PB twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. 20 Cities named for Rs. 51000 crores ‘Smart City’ makeover – Controversy over non inclusion of any UP / Bihar city!
The cities chosen are Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davangere, Indore, the New Delhi area, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belgaum, Udaipur, Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal. 13 of them are in the WHO list of the 20 most polluted cities in the world.
There is already a controversy as to exclusion of some cities and the criteria for the selection of first 20. In India we can never agree on any thing, perils of democracy. A good move and a good start…
2. Swamy seeks Delhi L-G’s permission to prosecute Kejriwal – BJP has let loose its best lawyer now on Kejriwal after Gandhis!
Swamy has alleged that during Aam Aadmi Party’s 49-day government in Delhi, Kejriwal and Sisodia had illegally favoured a company named SKN Associates. Matter to be settled in courts. But Swamy behind their back is not good news for these 2 gentlemen.
Nonetheless, this is good publicity for Swamy and AAP where, BJP too gets their fair share of righteous actions through Swamy. Through these acts Swamy pressurizing Modi to reward him with a cabinet berth. If Swamy would have been in BJP, he might have been PM as well today his supporters believe.
During Emergency, RSS had put a person on duty to take care of Swamy during his stay in Ahmedabad. That person was Modi!
3. Mehbooba bargains with BJP on alliance, wants Cenre to engage with J&K seperatists – Trap for BJP which it should avoid!
All the delay by Mehbooba to form government is due to the fact that shes is bargaining hard with BJP. Her demands include engaging with separatists and vacation of private land occupied by the Army. Sources also said that Mehbooba wants no ‘needless’ raking up of emotive issues such as beef ban and Article 370.
BJP has got into a trap by forming govt. with PDP. It gave up its 370 cause all for the sake of power. Now Mehbooba forcing BJP into a situation and looking for an excuse to part ways. BJP shouldn’t acede to here demands and let a govt. go if it wants to protct its ideology and vote bank.
4. Chandy allegedly involved in corruption – Its advantage Left in Kerala.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has been facing his biggest political crisis in the solar scam. The vigilance court has ordered filling of FIR against Chandy for accepting bribe in the scam.
The woman also accused of engineering the massive swindle has alleged that Mr Chandy phoned her mother to attempt a cover-up and also promised to “return” bribe money. High Court today stayed the order though. But damage has been done.
All this is good ammunition in hands of the Left. Trend wise its their turn to win elections later this year and this will boost their chances.
5. Assam CM candidate announced by BJP – Learning from mistake in Bihar!
BJP’s parliamentary committee has announced its Assam president Sarbananda Sonowal as chief ministerial candidate for the assembly polls in April 2016. Party seems to have learnt from its mistake of not announcing a leader in Bihar. Good move. Elections more and more Presidential style now and clarity in leadership helps.
A section though not happy as he joined party only in 2011 from Assam Gana Parishad.