteacher-turned-politician known across India
as the “Scheduled Caste Queen” is running for prime minister – and political
experts believe Kumari Mayawati has an outside chance to lead the
world’s largest democracy after an election next month.
A victory by a so-called untouchable in a national election here would have been considered unthinkable only a decade ago.
as the SC/STS began to receive more education and gain political
control in states such as Uttar Pradesh as small regional parties have
surged in popularity, the older, venerable national political groups
such as the Gandhi-family-led Congress party have seen their own
That has made it possible for Mayawati to emerge
as a legitimate candidate for prime minister.
The Hindustan Times
newspaper this week ran a full-page story headlined “Who’s afraid of
Mayawati?” and a columnist mused she “plays by her own rules … shuns
the cosy, members-only power elite that New Delhi is familiar with.”
for her plain speaking style and omnipresent handbag, Mayawati, who is
the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has made caste part of the
political conversation. “Struggle is the way of my life,” she said at a
rally in August, referring to her upbringing as a SC. “Who can stop
me from reaching the top post?”
Despite efforts made by the
Indian government to eradicate the caste system, it remains a
deep-rooted part of Indian society and can still dictate someone’s
future prospects, particularly in rural areas. Even today, matrimonial
ads in newspapers are divided by caste.
In many Indian
communities, occupations such as doctors and lawyers have been reserved
for Brahmins, the top caste in a country of 6,000 castes and sub-castes.
like Mayawati, who was born a SC, is typically still excluded from
mainstream life and that’s what makes her political climb remarkable.
It helped that she comes from Uttar Pradesh.
home state, Prabuddha Bharath’s largest, is mostly agricultural and boasts both a
large SC/ST population and a large Muslim minority, both influential
vote banks. With a population of 190 million, Uttar Pradesh has 80
seats in India’s 543-member Parliament, the most of any of India’s 28
states. Control Uttar Pradesh and you’re on your way to becoming one of most powerful politicians.
In the last federal election
in 2004, Mayawati’s BSP party took 19 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Analysts
say if Mayawati can secure 80 out of the state’s 80 seats, she may argue
she has enough support to lead a minority government.
Those who support her say she has made huge improvements in their lives.
village has progressed,” said Vajindra Mishra, a 40-year-old Brahmin
priest who lives in the village of Bhainsrasi in west Uttar Pradesh.
“We now see TV, can iron clothes, use a mobile phone charger, a wheat
grinder, 100-watt bulbs in the street and, if there’s a wedding, we
Politics is about empowerment and
identity, governance, said Ajoy Bose, author of a political biography
of Mayawati. “Many people feel she is of the people. That’s what
Mayawati kicks off poll campaign in Uttarakhand
Rudrapur (PTI): Mayawati on Thursday
accused the successive governments at the Centre of failing to bring
any change in the conditions of the SCs, tribals and Muslims and
asked people to vote for the BSP so that it can come to power on its
Kicking off the BSP’s election campaign
from this industrial town of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand where Lok
Sabha polls are slated for May 13 in the last phase, the Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister said people should give a clear mandate to the BSP if
they wanted social justice for all.
Charging both the BJP and Congress with
misleading people against her party she warned them not to let
themselves be taken in by the false propaganda.
She also said if BSP is voted to power, it would enact a stringent law to control terrorism and naxalism.
Claiming to have done a lot for the
development of Uttarakhand when it was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh,
she exuded confidence that her party will win all the five seats in the
Mayawati holds Cong, BJP responsible for poverty in country
Sambalpur (PTI): BSP supremo Mayawati
on Tuesday attacked both the BJP and the Congress, holding them
responsible for poverty in the country, and vowed to ensure speedy
development of all sections of people and wipe out naxal menace, if
voted to power.
“Poor remained poor, SC/STs remained
neglected and backward for years. What these parties (Congress and BJP)
have done for them?” she wondered, while launching her party’s poll
campaign in this western Orissa city.
Asking people to bring about a change
by voting for BSP, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said elections were
held one after another but without no positive outcome as parties like
Congress and BJP “collected huge money” from rich people, businessmen
Therefore, while in power they served
the interests of the rich ignoring the requirements of the poor, Ms.
Mayawati alleged. “If you want to improve social status and remove
poverty and backwardness, you have to keep Congress and BJP away from
power,” the BSP leader said.
She also promised that her party would
take concrete steps to eliminate naxalite problem if voted to power.
Stating that BSP is not a party of any particular religion or caste,
Ms. Mayawati said all sections of people were given ticket by BSP for
elections in Orissa.
Jai Bheem Jai Mulnivasi
I am glad to inform all of you at home and abroad
that on 15th. March,2009 Bahujan Samaj Party Mmarthak UK decided to
celebrate Anniversary of Manayvar Kanshi Ram founder of
BSP in India and also the founder member and first president of
The Venue the most befitting and historical
place was Dr Ambedkar community centre, Upper Zoar Street Pennfield,
,Wolverhampton WV3 OJH
This was the same Centre that was open by Bahen
Mayawathi the present chief minister of U P India some years back. A large
number of people joined the function coming from near and
A couch full mainly youngsters with couple of
family went from Southall Middlesex. .This trilled me and made me very happy for two reasons.
(1) Most of the participants were youth full of
enthusiasm that I saw after a long time.
(2) All worried about the forth coming election in
India ,especially in Punjab. Loud slogans and full of inspiration from their
leader BSP Supremo showed every sign of change the youth want in India
on the same line like in USA.
Some are even planning to go back to India for
canvassing for BSP ,while others told they are constantly in touch with
their relative to make sure not a single vote is wasted of misused. An appeal
was even made at the function that all those who supper and are still
suffering under the clutches of Brahmins and are in favor of change must make every effort and do every
thing within their ability and capacity.
To scrutinize the situation further an other
meeting of Friends of BSP India was arranged this Sunday in London.
The Venue was Ambedkar Centre Southall Middlesex.
Four hours of brain storming and setting the vision on New Delhi in this
election it was reminded time and time again how important this years general elections in India
Where I only sat and observed and directed them
were needed, Much what talk does not at present need to be discussed on internet
,but I can go without mentioning that long awaited and much desired change is in
New Delhi, With the election fever gripping the country, as many as
142 candidates filed their nominations on the fourth day today for the
April 16 phase one Lok Sabha polls.
The nominations for the first phase would continue till March 30, while scrutiny would be taken up on the next day.
Nominations could be withdrawn till April 2.
In Uttar Pradesh, a total of 44 candidates filed their nominations, reports from Lucknow said.
Altogether 87 candidates have so far filed their nominations for the
first phase elections, when 16 Lok Sabha constituencies would go to
polls in eastern parts of the state.
According to Additional Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha, the
maximum number of six candidates filed their nominations for the
Mirzapur seat, followed by five each for Kushinagar and Ghosi, four for
Azamgarh, three each for Gorakhpur, Basgaon, Varanasi and Robertsganj,
two each for Maharajganj, Deoria, Lalganj and Salempur, one each for
Ballia, Machhlishahr, Ghazipur and Chandauli Lok Sabha seats.
Prominent candidates who filed their nominations included Swami
Prasad Maurya from Kushinagar (BSP), Mukhtar Ansari from Varanasi (BSP) and Bal Kumar Patel from
There would be no nominations in UP tomorrow, following government holiday on the occasion of Chaiti Chand.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate filed
nomination papers for the Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary constituency,
reports Jammu said.
”Four candidates, one of BSP, one of All India Forward Block and two
Independents, filed their papers here yesterday to the Returning
Officer amid the presence of hundreds of supporters,” official sources
BSP candidate Choudhary Hussain Ali Waffa accompanied by national
general secretary Narinder Kashyap and state president filed his
”All India Forward Block (AIFB) candidate Qari Zahir Abbas Bhatti
and Shakeela Bano and Param Ram Poonchi also filed nominations as
-independent candidates,” sources added.
In Maharashtra, a total of 28 candidates filed their papers from the
13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Vidharba and Marathwada regions, reports
from Nagpur said.
While 23 candidates filed their papers from nine of the total ten
constituencies of Vidharba region, five nominees from three seats of
Marathwada region, sources said.
The constituency in Vidharba from where no papers were filed was
Wardha. With this, the total number of candidates from the region who
have submitted their forms, have gone up to 50.
As many as five candidates filed their papers on Monday, the first day, 13 on Tuesday, and nine yesterday.
From the Marathwada region, all the candidates who have filed their
papers are independents and till now, no nominee from any prominent
political party has filed his nomination. Of the five nomination papers
filed from the region, two each are from Nanded and Hingoli, one in
Parbhani, the sources said. With this, the total number of nominations
filed in Marathwada in the last four days has touched 17.
The total number of nomination papers from Vidharba and Marathwada regions filed till now are 67.
The nominations from Vidharba included four each from Amravati,
Ramtek and Yavatmal-Washim constituencies, three from Chandrapur, two
each from Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondia and Gadchiroli-Chimur, and one each
from Buldhana and Akola, sources said.
Among those who filed their papers were Manikrao Vaidya, who has entered the fray as a nominee of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Mr Vaidya was the district (rural) unit chief of the BJP, but quit earlier this month to join the BSP.
Another BSP candidate who submitted his papers was Vasant Dandge of
Buldhana, official sources said.
Meanwhile, no nomination papers will be accepted tomorrow in both
the regions as it is a government holiday on account of Gudi Padwa, the
Maharashtrian New Year. The last date for filing of nominations is
Varun Gandhi arrested after ‘hate speech’
A politician from the Nehru-Gandhi political
dynasty was arrested on Saturday after TV footage showed him apparently
making a virulently anti-Muslim speech while campaigning for India’s
Varun Gandhi, great-grandson of India’s secular first
premier Jawaharlal Nehru, was taken into custody in Uttar Pradesh state
following accusations he made a speech earlier this month whipping up
religious hatred, a crime here.
arrest in the constituency of Pilibhit where he is making his debut run
He has been at the centre of a political storm since
cameras filmed him allegedly telling a rally the BJP would “cut the
heads of Muslims” and comparing a rival Muslim candidate to Al-Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden.
controversy has fuelled speculation the BJP may seek to stoke religious
tensions in the officially secular country of 1.1 billion to appeal to
the majority Hindu vote in elections to be held between April 16 and
Gandhi will be detained over the weekend with a bail hearing set for Monday.
Pilibhit police action: UP govt warns of stern action
Lucknow (PTI): Accusing Varun Gandhi’s
supporters of indulging in unprovoked violence in Pilibhit, the
Mayawati government on Saturday warned of stern action against
“Nobody will be allowed to take law and
order into his hand and stern action would be taken against trouble
makers,” the Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement.
Justifying police action on BJP
workers, it said, “when BJP candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi was
sent to jail, his supporters brick batted at the jail staff and police
without any provocation. The police used force only to control the
The BJP workers reassembled and
indulged in fresh brick-batting after which police “had to use force to
disperse the trouble makers,” it said adding that the situation was now
The government said that FIRs lodged
against Mr. Varun was under investigation and CDs of his speeches were
being examined by a team of expert. Two FIRs were lodged against the
BJP candidate at Barkhera police station for making inflammatory and
provocative speeches during a rallies on March 8.
“The government is committed to ensure
free and fair elections,” the statement said. Mr. Varun Gandhi on
Saturday surrendered before a local court while his supporters fought
pitched battles with police leaving over 20 injured. He was remanded to
judicial custody till Monday.
Police fired rubber bullets and
lathicharged the activists who indulged in heavy stone throwing. “He
has been kept in Pilibhit district jail and the court has directed to
produce him on Monday,” the statement added.
BSP names eight more candidates
BANGALORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released its second
list of eight candidates who will contest the Lok Sabha elections from
The list, released by State BSP president Marasandra Muniyappa here
on Thursday, contains the names of its candidates for Chamarajanagar
and Bidar Lok Sabha constituencies, which are considered to be the
While BSP State general secretary N. Mahesh has been chosen for the
Chamarajanagar seat, Jagannath Jamadar will contest from Bidar.
The party candidate for the Mysore Lok Sabha seat is Syed Nizam Ali,
and Krishnamurthy will contest from Mandya. The other candidates are T.
Nagendra (Bellary), Shivaputrappa Gumageri (Koppal), Sudhakar Kanamadi
(Bijapur) and Dilleppa Kariappa Igala (Haveri).
The party had already announced candidates for 15 Lok Sabha constituencies.
They are Kannada film star Ashok from Tumkur, A.P. Ahmed from
Hassan, Mohd. Hafizulla Sharief from Bangalore Rural, R.S. Patil from
Belgaum, N. Muniswamy from Kolar, Laxminarayan from Chickaballapur,
Vijaya Bhaskar from Bangalore Central, Naheeda Salma from Bangalore
South, Basavanthappa Gonnemmanavar from Haveri, Shivakumar Naik Korvi
from Raichur, M. Jayanna from Chitradurga, J. Jayappa from Shimoga,
Mahadev B. Dhani from Gulbarga, Girish Rai from Dakshina Kannada and
Steven J. Menezes from Udupi-Chikmagalur.
Game for politics? Cricket fixers turn poll bookies
Ahmedabad, March 26 (IANS) The second season of the
Indian Premier League (IPL) might have moved out of the country, but
punters have just moved into the towns of Gujarat. They are here to
‘fix’ another game just as exciting and unpredictable as cricket -
Police have started preparing to nab bookies who set up their
temporary dens in Gujarat cities and towns for a busy betting season
during the Lok Sabha polls.
The bookies, who operate as organised gangs during the cricketing
season, normally work from cities like Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad,
Rajkot and Bhuj and also accept bids during polls.
The gang members who escape arrest or those who have served
sentences regroup in the five Gujarat cities to establish their
“With the Lok Sabha polls ahead, police teams across Gujarat are
already on the hunt for these gangs as this would be their hottest
money making season because IPL matches are not happening in Ahmedabad
and other Indian cities,” a senior police official from the crime
branch told IANS.
He said the most organised gangs operate from Ahmedabad and Bhuj and
are constantly on the move. They accept bids in their vehicles while
travelling on highways. The gang members move in a vehicle carrying
multiple mobile phones whose numbers are changed frequently to hoodwink
A rough estimate of the betting racket in Gujarat during polls is around Rs.500 million per season.
As per initial details being collected by police teams, the bookies
take bets on four main parties at the national level such as the
Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Samajwadi Party and the
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Punters are being offered 80 paise more for a rupee spent on the Congress party if it wins a total of 150 seats, say police.
The bidding rate for the BJP is also 80 paise per one rupee spent if
the party wins a minimum of 120 seats in the Lok Sabha. The rate for
the Samajwadi Party is set at 60 paise for a rupee if it wins 20 seats
and for the BSP it is 35 paise for 80 seats, the police official said.
Most of the bookies get rounded up before the polling day on a
regular basis and they are found to be members of known gangs across
The gangs which carry out betting during the cricketing season are
found to be active during polls. During the last assembly polls, more
than 200 bookies were rounded up, the police official added.
BSP is sure to win 272 seats for the following reasons:
U.P.: Pro-incumbency plus core vote
For Mayawati pro-incumbency plus base vote is strong,
committed and transferable, which ought to be an advantage in a multi-cornered
The defining point of Lucknow 2009 is
the brown dust haze that blankets its skyline. The haze is from the relentless
demolition and construction that started in May 2007, when Mayawati, in a
stunning display of political showmanship, formed Uttar Pradesh’s first
majority government in 16 years.
Ms Mayawati is the queen of hearts,
her sterling qualities apparently too many to count, the most quoted being the
iron discipline she brought to her earlier governments. A popular slogan Ms
Mayawati used on the stump was: Chad
goondon ki chhati par, mohar laga do haathi par (Crush the chest of the
goondas and vote the elephant).
