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President appoints Justice UU Lalit as next CJI

Justice Lalit has served as a Member of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms…reports Asian Lite News

President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday appointed Justice U.U. Lalit as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) with effect from August 27.

A statement from the Ministry of Law and Justice said: “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on 27th August 2022”. Current Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana will demit office on August 26 on superannuation.

Justice Lalit was appointed as judge of the Supreme Court in August 2014 from the Bar. He will become the second Chief Justice of India to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar, after Justice S.M. Sikri, who served as the 13th CJI in 1971. Justice Lalit has served as a Member of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms.

Justice Lalit was born on November 9, 1957 at Solapur, Maharashtra. He enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June 1983. He practised in the High Court of Bombay till December 1985 before shifting his practice to Delhi in January 1986.

Justice Lalit worked in the chambers of Soli J. Sorabjee from October 1986 till 1992 and was on the panel of lawyers for the Union of India during the period Sorabjee was Attorney General for India. From 1992 till 2002, he practised as advocate-on-record and was designated as senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was also appointed amicus curiae in many important issues, including forest matters, vehicular pollution, pollution of Yamuna etc. He was appointed as special public prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct trial in all 2G matters.

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Close to 79% turnout in Goa panchayat polls

A total of 5,038 candidates were in fray from 1,464 wards. While the 186 panchayats have a total of 1,528 wards, 64 candidates have won unopposed…reports Asian Lite News

The elections for 186 panchayats in Goa recorded a turnout of 78.70 per cent, officials said on Wednesday.

The counting will be held on August 12.

Ward No 9 from Calangute village will go for fresh polls on Thursday, as authorities were forced to declare the voting void, allegedly due to some technical reasons.

Addressing a press conference, Goa State Election Commission Secretary Brijesh Manerikar said 78.70 per cent voting had been recorded, when the voting process ended at 5 p.m.

“The election process was peaceful. No untoward incident was reported. In spite of heavyA ain, voters exercised their right (to franchise),” he said.

A total of 5,038 candidates were in fray from 1,464 wards. While the 186 panchayats have a total of 1,528 wards, 64 candidates have won unopposed.

Manerikar said that about 7,96,070 voters were eligible to cast votes, out of which 6,26,496 voters exercised their franchise.

“Male voters were 2,99,707, while female voters were 3,26,788 and one of third gender. In North (Goa district) the voting percentage was 81.45, while in the South, it was 76.13 per cent,” he said.

He said that the highest voting of 89.30 per cent has been recorded in Sattari Taluka, while lowest was 68.33 percent in Salcete taluka.

The GSEC had reserved 21 seats (1.37 per cent) for Schedule Castes, 187 (12.32 per cent) for Schedule Tribes and 307 (20.1 per cent) for OBCs.

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Rumours of CM change rattle Karnataka BJP

He said that the leadership change has been carried out before by the high command even though there is only a short time left for the assembly elections…reports Asian Lite News

The ruling BJP in Karnataka is in damage control mode following rumours of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai being replaced. The BJP which is yet to recover from the wrath of party workers and Hindu activists following the murder of Praveen Kumar Nettare, a BJP Yuva Morcha member, now has the task of clarifying over the leadership issue when assembly elections are just 8 months away.

Sources in the BJP stated that the issue cropped up with the statement of Suresh Gowda, former MLA from Tumakuru constituency. Gowda, known as the blue eyed boy of Union Minister for State Shobha Karandlaje from Karnataka hinted that there could be changes in the leadership before August 15.

He said that the leadership change has been carried out before by the high command even though there is only a short time left for the assembly elections.

Following this, the opposition Congress which has gained momentum after the massive birthday bash of Siddaramaiah organised by the party, hit out at the Karnataka BJP over the leadership change issue.

The Congress on its social media handle stated that Karnataka will see its third CM soon as it had seen in the previous tenure of the BJP government. It said that senior leaders and cabinet members have chosen to be tight-lipped after the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Bengaluru recently for the same reason.

Sources in the BJP revealed that Bommai does not enjoy the support he once used to. Amit Shah had declared that the assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of Bommai to the chagrin of many CM aspirants.

It is an open secret here that many hardcore Hindutva proponents within the party dislike Bommai and want a change in leadership. However, the high command is treading cautiously over the issue, sources said.

Former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa stated on Wednesday that there are rumours that there will be changes in the CM’s post. Such a question does not arise. Basavaraj Bommai will continue as CM for another 8 months, he clarified.

Minister for Revenue R Ashok said that Bommai will be the face of the saffron party going into the assembly elections. “If you (Congress) have the capacity declare the CM candidate before elections,” he said.

BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel also backed Basavaraj Bommai and stated that he would be the CM till the end of his tenure and there is no question of a change in leadership.

Sources in the BJP stated that anything can happen as Yediyurappa is fully focused on launching his son B Y Vijayendra. The high command is totally focused on winning the assembly elections on a Hindutva plank.

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Tough road ahead for dumped BJP in Bihar

BJP has Saptrishis and Panna Pramukh which work at booth levels. The new government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar is likely to target those workers…reports Asian Lite News

With Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav taking oaths as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, the going for BJP will sure not be smooth in the state.

Soon after the JD(U)-BJP split, a police official pasted “former” against the name plate of deputy chief minister Tar Kishore Prasad.

According to sources, the new government will go hard on BJP leaders and workers if they caught on the wrong sie of the law.

The primary objective of the new Nitish Kumar government is to destroy the structural organisation of BJP and RSS in Bihar, they added.

Kumar may give Tejashwi Yadav a charge to carry out a “surgical strike” on BJP and RSS sympathisers. If they were involved in any communal activities, strong action can be expected in a bid to weaken the structures of the saffron brigade.

BJP has Saptrishis and Panna Pramukh which work at booth levels. The new government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar is likely to target those workers.

JD-U has already levelled serious allegations against the BJP that it was involved in weakening the structure of former. Now, it is the right time to weaken the BJP and RSS in Bihar like Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee did in West Bengal ahead of the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP is already being criticised for price rise of essential commodities, apart from unemployment, terrorism, national security etc. It is also facing anti-incumbency sentiments across the country and Nitish Kumar, who is considered as having one of the sharpest political brains in the country, knew what would be the ideal time to take the position of his party.

Sources have said that BJP is aiming for “Opposition Mukt Bharat” in the country. Now, the opposition leaders are doing just the opposite and alienating BJP.

Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that BJP has no alliance partners in North India except Uttar Pradesh where extremely smaller parties are in alliance with it.

BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal has decided to stage a dharna outside the party office. He has also asked leaders of his party to do the same at district, block and Panchayat level.

Notably this time, the BJP has not taken an agressive stance after losing the government in Bihar. The ED, CBI, Income Tax effect are not being used by the central leadership as the JD(U) only hinted about the proof (Telephonic audio conversation) it has to expose the saffron leaders.

In case BJP uses the central agencies against Nitish Kumar or the leaders of Mahagathbandhan, he would use those proofs to ruin the image of BJP leaders. That may severely hit the preparation of BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

During the tenure of JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar, scandals like Srijan scam, Muzaffarpur shelter home case and others took place which are with CBI.

Nitish Kumar has also raked up some of the corruption cases against BJP ministers like Ram Surat Rai, who is facing charges of transfer-posting scam in the land reforms and revenue ministry , which he was owning during the JD-U-BJP combined government. Tar Kishore Prasad, the former chief minister of Bihar is also facing the charges of scam in the “Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal” programme when he was involved in allotting some contracts to his family members and relatives.

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Nitish takes oath as CM; Tejashwi as deputy CM

The coveted post of Speaker, which became the bone of contention between the BJP and the JD (U) is likely to go to the RJD…reports Asian Lite News

Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar took oath on Wednesday afternoon as the second Grand Alliance is likely to become a reality again.

This was the eighth time since 2005 when Kumar took the oath of chief minister and second time as the head of the Grand Alliance.

Kumar has been the chief minister of Bihar for over 15 years.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Lalu Prasad’s youngest son Tejashwi Yadav took oath as the deputy chief minister for the second time.

Earlier, he was the deputy CM of the state from 2015 till mid-2017.

The strength of the ministry would be around 35. After severing ties with the BJP, Kumar, on Tuesday handed over the letter of support of 164 MLAs comprising of seven parties to the governor who invited him to form the government.

Leaders familiar with the development said RJD with 79 MLAs are likely to have 16 ministers, JD (U) with 45 MLAs will have 14 ministers as per the formula worked out by the new alliance partners.

Congress with 19 MLAs is likely to get three berths while Left and HAM-S will get a berth each.

The coveted post of Speaker, which became the bone of contention between the BJP and the JD (U) is likely to go to the RJD.

“It is natural that the RJD will have the lion’s share in the cabinet, but it will also stake claim to key portfolios, including finance and home department. Nitish Kumar has always kept home with himself. The Speaker’s chair will also be with the RJD. Even BJP got Speaker’s chair,” said a senior RJD leader.

According to reports, JD(U) could retain all the ministers who were part of the NDA government with the addition of Upendra Kushwaha’s name. The RJD list also includes the name of Lalu’s eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav. Santosh Kumar Suman, son of HAM-S chief Jitan Ram Manjhi will be party’s lone representative while the name of BPCC president Madan Mohan Jha is doing the rounds in Congress circle.

Bihar developments fill SP with ‘optimism’

The change of government in Bihar has filled the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh with ‘optimism’.

SP President Akhilesh Yadav sees the BJP-JD(U) break-up as a “good start” for Indian politics.

This is the beginning of the end. It signals ‘BJP satta chhodo’ on the lines of ‘Angrezo Bharat chhodo’ slogan that was coined during the Independence movement, he stated.

Talking to reporters in Kannauj, Akhilesh said: “People in our communities are no longer getting postings in institutions and all BJP supporters are being appointed to key posts at universities and educational institutions.”

He further warned: “If they get more powerful, then your right to vote might also be taken away. People should not take such possibilities lightly as this was exactly what was happening in many countries in India’s neighbourhood.”

Akhilesh also targetted the ruling BJP for selling away public enterprises to corporates. He said the way in which the safron party was selling over government establishments like railways, airports and airlines, a time will come when people will be treated like slaves.

“If they (BJP) remain in control, all of us will turn into slaves,” Akhilesh said.

He added: “In days to come the government will not buy your wheat, private people will buy your wheat.”

The SP president further said that the BJP government is not the government of the poor and farmers.

“This is a government of industrialists. Since the BJP came to power, inflation has increased. From diesel-petrol to gas cylinders, milk, curd–everything has become expensive. Farmers are suffering losses in agriculture. Farmers are not even getting the cost price of their crops. Not only this, the BJP government has cheated the youth by introducing the Agniveer scheme in the Army,” he said.

He said: “In the coming time, this government will also bring a similar scheme in the recruitment of police and PAC. This government has also done government jobs on contract. The youth are not getting jobs. A large number of youths are unemployed. The BJP government is only working for the welfare of the Industrialists.”

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Modi bids farewell to outgoing V-P Naidu

Further, the Prime Minister noted that 25 per cent of the Vice President’s speeches, outside the House, were among the youth of the country…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said several decisions taken by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu will be remembered for the upward journey of the House.

He made the observation while bidding farewell to the outgoing Vice-President Naidu in the House.

Modi pointed out that the systems established by the Vice-President, who is ex-officio Chairman of the Upper House, took the productivity of the House to newer heights. During the years of his leadership, productivity of the House increased by 70 per cent, attendance of the Members increased, and a record 177 bills were passed or discussed. “You have taken so many decisions that will be remembered for the upward journey of the Upper House,” he said.

The Prime Minister remembered many moments that were marked by the wisdom and wit of Naidu. Noting the change of complexion of leadership in New India, the Prime Minister said: “When we mark August 15 this year, it will be an Independence Day when the President, Vice- President, Speaker and Prime Minister would have been born after Independence. And that too, each of them belong to very simple backgrounds. This has a great symbolic value and is a glimpse of a new era,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi recalled the Vice President’s continuous encouragement to the youth of the country in all the roles he undertook in public life and always promoted young Members in the House also. “As our Vice-President, you devoted a lot of time to youth welfare. A lot of your programmes were focused on Yuva Shakti”, he added.

Further, the Prime Minister noted that 25 per cent of the Vice President’s speeches, outside the House, were among the youth of the country.

Underlining his close association with Naidu in various capacities, the PM appreciated the Vice President’s ideological commitment as party worker, work as MLA, activity level as a parliamentarian, organisational skills as the President of BJP, his hard work and diplomacy as Minister and his dedication and dignity as the Vice-President and the Chairman of the House.

The Prime Minister said that people in public life can learn a lot from Naidu.

Highlighting the wit and word power of the Vice President, he said: “Your each word is heard, preferred, and revered and never countered. The one liners of Naidu Ji are famous. They are wit liners. His command over the languages has always been great.”

Both in the House and outside, massive expressive skills of the Vice President have made a great impact.”There is both depth and substance in what Naidu ji says, it is as direct as incomparable, there is both wit and weight, warmth as well as wisdom in what you say,” the Prime Minister said.

He also talked about V-P’s love for his mother tongue. He said “One of the admirable things about Venkaiah ji is his passion towards Indian languages. This was reflected in how he presided over the House. He contributed to increased productivity of the Rajya Sabha.”

The Prime Minister lauded the tactful, wise and firm conduct of the House by the Vice-President and praised him for holding a firm belief that beyond a point, disruption in the House becomes contempt of the house.

“I see the maturity of democracy in your standards,” the Prime Minister said.

He appreciated the adjustment, communication and coordination with which he kept the House going even during the difficult moments. The Prime Minister praised Naidu’s view ‘let Government propose, let Opposition oppose and let the House dispose’.

“This House has the right to accept, reject or amend the proposals from the other House but our democracy does not envisage stalling the proposals received from the other House,” he said.

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Over 47 hrs lost in RS due to interruptions

Only 25 matters could be raised by members with the permission of the chair and only 60 Special Mentions could be made, during the entire session…reports Asian Lite News

Due to face-offs between the Opposition and the government, over 47 hours were lost while the business was conducted for more than 35 hours in the 257th session of Rajya Sabha that had commenced on July 18.

The House had 16 sittings. However, more than 47 hours were lost due to interruptions, “which is a sad reflection on the functioning of the Upper House of Parliament”, said the outgoing Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday.

“The session was characterised by regular and continuous disruptions, which deprived members of the opportunity to discuss matters of urgent public importance and seek the accountability of the executive through questions,” he said.

Of the 235 starred questions admitted, only 61 could be answered orally, and the Question Hour could not be taken up on 7 days.

Only 25 matters could be raised by members with the permission of the chair and only 60 Special Mentions could be made, during the entire session.

The House discussed the issue of rising prices of essential items in the form of a Short Duration Discussion which lasted for more than 4 hours in which 33 members participated in the debate.

Only four government bills were considered and passed during the Session.

At total of 27 Private Members’ Bills were also introduced and only 1 Private Member’s Bill regarding ‘Right to Health’ could be partly discussed during the entire Session. No Private Members’ Resolutions could be taken up.

Parliament adjourned sine die

The Parliament’s Monsoon Session ended on Monday, four days before its scheduled completion, with both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die.

The session, which began on July 18, was slated to go on till August 12.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, before adjourning the ninth session of the 17th LS sine die, said that the house met for 16 days wherein seven bills were passed.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the Upper House sine die, stating that detailed statistics of the session will be circulated during the course by the Secretariat.

As his tenure as Vice President will come to an end on August 10, the house bid him farewell at a function held in the G.M.C. Balayogi Auditorium of Parliament Library Building.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu noted that these last five years have been the most eventful, enlightening, and energising years of his life.

He applauded the way Central and state governments galvanised the country into a resilient nation during the times of pandemic, while living up to the ancient Indian ideal of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ by reaching out to other countries with medicines and vaccines.

Highlighting his interaction with leaders from other countries, Naidu stated that he had witnessed a perceptible change in India’s image in the comity of nations.

Acknowledging the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in promoting India’s image in the global arena, he said everyone should contribute to India’s standing and not belittle the accomplishments made by the country.

Saying that he had worked in a close association with all political parties and their leaders, Naidu stressed that the rapport and understanding developed out of this experience helped him to enhance productivity in Rajya Sabha and oversee the passage of many landmark legislations. He expected that political parties and its members in the house act in a manner that befits the stature of the Indian Parliament.

