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BHILWARA LOK SABHA SEAT
Textile town, once a Cong bastion, weakened with BJP’s advent
hilwara, famous
as the textile city,
is a Lok Sabha
constituency fall-
ing in the general
category and is a part of the
Mewar-Wagad region of
Rajasthan.About 19.39 per
cent of this seat is urban
while the remaining falls in
rural areas.
Bhilwara has the high-
est number of Brahmins,
followed by Gurjar vot-
ers. The Bhilwara Lok
Sabha seat includes 7 As-
sembly constituencies:
Asind, Bhilwara, Man-
dalgarh, Shahpura, Ja-
hazpur, Sahada, Mandal,
and one Assembly seat
from Bundi district, Hin-
doli. In Assembly elec-
tions, BJP won 6 out of 7
seats in Bhilwara district
while one seat went to in-
dependent MLA Ashok
Kothari who later joined
BJP. The BJP is consider-
ing this seat very safe and
so there are talks of party
fielding a Central leader
from here.
In Bhilwara constitu-
ency, Brahmin candidates
have won 9 out of 17
times.VoterselectedCon-
gress candidates 9 times,
BJP 5 times, Janata Dal,
Jan Sangh, and Ramrajya
Parishad candidates once
each. BJP’s Subhash
Chandra Baheriahas been
MP for two consecutive
terms and also in 1998.
Since 2014, BJP has con-
sistently controlled the
seat with Baheria winning
in 2014 and 2019.
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l (177) ASIND: Jabbar Singh Sankhala (BJP)
l (178) MANDAL: Udai Lal Bhadana (BJP)
l (179) SAHARA: Ladu Lal Pitliya (BJP)
l (180) BHILWARA: Ashok Kumar Kothari (IND)
l (181) SHAHPURA: Lalaram Bairwa (BJP)
l (182) JAHAZPUR: Gopichand Meena (BJP)
l (183) MANDALGARH: Gopal Lal Sharma (BJP)
l (184) HINDOLI: Ashok Chandna (INC)
THERE HAVE BEEN MINs FROM
BHILWARA IN UNION CABINET
Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency holds an
important place in the politics of Rajasthan
and Mewar. Shiv Charan Mathur, who started
his political journey by becoming MP from the region
in 1964 through a by-election, completed the journey
from zero to the top as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan
not once but twice. In this Lok Sabha constituency,
Ramesh Chandra Vyas, the pioneer of the labour
movement in Rajasthan and a prominent freedom
fighter, had also won twice from here. Girdhari Lal
Vyas, who was the President of the State Congress
was also elected MP twice from here. Hemendra
Singh Banera, at the age of 25, had the distinction
of becoming the youngest MP of the country from
this region in the 1971 elections. In the Bhilwara Lok
Sabha constituency, Kalu Lal Shrimali was the Union
Education Minister in 1962 and in 2009, Dr CP Joshi
was the Cabinet Minister in the Manmohan Singh
government. Till now both these Union Ministers were
not residents of Bhilwara district.
MPs OF BHILWARA THUS FAR
l 1952 HARIRAM NATHANI: Ram Rajya Parishad
l 1957 RAMESH CHANDRA VYAS: Congress
(prominent freedom fighter and founder of INTER)
l 1962 KALULAL SHRIMALI: Congress
(was Union Education Minister)
l 1964 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (by-election)
l 1971 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Jan Sangh
l 1977 ROOP LAL SOMANI: Janata Party
l 1980 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress (State Cong Prez)
l 1984 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress
l 1989 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Janata Dal
l 1991 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (was CM & Guv)
l 1996 SUBHASH CHAND BAHERIA: BJP
l 1998 RAMPAL UPADHYAY: Congress
l 1999 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP
l 2004 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP
l 2009 DR. CP JOSHI: Congress (was a minister at the Centre)
l 2014 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP
l 2019 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP
ASSEMBLY SEAT-
WISE POSITION OF
BHILWARA LS
ABOUT 2 CRORE
VOTERS AGED
18-19 YEARS
About 1.85
crore first-time
voters in the
age group of 18-19 have
been added to the latest
voter list. This is 22.7
per cent more than the
number of 18-19-year-
olds added in 2019.
Also, 10.6 lakh advance
applications for enroll-
ment have been re-
ceived from youth above
17 years of age. As per
the final list of 2024,
the total number of
voters in the age group
of 20-29 is more than
19.7 crore. The total
number of third-gender
voters as of January 1,
2024 is 48,044. This is
up from 39,683 in 2019,
while PWD (persons
with disabilities) voters
increased from 45.6
lakh to 88.4 lakh. This
number has increased
by almost double. The
latest list includes 1.86
crore senior citizens.
Of these, 2.38 lakh are
persons aged 100 years
or more.
More than 96.8 crore
citizens will have the
right to vote in the
Lok Sabha elections
to be held in 2024. It
is these people who
make India one of the
largest voting democ-
racies in the world.
This number is 8.1
per cent more than
the 89.6 crore people
registered before the
2019 elections. This
time the total voters
include 49.7 crore
male voters (6.9 per
cent more than in
2019) and 47.1 crore
female voters (9.3 per
cent more). This is
66.8 per cent of the
country’s population.
This time there are
21.6 crore voters in
the age group of 18-
29 years in the coun-
try. Their number is
more than 22 per cent
of the total voters.
Voters are
66.8%
of country’s
population
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l 47 crore women, 19.7 crore below 29 years of
age will prove to be game changers in 2024
l In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Kerala women voters rule the roost
PARTIES MUST
FORSAKE CASTEISM,
FOCUS
WOMEN&YOUTH
ON
lakh to 88.4 lakh. This
number has increased
by almost double. The
latest list includes 1.86
crore senior citizens.
Of these, 2.38 lakh are
persons aged 100 years
or more.
66.8 per cent of the
country’s population.
This time there are
21.6 crore voters in
the age group of 18-
29 years in the coun-
try. Their number is
more than 22 per cent
of the total voters.
`6,400
crore had been collected by parties
for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls of
which they had spent `2,600 crore
4,126
is the total number
of assembly seats
in the country
`10
lakh crore is the estimate for holding Lok Sabha, assembly and local
body polls (panchayats, zila parishad, municipalities) together, as per
N Bhaskara Rao, a research-based analyst of public policies
`3
lakh crore could be
spent if all assembly
polls are held together
`1.20
lakh crore is estimated to be
spent on Lok Sabha polls in
2024, as per a new study
TOTAL RECALL
2nd LOK SABHA POLL 1957
Congcontinued
itswinningstreak,
won371seats
Manoj Mathur
Jaipur
t is said that when
the beginning is
good, then the
end is also good.
The first Lok Sabha
formed after independ-
ence in India success-
fully completed its five-
year tenure, and the
country’s second general
elections were held in
1957. This was an auspi-
cious beginning for In-
dian democracy.
The voting process for
the formation of the sec-
ond Lok Sabha was com-
pleted in about three and
a half months, from Feb-
ruary 24 to June 9, 1957.
There were 489 seats in
the first general election,
which was increased to
494 in the second general
election.There was 45.44
per cent voting in the
elections. In this election
also, the influence of the
then PM, Pandit Jawahar
Lal Nehru, was pro-
nounced. At that time,
Congress crossed the
tally of 370 seats and
achieved a thumping ma-
jority by winning 371 out
of 494 seats. Nehru was
elected PM for the sec-
ond consecutive time.
While the vote share
of Congress was 45 per
cent in the first elections
of 1951–52, it increased
to 47.8 per cent in 1957.
Also, it won seven more
seats in the second LS
polls than the first.
There were two special
things in this election.
Firstly, Bharatiya Jan
Sangh leader Atal Bihari
Vajpayee reached Parlia-
ment for the first time.
Secondly, for the first
time in this election, an
incident of booth captur-
ing also occurred.
Four national parties
participated: INC, CPI,
BharatiyaJanSangh(later
BJP), and Praja Socialist
Party. Eleven state-level
parties fielded candidates,
with only two surpassing
double-digit wins.
CPI fielded 111 candi-
dates but only 27 could
win. Of Praja Socialist
Party’s 194 candidates, 19
won, of Bharatiya Jana
Sangh’s 133 only 4 won.
Gantantra Parishad Party
fielded 15 but 7 won. 2
out of 5 candidates of
Forward Bloc (Marxist)
Party won, while Praja
Socialist Party could not
even open its account.
All India Hindu Mahasa-
bha won 1 seat, while
Akhil Bharatiya Ram Ra-
jya Parishad failed to win
even a single seat.
After Congress, inde-
pendents had upper hand
in polls. 542 independ-
ents contested the second
LS poll, of these, 42 won.
In second LS election, 45
women candidates were
in fray and 22 won.
l In second LS polls
the number of Parl
seats went up to
494 from 489 in first
l Nehru was elected
PM for the second
consecutive term
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VAJPAYEE WON FIRST
POLL FROM BALRAMPUR
Atal Bihari
Vajpayee made his
electoral debut in
the second general election,
contesting from two seats.
He secured a seat in
Parliament by defeating
Congress’ Haider Hussain
in Balrampur but lost to
Raja Mahendra Pratap in
Mathura. Nehru, impressed
by Vajpayee’s oratory,
predicted he’d become PM,
which came true in 1996,
nearly four decades later.
BOOTH CAPTURING
STARTED IN BIHAR
Booth capturing in
the country started
in Bihar in the
second general election
when the local people
captured the Kachari Tola
booth of Rachiyari village
in the Begusarai district of
Bihar. After this, incidents
of booth capture became
common in all the next
elections, especially in Bihar.
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
M Narendra
Modi is repeat-
edly talking
about exist-
ence of only
‘four castes’ in
the country. Youth and
women voters are includ-
ed in these ‘four castes’
will prove to be game
changers for political
parties in the upcoming
2024 Lok Sabha elec-
tions.These are the castes
which recently changed
the governments in Ra-
jasthan and Chhattisgarh
and also gave a bumper
victory to BJP Madhya
Pradesh. Therefore, po-
litical parties will have to
pay special attention to
these two castes.
According to Election
Commission data, more
than 96 crore people, in-
cluding 47 crore women,
are eligible to vote in the
upcoming Lok Sabha
elections. According to
Election Commission
data, more than 1.73
crore people who are eli-
gible to vote are in the
age groups of 18 to 19
years. At the same time,
in a dozen states and un-
ion territories including
Tamil Nadu, Telangana,
Andhra Pradesh, Chhat-
tisgarh and Kerala, the
number of women voters
is more than male voters.
There has been a signifi-
cant improvement in the
sex ratio of voters (num-
ber of women per 1,000
male voters). It has in-
creased from 928 in 2019
to 948 this time. In the
last five years, more than
4 crore women voters
have been added com-
pared to 3.2 crore men.
There has been a 9.3%
increase in women voters
this year, from 43.1 crore
in the 2019 Lok Sabha
elections. While male
voters have increased by
6.9% from 46.4 crore.
According to a 2023
letter sent by Election
Commission to political
parties, there were 17.32
crore registered voters in
1951, whose number in-
creased to 19.37 crore in
1957. While there were
91.20 crore voters in
2019. Out of total voters
registered, about 18 lakh
are persons with disabili-
ties. There was 45% vot-
ing in first LS polls while
the voting per cent was
67 in 2019 LS polls.
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MURMU APPROVES KERALA LOK
AYUKTA BILL; WITHHOLDS 3
Prez Droupadi Murmu has withheld
assent to 3 University laws bills re-
ferred by Guv Arif Mohammed Khan,
approved the Kerala Lok Ayukta Bill.
UTTARAKHAND POLICE ARRESTS CO-ACCUSED
ABDUL MOEED IN HALDWANI VIOLENCE CASE
The Uttarakhand Police on Thursday arrested Abdul
Moeed, co-accused in the violence that took place in
Haldwani over the demolition of a mosque and madrasa
during an anti-encroachment drive that left five dead.
20 INDIANS STUCK IN RUSSIA, GOVT IN TOUCH
WITH MOSCOW FOR EARLY DISCHARGE: MEA
Days after stating that the govt was “actively pursuing”
cases of Indians seeking discharge from the Russian
Army, Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said 20-
odd people are stranded in the country, we are in touch.
FORMER INTEL INDIA HEAD HIT
BY CAB WHILE CYCLING; DIES
Former Intel India country head Avtar
Saini was killed after a speeding cab
hit him while he was cycling in the
Navi Mumbai township on Thursday.
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MODI’S‘NEIGHBOURHOOD
FIRST’INITIATIVE!
PM Modi, Mauritius counterpart inaugurate community devp projects
Moni Sharma
New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Thursday virtu-
ally inaugurated a new
airstrip, jetty and six oth-
er India-assisted devel-
opment projects in
Agalega, Mauritius along
with his Mauritian coun-
terpart Pravind Jugnauth.
The PM said India and
Mauritius are natural
partners in the maritime
domain to combat tradi-
tional and non-traditional
challenges in the Indian
Ocean region.
After the inauguration,
PM Modi announced that
Mauritius would be first
country to join India’s Jan
Aushadhi scheme, an ini-
tiative aimed at providing
quality medicines at af-
fordable prices. Modi said
inauguration of airstrip
and jetty at Agalega Is-
land will further advance
cooperation between the
2 countries and hailed
Mauritius as an important
partner of India’s ‘Neigh-
bourhood First’ policy.
Modi spoke about “vi-
brant, strong and unique”
partnership between In-
dia and Mauritius, adding
island nation is Delhi’s
special partner under its
vision of ‘SAGAR’.
PM Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurate several
India-assisted projects at the Agalega Island in Mauritius, via VC, in New Delhi on Thursday.
MODI’S LEADERSHIP INSPIRES
WORLDWIDE, SAYS JUGNAUTH
Mauritius PM Jugnauth
thanked his PM Narendra Modi
for providing a new dimension
to ties between the two countries. “As
your inspiring leadership and states-
manship radiates across the world,
the people of India and the Indian
diaspora have strongly established
themselves as a global powerhouse of
values, knowledge and success,” he
told PM Narendra Modi, saying India’s
support to Mauritius is “far-reaching”.
INDIA AND MAURITIUS RELATIONSHIP
EXAMPLE OF SAGAR GOODWILL: EAM
External Affairs
Minister S
Jaishankar
shared his happiness
over witnessing the
joint inauguration of
the Airstrip of Agalega,
Saint James Jetty, and
other development
projects by PM Modi
and PM Pravind
Jugnauth of Mauritius.
CABINET APPROVALS
`75k crore for PM-Surya
Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The Union Cabinet ap-
proved the PM-Surya
Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana, a
plan to set up rooftop so-
lar panels in one crore
households on Thursday.
The scheme, launched by
PM Modi on February 13,
2024, has a total budget of
`75,021 crore.
Households can get fi-
nancial help from govt,
with subsidies ranging
from `30,000 for 1 kW
system, `60,000 for a 2
kW system, and `78,000
for a 3 kW system or
higher, under this scheme.
Families can apply for
these subsidies through a
national portal and select
a suitable vendor to in-
stall their rooftop solar
panels. They can access
low-interest loans, cur-
rently around 7%, with-
out needing collateral,
making it easier for them
to afford the installation.
Union Ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and Anurag Singh Thakur
brief the media on cabinet decisions, in New Delhi on Thursday.
Police at site after a pickup carrying 45 people overturned in an
accident, at Shahpura in Dindora, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday.
Abdul Karim Tunda outside the
Ajmer TADA court on Thursday.
INTERNATIONAL BIG CAT ALLIANCE
TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE COUNTRY
NOD TO...
The Union Cabinet chaired
by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi approved the estab-
lishment of International
Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) with
headquarters in India with a
one-time budgetary support
of `150 crore for a period of
five years from 2023-24 to
2027-28, an official state-
ment said.
 Royalty rate for 12 criti-
cal and strategic miner-
als, beryllium, cadmium,
cobalt, gallium, indium,
rhenium and others
 `24,420 crore of subsidy
on phosphatic and po-
tassic (P&K) fertilisers
for the Kharif season
 3 semiconductor plants
for over `1.26 lakh crore
Babies born on February
29, leap day, at hospital,
in Patiala on Thursday.
IN BRIEF
AI fined `30 lakh over
wheelchair pax death
New Delhi: The DGCA
has levied a fine of Rs
30 lakh on Air India
over the recent death of
an 80-year old passen-
ger who opted to walk
from the aircraft to the
terminal building as the
airline had a shortage of
wheel chairs.
India to withdraw
troops from Maldives
New Delhi: The gov-
ernment confirmed on
Thursday that a team of
Indian technical person-
nel have landed in Mal-
dives to replace military
troops that have been
operating aircraft there,
said the Ministry of
External Affairs.
‘DeepVeer’ expecting
their first child in Sept
Mumbai: Bollywood
actors Ranveer Singh
and Deepika Padukone
are all set to embrace
parenthood, as ‘Deep-
Veer’ are expecting their
first child. On Thursday,
couple took to Insta and
shared news with their
fans and followers.
Tragic! 14, including 8 women die,
20 hurt as pickup overturns in MP
TADA court acquits 1993 serial
bomb blasts’ key accused Tunda
First India Bureau
Bhopal
Fourteen people, includ-
ing eight women, were
killed while 20 others in-
juried after pickup over-
turned in Dindori district
of MP on Thursday. Ac-
cording to police, the vil-
lagers had gone from the
Amahi Deori village to a
program in Mandla dis-
trict. While returning, the
driver lost control over
the wheels after a break
fail. The vehicle over-
turned and fell into the
field 20 feet below.
Shubham Jain
Ajmer
Abdul Karim Tunda, the
main accused in Mum-
bai’s 1993 serial bomb
blasts case, was acquitted
by TADA court in Ajmer
on Thursday. 81-year-old
was found not guilty be-
cause of lack of evidence.
Two other accused, Irfan
and Hamiduddin, were
sentenced to life impris-
onment by TADA court.
After probe, CBI failed
to present any strong evi-
dence against Tunda, ad-
vocate Shafqat said. P3
First India Bureau
Shimla
Karnataka Deputy Chief
Minister DK Shivakumar
who was appointed as an
observerfortheHimachal
Pradesh political crisis
said on Thursday that all
is well and government
will complete its 5-year
tenure. Our CM accepted
that some failure has hap-
pened, assured it will not
happen further, said DK.
HP CM Sukhvinder Sin-
gh Sukhu said, “We have
to face challenges and we
all want the development
of the state and people.”
“We are hearing all the
MLAs. There is no prob-
lem in the government,”
added the Deputy CM of
Karnataka. MORE ON P7
PREZ MURMU,
VP DHANKHAR,
OTHER LEADERS
CONDOLE DEMISE
WHO IS ABDUL
KARIM TUNDA?
President Droupadi Murmu, Vice
President Jagdeep Dhankhar and PM
Narendra Modi, MP CM Mohan Yadav
expressed grief, condoled the loss of
lives and prayed for the speedy recov-
ery of the injured in the accident.
 Abdul Karim Tunda
belongs to Hapur in Uttar
Pradesh. He earned his
nickname ‘Tunda’ after he
lost an arm making a bomb
 Tunda was in constant
touch with the Pakistan’s
ISI and worked closely
with the terror organisation
 Tunda came in touch with
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and
became a top bomb maker
for the terror outfits adn was
linked to over 40 terrorist
bombings. Tunda is also
close aide to the underworld
don Dawood Ibrahim
First India Bureau
Kolkata
Hours after his arrest,
TMC on Thursday Shah-
jahan Sheikh for 6 years.
TMC leader has been at
the centre of a massive
political firestorm in
WB, following violent
protests led by local
women in Sandeshkhali.
Sheikh, accused of sexu-
al abuse and land grab-
bing in Sandeshkhali,
was arrested on Thursday
after being on run for 55
days. Court sent him in
10 days police custody.
Hrs after arrest,
TMC suspends
Sheikh for 6 yrs
Bhupinder Hooda, DK Shivakumar, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Pratibha Singh,
Vikramaditya Singh & others during press meet at Shimla, Thursday.
All 6 rebel Congress
MLAs move Himachal
High Court challenging
their disqualification
Aditi Nagar
New Delhi
he BJP’s Cen-
tral Election
C o m m i t t e e
(CEC) met at party head-
quarters, in New Delhi
on Thursday night as its
members, including PM
Narendra Modi, held de-
liberations to finalise the
first list of candidates for
the Lok Sabha elections
expected to be held in
April-May. BJP Presi-
dent JPNadda and Union
ministers Amit Shah and
Rajnath Singh were
among those who attend-
ed the meeting as the rul-
ing party looks to name
its candidates for a size-
able number of 543 Lok
Sabha seats before EC
announces poll schedule.
It is said that PM Modi
will take a call on first list
of candidates for LS poll
very soon — a move that
is expected to bring pres-
sure on INDIA bloc,
which is still making its
way through the seat
sharing process.
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PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Om Mathur, BL Santhosh, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis & others during
BJP CEC meeting, at party headquarters, in Delhi on Thursday. (R) CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP State Chief CP Joshi arrive for meeting.
HP crisis: All is well, this govt will
complete its 5-yr tenure, says DK
TOP BRASS OF BJP GEAR UP FOR LS POLLS
BJP to announce 1st list of candidates soon!
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BHILWARA LOK SABHA SEAT
Textile town, once a Cong bastion, weakened with BJP’s advent
hilwara, famous
as the textile city,
is a Lok Sabha
constituency
falling in the
general category and is a
part of the Mewar-Wagad
regionofRajasthan.About
19.39 per cent of this seat
is urban while the remain-
ing falls in rural areas.
Bhilwara has the high-
est number of Brahmins,
followedbyGurjarvoters.
