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LESSON 32-Best Secular Party -(BSP) MAYAWATI FOR PRIME MINISTER ! VOTE BSP ELEPHANT FOR CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ! FOR SELF RESPECT! GET A VOTE AND A NOTE! FOR BSP! DONT WAIT BUT BAIT! TO GRAB THE MASTER KEY! Make me PM Write Down on the Wall was Dr. Ambedkar’s Sign ! Two Thousand Nine ! Will Be Mine !- Says Ms Mayawati Bahen ! Now is all that you have! By voting for BSP, the Nation you save! 2008 Bahen Mayawati the UttarPradesh Chief Minister -2009PrabuddhaBharatha Matha the Prime Minister !- Most of the political pundits are suggesting a dramatic Bahujan Samaj Party win with Mayawati becoming the new Prime Minister. Mayawati stresses on door-to-door campaign ‘UP hui hamari hai, ab Delhi ki bari hai’ (UP is ours, now it is the turn of Delhi), will turn into a reality,” said Mayawati Social Transformation! And Economical Emancipation! Through Testing the efficacy of social engineering! By Mighty Great Mind Training!-As PM I will finish terrorism, Naxalism: Mayawati-Corporates want end to demands for election funds-Mayavati to visit Gujarat-BJP’s Ahmedabad rally, not so impressive-Mayawati campaigns in Jammu-What recession? Indian political parties are flush with funds-‘Mini Mayawati’ campaigns for BSP in Jammu -Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati promised reservation to SC/ST Christians and upper caste poor-Indian Nasty Communal (INC) Party-Mayawati has sent a strong message: Brinda -SP acting as BJP’s ‘B team’, says BSP-Search for the Maratha vote -
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LESSON 32


http://timesofindia .indiatimes. com/India/ As-PM-I-will- finish-terrorism -Naxalism- Mayawati/ articleshow/ 4319274.cms

As PM I will finish terrorism, Naxalism: Mayawati


27 Mar 2009, 0251 hrs IST, Law Kumar Mishra, TNN




DHANBAD: Even before campaigning for the general election could pick


up, BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday


set up


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.

http://blog.taragana.com/n/corporates-want-end-to-demands-for-election-funds-23425/


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
payment.

‘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
through cheque.’

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.’

Corporates want end to demands for election funds



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
officials said.

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
from Navsari.

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


Jammu,
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’.

‘All
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.

Mayawati
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
May 7.

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
strategy.




“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.



 For
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
added.

‘Mini Mayawati’ campaigns for Best Secular Party (BSP) in Jammu

By chennaivision at 30 March, 2009, 6:06 pm

Jammu,
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.

Thiruvananthapuram:

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.

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. “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
political career.

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 region.

“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

J. Balaji


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
notice.


Obstacles seen

“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
notice said.

Mr. Singh, referring to the cancellation of gun licences, allegedly
warned the IAS officer that he would register a complaint with the EC
against her.

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
district.


“Clear signal”

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

Special Correspondent

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
spared.

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.


Hindutva theme

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.

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03/30/09
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LESSON 31

“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






Mayawati

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 ObamaManmohan 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.


Same question

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

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
cent.

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
downtrodden.

“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
and Orissa.

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.

Candidates queue up to file nominations in K’handi

The Pioneer, March 29, 2009
PNS | Bhawanipatna

With
the general elections approaching fast, party candidates and
independents have started queuing up to file their nomination papers in
Kalahandi district.


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
constituency.


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
sub-collector.


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
seat here.

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). (

Watch

)



A
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.


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LESSON 30-BSP candidate campaigns on bullock cart-MAYAWATI FOR PRIME MINISTER ! VOTE BSP ELEPHANT FOR CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ! FOR SELF RESPECT! GET A VOTE AND A NOTE! FOR BSP! DONT WAIT BUT BAIT! TO GRAB THE MASTER KEY! Make me PM Write Down on the Wall was Dr. Ambedkar’s Sign ! Two Thousand Nine ! Will Be Mine ! - Says Ms Mayawati Bahen ! Now is all that you have! By voting for BSP, the Nation you save! 2008 Bahen Mayawati the UttarPradesh Chief Minister -2009PrabuddhaBharatha Matha the Prime Minister ! Image:Bahujansamajpartysymbol.pngarticle pic [Bahujan Samaj Party Flag] Most of the political pundits are suggesting a dramatic Bahujan Samaj Party win with Mayawati becoming the new Prime Minister. Mayawati stresses on door-to-door campaign ‘UP hui hamari hai, ab Delhi ki bari hai’ (UP is ours, now it is the turn of Delhi), will turn into a reality,” said Mayawati Social Transformation! And Economical Emancipation! Through Testing the efficacy of social engineering! By Mighty Great Mind Training!-Varun charged with attempt to murder, rioting
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LESSON 30

BSP candidate campaigns on bullock cart

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.

