Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

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Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Yagnasri » 27 Dec 2012 10:27

With Ramanaji closing 2012 Assemebly election and it is strongly suspected that 2013 budget with lot of sops will be followed by an early general election I am starting a new thread. Hope it will also go for next 200 pages.

Tomorrow is the all party meeting on Telangana and CBN has to act tactfully. interesting post about CBN -

http://krishnarjun108.wordpress.com/201 ... ty-of-cbn/

I happen to agree with some points - He will never allow any other leader to grow in the party. He had a golden opp to have long term relationship with BJP and NDA but his insecurity and short term oppertunisums resulted in present condition. He prevented other leaders from becoming ministers and having got huge benifits under BJP rule at Delhi for his state govt he returned back to "secular" fold and now finds himself in this useless conditon.
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Re: Statewide and National runup to the next General electio

Postby VikramS » 27 Dec 2012 10:50

In general the major issue with elections in India is that there is no run-off between the top two candidates. All you have to ensure is that you get the most votes. This is where the core vote banks of the INC come in handy.

I have a feeling that INC does a much better job in seat by seat analysis, and voting patterns, to book the maximum seats. While EVM magic can not be ruled out, some of the success may be simply due to better demographic mapping, stronger machinery to drive voter turn out and simply, better targeted campaigns.

For the non-INC parties to have actually topple the INC, it will require a sustained organized, and united effort. I think with AAM, and others anti-corruption parties in play, the INC is already doing a good job in dividing the anti-INC vote.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to the next General electio

Postby Yagnasri » 27 Dec 2012 16:23

But the problem is also one of too bad party condition and state wide division of voting pattern. Indian general elections became elections of many states with each state following its own pattern and trand. For a long time there is no nation waive. In fact there is a general anti congress mood in the nation in all most all the states. Even power full CMs like Sheila Dekshit may not win after the things happending in Delhi. Vote banks are good as they give some base but there is also a anti congress vote bank at every where from 1947 and it never got 50% votes. It also do not have any one who really cought the imagination of the nation or people in some big states. other than AP it does not rule even a single big state on its own and have no state level leaders worth mentioning in most of the places. It in fact never allowed it and will never after YSR problem in AP. That is also a major problem.

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Buildup to Parliamentary Elections

Postby Sushupti » 28 Dec 2012 00:03

Telgi son-in-law in Yeddyurappa's party surprise many

The inclusion of Irfan Talikote -- fiancé of fake stamp paper scam mastermind Abdul Karim Telgi's daughter -- in former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa's newly launched political outfit, the Karnataka Janata Party, has raised many eyebrows.

http://m.rediff.com/news/report/telgi-s ... 21227.htm#

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Re: Buildup to Parliamentary Elections

Postby Sushupti » 28 Dec 2012 11:22

@vinod_sharma: Spot the missing word in Arun Jaitley's opener and the missing symbol on the home page of his new website. http://t.co/ySvGOJYp Hint: B...

@vinod_sharma: ... not a word about BJP, the vehicle he has used and, seemingly, misused to reach where he has. So much for loyalty, gratitude, ideology.

@vinod_sharma: ...it's only "My, My, My and more My"... even in "My Vision", --someone please deconstruct -- BJP doesn't find a place!

@vinod_sharma: ..... is AJ prescient? Has he seen a future for himself which does not include the BJP? How long before he quits/is made to?

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Re: Buildup to Parliamentary Elections

Postby Hari Seldon » 28 Dec 2012 13:39

Hi sushupti,

There's another thread also focussed on polls in 2013 ;leading to the finale in 2014. Perhaps the 2 dhagas could be merged only.

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Re: Buildup to Parliamentary Elections

Postby chaanakya » 28 Dec 2012 21:50

Too many threads on the same topic??

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Yagnasri » 29 Dec 2012 12:18

Admin can take a view on merger. I started this when Ramanaji closed 2012 assmbly thread. It seems there is also one more thread on the same line. But I think with other state elections coming before next general elections we need to discuss both coming state elections and the general one at one place.

Admin - Please consider merger.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ramana » 29 Dec 2012 23:05

Its merged since yesterday.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RamaY » 29 Dec 2012 23:40

Smriti Irani should be the BJP candidate for Delhi CM

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Muppalla » 30 Dec 2012 00:33

I think one of the proposals is to make sushma as BJP CM candidate from DELHI.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RamaY » 30 Dec 2012 02:15

Sushma had her chance and she failed in it.

I also do not like sushma for her closeness with Gali bros, even if that is just personal.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Kakkaji » 30 Dec 2012 06:32

Sushma is a good Parliamentarian. Let her stay in the parliament.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Hari Seldon » 30 Dec 2012 07:12

RamaY wrote:Smriti Irani should be the BJP candidate for Delhi CM

+1.

