Bhubaneswar,27/06/19:The nomination of former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnaw for the Rajya Sabha by-election from the state resonated in the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday as the Congress demanded a statement from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over his alleged involvement in mining and land allotment scams.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated the former Odisha cadre officer for the by-election and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has ‘extended’ its support to him.
Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Congress legislature party leader Narasingh Mishra said never in the history of the country a ruling party gifted a seat to the opposition. “Naturally, a doubt arises that something is behind the screen,” he said.
Mishra said a panel set up to probe the land allotment under the discretionary quota found that Vaishnaw was a beneficiary and the vigilance was inquiring into it. “Will the Chief Minister inform us that the vigilance has exonerated him,” said Mishra.
The Congress leader claimed that he had documents to prove Vaishnaw’s involvement in the mining scam. “How a person, not an Odia and who has been hand in glove with the mining mafias, is going to protect the interest of the state. Those who loot the minerals of the state are sent to represent us in the Rajya Sabha,” said Mishra.
He alleged both the BJP and the BJD were in an alliance in the state. “Even though the BJP is technically the opposition party, in reality, it’s not. The BJP has no moral right to say it is in opposition,” he said.
Another Congress member Taraprasad Bahnipati requested the Speaker to give a ruling directing the Chief Minister to reply on the involvement of Vaishnaw in the mining scam.
However, Vaishnaw refuted the allegations and demanded an investigation into the cases and said he would share relevant details after the Rajya Sabha by-election.
Kolkota,09/06/19:Cooch Behar (West Bengal): A day after escalation of violence in West Bengal centering on a BJP-Trinamool Congress clash that killed at least five people, two more BJP workers were allegedly shot at by supporters of the state’s ruling party in North Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, local BJP leaders said.
The district Trinamool leadership however refuted the allegation and accused the saffron party of fomenting unrest in the area.
According to BJP sources, the activists were shot at while coming back from a protest demonstration against the killing of party workers in North 24 Parganas district’s Sandeshkhali which took place on Saturday.
Bolangir,07/06/19:Public Works Department (PWD) JE Jayakanta Sabar, who went missing after being forced to do sit-ups by Patnagarh MLA, was rescued from Kantabanji area, the police said today.
On Wednesday, Sabar was assaulted and forced to do sit-ups 100 times within 5 mnts by newly elected BJD MLA of Patnagarh Saroj Kumar Meher for inferior road work. Later, the video of the incident went viral on social media.
Shocked and embarrassed over the assault, Sabar did not return home following which his wife Prabina Rajhans lodged a complaint in this regard on Thursday.
“On the basis of the plaint, a probe was launched and JE Jayakanta Sabar was rescued from Kantabanji area last night and dropped at his home safely,” told by Patnagarh DSP Suresh Nayak.
When asked about the entire episode, the JE said, “Patnagarh Executive Engineer also slapped me on the instruction of local MLA Saroj Meher and apprehending any further attack, I had to do sit-ups.”
On the other hand, Sabar’s wife Prabina has lodged a complaint against the newly-elected MLA demanding his arrest at the earliest for meting out physical and mental torture and making casteist remarks oh her husband.
“WHO GAVE HIM THE LAW POWER INTO HIS HAND ”(?)
Bolangir,06/06/19:A newly elected legislator from Patnagarh Assembly seat suddenly drew media glare for his audacity to show anger towards an engineer allegedly for poor road construction work in his constituency.
A video clip was aired on many regional electronic media showing the Patnagarh MLA Saroj Kumar Meher forcing the government official to do sit-ups in public for poor quality work.
Expressing his displeasure over the bad quality road construction work in his area, Meher was seen in the video asking him to do 100 sit-ups within 5 minutes in front of the public(?).
The victim, who is designated as the Junior Engineer in Public Works Department (PWD), was seen doing sit-ups and later he apologised for poor quality work.
It may be underlined Meher, a tribal, is a first-time MLA from Patnagarh constituency in Balangir district.
Newly-elected BJD MLA from Patnagarh in Odisha, Saroj Meher, who is now a matter of discussion across Odisha after a video was viral showing the legislator forcing a government official to do sit-ups in public (?).
The Balangir District Collector Arvind Dakua told to scribe, “I was noticed Jasbant Sabar, a junior engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD), doing sit-ups in front of hundreds of people near Belpada area of the district has emerged and he already directed Sub Collector to inquire and submit a report” (!).
