Employment opportunities top list of voters’ priorities; government performance ‘below average’: ADR survey
New Delhi: Better employment opportunities, healthcare and drinking water were the top three issues on which voters want the government of the day to work on, a national survey conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has claimed.
As per the survey, conducted between October and December in 2018, the performance of the government has been rated “below-average”, Jagdeep Chhokar, founder member, National Election Watch, ADR, told reporters here on Monday. The survey covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies with 2,73,487 voters participating in the exercise. It was spread across various demographics such as voters’ priorities on specific governance issues; voters’ ratings of the government’s performance on those issues, and factors affecting voting behaviour.
When asked if national security was one of the issues listed in the survey, Chhokar said, “terrorism was one of the 31 listed issues, and it figured on the 30th position in the survey”. Better employment opportunities figured as the highest priority among voters (46.80 per cent), followed by better healthcare (34.60 per cent) and drinking water (30.50 per cent), better roads (28.34 per cent) and better public transport (27.35 per cent), as per the national survey. Chhokar claimed that as per the report, the performance of the government, measured on a scale of 1 to 5, was rated “below average” on top 10 governance issues.
He said as the survey was conducted last year, “Balakot airstrike, national security issue was not included in the list”. “It is important to note that agriculture-related governance issues featured predominantly in the top 10 list of voters’ priorities, e.g. availability of water for agriculture (26.40 per cent) that was ranked sixth, agriculture loan availability (25.62 per cent) at seventh, higher price realisation for farm products (25.41 per cent) at eighth, and agriculture subsidy for seeds/fertilsers (25.06 per cent) at ninth,” he said.
At the press conference, Chhokar said ADR has also analysed affidavits of candidates fighting the 2019 polls. Out of the 7,928 candidates analysed for Lok Sabha 2019, 1,500 (19 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, the ADR said. Out of 8,205 candidates analysed during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 1,404 (17 per cent) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves, and out of 7,810 candidates analysed during the 2009 elections, 1158 (15 per cent) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves, it stated.
The ADR claimed that as many as 1,070 (13 per cent) candidates contesting in the 2019 polls have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women. Out of 8.205 candidates analysed during the 2014 polls, 908 (11 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves, and out of 7,810 candidates analysed during the 2009 elections, 608 (8 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves. As many as “56 candidates have declared convicted cases against themselves,” according to ADR.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling agent caught on camera for trying to influence voters inside Faridabad booth, arrested
A polling agent in Faridabad near Delhi was arrested after a video of him allegedly trying to influence voters in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections went viral on social media.
In the video, a man was seen in a blue t-shirt sitting at his table inside a polling booth and women voters were standing in a queue inside the room. The man walked up to the voting compartment, appeared to press a button on the voting machine before returning to his seat. He repeated the act with other women as well. After the video went viral, multiple people tagged the Election Commission on Twitter asking for action to be taken against the man.
According to Indian Express, election commissioner, Ashok Lavasa confirmed that the polling agent was arrested on Sunday afternoon and a report on the issue will be examined by the Election Commission. Lavasa said the polling agent was arrested on Sunday afternoon and an FIR has been lodged. “DEO Faridabad reported that the observer, Sanjay Kumar investigated the entire matter. Report of the observer will be examined by ECI and action will be taken against those found wanting in their duty,” he tweeted. “Prompt action taken. FIR lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated (sic),” the District Election Office in Faridabad tweeted after the Haryana election body instructed them to take action. The man has been charged for alleged booth capturing.
The local election office told NDTV that the polling agent was trying to influence “at least 3 lady voters”. Based on the election body’s complaint, the man was arrested by the police on Sunday evening. Polling agents are appointed by the candidates standing in the election to oversee the process in the station. The arrested man’s political party has not been made known as yet.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: FIR against BJP MLA for thrashing polling officer in Uttar Pradesh
Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh): An FIR was registered against BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar for allegedly thrashing the presiding Officer of booth no.359 in Aurai assembly constituency under Bhadohi Lok Sabha constituency.
Bhadohi went to polls in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election held on Sunday. “MLA and three others thrashed him alleging voting being held at a slow pace. An FIR has been registered and action is being taken,” Police told ANI. BJP has fielded Ramesh Bind from this seat while the SP-BSP alliance has fielded Rangnath Mishra. Ramakanth Yadav is contesting from the seat on a Congress ticket. The counting of votes will be done on May 23.
Cyclone Fani: Death toll in Odisha rises to 64, CM Naveen Patnaik orders house damage assessment
Bhubaneswar: The death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 64 with 21 fresh deaths confirmed on Sunday, nine days after the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm devastated coastal Odisha.
