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April 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         April 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:Apr' 2018

CHANDIGARH DIARY

Forum against Centre's policies

V.P. Prabhakar

Harmohan Dhawan Former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan joined the 'Rashtra Manch' (National Forum) launched in Delhi on January 31, 2018 by senior BJP leader and former minister Yashwant Sinha.
Sinha said that it would be a 'political action group' of all those who were concerned over the deteriorations of democratic values and institutions in the country. He said that the munch would start movement against the polices of the Central Government, which had been "denigrating democratic institutions, including Parliament and Judiciary."

Yashwant Sinha Sinha hit out at the government for its economic and foreign policies. "Everybody in the BJP is living in fear. I, along with Shatrughanji, have overcome that and so are we in front of you today," he said.
Shatrughan Sinha said that he had joined the platform because he had not been given a forum in his party for expressing his views. His decision to back the front should not be seen as an anti-party activity.
Dhawan said he had been insulted and humiliated in the party.
He said: "Around 300 to 350 leaders of various parties joined the nonpolitical forum. At present fear psychosis is created in the country, be it cow slaughter, communal or farmer issues. Non-issues are being raised to divert attention from real issues. He said it would also be discussed how a strong 'mahagathbandhan' could be formed ahead of the 2019 elections.

Renuka Chowdhury The meeting in Delhi was attended, among others, by Shatrughan Sinha, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, NCP MP Majeed Memon, Aam Admai Party MP Sanjay Singh, former Gujarat Chief Minister Suresh Mehta and JDU leader Pavan Varma, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary and former Union Minister Som Pal.

Mayors' term

Rajnath Singh Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Chandigarh on January 30, 2018. He said that his ministry would consider to extend the terms of the Chandigarh Mayor, and Deputy Mayor to five years. He also hinted at introducing direct elections for these posts.
The BJP councillors had a closed door meeting with the Home Minister in the UT Guest House. They said that one-year term for these posts was too short to understand the issues and start development works.

'Minister, MLA should pay own income tax '

Amarinder Singh Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on February 5, 2018 urged that all elected representatives in the state, including ministers and MLAs, to pay their own income tax.At present, that income tax is being paid by the government.
Income tax is draining the exchequer of the much needed funds. The Chief Minister said that the government had to pay Rs. 11.08 crore annually on this account. Capt. Singh was addressing a meeting of a sub-committee on finance, where this proposal was mooted by him. The Chief Minister said that h e would lead by example paying his own income tax.
The Chief Minister also reiterated his appeal to party colleagues and rich famers to give up free power subsidy. Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra and Finance Minster Manpreet Badal, were present in the meeting.

Action against rapists

Manohar Lal Khattar Haryana Chief Minsiter Manohar Lal Khattar, taking a tough stand on crime against women, announced at Karnal that a law would be enacted to hang those convicted of raping girls aged 12 years and below.
The Chief Minister said that he would approach the judiciary for setting up fast-track courts to deal with rape cases and ensure speedy justice to victims.
He said: "I am pained over rape incidents. The police are dealing with these cases. We have decided to bring legislation for dealing with these matters."
He was in Karnal to lay the foundation stone of new cooperative sugar mill to replace an old one. Addressing the gathering, Khattar quoted a study which said around 75 per cent of rapes were committed by persons whom the victims knew.

Kiran Chaudhary He said that society should stand up against such crimes and help the police. He also appealed to the media not to sensationalize such crimes and to publish news only after verifying the facts. He claimed that the law and order situation had improved in the state during the last three years.
Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev, Rajya Sabha member Kumari Selja and Congress Legislature Party Leader Kiran Chaudhary demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minsiter Manohar Lal Khattar.