Amit Shah is learnt to have told party leaders that the BJP will conduct frequent surveys — once in three or four months — to get a feel of the “pulse from the ground” and strategies will be altered accordingly.
BJP leaders also acknowledged the Bhikkhu Mahasangh’s role in garnering Dalit votes to help pave way for the party’s stunning victory in the UP elections earlier this year.
The PM emphasised his ideas and vision about the New India — a vision he had first mentioned in his speech at the BJP headquarters following the party’s victory in Assembly polls in February-March.
PM Modi Independence Day speech: The Prime Minister emphasised on his ideas and visions about the New India, about which he first talked about at his party headquarters following the BJP’s stunning election victory in state polls conducted in February-March.
Arun Jaitley, who also holds charge of Corporate Affairs, said speedy steps are being taken against shell companies. Pointing out that there is no definition for shell companies under the Companies Act, he said such firms are being used for benami transactions.
Both Houses witnessed heated debates between the Opposition and Treasury benches on issues from cow slaughter, lynching and mob violence to agrarian crisis and an attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat, allegedly by BJP workers.
The Prime Minister’s remarks in Rajya Sabha come four days after Ansari, speaking at the annual convocation of the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, expressed concern over “enhanced apprehensions of insecurity amongst segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians”.
PM Narendra Modi also indicated that the presence of party chief Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha — elected from Gujarat this week — would make BJP members work more diligently and, according to one MP, end their days of “mauj masti”.
BJP leaders admitted to embarrassment caused due to the raised stakes in the election and the drama at the Election Commission of India, where over half-a-dozen Union Ministers descended on Tuesday thrice to argue the party’s case.
Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, recalled that Quit India movement followed a resolution moved at the AICC session in Bombay on August 8, 1942. She said the resolution, moved by Nehru and backed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had asked the British to quit India.
On Wednesday, the BJP put up a brave face saying that Balwantsinh Rajput’s loss to Ahmed Patel did not embarrass the party. “It is neither a shock nor an embarrassment. This is a Pyrrhic victory for the Congress as the seat was won by default not by real numbers.’’
He referred to the final five and a half months of Gandhi’s life: “Gandhiji had a keen insight when he commented: ‘Irreligion masquerades as religion’. Today, we see irreligion masquerading as religion."
Underlining the contributions of the Congress and Jawaharlal Nehru to India’s struggle for independence, Sonia said: “It seems secular, democratic and liberal values are being endangered."
Addressing Lok Sabha on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Modi described corruption, poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition as India’s greatest challenges and said a common resolve is needed for this.
The rejection of two votes have made it impossible for the BJP to elect its third candidate – Balwantsinh Rajput -- and ensured the victory of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel, whom the BJP wanted to defeat desperately.
Until early Wednesday, the EC announcement of the results was awaited. But there was word that BJP’s Amit Shah and Smriti Irani had won. At 1.50 am, Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted “Satyamev Jayate,” saying he had won. “Money, muscle and manipulation could not win... BJP can break a few weak Congress MLAs but BJP cannot break the Congress party,” said Congress leader P Chidambaram.
Protests continue in Haryana, demonstration at Chandigarh today
Amid chaotic scenes in the House over the political violence in Kerala, Kher asked, “Can you not penalise this stalker before he becomes a murderer? Do we only notice when the offence becomes fatal?... Female students stalked outside colleges, working women stalked after work.
“I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support," Venkaiah Naidu said after his emphatic victory.
The ruling party, which has clear majority in the Lok Sabha, is expected to win more seats early next year, but will still not be in majority in the 245-member Upper House. The BJP's strength has gone up to 58, overtaking the Congress's 57 with the election of Sampathiya Uikey from Madhya Pradesh.
Vice-Presidential elections today: The NDA MPs made different mistakes: six were “completely wrong”, five had to seek fresh ballot papers, and the remaining five made mistakes which could get their votes declared invalid if the Opposition insisted.
“To keep the health of the municipalities in mind, the municipalities have been given the right to levy a certain reasonable tax if they feel so," Arun Jaitley said.
Jaitley said chit fund schemes had attracted investors by offering nearly 1-1.5% interest higher than the nationalised banks.
In order to keep up the heat on the state government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected visit on August 6 the house of a slain RSS functionary, Rajesh, who was hacked to death by a gang last week.
On Monday, the government was left red-faced after the Opposition, realising that the treasury benches were short of numbers, forced a crucial clause to be dropped.
"Prime Minister Modi may expand his cabinet soon, but AIADMK will not be a part of it,” V Maitreyan, a Rajya Sabha MP, said.
The BJP MP says that MPs having autonomy on matters relating to their salary has resulted in a 400% pay hike for them in a decade
Gandhi’s Zero Hour mention was received in silence from the treasury and the Opposition benches, which were almost empty after a walk out.
CPM’s Sreemathy Teacher said the decision was “cruel”, while N K Premachandran (RSP) accused the government of being opaque on the matter.
Widening of national highways, laying of GAIL pipeline and commissioning of transmission lines for Kudankulam units are the 3 major delayed projects in the state that have now got a fillip.
“Nothing is going to happen before 2019 polls. Prime Minister Modi may expand his cabinet soon, but AIADMK will not be a part of it,” Maitreyan, a Rajya Sabha MP said.
The government has faced many nervous moments in Rajya Sabha while legislating key Bills and in crucial debates due to the absence of majority. For the NDA, which is a minority in the Upper House, Shah’s presence is expected to smoothen coordination among BJP allies.
The lack of numbers forced the government to drop a crucial clause from the bill granting constitutional status to the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC).
Mufti had apparently tried to reach out to BJP leaders, but could not. BJP sources said both party chief Amit Shah and General Secretary Ram Madhav were not available in Delhi. The party leadership is learnt to have instructed the state BJP unit to react strongly but national spokespersons have been asked to avoid commenting.
While one party leader said that Nitish “cannot be a natural ally of the BJP”, another said a section of leaders in Bihar cannot forget how Nitish Kumar had “humiliated BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, referring to his parting with BJP in the wake of Modi becoming the party’s Prime Minister candidate in 2013.
The first gain for us is Bihar's development. Second is the consolidation of the anti-corruption political space. Most players of Grand Alliance, either individually or as a party, are under cloud. In the India of 2017, you cannot have a political coalition only on the basis of the fear of Narendra Modi and BJP, said RS Prasad.