Back to back news: What is the meaning of Venkaiah’s retirement and why Mamata and Sisodia are in trouble

Advani team’s latest portal in the pavilion

M. Venkaiah Naidu’s tenure as the Vice President of the country has come to an end. The Age of Politics Venkaiah Naidu is the latest member of Advani’s core team, whose political career has stalled. Journalists covering Delhi politics and those familiar with Lutyens’ Delhi know that during the times of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, both the leaders had their own camps. The four members of the Advani camp were known as the D-Four Company. It included Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar. The first three people – Jaitley, Sushma and Ananth Kumar – have died. Along with these three, Venkaiah Naidu also became a minister in Narendra Modi’s first government.

Modi knew that members of Advani’s team were not comfortable with him except Jaitley. Despite this, all four members went on to become ministers at the Centre. But three years later, in 2017, Venkaiah Naidu was appointed as the vice president. Ananth Kumar died the following year in 2018. Jaitley and Sushma also died at short intervals within days of Modi’s second government being formed. Hence, the last member of Advani’s core team is Venkaiah Naidu, who stepped down as vice-chairman on 10 August.

Although Modi was also considered from Advani’s camp in BJP’s internal politics, but in Delhi politics, Advani’s core team was Jaitley, Sushma, Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah. The late Pramod Mahajan was considered close to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while Rajnath Singh used to do politics independently. He was president twice but was not associated with any camp.

Mamta is in trouble despite the Centre’s ceasefire

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a ceasefire of sorts against the central government and the BJP, but despite this, her problems are mounting. The Enforcement Directorate i.e. ED has arrested its senior most ministerial leader Partha Chatterjee and now with the High Court order, the ED can tighten the noose on many senior leaders of their party. The High Court, while pronouncing its verdict on a five-year PIL, has also ruled that ED is a party in the case investigating assets of a total of 19 leaders, including seven ministers. In the petition it has been said that these leaders have incalculable assets, which should be investigated. ED’s involvement in this case means that the investigation of unaccounted assets will eventually fall into ED’s hands. This will increase the difficulty of Mamta, because many of the leaders who are there are very close and senior leaders of Mamta. Like Firhad Hakim, who has been appointed Mayor of Calcutta by Mamta along with the minister. Madan Mitra, Gautam Deb and senior economic adviser to the state government Amit Mitra also feature in it. Ministers in the state government include Bratya Basu, Jyotipriya Malik, Malay Ghatak, Arup Rai, Javed Ahmed Khan and Siuli Saha. Even the name of Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee also appears in this petition.

Speed ​​up the game by switching power without choices

This is happening for the first time in the country that without elections, the government is changing in the states. In the last three years alone, this has happened in at least four major states. After the election another government was formed, but in the middle the government fell and a new government was formed. In three of these states, the BJP has formed the government by overthrowing the government of other parties, and in one state, the BJP coalition government has been overthrown and another government has been formed. With the strengthening of this trend, the period of political instability has increased in the states. A large section of the media describes such developments as a BJP masterstroke, as if a lot of work was done.

This game of government change started in Karnataka, where in 2019, BJP formed its government by ousting the joint government of Congress and Janata Dal S. There, in the 2018 elections, a joint government of Congress and JDS was formed . Within a year and a half, the BJP formed its government by breaking the Congress and Janata Dal SK MLAs. After that, the same game was repeated in Madhya Pradesh. There, the BJP was defeated in the 2018 elections and the Congress won a majority. However, there was a very small difference in seats between the two parties. Taking advantage of this, in early 2020, the BJP formed its government through Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia by resigning the Congress MLAs. After that, in the last month and a half, there was a change of power in Maharashtra and Bihar. The BJP became the largest party in Maharashtra, but its pre-poll ally Shiv Sena formed the government with the NCP and the Congress. In late June this year, a rebellion broke out in the Shiv Sena and the BJP formed a new government by supporting the rebel MLAs.

Unlike these three states, in Bihar, BJP’s ally Janata Dal (U) broke the alliance with BJP and formed the government with RJD, Congress and Left parties. Apart from these four states, efforts were also made in Rajasthan but did not materialise. Currently, this attempt to shift power is happening in Jharkhand, but no success has been achieved so far.

