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OVERNIGHT COUP: Devendra Fadnavis Becomes CM Again; Sharad Pawar Says, “Not My Decision”

Devendra Fadnavis dramatically took oath as Maharashtra CM while NCP’s Ajit Pawar was sworn in as Dy CM.



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): IN AN OVERNIGHT COUP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned its tables on rivals with a faction of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) breaking away under Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar and forming the government under the leader of Devendra Fadnavis in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

The development has brought a major twist in the Maharashtra saga as a day earlier it was senior Pawar who announced that the new Maharashtra government would be led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

The President’s rule was revoked at 5:47 am after an early morning signoff by President Ram Nath Kovind. Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took oath at around 8 am.

On Friday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had cancelled his weekend trip to Delhi for a three-day conference and decided to stay in Mumbai.

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Ajit Pawar, the nephew of Sharad Pawar, had been present last night at a meeting after which the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress announced an alliance with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister.

Fadnavis after taking oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term said that the state needed a stable government and not a ‘Khichdi’ government.

People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result, President’s rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt, not a ‘khichdi’ government,” Fadnavis told newswire agency ANI.

After taking oath as the Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar told reporters: “From the day the results were announced to this day… no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many issues, including farmer issues. So we decided to form a stable government.”

The now looming issue of NCP joining the central government will be decided at a later stage, BJP sources said.

“NOT MY DECISION”, Says Sharad Pawar:

Interestingly, NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed to be just as unaware about the events as the rest of the world with his nephew Ajit’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I came to know at 7 am today about Ajit Pawar. I did not know before that. I will hold a press conference in some time. Uddhav too will address the media. I will speak elaborately then,” the NCP chief said, clarifying that it was not his decision.

Sanjay Raut Says, “People Will Never Forgive Ajit Pawar“:

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has stabbed the people of Maharashtra in the back, said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday.

I am certain that the decision taken by Ajit Pawar has nothing to do with Sharad Pawar. What Ajit Pawar has done will never be forgiven by Chhatrapati Shivaji and the people of Maharashtra,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who said he had noticed Ajit Pawar’s “suspicious” body language last night.

Ajit Pawar was in the meeting yesterday. He wasn’t having eye contact during the meeting. His body language was suspicious. Then he left.midway saying that he has a meeting with a lawyer. His phone was switched off. Now. we know which lawyer he went to. He has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra,” he said.

When Fadnavis was the CM, he had said that his (Ajit Pawar) place is in Arthur Road [jail]. Was the ED investigation used to split the party (NCP)? And, will the cabinet meetings happen in Arthur Road jail now?” Sanjay Raut said.

The ED in September registered a money laundering case against NCP President Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar, and several other politicians and officials in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam worth around Rs 25,000 crore.

Congress Reacts:

Reacting to Devendra Fadnavis taking oath as Maharashtra CM and Ajit Pawar as deputy CM, sources in the Congress said, “We had no idea till late last night this would happen .. NCP and Pawar told us we would meet this afternoon .. they backstabbed us.”

Results to assembly seats were declared almost a month ago on October 24. The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena, partners for over 30 years, fell out despite winning a majority together, with the Sena insistent on its “50:50” power-sharing demand including rotational chief ministership.

President’s Rule was imposed two weeks after the results were announced.

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“Bagga Bagga Har Jagah” Could Override The Other 69 Campaigns In Delhi

The high-voltage Bagga campaign could energise both BJP and rival campaigns across Delhi.



Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga filing his nomination as BJP candidate from Hari Nagar Assembly

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.

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:

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.

For example:

“[…] Kejriwal ji is afraid of this. That is why documents were burnt at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) office…

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:

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:

Now let’s write in pointers what Bagga has done in the last 48 hours:

  1. CHARGED Kejriwal government/officials of committing a serious crime
  2. POINTED OUT aloud, again, Kejriwal government’s delivery shortfall
  3. PROMISED a definite solution for a problem that the Kejriwal government could not address
  4. 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:


The only thing worth noting there is that they are all talking about him.

We all know what happened the last time everyone was talking about one single person.

The voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on February 8 and counting on February 11.

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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.

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.

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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Complaint Filed Against Shaheen Bagh Protesters For Road Blockade

The complaint states that immense inconvenience has been caused to commuters.



NEW DELHI: A complaint has been registered against protestors in Shaheen Bagh area of Delhi for blocking the road while protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

According to Delhi Police, the complaint states that immense inconvenience has been caused to commuters as they have to take alternate routes due to ongoing anti-CAA protest in Shaheen Bagh area. For the past 35 days, people are forced to take alternate routes causing immense inconvenience, the complaint said.

The complainant has requested the police to lodge an FIR and remove the blockade immediately.

Southeast Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal has said that talks are being held with the protesters to persuade them to stage agitation without blocking the roads.

His remarks come after the Delhi High Court asked the Delhi Police to look into the matter of blockage of Kalindi Kunj road due to the protest at Shaheen Bagh.

The court in its recent order had also directed the police to consider the plight of students who have to travel to schools and also have board examinations. Justice Navin Chawla had further directed the police to consider the representation of the Federation of Sarita Vihar Resident’s welfare association.

The association had moved the court claiming that there are many students who are facing difficulties during board examinations as the area is closed since December 15, due to ongoing protests against the Act.

On Sunday, people took out a candle march protest against the CAA, NRC, and NPR outside Jamia Millia Islamia to Shaheen Bagh, holding tricolors, and placards and posters reading ‘Save India, Save Constitution and Save Democracy’.

On Saturday, actor Sushant Singh joined protests at Shaheen Bagh and expressed solidarity with students.

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