NEW DELHI: Polling for 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held on February 8 and counting will be undertaken on February 11.
The notification will be issued on January 14 and the last date of nomination will be 21st of this month. The Election Commission announced the schedule for the Assembly elections in the city this evening.
Schedule for Single Phase Delhi Assembly Elections#DelhiElections2020
Date of Notification: 14th Jan
Last day of nomination: 21st Jan
Scrutiny of nominations: 22nd Jan
Last date for withdrawal of candidature: 24th Jan
Date of Poll: 8th Feb
Counting of votes: 11th Feb pic.twitter.com/5G26ToEQYQ
— Election Commission of India #SVEEP (@ECISVEEP) January 6, 2020
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with the deceleration of elections.
He said, the poll panel is committed to conducting free and fair polls and 90 thousand policemen will be deployed for polling process. Mr Arora said, over 13 thousand Polling Stations will be set up for more than 1.46 crore voters in the national capital.
The term of the current Assembly will expire on the 22nd of February. In the 2015 Assembly elections, AAP had won 67 seats with 54.34 per cent vote share, while BJP grabbed 3 seats with 32.19 per cent vote share. Congress had failed to win a single seat with just 9.65 per cent of votes in its favour.
Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi (All 70 Assembly Constituencies)
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
Last Date for making Nominations
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
Last date for withdrawal of candidature
Date of poll
Date of Counting
Date of Completion
Raj Thackeray Begins Fresh Innings; Shiv Sena Wary Of His Bold Saffron Avatar
A transition to ‘soft Hindutva’ by the MNS is seen as the precursor to an alliance with the BJP.
MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday unveiled party’s new saffron-coloured flag, symbolising his party’s drift towards the Hindutva ideology.
MNS President Raj Thackeray unveiled the party’s new flag in a rich saffron hue with the symbol of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Raj Mudra (“Royal Seal”), at the party’s first mega-convention held at NSE Grounds in Mumbai’s Goregaon.
The seal of Shivaji reads: “Ever-Increasing Like The Crescent Moon, The Kingdom Of Shivaji, The Son Of Shahaji, Will always seek the welfare of the people.”
The old had had blue, green and saffron bands and the image of a train engine.
The launch coincides with the birth anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray, his uncle and founder of the Shiv Sena, which is now being ruled by his cousin and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
What made the event even more interesting was the fact that Raj Thackeray used the occasion to formally anoint his son, Amit Thackeray as a ”leader” of MNS, paving the way for another scion of the Thackeray clan to enter politics.
श्री. अमित राज ठाकरे ह्यांची पक्षाच्या ‘नेते’पदी नियुक्ती झाल्याच्या घोषणेच्या सुवर्णक्षणी टिपलेली क्षणचित्रं✨#मनसेध्वज #मनसे_अधिवेशन #राजठाकरे #महाराष्ट्रधर्म #हिंदवीस्वराज्य #महाराष्ट्रसैनिक #RajThackeray #MaharashtraDharma #Hindaviswarajya pic.twitter.com/qRmLV9WpAX
— MNS Adhikrut (@mnsadhikrut) January 23, 2020
Amit is likely to be given charge of the MNS student wing. In 1988, Raj became president of the Shiv Sena’s Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) in his formal launch in politics.
The development came amid changed political permutations and combinations after the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress joined hands to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government headed by Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray”s estranged cousin.
The Shiv Sena’s Hindutva ideology is seen to be at odds with its recent decision to govern Maharashtra in coalition with the blatant Muslim community appeasing by Congress and the NCP.
Senior MNS leader Deshpande has been quick to point that out: “Speaking and doing are two different things. After the death of Shri Balasaheb Thackeray Ji when has Sena held the saffron flag? Never. Be it Ganesh Utsav or Dahi Handi, MNS Raj Thackeray has stayed with them and will always be we them.”
मनसे ध्वजाचं अनावरण झाल्यानंतरचे जल्लोषाचे केसरी क्षण… ✨#मनसेध्वज #मनसे_अधिवेशन #राजठाकरे #महाराष्ट्रधर्म #हिंदवीस्वराज्य #महाराष्ट्रसैनिक #RajThackeray #MaharashtraDharma #Hindaviswarajya pic.twitter.com/zosEaIkg2v
— MNS Adhikrut (@mnsadhikrut) January 23, 2020
Formed in 2006 after Raj Thackeray left the Shiv Sena, the MNS currently has a single representative in the 289-strong Maharashtra state assembly, all but one of whose members are elected.
