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Raj CM woos retired SC officers; leveraging CS appointment for political gains

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has been unceasing in the quest for consolidating his power base since the revolt of Sachin Pilot shook him to the core. And such remains his continuing or perhaps escalating fear of Pilot and others that he has begun to clutch at every straw to neutralize his feeling of sinking or getting besieged by his political rivals in and out of the Congress Party.

Look at the way he has been entreating, or rather begging, for the support of creamy layers of scheduled caste retired bureaucrats in exchange for having appointed Niranjan Arya (IAS:1989:RJ) over the heads of 10 IAS officers senior to him to the coveted and much-aspired post of the state chief secretary.

In a letter responding to compliments of senior retired IAS SC officers like Mahendra Singh, Lalit Panwar, Lalit Mehra, Shriram Chauradia as well as some retired IPS SC officers Jaswant Sampatram, RP Singh, and others, he thanked them all for acknowledging that his appointment of Niranjan Arya as CS was a right step in the direction of implementing the dreams of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Did Dr. Ambedkar really dream of, much less called for, appointing an SC officer over the head of 10 of his seniors to the top job in state bureaucracy? Well, even the most spurious stuff is passed on these days in the name of Babasaheb.

While creamy layers among the SC play the same game that they accuse others of playing against them, senior officers are disturbed over Gehlot's unconcealed attempt at seeking the support of retired SC officers for making the tenure of Niranjan Arya a success.

One wonders how could retired SC officers make Arya succeed unless they are allowed to interfere in the administration. Will Gehlot and Arya allow it?

Maybe the CM was just being polite in responding to retired SC officers' combined letter. Or Maybe he is engaging them to reach out to the SC community to consolidate his power base in the face of a clear and present threat to his job. Whether it may work or not, but he is surely seen setting a bad precedent in governance.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Arya's appointment as Chief Secretary help Gehlot spite his rivals?

17 Nov 2020
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Watershed moment of Bihar politics!

Even as the BJP has successfully cajoled and persuaded Nitish Kumar to remain the CM in Bihar by offering him 'full independence' as before, it's not yet clear what Prince Tejeshwi would do because, in the absence of power, his flock may break ranks and split.

Bihar's election results 2020 represent a watershed.

The difference of 15 seats between the NDA and Mahagathbandhan was due to the Congress failing to repeat its performance, forget about improving upon its last performance. Clearly, Congress is set into a trajectory of long-term decline and maybe eventual death.

Reading the writings on the wall, Nitish desperately tried to earn sympathy by announcing that this was his last election. But it didn't work the intended magic and JDU had to swallow a loss of pride in view of the much-dwindled number of won seats compared to the previous election.

And Prince Tejaswi's MY+ formula came a cropper.

Now, the spotlight has shifted to the BJP which has come up with a spectacular show. The question is whether the BJP will be able to hold the ground on its own in case Nitish does what he is good at.  

In the given scenario, the BJP may not insist on more cabinet berths being the senior partner but it may devise a sophisticated way to keep running its agenda.

Some people argue that the BJP may not precipitate a crisis in its alliance with JDU because it doesn't have a leader of the stature of Nitish Kumar. But that does not sound convincing because of the presence of several competent leaders like state party president, Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, and others.  

After its painful relations with Shiv Sena and SAD, the BJP is not willing to take chances and may do everything to keep Nitish in good humor. 

11 Nov 2020
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Raj CM woos retired SC officers; leveraging CS appointment for political gains

By Rakesh Ranjan 17 Nov 2020

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has been unceasing in the quest for consolidating his power base since the revolt of Sachin Pilot shook him to the core. And such remains his continuing or perhaps escalating fear of Pilot and others that he has begun to clutch at every straw to neutralize his feeling of sinking or getting besieged by his political rivals in and out of the Congress Party.

Look at the way he has been entreating, or rather begging, for the support of creamy layers of scheduled caste retired bureaucrats in exchange for having appointed Niranjan Arya (IAS:1989:RJ) over the heads of 10 IAS officers senior to him to the coveted and much-aspired post of the state chief secretary.

In a letter responding to compliments of senior retired IAS SC officers like Mahendra Singh, Lalit Panwar, Lalit Mehra, Shriram Chauradia as well as some retired IPS SC officers Jaswant Sampatram, RP Singh, and others, he thanked them all for acknowledging that his appointment of Niranjan Arya as CS was a right step in the direction of implementing the dreams of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Did Dr. Ambedkar really dream of, much less called for, appointing an SC officer over the head of 10 of his seniors to the top job in state bureaucracy? Well, even the most spurious stuff is passed on these days in the name of Babasaheb.