The Bhilwara Lok Sabha
seat includes 7 Assembly
constituencies: Asind,
Bhilwara, Mandalgarh,
Shahpura, Jahazpur, Sa-
hada,Mandal,andoneAs-
sembly seat from Bundi
district, Hindoli. In As-
semblyelections,BJPwon
6outof7seatsinBhilwara
district while one seat
wenttoindependentMLA
Ashok Kothari who later
joined BJP. The BJP is
considering this seat very
safe and so there are talks
of party fielding a Central
leader from here.
In Bhilwara constitu-
ency, Brahmin candidates
have won 9 out of 17
times.VoterselectedCon-
gress candidates 9 times,
BJP 5 times, Janata Dal,
Jan Sangh, and Ramrajya
Parishad candidates once
each. BJP’s Subhash
Chandra Baheria has been
MP for two consecutive
terms and also in 1998.
Since 2014, BJP has con-
sistently controlled the
seat with Baheria winning
in 2014 and 2019.
First India Election Desk
B l (177) ASIND: Jabbar Singh Sankhala (BJP)
l (178) MANDAL: Udai Lal Bhadana (BJP)
l (179) SAHARA: Ladu Lal Pitliya (BJP)
l (180) BHILWARA: Ashok Kumar Kothari (IND)
l (181) SHAHPURA: Lalaram Bairwa (BJP)
l (182) JAHAZPUR: Gopichand Meena (BJP)
l (183) MANDALGARH: Gopal Lal Sharma (BJP)
l (184) HINDOLI: Ashok Chandna (INC)
THERE HAVE BEEN MINs FROM
BHILWARA IN UNION CABINET
Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency holds an
important place in the politics of Rajasthan
and Mewar. Shiv Charan Mathur, who started
his political journey by becoming MP from the region
in 1964 through a by-election, completed the journey
from zero to the top as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan
not once but twice. In this Lok Sabha constituency,
Ramesh Chandra Vyas, the pioneer of the labour
movement in Rajasthan and a prominent freedom
fighter, had also won twice from here. Girdhari Lal
Vyas, who was the President of the State Congress
was also elected MP twice from here. Hemendra
Singh Banera, at the age of 25, had the distinction
of becoming the youngest MP of the country from
this region in the 1971 elections. In the Bhilwara Lok
Sabha constituency, Kalu Lal Shrimali was the Union
Education Minister in 1962 and in 2009, Dr CP Joshi
was the Cabinet Minister in the Manmohan Singh
government. Till now both these Union Ministers were
not residents of Bhilwara district.
MPs OF BHILWARA THUS FAR
l 1952 HARIRAM NATHANI: Ram Rajya Parishad
l 1957 RAMESH CHANDRA VYAS: Congress
(prominent freedom fighter and founder of INTER)
l 1962 KALULAL SHRIMALI: Congress
(was Union Education Minister)
l 1964 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (by-election)
l 1971 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Jan Sangh
l 1977 ROOP LAL SOMANI: Janata Party
l 1980 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress (State Cong Prez)
l 1984 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress
l 1989 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Janata Dal
l 1991 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (was CM & Guv)
l 1996 SUBHASH CHAND BAHERIA: BJP
l 1998 RAMPAL UPADHYAY: Congress
l 1999 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP
l 2004 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP
l 2009 DR. CP JOSHI: Congress (was a minister at the Centre)
l 2014 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP
l 2019 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP
ASSEMBLY SEAT-
WISE POSITION OF
BHILWARA LS
ABOUT 2 CRORE
VOTERS AGED
18-19 YEARS
About 1.85
crore first-time
voters in the
age group of 18-19 have
been added to the latest
voter list. This is 22.7
per cent more than the
number of 18-19-year-
olds added in 2019.
Also, 10.6 lakh advance
applications for enroll-
ment have been re-
ceived from youth above
17 years of age. As per
the final list of 2024,
the total number of
voters in the age group
of 20-29 is more than
19.7 crore. The total
number of third-gender
voters as of January 1,
2024 is 48,044. This is
up from 39,683 in 2019,
while PWD (persons
with disabilities) voters
increased from 45.6
lakh to 88.4 lakh. This
number has increased
by almost double. The
latest list includes 1.86
crore senior citizens.
Of these, 2.38 lakh are
persons aged 100 years
or more.
More than 96.8 crore
citizens will have the
right to vote in the
Lok Sabha elections
to be held in 2024. It
is these people who
make India one of the
largest voting democ-
racies in the world.
This number is 8.1
per cent more than
the 89.6 crore people
registered before the
2019 elections. This
time the total voters
include 49.7 crore
male voters (6.9 per
cent more than in
2019) and 47.1 crore
female voters (9.3 per
cent more). This is
66.8 per cent of the
country’s population.
This time there are
21.6 crore voters in
the age group of 18-
29 years in the coun-
try. Their number is
more than 22 per cent
of the total voters.
Voters are
66.8%
of country’s
population
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l 47 crore women, 19.7 crore below 29 years of
age will prove to be game changers in 2024
l In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Kerala women voters rule the roost
PARTIES MUST
FORSAKE CASTEISM,
FOCUS
WOMEN&YOUTH
ON
lakh to 88.4 lakh. This
number has increased
by almost double. The
latest list includes 1.86
crore senior citizens.
Of these, 2.38 lakh are
persons aged 100 years
or more.
66.8 per cent of the
country’s population.
This time there are
21.6 crore voters in
the age group of 18-
29 years in the coun-
try. Their number is
more than 22 per cent
of the total voters.
`6,400
crore had been collected by parties
for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls of
which they had spent `2,600 crore
4,126
is the total number
of assembly seats
in the country
`10
lakh crore is the estimate for holding Lok Sabha, assembly and local
body polls (panchayats, zila parishad, municipalities) together, as per
N Bhaskara Rao, a research-based analyst of public policies
`3
lakh crore could be
spent if all assembly
polls are held together
`1.20
lakh crore is estimated to be
spent on Lok Sabha polls in
2024, as per a new study
TOTAL RECALL
2nd LOK SABHA POLL 1957
Congcontinued
itswinningstreak,
won371seats
Manoj Mathur
Jaipur
t is said that when
the beginning is
good, then the
end is also good.
The first Lok Sabha
formed after independ-
ence in India success-
fully completed its five-
year tenure, and the
country’s second general
elections were held in
1957. This was an auspi-
cious beginning for In-
dian democracy.
The voting process for
the formation of the sec-
ond Lok Sabha was com-
pleted in about three and
a half months, from Feb-
ruary 24 to June 9, 1957.
There were 489 seats in
the first general election,
which was increased to
494 in the second general
election.There was 45.44
per cent voting in the
elections. In this election
also, the influence of the
then PM, Pandit Jawahar
Lal Nehru, was pro-
nounced. At that time,
Congress crossed the
tally of 370 seats and
achieved a thumping ma-
jority by winning 371 out
of 494 seats. Nehru was
elected PM for the sec-
ond consecutive time.
While the vote share
of Congress was 45 per
cent in the first elections
of 1951–52, it increased
to 47.8 per cent in 1957.
Also, it won seven more
seats in the second LS
polls than the first.
There were two special
things in this election.
Firstly, Bharatiya Jan
Sangh leader Atal Bihari
Vajpayee reached Parlia-
ment for the first time.
Secondly, for the first
time in this election, an
incident of booth captur-
ing also occurred.
Four national parties
participated: INC, CPI,
BharatiyaJanSangh(later
BJP), and Praja Socialist
Party. Eleven state-level
parties fielded candidates,
with only two surpassing
double-digit wins.
CPI fielded 111 candi-
dates but only 27 could
win. Of Praja Socialist
Party’s 194 candidates, 19
won, of Bharatiya Jana
Sangh’s 133 only 4 won.
Gantantra Parishad Party
fielded 15 but 7 won. 2
out of 5 candidates of
Forward Bloc (Marxist)
Party won, while Praja
Socialist Party could not
even open its account.
All India Hindu Mahasa-
bha won 1 seat, while
Akhil Bharatiya Ram Ra-
jya Parishad failed to win
even a single seat.
After Congress, inde-
pendents had upper hand
in polls. 542 independ-
ents contested the second
LS poll, of these, 42 won.
In second LS election, 45
women candidates were
in fray and 22 won.
l In second LS polls
the number of Parl
seats went up to
494 from 489 in first
l Nehru was elected
PM for the second
consecutive term
I
VAJPAYEE WON FIRST
POLL FROM BALRAMPUR
Atal Bihari
Vajpayee made his
electoral debut in
the second general election,
contesting from two seats.
He secured a seat in
Parliament by defeating
Congress’ Haider Hussain
in Balrampur but lost to
Raja Mahendra Pratap in
Mathura. Nehru, impressed
by Vajpayee’s oratory,
predicted he’d become PM,
which came true in 1996,
nearly four decades later.
BOOTH CAPTURING
STARTED IN BIHAR
Booth capturing in
the country started
in Bihar in the
second general election
when the local people
captured the Kachari Tola
booth of Rachiyari village
in the Begusarai district of
Bihar. After this, incidents
of booth capture became
common in all the next
elections, especially in Bihar.
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
M Narendra
Modi is repeat-
edly talking
about exist-
ence of only
‘four castes’ in
the country. Youth and
women voters are includ-
ed in these ‘four castes’
will prove to be game
changers for political
parties in the upcoming
2024 Lok Sabha elec-
tions.These are the castes
which recently changed
the governments in Ra-
jasthan and Chhattisgarh
and also gave a bumper
victory to BJP Madhya
Pradesh. Therefore, po-
litical parties will have to
pay special attention to
these two castes.
According to Election
Commission data, more
than 96 crore people, in-
cluding 47 crore women,
are eligible to vote in the
upcoming Lok Sabha
elections. According to
Election Commission
data, more than 1.73
crore people who are eli-
gible to vote are in the
age groups of 18 to 19
years. At the same time,
in a dozen states and un-
ion territories including
Tamil Nadu, Telangana,
Andhra Pradesh, Chhat-
tisgarh and Kerala, the
number of women voters
is more than male voters.
There has been a signifi-
cant improvement in the
sex ratio of voters (num-
ber of women per 1,000
male voters). It has in-
creased from 928 in 2019
to 948 this time. In the
last five years, more than
4 crore women voters
have been added com-
pared to 3.2 crore men.
There has been a 9.3%
increase in women voters
this year, from 43.1 crore
in the 2019 Lok Sabha
elections. While male
voters have increased by
6.9% from 46.4 crore.
According to a 2023
letter sent by Election
Commission to political
parties, there were 17.32
crore registered voters in
1951, whose number in-
creased to 19.37 crore in
1957. While there were
91.20 crore voters in
2019. Out of total voters
registered, about 18 lakh
are persons with disabili-
ties. There was 45% vot-
ing in first LS polls while
the voting per cent was
67 in 2019 LS polls.
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14placesinJaipur&Dausa
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
The SOG, on Thursday,
arrested mastermind Jag-
dish Vishnoi in the JEN
Recruitment 2020 paper
leak case in Rajasthan.
The SOG team raided
more than 14 locations of
the two main accused ar-
rested in Jaipur, Dausa
and Bharatpur. This in-
cludes more than seven
locations of paper leak
mastermind Harshvard-
han Kumar Meena (Pat-
wari) in Dausa - Mahwa
and Jaipur, Bharatpur.
The residence of
school teacher Rajendra
Kumar Yadav and his as-
sociate’s residence were
also raided and it came to
light that Harshvardhan
has property worth Rs
5.71 crore and Rajendra
has worth Rs 15 crore
property.
Vishnu was abscond-
ing for about three years.
He was arrested earlier in
paper leak and more than
a dozen cases. SOGADG
VK Singh said that Vish-
noi is the leader of the
paper leak gang. He is a
resident of district
Sanchore, Danta police
station. The gang mem-
bers are teachers and
other criminals.
VK Singh addressing media on Thursday.  NAIM KHAN
CS Pant conducts surprise
check of Housing Board
Shivendra Parmar
Jaipur
Chief Secretary Sud-
hansh Pant conducted a
surprise inspection of
Rajasthan Housing
Board on Thursday and
expressed satisfaction
over the functioning
there. He saw that timely
and quality execution of
most of the files was
done and people reported
to the office on time.
While talking to the
media, Pant praised the
Housing Commissioner
Inderjit Singh and his
team for doing good
work. “Good work cul-
ture has developed after
the arrival of Singh,” he
said. He also inspected
various branches of the
Commissionerate and
took information from
the officials.
Singh told Pant about
the functioning of the
Board and the ongoing
projects and progress of
various works. The CS
also expressed satisfac-
tion over cleanliness, file
management and other
arrangements in the
Commissionerate.
CS Sudhansh Pant speaking with RHB Commissioner Inderjeet
Singh and other officials. (Below) CS Pant inspecting the files at
RHB headoffce in Jaipur on Thursday.  SANTOSH SHARMA
The school buildings in Jaipur where the SOG action took place on Thursday. (Inset: Jagdeesh Vishnoi) SANTOSH SHARMA
721 leopards
adorning Raj:
Minister Yadav
releases report
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Union Forest and Envi-
ronment Minister Bhu-
pender Yadav released
the Leopard Status Re-
port in the NTCA meet-
ing. The number of leop-
ards in the country is
large and Rajasthan also
ranks sixth in the country
with 721 leopards. The
state’s Project Leopard
was started from Jhalana
in Jaipur where there are
40 to 45 leopards at pres-
ent. It has been revealed
in the report that the pop-
ulation of leopards has
increased in the country
to 13,874 as compared to
12852 in the year 2018.
Decisionsmadeinlast6months
ofCongressgovtunderreview
Bhajan Lal govt appoints IAS as
in-charge secretaries in 50 dists
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Discussions on 35 issues
were held in meeting of
the cabinet sub commit-
tee which was formed to
review the decisions of
the last 6 months of for-
mer Congress govern-
ment. Convener of the
committee Gajendra
Singh Khimsar said that
discussions on 35 issues
were held and some
points were correct.
Two meetings will be
held again next week in
which all 200 issues re-
lated to various depart-
ments including UDH,
medical and health, water
resources, rural develop-
ment, PHED, labour, so-
cial justice, devsthan,
animal husbandry, DIPR,
petroleum and mines
will be discussed.
He said information
has been sought where ir-
regularities have been
found. However, he re-
fused to disclose “irregu-
larities” but said that the
committee will look at
these issues objectively.
“We will not act out of
malice or political ven-
detta and those which are
not within the scope of
the review will not be in-
cluded in the agenda,” he
said. Khimsar said that
many women did not get
benefit of free mobile
scheme and there is re-
sentment among people
therefore this matter will
be looked into.
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
The State government
on Thursday appointed
in-charge secretaries in
50 districts of the state.
Shuchi Tyagi has been
given the responsibility
as in-charge secretary of
Bharatpur while PC Kis-
han has been given Pali,
Sreya Guha will be the
in-charge of Sikar while
Sandeep Verma will be
the in-charge secretary
of Sawai Madhopur.
IAS Krishna Kunal has
been given the responsi-
bility of Beawar while
Archana Singh has been
appointed as in-charge
secretary of Tonk. The
order was issued by the
Department of Adminis-
trative Reforms on
Thursday.
TOURISM DEPT GETS ANOTHER AWARD
Raj:Best scenic road destinations
First India Bureau
Jaipur
he Rajasthan
Tourism depart-
ment has been
awarded the India Today
Tourism SurveyAward in
the category of Best Sce-
nic Road Destinations
from Udaipur to Mount
Abu. Lieutenant Gover-
nor of Delhi, Vinay Ku-
mar honoured Gayatri
Rathore, Principal Secre-
tary, Rajasthan Tourism
Department, with the
award in New Delhi on
Thursday.
India Today Tourism
Survey  Awards, pre-
sented by the India Today
Group, honours India’s
most dynamic tourism
states. Apart from inten-
sive sessions on ‘How to
promote tourism across
the country’, the organi-
sation presented annual
tourism awards to the
best performing states.
Rathore expressed her
views in the panel discus-
sion on the topic of revis-
ing the tourism strategy
in the states. She talked
about making the State a
365-day destination in
tourism, importance of
camels and their prod-
ucts, astro tourism, giv-
ing experiences of our
culture and lifestyle, in-
cluding highlighting the
rural lifestyle. She also
informed about the latest
initiatives of the tourism
department and measures
to attract investment in
the state.
T
Now Jaipur will
have direct
connectivity
with Abu Dhabi
20 new Covid
cases reported in
State in 24 hrs
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Now Jaipur will have di-
rect connectivity with
Abu Dhabi. Etihad Air-
ways will start its com-
mercial operations from
June 11 on a daily basis.
The flight will arrive
daily at 7:30 am and will
depart at 11:00 am.
“As of now, Etihad
Airways has evinced its
interest in starting opera-
tions to directly connect
Jaipur international Air-
port to Abu Dhabi’s
Zayed International Air-
port. Operations are slat-
ed to start from June 11,
2024. Etihad will ini-
tially operate 196-seater
aircraft on daily basis,”
said spokesperson Jaipur
airport. Notably, In the
current times, Jaipur is
connected directly with
22 domestic destinations.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Twenty new corona posi-
tive cases were reported
in the state on Thursday.
The cases were reported
on the basis of samples
collected during the 24
hours period. As per the
medical bulletin, 7 cases
in Jaipur, 4 each in Udai-
pur and Bikaner, 3 in
Jodhpur, and 1 each in
Sikar and Alwar. Total
positive active cases in
the state are 121. The
health authorities have
issued guidelines to staff
for sample collection and
monitoring of patients.
BJP government works
among the public, says
Shekhawat in Jodhpur
Shivprakash Purohit
Jodhpur
Reacting to protest by
the people of Shergarh
area, Union Jal Shakti
Minister Gajendra Singh
Shekhawat on Thursday
said that such things
keep happening in the
political field.
“We are all members
of one family and this
goes on in the family,” he
told reporters during his
Jodhpur visit. He said
that the BJP government
works among the public
throughout its term.
The minister said that
elections are a means of
changing the country and
changing the condition of
the society. The minister
said that BJPcollectively
fights elections with full
power and strength. “All
subjects are being dis-
cussed in the party and
people will get good
news soon,” he added.
Meanwhile, Union Jal
Shakti Minister Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat has
said that craft fairs are
being organized across
the nation with the objec-
tive of ameliorating the
lives of artisans and mak-
ing them self-reliant.
Through craft fairs, the
art of artisans from dif-
ferent states are show-
cased, so that they can
sell their products under
one roof.
Presently Jaipur is
connected directly
with 22 domestic
destinations  4 int’l
destinations with an
average air traffic of
120 movements
MisrabecomesnewRajCIIchairman,
SanjayAgarwaltakesoverasviceprez
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Arun Misra and Sanjay
Agarwal have been
elected as Chairman and
Vice Chairman respec-
tively of the Confedera-
tion of Indian Industry (
CII) Rajasthan for the
year 2024 -25.
Arun Misra is the CEO
Zinc Business, Vedanta
and has been leading Hin-
dustan Zinc, the world’s
second largest integrated
producer of Zinc and 5th
largest Silver producer
since August 1, 2020
while Sanjay Agarwal is
the Managing Director 
CEO, AU Small Finance
Bank. Misra is the 1st
ever Indian Chairperson
of the International Zinc
Association And embod-
ies the spirit of ‘Badlaav’,
that propelled AU SFB
into becoming the largest
small finance bank.
Dy CM approves changes in
Anganwadi workers’ selection
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Approving amendment
in the selection to be-
come an Anganwadi
worker, Deputy Chief
Minister Diya Kumari
has paved way for un-
married women to be-
come its workers and as-
sistants. She said that as
per the vision of PM
Modi, a historic decision
has been taken for the
first time in the state un-
der the leadership of
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma to promote
women empowerment.
Women and Child De-
velopment Government
Secretary Krishna Kunal
said that the initiative
will provide opportuni-
ties to unmarried women.
E-FILING TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN GOVT OFFICES
Now e-filing will also be implemented at Collector/
Divisional Commissioner level and in their subor-
dinate offices.The district collectors and divisional
commissioners have been issued the directions. Chief
Secretary Sudhansh Pant has issued the instructions
regarding this as per which it has been asked to ensure the
implementation from March1. Directions have been issued
regarding Opening of all new files in electronic mode.
RAJ CADRE IFS TO BE
NTCA MEMBER SECY
Senior IFS officer
Govind Sagar Bhard-
waj will take charge
as National Tiger Conser-
vation Authority (NTCA)
member secretary today.
Thursday was the last day
of the tenure of current
member secretary SP Ya-
dav. Bhardwaj of Rajasthan
cadre will also be ADG (For-
est) in Project Tiger.
Flaunting Power
French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre Schille, who is on
a 3-day visit, came to Pokhran Firing Range on Thursday
and witnessed power of indigenous Pinaka Multiple Launch
Rocket System. Indian Army Commander Lieutenant
General RC Tiwari and other officers were also present.
GS Shekhawat  Avinash Gehlot at Handicraft Fair in Jodhpur.
IPPC-2024 IN UAE
Technical paper of IAS Sandeep to be presented
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
technical paper
ofIASSandeep
Verma has
been accepted by the
Scientific Committee of
International Public
Procurement Confer-
ence-9. It will be pre-
sented at the IPPC-2024
to be hosted by the Umm
Al Quwain University,
United Arab Emirates.
Subject of the paper is
‘Concerns with adoption
of Swiss Challenge meth-
od of public procurement
using Hyperloop’. As per
the organizers of the con-
ference, they have so far
received over 226 paper
proposals from across the
world. But out of these,
only about 100 full papers
will be accepted for pres-
entationintheconference.
There will be about 300
participantsfromabout50
countries and major Inter-
national organizations.
Sandeep Verma is IAS
of 1993 batch and at pre-
sent ACS of Public
Works Department Ra-
jasthan. He has served as
Director of Defence Pro-
duction, Ministry of De-
fence GoI (2010-2013).
He was on duty pursuing
LLM at George Wash-
ington University, USA.