Deshpande said the new changes “will bring new energy” to Maharashtra, and a “new twist”.
Raj is likely to spell out the forthcoming strategy for the party on this issue at the conclave. Despite the charismatic authority of its supreme leader, the MNS has seen just one MLA being elected to the Maharashtra assembly in 2014 and 2019, a steep decline in its fortunes compared to the bench strength of 13 in 2009.
For the moment, senior MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande, he said, “Saffron is not the property of anyone. The whole Maharashtra is saffron. We are saffron. On Thursday you will come to know about our plans. But one thing is sure this will bring new energy to Maharashtra. There will be new twist and options in Maharashtra politics.”
On alliance with BJP, he said, “It is good they are welcoming our move but right now there is no discussion of going with BJP, in future let’s see where things go.”
The times, they are a turning interesting again…
“Bagga Bagga Har Jagah” Could Influence The Entire Delhi Election Campaigning
The high-voltage Bagga campaign could energise both BJP and rival campaigns across Delhi.
NEW DELHI: When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its second and final list of candidates for Delhi Assembly Elections yesterday (On January 21), only two things stood out of the party’s two-phased announcement viz., incumbent Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been given a walkover in the New Delhi seat and Delhi BJP’s most famous social media personality Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has been given a ticket. Within hours, it became clear that only the latter development mattered.
Bagga lost little time in launching his campaign with a rap song “Bagga Bagga Har Jagah” on himself soon after his party announced his candidature from the Punjabi-dominated Hari Nagar seat a little after midnight on Tuesday. “How is the josh? #Baggabaggaharjagah,” he captioned the rap song on Twitter. The song revolving around Bagga highlighted his fight against various political and social issues.
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 21, 2020
Garlanded by his supporters, Bagga filed his nomination on Tuesday. In the affidavit filed by him, Bagga has declared movable assets worth Rs 18.90 lakh including a car and has nil immovable assets. BJP has fielded Bagga against Aam Aadmi Party’s Princess Dhillon and Congress’ Surender Sethi.
Who is Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga?
Bagga, who describes himself a “Swayamsevak” on this Twitter profile, first came to be known as the hot-headed person who heads an organisation ‘Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena‘, a “task force against traitors, anti-nationals and corrupt”.
He first grabbed national headlines in October 2011 when he slapped lawyer-activist and the then AAP leader Prashant Bhushan for his support for a plebiscite on Kashmir.
He had openly taken credit for the assault and called it “Operation Prashant Bhushan”. “He try to break my Nation, I try to break his head. Hisab chukta. Congrats to all. operation Prashant Bhushan successful (sic),” he had tweeted.
In 2011, he disrupted a launch event of author Arundhati Roy’s book at the India Habitat Centre.
In 2014, he set up a tea stall outside the Congress headquarters as a protest against party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘chaiwala’ remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bagga, who is frequently involved in Twitter spats with the party’s rivals and critics, had earlier this month challenged actress Konkona Sen Sharma to prove his claims to be wrong and promised to quit politics. Sharma had called him out for tweeting a video of a protest at the Gateway of India in Mumbai against the attack on JNU students in which he claimed: “Muslim and Leftists students in Mumbai again Raised Slogans ‘Hinduo se Aazadi’ but this time not in Jamia or JNU, they raised Hinduo se Aazadi Slogans at Gateway of India Mumbai“.
Though initially he was not affiliated with BJP, he started supporting top BJP leader Narendra Modi before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and in 2015, managed to earn a seat with around 150 social media influencers who were invited by the Prime Minister at his official residence.
In 2017, he was made Delhi BJP spokesperson.
The ‘Bagga Factor’ in Delhi Elections:
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will pocket more than 50 seats in the upcoming Delhi assembly election, Bagga claimed today.
