Suraj Yadav,a relative of B P Mandal who served as chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission that became known as Mandal Commission,joined the BJP on Monday after a long stint with the NCP.
Asked why he joined the BJP,Yadav said he believed the partys Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,who too belongs to a backward caste,will bring about the much-needed social engineering in society if elected.
I am convinced Modi should be PM. I wanted to join the party at a rally in Patna but as I believe in an auspicious time,I chose to join the party today, he said. Yadav is an associate professor in the History department of Shraddhanand College under Delhi University. He said he was looking for some role in the Bihar unit of the BJP.
I am looking forward to a role in the Bihar BJP and,if the party asks me,
I will help in the preparations for the Delhi elections as well, he said.
NGOs urge parties to include child welfare in their manifestos
A group of NGOs,working for the welfare of children,has urged the Congress,BJP and AAP to add the
issue to their manifestos.
Noting that despite assurances and legal provisions,very little was actually being done regarding implementation of child-welfare measures,the Delhi Child Rights Group,consisting of a number of NGOs,sent a memorandum,asking the parties to include measures to tackle sexual assault,physical abuse and exploitation of children in their manifestos.
According to the memorandum,the number of sexual assault cases registered till August this year was 1,121,more than double of last years figure (486) in the same period.
Child protection and other childrens issues have yet to become part of the agenda of political parties. You would agree that the situation of violence against children is one of grave concern. We request you to include and accord high priority to strengthening child-protection systems and services as part of your election campaign and development agenda for Delhi, the memorandum states.
Representatives from the NGOs met AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday,who assured to look into the demand.
Meeting takes stock of poll preparedness at Delhi airport
In the run-up to the Assembly elections,the election machinery is tightening its grip around movement of arms,cash and contraband. A coordination meeting was taken by the Chief Election Officer of Delhi on Monday to check election preparedness at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with all stakeholders. The aim,officials said,was to put a complete check on movement of cash,bullion,arms and contraband through international routes and the domestic border of the city with the airport.
The Director-General of Income Tax (investigations) has also set up an income-tax control room and a complaint monitoring cell for receiving complaints or information regarding movement of large sums of undisclosed cash in Delhi during the polls. A toll-free number has also been provided so that people can make complaints or provide such information to the income-tax office.