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Sonia, Nadda get RS seats

New Delhi: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda and new party entrant Ashok Chavan and Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and L. Murugan were among the 41 candidates elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, while Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will witness polling on February 27. The BJP has won the highest number of 20 seats, followed by the Congress (6), Trinamul Congress (4), YSR Congress (3), RJD (2), BJD (2) and NCP, Shiv Sena, BRS and JD(U) one each. As there were no other candidates in the fray on these 41 seats, the respective returning officers declared them winners on the last date of withdrawal of nominations. The ruling Congress from Telanagana bagged two seats - Renuka Chowdhury and Anil Kumar Yadav - and BRS one seat V. Ravichandra. While in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress won all the three seats G. Babu Rao, Y.V. Subba Reddy and M. Raghunath Reddy. Nadda and the partys other nominees Jasvantsinh Parmar, Mayank Nayak and diamond baron Govindbhai Dholakia were declared winners from Gujarat. The Congress, which has only 15 MLAs, and other Opposition parties had preferred not to put up candidates against the BJP, which has 156 legislators in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. From Rajasthan, Sonia Gandhi was elected unopposed so were BJPs Chunnilal Garasiya and Madan Rathore. All the six candidates from Maharashtra -- BJP's Chavan, who joined the party only last Tuesday after quitting the Congress, Medha Kulkarni and Ajit Gopchhade; Shiv Sena's Milind Deora, who also resigned from the Congress last month, Praful Patel (NCP) and Chandrakant Handore (Cong) were elected unopposed. In Bihar, JD(U)'s Sanjay Kumar Jha, BJP's Dharmshila Gupta and Bhim Singh, Manoj Kumar Jha and Sanjay Yadav (both RJD) and Akhilesh Prasad Singh (Congress) were declared winners. Uttar Pradesh will see 11 candidates vying for 10 seats. The BJP has fielded eight candidates - former Union minister R P N Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, state party general secretary Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant, party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, former MLA Sadhna Singh, former Agra mayor Naveen Jain and local industrialist and former SP leader Sanjay Seth who joined the BJP in 2019. The Samajwadi Party (SP) has renominated Jaya Bachchan and also announced the candidature of former MP Ramjilal Suman and retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan. In Karnataka, five candidates are contesting for the four seats. The Congress has fielded Ajay Maken, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar, while Narayansa Bandage is the BJP candidate. JD(S) leader and former Rajya Sabha member D Kupendra Reddy is also in the fray. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has forced a contest by fielding Harsh Mahajan against Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi for the single seat despite not having enough MLAs to win. In the evening, TMC's Sushmita Dev, Sagarika Ghose, Mamata Thakur and Md Nadimul Haque and Samik Bhattacharya (BJP) were declared winners from West Bengal. Union minister Murugan, Valmiki Dham Ashram head Umesh Nath Maharaj, Kisan Morcha's national vice president Banshilal Gurjar, and Madhya Pradesh BJP's women wing president Maya Naroliya bagged four seats for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh while Ashok Singh of the Congress also got elected unopposed. From Odisha, Union minister Vaishnaw (BJP) and BJD's Debashish Samantray and Subhashish Khuntia were declared winners. BJP nominees in Uttarakhand (Mahendra Bhatt), Subhash Barala (Haryana), Devendra Pratap Singh (Chhattisgarh) were elected unopposed. The biennial elections were announced for February 27 in 56 seats. While 50 members will retire on April 2, six will do so on April 3. Now polling will be held for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh from 9 am to 4 pm and counting will be held on the same day from 5 pm onwards.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Feb 2024 2:52 am

JSW, Tata Steel, ACC bid for coal mines

Jharkhand received six bids, the highest number of bids, followed by Lamatola in Madhya Pradesh with five bids and Baisi in Chhattisgarh with four bids

Livemint 21 Feb 2024 1:25 am

CM Pinarayi Vijayan Claims Kerala PSC Has Provided More Appointments Than UPSC and PSCs of Other States

Thiruvanthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday assured the youth of the state that his government would continue to create more job opportunities in the public sector on priority. Addressing a Youth outreach programme, the chief minister said the youth are the face of the nation and it is the responsibility of the governments of the day that the light on their faces do not turn pale. If the youth get affected by unemployment and joblessness today, the future of the coming generation too will plunge into darkness. This is something that is unacceptable and should be avoided, he said. As part of the outreach programme, the chief minister is scheduled to interact with various sections of society including students, traders, farmers and women. These programmes are also aimed at eliciting the views of the people on their issues. Pinarayi said his government was committed to taking care of the needs of the youth. The youth going abroad in search of employment should not be seen as mere brain drain. It can also be viewed as the process of deploying Keralas rich social capital across the globe, he said. The chief minister lamented attempts by certain sections to portray Kerala as a place that lacks job opportunities and decent placements for the youth. They also allege that many young people go abroad in search of better opportunities because of this situation. It is a fact that our youth go to many parts of the world in search of jobs that suit their capabilities. Moreover, Kerala has a history of migration that goes back more than a century. There are Malayalees all over the world today in any innovative field. It is because we have achieved great capabilities in all those areas, he said. Pinarayi said the Kerala Public Service Commission in Kerala had created more employment opportunities for youth in the government sector compared to UPSC and PSCs of many other states. The chief minister said his government had given recommendations for 2,30,000 jobs since it came to power in 2016. Besides, the government also created 30,000 additional posts during this period. The chief minister said his government was addressing the employment issues of the youth of the state as a priority at a time when thousands of posts are lying vacant in the central government and state government sectors elsewhere. Referring to the alleged dismal performance of the BJP-ruled states in the employment sector, the chief minister said only 4590 appointments were made in Madhya Pradesh, 11535 in Maharashtra and 8890 in Gujarat during this period. Even West Bengal could grant only 12,940 appointments.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 11:50 pm

1 Arrested, Case Against 7 For Thrashing Tribal Man In Madhya Pradesh

A tribal man was allegedly brutally thrashed by seven persons on suspicion of theft at a shop he was working in, and his family was also forced to transfer land in another man's name in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district, police said on Tuesday.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 11:34 pm

Kamal Nath Will Join Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in MP Next Month: State Congress Chief

During the four-day tour of Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi will conduct road shows and meetings. He will perform puja at the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain and address a public meeting in Dhar district on March 6, said state Congress president Jitu Patwari

News18 20 Feb 2024 11:05 pm

Rahuls Yatra to Enter MP on March 2, Nath Says He Will Take Part

Bhopal : Congress veteran Kamal Nath on Tuesday broke his silence on his speculated plan to join BJP, by declaring that he would take part in Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Madhya Pradesh, scheduled to begin on March two. Mr Nath who attended a party meeting, convened by AICC general secretary in-charge of affairs of Madhya Pradesh unit of Congress Jitendra Singh here in the afternoon to finalise Mr Gandhis proposed yatra in the state, though video conferencing from Bengaluru, sought to know from the heads of party committees formed for the purpose regarding preparations being made for the programme. Mr Nath told the meeting that he would take part in the Madhya Pradesh leg of the yatra, a senior Congress functionary said. His close aide and former minister Sajjan Singh Verma, who attended the meeting, said that Mr Gandhi is in the Congress and will remain in the Congress. Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also attended the meeting through video conferencing from Guna in Madhya Pradesh. Later, the AICC general secretary Mr Singh said that Mr Gandhis proposed yatra has been given the final shape at the party meeting. He said that the yatra would enter Morena in Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan on March two and cover half a dozen districts in the state in five days before re-entering Rajasthan on March six. Mr Singh also dismissed speculations of Mr Nath switching to BJP, describing it a rumour being spread by BJP. He also declared that Mr Naths son Nakul, a sitting Congress MP, would be re-nominated by the party for Chhindwara seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, due in April-May. State Congress president Jitu Patwari said that Mr Gandhi is scheduled to visit Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh during his yatra in the state. Mr Gandhi is scheduled to interact with farmers, youths and tribals during his proposed yatra in the state. He is scheduled to address three big public meetings in Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 10:02 pm

When Saina Nehwal Met Chhota Bheem

Saina Nehwal, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, recently explored the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh.

Rediff 20 Feb 2024 7:54 pm

NBCC Gets Rs 332 Crore Order From University In Madhya Pradesh

The development works include the construction of boys' hostel, girls' hostel, and academic buildings comprising classrooms and labs for the Jhansi campus.x`

Bloomberg Quint 20 Feb 2024 7:48 pm

CCI Snooker Classic: Jabalpur Cueist Nikhilesh Pillai Moves Into The Second Round Of Qualifying Stage

CCI Snooker Classic: Madhya Pradesh cueist Nikhilesh Pillai potted fluently to overcome home challenger Amitesh Goenka 3-0 in a first-round match of the CCI Snooker Classic 2024 at the CCIs Sir Wilson Jones billiards hall here on Tuesday. The Jabalpur player tactfully constructed a break of 64 points in the first frame which set the tone for his 89-18, 77-43, 74-10 win in the Rs 12.5 lakh prize-money event organised by the Cricket Club of India. Seasoned campaigner Siddharth Parikh also showed great touch and rolled in 65 point break in the opening frame and went on to tame Hardik Kariya by a convincing 3-0 (89-18, 77-43, 74-10) victory in a second-round encounter. Meanwhile, Nikhil Saigal faced quite a stiff challenge from Hyderabads Abed Sayed and managed to scrape through by a tight 3-2 (24-64, 64-42, 62-37, 12-53, 53-48) win to advance to the third round. Saigal made a break of 49 in the third and won a close fifth to seal his win. In third-round encounters, Rajeev Sharma outshone Marzdi Kalyaniwala cruising to a quick 3-0 (66-10, 70-29, 64-39) win, while Nikhil Ghadge fought hard to put it across a spirited Samarth Vernekar snatching a 3-2 (44-77, 61-28, 27-66, 50-46, 68-38) victory. Results Round-1: Raj Charri bt J.N. Nagpal 3-0 (60-38, 47-41, 62-49); Samar Khandelwal bt Amit Poojari 3-0 (53-29, 64-39, 68-56); Rehan Patel bt Narendra Bhavsar 3-0 (68-34, 71-45, 72-16); Raj Shetty bt Gaurav Prabhu 3-1 (24-67, 58-19, 67-52, 58-30); Jignesh Choksi bt Arun Barve 3-2 (18-52, 46-53, 64-36, 52-16, 50-9); Md. Salim bt Monaj Kasare 3-0 (53-41, 71-17, 69-21); Sukeel Venkatramani bt Manoj Nandwani 3-0 (54-30, 75-52, 47-34); Nikhilesh Pillai (MP) bt Amitesh Goenka 3-0 (72(64)-10, 57-24, 57-13). Round-2: Danish Khan bt Sandeep Gulrajani 3-1 (23-50, 53-22, 61-40, 50-40; Jayesh Salvi bt Suraj Veer 3-1 (68-54(46), 54-34, 19-53, 57-17); Devendra Patel bt Shafique Khatri 3-0 (60-38, 77-32, 67-1); Nikhil Saigal bt Abed Sayed (Hyd) 3-2 (24-64, 64-42, 62(49)-37, 12-53, 53-48); Siddharth Parikh bt Hardik Kariya 3-0 (89(65)-18, 77-43, 74-10). Round-3: Rajeev Sharma bt Marzdi Kalyaniwala 3-0 (66-10, 70(37)-29, 64-39); Nikhil Ghadge bt Samarth Vernekar 3-2 (44-77, 61-28, 27-66, 50-46, 68-38).

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 7:42 pm

Buddha relics to travel to Bangkok National Museum after 30 years

NEW DELHI: Four bone fragments of Lord Buddha also known as Kapilvastu Relics, presently kept here in the National Museum, will be taken to Thailand on Thursday after about 30 years. They will be displayed in four cities including Bangkok and Krabi, where people will pay their obeisance to the sacred remnants. Last time, they were taken out of the country in May when they were exhibited at an exposition in Mongolia. The relics of two chief disciples of the Buddha -- Sariputta and Maha Moggallana from Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh -- are also being ferried along with cremated remains of Buddha for the first time. Before exposition, the relics will be kept safely at the National Museum in Bangkok for a limited period of quarantine. The venues have been finalized in consultation with the officials of the Government of Thailand and officials of the Indian embassy there. About 22 Buddha relics were discovered during excavation at Piprahwa village in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in 1971-77. According to the officials, 20 of them were loaned to the National Museum in the national capital and two were handed over to the Indian Museum in Kolkata. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted excavations at Piprahwa between 1971 and 77, under the supervision of KM Srivastava, the then director (Archaeology). The excavation team discovered two inscribed steatite stone caskets containing twelve sacred relics from the bigger casket and ten sacred relics from the smaller casket, said the Ministry of Culture's Secretary, Govind Mohan on Tuesday, while briefing about the travel schedule and significance of the relics. He further informed that only four relics from the National Museum are allowed to be sent abroad. They were taken to Sri Lanka in 1976 and 2012, Mongolia in 1993 and 2022, Singapore in 1994 and 2007, South Korea in 1995 and Thailand in 1995. The relics will be flown back on March 19. Mohan also mentioned that the relics are being taken in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft with an adequate number of security personnel. A delegation of about 20 officials of the culture ministry and other agencies as well as Buddhist monks are also travelling with rare antiquities. The delegation is being led by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar along with Governor of Bihar, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar. We have long-standing ties with Thailand. Indian culture is visible in the nook and corner of Thailand. Apart from the fact that this is an initiative for the followers of Buddhism in Thailand, it is a big diplomatic achievement for us, said the secretary. Artefacts from TS, AP to showcase Buddhas life at NY, Seoul museums

