Pravesh Kumar Mishra
- In UP, an MLA and MP of the BJP had clashed with each other
- The dispute arose over the issue of taking credit for a project
- The MP and MLA were ridiculed and trolled on the social media
Two Bharatiya Janata Party legislators from Uttar Pradesh recently thrashed each other up with shoes during an official meeting in state’s Sant Kabir Nagar district.The way the public representatives acted has shocked the people. People are saying this incident has exposed the real character of the party. They said it is shocking the way they behaved and sends a distressing message to the people. Such incidents do not augur well for the country.
The fight broke out after Sant Kabir Nagar’s BJP MP Sharad Tripathi demanded to know why his name was not included on the foundation stone for a road. Menhdawal MLA Rakesh Singh Baghel responded that he had decided not to use the name. An argument followed, during which Baghel told Tripathi to ask questions to his shoe.
A video of the incident showed Tripathi then beating Baghel up with his shoes, to which Baghel eventually retaliated in the same manner. The two legislators also hurled abuses at each other. As the meeting descended into chaos, some attendees were seen shooting videos of the fight. Police officers present at the meeting finally stopped the brawl.
Baghel and his supporters later protested against Tripathi outside Sant Kabir Nagar District Magistrate Raveesh Gupta’s office. They demanded that Tripathi be arrested.
Uttar Pradesh BJP President MN Pandey described the incident as “condemnable” and said the party has taken cognisance of it. He added that both Tripathi and Baghel have been summoned to Lucknow. “Strict disciplinary action will be taken,” Pandey said. The two public representatives have become object of ridicule on the social media.
Public representatives head towards Delhi for ticket
The possible candidates for the Lok Sabha elections are now heading towards Delhi to stake claims for ticket. The scrutiny committee is holding detailed discussions with all stakeholders to shortlist the candidates. The possible candidates have submitted their bio-data with Central Election Committee and sought their support.
On the other hand the BJP is mulling axing over 12 sitting MPs for the April-May Lok Sabha polls to tide over anti-incumbency, a party leader said Friday. He added that the BJP faced defeat after 15 years in the Assembly polls in November last year because it had ignored a survey which suggested at least 80 MLAs not be repeated due to various factors like lack of performance and anti-incumbency.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the party had swept 27 of 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state on the back of a strong Modi wave. Only current chief minister Kamal Nath and the Congress’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia managed to hold on to their political citadels of Chhindwara and Guna respectively
Rafale deal stole limelight
The hearings in the apex court on the Rafale deal stole the limelight. Attorney General KK Venugopal claimed the Rafale documents were not stolen from the Defence Ministry and that what he meant in his submission before the Supreme Court was that petitioners in the application used “photocopies of the original” papers, deemed secret by the government.
His comments in the apex court that Rafale fighter jet deal documents were stolen caused a political row, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeting the government over stealing of such sensitive papers and seeking a criminal investigation.
Alliance comes as solace for parties
The political parties are sinking their differences to form an alliance. The parties were at loggerheads for five years but now election compulsions have forced them to forget their rancour and come together. The parties that have come close and made electoral alliance are BJP-Shiv Sena, SP-BSP. But an alliance between Congress and AAP could not be finalized.
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit said there will be no alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Delhi Congress leaders with Congress president Rahul Gandhi. There will be no alliance with AAP.
The decision was taken unanimously, said Dikshit while exiting the meeting.This announcement put to rest weeks of speculations of an alliance between Congress and AAP in Delhi, which, according to Delhi chief minister and AAP head Arvind Kejriwal, was necessary to defeat BJP.
4-phase MP election much talked about
The four-phase election of Madhya Pradesh was much talked about. Compared to the last time when the poll panel had announced nine-round poll programme, this time the elections will be held in seven phase.The Election Commission of India (EC) on March 10 announced the full schedule of phase-wise and constituency-wise voting for Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls that begin on April 11.
In the high-stakes battle, candidates from major political parties including the BJP and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh will be contesting for 29 seats/constituencies beginning April 29. The poll panel also announced the Assembly election schedule for four states. Polling for the Assembly elections in four states — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim — will happen simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls.