Gujarat Election 2017 – 10 Facts you did NOT know

Gujarat Elections 2017

Gujarat Elections 2017 – We have 10 facts you may not have known about the election and its result.

  1. BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 22 years
  2. BJP fought off a resurgent Congress to hold on to Gujarat with a record sixth straight win in Assembly polls (6th consecutive term)
  3. VVPAT-fitted EVMs were used in entire Gujarat state at 50,128 polling stations in the 2017 elections, which was the first time that the entire state saw the implementation of VVPAT.
  4. BJP lost in PM Narendra Modi’s Hometown – Vadanagar
  5. Congress’ Asha Patel defeated sitting BJP lawmaker Narayanbhai Lalludas Patel by a wide margin from the Unjha constituency which has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home town, Vadnagar.
  6. No problem with EVMs – The Gujarat Congress chief, however, expressed full faith in the Election Commission for “just and fair” polls, but urged it to take steps to remove the doubts raised over the functioning of the EVMs.
  7. Patidar leader Hardik Patel accused the BJP of tampering with EVMs
  8. In Gujarat, almost 2 per cent of the voters chose the “none of the above” (NOTA) option, effectively rejecting candidates across the political spectrum. That’s higher than the shares of all other parties apart from the BJP or Congress.
  9. The Congress has drawn eight per cent more Patel votes than last time, also gaining 17 seats in rural Gujarat.
  10. With this, the Congress slide continues and it is now in power in only Punjab and Karnataka.

The 14th Gujarat Legislative Assembly election, 2017 was held on 9 December 2017 and 14 December 2017. The counting of votes took place on 18 December. All 182 members of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly were elected with the leader of the largest party or coalition expected to become the next Chief Minister. The election was won by the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party with a reduced majority, following losses to the opposition Indian National Congress.

There were 43.3 million registered voters in Gujarat as on September 25, 2017

Other Backward Castes, excluding Muslim OBCs, comprised 40% of the total population of Gujarat. 147 communities were considered to be OBCs at the time of the election. Scheduled tribes (primarily Adivasis) comprised 15.5% of the population, whilst scheduled castes (Dalits) totalled 7%. Muslims of various castes constituted 9.7% of the population. Forward castes and others made up the remainder.

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Does Sachin Tendulkar deserve a Rajya Sabha seat?

Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer. 4 Test ser...

Sachin Tendulkar(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Has a seat of Rajya Sabha member been wasted because of its allocation to Sachin Tendulkar? If the nation would hear when Sachin will talk, does he really need the platform of Rajya Sabha to talk? And, if Sachin Tendulkar will be actively pursuing cricket, wouldn’t it be great injustice to the Rajya Sabha seat that has been given to him?

Chennai Train Collision

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A major train collision near Chennai that has taken lives of 9 people (the expected figure to go up) and injuring 9 people. The accident took place when a passenger train was hit from behind by an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train. This is a third major train accident in a span of 2 months. It seems to me that the politics of West Bengal and Prime Ministerial ambitions of our Rail Minister (Mamata Banerjee) has resulted in a neglected Rail ministry. The sorry state of affairs of Rail safety shown in abysmal rail safety record this year is a reflection of “how cheap” is the life of an ordinary man in India.

The other two major disaster’s have been as follows

July 10, 2011 – Kalka Mail derails near Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh killing 70 people and injuring more than 300.

July 07, 2011 – A Mathura Chhapra Express train rams into a bus carrying wedding guests around 2 a.m. at an unmanned railway crossing in Thanagaon, Kanshiram Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, killing 38 and injuring 30

I just hope this lust for power does not take precedence over safety of passengers.

Godhra verdict: 11 get death

The Gujarat High Court, established in the yea...

The Gujarat High Court

11 convicts in the Godhra train burning case were on 1st march 2011 handed down death sentence while 20 others were given life imprisonment by a special court in the 2002 Godhra incident incident.

In 2002, the coach (S-6) of the train Sabarmati Express coming from Bihar (Darbhanga) destined to Gujarat (Ahmedabad) was burned in Godhra (Gujarat) . About 58 people were burned to death, which consists of mostly Hindu Pilgrims.

This event triggered a widespread communal violence in Gujarat that resulted in deaths of about 790 to 2000 Muslims and about 254 Hindus.

In the very first police FIR after the incident, the incident was viewed as an unplanned mob fury.

But, a special investigation team (SIT) of Gujarat state police put forth an argument that the act was pre-planned by a Muslim Group. It was said by the police that they had stockpiled about 140 liters of petrol a day before the attacks had to take place and the very purpose of these attacks was to kill the Kar-Sewaks.

In 2004, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav appointed Justice U C Banerjee to investigate Godhra incident.The Railways Ministry setup a commission that reported in 2005 that the fire was an accident. The Gujarat high court ruled the formation of this inquiry commission as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”. At present, all the reports of the commission by Railways stand invalid. Moreover, the outcome of this report has been questioned by BJP as politically motivated as its findings coincide with elections.

Special judge P. R. Patel considering this case as “rarest of rare” pronounced death penalty for 11 out of the 31 convicted in the case while 20 others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The court looking into their active role in the conspiracy and setting afire the S6 coach of Sabarmati Express train near Godhra, gave death penalty to 11 people,” public prosecutor J. M. Panchal said.

The court also slapped punishment on them under various other sections, which will be concurrent to their life term.

The prosecution had sought death sentence for all the 31 convicts, saying that it was a heinous act.

A special fast track court convicted 31 accused in Godhra train burning case.

Another 63 people were acquitted in the Godhra train burning conspiracy.

The special fast track court was appointed by Gujarat High Court after orders from the supreme court of India.

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Defence counsel I. M. Munshi said the convicts will definitely appeal against the punishment awarded to them.

“It (the punishment) is very difficult to swallow. Till we get the copy of the judgement, we cannot comment much,” Munshi said.

We definitely don’t what is more difficult to swallow – The killing of innocent people or the death sentence to those killed innocents. I think its the former.

Godhra Train Burning Results

Godhra verdict: Death for 11, life term for 20 – Economy and Politics – livemint.com.

Godhra Train Burning Results

Godhra Train Burning Episode

Gujarat Riots

A special fast track court convicted 31 accused in Godhra train burning case.

Another 63 people were acquitted in the Godhra train burning conspiracy.

The special fast track court was appointed by Gujarat High Court after orders from the supreme court of India.

The fast track court accepted the pre-planned conspiracy theory in the Godhra Train Burning case.

In 2002, the coach (S-6) of the train Sabarmati Express coming from Bihar (Darbhanga) destined to Gujarat (Ahmedabad) was burned in Godhra (Gujarat) . About 58 people were burned to death, which consists of mostly Hindu Pilgrims.

This event triggered a widespread communal violence in Gujarat that resulted in deaths of about 790 to 2000 Muslims and about 254 Hindus.

In the very first police FIR after the incident, the incident was viewed as an unplanned mob fury.

But, a special investigation team (SIT) of Gujarat state police put forth an argument that the act was pre-planned by a Muslim Group. It was said by the police that they had stockpiled about 140 liters of petrol a day before the attacks had to take place and the very purpose of these attacks was to kill the Kar-Sewaks.

In 2004, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav appointed Justice U C Banerjee to investigate Godhra incident.The Railways Ministry setup a commission that reported in 2005 that the fire was an accident. The Gujarat high court ruled the formation of this inquiry commission as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”. At present, all the reports of the commission by Railways stand invalid. Moreover, the outcome of this report has been questioned by BJP as politically motivated as its findings coincide with elections.

The judgement was pronounced on 25th February 2011 inside the high-security Sabaramati Jail in front of a camera on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The 31 accused have been held guilty on 2 major accounts of criminal conspiracy (Section120B) and Murder(Section 302) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The interesting part of the judgement is that the court has acquitted atleast two of the accused who the police has long maintained as “main conspirators”.

The first Moulana Umarji was alleged to have shouted on the Public Address System of a nearby mosque asking the people of Godhra to rush to the Railway Station and kill the Kar Sewaks on board the Sabarmati Express.

The second, Bilal Hussain Kalota who was then supported by congress was to have been the main person who collected the mob outside the railway station of Godhra for the prime purpose of setting fire the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express.

Among those convicted is the owner of the Aman Guest House, Abdul Razzak Kurkur, where a meeting was held the night before the Godhra train burning episode to plan and hatch the entire episode by the conspirators.

via The Hindu : Front Page : 31 convicted, 63 acquitted in Godhra train fire case.

2G scam: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa joins A Raja in Tihar Jail

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2G scam update: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa also sent to Tihar Jail along with former Telecom minister, A Raja.  According to NDTV Swan Telecom, one of the beneficiaries of the 2G scam, is alleged to be a front company for Anil Ambani owned Reliance Communications.

Read the complete details of 2G scam here (A Raja sent to Tihar Jail in 2G scam)

Do you know A Raja is spending time with other inmates and attending roll call at 6 am just like them. Know more here (Raja stands in queue, attends roll call in Tihar Jail)

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via 2G scam: Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa sent to Tihar Jail.

Raja stands in queue, attends roll call in Tihar Jail

Raja is facing the wrath of Tihar Jail. He is attending the roll call at 6 AM in Tihar Prison, one of the largest prison complexes in South Asia.

According to Tihar authorities, Raja is not being given any VIP treatment and is treated like a normal inmate.

He woke up at 6am and attended the roll call with other inmates. He was given tea at 7am and he asked for a newspaper,” Sunil Gupta, Tihar spokesperson, told IANS.

He had his home-cooked breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon.

Raja has been put in the VIP ward of Jail Number 1 for security reasons.

The former communications minister was Thursday sent to 14 days’ judicial custody by a Delhi court.

Read More about 2G Scam:Complete information on A Raja being sent to Tihar Jail and what exactly happened in the 2G scam

 

Raja stands in queue, attends roll call in Tihar Jail – Hindustan Times.