As the election date approaches, what
comes as a bigger surprise is the admission by people in government that pro-incumbency
has begun to tell on the Mayawati regime. Officials eagerly outline the many
welfare projects in various stages of implementation.
Consequently, many are willing to bet
on the BSP bagging all the 80 Lok Sabha seats. Even from the subjective
perspective of the Lucknow
secretariat, the confidently touted figure of 80 seats out of a total of 80
A round journey from Lucknow and back
via Allahabad, Varanasi, Azamgarh, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Barabanki,
one is invariably greeted by a praise of — Friendly police actions, uncurtailed water supply
for irrigation, full implementation of Below the Poverty Line ration cards, promised housing and so on. There is support
for the Chief Minister — from her core constituency of SC/STs, of course, but
also from sections of lower OBCs, Brahmins and Muslims. The last two tend
towards the BSP in constituencies where the party’s candidates are from their
communities. The social engineering formula that carried Ms Mayawati to
self-rule in Lucknow
has been totally cracked.
No SC/STs complain about ration cards and housing along
with the poor among theforward
castes. SC/STs continue to stand
rocklike by their behenji, visibly thrilled at her becoming Prime
Minister.At an Ambedkar village in Mohanlalganj, SC/STs
when asked Who will they vote? Behenji, comes the reply.
The undiminished SC/STs and the
Sarvajan Samaj (entire people) support could be glimpsed in the colossal
turnout at the Chief Minister’s inaugural election rally in the eastern town of Deoria. The
crowds stampeded into the ground, cheerfully and throatily joining the chorus
echoing from the ministerial crew seated on stage: U.P. hui hamari hai, ab
dilli ki baari hai (U.P. is taken, we will take Delhi next).
On the way in villages and qasbas,
one will be able to gauge the continuing affinity that the more backward among
the OBCs, such as the Mauryas, the Rajbars and the Bhinds, feel for Ms
Mayawati. Brahmins are clearly united. The
unity is at its most explicit in the Allahabad
High Court, considered the seat of forward caste power, and flaunting a
profusion of Brahminical sounding nameplates on its walls. From2007, the Shuklas, the Tiwaris and the
Chaturvedis had all enthusiastically lined up behind behenji.
No opponent for every supporter
This time for every supporter of Ms
Mayawati, you will find another who admits to a correct judgment in his or her
voting the BSP in 2007.The latter
lot are happy that the BSP leader has not dumped the central plank of her
campaign that she would crush the anti-social elements who allegedly found
refuge in the Mulayam Singh government: All the lawmakers are now with her including Allahabad. The trading community in particular fully
digest the explanation offered by the BSP boss herself — once in the BSP, the
so-called goondas become reformed.
Within the precincts of the High
Court, the pro-Mayawati camps clinches the argument powerfully. The take: The
Mayawati government has given more recognition and power to Brahmins than have
all previous regimes put together: Our flag is flying high thanks to Satish
Chandra Mishra and the score of forward caste officers wielding power down the
administrative ladder. The fact that the BSP has awarded a bonus in the form of
party ticket to 20 Brahmins virtually seals the debate. Forward castes will
vote the BSP — everywhere, including where the party has fielded forward caste
Muslims turn out to be a revelation.
Theydescend into immediate benefit
calculations as do the Hindu forward castes but in conversation they gradually
reveal their frustrations with Mulayam Singh and wonder aloud if the BSP is not
a better option. The Samajwadi Party chief’s defence of Kalyan Singh, former
BJP leader, has hurt the community deeply, and there is a feeling of its being
used by the man it revered as Maulana Mulayam. The community voted the SP
disregarding the religion of its candidates. Today like most communities in
U.P., Muslims aspire for a higher Muslim representation in the Lok Sabha and
other legislative bodies.
And this is where the BSP, with its
fully transferable core vote, comes in. The BSP’s candidates, whether Muslim or
Brahmin or from the OBCs, start with a base vote of 18-20 per cent. To this
they add their own votes, which place them within conceivable reach of victory.
None of the BSP’s rivals can claim this advantage. The SP’s Muslim-Yadav core
constituency has developed fissures. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the
Congress have no loyal voters left to count on. Nor do their votes transfer
easily. It is well known, for instance, that there is not much compatibility
between the SP’s Yadav voters and its Muslim candidates. This is in fact a sore
point with Muslims. They have begun to understand the potency of the SC/STs
vote which goes where Ms Mayawati commands.
So how well can the BSP be expected
to fare? That pro-incumbency has set in is undeniable plus Ms Mayawati’s
strength is her committed base vote. In a four-way split of votes, this is a
strong foundation to build on.. That leaves the BSP with an absolute maximum 80
seats because of the brilliant performance of her government from the party’s
brilliant performance in the May 2007 Assembly election.
This is how Vidhya
Subramaniam will write after Mayawati becomes the Prime Minister after the Lok
Sabha election and the Hindu will
publish the same.
Now I am sure this
article will not be published in Hindu for
the reasons best known.
Maya draws them by droves
Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan Deoria
The BSP leader makes up in
On stage, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is matter-of-fact and
precise, her no-nonsense, militarist manner a barrier to all, including
party functionaries and Ministers who wait on her as she furiously
heli-hops from meeting to meeting. For journalists on the election
beat, Ms. Mayawati is a vexing challenge. Forget cadging a lift on the
helicopter, they cannot even get within hand-shaking distance of the
overly security-conscious Bahujan Samaj Party supremo.
Ms. Mayawati’s mesmeric, star quality that brings lakhs to her election
rallies. They come in droves, young mothers with babies tucked under
their arms, old men and women barely able to walk, and tens of
thousands hitching a ride on tractors, buses and trucks. The BSP does
not pack its cadre into chartered buses; it does not tempt them with
offers of free food and per diem. It expects them to find their own way
to the rally venue. And they do so — uncomplainingly, wishing for
nothing except to be able to see her.
This election season, the mood is even more buoyant. With all the
buzz around her possible Prime Ministership, it is a colossal turnout
at the eastern UP town of Deoria, Ms. Mayawati’s first stop on UP’s
As a videographer with some experience in covering Ms. Mayawati’s
election campaigns and rallies, I know I have to be really early to beat the crowds
at the rally. Yet as always, they have already filled the venue to
overflowing, and many, many lakhs are still pouring in.I
remained stuck behind, as what seems like a human deluge takes over
every inch of road space. They hurry towards the pandal, the men and
women, kicking up giant clouds of dust.
The crowd composition is overwhelmingly rural: Women in nylon with
bright vermillion in their hair-parting; men in dhoti-kurta and
headgear. A good many of them carry the BSP’s trademark blue flag.
me the road stretches in an endless line of tractors. I try to get
there and join the human rush. The next half hour is a struggle
as I wave my pass and plead to be allowed to go to the press
enclosure. I fight my way through a sea of entwined limbs and by the
time I get to the spot I’m breathless with exhaustion. I look behind to
witness one of the largest turnouts I have seen at an election rally. I
catch the eye of a policeman on duty. “Kitni bheed?” (how
many people?”) I ask him. Lakhs, he says, grinning
unabashedly. “Historic. This is the biggest ever turnout in Deoria,” he
shouts at me.
Though the Chief Minister is yet to arrive, the excitement is
palpable on stage. Amidst earsplitting slogans, a cabinet minister
reads out a long list of people who have deserted other parties to join
the BSP. Another Minister urges the crowds to shout after him: “UP hui hamari hai, ab dilli ki baari hai; Bharat ki majboori hai, behen Mayawati zaroori hai”
(we have taken UP, we will take Delhi; the country needs Mayawati). It
is a Maya surge across the country and she will become Prime Minister,
declares speaker after speaker.
The Chief Minister’s arrival causes more commotion. The crowd rises
like a wave, and cell phone cameras click away her pictures. A Hindi
poet extols her virtues and sings: “Behna banegi PM, kehta hai zamana” (people
say our sister will be PM). Ms. Mayawati’s speech bristles with
references to Delhi and BSP rule at the Centre. But the tone is inspiring.
For her rapturous fans though what matters is that they have seen their behenji. “Ab Dilli ki bari hai” (it is Delhi’s turn), they shout, drowning out her speech.
A man carries a cutout of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati in Allahabad,
India. (Photo: Reuters)
Jumbo And a Black Cat
A NSG commando stands guard in front of a hoarding with the
election symbol of BSP at a rally in Hyderabad.
. “Mayawati is the true inheritor of
is not a random comment at the region’s biggest university that caters
primarily to students from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other
the region where B.R. Ambedkar long worked to improve education
standards in the community, brand Mayawati is now cutting much ice in
one of Maharashtra’s hubs of SC/ST student politics.
The BSP has good presence in the university’s student politics:
SC/STs number about 40 lakhs in Maharashtra, a state of about 10 crore people.
About 70 lakh others are Buddhists, mostly believed to include SC/STs
out to her constituency nationwide is crucial for the political
ambitions of Mayawati, who waill be India’s first Scheduled Caste prime
minister. She will establish her presence in Maharashtra with
Much luck here, though.
one-point agenda is power,” as the others nod in
agreement. “The BSP has full connect with Babasaheb’s philosophy when
her political mentor, Kanshi Ram, was alive and even Now. And it will be there forever.”
In the downturn, SC/ST students in Aurangabad say they have a lot more than caste on their minds. Photo by: Puneet Chandhok
The moss-green wall of the canteen, where posters of the
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have pictures of Kanshi Ram, the late mentor
of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
“Maharashtra, UP and all the states are Jambudviapa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath,” says the THREE BASKETS STUDY CIRCLE. “SC/STs here and elsewhere have been a
part of the political process for a long time. Mayawati is just
perpetuating the caste structure. And her knack of agenda could actually
be a boon to SC/ST and Sarvajan politics.”
the Congress has benefited most from SC/STs vote, now it is the turn of BSP.
Mayawati’s party is confident of winning at least 24 of the
state’s Parliamentary seats — and is fielding candidates in all 48.
youth wing leader Sumit Waghmare (27), an MA student in political
science, says he is certain the social engineering formula will work in
Maharashtra as it did in UP.
“It has rattled the existing SC/ST leadership here.”
For some, there are more pressing issues than caste.Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhaya. That is happiness and welfare of the entire people.
Wary parties issue conduct code
New Delhi: Mindful of the watchful eyes of the
election commission (EC), political parties have issued strict
guidelines to candidates for the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
The BSP has issued a comprehensive booklet to each of its candidates
in Uttar Pradesh (UP) listing the dos and don’ts. The Congress is set
to follow suit.
The highlight of the 12-page BSP booklet is the
specific directions candidates have been asked to strictly follow. The
party has told its candidates not to expect any favours from the local
“They will not help us during the elections,
because they are being strictly monitored by the commission, they have
to save their jobs.” Similarly, the party has directed its
candidates not to get involved in disputes with the local
administration or the observers deputed by EC. “The observers are from
outside UP, where our party is still not very strong. Hence, most
observers have their sympathies with either the Congress or the BJP and
are likely to do the EC bidding.” Hence, the need to exercise extreme
The BSP has also asked its candidates and supporters
not to solicit votes in the name of caste or religion and not to use
elephants in their campaign. It wants workers to ensure all their
voters carry photo identity cards or ration cards to polling.
Hyderabad, March 23 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) will contest all the assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Andhra
Pradesh, said party supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
Addressing a public meeting here, she said the party would contest the
elections on its own and have no alliance with any party. She promised
that justice would be done to all sections of the society in party
Mayawati called upon the people to defeat both the Congress and the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She alleged that both the parties were
responsible for the problems faced by people, especially farmers and
the working class.
“Though the Congress was in power most of the time since the
country’s independence, it failed to do justice to the weaker sections
of the society,” she said.
Mayawati said poverty and unemployment were the main causes for the rise of Maoist violence in the country.
Simultaneous polls to the 294-member state assembly and 42 Lok Sabha
seats in the state are scheduled to be held in two phases - April 16
and April 23.
She blamed the policies of the Congress for the troubles faced by the downtrodden sections of the society.
“Poor farmers, workers, traders and virtually every section of the
society is facing problems because of the gross neglect of the
Congress,” she said.
The BSP supremo also appealed people to vote for the newly formed
Third Front to uplift the downtrodden sections of the society. (ANI)
Again, tribal votes hold the key
Tribal groups emerge as the most powerful section of voters when it
comes to elections in Chhattisgarh. Their vote has been the deciding
factor in catapulting political parties to power or pulling them down.
This was evident in the Assembly elections in 2003 as also in the
recently concluded November 2008 polls. The tribal votes hold the key
again in the 2009 general elections.
Of the 11 Parliamentary seats, four are
reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and one for the Scheduled Castes.
Bastar and Kanker in the extreme South of Chhattisgarh and Surguja and
Raigarh in the Northern tip are strong tribal bastions.
In the 2009 elections, the
Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to put up its candidates in all the
The BSP, which polled 4.54 per cent votes in 2004, has two Assembly
seats in its kitty, and has the potential to cut into Congress votes in
Bilaspur and Korba Parliamentary constituencies. The fight in Bilaspur
and Korba seats should be interesting to watch. Korba is a new
Parliamentary constituency carved out during delimitation and has
pockets of the now non-existent Sarangarh reserved seat and some parts
of Bilaspur constituency.
Mulayam in trouble over speech
LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh has invited trouble
with his alleged objectionable references against the District
Magistrate (DM) of Mainpuri and Returning Officer S. Minishti.
Mr. Singh is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri.
In a report sent to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttar
Pradesh on Tuesday, Ms. Minishti quoted the alleged objectionable
reference in an election speech by Mr. Singh in Mainpuri on Monday. The
CD of the speech was also sent to the CEO.
Additional CEO Amrit Abhijat told journalists here that the DM’s
report and the CD have been sent “for consideration” to the Election
Mr. Abhijat said that according to the Mainpuri district administration, the DM’s report contained “statement of facts.”
Mr. Singh reportedly said that though he respected women, had the
Mainpuri DM not been a woman he would have dealt with the official
The Samajwadi Party president is also reported to have come down on the Superintendent of Police of Mainpuri.
The Additional CEO said he was not aware of the cause for the
provocation but added that the DM’s report contained a reference to
why no action against Mulayam?
Election Commission take action against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam
Singh for allegedly threatening a woman returning officer in Mainpuri,
from where he is contesting the Lok Sabha election.
“The Commission should take suo motu action against Mr. Singh for threatening the Returning Officer.
“The Commission, should also take suo motu action against Varun
Gandhi case, should look at other persons who are violating the model
code. Why is no action being taken against Mr. Mulayam Singh?”
Congress is at fault for BJP’s growth
The Congress should introspect why it failed to contain the Bharatiya
Janata Party in States where the party was the principal opponent.
In States where it [Congress] is the main political opponent, they did not defeat the BJP.
The Congress’ record had been voting with the BJP to pull down previous non-Congress secular governments. UPA had many such contenders for Prime Minister. Both Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan
had ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister but were not saying so
With the Congress once again stating that Dr. Singh would be its
Prime Minister, he said previous results showed that such projections
Any leader who was projected to lead a government had lost —
be it L.K. Advani in 2004, Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan or V.K.
Malhotra in Delhi during the recent Assembly polls.
In the last 61 years of rule, the congress never implemented the basic needs such for every family living below the poverty line in both rural and urban
areas for 25 kg of rice or wheat per month at Rs.3 a kg.
One-third reservation for women in all Central government jobs.
No affirmative action for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the
private sector, never carved out reservation for the
economically weaker sections of all communities without prejudice to
what is in place for SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes.
No reservation for minorities in
government employment and education on the basis of their social and
economic backwardness nationally.
No National Rural
Employment Guarantee for the entire year.
