General Elections watch: What happened on April, 7?

Election Commission sends notice to Amit Shah for his ‘revenge’ remark

Amit Shah at the line of fire

Amit Shah at the line of fire

Election Commission finally took notice of Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah’s provocatory speech in riot affected district of Muzaffarnagar in western UP and send a notice for prima facie violence of the model code of conduct. The EC sought an explanation from Shah within the next three days as to why the commission should not take further action against him for the offence. “The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statement you have violated the… provisions of Model Code of Conduct… Now, therefore, the Commission gives you an opportunity to explain your stand in making the above said statement before 5 PM on 9 April, 2014 failing which the ECI shall take a decision without further reference to you,” the EC notice said. Congress,  BJP and the AAP, neither party make promises regarding inflation in their manifestos

BJP President files from Lucknow

BJP President Rajnath Singh

The official publication of the manifestos have been done already by all the major parties ahead of the General Elections but surprisingly, none of them have mentioned anything noteworthy with regard to fighting the inflation that has crippled the middle class Indian society over the years. A manifesto is considered to be a declaration of a political party’s intent and what they will fight to achieve if and when they come to power. This, of course, hardly resembles anything that happens in reality and most of the literate electorate are well aware that if a party succeeds in fulfilling even half of the promises made in their manifesto, it would be job well done. Most of the parties have laid stress on issues spreading on education, provision of good health facilities, empowering women, looking at the needs of minorities and addressing the demand of the youth, i.e. employment. Having said that, what is bound to bring disappointment among most voters who are expected to exercise their franchise this month, is the manner in which the manifestos have been drafted; purely emotional and lacks any conviction and thorough planning. Most parties have harped on integrity and transparency to get things done without drawing any definite roadmap to achieving what they have promised. AAP sends letter to top leaders asking them to explain the reason behind Kejriwal’s resignation

Kejriwal resigns!

Kejriwal resigns!

The Aam Aadmi Party has sent a notice to all their top leaders by asking them to explain the people the true reasons behind Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to step down as Delhi’s CM after the Congress and the BJP targeting the party for their unsuccessful stint in the capital, ahead of the upcoming General Elections. “AAP got only 28 of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly election. Still, the Lt Governor invited Arvind to form the government, as the Congress (with 8 seats) had offered unconditional support. Finding it hard to believe, Arvind sent a letter to the Congress President listing out the 18 points in the AAP manifesto, including passing of the Jan Lokpal bill. The Congress reverted saying it will support AAP unconditionally on all 18 points. With this commitment, Arvind formed the minority government in Delhi,” reads the internal note. “However, when AAP presented the Jan Lokpal bill in the Assembly, the Congress and the BJP came together to ensure the bill is not passed. The Aam Aadmi Party had won the vote and trust of citizens of Delhi on the plank of anti corruption. And since the minority government could not pass the Jan Lokpal bill that was promised to citizens of Delhi, Arvind resigned.

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