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WORKING VERY HARD
CM burning
midnight oils to
achieve Mission 25
in Rajasthan
AT A MEETING WITH SENIOR PARTY
LEADERS AT HIS RESIDENCE, CM
SHARMA RECENTLY REVIEWED
PREPARATIONS FOR PM MODI’S
APRIL 2 RALLY IN KOTPUTLI
Yogesh Sharma & Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
s the Lok Sabha
elections draw
near, the
Bharatiya Janata Party’s
(BJP) top brass converg-
es in Rajasthan for strate-
gic planning and cam-
paigning.
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma is orchestrat-
ing preparations ahead of
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s upcoming meet-
ing in Kotputli on Tues-
day (April 2).
Chief Minister Sharma
recently convened a
meeting at his OTS resi-
dence with party leaders,
including Vinay Sahas-
trabuddhe and Vijaya Ra-
hatkar, to review arrange-
ments. Arun Chaturvedi,
former Minister and se-
nior BJP leader, is spear-
heading the logistical
aspects of the Kotputli
meeting.
CM Sharma, alongside
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah, participated
in a roadshow on Sunday
and engaged with cluster
in-charges of eight Lok
Sabha constituencies.
In a gathering with so-
cial organizations, Shar-
ma expressed the state’s
fervent support for the
Bharatiya Janata Party.
Exuding confidence,
Chief Minister Sharma
anticipates sweeping vic-
tories in Rajasthan, aim-
ing to secure all 25 Lok
Sabha seats in the State
with a significant margin,
crossing the 400-mark.
Additionally, he is ex-
pected to inaugurate the
election office of Manju
Sharma, the BJP’s candi-
date for the Jaipur Lok
Sabha seat, in Sanganer
Jaipur, his assembly con-
stituency.
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma with Pravesh Verma (L) and V
Satish during a meeting at CM’s residence at OTS.
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EX-US NATIONAL SECURITY
ADVISOR BOLTON JABS TRUMP
Criticising ex-US Prez Donald Trump,
ex-US NSA John Bolton has said
that he “hasn’t got the brains! He’s a
property developer, for God’s sake!”
PRE-POLLSURVEYINDICATESEVEN
UKPMRISHISUNAK’SSEATATRISK
A new poll survey indicates that the
Conservative Party is in for a major
drubbing in general election, and Brit-
ish PM Rishi Sunak’s seat is at risk.
BABAR AZAM REINSTATED AS
PAK’S WHITE-BALL CAPTAIN
Star batter Babar Azam was on
Sunday reappointed as Pakistan’s
white-ball captain, two months ahead
of the T20 World Cup.
UN SECY-GENERAL CONDEMNS
ATTACK ON UNIFIL VEHICLE
UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres condemned the attack on
three observers of the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon.
Soubhagya Sharma
Jaipur
he Tonk–Sawai
Madhopur Lok
Sabha constitu-
encyinRajasthan
has emerged as a
battleground for political
parties, with eight Vidhan
Sabha segments shaping
itselectorallandscape.Be-
fore the 2009 Lok Sabha
elections, this seat was
knownasTonkLokSabha
seat,whichincludedDudu
& Phulera areas. The area
boastspopularleaderslike
Kirodi Lal Meena, Ex-Dy
CM Sachin Pilot, & Kan-
haiyalal Chaudhary
among others.
The constituency,
formed in 2009 after de-
limitation, has witnessed
significant political ma-
noeuvring where voter
turnout stood at 63.21% in
2019, indicating signifi-
cantengagementandinter-
est among the electorate.
The BJP and Congress
have traded victories, each
understandingtheintricate
caste equations of Meena,
Gurjar, and minority com-
munities in the region.
In the last three elec-
tions, BJP secured victory
twice, with Congress win-
ning once. In 2014, Con-
gressfieldedformerIndian
cricket team captain Mo-
hammad Azharuddin for
this seat. Meanwhile, BJP
fielded businessman and
Gurjar leader Sukhbir Sin-
gh Jaunpuria from Hary-
ana who won with a mar-
ginof135,506votes,over-
shadowing Congress’s
minority candidate. Sukh-
bir Singh Jaunapuria, the
incumbent MP, has estab-
lished a strong presence,
winning consecutive
terms. Jaunapuria’s track
record, coupled with his
grassroots engagement
and welfare initiatives, po-
sitionshimasaformidable
contender for BJP.
The Tonk–Sawai Mad-
hopur Lok Sabha constitu-
ency remains a key politi-
cal arena in State, charac-
terized by intricate caste
dynamics and shifting
electoral trends.
The 2024 polls are
poised to be fiercely con-
tested, with both BJP and
Cong strategizing to se-
cure victory in this piv-
otal constituency.
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02
Pradeep Gadhwal
Jhunjhunu
Former Udaipurwati
MLA Shubhakaran
Choudhary is the BJP’s
candidate from the Jhun-
jhunu Lok Sabha seat,
while Congress has field-
ed four-time Jhunjhunu
MLAand former minister
Brijendra Ola. There is a
direct contest between
Congress and BJP on this
seat. If we talk about the
current political and caste
equation for this seat,
both candidates belong to
the Jat community. The
Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha
seat is Jat-dominated, but
the Muslim community,
Saini, and Rajput also
play a decisive role. Till
the last day of nomina-
tion, 10 candidates from
Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha
have submitted nomina-
tion forms. But the con-
test is directly between
Congress and BJP.
Army recruitment and
Yamuna water major
election issues
Most of the families from
Jhunjhunu are associated
with the army and farm-
ing class.
After the introduction
of the Agniveer scheme
in the army, there has
been a decrease in youth
getting employment.
While the BJP is claim-
ing to bring water under
the Yamuna Water
Agreement MoU, the
Congress is calling it an
election stunt.
Report card of
outgoing MP
Voters’opinion regarding
MP Narendra Khichad
for the last five years is
that Khichad maintained
distance from the public
mostofthetimeandcould
not present the major
problems of the district
well in Parliament. He
asked for the MP ticket
for his daughter-in-law,
Zila Pramukh Harshini
Kulhari. However, the
contribution of MP Kh-
ichad to railway services
was better.
GROUND REPORT OF JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY, THE POLITICS OF ‘JAT LAND’
SHUBHAKARANRELYINGON‘SYMPATHY’
WHILEOLAONHISFAMILY’SGOODWILL
l Issues of soldiers,
farmers, Agniveer
and Yamuna water
prevail here
l Congress had
won in Assembly
elections but now
the effect of Modi
wave is visible
RAJASTHAN
JHUNJHUNU LOK
SABHA CONSTITUENCY
02
BJP
06
CONGRESS
ASSEMBLY
ELECTION 2023
20,61,889
TOTAL VOTERS IN JHUNJHUNU
10,77,370
Male Voters
9,84,519
Female Voters
1,25,000
VOTERS INCREASED
SINCE 2019 IN THE
LOK SABHA
62.11%
VOTING RECORDED
IN JHUNJHUNU (2019)
60.11%
VOTING RECORDED
IN JHUNJHUNU (2014)
Fatehpur
Mandawa
Pilani
Surajgarh
Khetri
Udaipurwati
Nawalgarh
Jhunjhunu
JHUNJHUNU FACE TO FACE
SHUBHAKARAN
CHAUDHARY
Age: 66 years
Education: PUC
Assets: `4.44 crore
BRIJENDRA
OLA
Age: 72 years
Education: LLB
Assets: `2.69 crore
Sympathy among voters due to
defeat from Udaipurwati by only
416 votes in Assembly elections
Better relations with Jat caste and
youth, who play a decisive role in the
Lok Sabha
Direct hold in Nawalgarh
and Udaipurwati Assembly
constituencies
Benefit of kinship with former MP
Santosh Ahlawat on Surajgarh seat
Since 2014, the party has won the
Lok Sabha elections twice in a row
by a huge margin
He is a veteran farmer leader and
has the advantage of being the
son of former Union Minister late
Shishram Ola
Very calm temperament and direct
hold on traditional Jat & Muslim votes
Unity in the Congress organisation
by creating harmony among the
leaders including Youth Congress,
NSUI under the leadership of
District President Dinesh Sunda
Presently Congress MLAs hold 6
seats in 8 Assemblies of the district
STRONG SIDE STRONG SIDE
The hold in Rajput and Mali society
is very weak
Displeasure of angry leaders and
their workers due to ticket being cut
Apart from Udaipurwati,
Nawalgarh, there is no direct hold in
other Assembly constituencies
of the district
WEAK SIDE Big weakness of workers to
understand election pulse
Lack of direct grip among the youth
of the district is a major weakness
Weakness to persuade angry
leaders in the fight for supremacy in
district politics in the last decade
The old ideology continues to be
carried out in the election campaign
WEAK SIDE
This time, victory will be
even bigger than the last.
We will further enhance
Subhash Bahedia's development
initiatives, giving opportunities to party
workers will boost enthusiasm.
Damodar Agarwal, BJP candidate from Bhilwara
QUOTE-UNQUOTE
The meeting of Lok Sabha
Core Committee of the state
was concluded under the
chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister
Amit Shah. Under his guidance, Lotus is
once again ready to blossom on all seats.
CP Joshi, BJP State President
I am a Viksit Bharat Ambas-
sador! Under the visionary
leadership of Honourable
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji our
Nation is embarking on a historic
journey towards Viksit Bharat.
Rajyavardhan S Rathore, Raj Cabinet Minister
While campaigning in
Khimsar of Nagaur seat, I
requested people to send
me to Lok Sabha to advocate their
interests and made an appeal to them
to cast their vote for bottle symbol.
Hanuman Beniwal, RLP Supremo
A seat characterised by intricate caste
dynamics and shifting electoral trends!
TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR LS SEAT
T
ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR
MPs OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR THUS FAR
# NAME
DISTRICT
MEMBER
PARTY
90 Gangapur
SAWAI MADHOPUR Ramkesh Meena
INC
91 Bamanwas (ST)
Indira Meena
INC
92 Sawai Madhopur
Kirodi Lal Meena
BJP
93 Khandar (SC)
Jitendra Kumar Gothwal BJP
94 Malpura
TONK
Kanhaiyalal Chaudhary
BJP
95 Niwai (SC)
Ram Sahay Varma
BJP
96 Tonk
Sachin Pilot
INC
97 Deoli-Uniara
Harish Meena
INC
2009-2014
Namo Narain Meena
CONGRESS
2019-2023
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
BJP
2014-2019
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
BJP
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
AKHILESH & TEJASHWI MIGHT CAMPAIGN FOR
I.N.D.I.A. ON ALWAR SEAT FOR LALIT YADAV
In Alwar Lok Sabha Constituency there is a
possibility that former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
and former deputy CM of
Bihar Tejashwi Yadav may
come for campaigning. There
is a possibility of promoting
I.N.D.I. alliance in Rajasthan
under which both these
leaders may be seen
campaigning for Congress
candidate in Alwar. Congress candidate for Alwar seat
Lalit Yadav is a rising star. He started his political
career in the BSP and shifted to Congress later.
POLLPROMISEORBHUPENDRAYADAVREALLYACALL
AWAY?BJPALWARCANDIDATE’SWORDSCREATEABUZZ
A poll promise by BJP candidate Bhupendra
Yadav has caught the attention of the people in
Alwar. He recently said that many
people ask how we will meet you
Bhupendra ji.’ ‘I say, whether in Alwar
or Delhi, wherever I am, come without
even calling me at 8 in the morning.’
‘At 9 in the morning, the offices of the
Indian government will open, and I will
serve you.’ People are wondering if it’s
just a poll promise or ‘ guarantee’ by Yadav?
Damodar
Agarwal is BJP
candidate from
Bhilwara seat
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a significant develop-
ment ahead of the upcom-
ing Lok Sabha elections,
the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) has announced its
candidates for all 25 seats
in Rajasthan.
On Sunday,
the party de-
c l a r e d
D a m o d a r
Agarwal as
its candidate from
Bhilwara constituency.
The decision comes as
BJP replaced the incum-
bent MP, Subhash Bahe-
dia, with the current
Pradesh Mahamantri, Da-
modar Agarwal. Mean-
while, it’s noteworthy that
the Congress party also
made a change in its can-
didate lineup for the
Bhilwara seat on Friday
night.FormerVidhanSab-
ha Speaker Dr C.P. Joshi,
has been announced as the
Congress candidate, re-
placing Damodar Gurjar.
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Helicopters during the
closing ceremony of the
Bilateral Tri-Service HADR
Amphibious Exercise
between India and US. P6
IN BRIEF
Naxal camp busted on
Maha-C’garh border
Gadchiroli: The Gad-
chiroli police have bust-
ed a camp of Naxalites
on the Maharashtra-
Chhattisgarh border and
seized some gelatin
sticks, detonators and
other items from there,
officials said on Sunday.
BSF recovers China
made drone in Punjab
Tarn Taran: The BSF
recovered a China-
made drone in the bor-
der area of Tarn Taran
district on Sunday
morning. The recovered
drone has been identi-
fied as a China-made
DJI Matrice 300 RTK.
SEBI chief speaks on
T+0 settlements
Ahmedabad: Attaining
the global first of T+0
settlement involved a lot
of problem-solving and
personal discomforts,
SEBI chairperson Mad-
habi Puri Buch at IIMA
Ahmedabad annual con-
vocation said, giving the
analogy of “onion peel-
ing” for the achievement.
7dieashousescollapse
duetorainsinPakistan
Peshawar: At least sev-
en people, including
five children, were
killed as their houses
collapsed due to torren-
tial rains and hailstorms
in northwestern Paki-
stan’s Khyber Pakh-
tunkhwa province.
President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
with veteran BJP leader L K Advani after he was honoured with
Bharat Ratna at his residence, in New Delhi, on Sunday. PTI
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP candidate from Sikar
Swami Sumedhanand Saraswati during the roadshow. (Top) Huge crowd of public in the roadshow.
Advani conferred with
Bharat Ratna at home
First India Bureau
New Delhi
President Droupadi Mur-
mu on Sunday conferred
Bharat Ratna upon veter-
an BJP leader LK Advani
at his residence in Delhi.
Vice President Jagdeep
Dhankhar, PM Narendra
Modi and former Vice
President M Venkaiah
Naidu were present.
In a series of social
posts on X Rashtrapati
Bhavan, said, “As a par-
liamentarian, his empha-
sis on dialogue enriched
parliamentary traditions.
Whether as Home Minis-
ter or as Deputy Prime
Minister, he always pri-
oritised national interest
above all, earning him
respect and admiration
from across party lines”.
“His long and tireless
struggle for India’s cul-
tural regeneration culmi-
natedinthereconstruction
of Shri Ram Temple in
Ayodhya in 2024,” it said.
Born in Karachi in 1927,
Advani migrated to India
in 1947 during Partition.
The 96-year-old BJP
stalwart served as Depu-
ty Prime Minister from
June 2002 to May 2004
and as Union Home Min-
ister from October 1999
to May 2004. P5
Ayushi Maharshi &
Hukum Singh
Sikar
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah and CM
Bhajan Lal Sharma led a
grand roadshow in Sikar
on Sunday in support of
BJP candidate Swami
Sumedhanand Saraswati.
Theenthusiasticparticipa-
tion of the district’s resi-
dents marked the event.
Starting from Kalyan Ji
Temple,ShahandSharma
traversedmajorcityroads,
receiving a historic wel-
comefromSikar’speople.
The route included land-
marks like New Dujod
Gate, Ghantaghar, and
Surajpole Gate, conclud-
ing at Tapadiya Garden.
Riding in an open vehicle,
alongside Swami Sumed-
hanand, the leaders were
accompanied by the dis-
trict’s top workers. BJP
workers from eight as-
sembly constituencies
showered flowers on the
procession. Cultural pro-
grams enlivened the jour-
ney, with workers ex-
PM Modi attacks Cong, Oppn over
corruption & Katchatheevu issue
PM says that his stance is to eradicate corruption, while Oppn defends the corrupt
First India Bureau
Meerut
PM Narendra Modi on
Sunday launched the
BJP’s campaign for the
2024 Lok Sabha elections
from here, echoing his
previous poll strategies.
Emphasizing the vision
of “Viksit Bharat”, PM
Modi said the upcoming
polls weren’t just about
electing a government but
about shaping the nation’s
future. Promising a third
term, he outlined plans for
thenextfiveyears,includ-
ing significant decisions
within the first 100 days.
ModitookaimattheCon-
gress, accusing them of
“anti-national acts” and
highlighting Katchathee-
vu island issue. P5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other NDA
leaders during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Meerut, on Sunday. PTI
I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders
gather for ‘Loktantra
Bachao’ rally in Delhi
36Palestinianskilled
inIsraelistrikesatGaza
Agencies
Gaza
At least 36 Palestinians
were killed and dozens
others wounded in over-
night Israeli strikes across
theGazaStrip,Palestinian
sources said on Sunday.
In the town of Bani Su-
haila, east of Khan You-
nis, at least 11 were killed
and dozens injured in an
Israeli drone attack.
Meanwhile, a Palestin-
ian woman and her child
were killed in an Israeli
artillery shelling that tar-
geted a residential house
in the “Al-Mawasi” area,
west of Khan Younis.
In northern Gaza, 17
Palestinians were killed
andatleast30woundedin
the bombing Saturday
nightofagatheringofPal-
estinians who were wait-
ingforaidatthe“Kuwait”
roundabout in theAl-Zay-
toun neighborhood.
PTI
New Delhi
Inashowofunityaheadof
the Lok Sabha polls,
I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders at-
tended‘LoktantraBachao’
rally at Ramlila ground
here on Sunday. They in-
cluded Mallikarjun
Kharge, Sonia Gandhi,
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka
Gandhi, Sharad Pawar,
Uddhav Thackeray, Akh-
ilesh Yadav, Sitaram
Yechury, Mehbooba Muf-
tiandChampaiSoren.Ke-
jriwal’s wife Sunita also
addressed the rally. P5
KEJRIPOSTERREMOVED
FROMRALLYPODIUM
New Delhi: Ahead
of the Opposition’s
rally in Delhi’s Ramlila
Maidan, poster of Arvind Ke-
jriwal was removed from the
podium. The poster had an
image of Kejriwal shown be-
hind bars. It was not known
why Kejriwal’s poster was
removed from the podium but
what was evident is that Con-
gress’s top leadership arrived
at the venue much earlier
than its alliance partners.
The Congress earlier said
that it was not a one-person
centric rally.
PM MODI SAYS
Our govern-
ment is
getting ready
for its third term. We
are creating a roadmap
for the next five years.
We are working on the
big decisions we need
to make in the first 100
days of our next term.
The momentum of
development created
in the last 10 years, will
move ahead with more
speed.
I am taking action
against corruption,
and that’s why some
people have lost their
patience. Modi’s mantra
is ‘remove corruption’,
but they (Opposition)
say ‘save those who
are corrupt’.
BJP ATTACKS CONG ON
KATCHATHEEVU ISSUE
CONG GAVE AWAY KEY
ISLAND TO LANKA: PM
BHARAT 24 AIRS PM’S
INTERVIEW TO TN TV
Decision of the then
PM Indira Gandhi to
hand over the Katchatheevu
Island to Sri Lanka in 1974,
is becoming a major issue
in Tamil Nadu during Lok
Sabha polls, with the BJP
taking up this in a big way.
New Delhi: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi on Sunday cited a
media report to assert that
new facts reveal that the
Congress “callously” gave
away Katchatheevu island
to Sri Lanka.
Ahead of LS polls,
PM Narendra Modi on
Sunday gave an interview
to Tamil channel Thanthi
TV and spoke on a range
of issues. The interview
was also aired by Bharat 24
news channel for an hour.
SHAHHOLDSHUGEROADSHOW
FORSUMEDHANANDINSIKAR
pressing joy through
dance and song. Shah in-
teracted warmly with the
crowd,reflectingtheover-
whelmingsupport.Subse-
quently, Shah convened a
meeting with social or-
ganizationrepresentatives
in Jaipur, discussing the
Modigovernment’svision
and seeking support for
the upcoming Lok Sabha
elections. The BJP core
committee also strate-
gized in a meeting attend-
ed by key leaders.
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Soubhagya Sharma
Jaipur
he Tonk–Sawai
Madhopur Lok
Sabha constitu-
encyinRajasthan
has emerged as a
battleground for political
parties, with eight Vidhan
Sabha segments shaping
itselectorallandscape.Be-
fore the 2009 Lok Sabha
elections, this seat was
knownasTonkLokSabha
seat,whichincludedDudu
& Phulera areas. The area
boastspopularleaderslike
Kirodi Lal Meena, Ex-Dy
CM Sachin Pilot, & Kan-
haiyalal Chaudhary
among others.
The constituency,
formed in 2009 after de-
limitation, has witnessed
significant political ma-
noeuvring where voter
turnout stood at 63.21% in
2019, indicating signifi-
cantengagementandinter-
est among the electorate.
The BJP and Congress
have traded victories, each
understandingtheintricate
caste equations of Meena,
Gurjar, and minority com-
munities in the region.
In the last three elec-
tions, BJP secured victory
twice, with Congress win-
ning once. In 2014, Con-
gressfieldedformerIndian
cricket team captain Mo-
hammad Azharuddin for
this seat. Meanwhile, BJP
fielded businessman and
Gurjar leader Sukhbir Sin-
gh Jaunpuria from Hary-
ana who won with a mar-
ginof135,506votes,over-
shadowing Congress’s
minority candidate. Sukh-
bir Singh Jaunapuria, the
incumbent MP, has estab-
lished a strong presence,
winning consecutive
terms. Jaunapuria’s track
record, coupled with his
grassroots engagement
and welfare initiatives, po-
sitionshimasaformidable
contender for BJP.
The Tonk–Sawai Mad-
hopur Lok Sabha constitu-
ency remains a key politi-
cal arena in State, charac-
terized by intricate caste
dynamics and shifting
electoral trends.
The 2024 polls are
poised to be fiercely con-
tested, with both BJP and
Cong strategizing to se-
cure victory in this piv-
otal constituency.
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Pradeep Gadhwal
Jhunjhunu
Former Udaipurwati
MLA Shubhakaran
Choudhary is the BJP’s
candidate from the Jhun-
jhunu Lok Sabha seat,
while Congress has field-
ed four-time Jhunjhunu
MLAand former minister
Brijendra Ola. There is a
direct contest between
Congress and BJP on this
seat. If we talk about the
current political and caste
equation for this seat,
both candidates belong to
the Jat community. The
Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha
seat is Jat-dominated, but
the Muslim community,
Saini, and Rajput also
play a decisive role. Till
the last day of nomina-
tion, 10 candidates from
Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha
have submitted nomina-
tion forms. But the con-
test is directly between
Congress and BJP.
Army recruitment and
Yamuna water major
election issues
Most of the families from
Jhunjhunu are associated
with the army and farm-
ing class.
After the introduction
of the Agniveer scheme
in the army, there has
been a decrease in youth
getting employment.
While the BJP is claim-
ing to bring water under
the Yamuna Water
Agreement MoU, the
Congress is calling it an
election stunt.
Report card of
outgoing MP
Voters’opinion regarding
MP Narendra Khichad
for the last five years is
that Khichad maintained
distance from the public
mostofthetimeandcould
not present the major
problems of the district
well in Parliament. He
asked for the MP ticket
for his daughter-in-law,
Zila Pramukh Harshini
Kulhari. However, the
contribution of MP Kh-
ichad to railway services
was better.
GROUND REPORT OF JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY, THE POLITICS OF ‘JAT LAND’
SHUBHAKARANRELYINGON‘SYMPATHY’
WHILEOLAONHISFAMILY’SGOODWILL
l Issues of soldiers,
farmers, Agniveer
and Yamuna water
prevail here
l Congress had
won in Assembly
elections but now
the effect of Modi
wave is visible
RAJASTHAN
JHUNJHUNU LOK
SABHA CONSTITUENCY
02
BJP
06
CONGRESS
ASSEMBLY
ELECTION 2023
20,61,889
TOTAL VOTERS IN JHUNJHUNU
10,77,370
Male Voters
9,84,519
Female Voters
1,25,000
VOTERS INCREASED
SINCE 2019 IN THE
LOK SABHA
62.11%
VOTING RECORDED
IN JHUNJHUNU (2019)
60.11%
VOTING RECORDED
IN JHUNJHUNU (2014)
Fatehpur
Mandawa
Pilani
Surajgarh
Khetri
Udaipurwati
Nawalgarh
Jhunjhunu
JHUNJHUNU FACE TO FACE
SHUBHAKARAN
CHAUDHARY
Age: 66 years
Education: PUC
Assets: `4.44 crore
BRIJENDRA
OLA
Age: 72 years
Education: LLB
Assets: `2.69 crore
Sympathy among voters due to
defeat from Udaipurwati by only
416 votes in Assembly elections
Better relations with Jat caste and
youth, who play a decisive role in the
Lok Sabha
Direct hold in Nawalgarh
and Udaipurwati Assembly
constituencies
Benefit of kinship with former MP
Santosh Ahlawat on Surajgarh seat
Since 2014, the party has won the
Lok Sabha elections twice in a row
by a huge margin
He is a veteran farmer leader and
has the advantage of being the
son of former Union Minister late
Shishram Ola
Very calm temperament and direct
hold on traditional Jat & Muslim votes
Unity in the Congress organisation
by creating harmony among the
leaders including Youth Congress,
NSUI under the leadership of
District President Dinesh Sunda
Presently Congress MLAs hold 6
seats in 8 Assemblies of the district
STRONG SIDE STRONG SIDE
The hold in Rajput and Mali society
is very weak
Displeasure of angry leaders and
their workers due to ticket being cut
Apart from Udaipurwati,
Nawalgarh, there is no direct hold in
other Assembly constituencies
of the district
WEAK SIDE
Big weakness of workers to
understand election pulse
Lack of direct grip among the youth
of the district is a major weakness
Weakness to persuade angry
leaders in the fight for supremacy in
district politics in the last decade
The old ideology continues to be
carried out in the election campaign
WEAK SIDE
This time, victory will be
even bigger than the last.
We will further enhance
Subhash Bahedia's development
initiatives, giving opportunities to party
workers will boost enthusiasm.
Damodar Agarwal, BJP candidate from Bhilwara
QUOTE-UNQUOTE
The meeting of Lok Sabha
Core Committee of the state
was concluded under the
chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister
Amit Shah. Under his guidance, Lotus is
once again ready to blossom on all seats.
CP Joshi, BJP State President
I am a Viksit Bharat Ambas-
sador! Under the visionary
leadership of Honourable
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji our
Nation is embarking on a historic
journey towards Viksit Bharat.
Rajyavardhan S Rathore, Raj Cabinet Minister
While campaigning in
Khimsar of Nagaur seat, I
requested people to send
me to Lok Sabha to advocate their
interests and made an appeal to them
to cast their vote for bottle symbol.
Hanuman Beniwal, RLP Supremo
A seat characterised by intricate caste
dynamics and shifting electoral trends!
TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR LS SEAT
T
ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR
MPs OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR THUS FAR
# NAME DISTRICT MEMBER PARTY
90 Gangapur SAWAI MADHOPUR Ramkesh Meena INC
91 Bamanwas (ST) Indira Meena INC
92 Sawai Madhopur Kirodi Lal Meena BJP
93 Khandar (SC) Jitendra Kumar Gothwal BJP
94 Malpura TONK Kanhaiyalal Chaudhary BJP
95 Niwai (SC) Ram Sahay Varma BJP
96 Tonk Sachin Pilot INC
97 Deoli-Uniara Harish Meena INC
2009-2014
Namo Narain Meena
CONGRESS
2019-2023
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
BJP
2014-2019
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria
BJP
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
AKHILESH & TEJASHWI MIGHT CAMPAIGN FOR
I.N.D.I.A. ON ALWAR SEAT FOR LALIT YADAV
In Alwar Lok Sabha Constituency there is a
possibility that former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
and former deputy CM of
Bihar Tejashwi Yadav may
come for campaigning. There
is a possibility of promoting
I.N.D.I. alliance in Rajasthan
under which both these
leaders may be seen
campaigning for Congress
candidate in Alwar. Congress candidate for Alwar seat
Lalit Yadav is a rising star. He started his political
career in the BSP and shifted to Congress later.
POLLPROMISEORBHUPENDRAYADAVREALLYACALL
AWAY?BJPALWARCANDIDATE’SWORDSCREATEABUZZ
A poll promise by BJP candidate Bhupendra
Yadav has caught the attention of the people in
Alwar. He recently said that many
people ask how we will meet you
Bhupendra ji.’ ‘I say, whether in Alwar
or Delhi, wherever I am, come without
even calling me at 8 in the morning.’
‘At 9 in the morning, the offices of the
Indian government will open, and I will
serve you.’ People are wondering if it’s
just a poll promise or ‘ guarantee’ by Yadav?
Damodar
Agarwal is BJP
candidate from
Bhilwara seat
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a significant develop-
ment ahead of the upcom-
ing Lok Sabha elections,
the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) has announced its
candidates for all 25 seats
in Rajasthan.
On Sunday,
the party de-
c l a r e d
D a m o d a r
Agarwal as
its candidate from
Bhilwara constituency.
The decision comes as
BJP replaced the incum-
bent MP, Subhash Bahe-
dia, with the current
Pradesh Mahamantri, Da-
modar Agarwal. Mean-
while, it’s noteworthy that
the Congress party also
made a change in its can-
didate lineup for the
Bhilwara seat on Friday
night.FormerVidhanSab-
ha Speaker Dr C.P. Joshi,
has been announced as the
Congress candidate, re-
placing Damodar Gurjar.
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IAS ROHIT K SINGH’S RETIREMENT NARROWS RAJ’S
SECRETARY-LEVEL PARTICIPATION AT CENTRE
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
ajasthan’s par-
ticipation in the
Central Gov-
ernment has further re-
duced. With the retire-
ment of Rohit Kumar
Singh, only three IAS
officers of Rajasthan
cadre at the secretary
level are in the Centre,
including V Srinivas,
Sanjay Malhotra and
Rajat Kumar Mishra.
Administrative experts
remember that at one
time, 10 IAS officers of
Rajasthan were at the
secretary level in the
Centre. Tanmay Kumar
(1993 batch) is the only
IAS officer from Rajast-
han who can be promoted
to the post of Secretary in
the near future. Naresh-
pal Gangwar and Roli
Singh, working at the
Centre on the post ofAd-
ditional Secretary, have
not been empaneled for
the post of Secretary yet.
Rohit Kumar Singh re-
tired as Secretary of Con-
sumer Affairs on March
31. The state of affairs is
that the Rajasthan cadre’s
three present secretaries
will remain working for
a long time. V Srinivas
still has two-and-a-half
years left for his retire-
ment (September 2026),
Sanjay Maltotra has four
full years left (February
2028), and Rajat Mishra
also has about four years
left for retirement (Janu-
ary 2028).
The entire bureaucra-
cy is looking towards
Sanjay Malhotra with
hopeful eyes. He cur-
rently holds the very im-
portant and high position
of Secretary of Finance
(Revenue).
He is now just one step
away from the top posi-
tion of Cabinet Secretary
in the Central Govern-
ment. It is believed that
Sanjay Malhotra will
also get the responsibility
of playing a new innings
in the third term of the
Modi government.
Wajahat Akar
Tonk
In March, a severe drink-
ing water deficit began in
Tonk, the home area of
PHED Minister Kanhai-
yalal Chaudhary, and the
Bisalpur dam.
Drinking water is pro-
vided to lakhs of people
in the city for only one
hour per 48 hours. Many
parts of the city, notably
Kalipaltan, Old Tonk,
and Rajban, are experi-
encing drinking water
problems. Instead of
drinking water, black
sewer water is delivered
to people’s taps. Recent-
ly, the situation has dete-
riorated due to the in-
competence of private
contracting business
EMS Infracon.
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
The police have nabbed
Sandeep Singh, the mas-
termind in the case of
robbery of Rs 33 lakhs by
putting chilli powder in a
businessman’s eyes.
He has been abscond-
ing for the past 23 days.
The police had set a re-
ward of Rs 15,000 for the
culprit. During the ac-
cused’s interrogation, it
was revealed that in order
to avoid the police, he
traveled to five other
states. On March 1, a
heist occurred involving
businessman Garv Khan-
delwal, in the parking lot
of Dhanshri Tower where
three miscreants threw
chilli powder in his eyes
and robbed him off 33
lakh rupees. Information
concerning Sandeep
Singh being in the Kard-
hani police station area
was received by the cops,
following which the
criminal was apprehend-
ed by the police.
Vimal Kothai
Jaipur
Today is the last day of
fiscal year 2023-24. It is
a difficult day for reve-
nue-related departments.
However, this time, the
departments responsible
for all tax heads per-
formed satisfactorily.
All departments, in-
cluding mines, petro-
leum, transportation, ex-
cise, and GST, are on
alert. The revenue targets
set for the fiscal year
2023-24 were met. This
time, the Mines and Pe-
troleum department is
also close to meeting its
revenue targets.
Corona impacted the
state’s revenue projec-
tions for almost three
years in a row.
However, because the
environment has changed
swiftly, it will be benefi-
cial to conduct regular
reviews of revenue char-
acteristics. Assistance
will be provided in fi-
nancing the state govern-
ment’s schemes. Now it
will be easier to imple-
ment the state budget.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The capital city of Ra-
jashan, is witnessing a
growing crisis as water
supplies dwindle with
rising temperatures. De-
spite repeated com-
plaints, authorities seem
negligent.Areas like Jag-
atpura, Pratap Nagar, and
Sanganer are the worst
hit, with shortages per-
sisting in Jhotwara and
Shastri Nagar. Bisalpur
Scheme has reduced wa-
ter supply timings, exac-
erbating the situation.
Government-supplied
water is also being sold
by contractors, fetching
hefty prices of 400 to 500
rupees per tanker. Private
tanker operators are gain-
ing prominence, with
residents relying on their
services.
As the mercury climbs,
Jaipur’s thirst intensifies,
but the water depart-
ment’s arrangements
have faltered. The crisis
has prompted many to
turn to private tankers.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Deputy Chief Executive
Officer of Rajasthan
State Fair Authority
Rajesh Kumar Sharma
and Chief Security Offi-
cer Jigyasa inspected the
site for the annual Lakhi
fair of Sheetla Mata
Mandir which starts to-
day in Chaksu.
During the inspection,
representatives of the
temple trust along with
the police administration
and the municipality
were present. Sharma
held a meeting regarding
the preparations for the
fair. He said that about
two lakh devotees are ex-
pected at the fair today
and tomorrow.
“The administration
has made adequate ar-
rangements for drinking
water, toilets and medi-
cal facilities for the pil-
grims. There are fire bri-
gade stations at two
places and about 400
police personnel have
been deployed for secu-
rity. There is a separate
arrangement for men
and women for dar-
shan,” Rajesh Kumar
Sharma said.
First India Bureau
Rajsamand
Today in Rajsamand, an
Anti Corruption Burau
(ACB) squad appre-
hended Assistant Ac-
counts Officer of Sub
Treasury Office Sandeep
Sharma while he was re-
ceiving a bribe of Rs
10,000 in the Railmaga-
ra subdivision area.
Rajsamand ACB Ad-
ditional SP Himmat
Singh Charan stated that
Assistant accounts offi-
cer Sandeep Sharma de-
manded Rs 10,000 in lieu
of paying the victim’s
mother’s pension arrears.
Troubled by this, the vic-
tim filed a complaint
against the Sub Treasury
employee with ACB Ra-
jsamand. following this,
the information was veri-
fied and a trap was laid.
On Sunday, while per-
forming a trapping oper-
ation at Railmagra area,
the ACB team detained
the accused, Sandeep
Sharma and bought him
to the Rajsamand ACB
office.According toASP,
the search is also taking
conducted in other loca-
tions, including the ac-
cused’s home.
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Travelling on National
Highways got dearer
from Sunday midnight as
toll rates have been in-
creased from Rs 10 to Rs
30. Toll rates for cars,
jeeps and other LMVs
have been increased by
Rs 10, trucks, buses by
Rs 20 and heavy vehicles
by Rs 30. The proposal
has been approved by
Ministry of Road Trans-
port and Highways.
There are a total of 95
toll plazas operated at
National Highways in the
state. Rates have been in-
creased at more than 30
toll plazas, including Ra-
jgarh to Haryana border
and the well traversed-
Jaipur Ring Road.
Toll rates at some toll
plazas are set to increase
from July 1 and Septem-
ber 1 respectively.
With this hike in toll
amount, going from
Jaipur to Sikar and Tonk
will become expensive.
However, toll rates on
Jaipur-Agra, Jaipur-Del-
hi and Jaipur-Ajmer by-
pass have not been in-
creased. Toll rates on
these bypasses are said to
increase from June and
July.
Shivendra Singh Parmar
Jaipur
Despite today being a lo-
cal holiday on the occas-
sion of SheetlaAshtmi in
Jaipur, both RTO offices
will remain open as the
transport department will
roll out e-RC and e-driv-
ing licence systems to-
day. Work will be done in
both RTO offices of Jai-
pur. Only work related to
RC and DL will be done.
Now e-DL and e-RC will
be issued in place of
smart cards in transport
offices.
With this new system,
applicants will not have
to pay Rs 200. New driv-
ing licences, vehicle reg-
istration certificates and
related services like re-
newal, finance hypothe-
cation, etc. have been
included in the new sys-
tem.in last few years at-
tempts have been made
by the department of
transport to make it eais-
er for the people to get
their licences without
much hassle.
Earlier, it was stated in
a notification that start-
ing April 1, the transport
department will issue
e-RC and e-licence in
place of smart cards.
These will be available in
PDF format on the appli-
cants’ mobile phones.
One can take its printout
from the e-Mitra kiosks
in the offices.
However, applicants
who have paid online
fees for driving licence
smart cards will get a re-
fund from the depart-
ment. The transport de-
partment is also collect-
ing data of applicants
who have made online
payments.
Rohit Kumar Singh V Sirinivas
Sanjay Malhotra Rajat Kumar Mishra
Sandeep Singh
FILE
The accused assistant accounts officer, Sandeep Sharma of Sub
Treasury office in ACB custody on Sunday.
R
JprRTOtoremainopendespite
holiday,togive e-RC&e-licence
RTO will remain functional even on Sheetla Ashtmi
e-Governance at its best
DyCEOSharmareviewspreps
forSheetlaMataLakhiFair
ACB nabs assistant accounts
officer with bribe worth `10,000
PHED mins’s home district
reeling under water crisis
Accused on the run after
robbing businesman of `33
lakh held by cops in Jaipur
Revenue departments meet
FY 2023-24 goals adequately
Jaipur facing water worries,
people turn to pvt tankers
Aroundtwolakh
devoteesexpected
visittempleinChaksu
inthenext2days
Jaipur: Senior journalist
Virendra Singh Rathore
has been elected as the
President of the Pink City
Press Club, the elections
for which were held on
Saturday. On Sunday the
results were declared in
which Vimal Tanwar and
Rahul Bharadwaj were
elected as VPs,Yogendra
Pancholi GS and Girraj
Gurjar as treasurer. Mon-
ica Sharma, Omvir Bhar-
gava, Anita Sharma,
Pushpendra Singh,
Umang Mathur, Satya
Pareekh, Sanjay Gautam,
Namonorayan, Shalini
Srivastava and Siddharth
Upadhyay elected as ex-
ecutive members.  FIB
VSRathoreisnewpresident
ofPinkCityPressClub
Jaipur’s revenue
departments hit their
FY 2023-24 goals,
paving the way for
smoother state
budget execution
With just the
beginning of
summers, several
parts of the Pink City
has started to report
water-related issues
Prices hiked at more than 30 toll plazas
TravelonNHroadsgetscostlier
asauthoritiesincreasetollrates
Missing girl found,
reunited with
mother in Kota
Missing minor girl
found after two
years in Udaipur
First India Bureau
Kota
The revelation about the
missing coaching student
in Kota caused alarm
among the police admin-
istration. The cops dis-
covered the student and
handed her over to her
mother. The mother stat-
ed that she was residing
in Kota with her daughter
who is studying for med-
ical exams. On Saturday,
she chastised her daugh-
ter over her studies. The
girl then departed the
room without alerting
anyone on Sunday morn-
ing. After that, the moth-
er went to the police sta-
tion to give information.
First India Bureau
Udaipur
Police have found a miss-
ing minor girl from Prat-
ap Nagar police station in
Udaipur district after a
two-year search.
The SP office an-
nounced a cash reward of
Rs 5,000 for the search of
the girl. SPYogesh Goyal
stated that in 2022, the
minor’s mother reported
that her daughter had left
home to play Garba but
did not return.Acase was
filed, and research was
initiated. The cops appre-
hended the child near
Geetanjali Medical Col-
lege in Dabok.
FILE
FILE
he outbreak of
conflicts in
Ukraine and the
Middle East
makes it hard not
to feel powerless as onlookers.
Scenes of violence present ines-
capable evidence of inhumanity
and standing by passively only
makes the impression worse.
But there’s an invisible force at
work that needs to be noticed,
the force of consciousness. Hot
spots around the globe can’t
erase the trend toward peace that
has been mounting for two gen-
erations after the end of the last
global conflict, World War II.
Peace is the prevailing mood
accepted by the vast majority of
people. Now we are looking for
ways to make our will and desire
more powerful than war. Fortu-
nately, this is both possible and
practical. According to the an-
cient Vedic tradition in India,
you will know you are living the
way of peace when three things
are present:
1. Seva: Your actions harm no
one and benefit everyone.
2. Simran: You remember your
true nature and your purpose
for being here.
3. Satsang: You join the com-
munity of peace and wisdom.
These three “S” words come
from Sanskrit.They describe the
ideal life of any spiritual person
at any time in history, but just as
crucially, they unlock the power
of consciousness, which exter-
nal events can’t defeat, as a rock
can’t defeat the rain even though
one is hard and the other soft, or
defeat the wind even though it is
invisible. Consciousness can
sound abstract, but with each
“S” word comes a satisfaction
that war will never be able to
match.
Seva brings the joy of know-
ing that your daily actions sup-
port life as a whole. You live in
peace with your conscience be-
cause you have fulfilled your
duty to be a steward of every
aspect of Nature, down to the
most sacred level.
Simran brings the satisfaction
of expanded possibilities. You
are not limited to being one in-
dividual lost in a sea of human-
ity. You find your authentic self
and your authentic truth. A
unique path is opened for you
and you alone.
Satsang brings the satisfaction
of having no enemies.You are at
home in the world. The rest of
the human family is part of you.
Older and younger generations
are no longer separated by a gap
but work together toward the vi-
sion of a world without poverty,
ignorance, and violence.
The prime reason that peace is
the trend of the future is that all
three of these things are already
strong trends in themselves. By
some estimates between a third
and half of Americans accept
some form of New Age values,
a broad enough spectrum so that
it’s no longer useful to even use
that label New Age—we are
talking about a consensus in col-
lective consciousness.
Moreover, this shift in aware-
ness means that you matter and
are not alone. A German house-
wife walking in the rain to get
bread in the shadow of the Berlin
Wall might have had no idea that
her suppressed will to be free
was more potent than the wall. It
overcame bricks, machine gun
towers, and barbed wire. Will is
an aspect of consciousness, and
the trend of time must obey con-
sciousness when human aware-
ness decides to change.
Your will to peace, I believe,
is already shaping the future,
even though you are only en-
gaged in everyday things like
buying bread. Here is just a sam-
ple of beliefs that support a
transformed future.
l Do you believe the world
needs to unite around global
warming?
l Do you want to see a major
effort to end pandemics
worldwide?
l Do you want to see the oceans
free of pollution?
l Do you thinkAmerica should
lead the way to achieve sus-
tainable economies?
l Do you defend freedom of
religion and an end to reli-
gious fanaticism in all its
forms?
l Do you want full equality of
rights for immigrants?
l Do you want to see an end to
all nuclear stockpiles?
l Do you want to see America
become less militarized?
l Do you want to see an alterna-
tive to fossil fuels developed
as quickly as possible?
l Do you believe in the equality
of women in every society?
Decades of striving may lie
ahead before these goals be-
come reality, but as accepted
beliefs, they are already alive
and vital. Millions of people
who have no identification with
the New Age, who have never
marched in a demonstration for
equal rights or against corporate
pollution, who regard them-
selves as centrists in social pol-
icy, are in fact part of a majority
waiting to recognize itself.
The way of peace includes all
these objectives, since each one
falls under the category of ser-
vice for the common good
(Seva), a shift in self-image to
a higher level (Simran), and
erasing differences to bring
about a new human community
(Satsang). Without a doubt, the
way of peace, despite the vio-
lence of conflicts that dominate
the news, is silently exerting
power that will only increase in
the future.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
SPIRITUAL
SERENITY
These three “S” words
come from Sanskrit. They
describe the ideal life of
any spiritual person at any
time in history, but just as
crucially, they unlock the
power of consciousness,
which external events
can’t defeat, as a rock
can’t defeat the rain even
though one is hard and
the other soft, or defeat
the wind even though it is
invisible. Consciousness
can sound abstract, but
with each “S” word comes
a satisfaction that war will
never be able to match.
HOWTOBEPARTOF
THETRENDTOPEACE
The prime reason that
peace is the trend of the
future is that all three
of these things are
already strong trends
in themselves. By some
estimates between a
third and half of
Americans accept some
form of New Age
values, a broad enough
spectrum so that it’s no
longer useful to even
use that label New
Age—we are talking
about a consensus in
collective
consciousness
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he INDI Alliance rally
at Ramlila Maidan in
Delhi on Easter Sun-
day became a rallying point for
the incarcerated Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal,
whose wife read out her hus-
band’s speech to reach out to
Aam Aadmi Party supporters.
The first rally before the Lok
Sabha elections looked impor-
tant because AAP and later the
Trinamool Congress an-
nounced their support for the
Opposition alliance.
There’s always a gap be-
tween what one preaches and
what is practiced. Mamata
may have openly extended
support for the Alliance but
on seat sharing in West Ben-
gal she has been very close-
fisted. D. Raja of the CPI too
came out attacking Prime
Minister Narendra Modi but
has fielded his wife against
Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad,
a constituency represented by
the Congress scion. Arvind
Kejriwal’s support to INDI
Alliance was also a dynamic
within dynamic given the mu-
tual antipathy between AAP
and Congress over seat shar-
ing in Delhi and elsewhere.
The target of Tejashvi Yadav
and Samajwadi Party’s Akh-
ilesh Yadav was the Enforce-
ment Directorate which was
being used by the Central
government to torment the
opposition leaders.
The common refrain of the
speakers at the iconic venue
was to seek the ouster of BJPto
save the Constitution and de-
mocracy. The presence of all
the opposition bigwigs like So-
nia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Ra-
hul Gandhi, Uddhav Thackeray
and others did signal their com-
ing together for the final push.
The undercurrent of differenc-
es within could prove to be the
undoing of the Alliance.
Will this perceived show of
strength stand in front of PM
Modi’s popularity is doubtful.
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
The happiness which comes from long practice,
which leads to the end of suffering, which at first
is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of
happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.
BHAGAVAD GITA
Will voters respond
to Oppn Poll Bugle
TOP TWEETS
Slow claps for Congress! They willingly
gave up #Katchatheevu and had no regrets
about it either. Sometimes an MP of the
Congress speaks about dividing the nation and
sometimes they denigrate Indian culture and
traditions. This shows that they are against the
unity and integrity of India. They only want to divide
or break our nation.
Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar)
@AmitShah
It was very special to witness the conferring
of the Bharat Ratna upon Shri LK Advani
Ji. This honour is a recognition of his
enduring contributions to our nation’s progress.
His dedication to public service and his pivotal
role in shaping modern India have left an indelible
mark on our history. I am proud to have got the
opportunity to work with him very closely over the
last several decades.
Narendra Modi
@narendramodi
T
There’s always a gap between what one preaches and what is
practiced. Mamata may have openly extended support for
the Alliance but on seat sharing in West Bengal she has been
very close-fisted. D. Raja of the CPI too came out attacking
Prime Minister Narendra Modi but has fielded his wife
against Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad, a constituency
represented by the Congress scion
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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ARUNACHAL PRADESH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
133 candidates in fray for 50 assembly constituencies
PTI
Itanagar
total of 133
candidates are
in the fray for
the 50 assembly constitu-
encies in Arunachal
Pradesh, which will go to
the polls on April 19, of-
ficials said on Sunday.
The ruling BJP has al-
ready won 10 seats of the
60-member assembly un-
contested. Among those
won are Chief Minister
Pema Khandu, and two
first-time candidates —
Ratu Techi from Sagalee
and Hage Appa of the
Ziro-Hapoli seat.
The BJP has fielded
candidates in all the 50
seats that are going to the
polls, while the opposi-
tion Congress is fighting
in only 19 seats.
The Meghalaya-based
NPP has fielded candi-
dates in 20 seats, the NCP
is fighting 14 seats, the
People’s Party of
Arunachal (PPA) is con-
testing 11 seats, the
Arunachal Democratic
Party has fielded candi-
dates in four seats, while
the Lok Janashakti Party
(LJP) is fighting one seat.
Also, there are 14 In-
dependent candidates in
the fray, CEO Pawan Ku-
mar Sain said.
A total of 80 nominees
are first-time candidates.
The highest number of
first-time candidates has
been fielded by the Con-
gress. Of its 19 candi-
dates, 17 are new.
BJPhas fielded 14 new
candidates, while the
NPP has nominated 16
first-time nominees.
There are eight women
— the highest in any as-
sembly election in the
state, though it’s dismally
low compared to other
parts of the country.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already clinched
victory in 10 out of the 60-member assembly uncontested.
A
Advani'slifefullofsacrifice,
tenacity,dedication:AmitShah
PTI
New Delhi
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Sunday
said former deputy prime
minister L K Advani re-
mained selflessly dedi-
cated to national welfare
and social upliftment
throughout his life.Ex-
pressing happiness over
the BJP patriarch being
conferred with Bharat
Ratna, Shah also said that
Advani’s life is “full of
sacrifice, tenacity and
dedication” and is an
“unlimited source” of
strength and inspiration
to crores of
people.“Today, being a
witness to this historical
moment, I am both happy
and emotional. Honour-
able Shri LK Advani be-
ing honoured with
‘Bharat Ratna’ by Hon-
ourable President Smt.
Droupadi Murmu is a
proud moment fwor all of
us.“Advani remained
selflessly dedicated to
national welfare and so-
cial upliftment through-
out his life,” he wrote on
‘X’ in Hindi.President
Murmu conferred Bharat
Ratna, the country’s
highest civilian honour,
on Advani at his resi-
dence here on Sunday.
The ceremony was at-
tended by Vice President
Jagdeep Dhankhar,
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, Defence Minister
Rajnath Singh, Shah and
the family members of
Advani among others.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah takes blessings of veteran BJP leader L K Advani before the latter
was honoured with the ‘Bharat Ratna’ at his residence, in New Delhi, Sunday.
CONGRESS CHIEF
KHARGE HITS BACK AT
PM MODI’S CLAIMS
New Delhi: Hit-
ting back at Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi over his charge that
Indira Gandhi gave away
Katchatheevu island to Sri
Lanka, Congress chief Mal-
likarjun Kharge on Saturday
asked why he did not take
steps to get it back during
his 10-year rule and alleged
that raising the “sensitive”
issue ahead of elections
shows his “desperation”.
The opposition leader also
questioned why the prime
minister gave a “clean chit”
to China after 20 bravehe-
arts made supreme sacri-
fice in the Galwan Valley
in eastern Ladakh. Kharge
said that Katchatheevu
island was given to Sri
Lanka as part of a friendly
agreement in 1974.
NIRMALA SITHARAMAN ASKS DMK TO
STOP DISSEMINATING ‘FALSEHOOD'
AMIT SHAH SAYS CONG AGAINST
INDIA’S UNITY, INTEGRITY
Chennai: Union Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman on Sunday said Tamil
Nadu’s ruling DMK should stop
its “misinformation” on the Katchatheevu
issue. On X, Sitharaman said: “...What the
RTI reply has revealed has been stated
authoritatively by former CM Jayalalitha
Amma in the TN state assembly itself.”
New Delhi: Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Sunday attacked
the Congress over a media report
which suggested that Indira Gandhi’s
government gave away Katchatheevu
island to Sri Lanka, saying it reflected that
the party is against the unity and integrity
of India.
Not ‘save democracy’ but ‘hide
corruption’ rally, says Trivedi
PTI
New Delhi
The BJP on Sunday
slammed the opposition
INDIA bloc’s rally at
Ramlila ground here, say-
ing it is not a “save de-
mocracy” meeting as pro-
jected but a “save family”
and “hide corruption”
rally.BJP spokesperson
SudhanshuTrivedi cited
corruption cases of a host
ofleaders,includingthose
from the Congress, DMK
and the RJD, to assert that
all these charges date
back to the pre-2014 pe-
riod amid the opposition’s
accusation that the Modi
govt is implicating them
in graft probes due to its
political vendetta.Ramlila
ground once hosted the
“India against corruption”
movementunderthelead-
ership of Anna Hazare,
Trivedi said, adding that it
is hosting on Sunday a
rally for “everybody with
corruption”.
PGV DECLARES INDIA BLOC’S 5 DEMANDS
VOTE TO SAVE DEMOCRACY: AKHILESH YADAV
BJP TRYING TO DO
MATCH-FIXING: RAGA
INDIA BLOC LEADERS
ASSEMBLE IN DELHI
MOTHER INDIA IN PAIN:
SUNITA KEJRIWAL
‘YOUR FAMILY HAD
DONE DEAL-FIXING’
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra on Sunday put forth five demands on
behalf of the INDIA bloc at a rally at Ramlila Maidan here,
including the immediate release of Delhi CM Arvind
Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. She
announced the demands to underline the imperative
“need for a level playing field in the electoral process”.
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
on Sunday urged people to vote against the party
in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls if they wanted to save
democracy in the country. The former Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister questioned why the BJP is using
agencies against the opposition if it is confident of
crossing the 400-seat mark in the upcoming polls.
New Delhi: Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi
hit out at the BJP during
INDIA bloc’s mega event
‘Loktantra Bachao’ (save
democracy) rally at Ramlila
Maidan in Delhi accusing
them of orchestrating a
game of “match-fixing” as
the country gears up for
the LS polls.
New Delhi: Top
INDIA bloc leaders
gathered at the Ramlila
Maidan here on Sunday to
express solidarity with
arrested Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal
and former Jharkhand CM
Hemant Soren.
New Delhi:As top
opposition leaders
gathered at Ramlila
Maidan for the ‘Loktantra
Bachao’ rally, Sunita
Kejriwal said, “The people
of Delhi have faced
injustice in last 75 years.
We will make Delhi a full
state if the INDIA bloc
comes to power.”
New Delhi: The BJP
on Sunday hit back
at Rahul Gandhi over his
“match-fixing” accusation
against PM Modi, alleging
that the Congress
government in the past
handed over Katcha-
theevu island to Sri Lanka.
Diggi: Polls should be
held through ballots
Jairam Ramesh criticises PM’s fiscal centralisation tactics
Those who have more TRP
get good rate in ads: Gadkari
Agencies
Nagpur
Avowing abiding confi-
dence in Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s goal of
370 seats, BJP leader Ni-
tin Gadkari says the ad-
ditional seats to its cur-
rent strength of 288 will
come from gains in
southern India in the up-
coming Lok Sabha elec-
tions. Gadkari said there
is “no doubt” in his mind
that the BJP-led NDA
will cross 400 seats and
that Modi will take over
as prime minister for a
third term because of the
solid work done by the
government in the last 10
years. He dismissed al-
legations that the Modi
government is “weapon-
ising” central probe
agencies such as the ED
and CBI to weaken the
opposition, saying BJP’s
rivals should make ef-
forts to overcome adver-
sity by winning the con-
fidence of the people.
Agencies
New Delhi
As INDIA bloc leaders
gathered for a show of
unity at the Ramlila
ground here, the Con-
gress on Sunday accused
the Modi government of
violating the Constitu-
tion by resorting to “con-
frontational federalism”.
The Congress also ac-
cused the prime minister
of resorting to fiscal cen-
tralisation, obstruction of
state programs, destabi-
lising state governments,
misusing governors and
subverting the rights of
States.
In a statement, Con-
gress general secretary
Jairam Ramesh said as
the INDIA Janbandhan’s
rally at Ramlila Maidan
gets underway, it is nec-
essary to recall how the
PM is “violating”, in let-
ter and spirit, Article 1 of
the Constitution of India
that states “India, that is
Bharat, shall be a Union
of States.”
“Instead, what he has
delivered is confronta-
tional federalism. Coop-
erative federalism is
based on consensus, for
which the PM has dem-
onstrated a singular un-
willingness and incapac-
ity,” Ramesh charged in
his statement.
PTI
Agar Malwa
Congress leader Digvi-
jaya Singh, who is con-
testing from Rajgarh Lok
Sabha seat in Madhya
Pradesh, on Sunday said
he was making efforts to
get 400 people to file
nominations so that polls
will be held through bal-
lot paper.
He said this after ask-
ing people during a cor-
ner meeting in Kachnari-
ya village in Susner if
they wanted elections to
be held through EVMs or
ballot papers.
Responding to the
crowd shouting ballot pa-
per, Singh said, “There is
only one way for this
(election through ballot
paper). If 400 candidates
fill nomination forms. I
am preparing for this.
Candidates in the general
category will have to
submit security deposit
of Rs 25,000, while those
in reserved categories
will have to give deposit
of Rs 12.500,” he said.
This way, Rajgarh will
see elections through
ballot papers, Singh said,
adding “let us see what
happens”.
CONG WILL WIN ALL 5
SEATS IN 1ST PHASE
OF LS POLLS IN MAHA
Mumbai: The Maha
Vikas Aghadi will
win all the five constitu-
encies going to polls in
the first phase of LS
elections in Maha next
month, state unit
president Nana Patole
said on Sunday.Patole
claimed the people are
fed up with the “dictato-
rial” BJP govt at the
Centre which will be
thrown out of power in
elections.The opposition
MVA comprises Shiv
Sena led by Uddhav
Thackeray, Cong, NCP
(Sharadchandra Pawar).
Challenge BJP to cross even 200 seats: Mamata
PTI
Krishnanagar (WB)
West Bengal Chief Min-
ister Mamata Banerjee
on Sunday mocked the
BJP-led NDA’s target of
winning 400-plus seats in
the Lok Sabha polls and
challenged the saffron
party to win at least 200
constituencies.
The TMC chief also
reaffirmed her refusal to
allow the enforcement of
the Citizenship Amend-
ment Act in the state and
cautioned the people that
applying for CAA would
turn an applicant into a
foreigner and urged them
not to apply for it.
“The BJP is saying
‘400 paar’, I challenge
them to cross the 200-
seat benchmark first. In
the 2021 West Bengal as-
sembly polls, they aimed
for 200 plus seats but had
to stop at 77. Some of
these 77 have since
joined us,” she said while
campaigning for TMC
candidate Mahua Moitra
in the Krishnanagar area.
Dubbing the BJP a
‘jumla’ party, the TMC
supremo accused them of
“peddling lies” regarding
the CAA, stating “Modi’s
guarantee on CAA is a
zero guarantee.” “The
CAA is a trap to turn le-
gal citizens into foreign-
ers. We would allow nei-
ther CAA nor NRC in
West Bengal. Don’t fall
for the false assurance of
the central government.
If you apply, you will be
designated as a foreigner
for 5 years,” Banerjee
said while addressing her
first rally in the election
season after her injury
earlier this month.
Mamata Banerjee with party candidate Mahua Moitra at an
election rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, at Dhubuliya, in Nadia.
KCR's vehicle searched
by election officials: BRS
PTI
Hyderabad
As part of poll duty, elec-
tion officials on Sunday
searched the bus in which
former Telangana Chief
Minister and BRS supre-
mo K Chandrasekhar
Rao was traveling during
his visit to Suryapet dis-
trict, about 170 km from
here. Telangana will vote
for the upcoming Lok
Sabha polls on May 13
for which the MCC is
currently in place.
According to sources
in the BRS, Rao was on
his way to Suryapet as
part of his tour to inspect
agricultural fields which
are allegedly facing
drought-like conditions.
The BRS sources said
the vehicle was checked
at Edulaparre tanda
check post in the district.
KCR was interacting
with farmers to instill
confidence in view of the
drought-like conditions
faced by them, party
sources said.
Dehradun: One independent candidate from
Almora has withdrawn from the contest leaving
only 55 candidates in the fray for the April 19 Lok
Sabha polls in Uttarakhand. Arjun Kumar Dev, the
independent candidate from Almora, withdrew on the
last date for withdrawal of nominations on Saturday, Ad-
ditional Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Kumar Jogdande
said. Dev was the lone candidate to withdraw, he said.
There are now a total of 55 candidates in the fray for
the five Lok Sabha constituencies in the state which go
to polls in the first phase on April 19.
55 CANDIDATES LEFT IN FRAY FOR FIVE LOK
SABHA SEATS OF UTTARAKHAND: JOGDANDE
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IN BRIEF
‘TIGER TRIUMPH-24’
PTI
New Delhi
he 14-day bilat-
eral tri-service
exercise be-
tween India and the US,
‘Tiger Triumph-24’, has
concluded, officials said
on Sunday.
The exercise that be-
gan on March 18 aimed
at developing interoper-
ability for conducting
humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief
(HADR) operations and
refining standard operat-
ing procedures to enable
rapid and smooth coordi-
nation between the forces
of the two countries.
TheIndianArmy’scon-
tingent comprising one
battalion group took part
in the second edition of
the tri-service exercise in
Visakhapatnam and Kaki-
nada in Andhra Pradesh,
along with the Indian
Navy and the Indian Air
Force. The exercise signi-
fies the “robust strategic
partnership” between the
two countries and was
aimed towards sharing
best practices and stand-
ard operating procedures
in undertaking multina-
tional HADR operations.
India and US Navy personnel during the closing ceremony of the
Bilateral Tri-Service HADR Amphibious Exercise on Sunday. PTI
India and US Navy personnel during the closing ceremony of the
Bilateral Tri-Service exercise. PTI
India and US Navy personnel during the the Bilateral Tri-Service
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Amphibious
Exercise between India and US, Tiger Triumph 2024. PTI
T
Jamshedpur: Two per-
sons including a
28-year-old woman
were arrested from
Jharkhand’s Hazaribag
district for allegedly
killing a Jamshedpur-
based para-badminton
player Prasant Kumar
Sinha over money mat-
ter, a senior police offic-
er on Sunday said.
Two held for killing
Para-badminton
player in Jharkhand
New Delhi: Food deliv-
ery app Zomato today
said it has received a
goods and services tax
(GST) notice of over `23
crore, and will file an ap-
peal against the demand.
In a letter to the capital
markets, Zomato said the
company believes it has
a strong case against the
GST demand.
Zomato to appeal
against `23 Crore
GST notice: Report
New Delhi: Infosys ex-
pects a refund of `6,329
crore from the Income
Tax Department, Infosys
said. It also informed
the stock exchanges
about tax demand to the
tune of `2,763 crore, cit-
ing various assessment
orders. Infosys Ltd said
it has received orders
from the IT Department
for assessment years 07-
08 to 15-16, 17-18, and
18-19 during the quarter.
Expecting refund of
`6,329 cr from IT
department: Infosys
Patna: The Bihar
School Examination
Board (BSEB) on Sun-
day announced the
class 10 results, with
the overall pass per-
centage being 82.91.
The pass percentage for
boys was 84.45, while
it was 81.4 for girls.
Bihar Board class 10
results declared
MILDSNOWFALLINHP
MILDSNOWFALLINHP
PTI
Shimla
Mild snowfall
continued in high-
er reaches and
tribal areas of
Himachal Pradesh
in the past 24
hours while wide-
spread rains
lashed middle and
low hills, the
weather office
said on Sunday.
The local MeT
office predicted a
wet spell in the
state till April 6
barring April 1.
Gondla in tribal
Lahaul and Spiti
district received
22 cm of snow
followed by Ku-
kumseri 11.6 cm,
Keylong 7.5 cm
and Kalpa 5.5 cm
while hail was re-
corded in parts of
S u n d e r n a g a r,
Shimla and Solan.
Vehicularmove-
ment was suspend-
ed on the Jammu-
Srinagar national
highway on Sun-
day following
landslides, trig-
gered by overnight
rains,atafewplac-
es in Ramban dis-
trict, officials said.
Congress gets fresh
I-T notice of over
`1,745 cr: Report
Total tax demand now `3567 cr
PTI
New Delhi
In mounting trouble for
the Congress, sources in
the party said it has re-
ceived fresh notices from
the Income Tax depart-
ment, raising a tax de-
mand of Rs 1,745 crore
for the assessment years
2014-15 to 2016-17.
With this latest notice,
the Income Tax depart-
ment has raised a total
demand of Rs 3,567 crore
from the Congress.
According to sources,
the fresh tax notices re-
late to 2014-15 (Rs 663
crore), 2015-16 (around
Rs 664 crore) and 2016-
17 (around Rs 417 crore).
The authorities have end-
ed the tax exemption
available to political par-
ties and have taxed the
party for the entire col-
lections, they added.
The Congress has also
been taxed for “third-
party entries” made in
diaries seized from some
of its leaders by probe
agencies during raids, the
sources said.
“ApachehelicopterswillbolsterArmy’saerialstrikestrength”
PTI
Mumbai
The recent introduction
of Apache helicopters,
heralded for their ability
to conduct missions in
diverse weather and ter-
rain conditions, is set to
bolster the IndianArmy’s
operational reach and
aerial strike capabilities
in the western sector, ac-
cording to a high-ranking
Army official.
During an interview, Lt
Gen A K Singh, the Gen-
eralOfficerCommanding-
in-Chief of the Southern
Command, emphasised
the significant impact of
this move on the army’s
transformation and opera-
tionaleffectiveness.Mark-
ing a pivotal moment, the
first medium lift attack
helicopter squadron with-
intheSouthernCommand
region was established on
March 15 this year. This
squadron will be outfitted
with cutting-edge Apache
AH-64E helicopters man-
ufactured by Boeing. A
total of six contracted
helicopters are scheduled
for delivery to the country
in two phases over the up-
coming months.
4 people, including 3
women of a family,
killed in road mishap
PTI
Moradabad (UP)
Four people, including
three women of a family,
died on the spot in a road
accident here in the early
hours on Sunday, while
two persons were in-
jured, police said, adding
that the deceased were
residents of Dehradun.
Superintendent of Po-
lice (Rural) Sandeep Ku-
mar Meena said that the
accident took place on
Sunday morning.
A snow-covered road after fresh snowfall in Lahaul and Spiti. People take a stroll under umbrellas during hailstorm in Shimla, Sunday. PTI
Sissu gets covered in a thick layer of snow following snowfall, in Lahaul and Spiti on Sunday. ANI
A woman resident waits to collect drinking
water from a tap after snowfall in Lahaul
and Spiti district, Sunday. PTI
Ashok Gehlot campaigns
in support of son Vaibhav
First India Bureau
Jalore
Former chief minister of
Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot
on Sunday campaigned
for his son and Congress
candidate Vaibhav Ge-
hlot in the Jalore-Sirohi
Lok Sabha constituency.
Addressing the party
workers’ meeting in
Revdar, Gehlot said with
peoples’blessings, he be-
came CM thrice.
Gehlot added that this
election is not only for
Vaibhav but also for peo-
ple of the constituency
and so all the communi-
ties will join hands with
Congress to defeat the
BJP and bring Sirohi on
the path of progress.
Ashok Gehlot  Vaibhav Gehlot
TRI-SERVICE EXERCISE OF INDIA-US CONCLUDES
4 killed, 70 injured after
storm batters West Bengal
PTI
Jalpaiguri
Four persons were killed
and at least 70 people in-
jured as a storm de-
stroyed parts of Jalpaig-
uri district in northern
West Bengal on Sunday,
officials said.
Several houses were
damaged, trees uproot-
ed and electric poles fell
as strong winds devas-
tated most parts of the
district headquarters
town and many areas of
neighbouring Maina-
guri, they said.
Among the most af-
fected areas were Ra-
jarhat, Barnish, Bakali,
Jorpakdi, Madhabdanga
and Saptibari, they said.
Most affected areas are
Rajarhat, Barnish, Bakali.
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ANI
New Delhi
The US Ambassador to
India, Eric Garcetti, said
that sometimes New Del-
hi and Washington can
“agreetodisagree”oncer-
tain things and it should
not be read negatively.
The US State Depart-
ment had earlier said that
it is “concerned” over the
notification of the Citi-
zenship (Amendment)
Act (CAA) in India, add-
ing that it is “closely
monitoring” the imple-
mentation of the act.
“We have a deep
friendship. It’s very re-
spectful. Sometimes we
can agree to disagree on
things and continue with
our business,  we
shouldn’t take it person-
ally,” Garcetti said.
HOCKEY INDIA AWARDS
Hardik, Salima win Players of the Year 2023
PTI
New Delhi
tar Indian mid-
fielders Hardik
Singh and Sali-
ma Tete were on Sunday
conferred with the Player
of the Year awards in
men and women catego-
ries respectively during
the sixth Hockey India
Annual Awards here.
Both the awards, in the
name of legendary Balbir
Singh Sr, carries a cash
prize of Rs 25 lakh each.
India vice-captain
Hardik also bagged Ajit
Pal Singh Award for
Midfielder of the Year,
which carries a prize
purse of Rs 5 lakh.
India captain Harman-
preet Singh won the Par-
gat Singh Award for De-
fender of the Year and
took home Rs 5 lakh,
while veteran custodian
PR Sreejesh was hon-
oured with the Baljit
Singh Award for Goal-
keeper of the Year.
Dhanraj Pillay Award
for Forward of the Year
went to young striker Ab-
hishek. Asunta Lakra
Award for Upcoming
Player of the Year (Wom-
en,Under-21)wasbagged
by Deepika Soreng, while
the recognition in the
men’s division, which is
in the name of former In-
dia drag-flicker Jugraj
Singh, went to Araijeet
Singh Hundal. Both the
awards carry a prize mon-
ey of Rs 10 lakh each.The
prize pool at Hockey In-
dia awards was a whop-
ping Rs 7.56 crore.
Hardik Singh with Balbir Singh award for best men’s player.
US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti.
A rocket is fired from the Russian army’s missile system toward
Ukrainian position at an undisclosed location. PTI
Volunteers and students of Kyiv State Arts Academy clear the
rubble after the Academy was ruined during the missile attack.
Salima Tete poses with the Balbir Singh award.
Delhi Capitals’ captain Rishabh Pant celebrates his half-century during the match against CSK . PTI
Gujarat Titans’ Rashid Khan with teammates celebrates the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Heinrich
Klaasen during the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad  Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, Sunday.
Gujarat Titans’ Vijay Shankar and David Miller shake
hands with Sunrisers Hyderabad players. PTI
Chennai Super Kings’ Maheesha Pathirana with teammates
celebrates after he takes the catch of Delhi Capitals’ David Warner
during the IPL match in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. PTI
S
MOHIT'S MASTERCLASS, MILLER'S BRILLIANCE PROPEL GUJARAT TO WIN AGAINST HYDERABAD
IPL Match 12
First India Bureau
Ahmedabad
Dishing out an all-round
show, Gujarat Titans
brought down high-fly-
ing Sunrisers Hyderabad
with a clinical seven-
wicket win in the Indian
Premier League (IPL)
here Sunday.
Veteran seamer Mohit
Sharma was at his de-
ceptive best in the last
over for his splendid fig-
ures of 3/25, while Af-
ghan spin twins Rashid
Khan and Noor Ahmad
bossed the middle overs
as GT restricted the ma-
rauding SRH to a modest
162/8 after Pat Cummins
opted to bat.
SRH must be disap-
pointed with themselves
after putting on board an
astonishing 277 for five
in their last outing.
South African batter
David Miller found his
flair in his 44 not out
from 27 balls to anchor
the small chase despite
suffering cramps and fin-
ished the game with a six
off Jaydev Unadkat in the
first ball of the final over.
Now,GujaratTitansen-
ters top-four with win
overSunrisersHyderabad.
Agencies
Visakhapatnam
It was an emotional mo-
ment for Rishabh Pant as
the Delhi captain hit his
first fifty on return to the
IPL after recovering from
multiple injuries he suf-
fered in a car crash in De-
cember 2022. The wick-
e t k e e p e r- b a t t e r
brought up the
milestone on a spe-
cial Sunday evening
ingameagainstChennai.
TITANSCRUISETOCOMFORTABLEWIN
Match 13 - Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings
Gujarat Titans’ Vijay Shankar and David
Miller celebrates after winning the match.
Rishabh Pant hits first fifty on IPL return,
gets roaring response in Visakhapatnam
Agencies
Florida
Unseeded American
Danielle Collins captured
the highest-level title of
her career after toppling
No.4 seed Elena Rybaki-
na 7-5, 6-3 to win the
WTA 1000 Miami Open.
In an intense 2-hour
and 2-minute display of
power hitting by both
players, 30-year-old Col-
lins toughed out the win
to take home her third
career WTA singles title,
her maiden WTA 1000
title, and her first title at
any level since 2021, re-
ports the WTA.
PTI
Kathmandu
Nepalese and Indian San-
skrit scholars have pro-
posed to organise an In-
ternational Sanskrit Con-
ference every year and
set up a study centre to
conduct research and ar-
range publication of San-
skrit scriptures, especial-
ly the manuscripts found
in the Himalayan nation.
Adopting a five-point
resolution at the end of a
three-day Nepal-India In-
ternational Sanskrit Con-
clave in Kathmandu, the
participants also adopted
a resolution to provide
support for the develop-
ment of gurukuls in Ne-
pal with the collaboration
of Maharshi Sandipani
Veda Vidya Pratisthan,
Ujjain, according to a
press release.
Agencies
Kyiv
Russia launched 16 mis-
siles and 11 drones at
Ukraine in an overnight
air attack, Ukraine’s air
force said on Sunday.
In a statement on Tel-
egram, the air force said
it had managed to down
nine of the drones and
nine of the missiles. It did
not identify their targets.
Foroveraweek,Russia
has significantly stepped
up an air strike campaign
against Ukrainian energy
facilities, causing signifi-
cant damage and leaving
Ukrainians fearing a re-
turn to the blackouts seen
in the first winter of the
full-scale war.
CollinstopsRybakinatoclaim
Miamititle in farewellseason
Danielle Collins
became the sixth
American woman to
win the title
Shouldn’ttakeitpersonally:
EriconconcernsoverCAA
Nepal, India to
collaborate to
promote Sanskrit
Ukraine says Russia fired 16
missiles, 11 drones overnight
2 DEAD AS RUSSIA LAUNCHES ATTACKS ON
UKRAINE'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
Kyiv: A Russian cruise missile strike on infrastruc-
ture in Ukraine's western Lviv region killed one man,
while another man died in an attack in the northeast
officials said Sunday. The attack in Lviv destroyed a build-
ing and sparked a fire, Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi wrote on
social media app Telegram. He said that rescue operations
were being conducted. In the Kharkiv region, Gov. Oleh
Syniehubov said that an air attack killed a 19-year-old man
Sunday after a projectile hit a gas station.
“BIDEN MEANT IT WHEN HE SAID INDIA-US TIES
MOST CONSEQUENTIAL IN WORLD”: ERIC GARCETTI
New Delhi: Emphasising US President Joe Biden’s
assertion regarding the significance of India-US
partnership, US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti
said that the relationship between the two countries is
consequential not only for New Delhi and Washington but
for the whole world. Garcetti said that both India and the
US are defending democracies domestically and interna-
tionally. “The reality is Indians love Americans. The reality
is Americans love Indians. The bridge has never been
stronger. The work that we’re doing has never been more
important. And it’s consequential not just for India and for
the United States. It’s consequential for the world.”
THAKUR AT VIKSIT BHARAT AMBASSADOR MEET UP
‘We saved every penny, invested for people’s welfare’
Kamalkant Sharma
Jaipur
nion Minister
Anurag Thakur
talked about the
achievements of the Cen-
tral government in the
last 10 years during a
Viksit Bharat Ambassa-
dor meet programme
held at Rajasthan Inter-
national Centre on Sun-
day and interacted with
hundreds of youths.
Thakur said that in
2014 they had promised
to run the government
with honesty and after
10 years we have saved
every penny of the coun-
try and have invested it
for the welfare of the
people. He said, “There
was a time when the
country’s money was
stolen through defence
deals but today the coun-
try is strengthened in the
defence sector. Earlier,
the players were cheated
but today they are
groomed to win medals.
Today, the third largest
startup of the world has
been set up. The Naren-
dra Modi government
has increased the coun-
try’s treasury.”
Industries Minister
Rajyavardhan Rathore
said “The PM is think-
ing about Rajasthan. In
two months, people will
benefit from such deci-
sions. There is no dearth
of resources in Ra-
jasthan but no govt
cared about it. Now, the
double engine govt will
help in State’s develop-
ment,” he said. “People
are leaving Congress 
joining BJP. Some are
returning their tickets.
The rest are playing vid-
eos of BJP.”
Anurag Thakur addresses during the Viksit
Bharat Ambassador, Jaipur Meet Up at RIC in
Jaipur on Sunday.
Rajyavardhan Rathore and others during The
Viksit Bharat Ambassador, Jaipur Meet Up.
U
08
As we step into another month, it is a new
beginning and we can always choose to be more
kind, compassionate, loving and understanding
than we were before!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
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Yogesh Sharma
Jaipur
Home Minister Amit
Shah commenced the
Lok Sabha election
campaign from Hotel
The Lalit in Jaipur on
Sunday. During the
event, he chaired a
meeting with cluster in-
charges of eight Lok
Sabha constituencies,
discussing election
management strategies
in detail.
In the joint meeting
of the Cluster Core
Committee, members
deliberated extensively
on issues related to
campaign and publicity
during the upcoming
elections. Shah empha-
sised the party’s goal of
achieving a hat-trick
victory on all 25 seats
in the state, seeking in-
puts and suggestions
from committee mem-
bers on this front.
He reiterated the par-
ty’s commitment to se-
cure a resounding vic-
tory, setting a target of
winning with a 15%
higher margin than the
previous elections.
Stressing the impor-
tance of robust booth
management and ensur-
ing active participation
of every worker, Shah
delegated responsibili-
ties to each party work-
er and booth head.
The meeting was at-
tended by CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma, BJP State
Prez CP Joshi, State
poll in-charge Dr Vinay
Sahasrabuddhe, co-in-
charge Vijaya Rahatkar,
Dy CMs Diya Kumari,
Dr PC Bairwa, and oth-
er senior leaders.
Later in the evening,
while addressing the
gathering, Union Home
Min Shah expressed
confidence in party’s
prospects, predicting a
hat-trick win on all 25
LS seats in the State.
BJP LS CLUSTER CORE COMMITTEE MEET IN JAIPUR
AmitShahaimsfor15%margin,
urgesstrongboothmanagement
l The Union Home Minister stressed leaders’ participation in the ‘BJP 370 Paar and NDA 400 Paar’
slogan l Shah scrutinised Core Committee members on task allocation and future strategies
aimed at clinching a clean sweep across all 25 LS seats in state, while seeking inputs from them
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Diya Kumari, Dr PC
Bairwa, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, CP Joshi, Vijaya Rahatkar and Rajendra Rathore
during the Cluster Core Committee meet in Jaipur on Sunday.  NAIM KHAN
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the party workers during the LS Cluster
Core Committee meeting at hotel The Lalit in Jaipur on Sunday. CM Bhajan Lal
Sharma, Diya Kumari  CP Joshi were also present.
SHAH IN JODHPUR TODAY TO HOLD PARTY MEETINGS AHEAD OF LS POLLS
Jodhpur: Union Minister Amit Shah
will be holding party meetings in
Jodhpur to review the preparedness
for the Lok Sabha election during his one
day visit to the city on Monday. Chief Minis-
ter Bhajan Lal Sharma will also be accom-
panying Shah who will meet BJP workers
and give the mantra of victory for the Lok
Sabha elections. As per the program, Amit
Shah and Bhajan Lal will leave from Jaipur
at 9 am today and reach Jodhpur airport at
9:45 am. LS Joint Core Committee meeting
of Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore- Sirohi, Barmer LS
seats will be held here at a private hotel.
After this, Shakti Kendra coordinators and
Jodhpur LS booth presidents will participate
in a meeting to be held at Polo Ground.
Shah will leave for Delhi at 1:10 pm.
Shiv Prakash Purohit
 Rajeev Gaur
Jaipur
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma, during his
visit to Jodhpur on Mon-
day, will attend the impor-
tant meeting of the core
committee members of
Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore-Siro-
hi and Barmer-Jaisalmer
Lok Sabha constituencies
along with Home Minis-
ter Amit Shah.
Sharma will reach Ra-
tanada Chami Polo
Ground at 1:30 pm, where
he along with Amit Shah,
will attend the Shakti
Kendra Convenor’s Con-
ference, the meeting of
BJP leaders of Jodhpur,
Pali, Jalore-Sirohi and
Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok
Sabha and the booth pres-
ident of Jodhpur Lok
Sabha constituency.
After this, he will reach
the airport at 3:30 pm and
leave for Jaipur. Sharma
was in Jodhpur on Satur-
day also and addressed
the nomination meeting
of BJP Lok Sabha candi-
date GS Shekhawat.