There is no health security for all, and comprehensive social security to those at
special risk, including single-woman headed households, disabled and
elderly, urban homeless, released bonded workers, primitive tribal
workers and members of designated ‘most backward’ SC/ST communities.
Congress is “grouping of opportunistic parties” which have neither consistency nor clarity, an organisation that walks the middle path; supporting “narrow
communalism” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the “Caste opportunism”.
UPA government, poverty levels increased and more people joined the
below-poverty-line group; instead of the promised jobs, employed people
lost their jobs; inflation may be down but prices of food articles
soared; it failed to give political reservation to women; it failed to
bring the Lok Pal Bill; and it failed to usher in judicial reforms.
Double standards. Mr. Varun Gandhi’s alleged remarks and the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s
remark on the post-Indira Gandhi assassination anti-Sikh riots – “when
a large banyan tree falls, the earth shakes.”are not double standards..
DELHI: This is a country where the law clearly protects the rich and
famous and comes down heavily, very often unfairly, on the poor and
all those listening / watching aghast at how low our politicians can
sink - e.g. Varun Gandhi’s vituperative attack against the Muslim
community in an election address in Pilibhit from where he will contest
on the BJP ticket - they always knew deep down that nothing would come
of it. The interim anticipatory bail granted to him on Friday is on
those very predictable lines.
scion of Sanjay Gandhi will grow from strength to strength in an age
which hails ‘khalnayaks’ who indulge in communally divisive politics
.For them there is no Model Code of Conduct but a Model Code of Self
Seeking Hate Politics. The BJP will not take away their symbol from
Varun .Nor will the law of the land really move against him and keep
him from contesting the election. And getting a bail will be child’s
play for a person as influential as Varun Gandhi.
the Raipur Sessions court rejected his bail application in July 2007,
the Chattisgarh High Court denied bail twice, first in July 2007 and
again in December 2008.
media reports and organizations fighting for his release have pointed
out that although Dr Binayak Sen has been arrested on charges under the
controversial Chattisgarh State Public Security Act, none of the over
80 witnesses produced in his trial so far at a sessions court in Raipur
have been able to substantiate any of these charges.
the barefoot doctor, whose life’s mission was to heal those who had
been left out of the state’s medical radar, has been denied bail and
left to rot in jail for 22 months. What is worse his health has been
fast deteriorating and appeals for justice have fallen on deaf ears.
the days and months following his incarceration there has been an
international and national demand for the release of Dr Binayak Sen. As
many as 22 Nobel Laureates signed a petition in support of his
immediate release terming his arrest a travesty of justice. But it has
failed to move either the BJP government in the state or the UPA
government at the Centre.
March 16, 50 activists of the national campaign for the release of Dr.
Binayak Sen, marched to the jail in Raipur in a ‘jail bharo’ agitation
to highlight the case.The Raipur Satyagraha was led by well-known
social worker and Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey and include
eminent persons like documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and members
of various civil society groups, civil rights organisations, trade
unions, lawyers, journalists, medical professionals and women’s groups.
satyagraha will be held every Monday in front of the jail in Raipur
where Dr Binayak Sen is incarcerated. They are demanding that the
Chattisgarh government should stop opposing the grant of bail to Dr
Sen. Denial of bail should not be used as a punitive measure as this
goes against the spirit of the entire justice system and constitutional
rights, they stress.
a bid to win over high profile judicial support in favour of Sen, there
is now a petition going around with former Supreme Court and High Court
judges. Eminent former Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer has already
put his weight behind the petition along with six others.
Clearly the law as it plays out for Varun Gandhi and Dr Binayak Sen smacks of one land-two laws.
Mr. Advani’s track record as Home Minister of the National
Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.Mr.
Advani’s role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December
1992. He played a
prominent role in the destruction of the Babri Masjid. What else has he
done? When he was Home Minister, Parliament was attacked. Troops were
mobilised for months along the border and withdrawn without reason;
resulting in the loss of thousands of crores which could have gone to
the common man. The Red Fort was attacked, an aircraft was hijacked,
terrorists were rewarded, and the Gujarat carnage happened. The country
has to decide whether he is fit to be Prime Minister.”
Mr. Advani’s visit to Pakistan where he found “new virtues in [Mohammad Ali] Jinnah.”
It goes without saying that communalism is the greatest challenge; if
we do not fight it, Prabuddha Bharath’s integrity and prosperity will be
SC/STs are still oppressed here
KOLAR: Kolar Lok Sabha constituency, which is reserved for Scheduled
Caste candidates, comprises all the six Assembly segments in Kolar
district — Kolar, Malur, Srinivaspur, Mulbagal (SC), Bangarpet (SC) and
Kolar Gold Fields (SC) — and two from Chickaballapur district —
Shidlaghatta and Chintamani.
Kolar served as the capital of the Gangas. The great warrior Hyder
Ali was born in Boodikote in Kolar district. Litterateurs such as D.V.
Gundappa and Jnanpith Award-winner Masti Venkatesha Iyengar hailed from
the district. Shivarapatna is home to hundreds of sculptors.
There are many places of pilgrimage such as the Kashi Visveshwar
temple on Antaragange betta, the Muragamal Dargah, Kaiwara and the
The region is known for gold, silk, milk and mango. However,
although this constituency is close to Bangalore, it has not seen much
development, as is evident from the fact that towns, including Kolar,
the district headquarters, resemble overgrown villages.
The district shares its northern and eastern borders with Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu lies to the South.
Since gold mining in Kolar Gold Fields, for which Karnataka was
referred to as ‘Chinnada Nadu’ (land of gold), ended about a decade
ago, hundreds of labourers and their families have been left in the
Now the region has only one major industry, Bharat Earth Movers
Ltd., after the closure of Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. The people,
therefore, are dependent on agriculture.
The scale of unemployment is such that people are coming forward in
large numbers to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee
Scheme though it offers meagre wages.
Roads in the constituency are in a deplorable condition
notwithstanding the fact that the sitting MP, K.H. Muniyappa of the
Congress, has been the Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road
Transport and Highways for the past five years.
He has represented the constituency for 18 years without a break.
What makes this grim scenario worse is that SC/STs in this reserved
constituency still face caste oppression, to which the carnage at
Kambalapalli at the dawn of the 21st century stands mute witness.
Kolar has been a Congress stronghold since the first general
elections. It has returned Congress nominees in all elections, except
in 1984. It was a dual-member constituency till 1962. In the past, the
Communists were a force to reckon with in the region.
Delhi, As the country gears up for the Lok Sabha polls, the process of
filing nomination for the first phase kick started with Chhattisgarh
leading by 12 nominations, followed by three nominations in
Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh and an equal number in Kerala on
the opening day.
Nominations would close on March 30 and scrutiny would take place
the next day. The last day for withdrawal is April 2 with polling on
Only three nomination papers were filed on the opening day of filing
nominations for the first phase of the general elections, a report from
In all, 13 of the 48 constituencies would go to the polls in the
first phase. Of these constituencies, 10 fall in Vidharba and three in
Marathwada region. The general elections for 48 Lok Sabha seats in
Maharashtra was notified today.
Sources in the Chief Electoral Officer’s office in Mumbai said one
nomination each was filed in Akola, Nanded and Nagpur. None of the
nominees of any major political party had tendered their papers.
Constituencies that would have polling in the first phase are
Buldhana, Akola, Amravati (SC), Wardha, Ramtek (SC), Nagpur,
Bhandara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST), Chandrapur, Yavatmal-Washim,
Hingoli, Nanded and Parbhani.
Twelve candidates, including three Independents, filed their nominations papers in Chhattisgarh, a report form Raipur said.
T R Nirali was, however, the first Bahujan Samaj Party candidate to
file his papers from Bilaspur.
In Uttar Pradesh, a total of eight candidates today filed their
nominations in six Lok Sabha constituencies, a Lucknow report said.
This covers some constituencies in the eastern parts of the state.
According to chief electoral officer (CEO) Anuj Kumar Bishnoi, two
candidates each filed their nominations from Ghazipur and Robertsganj
seats while one each at Kushingar, Deoria, Ghosi and Salempur Lok Sabha
Prominent candidates who had filed their nominations on day one
(Ghosi), Afzal Ansari of BSP(Ghazipur)
In Kerala, as many as eight candidates, filed their
An official release issued by the State Election Department in
Thiruvananthapuram said each filed nominations from Kannur and Vadakara
One nomination each was filed at Kozhikode, Kottayam,Mavelikkara and Thiruvananthapuram.
A report from Kannur said Left Democratic Front nominee K K Raghesh of the CPI(M) filed his nominations from Kannur.
Raghesh filed three sets of nominations with District Collector
Dinesh Arora, who also holds the charge of District Returning Officer.
A Kozhikode report said LDF nominee P Satheedevi filed their nominations for the Vadakara and
Kozhikode Lok Sabha seats respectively.
They have filed their papers before Returning Officer and Kozhikode District Collect P B Salim.
CPI(M) leader Mohanan Master also filed nomination as a dummy candidate for the LDF in Vadakara seat.
Congress leader Kodikunnil Suresh filed his papers from the Mavelikkara Reserved Constituency.
SUCI leaders Shajar Khan and Mini K Philip filed their nominations from Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam respectively.
Deoria/ New Delhi, March 23 (ANI): Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and
President of Bahujan Samaj Party, Mayawati wooed voters in Deoria
district of her state on Sunday. Mayawati said that her party would
work for all people irrespective of the caste or faith. Meanwhile, seat
sharing talks between socialist Samajwadi Party and central ruling
Congress party seemed to be heading for a breakdown.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati gestures during a press conference in New Delhi (AP)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo
Mayawati on Saturday assured reservation benefits for SC/ST Christians
in Kerala if her party is elected to power.
Launching her 52-day poll campaign, Mayawati gave special emphasis on protecting the rights of SC/STs and religious minorities.
“Labourers, religious minorities and the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled
Tribe communities continue to be aggrieved even 61 years after
independence,” she said.
Also vowing to curb terrorism and Maoist violence, the BSP head
continued, “Many from these communities have taken to Naxalism (Maoism)
and other wrong ways because of this neglect.”
The BSP announced candidates for all 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Meanwhile, the Orthodox Church in Kerala has decided to position four
candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. This development occurred after the
2.5 million-strong Kottayam headquartered church felt distressed over
the Congress party ignoring its request to place a Christian for the
Dejected over the Congress refusal, secretary of the church, George
Joseph told IANS: “We are certain that we can dent the hopes of the
Congress in a few places because we have 298 churches in the state and
we are going to take up this seriously.”
“We know we will not win but we can easily take away 50,000 votes which
could dent the prospects of victory for the Congress candidates. The
laity will respond to the call from the church,” he added.
The names submitted for the Pathanamthitta seat include: senior IAS
official Jiji Thompson, Lal Varghese Kalpakavadi, chief of the farmers
wing of the Congress party, and Babu George, a Congress leader.
President to issue notification for first phase of LS elections today
New Delhi, Mar 23 (ANI): President Pratibha Patil will issue the
notification for the first phase of the five phased Lok Sabha elections
As many as 124 out of the total 543 constituencies will go to polls in
the first phase, which is scheduled to be held on April 16 covering 15
states and two Union Territories.
The election process will be completed in one go in the first phase in
Kerala (20 seats), Chhattisgarh (11) and Arunachal Pradesh (2).
Mizoram, Nagaland and the two Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar
Islands and Lakhadweep with one seat each are also covered in this
Constituencies in other states to be covered in this phase include
Andhra Pradesh - 22, Uttar Pradesh -16, followed by 13 seats each in
Bihar and Maharashtra. Ten seats in Orissa and six in Jharkhand will
also go to polls in the first phase.
Candidates may file their nomination papers till March 30.
The national parties at present are the Bharatiya Janata Party, the
Bahujan Samaj Party, the Congress, the Communist Party of India (CPI),
the CPM, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
pre poll survey conducted by THREE BASKETS STUDY CIRCLE has predicted that
the BSP closer to the magic figure of 272, than the BJP led
NDA. According to the survey, UPA is getting 96 seats – including SP,
RJD and LJP. The NDA is predicted to get 75 seats. Third Front is at a
UPA figures include RJD, LJP and the Samajwadi Party; all the three
parties have failed to reach a pre-poll alliance with the Congress.
Kerala Letter: Two-front system faces challenge from inside and … The BSP, which captured power in UP last year by reaching out beyond
its traditional SC/ST base, is planning to replicate that experiment in
Kerala. It has fielded this time two experienced non-SC?ST politicians,
A. Neelalohithadasan Nadar (Thiruvanathapuram) and KK Nair
Neelalohithadasan, who began public life as a
Congressman, shot into fame decades ago by defeating Communist Party of
India (CPI) veteran MN Govindan Nair in Thiruvananthapuram by
mobilising the support of his backward class Nadar community.
A battle along familiar lines
C. Gouridasan Nair
contest in Kerala is bi-polar in most constituencies and there is no
evidence of a wave in the State
Traditionally, Kerala voters have given a verdict in favour of the Congress in the LS polls; the major exception was 2004
For almost three decades now, there has been somewhat of a dreary
familiarity about elections in Kerala. The main contestants have
remained the same: the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the
Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), with the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) a distant third. Save in two or three constituencies which
may see multi-cornered contests, the polls appear likely to be fought
on the same lines as last time.
However, as noteworthy as the similarities are the dissimilarities.
Unlike in the 2001 and 2006 Assembly elections and the 2004 Lok Sabha
elections, all of which produced one-sided results in favour of either
of the two major alliances, no major wave is in evidence in the State
as the curtain goes up on the campaign.
Again, unlike in the past, it was not the UDF which threatened to
unravel at the seams because of sharp differences over seat sharing,
but the LDF, a fortnight-long squabble for seats ending in the exit of
Janata Dal (Secular) from the alliance. The CPI (M) is also faced with
some organised dissident threat in at least a few of the north Kerala
constituencies, something unheard of in the past.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ar also
in the fray and could be expected to win substantial number of votes.
An ‘outsider’ vs local candidates
The official map of the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency
resembles a “V.”. But who will emerge victorious at the end of the day
in this constituency that is attracting global attention because one of
the contestants has an international profile is a question not easy to
answer. The Congress has fielded the former United Nations Under
Secretary-General, Shashi Tharoor. His opponents are Communist Party of
India district secretary P. Ramachandran Nair , the Bharatiya Janata
Party State president P.K. Krishnadas and former Minister and Bahujan
Samajwadi Party leader A. Neelalohithadasan Nadar. The contest could
get further muddled if Vijayan Thomas, chairman of the Congress
television channel Jaihind, decides to stay put as a rebel.
Mr. Tharoor has flown in with “special landing rights” from the
Congress high command. The local Congress air traffic control (ATC,”
the Congress workers, initially flashed the red light, but once it
became known that Mr. Tharoor has a direct ticket, the opposition
simply melted. In fact, Mr. Tharoor’s takeoff has been quite smooth
unlike some of his fellow Congress contestants .
The usual factors such as caste equations, strong pro-Left and
anti-Left sentiments, the influence of impartial voters and the stature
of candidates will have a bearing on the outcome. The contours of the
constituency have marginally changed following delimitation. But
political parties do not expect this to alter the voting
preferences.The “N” factor — the Nadars and Nairs — is likely to play
an important role.
Neelalohithadasan Nadar, BSP candidate, could give pose a headache
to the UDF and the LDF candidates. He is obviously banking on the Nadar
vote bank and his candidature assumes significance in the context of
the community’s show of strength through the successful conduct of the
Nadar Mahasammelan. Mr. Nadar hopes to made good the loss of the
pre-dominantly Nadar Kattakada Assembly segment to Attingal by
polarising SC/ST votes around BSP chief Mayawati and the BSP plank. He
could cut into both the LDF and UDF vote banks.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
has already announced M. Jayanna will be the face of the party.
