Allocation of departments to members of newly constituted Council of Ministers of Madhya Pradesh
Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan,
|General Administration, Narmada Valley Development, Aviation, Culture, Tourism and other departments not allotted to any minister
||Shri Jayant Malaiya, Minister
||Water Resources, Finance & Commercial Taxes, Planning, Economics and Statistics
||Shri Gopal Bhargava, Minister
||Panchayats, Rural Development & Social Justice and Cooperatives
||Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Minister
||Forests, Bio-Diversity and Bio-technology
||Dr. Narottam Mishra, Minister
||Water Resources, Public Relations, Parliamentary Affairs
||Shri Om Prakash Dhurve, Minister
||Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Labour
|| Shri Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister
||Shri Gourishankar Chaturbhuj Bisen, Minister
||Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection
||Shri Rustam Singh, Minister
||Public Health and Family Welfare
||Smt. Archana Chitnis, Minister
||Women and Child Development
||Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister
||Revenue, Science and Technology
||Sushri Kusum Mehdele, Minister
||Public Health Engineering, Jail
||Smt.Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister
||Sports and Youth Welfare, Religious Trusts and Endowment
||Shri Paras Chandra Jain, Minister
||Shri Rajendra Shukla, Minister
||Mineral Resources, Commerce, Industry and Employment, Overseas Indian
||Shri Antar Singh Arya, Minister
||Animal Husbandry, Fisheries Fishermen Welfare and Development, Cottage and Village Industries, Environment
||Shri Rampal Singh, Minister
||Public Works, Law and Legislative Affairs
||Shri Gyan Singh, Minister
||Tribal Welfare, Scheduled Castes Welfare
||Smt Maya Singh, Minister
||Urban Development and Housing
||Shri Bhoopendra Singh Thakur, Minister
||Shri Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, Minister
||Higher Education, Public Service Management, Public Grievances Redressal
Mr. Suhalka meets Sh. Lokendra Parashar, BJP Media Chief - Madhya Pradesh
Chief Editor of MetroMirror.com paid a courtesy visit at the office of Mr. Lokendra Parashar at MP BJP Headquarter today.
Mr. Suhalka said "BJP MP Media cell chief Sh. Lokendra Parashar is Humble, Intelligent and have sense of humour also.
Impressed with his ideas and strategies to boost image of BJP in MP "
Narendra Modi -
"They spoke about a Class X pass youth who had only Rs 1 lakh in pocket and then went on to own Rs 300 crore in three years. This is the mother-son's model. You heard about 2G, now hear about jijaji (brother-in-law). Do we have to leave this country in their hands?,"
Arun Jaitley -
‘PM goes out with dignity and grace....’"Only if he had stood up at the right time and disagreed he would have been regarded with still a greater honour,”
Rahul Gandhi -
"People from Japan ask me...If if the BJP comes to power, there will be fighting... 22,000 people will killed, This is because they spread anger...this question was never raised before."
Soniya Gandhi -
"This is an area which was the 'karmabhoomi' of Sufi saints and a symbol of composite culture of the country. I firmly believe that you will not allow those who sow the seeds of poison, who don't believe in secular credentials and who play the politics of instigating violence to succeed,"
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra -
"For this neech rajniti, each polling booth in Amethi will exact revenge," she said, stressing that Mr Modi has "insulted my martyred father in Amethi...the people of Amethi will never forgive him."
Mamta Banerjee -
"just because one has money that doesn't mean that one can become the PM. Even dawood Ibrahim has lots of money,so even he can aspire to be the PM one day!"
Derek O'Brien -
"Butcher of Gujarat air-dropped into Bengal. He has no answers to Bengal's development model. So, he is making personal attacks,"
Akhilesh Yadav -
"If you are capable of forming a father- son government go ahead. Who is stopong you?"
Nitish Kumar -
"While one does not have the experience of Parliament another has no experience of running a state...| have both experiences...Am I less qualified than them?"
AAP vows to intensify Kejriwal's fight against corruption
Our Correspondent, 23 may.2014
The Aam Aadmi Party expresses complete solidarity with its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal in his fight against corruption.
The AAP totally disagrees with the decision of the learned Metropolitan Magistrate to send Kejriwal to judicial custody. There is no provision in law which makes it mandatory for a defendant against whom a complaint is filed in a defamation case to furnish a bail bond, particularly when he is ready and willing to be present in the court on the fixed date of hearing.
It is surprising that the court decided to send Kejriwal to judicial custody despite his lawyers expressing readiness to submit an undertaking that he will be present in the court during each date of hearing.
