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Biden said, Another participant, said EVMs were behind BJP’s performance.Significantly BJP fought the elections in the name of PM Modi and not on the plank of civic issues like sanitation The MCD electionswere a litmus test for the AAP that lost in the recent assembly elections in Punjab and Goa In the 2015 Assembly elections in which Congress failed to open its account AAP had in an incredible performance won 67 of 70 seats while fetching nearly 54 cent of votes On the other hand BJP could bag only three seats garnering 33 per cent of the votes Meanwhile BJP has said it will not host or participate in any celebrations as a mark of honour to the 25 CRPF men who died in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari announced there would be no ‘dhol’ or dancing In a tweet Tiwari attributed the win to PM Narendra Modi’s policies Amit Shah’s plans and the hard work of the Delhi BJP workers These municipal elections were among the most hotly contested in recent history Political parties put in massive efforts to gain supremacy though a little over 53 per cent of the voters came out Significantly BJP had replaced all its old councillors with fresh faces For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 22 2017 5:20 am International airport in Chandigarh Top News Demanding that the name of the international airport be changed to Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport Chandigarh the Student Federation of India (SFI) today held a protest here Police used water cannons on the protesters who were marching towards Haryana Vidhan Sabha near Housing Board light point leaving one of the agitators injured One of the members of SFI Naresh Kumar was injured when the police personnel of Chandigarh and Haryana police used water cannons and mild lathi-charge for dispersing more than 250 members of SFI The injured Naresh was rushed to the Civil Hospital Sector 6 More than 500 police personnel of the Chandigarh and Haryana police were deployed for preventing the entry of protesters The protesters had assembled near the Sector 7 roundabout and were stopped at the road separating Sector 7 and Sector 18 Meanwhile former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has also called upon the government of India to immediately name the Chandigarh International Airport as Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport Chandigarh “This matter has been lingering on for the last many years without any valid reason and now when the nation pays homage to the iconic revolutionary hero of the national freedom struggle along with his associates Sukhdev and Rajguru on their 86th martyrdom anniversary on March 23 2017 the government should put this matter to rest by announcing its decision to this effect” Bansal said He further added that this would be an appropriate way for the nation to pay homage to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Any ceremony bereft of an announcement to this effect will just sound hollow Bansal said The undue delay in doing so reflects poorly on us Bansal added For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: March 7 2012 1:27 am Related News Verdict in: voters choose empowerment over patronage India is stirring in ways that confound political analysis Uttar Pradesh wasby all measuresa remarkable election: intenseyouthful but at the same time peacefulcivil and substantive To the superficial eyethese elections seem like old wine in new bottles: intense local bargainingequations of caste and communitycandidates tinged with corruption or criminality Howeverunderneaththere is almost a social revolution in the making Voters are showing a remarkable capacity for making fine distinctions The strategy isfirst and foremostto search for the party most likely to form a stable government These elections confirm a growing trend that knee-jerk anti-incumbency is a thing of the past Performance can be rewarded as much as punished In UPvoters were called on to make very sophisticated strategic judgements But strip away the too-clever-by-half analysis And they are choosing empowerment over patronagethe future over the pastperformance over rhetoricsincerity over cynicismrootedness over disembodied charmmeasured realism over flights of fantasy They are carefully assessing alternatives through the prism of local circumstances Identities still matterbut voters are no longer prisoners of those identities Despite the occasional clumsiness of the Congressthe election in UP was without a trace of community polarisation: no one felt on the edge or under siegeall could exercise options without being unduly burdened by the past In a democracywhere you are going should be more important than where you are coming from These elections have redeemed that promise The UP election was a major test for Rahul Gandhi and the Congress It could be argued that the UP electorate will vote differently in national and state elections Even with this caveatRahul Gandhi should (and has admitted) responsibility for the lack of momentum in the Congress The partys four cardinal mistakes in this election were hubriscommunalismdisingenuousness and whining And national undercurrents do reverberate in local politics There was a sentiment that voting for the Congress would only reward its presumptuousness and self-induced paralysis at the Centre Despite the dissipation of the Anna Hazare movementthe odour of