He has expertise on
public procurement sys-
tems and related rules. He
is a regular and perma-
nent tutor for his expertise
subject in LBSNAAMus-
soorie. He even takes
classes of defence person-
nel on this subject in Mus-
soorie. He has so far writ-
ten and submitted more
than 50 papers for univer-
sities, institutions and or-
ganizations across the
world. Actually, Sandeep
Verma has a hobby to
study, learn and teach.
A
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Dotasra:Govtmisleadingpeople
onYamunariverwateragreement
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Congress onThursday at-
tacked Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma led
BJP government saying
that it is misleading the
people on Yamuna river
water agreement made
with Haryana govern-
ment, a claim which BJP
rejected sharply.
Addressing a press
conference here today,
PCC president Govind
Singh Dotasra said that
the BJP is taking out
‘Aabhar Yatra’, which is
misleading and flop.
He said that the interest
of Rajasthan has been
compromised in the proj-
ects including Eastern
Rajasthan Canal Project
(ERCP) or the MoU over
distribution of Yamuna
water with Haryana gov-
ernment. Dotasra said
that in the agreement, the
BJP government of Raj-
asthan has surrendered
before Haryana and on
the agreement.
He further said, “Hary-
ana Government has not
disclosed what agree-
ment has been made by
the BJP Government of
Rajasthan and how much
water agreement has been
made by the BJPGovern-
ment of Rajasthan. They
are misleading people.”
The Congress leader
said that the CM in Raj-
asthan is only doing the
work of touring and fol-
lowing the main agenda
of RSS and he is trying to
confuse the people of the
state. He said that the BJP
government only wants
to take advantage of votes
in the upcoming Lok Sab-
ha elections by mislead-
ing the people of the state,
in which the BJP will not
be successful.
Cong-BJP spar over water MoUs made with Haryana govt
GuvcallsforestablishingWar
Memorialsatdist,tehsillevels
Governor Kalraj Mishra, Sainik Welfare Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, CS Sudhansh Pant  officers
from various depts of the Army and the state govt during the meeting in Jaipur on Thursday.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Governor Kalraj Mishra
on Thursday has said that
“War Memorials” should
be established at the dis-
trict and tehsil level in the
state. He expressed need
toworkforthisinaphased
manner and to prepare
them in such a way that
feelings of patriotism can
be infused among people.
Addressing the 16th
meeting of the Rajya
Sainik Board at Raj Bha-
van he said that the gover-
nor directed officials to
prepareproposalskeeping
sensitivity on the schemes
and decisions related to
ex-servicemen, veterans
and dependents and send
them to concerned depart-
ments of the state govt.
He also gave instruc-
tions to work seriously for
effective resolution of the
problems of ex-service-
men. Rajyavardhan Ra-
thore said that the respect
of Indian soldiers has in-
creased due to the
schemes run by the Cen-
tral Government.
War of words over Water
Tiwarithanks‘triple
enginegovt’forMoUs
Ghanshyam Tiwari, Suresh Singh Rawat during the press
conference in Jaipur on Thursday. NAIM KHAN
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
RajyaSabhaMPGhan-
shyam Tiwari on
Thursday expressed
gratitude to state govt
for the Yamuna water
agreement and he
thanked triple engine
govts. Hitting back at
Congress state presi-
dent Govind Singh
Dotasra who accused
the BJP of misleading
people on the agree-
ment, he said that the
Bhajan Lal govt has
madeanagreementun-
der which 577 MCM
water will be available
from Yamuna. “577
MCM means Bisalpur
dam should be filled 5
times,” he said.
“You (Dotasra) are
calling the Bhajan Lal
govt ‘Parchi ki Sarkar’
but your govt remained
a ‘Kharche ki Sarkar’
for 5 years. You were
locked in hotel for 5
years,” he said. Tiwari
said that in 1994 there
was an agreement on
flood water of Yamuna
inwhichthequantityof
water was not fixed but
in 2003, the water
quantity was fixed.
Govind Singh Dotasra, Suresh Modi, Yashwardhan Singh, Swarnim Chaturvedi, and RC Choudhary
during the press conference in Jaipur on Thursday. SANTOSH SHARMA
BJP is taking out ‘Aabhar Yatra’, which is misleading
and flop. Interests of Rajasthan has been
compromised in the projects including Eastern
Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) or the MoU over
distribution of Yamuna water with Haryana
government.
GOVIND SINGH DOTASRA, RAJ PCC CHIEF
RajasthanHCupholdsNCDRCorder,givesreliefto
plotownerafterJDAfailstoprovidefacilities
Supreme Court upholds Rajasthan High Court’s
two-child norm for government jobs
Jaipur: Bringing a nearly seven-year
legal battle to an end, the Rajasthan
High Court has upheld an NCDRC order
asking the JDA to refund with interest the
amount paid by a plot owner after the agency
failed to provide promised facilities under a
residential scheme. A two-judge bench,
comprising justices Pankaj Bhandari and
Bhuwan Goyal, set aside a single bench
order that had quashed the NCDRC directive.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld two-child
eligibility criterion of Raj govt for seeking public employ-
ment, ruling that it is not discriminatory and does not violate
Constitution. The Rajasthan Various Service (Amendment)
Rules, 2001 bar candidates who have more than two children
from seeking govt jobs. While upholding the two-child norm, the
top court dismissed the appeal filed by ex-serviceman Ramji Lal
Jat, who had applied for a constable’s job in Rajasthan Police
on May 25, 2018 after his retirement from military in 2017.
HC:Can’tspendparole
timeinvictim’sarea
Jaipur: Rajasthan
High Court has
given an important
decision in the matter of
granting parole to
POCSO accused. Now,
during the parole period,
the accused cannot stay
in the city or village in
which the victim lives
even if he is a resident of
the same village or city.
He will have to serve
parole at another place.
Tribunalrejectsclaim
of`120cragainstMNIT
Jaipur: The tribunal
rejected a claim of Rs
120 crore against MNIT
Jaipur. Former judge GS
Saraf rejected petition filed
by KMV Infra Hyderabad.
Chandrashekhar Sinha
along with ASG RD
Rastogi told tribunal that
KMV Infra had tendered to
build a lecture theatre but
once full payment has been
made to contractor, no
claim can be made now.
Raj HC notice to
JDA, hotel director
over transfer of
property
Jaipur: CJ MM
Srivastava and
Justice Bhawan Goyal
issued notices to JDA,
Mukund Goyal and Kedia
Hotel Director Gaurav
Goyal in a case related to
transfer of property
without sale deed. The
next hearing will be held
after 4 weeks. The Public
Against Corruption had
filed a PIL in the Raj High
Court accusing the JDA
and Kedia Grand Hotel
and Palace of indulging
in transfer of property
without sale deed and
without sale amount.
Advocate Poonam
Chand Bhandari, on
behalf of the petitioner,
said, “The JDA re-lease
the land which was
already registered
earlier. It issued a lease
in the name of Kedia
Grand Hotel and Palace
director causing a loss
of crores of rupees to
the government.”
IN THE COURTYARD 484 cartons of illicit IMFL, 7 vehicles seized
Police with seized vehicle and accused in Sanchore on Thrusday.
Sanchore and Jhab police have seized 7 vehicles with 484 cartons
of illicit liquor.
First India Bureau
Sanchore
Rajasthan Police has re-
covered 484 cartons of il-
licit Indian-made foreign
liquor (IMFL) and seized
seven vehicles, including
a truck, in Sanchore dis-
trict, police said onThurs-
day. The liquor was being
smuggled from Punjab
and to Gujarat, they said.
ADG(Crime)DineshMN
said that on the informa-
tion of the PHQ Crime
Branch team, police sta-
tion raided house of Gan-
pat Lal in Paladar village.
The team seized 484
cartonsofdifferentbrands
of Punjab-made liquor
fromfourcars,atruckand
twopickuptrolleysparked
there. He said that the
team had received infor-
mation that liquor was
being smuggled in trucks
from Punjab to Sanchore
police station area and
then being loaded in other
small vehicles and sent to
Gujarat. Two men fled
the spot after seeing po-
lice, leaving the vehicles
behind, he said.
Blackmoneyworth `200crore
bustedinI-TraidatJodhpur
Vimal Kothari
Jodhpur
The raids of Income Tax
department’s
Investigation
B r a n c h ,
which started
at 10 loca-
tionsinJodh-
purandDelhi
on Monday,
endedon4thdayonThurs-
day with seizure of undis-
closed income of `200 cr.
The IT sleuths have de-
tected more than 15 shell
companies through which
expenses were reported to
understate in-
come. Apart
from this, of-
ficers have
also seized
cashworth`1
cr and jewel-
ery worth `3
cr. Bogus loans and con-
tracts issued to shell com-
panies to adjust expenses.
3 die as driver falls
asleep on Delhi-
Mum Expressway
577 MCM means
Bisalpur should be
filled 5 times: Tiwari
First India Bureau
Alwar
Three people were killed
and one was seriously
injured in an accident on
Delhi-Mum Expressway
near Naugaon in Alwar
on Thursday. The driver
of pick-up allegedly fell
asleep and rammed into
a trailer.
Three people, Mus-
taqeen,RashidandRashid
in pickup died.
Probe in tees worth `126 cr
for Rural Olympics begins
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A special investigation
has started into the Ra-
jiv Gandhi Rural Olym-
pic Games 2022-23 af-
ter Sadulpur MLA
Manoj Nyangali raised
questions on theT-shirts
worth Rs 126 crore pur-
chased for the event and
had sought investiga-
tion into purchase/ten-
der process in the event.
The Sports Minister
then had given assur-
ance that matter would
be investigated.
On Wednesday, the
Govt Secretary, Finance
Department ordered the
Audit Department,
Jaipur to complete the
special investigation
within a month’s time.
CRIME
ROUNDUP MAN APPEALS IG TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SON WHO
POSES AS IPS AND COMMITS FRAUD IN BHARATPUR
CP BIJU TO HOLD JANSUNWAI IN VDN TOMORROW
3 HELD FOR FORCING
SISTERS TO CONVERT
MAN GETS 20 YEARS IN
JAIL FOR RAPING MINOR
SUV-BORNE MISCREANTS FLEE WITH CA’s CAR
Bharatpur: In a rare case, a man from Sikri ap-
pealed to IG Rahul Prakash to take action against
his son who poses as an IPS officer and cheats
people. The man accuses his relatives of pushing his
son into the world of cybercrime. He said, “My son has
committed online fraud by posing as a fake IPS of-
ficer.” The man said that he had complained about the
matter at the Sikri police station several times and also
complained to the Deeg Superintendent of police but no
action was taken. He then lastly appealed to Inspector
generalRahul Prakash, who assured him help and said
that after investigating the matter, appropriate action will
be taken against the accused.
Jaipur: To maintain trust among the common people
and create fear among criminals, Jaipur Police Com-
missioner Biju George Joseph will hold
a public hearing tomorrow from 11 am to 1
pm at Vidyadhar Nagar police station. AdCP
Kailash Chandra Vishnoi, DCP of the district,
Asst Police Commissioners, SHOs and police
station officials will be present. Complainants
of the area related to Shastri Nagar and Kot-
wali circles will be able to tell their ordeals to
Police Commissioner. The objective is to address people’s
problems on the spot. Satyanarayan Sharma
Alwar: Police have
arrested two girls and
a young man in the
Kotwali police station area of
city for pressurizing two sis-
ters for religious conversion.
Alwar SP Anand Sharma
said that two girls (both
sisters) had reported that
Sakina  Kajal live with them
in a rented accomodation
and they were pressuring
her to be friends with Wasim
to convert  get married. A
case was registered and the
investigation was handed
over to CO North City.
Ajmer: POCSO
court in Ajmer has
sentenced a man to
20 years in prison for raping
a 5-year-old girl besides
imposing a penalty of Rs
59,000 on him. The accused,
who was also the neighbour
of the victim, took her to his
home on the pretext of giving
her chocolate and raped her.
Special Public Prosecutor
Advocate Rupendra Parihar
said that a case was reg-
istered at Kekri City Police
Station in August last year.
Based on victim’s statement
and confirmation from the
DNA FSL report, the judge
sentenced the accused. The
judge also asked victim to be
given separate sum of Rs 6
lakh under Victim Compen-
sation Scheme.
Kota: A Chartered Accountant’s (CA) car was report-
edly stolen in the wee hours of Wednesday by some
miscreants in Kunhadi police
station of Kota. Interestingly, the mis-
creants had come in a new model
Harrier (worth around Rs 20 lakh)
and after doing a recce, drove away
with the CA’s car. CA Pankaj Kumar
Shukla said that on February 27, he came from Jaipur to
Adarsh Nagar here to meet his brother Vipul Shukla (RAS).
Manoj Nyangali had raised
the issue in Rajasthan
Assembly. FILE
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TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Set your heart on doing good.
Do it over and over again and
you will be filled with joy.
 BUDDHA
IN-DEPTH
HIMACHALPRADESH
GETSTOOHOTFOR
CONGRESSTOHANDLE
MINING SCAM COMES
TO HAUNT AKHILESH
espite holding a majority, the Congress gov-
ernment in Himachal Pradesh is precariously
positioned.The defection of six party legisla-
tors, aiding a BJPcandidate’s victory in the sole Rajya
Sabha seat, exposed vulnerabilities within the Con-
gress ranks. In a bid to safeguard the government’s
stability, Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania took the
drastic measure of disqualifying the rebel MLAs.Al-
though the Congress still commands a numerical ad-
vantage with 34 MLAs, its margin has diminished.
Concurrently, the BJP faces its own challenges, hav-
ing 15 MLAs suspended for alleged misconduct with
the Speaker, thereby reducing its strength.
However, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s government
is not out of the woods yet. The faction led by former
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, spearheaded by his
wife Pratibha Singh, the state Congress chief, and
son Vikramaditya Singh, a minister, may not remain
passive. Amidst the BJP’s political manoeuvers, the
Congress confronts an uncertain future in Himachal
Pradesh, fraught with the looming specter of poten-
tial loss even if Sukhu is replaced as CM.
D
khilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi
Party, faces impending challenges as he
aligns with the INDIA bloc for the Lok Sab-
ha elections. His pact with the Congress might back-
fire, as evidenced by recent Rajya Sabha elections.
With seven legislators cross voting for the ruling BJP,
the SP’s third candidate suffered defeat. Should this
trend persist, the party risks a scenario akin to the
Congress, with members under the alleged threat of
Enforcement Directorate, CBI and income-tax jeop-
ardizing party unity and INDIA bloc’s hopes. UP
Congress president Ajay Rai put it bluntly, “some-
where ED, somewhere CBI, somewhere Income-Tax
department are being used to break people”.
Akhilesh was
summoned by the
CBI for interrogation
as a witness in the il-
legal sand mining
case of 2019. Akh-
ilesh and his former
cabinet colleague
Gayatri Prasad Praja-
pati are under inves-
tigation for issuance
of lease licences for
mining in Hamirpur
bypassing the e-ten-
dering process. Akh-
ilesh and Prajapati
held the mining port-
folio between 2012
and 2016, the period
during which the al-
leged scam took
place. On the orders of theAllahabad High Court, the
CBI filed an FIR on January 2, 2019.
The former UP Chief Minister decided not to ap-
pear before the agency. Instead, he replied to the sum-
mons by asking why no information was sought in
the last five years and suggested that he is ready to
present himself through video conferencing. Akh-
ilesh’s question can be dismissed as redundant be-
cause the CBI had told the high court that the roles
of the two mining ministers “may be looked into dur-
ing the course of investigation of the case”.
A
Akhilesh and
Prajapati held the
mining portfolio
between 2012 and
2016, the period
during which the
alleged scam took
place. On the orders
of the Allahabad
High Court, the CBI
filed an FIR on
January 2, 2019
The news of many casualties in a
road accident in Dindori, Madhya
Pradesh is extremely sad. The local
administration is fully engaged in relief and
rescue operations. I express my deepest
condolences to the bereaved families
and pray for the speedy recovery of
the injured.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
@JPNadda
Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Sunil
Bharti Mittal, Founder  Chairman of
Bharti Enterprises, for becoming the
first Indian to be conferred with an Honorary
Knighthood by King Charles III of UK. This well
deserved recognition of your efforts to advance
India-UK business relations is a testimony to
the robust bilateral trade ties between the
two nations.
Piyush Goyal @PiyushGoyal
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GOVERNING
MINDSET
Once you let conscious-
ness into the game, it is
logically inescapable that
Jeans was right. Only con-
sciousness is conscious.
Mind must create and
govern the operation of the
physical world. No other
cause makes sense.
Panpsychism doesn’t
work, because it delivers
control back to atoms and
molecules, which in turn
delivers control back to the
mindless laws of nature.
You are stuck with the
same fallacy that material-
ism/physicalism begins
with, the fallacy that
everything must have a
physical explanation.
There’s a lot more to
say about the mystery of
consciousness, but getting
unworkable ideas out of
the way is a good start.
A worldview based on con-
sciousness as the source
of creation is around the
corner if you start to look
at the only origins story
that actually works. In-
evitably, it will send shock
waves through the current
paradigm of science.
THERIDDLEOFA
CONSCIOUSUNIVERSE
ne of the
s t r a n g e s t
theories cur-
rently being
t o s s e d
around is the notion that we
live in a conscious uni-
verse. The typical label for
this hypothesis is panpsy-
chism,anancientbeliefthat
there is sentience in every-
thing in creation. I askedAI
for the origins of panpsy-
chism and got this answer
from Google Gemini.
The idea of panpsy-
chism, that all things have
some form of mind, has
roots in ancient philosophy,
even before Socrates! Early
Greek thinkers like Thales
and Aristotle hinted at it.
The term itself was coined
much later, in the 16th cen-
tury, by the Italian philoso-
pher Francesco Patrizi.
Modern physics is the
last place you’d expect a
notion from ancient phi-
losophy to show up, given
that there is no physical
data to support it, no em-
pirical measurement or ex-
periment to prove or dis-
prove it, and little credibil-
ity behind rocks, trees, and
clouds having a mind.
Inessence,physics—and
more particularly, cosmol-
ogy—has been backed into
a corner in hopes that
panpsychism will come to
the rescue. Cosmology is
responsibleforgivingusthe
origins story of the uni-
verse. Until quite recently,
leaving mind or conscious-
ness out of the story suited
almost everyone. As hu-
mans, we know we have a
mind, and the brain takes
careofthatbitofbiology,so
there was no need to drag in
a conscious universe.
Yet for some reason, a
number of the greatest
quantum pioneers disa-
greed, among them Max
Planck, Werner Heisen-
berg,andErwinSchröding-
er, who each in his own
way felt that consciousness
was inherent in creation.
Such an eccentric idea was
dismissed as a personal
quirk that had nothing to do
with the business of doing
physics from day to day.
And there matters might
have stood, even though
some striking quotes linger
around the whole issue.
Sir James Jeans, the noted
English astronomer-physi-
cist, wrote, “The universe
begins to look more like a
great thought than like a
great machine. Mind no
longer appears to be an ac-
cidental intruder into the
realm of matter ... we
ought rather to hail it as the
creator and governor of the
realm of matter.”
If time travel dropped
this quote into the laps of
the ancient Vedic rishis, or
seers, of India, they would
have instantly agreed.
Jeans’s insight wasn’t that
we live in a conscious uni-
verse but that mind/con-
sciousness is “creator and
governor” of the physical
world. Suddenly the topic
becomes personal because
your brain is a physical ob-
ject, and what Jeans de-
clares is the opposite of
whatneurosciencebelieves.
Neuroscience believes that
matter creates and controls
mind; most brain research-
ers would even claim that
brain = mind.
Jeans, echoing not just
Vedic philosophy but
Planck, Heisenberg, and
Schrödinger, is saying that
your brain doesn’t create
your mind; nor do brain
cells think, feel, or have
experiences. Conscious-
ness does all of that, with
the brain responding as a
physical instrument the
way a piano responds when
a musician sits down to
play. No one would claim
that a piano knows music,
and since brain cells are
made of organic chemicals
the same as the wood in a
piano is made of organic
chemicals, there’s no logi-
cal reason to suppose that
rearranging organic chemi-
cals in a super-complex
way inside the human brain
gave them the gift of mind.
As one wit put it, to say that
we have a mind because
our brains are so complex
is like saying that if you
add more cards to a deck of
playing cards, it will know
how to play poker.
A contingent of physi-
cists, largely in the younger
generation, realized that
leaving consciousness out
of the cosmic origins story
doesn’t work. It seems as if
millions or even billions of
planetsoutsidethesolarsys-
tem might contain life, and
life leads to speculations
about advanced life forms
that can think. Even leaving
that aside, physics is ration-
al, and a rational explana-
tion for where conscious-
nessoriginatedisnecessary.
Now we come to the part
about being backed into a
corner. No one to date has
been able to show when or
where atoms and molecules
learnedtothink.Asobvious
as it seems that each of us
hasamind,youcannotsim-
ply use sleight of hand to
claim that atoms and mole-
culesgainedspecialdispen-
sation to think inside the
human brain. (The discov-
ery of language systems
among birds, whales, por-
poises, and other higher life
forms has already demoted
theuniquenessofourbrain.)
Panpsychism arose as a
kind of back-and-fill oper-
ation. By ascribing con-
sciousness or perhaps pro-
to-consciousness (a begin-
ning stage of mind) to the
universe, you can point to
atoms and molecules pos-
sessing consciousness as a
property like mass, charge,
and energy states. The so-
lution seems quick, simple,
even elegant.And it has the
benefit that your world-
view can still be material-
ist/physicalist. You are
shoring up notion that, af-
ter all is said and done, the
human brain is thinking
and experiencing the world
at the level of neurons.
Except that the whole
thingdoesn’twash,because
cause-and-effect is ruined.
