2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Nov 16, 2019, 05.15 AM IST



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The CBDT has recently written to CEC Sunil Arora with details on the alleged income tax evasions by Lavasa’s family members. IT notices have been issued to Lavasa’s wife and son.

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    In comparison, the Congress raised just Rs 146 crore in 2018-19, as per the data it submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI). The Progressive Electoral Trust – also the largest donor to the Congress – gave Rs 55 crore to the party as against the Rs 346 crore it gave the BJP, as per the party’s submissions to the ECI.

    So for those aware of its past, the Shiv Sena, known for its firebrand Hindutva stance, quitting the NDA on Monday and seeking support of the Congress and the NCP does not come as a surprise. In the assembly polls held last month, the BJP won 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (48) in the 288-member House.

    Art 356, under which Prez's rule is imposed in state, deals with failure of constitutional machinery in state.

    President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation approving the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule and keep the legislative assembly under suspended animation on the evening of November 12.

    Congress leader Ramesh said “If the BJP government can scrap Article 370, which gave special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir, there is no guarantee that it will not remove Article 371 terming it as temporary.”

    While on the one hand Sena's severing ties with the NDA underscores the BJP's growing hegemony which forced an avowed secular party like the Congress to mull supporting a strident Hindutva party like the Sena, it also highlights how the ruling party's expansionist drive under Modi and Amit Shah has made its allies of decades uneasy.

    The BJP, led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, managed to form a minority government with the support of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to clear the floor test. The Sena opted to sit in the Opposition for around a month, and then walked lock, stock and barrel into the treasury benches, leaving even the NCP dazed.

    The announcement by Arvind Sawant, who is Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai South, is a clear indication that ties between BJP and Shiv Sena are set to snap. The two parties having similar Hindutva right-wing leanings had a troubled relationship since 2014.

    BJP on its own is falling short of numbers, thereby throwing the scene open for more uncertainties.

    He ruthlessly enforced the model code of conduct much to the chagrin of political parties. A no-nonsense attitude was his hallmark, and he ensured checks and balances at all levels to see that the entire election process right from scrutiny of nominations to conduct of polls were carried out according to the rule book.

    "I want to tell that Priyanka Gandhi also received a similar message from WhatsApp around the same time," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

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