Sunday, 29 May 2016

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi on the ground level achievements in two years under able leadership of PM Modi

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi lists some of the many accomplishments of the PM Modi led govt at the centre which is giving positive impacts at the ground level. He also takes a stab on the state of affairs within the Congress party.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Verdict 2016: BJP's gains were wrested by humbly learning lessons from previous defeats

Pushed on the backfoot after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s battering in the Delhi and Bihar assembly polls, the results of the assembly elections declared on Thursday proved to be a personal triumph for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.

The BJP’s emphatic win in Assam and its expanded footprint in states like West Bengal and Kerala where the saffron outfit did not have a presence earlier, have re-established and strengthened the Modi-Shah duo’s credibility and authority in the party.

More importantly, the results will embolden the two leaders to go into next year’s high-stakes assembly election in the electorally-crucial state of Uttar Pradesh with renewed vigour. The BJP can now be expected to run a highly-polarised and aggressive campaign in the Hindi heartland state.

Although there was no threat to their leadership after the BJP’s rout in Delhi and Bihar, questions were raised within the party about the campaign strategy crafted by Shah in these states. The BJP president was privately criticised by party members for his authoritarian style of functioning and, at one stage, Shah’s re-election as party president appeared to be uncertain. In addition, there were murmurs about Modi’s waning charisma and his ability to deliver a victory.

However, Modi and Shah’s detractors in the party will be suitably silenced after the Thursday verdict.

Dissecting defeats

Unlike the Congress, which never learns from its past mistakes, the BJP’s poll strategists went back to the drawing board after their humiliating defeat in the earlier two assembly elections and drew up a fresh strategy for these elections. They realised that the party could no longer depend on Modi to win them elections and that it was essential to involve state leaders in this effort.

The party quickly changed tack and declared Sarbananda Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate in Assam well before the polls were announced. The BJP did not stop at projecting a chief minister but it also involved the party’s state leaders in the campaign which was focussed primarily on local issues. In sharp contrast to its Bihar campaign, the Central leadership kept a low profile in Assam and there was no overt interference in the planning and execution of the campaign.

Similarly, the BJP stitched up strategic alliances with the Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodo People’s Front, which went a long way in building the momentum in its favour. Although it was helped by the fact that Assam was ready for a change after Tarun Gogoi’s uninterrupted 15-year-run in the state, the BJP staged a coup of sorts when it persuaded Gogoi’s bete noire Himanta Biswas Sarma to join their party.

Key role

Driven by his one-point agenda to settle scores with the Congress, Sarma emerged as the BJP’s star campaigner and chief strategist. His personal popularity and charisma drew in the crowds in hordes. In addition, it was Sarma who was instrumental in bringing the Bodo People’s Front and the Asom Gana Parishad to the negotiating table. Sarma, along with Modi and Shah, were also able to tap into the people’s growing angst on the sensitive issue of infiltration from across the border.

The strategy worked as the BJP now has its first state government in a major state like Assam, which is known to be a gateway to the North East. It will become easier for the BJP to foray into the other North Eastern states which have, so far, been a Congress stronghold.

Besides winning Assam, the BJP has reasons to be pleased with itself as it has opened its account in Kerala and has improved its tally and vote share in West Bengal, the two states where it has never been a strong presence.

The saffron party and its allies have notched up a 15% vote share in Kerala, which will now have its first BJP legislator, O Rajagopal, in the state assembly. Similarly, the BJP’s tally in West Bengal has gone up from one to five seats while its vote share is touching 20%.

As BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi pointed out, “The BJP has made gains in all the states...these election are a reflection of the party’s geographical and political expansion.” Another senior BJP leader remarked, “Now we cannot be called a Hindi heartland party or cowbelt party...the BJP is a pan-Indian party and the central force in the country’s polity.”

Additional leverage

While these results will help the BJP in the coming assembly polls, it will also make it easier for the Modi government to push through its legislative agenda in Parliament. The ruling alliance was constantly blocked by the numerically stronger Congress in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP was in a minority. While the Congress is still the single largest party in the Upper House, the latest electoral setbacks will make it difficult for the grand old party to put up a strong and credible fight against the Modi government.

It will also become easier for the government to do business with the regional parties. The AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal have always been well disposed towards the BJP. Emerging stronger after her stupendous victory, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress will be able to do business with the BJP with great confidence. According to a senior Congress leader, “The BJP always prefers to deal with regional parties... that’s the reason its main aim is to weaken our party.”