Otherside, knowing about the incident, the wife of the Junior Engineer has lodged a complaint with Patnagarh police alleging his husband was kidnapped by the MLA and his supporters and assaulted in public place (?) including using filthy languages on caste base (?).
Latest information, The MLA tendered an apology for his unruly behaviour.
New Delhi,29/05/19:Ahead of his swearing in, Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where he paid his tributes to the late leaders.
Modi first visited Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was accompanied by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
The Prime Minister designate then visited the ‘Sadaiv Atal’, the memorial of Vajpayee. Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including party chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, J.P. Nadda, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Suresh Prabhu and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present.
Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister of a BJP-led government.
Modi’s third stop was the National War Museum where he was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Chief of Air Force RKS Bhadauria.
Modi briefly stood in silence to paid tributes to the fallen soldiers.He will be sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening.
WOMEN-RESERVATION NECESSARY IN LEGISLATURE
New Delhi,26/05/19:New Lok Sabha will have highest number of women-members with a tally of 78 with ruling BJP having 40 out of them. BJD being amongst very few regional parties getting success in recently held polls to Lok Sabha and state Legislative-Assembly deserves all compliments for having five out of twelve (42-perecent) women amongst its newly elected members of new Lok Sabha. Even TMC sent 9 women amongst 22 of its newly elected Lok Sabha members. It is noteworthy that out of 54 women having contested on BJP ticket, 40 were elected to Lok Sabha thus having a strike-rate of 74.1 percent as compared to male contestants with lower strike-rate of 68.8 percent.
Now with parties like SP and RJD opposing Women Reservation Bill almost finished in new Lok Sabha, bill to provide 33-percent reservation to women in legislature should now be dream-come-true. Parties opposing Women reservation Bill cry for reservation on man-made aspects like religion and cast evidently for vote-bank politics, but oppose reservation to women which still remain dominated section of society created by nature in our male-dominated system. Even Islamic world including Pakistan and many other democratic countries have adopted Women-Reservation in legislature.
To prevent wives or other relations being misused as proxy of male politicians, there should be a system whereby name or photo of husband or any other relation may not be permitted in election-campaigns of women candidates. At a time when women-quota in panchayats and local bodies is being increased to 50-percent from earlier 33-percent, it is meaningless to resist 33-percent reservation to women in legislature. Rather there should be uniform 33-perecent reservation for women at all stages from civic bodies to Parliament.
#Input Madhu Agarwal
By-elections caused due to sitting MLAs and Rajya Sabha members elected to Lok Sabha: Resignation from earlier seat be made compulsory before contesting for new seatMonday, 27 May 2019 05:20 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,26/05/19:It refers to unnecessary and costly by-elections caused because of 49 sitting MLAs and 4 Rajya Sabha members having been elected for new Lok Sabha. By-elections also become necessary in case a candidate wins from two constituencies of both for Lok Sabha and state-assembly. Such by-elections are criminal waste of public-money because of faulty poll-laws not refined even after seven decades.
At least basic poll-reforms should be immediately done whereby any sitting MP or MLA must resign from earlier seat within say three days of election-notification so that by-election for the vacated seat may be simultaneously held with general elections. Since a person cannot represent two constituencies at a time or can be member of both Parliament and state-legislature simultaneously, a person must not be allowed to contest from more than one constituency or for both Lok Sabha and state-assembly. Also a sitting MP on being appointed minister in state-assembly (and vice-versa) must automatically lose membership of the earlier House.
Aska/Bhubaneswar,24/05/19: Congress’ candidate for Aska Assembly seat, who was shot at by four bike-borne miscreants, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar yesterday night.
The mortal remains of Jena were brought to Congress Bhawan in a procession today and several leaders, including OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik paid their tributes.
Later, the mortal remains were sent to his native place at Nuagaon in Ganjam’s Aska for cremation.
Jena was shot at by four bike-borne miscreants near Lanjipalli in Berhampur on Wednesday evening. The bike-borne miscreants opened fire at Jena and one of his associates Anil Kumar Swain and fled from the spot.
Jena was rescued and rushed to MKCG Medical College and Hospital and was later shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. However, Jena succumbed to injuries after undergoing treatment for two days.
Though three days have elapsed, police are yet to make any arrests.
Meanwhile, Aska Congress leaders have alleged involvement of local-BJD leader.