There are atleast four precedents in which courts have accepted the undertakings given by Kejriwal in similar cases and did not insist on a bail bond. In defamation cases filed by Mr Pavan Khera and Mr Amit Sibal, the courts accepted the undertaking given by Kejriwal and a similar procedure was followed in two other cases registered against him pertaining to protests against the coal scam.
The present case pertains to a criminal defamation complaint filed by former BJP President Nitin Gadkari against Kejriwal, for allegedly stating that the AAP will put up candidates against corrupt leaders in the Lok Sabha elections.
Despite the erroneous court order, the AAP will continue and intensify its fight against corruption and for ensuring the rights of the common man.
It was the AAP, which had first exposed the corrupt deals of Mr Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Mr Nitin Gadkari in October 2012.
Infact, it was the AAP expose against Mr Gadkari about his business deals and involvement in land deals, which ultimately led to his resignation as BJP President in 2012.
It is very surprising that Mr Gadkari had then chosen to remain quiet despite all documents about his Purti group of industries and other deals were exposed by the AAP, and he has now filed a defamation case merely on a political statement that the AAP will put up candidates against all corrupt leaders including Mr Gadkari.
AAP Madhya pradesh will make teams and we will go between people to spread our message and will continue our fight against corruption .
The AAP appeals to its volunteers to maintain peace and calm. The party expresses complete solidarity with its national convenor , since the party views the fight against corruption as one of its main tasks.
All the Prime Minister’s men
One of the reasons for Modi's success is his loyal a-team . Meet the people he counts on
Ace in the pack:
The former Gujarat minister of state for home remains Modi's most trusted political aide and masterstrategist . Shah, who had a plastics and printing business , met Modi in the late 1980s and the jodi has been working together since then.
Besides strategizing for state elections, Shah helped the BJP gain control of the co-operative sector and the Gujarat Cricket Association . The way he handled his latest responsibility — Modi's UP campaign — has paved the way for a larger role.
Currently BJP's national general secretary, Shah is tipped to contest from the Vadodara seat if Modi vacates it and retains Varanasi. Legal cases pertaining to fake encounters, which led to his arrest and subsequent externment from Gujarat,are already falling apart.
Those who know him say Shah is not keen to join government, and will prefer playing a bigger role in the party. He would like to be involved in signature projects like the clean-up of the Ganga. Irrespective of whether he joins government or not, Shah will be an invisible member besides playing a key role in political management and BJP's revamp.
Even after Kailashnathan retired last year, Modi did not relieve the 1979 batch IAS officer who has been in the CMO for eight years. Known as KK or Kailash to colleagues, he is the most powerful bureaucrat in Gujarat and is serving as chief principal secretary , a post specially created for him. KK is the link between Modi and the bureaucracy and has often been accused by Congress of stepping beyond his brief to carry out Modi's agenda. He helped Modi make inroads into the southern states by forging alliances with smaller parties, especially in Tamil Nadu.
Some believe Modi would like him to stay in Gujarat and advise the next CM, in all probability Anandiben Patel, in order to ensure continuity in policy.
This US-educated whiz kid in his late 30s has been a key backroom boy in Modi's CMO for about two years. Having joined Team Modi after a UN stint, Kishor was key in Modi's plans to run the 2014 election blitzkrieg along the lines of the US presidential campaign. Extremely low profile, he formed Citizens for Accountable Governance which got a number of IITians to quit jobs and work for Modi. Kishor not only heads the think tank that advises Modi on policy issues but also networks with potential allies. Modi uses his team as a parallel channel to BJP.
Expected to join PMO and remain a key strategist in further building Brand Modi.
Hiren Joshi, Rajesh Jain & B G Mahesh
This threesome provided technology back-up to Modi's campaign. Joshi, officer on special duty (IT) in the CMO, was behind the unique 3D campaign.
Rajesh Jain and B G Mahesh, IT entrepreneurs from Mumbai and Bangalore respectively, worked alongside Joshi.
While Joshi is certain to move to Delhi, Jain and Mahesh are expected to play a key role in Modi's new initiatives.
Girish C Murmu
A 1985 batch IAS officer, the principal secretary to Modi has been tackling legal tangles for the state government .
Murmu has handled sensitive legal cases ranging from riots to lokayukta. In charge of the home department in the CMO, Murmu also looks after urban development and revenue.
Likely to join Team Modi in Delhi.
The joint secretary in the chief minister's office , this 2001 batch IAS officer is the youngest member of Modi's team.