“The BJP will win more than 50 seats in the upcoming assembly elections, Kejriwal Ji is afraid of this. That is why documents were burnt at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) office, 15 days before the polls,” Bagga said, according to news agency ANI.
The assertion is laughed at by his opponents as the BJP could win only three seats in the last assembly polls in 2015 with the AAP scoring a landslide victory with 67 seats. Additionally, the party has been out of power in the Capital for more than two decades and aims to better its position.
But, while Bagga’s intrinsic nature is to be confident and “raring to take the bull by the horns”, there might be other reasons for optimism for the party too:
— League of India (@league_of_india) January 22, 2020
And yet, it is not the insight carried by the graph that makes the ‘Bagga Factor’ stand out.
Bagga gets down to the business of communication in exactly the same manner as that brought the AAP party to power – utterly direct, outlandish, and amplified.
“[…] Kejriwal ji is afraid of this. That is why documents were burnt at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) office…”
Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, BJP candidate from Hari Nagar: BJP will win more than 50 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections, Kejriwal ji is afraid of this. That is why documents were burnt at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) office, 15 days before the polls. #DelhiElections pic.twitter.com/QQJAooLers
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2020
Kejriwal & Co. know full well that such frontal attacks travel far and wide. They, after all, rode on ‘papers about Ambani and Adani’ to the government’s seat. The fear is real:
सबूत जलने लगे हैं गुनाहगारों के..!😂😂 https://t.co/crWD56OSmZ
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) January 20, 2020
Stark charges of daylight crime by the Kejriwal government are accompanied by illustrations of its failure:
“He (Arvind Kejriwal) promised wifi, 15 lakh CCTV, bus marshals, 20 colleges and 500 schools. HAS HE DONE ANYTHING? What he did was in the last three months. Earlier, he was saying Modi Ji is not letting him do anything.”
Topping it all are promises for a better future:
Hari Nagar Vidhansabha will be the first Vidhansabha in Delhi which will release their own Manifesto. We will Install Smog Tower in Hari Nagar Vidhanasabha in First 60 days of My Victory. #PolllutionFreeHariNagar
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 22, 2020
Now let’s write in pointers what Bagga has done in the first 30 hours of his candidature itself:
- ACCUSED Kejriwal government/officials of committing crimes
- LISTED aloud, again, Kejriwal government’s delivery shortfalls
- PROMISED definite solutions for problems that the Kejriwal government could not address
- ENGAGED one and all with sound bytes, text, and indeed a very, very catchy campaign song
Those four exercises, simultaneously, amplified via all on- and off-line communication is something that even Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal — at least till the writing of this report — is failing to catch up with.
Why wouldn’t the Bagga blitzkrieg have reverberations across all the other 69 Assembly constituencies?
The truth is, it already is. Not the least because no one quite rankles AAP, Congress, and the Lutyens media quite like Tajinder Bagga. They are all talking about him getting the ticket:
भाजपा ने एक उन्मादी व्यक्ति को भी अपना प्रत्याशी बनाया है कृपया उसका नाम बताये? pic.twitter.com/CLBDT1wJuV
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) January 21, 2020
From my 2019 election book: ‘that the ruling party had chosen a thuggish lout as its spokesperson only demonstrated how rapidly the rules of the political game had changed: being a social media influencer was now a ticket to getting access to power corridors!’ #tajinderBagga pic.twitter.com/x6sEuyLEvH
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 21, 2020
From promoting lynch mobs & fake news perveyors on the social media & media to giving tickets to goons being prosecuted for terror, rape & other crimes, BJP has come a long way https://t.co/z8yjIk1q3g
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 21, 2020
The only thing worth noting there, as none other than Arvind Kejriwal would tell you, is that they are all talking about him. We all know what happened the last time everyone was talking about one single person.
No, we are not saying that he would become the chief minister, as Arvind Kejriwal did.
All that we are saying is that this candidature carries the potential of not only shaping the tone and tactics but also test the tenacity of the rival campaigns.
This candidature could potentially decide the entire conversation around the Delhi elections.
The voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on February 8 and counting on February 11.
Who Is JP Nadda, The New President Of The World’s Largest Political Party?
It brings an end to Amit Shah’s tenure of over 5 1/2 years during which the BJP expanded across India.
