States Diary

Akhilesh Reiterates to Continue SP-Congress Alliance in UP

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav at the party’s national conference said his party’s coalition with the Congress would continue in Uttar Pradesh and they would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election together. “The alliance with the Congress will continue and we will contest the next election together,” he told reporters at Vrindavan.

Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that this year, Diwali was advanced by a fortnight after the relaxations announced in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said, “Ask the trader and he would counter the claim.” Yadav alleged that in spite of visiting Mathura thrice after becoming the chief minister, Yogi Adityanath had done nothing for “Brijbhumi”. Even the “dream project” announced by the Yogi government for the development of Vrindavan had remained a “dream”, he said.

Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar May Lose Their Rajya Sabha Seat

Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu is likely to disqualify JDU leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the House soon. Their disqualification has been sought by JDU floor leader in the Rajya Sabha Ram Chandra Prasad Singh under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

The Rajya Sabha secretariat had served Yadav and Anwar notices last month to respond to Singh’s allegations against them. It had also forwarded copies of the petition to them for reference.  The two members from Bihar had sought a month’s extension for sending their response, but had been given one more week. Finally, they submitted their replies on September 22. Contrary to a general impression that the chairman would refer the complaint to the Ethics Committee for preliminary examination, Naidu was likely to take his decision on the basis of the material placed before him.

Mukul Roy Tears Into Mamata for Abetting Nepotism, Congress

Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy resigned from the Rajya Sabha last fortnight and gave up the primary membership of the party saying that “we are comrades in party and not servants. One-person party is not good for the country. At this moment a national party is required for country’s betterment.” Roy, who was unhappy with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s elevation in the party, said that “dynasty politics is hurting all political parties” in the country.

He said that since its inception, Trinmool supported the BJP till 2007 and then became part of the UPA from 2009 to 2012. “The party (Trinamool) was formed to fight the Congress. If the Trinamool leadership now feels that the country cannot run without the Congress, I would suggest that they should merge with the Congress,” he said.

Gujarat Constitutes Commission for Withdrawal of Cases Against Patidars

Gujarat government is doing overtime to fulfill them, within a week of accepting four of the six demands of the Patidars, has set up a judicial commission for withdrawal of police cases and also allocated Rs 600 crore for the Economically Backward Castes Commission.

Judicial Commission will be headed by retired Justice of Gujarat High Court KA Punj. The commission will submit a report in six months, Home and Legal Affairs Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said. He said that close to 439 cases were filed, of which 109 were already withdrawn in July 2016. Withdrawal of sedition case against Hardik Patel and others is conditional. It is subject to Patidar community ending its agitation against the government. Reacting to the development, Hardik Patel said that the six month period of Commission has been set up while state polls will be over in two months.

BJP-JDS May Forge Alliance to Defeat Congress

As the Karnataka Assembly Polls are inching closer, BJP and JDS are learnt to have put their heads together to come up with a ‘game plan’ to defeat Siddaramaiah. A meeting between former Minister V Srinivas Prasad from the BJP, and former Ministers AH Vishwanath and GT Deve Gowda from the JDS in Mysuru recently has set off speculation about a possible joining of forces of the Opposition to achieve the “common goal” of defeating CM Siddaramaiah.

GT Deve Gowda, who represents Chamundeshwari in the Assembly, has vowed to contest against Siddaramaiah in the 2018 polls and teach him a lesson. Prasad and Vishwanath, who recently fell out with the Chief Minister, are expected to make common cause with Gowda. Siddaramaiah had scraped through in the by-polls with a narrow margin of 257 votes against JDS candidate Shivabasappa, while the BJP had stayed away from the electoral fray.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar Faces Contempt

In a jolt to the Left Front government in Tripura, the Supreme Court has stopped the appointment of 12,000 teaching and non-teaching staff across the state after reproaching the Manik Sarkar government for prima facie acting in contempt of court.

“Pending further consideration, the State of Tripura is restrained from filling up 12,000 new posts of Student Counsellor, School Library Assistant, Academic Counsellor, Hostel Warden and School Assistant,” directed a bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and Uday U Lalit. According to a contempt petition filed in the court, the Tripura government sought to circumvent the SC order by again recruiting the same 10,323 persons under a new notification and on newly created posts. Admitting the contempt plea, the bench said, “Prima facie we find merit in the allegations in the contempt petition and prayer for initiating proceedings against the respondents (including the chief secretary of the state)”.