Ramdev’s ‘Sankalp Poorti Mahotsav’ at Talkatora Stadium was a star-studded affair — with BJP president Rajnath Singh and new MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and V K Singh among others present on the dais. The usually serious Rajnath Singh, flush from a staggering electoral victory, was also quite relaxed. So amid repeated references to ‘brahmacharya’ (celibacy) of BJP’s national general secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal — who was also present — the BJP president quipped that though he could not vouch for Lal being a ‘brahmachari’ as he did not know this for sure, he would guarantee that Lal is a ‘sadachari’ (of good character), sparking off laughter and applause.
AFTER the party’s humiliating defeat, Congress leaders are smelling a rat. Ajit Jogi, the former Chhattisgarh chief minister who was leading for most part of the counting day but lost in the end by a margin of 1,217 votes, claims something was amiss. He is planning to file an election petition challenging the result. Sanjay Nirupam — who lost by a whopping 4.46 lakh votes from Mumbai North — believes the BJP tampered with and manipulated the EVMs in 300 seats. Reminded that the Congress was in power both at the Centre and in Maharashtra apart from the fact that EVMs are in the custody of the Election Commission, he said the servicing and maintenance of the machines were not done by the EC directly and claimed a private company based in Gujarat had bagged the contract for that job.
SMARTING from the lack of impact that its appeal to Muslims to vote for selected candidates — including Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi — has had, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has termed the results of the Lok Sabha election as an unexpected outcome of “disunity, division and mutual clashes among secular parties and their leaders”. In a damage control exercise for its remark that the BJP’s election manifesto and statements of leaders have created apprehension, it has expressed hope that the new government would follow the “raj dharma”.
Trains to Delhi
SOON after trends were clear giving an impressive victory to Narendra Modi-led BJP, the Railway Ministry received a message from the BJP to arrange special trains on May 20 to ply from Vadodara and Varanasi bringing people to Delhi. BJP supporters from both constituencies from where Modi contested and won are expected to be present at Modi’s swearing-in ceremony and also participate in other celebrations. Right after receiving the message from the new political masters, the top brass of the Railways was busy arranging the same. Instructions were also given to see to it that there is no problem with the ticket booking process for these trains.
AFTER BJP’s victory, the social media was abuzz with a lot of humorous messages. One of such messages said, “Kejriwal ka latest aarop: Desh ki janata bhi Modi ke saath mili huyi hai.”