One among the State’s most backward districts
Chitradurga: Chitradurga, which is a drought-prone district, has
been grouped as one among the most backward districts of the State in
the D.M. Nanjundappa committee report on regional imbalances.
With inadequate irrigation facilities and paucity of water
resources, the district, whose economy is largely based on agriculture,
has witnessed 59 droughts in the past 100 years.
The district, which is barely 190 km from State capital, has not
seen much socio-economic development for decades and is poorly rated in
a number of sectors such as agriculture, industry and education.
According the District Development Report 2004, 72.10 per cent of
the population depends on agriculture. Only 12.71 per cent of land in
the district is irrigated as against the State average of 23.76 per
Chitradurga is ranked 16th in the State’s Human Development Index.
The literacy rate is 64.88 per cent whereas the State’s literacy rate
is 67.05 per cent, according to the 2001 Census.
There are no large industries, and the sector is made up of
small-scale and cottage industries, mainly textiles such as wool, silk
Even these industries are dwindling owing to the high cost of inputs, lack of marketing facilities and declining profit.
Challakere taluk is known for its wool industry. Eight years ago,
the taluk had over 200 families of weavers. Now they number 150.
A similar situation prevails in Molakalmur, which is the hub for the
district’s silk industry. Just over two years ago, the taluk had nearly
2,000 handlooms, which have declined to less than 1,000.
Vani Vilas Sugar Factory is the only one in the district, but even that has been defunct for years.
The major demands of the people of the district are implementation
of the ambitious Upper Bhadra irrigation project, which will not only
increase the area under irrigation but also come as a boost to
industries, and a Chitradurga-Bangalore railway link, connecting
Rich in minerals
Experts also believe that a huge amount of revenue can be raised if
minerals such as manganese and iron, which are abundant in the
district, and gold, are exploited.
Unfortunately, only a section of people has prospered through rampant illegal mining.
With a substantial presence of Scheduled Castes in the district, the
major political parties are hunting for a suitable candidate.
Expenditure on Lok Sabha polls to cross Rs. 10,000 crore
BANGALORE: The Election Commission of India, political parties and
candidates will incur an expenditure of over Rs. 10,000 crore during
the three-month-long run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The expenditure
incurred in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections was Rs. 4,500 crore.
State Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar on Monday said the
commission, political parties and candidates incurred an expenditure of
Rs. 10.28 crore during the first Lok Sabha elections in 489
constituencies in 1952. The official expenses of the Election
Commission alone would increase from Rs. 950 crore in 2004 to Rs. 1,800
crore in 2009. Political parties and candidates were expected spend Rs.
8,200 crore during the five-phase elections in April and May, he said
at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Bangalore
and the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild here.
The commission would spend about Rs. 3 crore in each Lok Sabha
constituency (total 28) in the State. However, the use of electronic
voting machines had reduced, to some extent, the expenditure of the
commission. Earlier, the Commission required 8,500 tonnes of paper for
printing ballot papers, he said.
Maintaining that elector’s photo identity card (EPIC) coverage had
touched 78 per cent in the State, he said Voter Facilitation Centres
(VFCs) had been opened in 50 urban Assembly constituencies to increase
the coverage to 85 per cent before the first phase of elections on
Full coverage planned
He said the commission had decided to open VFCs in all 224 Assembly
constituencies after the elections to achieve 100 per cent EPIC
coverage. Tenders would be called after elections and work would be
assigned to two vendors, he said. Kerala had achieved 99.77 per cent
Mr. Vidyashankar, who recently held a meeting with his Kerala
counterpart, said Kerala took three years to increase the EPIC coverage
from 85 per cent to 99 per cent. Lack of interest among voters in
obtaining the cards was one of the major reasons for Karnataka being
unable to achieve higher coverage, he said.
Referring to security arrangements, he said the Centre had been
urged to deploy 50 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
for the first and second phases of polling. As many as 225 companies
were deployed for the 2004 elections.
As many as 325 cases of violation of the model code of conduct had
been reported across the State, and illegal liquor worth Rs. 61 lakh
had been seized. The police on Monday seized 258 boxes of liquor being
illegally transported to Belgaum from Goa, he said.
Asked whether the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police
had submitted a report on holding the Hindu Samajotsava, Mr.
Vidyashankar said he has sought more time to submit the report.
There is no understanding with JD(S): BSP
Madikeri: “Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is sure to become the
next Prime Minister of the country ” general secretary of the State unit of the
party N. Mahesh said here on Monday.
He was addressing party workers at a convention here, coinciding
with the birth anniversary of BSP leader Kanshiram. The BSP would win all the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, he noted. The party had not
entered into any pre-poll alliance with other political parties in the
country or the State, Mr. Mahesh clarified. The BSP did not even have
any understanding with the Janata Dal (S) and the workers need not be
under any sort of confusion, he added.
Mr. Mahesh stated that the BSP would contest all the 28 Lok Sabha
seats in Karnataka. It would announce the list containing names of the
party candidates after the Congress and the BJP announced their lists,
He criticised the Congress, which had set out with the Bharat
Punarnirman slogan, saying it will only end in a fiasco. The United
Progressive Alliance Government boasted of bringing down the inflation
rate to an all-time low, but it had not brought down the prices of
This was the achievement of the UPA, he remarked. He accused the
Congress of trying to fool the people on this score. The goal of the
BSP was to ensure the defeat of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi,
and her son, Rahul Gandhi, in the elections. Their defeats would also
result in the “death” of the Congress in the country, Mr. Mahesh
Turning his ire on the BJP, Mr. Mahesh said that party was trying to
divide the people on the basis of caste and religion. This had pushed
the nation to a state of peril. There was no future for the country
under the BJP, he said and added that those who praised Lord Ram
attacked Rahim. How could people trust the BJP, he asked. That was the
reason why the BSP was goading people to repose faith in it and only it
could ensure the development of the nation, he said.
Kodagu district vice-president of the BSP, Rafiq Khan, presided over the convention.
Hurry up to register as voters
Bangalore: Don’t you have name in the voters’ list but eager to
exercise your right in the forthcoming elections to the Lok Sabha?
Then hurry up. You have got just two days to register as a voter as
March 25 is the last date for submitting application forms for
inclusion of names in the voters’ list.
Application forms are available at the 28 Voter Felicitation Centre
(VFC) set up exclusively for the respective Assembly constituencies
coming under the jurisdiction of the BBMP and Bangalore Urban district.
The VFC are open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
To know details call the following VFCs of different assembly constituencies:
Help BSP form government at Centre, Mayawati asks voters
swears by “welfare of all communities,” quota for forward castes
Forward or backward castes, the poor suffer uniformly
‘Every community got its due share in BSP ticket allotment’
Deoria (Eastern UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s
inaugural election rally from her home State on Sunday saw a huge
turnout. The meeting, held in the eastern town of Deoria, showcased her
as Prime Minister-in-waiting. It also elicited a promise from her that
in the event she formed a Government at the Centre, she would offer job
reservation to the poor among the forward castes.
Ms. Mayawati ascended the stage to ear-splitting shouts of “U.P.
hui hamari hai, ab dilli ki baari hai (we have taken Uttar Pradesh, we
will take Delhi next). The crowd, estimated by the police at a lakh and
a half, a record for Deoria, kept up a continuous chant of slogans
revolving around the theme of her “impending” Prime Ministership.
“Bharat ki majboori hai; Behen Mayawati zaroori hai” (India needs
Mayawati), the audience sang, even as the U.P. Chief Minister spoke of
going beyond the State to set up a government in Delhi. Ms. Mayawati
said any government she formed at the Centre would be based on the
principle that all communities are equal. She came to power in U.P. on
the promise of “sarvajan hitaya” (welfare of all communities) and she
would follow the same policy in Delhi, the Chief Minister said.
Ms. Mayawati stressed that her concern was more about poverty than
caste. She said the poor suffered uniformly, whether they belonged to
the backward or forward castes. She said she had addressed many letters
to the Centre seeking reservation for the poor among the forward castes
but had got no response. “I want to tell you that the day we form a
government at the Centre we will give reservation to the upper caste
poor.” She added that she wanted to give Schedule Caste status to many
of the smaller castes currently included in the Other Backward Classes
The Chief Minister said the Bahujan Samaj Party had not entered
into electoral alliances with other parties, preferring instead to
fight on its own strength. However, in doing so, the party had ensured
that every community got its due share in ticket allotment. She asked
the audience not to waste their votes on mainstream parties like the
Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party but to put their entire weight
behind the BSP and elect a maximum of its candidates so as to help the
party form a government at the Centre.
Ms. Mayawati said the BSP was unique in many ways. Where other
parties drew their financial strength from corporate power and big
business interests, the BSP’s funds were built from the “sweat and
labour” of its cadre. “In the entire country, we are the only party
that does not depend on corporate interests. Our financiers are our
workers. This is the reason we are not under pressure from the big
business houses,” she said.
‘Third Front’ off to rocky start in Indian polls
Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati (C) comes out from her residence with thirdfront leaders, after a meeting, in New Delhi, India. (AP)
With a month to go before Indian elections, the “Third Front,”
launched amid much fanfare to challenge the two main political parties,
has got off to a rocky start.
The rag-tag grouping of nine left-leaning and regional parties
has tried to sell itself as a viable alternative to the ruling Congress
Party and opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in
the run-up to the general elections to be staged from April 16 to May
On paper they seem a disparate group, but they say they are a
“democratic, secular and left-wing” bloc united by their desire to
elbow aside India’s two traditional parties, which they accuse of
failing to tackle such issues as unemployment and food shortages.
Despite attracting a crowd of around 200,000 people at a rally
this month, observers have poured cold water over the idea that the ad
hoc alliance can stick together — either before or after the election.
“This is a replay of the 1990s,” said Subhash Agrawal,
political analyst and editor of India Focus magazine, referring to the
anti-BJP and anti-Congress alliances that take shape every election
He said poor planning and inflated egos were likely to prevent the Third Front from ever forming a government.
“These people don’t even want to campaign with each other sometimes,” he added.
Deve Gowda, a former premier, has spearheaded the loose-knit
coalition, whose most prominent parties are the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the All India
Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagan (AIADMK) representing the states of
Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu respectively.
Gowda led one of the few non-Congress and non-BJP governments as prime minister in 1996, but his tenure lasted less than a year.
The lack of a common platform or ideology means such pre-poll
alliances have crumbled once results are announced, leaving them to act
at best as a spoiler to Congress and BJP hopes and instead prop up
larger parties, analysts say.
At a recent dinner for Third Front leaders held by Mayawati
Kumari, the firebrand leader of India’s low-caste Dalits, who leads the
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), party representatives did their best to
project a united front.
Mayawati, the chief minister of India’s most populous state,
Uttar Pradesh, which also holds the most seats in parliament, has
flirted with the idea of joining the coalition but insisted the BSP
will contest elections on its own.
Her party could bring in as many as 40 seats.
But even if the fragile grouping defies all expectations and
makes a strong showing, it is not fielding candidates in enough
constituencies to grab the 273 seats needed to form a majority
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao, political columnist with the Daily
News and Analysis newspaper, says the Third Front parties will adopt an
approach of “sheer pragmatism” toward government formation.
“That’s why they’re saying we’ll make the necessary alliances only after the election,” he said.
Virtually all of the main parties in the Third Front have at
one time formally lent their support to either a BJP or Congress-led
government in exchange for a chance to be part of the ruling coalition.
There will be no political loyalty or ideology after the polls — just hard bargaining, analysts say.
It will “only be about how many concessions they can get from
either the BJP or Congress,” said Sanjay Kumar, a fellow at the Centre
for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh: Notification for first phase of five LS election to be issued tomorrow
Lucknow, Mar 22 (ANI): The notification for the first phase of five
phase Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh will be issued on Monday.
A total of sixteen parliamentary segments will go for poll in this phase.
The chief Electoral officer of the state Anuj Kumar Bishnoi has reviewed the poll arrangements of several districts in video conferencing
He has directed strict implementations of model code of conduct and fool-proof security arrangements during the electioneering and on the day of polling.
Candidates may file their nomination papers till March 30.
which will go for poll in first phase are Bansgaon, Gorakhpur,
Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Salempur, Ballia, Ghosi, Azamgarh,
Lalganj, Machhlishahr, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Roberstganj and
Mirzapur spread in thirteen districts of four divisions of Azamgarh,
Vindhyachal, Gorakhpur and Varanasi. (ANI)
Third Front will hurt Cong, BJP, observes political analyst
Pune: The forthcoming Lok Sabha elections will see the Third Front playing a major role — both in Government formation and in eating into the vote bank of two major political parties, the Congress and the BJP, said Suhas Palshikar, head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Pune.
Delivering the annual Jayantrao Tilak memorial lecture at Patrakar
Bhavan on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Palshikar said that the
Third Front will definitely bring about a difference to the present
scenario. “The Congress should not be over confident and the BJP’s
allies are not sticking to them. All these factors give the Left Front
an advantage over the two,” he observed.
Palshikar also listed out the ten states — Uttar Pradesh,
Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka — which will play a major role
in government formation at the Centre. Citing that Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati’s inclusion policy, which accommodates all castes and
creeds, was actually the Congress’ policy, he said, “Mayawati is now
making effective use of it. Though caste politics is relevant, the
voting patterns have changed. A voter will now prefer a party which he
feels will take care of him and the those of his caste.’’
In Kerala, Mayawati promises reservation to Dalit Christians Thiruvananthapuram, March 21 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president
and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday promised reservation
to Dalit Christians and upper caste poor as she launched her poll
campaign from here.
Mayawati flew to the Kerala capital to kick off her
nationwide 52-day poll campaign, vowing to clamp down on terrorism and
Maoist violence in the country.
religious minorities and the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe
communities continue to be aggrieved even 61 years after independence.
Many from these communities have taken to Naxalism (Maoism) and other
wrong ways because of this neglect,’ said Mayawati.
She spoke in Hindi for nearly 40 minutes and her speech was translated into Malayalam.
BSP has clear cut policies on foreign affairs, agriculture and
economics. All post-independence governments have sacrificed governance
to the interests of the rich land-owning class,’ she said.
BSP has decided to contest all the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Its
star candidate here will be former Congress MP and three time former
state minister Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who has been in a number of
parties during his political career.
is contesting from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat, which he won in
1980 trouncing then veteran Communist Party of India leader M.N.
Govindan Nair. One of his rivals this time will be Congress candidate
Shashi Tharoor, former UN under secretary-general.
Kolkata, 20th March:
The Forward Bloc released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha
polls on Friday and said that if Third Front comes to power at the
Centre, it will join the government. At a press conference, party
general secretary Debabrata Biswas said, “The Third Front will come to
power and we will join the government.” He said that the Third Front
will not project any one as its prime ministerial candidate. “The
question of selecting a prime ministerial candidate for a non-BJP and
non-Congress combination will arise only after the election. There is
no dearth of leaders for the top post,” Biswas said.
added: “Even Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has said that she would
help in consolidating the Third Front against the Congress and the BJP
and the question of choosing a prime minister can be taken up after the
elections.”Looking for a Hindi or Tamil search engine? Ramya Kannan
From a personal tool, chhotugoogle has entered the public domain
– Special Arrangement
Ranvir Prasad browsing a text using his search engine
CHENNAI: Are you more comfortable with Hindi or Tamil than with
English? Are you looking for a search engine that is not
Your prayers have just been answered. With www.chhotugoogle.com,
a site affiliated to Google only in as much as the creator has used
to the appropriate language font. For instance, if you are hunting for
Bharathiyar’s poems, all you have to do is type in English the words
‘Bharathiyar Kavithaigal.’ Tapping the space bar after each word
converts it to the Tamil font. Hit ‘enter’ and the search engine
powered by Google will trawl the net and throw up a treasure trove of
Tamil sites featuring search content. Likewise, for Hindi.
