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Modi led BJP Government: From Acche Din to Acche Scams

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By Rukma Singh

Seems like BJP’s never ending claims of ‘Acche Din’ and regular attempts at ensuring cleanliness through the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’ don’t necessarily ensure that the ‘secret’ scams and controversies stay under wraps.

With regular scrutiny of the media and opposition parties, which are ready to pounce on at every little opportunity they get, the BJP government hasn’t come out clean in its first year of ‘good governance.’

NewsGram brings to you the most prominent scams and controversies that have occurred in the past one year of ‘acche din.’

NULM Scam

In the last financial year, Centre had granted Rs. 1,078 crore to the states for constructing housing facilities for over 9 lakh urban homeless people, under the  National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).

However, only 208 houses were built across the country. While around 10 lakh urban people continue to live on roads, footpaths and under flyovers, the NDA government’s response is highly awaited.

Vyapam Scam

Vyapam scam was a massive admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen.

Indore Bench of MP High Court served notices to Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Medical Council of India (MCI) following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by parents of some students after reports that more than 300 ineligible candidates managed to get into the merit list.

As per some reports, it is one of  the biggest scandals to rock Madhya Pradesh. What followed the scandal was a series of mysterious deaths of around 44 people.

Officials investigating the matter claimed that those arrested took the name of people who were already dead, a method used by organized crime syndicates to mislead the probe.

Modi Gate

The most recent controversy that has sparked numerous debates is the alleged help extended by Sushma Swaraj to Lalit Modi, in order to allow him to fly to London.

Congress and Aam Admi Party took this chance to rally and protest against BJP. They went on to demand Swaraj’s resignation from the party.

Within few days of the incident, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also got embroiled in the controversy with allegations of her having engaged in conversation with Modi to facilitate his travel.

Maharastra Scam

Pankaja Munde’s involvement:

What is said to be the first scam to have happened under the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra, the opposition has accused state’s Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde of irregularities in purchases for the Integrated Child Development Scheme, a supplementary nutrition scheme for vulnerable children and women.

Munde, daughter of former central Cabinet Minister Gopinath Munde, is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 230-crore for snacks, dishes, water filters etc for ICDS child care centres, or anganwadis,  through 24 government resolutions on a single day on February 13. Moreover, the food given to the undernourished children was extremely low on quality.

Vinod Tawde’s involvement:

Education minister Vinod Tawde has become the second minister in the Maharashtra government to be accused of irregularities in awarding contracts, with authorities seeking a probe into allegations that his department finalised a Rs 191-crore contract without mandatory e-tendering.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

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Surajpal Singh Amu: A case of Fatwa by Hindus?

BJP's Surajpal Singh Amu announced a reward roughly equivalent to $1.5 million to anyone who would behead Deepika Padukone and the film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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A man signs a banner during a signature campaign as part of a protest against the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in Kolkata, India, Nov. 22, 2017. VOA

A leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced that he would pay a reward roughly equivalent to $1.5 million to anyone who would behead an Indian actress and a film director.

Surajpal Singh Amu, a member of the BJP in northern Haryana state, is apparently upset about an upcoming movie, Padmavati, starring actress Deepika Padukone as the 14th-century Hindu queen Padmini.

The movie is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Amu alleged that the movie is misleading, not based on truth and offends Hindu sentiments in the country.

FILE - Actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali attend the opening of the 13th annual Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Nov. 29, 2013.
FILE – Actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali attend the opening of the 13th annual Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Nov. 29, 2013. VOA

“We will reward the ones beheading them, with 10 crore rupees, and also take care of their family’s needs,” Amu said in an interview with India’s Asia’s Premier News (ANI) earlier this week.

Threats against movie

Amu also vowed not to allow the release of the movie and warned movie theaters to avoid playing the movie or risk being torched.

The movie was set to be released during the first week of December.

Rights activists have reacted strongly to the threats and urged the government to take action.

“This is pretty outrageous that you announce publicly and no action takes place at a time when people are being arrested for most trivial reasons in this country,” Gotum Naulakha, an Indian-based civil liberties activist, told VOA.

A security guard walks past a poster of the upcoming Bollywood movie "Padmavati" outside a theater in Mumbai, India, Nov. 21, 2017.
A security guard walks past a poster of the upcoming Bollywood movie “Padmavati” outside a theater in Mumbai, India, Nov. 21, 2017. VOA

An official complaint has been registered against Amu, but many are criticizing the stance of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party — which controls the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — on the matter.

“I’ve not heard any official stance from the central government or the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” Vinod Sharma, an Indian-based analyst, told VOA.

Anil Jain, a local BJP spokesperson, told ANI that the law applies to everyone in the state of Haryana and no one can threaten others. The central government has yet to react, however.

Bollywood actress Padukone stood her ground and said the movie would be released despite the threats.

“Where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” Padukone told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) last week.

Controversy

Padmavati was controversial right from the start. Opponents of the movie stormed the filming of one scene and destroyed the film sets. They were upset that the director of the movie was distorting facts by alleging romance between the Hindu queen and the Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.

