Modi has become one of the powerful leaders of the world : Nadda

 BJP working president J P Nadda Friday said that U S President Donald Trump joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a programme in Houston recently signalled to the world that Modi has become one of the powerful leaders in the world.

Nadda said that Modis dynamic leadership during the past over five years has also shown to the world that he has become one of the powerful global leaders.

When American President Donald Trump broke protocol and joined Modiji in the Howdy Modi programme held recently in Houston, it sent out a signal to the world that the president of a powerful country follows Modijis developmental programmes, Nadda said here.

Addressing a BJP workers’ programme, Nadda said the Modi government has helped fulfil farmers requirements, taken steps in the health sector and development of connectivity net-works.

With strong policies, India will achieve USD 5 trillion economy by 2025, the former health minister said.

On Jammu and Kashmir, Nadda said that the abrogation of Article 370 will help the people of the state to enjoy benefits other people of the country are getting through the developmental programmes.

He also praised the Modi government for scrapping triple talaq which, he said, will help Muslim women to join in progressive programmes.

Congratulating BJP workers for the latest membership drive, Nadda urged them to work hard in the coming assembly elections in Jharkhand and help the BJP win 65-plus seats in the 81-member House.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Education Minister Neera Yadav, BJPs state unit president Laxman Gilua, Hazaribag MP Jayant Sinha and Koderma MP Annapurna Devi shared the stage with Nadda.

India shares ASEAN vision for rule-based societies: Modi

 Leaders of India and ASEAN on Thursday discussed ways to boost maritime security, connectivity and trade, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India shares the ASEAN vision for rule-based societies and pitched for freedom of navigation in the region.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, with highest-level of participation from all the 10 member-countries of the grouping, began with Modi releasing commemorative stamps in the presence of ASEAN leaders to mark 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties.

Addressing the plenary session, Modi said India shares the ASEAN’s vision for rule-based societies and values of peace.

Freedom of navigation will be a key focus of India-ASEAN in the maritime domain, he said.

The highest-level of participation at the summit comes in the backdrop of increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness in the region.

Some experts feel that the meet can be an opportunity for India to present itself as a powerful ally to these countries in the strategic areas of trade and connectivity.

The ASEAN leaders will also be chief guests at the Republic Day on Friday which was termed by Modi as “historic and unprecedented”.

According to officials, the summit is expected to give boost to India-ASEAN cooperation in key areas of counter- terrorism, security and connectivity.

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a lunch in honour of ASEAN leaders, who along with Modi also participated in a retreat session during which the leaders had a “free and frank” discussion on “maritime cooperation and security”.

Modi had also had bilateral meetings with six ASEAN leaders, including his counterparts from Thailand and Singapore, which is the current chair of the ASEAN grouping.

“Modi favourite for 2019 Lok Sabha elections”

From Lalit K Jha

Washington, Mar 14 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a clear favourite for the 2019 general elections after the BJP’s landslide victory in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, top US experts on India have said.

While one of the expert noted that the electoral results of the just concluded Assembly polls in five states show that the 2014 Lok Sabha election results were not an aberration, another noted that Modi would continue to lead India after 2019.

The Assembly elections do not signal much of a change. The Uttar Pradesh election results showed that the 2014 general elections were not an “aberration”. Same is the case with Punjab, Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University said.

“It was a big win for the BJP. Its candidate won with much larger margin of victory than compared to the two previous winners BSP and Samajwadi Party,” he said.

Modi has been established by this election as the “clear and favourite winner” for the 2019 elections, Sadanand Dhume, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute said.

“Modi is the front runner (for 2019),” he said.

Irfan Nooruddin, a professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University predicted that in 2019, the BJP is unlikely to be get a simple majority and Modi would rather be heading a coalition government.

BJP is running a disciplines election campaign state-by-state, while the Opposition fails, he said.

The party does not do good in a state where it faces a direct opposition. BJP is beatable if the Opposition comes together, Nooruddin said, adding that the party gains where it faces a fragmented opposition and in 2019, anti-incumbency would kick in.

In this election, the BJP played the cast card while pretending to be above it, Dhume who was in Uttar Pradesh during the elections, said.

“Demonetisation is extremely popular. Indian people who have suffered themselves in the wake of the policy, it won their heart and mind. Here is this man of sincerity who struck a principled blow to corrupt and the rich,” he said referring to his conversation with people in the state.

Dhume, however, noted that Modi after this historic victory in Uttar Pradesh is unlikely to go for the kind of economic reforms the private sector would like to have.

