Congress : Now ‘One family, One ticket’ rule, says Rahul Gandhi at Nav Sankalp Shivir

Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India]- Hours after the Congress Working Board (CWC) gave its authorization to the organisational reforms, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday insisted that ‘one family, one ticket’ rule should be applied in the pary from now onwards.
Dealing with the wrapping up session of the ‘Nav Sankalp Shivir’ being held in Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi stated, “We should make certain the suggestion that individual per family should get a ticket (to fight elections). I additionally advise the inclusion of the youth in the Congress party. Likewise, just one participant of a family should be provided a ticket.”

The Udaipur Nav Sankalp Shivir declaration has been taken on by the CWC at its conference commanded by president Sonia Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi discussed issues with grassroot level leaders

” It is extremely important that we limit the number of member of the family that are involved in our party, as well as let them function as well as let them join the organization. However we must not have a scenario where 5-7 participants of a family members are in the organization and also getting tckets for elections. ,” stated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

On May 13, Congress had actually placed a motion on the ‘one family members, one ticket’ proposition mooted by a panel established for the Udaipur Chintan Shivir.

The primary condition is that loved ones of Congress leaders that desire to contest elections should have worked for the party for at the very least 5 years.

Gandhi said, “The formula will not be used if the 2nd member from a family members is proactively working for the party for at the very least five years.”

The ‘organisation’ panel has made numerous pointers consisting of the tenures of AICC office-bearers and other issues.  The information on the ‘one household, one ticket’ idea clears the way for leaders who might have been neglected of the race for election tickets.

From Gandhi Family, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, that had stayed behind the curtains before joining national politics, was appointed party general secretary in 2018 and also will certainly be finishing 6 years in her brand-new duty when basic political elections are in 2024.

The three-day Navsankalp Shivir began in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. Six committees have actually been established and 430 leaders discussed strategies to take on emerging challenges.

Jhunjhunu road mishap: PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to victim’s family

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed sorrow over the deaths of those killed in a road accident in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.

As many as 11 people were killed and several others were injured in a rod accident as a pickup vehicle collided with a truck in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan on Tuesday, said police.
The Prime Minister announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

”Anguished by the tragic accident in Jhunjhunu. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased. The injured would be given Rs 50,000,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet.

The accident occurred in the afternoon on the Jhunjhunu-Gudha Godji highway.

About 20 people were on their way home in a pickup vehicle when the incident occurred.

“Eight people died on the spot, others three died in hospital. A total of 11 people have died so far. The injured are admitted to the hospital and treatment is going on,” said Shankar Lal Chhaba, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

“20-22 people were travelling to their homes in a pickup vehicle when the incident happened,” said Shankarlal Chabba, Sub-Inspector.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed grief over the incident. “My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May God give them strength to bear this loss and may the souls of the departed rest in peace. Wishing a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. (ANI)

COVID-19: Rajasthan roads deserted on Sunday as state imposes curfew

Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India] (ANI): Roads were deserted in Rajasthan on Sunday as the state government imposed a Sunday curfew amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to the state order, the curfew begins from 11 pm on Saturday night and continues till 5 am on Monday morning. Following the curfew order, the roads were seen deserted from 8 o’clock on Saturday night. However, milk, fruits and vegetable shops were allowed to open on Sunday. The police had also conducted route marches in many areas on Saturday asking people to stay at home during curfew hours.
The Rajasthan Police made special arrangements for the weekend curfew on Sunday. “More than 500 policemen have been deployed throughout the day. Three to four checkpoints have been made by each police station”, stated the police.
“Police have intensified patrolling, raised barricades in Jodhpur to check violations of weekend curfew in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases. Strict action is being taken in case of non-emergency movement in the middle of weekend curfew”, said Sunil Charan, Police Officer, Khanda Falsa Police station.
“Those leaving home without work are being stopped at these checkpoints. Action is being taken against those who are roaming unnecessarily. They are being fined”, added the police officer. “The people who are out on road despite the curfew have to provide valid documents to sustain their movements”, said Sunil Charan.
Three to four points were made in the police station area, where ASI rank officers and jawans have been stationed. (Image source: Instagram)

India reports first death due to Omicron variant in Rajasthan

New Delhi [India]: The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the first death due to the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 in India. While addressing a press briefing, the Joint Secretary of Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “Technically it is Omicron related death in Rajasthan. He was an elderly person. The person is reported to have co-morbidities, like diabetes among others.”
According to the Union Health Ministry, 108 deaths have been reported so far globally.
“The country has reported 6.3 times increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the last eight days,” the Ministry said.
The Health Ministry stated that the spread is a matter of concern.
During the press conference, ICMR head Dr Balram Bhargava said, “Omicron was now the predominant circulating strain in cities and all mass gatherings should be avoided.”
As per the ministry, 2,135 cases of Omicron have been reported in the country with Maharashtra registering the maximum cases followed by Delhi.
The ministry has also said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are States of concern where there has been a rise in COVID-19 cases.
“28 districts in the country are reporting more than 10 per cent weekly positivity,” Ministry has said.
Notably, India on Wednesday reported 58,097 fresh COVID cases and 534 deaths while on Tuesday, the country had recorded 37,379 new COVID cases and 124 deaths.