No one in physics wants to
abandon the notion that
physical laws create and
control the cosmos at every
level, allowing random
events in the quantum field
to build more and more
complex structures until
youarriveatthesinglemost
complexstructureknownto
science, human DNA. The
lawsofchemistryandphys-
ics are mindless. Therefore,
theycan’tberesponsiblefor
how our minds do the in-
credible things they do.The
other alternative in panpsy-
chism is that consciousness
overrides randomness of
physical interactions—why
else do we have a mind if
nottocreatecivilizationand
everythingthatgoeswithit?
It’s not plausible that grav-
ity,electromagnetism,along
with a few friends, got to-
gether to paint Mona Lisa
and compose Bach fugues.
Once you let conscious-
ness into the game, it is
logically inescapable that
Jeans was right. Only con-
sciousness is conscious.
Mind must create and gov-
ern the operation of the
physical world. No other
causemakessense.Panpsy-
chism doesn’t work, be-
cause it delivers control
back to atoms and mole-
cules,whichinturndelivers
controlbacktothemindless
laws of nature. You are
stuck with the same fallacy
that materialism/physical-
ism begins with, the fallacy
that everything must have a
physical explanation.
There’s a lot more to say
about the mystery of con-
sciousness, but getting un-
workable ideas out of the
way is good start.Aworld-
view based on conscious-
ness as the source of crea-
tion is around corner if you
start to look at only origins
story that actually works.
Inevitably, it will send
shock waves through cur-
rent paradigm of science.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
The idea of panpsychism, that all things have some
form of mind, has roots in ancient philosophy, even
before Socrates! Early Greek thinkers like Thales and
Aristotle hinted at it. The term itself was coined much
later, in the 16th century, by the Italian philosopher
Francesco Patrizi. Modern physics is the last place
you’d expect a notion from ancient philosophy to
show up, given that there is no physical data to
support it, no empirical measurement or experiment
to prove or disprove it, and little credibility behind
rocks, trees, and clouds having a mind
O
DEEPAK
CHOPRA
The writer is MD,
FACP, FRCP founder of the
Chopra Foundation,
a non-profit entity for
research on well-being
and humanitarianism,
and Chopra Global
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INDIA’S Q3 GDP SURGES
GDP grows by 8.4% in Oct-December
2023, FY24 growth estimated at 7.6%
Agencies
New Delhi
ndia’s econom-
ic growth ac-
celerated to 8.4
per cent in the third quar-
ter of 2023-24, mainly
due to good performance
by the manufacturing,
mining and quarrying
and construction sectors.
The Indian economy
recorded a growth of 8.4
per cent in the third quar-
ter of this fiscal (October-
December 2023), accord-
ing to data released by the
National Statistical Of-
fice (NSO) on Thursday.
The NSO, in its sec-
ond advance estimate of
national accounts,
pegged the country’s
growth at 7.6 per cent
for 2023-24.
It had projected a
growth of 7.3 per cent for
the current fiscal in its
first advance estimates
released earlier in Janu-
ary 2024. The NSO also
revised the GDP growth
for 2022-23 to 7 per cent
against the earlier esti-
mate of 7.2 per cent.
 FILE
PM Modi said the
robust 8.4% GDP
growth shows the
strength of economy
and its potential and
the govt will continue
its efforts for fast
economic growth to
create ‘Viksit Bharat’
.
I
‘BJPtomakeIndia3rdlargesteconomy’
PTI
Bhopal
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Thursday said
the BJP is approaching
the ensuing Lok Sabha
polls with an aim to make
India the world’s third
largest economy and as-
serted there is talk every-
where of the saffron
party-led bloc NDA
crossing the 400-seat
mark this time.
He noted India’s cred-
ibility on the international
stage has gone up several
notches in the last 10
years of his tenure, help-
ing attract more invest-
ment in the country, and
added nations all over the
world are keen to have
good ties with New Delhi.
Modi made the com-
ments while virtually ad-
dressing the ‘Viksit
Bharat, Viksit Madhya
Pradesh’ programme af-
ter launching or inaugu-
rating development pro-
jects worth more than Rs
17,551 crore in the BJP-
ruled state.
On the occasion, he
laid foundation stones or
dedicated to the nation
several projects in key
sectors such as irriga-
tion, power, road, rail,
water supply, coal and
industry via video link.
“India’s credibility
has increased manifold
in the world in the last
10 years. Today, coun-
tries all over the world
wanted to have friend-
ship with India. Indians
going abroad get a lot of
respect and it directly
benefits the country in
terms of investment, es-
pecially in the tourism
sector. More people
want to come to India 
when they come here,
they will naturally visit
MP as it is a unique state
(MP to azab hai,gazab
hai),” Modi said.
Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi also said, “Eve-
rywhere there is talk of
‘abki baar 400 paar’
(NDAwinning more than
400 Lok Sabha seats).”
PM Modi reveals aim of BJP in approaching Lok Sabha polls amid ‘400-plus’ buzz
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually attends the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Madhya Pradesh’ programme, on Thursday. PTI
Need for innovation to deal with
challenges greater than ever: Bill
PTI
New Delhi
The need for innovation
to deal with different
challenges is greater than
ever, Microsoft co-found-
er and philanthropist Bill
Gates said Thursday, as-
serting that Artificial In-
telligence (AI) is the most
transformative technolo-
gy he has seen. Gates he
encouraged them to lev-
erage the technology for
social good.
“I am looking at India
in a far broader way. I am
lucky enough, through
the work of the founda-
tion, to look at innova-
tors who can help with
all kinds of problems
— starting with health,
but also agriculture,
gender, and climate. We
need fantastic Indian in-
novation,” Gates said
during his keynote ad-
dress on “Innovation for
Public Good”.
Congress in Himachal has lost confidence of
people, right to stay in power: State BJP chief
PTI
Shimla
The Congress party has
lost the confidence of the
people and also the right
to stay in power after a
stunning defeat in the Ra-
jya Sabha polls in
Himachal Pradesh, state
BJP chief Rajiv Bindal
said on Thursday.
Bindal said it the ruling
party with complete ma-
jority failing to win the
Rajya Sabha elections is
unprecedented. Congrat-
ulating BJP candidate
Harsh Mahajan for the
“historic victory”, Bindal
said the Congress gov-
ernment has lost the mor-
al right to stay in power.
Also, Congress to con-
stitute 6-member com-
mittee, says Bhupinder
Singh Hooda.
Stock index at
peak again!
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
The Indian stock mar-
kets have once again
reached their highest
level. Despite the in-
ternational uncertain-
ties, this rise in the
stock markets may be
confusing the inves-
tors, but the strength in
the economy is point-
ing towards growth in
the times to come, in
such a situation, inves-
tors should take the
initiative to book their
profits. They should
also continue to do so,
so that the profits vis-
ible on paper continue
to be reflected in their
bank accounts.
Thecurrentsituation
is that whenever the
market takes a dive,
the confidence of in-
vestors gets shaken,
and they start analyz-
ing their decision,
whereas the practical
thing is that investors
should keep analyzing
their investments regu-
larly and buy stocks.
The decision of buy-
ing or selling should be
taken with a target in
mind, so that the fluc-
tuations in the stock
index can be avoided.
There is no doubt that
the Indian economy is
on the path of improve-
ment, there will be
smallbigobstaclesin
thispath,butnoonecan
predict that there will
be a serious decline.
Stock Market Watch
I2U2stillpriorityfor Joe
Bidenadministration:WH
PTI
Washington
The grouping of India,
Israel, the United Arab
Emirates and the US con-
tinues to be a priority for
the Biden administration
and is not on the back-
burner due to the ongoing
conflict in Middle East,
the White House said.
The I2U2 grouping re-
mains critically impor-
tant and President Joe
Biden is “deeply com-
mitted to making sure
that we continue” with
the grouping, White
House Press Secretary
Karine Jean-Pierre told
reporters on Wednesday.
BRICSovertakingG7intermsof
shareinglobalGDP,saysPutin
Agencies
Moscow
The BRICS states are
overtaking the G7 in
terms of share in global
GDP in PPP terms, Rus-
sian President Vladimir
Putin said on Thursday.
The share of BRICS
will increase to 36.6 per
cent by 2028, while that
of the G7 will decrease to
27.8%, according to esti-
mates provided by Presi-
dent Putin, as per report.
“But 10 years ago, the
situation was different,”
Putin said, noting that in
2022, the BRICS coun-
tries surpassed the G7 in
terms of GDP in PPP
terms (31.5% versus
30.3%), whereas back in
1992, the BRICS share
was only around 16.5%.
The BRICS group of
emerging economies,
which previously com-
prised Brazil, Russia, In-
dia, China and South Af-
rica, underwent a major
expansion after Iran,
Ethiopia, Egypt and the
UAE joined. Putin also
warned of a “real” risk of
nuclear war if theWestern
countries sent troops to
fight in Ukraine ahead of
the presidential election.
India hosts Conf on Asian-
AfricanLawTreatyPractice
Challenging Notions
First India Bureau
Gandhinagar
The Rashtriya Raksha
University (RRU) in col-
laboration with the Minis-
try of External Affairs,
India, hosted a 2-day con-
ference on “AsianAfrican
Law and Treaty Practice”
on February 28 to 29.
The conference wit-
nessed the esteemed
presence of Meenakshi
Lekhi, Minister of State
for External Affairs 
Culture; Prof Bimal N
Patel, Vice Chancellor of
RRU  other dignitaries
Lekhi highlighted the
interconnectedness be-
tween treaty law and for-
eign policy, stressing the
importance of under-
standing how states en-
gage in treaty practices.
The conference ended
after a series of presenta-
tion on the challenges
and opportunities associ-
ated with Asian African
Law and Treaty Practice.
“Athletes in
country to be
issued digital
certificates”
PTI
New Delhi
Sports minister Anurag
Thakur on Thursday an-
nounced that the govern-
ment will issue digital
certificates to registered
athletes across the coun-
try, a move which would
ensure a transparent ac-
count of their participa-
tion and performance.
The digital certificate
will have dates of the ath-
letes’ participation in
competitions and serve
as proof of their success.
“With athletes at the
heart of our progressing
 growing sporting eco-
system, the sports minis-
try has made a crucial
decision to promote the
‘issuance of digital cer-
tificates to athletes,”
wrote Thakur on X.
The minister had first
announced his plan to
simplify things for ath-
letes and NSFs during the
National Sports Day on
August 29 last year.
Viksit Bharat
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
z PM Modi will be in West
Bengal on March 1 and 2 to
launch development projects
worth over `22,200 crore, a
visit which becomes politi-
cally significant as well as it
comes amid the BJP's sharp
attack on the state govt over
the Sandeshkhali issue.
z On March 2, Modi will
launch many development
projects, worth over nearly
`1.83 lakh-crore, from Bihar
for across the country.
z Referring to the “double-
engine” government in Mad-
hya Pradesh (BJP in power
at the Centre and also in
the state), the PM said it is
working with “double speed”
and listed the number of
development projects.
z PM also expressed con-
fidence about the BJP-led
NDA, which has more than
two dozen parties, winning
more than 400 seats (out of
total 543) in the Lok Sabha
elections, a feat achieved
only once in India’s history
- by the Congress under
Rajiv Gandhi in 1984.
Co-founder, Microsoft Bill Gates addresses the students of the IIT on
‘Innovation for Public Good’, at its campus in New Delhi, Thursday.
SITUATIONCOMPLETELY
UNDERCONTROL:CONG
Congress on
Thursday asserted
that the situation
in Himachal Pradesh is
“completely under control”
and the BJP has failed in
its attempts to “destabilise
the elected government”
in the hill state.Congress
general secretary (commu-
nications) Jairam Ramesh
said like other states, the
BJP started the game of
using money power, power
of the government and
muscle power to destabi-
lise the Congress govern-
ment in Himachal Pradesh
but has failed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
US President Joe Biden
The stock market
has already
calculated the
general perception
that the govt will be
formed under the
leadership of the
BJP in LS elections.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
z US President Joe Biden
doing everything to improve
the visa process and Green
Card backlog: White House
z India slams debt-trapped
Pakistan after it raised the
issue of JK at the UN. India
said it cannot pay attention to
a nation soaked in red due to
bloodshed from terrorism that
it sponsors around the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns to Bengal
once again as he addresses back to back rallies
spread over six days beginning from Friday, that
will mark the launch of BJP’s offensive ahead of the im-
pending 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address rallies
in Arambagh on Friday and Nadia’s Krishnagar the day
after. The prime minister will return to Bengal for a third
public meeting which will be in Barasat on March 6.
MODI TO LAUNCH BJP’S POLL CAMPAIGN WITH
3 BACK-TO-BACK RALLIES IN WB FROM TODAY
At 1.08% annual growth rate
13,874 Leopard
now in India
Dip in Shivalik hills, Indo-Gangetic Plains
In 2018 In 2022
12,852
3,907
13,874
MADHYA PRADESH
Maximum Number
of Leopards
MAHARASHTRA
1,690 in 2018
to 1,985 in 2022
KARNATAKA
1,783 in 2018
to 1,879 in 2022
TAMIL NADU
868 in 2018 to
1,070 in 2022
Central India shows a stable or slightly
growing leopard population (8,820 in 2022
against 8,071 in 2018), the Shivalik hills and
the Indo-Gangetic Plains experienced a
decline (from
1,253 in 2018 to
1,109 in 2022).
zDo you think ‘Brand
Modi’ will become a ‘su-
per hit’ in South India as
well? What does the term
‘Modi: The New Shining
Sun of South’ entail?
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra:
This term gives only one
message, Modi is the
new star of South... Modi
is the biggest factor for
BJP in the South... Modi
understands the dynam-
ics of the politics of
South India. And the
most important aspect is
that after Jayalalitha,
Karunanidhi and MGR,
there is a vacuum in
South Indian politics.
There is no big face in the
Tamil Nadu politics as of
today and destiny has
handed the job of filling
that vacuum in Narendra
Modi’s hands. Hence,
everyone is waiting as to
who will fill that gap, and
its answer is Narendra
Modi because now the
people are also excited.
We saw in the roadshow
recently how lakhs of
people had gathered
there. To me, it would not
come as a surprise if peo-
ple started saying that
Modi has emerged as the
face of Tamil Nadu. One
more thing, there is an-
other aspect to it. PM
must feel that after un-
furling the ‘Saffron flag’
in North, West, and East
India, now only South
remains to be won over
and thus, he has to unfurl
the ‘Bhagwa’ in South
India. All said and done,
today in Andhra, Kerala
and other states, the BJP
does not have a good
electoral standing. So,
that is a challenge before
the Prime Minister. He
has made up his mind
that he has lead a nation
and not just be a Prime
Minister for the people
and the BJP which he
leads when its flag is un-
furled in South, that
would be the day, Modi
would feel that he is not
just the PM, rather a lead-
er, who has won over the
hearts of crores of people
living across the length
and breadth of the nation.
This feeling is motivat-
ing Narendra Modi to
move South, take up this
responsibility, and be-
come the face of the
South.
zPeople say that Modi is
the architect of the new
BJP. Do you agree with
that statement?
Correct. The BJP which
is claiming to bring 370
seats this time in the Lok
Sabha elections... the
BJP that abrogated Arti-
cle 370 from Jammu and
Kashmir, the BJP that
ensured the construction
of Ram Temple in Ayod-
hya, the BJP that has
brought UCC in one state
and the architect of this
BJP is Narendra Modi
and this BJP has become
the largest political party
in the world. So, we can
say that Narendra Modi
is the architect of the
‘21st-century BJP.’
zWhat is this philoso-
phy of ‘North-South
divide,’ which has been
going on for decades?
Well, the history of this
so-called divide is at least
50 years old and at max,
it is about a century old.
The basic issue in South-
ern states is the Anti-
Brahmin narrative i.e.
‘Anti-Sanatan’and ‘Anti-
Hindi language’narrative
has been peddled. As
such, the birth of political
parties in that part of the
country has been on the
‘Anti-Brahmin’ or ‘Anti-
Sanatan’ ideology. Thus,
this opposition is quite
old. An ‘Anti-Hindi’agi-
tation was carried out
there in 1958 during
which the Government of
India made efforts to en-
force ‘Hindi’ as a com-
pulsory language across
the entire nation, which
was opposed vehemently
by the people and several
people died also in that
agitation since it became
violent. Even today, the
people, who sacrificed
their lives, are remem-
bered in Tamil Nadu and
programmes are organ-
ised on a particular day in
their remembrance. Till
the time this situation be-
comes better, nothing
will happen on the grass-
roots level. The second
reason for this divide was
that in 1924, Dalits were
stopped from walking on
a path leading to a Tem-
ple in Travancore. So an
agitation was organised
and the then King or-
dered the use of force
wherein, several people
died. This is where Peri-
yar comes into the pic-
ture. He took the reins of
that agitation and slowly
the agitation gathered
momentum and gained
in popularity too. In a
nutshell, ‘Anti-Brah-
minism’ and ‘Anti-Hindi’
are the roots of this di-
vide. So this is an old
challenge and it remains
to be seen how Narendra
Modi tackles this prob-
lem. One legislator from
Tamil Nadu went so far
as to say that it is a curse
to be born into a Brahmin
family, and hence, this
feeling of revenge, hate,
and negativity towards
Sanatan is the root of this
divide.
zThere seems to be a
wall between North and
South when it comes to
political thought. Will
PM Modi be able to van-
quish and break down
this wall?
Truth be told, it is an ex-
tremely difficult job to
bring down that prover-
bial wall. But Modi is
extremely lucky and it
appears that the Al-
mighty has entrusted this
task to Modi, just as he
entrusted the Ram Tem-
ple issue to him, to bring
down this wall and unify
the nation. The work to
bring down this wall
has started, but when
will it be brought down,
nothing can be said about
it as it will take time.
Moreover, Modi is not
doing it for the present
rather he is search-
ing for possi-
bilities in the
future. Today
lakhs of peo-
ple listen to
Modi and cou-
pled with the
Ram Temple
factor, may
bring about a
surprising
figure in BJP and Modi’s
favour. As of today,
BJP’s vote share in Tamil
Nadu is 3.66 percent and
if ‘Modi’s magic’plays a
part, then the vote per-
cent could up to 10-12
percent also, and perhaps
BJP may get 7-8 seats in
the Assembly polls and
as such, BJP is focussing
on 7 seats.When it comes
to game-changers, we
can’t say much because
Modi’s tactics could al-
ways spring a surprise,
and BJP might end up
securing even 15-16
seats in its kitty. Let’s see
what finally comes out.
Anyhow, the work to dis-
mantle the wall has start-
ed and it is only a matter
of time, we can debate on
the speed at which it hap-
pens, but there is no de-
bate left on the amount of
work that has gone down
to bring it down.
zIf that is the case, then
what type of challenges
may befall PM Modi in
bringing down this
‘North-South’ divide?
What is their plan to
overcome those
challenges?
The biggest challenge
before the Saffron party
is the ‘Anti-Brahmin’
thought and sentiment
prevalent among the peo-
ple and how to bring
about the change in that
perception. Another ma-
jor challenge is that
BJP’s image is that of a
Hindu majoritarian party,
but the ‘Anti-Hindi’ and
‘Anti-Sanatan’ ideology
is a major hurdle for the
party. So, when you enter
the political fray, you hit
a major roadblock due to
these prevalent narra-
tives and these can only
be countered through
popularity among the
public and that would be
achieved only when peo-
ple’s perception of the
party changes. Talking
about strategy or plan to
overcome these chal-
lenges, the BJPhas based
its strategy on the Ram
Temple since there are
millennia-old cultural
links between North and
South and that is what
they are looking to en-
cash and revive so that
the ‘Anti-Hindu’ and
‘Anti-Sanatan’ percep-
tion can be changed. So
one is Ram Temple,
which has brought about
a connection between UP
and Tamil Nadu due to
Lord Ram. Secondly,
they recently held a ‘Ma-
hila Samagam,’ where
two lakh women partici-
pated in Kerala where
women interacted
with PM Modi.
BJP’s ‘women
empowerment’
card is a strong
suit and in terms
of votes, there
were about 91
crore voters out
of which, about
44 crore were fe-
male voters and
the turnout of wom-
en voters was more
than male voters.
Additionally, 10
crore Ujjawala
beneficiaries, 27
crore Jan Dhan ac-
counts, and the ten-
ure of maternity
leaves have been in-
creased along with
many other initia-
tives. So ‘wom-
en’s empowerment’ is a
major part of BJPs’strat-
egy. There is the word of
creating a Brahmin plus
Dalit alliance to counter
the narrative. When they
forged such a narrative in
1999, the BJP then won
one seat. Overall, con-
trolling the ‘Anti-Hindu’
and ‘Anti-Sanatan’ senti-
ment, playing the ‘wom-
en empowerment’ card,
raising issues of corrup-
tion against the State
Government, and capital-
ising on the schemes of
the Central Government
are part of the broader
strategy of the BJP to
counter the Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam
(DMK) narrative.
zDon’t you think that
this ‘North-South divide’
concept is against the
basic concept of national
integration?
It is definitely against the
concept of national inte-
gration because you can’t
divide a nation into two
parts. This is not like East
and West Pakistan, which
were separated by thou-
sands of kilometres of dis-
tance. In our country, you
takeaflightandinthenext
two or three hours you
reach Delhi or some other
partofthenation.So,there
can’t be two parts of the
same nation or two differ-
ent cultures in the same
nation. Either today or to-
morrow this wall has to be
broken down. The other
three parts of the nation
seem to be progressing
fine, but the South feels
neglected without any
valid reason.This division
in thought, philosophy,
and ideology must cease,
as it goes against the con-
cept of political integra-
tion of the nation.
To be continued...
