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Delhi Results: AAP Spectacular; BJP Humiliated; Congress Ecstatic

The (final) fortnight-long high-voltage campaign by the mighty BJP machinery falls flat.



NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has retained power in Delhi for the third term in a spectacular fashion. At the time of filing this report, AAP is leading in 63 seats, while BJP is ahead in 7 constituencies in the 70-member Assembly elections. Congress has repeated its blank.


Source: Official website of ECI

Source: Official website of ECI

It is quite astonishing to note that Congress hasn’t just scored ZERO, but lost its deposit in SIXTY SEVEN seats in Delhi. This was a party that was in power for 15 unstoppable years under Sheila Dikshit till 2013.

And yet, the headline uses the word ‘ecstatic’ for reaction by Congress because of reactions like these:

“We were zero earlier, we are zero now. So, it’s a BJP defeat and not ours.”
– Punjab cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharamso

All three sitting BJP MLAs – Vijender Gupta, Om Prakash Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan – are leading in their constituencies.

Celebrations broke out at AAP headquarters as trends showed that the party heading towards a comfortable majority. AAP office was decorated with blue and white balloons and big cut-outs of party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal.

Counting of votes is progressing smoothly amid tight security at 21 centres. The counting began at 8 this morning with postal ballots. The votes cast through electronic voting machines (EVMs) were taken up after that. Each EVM consists of a ballot unit, a control unit and a voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT).

After counting of votes through control units from every assembly constituency, five VVPATs will be randomly selected and they will be counted. 62.59 per cent voter turnout was recorded this year, five per cent less than 2015 assembly polls.

The counting centres are located across 11 districts, including at CWG Sports Complex in east Delhi, NSIT Dwarka in west Delhi, Meerabai Institute of Technology and GB Pant Institute of Technology in southeast Delhi, Sir CV Raman ITI, Dheerpur in central Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana in north Delhi.

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari addressed a press conference and took full responsibility for the stunning drubbing that his party received.

We had higher expectations. We are disappointed but have to accept the verdict. We couldn’t perform well, we’ll evaluate this. Sometimes, we get discouraged when results are not as per our expectations, but I would like to tell our workers to not be disheartened… Compared to 2015, our winning percentage has increased.

I thank the people of Delhi. I thank our party workers for their hard work, they’ve done a lot. I accept the mandate of people of Delhi & congratulate Arvind Kejriwal. I hope he’ll perform well as per the expectations of the people.”

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“Ajmal Kasab Was Planned To Die As Samir Chaudhari”: Ex-Mumbai Top Cop Rakesh Maria

Identity cards with Hindu names, Indian addresses were placed in the pockets of all 10 Pakistani terrorists.



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab would have died as Bengaluru resident Samir Dinesh Chaudhari with a ‘red thread tied around his wrist’ had militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) succeeded in their plan, reveals former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria.

In his tell-all book ‘Let Me Say It Now’, Maria has revealed that 26/11 Mumbai terror attack terrorist Ajmal Kasab had an ID with Hindu name on it.

The ID found on Kasab had his name as “Samir Chaudhary”.

Maria was on the control room duty on the day 10 Pakistani terrorists wreaked havoc in Mumbai.

Maria reveals how he unravelled the plot ISI and Lashkar-e-Toiba had hatched against India during the interrogation. All ten terrorists were made to seem like they were disgruntled Hindus who were against India because of ‘atrocities’ against Muslims.

All ten terrorists were given saffron or red thread to be tied around their wrist.

Identity cards with Hindu names with Indian addresses were placed in their pockets as the ISI and Lashkar wanted all the ten terrorists to die in the attack.

Catching Kasab alive was the biggest breakthrough for Mumbai Police. Had he not been caught alive, the whole world would have been led to believe that this was a Hindu terror attack.

Maria claimed that the police had tried their best to ensure that the terrorist’s details were not leaked to the media.

Maria also claimed that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was given a contract to kill Kasab in police custody.

Maria wrote in her autobiography:

My first priority was to keep the enemy (terrorist Kasab) alive.

The anger and anger of the people against Kasab was at its peak. Not only this, but Mumbai Police officers were also angry.

The Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba were in the process of removing Kasab, by any means, because Kasab was the biggest and only evidence of the Mumbai attack.