That said, Sushma ain't a bad choice either, if it represents the start of the end of the D4 cabal.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RamaY » 30 Dec 2012 07:19

Hariji

The idea is not give any chance to anyone to go dhimmitude. If Sushma failed to do her job once, she cannot be given the same job. Perhaps she is the right person to the wrong job.

Sushma need to work in other places of India. Perhaps in Kerala?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RamaY » 30 Dec 2012 07:35

http://politicsparty.com/shownews.php?newsid=106

If this is the projection who will be the most reliable partner for Yeddi? Whom would he chose?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ramana » 30 Dec 2012 08:13

So let me ask the unaskable. What is the impact of the Delhi gang rape on the political landscape?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Muppalla » 30 Dec 2012 08:24

ramana garu,

Delhi gangrape unfortunately may not impact political landscape significantly. One thing I can think of is that Aam Admi Party of Arvind Kejriwal could be a big loser in the process. The TOI article that you posted in the other thread is significant. Both are pointers to advantage BJP if they show some leadership in Delhi elections. On an all-India platform, this whole Delhi protest is a fizzle. Delhi is not India and it needs to be reminded that it is small portion of India. Whether it is Mandal or Bofors protest or Anna/Ramdev protests, Delhi protests always give an impression that India is moving. But the political results always never followed what happened in Delhi streets. Delhi population always failed to change India.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Muppalla » 30 Dec 2012 08:37

Here is a related view.

Painted and dented musings
By the time the President of India’s son made a spectacular ass of himself on national television I had already spent many hours musing, in a painted and dented sort of way, upon the behaviour of the chief resident of Raisina Hill. Why did he not meet the protesters on the very first day? When the crowds of angry women swelled the next day and tried to get into Rashtrapati Bhavan, why did he not come out and speak to them? Why did he not accept the petition they tried to give him? Why did he not show the smallest hint of compassion for the brutally raped young medical student? In my musings, I asked the same questions about the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi and the young MPs who were so vocal inside the Lok Sabha after the horror happened. And, most of all I mused over the mysterious absence of the man who the Congress Party will make prime minister if it wins in 2014. Where was he?

His Mummy, we heard, came out late one evening and talked to protesters who had gathered outside her house but if this happened, why was the meeting kept secret? Usually when India’s most reclusive political leader deigns to grant an audience, television reporters fall over themselves trying to get a picture or just a sound byte. With hundreds of them covering the protests at India Gate, five minutes away from 10 Janpath, how is it that nobody managed to get any visuals of the audience?

If a single political leader had come out to meet the protesters and tried to share their rage there would perhaps have been no teargas shells, no lathi charge and no violence. So why did it not happen? In trying to answer these questions, in my painted and dented way, I have found myself deducing that none of our political leaders have noticed that in the past few years a new kind of voter has come into being. The profile of this new voter is middle class, aspirational, urban, angry and sick to death of rotten governance and rotten politicians. These voters first became evident when Anna Hazare started his movement against corruption but they have been around longer than that. They have been around since the 2009 election when the Sonia-Manmohan government won its second term.

The new seats that gave the Congress Party its biggest mandate since 1991 came mostly from urban India. But, because Sonia and Rahul Gandhi believed wrongly that it was MNREGA and their concern for ‘the poor’ that gave them the mandate, they concentrated on wooing rural India with more and more largesse. Often this largesse is named after some member of the Gandhi family in the hope that illiterate and destitute people will think that if they get a housing loan under the Indira Awaas scheme or health insurance through a Rajiv Gandhi card, they will continue to vote for the Dynasty. It is unethical to use taxpayers’ money for personal propaganda but nobody objected. Not the desperately poor beneficiaries and not the leftist economists who make a living out of patronising the poor. Unfortunately, this means poverty must remain forever and ever.

Leftist economists who form the inner circle of advisors around Sonia and Rahul Gandhi despise the economic liberalisation that the Prime Minister was responsible for when he was P V Narasimha Rao’s Finance Minister. They despise it because it created an urban middle class that today refuses to believe that ‘India’s poverty’ is to blame for bad governance, injustice, disparity and corruption. In order to continue to try and preserve the old order, leftist intellectuals and politicians have taken to frequenting prime time chat shows to denounce development and prosperity. I am in regular TV studio combat with people who tell me that the economic reforms have created a model development that has brought prosperity to only a few. When I ask if there was not more poverty in those old socialist times they become speechless with rage.

The truth is they do not know how to deal with the new India or the new middle classes. So they persuade the Congress Party’s royal family to continue to play by the old rules of patronising the poor and glorifying poverty. Nobody dares tell them that the old rules of politics no longer work and that there is a new multi-caste, middle class for whom their government has done nothing since winning re-election. So if the chickens are coming home to roost nobody should complain.