Vicky-Katrina’s Wedding: Kabir Khan, Mini Mathur & Others Fly To Rajasthan

The news of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s rumoured wedding has brought in huge crowds to Mumbai and Jaipur airport.

Shutterbugs have been thronging to catch glimpses of the celebrities who are attending the big fat wedding at Six Senses Fort Barwara. On Tuesday morning, Katrina’s close friend and filmmaker Kabir Khan jetted off to Jaipur to attend the former’s wedding festivities.

Several pictures of him with his wife Mini Mathur and daughter Sairah reaching Mumbai aiport have been doing the rounds on the internet.

For the unversed, Katrina has worked with Kabir in several films such as ‘New York’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, and ‘Phantom’.

Interestingly, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi were also spotted at the Mumbai aiport today. The couple has also flown to Jaipur to attend Katrina and Vicky’s wedding.

Katrina and Vicky are all set to the tie knot on December 9. A day ago, the two were spotted flying out of Mumbai for their destination wedding.

Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal Along With Family Members To Reach Rajasthan Soon

All eyes are on Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s rumoured wedding! And the latest update is that the celebrity couple is set to reach Rajasthan soon.

Several videos have been doing the rounds on social media showing the luggage of the ‘Sooryavanshi’ actor and her family members being loaded into cars.

Hence, it can be anticipated that the actors and their families will leave for Rajasthan today to kickstart the pre-wedding festivities, which are speculated to last from December 7 to December 9 at the Six Senses Fort Barwara.

Last night, the paparazzi clicked Katrina, her mother Suzanne Turquotte and other family members outside Vicky Kaushal’s residence in Mumbai. Katrina was looking stunning in a gorgeous white ruffled saree, while her mother was spotted wearing a green suit.

The couple reportedly sent food to the media people waiting outside their houses for coverage.

As per several media reports, the rumoured wedding with only immediate family and close friends in attendance will be held from December 7 to December 9. The couple’s sangeet ceremony will reportedly take place on December 7 followed by the mehendi function on December 8.

A special reception is also expected to be hosted for the film fraternity in Mumbai.

Previously, a source had informed that among the members invited for the wedding are filmmaker Kabir Khan, producer Amritpal Singh Bindra, and director Anand Tiwari.

Apart from this, it’s also being reported that Katrina’s mehendi has been ordered from Sojat, Rajasthan and that seven white horses have been selected for Vicky’s grand entry.

The duo, lovingly referred to as ViKat by their fans, has been spotted together at several events and occasions. Recently, she made an appearance at a special screening of Vicky’s film ‘Sardar Udham’.

While Katrina and Vicky’s wedding rumours have been making headlines, the two have never confirmed their relationship publically.

BJP will win 2023 Rajasthan Assembly polls with two-third majority, says Amit Shah

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Ahead of the 2023 Rajasthan assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the polls with a two-third majority and will form the government in the state.
The remarks of the Union Home Minister who is on a two-day visit to Rajasthan, came while addressing the BJP state working executive committee meeting in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Shah lauded the people of Rajasthan and said, “The excitement and zeal among the people is the clear sign that in 2023 Rajasthan assembly elections, BJP will form a government with a two-third majority.”
“This useless and corrupt Ashok Gehlot govt must be uprooted in time from Rajasthan and BJP should govern. ‘Lotus’ (BJP political symbol) will bloom once again in the state,” said Shah.
The Union Minister further said, “Congress hear me out, instead of ‘Gareebi Hataao’, you did ‘Gareeb Hataao’. BJP has provided more than 11 crores toilets which have secured the dignity of women and daughters. We have given more than 2 crore homes. Given gas cylinders to 13 crore homes. We have given Rs 5 lakh of medical facilities to Rs 60 crore people.”
Shah added that BJP is the only party that will take the ‘Sanatan culture’ forward.
“In 2014, BJP won 25 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan and again in 2019, Rajasthan gave 23 out of 25 seats to BJP. Rajasthan has always played a big role in raising BJP to the top,” said Shah.
Later in the day, the Union Home Minister is scheduled to address the public representatives conference which will involve panchayat Samiti members, Zilla Parishad members, district heads, deputy chiefs, pradhans and deputy pradhans, MPs, MLAs.

Vicky, Katrina’s Wedding: Dharamshalas In Rajasthan Booked For Security Personnel

As preparations pace up for Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif’s rumoured wedding from December 7-9, new reports suggest several Dharamshalas have been booked in Chauth Ka Barwada, Sawai Madhopur district, Rajasthan for bouncers and security personnel for the wedding.