While creamy layers among the SC play the same game that they accuse others of playing against them, senior officers are disturbed over Gehlot's unconcealed attempt at seeking the support of retired SC officers for making the tenure of Niranjan Arya a success.

One wonders how could retired SC officers make Arya succeed unless they are allowed to interfere in the administration. Will Gehlot and Arya allow it?

Maybe the CM was just being polite in responding to retired SC officers' combined letter. Or Maybe he is engaging them to reach out to the SC community to consolidate his power base in the face of a clear and present threat to his job. Whether it may work or not, but he is surely seen setting a bad precedent in governance.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

ALSO READ:

Arya's appointment as Chief Secretary help Gehlot spite his rivals?

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Watershed moment of Bihar politics!

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2020

Even as the BJP has successfully cajoled and persuaded Nitish Kumar to remain the CM in Bihar by offering him 'full independence' as before, it's not yet clear what Prince Tejeshwi would do because, in the absence of power, his flock may break ranks and split.

Bihar's election results 2020 represent a watershed.

The difference of 15 seats between the NDA and Mahagathbandhan was due to the Congress failing to repeat its performance, forget about improving upon its last performance. Clearly, Congress is set into a trajectory of long-term decline and maybe eventual death.

Reading the writings on the wall, Nitish desperately tried to earn sympathy by announcing that this was his last election. But it didn't work the intended magic and JDU had to swallow a loss of pride in view of the much-dwindled number of won seats compared to the previous election.

And Prince Tejaswi's MY+ formula came a cropper.

Now, the spotlight has shifted to the BJP which has come up with a spectacular show. The question is whether the BJP will be able to hold the ground on its own in case Nitish does what he is good at.  

In the given scenario, the BJP may not insist on more cabinet berths being the senior partner but it may devise a sophisticated way to keep running its agenda.

Some people argue that the BJP may not precipitate a crisis in its alliance with JDU because it doesn't have a leader of the stature of Nitish Kumar. But that does not sound convincing because of the presence of several competent leaders like state party president, Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, and others.  

After its painful relations with Shiv Sena and SAD, the BJP is not willing to take chances and may do everything to keep Nitish in good humor. 

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Ex-IAS officer Senthil to join Congress

By IndianMandarins 08 Nov 2020

Former IAS officer, S Sasikanth Senthil (2009 batch), who quit the civil services last year, is expected to join the Congress Party on Monday (9 November).

Senthil, who led the CAA-NRC protests from the front,  claims to have set aside trivial social-politics issues and minor differences to fight for the larger cause of protecting democracy and fight the majoritarian spirit that was already dividing people.

Senthil resigned from service when he was Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada. To be put in his words, he is tying up with the Congress as he claims to understand the challenges of the 21st century and stands for the founding ideologies of the Constitution of India. Senthil will campaign for the Congress during the upcoming Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu.

 

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Ex-DGP's twice-failed tryst with politics: Does he have guts to do it again?

By Rakesh Ranjan 11 Oct 2020

Usually, top cops are known for resolving intricate criminal conspiracy cases, for busting the nexus of corrupts, facing Naxal encounters, and neutralizing terrorist outfits. The Ex-DGP of Bihar was no exception. Yet it proved a tough task for him to understand the complexities and uncertainties of politics and neatly woven plots of politicians. 

People are wondering whether former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey's failed tryst with politics is a case of overconfidence, lack of political intelligence about his preferred Buxar seat going to the BJP quota instead of JD(U), or both.

Pandey's earlier attempt in 2015 at "tryst with politics" had also failed. At that time, since he had resigned, and the resignation was not accepted, so he joined back after withdrawing his resignation letter.

However, this time around, there is no going back.

Unlike in 2015, this time he faces a sort of embarrassment as the BJP has fielded from the Buxar constituency a retired constable who has been working with the party at the grassroots level for more than a decade. It is said that the candidature of Parshuram Chaturvedi, son of four-time Congress MLA Jagat Lal Chaturvedi, had the strong backing of Ashwini Chaubey, whom Pandey never cultivated.

It is not only Chaturvedi who has trumped Pandey. Another retired DG (home guards) Sunil Kumar, who had lost the DGP race to Pandey, has settled his old score by securing a JD(U) ticket from Bhore.

Pandey can still fulfill his political ambition - by nursing a constituency till the next opportune time. Does he have the guts to do it?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Dr Jitendra Singh: A hallmark of excellence and hard work

By Rakesh Ranjan 10 Oct 2020

There are only a few ministers in the current regime who enjoy the indulgence of the PM. Considered a shadow of PM Modi and a sort of link between North-West (J&K) and North East, Dr Jitendra Singh is known to have worked consistently to earn the affection of the PM. His contributions reflect in the government policies on the Northeast and Northwest. Even though he deals with a number of portfolios that include the PMO, Personnel, and DONER, his work carries his signature of accomplishment. Naturally, this has put Dr. Singh's stars in ascendance in J&K and at Centre.