Had one leader in those high offices on Raisina Hill understood how the times had changed we may have been spared the sickening sight of policemen attacking students and young women with sticks and teargas shells. So what if they were ‘painted and dented’.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ramana » 30 Dec 2012 09:24

I think we are not understanding whats happening with UPA in power.
Its image is that of a corrupt, vote buying, CBI intimidating, FDI sold out dispensation. Economic growth has staleld and is getting back to Nehruvian lows.

MHA controls Delhi Police and under their bullies its akin to the chargeof the Cossacks in 1917 in Tsarist Russia that triggered the Russian revolution.
The Dlhi police is misnamed when it is the police branch of the Central govt. It was the bribes of the DP and the looking away when the bus was plying that enabled this henious crime.

And even in the Capital city there is no law and order and safety.
On all fronts UPA has failed.

And we have a media that is outdoing Doordarshan during the Emergency in kowtowing to the rulinng party.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Hari Seldon » 30 Dec 2012 09:30

In 2009, many urban LS seats went to INC and UPA. If there's any impact of UPA's downhill skiing on all governance fronts since 2010, then it will reflect brightest in the urban seats tally in 2014. The price-rise issue also hits the urban lower middle and poor hardest.

The rural vote as usual may unwittingly ride to UPA's rescue. Enough diversions and cash transfer danglings can have any effect desired.

I would expect both SP and INC to do worse in 2014 in UP than they did in 2009. The only Q is who gains as a result - BSP, BJP or both?
Asom and Rajasthan too are places where UPA will lose seats - how many etc is up for debate. AP, not much change, sad to say. INC may lose but UPA won't. MH may well be the wildcard this time, who knows?

INC will gain in KA for sure. Kerala, who knows? My 2 cents only.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby darshhan » 30 Dec 2012 09:34

Another BJP candidate that can become CM is Dr.Harshvardhan.

X-posted from Nukkad thread

Last time if BJP had nominated him as CM candidate of instead of V.K.Malhotra, BJP would have been ruling Delhi today.

Dr Harshvardhan's biography
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Former President of BJP, Delhi Pradesh, is an ENT surgeon by profession, he entered the political fray in 1993 when the people of Delhi voted for their first legislative assembly. He was elected from Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi and went on to retain that seat in the 1998, 2003 and 2008 assembly elections.

Fondly called “Doctor Saab” by supporters and opponents alike, Dr Harsh Vardhan is known for disarming simplicity in his personal life and transparency at the work place. When he was Minister in the Delhi government (1993-98), the people found him remarkably accessible and officials respected him for his hands-on style of functioning.

Apart from being an effective minister, he also proved his organisational capabilities by rebuilding the BJP’s operations in Delhi virtually from scratch after the party’s defeat in the 2003 Assembly election. The BJP high command was so impressed by his determination to build up a solid party structure in Delhi that it took the historic step of giving him a third term as President in 2007. This is unprecedented for any state unit of the party.

The second child of late Om Prakash Goel and Snehlata Devi, Dr Harsh Vardhan was born in December 1954. He has an older sister and younger brother. Young Harsh Vardhan had his schooling in the Anglo-Sanskrit Victoria Jubilee Senior Secondary School in Daryaganj, which is one of the oldest educational institutions in northern India, founded in 1869. He decided to be a doctor and attended GSVM Medical College in Kanpur from where he obtained his MBBS and MS with specialisation in ENT. He returned to Delhi to set up a private practice as an ENT surgeon. But his restless soul, which had manifested itself earlier and drawn him towards the RSS, persuaded him to take up projects for the betterment of society. So, he joined the Indian Medical Association’s Delhi Chapter and worked hard in east Delhi, which is his immediate neighbourhood, to build up a solidarity of medical practitioners. He held various posts in the Delhi Medical Association – from secretary and President (East Delhi) to state secretary and President, where he showed early signs of his leadership qualities.

Given his remarkable achievements, Dr. Harsh Vardhan maintains a low profile. A RSS activist since childhood, he retains the Swayamsevak’s tendency to downplay the “Swayam” giving precedence to “Seva”. Few who follow Indian politics are aware that Dr Harsh Vardhan had pioneered the Pulse Polio programm in India. He launched it first in Delhi, his home city, which was then home to 10 per cent of polio cases in India. In 1994, on a single day (October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi), he organised the mass immunisation of 1.2 million children. No immunisation programme in India before that had involved the marshalling of such awesome logistics. Interestingly, the entire programme was supported by school children who acted as “Polio Senas”, apart from activists from over 400 NGOs, the RSS and thousands of people from all walks of life.

Polio Eradication ProgrammBut Dr. Harsh Vardhan had bigger plans. He dared to visualise a polio-free India, which could only be possible if a regular Pulse Polio campaign was held on a national scale. At first, experts, both Indian and foreign, discounted the possibility of holding it because of the awesome number of doctors, paramedics, volunteers and administrators that would have to be assembled on a single day across the country. Remember, it was the age before Internet, mobile phones and widespread telecommunications and power. Yet, undaunted by these challenges, Dr Harsh Vardhan went around the country persuading the health ministers of all the states to cooperate in making Pulse Polio a success. In the past, no state-level health minister had ever succeeded in recruiting such widespread, bipartisan support for anything, leave alone a polio eradication programme.

Today, Pulse Polio is a fact of life in India. The incidence of polio has become very rare thanks to his trail blazing initiative. On 13th Janaury 2012 India completed one full year without a case of polio being reported, the last case in the country having been reported on 13th January 2011 at Howrah, West Bengal (read article ‘India is almost free of polio’ in Pioneer dated 13th January 2012). Link of this article is http://www.dailypioneer.com But there are other scourges to tackle also. Dr Harsh Vardhan moved next to control tobacco consumption. As an ENT specialist, he was regularly confronting cases of laryngeal, oral and lung cancers – all attributable to tobacco use. So he conceived the first ever anti-tobacco legislation in India, despite facing stiff opposition from the tobacco lobby whose clout and arrogance at the time knew no bounds. In 1997, under his bold leadership, the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking and Non-Smokers Health Protection Act was passed. It was welcomed by hundreds of millions of Indians who were directly and indirectly affected by the tobacco menace. The Supreme Court passed an Order asking all states and the Centre to follow suit. Soon, other states followed Delhi’s example, culminating in a Central legislation banning smoking in public places in 2002. Fighting tobacco is Dr Harsh Vardhan’s passion and he has attended all international conferences on tobacco control in recent years may it be Chicago, Helsinki, Washington or Singapore.

Dr Harsh Vardhan believes that a society does not become “modern” by just changing its superficial appearance. Progress and modernisation means adopting lifestyles that reflect collective maturity and vision. “You can’t call yourself a superpower if Health for All, Universal Elementary Education and Environment Protection are mere slogans”, he says. The World Health Organisation has recognised his contribution to society and awarded him the Director-General’sPolio Eradication Champion Award Commendation Medal at a prestigious function held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in May 1998. It was an honour previously bestowed on the likes of US President Bill Clinton and football superstar Pele. In January 2001, Prime Minister Vajpayee honoured him with Rotary International’s “Polio Eradication Champion Award”. He is the first Indian to receive this prestigious award, which earlier went to former British Prime Minister John Major, Bill Clinton, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and a galaxy of other famous international personalities. At the function held in New Delhi attended by a large number of international luminaries to hand him the award, Prime Minister Vajpayee described Dr Harsh Vardhan as “Swasthya Vardhan”.

He is one of the few politicians in the country to enjoy broad, bipartisan admiration. Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral famously commented at an international event: “If I have to single out one minister for an outstanding award in India, then my first choice will be Dr Harsh Vardhan”. Within the BJP, he worked hard to organise the “Doctors’ Cell” and established vibrant units in different states.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan was conferred the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International twice. The International Institute of Polypathy based in Milan, Italy, nominated him as a Fellow in 1996. In 1995, the then President of Lions International, Mr C. Pino Grimaldi, awarded him the Lions International Service Award. In 1994, he received the “IMA President’s Special Award of Appreciation” and was given the “IMA Special Award to Eminent Medical Men for Distinguished Achievement of Highest Order” for two successive years – 1995 and 1996. On “Doctor’s Day”, July 1, 2002, he was named “Doctor of the last Decade” (Swastha Ratna) by the New Delhi branch of the Indian Medical Association for being the “noblest medical campaigner of the last decade”.

A number of prestigious social organisations have honoured Dr Harsh Vardhan with awards and recognitions. The Maharaja Agrasen Forum conferred upon him the 'Aggarwal Ratan Award' in 1994. The Jain Mahasabha bestowed on him the 'Ahimsa Samman' in 1996. The 'Sewa Shree Samman' was given to him in 1996 for his outstanding achievements by Dr Manmohan Singh, the then Finance Minister and present Prime Minister. The All India Conference of Intellectuals conferred on him the ‘Delhi Ratan Award’. The Acharya Kshemchand Suman Seva Samiti conferred on him the prestigious Acharya Suman Shree Samman for the year 2001. He has also received the Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary club of Delhi Uptown for his outstanding contribution in serving the community with special mention of his dedication and commitment in providing relief to the victims of the Gujarat earthquake. He also received a Certificate of Excellence from Dr Bhisham Narain Singh, the former Governor of Tamil Nadu, on behalf of the India International Friendship Society for outstanding services, achievements and contributions. In February 2002, he was honoured at the Polio Plus International Presidential Summit held in Mumbai in acknowledgement of his commitment to the eradication of Polio. In 1999, Dr Harsh Vardhan received the Human Care Award of the Millennium for excellence in the medical profession from the Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dixit, on behalf of the Punjab & Sind Bank. The International Institute of Integrated Medical Science, Varanasi, awarded him with the Certificate of Academic Excellence. For his services to the environment, Dr Harsh Vardhan received the National Environmental Seva Samman at the 1996 World Environment Congress. Dr Harsh Vardhan has also received the Rashtriya Hindi Samman in 1996 at the All India Hindi Sammelan by the Dr Ganga Sharan Singh Rashtriya Hindi Sansthan.

A major pioneering initiative of Dr Harsh Vardhan was his act of implementing WHO’s Essential Drug Programme, which revolutionised governments’ attitudes on public health care. Under the concept, maximum budgetary outlay was apportioned to those drugs most needed by the people. It was henceforth known as the “Delhi Model” and taken up by several foreign countries and at least a dozen state governments in India. The Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational use of Drugs, which is a powerful movement now, was thus born and Dr Harsh Vardhan continues to be associated with its progress.

His missionary zeal touched other areas of health care as well. Under him, Delhi’s Maulana AzadMatri Suraksha Programm Medical College got the country’s first ever Department for Occupational and Environmental Health. He launched the Matri Suraksha Programme to ensure proper mother and childcare for Delhi’s middle and lower income groups. The Cancer Control Programme, the Cataract Free Delhi Programme and the Shravan Shakti Abhiyan for the rehabilitation of the elderly and the hearing impaired, were begun under his leadership. His administration also launched the Healthy City Project, the Hepatitis B Immunisation Programme and a Delhi Research Centre for Modernised Promotion of Ayurveda. Two other significant pieces of legislation that bear his stamp are the Delhi Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Act and Delhi Artificial Insemination Act.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s fame as a committed health minister grew far and wide. Experts from all over the world consult him and he is regularly invited abroad to address gatherings of medical practitioners and social activists. His life-long commitment to polio eradication continues notwithstanding his being in power or not. To this end, he also served the South-East Asia office of World Health Organisation (WHO) as an Advisor. He is the first Indian to have been nominated to the prestigious WHO body, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), in which capacity he counseled the international body on developing policies on vaccines and biologicals. Apart from this, he has served on the Global Technical Consultative Group and the Technical Consultative Group of the South East Asia region for polio eradication. This is the highest body of WHO dedicated to the elimination of polio.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan is a member of several prestigious organisations in not only the medical field, but also culture, diplomacy and related areas. He is a life member of the International Medical Parliamentarians Organisation, the Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad, the Council for International Affairs and Human Rights, the Panchnad Research Institute, the IMA Academy of Medical Specialties, the Association of Otolaryngologists of India, the All India Rhinology Society, the Gems Association and the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs. He is also one of the founders of Green Forum, the country’s first multi-party platform of leaders interested in environment protection.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan has presented research papers at several national and international scientific conferences. He has also contributed to the world’s leading medical journals and has travelled in more than 30 countries, where he has visited centres of excellence to learn and consider the relevance of developments in the Indian context. He was also a senior member of an Expert Advisory Committee for Health Programmes on Doordarshan Bharti Channel.

Married to NutanMarried to Nutan, a specialist in hospital administration who preferred to be a homemaker, Dr Harsh Vardhan has two sons – Dr Mayank Bharat, who has done his MBBS and MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Sachin who did his Accountancy and Finance graduation from Monash University and at present works for Ernst and Young and a daughter, Inakshi, who finished her graduation B.com (Hons) from Delhi University recently. His demeanour is uncharacteristic of Indian politicians. He lives in the house built by his father in Krishna Nagar. A non-smoker and teetotaler, Dr Harsh Vardhan believes in the medical efficacy of yoga and physical exercises. He had made sports, yoga and value education compulsory in the school curriculum of Delhi when he was Education Minister.

Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians – indeed the followers of all faiths acknowledge Dr Harsh Vardhan as a leader who can unify societies and bring about national reconciliation. He works with Imams of mosques all over India to help implement polio immunisation among poor Muslim communities. In specialGreen Shopper recognition for his services to the community, the prestigious Ghalib Academy of New Delhi awarded him “best professional” award in April 2008. In June 2008, he worked closely with the Catholic Archdiocese of New Delhi to launch the first ever anti-plastic bag movement in Delhi called the “Green Shopper” campaign which also promotes business partnership in the manufacture and marketing of environment friendly products involving poor communities organised into Self Help Groups across India.

In June 2007, he held a day-long consultation with leaders of the environment movement in Delhi and resolved to become India’s premier “green” leader. In July 2008, when he went to the US to address the annual convention of the American Physicians of Indian origin, he was hailed as a “leader of the future” by the entire community of Indian doctors in that country. The Mayor of Las Vegas, Mr Oscar Goodman, handed him the “key” to the city, an honour given earlier to film actress Aishwarya Rai.