corruption dented the Congresss general credibility The party clumsily injected a 1970s-style communal discoursedisplaying its own cynicism Rahul Gandhis perpetual attempt to run as an outsideras if the Congress is not responsible for the tales of woe he recountsis patently disingenuous Every single issue he took upfrom Bhatta-Parsaul to Bundelkhandhad no follow-up There is little aspirational about the Congress politics: it is still tethered to a discourse of noblesse oblige that is out of touch with the dynamism of a society And personal sincerity has done little to transform the partys political structure There are limits to leadership by avoidance And there are limits to how much he can substitute for local candidates Rahullike Rajiv Gandhirisks being done in by sycophants masquerading as strategistscommunalists masquerading as minority protectorsand party officials who do not think that governance matters Punjab was supposed to be a crucible for the Youth Congress experimentan enlisting of youth energy to transform the state politics This was a state the Congress was not supposed to lose The credibility of this as a political project is now certainly dented How the party can turn this around is an open question Rahuls strategy was to shore up his own authorityand that of the governmenton the wave of an electoral victory But now this needs a rethink: the only way the partys fortunes can be restored is by a veritable reinvention of his government It is hard not to feel a tinge of sadness Mayawati had crafted an extraordinary social coalition She will still remain a formidable political forcebut she underestimated the degree to which even the very constituencies she had empowered were feeling the weight of bad governance While she empowered some constituenciesthe institutionalisation of low-level corruption was nothing short of oppressive She forgot that social coalitions not wedded to intelligent governance will not last long Perhaps a smart economist will decode the paradox of UP that a 7 per cent growth rate was accompanied by a consumption growth rate of close to 1 per cent The Samajwadi Party was a beneficiary of anti-incumbency But its campaign was sophisticated and well-judged Akhilesh Yadav queered Rahul Gandhis pitchby projecting a youthful modernist facebut with the added advantages of being seemingly rooted in local social circumstance A cohort of younger voters did not have the visceral memories of the previous Mulayam Singh government He talked the language of aspiration And it is to his credit that while attacking the governmenthe promised a politics beyond recrimination The SP tried to project that it could be more than a party of its core social base The alignment of freshnessthe capacity for synthesiscombined with Mulayams formidable political machineproved to be an irresistible combination The implications of elections are not cast in stone; they depend on the lessons parties draw from them But both national parties have to do a lot of rethink It is often argued that national parties are giving way to regional agendas The truth is the opposite National parties are giving way because they dont have a national agenda; it is the regional parties that have become the carriers of a future dream Their organisational bases are fragile and their political imaginations ossified The BJP had low expectationsbut despite Goa and Uttarakhand it has reason to worry It does face a structural problem: no next-generation leadership in UP that can project a futureand no national leadership that has the capacity to energise new voters Vajpayees memory can get you only so far The implications for national politics are immense Even if it is magnanimousthe incentive for the SP is to ensure that the Congress does not grow Anti-Congressism also gets a new lease of life The motive for every party is now to demonstrate that the Congress cannot govern The Central government has been facing a crisis of authority Its moral image has been battered; its capacity for negotiating with regional parties has been diminished These results only exacerbate this crisis of authority In the short runexpect a rocky political ride It will take something drastic to reverse this erosion of authority Democracy will not bring angels to power But its dignity is something deeperand altogether more enchanting It allows for the greatest freedom: the capacity for reinvention Democracy will give even devils a second chance In doing soit tames themrescues them from their own hubris The writer is presidentCentre for Policy [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 18 2017 4:50 am Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki (File Photo) Related News Accusing BJP of “trying to cause a split in Congress” state party president Bharatsinh Solanki on Wednesday said neither Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela nor any other party MLA will join the saffron outfit “Instead some BJP leaders will be joining Congress in the next one or two weeks” he told reporters here There have been reports of a rift between Vaghela and Solanki over Congress’s chief ministerial candidate While a section of Congress MLAs want Vaghela to be named as the party’s CM face Solanki maintains that a decision on this matter will be taken by the party high command after the Assembly polls “I met Shankersinh ji this morning There is no question of him quitting Congress Today he has gone to Singapore on