Though it serves the needs of the poetically-inclined very well,
Chhotugoogle was originally intended, believe it or not, to help the
creator’s wife browse official Hindi documents online. The creator
Ranvir Prasad, an IAS officer currently posted as District Magistrate,
Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, says as much.
His wife Selvakumari, also an IAS officer in U.P but hailing from
Tamil Nadu, was trying to get her way around administrative Hindi. Most
of the documents in the State available online are in Hindi. “She felt
that if there was a search portal to look for Hindi documents on
government websites, it would be useful. That’s when I threw together
for conversion of fonts to assemble the site,” Mr. Prasad explains.
It seems to be an all-family affair with his sister, Rambha Kumari,
also pitching in. She provided suggestions and inputs and also bought
the domain on which Chhotugoogle now rests. “I put together this
website during my free time. The idea was mainly to bring into the open
a large number of webpages in Tamil and Hindi that were hidden from the
public view, as they are not reflected in conventional searches. There
are some sites where you could search in languages like Hindi/Tamil but
you cannot search for documents in other fonts like Bamini (Tamil) and
Kruti Dev (Hindi). This, to me, seemed a great handicap.”
He continues: “For example in Uttar Pradesh, most of the documents
on government sites are in Kruti Dev 010 font and there was no means of
searching for any term within those documents. Now anyone can search
using chhotugoogle.com, as information for the public, including
details under the Right to Information Act and Below the Poverty Line
listings, is available in these fonts.”
On Chhotugoogle, you can search for Hindi documents in the Unicode
and Kruti Dev fonts; and Tamil documents in the Unicode and Bamini
fonts. No, you do not need to know how to type in these fonts, thanks
to automatic transliteration, says Mr. Prasad, a B.Tech from IIT
Kanpur. He worked for a short while in a software/hardware firm before
he joined the services as officer in the Tamil Nadu cadre in 2000.
More work to be done
Currently, the site hosts only a search feature. Much more remains
to be done on the site, according to its creator. “An interesting
addition will be a directory of good websites in Hindi/Tamil. I am
planning to add more languages and fonts based on feedback. I am
thinking of putting in a typepad with spell check and dictionary
support,” Mr. Prasad says.
Promises reservation benefits to the financially poor among the forward
— Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati at an
election rally in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. She is flanked by A.
Neelalohitadasan Nadar (right), BSP candidate for Thiruvananthapuram
Lok Sabha seat, and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While ensuring the reservation for the Scheduled
Castes, Tribes and other Backward Communities, the Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) will extend reservation benefits to the financially poor among
the forward castes too, party national president and Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati has said.
Inaugurating the BSP’s national campaign for the 15th Lok Sabha
elections here on Saturday evening, Ms. Mayawati said that if voted to
power at the Centre, the BSP would emulate the reservation and economic
policies being pursued in Uttar Pradesh.
Ending social inequalities was the solution to problems like
naxalism, terrorism and other divisive tendencies. The reservation
policy would be implemented in elected bodies. Due importance would be
given to Dalit Christians and other religious minorities too.
Unlike the Congress, BJP and other parties which seek the financial
support of the rich and the capitalists, the BSP was going to the polls
with the funds garnered by the party workers and hence was not
committed to anyone. The rich will not have any say in the government.
It will have independent foreign, economic and agriculture policies.
The BSP which came to power in Uttar Pradesh four times, had taken
up these issues with the Centre, but to no avail. The successive
Central governments had been indifferent to the demands of the BSP.
“Canards are being spread against it. The campaign that the party is
against the forward castes is baseless. It has an inclusive approach
and stands for effacing all inequalities.”
She also detailed the steps being taken by the UP government for the
weaker sections and religious minorities. While B.R. Ambedkar strived
hard and secured reservation for the backward communities, the benefits
were snatched away through various legislations by parties like the
Congress and the BJP.
The developments in Kerala too were a matter of concern. Successive
governments had not taken any interest in addressing the problems of
the poor, the farmers, marginal traders and other weaker sections. The
BSP had no alliance with any party and had decided to go it alone in
the elections. If elected, the thrust would be on protecting the
interests of all sections, she said.
National general secretary Suresh Mane welcomed the gathering. Mr.
Mane said there was only a government and no governance in the State.
Satish Chandra Mishra, MP, and BSP candidate in Thiruvananthapuram Lok
Sabha constituency A. Neelalohitadasan Nadar were among those who spoke.
Elections - Round up before the big one BANGALORE RURAL PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY
The Bahujan Samaj Party has started showing good performances outside
its traditional base in U.P, especially in Rajasthan, Delhi and M.P.
Even though it does not have many seats to show for its efforts, a
party run for SC/STs by a Scheduled Caste can only go upward from its present
position, even more so considering that Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath mobilization is
hitting new highs. It is a study in contrasts constituency watch
B.S. Satish Kumar
one segment from Bangalore Rural district included here
BANGALORE: The name of the newly formed Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha
Constituency is a misnomer as none of the Assembly segments from the
Bangalore Rural district have been included in this constituency.
However, this constituency has an identity of its own as silk
production, wooden toys and lacquer ware have made this area a well
known place not only in the country, but in several parts of the world.
The rocky structures in the constituency, which partly adjoins the
Bangalore-Mysore State highway, have caught the imaginations of several
film makers as the famous Hindi classic Sholay was
shot in the villages around Ramadevara Betta in this constituency. This
area, which lacks any major irrigation facility, makes significant
contribution to the production of mango and betel leaves in addition to
the rain-fed ragi varieties witha clearance for 700 ft.Buddha’s Statue to be carved on a monolithic rock.
This is a complex Lok Sabha seat as it spreads over three districts
in addition to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. From the posh
houses in Rajarajeshwarinagar to poor huts in villages around Sathanur,
this constituency is a study in contrasts.
While some of its areas in Rajarajeshwarinagar Assembly segment fall
under BBMP, four Assembly segments come under the newly-formed
Ramanagaram district and the remaining three are spread over Bangalore
Urban and Tumkur districts. Formerly part of the Kanakapura Lok Sabha
Constituency, which was abolished, it comprises Ramanagaram,
Channapatna, Magadi, Kanakapura (Ramanagaram district), Bangalore
South, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Anekal (Bangalore Urban district) and
Kunigal (Tumkur district) Assembly segments.
The level of development of these Assembly segments is not uniform as they fall under different districts spread over 200 km.
However, the four Assembly segments coming under the Ramanagaram
district got some facelift after the formation of the new district. The
problems here are far from over as silk industry, which provides direct
and indirect employment to thousands, is in distress and several
filatures and reeling units are closed.
Even the traditional toy industry is in a mess because of recession
and shortage of timber. This area is devoid of any major industries,
but for Jigani in Anekal and Bidadi industrial area.
A large number of industrial units cleared by the Government have
not yet come up. Although some garment factories have come up, they are
reeling under recession.
This constituency, which is close to Bangalore city, makes for an
interesting sociological and economic study on the impact of
urbanisation on the traditional occupations. Large tracts of
agricultural land are being converted into housing sites. Farmers are
lured by real-estate businessmen from cities to sell their lands.
In the delimitation process, this constituency got most of the Assembly segments from the erstwhile Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat.
The only changes were that Uttarahally segment has been divided and
only parts from it have been added to Bangalore Rural while Kunigal
Assembly segment has replaced Malavalli. Delimitation has reduced the
size of the electorate as Kanakapura had 26.95 lakh voters. Now
Bangalore Rural has 18.65 lakh voters.
Social Engineering - Where are educated/elite Scheduled Caste/Adivasi/Backward caste people ?
Very well said in the mail below. At least for now we should forget who is who and rally behind Mayawatiji.
Just dont wait for social revolution to happen before the throne
can be achieved. Let all things go in parallel - social, cultural,
religious, political, economic revolution. What is wrong? Let us work
like a company. When a project is initiated, it needs all - management
and financial team, technical team. And all work coherently. When there
are dependencies on team, the teams dont wait. Different teams finish
their works and then combine the stuff. We should work in the same
Let us not wait for one thing to start another. Let us work
parallelly. But the most important thing is the clarity of the goal. We
know the goal. We have the paths. We have the people who are willing to
tread the path. Let us work in different directions without coming each
other’s ways. I am pretty sure time will honour our efforts sooner or
later. But when we can do sooner, why wait for later?
Imagine the future that goes back to Buddha. As they say: we have
to travel back in the past to see the future. We become historians. We
become scientists. And journalists we are.
Vote for BSP.
Dear Ajit and All Friends,
Ajit’s mail came just at a time when I was
wondering where all those educated Scheduled Caste elite have suddenly gone , off
from various e-forums. We all know that the general elections to the
Indian parliament is world’s largest democratic process where one man,
one vote, one value is the underlying principle based on equality. As
people belonging to the downtrodden sections of Indian society, our
stakes in this democratic process of elections are much much higher
than that of people belonging to the ruling bramhin/baniya elite class
of society. The government policies on employment, primary/higher
education, agriculture, rural development, poverty alleviation
programmes, distribution of surplus government land to landless poor,
credit to farmers, credit for small self employment businesses,
implementation of reservations in education/employmen t, preventing
atrocities, etc. are matters which literally determine a life or death
of our millions of Scheduled Caste/Adivasi/ Backward castes people. Whether or
not the government policies in all the above matters are made in our
favour and implemented in right earnest, entirely depends on whom we
elect to form the government. Whether our farmers commit suicide,
whether our people die of hunger, whether our women are raped/killed
and forced into prostitution, whether our unemployed youth live a
frustrated life and attend prematured old age, whether our children are
malnourished , etc all this is determined by whom we elect to rule over
In this context, when there is so much at stake for
our entire society in the general elections, where are our educated,
elite SCs/Adivasi/ Backward caste people , what are they doing to
ensure that a government which can take care of the interests of our
millions of downtrodeen and underprevileged people , is elected ?
Just my observation, I found a lot more activism on
various e-forums of elite SCs before the run up to the US
preseidential elections. Which I belive was timely as that election was
a historical one which elected a black man to the office of US
presidency. But apart from a sentimental value, we did not have much at
stake directly in these US elections as we do in the general elections
to the Indian parliament. Therefore my question is where has this
activism on SC/Buddhist e-forums disappeared ? The people who
otherwise spend days together in carrying out intellectual debates on
some esoteric topics like vippasana, rebirth, etc., where have they
gone ? Are they providing guidance to our illiterate electorate on who
they should vote for ? Where are those people who are interested in
wellfare activities like jobs for our youth, helping our youth in
education, providing scholarships, etc. Would not all these welfare
activities be taken care of in one go if we elect a right government
which is sympathetic to our problems ?
On the other hand the entire elite Bramhin/Baniya
class are all on their toes. They are threatned by a possibility of a SC woman occupying the highest seat of power in India. They are
leaving no stone unturned to awaken their people against this
unintended happening. They are using every means of communication - the
print and electronic media, blogs, e-forums, etc. besides all their
social and religious group to ensure a defeat of a upcoming Ambedkarite
force. They are creating all sort of confusion, spreading a feeling of
disgust towards politicians, political/ electoral process. Incidentally
the english speaking well educated SCs/Adivasis/ Backward caste
people are the biggest victims of this bramhnical propoganda of looking
down upon the political/parliamen tary/democratic institutions and
processes. In other words, the educated Dalits/Adivasis/ Backward caste
people are the carriers of these venomous bramhnical thoughts.
Those SCs/Adivasis/ Backward castes people who
think that politics is for the crooked and bad people and they should
stay clear from the political/democrati c process of elections, you are
not only deceiving yourselves, you are acting against the societal
interests. If you think your responsibilty ends at donating money for
some welfare activities, you have not really understood the nature of
problems of the Dalits/Adivasis/ Backward castes. The problems of SCs/Adivasis/ Backward castes can be found solutions to at mass
level through appropriate state policies undertaken by a government
genuinely sympathetic to our problems.
Now to those who still think they have no role to
play in enabling our people take right decision to vote right candidate
of right party, do reflect on what highly educated people from the BSO
are doing. Today the newly annointed chief of RSS has given directives
to RSS cadre operating through 40,000 RSS Shakhas across country to
carry out a door to door campaign to awaken people asking them to vote
a party/candidate who will protect the hindu(read bramhnical)
interests. Most of these RSS cadres would be highly educated, well
disciplined, well trained people who understand and appreciate the
close association between political power and their socio-cultural-
Lot of us have very short memories. We get
emotionally charged up when there are atrocities/injustic es committed
on our people. We also forget those incidents with the same speed
as the speed with which we get charged up.
If you ask me, the real time to take revenge on the
perpetrators of Khairlanji like atrocities is NOW ! Let us all take a
pledge to ensure that not a single valuable vote of ours will go to the
bramhnical parties / people of congress/ncp/ bjp who were
directly/indirectly behind the Khairlanji atrocities. Let us resolve to
defeat the bramhnical parties/people of congress/ncp/ bjp who are
beneficiaries of a rift between SCs and OBCs.
The time is short and tasks are monumental. I would
sincerely urge to all our Brothers/Sisters for whom it is possible to
go to their native places/constituenci es to awaken our people, please
do so. Let us come out of our shells and contribute our bit to efforts
to succeed Ambedkarism in country by voting for Bahujan Samaj Party.
Mayawati a more deserving PM candidate than Advani, Manmohan: Bardhan
New Delhi, Mar 20 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) General
Secretary A. B. Bardhan has said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief
Mayawati is a more deserving candidate for the Prime Ministers post
than either L. K. Advani or Manmohan Singh.
Mayawati is more deserving of the Prime Ministers chair than L. K.
Advani or Manmohan Singh, Bardhan has told NDTV in an exclusive
interview to be aired on Sunday.
Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath
(Scheduled Caste)’ woman aims to lead Prabuddha Bharath
Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
Kumari (left) gestures while addressing a press conference in New
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
politician and champion of Prabuddha Bharath’s Aboriginal Inhabitant of
Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath is
making a powerful, and some say credible, play to become the country’s
first “Scheduled Caste” premier.
Mayawati Kumari, a member of the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath community, is chief minister of Uttar
Pradesh state which boasts a population roughly the size of Brazil’s.
Hugely popular with her regional power base, she
has now taken her ambitions to the national level ahead of general
elections that start next month.
On Sunday, she
announced her Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP, the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great
Prabuddha Bharath Society Party) would contest seats across the country
on its own, challenging the two main national parties – the ruling
Congress, and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Mayawati first came to power in Uttar Pradesh in
1995, making her the first Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath to head a state government.
She has held the chief minister’s post three more times since then and
now has her sights set on an even larger prize.
“If a Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath woman like me can become the chief
minister of Uttar Pradesh not once but four times, why can I not become
the prime minister ?” she asked party workers last year.
In 2007, Time magazine ranked her as the fifteenth most influential person in India and last year the New York Times said the 53-year-old former teacher was “the most important Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath politician” in India’s history.
Shunned by higher castes, India’s 165 million Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath perform the lowliest tasks, and are generally poor, illiterate
But despite the formal abolition of
“untouchability” under the Indian constitution in 1950, the UN
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reported in 2007
that “de facto segregation persists.”
With neither the Congress nor the BJP capable of
securing an outright majority on their own, some analysts believe
Mayawati’s prime ministerial aspirations have moved beyond the realm of
“With all the election forecasts predicting a
fractured verdict, Mayawati does have an edge,” said political analyst
and author Rasheed Kidwai.
