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BJP eyes ordinance to change poll dynamics in Assam

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Technically, the Centre can bring in an ordinance after the end of winter session of Parliament on December 23 as government cannot promulgate ordinances when Parliament is in session.

Tarun Gogoi

To steal show over Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam ahead of assembly elections due in April next year, BJP government is preparing to grant scheduled tribe status to six communities that right now are clubbed as Other Backward Castes (OBCs).Sources said that as the bill to grant status to these six communities – Tai Ahom, Moran, Muttock, Koch Rajbongshi, 97 groups of tea tribes and Adivasis and Sooteas – is still stuck at cabinet note stage and given the current status of Parliament logjam, the government may bring in an ordinance within next two months.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Technically, the Centre can bring in an ordinance after the end of winter session of Parliament on December 23 as government cannot promulgate ordinances when Parliament is in session.Sources said that PMO could either decide to take up change in rules for granting ST status in a cabinet meeting or directly approve an ordinance in which case, the Parliament will have to pass a constitutional amendment within six months from the issuance of the ordinance.The BJP knows that promulgation of an ordinance could drastically improve its chances in coming state assembly elections as it would pave the way for sealing a peace accord with the pro-talks faction of United LiberationFront of Asom (ULFA) led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa. Efforts are on an advance state to make ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia a part of it. A successful peace accord with ULFA can change the election dynamics for the BJP that is already breathing down the neck of Congress in Assam.Besides the six communities in question, a large number of native Assamese are keen to have the arrangement in place to as it would take care of the fear that stems from the influx of Bangladeshis.Granting ST status to these communities will bring more than 40 per cent population of Assam under the tribal status that in terms of assembly strength would bring as many as 80 out of 126 assembly seats under reserved tribal status.Gogoi government knows the impact the ordinance can have and is trying to assert its claim over it.In fact, the process to grant scheduled tribe status to these communities had begun during fag end of Congress led UPA-II rule, it could not pick up speed as it required inclusion of five norms to declare a community as scheduled tribe.These included socio-economic, including educational backwardness vis-√†-vis rest of the population of the state; historical geographical location; consideration of autonomous religious practices where the priests or ojas are from the community; distinct language or dialect; presence of a core culture relating to life-style, marriage, songs, dances, paintings and folklore; and, endogamy or marital relationship primarily with other Scheduled Tribes. Upper handThe BJP knows that promulgation of an ordinance could drastically improve its chances in coming state assembly elections as it would pave the way for sealing a peace accord with the pro-talks faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa. Efforts are on an advance state to make ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia a part of it. A successful peace accord with ULFA can change the election dynamics for the BJP that is already breathing down the neck of Congress in Assam.

United opposition decries CBI raids, most parties distance themselves from Kejriwal’s accusations against PM Modi

In the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where like Delhi Assembly the ruling party is enjoying 4/5th majority, it is alleged that Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has summoned the state assembly on Wednesday to topple the Congress government.

Lucknow: Activists of Aam Admi Party stage a protest against the CBI raid at CM Arvind Kejriwals office, at GPO in Lucknow on Tuesday.

PTI
The political climate of the capital abruptly turned hot on Tuesday morning when a team of CBI officials swooped at Delhi government’s secretariat ostensibly on a complaint against principle secretary to the chief minister, Rajender Kumar. Also, the news of alleged horse-trading of MLAs in the far-off Arunachal Pradesh also faded the last hope of passage of important legislations in Rajya Sabha, which like its previous session is heading for an imminent washout.In the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where like Delhi Assembly the ruling party is enjoying 4/5th majority, it is alleged that Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has summoned the state assembly on Wednesday to topple the Congress government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s twitter messages of a CBI raid at his office starting at 10:18 a.m. immediately got support from almost the entire opposition and from the fraternity of non-BJP ruled states’ chief ministers.West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was among the first to show solidarity as she tweeted “Sealing of a Chief Minister’s office is unprecedented. I am shocked.”Retweeting her comment, Kejriwal replied, “Mamata Di, This is undeclared emergency.”Soon the issue was resonating strongly in the parliament with TMC leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien denouncing the raids at Delhi CM’s office demanded that the government should make its stand clear on the floor of the house.Leader of the house Arun Jaitley responded by saying that chief minister is not the target of CBI raids as they are being conducted at his principal secretary’s office in connection with an old case and simultaneously at 14 other places.But his defence had no impact on the shouting MPs. Soon Kejriwal in a tweet accused Jaitley of lying in the parliament saying that “My own office files are being looked into to get some evidence against me. Rajender is an excuse.”Hurling another blow at Jiatley, Kejriwal again tweeted, “Which file was CBI looking for in my office? DDCA files in which Arun Jaitley is in dock. I was about to order a commission of enquiry.”Showing unprecedented camaraderie Congress, which is at loggerheads with AAP in Delhi, joined the anti-BJP chorus that was also joined by the MPs of JD (U) and Left parties among others.Crying foul of CBI raids being done at the behest of the Centre, without keeping chief minister in loop and at a time when the parliament in session, a united opposition sharply criticised the move calling it an unprecedented attack on the federal structure of the country. As a result the parliament saw frequent and disrupting and ended without conducting any business.JD (U) leader, K C Tyagi described the CBI raids as “return of the emergency”.Joining the protest against CBI raids, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad raked up the issue of Modi government-appointed Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa arbitrarily convening the state assembly session from Wednesday for removal of the Speaker without consulting the elected government.Describing Arunachal governor “acting like a dictator to murder democracy with intentions to topple a duly elected government” Azad demanded his immediate dismissal.But while opposition parties unitedly fought in favour of Kejriwal, his terse comments against PM Modi, calling him a “coward” and a “psychopath” found little favour as most parties distanced from the undemocratic mannerism.BJP demanded an unconditional apology from Kejriwal for hurling wild accusations against PM Modi. The opposition parties too described the comments as taking the political discourse to a new low.Reflecting on day’s events, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the language used by the Delhi CM against PM Modi cannot be approved of but he blamed the BJP for setting the agenda outside Parliament so the House does not function.”When Parliament session is on, incidents which divert attention is not undertaken by the government normally‚ĶWhatever happened in Arunachal, Delhi CM office, are indications in this direction. But then what happened in Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, Lalit Modi issue in Rajasthan?” asked Yechury.Disapproving Kejriwal’s accusatory language, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi also blamed PM Modi for starting such accusatory language. He said such language is taking the political discourse to low level and need corrective measures as such language has not been used earlier even at the height of political tensions.At the same Sighvi targeted Kejriwal for “hypocrisy” in his conduct.”Chickens are coming home to roost. Kejriwal would demand raids at the drop of hat,” Singhvi said.

Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa greets people on occasion of Gandhi Jayanti

Rajkhowa expressed hope that the birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’ would strengthen the spirit of unity among all the people across the globe and promote universal peace and tolerance.

Mahatma Gandhi

Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa has extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, on Friday.Rajkhowa expressed hope that the birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’ would strengthen the spirit of unity among all the people across the globe and promote universal peace and tolerance.In his message on the occasion, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi is the embodiment of peace and non-violence.Gandhiji’s path of Ahimsa and his commitment to democracy and humanity are universal and are revered throughout the World. As an honour to this greatest son of India, the United Nations had declared Birthday of Gandhiji (October 2) as International Day of Non-violence in 2007, he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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