Ram Avtar Gurjar, manager of Mata Trust Dharamshala, said that 27 rooms and 5 halls have been booked from 4-10 December for roughly 150 people by an events company from Mumbai, in connection to the event going to be held in the Six Senses Fort Barwara.

Along with these, 30 rooms and 5 big halls of Meena Dharamshala in the Chauth Mata complex have been reserved from 5-10 December, along with the kitchen, by the events company.

There is also information that Ranthambore’s Taj and various other hotels are also booked.

Apart from this, it is reported that Katrina’s mehendi has been ordered from Sojat, Rajasthan. Reports also suggest that seven white horses are to be selected for Vicky’s grand entry.

Vicky and Katrina, fondly called ViKat by their fans, are just a few days away from tying the knot at Six Senses Fort Barwara, Sawai Madhopur district, Rajasthan.

It has been reported that wedding festivities will take place at the royal property from December 7 to December 9.

Filmmaker Kabir Khan, producer Amritpal Singh Bindra, and director Anand Tiwari are likely to attend the wedding ceremony.

Recently, the district administration conducted a meeting to discuss law and order arrangements for the upcoming big fat wedding. The meeting was conducted on Friday in the presence of District Collector Rajendra Kishan, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh, ADM Suraj Singh Negi, and representatives of the event company.

Members of the hotel staff were also present in the meeting.

While Katrina and Vicky’s wedding rumours have been making headlines, the two have never confirmed their relationship publically.

Their romance rumours began after Katrina, in an episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’, said that she would like to work with Vicky and they would look good together. On hearing this, Vicky was completely flattered and made a gesture of fainting.

The duo has been spotted together at several events and occasions. Recently, she made an appearance at a special screening of Vicky’s film ‘Sardar Udham’.

Rajasthan set to witness line of festivals starting with Kumbhalgarh festival

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Rajasthan will be witnessing a line of festivals for tourists visiting the desert state in winters, starting from the Kumbhalgarh festival from December 1.
As per the state tourism department, “the Ranakpur Jawai Bandh Utsav to commence from December 22 in Pali district and Sharad Utsav of Mount Abu on December 30-31 will mark the last of official tourism event of the year 2021. However, more such events stand to entice visitors in the months to follow.” “These festivities reflect upon the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan… The tourists too continue to express immense enthusiasm for the events and the same was witnessed in the recently concluded festivals, the Bundi Utsav of Bundi and Matsay Utsav in Alwar district,” said the official release.
“Rajasthan is a land of all seasons and pulsates with festivities all year long. In winters the vast expanses of desert sand throb with life, sound and colour as large numbers for the domestic festivals, some of which such as Desert Festival, Pushkar Fair have emerged to global recognition,” said Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary Tourism, Rajasthan.
As per the official statement, the festival calendar includes “Chittorgarh Durg Utsav in the month of January 2022 which will be followed by The Camel Festival at Bikaner (January 08-09, 2022) and Kite Festival of Jaipur (January 14, 2022). Baneshwar Mela in Banswara (February 10-14, 2022), Desert Festival of Jaisalmer (February 14-16, 2022), the Braj Holi in Bharatpur (March13-14, 2022), Dhulandi Mahotsav of Jaipur (March 18, 2022) and Shekhawati Utsav (March 20-22, 2022) will continue to reverberate the festive scenario till the mega celebrations of Rajasthan Diwas Samaroh conclude the winter festival calendar on March 30, 2022.” 

After Cabinet reshuffle, Rajasthan govt appoints six MLAs as advisors to CM Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: After the Cabinet reshuffle today, the Rajasthan government on Sunday evening appointed six MLAs as advisors to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The six MLAs are Jitendra Singh, Babulal Nagar, Rajkumar Sharma, Sanyam Lodha, Ramkesh Meena and Danish Abrar. In a much-awaited Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle, as many as 15 ministers– 11 of cabinet rank and four ministers of state– were inducted into Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet on Sunday afternoon.
The ministers were administered the oath of office by Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan here.
Eleven Cabinet ministers are Hemaram Choudhary, Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh Bairwa, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat. Zahida Khan, Brijendra Singh Ola, Rajendra Gudda and Murari Lal Meena were sworn in as Ministers of State.

Rajasthan Cabinet reshuffle: Oath taking ceremony begins

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Oath-taking ceremony to induct 15 new ministers in Rajasthan Assembly began on Sunday afternoon.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s “loyalists” MLAs Hemaram Choudhary, Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola, will be part of the cabinet of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after the reshuffle. Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra shared a list of 15 MLAs who will take oath on Sunday. He said three ministers will be elevated to cabinet rank.
“Many many congratulations to all the new MLAs of Rajasthan cabinet and all the three ministers promoted from minister of state to cabinet minister,” Dotasra said in a tweet that had a list of 15 MLAs.
Others in the list are Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Shakuntala Rawat, Govind Ram Meghwal, Mahesh Joshi and Ramlal Jat, Vishvendra Singh, Mamta Bhupesh, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat.
Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola will take as ministers of state while others will be inducted as cabinet ministers. Six of the new ministers are seen as belonging to the Gehlot camp.
Earlier in the day, all ministers of Rajasthan submitted their resignations to the Chief Minister on Saturday a day ahead of a reshuffle.
Gehlot later met Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur.