An IIT graduate, Nehra has grown in stature due to his proximity to Anandiben Patel, who is likely to succeed Modi as CM.
Many believe he was posted in the CMO to ensure a smooth transition.
Eyes and ears
Gujarat's Resident Commissioner in Delhi Bharat Lal has virtually been Modi's eyes and ears in Delhi for the past four years or so. He networked seamlessly with politicians, bureaucrats and mediapersons and reverted with critical inputs.
Expected to join PMO and control access to PM.
Arvind K Sharma
A1988 batch IAS officer, he was the backbone of the Vibrant Gujarat summits , which helped Modi project himself as a development-oriented politician .
Besides his influence in Azamgarh and Allahabad, Sharma, who hails from UP's Mau district, is known for his problem-solving abilities, a reason why he handles MLA grievances in Gujarat.
The PMO, where he is expected to handle MPs, among other things.
Kaka , as Patel is known in Gujarat , has been BJP's banker for almost two decades . The wealthiest of Gujarati industrialists ask no questions if Kaka comes seeking funds. A close aide of Advani, Patel is the party's state treasurer .
Modi trusts him completely with finances.
Will stay in Gujarat but continue to control the war chest that will finance BJP's national expenditure.
Avice-president with G u j a r at - based Torrent Group, Vijay belongs to an old RSS family from Nagpur . Modi often sounds him out on various issues and counts on his dispassionate advice. Modi requested him to take leave from his job and park himself in Delhi for the duration of the campaign.
Will continue his low-profile advisory role.
Over 110 Staff give farewell to prime minister Singh
13 may, 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was given a standing ovation by his staff at South Block on Tuesday during a farewell they hosted for him. It also saw some moist eyes.
Around 110 staff of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) gathered at South Block to give a farewell to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who steps down on May 17 after a decade at the helm of the country.
"The staff gave the prime minister a standing ovation," a PMO official said, adding that the staff presented him with a bouquet.
|I am very thankful to you all for you service to the nation. May God bless You
Manmohan Singh told the PMO staff: "I am very thankful to you all for your service. May god bless you."
Some of the staff who have interacted with the prime minister during the 10 years of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule were seen wiping away their tears, the official added.
Present along with Manmohan Singh were National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee, Prime Minister's Advisor T.K.A. Nair and his Media Advisor Pankaj Pachauri.
The farewell was hosted in the specious corridor of the PMO.
It was held Tuesday as May 14 is a holiday on account of buddha Purnima, said a source.
The prime minister will hold his last cabinet meeting may 17 morning, before handing over to hte president the regignation of his government to allow formation of a new regime.
Some TV cameras and news photographers were present on the occasion.The 10-phase Lok Sabha elections, which were held in 28 states and seven union territories, began April 7 and ended Monday. The millions of votes will be counted Friday.
Kejriwal releases list of 25 corrupt politicians
Our Correspondent, 1 Feb.2014
NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Friday provoked the political establishment and earned their ire by dubbing 25 influential politicians as "corrupt", and said his Aam Aadmi Party will field strong candidates against them in the Lok Sabha elections.
Kejriwal virtually launched his Lok Sabha campaign as he released a list of "corrupt" at the meeting of AAP's national council. "We trusted these parties for 65 years and thought that they will do good to the nation, but they betrayed us. After 65 years, we have an opportunity that a common man will go inside Parliament and talk about his rights."
The list of politicians he accused of corruption includes UPA ministers Sharad Pawar, P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Veerappa Moily, Praful Patel, Farooq Abdullah, Salman Khurshid, Sriprakash Jaiswal and G K Vasan, former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and his party colleagues B S Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar, chiefs of SP and BSP Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati, and Congress leader and Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.
The Delhi CM also named DMK chief M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi as well as his estranged son Alagiri, former Union minister Pawan Bansal, JD(S) leader and former Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy, YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy, Congress MPs Navin Jindal, Suresh Kalmadi, Avatar Singh Bhadana and Anu Tandon, as well as chief of BJP's youth wing Anurag Thakur.
Kejriwal spared BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi but accused them of spending "Rs 500 crore on branding" and "image-building exercise" that he alleged would be recovered through corruption they will engage in when they come to power. "If they spend Rs 500 crore on image building, how can they given an honest government. They will make public pay back for it when they come to power," he said.