“Uttar Pradesh elects the maximum number of 80 MPs
to parliament. So even if her party wins 35-40 seats in the state, she
will be in a good position to take a shot at the prime ministership,”
Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath have been appointed to some of the highest
posts in India – including the presidency and Supreme Court chief
justice – but none have come as far as Mayawati in the field of
Born into a “Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(Chamar)” or leatherworkers’ family on
the outskirts of New Delhi in 1956, Mayawati was studying law when she
was talent spotted by the then BSP president Kanshi Ram in the
Ram persuaded her to join politics, telling her “she was born to rule (rather) than to serve”.
Within a decade, Mayawati had become chief minister.
Though her first term lasted less than six months,
“Behenji” or “sister” as she is respectfully called, became an instant
icon for millions of Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath.
At one party fundraising event, she told
supporters that they were wasting their money seeking the favour of
various Indian deities.
“I am your living goddess who has dedicated her
entire life for your welfare,” she said, urging them to donate funds to
In order to move to the prime minister’s residence
in Delhi, Mayawati will have to broaden her base beyond the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath community and also beyond the borders of Uttar Pradesh.
Her victory in state polls in 2007 came about
after she successfully wooed Muslims and upper caste Brahmins.
According to Three Baskets Study Circle, a strong BSP showing in the general election is certain to
cast Mayawati bring her the crown itself.
“If they are able to add umbrella support beyond
her core voters, that will provide her the leverage.”
Mayawati to focus on welfare of ‘sarv samaj’
Releases list of candidates
LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Friday promised a
government at the Centre qualitatively different from the Congress and
the Bharatiya Janata Party regimes. The welfare of ‘sarv samaj,’
inclusive of all religions and castes, would be the cornerstone of the
national and foreign policies.
At a press conference here on Friday, she released the party’s list of candidates for the 80 Lok Seats in the State here.
Brahmins get the lion’s share of 20 seats, followed byAboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) (17
seats) and Muslims 14. Other Backward Classes and non-Brahmin upper
castes get the remaining seats.
The BSP supremo released a 32-page special election ‘appeal’ for the
electorate of Uttar Pradesh and cautioned voters not to fall prey to
the election stunts of the Congress, the BJP and their allies.
Indicating that she remained a strong contender for the prime
ministership, Ms. Mayawati announced that she would kick off the BSP’s
poll campaign at a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Saturday.
She rubbished the economic polices of the Congress and the BJP-led
governments, which, she alleged, promoted the interests of a few
Ms. Mayawati took a dig at the India-U.S. nuclear deal of the UPA
government and said the BSP government would never mortgage the
interests of India.
The BSP president blamed the Congress, which ruled the country for
about half a century, for the miseries of the poor and the downtrodden
and the unemployment and economic and educational backwardness.
Ms. Mayawati’s appeal listed 40 achievements of the BSP government based on the principle of sarvjan hitaya sarvjan sukhaya.
LUCKNOW - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati will fly down to Kerala to launch her
nationwide 52-day-long poll campaign from Thiruvananthapuram Saturday.
‘Kerala was picked as my first destination simply because I was keen
to kick start the campaign from a state where our party was still in a
nascent stage,’ Mayawati said at a press conference here Friday.
However, she declined to reveal how many seats her party proposed to contest across the country.
‘We will make a formal announcement over the next four of five days
with a list of states where we will field candidates, as also the exact
number of seats we propose to contest out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in
the country,’ she said.
Earlier, Mayawati named the party candidates for the 80 Lok Sabha
seats in Uttar Pradesh. She said her party would also field candidates
in all 20 parliamentary constituencies in Kerala.
The BSP chief, who is the only star campaigner for her party, said
she will go around the entire country, apart from the north-eastern
states, between March 21 and May 11.
‘My last election rally will be held on May 11,’ she said, adding:
‘Despite my hectic schedule, I will make it a point to return every
night to Lucknow, so that I can attend to my duties as chief minister
of the country’s most populous state too.’
‘In any case, wherever I may be, I will be keeping track of every
development back home here; after all it is election time and we need
to guard against any kind of mischief by the opposition,’ she said.
Mayawati asserted she would ensure a ‘free and fair election’ under all circumstances.
‘We will not allow any kind of booth capturing and see to it that
every legitimate voter gets a chance to exercise their right to
franchise,’ she said.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 19 (IANS)
Another formidable opponent is Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who as a
Congress candidate in 1980 trounced CPI leader M.N. Govindan Nair.
Nadar this time is contesting as the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP).He is named the BSP candidate for the key
Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat
SRP to merge with BSP
KOLLAM: Socialist Republican Party (SRP) has decided to
merge with BSP. The decision was taken at the meeting of the state
executive committee of the party, said party state chairman Varadarajan
and general secretary Thekkumbhagam Reghunath. UP Chief Minister
Mayawati will announce the merger of the party at a public meeting to
be held in Thiruvananthapuram on March 21.
Jharkhand Iqbal Durrani to contest the Lok Sabha elections
19 Mar 2009, 2059 hrs IST, Navtan Kumar, ET Bureau
RANCHI: Adding glamour to electioneering in Jharkhand, Bollywood
writer and director Iqbal Durrani has decided to contest the Lok Sabha
elections from Godda the place where he spent his childhood days, on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket with a slogan which goes as ‘Hum Dum’.
has written scripts and directed several blockbusters like ‘Khuddar’,
‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Kaalchakra’ , ‘Shiva’, ‘Benam Badshah’, ‘Betaj
Badshah’, ‘Kohram’ and ‘Dhartiputra’ to name a few. “I have earned a
lot of name, fame and money and now I want to do something for the
people, especially those in Godda, which is very dear to me, since it
has been my ‘karmabhhomi, ” said Durrani, who landed to Ranchi on
Explaining the meaning of the ‘Hum Dum’
slogan, he said: “‘Hindu aur Muslim mile to banta hai Hum, aur Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudviap, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs)
aur Muslim mile to banta hai Dum; aur hum dum dono mile jaye to ban
jaate hain ‘Hum Dum’. This is the spirit of a great country like India.
When other parties are dividing the society, I have given a new slogan
which unites people. My concept is ‘unite and rule’ in contrast to
‘divide and rule’ of others.”
According to him, politics
provides a good platform for doing something for the people. People
have seen many parliamentarians, but I will prove to be a much better
one. I should be given one chance, he told the ET. Durrani has been
nursing his ambition to contest the LS elections for a long time. In
fact, he had been to Ranchi several times in the recent past to speak
to top leaders of different parties. However, finally he stitched a
deal with Mayawati’s BSP which is trying to make inroads into Jharkhand
Godda, at present, is being represented by Furqan Ansari of
Durrani feels that people of the area are disenchanted with the
“non-functioning” of the present MP and the UPA government at the
Centre and thus, hopes to get a good chunk of anti-incumbency votes in
his favour. Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM), on the
other hand, has fielded Pradeep Yadav, at present an MLA from the same
Durrani is hopeful that he will get the love and
affection of the people of the area, who will send him to Lok Sabha
with a good margin of votes. “I have been visiting the area frequently
in the recent past. And, the kind of response I have got is
overwhelming. I am going to win the elections. The only thing to be
seen is the margin of votes,” he said. As a mark of respect for the
great tribal leader of Jharkhand, Birsa Munda, Durrani has already made
a film on him — Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi. He has also written a book in
the same name.
Durrani was born in Balwatari, under Banka
district of Bihar, close to Jharkhand, but later his family was shifted
to Godda where he did his schooling. His father was a
teacher. He later took admission in Tata College, Chaibasa, under the
Ranchi University, before shifting to Mumbai to make a career in films.
He was the first Muslim student to win as the secretary in the college
elections. He also stayed in Delhi for sometime to do a course in
LUCKNOW - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati released a list of candidates for 80 Lok Sabha seats
in Uttar Pradesh.
She also announced that the BSP’s nationwide campaign would start from Saturday.
“Tomorrow, I will start the BSP national campaign from Kerala with a
rally in Thiruvananthapuram,” she told a press conference here.
The BSP Chief also released the party’s ’special appeal’ to the electorate in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayawati said she would be campaigning non-stop across the country from Saturday till May11.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the State Government would
ensure that people of all religions, castes and community are allowed
According to BSP officials, the party would come out with the list
of party candidates from rest of the country in four-five days. (ANI)
More Brahmins, fewer Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) among BSP candidates
Lucknow, March 20 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati Friday announced candidates for all 80 Lok
Sabha seats in the state. The list has more Brahmins and fewer Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs).
Deviating from her past practice, Mayawati did not give the caste break
up of her candidates at her press conference here. But her aides
pointed out that their leader has been “generous with Brahmins”.
Of the 29 nominees picked from among Hindu upper castes, 20 are
Brahmins, followed by four Thakurs, three Banias and two others.
While other backward classes (OBCs) got a handsome chunk of 20
seats, the number of Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) did not exceed the 17 Lok Sabha
constituencies reserved for the community.
These were followed by 14 Muslims, including Shafiqur Rehman Burque,
who recently defected from the Samajwadi Party and has been fielded
The preference for Brahmins in the BSP list indicates that Mayawati
continues to bank on the “social engineering” formula of bringing
together upper and Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) castes that gave her power in Uttar Pradesh in
Among these are D.P. Yadav, who is to be fielded from Budaun, Aruna
Shankar Shukla ‘Anna’ (Unnao), Dhananjay Singh (Jaunpur), Mukhtar
Ansari (Varanasi) and his brother Afzal Ansari from Ghazipur.
Bhishm Shankar Tiwari and Vinay Shankar Tiwari, the nominees from
Sant Kabir Nagar and Gorakhpur respectively, are sons
minister Hari Shankar Tiwari.
One of the candidates is Jagdish Rana (Saharanpur).
LUCKNOW - With three private helicopters at her disposal, Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will hit the campaign trail Sunday to
rally voters across the country for her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that
plans to contest at least 400 Lok Sabha seats in the coming election.
Seen by her BSP as the only crowd puller, who does not need the
additional props of film stars or celebrities, Mayawati will set
herself a punishing pace as she spins across the country for the
five-phase elections that begin April 16 and go on till May 13.
While the campaign will be launched from Deoria, the far eastern
corner of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar on March 22, she will make
intermittent trips to 23 other states where the BSP proposes to field
its candidates, said a BSP leader.
Other than Uttar Pradesh, she will essentially focus on Bihar,
Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Himachal
Pradesh where her party had succeeded in making a dent in the assembly
‘We are not impressed by film personalities or other celebrities
whom other parties hire to collect crowds,’ observed a senior party
functionary. ‘Our greatest celebrity is Behenji who is the biggest
crowd puller and does not require filmi faces to collect crowds.’
‘As many as 24 rallies have been planned for Uttar Pradesh where she
proposes to cover at least three constituencies with each rally,’ the
official told IANS requesting anonymity.
To aid the hectic travel, three private helicopters have been hired
for use by Mayawati and her trusted aides Satish Chandra Misra and
While Mayawati spreads her wings across the country, Misra and
Siddiqui would concentrate on Uttar Pradesh to target Brahmins and
Muslims in the party’s bid to increase it tally of 17 seats in the 14th
Misra is also stated to have been detailed for Rajasthan, Madhya
Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, where he has organised
Brahmin-Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(SC/STs) Bhaichara Sammellans (Brahmin-Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(SC/STs) friendship meets).
Mayawati is understood to be personally controlling the entire
nationwide campaign from her Kalidass Marg residence here. A central
campaign office has also been set up at her new home in New Delhi’s
Gurudwara Rakabganj Marg, where she hosted a dinner for Third Front
She is right now said to be busy finalising the list of candidates
for as many as 400 Lok Sabha constituencies, including Uttar Pradesh’s
‘The list would announced in the next two-three days,’ said a party official.
BSP releases list of candidates for MP and J-K
New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released
its first list of 11 candidates for Madhya Pradesh and five candidates
for Jammu and Kashmir for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The party will contest all 29 seats from Madhya Pradesh.
The BSP has also announced that the name for the Ladakh seat will be finalising later.
The Mayawati-led BSP is the only party to have announced its list of candidates for Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)
Jammu & Kashmir
BSP readies for high-voltage J-K campaign
Posted online: March 19, 2009 at 1220
Jammu After it drew a blank in the last Assembly
elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bahajuan Samaj Party (BSP) is
getting ready to launch a high-voltage campaign in the state once
again. The party, which is contesting all six Lok Sabha seats in the
state, is planning a mega rally at Jammu on March 30 which will be
addressed by UP CM and party Supremo Mayawati.
The party, which has proposed the name of Mayawati as its Prime
Ministerial candidate, is trying to break new ground in the state by
co-opting people from both the lower and upper castes in the upcoming
Addressing a press conference, BSP national general secretary
Narendra Kashyap on Wednesday said that apart from the issues like
unemployment and escalation in the prices of essential commodities, the
party would make fighting militancy its central poll plank. “We lost
all the Assembly seats as the agitation over transfer of land to Shri
Amaranth Shrine Board (SASB) had influenced the choice of voters a
great deal in the state. It was a vote which was given on (the basis
of) caste and religion and there was nothing missing in our efforts.
However, the issues in the Lok Sabha elections will be different and
our party has become stronger after nearly a dozen regional and
national parties supported party president, Mayawtiji, as the Prime
Ministerial candidate,” he said.
Kashyap also signalled the BSP’s willingness to take up local
issues. “We fully support the demand of the people of Ladakh for UT
status. It is a genuine demand and if we get a seat from Ladakh we will
get the UT status for it,” added Kashyap.
The party has decided to field Choudhary Hussain Ali Wafa from
Jammu, Rakesh Wazir from Udhampur, Ghulam Mustafa Kasana from
Baramulla, Mohammad Yousuf Beigh from Srinagar and Nisar Ahmed Khan
from Anantang. It is yet to finalise its candidate from Ladakh.
Mayawati to launch party campaign in Guj from Mar 31
Vadodara: Uttar Pradesh CM and president of the Bahujan
Samajwadi Party (BSP), Mayawati will launch her party’s campaign in
Gujarat from March 31, a party leader said.
BSP state general secretary and former minister, Nalin
Bhatt said that Mayawati will address a public meeting in Ahmedabad on
This will be BSP supremo’s first visit to Gujarat after
the announcement of Lok Sabha polls by the election commission. The
state will go to polls on April 30.
Though the party has decided to contest all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state, it has yet to finalise its candidates.
BSP will have no tie up with any other party in the state, Bhatt said.
When reminded about poor performance of BSP in 2007
state assembly elections where it failed to win a single seat, Bhatt
said it served party’s purpose of expanding base in the state as it had
secured 5.72 lakh of total votes cast in the assembly elections. The votes amounted to 2.26 per cent of total voting, Bhatt said.
“We want to open account in the state and winning of
seats from Gujarat can help our party get the goal of forming
government at the Centre,” he said.
The party will try to convince voters about framing
economic policies for betterment of all sections of society,
introducing quotas in private sector for SCs/STs and OBCs as well as
economically weaker sections of the upper castes if they vote it to
power, he said.
The BJP, Congress and their allies may appear as different parties, but in the eyes of BSP they all are same, Bhatt said.
“Their role is to keep BSP at bay. They do not want the party to gain power at the Centre,” Bhatt said.
The BSP has now allowed the PRP to use the Parade Grounds on March 21 for the latter’s meeting.
Prajarajyam Party (PRP) will hold its proposed public meeting at the
Parade Grounds in the city on March 21. This was decided after
the party came to an understanding with the Bahujan Samaj Party which
had earlier booked the grounds from March 20-24 for its public meeting
on March 23.
Since the Parade Grounds was not available, the PRP booked the
nearby Bison Polo ground and Gymkhana grounds from March 19 to 21 for
its public meeting on March 21.
However, since the PRP desired to hold the public meeting at the
Parade Grounds itself, its representatives spoke to BSP leaders in the
city and came to an understanding. The BSP has now allowed the PRP to
use the Parade Grounds on March 21 for the latter’s meeting.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujana Samaj Party (BSP)
president Mayawati will address a public meeting at the Parade Grounds
as scheduled on March 23.
