States Diary


Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Announces Bihar’s Startup Policy

At the 4th Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit (BES), organised by Bihar Entrepreneurs Association,  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar released Bihar Startup Policy 2017. Bihar is among the few states in India to have a startup policy that was drafted and introduced in 2016. It was later repealed to incorporate changes based on the suggestions and feedback, and was re-launched last fortnight.

Speaking at the event, Kumar noted the various government schemes introduced to empower women and encourage the youth to take to entrepreneurship. “We have given the youth and entrepreneurs a revised startup policy, and set up a Rs 500-crore fund to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship,” he said. He also asked the committee shortlisitng the startup applications for funding to be more communicative so there was complete transparency in the selection process.

Senior Congress Leader SM Krishna Joins BJP

Ending months of speculation on his political plans former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna joined the BJP in the presence of party chief Amit Shah. He was expected to join the BJP more than a week ago but could not because of a bereavement in his family.

“Even now he was busy with some personal issues, but State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa requested him to give an early date, and also spoke to party president Amit Shah to expedite matters. Yeddyurappaji wants  Krishna to campaign for the BJP for the Nanjangud [reserved] and Gundulpet Assembly seats that are due at the end of March,” a source close to the developments said. Krishna was flanked by Union Ministers Ananth Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda, Ramesh Jigajinagi, former Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok and BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka Muralidhar Rao.


Buzz On BJD Churn As Navin Patnaik Makes MP Quit

Suspense has gripped the usually calm Biju Janata Dal (BJD) camp in Parliament after party supremo Navin Patnaik made senior leader Bishnu Charan Das resign his Rajya Sabha seat, months after he was nominated for a full term. Coming after BJD’s major electoral setback in local body polls last month, senior party MPs see this as beginning of churning in the party. Two top retired top bureaucrats who have long advised the elusive Patnaik, the CM’s sister, Gita Mehta, and Mindtree founder Subroto Bagchi are being mentioned as probables for filling the Rajya Sabha berth.

Patnaik’s sudden recall of Das, a founder leader of BJD, took partymen by surprise. The ostensible reason is that Das has been appointment deputy chairman of the state planning

commission, an office of profit which an MP cannot hold. But not many partymen are convinced as Das is a grassroots politician.

Supreme Court Snubs Mamata, Orders CBI Probe In Narada Sting

The Supreme Court upheld the Calcutta High Court order that the CBI will investigate whether leaders of Bengal’s ruling party, Trinamool Congress, accepted cash as bribes, as alleged by a news portal, Narada, that filmed the alleged corruption..The top court extended time given to the CBI to investigate — from 72 hours to one month — and strongly criticised the government of Mamata Banerjee for appealing against the CBI probe. The West Bengal Chief Minister welcomed the ruling and called it “positive”. On March 17th, the Calcutta High Court said the country’s premier investigating agency must study the sting.

The Supreme Court said the CBI can take a month to examine the Narada footage pen drives and iPhones used in the sting and determine criminality and then initiate a First Information Report against those seen on the Narada tapes.

Madhya Pradesh Government Makes Right To Home Law

In a bid to provide home to all state citizens under the article 21 of the Indian Constitution, the Madhya Pradesh government has made a legislation in which it will be mandatory for the government to ensure home to all its citizens. The state assembly has passed the act in this regard. The state government move has buoyed the economically depressed and the people whose income is limited to get their both ends meet and they can’t have their dream home under the prevailing circumstances.

Speaking on the state government move, Deputy Chairman of the MP Planning Commission Chetanya Kashyap said, “The state government’s move to provide state citizen right to home reflects the level of sensitivity it has for the people, especially for the economically depressed ones. Hope, this move would work as a path finder for other states.”


Post Manipur Success, Mass Trinamool Members Join BJP

In a big jolt to Trinamool Congress in Tripura, 400 party members led by its senior leader Ratan Chakraborty today quit the party to join the BJP. Chakraborty, who is also the former chairman of the party’s Tripura unit, joined the saffron brigade with 15 other Trinamool state committee members.

The new members were inducted into BJP by the party’s state president Biplab Deb in the presence of union minister Rajen Gohain and party’s Tripura observer Sunil Deodhar. Slamming the Trinamool leadership in the state, Chakraborty said it was just a matter of time before the BJP formed its maiden government in Tripura. “There are leaders who switch off their mobile phones after party workers are attacked. But I am sure that BJP is a party with a difference,” he told media persons in Agartala.