AAP Implored People for Donation

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal urged the people of his party, volunteers, supporters and general public to donate money to the party as the party has gone bankrupt.

“It is for the first time in history that a party is kangaal (bankrupt) and the government is cash-rich. That is because we run on your funds. We do not depend on money from corrupt millionaires,” Kejriwal said while launching the nationwide crowd sourcing campaign, “AAP Ka Dhaan, Rashtra ka Nirmaan”, from Talkatora stadium in central Delhi.

“There are elections in the next two years. We do not have money. Party needs money. All working volunteers must contribute at least Rs 100 per month. Your family members who earn have to contribute,” the Delhi chief minister said while addressing a gathering of around 1,000 party workers from the national capital.

The fresh donation appeal comes at a time when the party’s funding has been questioned by the Election Commission over the alleged concealment of donations and money coming through the ‘hawala’ route.

The party, however, has termed the poll panel’s questions a witch-hunt by the Centre.

In the campaign, the party’s members of Parliament and MLAs, accompanied by volunteers, would be going door-to-door in their respective areas to seek donation.

Apart from online donations, people across the country can support the campaign by dialling a number that was launched at the event.

The party has invited its supporters to contribute at least Rs 100 per month. Until now, the party has been depending on random donations, which have seen a dip of late, leading to a financial crunch.

Fresh Elections or New Government; Congress to Take Advantage of Parrikar’s Failing Health

Due to the prolonged illness of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his inability to continue his service has paved the way for the dissolution of the existing BJP led coalition government in Goa.

However, on Monday Congress leader Mr. Kavlekar along with his 15 other MLA’s grasped the opportunity and submitted a proposal in a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha’s office. In the letter “We have requested the Governor through our letter that the Assembly should not be dissolved and fresh election forced on the State. We have also asked her not to impose President’s Rule or keep the House in suspended animation. People have elected us for five years. Pushing for an election after a mere 18 months is not good for anybody,” Mr. Kavlekar said.

BJP on the other is looking for holding fresh elections in the state. Parikkar not only enabled the BJP’s growth and success in an unlikely state (think of its cultural roots and plural religious mix) but was the reason the party could form the government at all in 2017 despite losing its majority and coming second. Smaller parties and independents were willing to back the nimble-footed and resourceful BJP, while the Congress was caught napping despite being the single largest party, but on one condition: Parikkar’s return to the state from Delhi. This suited the then defence minister, who was always itching to get back home.

As Parikkar’s health remains fragile, Goa will continue to be politically turbulent. From the continuation of a government with a leader who is unwell to a change in power equations, from President’s Rule to early elections, all options are on the cards. But the decision will finally boil down as much to the machinations in Panjim as to the state of a man in a room in Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Sometimes then, leaders do determine the fate of the organisation.

BJP, JD (U) Alliance Seat Sharing Confirmed for Upcoming LS Elections in Bihar

After the ‘Mahagathbandan’ formed by Congress with other Oppositional parties, now BJP and JD (U) have formed an alliance, as a strategic approach to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, talks over which have been held at length by both parties.

Detailed discussions over the seat sharing proportion by each party is finalized and will be disclosed at the ‘right’ time as the Bihar chief Minister and National President of JD (U), Nitish Kumar said.

Senior JD(U) leaders said that as part of the arrangement, the BJP and the JD(U) will contest 16 seats each, while Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is likely to get four seats, and Union minister Upendra Khushwaha could get two seats. The remaining two will be divided between Arun Kumar and Pappu Yadav. However, an official statement was not issued by either the JD(U) or the BJP.

“The top leadership of the party has conveyed to us that JD(U) and BJP are likely to get 16 seats each. It is a respectable formula between the two parties. It is important that parties respect each other in an alliance. Nitish Kumar is an important member of the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) and the senior most leader of NDA in Bihar. His position should be reflected in the seat-sharing formula,” said a senior JD(U) leader based in Patna.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, JD(U) had contested the polls along with Communist Party of India (CPI). Kumar’s party won only two out of the 38 seats it had contested and lost deposits in 23 seats. The BJP, on the other hand, had won 22 out of the 40 seats in Bihar, with the NDA picking up 31 seats, which included LJP’s six and three of Khushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).

However, RSLV is demanding the same number of seats as they had in 2014 elections without any comprise in the seat proportion, alleged a senior leader from the party.

ABVP Won DUSU Elections; NSUI Smells Conspiracy

Ankiv Basoya, Shakti Singh and Jyoti Choudhary, of ABVP grasped the posts of president, vice-president and joint secretary respectively in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections.

National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) candidate Akash Choudhary has won the post of secretary.

NSUI on Thursday claimed counting of the votes deceitful as earlier in the day, the election board adjourned the counting of votes as six EVMs used for voting were found to be malfunctioning. NSUI accused ABVP of using undemocratic means to win elections.

Ankiv Basoya got 20,467 votes while his rival Sunny Chhillar from NSUI got 18,723 votes. Shakti Singh received 23,046 votes against NSUI rival Leena’s 15,373 votes.

Reports say some ruckus also broke out at the counting centre today. Police called in extra force to the spot to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has clarified that the EVMs used in the DUSU elections were not provided by them or the state election commission and were procured privately by the university.

“The Grand Alliance”- A Strategic Approach towards Upcoming Elections In Telangana

“Maha-Kootami” (The Grand Alliance) was formed by three opposition parties- Congress, Communist Party of India and Telugu Dasam Party in order to conquer the impending elections.

For the first time, TDS which was initially formed as an anti-congress party in 1982, has aligned with Congress primarily with an agenda of conquering the ensuing elections.

On Tuesday, the heads of the three opposition parties in Telangana, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Captain N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Telangana TDP president L Ramana and CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, along with other leaders from their parties, discussed the alliance at a hotel in the city’s Banjara Hills area for nearly four hours.

While there is a general agreement on the issue of forming a grand alliance, the finer details such as the proposition of seats to be shared in various constituencies by each party, the detailed strategy of campaigning etc. are left to be worked out.

The BJP and the TRS described the alliance between the Congress and the TDP as “unholy”. BJP state president Dr K Laxman said the TDP was going against the very principle of anti-Congressism on which it was founded. “It is purely an opportunistic alliance.”

Political analyst Akhileshwari Ramagoud said if the alliance materialises in Telangana, it would pave way for a larger alliance at the national level. “There is nothing wrong in the TDP and the Congress parties coming together. When the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party can join hands in UP, why can’t the TDP and the Congress in Telangana?”

Meanwhile the leaders of the three parties submitted a memorandum to governor E.S.L. Narasimhan seeking the imposition of Governor’s rule in Telangana.

Rajasthan High Court Reproves Government Functions along with Gaurav Yatra

Rajasthan high court’s division bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajong on Wednesday announced that henceforth no functions, carried out by the state government, will be held along the Gaurav Yatra.

Inauguration of the public functions by the chief minister, during Gaurav Yatra may extol the achievements of the political party and not the government’s for the common man, which can be detrimental to the healthy operation of the elections, the court observed.

“We declare that no public functions sponsored and financed by the state would be held during the road-shows i.e. Gaurav Yatra undertaken by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state of Rajasthan. Meaning thereby, on the day of the Gaurav Yatra no government function would be held enroute when the chief minister and the functionaries of the Bhartiya Janta Party halt the Gaurav Yatra for some time and re-commence the same after the break,” the order said.

The order came on a PIL filed by advocate Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma, seeking to reserve the taxpayer’s money.