In December 2004, Dr Harsh Vardhan came out with his own account on how he conceived and implemented the Pulse Polio programme. The book, titled - A Tale of Two Drops (English)/ Kahani Do Boondo ki (Hindi), was released at a glittering function in New Delhi by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the presence of Shri L.K. Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister of India, Shri Mohan Bhagwat, present RSS chief (General Secretary, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh at the time of release of book), Smt. Sushma Swaraj, former Union Health Minister, and Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, World Health Organisation, South East Asia Region.

As President of the Delhi Pradesh unit of the BJP, Dr Harsh Vardhan proved that an able doctor professional could also be a good organiser. Earlier, he had also held the post of Vice-President of the party’s national unit. In late 2003, he was nominated President of the Delhi unit of the BJP. He rebuild the party’s structure from the grass roots to the top most level. The resolve of the common worker was restored and soon the BJP returned on the winner’s track. In April 2007, the party recaptured the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and in 2008, the Delhi Cantonment Board. Right now he is incharge of Haryana State on behalf of national BJP.

Apart from hard politics, Dr Harsh Vardhan is also involved in promoting the legacy of Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, the founder of the Jan Sangh, who gave his life for Jammu and Kashmir’s integration with India, and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the visionary and ideologue who conceivedApart from hard politics the theory of Integral Humanism. In early 2008, he was named secretary of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Foundation by the BJP President, Shri Rajnath Singh, which has taken up three important projects: to assemble the collected works of Dr Mukerjee, to restore his house in Kolkata along with all memorabilia including photographs and, most importantly, promote research in topics of national importance (see website: http://www.indiannationalism.org , http://www.theideology.org , http://www.deendayalupadhyaya.org , http://www.drsyamaprasadmookerjee.org .

Since 2003, as the leader of the principal opposition party of Delhi, Dr Harsh Vardhan has campaigned relentlessly against corruption and mal-governance. He won the respect and admiration of Delhiites for defending their human, civic, environmental and consumer rights. Some of the major issues highlighted by him are corruption in power privatisation, the proposal to privatise Delhi’s water, unauthorised colonies, Commonwealth games scam the fast-running electronic meters, price hike and BRT.

It is Dr Harsh Vardhan’s dream to make Delhi an international city, equipped with world-class infrastructure with an inclusive culture. “Delhi will become the leading city of the world, showcasing the best of India’s progress”, he says. The coming years would see Dr Harsh Vardhan grappling with the awesome problems thrust on Delhi by rising population, vanishing green spaces, dwindling water table, unmanageable traffic and above all, a deepening rich-poor divide. The environment, he says, will be the single most important factor in people’s lives in the second decade of the century as the world moves slowly towards climate change. He is constantly educating himself on the vexed issues of the present and readying for the challenges of the future.

(More details on Dr Harsh Vardhan’s policies and programmes are available on his web site, drharshvardhan.com and drharshvardhan.org. He invites Delhiites’ suggestions on how to improve conditions in their city through the site.)

Articles related to polio free India written recently by Dr Harsh Vardhan can also be read in the Republic Day Special issues (January 2012) of Organiser and Panchjanya. His latest views on health, healthy cities and modernizing health care can be read in the book ‘Delhi 100 Years’ recently publish by Manas Publication.


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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RamaY » 30 Dec 2012 09:49

CT 786

Perhaps the reason behind Die-nasty's disconnect from the voter support for its UPA2 is the fact that they do not know what the real voter turnout in their favor before the EVM magic is applied.

The smoke screens of NREGA and now cash-transfer are to sell their EVM magic as needed.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby merlin » 30 Dec 2012 13:30

UPA and more specifically the Congress will still win handsomely in the urban areas in 2014. People forget the elections in Maharashtra after 26/11 far too easily.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Arjun » 30 Dec 2012 13:41

merlin wrote:UPA and more specifically the Congress will still win handsomely in the urban areas in 2014. People forget the elections in Maharashtra after 26/11 far too easily.

Nope....UPA was foolishly regarded by urban India as the party of governance and development in 2009. That mantle is completely lost in 2013.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Comer » 30 Dec 2012 14:47

I remember 2004 and 2009 victories by dynasty was due to the alliances it forged. In 2004, The shameless DMK after being in NDA for better part of 5 years suddenly decided it wasn't secular enough. CBN suffered a setback in AP. These two decided the fate of the 2004 election. I believe the same alliance strength pushed UPA to victory in 2009.
Even in 2014, all the Cong and fellow UPA crooks will again form an unholy alliance under the "secular" banner . Strength in alliance numbers do matter.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Hari Seldon » 30 Dec 2012 15:42

Interesting times ahead.