To
watch the unusual view, many residents came on streets and cheered for
him.




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.

The
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
CrPC”.

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

Special Correspondent


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
districts.

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
independen
ts.



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LESSON 29- MAYAWATI FOR PRIME MINISTER ! VOTE BSP ELEPHANT FOR CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ! FOR SELF RESPECT! GET A VOTE AND A NOTE! FOR BSP! DONT WAIT BUT BAIT! TO GRAB THE MASTER KEY! Make me PM Write Down on the Wall was Dr. Ambedkar’s Sign ! Two Thousand Nine ! Will Be Mine - Says Ms Mayawati Bahen ! Now is all that you have! By voting for BSP, the Nation you save! 2008 Bahen Mayawati the UttarPradesh Chief Minister !-2009PrabuddhaBharatha Matha the Prime Minister !-Most of the political pundits are suggesting a dramatic Bahujan Samaj Party win with Mayawati becoming the new Prime Minister. Mayawati stresses on door-to-door campaign ‘UP hui hamari hai, ab Delhi ki bari hai’ (UP is ours, now it is the turn of Delhi), will turn into a reality,” said Mayawati Social Transformation! And Economical Emancipation! Through Testing the efficacy of social engineering! By Mighty Great Mind Training!-Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath will definitely become PM-Mayawati kicks off poll campaign in Uttarakhand-Mayawati holds Cong, BJP responsible for poverty in country-142 candidates file nominations on fourth day for LS polls-Pilibhit police action: UP govt warns of stern action-
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LESSON 29


Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath will definitely become PM

GURINDER OSAN/AP
Kumari
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.

Now, a
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.

But
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
support wane.

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.”

Known
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.

Someone
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.

Her
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.

“Our
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
have lights
.”

 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
matters most.”

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
own.

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
state.

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
and industrialists.

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.

Sathio

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
Bamcef.

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
far.
 
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
is.
 
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
air.
 
All my best wishes and support
 
In the footsteps of our forefathers.
#
M S Bahal
“msbahal@hotmail.com”

142 candidates file nominations on fourth day for LS polls

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
Mirzapur (SP).

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
said.

BSP candidate Choudhary Hussain Ali Waffa accompanied by national
general secretary Narinder Kashyap and state president filed his
nomination papers.

”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
March 30.

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
elections
.

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
.

Gandhi’s
arrest in the constituency of Pilibhit where he is making his debut run
for parliament.

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.

The
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
May 13.

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
troublemakers.

“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
situation.”

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
under control.

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

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released its second
list of eight candidates who will contest the Lok Sabha elections from
the State.

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
BSP’s strongholds.

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.


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03/27/09
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LESSON 28


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 -
politics.

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
gambling dens.

“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
investigators.

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
Gujarat.

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

Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan

For Mayawati  pro-incumbency plus base vote is strong,
committed and transferable, which ought to be an advantage in a multi-cornered
contest.

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
seems achievable.

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 the
forward
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. From  2007, 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
candidates.

Muslims turn out to be a revelation.
They  descend 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
star quality





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
election route
.

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.

Behind
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.

photo
A man carries a cutout of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati in Allahabad,
India. (Photo: Reuters)

Jumbo And a Black Cat



PHOTO: AP




A NSG commando stands guard in front of a hoarding with the
election symbol of BSP at a rally in Hyderabad.





Kumkum Dasgupta in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Kumkum Dasgupta in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

. “Mayawati is the true inheritor of
Ambedkar’s legacy,”

It
is not a random comment at the region’s biggest university that caters
primarily to students from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other
backwards castes.

In
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
converts.

Reaching
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
this election.

Much luck here, though.

“Her
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.”

Puneet Chandhok

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.”

Historically,
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.

Party
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
administration.

“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
caution.

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.

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