Film director Bhansali, however, denies the allegations and maintains the story is based on a Sufi and medieval-era poem written about the Hindu queen. In the poem, the Hindu queen chooses death before the Muslim conqueror could capture her.

Some experts say the poem is centuries old and there is a possibility the Hindu queen might be purely a fictional character found only in folklore.

“There’s a lot of debate in India whether Padmavati was actually a living being many, many years ago or whether she was just an imagined person in a poem,” analyst Sharma said.

Rights activists maintain that if government fails to draw clear lines around the threat made by the politician, and discourage a growing sense of impunity for some, incidents like this will only increase and threaten the freedom of expression in the world’s biggest democracy.

“By letting loose and giving [a] sense of impunity to the goons of the ruling party or people who’re connected or close to the ruling party, we’re paving the ground for much bigger and [worse] things to happen in the near future,” Naulakha told VOA.

The movie is awaiting approval from India’s Central Board of Film Certification.

Written by Madeeha Anwar of VOA.

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Delhi government’s liquor license scam exposed

AAP has turned Delhi into liquor den.

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Delhi government's liquor license scam exposed
Arvind Kejriwaal,Delhi CM.Flickr
 • Illegal liquor licenses granted in shopping malls
 
• Swaraj India protests against illegal vends at Cross River Mall
 
• Illegal vends have turned the mall into a liquor den
 
• Liquor license scam, a perfect example of unholy collusion between AAP & BJP
 
• Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power on the promise of making Delhi addiction free, has today become the Badal of Delhi and Manish Sisodia another Majithia.
New Delhi, Nov 5: Newly formed political party, the Swaraj India has exposed a major scandal in the distribution of liquor licenses by the Delhi government. Party’s Chief National Spokesperson and Delhi State President, Anupam, said that the Delhi government is illegally distributing L10 category liquor licenses enabling dealers to open vends in shopping malls of the city.
The Delhi government offers licenses in the L-10 category to liquor vends in shopping malls of the city. Definition of shops operating from within a mall is clearly stated in the law and the rule mandates that all shops operating from within a mall should be opening up within the building only and cannot have an entrance towards the exterior side of the mall. But Delhi government and the mall management have created these liquor shops against the approved map of the mall. Every week, the Excise officials of Delhi Government are supposed to inspect liquor vends existing in the city, but not a single objection has been raised against these vends that are blatantly violating rules every single day.
And this has resulted in around a dozen liquor vends springing up in just the ground floor of the Cross River Mall. This has turned the shopping mall into a den of liquor vends leaving people living in nearby residential areas helpless. Neither the Delhi government nor the MCD and nor the Delhi police are even taking note of this broad daylight scam. “Is this not a direct sign that all the levels of the government and administration are complicit in letting this illegal trade grow?” Anupam asked.
Everyone in Delhi is well aware of how the employees of MCD don’t lose a moment to demand their share when any construction work begins anywhere. But when illegal constructions are done at such a large scale in a big mall, the MCD doesn’t even blink an eye.
Cross River mall is located in an area from where the Councillor, the MLA as well as the MP are from the BJP. The illegal license is being granted by AAP led Delhi government. It is surprising to see such a harmonious blend between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP. Promoting liquor trade in Delhi seems to be such a profitable business for both the BJP as well as the AAP that it has brought together the two parties that are otherwise always at loggerheads. Are the black transactions involved in such liquor business the real reason why not a single question has yet been raised by anyone or any party?
Earlier in the last, the Delhi government has eased rules for granting the license to new liquor vends by reducing the minimum carpet area required from 1000 to 500 square feet. And now, in clear dereliction of rules, even vends are being run in the shopping malls.
 On Sunday, Swaraj India’s Mahila Swaraj Morcha protested against the numerous liquor vends in Cross River Mall of Delhi and demanded that the liquor shops be closed down. And in this mall in Shahdara, around a dozen liquor shops have been opened up by granting illegal licenses of the L10 category. And outside this mall, that has been turned into a den of liquor vends, a crowd of drunkards creating an atmosphere of hooliganism has become a daily affair. There has been a continuous increase in crime in the drunken state, where eve-teasing & snatching have become a regular affair.
Sarvesh Verma, President of the party’s Mahila Morcha, said that Arvind Kejriwal who rode to power on the promise of making Delhi an addiction-free city has today become the Badal of Delhi with Sisodia as another Majithia.
Anupam said that though the Delhi government’s anti-women policies will result in the promotion of alcohol addiction but Swaraj India will not let these nefarious plans succeed. The party has earlier as well launched mass agitations against the granting of liquor licenses in residential areas of Delhi, because of which the Delhi government was compelled to announce a ban on the distribution of new licenses. If the government does not immediately order an investigation into the illegal L10 vends and stop this unholy collusion, the Mahila Swaraj Morcha of Swaraj India will take this agitation ahead for the betterment of Delhi.

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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia

– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)