Saturday, 25 October 2014
PM inaugurates Reliance Foundation Hospital [Published on timesofindia.feedsportal at Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:54:37 GMT]
Terming the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in Mumbai on Saturday as apolitical, Shiv Sena said party president Uddhav Thackeray was not scheduled to meet him in Mumbai or even in the national capital later, and talks for government formation would start only on Monday. The Prime Minister today inaugurated H N Reliance Foundation's hospital here.
"The Prime Minister has come to Mumbai only to inaugurate a hospital. At a time when the PM has come for a social cause, there will be no political talks. Talks will start only from Monday," Shiv Sena MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Vinayak Raut told reporters here, after meeting Thackeray at his residence. When asked if Thackeray was scheduled to meet Modi in Delhi next week, Raut said no meeting had been scheduled.
"We haven't had a talk with BJP regarding Modi's (possible) meeting with Uddhav Thackeray. For now, I can only say that all the Sena MPs will be attending the Diwali dinner (organised by the Prime Minister) tomorrow," Raut said.
Earlier in the day, BJP sources said the new BJP government in Maharashtra was likely to be sworn in on October 29 or 30. Asked what would be Sena's stand if BJP decided to form the government without its support, Raut said Thackeray would take a decision in the party's interest.
"If BJP wants to form a government without our support, it will be BJP leaders' call. Thackeray is keenly observing every development. He is well-poised to take a decision that will be good for the future of the Sena," Raut said.ReportIndiaPTIMumbaiBJPMaharashtraNarendra ModiDiwaliRelianceUddhav ThackerayPrime MinisterMumbaiSaturday, 25 October 2014 - 6:06pm
Writer B Gopalakrishnan, whose article on Nathuram Godse in the RSS mouthpiece 'Kesari' has created a political storm, defended his writing here on Saturday by saying that he had been misquoted by the Congress and the Left.
"I had collected all the quotations and I wrote the article. Unfortunately, my article has been misinterpreted by the Left Party and the Congress. Many of them interpreted my article without reading it fully. There are two parts and they have shown only the second part," Gopalakrishnan told ANI here.
Gopalakrishnan had reportedly hinted in his article that Nathuram Godse should have targetted Jawaharlal Nehru instead of Mahatma Gandhi for the partition of the country. This had led to reactions of outrage from Congress leaders.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "It shows their belief is in violence, hatred and elimination of those with whom they disagree. Have we come to a stage where RSS will rewrite history, why is BJP silent? Both RSS chief and BJP president must come clean on this."
Gopalakrishnan, however, added that he stood by the article and was also ready to face any kind of legal action.
"I am still with the article. I wrote it absolutely honestly. We will face any legal actions, we don't mind because this is the ideological divide. If the Congress is not ready for the ideological debate and if they threaten me by police or law, we are ready to face it. This is the real down position of Congress, because Congress is not ready to debate with us. Ideological debate is necessary for this matter," said Gopalakrishnan.ReportIndiaANIThrissur (Kerala)Jawaharlal NehruAnand SharmaNathuram GodseMahatma GandhiCongressSaturday, 25 October 2014 - 6:09pm
Brushing aside reservations of ruling National Conference, the Election Commission on Saturday decided to go ahead with holding Assembly polls in flood-devastated Jammu and Kashmir and announced a five-phased schedule between November 23 and December 20.
Polling will take place on November 25, December 2, 9, 14 and 20, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said at a press conference here. Counting of votes will take place on December 23, he said.
With the announcement of elections, the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately. The current six-year term of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly ends on January 19. National Conference had expressed reservations to holding of polls at present because of the devastation caused by floods last month.
Asked whether it was the right decision to hold polls in Jammu and Kashmir in view widespread destruction caused by floods, Sampath said the calamity will have no "special impact" on polls. He said post-flood situation, along with other aspects like climate, festivals and law and order situation, have been taken into account while deciding the poll schedule. "Except for one political party, most of the political parties (in Jammu and Kashmir) were in favour of holding elections on time. They said there is no reason, no justification for delaying the polls. The EC's mandate is to hold elections on time," he said.
"The Commission has made two-stage verification before announcing the poll schedule. In the first phase, the Commission had sent its senior officials who held elaborate discussion with the stake holders. "This was followed by a visit by full Commission which held talks with political parties and all stake holders. Barring one political party, all others favoured holding of elections on time and also made it clear that there was no justification for delaying the polls," he said.
On whether the flood furry will have an impact on polling percentage in the state, Sampath said there was no such information. "The stake holders have told the Commission there won't be much of impact on the voter turnout," he said. Notification for the first phase of polling in the state having 72.25 lakh voters will be issued on October 28. The first phase of polling on November 25 will cover 15 assembly seats. These include three in Baramulla, two in Srinagar, four in Ladakh and six in Udhampur. Nine each assembly seats in Kashmir and Jammu regions will be going to polls in the second phase on December two. Of these, maximum of six are in Udhampur, five in Baramulla, four in Anantnag and three in Jammu.
The notification for the second phase will be issued on November seven with date of polling December two. The third phase, for which polling will be held on December 9, will cover remaining seven seats of Baramulla Parliamentary constituency, five seats in Budgam of central Kashmir and four from Anantnag. The fourth phase, for which notification will be issued on November 19 and polling held on December 14, will cover nine assembly seats of prestigious Srinagar city, seven remaining seats of Anantnag and two from Jammu parliamentary seat.
Five seats of Udhampur Parliamentary seat and 15 of Jammu area, covering the nine assembly seats of Jammu city, will go to polls in the final phase on December 20. The term of the present Assembly was till January 19, next year. The CEC said steps have been taken to ensure free and fair elections by creating an atmosphere in which each elector is able to access the polling station without being obstructed or being unduly influenced or intimidated by anybody.
As many as 10,015 polling booths will be set up for facilitating 77.25 lakh voters to exercise their franchise. In last assembly elections held in 2008, the state had witnessed a good voter turnout of 61 per cent during seven-phased polling despite winters and decided the fate of 1354 candidates which included 517 independents.ReportIndiaPTINew DelhiBaramullaAssemblyECfloodsNational ConferenceJammu and KashmirSaturday, 25 October 2014 - 5:54pm