Congress and BJP retaliated by slamming Kejriwal, while Gadkari said he would sue the AAP leader for defamation if he did not offer an apology within three days. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, "There has to be trust in the constitutional process but the CM has said that he is an anarchist who has no belief in law. Anyone can make a list. You just require a paper and a pen. But to fight corruption we need instruments like Lokpal, whistleblowers' bill. Just to call a person corrupt and hanging him by the nearest lamppost is not a legal process."
BJP's spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi was equally scathing as he accused of Kejriwal of using "hit-and-run" stunts to grab attention". Trivedi said, "Instead of acting as an gimmicky agitator, Kejriwal should be displaying the political maturity and responsibility befitting his post. He should shun puerile behavior to focus on the obligations that he is mandated to discharge because of his high constitutional position."
Trivedi also stressed that Kejriwal was yet to back up the allegations he leveled against Gadkari on October 17 last year.
Speaking at AAP's national council, Kejriwal attacked political parties for passing a "lame" Lokpal bill. "This bill is not capable of even killing a mouse... ending corruption( with the Lokpal bill) is a far-fetched thing."
The CM also said he was not sure that Janlokpal bill drafted by his government will be passed as the party did not have numbers in the Delhi assembly. "We do not have majority in the House. And even if we pass the bill, it is not clear whether the Centre will approve it," he said.
Modi may Contest from UP : BJP Secy
Our Correspondent, 3 July 2013
BJP secretary Rameshwar Chaurasia on Tuesday said that BJP campaign committee chief Narendra Modi might contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking in Varanasi, Chaurasia who is the secretary-in-charge of state BJP unit, said that Modi may contest the parliamentary polls from Lucknow, Allahabad or Varanasi He said that while the decision is yet to be taken the BJP is confident of an impressive performance in the state. Speculation regarding Modi contesting from Lucknow or any other seat in UP has been going around for the last few weeks.
Uttar Pradesh has been the weak link in the BJP’s gameplan to emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha polls and the party is desperate to revive the state unit. Modi’s close aide Amit Shah was appointed the general secretary incharge of BJP in the state, and Modi is said to be personally involved in preparing the strategy for reviving the party in the state.
Jai Manavta Party and Jan-Sangharsh Virat Party registered as political parties
Our Correspondent, 26 June 2013
Election Commission of India has registered 2 new political parties in Madhya Pradesh. It has registered Jai Manavta Party, 1-Samriddhi Parisar, Near Sahu Aata Chakki, Lalita Nagar, Kolar Road, Bhopal and Jan-Sangharsh Virat Party, Lane No-2, Near Bhooteshwar Mandir, Sant Ravidas Ward, Sagar. The commission registered Jai Manavta Party on May 27, 2013 and Jan-Sangharsh Virat Party on May 16, 2013.
Registration given by the commission will not entitle these parties for any other election symbol. Candidates formally fielded by these parties in election will be eligible for preference in election symbol allotment over independent candidates. Presidents of both parties will have to present a report to the commission under provisions of Representation of People’s Act, 1951. They will also have to give details of their PAN number in the report. They will have to provide details of PAN number within six months of submitting report. The commission has also made it clear that this has nothing to do with flags of parties.
On the commission’s directive, Chief Electoral Officer has sent information about registration of both parties and directed to apprise District Election Officers and Assistant District Election Officers of this. List of all recognised political parties is also available on the commission’s website.
Digvijay's son joins Congress party
Our Correspondent, 20 June 2013
Bhopal : AICC general secretary and former chief minister Digvijay's son officially joined the Congress party on Wednesday. The senior Congress leader's 26-year-old son Jaivardhan Singh joined the primary membership of the party in Raghogarh. Both Digvijay and his brother Laxman Singh took turns and represented Raghogarh assembly constituency in the 1990s and till 2008.
Sources in the party said that Digvijay Singh and Laxman Singh apparently want to hand-over the assembly seat to Jaivardhan Singh. Digvijay and Jaivardhan participated in the Raghogarh block Congress committee meeting on Wednesday.
At the meeting, it was decided that Jaivardhan Singh will contest the assembly elections in November from the Raghogarh seat which his father represented as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. A proposal to this effect will be sent ot 24, Akbar Road for approval of the party high-com-mand.
During the Raghogarh block Congress committee meeting, Jaivardhan officially joined the primary membership of the party.
ECI instructs officials to ensure 85% turnout
Our Correspondent, Chennai, 20 June 2013
Bhopal : Director general of Election Commission of India (ECI) Akshay Raut on Wednesday instructed state officials to ensure 85% voter turnout in the upcoming assembly elections. He is in the state to review election preparations.