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:20 pm

Legal Outcome: Conviction of 7 Individuals and Acquittal of 12 in Vyapam Scandal

Bhopal: After nearly a decade of legal proceedings, the much-discussed Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh has finally reached a verdict. Seven individuals implicated in the case have been found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison each, along with a fine of Rs 10,000 imposed on each of them. However, 12 accused have been acquitted due to insufficient evidence. The scandal, involving irregularities in recruitment examinations, came to light in 2013, resulting in a total of 21 individuals being charged, two of whom have since passed away. The verdict was delivered by a special CBI court on Tuesday after hearing arguments from both sides. Over the course of the investigation, 41 individuals connected to the case have reportedly died. Among those implicated was Shailesh Yadav, son of the former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Ram Naresh Yadav. However, the trajectory of the case shifted dramatically following Shailesh's sudden and suspicious death on March 25, 2015, throwing the spotlight on Ram Naresh Yadav, who was also accused in the scam. Former Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan was among those who scrutinized Ram Naresh Yadav's involvement. The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (Vyapam) was responsible for conducting various entrance and recruitment exams in the state, including those for medical and engineering courses. Allegations surfaced against Vyapam suggesting that government positions were being illicitly obtained through collusion, with fraudulent practices observed in college admissions as well. The scandal gained traction when rumors surfaced about thousands of fake recruitments, including over 500 dubious appointments in medical colleges. In 2013, during the MBBS recruitment examination, authorities apprehended fake candidates, leading to the discovery of a fraudulent recruitment syndicate. Dr. Jagdish Sagar, a key figure in the investigation, implicated then Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma during interrogations. Consequently, on June 16, 2014, Laxmikant Sharma, who also chaired Vyapam at the time, was arrested. CISF Intercepts Three Passengers with Suspicious Medicines at IGI Airport Terminal 3 Rajnath Singh's Confidence in NDA's clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh Haryana Assembly Admits No-Confidence Motion Against Khattar Government

News Track 20 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Indian celebs to perform at 13th Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab Art, Culture and Literature Festival in Delhi

Indian celebs to perform at 13th Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab Art, Culture and Literature Festival in Delhi One of the biggest and most popular cultural programs in India is back. The 13th Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab Art, Culture and Literature Festival is bigger and better than all previous editions. This cultural extravaganza is scheduled for February 23, 24 and 25 from 2 pm onwards at IGNCA, Janpath Building, Janpath, New Delhi. Entry is free for all the audience. A flagbearer of Hindustani Art, Culture and Literature, Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab is on a mission to connect more and more people from India and across the world with the brilliance of Hindustani cultural heritage. 13th Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab Art, Culture and Literature Festival is one of India's most popular and biggest cultural events organised in association with Ministry of Culture (GoI) and Ministry of Tourism (GoI). Renowned and popular artists from across India will be performing at the this upcoming Annual Edition. The three day marathon cultural program promises an array of amazing performances and sessions. The program will have some great performances such as soothing classical singing by Padma Bhushan Pt. Sajan Mishra and Pt. Swaransh Mishra. Mesmerising Classical Kathak Dance by Padma Shree Ranjana Gauhar, the rare Rabab recital by Padma Shree Ustad Gulfam Ahmad Khan, and the scintillating Sitar recital by Grammy Nominee Maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan. For the Shayari and Kavita enthusiasts, the Mushaira/ Kavi Sammelan/ Sheri Nashist will feature the finnest wordsmiths of our times like legendary Padma Shri Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, iconic Waseem Barelvi, acclaimed Farhat Ehsaas, renowned Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, Anas Faizi and Javed Mushiri among others. One should not miss the melodious Sufi Signing by outstanding singer Sonam Kalra who is popular for her Coke Studio Performance and has won 3 Medals at the Global Music Awards 2023. She is immensely popular on Social Media. The powerful singing of Rajeev Singh and his group who will come all the way from Bhopal to perform his Phakkad Gayaki is a must attend. The magical singing of the talented singer Dr. Mamta Joshi who has made a unique mark with her Punjabi and Sufi singing will leave you spellbound. Another wonderful and much recommended performance is 'Heer' of Wasir Shah (the original story) by Qissakar Manu Sikander Dhingra, which has been performed at various respected events across the country. Renowned actors who have made a unique mark with their fearless performances in OTT and Movies such as Vinay Pathak, Richa Chadha, Prakash Belavadi, Faisal Malik, Durgesh Kumar, Chandan Roy, Shrikant Verma will also be part of various sessions. A famous comedy play Anti-National Ghalib directed by Shri Anil Sharma (NSD) and written by Dr. Danish Iqbal is a must watch. Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, Poet and Founder, Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab, talking about the upcoming program said, Our Hindustani Art and Literature are the soul of our vibrant Cultural Heritage. We have dedicated our efforts to build a platform which gives an opportunity to experience some of our best artists and their amazing performances. We have made a conscious effort to present Hindustani art in its pure format. We are forever thankful for the support of Ministry of Culture (GoI) and Ministry of Tourism (GoI) who have supported our endeavours. We are also thankful to IGNCA for supporting us for our upcoming cultural program. Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab has been organising cultural programs across many states and UTs of India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and, Jammu & Kashmir and will be progressing to many more states and union territories. These programs embody the essence of our country's heritage which lives on in the form of Hindustani art, culture and literature. Sahityotsav Jashn-e-Adab is one of the biggest platforms dedicated towards promoting Hindustani art, culture and literature which is working towards conserving and nurturing the authentic formats and true spirit. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 5:09 pm

NBCC TO EXECUTE KEY PROJECTS INUTTAR PRADESH, MADHYA PRADESH AND TELANGANA

New Delhi, Feb 20: NBCC (India) Limited, a Navratna CPSE under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, shall be executing key projects in the states [] The post NBCC TO EXECUTE KEY PROJECTS INUTTAR PRADESH, MADHYA PRADESH AND TELANGANA appeared first on Sarkaritel.com .

SarkariTel 20 Feb 2024 5:07 pm

Body of JEE aspirant missing for 9 days found in Rajasthan's Kota, police suspect suicide

Body of JEE aspirant missing for 9 days found in Rajasthan's Kota, police suspect suicide The body a 16-year-old JEE aspirant, who left his hostel for a routine test on February 11 and went missing, was found on Monday night stuck between two trees on a rock in a forest area in Rajasthan's Kota, police said. The boy was last spotted in CCTV footage near the Garadiya Mahadev temple forest on February 11, they added. Police said it was a case of suicide, which takes the number of such incidents of students of various coaching centres taking the extreme step to four this year in Kota. Besides, two B.Tech students from different universities committed suicide earlier this month. Kota is known for a number of coaching centres preparing students for competitive exams. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) aspirant has been missing from a Kota hostel room for a week now and an intensive search operation is underway to trace him. The body of the JEE aspirant, identified as Rachit Sondhya (16), a resident of Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh, was found from the forest near the Garadiya Mahadev temple late on Monday evening, Superintendent of Police (Kota City) Amrita Duhan told reporters. Sondhya was preparing for the IIT-JEE. The post-mortem examination was conducted on Monday night after obtaining the district collector's permission and the body handed over to the deceased's family members, the SP said. One more JEE aspirant, Piyush Kapasia (17), is still missing and specials teams have been formed to trace him, the officer added. It is a case of suspected suicide and police have lodged a case under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for investigation, Circle Inspector at the Jawahar Nagar police station Vasudev Singh said. Sondhya left his hostel room in Mahaveer Nagar-1, located within the Jawahar Nagar police station limits, for a routine test at around 12 noon on February 11. He was last seen in CCTV footage hiring a taxi and reaching the Garadiya Mahadev temple forest. He was seen entering the forest. The bag, mobile phone, a power bank, the room keys and some other belongings of the boy were found at a distance of around 200 metres from the temple on February 12. Around 60-70 police personnel, besides the members of the Kota Municipal Corporation squad and 40-50 family members of the deceased, eventually spotted the body stuck between two trees on a rock at a distance of around a kilometre and a half from the spot where the boy's belongings were found, police said. Kapasia, who hails from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, left his hostel room for a test on February 13. He neither returned to his room nor responded to his parents' phone calls, following which his family members arrived in Kota and got a missing report lodged at the Jawahar Nagar police station. According to the family members, the 17-year-old boy has been preparing for the IIT-JEE in Kota for two years. He took the recent JEE-Mains exam and scored only 13 percentile. The boy was last seen in CCTV footage at the Kota railway station with a bag in his hand, police said.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 4:12 pm

Explore these 10 spots on the Indian tourism ministrys Swadesh Darshan list

India, a land of diversity and rich cultural heritage, boasts a plethora of tourist destinations that captivate travelers from around the globe. The Swadesh Darshan initiative by the Indian Ministry of Tourism aims to promote the country's diverse tourism offerings and showcase its hidden gems. Let's embark on a journey to explore 10 must-visit destinations featured on the Swadesh Darshan list, each offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventure. 1. Majestic Himalayas: The Himalayan range, often referred to as the abode of snow, stretches across several Indian states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu & Kashmir. This majestic mountain range attracts adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike with its towering peaks, lush valleys, and serene landscapes. From the snow-capped peaks of the Rohtang Pass to the pristine beauty of Gulmarg and the spiritual ambiance of Rishikesh, the Himalayas offer a myriad of experiences for every traveler. 2. Serene Northeast: The northeastern states of India, including Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh, are known for their unspoiled natural beauty and vibrant cultural tapestry. Here, lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and diverse tribal cultures await exploration. Travelers can immerse themselves in the tranquility of places like Kaziranga National Park, the charming hill station of Shillong, and the ancient monasteries of Tawang, experiencing the warm hospitality and unique traditions of the region's indigenous communities. 3. Historical Rajasthan: Rajasthan, the land of kings, is steeped in history and royal splendor. Its majestic forts, opulent palaces, and desert landscapes transport visitors to a bygone era of grandeur and valor. Jaipur, the Pink City, boasts architectural marvels like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, while Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort stands as a symbol of strength and resilience. Udaipur's shimmering lakes and ornate palaces offer a glimpse into the state's romantic past, making Rajasthan a treasure trove of heritage and culture. 4. Cultural Kerala: Kerala, fondly known as God's Own Country, is renowned for its lush greenery, tranquil backwaters, and rich cultural heritage. Visitors can cruise along the scenic backwaters of Alleppey, surrounded by swaying palms and emerald rice paddies, or trek through the mist-covered hills of Munnar, home to sprawling tea plantations and exotic wildlife. Ayurvedic spas, traditional Kathakali performances, and mouthwatering cuisine add to the allure of this coastal paradise. 5. Spiritual Varanasi: Varanasi, one of the world's oldest living cities, holds immense spiritual significance for Hindus. Nestled along the banks of the sacred Ganges River, it is a place of pilgrimage and enlightenment. Every evening, the ghats come alive with the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, a ritual of light and devotion. Visitors can explore the city's ancient temples, narrow alleyways, and bustling markets, soaking in the spiritual ambiance and timeless rituals that define Varanasi. 6. Enigmatic Hampi: Hampi, located in the southern state of Karnataka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its spectacular ruins and architectural marvels. Once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi's sprawling complex of temples, palaces, and monuments is a testament to its glorious past. Visitors can wander through the evocative ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, marvel at the stone chariot of the Vittala Temple Complex, and climb the boulders of Matanga Hill for panoramic views of the surreal landscape. 7. Coastal Goa: Goa, India's smallest state, packs a big punch when it comes to scenic beauty, cultural vibrancy, and beachside bliss. With its palm-fringed beaches, colonial architecture, and vibrant nightlife, it's no wonder that Goa is a perennial favorite among travelers. Whether lounging on the sun-kissed sands of Calangute Beach, exploring the historic churches of Old Goa, or dancing the night away at a beach shack party, Goa offers something for everyone. 8. Picturesque Andaman Islands: The Andaman Islands, nestled in the Bay of Bengal, are a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforests, these remote islands offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can snorkel amidst vibrant coral reefs, trek through dense jungles in search of rare wildlife, or simply relax on the sun-drenched shores of Radhanagar Beach, often hailed as one of Asia's best beaches. 9. Wildlife-rich Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh, located in the heart of India, is home to some of the country's most iconic wildlife reserves and national parks. From the dense forests of Kanha and Bandhavgarh to the grasslands of Pench, the state teems with a diverse array of flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal tiger. Safari adventures offer a chance to spot these elusive big cats, along with other wildlife such as leopards, sloth bears, and wild boars, in their natural habitats. 10. Vibrant Gujarat: Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and a cradle of ancient civilizations, is a land of contrasts and cultural riches. From the bustling metropolis of Ahmedabad, with its bustling bazaars and exquisite mosques, to the tranquil shores of Dwarka and Somnath, Gujarat offers a tapestry of experiences for travelers. The Rann of Kutch, with its vast expanse of white salt desert, comes alive during the Rann Utsav, a vibrant celebration of music, dance, and traditional arts. In conclusion, India's Swadesh Darshan list showcases the country's incredible diversity and rich tapestry of experiences, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sun-drenched shores of Goa. Whether seeking adventure in the great outdoors, exploring ancient heritage sites, or immersing oneself in vibrant cultural traditions, these 10 destinations offer something for every traveler to cherish and remember. Smartwatch worth Rs 10,000 available for Rs 1,499, great deal available here Mouse with transparent body is available for less than Rs 400 AI robot dog will show the way to the blind, know how it takes commands

News Track 20 Feb 2024 2:56 pm

Speculation of Kamal Nath's switch over creation of media and BJP: Congress leader Jitendra Singh

BHOPAL: Congress general secretary Bhanwar Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said there is no truth in the speculation of senior party leader Kamal Nath joining the BJP and claimed such talks were a creation of the media and the saffron party. Singh, the AICC in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, arrived in Bhopal on Tuesday in the backdrop of suspense over former CM Kamal Nath's next move and escalating tension within the state Congress. There has been intense speculation over future moves by Congress veteran Kamal Nath, despite repeated assurances from his associates on Monday that there are no plans for him to leave the party and cross over to the ruling BJP. 'He stood with party, won't leave': Digvijaya downplays speculation of Kamal Nath switching to BJP Asked about the speculation over Nath's next political move, Singh told reporters, All these things are raised by the media and the BJP. There is no truth in it. He arrived here to attend a Congress meeting to review preparations ahead of the entry of party leader Rahul Gandhi-led 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' in Madhya Pradesh. On the reason behind rescheduling the yatra's entry in MP from February to March, he said the yatra is on the way and there is no break. It is going on as per schedule, he said. Asked about the timing of the yatra in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Singh said, This is the right time for the yatra, as it will cover more than 6,500 km and it will take time. He said that in the meeting scheduled on Tuesday, preparations for the yatra will be discussed with all the MLAs and top leaders of the organisation. The state Congress and the people of the state are eagerly waiting for it, he said. MP Congress president Jitu Patwari said the people of the state are waiting for justice - which is the guarantee of the BJP government - like Rs 3,000 per month to women (under the Ladli Behna scheme), MSP (minimum support price) of Rs 3,100 for paddy and Rs 2,700 for wheat, and Rs 450 for LPG cylinder. The BJP also gave the guarantee of recruiting youth, but it seems at present it has asked those awaiting recruitment in jobs to wait and is busy recruiting leaders. There is no waiting time for them. The people of Madhya Pradesh should watch it and the Nyay Yatra will pave the way for giving justice to them, Patwari claimed. Congress dismisses Kamal Nath's BJP switch speculation, asserts he will participate in Nyay Yatra