The death toll which stood at 43 till Saturday, rose after 18 more casualties reported from the worst-hit Puri and four more from Khurda district. At 39, the maximum deaths were reported from Puri, followed by Khurda (9), Cuttack (6), Mayurbhanj (4), Kendrapara (3) and Jajpur (3), an official at the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the officials to start assessment of houses damaged in cyclone Fani which made landfall in Puri with wind speed of up to 240 kmph on May 3 and has left at least 241 people injured.
Patnaik also directed that the house damage assessment be completed within one week from May 15. “I have lost my thatched house in the cyclone. No one from government has come to see my damaged house. I am waiting for the assessment since May 4. I do not know when they will assess the damage and give me assistance to construct my house,” said Shantilata Mishra, a widow at Biraramchandrapur village in Puri district.
Mishra is among the many poor people who have lost their houses and not sure when they will get assistance from the state government. “How long we should wait for the assessment? If we start construction, they may not give us assistance,” Mishra said as she wondered where she would stay in the meantime. The cyclone affected people are gradually losing hope as the house assessment order was given on the tenth day since the calamity hit their villages with the exercise beginning 12 days after the disaster.
However, the Naveen Patnaik regime took full credit for the “efficient” evacuation before the calamity. Promising full assistance for house construction, Patnaik said: “I assure that all out efforts will be put so that not a single eligible person will be left out.” Patnaik further said that all families whose houses are completely or substantially damaged due to extremely severe cyclone will be sanctioned pucca houses. “In all the severely affected blocks, senior officers will be appointed to supervise the assessment process,” Patnaik said adding work order distribution to the beneficiaries will begin from June 1.
According to sources in the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), 15,26,877 houses have been damaged in the state in different calamities in last 12 years. However, the damage caused by cyclone Fani was the most severe with as it left 5,08,467 houses damaged. The state government has demanded Rs 7,000 crore from the Centre for construction of disaster resilient houses in cyclone prone areas of Odisha.
While people are already on the streets, unable to get power and water nine days after the disaster, the house rebuilding exercise has come as an additional problem for them. A large number of affected people as well as opposition parties have also accused the state government of being inadequately prepared to deal with post-cyclone situation. The delay in start of house assessment may cause a lot of hardship for the people, said Suresh Panigrahi, a CPI(M) leader.
Speaking in similar vein, Congress leader Narasingha Mishra accused the state government of having failed to handle the post-cyclone situation. Meanwhile, angry people continued to blocked roads at many places, including state capital Bhubaneswar, on Sunday, demanding that the authorities address their problems quickly. At several places, demonstrators alleged that the restoration work was hampered by lack of management and coordination among various government agencies, thereby compounding the miseries of the cyclone-affected people.
The state government said it is trying to speed up efforts to restore electricity, water supply and telecom facilities even as large number of areas remained in the dark for the tenth day since May 3. The state government claimed it has restored electricity and drinking water supply in Bhubaneswar and urban areas of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts, but people blocked roads in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Khurda districts, besides the state capital.
As Bhubaneswar witnessed protests in Samantrapur, Nuagaon and Lingipur areas, traffic on Bhubaneswar-Puri highway was hit for some time, police said. “We are forced to hit the road as the government has failed to provide basic necessities such as water and power despite having promised to restore power supply by Sunday, May 12,” said a woman who joined a road blockade at Nuagaon. “There is a limit to our patience. We are made to spend sleepless nights. We have to purchase drinking water at exorbitant prices,” said another protester.
Aggrieved people also staged similar road blockades on Jagatsinghpur-Machagaon road and at some places in Cuttack and Khurda districts. In the pilgrim town of Puri, worst hit by the cyclone, locals were moving out of the place temporarily. In almost all electricity offices in coastal districts, police personnel have been deployed to tackle people attempting to attack officials, a state government official said. Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Singh maintained that electricity will be restored in all areas of Bhubaneswar by Sunday midnight. He also claimed that drinking water has been made available in all parts of the state capital.
Robert Vadra posts Paraguay flag instead of tricolour, trolled on social media
New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra on Sunday was trolled on social media after he wrongly posted a Paraguay flag emoji with a picture showing his inked finger after voting here.
Though he later replaced the Paraguayan flag with the Indian tricolour and admitted his mistake, Robert Vadra could not escape criticism from Twitterati. “Our right our strength !! Everyone must step out n vote… we need all support, to create a combined future for our loved ones, n for a secular, safe, productive future for our country (sic),” he posted on Facebook with a photograph of him holding up his inked index finger.