All eyes on Rajasthan as cabinet expansion set to take place today

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet expansion is all set to take place on Sunday with the oath-taking ceremony of the new ministers at the Governor’s house.
A total of 15 MLAs will take oath today including Sachin Pilot’s “loyalists” MLAs Hemaram Choudhary, Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha, and Brijendra Ola who will be included in the cabinet of the Chief Minister after the reshuffle. Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra had shared a list of the 15 MLAs chosen to take oath on Sunday and also said that three ministers will be elevated to cabinet rank.
“Many many congratulations to all the new MLAs of Rajasthan cabinet and all the three ministers promoted from minister of state to cabinet minister,” Dotasra said in a tweet that had a list of 15 MLAs.
Others on the list are Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Shakuntala Rawat, Govind Ram Meghwal, Mahesh Joshi and Ramlal Jat, Vishvendra Singh, Mamta Bhupesh, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal, and Shakuntala Rawat.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Dotasra informed that he has resigned from his ministerial post citing the ‘Ek Pad Ek Vyakti’ discipline of Congress.
“Keeping the ‘Ek Pad Ek Vyakti’ discipline of the Congress party, we have given our resignations to party president Sonia Gandhi. I will work as a party worker to see that the people in Rajasthan are getting the benefits of the state government’s schemes,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, all ministers of Rajasthan submitted their resignations to the Chief Minister on Saturday a day ahead of a reshuffle.
Gehlot later met Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur.
Pratap Khachariyawas, who was among the ministers who tendered their resignation, said that the Pradesh Congress Committee meeting will be held at 2 pm on Sunday.
The oath-taking ceremony of new ministers is slated for 4 pm, sources said.

All ministers of Ashok Gehlot cabinet resign ahead of Rajasthan Congress meet tomorrow

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: All ministers in the Rajasthan Council of Ministers have tendered their resignations on Saturday.
This came ahead of the meeting of the Rajasthan Congress on Sunday. Rajasthan Congress in-charge Ajay Maken on Friday said that three ministers of the state Cabinet have written to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, expressing their desire to step down from their posts.
These include state education minister Govind Singh Dotasra, Medical and Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma and Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary, he had said.
Cabinet reshuffle in Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government is on the cards, sources informed ANI.
Meanwhile, the oath-taking ceremony of new ministers in the Rajasthan government will take place at the Governor’s house tomorrow at 4 pm, according to sources.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot meets Priyanka Gandhi, Venugopal

New Delhi [India]: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with Congress general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal in the national capital on Wednesday.
AICC in charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken was also present in the meeting held at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s residence. However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present in the meeting, said sources.

Centre should help states: Gehlot

Amid reports of coal shortage in the country, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday slammed the Centre over the issue and said that it is the Central government’s responsibility to help the states in the matter.

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Speaking to reporters briefly, Gehlot said, “It is Central Government’s responsibility to help the States. It is well known that there is a shortage of coal, and the States are troubled.” Amid the reports of power crisis due to coal shortage in the country, Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday said that the shortage of fossil fuel was triggered due to rains causing an increase in its international prices.
He further explained that imported coal power plants were either shut for 15-20 days or were producing very less, putting pressure on domestic coal.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, the Union Minister said, “Due to rains, there was coal shortage, causing an increase in international prices- from Rs 60 per tonne to Rs 190 per tonne. Subsequently, imported coal power plants are either shut for 15-20 days or producing very less. This put pressure on domestic coal.”
“We have continued our supply, even continued in the past despite dues. We are requesting them (states) to increase stock…There won’t be a coal shortage,” he assured.
He further stated that on Monday the Ministry of Coal supplied the highest ever quantity of coal at 1.94 million tonnes. 

Connecting Rajasthan & UP

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday said that the state cabinet has approved a 404 km highway that will connect Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The minister said, “Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved 404-km highway, Atal Pragati Path which will connect Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 313 Kilometers of this highway will pass through Sheopur, Morena and Bhind. The highway will be developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).” He added, “Rs 50 crores have been approved for Indore Dugdh Sangh’s milk powder plant.”
Speaking about the relaxations in COVID-19 lockdown, he further said, “Coaching classes can operate with 100 per cent capacity after October 15. Gyms will operate at full capacity. Stadiums will open with 50 per cent capacity.”