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 2:15 pm

Speculation of Kamal Naths switch over creation of media and BJP: Jitendra Singh

Bhopal: Congress general secretary Bhanwar Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said there is no truth in the speculation of senior party leader Kamal Nath joining the BJP and claimed such talks were a creation of the media and the saffron party. Singh, the AICC in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, arrived in Bhopal on Tuesday in the backdrop Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 1:18 pm

From Ball Boy To Punjab Kings New Signing: Ashutosh Sharma Ready To Set IPL Ablaze

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association: After a Punjab Kings batting camp in Mumbai, the new entrant, Ashutosh Sharma was sitting excitedly with his phone in his hand, waiting for former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar to arrive. Bangar, the Head of Cricket Development of the franchise, was delighted when Ashutosh showed his 12-year-old selfie alongside him. While Bangar was a part of the now-defunct Kochi franchise when the selfie was taken, Ashutosh was a young ball boy. Over a decade later, the 25-year-old cricketer will have a chance to train under one of his cricketing idols, as he was picked up by the Punjab franchise for Rs 20 Lakhs for the coming edition of the Indian Premier League. I remember my meeting with Bangar Sir. I was 10-11 years old at the time, and I asked him to advise me on my batting stance. Now, the dream is fulfilled and I am here at Punjab Kings, and will receive coaching under him Ashutosh said. Ashutosh, who hails from the city of Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, began his cricketing journey at a young age. Due to a lack of opportunities in his hometown, he moved to Indore when he was 8 years old to train at Madhya Pradesh Cricket Associations residential academy. When I left home, I did not have enough money. I used to go to a camp and I started umpiring in matches to afford lunch. We were a family of limited means, and it was hard to do everything on my own so early. But I never let it affect my family about my struggles as I did not want them to worry he recalled. During a rough batting patch, while playing U19 cricket, Ashutosh thought of punishing himself by doing all his household chores without any help, believing it would bring discipline and remind him of the sacrifices he had made to reach the level. After doing so for a month, I scored a hundred, he recalled. The time spent on his own also made Ashutosh the chef among his friends, and cooking became one of his favourite hobbies. My signature dish would be paneer curry and rice. I also make amazing ginger tea, he said. Growing up, Ashutosh admired local Ratlam cricketer Naman Ojha as one of his childhood idols, along with Suryakumar Yadav. In 2019, despite a string of solid performances, opportunities did not come his way in Madhya Pradesh, and after three years away from the sport, Ashutosh shifted to Railways. Last year, in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash against Arunachal Pradesh, the right-handed batsman smashed an 11-ball fifty, breaking Yuvraj Singh's record of the fastest half century in the shortest format, capturing the attention of the cricket community. It was one of the most memorable moments of my career, along with getting picked for Punjab Kings. Ashutosh recalled the day of the auctions and described the tense atmosphere at his house. Even though I was confident I would be picked, I was unable to sit in one place and completely skipped lunch, he said. When he was eventually picked by the Punjab Kings in the acceleration round after a long wait, Ashutosh switched off the television set immediately and the celebrations began. I stayed up with my friends till 5 AM. My phone kept ringing and eventually stopped working. Our relatives and family brought crackers and sweets. The people from the town put posters all over, celebrating that a player from the area has been selected. It was a great atmosphere. I called my coach and told him that the hard work has paid off, he recalled. Now, set to feature in the coming season of IPL, Ashutosh has his mission statement prepared. I want to express myself, he said. I have worked so hard to reach here. I will work even harder now so I can help Punjab Kings win their first trophy.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 11:52 am

Best places to visit on Mahashivratri: Plan to take 1 day off on Mahashivratri and travel for a full 4 days

Almost everyone likes to travel. Therefore, whenever someone gets some time, he goes out to visit some wonderful place. Whenever someone plans to travel, he waits for a long vacation, but many times he does not get time, so the travel plan remains incomplete. In such a situation, if you are planning to travel, then you can enjoy travelling on the occasion of Mahashivratri. In this article, we are going to tell you how you can enjoy travelling for 4 days on the occasion of Mahashivratri by taking 1 day's leave. You can explore these wonderful places of India in these 4 days holidays. How to plan a trip to Mahashivratri? If you want to enjoy travelling on the occasion of Mahashivratri from March 7 to March 10, then you can make a memorable trip with family, friends or partners. For this, you can take leave from the office on March 7 or March 11 and plan a trip comfortably. When is the long weekend going to fall during Mahashivratri? If you are planning to travel on the special occasion of Mahashivratri, then you can make such plans during the long weekend. March 7 - (Thursday - can take leave from office) March 8-(Mahashivratri-Good Friday holiday) March 9- (Saturday-weekend holiday) March 10-(Sunday-weekend holiday) March 11 - (Monday - can take leave from office) In this way, you can take leave from the office on either 7th March or 11th March and enjoy travelling for 4 days comfortably. You can explore many of the best places in India in these 4 days of vacation. Best places to visit on the occasion of Mahashivratri For the people of the Hindu religion, Mahashivratri is no less than a great festival. This is a festival which is celebrated with great pomp from South to North and from East to West India. This year, Mahashivratri will be celebrated across the country on March 8. You can reach these places on this occasion. Mahakaleshwar Temple If you want to visit some divine place on the occasion of Mahashivratri, then you should reach Mahakaleshwar Temple. This is a world-famous temple located in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas established in India. You will jump with joy after seeing the view here on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Rishikesh Rishikesh, famous all over the world as Yoga City, is also the best place to visit on the occasion of Mahashivratri. There are many famous Shiva temples in this beautiful city which you can visit. Along with seeing Lord Shiva, you can also enjoy adventure activities in Rishikesh. You can also spend a relaxing moment in the mountains of Rishikesh. KashiVishwanath Temple KashiVishwanath Temple located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is one of the most popular and sacred temples of India, which is also included in the 12 Jyotirlingas established in India. Apart from visiting Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, you can also go boating in the river Ganga. You can also participate in Ganga Aarti. Mandi Mandi town situated in the beautiful valleys of Himachal is one of the best hill stations to visit on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The Bhoothnath temple located here is decorated like a bride on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Many people also call this beautiful city the Hills of Varanasi. You can make your home in the high mountains, cedar trees lakes and waterfalls located in Mandi. You can also enjoy adventure activities in the temple. Image-freepik

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 11:33 am

IRCTC family tour Packages: - Go on a trip with the whole family through these packages of IRCTC, the trip will be completed cheaply

It is very easy to travel with family through Indian Railways. Because in this you do not need to look after the expenses of hotel and food. The package includes all facilities. All you need to do is book a ticket for the package. After this, Indian Railways makes arrangements for train or flight tickets, food, hotel and bus to travel with your entire family. In today's article, we will tell you about some such packages, through which you can easily travel with your elderly parents and children. Mata Vaishno Devi Tour Package This package is going to be launched from Delhi on 22nd February. This is a tour package of 1 night and 2 days. Every Wednesday and Sunday you can take the train at 6 am. You will be able to travel by Vande Bharat train in this package. If you are travelling alone, you will have to pay Rs 9145 for the package. If you travel with two people, you will have to pay Rs 7660 per person. If travelling with three people, you will have to pay Rs 7290 per person. If you have a child of 5 to 11 years with you and want to get a separate bed, then you will have to pay Rs 6055 for this. If you do not want to buy a bed for the child, then you will have to pay Rs 5560. South India Tour Package This package is going to start from 23rd February from Hyderabad. This is a tour package of 6 nights and 7 days. Through this package, you will be able to visit Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Trichy and Trivandrum. You will get a chance to travel by flight through this package. If you are travelling alone, you will have to pay Rs 47250 for the package. If travelling with two people, you will have to pay Rs 34900 per person. If travelling with three people, you will have to pay Rs 33200 per person. If you are travelling with children between 5 to 11 years and want to take a separate bed, then you will have to pay Rs 28900. If you do not want to get separate beds for children, then you will have to pay Rs 25150. Madhya Pradesh Tour Package This package is starting from 22nd February in Kalyan, Mumbai, Pune, Surat and Vasai Road. You can take the train every Thursday. This is a tour package of 5 nights and 6 days. In the package, you will get a chance to visit Indore, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar and Ujjain. You will get a chance to travel in a 3AC coach. If you travel alone you will have to pay Rs 35100. If travelling with two people, you will have to pay Rs 21300 per person. If travelling with three people, you will have to pay Rs 17100 per person. If you want to get a separate bed for children aged 5 to 11 years, then you will have to pay Rs 15100. If the bed is not taken then Rs 14500 will have to be paid. Image Credit- Freepik

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 11:31 am

Projection could be reality

The rank and file of the BJP is enthused and energised over the saffron wave gripping the country after the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. In a bold assertion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public address in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh recently proclaimed the BJPs dominance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, stating [] The post Projection could be reality first appeared on Highland Post .

Highland Post 20 Feb 2024 8:00 am

MP-based arms smuggler held, 12 pistols recovered

NEW DELHI: Police have arrested an MP-based illegal firearms manufacturer-cum-supplier and recovered a dozen .32 bore semi automatic pistols, an official said on Monday. The accused, identified as Malkhan, is an active member of interstate syndicate arms manufacturer from Madhya Pradeshs Dhar region. DCP (South-West) Rohit Meena said, A team was tasked to unearth such a syndicate involved in supplying illegal weapons to gangsters.The police received information regarding Malkhan Singh, who had been recently released on bail after being involved in supplying illicit arms to criminals. A team was also sent to the Dhar region of Madhya Pradesh. On February 16, based on information that Singh would come to deliver a huge cache of illicit arms near Nala Road, Sagarpur in Delhi, a police team was formed which laid a trap and nabbed him.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:51 am

Kamal Nath continues to be Cong Kamal, say his campers

Kamal Nath, senior leader of Madhya Pradesh Congress, dismissed reports of joining BJP. He is focused on Congress' Lok Sabha poll plans and upcoming yatra. Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, support Nath and value his contributions. Supporters in Delhi await his decision.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 1:35 am

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi takes over as Army Vice Chief

Lt General Upendra Dwivedi, who was commissioned into 18 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles in December 1984, on Monday took over as the new Army Vice Chief. He will be the senior-most Lt Gen in the 12-lakh strong force when Gen Manoj Pande retires on May 31. An alumnus of Sainik School at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, Lt Gen Dwivedi has had a unique distinction of balanced exposure of both northern and western theatres.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 1:24 am

Illegal arms supplier held in Delhi; 12 semi-automatic pistols recovered

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A notorious illegal weapons manufacturer and supplier based in Madhya Pradesh, who had supplied over 200 illicit arms to criminals and gangsters in Delhi and its peripherals, was nabbed here in the Sagarpur area, an official said on Monday. An official said that they have also recovered 12 semi-automatic pistols []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 11:42 pm

AICC Emissary to Review Situation in MP Congress

Bhopal: AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh is arriving here on Tuesday to review the situation in the Madhya Pradesh unit of Congress in the wake of the high voltage drama being witnessed in the party following the rumours of veteran leader Kamal Nath switching to BJP. Even as senior Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma on Monday reiterated that neither Mr Nath nor the latters son Nakul, a sitting Congress MP, is leaving the party, AICC has reportedly sought to assess the situation in the state unit of the party in case such a development takes place in future. Mr Singh is going to assess the extent of damage that may cause to the party in terms of exodus of leaders in the event of a veteran leader such as Mr Nath leaving the party, a senior Congress functionary told this newspaper on Monday, unwilling to be quoted. Sources said that Mr Singh is likely to interact with all the Congress MLAs and Congress leaders in the state individually to assess if they are loyal to Congress or a particular leader in the party. It is a pre-emptive move by Congress leadership to avert a possible exodus in the party in the event of veteran leaders such as Mr Nath deciding to leave Congress, sources said. State Congress media chief K K Mishra however said that Mr Singhs visit to Madhya Pradesh has nothing to do with the wild speculations in the media over Mr Nath joining BJP. Mr Singh is arriving here on Tuesday to attend a party meeting to chart out the plan for the proposed Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra of Mr Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh. The meeting is scheduled to be attended by all the Congress MLAs, presidents of district units of the party and state leaders, he told this newspaper. He however said that neither Mr Nath nor former chief minister Digvijay Singh is going to attend the meeting. Mr Verma, meanwhile, reiterated that Mr Nath has no plan to quit Congress and join BJP. Mr Nath told me that he has no plan to snap decades old ties with Congress. He also asserted that his son Nakul is going to seek re-election from Chhindwara as a Congress candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Mr Verma, said to be authorised by Mr Nath to speak to the media on his behalf, said. Mr Verma said that Mr Nath would soon return to Bhopal and work out strategy for the party for the ensuing LS elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 10:27 pm