Highlighting India’s celebration of 75 years of independence, he said that India has come a long way in these years but there are still many formidable obstacles to progress that must be identified and removed. He further stated that there is a need to ensure equitable access of all the citizens to resources and opportunities to study, work and grow into an enlightened, empowered individual.

At the end, Naidu requested members to follow “3 Ds” – dignity, decency, and debate and do not resort to the fourth “D”, or disruption. “Continuous disruption of Parliament is disruption of democracy”

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CJI has 10 days to decide on five important cases

On August 4, a three-judge bench headed by him had said that the court would decide on August 8 whether to refer some issues involved in the Maharashtra political crisis to a five-judge constitution bench…reports Asian Lite News

With just 10 days left in office, Chief Justice N.V. Ramana’s decision is awaited on five key matters — Maharashtra political scenario, report by Pegasus panel, PMs security lapse in Punjab, attempt by Maharashtra Wakf Board to replace Attorney General K.K. Venugopal as the counsel in the case, setting up of a bench to hear petitions against the Karnataka High Court judgment banning wearing of hijab in pre-university colleges in the state — and others, which include petitions challenging Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and listing of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370, which provided a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Justice Ramana has been vocal about non-filling up of judicial vacancies and not improving the judicial infrastructure as the main reason for pendency of cases in the country. He has also emphasised access to justice for the people from the weaker sections of the society.

Ramana has minced no words in criticising the government while speaking at public fora and also tried to decide matters of constitutional salience — on May 11, a bench headed by him put on hold the colonial-era penal provision of sedition, saying the court is cognizant of the integrity of the state on one hand, and the civil liberties of citizens on the other.

The Chief Justice is scheduled to retire on August 26.

Last week, the Chief Justice shot a volley of questions at senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, while hearing petitions filed by the Shiv Sena and its rebel MLAs on constitutional issues of split, merger, defection, and disqualification.

On August 4, a three-judge bench headed by him had said that the court would decide on August 8 whether to refer some issues involved in the Maharashtra political crisis to a five-judge constitution bench.

The apex court had also asked the Election Commission of India not to decide the application filed by the Shinde camp for recognising them as the real Shiv Sena’ and allotment of the party symbol. The matter is likely to come up for hearing soon.

Reportedly, the court-constituted Pegasus panel has submitted its report in the alleged misuse of the Pegasus spyware to spy on journalists, politicians and activists. The committee is headed by former Supreme Court judge R.V. Raveendran. The contents of the report remain confidential. The top court decision on the panel’s report is awaited.

On August 3, the Supreme Court had agreed to set up a bench to consider a clutch of pleas against the Karnataka High Court judgment, which upheld the right of educational institutions to ban wearing of hijab in pre-university colleges in the state. While mentioning the matter for listing, a counsel urged the top court to fix a date in the matter, as petitions against the high court judgment were filed in March.

In January this year, the top court had said that an enquiry committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra, will investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach in Punjab.

A bench headed by justice Ramana, outlining the terms of reference for the enquiry committee, said, “What were the causes for the security breach for the incident on 5th January 2022? Who is responsible for such a breach, and to what extent? What should be the remedial measures or safeguards necessary for the security of the Prime Minister or other protectees?”

The top court order came on a petition by the NGO, Lawyer’s Voice, which was represented by senior advocate Maninder Singh. The petitioner had emphasised on the importance of protection to the PM of the country and urged the court to constitute an independent committee to probe the matter. The matter has not come up for hearing so far, since then.

On August 2, a bench headed by Ramana expressed discontent with the Maharashtra Wakf Board for attempting to replace Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal as a counsel in the case, in the middle of hearing on an important question – whether all land donated by Muslims for charitable work would come under Wakf.

The AG had also written to the Supreme Court to take strong exception to the action taken by the Wakf Board.

“All this interference with the counsel who are to represent the parties being removed at the last minute is a serious, uncalled for, and unwarranted attempt to interfere in the due administration of justice by removing counsel representing the parties. This clearly is an act of contempt of court,” the AG said in his letter to the registrar (judicial). The top court is likely to take up this matter soon.