However, with the post he had emoji of the red, white and blue Paraguayan flag. A few hours later, he edited his Facebook post and put another one with an Indian flag. “India lives in my heart and I salute Tiranga. Using a Paraguay flag in my post was just an aberration. I very well know that ‘You all know it was posted by mistake” but you decided to ‘play up my mistake’, when there are such glaring issues to be discussed.
“It saddens me, but never mind!! My best wishes…,” he said in his fresh post after admitting the mistake. Earlier in the day, Robert Vadra voted along with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a polling booth next to their residence. Robert Vadra’s mother-in-law and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among others from his family who voted separately in the sixth round of polling for all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital.
Naxalites scared with this new move of police, now targeted by common people
In Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, the police changed strategy against the Maoists seems to prove to be effective. Since January 2019, Maoists have not been able to cause big damage to the jawans in the district. On the other hand, the Maoists scared of the continuous successes of the security forces on the Naxal front, are now in the forefront of spreading panic in the district by making the target of the common citizens.
With this changed strategy of police, Naxalite has come back to Bijapur in Bijapur. The jawans are constantly getting success on the Naxal front. Bawled Maoists are now targeting their citizens. Since Bijapur in the year 2019, the police are continuously working on the Naxal morchas. In addition to one or two small incidents, the Maoists in the district are not able to face any major damage.
Within a few days of changing the government in the state, the police captain of the district also changed. At the same time, the police has also changed their strategy. The police has started using the security of the security forces as a direct benefit to the changed strategy. The angry Maoists now target the common citizen and want to keep their horror alive in the heart and mind of the people.
How did the security forces get success in the last 5 months
In the last 5 months, in 8 different encounters, the jawans killed 12 Maoists. During the area domination, patrolling-and anti-Naxal operations, security forces claimed to arrest 1-2 Maoists instead of 1-2 permanent warranties. Due to the increasing pressure of the police, 24 Maoists, filled with red terror, surrendered.
With 22 IEDs of different mechanisms, 28 of the Maoists have also recovered the jawans. Attacked by the police, the Maoists attacked civilians and killed 3 civilians, while 10 civilians were injured in Maoist attack. Bijapur SP Govardhan Thakur says that in the case of police loss, two Maoists were killed in the attack while 1 in the second attack was injured.
Committees constituted to investigate the fire at SMS Hospital
Jaipur . State Medical and Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma visited the Savai Mansingh Hospital on Friday to see the fire space in the Life Line Drug Store. Taking this incident very seriously, he instructed the 3-member committee to conduct a week's inquiry and register an FIR in the police.
Dr. Sharma instructed to ensure all necessary safeguards in relation to not having recurrence of such incidents. Dr. Minister of Health and Health, Dr. Sharma with Dr. Subhash Garg and Government Secretary Medical Education Hemant Gera and Divisional Commissioner K.C. Verma also observed the spot.
There was a fire in the light-line drug store early on Friday. Immediately after the fire, the patients of nearby warders were shifted elsewhere and now the security arrangements are being shifted to the wards again.
The Medical Minister said that instructions have been given to the Government Secretaries Medical Education to constitute 3-member committees to look into the incident and prevent recurrence of such incidents. In this committee, Mission Director NHM Dr. Samit Sharma, Additional Director of Medical Education Rajarayan Sharma and Principal of SMS Medical College Dr. Sudhir Bhandari has been included. Instructions have been given to submit the report to the committee within one week.
Sam Pitroda speaks on Sikh riots, happened in 84, BJP opened the front
New Delhi. On the statement of Congress leader Sam Pitroda, the Bharatiya Janata Party has opened a front against the Congress. Attacking the BJP, Sam Pitroda said that on the issue of 1984, he said that it happened in 84. On this, the BJP has lodged the objection. BJP is also performing against Sam Pitroda in Delhi today.
Congress leader Sam Pitroda said that the Modi government continues to lie constantly, first lied to us yesterday spoke to you. What is the issue of 1984, you talk about What did you do in five years, it happened in '84. What did you do? Let us tell you that Sam Pitroda is the head of the Overseas Units of Congress and is considered close to the Gandhi family.
Since this statement of Sam Pitroda, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Pitroda's remarks are "shocking" and no one expected it.
He said that there was a massacre in 1984, so what? This is totally unacceptable to the country and we can not afford it. It is notable that the issue of Sikh Riots is very important in Delhi and Punjab. Polling for sixth and seventh phase of 7 seats in Delhi and 13 seats in Punjab is to be held.
Priyanka is doing 5 percent of UP politics: Rita Bahuguna
Prayag In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress minister and Priyagraj, the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, believes that there is no point in Congress and Priyanka in UP. These people are doing politics of just 5 percent votes here. This time they are going to get this election.