Rajasthan United FC to take on Ryntih SC in I-League qualifiers opener

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The opening fixture of the I-League qualifiers 2021 will see two debutant clubs in Rajasthan United FC and Ryntih Sports Club locking horns with each other in Bengaluru on Monday.
Newcomers Rajasthan United FC (RUFC) will be keen to put the marker down in their opening game as the club sets out on a quest to become the first side from the state of Rajasthan to play in the I-League. RUFC have made their way to the qualifiers as a result of winning the Rajasthan state league.
“Our message to the boys has been very clear. We need to play together as a team, without fear,” the I-League website quoted RUFC’s assistant coach Anil Tomar as saying.
“We need to believe in ourselves and continue to implement the same strategy that we have already practised in our practice matches earlier. The idea is to not worry about the strengths of the opponent and focus on playing our own game,” he said while explaining RUFC’s approach ahead of the opening encounter.
Clubs based in Meghalaya have had a rich legacy of competing in the Hero I-League in seasons past.
Ryntih Sports Club (Ryntih SC) will be the latest club from the state who are looking to carry that tradition forward. The Shillong-based side has arrived in Bengaluru with a relatively young squad bereft of any foreign players.
Ryntih SC skipper Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw believes that the strength of the team lies in the close bonds of friendship and chemistry that the team have built over a period of two years.
“Together as a team, we have not just been playing together, but we have also been staying with each other for the best part of the last two years. We always try to find opportunities to spend time together off the field as well. This has developed a very good equation in the squad,” said Nongkhlaw.
“We know where each member in the team stands – we know our strengths and weaknesses as a group. Our mentality is very strong and fairly straightforward – we always try to go for a win in each match we play. It is going to be the same in this tournament. Thus, I believe that it is going to be a good competition and good experience for us,” he added.
Both teams will be looking to get their first points on the board in the first Group A encounter in the preliminary round of the I-League qualifiers 2021.

Ashok Gehlot: The ‘Jadugar’ of Indian Politics

By Arshita Biswas

Ashok  Gehlot, a staunch Gandhiite, is one of many who are deeply influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He adapted to the Gandhiite life, is a pure vegetarian and enjoys Satvik food. He has had a keen interest in politics since a very young age and he actively participated in social-political work even when he was a student. It was during the East Bengali refugees crisis in 1971 when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi first identified his organizational skills during one of her visits to the refugee camps and then Gehlot was appointed as the first State President of the National Students’ Union of India and successfully organised Congress’s Student Wing in the state and since then there is no looking back.

Gehlot hails from a magician family. His father, Babu Laxman Singh Daksh was a very famous magician in India. He would often accompany his father to his shows all around the country, this is how he learnt quite some magic tricks. A few years back in an interview, Ashok mentioned, “I would have been a magician if I had never entered politics. I always loved social work and learning magic tricks. In future, too, I might not get a chance to become a magician, but magic is still in my soul.” Thus he is often called the ‘jadugar’ in the Congress circles.

Gehlot is currently serving as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He was in office from December 1998 to 2003, and then from 2008 to 2013, and again from 17 December 2018. He is one of the oldest and most experienced political leaders in India. He has been the Union Minister of Sports and Union Minister of State for Textiles. The 70-year-old Gehlot was recently admitted to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Jaipur, for his angioplasty, as he was detected with a block in one of the coronary arteries. Just before his CT Angio Gehlot tweeted, “Post Covid I was having health issues and since yesterday I was having severe pain in my chest. Just got my CT Angio done in SMS hospital. Angioplasty will be done. I am happy that I’m getting it done at SMS Hospital. I am fine and will be back soon. Your blessings and well wishes are with me.”

The Congress leader has been standing by the farmers throughout since the farmers started protesting against the central government. In fact, very recently, he spoke up against the BJP Government at the Centre for the contentious farm laws, saying when the right time comes, the farmers of the country won’t step back in teaching the saffron party a lesson. Thousands of farmers gathered for a “Kisan Mahapanchayat” at Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on 5th September, where BKU leader Rakesh Tikait called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders “rioters” and said the party should be thrashed in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Gehlot, referring to the panchayat poll results in six districts in Rajasthan, has made clear that there is a lot of resentment against the BJP. The ruling Congress party was ahead of the BJP in the panchayat polls in six districts of Rajasthan, securing a majority in four out of six Zila Parishad. Gehlot also mentioned that the farmers have fully understood the BJP’s motives and their “false promise” of doubling their income by 2022 and attempts to hand over agriculture to big businessmen by imposing anti-farmer agriculture laws without taking the farmers into confidence.

Not only about the farm laws but Gehlot has also clearly shown his dislike towards the opposing party in various other events. BJP National Vice President and former CM of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje made a scathing attack on the Gehlot government after taking an aerial tour of the various flood-affected areas in Rajasthan. She accused Gehlot’s government to be sleeping when the people of Rajasthan are drowning in the flood. She said that the Prime Minister himself took a tour when cyclone Tautkae hit the Indian shores. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh also took a tour of the flood-affected areas and helped people.”Now, Rajasthan CM should also come out to lend his ears to people’s grievances,” she said.