Delhi Police nab illegal arms supplier from West Delhi's Sagarpur

Delhi Police nab illegal arms supplier from West Delhi's Sagarpur Delhi Police arrested an arms supplier from West Delhi's Sagarpur area and seized 12 semi-automatic pistols from his possession, said the police. According to the police, the accused was supplying arms to criminals in Delhi. We have arrested one prominent illegal firearms manufacturer and supplier, namely Malkhan, a resident of Sirsodiya, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. Twelve illegal .32-bore semi-automatic pistols have been recovered from his possession, Rohit Meena, DCP South West told ANI. A case under Section 25 of the Arms Act and Section 25(8) of the Arms Amendment Act 2019 PS Sagarpur has been registered in this regard. The accused person has been involved in manufacturing and supplying firearms in Delhi-NCR from Madhya Pradesh. Several illegal interstate manufacturers and suppliers are involved in the supply of illegal firearms to the criminals of Delhi-NCR and surrounding areas, Meena said. In order to cut this supply of illegal firearms & ammunition, a special emphasis has been laid by the AATS/SW on the illegal firearms suppliers and manufacturers. Further, in view of the alarming trend of criminals using illegal firearms while committing heinous crimes and following the directions of senior officers, a team of AATS/South West was specifically tasked with unearthing a syndicate involved in the supply of illegal weapons to gangsters in Delhi, Meena said. The police officer said that concerted efforts were being made to identify the members of these syndicates. He said that the police had received information on Malkhan, who has been recently released on bail, being involved in supplying illicit arms to criminals in Delhi, NCR. The police team received specific information on February 16 that Malkhan Singh would come to deliver a huge cache of illicit arms near Nala Road, Sagarpur, New Delhi. Accordingly, a team laid a trap and the accused person was apprehended with a blue backpack bag, while he was waiting for the consignee at the expected place of delivery, said the police. During the cursory search of the backpack bag carried by Malkhan Singh, a total 12 illicit semi-automatic pistols with 12 magazines were recovered. During interrogation, he revealed that he has supplied more than 200 pistols to criminals of Delhi NCR in the past few years, said the police. According to the police, Malkhan was born in the region, which is infamous for manufacturing illegal firearms. His father was also a manufacturer of illegal firearms. He also developed an interest in making illegal weapons. Since then, he has been manufacturing illegal weapons at his hideouts, not only to satiate his technical interests but also to fulfil his desire for wealth, said the police. Initially, he used to supply illegal firearms to local criminals. Through local criminals, he soon came in contact with interstate illegal firearms traffickers, said the police. He has been manufacturing pistols of various bores and sizes. His supply of illegal firearms mainly goes to the criminals of the NCR, UP & MP. His illegal trade was badly hit in recent times, as he was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. He was getting continuous demand for weapons from the criminals in Delhi, NCR. However, due to fear of checking, his carriers refused to visit Delhi to supply the arms. Therefore, he came to Delhi to supply the same to the criminals to revive his illegal business and recover losses, said the police Malkhan Singh has been manufacturing illegal firearms for the last 20 years. On cursory interrogation, accused Malkhan disclosed that he was previously arrested by MP Police and Delhi Police, said the police. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

Hindu group seeks 'scientific survey' of Bhojshala complex in Dhar district; HC reserves order

Hindu group seeks 'scientific survey' of Bhojshala complex in Dhar district; HC reserves order A Hindu organization on Monday approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court here seeking a direction to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a time-bound ''scientific investigation'' of the disputed monument of Bhojshala in the adjoining Dhar district which it claimed to be a temple of Goddess Vagdevi. The ASI, a central government agency, told an Indore bench of the HC that it had no objection to the plea for a scientific investigation/survey of the premises, while the Muslim side opposed the petition. Bhojshala is an ASI-protected monument, which Hindus believe is a temple of Goddess Vagdevi (Saraswati), while the Muslim community treats it as Kamal Maula Mosque. According to an ASI order issued on April 7, 2003, Hindus are allowed to worship inside the Bhojshala complex every Tuesday, while Muslims are allowed to offer namaz at the site every Friday. The bench of Justices Sushrut Arvind Dharmadhikari and Devnarayan Mishra, after hearing the arguments of all parties concerned, reserved its order on the plea filed by a social organisation, 'Hindu Front for Justice' (HFJ), and sought synopsis of a separate case pending in the HC's principal bench at Jabalpur. In the plea, the Hindu Front for Justice said the ASI director should be asked to conduct a scientific investigation/survey/excavation/ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey of the nearly 1,000-year-old Bhojshala complex in a time-bound manner and submit a report to the court. In support of its claim that Bhojshala is a Saraswati temple, the Hindu side has submitted a bunch of colour photographs of the complex before the High Court. Challenging the ASI's nearly 21-year-old order allowing Hindus and Muslims to access the site on different days (Tuesday and Friday, respectively), the outfit told the court the decree was issued without scientific examination of the Bhojshala premises and as per rules and regulations, 'namaz' cannot be allowed to be offered inside a temple. During arguments in the HC, the ASI said it had assessed the condition of the Bhojshala complex in 1902 and 1903, and had no objection to the present plea seeking scientific investigation of the premises. The Maulana Kamaluddin Welfare Society, which is associated with the mosque inside the complex, objected to the Hindu group's application. On behalf of the society, it was submitted that a writ appeal on the Bhojshala dispute is already pending before the principal bench of the High Court at Jabalpur and the ASI's order dated April 7, 2003, was still legally in existence. The HC said synopsis of the case pending in the principal bench in Jabalpur regarding the Bhojshala issue should be presented before it as soon as possible. The demand for scientific investigation of Bhojshala has surfaced at a time when a Varanasi court, early this month, ruled that a Hindu priest can perform prayers before the idols in the southern cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque in the holy city in Uttar Pradesh.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 8:28 pm

Kamal Nath Will Participate In Rahul Gandhi's Yatra: Congress Leader

The Congress on Monday dismissed as misinformation the speculation over party leader Kamal Nath's possible switch to the BJP and asserted that the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister will participate in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 8:27 pm

Cong dismisses Kamal Nath's BJP switch speculation, says he will participate in Nyay Yatra

Congress denies Kamal Nath joining BJP. He will participate in Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Madhya Pradesh amidst preparations. Kamal Nath worked with three generations of Gandhi family, described as Indira Gandhi's third son.

The Economic Times 19 Feb 2024 7:40 pm

SD College team exhibits value-added products from water hyacinth at World Wetlands Day exhibition

A new series of digital printouts on hand-made paper from water hyacinth on the theme women empowerment using water hyacinth was unveiled at the exhibition help in Madhya Pradesh

The Hindu 19 Feb 2024 7:14 pm

Assam man brutally attacked inside moving train in Madhya Pradesh

A brutal attack on a man from Assam has left him severely injured, reports from Monday revealed.

thehillstimes 19 Feb 2024 7:05 pm

Here's How India and Brazil Forge Pact to Boost Pulse Trade

NEW DELHI: India and Brazil are teaming up to enhance their trade in pulses, with a particular focus on black matpe (urad) and pigeon peas (tur), according to a senior official at the Brazilian embassy. Indian officials, in a recent meeting with their Brazilian counterparts, emphasized Brazil's importance as a partner and dependable source of pulses for India. Angelo de Queiroz Mauricio, the agricultural attach at Brazils embassy in New Delhi, stated, We discussed bilateral trade in pulses and strategies to foster collaboration between both nations for ensuring food security, especially concerning black matpe and pigeon peas. We also explored potential mechanisms to boost trade and cooperation. Last week, Rohit Kumar Singh, the Union consumer affairs secretary, mentioned that India had imported 3,000 tonnes of black matpe from Brazil in 2023 and anticipated procuring another 20,000 tonnes this year. Mauricio highlighted the significant opportunity for expanding agricultural trade, particularly in pulses, and suggested that Brazil could become a strategic supplier for India. He stated, In general, there's eagerness across all agricultural sectors in India and Brazil to collaborate. We hope that both governments can work together harmoniously to ensure mutually beneficial import policies and a stable, predictable long-term trading environment. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution did not respond immediately to queries regarding this matter. In November, Singh urged Brazilian businessmen and officials to increase pulse production, especially of tur and urad, to meet the demand from Indian consumers amidst falling domestic production and to diversify Indias sources of this essential food item. Singh emphasized, We need to ensure that food items are available in the country for our 1.4 billion consumers at an affordable price. India, being both the largest producer and consumer of pulses globally, plans to diversify its sources due to rising domestic demand. Singh explained, Given our predominantly vegetarian population and rising incomes, the consumption of protein through pulses is increasing. To meet this growing demand, we can't rely solely on Myanmar. We must consider diversifying our production, which could include Brazil and Argentina. In 2023, India imported 3.1 million tonnes of pulses, mainly masur (lentils), tur, and urad, compared to 2 million tonnes the year before. Currently, India primarily imports these pulses from Myanmar, East African nations, Australia, and Canada. Amarnath Tripathi, an associate professor of economics at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida, explained, India's increasing population, along with a significant portion adhering to a vegetarian diet, drives the high demand for pulses. However, despite this demand, India struggles to produce enough pulses domestically, leading to annual imports. He added, Several factors contribute to this production shortfall, including India's food policy bias towards cereals over pulses, resulting in a significant decline in the area cultivated for pulses. The area dedicated to sowing kharif or monsoon pulses, including tur and urad, decreased by 4.2% in the 2023-24 crop year to 12.4 million hectares, compared to the normal sowing area of nearly 14 million hectares, as per data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Key pulse-growing states in India include Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan. Brazil currently produces nearly 3 million tonnes of pulses, including 10,000 tonnes of urad and less than 3,000 tonnes of chickpeas, peas, and lentils. While Brazil has shown interest in trading and collaborating with India, it has also emphasized the importance of stability and predictability in trade policies. Mauricio stated that a joint agenda and decisions on the next steps in this regard would be taken forward collaboratively. India's Development Push in Maldives Continues Amidst Strained Relations Turkish-American Relations on the Rise: Trade Expected to Flourish

News Track 19 Feb 2024 5:55 pm

MPPSC Taxation Assistant 2024 Admit Card Released: Download Now

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has released a notification for the recruitment of Taxation Assistant vacancy. Interested candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria can read the notification details and apply online.

Naukrinama 19 Feb 2024 5:50 pm

Admission in veterinary and fisheries science graduate courses will be done on basis of NEET merit list

Information issued by Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University Admission to the state quota seats of Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry and Bachelor of Fisheries Science courses of Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University of Madhya Pradesh Government will be done on the basis of merit list of NEET from the year 2024-25. As per []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 4:27 pm

Kamal Nath wont leave Congress: Karnataka Dy CM Shivakumar

Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress President DK Shivakumar Monday clarified that former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath will not leave the party and join BJP under any circumstances. Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Shivakumar stated, I am telling you on record Kamal Nath will not go anywhere. There is []

orissapost 19 Feb 2024 4:11 pm

Kamal Nath wont leave Congress: Ktaka Dy CM Shivakumar

Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress President D.K. Shivakumar on Monday clarified that former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath will not leave the party and join BJP under any circumstances. Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Shivakumar stated, I am telling you on record Kamal Nath will not []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 3:58 pm

2 Children Die Of Suspected Measles, 17 Infected In Madhya Pradesh's Maihar

Two children have died of suspected measles, and 17 have been infected in Madhya Pradesh's Maihar, prompting district authorities to shut down all schools in the eight villages for three days, a health official said.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 3:45 pm

Kamal Nath Takes Down 'Jai Shri Ram' Flag Outside Home As BJP Rumours Swirl

Amid a buzz in the political corridors over former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath quitting the Congress and joining the BJP, the veteran leader has removed the Jai Shri Ram flag which was hoisted atop his residence.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 3:32 pm

MP: Hindu man held for vandalising idols after wrongful arrest of Muslims

On the intervening night of January 31 and February 1, a Shiva temple in the Guna district of Madhya Pradesh was found vandalised. The idols, a shivalingam and nandi were uprooted and thrown outside the temple. The incident angered the Hindu community who demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. On February 1, based on a Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 19 Feb 2024 3:21 pm

Kamal Nath Removes 'Jai Shri Ram' Flag From Residence Amid Switch Buzz

Amid a buzz in the political corridors over former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath quitting the Congress and joining the BJP, the veteran leader has removed the Jai Shri Ram flag which was hoisted atop his residence.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 2:14 pm

Shivraj, Raje may form own parties if ED...: Kejriwal

Chouhan and Raje were overlooked by the BJP for the chief minister posts in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively despite ensuring the party's return to power in the assembly polls held recently.

Rediff 19 Feb 2024 10:23 am

Cong engaged in damage control to prevent mass exodus

Bhopal: The potential move of veteran leader Kamal Nath switching over the BJP has prompted the Congress in Madhya Pradesh to engage in damage control efforts. Party leaders, including Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Jitu Patwari and Leader of Opposition Umang Singhar, are personally reaching out to MLAs to prevent a mass exodus ahead of the...

Central Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 10:06 am

Silence at Kamal Naths bungalow, lock at PCC office

Speculations continue over veteran leaders likely switch to saffron party Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, currently in Delhi with his son and Chhindwara MP Nakul Nath since Saturday, faces speculation about a potential shift to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Meanwhile, there was silence at his Bhopal bungalow and the MPCC office...

Central Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 9:58 am

Sharad Kelkar on portraying Shivaji Maharaj

Actor Sharad Kelkar reflects on the honor and significance of portraying Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.' He acknowledges Shivaji's role in establishing Hindu Swaraj in India and expresses pride in his portrayal, while also requesting the CM of Madhya Pradesh to increase awareness about Shivaji Maharaj's legacy.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 9:31 am

He hasnt planned anything like that: Sajjan Singh Verma amid speculations of Kamal Nath joining BJP

Amid the speculations of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, his close aide and party leader Sajjan Singh Verma on February 18 said that Kamal Nath denied such speculations.I discussed with him (Kamal Nath). He said that right now his focus is on how the caste equations will be on 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. He said that he hasnt planned anything like that (of leaving the party), said Sajjan Singh.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 8:47 am

Power games: Parties go all out to win Rajya Sabha polls

Game On Parties go all out to win Rajya Sabha polls The current round of Rajya Sabha elections is witnessing a keen contest between parties. No effort is being spared to win over rival MLAs and engineer cross-voting. Every party is trying to shore up its strength in the Upper House, especially the BJP. The BJPs decision to field the eighth candidate in Uttar Pradesh and one in Himachal Pradesh has surprised many. It does not have the numbers to get these candidates elected. There are 10 vacancies in UP. The BJP has the numbers to get seven candidates elected. The SPs strength can ensure a comfortable win for two candidates. But it has fielded three. In UP, 37 votes are required to win one seat in the Rajya Sabha. The Samajwadi Party has 108 votes. Out of this, one MLA Pallavi Patel has announced that shell not vote for the two forward caste candidates fielded by her party cine star Jaya Bachchan and former chief secretary of the state Alok Ranjan. Two other MLAs of SP are in jail. This has brought down the partys effective strength to 105. This is the shortfall that the BJPs eighth candidate Sanjay Seth a prominent realtor and former treasurer of the Samajwadi Party is trying to exploit. If Seth manages to win over some of his old friends in SP, it will cause a major upset and lead to the defeat of one of the three SP candidates. Similarly in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has fielded former Congressman Harsh Mahajan even though the party does not have the numbers to get him elected. The party is hoping that Mahajan will be able to win the votes of the Congress MLAs who are reportedly unhappy with the party for fielding Abhishek Manu Singhvi, an outsider. In Himachal, votes of 35 MLAs are required for a candidate to get elected to the Rajya Sabha. In the 68-member House, the Congress currently has 40 MLAs, the BJP has 25 and there are three independents. On paper, the Congress candidate appears set for a comfortable victory. But Mahajans entry into the arena has queered the pitch for the states ruling party. Election 2024 Rawat, Sidhu likely to join BJP on poll-eve Even as former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath is busy negotiating with the BJP, many other senior Congress leaders are queuing up to join the ruling party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said among the prominent leaders who are reportedly headed towards the BJP are former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and ex-president of the Punjab state Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu has been sidelined by the Congress in Punjab and he has been holding independent public meetings. There have been calls for disciplinary action against him for holding parallel meetings. According to sources, the Congress central leadership is unlikely to give him any major responsibility after the partys disastrous performance in the Punjab state elections under his leadership. Sidhu is now reportedly looking at BJP as an option. Sources said Rawat has also been contacted by the BJP. There was talk of his joining the party some time back when the state chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited him at his residence. However, Rawat dismissed the speculations saying there is no question of his leaving the Congress at this stage of his life. But sources said the BJP may be able to persuade him this time round. Shahid faridi The writer is Resident Editor TNIE, New Delhi. Follow him on X @Shahid_Faridi_

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 8:38 am

Need A Wife: With Hoardings On E-Rickshaw MP Man Seeks Bride For Himself

Viral News: 29-year-old man in Madhya Pradeshs Damoh seeks bride through e-rickshaw hoarding. The hoarding showcased personal details of the man like height, birth date, and gotra.

India.com 19 Feb 2024 8:17 am

Will Kamal turn to lotus?

There are talks in the political circles about veteran Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Natchs probable shift to the BJP, which is being linked to the partys recent Assembly election debacle in Madhya Pradesh and the subsequent handing over of the state units charge to Jitu [] The post Will Kamal turn to lotus? first appeared on Highland Post .

Highland Post 19 Feb 2024 7:47 am

Madhya Pradesh Congress fears fresh exodus

BHOPAL : Rewind to March 2020, when 22 Congress MLAs (mostly loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia) walked out of the Congress pulling down the 15-month-old Kamal Nath-led Congress regime in Madhya Pradesh. Nearly four years later, the grand old party is apprehensive of another exodus of its sitting and former MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, if its former state party chief Kamal Nath or his first-time MP son Nakul Nath or both of them join the BJP. The Congress central leadership, including Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi, are reportedly making all possible efforts to convince Nath to respect his decades-old bonding with the party and not join the BJP. However, back in Bhopal, the state Congress leadership too is engaged in damage control. The state Congress leadership continues to maintain that neither Kamal Nath nor any other former or existing MLAs will join the BJP. However, it is already talking to its 66 sitting MLAs individually to ensure no damage or least damage to its ranks ahead of the February 22 arrival of Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in MP. Sources in the Nath camp said if Nath actually joins or even his son Nakul Nath and daughter-in-law Priya Nath make a switch to the BJP, they will not be alone. It will be accompanied by 15-20 sitting MLAs, 5-8 former MLAs (many of whom lost the 2023 assembly polls) and two mayors. Most of the sitting MLAs who might follow Nath and his family into the BJP, include the six MLAs of Chhindwara and Pandhurna districts, besides MLAs from adjoining Balaghat, Seoni, Mandla and Dindori districts. These districts form a part of Naths home region Mahakoshal which sends 17 out of the 66 present Congress MLAs. The legislators from the Mahakoshal region include all six MLAs from Chhindwara and Pandhurna districts (Nath being the seventh MLA) which form Naths son Nakul Naths Lok Sabha constituency Chhindwara. The list also includes some senior and first-time MLAs from adjoining districts, including ex-minister and third-time sitting MLA from Jabalpur-East seat Lakhan Ghanghoriya, second-time MLA from Paraswada seat Madhu Bhagat, Baihar MLA Sanjay Uike and Waraseoni MLA Vicky Patel. Not just MLAs from the tribal-dominated Mahakoshal region, but some MLAs loyal and close to Nath from other regions also could follow their leader into the BJP. Also, many of Congresss 2023 assembly poll big losers, including ex-ministers Sajjan Singh Verma, Tarun Bhanot, Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Ravi Joshi and Sukhdev Panse (Verma and Panse are reportedly camping in Delhi) and fourth-time former MLA from Chhindwara seat Deepak Saxena (who had vacated his seat for Nath in 2018) are also likely to walk behind Nath. However, its not clear whether senior MLA from Rajpur-ST seat and ex-home minister Bala Bachchan would also follow Nath into the BJP.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 7:39 am

Indias biggest leopard safari to open soon at BBP

BENGALURU : The much-awaited dedicated leopard safari will soon start at Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), the first in Karnataka and the biggest in India. Even as Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre on Thursday directed the forest department and zoo management officials to start the leopard safari soon, on the lines of the already-existing BBPs lion and tiger safaris, BBP officials said it depends on the time the leopards in the safari take to bond with each other and how fast they get trained. If all goes well, the safari can be thrown open for people in one-and-a-half months. But if the model code of conduct (MCC) comes into force (for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled in April-May), then it will be open to people in May or after the MCC is lifted, said an official from the department. Training is necessary as officials are wary of the leopards not co-existing with each other, which was the case with the cheetahs brought from South Africa to the Kuno reserve in Madhya Pradesh. BBP has carved out 20 hectares in its area for the safari. The management has set up a high-rise mesh and kept tall trees away from the fences, not wanting to give any room for the big cats to escape. Leopard safaris, managed by zoo authorities, are already open in Nagpur in Maharashtra and Rajgir in Bihar, but the one at BBP is planned to be bigger than them. Area has space to house 20 leopards, says BBP official Unlike tigers and lions, leopards are very agile and tricky to deal with. They find any possible route to escape. So all angles have been explored while creating the enclosure. The area has space to house 20 leopards, but right now there are 12, which are being made to get accustomed to each other, so there is no conflict between them. The leopards have divided themselves into two groups, with six in each. They need time to get along with each other, said the official. All the leopards that will be kept on display are aged under one, and have been hand-reared at the zoo. They are the rescued ones brought by forest department staffers or individuals from fields, when they were little cubs. According to records, there are 70 leopards in BBP, 19 tigers and 19 lions in the zoo.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 7:16 am

Govt to start maize purchase by distillers at guaranteed price from farmers (embargoed till 6 am on Feb 19)

The schemes objective, under which the first agreement between a distiller of Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh) and NAFED is likely to be signed on Monday

The Hindu Businessline 19 Feb 2024 6:00 am

'Conspiracy against Kamal Nath,' Madhya Pradesh Congress chief denies 'rumors'

Conspiracy against Kamal Nath Madhya Pradesh Congress chief denies rumors

India Today 19 Feb 2024 3:37 am

MP: BJP Doors Shut for Kamal Nath, Says Vijayvargiya

Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya. (Photo: PTI) Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya. (Photo: PTI) Bhopal: Senior BJP leader and state urban development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya on Sunday said that doors of BJP were shut for a leader like Kamal Nath. Doors of BJP are shut for a leader like Kamal Nath at least in Madhya Pradesh. We cannot comment on the decision, if taken by Delhi (BJP Central leadership) on Mr Nath. But, Mr Nath will not be accepted by BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Vijayvargiya, who is also former national general secretary of the party, told the media here. He was reacting to the raging rumours making rounds in political circles that Congress veteran Mr Nath may join along with his son in BJP. A week ago, Mr Vijayvargiya had also ruled out Mr Naths induction in BJP, saying that One will prefer to buy fresh vegetables in the market, not the rotten ones. Mr Vijayvargiya echoed sentiments of the influential sections of BJP in the state. Mr Nath will obviously come to BJP along with his supporters, if at all he joins BJP. This will trigger strong resentment among the cadres in the party. Such a move may boomerang on the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, a senior BJP leader said, requesting not to be quoted. Speculations about Mr Nath quitting Congress started making rounds in the party circles here ever since he was denied Rajya Sabha ticket by Congress from Madhya Pradesh. Former chief minister Mr Nath was also reportedly peeved at being divested of post of state Congress president following debacle of the party in the outgoing Assembly elections in the state. The rumours gained strength when Mr Naths son Nakul, a sitting Congress Lok Sabha member, dropped the logo of the party on his social media X account, a couple of days ago. The recent statement by state BJP president Vishnu Dutt Sharma extending invitation to Mr Nath to join the party for being unhappy with the decision by the Congress high command not to attend the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22, has further fuelled the speculation.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Feb 2024 11:50 pm

Shivraj, Raje may form own parties if ED stopped, PMLA section 45 abolished: Kejriwal

Shivraj, Raje may form own parties if ED stopped, PMLA section 45 abolished: Kejriwal Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday claimed that if the ED was stopped and section 45 of the PMLA abolished, no one would cross over to the BJP and its leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje may form their own political outfits. Chouhan and Raje were overlooked by the BJP for the chief minister posts in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively despite ensuring the party's return to power in the assembly polls held recently. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge by his side, Kejriwal responded to a question on opposition leaders joining the BJP, saying, ''Today, if the ED (Enforcement Directorate) is stopped and section 45 of the PMLA (The Prevention of Money-Laundering Act) is abolished, half of the BJP leaders will quit the party.'' ''There is only one agency (ED) which is responsible for leaders joining the BJP. No one will join the BJP if PMLA section 45 is removed. Leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje may form their own parties by the evening if section 45 of the PMLA is abolished,'' the AAP convenor told reporters at a lunch hosted by Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi at his residence here. Meanwhile, sources quoted Kejriwal as saying at the lunch that AAP and the Congress had mutually agreed to contest the polls separately in Punjab. They added that the Delhi chief minister made the remark before Kharge arrived at the lunch. Kejriwal was quoted as saying that talks were on between AAP and the Congress for an alliance in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls and a decision would be made soon. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said last month that his party would not form an alliance with the Congress in the state for the Lok Sabha elections, reiterating that AAP would win all 13 seats. AAP and the Congress, both part of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), have also been at loggerheads over seat-sharing in Delhi with the Kejriwal-led outfit offering only one seat to the grand old party. Last week, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sandeep Pathak said the party was ready to offer one seat to the Congress in Delhi.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 11:49 pm

Kamal Nath told me he will remain in party: Madhya Pradesh Cong chief Jitu Patwari

Kamal Nath told me he will remain in party: Madhya Pradesh Cong chief Jitu Patwari Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Jitu Patwari on Sunday evening sought to dispel speculation about Kamal Nath's possible switch to the BJP, claiming the senior leader had told him that he was not going anywhere. ''The BJP misuses the media and questions the integrity of a person and this has come to light. I had a talk with Kamal Nath ji who told me that the reports floating in the media were part of a conspiracy. He told me that he was a Congressman and will remain in the Congress,'' Patwari told PTI. ''His relationship with the Gandhi family is unshakable. He has lived with the ideology of Congress and will remain with it till the end. This is what he told me,'' the Congress leader said. Asked why Nath was not himself putting forth his side, Patwari said the former chief minister would speak at the right time. ''What I said was on his behalf,'' he claimed. Nath and his son and Chhindwara MP Nakul Nath arrived in the national capital on Saturday afternoon. Nakul Nath has dropped Congress from his bio on social media. Around half a dozen Madhya Pradesh MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reached Delhi on Sunday, accentuating the speculation that the father-son duo was set to join the ruling BJP. In Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, Nath's party colleague Digvijaya Singh expressed confidence that his old friend would not forsake the party from where he began his political journey. Meanwhile, in Delhi, Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma, known to be close to Kamal Nath, met the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister. ''I had a discussion with him. He was sitting with a chart on how Lok Sabha tickets will be distributed and what will be the caste equations. He (Nath) said 'My focus is to figure out what the caste equations will be on 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh'. He said that he has not thought about anything like that (of leaving the party) and neither has he spoken on it with anyone,'' Verma said after meeting Nath. ''When I said media people are saying you did not deny it (speculation), he (Nath) said media people raised it and they should answer,'' Verma said.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 11:33 pm

Beyond electoral bonds, 2024 Lok Sabha polls is an opportunity for voters to break new moral ground

The Supreme Court's verdict deeming electoral bonds unconstitutional raises concerns about the flow of anonymous funds in elections. The Election Commission's efforts to monitor funds during assembly polls have led to significant seizures. The issue of corporate lobbying and the need for voter awareness and ethical voting are also important. In the recent assembly polls in Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana, seizures worth over 1,760 crore were reported - seven times more than in 2018 elections.

The Economic Times 18 Feb 2024 11:15 pm

Kamal Nath not going anywhere, claims Congress

BHOPAL: Day after his sudden arrival in Delhi -- after cutting short five-days tour to political pocket-borough Chhindwara -- triggered a strong buzz about him and first-time MP son Nakul Nath joining the BJP, the veteran Congress leader and ex-Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath kept political pundits guessing about his next move on Sunday. From Bhopal to Delhi, suspense prevailed over what would be Naths next move, amid various theories doing rounds of political circles. While the Congress leadership, including ex-AICC presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and partys general secretary reportedly rang and talked to Nath, in attempts to prevent him from making the possible big political switchover, Nath himself remained non-committal about his next move. I had told you all (journalists) on Saturday also that if something which you are asking (me joining the BJP) actually materializes, then you all will be the first ones to know. Right now, Im going to a condolence ceremony, do you all also want to come? I havent had any talk with anyone (in the BJP) on what you all are asking, Nath said while leaving for some condolence meeting in Delhi. A few hours later, one of key loyalists and former MP minister Sajjan Singh Verma (who had dropped Congress word and its symbol from his social media Bio just like Naths son Nakul Nath on Saturday) met with the ex-MP CM at latters residence in Delhi. I met him (Nath) just now, he was busy with a chart of all 29 LS seats of MP and discussed how to strike the perfect caste balance while choosing candidates on all those seats. He hasnt had any discussions with anybody about leaving Congress and joining the BJP, its all medias speculation and creation. His (Naths) long association with the Nehru-Gandhi family is well-known, Verma said on Sunday. Surprisingly, Verma had on Saturday said, If someone who has dedicated over 40 years of life to a party, doesnt get deserving honour, then a major political move cant be ruled out. Ill follow the same path that my leader (Kamal Nath) takes. Theories of various possibilities doing rounds of political circles: Meanwhile, theories of various political possibilities pertaining to Kamal Nath and his Chhindwara MP son Nakul Nath are going on in political circles in Delhi as well as Bhopal. An informed source considered close to Nath, told this newspaper that Its quite possible that son Nakul Nath and not father Kamal Nath, actually joins the BJP alone or along with wife Priya Nath (Nakuls wife). Importantly, the BJPs mega campaign which will reportedly see senior leaders (including former and present lawmakers) from other parties joining it, will begin in Delhi from Monday. One of the possibilities is that Nakul Nath with or without wife Priya might join the BJP there only. Sources added that Nath is concerned about Nakuls political future, particularly as he had won the 2019 LS polls from Chhindwara by just 37,500-plus votes, even while the Congress government led by Nath was in power in MP. Knowing well that a strong BJP candidate from the same seat (the only LS seat which was won by Congress from MP in 2019) might mar Nakuls victory prospects, Nath might clear sons passage into the BJP. Another possibility which is doing rounds of MPs political circles is that while Nakul Nath or even Kamal Nath may join BJP in Delhi, the ruling party may organize a big rally, possibly in Chhindwaras Polo Ground (just a day or two before Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatras February 22 arrival in MP) where many senior leaders, including present and former Congress MLAs may join the BJP. While most BJP leaders from MP remained busy in the partys national convention in Delhi, senior MP cabinet minister Kailash Vijayvargiya when asked about the possibility of Nath joining the BJP, said, There is no smoke without fire. Importantly, Vijayvargiya just a few days back had stated that the state BJP leaders werent in favour of Nath joining the party. In Delhi only, national secretary of BJPs youth wing BJYM, Tajinder Bagga made a series of social media posts, saying There can be no place for Kamal Nath in BJP, as he was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Maybe his son Nakul Nath is in touch with the party. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, the state Congress president Jitu Patwari, termed media reports about Kamal Nath and Nakul Nath joining BJP, as misleading and figment of imagination. I've talked to him (Nath) over the phone a short while ago, he told me that whatever is there in the media is all misleading. He has assured me that I was with Congress and will continue to be with the party in future also. Winning and losing are all part of democracy, but he (Nath) or anyone else, including Sajjan Singh Verma aren't going anywhere, Patwari said in Bhopal on Sunday evening. In a related development, apparently aimed to dissuade Congress leaders from joining the BJP, the state Congress released on Sunday, a list of 62 Congress leaders, who had joined the BJP in various parts of MP during the last few years. Out of the 62 such leaders, merely seven could click with the BJP, while the political career of remaining 55 leaders ended in BJP, the state Congress said.

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 10:41 pm

MP: Congress Leader Says Nath Not Quitting Party, Digvijay Recalls Veteran Leaders Proximity to Nehru-Gandhi Family

Bhopal: Senior Congress leader and former minister Sajjan Singh Verma, known as a staunch loyalist of party veteran Kamal Nath, on Sunday dismissed speculations about the latter quitting the grand old party. Mr Verma who left for Delhi from here in the evening to meet Mr Nath said that he held discussions with the latter on the matter. Mr Nath told me that he is not quitting Congress. Mr Nath said that he is now focusing on putting strong party candidates in the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Mr Verma told this newspaper after his meeting with Mr Nath. Mr Nath told me that he never even thought about leaving Congress, Mr Verma said. Mr Nath did not bother to deny the rumours on his joining BJP since he never talked about it, Mr Verma explained. All these speculations were the creation of the media. I do not consider it appropriate to give a clarification on it since I have never told the media where I am going and where I am not going. If I have not confirmed anything, why should I deny it, Mr Nath was quoted as saying by Mr Verma. One should not believe in any rumour regarding a person as long as the person concerned does not speak anything about it, Mr Verma said while quoting Mr Nath. According to Mr Verma, Mr Nath said that his relation with the Nehru-Gandhi family is not only political but personal also. In a related development, Congress veteran and former chief minister Digvijay Singh on Sunday reiterated his assertion that Mr Nath is not leaving Congress. How do you even think of it? How can a person who started his political career in Congress and is closely associated with the Nehru-Gandhi family for decades dissociate him from the family, he said. Mr Singh recounted how Congress put Mr Nath in the high positions of Union minister and chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and said that a person like Mr Nath cannot buckle under the threats of raids by Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other central agencies.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Feb 2024 10:02 pm

Kamal Nath's 'Party Switch Suspense' Over? Congress Says He Is Staying

The Congress has claimed that its veteran leader from Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, is not joining the BJP. This is what Mr Nath has told them when asked about the matter, party general secretary Jitendra Singh told NDTV this evening.

NDTV 18 Feb 2024 9:36 pm

Kamal Nathji will have Congress's ideology until his last breath: Jitu Patwari

Kamal Nathji will have Congress's ideology until his last breath: Jitu Patwari Amid speculations about former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, along with his son Nakul Nath, joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), state Congress President Jitu Patwari dismissed them stating that Nath will have Congress's ideology until his last breath. The rumours that Kamal Nath is going to the BJP--this is an example of how media can be misused. This was a conspiracy made against Kamal Nath. I spoke to him, and he said that all these things are just rumours, and he is a Congress person and will continue to be a Congress person, Patwari told ANI. He will continue to have Congress ideology till his last breath. This are his own thoughts. He said this, he added. Meanwhile, Congress leader Sajjan Verma said that Nath has not thought of leaving the party. I had a discussion with him (Kamal Nath). He said that right now his focus is on how the caste equations will be on 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. He said that he has not thought about anything like that (of leaving the party), he told reporters. Earlier today, Congress leader and close aide of Kamal Nath Deepak Saxena said said that he has been given a 'cold shoulder' by the grand old party since its defeat in the state assembly polls. Kamal Nathji has been given a cold shoulder by the Congress party. This is why development in the Chhindwara constituency has been suffering from impediments. The public wants him to join the Bharatiya Janata Party so that the constituency can be brought on the path of development, Saxena told ANI. He has been neglected by the party since its defeat in the state assembly polls. The party has been blaming him for its failure in the polls, whether it is about snatching from him the post of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief or not nominating him for the Rajya Sabha, he added. Saxena further said that the core committee of the party, involving senior party leaders in the Chhindwara constituency, has decided that he should go ahead and join the BJP in case he is continuously neglected by the Congress. Political circles were abuzz on Saturday amid speculation that former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath may join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The development comes as Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Nath, who is Chhindwara MP, reached Delhi on Saturday. The speculations turned rife after a post shared by former Congress leader and BJP state spokesperson Narendra Saluja showed a picture of Kamal Nath with Nakul Nath captioned as 'Jai Shree Ram'. As of now, there has been no official confirmation from Kamal Nath's side. On being asked about his plans to switch sides, Kamal Nath rejected all the claims, saying the media would be informed if there is something. Why are you all getting excited? It is not about denying. I will inform you all if there is something like that, said Kamal Nath on Saturday, while speaking to the media. Earlier on Friday, while addressing a press conference in Bhopal, BJP state president VD Sharma also reacted to speculations and said that they had kept their doors open. When asked about speculations of the Congress veteran joining the BJP, Sharma said, So today I am telling you the environment, we have kept our doors open because there are people in Congress who feel that Congress boycotts Lord Ram, India has Ram in its heart. When Congress insults him, then some people are pained by this, who are upset, and they should get a chance. If those whose names you are taking have pain in their hearts, then they are also welcome, Sharma said. The Congress, after its abysmal performance in the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, had removed Kamal Nath from the post of PCC Chief and appointed Jitu Patwari. Meanwhile, he is also said to have become disgruntled after the party did not nominate him for the Rajya Sabha. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 9:30 pm

Nath told me he is not going anywhere, claims MP Cong chief Jitu Patwari

Nath told me he is not going anywhere, claims MP Cong chief Jitu Patwari Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Jitu Patwari on Sunday evening sought to dispel speculation about Kamal Naths possible switch to BJP, claiming that the senior Congress leader had told him that he was not going anywhere. The BJP misuses the media and questions the integrity of a person and this has come to light. I had a talk with Kamal Nath ji who told me that the reports coming in the media were part of a conspiracy. He told me that he was a Congressman and will remain in Congress, Patwari told PTI. His relationship with the Gandhi family is unshakable. He has lived with the ideology of Congress and will remain with it till the end. This is what he told me, the Congress leader said. Asked why Nath was not himself putting forth his side, Patwari said that the MP chief minister would speak at the right time. What I said was on his behalf, he claimed. Nath and his son and Chhindwara MP Nakul Nath arrived in the national capital on Saturday afternoon, while Nakul Nath dropped Congress from his bio on social media. Around half a dozen Madhya Pradesh MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reached Delhi on Sunday, accentuating the speculation that the father-son were set to join the ruling BJP. In MP capital Bhopal, Naths Congress colleague Digvijaya Singh expressed confidence that his old friend won't forsake the party from where he began his political journey.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 9:15 pm

Kamal Nath not leaving Congress: Congress GS Jitendra Singh

Amidst the speculations of senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Kamal Nath, severing ties with the grand old party, and switching to the BJP instead, going rife, on Sunday, February 18, Congress General Secretary, Jitendra Singh, claimed that Kamal Nath told the Congress, when asked about the same, that he would not []

goachronicle 18 Feb 2024 9:13 pm

BJP amends its constitution to empower Parliamentary Board to take decision on its president

BJP amends its constitution to empower Parliamentary Board to take decision on its president The BJP's national convention on Sunday amended the party's constitution, allowing its apex organisational body -- the Parliamentary Board -- to take a decision related to its president, including his or her term and its extension, in ''emergency'' situations. A proposal to this effect was brought by the party's general secretary Sunil Bansal. The party president is generally elected through organisational polls after a few elections are carried out in at least 50 per cent of its state bodies. The state BJP organisation poll is also contingent upon elections in district bodies and so on. Sources said when the party is busy preparing for assembly or Lok Sabha elections, it is hard to follow the laid down practice for the internal polls. Incumbent president J P Nadda is currently on an extended tenure till June 30 in the view of Lok Sabha polls. Though the party has not elaborated on the details and rationale behind the amendment, sources said it may have to do with the future appointments of its presidents. The two-day convention, which ended on Sunday, also saw the passage of three resolutions. Some party leaders indicated that several leaders from different parties, including the Congress, may join it in the next few weeks as the BJP looks to achieve its target of winning 370 seats in the elections to 543-member Lok Sabha. A party leader said MP Nakul Nath, the son of senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, may join the BJP amid intense speculation that the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister may take the plunge himself. He also named some other Congress leaders, including former Union ministers and current MPs, who may switch over in the run up to the elections. The focus will be on strong leaders in places where the BJP may not be very strong, he added. A meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of the BJP was held following the convention's conclusion and they discussed the details of the party's strategy to win 370 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and governance issues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nadda also attended the meeting. Later in a post on X, Modi said, ''Had an extensive meeting with chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of states where the BJP is serving in government. Discussed ways to further strengthen the growth trajectory of the states so that we can leverage double engine of growth to build a 'Viksit Bharat'.''

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 9:04 pm

Madhya Pradesh man puts up hoarding on e-rickshaw to seek bride for himself

Madhya Pradesh man puts up hoarding on erickshaw to seek bride for himself

India Today 18 Feb 2024 8:33 pm

Kamal Nathji has been given cold shoulder by Congress: Party leader Deepak Saxena

Kamal Nathji has been given cold shoulder by Congress: Party leader Deepak Saxena Amid speculations of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, along with his son Nakul Nath, joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former Madhya Pradesh Minister and Congress leader Deepak Saxena said that Nath has been given a 'cold shoulder' by the grand old party since its defeat in the state assembly polls. Kamal Nathji has been given a cold shoulder by the Congress party. This is why development in the Chhindwara constituency has been suffering from impediments. The public wants him to join the Bharatiya Janata Party so that the constituency can be brought on the path of development, Saxena told ANI. He has been neglected by the party since its defeat in the state assembly polls. The party has been blaming him for its failure in the polls, whether it is about snatching from him the post of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief or not nominating him for the Rajya Sabha, he added. Saxena further said that the core committee of the party, involving senior party leaders in the Chhindwara constituency, has decided that he should go ahead and join the BJP in case he is continuously neglected by the Congress. Kamal Nathji was in a decisive position in the party, be it Indira Ji's or Rajeev ji's. Our core committee, involving senior party leaders in the district, has decided that he should go ahead and join the BJP in case he is continuously neglected by the Congress, he said. Saxena is a close aide of the senior Congress leader. The Congress, after its abysmal performance in the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, had removed Kamal Nath from the post of PCC Chief and appointed Jitu Patwari. Meanwhile, he is also said to have become disgruntled after the party did not nominate him for the Rajya Sabha. Former Congress leader and Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) Chief Ghulam Nabi Azad, meanwhile, widened the rift, stating that the grand old party does not seem to care about its people. I do not know where he (Kamal Nath) is heading. But if he is leaving the Congress party, it indicates that the party leadership does not understand why the people who laid the foundation of the party are bent on leaving it. The Congress apparently doesn't seem to care about its people, he said while speaking to ANI. Congress leader Vikram Ahake, however, sought to play down the reports, stating that it was too soon to comment on them. It is too soon to say anything about it. It is evident that we will see a change in the coming times, which will decide the picture and fate of Chhindwara. But Kamal Nathji is a prominent leader, if he has decided to do something, that must be in the spirit of the development of Chhindwara, he told ANI. Political circles were abuzz on Saturday amid speculation that former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath may join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The development comes as Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Nath, who is Chhindwara MP, reached Delhi on Saturday. The speculations turned rife after a post shared by former Congress leader and BJP state spokesperson Narendra Saluja showed a picture of Kamal Nath with Nakul Nath captioned as 'Jai Shree Ram'. As of now, there has been no official confirmation from Kamal Nath's side. On being asked about his plans to switch sides, Kamal Nath rejected all the claims, saying the media would be informed if there is something. Why are you all getting excited? It is not about denying. I will inform you all if there is something like that, said Kamal Nath on Saturday, while speaking to the media. Earlier on Friday, while addressing a press conference in Bhopal, BJP state president VD Sharma also reacted to speculations and said that they had kept their doors open. When asked about speculations of the Congress veteran joining the BJP, Sharma said, So today I am telling you the environment, we have kept our doors open because there are people in Congress who feel that Congress boycotts Lord Ram, India has Ram in its heart. When Congress insults him, then some people are pained by this, who are upset, and they should get a chance. If those whose names you are taking have pain in their hearts, then they are also welcome, Sharma said. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 8:27 pm

Several Nath loyalist MLAs reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP; Digvijaya says wont happen

Several Nath loyalist MLAs reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP; Digvijaya says wont happen Around half a dozen Madhya Pradesh MLAs loyal to senior Congress leader Kamal Nath reached Delhi on Sunday, accentuating the speculation that he and his MP son Nakul Nath are set to join the ruling BJP. In MP capital Bhopal, Naths Congress colleague Digvijaya Singh expressed confidence that his old friend won't forsake the party from where he began his political journey, even as a picture of a flag, with Jai Shri Ram written on it, purportedly flying at Naths Delhi home provided enough fodder to social media users. According to party insiders, MP Congress chief Jitu Patwari remained busy through Saturday establishing contact with his MLAs and telling them that Nath and his son wont cross over to the BJP. Of those MLAs who have followed Nath to Delhi, three are from Chhindwara, while another three from the region are set to leave for Delhi, sources close to the veteran leader said earlier. These MLAs were not answering calls, with some Congress insiders claiming Nath loyalist and former state minister Lakhan Ghangoriya was also camping with them in Delhi. Nath (77), a nine-time MP from Chhindwara and currently MLA from the seat, is a former chief minister who was removed as the party's state president following the Congress' dismal performance in the November Assembly polls. The party also did not pick Nath, an astute politician who had worked with three generations of the Gandhi family, as its nominee from MP for Rajya Sabha polls. In 1979, then prime minister Indira Gandhi had described him as her third son when she introduced him to the people of Chhindwara at a public meeting ahead of the 1980 Lok Sabha polls. Naths friendship with Indira Gandhis son Sanjay Gandhi was a much-discussed topic in Congress circles then. Deepak Saxena, former MP Minister and Nath loyalist, told reporters in Chhindwara he was hurt by the way the latter was removed as state unit chief following the Assembly debacle. We want our leader to be accorded all respect. Whatever decision he takes, we will be with him, Saxena said. Another Nath loyalist, former state minister Sajjan Singh Verma, wrote Jai Shri Ram in his X profile. I will follow Kamal Nath, Verma, a former MP, had told reporters on Saturday. The Nath camp was making efforts to get the support of 23 MLAs so that anti-defection laws don't apply to them, party insiders claimed. The Congress has 66 seats in the 230-member Assembly. In case one-third of the MLAs switch over, then anti-defection laws will not apply, MP High Court advocate Rakesh Pandey told PTI. If the rumours surrounding Nath turn out to be true, it would mean another big blow to the Congress, which recently saw a high-profile exit in former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. In Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh said that the veteran leader started his political journey from the Congress and expressed confidence that his old friend wont leave it. Singh said he and other Congress leaders were in contact with former MP chief minister Nath. We all used to consider Kamal Nath the third son of late prime minister Indira ji (after Sanjay Gandhi and ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi), the Rajya Sabha member told reporters here. Kamal Nath ji has always been with the Congress. He is a true Congress leader... He has got all posts, including chief minister, union minister, AICC general secretary and MP Congress chief, Singh said. Nath's character is such that he won't yield to the pressure of central agencies like ED, I-T or CBI, he said. The biggest denial of all such speculation is that Kamal Nath has still not joined the BJP or resigned from the Congress, Singh said. Nath arrived in the national capital on Saturday afternoon. His son and Chhindwara MP Nakul Nath dropped Congress from his bio on social media. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP won 28 of the 29 Lok Sabha seats, except Chhindwara. Meanwhile, the state Congress chief was busy telling his party MLAs that Nath wouldn't join BJP, said party insiders. Recalling India Gandhis third son utterance for Nath, Patwari had said on Saturday, Can you dream of the third son of Indiraji (Gandhi) joining the BJP? He said Nath stood behind the Congress like a rock during its bad patch when the government led by him was toppled by Scindia. In March 2020, Jyotiraditya Scindia and several MLAs loyal to him had switched over to the BJP, bringing down the Congress government led by Nath.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 8:21 pm

Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath to stay in Congress, confirms state party chief Jitendra Patwari

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jitendra Patwari dismissed reports of former CM Kamal Nath joining the BJP. Once again, BJP misuses media to question faith. Kamal Nath confirmed he remains a Congress leader, calling the speculations conspiracies, Patwari stated.

The Economic Times 18 Feb 2024 8:18 pm

Since 2014, 11 Congress chief ministers have quit the party

While speculations are rife about former Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath joining BJP, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh is trying its best to ensure that other party members do not switch sides. However, there has been no official confirmation from Nath so far on whether or not he would join the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 18 Feb 2024 7:43 pm

Congress on edge as Kamal Nath and son mull BJP switch, prompting fear of mass exodus in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Rewind back to March 2020, when 22 Congress MLAs (mostly loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia) walked out of the Congress pulling down the 15-months-old Kamal Nath-led Congress regime in Madhya Pradesh. Nearly four years later, the grand old political party is apprehensive of another exodus of its sitting and former MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, if its former state party chief Kamal Nath or his first-time MP son Nakul Nath or both of them actually join the BJP. While the Congresss central leadership, including former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi, are reportedly making all possible efforts to convince Nath to respect his decades-old bonding with the party and the Nehru-Gandhi family, back in Bhopal, the state Congress leadership too is engaged in damage control measure. The state Congress leadership is already talking to its 66 sitting MLAs one-on-one, to ensure no damage or least damage to its ranks ahead of the February 22 arrival of Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in MP. According to sources in Naths camp, if Nath or even his son Nakul Nath and daughter-in-law Priya Nath switchover to BJP, they will be accompanied by 15-20 sitting MLAs, 5-8 former MLAs (many of whom lost the 2023 assembly polls) and two mayors. Several MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP The majority of sitting MLAs who might follow Nath and his family includes the six MLAs of Chhindwara and Pandhurna districts, besides MLAs from adjoining Balaghat, Seoni, Mandla and Dindori districts, ex-minister and third-time sitting MLA from Jabalpur-East seat Lakhan Ghanghoriya, second-time MLA from Paraswada seat Madhu Bhagat, Baihar MLA Sanjay Uike and Waraseoni MLA Vicky Patel (all three from Balaghat district). These districts form part of Naths home region Mahakoshal which sends 17 out of the 66 present Congress MLAs. Not just MLAs from the tribal-dominated Mahakoshal region, but some MLAs loyal and close to Nath from other regions such as Dinesh Gurjar, the first-time MLA from Morena seat of Gwalior-Chambal region. Also, many of Congress 2023 assembly polls' big losers, including ex-ministers Sajjan Singh Verma, Tarun Bhanot, Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Ravi Joshi and Sukhdev Panse (Verma and Panse are reportedly camping in Delhi) and fourth-time former MLA from Chhindwara seat Deepak Saxena (who had vacated his seat for Nath in 2018) are likely to walk behind Nath. However, its not clear whether senior MLA from Rajpur-ST seat of west MP and ex-home minister Bala Bachchan also follows Nath into the BJP or not. The Congress circles are also worried over the possibility of its two mayors Vikram Ahke (Chhindwara) and Sharda Solanki (Morena) following Nath into the BJP, just a few weeks after Jabalpur mayor Jagat Bahadur Singh Annu dumped the Congress to join BJP. Kamal Nath in Delhi amid buzz on joining BJP A senior Congress MLA who too was a minister in the 15 months long Kamal Nath-led regime in MP between 2019 and 2020, told this newspaper, Though its yet not clear whether Nath or his son will actually join the BJP or not, even if it happens, just handful of MLAs, particularly from Chhindwara, Pandhurna and Balaghat districts of Mahakoshal region will follow their leader into the BJP. Meanwhile, four-times former Congress MLA from Chhindwara seat Deepak Saxena, who is considered very close to Nath, made it clear that the possible big move by Nath will happen, largely due to the veteran politicians repeated insults and ignorance from the party. He has served for nearly five decades in Congress. Congress lost assembly polls in Chhattisgarh (which was ruled by Rahul Gandhis man Bhupesh Baghel), Rajasthan and MP, but only Kamal Nath was being targeted and blamed by the Congresss top brass. The humiliation was continuous since the polls were over, including removing him as MP Congress chief and then not naming him the RS polls candidate from MP. He (Nath) has always stood by the Gandhi family, right since the days of Indira Gandhi. Earlier, he (Nath) was part of all key committees of the Congress, but its not the same now. Given the current situation, the big move by Nath and his son might happen in the next one or two days, Saxena told this newspaper. Continuing to put on a brave face, former MP CM Digvijaya Singh told journalists in Bhopal, We all have always regarded him as Indira Gandhis third son and he too has always been committed to the Congress and has been among the prime pillars of the party. Spanning from posts of union minister, and AICC secretary to MP Congress chief and MP CM, he has been given all major responsibilities. The pressure of ED, income tax and other agencies is on him also, just like its on the others. But Im still confident that hell not leave the party. Congress senior leader confirms Kamal Nath's loyalty amid BJP switch rumours

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 6:39 pm

On cam: Man hurls abuses at government school teacher in MP's Chhatarpur district

A man hurled abuses at a senior government teacher in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur district. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. The school teachers have now lodged a complaint with the police and demanded a stern action against the man.

The Times of India 18 Feb 2024 6:26 pm

Two day banana festival in Burhanpur from 20th February

Exhibition of banana species to be main attraction Banana production, processing, export possibilities to be discussed A unique two-day banana festival is being celebrated in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh on 20th and 21st February. Being organized by Burhanpur District Administration, famous banana scientists and banana producers of the country will discuss issues related to []

bhaskarlive 18 Feb 2024 5:40 pm

UP: 14 arrested for cheating in ongoing police constable recruitment exam in Ballia

UP: 14 arrested for cheating in ongoing police constable recruitment exam in Ballia Police have arrested 14 people for alleged cheating in the ongoing police constable recruitment examination in Ballia district, officials said on Sunday. This included 11 members of three gangs, including a forest department and a health department technician, and three men allegedly posing as aspirants in the exam, they said. Superintendent of Police of Ballia Dev Ranjan Verma said that police have busted three gangs that were allegedly trying to disrupt the ongoing police constable recruitment examination and arrested 14 people. Among those arrested were Abhay Kumar Srivastava, a lab technician in the health department in Sultanpur district, and Fatehbahadur Rajbhar, a constable in the forest department in Katni district of Madhya Pradesh, he said. Police have also arrested three persons, who were allegedly appearing for the exams in place of registered candidates. In Gonda district, police have arrested three persons in connection to the constable recruitment process, including one for posing as a candidate. Kundan Kumar Chaudhary, a resident of Nalanda district of Bihar, was arrested on Saturday evening with the help of the local police at an examination centre in Nawabganj town, Gonda Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal said. He was giving the test in place of Tanmay Singh, a resident of Mankapur police station area of the district. Tanmay and Harendra Kumar, both of whom had applied for the constable recruitment process, were arrested on Sunday, the SP said. SP said that a deal had been finalised between Chaudhary and the two candidates for Rs 6 lakh. He was giving the exam in place of Tanmay at an examination centre in Nawabganj in the second shift on Saturday and was to take the exam in place of Harendra on Sunday at another centre in Gonda city. Jaiswal added that a case has been registered against the three in Nawabganj police station. Over 100 people have been arrested across Uttar Pradesh in the last two days for posing as candidates in the police constable recruitment examination and cheating, officials said on Saturday. Director General of Police (DGP) Prashant Kumar on Saturday had said that among the 122 arrested in total, 15 were nabbed in Etah, nine each in Mau, Prayagraj and Siddharthanagar, eight in Ghazipur, seven in Azamgarh, six in Gorakhpur, five in Jaunpur, four in Firozabad, three each in Kaushambi and Hathras, two each in Jhansi, Varanasi, Agra and Kanpur, and one each in Ballia, Deoria and Bijnor. Kumar had also conducted a surprise inspection at two examination centres in the Gomtinagar area of Lucknow. He said more than 48 lakh candidates are taking the examination being held in two shifts on February 17-18.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 5:19 pm

I will inform you all, Kamal Nath amid speculations of parting ways with Congress and joining BJP

Amid rumors about Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath parting ways with Congress party and joining BJP he said that he will inform everyone is there is something like that.I said yesterday that if there is something like that, I will inform you all. I did not talk to anyone, said Kamal Nath.

The Times of India 18 Feb 2024 4:26 pm

India's best places for jungle trekking: - These places are best for jungle trekking in India

Many people like doing adventurous activities. They want to live close to nature and want to have a different experience. Often such people like trekking. Generally, it is seen that people think only about mountain trekking. But if you want, you can also enjoy jungle trekking. Yes, India is known for offering the best treks all over the world. You can not only do mountain trekking here, but jungle trekking here also has its pleasure. If you are someone who wants to experience what trekking in the jungle is like. So, today in this article we are telling you about some such jungle trekking, which you should experience once- Kunjkharak Trek, Uttarakhand The Kunjkharak trek starts from Pangot, located near Corbett in the foothills of the Himalayas. This trekking trail is perfect for those who do not want too much crowd around them and want to trek in peace. While trekking on this route, you will cross forests filled with tall pine trees. You will also come across the Kosi River during your trek. If you want to enjoy jungle trekking in India, then you can choose Kunjkharak Trek. The best time to visit here is considered to be from October to April. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh (Kanha National Park) Kanha National Park is a national park located in Madhya Pradesh and it has about 22 species of mammals. Generally, the tourists coming here like to see this wildlife in their natural habitat. If you are adventurous then you might not like going here very much, but it is known as one of the best jungle trekking places in India. It takes a total of 2-3 hours to trek through the dense green forest. The best time to visit here is considered to be from October to the end of June. Chembra Trek, Kerala If you have just started trekking then you can consider trekking at Chembara Trek in Kerala. It is considered a good trek for beginners. Chembra Trek is situated at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level and is one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats. This trek passes through dense forest, where you can also encounter wild animals. This place has its charm as you can touch the clouds during your trek. A major attraction of this trek is Love Lake, which is in the shape of a heart. The best time to visit here is considered to be after monsoon. Image Credit- freepik

Kalam Times 18 Feb 2024 3:15 pm

Satpura organic gets award

State loan seminar concluded by NABARD Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal State Credit Seminar 2024-25 was organized by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in Bhopal. The program was presided over by Jagdish Deora, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh and was attended by JN Kansotiya, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest Department,...

Central Chronicle 18 Feb 2024 2:59 pm

CM appeals to invest in Medical Device Park

Bhopal: Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav appreciated interest for investment in Madhya Pradesh by Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industries, which met him at Hyderabad in Telangana. The President of the Federation Meela Jaidev along with industrialists expressed their interest to invest in Madhya Pradesh. The delegation honored Chief Minister Dr. Yadav by...