He has sought a detailed plan for increasing the turnout by July 5. He interacted with representatives from all 50 districts of the state at the office of the chief electoral officer. Raut, along with deputy election commissioner of India Alok Shukla, will prticipate in a media workshop and hold discussions through video-conferencing with divisional commissioners and district collectors at 2 pm on Thursday. During the last assembly polls, the average voter turnout in the state was 70%.
Jayalalithaa Amma the best choice for a national leader role in 2014 : NRI SURVEY
Our Correspondent, Chennai, 20th March 2013
Nearly 40% of the 1.22 billion population of India will decide the political destiny in Red Fort in 2014. The main agenda is that the current politicians must mirror youthful ambitions, ideals and aspirations. Otherwise, India will find itself trapped in the old and obsolete. For progress to come, prosper and continue India needs progressive leaders who think beyond the individual and interest group, the only interest group should be for India and its place in the global community.
This book attempts to explain why Jayalalithaa Amma is important. What qualities does she possess that makes her the best among the other leaders? This book is not an autobiography of Jayalalithaa Amma, but an assessment of the positive and negative qualities of each leader who appears to be in the run for prime minister. It is intended to provide a sketch or profile of India’s leaders, past and present, and to underscore how Jayalalithaa compares with them overall. It is a simple document portraying the good leaders available to us now. The book fully explains why Amma has emerged as the best choice for a national leader role in 2014.
Dr Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Author, Amma - Metamorphosis into National Leader, says, “India has produced great engineers, IT specialists and scientists who have contributed globally, but seems to be incapable of grooming its own leaders to lead it towards a better future . As a Human Resource expert, I am keenly aware of the nuances in the behaviour of other people. I have extensive knowledge of leadership behaviour in general. It is one of my responsibilities to guide and help improve the young population of people aged between 18 and 35, who will be the ones to decide the fate of the Central Government in 2014. They must decide on who exactly are the right people to govern this country. They must select the best PM candidate who can drive us all to development. The opinions aired here come only with the best intentions, and are meant to support Amma’s government efforts in the future. People must know the reality of her contributions and challenges she has faced as a public servant.”
“I had talked to many people who are all educated and well-versed in Indian politics. 75% of them appreciated Amma’s motivation and future plan to uplift Tamil Nadu. Amma has shown courage, tenacity and a strong willpower to overcome all obstacles, and also shrewdness in judging the pulse of the public. She has all the qualities of leadership - charisma, oratorical skills, intelligence, administrative ability, quick grasp, etc. She has grown away from her intemperate style and is one of India’s great leaders. For all the above reasons, I had the urge to do an opinion survey and bring the good deeds of Amma in front of the people. This will only help in developing the good future of India. “
More than 500 people were interviewed in the past year during the initial stages of writing this book. The interviews were conducted on an informal basis in India, the GCC countries, Australia, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. A Competency Grid was prepared by the author for Rahul, Modi and Jayalalithaa for comparing their Leadership Levels and Amma came out to be the strongest and most credible candidate for Prime Minister.
The book covers the Indian Political and socio economic struggle showcasing the review of the political parties in India. The books also throw a light on the India’s leadership vacuum, that how it had faced the shortage of the true leaders and the awful effects of it. There is also a take on the earlier leaders who have helped in building the future of India. The author has also compared a few politicians on certain parameters (Experience, leadership skills, national outlook, Economic Knowledge etc.) as to come on a conclusion of the best contender for the next PM. Then finally is the Metamorphosis of the Amma, her achievements, her SWOT Analysis as a National Leader, an overview of her Government’s performance etc.
About the Author
Dr Pon Mohaideen Pitchai was born in Tiruppatur, Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu in 1954. He is a BBA Graduate of APSA College, with an MA Social Work from Madurai Institute of Social Sciences, MBA from University of Bradford UK, and Doctorate from Madurai Kamaraj University. He is a well known Human Resource Expert in Dubai.
He has served with both Local and International Organizations, in a Senior Management Capacity and as an HR Advisor. He has contributed to establish and implement best HR Practices in the Dubai Government’s business entities. He was a regular column writer for Gulf News, Dinamani and Dinamalar.
He is a regular Contributor in the Expert Advice Column in the Jobs and Careers section of Gulf News Dubai. He has served as a Senior HR Advisor to the Dubai Properties Group (DPG) of Dubai Holding which belongs to the government of Dubai.
He is an ardent social worker, active philanthropist and responsible Indian citizen who care for his country’s Human Resource Development.