Gehlot has been actively engaging in the developing situation in the Congress-ruled Punjab, with the resignation of Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh. He recently tweeted, “I hope Captain Amarinder Singh will not take any step which will harm the Congress party. Captain Sahib has himself said that the party kept him as Chief Minister for nine and a half years. He has served the people of Punjab by working to the best of his ability.” but it is not just Gehlot who took on Twitter, but also his OSD Lokesh Sharma. Although his tweet has lead to some major repercussions and that in return had led to Sharma’s resignation. So it looks like Punjab’s revamp in the Office has shaken up the Rajasthan Government too. But only time will tell how is this going to actually affect Gehlot’s party.

Despite the criticisms, Gehlot is remarked as a stalwart due to his way of engaging in politics and taking political decisions. This sentiment is unanimous across the Indian political spectrum.

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Rajasthan CM’s OSD tenders resignation

Lokesh Sharma, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has tendered his resignation from the post.

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], September 19 : Sharma in his resignation letter to Gehlot said that he offered his resignation in the wake of a controversy that had erupted over his tweet ahead of the political developments in Punjab. In a tweet he stated, “The strong is being forced, and the insignificant is being strengthened. When the fence is eating the crops, none can save such a field.”

His tweet has been interpreted as a criticism of Congress’ central leadership.
In his letter, Sharma claimed that his tweet has been misinterpreted and has been linked to the political developments in Punjab.
“I feel really sorry if the sentiments of the party and the high-command are hurt. If you think I made a mistake intentionally, then I am sending you my resignation. The decision will be yours,” his letter read.
This comes after, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from his post on Saturday ahead of the meeting of party legislators in the faction-ridden state unit as the party high command decided to effect a change of guard in the border state ahead of assembly polls early next year.

Rajasthan Set To Launch Mobile Application For Tourists

The government of Rajasthan is all set to launch a mobile application for the convenience of tourists on the World Tourism Day, which is on 27th September. The main motive of this app is to facilitate tourists visiting Rajasthan. According to a government official, the application will be made available on Google play store. The iOS version of the app is also under development and will be introduced in a few weeks.

Nishant Jain, Director of Tourism Department said, “All information regarding tourist spots, modes of transport and other services will be available through the application… Users will be able to know if the local service provider is registered with the department”.

While there are several apps providing information about tourism in Rajasthan, this state government’s official application will offer reliable and real time information. The official also said that there will be schemes and a number of promotional activities through the application.

Recently, the state government passed an amendment bill in favour of tourists which said that misbehaving with tourists will be considered a cognisable offence in Rajasthan. It will also be a non-bailable offence if repeated. Tourism is a prime industry in Rajasthan. The state is visited by thousands and lakhs of domestic and oversea tourists every year. Most of the time, tourists would complain about touts and illegal vendors.

According to the new bill, whoever commits the offence of touting shall be arrested without warrant by police. The punishment could be three years in prison or fine of up to INR 30000 or both. If a person is caught again for the practice of touting, they shall be arrested without warrant by police. The punishment could go to seven years or a fine up to INR 1 lakh or both.

Nitin Gadkari reviews progress

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) covering the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Sohna (Haryana) [India], September 16 : Addressing media in Sohna, Gadkari said, “Delhi-Katra expressway will be launched in two years, to reduce the distance from 727 to 572 kilometres, you will reach Katra from Delhi in six hours. We are also working on new roads from Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Haridwar, to take you there in two hours.” As per the official release by the Transport and Highways Ministry, the expressway is being developed at a cost of Rs 98,000 crores. The 1,380 kilometres long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India.
It will enhance connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai. The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.
In addition, the expressway which passes through the six states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra will improve the connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat bringing economic prosperity to millions.
Delhi Mumbai Expressway, envisaged under the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, was kick-started in 2018 with the foundation stone being laid on March 9, 2019. Out of the 1,380 kilometres, contracts for more than 1,200 kilometres have already been awarded and is under progress. (

Five crore vaccinated in Rajasthan

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Over 5 crore people of the eligible populations have been vaccinated until 4 pm on Monday, said a press release from the state health ministry.
State Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma complimenting all medical and other personnel said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, after corona management, the State has set an example in vaccination too. He said, “All personnel of the health department did the work diligently and this is the reason more than 5 crore population could be vaccinated in a very short span of time.”
Dr Sharma said that till Monday evening, out of the targeted population of 5,14,95,402 – the first dose has been administered to 3.73 crore people and the second dose to 1.27 crore people thus a total of 5,00,78,073 people have been inoculated with the corona vaccine.
The Health Minister said that although coronavirus infection has come down by administering one dose to half of the population, the danger of corona still persists.
He said according to the experts, there is a need to maintain special vigilance looking at the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19. He called upon the people to make it a habit of wearing masks while going out, avoid going to crowded places, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently with soap to prevent COVID infection.