Rita said, "The candidates who are contesting our election are from all of them. But the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's craze in the public is so much that it is difficult for someone to survive."
On the question of influencing votes by the Congress candidate who contested from BJP earlier, he said that this effort is doing all. The leaders of everybody are coming. Speaking, giving a publicity, but there is no need to distract from them. The public has decided to make Modi the Prime Minister again.
Rita said, "I have worked very hard in this election, I have visited 320 villages, everyday public meetings are going on, I have not left any thing on the moon." Every candidate in the democracy becomes responsible for the most dialogue I have done that. There is no effect of Congress candidate. "
On the question of contesting the elections for the BJP, for remaining 24 years in Congress, decorating the post of state president, he said that the Congress has lost its full base since last 20 years. The landlord has not even tried to prepare. The central leadership, the Gandhi Nehru family, has not allowed anyone to move forward in the state.
Rita said, "As long as you will not strengthen the regional leadership that it will create a worker for you, nothing is going to happen till now, Congress will get only 5 percent of the votes here." In response to another question, he said that My father Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had to resign due to Indira Gandhi during the Emergency. "
He said that we have no challenge from the coalition. It's just flying air arrows. These are scattered people, this coalition will be scattered again. Caste politics did not last in 2014. Will not run again. The public has made the mind of making Modi the Prime Minister again. Modi wave is going on.
Responding to a question, Rita Joshi said, "There can be a contest from anywhere in the country of democracy, born in Allahabad, the people of Lucknow have taken their hands, because of the work, people love me. Wherever I go, people will love him, I am known for his good image among the people. I am with the BJP and Modi for nationalism. "
In the past few years, Allahabad University, considered to be the Oxford University of Purvancha, blamed the Samajwadi Party for spoiling the atmosphere of education.
Rita said that the temple of education was painted by the SP leaders by politics. The wrong people carried forward. In the university, contracts and crimes started happening. We have worked very hard to build a central university. A handful of people are spoiling the environment of education. They have to stop them. Efforts are on to improve the education and environment of the campus. University students and teachers are very good. He wants to read and study. Will find out in the hostels and the shame. How hard are the kids
"I was born in Allahabad, I grew up here, I studied from here, got a mayor from here, who is saying this about me, it is either worthless or it is external itself. . "
They also counted their priorities. The problem of drinking water and irrigation will be resolved in the Yamuna Pahar. Naini will be reelected as a vocation for industry.
Born in Rita Bahuguna Joshi Prayagraj and studying in history from Allahabad University. It became a professor in the history department right here He lived in Congress for 24 years before joining the BJP on October 21, 2016. Since 2003, the president of All India Mahila Congress and President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee from 2007. MLA elected from Lucknow Cantonment in the 2012 assembly elections
In 2017, on the BJP ticket again won from Lucknow Cantonment and made women, family welfare, motherhood and child welfare and tourism minister. Between 1995-2000, the Mayor of Allahabad was employed. She has also got the United Nations Excellence Award for being the most prestigious woman in South Asia. In June 2001, the United Nations in Thailand was honored as the most prestigious woman mayor of South Asia.
The last day of the sixth phase of publicity campaign
Lucknow. The last day of the sixth phase of campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 is today. In such a situation, political parties are campaigning for quick publicity. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will present election rally and roadshows in Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kobirnagar and Bhadohi in this episode.
According to information received from the Congress office, Priyanka Gandhi will be the first to present a public meeting in support of Congress candidate Chandresh Upadhyaya at 11.30 am in Siddhartha Nagar. At 12.30 pm in the township, Congress candidate Rajkishore Singh will make a road show in the party. The third public meeting will be addressed in the support of Congress candidate Bhalchand Yadav at 2.05 pm in Priyanka Sant Kabirnagar. Priyanka's fourth rally will be held in favor of Congress candidate Ramakant Yadav in Bhadohi.
At the same time, former captain of the Indian cricket team and Mohammed Azharuddin, a Congress MP from Moradabad, will hold a meeting with former Union Minister and IPL Commissioner Rajiv Shukla Prayag Raj and Congress candidates in Phulpur. Congress has fielded BJP's Yogesh Shukla from Allahabad. From Phulpur, Congress has nominated Pankaj Niranjan of his party (Krishna).
On the other hand, in support of alliance candidates of Allahabad Lok Sabha seat in Prayagraj, Kannauj will contest SP candidates Dimple Yadav, Jaya Bachchan and Poonam Sinha Road. Their roadshow will be for candidates of Allahabad and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies.