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At rally in Punjab’s Muktsar district, Narendra Modi says farmers are relieved after MSP hike, but Congress losing sleep



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Modi praised the farmers for their contribution, but blamed the Congress for their agricultural woes. “I bow my head in front of the farmers, they have broken all records in terms of agricultural production and for their hard work. No matter what the situation, you have always worked in the interest of the country. But the lives of farmers, which should’ve been happy, was filled with woes. The reason is that in the past 70 years, the party which took the responsible to head the nation, only made commitments and did nothing. It cared only about one family and its peace,” he said.

Modi said that the “entire country knows the reality” about the Congress’ dreams, which were only in the interest of the Gandhi family.

“Why have the farmers been restricted to earning profit of only 10 percent of the cost for the past 70 years? Congress never cared about farmers. Congress betrayed them, and made false assurances. But NDA government took efforts to change this,” said Modi.

Modi assured that the farmers from Punjab and Haryana farmers will benefit from the new MSP. “For crops like maize, and jowar, MSP of more than 50 percent has been approved. For the farmers growing bajra, the MSP has been increased two-fold,” he said.

He asserted that his government will not overlook the problems faced by the farmers, and said that the vision to double farmer incomes by 2022 was formed right after the NDA government was formed. “We have been holding constant discussions on this topic since then,” he said.

Speaking about the various schemes of the Centre, the prime minister said: “The SAMPADA (Scheme For Agro-Marine Processing And Development Of Agro-Processing) scheme is in place so that the farmers don’t lose their produce. New warehouses and food parks are being built across the country. The entire supply chain is being strengthened and it is being ensured that the farmer does not suffer due to crop failure.

modi with badal singh“Under the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan, more than 25 lakh hectares of land in the country have been brought under micro-irrigation.”

He stressed that Punjab had benefited greatly from the NDA government’s plans. “A total of 60 lakh accounts were opened in state under Jan Dhan Yojana. Under the Ujjwala scheme, 7.5 million free gas connections have been given. 23.5 lakh people have got loans from MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) scheme. Nearly four million people have been insured,” he said.

Modi also spoke of the recent ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings. “Haryana has made considerable progress and is on the third position on the the ‘ease of doing business’ report by the World Bank. I want to congratulate Chief Minister Manohal Khattar and his government for this feat. But I also want to urge the people of Punjab to ask their government and the Congress why their state is ranking low on the list. They should question on their states downfall since the end of Parkash Singh Badal’s governance,” he said.

Modi also expressed concern over the problem of stubble burning, and said that the central government has allocated over Rs 50 crore for Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pardesh and Delhi under a scheme to tackle the problem.

He appealed to farmers not to burn crop residue keeping in mind the health concerns. “As per an estimate, if farmers don’t burn stubble and allow crop residue to remain on their fields, they can save an expenditure to the tune of Rs 2,000 per hectare on use of fertilisers,” he said.

Stubble burning has been a major concern in northern India during the harvesting season. It led to severe air pollution in National Capital Region and its neighbouring areas in the past few years, prompting the authorities to take measures to tackle the problem.

The event — jointly organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP in the view of the hike in MSP — was attended by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

On 4 July, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the MSP of 14 Kharif (summer-sown) crops. MSP for paddy was hiked by a steep Rs 200 per quintal.

After the hike, the MSP of paddy (common grade) was Rs 1,750 per quintal for 2018-19 season and the support price of Grade A variety of paddy was Rs 1,770.

Accusing the Congress of “betraying” the farmers during the “70 years” of its rule at the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Punjab on Wednesday that the recent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops — approved by the NDA government — has brought much relief to the farmers across country.

Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier said that farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan would attend the rally and they would give a rousing welcome to the prime minister for his “bold and decisive” step to implement the Swaminathan Commission report which called for 50 percent profit on input cost.



Narendra Modi, Amit Shah unlikely to oppose KCR’s plan to advance Telangana Assembly polls: Here’s why



On Sunday night, a couple of hours after K Chandrasekhar Rao tended to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) open gathering on the edges of Hyderabad, pioneers of the Telangana BJP were closeted with Amit Shah, their national president at the city airplane terminal. The gathering that began at 11 pm continued for the following three hours.

The Telangana BJP freely acknowledged its despondency with KCR’s reasonable choice to propel Assembly decisions in the state, delinking them from the Lok Sabha surveys in the mid year of 2019. The state unit that won just five Assembly situates in 2014, is aware of its absence of skillet Telangana request notwithstanding the urban pockets and the nonappearance of a tall pioneer. Which is the reason it trusts that if the two races are held together, the Narendra Modi factor would become possibly the most important factor, helping it both in the Lok Sabha and Assembly decisions.

“KCR has the privilege to break down the Assembly at whatever point he needs to, it is his right. What would we be able to do?” was apparently Shah’s reaction. It was an unmistakable sign that the national administration of the BJP was eager to give KCR a chance to have his way with early surveys this winter, in all probability alongside the three north Indian conditions of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.The BJP in display day Telangana or joined Andhra Pradesh before has dependably felt let around its Delhi authority. Previously, previous partner Chandrababu Naidu used to bargain specifically with Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Modi, keeping the neighborhood initiative unaware of what’s going on. The express BJP’s grouse is that it was never permitted to develop, compelled to trade off on its interests by encouraging on pieces tossed by Naidu. The pioneers fear the KCR story appears to be going in the same direction.In July and August, KCR met Modi thrice. His last trek to Delhi was especially critical as it came after a senior consultant to KCR had just met the Election Commission to investigate the likelihood of early surveys. BJP sources guarantee the TRS boss examined his intend to break up the get together with both the PM and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. It was critical for KCR to keep the BJP on the up and up on the grounds that he can’t chance the EC or the official along these lines getting down to business refering to a scarcity of EVMs or Central powers.

The choice of the national BJP to warm up to KCR is incidentally a direct result of the Naidu factor. After the Telugu Desam Party boss said a final farewell to the NDA in March over the issue of exceptional class status to Andhra Pradesh, the BJP trusts Naidu was attempting to line together an account that the Modi-Shah couple is hostile to collusion accomplices and against south India. The need was to disperse this thought.

The gathering has understood that we require companions since a few people have abandoned us. The decision to the post of the delegate executive of the Rajya Sabha was an open door where we discovered new companions in the TRS and Biju Janata Dal,” says a Telangana BJP leader. The BJP is additionally mindful that it could wind up shy of numbers in the following Lok Sabha, constraining it to make suggestions to provincial gatherings. Since it is probably not going to enhance its 2014 count in the Hindi belt expresses, the Peninsula must be its catchment territory. The TRS in Telangana, YSR Congress in Andhra and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu are in this manner on its radar as potential post-survey partners.

The Telangana-particular contention consequently is that the BJP would be in an ideal situation seen as helping KCR right now, greenlighting early surveys, as opposed to irritating him now and landing up at his doorstep in Hyderabad requesting help in May 2019. With next to no in question in Telangana, the BJP is viewed as having little to lose if decisions are progressed.

Amidst this, both the TRS and the BJP have overlooked their expressed inclination for one country, one survey. The TRS had bolstered the thought in its letter to the EC prior this year and Modi has reliably upheld a joined survey to check pointless use. In what capacity will the two gatherings at that point disclose Telangana going to surveys twice in a space of four months, copying open cash, when the term of the present Assembly stretches out till June 2019?

In any case, the bonhomie won’t, at any rate transparently, mean the TRS and the BJP will battle the state race together. That is on account of KCR won’t care to pass up the Muslim vote in Telangana that he has charmed diligently by circulating blessings previously Eid, skimming plans like Shaadi Mubarak to help Muslim families amid relational unions and manufacturing a fellowship with the AIMIM.

For the BJP, Shah has exhorted the state pioneers to recognize seats where it came next or third in 2014 and center around them. He has likewise deputed RSS man BL Santosh, who assumed a key part in the Karnataka decisions, to Hyderabad to arrange the Telangana appointive exertion.

The BJP president has likewise dedicated to tending to an open gathering in Mahbubnagar area of Telangana one week from now, to kickstart the BJP crusade. The state BJP likewise plans to make a sprinkle on 17 September, which is the day Hyderabad was freed from Nizam run and joined the Indian Union in 1948. It will position it as Hindu dominant part Hyderabad ousting its Muslim ruler. It helps that the day additionally happens to be Modi’s birthday.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s most profound creative disruptions in Indian politics: A three-hour lunch with the Advanis




atal-bihari-vajpayeAs the powder from the burial service fire of Atal Bihari Vajpayee help us to remember the temporariness of human life, his recollections come flooding in to fortify the confidence in a person’s capacity to change the course of history. Vajpayee in reality catalyzed a significant “innovative disturbance” in Indian governmental issues and society.

The individuals who review him for his statesmanship, warmth and mind are feeling the loss of the wood for the trees. He in fact had those praiseworthy characteristics, yet they are just a couple of the numerous features of his identity. More than that, his story is coterminous with the excursion of a political power which had started likely however, towards the finish of his life, built up itself as the main political power. This trip would have taken an alternate turn if there was no Vajpayee.

How did this happen? Give me a chance to relate certain occasions to underscore the criticality of Vajpayee in molding legislative issues that saw the entry of the BJP as the principle party, supplanting the Congress of yesteryear. There are occurrences when one floundering venture from Vajpayee would have been lethal. Be that as it may, his virtuoso was extraordinary. He knew how to win individuals repelled by condition.

On the off chance that you have any uncertainty, enjoy this story: It was a standard winter in 2001 when at that point home priest LK Advani was getting ready to leave his Pandara Park habitation for the North Block office and going to load up his official auto when his better half, Kamla Advani, came running and stated, “Atalji has just called.” Advani thought the call was intended for him. In any case, she remedied him, “Vajpayeeji has called me to state that he will return home for lunch tomorrow.” As was his wont, Advani took a gander at her thoughtfully and left for the workplace.

Those were times when the media was overflowing with hypothesis about contrasts between the two best pioneers over the treatment of the Jammu and Kashmir issue and vesting Brajesh Mishra with the intense twin presents of Principal Secretary on Prime Minister and national security counselor (NSA). Gossipy tidbits were overflowing that the two were once in a while conversing with each other.

Previously, Vajpayee visiting the Advani family had barely been news. He was to a great degree enamored with the nourishment cooked by Kamla. Be that as it may, this time the message was extraordinary. The pressure between the workplaces of the executive and the home clergyman was very unmistakable in the passageways of intensity. Furthermore, that had been incurring significant damage on administration. Most likely, the narrative of contrasts amongst Vajpayee and Advani was additionally fuelled by a segment of personal stakes that was very dynamic in its endeavors to exploit the conceivable break.

Vajpayee defused things by influencing a telephone to call not to Advani, but rather to his better half, and welcoming himself for lunch. This was unmistakably Vajpayee’s method for re-accentuating the interesting bond he shared with Advani as well as with his family. Maybe the brotherhood manufactured more than five decades was sufficiently solid not to give random data a chance to influence their relations. The lunch went on for more than three hours in which everything was washed down with a decent measure of Sindhi indulgences. The basic message was that Vajpayee could never give his inner self or esteem a chance to come in the method for the bigger great of society.

Vajpayee’s signal got enormous media consideration then as he was heading the administration and Advani was the intense No 2. In any case, there are umpteen occurrences of Vajpayee giving up his own desire for his gathering.

Ideal since 1957 when he entered Parliament out of the blue as a Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) part, he charmed himself to stalwarts of those occasions with his sheer expressiveness and industriousness. Not at all like some English-talking political elites of the occasions, Vajpayee was a skilled speaker in Hindi. His dhoti-wearing aura that showed up attached to the ground was an ideal counter to the elites who used to talk in cut English articulations because of their remote training and the headache of the British Raj.

Also, it won’t be an embellishment to state that Vajpayee, in his tutor Deendayal Upadhyaya’s estimation, risen more like another Jawaharlal Nehru, invested with novel appeal and allure yet profoundly established in Indian culture. For a juvenile gathering like the BJS, he had the capability of developing as a thwart to the inheritance of the Congress, totally without any Anglo-Saxon social setting. In spite of the fact that at an early stage, the BJS was helmed by a to a great degree express and anglicized Syama Prasad Mookerjee. RSS apparatchiks who bit by bit controlled the association through their fulltime laborers were constantly suspicious of any anglophile initiative acquired from pre-Independence India.

In a definite and extensive investigation of “the sources and improvement of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh”, titled Hindu Nationalism and Indian politics (1990), political researcher Bruce Graham analyzed the traditionalists inside the gathering as peevish with the English-talking pioneers. “It was as if Upadhyaya and his gathering had set their trust in another age of open people who had not referred to the British Raj with the exception of as youngsters and as understudies and who might in this manner draw all the more promptly from the motivation of Hindu culture and Hindu conventions. Put essentially, the Jana Sangh had put off its test to the Congress party until the point that such time as the more youthful authority spoken to by Upadhyaya, Vajpayee and (Balraj) Madhok had room schedule-wise to merge its position and to characterize its scholarly targets with certainty.”

Upadhyaya passed on in 1968 under secretive conditions, some time before he could completely explain the gathering’s scholarly destinations, despite the fact that he characterized the BJS’s ideological forms by lining up with Ram Manohar Lohia and propounding a directing rationality of ‘fundamental humanism’ that directed the picture of a gathering saturated with Hindu universality verging on communalism. Madhok, another promising pioneer, found the BJS’ veering towards the issues of social equity and populism like help to the nullification of zamindari as a relentless deviation from the gathering’s ideological position. Inside three long periods of Upadhyaya’s passing, he floated from the BJS and was sacked.

Vajpayee arranged political and ideological landmines adroitly and in the long run developed as “the correct man at the opportune time”. He didn’t trust in political untouchability and become a close acquaintence with political notables over the ideological range.

Vajpayee had a special adaptability that adjusted to the Indian virtuoso, particularly his inclination for the Madhyam Marg (the center way). He was reprimanded for giving the hordes a chance to run wild outside Parliament after a rally sorted out by a gathering of Hindu holy people on the issue of cow security in 1966, yet he convinced his gathering to end up a piece of the excellent coalition against the Congress. Albeit to a great degree deft at managing logical inconsistencies, he step by step took the BJS towards a way that was propitiatory and conventionalist keeping in mind the end goal to extend its base. In the 1970s, he started a long and exhausting trip in which he discovered Advani for organization. In Indian political life, this companionship is independently unparalleled.

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The Politics of ‘White Threat’




31leonhardt-newsletter-jumboAmerican legislative issues have turned out to be more racialized in the course of the most recent decade. Over the long haul, that pattern will likely help the Democrats — the gathering of the nation’s developing statistic gatherings. For the time being, however, it exhibits some genuine dangers.

Initial a little history: The Obama administration began the new time of racialized legislative issues. What’s more, it wasn’t a direct result of Barack Obama’s activities. Scholastic research has discovered that he discussed race less regularly than any president since — get this — Franklin D. Roosevelt. In any case, the unimportant truth that Obama was dark influenced voters to contemplate race.

Specifically, numerous white Americans felt debilitated by the two his race and the nation’s expanding assorted variety. At that point along came Donald Trump, a man with a decades-long history of prejudice. Trump ran the most race-fixated crusade in decades, probably since George Wallace’s in 1968. At the point when Trump’s battle was finished, he had won the White House, on account of a flood in white help over the upper Midwest, the Florida beg and somewhere else.

Trump and other best Republicans have clarified that they intend to proceed with their racialized technique. They clearly believe it’s their most obvious opportunity to win races. Pessimistic as their approach seems to be, they might be correct.

Around 68 percent of the voting-age resident populace is white non-Hispanic, according to the Census Bureau. That, plainly, is many individuals. Furthermore, when white individuals are much of the time helped to remember their racial personality, they have a tendency to wind up more politically moderate, as Ezra Klein clarifies in another Vox piece, “White danger in a sauteing America.

I think the Democrats are favored to retake the House this year and the White House in 2020, as I composed yesterday. In any case, in the event that you requesting that I name the greatest hazard to the gathering, I’d state the likelihood the nation will spend the following three months (or three years) quarreling over hot-catch social issues. Nate Cohn’s latest investigation of the midterms in The Times makes a comparative point.

However regardless of the dangers of racialized governmental issues for the Democratic Party, it regularly gets itself unequipped for de-underscoring the issue. Standing up to the Republicans’ prejudice can be an ethical need. It’s additionally naturally critical to the Democrats’ multiethnic coalition.

“The Democratic Party won’t have the capacity to win decisions without an energized, assorted coalition. The Republican Party won’t have the capacity to win decisions without an enthused white base,” Klein composes. “Democrats should construct a stage that is significantly more express in its quest for racial and sexual orientation fairness, while at the same time Republicans should plan a legislative issues considerably more receptive to a coalition that feels itself losing power.”

In any case, a certain reality remains: Not just are around two out of three potential voters non-Hispanic whites, yet these whites vote more frequently than nonwhites.

So what should Democrats do? I surmise that they ought to abstain from wishing ceaselessly the dangers — that they ought to comprehend when they should go up against Republicans (on voting rights and police severity, for instance) and while drawing in isn’t justified regardless of the political cost (on discusses like the N.F.L’s. national-song of devotion approach and whether to nullify I.C.E., which are, in my view, to a great extent representative).

Race-cognizant legislative issues aren’t leaving. Be that as it may, they shouldn’t generally be strengthened, either. “The absolute most persisting truth of after war politics,” the dynamic strategist Kenneth Baer tweeted for the current week, is that “Dems win nat’l races on eco/social welfare; GOP on religion/national” issues.

Manafort trial. The preliminary of Paul Manafort, Trump’s previous battle executive, is set to start at the beginning of today in Virginia. It focuses on charges that he conferred assess extortion and bank misrepresentation. A second preliminary, in September, will manage Manafort’s claimed illegal tax avoidance and inability to enlist as an outside operator while campaigning in the interest of the Ukrainian government.

The allegations are to a great extent isolate from Manafort’s work on the Trump battle. In any case, it will be interesting to see whether we master anything amid the preliminary about the evident intrigue amongst Russia and the battle.

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