The full might of the present parasitic system is sort-of on display in Dilli currently - the paid media, paltu police, plotting politicos and pliable babucracy have all closed ranks to douse this series of protests. Let's see how long it takes them to do it. I for one do not expect the protests to last into the new year.

Now the diversionary dramas, bread and circuses will start to help the public forget past omissions and commissions of the sarkar. Same old, same old.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Atish » 30 Dec 2012 18:03

Only a strong Jat or Punjabi leader has a chance in Delhi. Maybe a Gujjar. What is Harshvardhan's pedigree?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby sum » 30 Dec 2012 18:12

Arjun wrote:
merlin wrote:UPA and more specifically the Congress will still win handsomely in the urban areas in 2014. People forget the elections in Maharashtra after 26/11 far too easily.

Nope....UPA was foolishly regarded by urban India as the party of governance and development in 2009. That mantle is completely lost in 2013.

Somehow dont seem to believe that this will translate into anything in the election scene.

I firmly believe UPA-3 is on its march to power in 2014, BRF optimism notwithstanding. That is because:
sarvana wrote:Even in 2014, all the Cong and fellow UPA crooks will again form an unholy alliance under the "secular" banner . Strength in alliance numbers do matter.
I remember 2004 and 2009 victories by dynasty was due to the alliances it forged.
...
Even in 2014, all the Cong and fellow UPA crooks will again form an unholy alliance under the "secular" banner . Strength in alliance numbers do matter.


As Sushil Kumar Shinde-ji said a month back, give some time and people will anyways forget. Elections post 26/11 and recent HP elections( and even Gujarat elections to some point) proved it. I have no faith in the oft-repeated( on BRF) "wisdom" of Indian junta.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby anmol » 30 Dec 2012 18:18

Atish wrote:Only a strong Jat or Punjabi leader has a chance in Delhi. Maybe a Gujjar. What is Harshvardhan's pedigree?

Is Sheila a Jat / Punjabi / Gujjar ?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby suryag » 30 Dec 2012 18:22

Sum ji very few are optimistic over here after what happened in 2009. In fact we are preparing for the worst here :((

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby sum » 30 Dec 2012 18:40

^^ Well, i commented since i saw some pretty fantastic claims and dreams being woven in the previous Assembly dhaaga by some posters.

Always will remember both the 2004 and 2009 elections where even i got suckered by the Kool-aid being projected on the election dhaaga at that time and the kind of sucker punch delivered when results finally came out! Hence, have completely stopped taking in the optimism of BRF election dhaagas since then!

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Atish » 30 Dec 2012 19:37

Sheila = Punjabi

Make no mistake thats part of why Barkha and Vinod Dua types support her. Not consciously maybe, but the preference is there.Goes all the way to shared accents etc. Lots of Gujjars in Delhi too but Jats might balk at supporting one. Of course there are leaders who rise above such crass ethic boxes, but then they have to have independent name recognition like Advani.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby prahaar » 30 Dec 2012 20:17

SD is a UP Brahmin.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby darshhan » 30 Dec 2012 20:41

Atish wrote:Only a strong Jat or Punjabi leader has a chance in Delhi. Maybe a Gujjar. What is Harshvardhan's pedigree?


Atish ji, According to his biography earlier posted by me, his father's name was Omprakash Goyal. So that makes him a Baniya. But he has the ability to galvanize BJP cadre especially in Eastern Delhi( weak link for BJP for quite some time ). That is the most important thing for BJP right now in Delhi. Plus he is relatively not that old. 58 yrs is ok for the current Indian Politics.

I don't know any other BJP state level leader in Delhi who can match him.
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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby darshhan » 30 Dec 2012 20:44

prahaar wrote:SD is a UP Brahmin.


Prahaar ji, Atish is right. Sheila Dikshit is Punjabi. However her late Husband was a Purabiya Brahmin i.e from Eastern UP.That is why the surname Dikshit.This is another factor that gives Sheila Dikshit an edge. Punjabis vote for her. And she is also supported by Purabiya voters(Eastern Up and Bihar)

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby prahaar » 30 Dec 2012 21:48

Thanks for the correction. I distinctly remember her presence in a Brahman Sabha in Pune, where she was one of the buggers claiming credit for compiling vedas (by extrapolating the fact she belonged to a brahmin kul, sick, I say, but OT.).

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby RoyG » 30 Dec 2012 22:02

I still believe there is a possibility that Modi may leave the BJP if he is not projected as PM. Jaitely may be preparing for it. I agree with Sum that Sec-Left coalition is a very good possibility and reboot may happen in Congress with Priyanka as PM candidate after about a year.

OR

Jaitely may be preparing for PM chair if a compromise is needed and Modi stays within BJP.