Manish Sisodia is caught this time

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s woes will increase over the new liquor policy. That is why they are changing the statement again and again. On the day Lt. Governor VK Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the new liquor policy, Sisodia held a press conference and said the state government has benefited greatly from the new liquor policy alcoholic He also gave a figure of earning additional revenue of several billion crores, but now says that at the last minute the then Lt. Governor Anil Baijal had changed the new liquor policy, due to which the Govt. ‘state earned billions of millions in revenue. The loss occurred. He said documents related to this have also been sent to the CBI. On the other hand, the CBI has the investigation report of the Director of Vigilance, which claims that Sisodia arbitrarily formulated and approved the excise policy. This report is said to have also said that Sisodia did not consult the state cabinet and also the then Lt. Governor. In this inquiry, the entire responsibility for the new liquor policy has been put on Sisodia and it has been said that the state has suffered a revenue loss of billions of crores. Based on this report, Lt. Governor Saxena has suspended 11 officials and employees, including an IAS officer. CBI will investigate on this basis.

Nitish made a record of taking oath

Now a new record has been added to the name of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the record of taking oath most times. From a minister in the central government to the post of chief minister in Bihar, he has taken oath so many times that probably no one else will match him. There are many leaders who have been prime ministers longer than him. From Jyoti Basu in West Bengal to Naveen Patnaik in Odisha and Pawan Kumar Chamling in Sikkim, no one has taken oath as many times as Nitish. He took oath twice in the last two assemblies and this time he also did it for the second time. This single disc will also be in his name. Nitish Kumar has taken oath as Chief Minister eight times since 2000. Adding his oaths as Chief Minister and Union Minister, the number will be huge as Nitish Kumar has been taking oath as a minister at the Center since the time of the Vishwanath Pratap Singh government in 1989 and became the prime minister in 2005. Before that. , has taken oath as a Union minister four times.

BJP hopes to change customs in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is also one of the few states where power changes every five years. In this small hilly state, the Congress and the BJP government have been formed alternately for the past three decades. In this regard, the BJP, which has been running the government for five years, should be out of power this time. But the BJP wants to break this cycle, so before the assembly elections to be held in November, it has started this campaign that this time it is not the norm, but the customs that should be changed. In other words, the custom of changing power must be changed every five years. The BJP hopes that the way customs have changed in Uttarakhand, it can also change in the neighboring state of Himachal Pradesh.

Significantly, since the formation of the state of Uttarakhand, there was a custom of changing power every five years, but this time the BJP has come to power for the second time in a row. That is why in Himachal Pradesh also BJP is expecting it. On the other hand, the Congress party’s bet is that this time it will be his turn. However, the Aam Aadmi Party is becoming a major obstacle in its way. BJP expects even more. Aam Aadmi Party will contest all seats and its leader Arvind Kejriwal announces that he will provide free facilities worldwide. The Congress fears that the Aam Aadmi Party will reduce its votes, which will benefit the BJP.

How are the deputies, the deputies who do not know how to vote!

It is incredible that MPs and MLAs who are elected by millions of people by casting their votes, when it comes to casting their own votes, make a mistake. Recently, the votes of 15 deputies were invalid in the election of the vice president. There were only two candidates for the vice-presidential election and each deputy had to write his order of preference next to the candidate. That is, the BJP MP or its ally had to write one in front of Jagdeep Dhankhar and the Congress MP or its ally party had to write one in front of Margaret Alva. Despite this, the votes of 15 deputies were invalid. Earlier, in the presidential elections held last month, the votes of 15 deputies were also invalid. About 4800 deputies and 748 deputies voted in the presidential election. Of the MPs who voted, the votes of only 38 MPs were invalid, while the votes of 15 MPs out of 748 were invalid. There, too, only one had to be written in the numeral in front of the candidate of their choice. There were only 13 states in the country where no MLA’s vote was invalid. The states whose MLA votes were declared invalid include states like Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra. This condition is when MLAs and MLAs receive proper training before each election, but make mistakes even in such a simple voting process.

(The author is a senior journalist. Opinions are personal.)

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