08
As we enter the third month of the year, stop for
a while and recap your dreams and goals and
take that step forward today!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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trended topAll-India on X
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SOUTHINDIA...INFACT,HEISTHE NEW
SHININGSUNOFBJPINSOUTH:DrCHANDRA
Stressing that Modi would be the
biggest factor for BJP in South India’s
politics, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses
that PM Modi may be destined to
bring about a stark change in the
political landscape of South India,
especially Tamil Nadu. Dr Chandra
also reveals how Modi has become
the architect of new BJP, why the
philosophy of North-South divide has
been going on for decades and how
PM Modi could bring down that wall
to win over the Southern regions,
having won North, West and East
India. Excerpts... (Part-1)
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Preeti Negi, Ranjana Rawat, Shikha
Thakur, Aditi Nagar, Poornima Mishra during 'The JC Show.'
Narendra Modi has
emerged as the face
of Tamil Nadu. One
more thing, there is
another aspect to it.
PM must feel that
after unfurling the
‘Saffron flag’ in North,
West, and East India,
now only South
remains to be won
over and thus, he has
to unfurl the ‘Bhagwa’
in South India
The Saffron party’s
biggest challenge is
the prevalent ‘Anti-
Brahmin’ sentiment
and how to change
that perception.
Another major
challenge is BJP’s
perceived Hindu
majoritarian image,
hindered by the
‘Anti-Hindi’ and
‘Anti-Sanatan’
ideology Dr Jagdeesh Chandra
during 'The JC Show.'
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | MARCH 1, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
PRE- WEDDING SPARKLES!
he pre-wedding festivities of Anant
Ambani, scion of the Ambani family
 Radhika Merchant stirred excitement as
Bollywood stars and fashion luminaries
converged in a dazzling spectacle. P11
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heBirlaAudi-
torium wit-
nessed a daz-
zling display
of eco-conscious fashion
as the 13thAnnual Fash-
ion Show Crea-
tions-2024,presentedby
theDepartmentofFash-
ion and Textile at IIS
(Deemed to be Univer-
sity) Mansarovar,
Jaipur, unfolded its
magic on Wednesday
evening.
Under the theme of
eco-sustainability, 48
stunning models from
IISUniversityshowcased
a mesmerizing fusion of
ethnic and Western outfits
by Newlook Trends.
Draped in gorgeous crea-
tionsbytalenteddesigners
including Anjali Rawat,
Muskaan Mittal, Kritika
Kumawat, and many
more, the runway came
alive with a burst of col-
ours and textures.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra
graced the occasion as the
Chief guest and while ad-
dressing the audience,
said,“Embracingeco-con-
scious fashion not only
showcases creativity but
also reflects our responsi-
bility towards preserving
the planet for future gen-
erations.” Former MLA
Vijayalakshmi Bishnoi
was also present, celebrat-
ing the artistry of tradi-
tionalIndiantextileswhile
promoting eco-friendly
practices.
Amyriadofstylesrang-
ing from sarees to lehen-
gas, jumpsuits toAnarkali
suits, captivated the audi-
ence’s attention, showcas-
ing innovative techniques
like upcycling and tradi-
tional craftsmanship such
as Khadi weaving and
Madhubani printing. The
upcycling collection, fea-
turing dresses made from
reusedfabrics,conveyeda
powerfulmessageofenvi-
ronmental awareness.
Drawing inspiration from
diverse sources including
Picasso’s art and Banjara
folkdesigns,theshowpre-
sented a tapestry of crea-
tivityandculturalheritage.
Collections like Toda em-
broidery motifs threaded
in block printing on Khadi
fabricandCyanEco,acol-
lectioninspiredbyBanjara
folk design, left the audi-
ence in awe.
Judged by industry ex-
perts Parul Vijayvargiya
and Raghushree Poddar,
the event featured se-
quences like Heritage
Hues, Handspun Harmo-
ny, and Frosty Fusion,
each highlighting the
unique blend of tradition
and innovation.
Astheeveningconclud-
ed, winners were hon-
oured with awards, ac-
knowledging their excep-
tional contributions to the
world of eco-conscious
fashion, along with a fe-
licitationceremonyforthe
alumnimembersalso.The
show, choreographed by
David and featuring a
makeover by celebrity
beauty expert Jassi
Chhabra,receivedacclaim
for its seamless blend of
style and sustainability.
Prof Radha Kashyap and
DrSulekhaOjha,express-
ing gratitude to all attend-
ees, affirmed the univer-
sity’s commitment to fos-
tering creativity and envi-
ronmental responsibility
through fashion.
Kavita
Chauhan
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Dr Raakhi Gupta, Jahanvi Sharma, Parul Vijayvargiya, Harshita Bansal,
Vijaylaxmi Bishnoi, Elisha Jain  Raghushree Poddar
Dr Ashok Gupta
Students showcased dazzling
designer cloths during the ramp walk
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SHARMA
The 13th Annual Fashion Show Creations-2024 at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur on Wednesday,
showcased eco-conscious fashion by IIS University with stunning models, talented
designers and industry experts, blending tradition  innovation!
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  • 1. BHILWARA LOK SABHA SEAT Textile town, once a Cong bastion, weakened with BJP’s advent hilwara, famous as the textile city, is a Lok Sabha constituency fall- ing in the general category and is a part of the Mewar-Wagad region of Rajasthan.About 19.39 per cent of this seat is urban while the remaining falls in rural areas. Bhilwara has the high- est number of Brahmins, followed by Gurjar vot- ers. The Bhilwara Lok Sabha seat includes 7 As- sembly constituencies: Asind, Bhilwara, Man- dalgarh, Shahpura, Ja- hazpur, Sahada, Mandal, and one Assembly seat from Bundi district, Hin- doli. In Assembly elec- tions, BJP won 6 out of 7 seats in Bhilwara district while one seat went to in- dependent MLA Ashok Kothari who later joined BJP. The BJP is consider- ing this seat very safe and so there are talks of party fielding a Central leader from here. In Bhilwara constitu- ency, Brahmin candidates have won 9 out of 17 times.VoterselectedCon- gress candidates 9 times, BJP 5 times, Janata Dal, Jan Sangh, and Ramrajya Parishad candidates once each. BJP’s Subhash Chandra Baheriahas been MP for two consecutive terms and also in 1998. Since 2014, BJP has con- sistently controlled the seat with Baheria winning in 2014 and 2019. B l (177) ASIND: Jabbar Singh Sankhala (BJP) l (178) MANDAL: Udai Lal Bhadana (BJP) l (179) SAHARA: Ladu Lal Pitliya (BJP) l (180) BHILWARA: Ashok Kumar Kothari (IND) l (181) SHAHPURA: Lalaram Bairwa (BJP) l (182) JAHAZPUR: Gopichand Meena (BJP) l (183) MANDALGARH: Gopal Lal Sharma (BJP) l (184) HINDOLI: Ashok Chandna (INC) THERE HAVE BEEN MINs FROM BHILWARA IN UNION CABINET Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency holds an important place in the politics of Rajasthan and Mewar. Shiv Charan Mathur, who started his political journey by becoming MP from the region in 1964 through a by-election, completed the journey from zero to the top as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan not once but twice. In this Lok Sabha constituency, Ramesh Chandra Vyas, the pioneer of the labour movement in Rajasthan and a prominent freedom fighter, had also won twice from here. Girdhari Lal Vyas, who was the President of the State Congress was also elected MP twice from here. Hemendra Singh Banera, at the age of 25, had the distinction of becoming the youngest MP of the country from this region in the 1971 elections. In the Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency, Kalu Lal Shrimali was the Union Education Minister in 1962 and in 2009, Dr CP Joshi was the Cabinet Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. Till now both these Union Ministers were not residents of Bhilwara district. MPs OF BHILWARA THUS FAR l 1952 HARIRAM NATHANI: Ram Rajya Parishad l 1957 RAMESH CHANDRA VYAS: Congress (prominent freedom fighter and founder of INTER) l 1962 KALULAL SHRIMALI: Congress (was Union Education Minister) l 1964 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (by-election) l 1971 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Jan Sangh l 1977 ROOP LAL SOMANI: Janata Party l 1980 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress (State Cong Prez) l 1984 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress l 1989 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Janata Dal l 1991 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (was CM & Guv) l 1996 SUBHASH CHAND BAHERIA: BJP l 1998 RAMPAL UPADHYAY: Congress l 1999 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP l 2004 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP l 2009 DR. CP JOSHI: Congress (was a minister at the Centre) l 2014 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP l 2019 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP ASSEMBLY SEAT- WISE POSITION OF BHILWARA LS ABOUT 2 CRORE VOTERS AGED 18-19 YEARS About 1.85 crore first-time voters in the age group of 18-19 have been added to the latest voter list. This is 22.7 per cent more than the number of 18-19-year- olds added in 2019. Also, 10.6 lakh advance applications for enroll- ment have been re- ceived from youth above 17 years of age. As per the final list of 2024, the total number of voters in the age group of 20-29 is more than 19.7 crore. The total number of third-gender voters as of January 1, 2024 is 48,044. This is up from 39,683 in 2019, while PWD (persons with disabilities) voters increased from 45.6 lakh to 88.4 lakh. This number has increased by almost double. The latest list includes 1.86 crore senior citizens. Of these, 2.38 lakh are persons aged 100 years or more. More than 96.8 crore citizens will have the right to vote in the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024. It is these people who make India one of the largest voting democ- racies in the world. This number is 8.1 per cent more than the 89.6 crore people registered before the 2019 elections. This time the total voters include 49.7 crore male voters (6.9 per cent more than in 2019) and 47.1 crore female voters (9.3 per cent more). This is 66.8 per cent of the country’s population. This time there are 21.6 crore voters in the age group of 18- 29 years in the coun- try. Their number is more than 22 per cent of the total voters. Voters are 66.8% of country’s population 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 02 l 47 crore women, 19.7 crore below 29 years of age will prove to be game changers in 2024 l In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala women voters rule the roost PARTIES MUST FORSAKE CASTEISM, FOCUS WOMEN&YOUTH ON lakh to 88.4 lakh. This number has increased by almost double. The latest list includes 1.86 crore senior citizens. Of these, 2.38 lakh are persons aged 100 years or more. 66.8 per cent of the country’s population. This time there are 21.6 crore voters in the age group of 18- 29 years in the coun- try. Their number is more than 22 per cent of the total voters. `6,400 crore had been collected by parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls of which they had spent `2,600 crore 4,126 is the total number of assembly seats in the country `10 lakh crore is the estimate for holding Lok Sabha, assembly and local body polls (panchayats, zila parishad, municipalities) together, as per N Bhaskara Rao, a research-based analyst of public policies `3 lakh crore could be spent if all assembly polls are held together `1.20 lakh crore is estimated to be spent on Lok Sabha polls in 2024, as per a new study TOTAL RECALL 2nd LOK SABHA POLL 1957 Congcontinued itswinningstreak, won371seats Manoj Mathur Jaipur t is said that when the beginning is good, then the end is also good. The first Lok Sabha formed after independ- ence in India success- fully completed its five- year tenure, and the country’s second general elections were held in 1957. This was an auspi- cious beginning for In- dian democracy. The voting process for the formation of the sec- ond Lok Sabha was com- pleted in about three and a half months, from Feb- ruary 24 to June 9, 1957. There were 489 seats in the first general election, which was increased to 494 in the second general election.There was 45.44 per cent voting in the elections. In this election also, the influence of the then PM, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, was pro- nounced. At that time, Congress crossed the tally of 370 seats and achieved a thumping ma- jority by winning 371 out of 494 seats. Nehru was elected PM for the sec- ond consecutive time. While the vote share of Congress was 45 per cent in the first elections of 1951–52, it increased to 47.8 per cent in 1957. Also, it won seven more seats in the second LS polls than the first. There were two special things in this election. Firstly, Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee reached Parlia- ment for the first time. Secondly, for the first time in this election, an incident of booth captur- ing also occurred. Four national parties participated: INC, CPI, BharatiyaJanSangh(later BJP), and Praja Socialist Party. Eleven state-level parties fielded candidates, with only two surpassing double-digit wins. CPI fielded 111 candi- dates but only 27 could win. Of Praja Socialist Party’s 194 candidates, 19 won, of Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s 133 only 4 won. Gantantra Parishad Party fielded 15 but 7 won. 2 out of 5 candidates of Forward Bloc (Marxist) Party won, while Praja Socialist Party could not even open its account. All India Hindu Mahasa- bha won 1 seat, while Akhil Bharatiya Ram Ra- jya Parishad failed to win even a single seat. After Congress, inde- pendents had upper hand in polls. 542 independ- ents contested the second LS poll, of these, 42 won. In second LS election, 45 women candidates were in fray and 22 won. l In second LS polls the number of Parl seats went up to 494 from 489 in first l Nehru was elected PM for the second consecutive term I VAJPAYEE WON FIRST POLL FROM BALRAMPUR Atal Bihari Vajpayee made his electoral debut in the second general election, contesting from two seats. He secured a seat in Parliament by defeating Congress’ Haider Hussain in Balrampur but lost to Raja Mahendra Pratap in Mathura. Nehru, impressed by Vajpayee’s oratory, predicted he’d become PM, which came true in 1996, nearly four decades later. BOOTH CAPTURING STARTED IN BIHAR Booth capturing in the country started in Bihar in the second general election when the local people captured the Kachari Tola booth of Rachiyari village in the Begusarai district of Bihar. After this, incidents of booth capture became common in all the next elections, especially in Bihar. Pankaj Soni Jaipur M Narendra Modi is repeat- edly talking about exist- ence of only ‘four castes’ in the country. Youth and women voters are includ- ed in these ‘four castes’ will prove to be game changers for political parties in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elec- tions.These are the castes which recently changed the governments in Ra- jasthan and Chhattisgarh and also gave a bumper victory to BJP Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, po- litical parties will have to pay special attention to these two castes. According to Election Commission data, more than 96 crore people, in- cluding 47 crore women, are eligible to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to Election Commission data, more than 1.73 crore people who are eli- gible to vote are in the age groups of 18 to 19 years. At the same time, in a dozen states and un- ion territories including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhat- tisgarh and Kerala, the number of women voters is more than male voters. There has been a signifi- cant improvement in the sex ratio of voters (num- ber of women per 1,000 male voters). It has in- creased from 928 in 2019 to 948 this time. In the last five years, more than 4 crore women voters have been added com- pared to 3.2 crore men. There has been a 9.3% increase in women voters this year, from 43.1 crore in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While male voters have increased by 6.9% from 46.4 crore. According to a 2023 letter sent by Election Commission to political parties, there were 17.32 crore registered voters in 1951, whose number in- creased to 19.37 crore in 1957. While there were 91.20 crore voters in 2019. Out of total voters registered, about 18 lakh are persons with disabili- ties. There was 45% vot- ing in first LS polls while the voting per cent was 67 in 2019 LS polls. P Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 MURMU APPROVES KERALA LOK AYUKTA BILL; WITHHOLDS 3 Prez Droupadi Murmu has withheld assent to 3 University laws bills re- ferred by Guv Arif Mohammed Khan, approved the Kerala Lok Ayukta Bill. UTTARAKHAND POLICE ARRESTS CO-ACCUSED ABDUL MOEED IN HALDWANI VIOLENCE CASE The Uttarakhand Police on Thursday arrested Abdul Moeed, co-accused in the violence that took place in Haldwani over the demolition of a mosque and madrasa during an anti-encroachment drive that left five dead. 20 INDIANS STUCK IN RUSSIA, GOVT IN TOUCH WITH MOSCOW FOR EARLY DISCHARGE: MEA Days after stating that the govt was “actively pursuing” cases of Indians seeking discharge from the Russian Army, Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said 20- odd people are stranded in the country, we are in touch. FORMER INTEL INDIA HEAD HIT BY CAB WHILE CYCLING; DIES Former Intel India country head Avtar Saini was killed after a speeding cab hit him while he was cycling in the Navi Mumbai township on Thursday. RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 265 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper SENSEX 72,500.30 195.41 BSE 21,982.80 31.65 NIFTY 32°C 17C Min Humidity 41% Max Very warm with hazy sun across state in the day FORECAST firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia MODI’S‘NEIGHBOURHOOD FIRST’INITIATIVE! PM Modi, Mauritius counterpart inaugurate community devp projects Moni Sharma New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtu- ally inaugurated a new airstrip, jetty and six oth- er India-assisted devel- opment projects in Agalega, Mauritius along with his Mauritian coun- terpart Pravind Jugnauth. The PM said India and Mauritius are natural partners in the maritime domain to combat tradi- tional and non-traditional challenges in the Indian Ocean region. After the inauguration, PM Modi announced that Mauritius would be first country to join India’s Jan Aushadhi scheme, an ini- tiative aimed at providing quality medicines at af- fordable prices. Modi said inauguration of airstrip and jetty at Agalega Is- land will further advance cooperation between the 2 countries and hailed Mauritius as an important partner of India’s ‘Neigh- bourhood First’ policy. Modi spoke about “vi- brant, strong and unique” partnership between In- dia and Mauritius, adding island nation is Delhi’s special partner under its vision of ‘SAGAR’. PM Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurate several India-assisted projects at the Agalega Island in Mauritius, via VC, in New Delhi on Thursday. MODI’S LEADERSHIP INSPIRES WORLDWIDE, SAYS JUGNAUTH Mauritius PM Jugnauth thanked his PM Narendra Modi for providing a new dimension to ties between the two countries. “As your inspiring leadership and states- manship radiates across the world, the people of India and the Indian diaspora have strongly established themselves as a global powerhouse of values, knowledge and success,” he told PM Narendra Modi, saying India’s support to Mauritius is “far-reaching”. INDIA AND MAURITIUS RELATIONSHIP EXAMPLE OF SAGAR GOODWILL: EAM External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shared his happiness over witnessing the joint inauguration of the Airstrip of Agalega, Saint James Jetty, and other development projects by PM Modi and PM Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius. CABINET APPROVALS `75k crore for PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana First India Bureau New Delhi The Union Cabinet ap- proved the PM-Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana, a plan to set up rooftop so- lar panels in one crore households on Thursday. The scheme, launched by PM Modi on February 13, 2024, has a total budget of `75,021 crore. Households can get fi- nancial help from govt, with subsidies ranging from `30,000 for 1 kW system, `60,000 for a 2 kW system, and `78,000 for a 3 kW system or higher, under this scheme. Families can apply for these subsidies through a national portal and select a suitable vendor to in- stall their rooftop solar panels. They can access low-interest loans, cur- rently around 7%, with- out needing collateral, making it easier for them to afford the installation. Union Ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and Anurag Singh Thakur brief the media on cabinet decisions, in New Delhi on Thursday. Police at site after a pickup carrying 45 people overturned in an accident, at Shahpura in Dindora, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday. Abdul Karim Tunda outside the Ajmer TADA court on Thursday. INTERNATIONAL BIG CAT ALLIANCE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE COUNTRY NOD TO... The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the estab- lishment of International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) with headquarters in India with a one-time budgetary support of `150 crore for a period of five years from 2023-24 to 2027-28, an official state- ment said.  Royalty rate for 12 criti- cal and strategic miner- als, beryllium, cadmium, cobalt, gallium, indium, rhenium and others  `24,420 crore of subsidy on phosphatic and po- tassic (P&K) fertilisers for the Kharif season  3 semiconductor plants for over `1.26 lakh crore Babies born on February 29, leap day, at hospital, in Patiala on Thursday. IN BRIEF AI fined `30 lakh over wheelchair pax death New Delhi: The DGCA has levied a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India over the recent death of an 80-year old passen- ger who opted to walk from the aircraft to the terminal building as the airline had a shortage of wheel chairs. India to withdraw troops from Maldives New Delhi: The gov- ernment confirmed on Thursday that a team of Indian technical person- nel have landed in Mal- dives to replace military troops that have been operating aircraft there, said the Ministry of External Affairs. ‘DeepVeer’ expecting their first child in Sept Mumbai: Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are all set to embrace parenthood, as ‘Deep- Veer’ are expecting their first child. On Thursday, couple took to Insta and shared news with their fans and followers. Tragic! 14, including 8 women die, 20 hurt as pickup overturns in MP TADA court acquits 1993 serial bomb blasts’ key accused Tunda First India Bureau Bhopal Fourteen people, includ- ing eight women, were killed while 20 others in- juried after pickup over- turned in Dindori district of MP on Thursday. Ac- cording to police, the vil- lagers had gone from the Amahi Deori village to a program in Mandla dis- trict. While returning, the driver lost control over the wheels after a break fail. The vehicle over- turned and fell into the field 20 feet below. Shubham Jain Ajmer Abdul Karim Tunda, the main accused in Mum- bai’s 1993 serial bomb blasts case, was acquitted by TADA court in Ajmer on Thursday. 81-year-old was found not guilty be- cause of lack of evidence. Two other accused, Irfan and Hamiduddin, were sentenced to life impris- onment by TADA court. After probe, CBI failed to present any strong evi- dence against Tunda, ad- vocate Shafqat said. P3 First India Bureau Shimla Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar who was appointed as an observerfortheHimachal Pradesh political crisis said on Thursday that all is well and government will complete its 5-year tenure. Our CM accepted that some failure has hap- pened, assured it will not happen further, said DK. HP CM Sukhvinder Sin- gh Sukhu said, “We have to face challenges and we all want the development of the state and people.” “We are hearing all the MLAs. There is no prob- lem in the government,” added the Deputy CM of Karnataka. MORE ON P7 PREZ MURMU, VP DHANKHAR, OTHER LEADERS CONDOLE DEMISE WHO IS ABDUL KARIM TUNDA? President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and PM Narendra Modi, MP CM Mohan Yadav expressed grief, condoled the loss of lives and prayed for the speedy recov- ery of the injured in the accident.  