a personal visit He is returning on May 22 or 23” Solanki said adding “BJP will not succeed in creating division in Congress” There have been rumours of at least eight Congress MLAs along with Vaghela contemplating to join BJP When contacted however two of them rejected such speculation “It is a rumour” said Ramsinh Parmar MLA from Thasra “I am in Congress There is no question of joining BJP Some people are spreading rumour about me” Jamnagar (Rural) MLA Raghavbhai Patel said “I was not in the meeting at Vaghela’s residence Neither did he speak with me nor did I spoke with him since this controversy broke about My name has been unnecessarily drawn into the controversy I am not joining BJP” Last month a section of Congress MLAs during a meeting with the then Congress in-charge of Gujarat affairs Gurudas Kamat had demanded that Vaghela be named the party’s CM face The meeting was held at Vaghela’s Gandhinagar residence but the senior Congress leader has repeatedly clarified that he was not in any such race For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsParis: Nicolas Sarkozy’s lawyers asked France’s highest court on Thursday to throw out evidence obtained through wiretaps of phone conversations between the former French president and his main lawyer It is one of several legal cases in which the opposition leader’s name has appeared but the most potentially damaging to his political future He’s expected to seek the conservative nomination to run for president again next year Ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy AFP PHOTO Sarkozy is under preliminary charges for active corruption and influence-peddling based on information gleaned from the phone taps in 2013-2014 His lawyers have said they were carried out in breach of a lawyer-client privilege A lower court ruled the phone taps didn’t break any laws and Sarkozy appealed The Cour de cassation heard the case on Thursday and will rule at a later date Sarkozy did not attend His phones were tapped as part of an investigation into suspected illegal financing of his successful 2007 presidential campaign But conversations heard via the phone taps brought to light a completely new legal case During Thursday’s hearing the lawyers also argued that the evidence gathered from the phone taps was illegally diverted from the initial investigation to launch a new one without specific authorization While his name has been mentioned in many legal cases since 2010 Sarkozy has never been convicted of wrongdoing or been sent to trial If the court rules the wiretapping was legal the preliminary charges against Sarkozy will stand in the legal case that has the greatest chances of seeing him put on trial in the near future If it’s ruled illegal Sarkozy will enjoy a boost ahead of what is expected to be a tough conservative primary later this year AP Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s anger over Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s decision to release separatist leader Masarat Alam was palpable Not only did he endorse parliament’s anger over his release but he also made it clear that he would not "compromise" over the issue of the country’s unity He needed no lessons on patriotism from anybody he added for good measure However the issue is not whether Alam should or should have been released (seems the law could not hold him any longer for lack of a strong case) or about anybody’s patriotism (except those of the separatists) The issue is: how do two parties one with a mandate in Kashmir Valley and the other with a mandate in Jammu learn to live together despite differences and if possible make yet another effort to mainstream J&K Staying together means both PDP and BJP need to understand each other’s political sensitivities and act to reintegrate the state emotionally and economically with the rest of India Both need to acknowledge their conflicting motives and reasons for being in this difficult alliance but are far from doing so Right now their individual assessments of the benefits of the alliance are in sharp conflict Modi has to stand up to Mufti’s blackmail and stare him down There is no other wayThe Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Shri NN Vohra and other dignitaries are also seen PIBModi has to stand up to Mufti’s blackmail and stare him down PTI Let us first check what could be PDP’s gameplan Given the shape of the mandate in Kashmir Valley where the electorate gave two seats to PDP for every one seat to its rival National Conference (NC) Mufti knows that NC can bounce back the next time if he falters He also knows that he won because of the anti-incumbency against NC and the separatists’ decision to let the people vote and keep the BJP out of the valley A boycott might well have helped the BJP garner a couple of seats in the Valley due to low turnouts The BJP had emerged as the single largest party during the Lok Sabha polls due to this and the separatists were determined to prevent a repeat In short Mufti won because of the separatists – and the quiet indulgence of the ISI which certainly did not want a government headed by the BJP in J&K This is why he even thanked Pakistan Mufti also knows that he or his party’s leaders can be bumped off anytime by jihadis if they so wanted So self-preservation and gratitude for his win alone ensure that he will play softball with the separatists – whatever the consequences Then there is the potential gain factor – if