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Gearing up for the 2022 Assembly polls and next general election, the BJP has decided to complete the formation of booth committees at over 10 lakh polling stations across the country by year end.
Addressing the inaugural session of BJP National Executive Committee meet here, party chief J.P. Nadda set the target to complete the process of forming the booth committees.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that to strengthen the party at ground level chief Nadda has asked to complete the formation of the committees by December 25.
"Formation of booth committees have been completed in 85 per cent of polling booths and remaining work will be completed by December 25," Pradhan said.
The party has also decided to implement the successful 'page committee' concept of Gujarat across the country.
"Page committee will be formed across the country and appointment of 'Panna Pramukh' will be completed by April 6, next year," Pradhan said
He said that Nadda also asked for an institutionalised mechanism to listen to the Prime Minister's 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme at each polling booth.
"Party chief talked about three works to strengthen the organisation at ground level as BJP has yet to reach its 'Utkarsh' (peak)," he said.
Nadda also talked about election results and said that BJP's victory in Huzurabad shows it's rise in Telangana.
"Nadda also said that BJP is getting strong in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to win the next elections," Pradhan said.
In his address, Nadda thanked the people of West Bengal who supported the BJP in this year's Assembly polls.
"In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP's vote share was negligible, now it's 38 per cent. We have got the blessings of Bengal. In political history, such rapid growth in vote share has never been registered. the BJP chief assured people of West Bengal that the party is with them," Pradhan said.
Pradhan added that Nadda in his address also mentioned about the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which is now on the path of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Talking about the meet, Pradhan said that it is being held in a hybrid mode.
"All participants have registered digitally, including Prime Minister Modi, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are also attending the meeting virtually from their homes," Pradhan said.
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Free electricity is becoming a winning formula for elections, as per the IANS-CVoter Live Tracker.
Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections in different states, while AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced to give free electricity in Uttarakhand, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav has promised free electricity in Uttar Pradesh.
As many as 50.29 percent of respondents in the survey said the promise of free electricity is becoming a winning formula for elections while 35.28 percent said no, a party can't win elections just by the promise of free electricity. Also, 50.92 percent said providing free electricity affects the revenue of the states, which affects other essential services that are provided to the public.
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The sample size of the survey is 1,225. CVoter NewsTracker Surveys in India are based on a national representative random probability sample as used in the globally standardized RDD CATI methodology, covering all geographic and demographic segments across all states. This daily live tracker survey is based on interviews of adult (18+) respondents across all socio-economic segments. The data is weighted to the known census profile. The standard margin of error: +/- 3 percent at national trends and +/- 5 percent at regional/zonal trends with a 95 percent confidence level.
Arvind Kejriwal has announced to give free electricity in Uttarakhand.Wikimedia Commons
Kejriwal in a visit to Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand on Sunday, made three promises - free electricity up to 300 units for every household, old electricity bills will be waived off completely, free electricity for agriculture purposes, and the fourth and the last - zero power cut in Uttarakhand, if his party (AAP) forms the government in the state.
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AAP's announcement came around a week after the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised to provide free electricity up to 100 units per day and for above the people have to pay only 50 percent of their total electricity.
Having an experimented formula to provide subsidized power for the last six years in Delhi, Kejriwal explained how 300 units of electricity can be given for free to the people of Uttarakhand.
Replying to queries of reporters in Dehradun, the AAP head said: "We have not made this announcement just out of the air, we have made a calculated estimate for this. Uttarakhand's annual budget is around Rs 50,000 crore, of which only Rs 1,200 crore will be the cost for subsided electricity." (IANS/KB)
On the occasion of 11th National Voters Day (NVD), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasized the need to spread awareness and ensure voter registration, especially among youth. In a tweet, Modi said, “National Voters Day is an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the EC to strengthen our democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections.”
“This is also a day to spread awareness on the need of ensuring voter registration, particularly among the youth,” the Prime Minister said.
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Election Commission of India on Monday is celebrating the day on the theme of ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’. The National Voters’ Day has been celebrated on January 25 every year since 2011, all across the country to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India on January 25, 1950.