Abdul Karim Tunda belongs to Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. He earned his nickname ‘Tunda’ after he lost an arm making a bomb  Tunda was in constant touch with the Pakistan’s ISI and worked closely with the terror organisation  Tunda came in touch with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and became a top bomb maker for the terror outfits adn was linked to over 40 terrorist bombings. Tunda is also close aide to the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim First India Bureau Kolkata Hours after his arrest, TMC on Thursday Shah- jahan Sheikh for 6 years. TMC leader has been at the centre of a massive political firestorm in WB, following violent protests led by local women in Sandeshkhali. Sheikh, accused of sexu- al abuse and land grab- bing in Sandeshkhali, was arrested on Thursday after being on run for 55 days. Court sent him in 10 days police custody. Hrs after arrest, TMC suspends Sheikh for 6 yrs Bhupinder Hooda, DK Shivakumar, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Pratibha Singh, Vikramaditya Singh & others during press meet at Shimla, Thursday. All 6 rebel Congress MLAs move Himachal High Court challenging their disqualification Aditi Nagar New Delhi he BJP’s Cen- tral Election C o m m i t t e e (CEC) met at party head- quarters, in New Delhi on Thursday night as its members, including PM Narendra Modi, held de- liberations to finalise the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections expected to be held in April-May. BJP Presi- dent JPNadda and Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh were among those who attend- ed the meeting as the rul- ing party looks to name its candidates for a size- able number of 543 Lok Sabha seats before EC announces poll schedule. It is said that PM Modi will take a call on first list of candidates for LS poll very soon — a move that is expected to bring pres- sure on INDIA bloc, which is still making its way through the seat sharing process. T PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Om Mathur, BL Santhosh, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis & others during BJP CEC meeting, at party headquarters, in Delhi on Thursday. (R) CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP State Chief CP Joshi arrive for meeting. HP crisis: All is well, this govt will complete its 5-yr tenure, says DK TOP BRASS OF BJP GEAR UP FOR LS POLLS BJP to announce 1st list of candidates soon! 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  • 2. BHILWARA LOK SABHA SEAT Textile town, once a Cong bastion, weakened with BJP’s advent hilwara, famous as the textile city, is a Lok Sabha constituency falling in the general category and is a part of the Mewar-Wagad regionofRajasthan.About 19.39 per cent of this seat is urban while the remain- ing falls in rural areas. Bhilwara has the high- est number of Brahmins, followedbyGurjarvoters. The Bhilwara Lok Sabha seat includes 7 Assembly constituencies: Asind, Bhilwara, Mandalgarh, Shahpura, Jahazpur, Sa- hada,Mandal,andoneAs- sembly seat from Bundi district, Hindoli. In As- semblyelections,BJPwon 6outof7seatsinBhilwara district while one seat wenttoindependentMLA Ashok Kothari who later joined BJP. The BJP is considering this seat very safe and so there are talks of party fielding a Central leader from here. In Bhilwara constitu- ency, Brahmin candidates have won 9 out of 17 times.VoterselectedCon- gress candidates 9 times, BJP 5 times, Janata Dal, Jan Sangh, and Ramrajya Parishad candidates once each. BJP’s Subhash Chandra Baheria has been MP for two consecutive terms and also in 1998. Since 2014, BJP has con- sistently controlled the seat with Baheria winning in 2014 and 2019. First India Election Desk B l (177) ASIND: Jabbar Singh Sankhala (BJP) l (178) MANDAL: Udai Lal Bhadana (BJP) l (179) SAHARA: Ladu Lal Pitliya (BJP) l (180) BHILWARA: Ashok Kumar Kothari (IND) l (181) SHAHPURA: Lalaram Bairwa (BJP) l (182) JAHAZPUR: Gopichand Meena (BJP) l (183) MANDALGARH: Gopal Lal Sharma (BJP) l (184) HINDOLI: Ashok Chandna (INC) THERE HAVE BEEN MINs FROM BHILWARA IN UNION CABINET Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency holds an important place in the politics of Rajasthan and Mewar. Shiv Charan Mathur, who started his political journey by becoming MP from the region in 1964 through a by-election, completed the journey from zero to the top as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan not once but twice. In this Lok Sabha constituency, Ramesh Chandra Vyas, the pioneer of the labour movement in Rajasthan and a prominent freedom fighter, had also won twice from here. Girdhari Lal Vyas, who was the President of the State Congress was also elected MP twice from here. Hemendra Singh Banera, at the age of 25, had the distinction of becoming the youngest MP of the country from this region in the 1971 elections. In the Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency, Kalu Lal Shrimali was the Union Education Minister in 1962 and in 2009, Dr CP Joshi was the Cabinet Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. Till now both these Union Ministers were not residents of Bhilwara district. MPs OF BHILWARA THUS FAR l 1952 HARIRAM NATHANI: Ram Rajya Parishad l 1957 RAMESH CHANDRA VYAS: Congress (prominent freedom fighter and founder of INTER) l 1962 KALULAL SHRIMALI: Congress (was Union Education Minister) l 1964 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (by-election) l 1971 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Jan Sangh l 1977 ROOP LAL SOMANI: Janata Party l 1980 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress (State Cong Prez) l 1984 GIRDHARI LAL VYAS: Congress l 1989 HEMENDRA SINGH BANERA: Janata Dal l 1991 SHIVCHARAN MATHUR: Congress (was CM & Guv) l 1996 SUBHASH CHAND BAHERIA: BJP l 1998 RAMPAL UPADHYAY: Congress l 1999 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP l 2004 VP SINGH BADNORE: BJP l 2009 DR. CP JOSHI: Congress (was a minister at the Centre) l 2014 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP l 2019 SUBHASH CHANDRA BAHERIA: BJP ASSEMBLY SEAT- WISE POSITION OF BHILWARA LS ABOUT 2 CRORE VOTERS AGED 18-19 YEARS About 1.85 crore first-time voters in the age group of 18-19 have been added to the latest voter list. This is 22.7 per cent more than the number of 18-19-year- olds added in 2019. Also, 10.6 lakh advance applications for enroll- ment have been re- ceived from youth above 17 years of age. As per the final list of 2024, the total number of voters in the age group of 20-29 is more than 19.7 crore. The total number of third-gender voters as of January 1, 2024 is 48,044. This is up from 39,683 in 2019, while PWD (persons with disabilities) voters increased from 45.6 lakh to 88.4 lakh. This number has increased by almost double. The latest list includes 1.86 crore senior citizens. Of these, 2.38 lakh are persons aged 100 years or more. More than 96.8 crore citizens will have the right to vote in the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024. It is these people who make India one of the largest voting democ- racies in the world. This number is 8.1 per cent more than the 89.6 crore people registered before the 2019 elections. This time the total voters include 49.7 crore male voters (6.9 per cent more than in 2019) and 47.1 crore female voters (9.3 per cent more). This is 66.8 per cent of the country’s population. This time there are 21.6 crore voters in the age group of 18- 29 years in the coun- try. Their number is more than 22 per cent of the total voters. Voters are 66.8% of country’s population 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 02 l 47 crore women, 19.7 crore below 29 years of age will prove to be game changers in 2024 l In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala women voters rule the roost PARTIES MUST FORSAKE CASTEISM, FOCUS WOMEN&YOUTH ON lakh to 88.4 lakh. This number has increased by almost double. The latest list includes 1.86 crore senior citizens. Of these, 2.38 lakh are persons aged 100 years or more. 66.8 per cent of the country’s population. This time there are 21.6 crore voters in the age group of 18- 29 years in the coun- try. Their number is more than 22 per cent of the total voters. `6,400 crore had been collected by parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls of which they had spent `2,600 crore 4,126 is the total number of assembly seats in the country `10 lakh crore is the estimate for holding Lok Sabha, assembly and local body polls (panchayats, zila parishad, municipalities) together, as per N Bhaskara Rao, a research-based analyst of public policies `3 lakh crore could be spent if all assembly polls are held together `1.20 lakh crore is estimated to be spent on Lok Sabha polls in 2024, as per a new study TOTAL RECALL 2nd LOK SABHA POLL 1957 Congcontinued itswinningstreak, won371seats Manoj Mathur Jaipur t is said that when the beginning is good, then the end is also good. The first Lok Sabha formed after independ- ence in India success- fully completed its five- year tenure, and the country’s second general elections were held in 1957. This was an auspi- cious beginning for In- dian democracy. The voting process for the formation of the sec- ond Lok Sabha was com- pleted in about three and a half months, from Feb- ruary 24 to June 9, 1957. There were 489 seats in the first general election, which was increased to 494 in the second general election.There was 45.44 per cent voting in the elections. In this election also, the influence of the then PM, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, was pro- nounced. At that time, Congress crossed the tally of 370 seats and achieved a thumping ma- jority by winning 371 out of 494 seats. Nehru was elected PM for the sec- ond consecutive time. While the vote share of Congress was 45 per cent in the first elections of 1951–52, it increased to 47.8 per cent in 1957. Also, it won seven more seats in the second LS polls than the first. There were two special things in this election. Firstly, Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee reached Parlia- ment for the first time. Secondly, for the first time in this election, an incident of booth captur- ing also occurred. Four national parties participated: INC, CPI, BharatiyaJanSangh(later BJP), and Praja Socialist Party. Eleven state-level parties fielded candidates, with only two surpassing double-digit wins. CPI fielded 111 candi- dates but only 27 could win. Of Praja Socialist Party’s 194 candidates, 19 won, of Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s 133 only 4 won. Gantantra Parishad Party fielded 15 but 7 won. 2 out of 5 candidates of Forward Bloc (Marxist) Party won, while Praja Socialist Party could not even open its account. All India Hindu Mahasa- bha won 1 seat, while Akhil Bharatiya Ram Ra- jya Parishad failed to win even a single seat. After Congress, inde- pendents had upper hand in polls. 542 independ- ents contested the second LS poll, of these, 42 won. In second LS election, 45 women candidates were in fray and 22 won. l In second LS polls the number of Parl seats went up to 494 from 489 in first l Nehru was elected PM for the second consecutive term I VAJPAYEE WON FIRST POLL FROM BALRAMPUR Atal Bihari Vajpayee made his electoral debut in the second general election, contesting from two seats. He secured a seat in Parliament by defeating Congress’ Haider Hussain in Balrampur but lost to Raja Mahendra Pratap in Mathura. Nehru, impressed by Vajpayee’s oratory, predicted he’d become PM, which came true in 1996, nearly four decades later. BOOTH CAPTURING STARTED IN BIHAR Booth capturing in the country started in Bihar in the second general election when the local people captured the Kachari Tola booth of Rachiyari village in the Begusarai district of Bihar. After this, incidents of booth capture became common in all the next elections, especially in Bihar. Pankaj Soni Jaipur M Narendra Modi is repeat- edly talking about exist- ence of only ‘four castes’ in the country. Youth and women voters are includ- ed in these ‘four castes’ will prove to be game changers for political parties in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elec- tions.These are the castes which recently changed the governments in Ra- jasthan and Chhattisgarh and also gave a bumper victory to BJP Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, po- litical parties will have to pay special attention to these two castes. According to Election Commission data, more than 96 crore people, in- cluding 47 crore women, are eligible to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to Election Commission data, more than 1.73 crore people who are eli- gible to vote are in the age groups of 18 to 19 years. At the same time, in a dozen states and un- ion territories including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhat- tisgarh and Kerala, the number of women voters is more than male voters. There has been a signifi- cant improvement in the sex ratio of voters (num- ber of women per 1,000 male voters). It has in- creased from 928 in 2019 to 948 this time. In the last five years, more than 4 crore women voters have been added com- pared to 3.2 crore men. There has been a 9.3% increase in women voters this year, from 43.1 crore in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While male voters have increased by 6.9% from 46.4 crore. According to a 2023 letter sent by Election Commission to political parties, there were 17.32 crore registered voters in 1951, whose number in- creased to 19.37 crore in 1957. While there were 91.20 crore voters in 2019. Out of total voters registered, about 18 lakh are persons with disabili- ties. There was 45% vot- ing in first LS polls while the voting per cent was 67 in 2019 LS polls. P
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 Paperleakcase:SOGraids 14placesinJaipur&Dausa Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur The SOG, on Thursday, arrested mastermind Jag- dish Vishnoi in the JEN Recruitment 2020 paper leak case in Rajasthan. The SOG team raided more than 14 locations of the two main accused ar- rested in Jaipur, Dausa and Bharatpur. This in- cludes more than seven locations of paper leak mastermind Harshvard- han Kumar Meena (Pat- wari) in Dausa - Mahwa and Jaipur, Bharatpur. The residence of school teacher Rajendra Kumar Yadav and his as- sociate’s residence were also raided and it came to light that Harshvardhan has property worth Rs 5.71 crore and Rajendra has worth Rs 15 crore property. Vishnu was abscond- ing for about three years. He was arrested earlier in paper leak and more than a dozen cases. SOGADG VK Singh said that Vish- noi is the leader of the paper leak gang. He is a resident of district Sanchore, Danta police station. The gang mem- bers are teachers and other criminals. VK Singh addressing media on Thursday. NAIM KHAN CS Pant conducts surprise check of Housing Board Shivendra Parmar Jaipur Chief Secretary Sud- hansh Pant conducted a surprise inspection of Rajasthan Housing Board on Thursday and expressed satisfaction over the functioning there. He saw that timely and quality execution of most of the files was done and people reported to the office on time. While talking to the media, Pant praised the Housing Commissioner Inderjit Singh and his team for doing good work. “Good work cul- ture has developed after the arrival of Singh,” he said. He also inspected various branches of the Commissionerate and took information from the officials. Singh told Pant about the functioning of the Board and the ongoing projects and progress of various works. The CS also expressed satisfac- tion over cleanliness, file management and other arrangements in the Commissionerate. CS Sudhansh Pant speaking with RHB Commissioner Inderjeet Singh and other officials. (Below) CS Pant inspecting the files at RHB headoffce in Jaipur on Thursday. SANTOSH SHARMA The school buildings in Jaipur where the SOG action took place on Thursday. (Inset: Jagdeesh Vishnoi) SANTOSH SHARMA 721 leopards adorning Raj: Minister Yadav releases report Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Union Forest and Envi- ronment Minister Bhu- pender Yadav released the Leopard Status Re- port in the NTCA meet- ing. The number of leop- ards in the country is large and Rajasthan also ranks sixth in the country with 721 leopards. The state’s Project Leopard was started from Jhalana in Jaipur where there are 40 to 45 leopards at pres- ent. It has been revealed in the report that the pop- ulation of leopards has increased in the country to 13,874 as compared to 12852 in the year 2018. Decisionsmadeinlast6months ofCongressgovtunderreview Bhajan Lal govt appoints IAS as in-charge secretaries in 50 dists First India Bureau Jaipur Discussions on 35 issues were held in meeting of the cabinet sub commit- tee which was formed to review the decisions of the last 6 months of for- mer Congress govern- ment. Convener of the committee Gajendra Singh Khimsar said that discussions on 35 issues were held and some points were correct. Two meetings will be held again next week in which all 200 issues re- lated to various depart- ments including UDH, medical and health, water resources, rural develop- ment, PHED, labour, so- cial justice, devsthan, animal husbandry, DIPR, petroleum and mines will be discussed. He said information has been sought where ir- regularities have been found. However, he re- fused to disclose “irregu- larities” but said that the committee will look at these issues objectively. “We will not act out of malice or political ven- detta and those which are not within the scope of the review will not be in- cluded in the agenda,” he said. Khimsar said that many women did not get benefit of free mobile scheme and there is re- sentment among people therefore this matter will be looked into. Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur The State government on Thursday appointed in-charge secretaries in 50 districts of the state. Shuchi Tyagi has been given the responsibility as in-charge secretary of Bharatpur while PC Kis- han has been given Pali, Sreya Guha will be the in-charge of Sikar while Sandeep Verma will be the in-charge secretary of Sawai Madhopur. IAS Krishna Kunal has been given the responsi- bility of Beawar while Archana Singh has been appointed as in-charge secretary of Tonk. The order was issued by the Department of Adminis- trative Reforms on Thursday. TOURISM DEPT GETS ANOTHER AWARD Raj:Best scenic road destinations First India Bureau Jaipur he Rajasthan Tourism depart- ment has been awarded the India Today Tourism SurveyAward in the category of Best Sce- nic Road Destinations from Udaipur to Mount Abu. Lieutenant Gover- nor of Delhi, Vinay Ku- mar honoured Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secre- tary, Rajasthan Tourism Department, with the award in New Delhi on Thursday. India Today Tourism Survey Awards, pre- sented by the India Today Group, honours India’s most dynamic tourism states. Apart from inten- sive sessions on ‘How to promote tourism across the country’, the organi- sation presented annual tourism awards to the best performing states. Rathore expressed her views in the panel discus- sion on the topic of revis- ing the tourism strategy in the states. She talked about making the State a 365-day destination in tourism, importance of camels and their prod- ucts, astro tourism, giv- ing experiences of our culture and lifestyle, in- cluding highlighting the rural lifestyle. She also informed about the latest initiatives of the tourism department and measures to attract investment in the state. T Now Jaipur will have direct connectivity with Abu Dhabi 20 new Covid cases reported in State in 24 hrs First India Bureau Jaipur Now Jaipur will have di- rect connectivity with Abu Dhabi. Etihad Air- ways will start its com- mercial operations from June 11 on a daily basis. The flight will arrive daily at 7:30 am and will depart at 11:00 am. “As of now, Etihad Airways has evinced its interest in starting opera- tions to directly connect Jaipur international Air- port to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Air- port. Operations are slat- ed to start from June 11, 2024. Etihad will ini- tially operate 196-seater aircraft on daily basis,” said spokesperson Jaipur airport. Notably, In the current times, Jaipur is connected directly with 22 domestic destinations. First India Bureau Jaipur Twenty new corona posi- tive cases were reported in the state on Thursday. The cases were reported on the basis of samples collected during the 24 hours period. As per the medical bulletin, 7 cases in Jaipur, 4 each in Udai- pur and Bikaner, 3 in Jodhpur, and 1 each in Sikar and Alwar. Total positive active cases in the state are 121. The health authorities have issued guidelines to staff for sample collection and monitoring of patients. BJP government works among the public, says Shekhawat in Jodhpur Shivprakash Purohit Jodhpur Reacting to protest by the people of Shergarh area, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday said that such things keep happening in the political field. “We are all members of one family and this goes on in the family,” he told reporters during his Jodhpur visit. He said that the BJP government works among the public throughout its term. The minister said that elections are a means of changing the country and changing the condition of the society. The minister said that BJPcollectively fights elections with full power and strength. “All subjects are being dis- cussed in the party and people will get good news soon,” he added. Meanwhile, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that craft fairs are being organized across the nation with the objec- tive of ameliorating the lives of artisans and mak- ing them self-reliant. Through craft fairs, the art of artisans from dif- ferent states are show- cased, so that they can sell their products under one roof. Presently Jaipur is connected directly with 22 domestic destinations 4 int’l destinations with an average air traffic of 120 movements MisrabecomesnewRajCIIchairman, SanjayAgarwaltakesoverasviceprez First India Bureau Jaipur Arun Misra and Sanjay Agarwal have been elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman respec- tively of the Confedera- tion of Indian Industry ( CII) Rajasthan for the year 2024 -25. Arun Misra is the CEO Zinc Business, Vedanta and has been leading Hin- dustan Zinc, the world’s second largest integrated producer of Zinc and 5th largest Silver producer since August 1, 2020 while Sanjay Agarwal is the Managing Director CEO, AU Small Finance Bank. Misra is the 1st ever Indian Chairperson of the International Zinc Association And embod- ies the spirit of ‘Badlaav’, that propelled AU SFB into becoming the largest small finance bank. Dy CM approves changes in Anganwadi workers’ selection First India Bureau Jaipur Approving amendment in the selection to be- come an Anganwadi worker, Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari has paved way for un- married women to be- come its workers and as- sistants. She said that as per the vision of PM Modi, a historic decision has been taken for the first time in the state un- der the leadership of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma to promote women empowerment. Women and Child De- velopment Government Secretary Krishna Kunal said that the initiative will provide opportuni- ties to unmarried women. E-FILING TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN GOVT OFFICES Now e-filing will also be implemented at Collector/ Divisional Commissioner level and in their subor- dinate offices.The district collectors and divisional commissioners have been issued the directions. Chief Secretary Sudhansh Pant has issued the instructions regarding this as per which it has been asked to ensure the implementation from March1. Directions have been issued regarding Opening of all new files in electronic mode. RAJ CADRE IFS TO BE NTCA MEMBER SECY Senior IFS officer Govind Sagar Bhard- waj will take charge as National Tiger Conser- vation Authority (NTCA) member secretary today. Thursday was the last day of the tenure of current member secretary SP Ya- dav. Bhardwaj of Rajasthan cadre will also be ADG (For- est) in Project Tiger. Flaunting Power French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre Schille, who is on a 3-day visit, came to Pokhran Firing Range on Thursday and witnessed power of indigenous Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System. Indian Army Commander Lieutenant General RC Tiwari and other officers were also present. GS Shekhawat Avinash Gehlot at Handicraft Fair in Jodhpur.
