Speaking on J-K District Development Council (DDC) elections, Union Minister of state for Finance Anurag Thakur on November 28 said that people are coming out in large number to vote and sending strong message in support of democracy.
"District Development Council elections are important to strengthen democracy.
People are coming out in large numbers to vote, sending a strong message in support of democracy.
They want peace and development," said Anurag Thakur, Union Minister and BJP in-charge for J-K local body polls
Like every year, 'Halwa Ceremony' was held at Finance Ministry ahead of upcoming Union Budget. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur, were present during the ceremony. The halwa ceremony is a customary tradition which marks the process of printing documents of the Budget. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no printing of the Budget. MPs will be able to access the budget documents through a mobile app.
BJP supporters raised "desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalo ko" slogan during a party rally in Chandannagar area in West Bengal's Hooghly on January 20. The same slogan was raised by Union Minister Anurag Thakur during campaigning for Delhi assembly elections last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur visited Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata to inquire about health condition of Sourav Ganguly. BCCI secretary Jay Shah also visited the hospital to meet Ganguly. Ganguly is undergoing treatment at Woodlands Hospital after suffering mild heart attack. Doctors treating Ganguly informed that he is responding well to the treatment.
Speaking to ANI on December 23, Vice President (VP) of Jammu Kashmir National Conference, Omar Abdullah spoke on DDC election results. Abdullah said, "I congratulate them (Bharatiya Janata Party) for their 3 seats (in Kashmir) but what about our 35 seats in Jammu. Admit that we have pan JandK presence." "BJP keeps calling (saying) us Kashmir based party. If we are Kashmir based with 35 seats in Jammu, then they are not even fully Jammu based," he added.
Speaking to ANI in Jammu on December 21, JandK Election Commissioner KK Sharma spoke on District Development Council (DDC) polls vote counting. Sharma said, "All counting will be done in District Headquarters. Responsibility of counting is given to Returning Officers (ROs) of the constituencies." "Counting staff will be deployed after randomization. The counting will begin at 09:00 am tomorrow (December 22)," he added.
A day after DDC elections over in JandK, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on December 20 expressed happiness and said that elections were conducted in a very peaceful, free and fair manner. "I am happy that except for one or two very small incidents, District Development Council (DDC) elections were conducted in a very peaceful, free and fair manner. Despite cold weather, JandK Police and armed forces contributed in a big way during these elections," said LG Sinha.
"Congress got Subhas Chandra Bose killed," alleged BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj while addressing a public rally on January 23 in Unnao. Sparking the controversy further, he claimed that neither Mahatma Gandhi nor Pandit Nehru could stand in front of Bose's popularity. Sakshi Maharaj said, "My allegation is that Congress got Subhash Chandra Bose killed. Neither Mahatma Gandhi nor Pandit Nehru could stand in front of his popularity."
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grandnephew and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chandra Kumar Bose condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's behaviour after she refused to speak when 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans were raised during the celebrations of 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata on January 23. He said, "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stood for unity. He had people of all communities in Azad Hind Fauj. Whether you say 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Sri Ram', I don't find difference. 'Jai Sri Ram' isn't a statement where one should react in allergic manner. So, I think the honourable Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it's 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Shree Ram'. This is not the day to do any politics. It is a day to celebrate, it is a day to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of Indian National Army."
BJP's in-charge of DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Anurag Thakur took a dig at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and said that she has got a befitting reply for her statement of not unfurling the Tricolour over..