In April this year, the Supreme Court said a reconstituted five-judge constitution bench would deal with the batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370, as one of the judges on the bench, Justice R. Subhash Reddy, had since retired.

A bench headed by Chief Justice. Ramana indicated that the reconstituted bench might hear the matter after the summer vacation. However, the matter has not been listed so far.

In December 2019, the top court had issued notice on petitions challenging the validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. In December 2019, the top court had declined to give interim relief in the matter. The matter has been pending for two years now.

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Top BJP leaders summoned to Delhi

However, the reason does not seem to be very strong given other political parties are doing the same exercise in Patna on Tuesday…reports Asian Lite News

Amid political rumbling in Bihar, the BJP’s central leadership has called the top leaders in Delhi to assess the situation and formulate the plan of action.

BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain, Nitin Navin, Satish Chandra Dubey are on the way to Delhi.

The development comes in wake of other political parties of the state including the ruling Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress, HAM and left parties calling separate meetings on Tuesday.

JD-U national President Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh confirms that his party has called all MLAs, MLCs and MPs to be present in the meeting on Tuesday. Through, he said that a meeting was called to discuss the future course of action after the situation arises due to the exit of R.C.P. Singh.

However, the reason does not seem to be very strong given other political parties are doing the same exercise in Patna on Tuesday.

The BJP, however, said that there was nothing untoward.

Its state unit chief Sanjay Jaiswal said: “Every party holds meetings of its legislators and there was nothing unusual in it. We did the same on July 31. At present, the NDA government is running smoothly under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar.”

State JD-U President Umesh Kushawaha also said: “The government is running smoothly under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. We have no difference with BJP at the moment.”

This, however, seems to be having a resonance with the situation to 2017 when JD-U leaders were claiming that all is well with the Mahagathbandhan (with the RJD and the Congress), till the very last moment. Then Nitish Kumar went to Raj Bhawan and gave his resignation as the Chief Minister of Bihar. He also recommended that the Governor dissolve the Assembly. However this time, the situation has changed and Nitish Kumar would recommend to the Governor to sack particular ministers from his cabinet.

A JD-U insider believes that there are so many reasons for souring the relationship between his party and the BJP. One of the reasons is the statement of BJP chief J.P. Nadda who said on July 31 that he wants to wipe out every regional party from the country. His target was the RJD, JD-U, the Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray group), the Shiromani Akali Dal, Dusyant Chautala’s party JJP etc. That may have triggered the JD-U to consider snapping the alliance with the BJP. Also the BJP’s ‘Prawas’ programme in 200 Assembly constituencies was seen as a threat to the JD-U.

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Rajini meets TN Governor, discusses politics

Rajinikanth had shattered the hopes of his fans after announcing on December 29, 2019, that he would be keeping away from politics after giving indications of floating a party…reports Asian Lite News

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth met Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi on Monday and said that they had discussed politics but refused to divulge details of the discussion.

The meeting lasted 30 minutes.

Interacting with media persons afterwards, Rajinikanth said that the Governor had lived in north India for long and reached Tamil Nadu only recently.

“The Governor reached Tamil Nadu recently and he likes the state very much. He likes the honesty, hard work, and truthfulness of the people of the state. He likes the spiritualism of the people of Tamil Nadu.”

He, however, said that he had no plans to enter politics and said that the meeting with the Governor was only a courtesy call.

Asked whether they had discussed the 2024 general elections, he said: “I cannot say about it now.” He also refused to comment when a media person asked about the GST on milk, curd, and other essential items.

Rajinikanth had shattered the hopes of his fans after announcing on December 29, 2019, that he would be keeping away from politics after giving indications of floating a party.

He also said that the shooting for his next movie “Jailor” will commence either on August 15 or August 25.

The project will also star Kannada actor Shivrajkumar in a key role.

Few months ago, the makers of the film, Sun Pictures shared the title poster of Jailer.

The poster features a blood-stained sickle.

The film’s announcement has left fans excited. It seems like ‘Jailer’ will be an action thriller.

Rajinikanth was last seen in ‘Annaatthe’, directed by Siva, which was released to mixed reviews for Diwali in 2021.

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