  • 4. IPPC-2024 IN UAE Technical paper of IAS Sandeep to be presented Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur technical paper ofIASSandeep Verma has been accepted by the Scientific Committee of International Public Procurement Confer- ence-9. It will be pre- sented at the IPPC-2024 to be hosted by the Umm Al Quwain University, United Arab Emirates. Subject of the paper is ‘Concerns with adoption of Swiss Challenge meth- od of public procurement using Hyperloop’. As per the organizers of the con- ference, they have so far received over 226 paper proposals from across the world. But out of these, only about 100 full papers will be accepted for pres- entationintheconference. There will be about 300 participantsfromabout50 countries and major Inter- national organizations. Sandeep Verma is IAS of 1993 batch and at pre- sent ACS of Public Works Department Ra- jasthan. He has served as Director of Defence Pro- duction, Ministry of De- fence GoI (2010-2013). He was on duty pursuing LLM at George Wash- ington University, USA. He has expertise on public procurement sys- tems and related rules. He is a regular and perma- nent tutor for his expertise subject in LBSNAAMus- soorie. He even takes classes of defence person- nel on this subject in Mus- soorie. He has so far writ- ten and submitted more than 50 papers for univer- sities, institutions and or- ganizations across the world. Actually, Sandeep Verma has a hobby to study, learn and teach. A RAJASTHAN 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 Dotasra:Govtmisleadingpeople onYamunariverwateragreement Naresh Sharma Jaipur Congress onThursday at- tacked Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma led BJP government saying that it is misleading the people on Yamuna river water agreement made with Haryana govern- ment, a claim which BJP rejected sharply. Addressing a press conference here today, PCC president Govind Singh Dotasra said that the BJP is taking out ‘Aabhar Yatra’, which is misleading and flop. He said that the interest of Rajasthan has been compromised in the proj- ects including Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) or the MoU over distribution of Yamuna water with Haryana gov- ernment. Dotasra said that in the agreement, the BJP government of Raj- asthan has surrendered before Haryana and on the agreement. He further said, “Hary- ana Government has not disclosed what agree- ment has been made by the BJP Government of Rajasthan and how much water agreement has been made by the BJPGovern- ment of Rajasthan. They are misleading people.” The Congress leader said that the CM in Raj- asthan is only doing the work of touring and fol- lowing the main agenda of RSS and he is trying to confuse the people of the state. He said that the BJP government only wants to take advantage of votes in the upcoming Lok Sab- ha elections by mislead- ing the people of the state, in which the BJP will not be successful. Cong-BJP spar over water MoUs made with Haryana govt GuvcallsforestablishingWar Memorialsatdist,tehsillevels Governor Kalraj Mishra, Sainik Welfare Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, CS Sudhansh Pant officers from various depts of the Army and the state govt during the meeting in Jaipur on Thursday. First India Bureau Jaipur Governor Kalraj Mishra on Thursday has said that “War Memorials” should be established at the dis- trict and tehsil level in the state. He expressed need toworkforthisinaphased manner and to prepare them in such a way that feelings of patriotism can be infused among people. Addressing the 16th meeting of the Rajya Sainik Board at Raj Bha- van he said that the gover- nor directed officials to prepareproposalskeeping sensitivity on the schemes and decisions related to ex-servicemen, veterans and dependents and send them to concerned depart- ments of the state govt. He also gave instruc- tions to work seriously for effective resolution of the problems of ex-service- men. Rajyavardhan Ra- thore said that the respect of Indian soldiers has in- creased due to the schemes run by the Cen- tral Government. War of words over Water Tiwarithanks‘triple enginegovt’forMoUs Ghanshyam Tiwari, Suresh Singh Rawat during the press conference in Jaipur on Thursday. NAIM KHAN Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur RajyaSabhaMPGhan- shyam Tiwari on Thursday expressed gratitude to state govt for the Yamuna water agreement and he thanked triple engine govts. Hitting back at Congress state presi- dent Govind Singh Dotasra who accused the BJP of misleading people on the agree- ment, he said that the Bhajan Lal govt has madeanagreementun- der which 577 MCM water will be available from Yamuna. “577 MCM means Bisalpur dam should be filled 5 times,” he said. “You (Dotasra) are calling the Bhajan Lal govt ‘Parchi ki Sarkar’ but your govt remained a ‘Kharche ki Sarkar’ for 5 years. You were locked in hotel for 5 years,” he said. Tiwari said that in 1994 there was an agreement on flood water of Yamuna inwhichthequantityof water was not fixed but in 2003, the water quantity was fixed. Govind Singh Dotasra, Suresh Modi, Yashwardhan Singh, Swarnim Chaturvedi, and RC Choudhary during the press conference in Jaipur on Thursday. SANTOSH SHARMA BJP is taking out ‘Aabhar Yatra’, which is misleading and flop. Interests of Rajasthan has been compromised in the projects including Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) or the MoU over distribution of Yamuna water with Haryana government. GOVIND SINGH DOTASRA, RAJ PCC CHIEF RajasthanHCupholdsNCDRCorder,givesreliefto plotownerafterJDAfailstoprovidefacilities Supreme Court upholds Rajasthan High Court’s two-child norm for government jobs Jaipur: Bringing a nearly seven-year legal battle to an end, the Rajasthan High Court has upheld an NCDRC order asking the JDA to refund with interest the amount paid by a plot owner after the agency failed to provide promised facilities under a residential scheme. A two-judge bench, comprising justices Pankaj Bhandari and Bhuwan Goyal, set aside a single bench order that had quashed the NCDRC directive. New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld two-child eligibility criterion of Raj govt for seeking public employ- ment, ruling that it is not discriminatory and does not violate Constitution. The Rajasthan Various Service (Amendment) Rules, 2001 bar candidates who have more than two children from seeking govt jobs. While upholding the two-child norm, the top court dismissed the appeal filed by ex-serviceman Ramji Lal Jat, who had applied for a constable’s job in Rajasthan Police on May 25, 2018 after his retirement from military in 2017. HC:Can’tspendparole timeinvictim’sarea Jaipur: Rajasthan High Court has given an important decision in the matter of granting parole to POCSO accused. Now, during the parole period, the accused cannot stay in the city or village in which the victim lives even if he is a resident of the same village or city. He will have to serve parole at another place. Tribunalrejectsclaim of`120cragainstMNIT Jaipur: The tribunal rejected a claim of Rs 120 crore against MNIT Jaipur. Former judge GS Saraf rejected petition filed by KMV Infra Hyderabad. Chandrashekhar Sinha along with ASG RD Rastogi told tribunal that KMV Infra had tendered to build a lecture theatre but once full payment has been made to contractor, no claim can be made now. Raj HC notice to JDA, hotel director over transfer of property Jaipur: CJ MM Srivastava and Justice Bhawan Goyal issued notices to JDA, Mukund Goyal and Kedia Hotel Director Gaurav Goyal in a case related to transfer of property without sale deed. The next hearing will be held after 4 weeks. The Public Against Corruption had filed a PIL in the Raj High Court accusing the JDA and Kedia Grand Hotel and Palace of indulging in transfer of property without sale deed and without sale amount. Advocate Poonam Chand Bhandari, on behalf of the petitioner, said, “The JDA re-lease the land which was already registered earlier. It issued a lease in the name of Kedia Grand Hotel and Palace director causing a loss of crores of rupees to the government.” IN THE COURTYARD 484 cartons of illicit IMFL, 7 vehicles seized Police with seized vehicle and accused in Sanchore on Thrusday. Sanchore and Jhab police have seized 7 vehicles with 484 cartons of illicit liquor. First India Bureau Sanchore Rajasthan Police has re- covered 484 cartons of il- licit Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) and seized seven vehicles, including a truck, in Sanchore dis- trict, police said onThurs- day. The liquor was being smuggled from Punjab and to Gujarat, they said. ADG(Crime)DineshMN said that on the informa- tion of the PHQ Crime Branch team, police sta- tion raided house of Gan- pat Lal in Paladar village. The team seized 484 cartonsofdifferentbrands of Punjab-made liquor fromfourcars,atruckand twopickuptrolleysparked there. He said that the team had received infor- mation that liquor was being smuggled in trucks from Punjab to Sanchore police station area and then being loaded in other small vehicles and sent to Gujarat. Two men fled the spot after seeing po- lice, leaving the vehicles behind, he said. Blackmoneyworth `200crore bustedinI-TraidatJodhpur Vimal Kothari Jodhpur The raids of Income Tax department’s Investigation B r a n c h , which started at 10 loca- tionsinJodh- purandDelhi on Monday, endedon4thdayonThurs- day with seizure of undis- closed income of `200 cr. The IT sleuths have de- tected more than 15 shell companies through which expenses were reported to understate in- come. Apart from this, of- ficers have also seized cashworth`1 cr and jewel- ery worth `3 cr. Bogus loans and con- tracts issued to shell com- panies to adjust expenses. 3 die as driver falls asleep on Delhi- Mum Expressway 577 MCM means Bisalpur should be filled 5 times: Tiwari First India Bureau Alwar Three people were killed and one was seriously injured in an accident on Delhi-Mum Expressway near Naugaon in Alwar on Thursday. The driver of pick-up allegedly fell asleep and rammed into a trailer. Three people, Mus- taqeen,RashidandRashid in pickup died. Probe in tees worth `126 cr for Rural Olympics begins First India Bureau Jaipur A special investigation has started into the Ra- jiv Gandhi Rural Olym- pic Games 2022-23 af- ter Sadulpur MLA Manoj Nyangali raised questions on theT-shirts worth Rs 126 crore pur- chased for the event and had sought investiga- tion into purchase/ten- der process in the event. The Sports Minister then had given assur- ance that matter would be investigated. On Wednesday, the Govt Secretary, Finance Department ordered the Audit Department, Jaipur to complete the special investigation within a month’s time. CRIME ROUNDUP MAN APPEALS IG TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SON WHO POSES AS IPS AND COMMITS FRAUD IN BHARATPUR CP BIJU TO HOLD JANSUNWAI IN VDN TOMORROW 3 HELD FOR FORCING SISTERS TO CONVERT MAN GETS 20 YEARS IN JAIL FOR RAPING MINOR SUV-BORNE MISCREANTS FLEE WITH CA’s CAR Bharatpur: In a rare case, a man from Sikri ap- pealed to IG Rahul Prakash to take action against his son who poses as an IPS officer and cheats people. The man accuses his relatives of pushing his son into the world of cybercrime. He said, “My son has committed online fraud by posing as a fake IPS of- ficer.” The man said that he had complained about the matter at the Sikri police station several times and also complained to the Deeg Superintendent of police but no action was taken. He then lastly appealed to Inspector generalRahul Prakash, who assured him help and said that after investigating the matter, appropriate action will be taken against the accused. Jaipur: To maintain trust among the common people and create fear among criminals, Jaipur Police Com- missioner Biju George Joseph will hold a public hearing tomorrow from 11 am to 1 pm at Vidyadhar Nagar police station. AdCP Kailash Chandra Vishnoi, DCP of the district, Asst Police Commissioners, SHOs and police station officials will be present. Complainants of the area related to Shastri Nagar and Kot- wali circles will be able to tell their ordeals to Police Commissioner. The objective is to address people’s problems on the spot. Satyanarayan Sharma Alwar: Police have arrested two girls and a young man in the Kotwali police station area of city for pressurizing two sis- ters for religious conversion. Alwar SP Anand Sharma said that two girls (both sisters) had reported that Sakina Kajal live with them in a rented accomodation and they were pressuring her to be friends with Wasim to convert get married. A case was registered and the investigation was handed over to CO North City. Ajmer: POCSO court in Ajmer has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl besides imposing a penalty of Rs 59,000 on him. The accused, who was also the neighbour of the victim, took her to his home on the pretext of giving her chocolate and raped her. Special Public Prosecutor Advocate Rupendra Parihar said that a case was reg- istered at Kekri City Police Station in August last year. Based on victim’s statement and confirmation from the DNA FSL report, the judge sentenced the accused. The judge also asked victim to be given separate sum of Rs 6 lakh under Victim Compen- sation Scheme. Kota: A Chartered Accountant’s (CA) car was report- edly stolen in the wee hours of Wednesday by some miscreants in Kunhadi police station of Kota. Interestingly, the mis- creants had come in a new model Harrier (worth around Rs 20 lakh) and after doing a recce, drove away with the CA’s car. CA Pankaj Kumar Shukla said that on February 27, he came from Jaipur to Adarsh Nagar here to meet his brother Vipul Shukla (RAS). Manoj Nyangali had raised the issue in Rajasthan Assembly. FILE
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  • 7. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again and you will be filled with joy. BUDDHA IN-DEPTH HIMACHALPRADESH GETSTOOHOTFOR CONGRESSTOHANDLE MINING SCAM COMES TO HAUNT AKHILESH espite holding a majority, the Congress gov- ernment in Himachal Pradesh is precariously positioned.The defection of six party legisla- tors, aiding a BJPcandidate’s victory in the sole Rajya Sabha seat, exposed vulnerabilities within the Con- gress ranks. In a bid to safeguard the government’s stability, Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania took the drastic measure of disqualifying the rebel MLAs.Al- though the Congress still commands a numerical ad- vantage with 34 MLAs, its margin has diminished. Concurrently, the BJP faces its own challenges, hav- ing 15 MLAs suspended for alleged misconduct with the Speaker, thereby reducing its strength. However, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s government is not out of the woods yet. The faction led by former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, spearheaded by his wife Pratibha Singh, the state Congress chief, and son Vikramaditya Singh, a minister, may not remain passive. Amidst the BJP’s political manoeuvers, the Congress confronts an uncertain future in Himachal Pradesh, fraught with the looming specter of poten- tial loss even if Sukhu is replaced as CM. D khilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party, faces impending challenges as he aligns with the INDIA bloc for the Lok Sab- ha elections. His pact with the Congress might back- fire, as evidenced by recent Rajya Sabha elections. With seven legislators cross voting for the ruling BJP, the SP’s third candidate suffered defeat. Should this trend persist, the party risks a scenario akin to the Congress, with members under the alleged threat of Enforcement Directorate, CBI and income-tax jeop- ardizing party unity and INDIA bloc’s hopes. UP Congress president Ajay Rai put it bluntly, “some- where ED, somewhere CBI, somewhere Income-Tax department are being used to break people”. Akhilesh was summoned by the CBI for interrogation as a witness in the il- legal sand mining case of 2019. Akh- ilesh and his former cabinet colleague Gayatri Prasad Praja- pati are under inves- tigation for issuance of lease licences for mining in Hamirpur bypassing the e-ten- dering process. Akh- ilesh and Prajapati held the mining port- folio between 2012 and 2016, the period during which the al- leged scam took place. On the orders of theAllahabad High Court, the CBI filed an FIR on January 2, 2019. The former UP Chief Minister decided not to ap- pear before the agency. Instead, he replied to the sum- mons by asking why no information was sought in the last five years and suggested that he is ready to present himself through video conferencing. Akh- ilesh’s question can be dismissed as redundant be- cause the CBI had told the high court that the roles of the two mining ministers “may be looked into dur- ing the course of investigation of the case”. A Akhilesh and Prajapati held the mining portfolio between 2012 and 2016, the period during which the alleged scam took place. On the orders of the Allahabad High Court, the CBI filed an FIR on January 2, 2019 The news of many casualties in a road accident in Dindori, Madhya Pradesh is extremely sad. The local administration is fully engaged in relief and rescue operations. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Jagat Prakash Nadda @JPNadda Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, for becoming the first Indian to be conferred with an Honorary Knighthood by King Charles III of UK. This well deserved recognition of your efforts to advance India-UK business relations is a testimony to the robust bilateral trade ties between the two nations. Piyush Goyal @PiyushGoyal PERSPECT VE 06 Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia GOVERNING MINDSET Once you let conscious- ness into the game, it is logically inescapable that Jeans was right. Only con- sciousness is conscious. Mind must create and govern the operation of the physical world. No other cause makes sense. Panpsychism doesn’t work, because it delivers control back to atoms and molecules, which in turn delivers control back to the mindless laws of nature. You are stuck with the same fallacy that material- ism/physicalism begins with, the fallacy that everything must have a physical explanation. There’s a lot more to say about the mystery of consciousness, but getting unworkable ideas out of the way is a good start. A worldview based on con- sciousness as the source of creation is around the corner if you start to look at the only origins story that actually works. In- evitably, it will send shock waves through the current paradigm of science. THERIDDLEOFA CONSCIOUSUNIVERSE ne of the s t r a n g e s t theories cur- rently being t o s s e d around is the notion that we live in a conscious uni- verse. The typical label for this hypothesis is panpsy- chism,anancientbeliefthat there is sentience in every- thing in creation. I askedAI for the origins of panpsy- chism and got this answer from Google Gemini. The idea of panpsy- chism, that all things have some form of mind, has roots in ancient philosophy, even before Socrates! Early Greek thinkers like Thales and Aristotle hinted at it. The term itself was coined much later, in the 16th cen- tury, by the Italian philoso- pher Francesco Patrizi. Modern physics is the last place you’d expect a notion from ancient phi- losophy to show up, given that there is no physical data to support it, no em- pirical measurement or ex- periment to prove or dis- prove it, and little credibil- ity behind rocks, trees, and clouds having a mind. Inessence,physics—and more particularly, cosmol- ogy—has been backed into a corner in hopes that panpsychism will come to the rescue. Cosmology is responsibleforgivingusthe origins story of the uni- verse. Until quite recently, leaving mind or conscious- ness out of the story suited almost everyone. As hu- mans, we know we have a mind, and the brain takes careofthatbitofbiology,so there was no need to drag in a conscious universe. Yet for some reason, a number of the greatest quantum pioneers disa- greed, among them Max Planck, Werner Heisen- berg,andErwinSchröding- er, who each in his own way felt that consciousness was inherent in creation. Such an eccentric idea was dismissed as a personal quirk that had nothing to do with the business of doing physics from day to day. And there matters might have stood, even though some striking quotes linger around the whole issue. Sir James Jeans, the noted English astronomer-physi- cist, wrote, “The universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an ac- cidental intruder into the realm of matter ... we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.” If time travel dropped this quote into the laps of the ancient Vedic rishis, or seers, of India, they would have instantly agreed. Jeans’s insight wasn’t that we live in a conscious uni- verse but that mind/con- sciousness is “creator and governor” of the physical world. Suddenly the topic becomes personal because your brain is a physical ob- ject, and what Jeans de- clares is the opposite of whatneurosciencebelieves. Neuroscience believes that matter creates and controls mind; most brain research- ers would even claim that brain = mind. Jeans, echoing not just Vedic philosophy but Planck, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger, is saying that your brain doesn’t create your mind; nor do brain cells think, feel, or have experiences. Conscious- ness does all of that, with the brain responding as a physical instrument the way a piano responds when a musician sits down to play. No one would claim that a piano knows music, and since brain cells are made of organic chemicals the same as the wood in a piano is made of organic chemicals, there’s no logi- cal reason to suppose that rearranging organic chemi- cals in a super-complex way inside the human brain gave them the gift of mind. As one wit put it, to say that we have a mind because our brains are so complex is like saying that if you add more cards to a deck of playing cards, it will know how to play poker. A contingent of physi- cists, largely in the younger generation, realized that leaving consciousness out of the cosmic origins story doesn’t work. It seems as if millions or even billions of planetsoutsidethesolarsys- tem might contain life, and life leads to speculations about advanced life forms that can think. Even leaving that aside, physics is ration- al, and a rational explana- tion for where conscious- nessoriginatedisnecessary. Now we come to the part about being backed into a corner. No one to date has been able to show when or where atoms and molecules learnedtothink.Asobvious as it seems that each of us hasamind,youcannotsim- ply use sleight of hand to claim that atoms and mole- culesgainedspecialdispen- sation to think inside the human brain. (The discov- ery of language systems among birds, whales, por- poises, and other higher life forms has already demoted theuniquenessofourbrain.) Panpsychism arose as a kind of back-and-fill oper- ation. By ascribing con- sciousness or perhaps pro- to-consciousness (a begin- ning stage of mind) to the universe, you can point to atoms and molecules pos- sessing consciousness as a property like mass, charge, and energy states. The so- lution seems quick, simple, even elegant.And it has the benefit that your world- view can still be material- ist/physicalist. You are shoring up notion that, af- ter all is said and done, the human brain is thinking and experiencing the world at the level of neurons. Except that the whole thingdoesn’twash,because cause-and-effect is ruined. No one in physics wants to abandon the notion that physical laws create and control the cosmos at every level, allowing random events in the quantum field to build more and more complex structures until youarriveatthesinglemost complexstructureknownto science, human DNA. The lawsofchemistryandphys- ics are mindless. Therefore, theycan’tberesponsiblefor how our minds do the in- credible things they do.The other alternative in panpsy- chism is that consciousness overrides randomness of physical interactions—why else do we have a mind if nottocreatecivilizationand everythingthatgoeswithit? It’s not plausible that grav- ity,electromagnetism,along with a few friends, got to- gether to paint Mona Lisa and compose Bach fugues. Once you let conscious- ness into the game, it is logically inescapable that Jeans was right. Only con- sciousness is conscious. Mind must create and gov- ern the operation of the physical world. No other causemakessense.Panpsy- chism doesn’t work, be- cause it delivers control back to atoms and mole- cules,whichinturndelivers controlbacktothemindless laws of nature. You are stuck with the same fallacy that materialism/physical- ism begins with, the fallacy that everything must have a physical explanation. There’s a lot more to say about the mystery of con- sciousness, but getting un- workable ideas out of the way is good start.Aworld- view based on conscious- ness as the source of crea- tion is around corner if you start to look at only origins story that actually works. Inevitably, it will send shock waves through cur- rent paradigm of science. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL The idea of panpsychism, that all things have some form of mind, has roots in ancient philosophy, even before Socrates! Early Greek thinkers like Thales and Aristotle hinted at it. The term itself was coined much later, in the 16th century, by the Italian philosopher Francesco Patrizi. Modern physics is the last place you’d expect a notion from ancient philosophy to show up, given that there is no physical data to support it, no empirical measurement or experiment to prove or disprove it, and little credibility behind rocks, trees, and clouds having a mind O DEEPAK CHOPRA The writer is MD, FACP, FRCP founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global l Vol 5 l Issue No. 265 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act
