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Venkaiah Naidu is a possible Vice-President candidate
By Rahil Nora Chopra
Venkaiah Naidu may be the next Vice President of India. The "think tank " of BJP is keen on his candidature as due to this, they can capture power in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and get benefit in Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The focus of BJP is now on southern India, after having its major hold on Northern India except Bihar and Punjab. According to sources, Narendra Modi will propose his candidature as a Vice President of India because Modi and RSS want to capture power in South India too. The other names in discussion are Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptulla and Hukmdev Narayan Yadav. The buzz is that the BJP "think tank" may also consider Najma Heptulla as a candidature due to triple talak issue, so that BJP gets muslim women votes in Lok Sabha elections in 2019. There may be chance of cabinet reshuffle at the centre once the president and vice-president elections get over.


"UP mein agar rehna hoga to Yogi yogi kehna hoga' is the latest slogan in Uttar Pradesh. In bureaucracy & political circles, there is a rumour going on that Yogi has no power to take decision. Every time he has to take permission from the party high command for policy making and administration decision. Yogi has no administration experience before that. After forming the government in Uttar Pradesh for the last one month, the atrocities towards Dalits and muslims have increased. First anti Romeo squad which is in news for harassment for boys and girls and now atrocities are taking place regularly against Dalits and muslims. Recently a man was killed in alleged caste clashes at a village in north western Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur area. 25 Dalit houses were set ablaze in retaliation. Reacting to the violence, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said."I can say with confidence that everyone will be safe in the state without any discrimination and rule of law is the priority of the state government". On the other hand Suresh Khanojia, National President Akhil Bhartiya Dalit Muslim Mahasangh has strongly condemned the incident and demanded immediate suspension of Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur and appealed to Chief Minister to conduct an inquiry into the incident. He further demanded full protection of Dalit Families and compensation for those who were killed and injured in the incident. Meanwhile the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini keep going to the mosques in their areas raising provocative slogans.


After the appointment of F.H. Jakkappanavar as the Chairman of the Scheduled Castes Department of Karnataka PCC, there is a discussion in the Congress Party that K Raju the chief of the dalit cell of AICC will be removed. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi is not happy the way K Raju is handling the Department. Discontent is simmering within the dalit leadership of the Congress against K Raju, the chief of the dalit cell of AICC. Ashok Tawar, PCC chief of Haryana will be appointed as a Chairman of dalit cell of AICC. Selja Kumari or Randeep Surjewala will be appointed as PCC chief of Haryana in place of Ashok Tawar. Rahul Gandhi is not happy the way Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed who was handling the minority department. The names in discussions are Imran Kidwai, who is the former Chairman Minority Dept AICC, Fazle Masood, the former working president of All India Youth Congress. The party is also looking for a new face who will be appointed as a Chairman in the Minority department in place of Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed.


Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha once had great ties of friendship with Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi and the bond was so formidable that together three of them used to hang around, partying a lot, but later, with their entries into active politics, the bond of friendship turned to a wide gap between them which could never be bridged up. But a latest twist to this background is that Sonia Gandhi herself has asked Sitaram Yechuri to talk to Naveen Patnaik to support the opposition led Presidential Candidature for the elections in July this year. Sitaram Yechury has started the dialogue process with him. Naveen Patnaik's BJD has 32000 electoral votes for this election.


News Updated at : Friday, May 12, 2017
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