Incidentally, the contractor for arranging the stages for both the
PRP and BSP meetings is the same. Except for a few changes, the BSP
will use the same stage, said PRP Secunderabad cantonment in-charge N
The PRP which booked the Gymkhana ground and also Bison Polo grounds will now utilise them for parking of vehicles.
When contacted, DEO S Balakrishna said since both the PRP and BSP
came to an understanding on the use of the Parade Grounds, permission
has been accorded to both of them.
LUCKNOW - Sarvesh Kumar Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
candidate for the Moradabad parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh, has
been charged with violating the model code of conduct by holding an
election meeting at a school, an official said Thursday.
‘We issued a notice to Sarvesh Kumar Singh today (Thursday) for
defying the model code of conduct by using the premises of a private
school for addressing an election meeting,’ Avaneesh Kumar Sharma,
additional district magistrate, told IANS on phone.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Singh held election meetings at a private
college in Thakurdwara locality of Moradabad, about 300 km from
‘A two-member inquiry team, comprising a deputy superintendent of
police and a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), has been directed to
submit a detailed report in this regard,’ said Sharma.
The report will be sent to the State Election Commission (SEC) to initiate further action against the BJP candidate.
Once the model code of conduct comes into effect, election meetings
cannot be organised in schools and religious places without prior
permission from district authorities.
Lok Sabha polls will be held in five phases in the state from April 16 to May 13.
March 20th, 2009
NEW DELHI - The Election Commission Thursday issued a show cause notice
to Union Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmad for violating the
model code of conduct. ‘The Election Commission has issued show cause
notice to Shakeel Ahmed for violation of model code of conduct,’ a
statement issued here said.
March 19th, 2009
LUCKNOW - A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate in Uttar
Pradesh and 30 of her supporters have been arrested for defying the
model code of conduct, police said Wednesday. ‘A case has been
registered against Neeam Sonkar and her supporters for taking out a
procession Wednesday in Azamgarh district violating the code of
conduct,’ Superintendent of Police (City) O.P.
March 18th, 2009
LUCKNOW - A popular Bhojpuri folk singer, who is the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) candidate for the Mainpuri parliamentary seat in Uttar
Pradesh, has been charged with violating the model code of conduct, an
official said Wednesday. ‘We have issued a notice to Tripti Shakya for
defying the model code of conduct by advertising her road shows in
newspapers without taking permission from the district administration,’
additional district magistrate Ram Kewal told IANS on telephone from
Mainpuri, 250 km from here.
March 17th, 2009
NEW DELHI - The Election Commission Tuesday directed Uttar Pradesh’s
chief electoral officer (CEO) to file a criminal case against Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) candidate in Pilibhit Varun Gandhi for making
allegedly communal campaign speeches. ‘…Election Commission directs
CEO Uttar Pradesh to file a case under the Indian Penal Code and
Representation of People’s Act against Varun Gandhi for violation of
the model code of conduct,’ said an Election Commission statement here.
March 16th, 2009
LUCKNOW - The secretary of the Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit and
about 60 of his supporters have been booked for taking out a procession
in violation of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls,
police said Monday. The case against Amzad Saleem and his supporters
was filed Sunday when they took out a procession in Bareilly district
without the permission of the jurisdictional police inspector, said
Deputy Superintendent of Police A.K.
March 15th, 2009 SHIMLA - The Congress
Saturday alleged that the Himachal Pradesh government was violating the
model code of conduct by distributing free energy saving bulbs in the
state. The party has urged the Election Commission to ban the free
distribution of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
March 13th, 2009
NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW - As the Election Commission slapped a notice on
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav for violating the Model Code
of Conduct, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also rapped Mulayam.
The Congress, however, has played soft with its key ally.
March 13th, 2009
MUMBAI - Actor turned Congress MP Govinda has been accused of violating
the Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission for distributing
money during Holi. Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer Debashish
Chakrabarty has ordered an inquiry into the incident in which Govinda
allegedly distributed cash outside his Juhu residence on Wednesday.
March 11th, 2009
BHOPAL - Madhya Pradesh Cooperatives Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen has
been booked for alleged violation of the model code of conduct. The
minister had allegedly distributed watches to journalists and party
workers at a programme in Seoni district last week.
March 10th, 2009
PATNA - Bihar Social Welfare Minister and Janata Dal-United leader
Jeetan Ram Manjhi was Monday evening booked for violating the model
code of conduct. He was found using his official car in Nalanda
March 7th, 2009
SILIGURI - A complaint was lodged Friday against the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) here for violating the election code of conduct
by defacing the wall of a government building. The complaint was filed
at the Siliguri police station by Siliguri Sadar Development Officer
(SDO) Sarat Dwivedi, who is also the returning officer of the area.
February 17th, 2009
RANCHI - A Jharkhand court Wednesday found former chief minister Shibu
Soren, his son Durga Soren and former deputy chief minister Stephen
Marandi guilty of violating the election code. They were, however, let
off with a warning.
January 7th, 2009
NEW DELHI - Violation of the model code of conduct of the Election
Commission is no ground to set aside the election of a candidate as the
guidelines do not have legal sanctity, a Delhi court has ruled. The
model code of conduct apparently has no statutory backing and many of
its provisions are not legally enforceable and it is the political
parties which have themselves consented to abide by the principles
embodied in the code, Additional District Judge Kamini Lau said in a
ruling this week.
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Poll panel allots Doordarshan, AIR time to parties for campaign
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Like in the last general
elections, political parties will be given time on state-run
Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) to speak about their ideology in
the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission Friday allotted time to seven national parties
and 39 state parties to telecast and broadcast about themselves through
the national television and radio.
The seven national parties - the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party,
Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of
India-Marxist, Rashtriya Janata Party and the Nationalist Congress
Party - have been given a total of 10 hours of telecasting time on
Doordarshan and AIR.
The parties will get 45 minutes each.
The remaining four hours and 45 minutes will be divided among the
seven parties according to the percentage of votes polled by them in
the 2004 general elections, a statement issued by the poll panel said.
The Election Commission made it clear that during the broadcast and
telecast, the parties cannot criticise other countries, attack other
religions or communities, do or say anything obscene or defamatory,
incite violence and do anything that amounts to contempt of court.
They cannot cast aspersions against the integrity of the president
and judiciary, do something that affects the unity, sovereignty and
integrity of the country or criticise any person by taking his or her
The 39 state parties have been given 30 hours of telecasting time on the regional Doordarshan Kendras.
BSP will contest general elections alone, says Mayawati
Lucknow, Mar 20 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday said that her party would
contest alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“In all the states we will contest the election on our own and we
will not tie up with any other political party,” Mayawati said on the
sidelines of a press conference here.
She also informed that her party would start its nationwide poll campaign from Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
Earlier, she had released the list of candidates for 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
India will hold general elections between April 16 and May 13, in which 714 million people will cast their votes. (ANI)
BSP banking on social engineering to woo voters
Abhinav Pandey / PTI / Lucknow March 19, 2009, 11:30 IST
With an eye on the Centre, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
is focusing to make its strategy of ’social engineering’ work in the
Lok Sabha elections given the dividend it got from the formula during
the 2004 polls in Uttar Pradesh.
“Of the total 543 Loksabha seats in the country 120 are
reserved including 79 for SC candidates, which comprises our
traditional Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha bharath (SC/STs) vote bank. Of these 79, 17 seats are in the Uttar
Pradesh alone. Besides others, the party is focusing on these seats
spread across the country. We feel that these seats could be won if
social engineering formula works”, a senior party leader told PTI.
In 2004 Lok sabha polls, BSP won only five — Misrikh,
Akbarpur, Barabanki, Basti and Robertsganj- - out of 17 reserved
parliamentary seats in the state and was placed second in 11
constituencies and came third in only one place.
“Keeping this in mind, the party feels that it could do
better in this election if its social engineering formula worked to its
favour”, he said. The party feels that division of dalit votes on
reserved seats gave it set backs in previous elections. According to
the BSP leader the upper caste and people of backward communities
turned the tide on BSP candidates in 2004 and voted for parties like
Congress, BJP and even Samajwadi Party. ”But this time the mood is
upbeat with Mayawati at helm of affairs in the state”, he said.
The BSP leader said under the social engineering formula
which helped the party gain power in the state in 2007 Assembly polls,
the party has formed committees of various castes including Brahmins,
Muslims, Kushwaha, Pal-Baghel, Nishad, Bind and Kashyap and senior
party leaders were assigned to moblise the community in BSP’s favour.
While the state advisory council (SAC) chairman Satish
Chandra Mishra was assigned the task of moblising Brahmins, another
influential cabinet minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui worked among Muslims,
cabinet ministers like Babu Singh Kushwaha and Swami Prasad Maurya were
also pressed into service for wooing electorates of their own caste.
The party, however, has been concentrating mainly on
Brahmins and Dalits. “This is the reason the party held Brahmin and
Dalit sammelans across the state. In fact the Brahmin sammelans were
launched from Rahul Gandhi’s bastion Amethi,” the leader said.
have organised a number of Bhaichara sammelans of different castes and
all those evoked tremendous response. We expect our formula of social
engineering will work,” a party leader said.
In 2002 assembly
election the party won 21 out of 89 reserved seats (all for SC) in the
state, while in 2007 the party tally on these seats increased to 62
after it adopted social engineering formula. No more representative of ‘traditional Bangalore’ Constituency watch
BANGALORE SOUTH PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY
Bangalore: The 32-year-old Bangalore South Parliamentary
Constituency now encompasses different dimensions of the city’s
changing face, including some of the oldest parts of the city,
fast-growing suburbs as well as under-developed villages. The
delimitation of the constituency has brought in these changes, and it
is no longer representative of “traditional Bangalore.”
Jayanagar — once considered one of Asia’s best-planned residential
layouts — the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, the congested Kalasipalyam
area, upmarket Kormangala are all part of its “original” layout. Then
there are the sprawling suburbs like Bommanahalli and Puttenahalli;
while Begur, Singasandra and Kuldu are part of the constituency’s
Bangalore South Parliamentary Constituency comprises eight Assembly
constituencies — Jayanagar, Basavanagudi, Chickpet, Vijayanagar,
Govindarajanagar, Padmanabhanagar, BTM Layout and Bommnahalli. The old
areas of the city, such as Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Gandhinagar and
Chamarajpet are no more part of it.
The famous Banashankari, Gavipuram and Bull temples, V.V. Puram’s
bustling food street where chains of eateries are open till midnight, a
large number of parks, decade-old educational institutions like
National School and College, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore,
and super speciality hospitals such as the Jayadeva Institute of
Cardiology as well as a series of shops selling electronic goods on
S.P. Road, are among the prominent landmarks of the constituency.
Though the old localities such as Jayanagar, Basavanagudi and
Chickpet and surrounding localities are still associated with it, the
nature of problems faced by the residents have changed during past five
years with the rapid commercialisation of residential zones.
Services like water and electricity supply, garbage clearance,
maintenance of roads may have improved, but commercialisation has lead
to severe traffic and parking problems in the old areas as well as new,
urbanised localities like Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari, HSR Layout,
Koramangala, and BTM Layout. Lalbagh will shrink by 12,206 square feet
to make away for an elevated station of the Metro Rail.
The suburban areas under Bommanahalli Assembly constituency seem to
be crying for attention from civic authorities. Be it roads, drains,
water and electricity supply, sanitation, play grounds, parks, health
facilities, municipal services, residents have complaints in every area
The redefined constituency has about 19.6 lakh electorate, which is
over three lakh voters more during the elections held in 2004, and of
them only 9.22 lakh voters have election photo identity cards.
Bommanahalli has highest number of voters (3.12 lakh) among the eight
Of the Assembly constituencies, five (Bommanahalli, Chickpet,
Basavanagudi, Padmanabhanagar, and Jayanagar) are held by Bharatiya
Janata Party legislators and the remaining three (Vijayanagar,
Govindarajnagar and BTM Layout) are represented by the Congress.
Only 50 per cent of electorate here has voter identity cards
BANGALORE CENTRAL PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY
Bangalore: The best of biriyanis and sheek kebabs on Broadway Road
in Shivajinagar; swanky high-rise buildings housing software giants in
Mahadevpura; premium residential hubs in Shantinagar and C.V. Raman
Nagar; educational institutions, industries, wedding halls and temples
in the old core areas of Rajajinagar and Chamarajpet; Bangalore Central
parliamentary constituency has it all.
A parliamentary constituency formed after delimitation, Bangalore
Central is a confluence of areas from the southern, western and eastern
parts of the city. It has eight Assembly constituencies, including
three new ones —Mahadevapura, Sarvagnanagar and C.V. Raman Nagar.
This highly urbanised and pulsating constituency has an electorate
of 18.32 lakh and 1,767 polling stations. Surprisingly for an urban and
educated electorate, only 50 per cent have the official voters’
identity cards, according to M.S. Srikar, District Election Officer
(DEO) of Bangalore Central.
The civic problems of this constituency are no different from other
parts of Bangalore. Residents are fed up with the chaos on the roads,
mainly because of all the road digging done for the Metro Rail project.
Residents of the new constituencies of Mahadevapura, Sarvagnagar and
C.V. Raman Nagar complain about the lack of Cauvery drinking water,
streetlights, and irregular garbage clearance. With most of the
low-lying areas prone to flooding located in Mahadevapura, Sarvagnagar
and C.V. Raman Nagar, monsoons are a nightmare for the residents.
Though the areas of Rajajinagar, Chamarajpet and Shantinagar are
part of the old BMP limits, traffic snarls are a major problem here.
Absence of pavements on the narrow lanes, most of which are encroached
by traders, have made matters worse. With most production houses and
theatres as well as the Majestic bus stand and Railway Station located
here, this area is also a film and transport hub.
With work on the Reach-I of Metro Rail under way in Byappanahalli,
C.V. Raman Nagar is all set to become a major transport hub in the
The carving out of Bangalore Central as a new Lok Sabha constituency
has become politically significant with candidates from the minority
communities competing with one another for the ticket. Most of the
areas in this constituency have a considerable concentration of voters
from the minority community.
Stakes are high for BSP here Constituency watch
BANGALORE NORTH PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY
Laiqh A. Khan
Post-delimitation, however, the demographic profile of the Lok Sabha
constituency has been transformed not only account of exclusion of
rural Assembly segments like Yelahanka, Devanahalli and Hoskote, which
are now part of adjoining Chickaballapur constituency, but also due to
merger of urban assembly segments with substantial minority community
voters like Shivajinagar and Shantinagar with the newly created
Bangalore Central Lok Sabha constituency.
Bangalore North Lok Sabha constituency is essentially an uncharted
electoral turf. For records sake, the constituency does not feature
even one of the eight Assembly segments that formed Bangalore North
till the 2004 general elections, though a section of the voters could
be the same. While Jayamahal, Varthur and Bharatinagar segments cease
to exist, Shivajinagar and Shantinagar have become part of Bangalore
Central constituency and Yelahanka, Hoskote and Devanahalli have been
merged with Chickaballapur constituency.
After the contours of the constituency were redrawn by the
Delimitation Commission, the constituency now comprises K.R. Puram,
Mahalakshmi Layout, Dasarahalli, Yeshwantpur, Byatarayanapura,
Pulakeshinagar and Hebbal Assembly constituencies, besides Malleswaram,
which was earlier part of Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency.
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C.M. orders suspension of ASP, ADM and S.O. of Pilibhit in Varun Gandhi’s objectionable statement case
Lucknow: March 18, 2009
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati, while taking the Pilibhit incident seriously, has ordered suspension of ASP Mr. Saurabh Kush, ADM Mr. S.S. Kamal and the concerning S.O. of Pilibhit. The DGP and the Principal Secretary Home submitted their report in the BJP’s Pilibhit candidate Mr. Varun Gandhi’s statement case, thereafter, the C.M. ordered their suspension.
