Cycle to Karnal: Khattar eschews VIP treatment, takes train and two-wheeler to cast his vote
Incumbent Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar travelled by Shatabdi Express from Chandigarh to his hometown Karnal in Haryana to cast his vote.
"First vote then refreshment. I am going to cast my vote," Khattar tweeted. "I humbly request all citizens of the state that you too must exercise the franchise by visiting your polling station. Your one vote is crucial to form a strong government," he added.
'पहले मतदान तब जलपान'
मैं अपना वोट डालने जा रहा हूँ।
प्रदेश के सभी नागरिकों से विनम्र अनुरोध करता हूँ कि आप भी अपने मतदान केंद्र पर जाकर मताधिकार का प्रयोग ज़रूर करें। मजबूत सरकार बनाने के लिए आपका एक-एक वोट निर्णायक है। #HaryanaAssemblyPolls
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Had a lively interaction with my co-passengers during my journey to Karnal to cast my vote!
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Later, news agency ANI posted a video where it can be seen that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rode a bicycle to the polling booth to cast his vote.
#WATCH Karnal: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rides a cycle to the polling booth. #HaryanaAssemblyPolls
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Khattar is again trying his luck from the Karnal seat that he won in 2014 with a margin of over 60,000 votes from his nearest rival. The Congress has pitted Trilochan Singh, former Chairperson of the Haryana Minority Commission, against Khattar. Karnal also has one of the highest incomes per capita in Haryana and is ranked 24 out of over 4,000 cities in the Swachh Survekshan 2019. All the 90 Assembly seats of Haryana went to the polls amid tight security. The voting will continue till 6 p.m.
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Delhi government comes up with new parking plan; parking car can cost you Rs 1000 for 10 hrs on workday
A committee of Delhi government and senior civic officials has come up with a new parking plan. The officials have has come up with a formula under which parking a car in areas such as Connaught Place for a 10-hours on a workday may cost you nearly Rs 1,000.
According to Hindustan Times, this new parking plan comes at a time when there have been growing calls to dissuade private vehicle use for this only adds to pollution in the city which entered the ‘very poor’ category on Wednesday, October 16. The base parking fee (BPF) committee, headed by the city’s transport commissioner, has suggested that the base fee for four-wheelers be Rs 10 per hour and Rs 5 for two-wheelers.
While the proposed minimum fare may appear lesser than existing fee of Rs 20 and Rs 10 per hour for the two categories, Delhi government officials and officials from the four civic agencies told the Hindustan Times, that the base fee will be multiplied by factors depending on the four parameters: parking spot, duration, location, and time of the day.
The committee “recommended that the multiplication factor based on location of the parking may be varied from 1 to 3, which will be decided by the civic agencies after careful consideration of the location of a particular area”, read the report prepared by the BPF committee. According to the leading daily's report, areas such as CP, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh, which record heavy traffic, are likely to be in the most expensive bands.
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"The book attempts to gauge and analyze the level of denial and deprivation faces by Indian Muslims so far by presenting their correct situation after twelve years of that two reports. It presents and discusses the current conditions with respect to outcome indicators such as Population, Education Economy, poverty, unemployment, consumption level, availability of bank Loans, infrastructure and civic facilities and representation in government employment.
By placing facts in perspective, it also discusses community-specific issues such as use of Urdu, Madarsa education and Wakf.
Responses of various Political formations have been presented in a proper sequence to generate a coherent view to ensure implementation. In the post Sachhar era , Govt started many schemes to improve the condition whose reach and impact is assessed with the help of latest data. It presents the social structure of muslims presence of OBC's and Dalits and suggests a practical Pattern for reservation. It follows up the process of Implementation of recommendations of these reports highlights how the Govt. adopted tokenism, attempted to implement minor recommendations and shied away from major ones. It presents the lopsided attitude of the present regime and accelerated marginalization of Muslims in today's scenario due to the open discrimination, mob violence, lynching and hate crimes in the name of various communal issues
"Sachar committee reports in November 2006, and the Rangnath mishra committee reports in May 2007, and Prof. Amitabh Kundu report by January 2015 rightly diagnosed the disease / reasons for alround backwardness faced by the muslims community so far as their backwardness in all respects - Socio economic, Political representation and educational etc. are concerned. Instead of taking remedial measures, implementation of their recommendations , these diagnostic reports have been thrown to dustbin by all the respective Political parties at the helm of affairs either in state of at centre for last twelve years and the Muslims suffered further and slipped from bad to worst.
" In the Name of Plural Secularism , the kind of politics that was pursued over a period of time revealed that it was basically a favor to Muslim conservatism, rather than of Secularism perse, this is how the significant sections of Hindus have been made to loath the very ideas of Indian Secularism. This partly explains why and how the BJP and its affiliates have now become a hegemonic political force.
Backed with state power, the Hindutva rabble rouseser now openly lynch Muslims, and they are mocking at every rule of law, they Video and circulate it and even then the lower judiciary in certain cases lets off the perpetrators. This demonstrative Lynching and victimization is also a kind of statement throwing a challenge to the political formations thriving on Muslims votes by saying "Look" this is what we are doing to your consistently loyal voters and if you have the political guts then come out to act and save your support base " Silence and Inaction not even tokenism of statements are the responses of most of such political Parties and leaders, these days. Gone are the days of Politics of Minorityism as muslims are now being projected to be an electoral liabilities. The Party talking of Muslims stands to loose Hindu votes
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Abdur Rahman, A member of the Indian Police Services(I.P.S.) has been working for more than twenty-one years at different positions in Maharashtra. Belonging to a small village in Bihar. He Obtained a B. Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His First book, In Hindi, Sachar Ki sifarishen (recommendation of Sachar) 2012was widely Praised. He writes and Lectures on a range of socio economic and educational issues from the perspective of the marginalized and securing socio justice to the deprived.
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