Rajnath Singh leaves for Rajasthan to inaugurate Emergency Landing Facility at NH-925A

New Delhi [India]: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday left for Barmer on a day-long visit to Rajasthan, where he will inaugurate the Emergency Landing Facility on Satta-Gandhav stretch of National Highway (NH) 925A along with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Defence Minister will also attend the MRSAM induction ceremony in Jaisalmer. “Leaving New Delhi for Barmer on a day-long visit to Rajasthan. Shall inaugurate the Emergency Landing Facility on NH-925A near Barmer, along with the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri @nitin_gadkari. I shall also be attending the MRSAM induction ceremony in Jaisalmer,” Singh said in a tweet.
This is the first time that the National Highway will be used for emergency landing of aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had developed a three kilometers section of the Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A from Km. 41/430 to Km. 44/430 as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for the Indian Air Force, which is part of the newly developed two-lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandhav Section having a total length of 196.97 kilometers and costing of Rs 765.52 crores under Bharatmala Pariyojana.
“This project will improve connectivity between villages of Barmer and Jalore districts located on the international borders. The stretch is located in the western border area will facilitate the vigilance of the Indian Army as well as strengthen the basic infrastructure of the country,” said the official statement.
Apart from this Emergency Landing Strip, 3 helipads (size 100 x 30 meters each) have been constructed in Kundanpura, Singhania and Bakhasar villages in this project according to the requirements of the Air Force/Indian Army, which will be the basis for strengthening the Indian Army and security network on the western international border of the country.
The ELF was constructed in a time span of 19 months. The work for this ELF was commenced in July 2019 and was completed in January 2021. The work was carried out by GHV India Pvt. Ltd under the supervision of IAF and NHAI.
“During the normal time, the ELF will be used for smooth flow of road traffic. But during the operations of ELF for Indian Air Force orders, the service road will be used for smooth flow of road traffic. It has been constructed in 3.5 Km length. This landing strip will be able to facilitate the landing of all types of aircraft of IAF,” said the ministry.
The development of roadways as key infrastructure has led to the construction of high-quality highways and expressways that could be utilised as runways along with some modifications and construction of limited additional infrastructure for the operation of various types of aircraft during emergencies.

PM chairs 37th PRAGATI meeting, reviews eight projects of three ministries

New Delhi [India], August 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 37th meeting of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving the Centre and state governments.
A PMO release said nine agenda items were taken for review during the meeting including eight projects and one scheme. Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.
These eight projects have a cumulative cost of Rs 1,26,000 crore concerning 14 states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Delhi.
The Prime Minister stressed the significance of the timely completion of these projects.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister reviewed ‘One Nation – One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme.
He asked officials to explore multiple utilities of the technological platform developed under the scheme for a wide array of benefits to the citizens.
The Prime Minister also directed the state officials to keep monitoring the construction of oxygen plants and the availability of hospital beds.
In the previous 36 PRAGATI meetings, 292 projects having a total cost of 13.78 lakh crore, have been reviewed.

Rajasthan health officials reach remote villages

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Rajasthan Health department on Thursday said that the state’s health officials reached the remotest villages to triumph the COVID second wave.

Rajasthan health officials set on a journey to reach out to the remotest villages to detect and respite the patients at the earliest. In the conquest, the officials reached villages amid shifting dunes in the west, ravines in the East and even island settlements in its southern districts, read a press statement from the Rajasthan Health department. “The strategy was to prevent hospitalisation situations by early detection and treatment of COVID patients. The door to door survey helped to detect and initiate symptomatic treatment for 1.8 million people and help them cure at home. Those with serious symptoms were timely taken to the nearest health facilities, However, most of them revived at the temporary COVID care facilities developed locally”, read the press statement.

The mega campaign involved 2725 doctors, 4454 nurses, 19970 ANM, 51423 Ashas, 7031 MPW along with 65399 village health committee members including school principals, Gramsewaks, Patwaris, constituted in more than 25077 teams. The drive continued for 70 days, covering several areas more than once, said health officials.

Along with the survey, symptomatic treatment kits were also distributed by the health department which had zinc and vitamin supplements. Before the drive began, many people had the fear that being suspected of infection, they might be sent to isolation and therefore people were hesitant to visit health facilities until complications emerged. Ensuring home treatment, the teams were successful in gaining the confidence of the masses and convince them to take treatment at the earliest.

“The strategy helped in saving numerous lives, and the drive also helped control the demand for hospitalisation, it ensured that beds were continuously available in hospitals for needy patients as a large number were treated at home. The state health department simultaneously was also working on the expansion of services and a large number of patients from the national capital region and other neighbouring states too were getting treatment here”, the Health Department informed.

However, the service expansion had other infrastructure challenges, such as the availability of Oxygen. Since the most important aspect during the second wave was oxygen, proning training was also given during the door to door campaign.

Thus, prevention once again testified as best medicine and state government’s campaign such as No Mask, No Entry and the door to door survey gradually helped to control the situation that once seemed invincible, added the statement.