The Chief Minister took stock of the situation yesterday (17 March 2009) and ordered DGP and Principal Secretary Home to submit their report in this regard. She directed the officers to ensure that nobody was allowed to violate the law and order and directed them to take immediate stringent action against those who tried to do so. She ordered that the model code of conduct should be strictly adhered to. She said that if anyone tries to violate it then appropriate legal action should be initiated against him immediately. *********
Repolling in booth if voting stalled for two hours: poll panel
Bhopal, March 17 (IANS) Repolling would be held in
any booth during the forthcoming general elections if voting there is
stalled for two hours or more, election officials said Monday.
At a meeting with the representatives of political
parties, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer J.S. Mathur said this
was the new directive of the Election Commission (EC).
Mathur also told the representatives of the other rules and regulations regarding the elections.
All candidates would have to attach all documents during filing of
nomination papers and the returning officer concerned would provide the
receipt to the candidate along with the list. The relevant forms would
also have to be submitted to the election commission office by 1500 hrs
on the last date of filing of nominations.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP), the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Communist Party of India
(CPI) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath general election 2009
Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath, the largest democracy of the world will hold general
elections to the 15th Lok Sabha in 5 phases, starting from April 16,
2009 to May 13, 2009. The results of the election will be announced in
single phase on May 16, 2009. The new government at the center is
expected to be formed on or before 2nd June 2009
According to the Constitution, elections in India for the Lok
Sabha must be held at least every five years under normal
circumstances. With the last elections held in 2004, the term of the
14th Lok Sabha expires on June 1, 2009. The
election is conducted by the Election Commission of India, which
estimates an electorate of 714 million voters, an increase of 43
million over the 2004 election.
The Election Commission will announce the upcoming
general election dates. The following polling schedule for the 2009
general elections was announced by the Chief Election Commissioner of
India, N. Gopalaswami, on March 2, 2009:
April 30 - Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir,
Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, West
Bengal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu
May 7 - Bihar, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi
May 13 - Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Puducherry
India has a multi-party system with predominance of small regional
parties. National parties are those that are recognized in four or more
states. Three alliances or fronts in Indian politics United Progressive
Alliance, National Democratic Alliance and Third Front.
United Progressive Alliance
• Indian National Congress (INC)
• Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
• Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
• Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
• Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)
• Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC)
• Samajwadi Party (SP)
• Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)
• All India Trinamool Congress
• Indian Union Muslim League
National Democratic Alliance
• Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
• Shiv Sena
• Shiromani Akali Dal
• Janata Dal (United)
• Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)
• Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)
• Indian National Lok Dal (INL)
• Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF)
• Manipur People’s Party (MPP)
• United Democratic Party (UDP)
• Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM)
• Communist Party of India (CPI)
• All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)
• Telugu Desam Party (TDP)
• Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK)
• All India Forward Bloc
• Janata Dal (Secular)
• Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP)
• Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)
• Kerala Congress (Joseph)
• Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
• Biju Janata Dal (BJD)
BJP Lok Sabha candidate, 30 others arrested in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, March 18 (IANS) A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha
candidate in Uttar Pradesh and 30 of her supporters have been arrested
for defying the model code of conduct, police said Wednesday.
“A case has been registered against Neeam Sonkar and her supporters for
taking out a procession Wednesday in Azamgarh district violating the
code of conduct,” Superintendent of Police (City) O.P. Srivastava told
IANS on phone. Sonkar is contesting elections from the Lalganj
Srivastava said Sonkar and her supporters carried out the procession
in the Deogaon locality of Azamgarh without the permission of the
police inspector under whose jurisdiction the area falls. They carried
banners and buntings.
“Sonkar and her supporters raised anti-government slogans and also
manhandled some of our officials who tried to stop their procession,”
police inspector Ram Kripal Bharti told IANS.
According to police, a report pertaining to the violation of the
model code of conduct by the BJP candidate and her supporters will be
sent to the State Election Commission (SEC).
ELECTION EYE - Cracks appear in ruling alliance
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The following is a snapshot of recent
developments in India’s general election campaign. The sources of
reports are in brackets.
* Congress party is losing out to its allies amid
coalition-building negotiations in the Hindu-belt states of Bihar and
Uttar Pradesh. Regional allies like the Samajwadi Party in Uttar
Pradesh are refusing to allot many seats for Congress to contest,
saying the party has lost popularity to smaller parties.
In Bihar, Congress has rejected at being allotted three seats while
its allies will get 37 seats to contest, a sign of impending cracks in
the ruling alliance. (The Times of India, The Economic Times)
The dispersal of votes in these important states could make it more
difficult for Congress to form a stable majority alliance.
* Congress party could win more than 150 seats in the general
election — making it the biggest party in parliament and winning more
that it did in the 2004 vote. But its coalition could still need
outside help to secure office, according to a pre-poll survey by a
multinational agency for the Congress party.
After the 2004 vote, the Congress-led alliance needed the outside support of the communists to stay in power.
The survey said Congress could gain seats in the communist-run
states of West Bengal and Kerala, as well as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,
Punjab and Orissa. (Economic Times)
* A member of India’s powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Varun Gandhi,
could face criminal charges for allegedly making inflammatory comments
about Muslims in a speech broadcast on television. (All newspapers)
Gandhi, great-grandson of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal
Nehru and nephew of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, said the video
footage of him at a rally had been tampered with.
Unlike most of his family, Varun Gandhi is a member of the opposition BJP.
The row could embarrass the BJP which is already suffering from
internal political squabbles of the party’s election strategy.
Dinner meeting with potential allies to steer clear of discussing prime minesterial candidate, she adds
Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party, or BSP, chief Mayawati on Sunday said the
party will contest the April-May general election on its own, but will
keep open options for post-poll tie-ups, with the intention of
preventing the country’s two main political formations from coming to
How to prevent the Congress-led United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National
Democratic Alliance (NDA) from taking power in the elections would be
discussed at a dinner she was hosting for leaders of the so-called
Third Front on Sunday night, Mayawati said.
will think of a post-poll tie-up in an effort to defeat the UPA’s and
NDA’s designs to come to power,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who
led the BSP to power in India’s most populous state two years ago, told
a press conference in the national capital.
Front,” a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative that is still taking shape,
is courting Mayawati to join the alliance ahead of the elections that
begin on 16 April. Mayawati refused to comment when asked whether she
would agree to be the prime ministerial candidate of the front, which
is led by the Left parties.
The BSP leader also said there
would be no discussion on a prime ministerial candidate during her
dinner meeting with the non-Congress, non-BJP leaders on Sunday night.
appeal: BSP chief Mayawati releases a party booklet detailing promises
to voters, including reservations for upper castes, ahead of the
general election, in New Delhi on Sunday.
Manish Swarup / AP
dinner meeting is an informal meeting of parties opposed to the
Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA. The meeting is not going to discuss
the issue of prime ministership..,” she said.
released the BSP’s “appeal” for the Lok Sabha elections, in which she
promised that if her party came to power at the Centre, her government
will provide reservations for upper castes. The BSP’s power base rests
mainly on its appeal for the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs).
The third political
alternative was formally launched last week with constituents including
the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, the Communist Party of
India, or CPI, the Revolutionary Socialist Party, or RSP, the Forward
Bloc, Janata Dal (Secular), the Telugu Desam Party and the Telangana
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which has pulled
out of an alliance with the BJP in Orissa, and the All India Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam, or AIADMK, also attended a meeting of the grouping
at the CPM headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday.
that met today will jointly campaign (in the general elections) and
they will issue a joint mission statement for an alternative government
at the Centre,” said a senior CPM leader, who didn’t want to be
Leaders of the front issued a joint statement
after the meeting, vowing to fight the two main coalitions led by the
Congress and the BJP.
“We don’t want to call this coalition
a Third Front as of now because we expect more parties to join us
before announcing the formation of such an alliance,” said Sitaram
Yechury, a member of the CPM politburo.
The BJD’s B.J.
Panda also said a full-fledged coalition may emerge only after the
elections. At the meeting, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat also
read out a letter from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha leader and former
Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi who expressed his interest in
joining a non-Congress, non-BJP political formation, said a Left leader
who attended the meeting.
INDIA ELECTION EYE-Mayawati says to go it alone in vote
Mayawati, the chief of the Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP), an organisation of Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambdvipa,
that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/ST) voters strong in the
potentially swing state of Uttar Pradesh, has said her party would
fight the election alone (All newspapers).
Mayawati is a candidate for the post of prime minister if the Third Front wins enough number of seats.
Indian News - Mayawati, Third Front leaders meet but skirt leadership issue
Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Third Front leaders, who met over
dinner here to discuss Lok Sabha election strategies, said there was no
decision on any prime ministerial candidate but added they would join
hands to form a strong alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP).
After the dinner which was a matter of intense political speculation
over the weekend, Mayawati, flanked by the leaders of the newly formed
Third Front, read out a prepared statement saying they would all
contest elections to prevent a government led either by the Congress or
Mayawati as well as the Third Front leaders refused to answer
mediapersons’ queries, including on the question of the prime
Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M), A.B. Bardhan of the Communist Party of India
(CPI), H.D. Deve Gowda of the Jahata Dal-Secular (JD-S), K. Chandra
Shekhar Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, N. Chandrababu Naidu of
the Telugu Desam Party and other leaders of the Third Front met
Mayawati at her new residence on the Rakabganj Road here.
The dinner meet, keenly awaited after the speculation that Mayawati
would join the Third Front only if she was projected as prime
ministerial candidate, began around 7.30 p.m. and lasted for about two
hours while her house was converted into a fortress. Scores of
journalists waited outside behind barricades.
However, at the end of it, the leaders refused to spell out the content of their discussions.
The statement read out by Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in
Hindi said: “All senior leaders discussed in detail the current
political situation in the context of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
All leaders decided that we will together present a strong, thoroughly
secular non-Congress-non-BJP alternative before the nation that will
form the government after the elections.
“Our policies will be completely in the national interest, in the interest of people,” Mayawati said after the dinner meeting.
Earlier in the day, Mayawati told a press conference here that she
would go it alone in the elections and consider alliance options later.
The Left and other regional parties also held a meeting earlier and
said the prime ministerial candidate would be decided after the
Bardhan later said the front will have adjustment on some seats with the BSP.
The Third Front was launched by the four Left parties and six regional parties in Karnataka Thursday.
PUNE: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati would address public
rallies in Nagpur and Mumbai on April 8, but will not come to Pune, BSP
state president Vilas Garud said on Sunday.
At a news conference organised to announce party’s strategy for the
parliamentary elections, Garud said: “Due to time constraints, Mayawati
will address rallies at Nagpur and Mumbai on the same day. She will not
be addressing rallies elsewhere in the state.”
Garud said that builder-turned-politician D S Kulkarni is the BSP
candidate for the Pune parliament constituency. However, the party
could not announce the names of its candidates from western
Maharashtra. “The party has decided to contest from all the 48 seats in
the state. The party is looking for some Maratha candidates. It will
also have candidates from tribal communities and other Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath castes.”
Garud criticised the major parties, saying that these parties encash
on anti-social activities like communal riots. “My party never fight
elections on hatred. As we are not involved in any regional issues, we
will not be a part of petty politics.”
India’s next prime minister being selected by the click of a mouse or the press of a cell phone
button! Though this is farce in actuality, gaming freaks can now look
forward to a series of games based on Indian politics and ‘help’ their
favourite politician win.
Hyderabad-based 7seas Technologies has launched five online political
games which have prominent Indian political leaders as main characters
vying for the prime minister’s post.
‘Given the enthusiasm that the Indian elections are generating
globally, we expect these online games to attract players of all age
groups,’ said L Maruthi Sanker, managing director of 7seas.
‘These fun-based games are for relaxation and creating political awareness,’ said Sanker.
‘The main objective of these games is to provide relief to the gamers
from their routine lives and at the same time create awareness among
them on the Indian political scenario,’ added Sanker. Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani and Bahujan Samaj Party
chief Mayawati will be part of these games. X
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New Delhi : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday
announced that her party will not form an alliance with any other
political outfit for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“This time the Bahujan Samaj Party will fight the elections on its
own. It will not align with any other political party,” Mayawati, who
is also the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, said here at a function
here on the birth anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
“BSP believes in doing much and talking less… we hope to get good results in these elections,” the BSP supreme added.
She further stressed on the need to keep out Congress and the BJP
out of power, and spoke of the Left and other regional parties’ support
in doing so.
The UP CM further called on the electorate to vote for her party in the General Elections.
Commenting on Sunday night’s ‘dinner meeting’ of the Third Front, of
which the BSP is a part, Mayawati said that discussions on the prime
ministerial candidate and the Front’s electoral strategy are not on the
Earlier in the day, her party also denied reports of having given
any ultimatum of 48 hours to the Third Front to declare Mayawati as
their prime ministerial candidate.
Describing such reports in the media as “baseless and wrong”, the
party said “no such ultimatum was given by anybody and such ill
publicity is concocted”.
“BSP strongly condemns such reports, which are being planted by BJP
and Congress for last two days after they found out the third front
getting stronger and emerging as an option for the people suffering due
to their misrule for years,” party general secretary Satish Chandra
Mishra said in press release.
According to some media reports, Mayawati had given an ultimatum of
48 hours to the Third Front leaders to declare her their PM candidate
if they want to keep her in the Front.
While maintaining that the “time for electing prime ministerial
candidate of these parties has yet not come as this decision is taken
only after the election,” the BSP leader, however, said, “it is also
true that BSP leaders across the country are working hard with the aim
of making Mayawatiji, the first Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath PM of the country.”
“I had said the same thing in Bangalore during the press conference,” Mishra clarified.
- The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will not form an alliance with any
other political party for the general elections this time, BSP supremo
and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said Sunday.
‘This time the Bahujan Samaj Party will fight the elections on its
own. It will not align with any other political party,’ Mayawati told
reporters at a function here on the birth anniversary of BSP founder
‘BSP believes in doing much and talking less… we hope to get good results in these elections,’ she added.
‘Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha bharath (Scheduled Caste and the so called Untouchable)’ Mayawati To Challenge Indian Elections
A leading “Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (Scheduled caste and the so called untouchable)” politician vowed Sunday to take her party
national in Prabuddha Bharath’s upcoming elections and challenge the country’s two
Mayawati, who goes by one name, has made clear her ambition to be Prabuddha Bharath’s next prime minister. Her Bahujan Samaj Party has emerged as a
major force in Prabudda Bharath politics, winning control of Uttar Pradesh, Prabudda Bharath’s most populous state.
Mayawati is “Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (Scheduled caste and the so called untouchable),” who are the so called social outcasts at the bottom of Prabuddha Bharath’s complex caste system.
caste discrimination has been outlawed for more than a half century,
and a quota system was established with the aim of giving Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (Scheduled caste and the so called untouchable) a fair
share of government jobs and places in schools, most remain almost
destitute, kept down by ancient prejudice and caste-based politics.
a news conference, Mayawati said her party will contest the elections
in April and May “all alone, in all the states.”
While the party
will run on its own, Mayawati said she was open to forming a coalition
after the elections to ensure the ruling Congress party and the Hindu
nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party are kept out of power.
rose to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2007, forming a powerful alliance of Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (Scheduled caste and the so called untouchable) and high-caste Hindu Brahmins, to force out Mulayam Singh Yadav,
the state’s former chief minister, whose own support was rooted among
In this election it will be proved that the people of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabubuddha are in no way less than others in electing an Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath Miss Mayawati as the Prime Minister and prove to the world that they are not for caste, Religion and language prejudice. And in turn Miss Mayawati believes in doing much and talking less.