People in J&K attribute his rise to his political acumen and maturity. Of course, his successes have also triggered jealousies among his rivals in his home state.

In J&K, post 370 abrogations, while most of the political stalwarts and so-called ‘nationalist’ ( a misnomer for separatist leaders) were under house arrest followed by COVID lockdown, Dr Singh remained an effective communication channel and help for the people of the state.

There are several instances of Singh's yeoman service to the people of his state in these difficult times. But it is his humility that he credits officials for what he has been able to achieve for the troubled state. He has been extremely generous in appreciating the efforts of officers who helped him in resolving the problems of the people.

Senior J&K officials told Indianmandarins that his proactive efforts have bridged the difference between him and the J&K administration and both are indeed very close now.

Because of his rapport with officials and proactive approach, Dr. Singh has been able to set up 3 medical colleges and 12 new degree colleges for his constituency, the Kiru Power project, the Devika Project worth 190 Crs, the Delhi-Katra Expressway, the first major FDI in UT of J&K (India’s first Cannabis Medicine Plant with Canadian collaboration at IIM Jammu), Keediyan Gandiyal Bridge (70 yrs old demand), bamboo promotion in Kathua, Hiranagar sports stadium, etc.

His administrative acumen is also highly appreciated in the central government. Officials point out that though personnel matters related to the UT cadre is solely MHA’s call, yet during the UT Cadre review, Dr. Singh is always asked to co-chair the meeting along with the MoS Home G Kishan Reddy. Officials say that this couldn't have been possible without nods from the PM or from HM or both. In any administration, these things matter.

Not for nothing, he is entrusted with dealing with a host of sensitive issues. His oratorical skill, educational qualification, clean image, and persona shine his performance in Parliament, while his handling of the Northeast portfolio, with its emphasis on Act East, has earned him laurels. Over a period of time, he is seen as PM Modi's point man for acting as a bridge between North West and North East - a job he has been doing with distinction.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Devbhoomi CM post may change hands

By IndianMandarins 07 Oct 2020

Speculations are rife in the wake of rumors about a possible Union Cabinet expansion that the post of Uttarakhand CM may see a change.
Among the contenders for the post of Trivendra Singh Raut are Satpal Maharaj, Union Cabinet Minister for HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and Anil Baluni, BJP Media Chief who recently received the possession of Priyanka Gandhi’s residence in Lutyens Delhi 

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Trump burdened, Biden blues

By Amya Roy 05 Oct 2020

Serving President and a candidate for 2020 Elections, Donald Trump, who recently attacked India in the Presidential Debate saying 'does not give straight count on COVID-19 deaths', has been diagnosed with COVID-19 himself. With this, the U.S presidential race enters a new period of uncertainty.

With Trump’s doctor saying “he’s doing great,” and president’s chief of staff speaking off-camera “we’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” a radically different message was sent out. The incongruous statements were a revealing insight into the dynamics behind the Trump White House’s frequent release of misleading information, particularly about the president’s health.

Even without Trump, who is regarded as a Republican, his campaign MAGA - Make America Great Again, is going on as usual. In post-debate Times/Siena polls, Trump’s Rival Candidate, Joe Biden, generally identified as a Democrat, is ahead by several points in certain U.S states. The Senate meetings have been postponed after a third senator tests positive after Trump’s diagnosis.

(By Amya Roy)

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Some cabinet berths likely from the organization?

By Rakesh Ranjan 29 Sep 2020

Once the organizational restructuring of the Bharatiya Janata Party is complete under its new president Jagat Prakash Nadda, there are chances of expansion in the Cabinet any time soon with some of the dropout leaders from the organization likely to get a ministerial berth in the Modi government. There are chances of former general secretaries -- Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey -- getting inducted into the ministry.

Another former general secretary Ram Madhav, who was expected to be made Vice President of the party, may be inducted into ministry as he did not get any place in the party. However, party insiders say that chances of his induction into the ministry are very bleak. In the case of Ram Madhav missing the bus of Cabinet, he may be asked to work for the party in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the party has very ambitious plans.

Former general secretary Murali Dhar Rao will have to work in Andhra Pradesh to work for the better prospects of the party in the state. Though Tamil Nadu did not get any representation in the organization but otherwise the entire focus of the party is on southern states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The reason for Tamil Nadu being overlooked for organization is obvious that there are two important Cabinet positions to Tamilians – Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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