The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among the voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in the NVD functions. (IANS)
With reporting by Dr Kumar Mahabir
The following is a REPORT on Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre (ICC) ZOOM public meeting (6/9/20) on the topic “Political violence against Indians in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad – past and recent: Strategies to achieve peace and unity.” The meeting was moderated by Dr Kumar Mahabir of Trinidad and Tobago.
The speakers were RAVI DEV (Guyana), ANGELIQUE ALI HUSSAIN DEL CASTILLO
(Suriname), BASDEO PANDAY (Trinidad) and DR TARA SINGH (Guyana) as the discussant.
GUYANA has a long, bloody history of violence and murders. Way back in 1964, the New York Times reported that 3000 East Indians were beaten and driven from their homes by Africans in the Mackenzie mining district. And recently, on January 12 th 1998, 200 Indian-Guyanese were beaten and assaulted in the streets of Georgetown in full view of the police; yet no arrests were made. These riots were triggered by the victory of the Indian-based People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in the elections of December 1997.
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In SURINAME, former President Desi Bouterse was convicted of torturing and killing15
political opponents in 1982. The victims of the “December murders” included Indians
(Hindustanis) such as Baboeram, Shamber, Oemrawsingh, Rambocus and Sohansing. However, ethnic violence against Indians (Hindustanis) in Paramaribo and elsewhere is rare.
In TRINIDAD, Daurius Figueira has written a book on the political violence against the Indian-
based Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the 1960s. When DLP politicians attempted to stage
campaign meetings in either San Juan, Barataria, Laventille or Port of Spain, they were heckled, cursed and pelted with bottles and stones. Figueira wrote that in both Guyana and Trinidad, a “racist British strategy” destroyed East Indian political ascendancy “and placed a minority race in power through successive fraudulent elections.” Figueira’s book is entitled The East Indian Problem in Trinidad and Tobago 1953-1962 & Terror and Race War in Guyana 1961-1964 (2009).
ANGELIQUE ALI HUSSAIN DEL CASTILLO is from Suriname. She is a former Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Indonesia. She is the Chair of the Democratic Alternative91 (DA’91), a liberal political party in Suriname. Del Castillo is also the Founder and Chair of the Foundation Platform for Politically Active Women. She is also the author of a book entitled The Positive Branding of Islam.
DEL CASTILLO said:
“Political violence, as described by the WHO, is the deliberate use of power and force to achieve political goals. It is characterized by both physical and psychological acts aimed at injuring or intimidating populations. This includes deprivation and deliberate denial of basic needs and human rights.
The Case of Suriname: The Surinamese community of today is the result of immigration both forced and free over the centuries from Asia, Africa and Europe. In the current demographics, Surinamese with Indian roots make up about 30% of the population. Their position has improved from the period of indentured labourers to one where they are active in business and in government as well as in law, medicine and any other professions. Fundamental to this emancipation process was education and additional political participation.
Governor J.C. Kielstra had an instrumental role in the development of the Indian community in Suriname. Because of Kielstra, Asian Marital law was introduced and accepted as a law in
Suriname. He also used his right to appoint five members for parliament for appointing mainly
Indians and Indonesians. With this, the threshold for political participation was crossed. He laid a foundation for recognition.
An important icon of Indian politics in Suriname is Mr. Jagernath Lachmon. Another notable
politician, also because she is female, is Indra Marijke Djwalapersad. Important was their
philosophy drawn from Confucius: ‘The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.’ Lachmon and Djwalapersad believed in promoting unity in diversity as opposed to assimilation, in building a political power structure based on the diverse ethnicity and culture of Suriname.
Hard political violence against Indians did not materialise even though Indians chose to leave the country around independence out of fear, but then the early political leaders chose to contest elections as coalitions of political parties with a diverse ethnic base.
The political scene as well as the political behaviour of many ethnic groups, including the
Indians in Suriname, is much a product of fears and rules for acceptance.
There have been crucial moments when it could have gone either way: physical political violence or just staying with the still-present undercurrent of psychological political violence. Our independence in 1975 was such a moment. Most recently the elections held in May 2020 were based on a campaign of ethnicity.
Skin-colour, ethnicity and gender are weapons that could have been used in the psychological
We will have to emphasize education, leadership and politics based on programs, ideals and
principles. This strategy will allow for a deeper understanding, and less fear and unconditional
acceptance. It will lead a collective ‘We’ instead of an ethnic “I”.