Former J&K Governor Jagmohan passes away

Expressing grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed Jagmohan's death as a "monumental loss for the nation."

Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan passed away after a brief illness in Delhi late on Monday.

Expressing grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed Jagmohan’s death as a “monumental loss for the nation.”

Condoling his death, PM Modi said in a tweet, “Jagmohan Ji`s demise is a monumental loss for our nation. He was an exemplary administrator and a renowned scholar. He always worked towards the betterment of India. His ministerial tenure was marked by innovative policy making. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

Sharing a picture of Jagmohan, Home Minister Amit Shah said he will always be remembered for his “remarkable tenure” as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Jagmohan served two terms as Jammu and Kashmir Governor – from 1984 to 89, and then from January to May 1990. He was also elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and served as the Union Minister for Urban Development and Tourism.

Home Minister Shri Amit Shah to visit Barak Valley on 26th March

Silchar, March 24: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a visit to Barak Valley on March 26 to woo voters ahead of the second phase of Assembly election scheduled to be held on April 1.

According to Bimalendu Roy, BJP district president in-charge, the Union Home Minister will address two rallies in the valley-one at Patharkandi and another at Silchar.

"We are waiting to welcome the Union Home Minister on March 26 and preparations are going on in full swing.

Bengal Election – A tug of war between Trinamool Congress and BJP

Among the four poll bound states, the one that is getting much attention is the West Bengal. The state is witnessing the rallies by cabinet ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also the state is getting much coverage from national media in their debates and prime time shows.  While the other states are yet to see the high voltage electoral campaign, Bengal has been experiencing it from long ago. The BJP has, from the last 10 years is trying to make inroads in West Bengal. The frequent visits of top political leaders imply it importance. In fact BJP has earned around forty percent vote share by winning 18 seats out of 42 in the last Lokshabha election and becoming the major face of opposition in the Bengal’s politics leaving behind the Left party which is struggling to bounce back. And this time, of course they are expecting high. Irrespective of the result on the May 2, Bengal is seeing the polarising electoral campaign much more than it has seen during the Communist regime. This election is mainly between Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party. It is the do or die situation for them. However combining Congress, Left and the newly formed platform of Muslim parties of Owaisi’s AIMIM and an influential Bengal cleric Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front is making the battle for Bengal more twisting. These parties may not have any real chance to form the government on their own but their importance cannot be ignored in the post-election developments. But the recent differences seen during joint rally organised by the grand alliance of Left-Congress- ISF where verbal attacks were exchanged between Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and ISF founder Abbas Siddiqui which may divide the vote share and ultimately benefiting BJP or TMC.

Trinamool Congress claiming their leader Mamata Banerjee as Bengal’s daughter stressing upon the BJP as “outsiders”. They have come with the slogan – “Bengal wants its own daughter”. . The vote share hold by Trinamool Congress can’t be ignored as it has clean swept in 2011 and 2016 even during Modi’s wave.  In 2016 state assembly election TMC won 211 seats of the 294 alone. Mamata Banerjee’s influence is not limited to her state only but she is often considered as a face of opposition against the ruling party BJP in the centre. She is always vocal about the national issues too; be it the controversial farm laws or CAA-NRC. Narendra Modi on the other hand, attempts at appropriating Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The BJP is constantly highlighting the issues of corruption in W est Bengal by TMC. The issue of illegal migrants is often repeated in the speeches of Amit Shah.

The shift of political party from TMC to BJP recently by tall leaders like Mukul Roy, once Mamata Banerjee’s close aide and Suvendu Adhikari who was a widely popular leader of TMC has made BJP more confident. The sheer push of Hindutva, CAA- NRC and anti-incumbency make BJP’s hopes closer.  While some believes polarisation will help Trinamool Congress as the state shares  over 30 percent minority voters particularly Muslims who has voted for TMC in the last election. BJP is successful in injecting the fear of existential crisis among majority voters. Ms. Banerjee’s policies revolve around the subsidised benefits to all sections of society. But also she is facing the allegations of appeasement politics for providing subsidy to the Imams and Muezzins (prayer callers) whereas obstructing Durga Puja and Hindus’ religious processions. The rhetoric speeches of top BJP leaders also mention the same.

Well it is still too early to read the minds of the voters but this is surely an election to watch.

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Amit Shah to Visit Manipur in November for Naga Talks

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Manipur later this month to discuss the Naga political issue with all stakeholders.

Speaking to media, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said Shah expressed the desire to meet all elected representatives and other stakeholders, including members of civil society organisations, and discuss the issue.

Issues standing in the way of the settlement of the protracted Naga problem include the contentious demands of separate Naga flag and Naga constitution raised by insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagalim or NSCN-IM.

CAA Will be Implemented Once Coronavirus Pandemic is Under Control: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will be implemented across the nation once the coronavirus pandemic is firmly under control and ends.

According to reports, the Home Minister during his visit to West Bengal today said, "The citizenship law will be implemented and refugees will get citizenship. It depends on the coronavirus pandemic. But it will be done. The law is in place."

Amit Shah was on a two-day tour of West Bengal, where assembly election will be held early next year.

The controversial law was passed by the Parliament in December 2019. It amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing Indian citizenship for illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain and Christian religious minorities, who fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014. Muslims from these countries however were not given such eligibility.

After its enactment, deadly protests erupted against the act and its associated proposals of National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protests first began in Assam and spread swiftly to other parts of the country.

Assam-Mizoram Border Tension: Home Minister Amit Shah Steps In

Amid the onging tension in the Assam-Mizoram border which burnt down several houses, Union home minister Amit Shah called Mizo CM Zoramthanga to express “regret” over the clash and assure him of steps to restore the cordial ties between the two neighbours.

Earlier this month, at least 20 houses and shops along the border in Cachar were gutted as Mizos allegedly hurled petrol bombs over checkpoint being removed.

Further as per a press release from the Assam government, CM Sonowal had over phone, apprised the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister about the latest situation at Assam-Mizoram border, his discussions with his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Assam's steps to defuse the tensions.

"Prime Minister assured Sonowal to take appropriate steps to improve situation at the inter-state border.

"The Union Home Minister also assured to extend all support to restore peace at the border," the release said.

Meanwhile, Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Monday held a meeting via video conference with chief secretaries of the two states to defuse the border tension at Lailpaur in South Assam’s district along Mizoram border.

9 MLAs Seeks Removal of Tripura CM Biplab Deb

As many as nine BJP MLAs from Tripura have flown to New Delhi to meet central leadership demanding removal of Chief Minister Biplab Deb.

"The CM doesn't trust any of his MLAs, he himself holds charge of more than two dozen departments," Sushanta Chowdhury from Majlishpur Assembly Constituency said.

According to reports, the delegation led by Sudip Roy Barman, said Deb is dictatorial, inexperienced, and unpopular.

Among the group of MLAs include Sushanta Chaudhary, Ashish Saha, Ashish Das, Diva Chandra Ranchal, Barb Mohan Tripura and Ram Prasad Pal. Chaudhary claimed that two more MLAs Birendra Kishore Deb Burman and Biplab Ghosh are also with us, but they could not come to Delhi due to coronavirus pandemic.

These MLAs are hoping to meet BJP National president J P Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a few days to express their grievances.