Central Chronicle 18 Feb 2024 2:52 pm

Speculation mounts as Congress MLAs close to Kamal Nath arrive in Delhi amid rumors of BJP switch

Around six MLAs from Madhya Pradesh, known for their loyalty to Kamal Nath, have arrived in Delhi, fueling speculation that both Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Nath are set to join the BJP. Efforts are being made to secure the support of 23 MLAs to avoid anti-defection laws.

The Economic Times 18 Feb 2024 2:44 pm

Acharya Vidyasagar ji inspired us to follow the right path: Chief Minister Dr. Yadav

Acharya jis blessings have always been on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav has said that Acharya Vidyasagar ji had special affection towards Madhya Pradesh. The people of the state received his blessings. His good deeds will always inspire us. Thesamadhiof the revered saint Shiromani Param Pujya Acharya Guruvar Shri 108 Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj, []

bhaskarlive 18 Feb 2024 2:25 pm

Did Kamal Nath Convey His Plan To Quit Congress To Party Leadership? Digvijaya Singh Drops Big Hint

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Jitu Patwari rejected such reports saying that Kamal Nath won't leave Congress.

Zee News 18 Feb 2024 2:25 pm

Several MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP

Several MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP Around half a dozen Madhya Pradesh MLAs loyal to senior Congress leader Kamal Nath reached Delhi on Sunday amid speculation that he and his MP son Nakul Nath are set to join the ruling BJP. Three of these MLAs are from Chhindwara, while another three from the region are set to leave for Delhi, sources close to the veteran leader said. Nath, a nine-time MP from Chhindwara and currently MLA from the seat, is a former chief minister who was removed as the party's state president following the Congress' dismal performance in the November Assembly polls. These MLAs were not answering calls, with some Congress insiders claiming Nath loyalist and former state minister Lakhan Ghangoriya was also camping with them in Delhi. Deepak Saxena, former MP minister and Nath loyalist told reporters in Chhindwara he was hurt by the way the latter was removed as state unit chief following the Assembly debacle. ''We want out leader to be accorded all respect. Whatever decision he takes, we will be with him,'' Saxena said. Another Nath loyalist, former state minister Vikram Verma, wrote 'Jai Shri Ram' in his X profile. ''I will follow Kamal Nath,'' Verma, a former MP, had told reporters on Saturday. Efforts were on by the Nath camp to get the support of 23 MLAs so that anti-defection laws don't apply to them, party insiders claimed. The Congress has 66 seats in the 230-member Assembly. ''In case one-third of the MLAs switch over, then anti-defection laws will not apply,'' MP High Court advocate Rakesh Pandey told PTI. Incidentally, in March 2020, another senior leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and several MLAs loyal to him had switched over to the BJP, which brought down the Congress government led by Nath.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 2:24 pm

Farmers install CCTV cameras in their fields as garlic prices go all-time high

Farmers install CCTV cameras in their fields as garlic prices go all-time high In the wake of surging prices of garlic in Madhya Pradesh's Chhindwara, farmers have now come up with innovative measures to protect the produce by installing CCTV cameras in their fields. The price of garlic has skyrocketed in the market, reaching an all-time high of 400 to 500 rupees per kilogram, leaving farmers in both joy and distress. Faced with the surge in garlic prices, farmers in Badnoor are resorting to unconventional methods to protect their lucrative crops. Instances of theft prompted these farmers to install CCTV cameras in their fields. Rahul Deshmukh, a Garlic cultivator and resident of Badnoor village, Mohkhed highlighted the importance of CCTV cameras. Earlier, a thief had stolen 8 to 10 kg of garlic from the field and was caught by the police later on, whereas, after this incident, I am protecting my field by installing CCTV cameras, he said. Rahul Deshmukh, who invested 25 lakh rupees in cultivating garlic across 13 acres has now received a huge return of nearly 1 crore rupees after selling garlic in the market. I had planted garlic on 13 acres of land in which I have spent a total of Rs 25 lakh, till now I have sold the crop worth Rs 1 crore, and the crops are yet to be harvested, I have used solar power in his field and also installed moving CCTV cameras for the safety of crops, Rahul Deshmukh said. 3 cameras have been installed to monitor garlic crop grown in 4 acres, he added. Pawan Chaudhary, another Garlic cultivator in Badnoor, spent 4 lakh rupees on his 4-acre garlic crop and reaped a profit of 6 lakh rupees. I installed three CCTV cameras to monitor my field. Two cameras are mine, while one camera is rented. My garlic was being stolen from my fields due to which I had to install these cameras. According to the farmers, while the annual price of garlic typically reaches up to Rs 80 per kilogram, this season has seen a significant escalation, crossing Rs 300 per kilogram. Consequently, they have reaped substantial profits, marking the first instance of such a substantial increase in garlic prices. Never before has the price of garlic surpassed this unprecedented level. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 2:05 pm

Hive Of Bees Turn Up Uninvited At Madhya Pradesh Wedding, 12 Injured

In a shocking incident in Madhya Pradesh, a swarm of bees disrupted a wedding ceremony, leaving several guests injured.

NDTV 18 Feb 2024 1:39 pm

Concerns Over Law and Order: Kailash Vijayvargiya Criticizes West Bengal's Situation

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has voiced deep concern regarding the deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal, particularly in light of the Sandeshkhali issue, emphasizing a perceived lack of respect for women in the state. Lamentably, law and order in West Bengal is in shambles... The state exhibits a flagrant disregard for the dignity of women. Regrettably, even the police fail to register complaints when women endure torment... I am perplexed as to the whereabouts of those who once protested with candles, Vijayvargiya conveyed to media representatives on Saturday. A recent incident highlighted the obstacles faced by a BJP delegation during their investigation into reported cases of sexual harassment and violence in the Sandeshkhali area. The delegation, comprising BJP leaders Annapurna Devi, Pratima Bhowmik, Sunita Duggal, Kavita Patidar, Sangeeta Yadav, Brij Lal, and Agnimitra Paul, was halted by police authorities while en route to Sandeshkhali. Subsequently, they met with Governor CV Ananda Bose after being barred from entering the region. Following their meeting with the Governor, a member of the delegation expressed their intention to file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking permission to proceed to Sandeshkhali and engage with women protesters. We were obstructed on our journey to Sandeshkhali today and had to return. We will approach the Supreme Court to secure permission to visit Sandeshkhali. Our objective is to shed light on the distressing plight of women, children, and newlywed brides who have suffered at the hands of TMC goons and law enforcement, remarked Annapurna Devi, a delegate member, during a press briefing after their meeting with the Governor on Friday. In Sandeshkhali, women have been demonstrating for several days against alleged atrocities perpetrated by TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his associates. In response to these events, the BJP constituted a six-member committee comprising Union Ministers and Members of Parliament. Their mandate is to visit Sandeshkhali and compile information on reported incidents of sexual harassment and violence against women. Kerala Governor Dr. Arif Mohammed Khan Criticizes Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Haryana Extends Mobile Internet Ban in Seven Districts Amid Farmers' 'Delli Chalo' Call Congress MP Manish Tiwari Reportedly Considering BJP Switch

News Track 18 Feb 2024 12:11 pm

Jairam Ramesh Silent on Kamal Nath, said- I only talk about Kashi Vishwanath

Varanasi: T here are talks of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath leaving the party. It is being said that Kamal Nath and his son Nakul Nath can join BJP by joining hands with Congress. Meanwhile, when Congress General Secretary (Communication) Jairam Ramesh was asked about the news of Kamal Nath joining BJP, he refused to talk about it. Congress' Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra is in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh and currently the yatra is on hold because Rahul Gandhi has gone to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad. The journey will resume when he returns at 3 pm. Talking to the media, Jairam Ramesh said, I only talk about Kashi Vishwanath, not about Kamal Nath. There is talk in the political circles that Kamal Nath can take membership of BJP along with his MP son Nakul Nath and about a dozen MLAs and former MLAs. Amidst these speculations, Kamal Nath reached Delhi with his son Nakul on Saturday and while talking to the media said that if something like this happens, I will inform you first. If sources are to be believed, Kamal Nath is angry over Congress not giving him Rajya Sabha seat. It is being told that Rahul Gandhi is angry with Kamal Nath over the crushing defeat in the assembly elections held in the state last year and due to this the party did not send him to the Rajya Sabha. Now angry with this, Kamal Nath can leave the party. After the defeat in the assembly elections, he resigned from the post of President of Madhya Pradesh, after which Jitu Patwari was handed over the command of the state. In the assembly elections held last year, BJP retained power by winning 163 out of 230 seats. Whereas Congress managed to win only 66 seats. Congress had suffered a major setback due to its defeat in this election. The party was making tall claims of victory in this election. Congress MP Digvijay Singh's statement on the ongoing speculations regarding Kamal Nath has also come to light. He said that I had talked to Kamal Nath last night. He is in Chhindwara. How can we expect a man who started his political career with the Nehru-Gandhi family to leave Indira ji's family? We should not even expect this. Mamata Banerjee Defends Secularism and Democracy Against Criticism India Defends Purchase of Russian Oil Amid Western Sanctions Delhi Court Rejects Bail for Sharjeel Imam in 2020 Riots Case

News Track 18 Feb 2024 11:11 am

I kept writing for 10-12 years: Kiran Rao on her comeback as director with 'Laapataa Ladies'

I kept writing for 10-12 years: Kiran Rao on her comeback as director with 'Laapataa Ladies' After treating the audience with 'Dhobi Ghat', the ace director and producer Kiran Rao, is again back with another project titled 'Laapataa Ladies'. As Rao is busy in promoting her film, she recently got candid about making a comeback as a director and what makes the story set in 2001 still relatable and relevant. She told ANI, My struggle continued. I kept writing for 10-12 years. I was writing stories for films, I was writing stories for the OTT series as well. But for some reason, I wasn't completely satisfied with them. When 'Dhobi Ghat' was released, I became a mother. I was very busy and enjoying being a mother. I don't know how the years went by. But I kept writing. I worked in the films of Aamir Khan Productions. I also contributed to the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. But the desire to make a film was left behind. Because I was not able to complete the script. She continued, In 2018, Aamir got this script. He was a judge in a screenwriting competition. And he liked the story a lot. This story won the second prize. Writer Biplab Goswami wrote it. Then I thought, yes, this is my story. But it's been six years since it was made. The story of the movie revolves around two newly-wed brides who get separated from their families and how a slip-up sets many things right. In a very subtle way, using the elements of humour and hope, Kiran has attempted to address a strong social issue and women's empowerment However, the original story was much realistic and dark though her film comes with the elements of comedy and hope. As she explained, When we met Sneha Desai as a writer, I felt that this could be done because the story was very good, which was written by Bipalab, but it was very realistic and I felt that the fun should come because this is a kind of satirical situation that two girls get separated and then what happens next. How can this be changed? And then what happens? There is a twist in the story. Sneha Desai brought the fun in the twist very well. And I will give her full credit. Biplab had also written a very good story. Sneha did this and Divyanidhi Sharma created the character of Shyam Manohar(played by Ravi Kishan). So the challenge was that the topics on which we have to discuss to change people's perspective, we should do it under the table. We should do it through comedy. So that you don't feel that someone is giving you a lecture standing and someone is explaining something to you. It's not something to explain. The audience understands. Whatever you want to say, you don't have to explain it. If your story touches them, then they understand. So actually, while writing, a lot of us we were conscious that the less we kept preaching, the less we kept lecturing. But I felt that the comedy element was very important. Because people then understand what you want to convey very easily, she added. 'Laapata Ladies' is set in 2001 Madhya Pradesh, a time when mobile phones were precious and the internet and technology had not made everything easily accessible. But, she feels that the story is still relatable. made. I think this story will touch people's hearts as emotions and dreams have no age. On how she decided about the locations, the director shared, So, we saw a lot of recce tapes from the villages, because, as I said, it was the time of Covid, so we couldn't travel that much to find them. So, from everywhere, from Bihar, UP, Delhi, MP we saw a lot of recce tapes in Maharashtra as well. So, we thought that we were getting a lot of locations together in MP. They are not that far away from Bhopal. Their shooting infrastructure is very good. The government and tourism support the film industry a lot. And we got to see very beautiful villages that haven't changed that much in the last 20-25 years. As you have seen, it's the story of 2001. So, we also had that requirement that we don't get a very solid house in that village. So, where there is a beautiful mud house of India, they should be there. A simplicity, a beauty, where the fields are behind the house. It's not that there are thousands of acres of fields, but someone is living in a bungalow. We needed that kind of atmosphere that we got in MP. And we did the train shoots in Maharashtra. Train stations, we shot them in Nashik district, the director added. The film stars Ravi Kishan, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastav, and Nitanshi Goel. Talking about the casting of the film, and working with new as well as established names, Kiran shared, It always comes with a challenge to work with new stars but to hire new people, you have to balance the equation. You have to keep your project within a certain size, being realistic, and then you can be free in this project. And we both felt, Aamir and I, that if the actors are completely new to this, who fit this character perfectly, then you(the audience) will believe this world in some way, and you will understand this world. You won't think, how is this possible? You know, you will start flowing with this story. So, because of Aamir's faith and sharp planning and design casting happened. Presented by Jio Studios, 'Laapataa Ladies' is directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande. 'Laapataa Ladies' is a story set in 2001 in rural India about two young brides who get separated during a train journey and what happens when Kishan, a police officer, takes it upon himself to probe the missing case. The film received a standing ovation during its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. 'Laapataa Ladies' is produced by a team that has collaborated for such hits as 'Delhi Belly', 'Dangal', and 'Peepli Live'. The film has been produced under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, with the scripting by Biplab Goswami. Sneha Desai wrote the screenplay and dialogue, while Divyanidhi Sharma jotted down the additional lines.'Laapataa Ladies' will hit the theatres on March 1. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 11:09 am

Speculations of Kamal Nath joining BJP go up with BJPs Jai Shri Ram post

Bhopal: Political circles were abuzz on Saturday amid speculation that former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath may join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The development comes amidst Kamal Nath along with his son Nakul Nath, who is Chhindwara MP reached Delhi on Saturday. The speculations turned rife after a post Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 18 Feb 2024 10:36 am

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief dials MLAs amid buzz of Kamal Nath joining BJP

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief dials MLAs amid buzz of Kamal Nath joining BJP

India Today 18 Feb 2024 10:11 am