The assembly results will also prove to be a setback for Bihar chief minister’s proposed anti-BJP front. The Congress, which was expected to anchor this front, is in steady decline, making it difficult for other parties to align with it. There is also little possibility of non-BJP, non-Congress parties coming together on a common platform in the future, given the egos of their leaders and their state-level compulsions.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi on the NIA submission and flip flop over Malegaon blast case during UPA regime

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi on IBN7 quotes similar cases under the UPA regime where the direction of investigation took a sudden turn totally opposite to the facts stated by other external agencies.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Swaraj Abhiyan seeks to drag BJP into chopper row

NEW DELHI: Seeking to drag BJP into the raging chopper row, Swaraj Abhiyan today accused the Chhattisgarh Government of floating a global tender in a "shady manner" to purchase a specific AgustaWestland helicopter by paying "over 30 percent" commission without exploring options.

Addresing a media conference here, Swaraj Abhiyan leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, accused the Raman Singh government in the state of paying USD 1.57 million as commission to a company registered in tax-haven British Virginia Islands to procure the chopper.

The two also sought to link Chief Minister Raman Singh's son to the controversy saying Abhishek formed a company called Quest Heights Ltd on July 3, 2008 almost six months after the bulk of the payment was made by the state government to Sharp Ocean, an agent company.

Welcoming the NDA Government's "earnestness" to probe the matter, the leaders sought an enquiry to be initiated into the deal finalised by the state government by a former judge to be recommended by Chief Justice of India.

"It was pretended that the (state) government floated a global tender, while it was (specifically) written in the tender which model was to be purchased.

"And the bids interestingly were received from AgustaWestland, its commission agent and its service provider itself. And based on that the contract was finalised," Bhushan said.

He added, "The contract invoice shows the cost of the helicopter was only 5.1 million dollar, which was paid to AgustaWestland and 1.57 million dollar commission was given to commission agent Sharp Ocean based in British Virgin island."

Raman Singh refuted the charges levelled by Swaraj Abhiyan, saying they were politically motivated and an attempt by Bhushan to "deflect" the issue from the larger corruption angle in the main AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Addressing a news conference in Raipur tonight, he said the CAG in its audit report for the year ended March 31, 2011, had only pointed out that failure of the state's Aviation Department to finalise the first offer for purchase of Agusta A-109 within the due date and its subsequent procurement at higher rate had led to extra expenditure of Rs 65 lakh.

BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi said the Chief Minister has clarified the allegations raised by Swaraj Abhiyan.

Equipped with a bunch of documents, which they said were procured under RTI, the two leaders said the state government on December 19, 2006 decided to purchase a VIP chopper as the existing one required lot of maintenance.

"Amazingly within three days, a meeting took place between representatives of one OSS, supposedly the service provider of AgustaWestland helicopters, in which it made a presentation to the government about Agusta 109 Helicopter and made an offer to supply this helicopter at USD 6.31 million," Bhushan said.

He alleged the discussion was followed by "some correspondence" with the company, which told the Chattisgarh government that if it was to buy helicopter directly from AgustaWestland, then it would have to wait for more than two years and therefore, it should deal with its dealer/distributor Sharp Ocean based in Hong Kong.

He further said that the company is registered in British Virgin Islands, which may be able to supply a pre-sold Helicopter earlier.

A fortnight ago, the Chhattisgarh Government had refuted Congress charges in this regard, dubbing them as "politically motivated".

"The allegations levelled by Congress are baseless.

The helicopter deal was done through a global tendering process while maintaining full transparency," Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar had said.

At the Congress briefing, party spokesman Jairam Ramesh, too, cliamed the Chhattisgarh government was "totally involved" in the AgustaWestland scam.

He alleged Abhishek Singh, son of the Chief Minister, is "somewhere linked" to this scam. His name has also figured in the Panama papers, he claimed.

This New is Originally Posted on The New Indian Express.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi on the failing law and order situation in Bihar

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi asks legit questions to the JDU and RJD on the rise of crime in the state of Bihar since start of 2016. See video for the power packed questioning.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi tears into Congress over the Agusta Westland chopper scam on India News

As rightly pointed out by Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, a lot was swept under the carpet during the Congress led UPA regime. Truth and the drivers behind those scams are tumbling out as we see.