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Kamalnath Resigns; BJP To Stake Claim Today

The MP govt plunged into crisis after the exit of 22 MLAs followed by Jyotiraditya Scindia.



BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday, February 20, announced that he is tendering his resignation, hours ahead of the scheduled floor test. “I have decided to tender my resignation to the Governor today,” he said while addressing a press conference in Bhopal.

His resignation, delivered to the Governor, will facilitate the return of Shivraj Singh Chouhan for a fourth term as head of the large state.

After the press meet on Friday afternoon submitted his resignation to Governor Lalji Tandon, ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test. Governor Tandon accepted his resignation and asked Nath to continue as caretaker Chief Minister, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Earlier, Kamalnath accused the BJP of ‘murdering democracy’ and plotting to pull down his government. It was speculated that the CM is expected to make an important announcement.

He said he would rather stick to his political values and principles of 40 years than compromise. “I will continue to stick to my values. This is my strength,” he told media persons and his fellow MLAs at his official residence.

“I will continue to struggle along with each member of the Congress family in people’s interest.”

Earlier on Thursday night, M.P. Assembly Speaker N.P. Prajapati accepted the resignation of 16 rebel Congress MLAs, who have been in a resort in Bengaluru since March 9, sealing the fate of the embattled government. The Speaker had accepted the resignation of six rebel MLAs on March 14.

The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 seats are vacant. A majority in the House of 206 MLAs will require the support of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs, and Congress 92. The Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent MLAs, which totals up to 99.

Moments after the government fell, BJP leader Arvind Bhadoriya said independent MLAs as well those from the BSP and the SP had shifted their support to the saffron party.

BJP Might Stake Claim Today:

Speaking to reporters after Nath’s resignation, former Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, who is the front runner for the top post again, said the Congress-led government had fallen under its own weight.

The BJP has never been in the game of saving or toppling governments. The situation turned so explosive that Congress’s own friends got upset seeing the State’s downfall under Nath,” he added.

He further said that those around Nath, including Congress MP Digvijaya Singh, created such a situation that the government fell, Chouhan said, adding: “They must introspect.”

Interestingly, out of nowhere, there seems to be more than one leader in the running for the CM’s chair.

Other BJP leaders in the running for the chief minister are party chief whip Narottam Mishra as well as Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar from Gwalior, and Thawar Chand Gehlot from Nagda, a prominent face for the party from the Scheduled Castes.

Taking to Twitter, former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose switch to the BJP along with a bloc of 22 MLAs triggered the collapse of the 15-month Nath government, declared that the people of the State had won.

In the evening, Chauhan met Nath at the latter’s residence. It is not clear what was discussed. The BJP legislature party meeting is likely on March 21.

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COVID-19: PM Modi Announces Platform For Donations, ‘PM-CARES Fund’

Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).



NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund today. This will be a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister. Citizens and organisations can go to the website and donate to PM CARES Fund.

This fund will enable micro-donations allowing a large number of people will be able to contribute with the smallest of denominations.

Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, people from all walks of life have expressed their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19. He appealed to the people to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund.

PM Modi said that this will go a long way in creating a healthier India — before adding that this fund will also cater to similar distressing situations in the future too.

A PIB release read: “The Prime Minister’s office has been receiving spontaneous and innumerable requests for making generous donations to support the government in the wake of this emergency.”

Keeping in mind, the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)’ has been set up,” the release read.

The release also provided account details for those willing to donate as per their wish:

Name of the Account: PM CARES

Account Number : 2121PM20202

IFSC Code: SBIN0000691


Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch

UPI ID: [email protected]

Following modes of payments are available on the website

1. Debit Cards and Credit Cards
2. Internet Banking
3.UPI (BHIM, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayTM, Mobikwik, etc.)

The Fund Gets Off The Ground With Great Support From Known Names:

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COVID-19: SHAHEEN BAGH Flock, A Criminal Health Hazard, CLEARED

Police have detained 6 women and 3 men for violating Section 144 prohibitory orders.



NEW DELHI: The Shaheen Bagh protest site, where hundreds of Islamists, largely elderly women, were stationed for several months for the agitation against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has been cleared by Delhi Police personnel. Police have detained 6 women and 3 men from Shaheen Bagh for violating Section 144 prohibitory orders after they showed resistance to police action.

The eviction of protesters comes two days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the national capital was going into a complete lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has already claimed over 13,000 lives worldwide and is keeping the Indian establishment and health professionals on their toes.

In a communication on Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Srivastava ordered that all border pickets in Delhi be sealed with “immediate effect”. All essential services will continue without any hinderance, he said.

On Sunday, police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Delhi till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, banning protests, and other gatherings. Section 144 of the CrPC bans assembly of four or more people in one place.

DCP South East said, “People at the protest site in Shaheen Bagh were requested today to clear the site as lockdown has been imposed. But after they refused, action was taken against violators as the assembly was unlawful. Protest site has been cleared. Some protesters have been detained.”


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Mama Ji Returns: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sworn In As MP CM For 4rth Term

Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”



BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Exactly a week after the 15-month-long Kamal Nath government was reduced to a minority following the rebellion of 22 Congress MLAs, senior BJP leader and three-time former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as the CM of the state for the fourth time on Monday.

The 61-year-old was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for three terms between 2005 and 2018 before the BJP lost the 2018 assembly elections after voters gave a fractured mandate. The BJP had won 109 seats while the Congress won 114 and the latter formed the government with the support of four Independents, one SP and two BSP members.

The legislature party members — wearing masks due to coronavirus threat and sitting two chairs away from each other — unanimously elected Chouhan as their leader.

Due to the coronavirus situation, no BJP leader from Delhi travelled to Bhopal. The BJP’s central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe joined the meeting via video conferencing from Delhi.

Senior BJP MLA and ex-leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava proposed the name of Chouhan as legislature party leader, which was endorsed by Vijay Shah, Meena Singh, Paras Jain and other MLAs.

After this process, Arun Singh announced Chouhan’s name as the leader of the BJP legislature party. Chouhan, who thanked the MLAs, accused the outgoing Congress dispensation of “ruining” the state, and said he would change the way of running the government from now.

Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”

“We will improve our governance….the shortcomings so far will be removed,” he said.

He said he will go to Mantralaya (state secretariat) after taking the oath and sit till late night to review measures taken to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was another strong contender for the CM post but the BJP chose Chouhan for his experience and because his popularity was still intact.

Scindia Congratulates Shivraj:

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