Man held for raping minor

Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) [India]: A man has been arrested by Rajasthan police for allegedly raping a minor.

“A complaint was filed by the victim’s brother on August 6. He said that the incident took place on August 3,” said Bhagwan Sahai Meena, Circle Inspector (CI) Chirawa police station. According to the police officer, the accused Somesh Nayak is a resident of Nizampura.

“He was arrested within 24 hours after the complaint was filed,” Meena added.

As per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother, the police officer said that his brother reached the house and tried to open the door, but failed because it was closed from inside.

“When the accused had barged into the house, the girl was alone,” he added.

Robot for drainage cleaning


Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: To prevent loss of lives because of manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks, a Jaipur-based company has developed a robot for drainage cleaning.

The Managing Director of the Jaipur-based company stated that it is the world’s first solar-equipped robot that is capable of eliminating the practice of manual scavenging.
According to Bhuvnesh Mishra, MD of Jaipur-based Club First, a camera has been installed in the robot, with GPS and 19 gas detection sensors.

Mishra while speaking to ANI on Thursday said, “Xena 6.0, world’s first solar-powered robot, is equipped with a camera, GPS and 19 gas detection sensors and has potential to eliminate the practice of manual scavenging.”

Mishra stated that the company has developed another multi-purpose robot that can be used in rescue operations, firefighting, agriculture and defence and can manage a load of around 300 kilograms at a time.

“Our other robot, Xena 5.0 can be used for multiple purposes including rescue operations, firefighting, agriculture and defence. It can carry a load of 200-kg and drag another 100-kg weight,” added Mishra.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court, on Thursday, issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking strict compliance of the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh allowed the application seeking impleading Union of India as a necessary party to the proceedings for proper adjudication of the petition.

The court asked the Centre to file a reply and listed for further hearing in mid-September.

The application filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni came after the statement given by Minister of State for Social Justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, in the Rajya Sabha.

“That on July 27, 2021, during the 254th Session of the Rajya Sabha, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale (also ex-officio Chairperson of Central Monitoring Committee constituted under section 29 of the Act), while answering an unstarred question bearing no. 1017, asked by fellow MPs Mallikarjun Kharge and Dr L Hanumanthaia about the number of deaths caused due to manual scavenging during the last five years, stated that no such deaths have been reported due to manual scavenging,” read the application.

Sahni had sought appropriate directions from civic bodies to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, in order to prevent loss of lives because of manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.

Lightning strikes kill 75, PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

At least 60 people were killed across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan after being struck by lightning, thunder and rain.

New delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief over the lives lost due to lightning in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured. 

“Saddened by the loss of lives due to lightning in parts of Madhya Pradesh. The State Government will provide all possible assistance to the affected. From the PMNRF, Rs. 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” PMO tweeted.

“The Prime Minister was briefed about the loss of lives and damages due to lightning in parts of Uttar Pradesh. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” said another tweet.

In Madhya Pradesh, seven people lost their lives due to lightning and thunder in Shyorpur, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Anuppur and Baitul districts. The Indian Metereological Department has warned that lightning might strike in Bhopal, Gwalior, Hoshangabad, Ujjain and Indore.

In Uttar Pradesh, 14 people died in Prayagraj, five in Kanpur Dehat, three each in Firozabad and Kaushambhi and two each in Unnao and Chitrakoot after lightning struck them. Taking cognizance of the incidents, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and directed the district administrations to provide adequate compensation to the tragedy struck families.

In Rajasthan, 18 people, including seven children, were killed in separate incidents of lightning in Jaipur, Kota, Jhalawar and Dholpur districts on Sunday. 21 people, including six children, were also injured in lightning incidents in separate villages in the state. In a major tragedy in Jaipur, 11 persons, mostly youths, were killed and eight others injured when lightning struck them on a hill near the Amber Fort. Some of them were taking selfies on a watch tower while the others were on the hill. Those on the watch tower fell when lightning struck late in the evening.

Monsoon is still a week away

Heat wave conditions are likely to continue over the next two days over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of Northern India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.

It said heat wave to severe heat wave conditions were observed in isolated places over Jammu on Wednesday.

The weather office added that heat wave conditions were recorded in most places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, northwest Rajasthan and northwest Madhya Pradesh, with severe heat wave conditions at isolated areas in the region.

Severe heat wave conditions were observed at isolated places over northeast Rajasthan as well, it said.

“Due to likely dry westerly/southwesterly winds from Pakistan to northwest India at lower levels, heat wave conditions in isolated/some pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and northwest Madhya Pradesh (are likely) during next two days,” the IMD said.

The southwest monsoon has covered the entire country but has eluded Haryana, Delhi, parts of Punjab, west Rajasthan and west Uttar Pradesh.

Moreover, no favourable conditions are likely to develop for further advance of southwest monsoon into parts of Rajasthan, west Uttar Pradesh Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi and Punjab during next 5-6 days, IMD added.

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