New Delhi: BJP President and now Home Minister Amit Shah has called a meeting of the party’s national office-bearers at 11 am here on Thursday. All BJP organisational heavy hitters including state presidents, organisation mantris and state in-charges have been invited for the meeting.
The objective of the meeting is believed to be the election of new party post holders within the BJP. The meeting will be held to start the process of organisational elections which are due soon. The question doing the rounds is whether Amit Shah will demit office and hand over charge to one of two hopefuls – J.P. Nadda or Bhupendra Yadav.
Sources have indicated that there is every possibility that Amit Shah will continue as President till December this year to oversee important state elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand where BJP is the incumbent. There is also a possibility of J&K currently under President’s Rule going to the polls in the interim as well.
“By October-November, the organisational polls will possibly be over. Until then, I think Amit ji will continue (as party chief),” said an office-bearer at the party headquarters.
Amit Shah’s three-year term as BJP chief ended earlier this year, but he was asked to continue till the completion of the national hustings. BJP members will also be electing new state presidents for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — two states the party did much better than expected in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Since the juggernaut doesn’t sleep, concurrently with elections to key posts, the BJP will also be kicking off its membership drive soon. Amit Shah has called a meeting of BJP general secretaries for this purpose on June 18. Each BJP general secretary will be given specific tasks for the membership drive.
Sri Ram Sena JK president joins NC
Jammu, Jun 24: State president of right-wing group Sri Ram Sena, Rajiv Mahajan, joined the National Conference on Monday and pledged to work towards the agenda of party founder, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, of strengthening the bonds of amity and inclusiveness.
“The National Conference is the only party in the state that has withstood the test of time and kept the flag of secularism aloft,” Mahajan said after joining the party in the presence of provincial president Devender Singh Rana and other senior leaders here.
He expressed hope that all right-minded people would come together and strengthen secular forces to foil the machinations of “divisive elements” who were creating a wedge between various segments of the society.
These divisive elements would never succeed in their “nefarious designs”, he said without naming anyone.
He also expressed hope that their polarising tactics would fall flat before the strong will of the people, who stand for peace, tranquillity and regional unity.
Mahajan said Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a difficult phase and there is a need to steer it out of the morass.
“The dynamic leadership of Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah is the only hope to restore the state”s pristine glory,” he said.
Rambagh-Jahangir Chowk flyover to be completed on June 30: DC Srinagar
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Choudhary on Monday said that Rambagh-Jahangir Chowk flyover will be completed on June 30:
“Rambagh-Jahangir Chowk flyover being completed on June 30. Ramp & roads / site clearance by July 15. #EndofEra . 100 days of lifetime learning. Thankful to entire team,” DC Srinagar said in a Tweet.
Keep new India with you, give us old India: Azad targets Modi over Jharkhand lynchings
Coming down heavily on the government over recent incidents of lynching and crime in Jharkhand, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said the state has become a factory of lynching and violence, “requesting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give us our Old India where there was love, culture.”
“Dalits and Muslims are killed there every week. The PM, we are with you in the fight of ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’, but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere,” Azad said in Rajya Sabha.
“I request you to keep the New India to yourself and give us our Old India where there was love, culture. Hindus used to feel the pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt. When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.
“In Old India, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. New India is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle, but you’ll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us India where Hindus, Muslims,Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” he said.
In yet another lynching incident, a Muslim man was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours on the suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district on Saturday. The 24-year-old victim, identified as Tabrez Ansari, was attacked by a mob on June 18 and was later handed over to the police. He had been in the judicial custody since June 18 and was taken to a hospital on June 22 after his condition deteriorated. On the same day, Ansari succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Several videos of the incident emerged on social media show a man hitting Tabrez brutally with a wooden stick while forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. The videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching case have gone viral on social networking sites ever since the incident came to the light.