Nandan Nilekani formally joined the Congress today and he will battle it out against five times winner Ananth Kumar from Bangalore south.
I keep talking to people and they want a change, Nilekani told the media after being formally inducted into the party. The other party is not clean either, Nandan said on being asked about the corruption in the Congress.
Rs 4000000 will be raised at a dinner with Arvind Kejriwal at Bangalore. This means the 200 people attending the dinner will pay up Rs 20000 each. The event is being held more as a fund raiser programme on the lines of those held in the United States of America.
The Aam Admi Party clarifies that it is not a social get together, but it is an interactive programme invloving members of the Information Technology industry. The programme is being hosted by V Balakrishnan, former director of Infosys who recently joined the Aam Admi Party. Apart from members of the IT sector the meet would also comprise industrialists who would share their views and interact with Kejriwal on Mrach 15th. The meet would discuss various issues regarding the AAP strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party says that it would collect ideas for the elections in Karnataka whre it proposes to fight from all the 28 Parliamentary constituencies.
The BJP Karnataka has announced its first list of candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa will contest from his home town of Shimoga while Ananth Kumar will take on Nandan Nilekeni of the Congress from Bangalore South.
Former Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda will contest the Bangalore North seat while P C Mohan would be the candidate from Bangalore Central.
Nalin Kumar Kateel will fight the Dakshin Kannada seat while BJP President Prahlad Joshi will contest from Dharwad. Shobha Karandlage will contest from Udupi-Chickmagalur.
In spite of unsettled 3,488 kilometres of boundary dispute and other security concerns with China over its all weather friendship with Pakistan, New Delhi attaches utmost importance to maintain good relations with that country. With an assertive China imposing its security perspective in East Asia and upgrading its defence relationship in South Asia, India has a lot to be worried about.
The Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte to be released on March 15th, authored by Shishir Gupta says in his book that even if bilateral trade between India and China goes beyond $100 billion in the coming years, China’s posture towards India is adversarial and will perhaps remain so in the future, with Beijing viewing New Delhi through the prism of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. Shishir Gupta, Deputy Executive Editor with the Hindustan Times who also authored the best-selling book “Indian Mujahideen: The enemy within” says that the basic trigger of the book was the PLA incursion in Depsang Plains in Eastern Ladakh last April. In this interview with rediff.com Gupta says that with a staggering defence budget of USD 132 billion with a double digit increase in the past three years, India needs to be prepared for all eventualities in the accident prone relationship.
Around 50 computers of the DRDO were hacked and there is a good possibility that some crucial information could have been compromised. While the finger is always pointed towards a foreign agency, sources say that several officers do not follow the standard operating procedure as a result of which agencies of China and Pakistan find it easy to hack into our networks.
In the latest incident the probe has found that a major from Andaman Nicobar could have either compromised the information or was being careless as a result of which this incident could have occurred.
Looks like we have played into the hands of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Pakistan which has always tried to stoke an anti India sentiment in Kashmir. The recent sedition charges that were filed and the suspension of 68 Kashmiri students for cheering the Pakistan cricket team has the given Hafiz Saeed enough fodder to stoke an emotion.
Saeed the mastermind of the 26/11 attack tweets, “We would like to offer scholarships for these expelled students wherever in the world they want to study. Pakistani nation is proud of them. Indian mindset against Kashmiris is exposed yet again by this sad incident, while immense love for Pakistan by Kashmiris is very clear too. It is a significant development. Expulsion of Kashmiri students from a university and charges of sedition for supporting Pakistan in cricket explains how ‘democratic’ India is.
Many in the Intelligence Bureau working in Kashmir would call the act by the police as a major blunder. We have just played into the hands of these terrorists in Pakistan, is what an officer says. There are better ways of handling the situation especially when there is a major attempt being made to instil a pro India sentiment among the people of Kashmir, the officer also pointed out. Continue reading
Nandan Nilekeni the Bangalore South candidate will have to answer the election commission of India on charges of using the Aadhar data base to promote his campaign. The Karnataka BJP in a complaint to the election commission has stated that Nandan who headed the UID has been sending out campaign material such as pamphlets with his photograph specifically to houses whose members have been issued with an aadhar card.
The BJP asks how he managed to get the details of those issued with aadhar cards. Since he is in charge of the project he has used his position to access the data base of Bangalore south from where he is contesting, the BJP states in its complaint.
Further the BJP questions the need for Nandan to harp on the aadhar issue. Is it is private property or does the scheme belong to the government of India they ask.
The complaint which was filed a while ago will be scrutinised by the election commission following which a notice may be issued.
It is raining political parties in Andhra Pradesh. Just a while after Kiran Kumar areddy decided to launch a new party, Chiranjeevi’s brother Pawan Kalyan too will start a new political party on Sunday. The brother of the superstar who has a huge fan following in Seema-Andhra will make this announcement on Sunday.
Pawan Kalyan has however decided to contest the elections both from Seema-Andhra and Telangana unlike Kiran Reddy. Although his party will mot be a factor in Telangana, there is a good chance of him upsetting the dynamics in Seema-Andhra where he has a huge fan following.
The Shiv Sena is leading currently in terms of criminal candidates. Out of the 14 declared by them in the first list 12 have a criminal background, as per the Association for Democratic Reforms.
Out of 70 candidates analysed, 34 candidates (49%) had declared in total 224 criminal casesagainst themselves in their previous election affidavit. Shiv Sena has 12 out of 14 candidates (86%) with criminal cases, BJP has 13 out of 32 (41%) candidates with criminal cases, NCP has 8 out of 13 (62%) candidates with criminal cases andAIADMK has 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates with criminal cases.
20 candidates (29%) out of 70 analysed had declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavits. 7 out of 14 (50%) candidates of Shiv Sena have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, 5 out of 13 (38%) candidates of NCP, 7 out of 32 (22%) candidates of BJP and 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates of AIADMK have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
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Do you believe Sushma Swaraj or Sriramulu on the issue of an alliance or merger? Yesterday Sriramulu, an accused in the mining scam who had left the BJP to form the BSR Congress party said that his return to the BJP has been cleared by Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj. A while ago, Sushma Swaraj who had once called Sriramulu her son tweeted, “I am opposed to the BSR alliance or merger with BJP in Karnataka. I have conveyed to Shri Raj Nath Singhji in writing that BJP must not permit this,”
These conflicting statements have put the Karnataka state BJP in a spot of bother. They were desperate to rope in Sriramulu and even finalised the same three days back. Sriramulu too agreed to the same and made this announcement before his party workers and also the press in Bellary.
The statement by Sushma Swaraj cannot be taken lightly by the state BJP unit. Now it is being decided that they would not openly show an alliance and could enter into a post poll arrangement with Sriramulu. Political observers say that the BJP needs to be careful while picking its allies. Bringing back Yeddyurappa has not gone down too well with the urban voter, but the BJP decided to take this risk since he could make a difference in the Lingayat strong Northern Karnataka and also his home town of Shimoga.