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154 Very Prominent Citizens Write To President AGAINST Anti-CAA Protesters

The signatories of the letter said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about the Citizenship Amendment Act.



President Ramnath Kovind

NEW DELHI: Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters. They said that a “false and motivated” campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register (NPR) and NRC to harm the nation.

The signatories of the letter, including 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals, said “fear” is being spread across the country.

They said the campaign is being carried out in a “coordinated manner” leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed.

“This (protests) has grave security implications and does not bode well for our motherland. While ostensibly claiming to oppose government policies, they are in effect designed to destroy the very fabric of this country and harm the nation’s unity and integrity,” they said.

The signatories said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about CAA, NPR and NRC.

They said that while the CAA has been enacted, the idea of NPR and NRC which has been a part of the Indian discourse since Independence remains to be implemented.

According to CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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Joint Military Commands By 2022, Separate Theatres For J&K And Maritime Threat: CDS Bipin Rawat

Theatre commands, which will include Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, will be out by 2022.



NEW DELHI: The Western and the Eastern Command of the Indian Navy will be merged into a single command, to be called the Peninsular Command, and theatre commands will be rolled out by 2022, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said Monday as he outlined his military vision for India.

Noting that threats of another 2008 Mumbai-style attacks remain, Gen Rawat said the security of peninsular India should remain under one command.

Our plan is to create a Peninsula Command with the merger of Navy’s Eastern and Western Command. The area of the command is planned to start from Sir Creek area in west and Sunderbans in east and downwards,” he said speaking to reporters at South Block which houses his office in the capital.

A peninsula command under the Navy that will deal with maritime security should come in earlier as a directive for a study is expected to be out by March 31. “The study should be completed within three-four months and by the end of next year, the command under one naval commander should start functioning,” General Bipin Rawat said. Gen Rawat said the commands could vary from two to five commands.

By the end of the year, a study for theatreisation or joint commands will be in place. The study is to be completed within three months. By 2022, theatre commands should roll out. The number of theatre commands could vary from 2, 4 or 5,” Gen Rawat added.

The Navy chief will have operational control of the command, which will have “some” assets of both IAF and the Navy, said Gen Rawat, adding that the order for the implementation of the command will be issued by year-end.

As India’s first CDS, Gen Rawat is tasked with improving the integration between the three services.

He informed that a study has been ordered under the Air Force Vice Chief, on the Air Defence Command, which will be helpful in avoiding fratricides and timely implementation of orders in case of aerial attacks.

General Bipin Rawat added that the shape of different theatre commands would be clear after the studies to be ordered in this regard are completed.

He said India is looking at overseas bases for logistics.

Air Force To Lead New Air Defence Command: 

The Air Force will be the lead agency for Air Defence Command that has already been announced. By March 31, the study will be completed and the report should be ready by April 10. The implementation order for the air defence command is expected by year-end, Gen Rawat said.

All air defence assets, including the long-range surface-to-air missiles will come under this command. This would include the coast air defence too,” the CDS said. The move, Gen Rawat said, is to avoid any confusions, friendly fire and timely implementation of orders in case of aerial attacks.

He also said joint training, and uniformity in procurement procedures will be a key priority.

Theatre Commands By 2022:

Theaterisation means putting specific units of personnel from the three services — Army, Navy and Air Force — under a common theatre commander so they fight as a cohesive unit. Both the US and China follow a theatre command doctrine.

The study will look into several issues, such as having one command or two separate ones to tackle China — one East of Nepal and another West of Nepal, or whether the Northern Command could be split into two while keeping Jammu & Kashmir as a single unit.

The study will delve into all these issues. However, it is felt that Jammu and Kashmir should be a separate theatre, including the IB (International Boundary) part. Right now the LoC part comes under the Northern Command, but the IB part is under the Western Command,” he said.

We plan to complete the study by 2021 and start issuing directives. The aim is to start theatreisation by 2022,” he said.

There are about 19 military commands in the country and only two of them are tri-service commands – Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) and the Strategic Forces Command, which looks after nuclear assets.

It is felt that reducing the commands and making them function under one umbrella with representation from all three forces, depending on the region and threat assessment, will make the military more effective.

China and the USA function under this model, and there have been suggestions that the Indian military follows a similar tri-service command system.

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