Like all of you, I am a proud Indian. I cherish India as a nation State because it has succeeded as the world's largest democracy where many other nations have failed. The resilience of our democracy is truly remarkable. Except for a brief aberration when the dark clouds of emergency hovered on the horizon, our journey on the path of democracy has taken us from strength to strength. We have surmounted many challenges on the way in a spirit of unity and amity. This great country is unique for the diversity in language, culture and religion which in a subtle way binds all of us in to an essential oneness of being an Indian first and foremost.

Today, the challenges before us are even bigger and more complicated. Democracy confers on every citizen the right to equality and guarantees liberty of thought and freedom of speech and expression. It mandates the State to take steps to enable every citizen to access opportunities in education, employment and healthcare. While we have succeeded in some measure to achieve the goals enshrined in our Constitution in the past 60 years or so, much remains to be done. People's aspirations today are more visible than ever before. Because of the slow pace at which things have improved for the common man in the past few decades, there is also a growing impatience and a sense of restlessness.

People want the present situation to change and change fast. They want that the Constitutional guarantees given to them years ago are redeemed in real life. They want the economy to have a sustained high growth so that jobs are created for the many unemployed youth. They want that the political class should shed its hypocrisy and work for the upliftment of the people in a sincere and transparent manner. They want corruption to be eliminated in all forms . Education and Healthcare should be made affordable and accessible. Infrastructure, be it roads, rails, bridges, ports or airports should be developed. They want all forms of social inequality, discrimination, abuse and exploitation to end soon. They want corruption to be eliminated in all forms . The spate of scandals which have singed the collective conscience in the recent past has steeled our resolve to fight this menace together . I sincerely believe that transparency and people's awareness are the best antidote against corruption. I strongly believe that we need to set up effective mechanisms such as a strong LokPal to deal with corruption with an iron hand. I would work relentlessly towards this goal as that is the way to go for India of the 21st century.

I have pondered over the issues confronting us as a Nation all these years. In my vision of India, there shall be a welfare State which works for the poorest of the poor and the disabled and the downtrodden. For such a welfare State to be functional, it needs large resources which have to be mobilised through robust revenue models. And for garnering revenues, we need long term sustained economic growth . The State must fulfil its role as a facilitator for economic growth by creating the right environment for stimulating entrepreneurship and investment. The long term India story is intact even today. What has happened over the past couple of years are a series of blips which cry for course correction on an imminent basis. And the truth is that they can be set right. True we need the gumption to bring about difficult changes . There are sacrifices to be made on this way but of narrow vested interests.

Our manufacturing sector has to spring forward and transcend years of neglect. Our youth have to be imparted the skills required to become employable and get absorbed in the expanding manufacturing sector. We need to step up investment flows to the agricultural sector and improve productivity and streamline marketing systems so that the farmer gets his due even as the food prices remain affordable for our growing population. India has to be made ready for taking the lead in a world that is increasingly becoming globalised. We have some of the richest resource base in the world. Our human resources are ranked the best in the world. What is needed today is the right leadership which can rise over narrow partisan interests and do what is best in the nation's interest. We have to be big on ideas and go all out to implement them.

I invite you to join hands with me in this crusade . Jai Hind.


http://www.arunjaitley.com/en/myvision.php

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ankitash » 31 Dec 2012 01:27

Modi’s strategy – an NDA+ minus Nitish

Recent praise from union minister Praful Patel of the Nationalist Congress Party, a UPA partner, has only helped Modi. In Mumbai on December 28, Patel said: “Modi was successful in gaining trust of the people. Modi won because of the work he has done,” Praful Patel said.

At the NDC meeting, Modi held forth on “policy paralysis and lack of leadership” at the Centre. He said the world was looking at India for development but the country was pessimistic, even as he presented Gujarat as a model of growth.

Sources said Modi’s gameplan is to create an NDA minus the sulking partner Janata Dal-United and its Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Besides Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK, Om Prakash Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal, Ramdas Athawale of Republican Party of India and Raj Thackeray of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena attended his swearing-in — none of them is an NDA partner at the moment.

Overtures are also being made to Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal and Asom Gana Parishad, who are former NDA allies. The Shiromani Akali Dal is still with the NDA and so are Shiv Sena, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and other smaller parties.


At the NDC meeting, Modi simply ignored Nitish Kumar at the NDC meeting, held just a day after his glittering swearing-in event that the JD-U boycotted. He went around greeting everyone including Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and congratulated Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh for his huge victory in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. When mediapersons asked him if he would not meet Nitish pointing to where he was sitting, Modi only thanked them for drawing his attention.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/m ... 256404.ece

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Aditya_V » 31 Dec 2012 19:12

THe real purpose behind the cash transfer scheme.

10 lakh kirana shops to be backbone of UPA’s direct cash transfer scheme

he government has decided to involve these stores across the country giving them micro ATMs and a commission of 3% on the value of cash transactions.



Anganwadi and Asha workers will double up as banking correspondents, and will be given commission as applicable.

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