  • 8. NEWS 07 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 INDIA’S Q3 GDP SURGES GDP grows by 8.4% in Oct-December 2023, FY24 growth estimated at 7.6% Agencies New Delhi ndia’s econom- ic growth ac- celerated to 8.4 per cent in the third quar- ter of 2023-24, mainly due to good performance by the manufacturing, mining and quarrying and construction sectors. The Indian economy recorded a growth of 8.4 per cent in the third quar- ter of this fiscal (October- December 2023), accord- ing to data released by the National Statistical Of- fice (NSO) on Thursday. The NSO, in its sec- ond advance estimate of national accounts, pegged the country’s growth at 7.6 per cent for 2023-24. It had projected a growth of 7.3 per cent for the current fiscal in its first advance estimates released earlier in Janu- ary 2024. The NSO also revised the GDP growth for 2022-23 to 7 per cent against the earlier esti- mate of 7.2 per cent. FILE PM Modi said the robust 8.4% GDP growth shows the strength of economy and its potential and the govt will continue its efforts for fast economic growth to create ‘Viksit Bharat’ . I ‘BJPtomakeIndia3rdlargesteconomy’ PTI Bhopal Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the BJP is approaching the ensuing Lok Sabha polls with an aim to make India the world’s third largest economy and as- serted there is talk every- where of the saffron party-led bloc NDA crossing the 400-seat mark this time. He noted India’s cred- ibility on the international stage has gone up several notches in the last 10 years of his tenure, help- ing attract more invest- ment in the country, and added nations all over the world are keen to have good ties with New Delhi. Modi made the com- ments while virtually ad- dressing the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Madhya Pradesh’ programme af- ter launching or inaugu- rating development pro- jects worth more than Rs 17,551 crore in the BJP- ruled state. On the occasion, he laid foundation stones or dedicated to the nation several projects in key sectors such as irriga- tion, power, road, rail, water supply, coal and industry via video link. “India’s credibility has increased manifold in the world in the last 10 years. Today, coun- tries all over the world wanted to have friend- ship with India. Indians going abroad get a lot of respect and it directly benefits the country in terms of investment, es- pecially in the tourism sector. More people want to come to India when they come here, they will naturally visit MP as it is a unique state (MP to azab hai,gazab hai),” Modi said. Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi also said, “Eve- rywhere there is talk of ‘abki baar 400 paar’ (NDAwinning more than 400 Lok Sabha seats).” PM Modi reveals aim of BJP in approaching Lok Sabha polls amid ‘400-plus’ buzz Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually attends the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Madhya Pradesh’ programme, on Thursday. PTI Need for innovation to deal with challenges greater than ever: Bill PTI New Delhi The need for innovation to deal with different challenges is greater than ever, Microsoft co-found- er and philanthropist Bill Gates said Thursday, as- serting that Artificial In- telligence (AI) is the most transformative technolo- gy he has seen. Gates he encouraged them to lev- erage the technology for social good. “I am looking at India in a far broader way. I am lucky enough, through the work of the founda- tion, to look at innova- tors who can help with all kinds of problems — starting with health, but also agriculture, gender, and climate. We need fantastic Indian in- novation,” Gates said during his keynote ad- dress on “Innovation for Public Good”. Congress in Himachal has lost confidence of people, right to stay in power: State BJP chief PTI Shimla The Congress party has lost the confidence of the people and also the right to stay in power after a stunning defeat in the Ra- jya Sabha polls in Himachal Pradesh, state BJP chief Rajiv Bindal said on Thursday. Bindal said it the ruling party with complete ma- jority failing to win the Rajya Sabha elections is unprecedented. Congrat- ulating BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan for the “historic victory”, Bindal said the Congress gov- ernment has lost the mor- al right to stay in power. Also, Congress to con- stitute 6-member com- mittee, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Stock index at peak again! Vimal Kothari Jaipur The Indian stock mar- kets have once again reached their highest level. Despite the in- ternational uncertain- ties, this rise in the stock markets may be confusing the inves- tors, but the strength in the economy is point- ing towards growth in the times to come, in such a situation, inves- tors should take the initiative to book their profits. They should also continue to do so, so that the profits vis- ible on paper continue to be reflected in their bank accounts. Thecurrentsituation is that whenever the market takes a dive, the confidence of in- vestors gets shaken, and they start analyz- ing their decision, whereas the practical thing is that investors should keep analyzing their investments regu- larly and buy stocks. The decision of buy- ing or selling should be taken with a target in mind, so that the fluc- tuations in the stock index can be avoided. There is no doubt that the Indian economy is on the path of improve- ment, there will be smallbigobstaclesin thispath,butnoonecan predict that there will be a serious decline. Stock Market Watch I2U2stillpriorityfor Joe Bidenadministration:WH PTI Washington The grouping of India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the US con- tinues to be a priority for the Biden administration and is not on the back- burner due to the ongoing conflict in Middle East, the White House said. The I2U2 grouping re- mains critically impor- tant and President Joe Biden is “deeply com- mitted to making sure that we continue” with the grouping, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday. BRICSovertakingG7intermsof shareinglobalGDP,saysPutin Agencies Moscow The BRICS states are overtaking the G7 in terms of share in global GDP in PPP terms, Rus- sian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. The share of BRICS will increase to 36.6 per cent by 2028, while that of the G7 will decrease to 27.8%, according to esti- mates provided by Presi- dent Putin, as per report. “But 10 years ago, the situation was different,” Putin said, noting that in 2022, the BRICS coun- tries surpassed the G7 in terms of GDP in PPP terms (31.5% versus 30.3%), whereas back in 1992, the BRICS share was only around 16.5%. The BRICS group of emerging economies, which previously com- prised Brazil, Russia, In- dia, China and South Af- rica, underwent a major expansion after Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt and the UAE joined. Putin also warned of a “real” risk of nuclear war if theWestern countries sent troops to fight in Ukraine ahead of the presidential election. India hosts Conf on Asian- AfricanLawTreatyPractice Challenging Notions First India Bureau Gandhinagar The Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) in col- laboration with the Minis- try of External Affairs, India, hosted a 2-day con- ference on “AsianAfrican Law and Treaty Practice” on February 28 to 29. The conference wit- nessed the esteemed presence of Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs Culture; Prof Bimal N Patel, Vice Chancellor of RRU other dignitaries Lekhi highlighted the interconnectedness be- tween treaty law and for- eign policy, stressing the importance of under- standing how states en- gage in treaty practices. The conference ended after a series of presenta- tion on the challenges and opportunities associ- ated with Asian African Law and Treaty Practice. “Athletes in country to be issued digital certificates” PTI New Delhi Sports minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday an- nounced that the govern- ment will issue digital certificates to registered athletes across the coun- try, a move which would ensure a transparent ac- count of their participa- tion and performance. The digital certificate will have dates of the ath- letes’ participation in competitions and serve as proof of their success. “With athletes at the heart of our progressing growing sporting eco- system, the sports minis- try has made a crucial decision to promote the ‘issuance of digital cer- tificates to athletes,” wrote Thakur on X. The minister had first announced his plan to simplify things for ath- letes and NSFs during the National Sports Day on August 29 last year. Viksit Bharat MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z PM Modi will be in West Bengal on March 1 and 2 to launch development projects worth over `22,200 crore, a visit which becomes politi- cally significant as well as it comes amid the BJP's sharp attack on the state govt over the Sandeshkhali issue. z On March 2, Modi will launch many development projects, worth over nearly `1.83 lakh-crore, from Bihar for across the country. z Referring to the “double- engine” government in Mad- hya Pradesh (BJP in power at the Centre and also in the state), the PM said it is working with “double speed” and listed the number of development projects. z PM also expressed con- fidence about the BJP-led NDA, which has more than two dozen parties, winning more than 400 seats (out of total 543) in the Lok Sabha elections, a feat achieved only once in India’s history - by the Congress under Rajiv Gandhi in 1984. Co-founder, Microsoft Bill Gates addresses the students of the IIT on ‘Innovation for Public Good’, at its campus in New Delhi, Thursday. SITUATIONCOMPLETELY UNDERCONTROL:CONG Congress on Thursday asserted that the situation in Himachal Pradesh is “completely under control” and the BJP has failed in its attempts to “destabilise the elected government” in the hill state.Congress general secretary (commu- nications) Jairam Ramesh said like other states, the BJP started the game of using money power, power of the government and muscle power to destabi- lise the Congress govern- ment in Himachal Pradesh but has failed. Russian President Vladimir Putin US President Joe Biden The stock market has already calculated the general perception that the govt will be formed under the leadership of the BJP in LS elections. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z US President Joe Biden doing everything to improve the visa process and Green Card backlog: White House z India slams debt-trapped Pakistan after it raised the issue of JK at the UN. India said it cannot pay attention to a nation soaked in red due to bloodshed from terrorism that it sponsors around the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns to Bengal once again as he addresses back to back rallies spread over six days beginning from Friday, that will mark the launch of BJP’s offensive ahead of the im- pending 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address rallies in Arambagh on Friday and Nadia’s Krishnagar the day after. The prime minister will return to Bengal for a third public meeting which will be in Barasat on March 6. MODI TO LAUNCH BJP’S POLL CAMPAIGN WITH 3 BACK-TO-BACK RALLIES IN WB FROM TODAY At 1.08% annual growth rate 13,874 Leopard now in India Dip in Shivalik hills, Indo-Gangetic Plains In 2018 In 2022 12,852 3,907 13,874 MADHYA PRADESH Maximum Number of Leopards MAHARASHTRA 1,690 in 2018 to 1,985 in 2022 KARNATAKA 1,783 in 2018 to 1,879 in 2022 TAMIL NADU 868 in 2018 to 1,070 in 2022 Central India shows a stable or slightly growing leopard population (8,820 in 2022 against 8,071 in 2018), the Shivalik hills and the Indo-Gangetic Plains experienced a decline (from 1,253 in 2018 to 1,109 in 2022).
  • 9. zDo you think ‘Brand Modi’ will become a ‘su- per hit’ in South India as well? What does the term ‘Modi: The New Shining Sun of South’ entail? Dr Jagdeesh Chandra: This term gives only one message, Modi is the new star of South... Modi is the biggest factor for BJP in the South... Modi understands the dynam- ics of the politics of South India. And the most important aspect is that after Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi and MGR, there is a vacuum in South Indian politics. There is no big face in the Tamil Nadu politics as of today and destiny has handed the job of filling that vacuum in Narendra Modi’s hands. Hence, everyone is waiting as to who will fill that gap, and its answer is Narendra Modi because now the people are also excited. We saw in the roadshow recently how lakhs of people had gathered there. To me, it would not come as a surprise if peo- ple started saying that Modi has emerged as the face of Tamil Nadu. One more thing, there is an- other aspect to it. PM must feel that after un- furling the ‘Saffron flag’ in North, West, and East India, now only South remains to be won over and thus, he has to unfurl the ‘Bhagwa’ in South India. All said and done, today in Andhra, Kerala and other states, the BJP does not have a good electoral standing. So, that is a challenge before the Prime Minister. He has made up his mind that he has lead a nation and not just be a Prime Minister for the people and the BJP which he leads when its flag is un- furled in South, that would be the day, Modi would feel that he is not just the PM, rather a lead- er, who has won over the hearts of crores of people living across the length and breadth of the nation. This feeling is motivat- ing Narendra Modi to move South, take up this responsibility, and be- come the face of the South. zPeople say that Modi is the architect of the new BJP. Do you agree with that statement? Correct. The BJP which is claiming to bring 370 seats this time in the Lok Sabha elections... the BJP that abrogated Arti- cle 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP that ensured the construction of Ram Temple in Ayod- hya, the BJP that has brought UCC in one state and the architect of this BJP is Narendra Modi and this BJP has become the largest political party in the world. So, we can say that Narendra Modi is the architect of the ‘21st-century BJP.’ zWhat is this philoso- phy of ‘North-South divide,’ which has been going on for decades? Well, the history of this so-called divide is at least 50 years old and at max, it is about a century old. The basic issue in South- ern states is the Anti- Brahmin narrative i.e. ‘Anti-Sanatan’and ‘Anti- Hindi language’narrative has been peddled. As such, the birth of political parties in that part of the country has been on the ‘Anti-Brahmin’ or ‘Anti- Sanatan’ ideology. Thus, this opposition is quite old. An ‘Anti-Hindi’agi- tation was carried out there in 1958 during which the Government of India made efforts to en- force ‘Hindi’ as a com- pulsory language across the entire nation, which was opposed vehemently by the people and several people died also in that agitation since it became violent. Even today, the people, who sacrificed their lives, are remem- bered in Tamil Nadu and programmes are organ- ised on a particular day in their remembrance. Till the time this situation be- comes better, nothing will happen on the grass- roots level. The second reason for this divide was that in 1924, Dalits were stopped from walking on a path leading to a Tem- ple in Travancore. So an agitation was organised and the then King or- dered the use of force wherein, several people died. This is where Peri- yar comes into the pic- ture. He took the reins of that agitation and slowly the agitation gathered momentum and gained in popularity too. In a nutshell, ‘Anti-Brah- minism’ and ‘Anti-Hindi’ are the roots of this di- vide. So this is an old challenge and it remains to be seen how Narendra Modi tackles this prob- lem. One legislator from Tamil Nadu went so far as to say that it is a curse to be born into a Brahmin family, and hence, this feeling of revenge, hate, and negativity towards Sanatan is the root of this divide. zThere seems to be a wall between North and South when it comes to political thought. Will PM Modi be able to van- quish and break down this wall? Truth be told, it is an ex- tremely difficult job to bring down that prover- bial wall. But Modi is extremely lucky and it appears that the Al- mighty has entrusted this task to Modi, just as he entrusted the Ram Tem- ple issue to him, to bring down this wall and unify the nation. The work to bring down this wall has started, but when will it be brought down, nothing can be said about it as it will take time. Moreover, Modi is not doing it for the present rather he is search- ing for possi- bilities in the future. Today lakhs of peo- ple listen to Modi and cou- pled with the Ram Temple factor, may bring about a surprising figure in BJP and Modi’s favour. As of today, BJP’s vote share in Tamil Nadu is 3.66 percent and if ‘Modi’s magic’plays a part, then the vote per- cent could up to 10-12 percent also, and perhaps BJP may get 7-8 seats in the Assembly polls and as such, BJP is focussing on 7 seats.When it comes to game-changers, we can’t say much because Modi’s tactics could al- ways spring a surprise, and BJP might end up securing even 15-16 seats in its kitty. Let’s see what finally comes out. Anyhow, the work to dis- mantle the wall has start- ed and it is only a matter of time, we can debate on the speed at which it hap- pens, but there is no de- bate left on the amount of work that has gone down to bring it down. zIf that is the case, then what type of challenges may befall PM Modi in bringing down this ‘North-South’ divide? What is their plan to overcome those challenges? The biggest challenge before the Saffron party is the ‘Anti-Brahmin’ thought and sentiment prevalent among the peo- ple and how to bring about the change in that perception. Another ma- jor challenge is that BJP’s image is that of a Hindu majoritarian party, but the ‘Anti-Hindi’ and ‘Anti-Sanatan’ ideology is a major hurdle for the party. So, when you enter the political fray, you hit a major roadblock due to these prevalent narra- tives and these can only be countered through popularity among the public and that would be achieved only when peo- ple’s perception of the party changes. Talking about strategy or plan to overcome these chal- lenges, the BJPhas based its strategy on the Ram Temple since there are millennia-old cultural links between North and South and that is what they are looking to en- cash and revive so that the ‘Anti-Hindu’ and ‘Anti-Sanatan’ percep- tion can be changed. So one is Ram Temple, which has brought about a connection between UP and Tamil Nadu due to Lord Ram. Secondly, they recently held a ‘Ma- hila Samagam,’ where two lakh women partici- pated in Kerala where women interacted with PM Modi. BJP’s ‘women empowerment’ card is a strong suit and in terms of votes, there were about 91 crore voters out of which, about 44 crore were fe- male voters and the turnout of wom- en voters was more than male voters. Additionally, 10 crore Ujjawala beneficiaries, 27 crore Jan Dhan ac- counts, and the ten- ure of maternity leaves have been in- creased along with many other initia- tives. So ‘wom- en’s empowerment’ is a major part of BJPs’strat- egy. There is the word of creating a Brahmin plus Dalit alliance to counter the narrative. When they forged such a narrative in 1999, the BJP then won one seat. Overall, con- trolling the ‘Anti-Hindu’ and ‘Anti-Sanatan’ senti- ment, playing the ‘wom- en empowerment’ card, raising issues of corrup- tion against the State Government, and capital- ising on the schemes of the Central Government are part of the broader strategy of the BJP to counter the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) narrative. zDon’t you think that this ‘North-South divide’ concept is against the basic concept of national integration? It is definitely against the concept of national inte- gration because you can’t divide a nation into two parts. This is not like East and West Pakistan, which were separated by thou- sands of kilometres of dis- tance. In our country, you takeaflightandinthenext two or three hours you reach Delhi or some other partofthenation.So,there can’t be two parts of the same nation or two differ- ent cultures in the same nation. Either today or to- morrow this wall has to be broken down. The other three parts of the nation seem to be progressing fine, but the South feels neglected without any valid reason.This division in thought, philosophy, and ideology must cease, as it goes against the con- cept of political integra- tion of the nation. To be continued... 08 As we enter the third month of the year, stop for a while and recap your dreams and goals and take that step forward today! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Friday | March 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia During the show #JConModiMissionSouth trended topAll-India on X BRANDMODIISTHEBIGGESTFACTORIN SOUTHINDIA...INFACT,HEISTHE NEW SHININGSUNOFBJPINSOUTH:DrCHANDRA Stressing that Modi would be the biggest factor for BJP in South India’s politics, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses that PM Modi may be destined to bring about a stark change in the political landscape of South India, especially Tamil Nadu. Dr Chandra also reveals how Modi has become the architect of new BJP, why the philosophy of North-South divide has been going on for decades and how PM Modi could bring down that wall to win over the Southern regions, having won North, West and East India. Excerpts... (Part-1) Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Preeti Negi, Ranjana Rawat, Shikha Thakur, Aditi Nagar, Poornima Mishra during 'The JC Show.' Narendra Modi has emerged as the face of Tamil Nadu. One more thing, there is another aspect to it. PM must feel that after unfurling the ‘Saffron flag’ in North, West, and East India, now only South remains to be won over and thus, he has to unfurl the ‘Bhagwa’ in South India The Saffron party’s biggest challenge is the prevalent ‘Anti- Brahmin’ sentiment and how to change that perception. Another major challenge is BJP’s perceived Hindu majoritarian image, hindered by the ‘Anti-Hindi’ and ‘Anti-Sanatan’ ideology Dr Jagdeesh Chandra during 'The JC Show.'
  • 10. JAIPUR, FRIDAY | MARCH 1, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle PRE- WEDDING SPARKLES! he pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani, scion of the Ambani family Radhika Merchant stirred excitement as Bollywood stars and fashion luminaries converged in a dazzling spectacle. P11 T 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia heBirlaAudi- torium wit- nessed a daz- zling display of eco-conscious fashion as the 13thAnnual Fash- ion Show Crea- tions-2024,presentedby theDepartmentofFash- ion and Textile at IIS (Deemed to be Univer- sity) Mansarovar, Jaipur, unfolded its magic on Wednesday evening. Under the theme of eco-sustainability, 48 stunning models from IISUniversityshowcased a mesmerizing fusion of ethnic and Western outfits by Newlook Trends. Draped in gorgeous crea- tionsbytalenteddesigners including Anjali Rawat, Muskaan Mittal, Kritika Kumawat, and many more, the runway came alive with a burst of col- ours and textures. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra graced the occasion as the Chief guest and while ad- dressing the audience, said,“Embracingeco-con- scious fashion not only showcases creativity but also reflects our responsi- bility towards preserving the planet for future gen- erations.” Former MLA Vijayalakshmi Bishnoi was also present, celebrat- ing the artistry of tradi- tionalIndiantextileswhile promoting eco-friendly practices. Amyriadofstylesrang- ing from sarees to lehen- gas, jumpsuits toAnarkali suits, captivated the audi- ence’s attention, showcas- ing innovative techniques like upcycling and tradi- tional craftsmanship such as Khadi weaving and Madhubani printing. The upcycling collection, fea- turing dresses made from reusedfabrics,conveyeda powerfulmessageofenvi- ronmental awareness. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources including Picasso’s art and Banjara folkdesigns,theshowpre- sented a tapestry of crea- tivityandculturalheritage. Collections like Toda em- broidery motifs threaded in block printing on Khadi fabricandCyanEco,acol- lectioninspiredbyBanjara folk design, left the audi- ence in awe. Judged by industry ex- perts Parul Vijayvargiya and Raghushree Poddar, the event featured se- quences like Heritage Hues, Handspun Harmo- ny, and Frosty Fusion, each highlighting the unique blend of tradition and innovation. Astheeveningconclud- ed, winners were hon- oured with awards, ac- knowledging their excep- tional contributions to the world of eco-conscious fashion, along with a fe- licitationceremonyforthe alumnimembersalso.The show, choreographed by David and featuring a makeover by celebrity beauty expert Jassi Chhabra,receivedacclaim for its seamless blend of style and sustainability. Prof Radha Kashyap and DrSulekhaOjha,express- ing gratitude to all attend- ees, affirmed the univer- sity’s commitment to fos- tering creativity and envi- ronmental responsibility through fashion. Kavita Chauhan cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Dr Raakhi Gupta, Jahanvi Sharma, Parul Vijayvargiya, Harshita Bansal, Vijaylaxmi Bishnoi, Elisha Jain Raghushree Poddar Dr Ashok Gupta Students showcased dazzling designer cloths during the ramp walk T SANTOSH SHARMA The 13th Annual Fashion Show Creations-2024 at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur on Wednesday, showcased eco-conscious fashion by IIS University with stunning models, talented designers and industry experts, blending tradition innovation!