he plays his cards right Mufti is probably calculating that if he forces the BJP to end support to his ministry and the resultant stalemate leads to another election later this year the Valley may give him an improved mandate for having stood up to Delhi and Modi These are the calculations that will drive Mufti’s politics in the near future This means more provocations are sure to come for BJP and Modi even though Mufti seems to have indicated a pause on his appeasement of separatists As things stand Modi is playing a weak hand in J&K both at the state level and the national level Mufti holds the upper hand in Srinagar and the national opposition has some ammo in parliament From the BJP’s point of view the reason for the tie-up with PDP was simple: having sold the idea of a greater say for Jammu in the next government and even hinting at the possibility of having a Hindu CM the BJP had to be a part of the government However its room for manoeuvre narrowed after the party’s big defeat in Delhi Modi and Amit Shah may thus have settled for the best available deal As a nationalist party with a strong Hindu base in J&K its room for compromise is limited It cannot be seen as going out on a limb to appease separatists or allowing Mufti to handle the Islamists with kid gloves While the party could back a degree of dialogue with the separatists the reality is that neither Pakistan nor the extreme wing of the Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani a pro-Pakistan Islamist bigot is going to support a dialogue that merely ends with some degree of greater state autonomy This means talks can progress only upto a point unless Pakistan is willing to abandon support to the jihadis – an unlikely prospect As with Pakistan Modi can at best offer talks talks and talks and development and confidence building measures We can’t let India’s guard down both against Pakistan and the separatists A sound J&K policy has to take a long-term view backed by firmness resolve and a clear-sighted idea of what we want to achieve Pinpricks by Mufti can be ignored or countered with statements as the PM did yesterday but the long-term goals cannot be lost sight of under any circumstances India’s interests lie in the following: #1: The citizens of J&K have to accept the reality that the state is an inalienable part of India This goal should be constantly stated and emphasised in all talks whether with Pakistan or Mufti or the Hurriyat The bottomline has always to be clear in any talks and if the separatists want to say no to talks so be it We should always offer talks and reiterate our basic Lakshman rekha on J&K – we are not going to let it go #2: In the foreseeable future the army will have to both guard the border and provide internal security against jihadis This means the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is vital though some clauses on dealing with human rights abuses can be made more transparent and stronger In talks we can offer the separatists a simple deal upfront: till they sign up to India in some degree AFSPA cannot be abandoned #3: Secularism has to be the bedrock of any dialogue process in J&K This means the state has to deal with Islamists strongly no matter what the settlement reached with them Without this there is no way to get the Pandits back to the Valley Formal acceptance of secularism by the separatists holds the key to any deal in J&K and the end of ethnic cleansing In fact secularism should be our sticking point every time we talk to them #4: Article 370 must ultimately go but the issue of state autonomy needs to be subsumed in the larger narrative about more autonomy to all Indian states J&K cannot remain special indefinitely All central laws must ultimately be applicable to J&K too even if the ambit of central law is generally curtailed in the interests of federalism All Indian citizens must ultimately be allowed to live and settle in J&K just as J&K citizens are able to do so elsewhere #5: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir needs to be ultimately amalgamated with India While this is a maximalist demand – and hence unlikely to happen without a war which no one wants – we have to keep this demand on the table always to avoid concessions in other areas with Pakistan or the separatists When it comes to J&K we have to learn something from China: think long-term and never waver on ultimate goals We should not try to abandon key positions for short-term gains China got back Hongkong this way; no one now questions its forced occupation of Tibet; in future it is more than likely that Taiwan will be amalgamated with China possibly on the same basis of Hongkong A resolute leadership ultimately gets what it wants In J&K our goal should always be full integration even if it takes a hundred years By accepting all kinds of compromises we have only ended up indicating to our enemies that with a little more push they can get what they want We can’t be pushovers We have to stop believing the peaceniks who think a deal in just one concession away It is not The tide of history and geopolitics is on our side in the long run We should not squander it just for illusory deals Meanwhile Modi has to stand up to Mufti’s blackmail and stare him down There is no other way The party had faced its worst rout in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls when it failed to bag even a single seat.

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