By Rahil Nora Chopra
With assembly elections in Delhi over, the political focus is slowly shifting in Bihar. The opposition is hopeful of the JD(U) chief’s return to the secular fold. Some opposition leaders maintain that a new political equation will take shape in Bihar before the polls scheduled later this year. While Congress is not against Nitish returning to the RJD-Congress alliance in RJD Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav is said to be not too keen. Some opposition leaders now plan to gauge Lalu’s mind and seek his intervention. Although Home Minister and Senior BJP leader Amit Shah has already declared that Nitish Kumar will be the NDA’s chief minister candidate and Nitish too seems to be fine with the alliance but on the issue of CAA and NRC the infighting is on peak in JD(U) and senior JD(U) leaders are pressurising Nitish Kumar to leave the alliance with BJP and join hands with secular forces.
BJP AND TMC WORKERS ARE FIGHTING IN BENGAL
After the Lok Sabha election BJP and TMC workers are not leaving any chance to fight between themselves. Recently a scuffle broke out between anti CAA protesters and BJP supporters on Saturday after a leader visited a stall at Kolkata book fair. The two sides exchange blows after West Bengal BJP leader Rahul Sinha entered the stall at 44 International Kolkata book fair around 4:30pm.The section of students surrounded Sinha when he visited the counter and raised slogan against the CAA and NRC. Later the police had detained the protesters.
RAM TEMPLE TRUST BODY CREATES ROW
After the verdict on Ram Mandir on November 9, 2019, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the formation of this trust Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya under the chairmanship of Advocate K Parasaran. The same address is also the residence of K Parasaran who had represented the litigant Ram Lalla in the dispute and earned the verdict in its favour. At one time, K Parasaran was very close to Congress but now he seems very close to RSS. The trust will have 15 members. They included Jagatguru Shankaracharya, Jyothish Peethadheswar Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati from Prayg, Jagatguru Madhavacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannatheerth from Pejawar Math in Udupi, Yugpurush Paramanand Maharaj, Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj and Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra from Ayodha. But after the formation of the Ram temple trust Mani Ram Das Chawni temple in Ayodhya turned into an epicentre of revolt by seers with the 82 year old mahant and president of VHP run Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas, Nritya Gopal Das, lending the protests against exclusion of those who spearheaded the decades old Ram temple movement. Meanwhile the Ramalay Nyas in Varanasi headed by Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has decided to challenge in court the Centre’s decision to set up the temple trust.
CHIDAMBARAM VERY CRITICAL OF CAA
Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said secularism and citizenship are under challenge in India and if a person is secular then some people will call that individual ant-national. While speaking after the book release “Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives” Chidambaram said if one is secular these days their patriotism will be asked and there will be people who will also ask the citizenship of others in course of time which is a point of danger. The book was launched by Samruddha Bharat Foundation and released in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former vice president Hamid Ansari.
NEW RECRUITMENT BOARD FOR PRASAR BHARATI
Nearly three decades after it was setup as an autonomous body, India’s Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati may finally manage to get its own recruitment board for addressing the staffing needs of Doordarshan and All India Radio. According to a senior officer the Prasar Bharati act 1990 laid down the establishment of one or more recruitment board but it was not materialised because of union government and public broadcaster were not on the same page over the modalities of setting up such board. When Prasar Bharati was setup several govt officials joined on deputation but now the government is in the process of formation of a recruitment board for Prasar Bharati and will soon announce the recruitment board. (IPA)