India is going to bump up its economic reforms that directly effects the people of the country, said Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

Picking up four governments in states all across India, and having future prospects, it is unlikely to have an impact on foreign policy. Like demonetisation #IamNewIndia is the pledge that the Prime Minister is asking citizens to be part of his new India campaign.

BJP will now pick up a lot of seats in Rajya Sabha which would help the ruling party to carry out its long pending reform like the land acquisition reform and labor reforms.

They would tart picking up seats is early as 2018. BJP is looking at 2019 and beyond.

Shameful chapter in Indian democracy: Jaitley

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday described the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s anti-graft fast as “a shameful chapter in the history of Indian democracy”.

“What happened last (Saturday) night at the Ramlila Ground is a shameful chapter in the history of Indian democracy. It was a barbaric act by the police against citizens who were protesting peacefully against corruption and black money,” said Jaitley, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Police cracked down on Ramdev and his supporters in New Delhi’s Ramlila Ground after midnight Saturday and forcibly removed the yoga guru from the site. He was then evicted from the capital.

“Government did not act against Kashmir’s separatists who held meetings in the heart of Delhi. How can the attack on Ramdev be justified,” he asked.

Hitting out at Congress leader Digvijay Singh for his “thug” remarks against Ramdev, Jaitley said: “The Congress leader using bad language against Baba Ramdev is known for his idioms that lower the level of democracy. This language is unacceptable in politics.”

Black day, PM responsible: Modi

Calling it a “black day in history”, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev. 

“Manmohan Singhji, the country is not ready to believe that you are not involved in this. These atrocities are going on under your rule. Police is (controlled by the) Manmohan Singh government in Delhi, not under (Delhi Chief Minister) Sheila Dikshit,” Modi said. 

“This is a black day,” he said. 

Police cracked down on Ramdev and his supporters in New Delhi’s Ramlila ground after midnight Saturday and forcibly removed the yoga guru from the site. He was then evicted from the capital. 

“Manmohan Singhji, this innocent face of yours will tell every time when there’s a crisis, that you don’t know… Such gimmicks will not be forgiven by the country.

“You are responsible for this. If you are the prime minister, then show your strength. If you are not involved, then tell the country. 

“This was not an agitation against one party, this was not an agitation against one government. This is an effort to rescue the nation from a rotten system,” the Bharatiya Janata Party leader added. 

He said the protest against corruption should continue. “We are with Baba Ramdev in his cause.”

No patch up between Modi and BCCI, apex court told

The Supreme Court was on Wednesday informed that efforts for a patch up between former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have failed.

Modi’s counsel Ram Jethmalani told the apex court that attempts for a settlement, despite the best efforts, did not succeed.

The matter was adjourned and will come up for hearing on November 11.

Modi is facing an inquiry for alleged financial irregularities in the IPL when he was at the helm of affairs.

Rubabuddin charges Modi with contempt of apex court

Rubabuddin Sheikh, the brother of staged-shootout victim Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Wednesday served a legal notice on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi charging him with contempt of the Supreme Court with his derogatory remarks against the CBI that is probing the case.

The notice dated Aug 28 sought a response within a week whereafter he would take ‘appropriate action’ in the matter.

The notice also asks the chief minister to refrain from making any such derogatory statements that could interfere with the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the Sohrabuddin-Kausarbi murder case being conducted under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court.

The notice comes after Modi’s public speech in Ahmedabad Aug 25 in which he said the CBI had taken a supari (contract) from the Congress party to finish him politically.

He also alleged at the meet that the ‘friends of the Congress may be jumping around because of their trust in the CBI but the people of Gujarat will decide finally.’

The notice said Modi made the allegations against the CBI even though he was fully aware that the central agency was directed by the Supreme Court to conduct the investigation into the Sohrabuddin-Kausarbi murder case and was submitting its report to the apex court.

It said the statements amounted to a grave insult to the Supreme Court and were a ‘deliberate and a calculated’ attempt by the chief minister to ‘undermine the majesty’ of the apex court and make people ‘loose faith and belief in the wisdom of the apex court in entrusting the investigation to the CBI.’

It said the chief minister deliberately used the word ‘supari’ implying that the CBI had initiated the investigation on some ‘monetary considerations’ from the Congress party and was investigating into the case with ‘malafide intentions’ to harm him politically. It said since the apex court had directed the CBI to conduct the inquiry, the allegation by Modi ‘amounted to direct allegation against the impartiality of the Supreme Court’.

Pointing out that earlier also several state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders had made ‘extremely derogatory remarks’ against the CBI and had called it the ‘Congress Bureau of Investigation,’ it said it was clear that ‘deliberate and conscious efforts’ were being made by the ruling party leadership ‘to create doubts and disbelief’ in the minds of the people about the CBI investigation into the case.