NEW DELHI: Nearly seven months after becoming the working president of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jagat Prakash Nadda has taken over as party president, a responsibility he shared with Home Minister Amit Shah for nearly a year. It is believed that Nadda enjoys the trust of both the PM and Mr Shah and is unlikely to face too tough a challenge within the organisation.
Nadda’s name was proposed by ex-chiefs and parliamentary board members Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari. He was soon declared elected unopposed as no other name was proposed. Senior BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh, who is the in-charge of the organisational election process, made the announcement at the party headquarters in Delhi.
— BJP (@BJP4India) January 20, 2020
A veteran leader, he is an old organizational workhorse with strong RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the BJP’s ideological mentor) roots.
He is a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board, which is the party’s top decision-making body having its most important members, that gives him requisite seniority for the job as well.
PM Modi and Mr Shah had met senior leaders of the BJP, chief ministers and former chief ministers in a series of meetings at the party office on Sunday, to formally apprise them of Mr Nadda’s candidature.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are expected to be at the BJP office for Mr Nadda’s formal elevation.
Nadda immediate task is to deliver Delhi – against a seemingly frontrunning Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Arvind Kejriwal. Later in the year, there are elections in Bihar, where it is in power with ally Nitish Kumar. The party has also launched a mega campaign in Bengal, which will vote in 2021.
BJP Presidents At A Glance:
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee 1980–86
- Lal Krishna Advani 1986–91
- Murli Manohar Joshi 1991–93
- Lal Krishna Advani 1993–98
- Kushabhau Thakre 1998–2000
- Bangaru Laxman 2000–01
- J Krishnamurthi 2001–02
- D Venkiah Naidu 2002–04
- Lal Krishna Advani 2004-05
- Rajnath Singh 2005-09
- Nitin Gadkari 2009-13
- Rajnath Singh 2013-14
- Amit Shah 2014-2020
Journey Of A ‘Karyakarta’:
Nadda was born on December 2, 1960, to Narain Lall Nadda and Shrimati Krishna Nadda. His studied at the St. Xaviers School in Patna, Bihar, and then got his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Patna University. He later shifted from Patna to Himachal Pradesh to pursue LL.B. from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
Nadda has risen through the ranks in BJP and has served at various level, including being a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Although Nadda formally came into public life in 1993 when he first became a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in home state Himachal Pradesh, he was detained for 45 days for protesting against the imposition of Emergency in 1975.
कार्यकर्ता ही नींव, कार्यकर्ता ही नेतृत्व
भाजपा के शीर्ष शिल्पकारों की एक साधारण कार्यकर्ता से राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष बनने की यात्रा… pic.twitter.com/Sk3a4Y9PX4
— BJP (@BJP4India) January 20, 2020
Nadda has been a member of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly thrice in 1993, 1998, and 2007.
During his first term, he served as the Leader of his party group in the H.P. Legislative Assembly, from 1994 to 1998. He was the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs during his second term.
Nadda was elected for another term in the 2007 elections. After Prem Kumar Dhumal formed a government, he inducted Nadda in his cabinet, as cabinet minister responsible for Forest, Environment, Science and Technology, from 2008 to 2010.
His big break in national politics came in May 2010 when the then BJP president Nitin Gadkari made him the general secretary of the party under his leadership. Since then Nadda has played an important role for BJP at the national level and has not gone back to the state legislative assembly.
Soon after becoming part of BJP’s national politics plan, Nadda became a member of Rajya Sabha in April 2012 and handled Uttar Pradesh during 2019 general elections. He served as health minister under Modi from 2014 to 2019.
Nadda was also talked about as Himachal Pradesh chief minister in 2017, after the surprising defeat of BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal in the party’s victorious campaign. However, that did not materialise.
But, instead of sulking in a corner, he ensured that his confidante Jairam Thakur got the top post. Consequently, Nadda still continues to enjoy a strong hand in state politics as he does at the Centre. The victory in Uttar Pradesh, where he was the in-charge, is a testament to his strategy making skills.
Nadda is married to Mallika Nadda and the couple has two sons. Interestingly, Nadda’s mother-in-law is former Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Jayshree Banerjee, a senior BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh.
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