ShahSharmainJodhpurtoshare
victorymantraforLSseatstoday
SrIASRohitKumarSinghretires
after35yrsofillustriousservice
Union Home Minister Amit Shah being welcomed by CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma during the BJP’s Lok Sabha Core Committee meeting
held at hotel The Lalit in Jaipur on Sunday.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Senior IAS Rohit Kumar
Singh retired from the
service after serving for
35 years. A Rajasthan
cadre IAS of 1989 batch,
Singh was till now post-
ed as secretary in the
ministry of consumer af-
fairs in government of
India in New Delhi.
During his more than
three decade long ser-
vice, he served in key
positions of government
of India and in govern-
ment of Rajasthan. In
Rajasthan he held the
position of ACS Rural
Development  Pan-
chayati Raj, ACS home,
ACS Medical  Health
in the past apart from
other significant post-
ings.
He also held the posi-
tion of Joint Secretary in
the Ministry of Road
Transport  Highways
in New Delhi.
Diya inaugurates Lok Sabha
poll office in Vidyadhar Nagar
India’s strength multiplied under
PM Modi’s leadership, asserts Birla
Jhalawar: Raje 
Dushyant meet
party workers
Piyush Goyal extends his best wirshes to IAS officer Rohit Kumar
Singh on his retirement from the services in New Delhi on Sunday.
His wife Nina Singh who is CISF DG  others were also present.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Vidyadhar Nagar assem-
bly area in Jaipur wit-
nessed the inauguration
of the ‘Lok Sabha Elec-
tion Office’ of BJP can-
didate Manju Sharma by
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari on Sunday.
The event saw the pres-
ence of several promi-
nent figures including
Assembly Coordinator
Rajendra Karodia, Dis-
trict President Raghav
Sharma, former MLA
Biru Singh Rathore, for-
mer Deputy Mayor
Pawan Sharma, District
Vice- President Chan-
draprakash, District
Minister Sunita and Ke-
dar, Mandal Presidents,
Councilors, Booth Presi-
dents, and a large num-
ber of party workers.
With this, the cam-
paign of BJP LS candi-
date Manju Sharma will
expedite in vidyadhar
nagar area.
Later in the evening,
Diya Kumari met with
Home Minister Amit
Shah at hotel The Lalit.
First India Bureau
Kota
BJP’s Kota-Bundi candi-
date and LS Speaker Om
Birla asserted that PM
Narendra Modi’s trans-
formative impact on In-
dia, citing a significant
rise in global stature over
the past decade. Birla,
campaigning in Ladpura
and Ramganjmandi,
highlighted Modi’s poli-
cies, emphasising India’s
independent stance on
the global stage. Visiting
numerous villages, Birla
engaged with voters,
“The reason for this is
that PM Modi made the
welfare of the entire
world the agenda of G-20
meeting in accordance
with Vasudhaiva Kutum-
bakam. Today the world
is running on the same
agenda created by Modi,”
he said. MLAMadan Di-
lawar declared Modi as
the irreplaceable leader
for India’s continued
progress. MLA Kalpana
Devi credited PM Modi
for instilling newfound
confidence in India.
Diya Kumari being felicitated by local leaders during the
inauguration of LS Election Office of Manju Sharma at Vidyadhar
Nagar area in Jaipur on Sunday.
Om Birla greets people as he arrives to address a public meeting
during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ at Ladpura  Ramganj Mandi areas
in Kota district on Sunday. Kalpana Devi  others were present.
Om Birla addresses people during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’
at Jagpura, Shantinagar, Ranapur, Bavdi Kheda, Kolan, and
Amarkuan areas in Kota district on Sunday.
Now the campaign
of BJP LS candidate,
Manju Sharma will
intensify in the area
Over 3 decades, he
served in key roles
in both Centre and
State govts
The CEO and Managing Editor of First India News, Pawan Arora along with the judges, (L-R)
Mamnoon Fatma, Dr Nasir Mohammad Madani and Savita Verma light the lamp to launch
the Ajmer Auditions of Super Singer Plus Rajasthan, in Ajmer on Sunday. Dr Swati Malik,
Vijay, Show Director Shruti, Anchors Manmeet Singh and Indu Rathore were also present.
SuperSingerPlusRajasthanauditions
First India Bureau
Jhalawar
Former CM Vasundhara
Raje and BJP candidate
from Jhalawar-Baran
seat and MP Dushyant
Singh held a meeting of
the party workers in Jhal-
awar on Sunday.
Divisional level party
leaders and workers were
present in the meeting.
Raje asked them to get
involved in the prepara-
tions and distributed
them tasks.She also gave
the Mantra of victory to
everyone. Raje also held
a meeting of municipal
councilors District chair-
men. Dushyant Singh
will file his nomination
on April 2  preps are
underway for the same.
JAIPUR, MONDAY | APRIL 1, 2024
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  • 1. WORKING VERY HARD CM burning midnight oils to achieve Mission 25 in Rajasthan AT A MEETING WITH SENIOR PARTY LEADERS AT HIS RESIDENCE, CM SHARMA RECENTLY REVIEWED PREPARATIONS FOR PM MODI’S APRIL 2 RALLY IN KOTPUTLI Yogesh Sharma & Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur s the Lok Sabha elections draw near, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass converg- es in Rajasthan for strate- gic planning and cam- paigning. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma is orchestrat- ing preparations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming meet- ing in Kotputli on Tues- day (April 2). Chief Minister Sharma recently convened a meeting at his OTS resi- dence with party leaders, including Vinay Sahas- trabuddhe and Vijaya Ra- hatkar, to review arrange- ments. Arun Chaturvedi, former Minister and se- nior BJP leader, is spear- heading the logistical aspects of the Kotputli meeting. CM Sharma, alongside Union Home Minister Amit Shah, participated in a roadshow on Sunday and engaged with cluster in-charges of eight Lok Sabha constituencies. In a gathering with so- cial organizations, Shar- ma expressed the state’s fervent support for the Bharatiya Janata Party. Exuding confidence, Chief Minister Sharma anticipates sweeping vic- tories in Rajasthan, aim- ing to secure all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State with a significant margin, crossing the 400-mark. Additionally, he is ex- pected to inaugurate the election office of Manju Sharma, the BJP’s candi- date for the Jaipur Lok Sabha seat, in Sanganer Jaipur, his assembly con- stituency. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma with Pravesh Verma (L) and V Satish during a meeting at CM’s residence at OTS. A Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 294 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia EX-US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR BOLTON JABS TRUMP Criticising ex-US Prez Donald Trump, ex-US NSA John Bolton has said that he “hasn’t got the brains! He’s a property developer, for God’s sake!” PRE-POLLSURVEYINDICATESEVEN UKPMRISHISUNAK’SSEATATRISK A new poll survey indicates that the Conservative Party is in for a major drubbing in general election, and Brit- ish PM Rishi Sunak’s seat is at risk. BABAR AZAM REINSTATED AS PAK’S WHITE-BALL CAPTAIN Star batter Babar Azam was on Sunday reappointed as Pakistan’s white-ball captain, two months ahead of the T20 World Cup. UN SECY-GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACK ON UNIFIL VEHICLE UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack on three observers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Soubhagya Sharma Jaipur he Tonk–Sawai Madhopur Lok Sabha constitu- encyinRajasthan has emerged as a battleground for political parties, with eight Vidhan Sabha segments shaping itselectorallandscape.Be- fore the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, this seat was knownasTonkLokSabha seat,whichincludedDudu & Phulera areas. The area boastspopularleaderslike Kirodi Lal Meena, Ex-Dy CM Sachin Pilot, & Kan- haiyalal Chaudhary among others. The constituency, formed in 2009 after de- limitation, has witnessed significant political ma- noeuvring where voter turnout stood at 63.21% in 2019, indicating signifi- cantengagementandinter- est among the electorate. The BJP and Congress have traded victories, each understandingtheintricate caste equations of Meena, Gurjar, and minority com- munities in the region. In the last three elec- tions, BJP secured victory twice, with Congress win- ning once. In 2014, Con- gressfieldedformerIndian cricket team captain Mo- hammad Azharuddin for this seat. Meanwhile, BJP fielded businessman and Gurjar leader Sukhbir Sin- gh Jaunpuria from Hary- ana who won with a mar- ginof135,506votes,over- shadowing Congress’s minority candidate. Sukh- bir Singh Jaunapuria, the incumbent MP, has estab- lished a strong presence, winning consecutive terms. Jaunapuria’s track record, coupled with his grassroots engagement and welfare initiatives, po- sitionshimasaformidable contender for BJP. The Tonk–Sawai Mad- hopur Lok Sabha constitu- ency remains a key politi- cal arena in State, charac- terized by intricate caste dynamics and shifting electoral trends. The 2024 polls are poised to be fiercely con- tested, with both BJP and Cong strategizing to se- cure victory in this piv- otal constituency. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Monday | April 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 Pradeep Gadhwal Jhunjhunu Former Udaipurwati MLA Shubhakaran Choudhary is the BJP’s candidate from the Jhun- jhunu Lok Sabha seat, while Congress has field- ed four-time Jhunjhunu MLAand former minister Brijendra Ola. There is a direct contest between Congress and BJP on this seat. If we talk about the current political and caste equation for this seat, both candidates belong to the Jat community. The Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha seat is Jat-dominated, but the Muslim community, Saini, and Rajput also play a decisive role. Till the last day of nomina- tion, 10 candidates from Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha have submitted nomina- tion forms. But the con- test is directly between Congress and BJP. Army recruitment and Yamuna water major election issues Most of the families from Jhunjhunu are associated with the army and farm- ing class. After the introduction of the Agniveer scheme in the army, there has been a decrease in youth getting employment. While the BJP is claim- ing to bring water under the Yamuna Water Agreement MoU, the Congress is calling it an election stunt. Report card of outgoing MP Voters’opinion regarding MP Narendra Khichad for the last five years is that Khichad maintained distance from the public mostofthetimeandcould not present the major problems of the district well in Parliament. He asked for the MP ticket for his daughter-in-law, Zila Pramukh Harshini Kulhari. However, the contribution of MP Kh- ichad to railway services was better. GROUND REPORT OF JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY, THE POLITICS OF ‘JAT LAND’ SHUBHAKARANRELYINGON‘SYMPATHY’ WHILEOLAONHISFAMILY’SGOODWILL l Issues of soldiers, farmers, Agniveer and Yamuna water prevail here l Congress had won in Assembly elections but now the effect of Modi wave is visible RAJASTHAN JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY 02 BJP 06 CONGRESS ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2023 20,61,889 TOTAL VOTERS IN JHUNJHUNU 10,77,370 Male Voters 9,84,519 Female Voters 1,25,000 VOTERS INCREASED SINCE 2019 IN THE LOK SABHA 62.11% VOTING RECORDED IN JHUNJHUNU (2019) 60.11% VOTING RECORDED IN JHUNJHUNU (2014) Fatehpur Mandawa Pilani Surajgarh Khetri Udaipurwati Nawalgarh Jhunjhunu JHUNJHUNU FACE TO FACE SHUBHAKARAN CHAUDHARY Age: 66 years Education: PUC Assets: `4.44 crore BRIJENDRA OLA Age: 72 years Education: LLB Assets: `2.69 crore Sympathy among voters due to defeat from Udaipurwati by only 416 votes in Assembly elections Better relations with Jat caste and youth, who play a decisive role in the Lok Sabha Direct hold in Nawalgarh and Udaipurwati Assembly constituencies Benefit of kinship with former MP Santosh Ahlawat on Surajgarh seat Since 2014, the party has won the Lok Sabha elections twice in a row by a huge margin He is a veteran farmer leader and has the advantage of being the son of former Union Minister late Shishram Ola Very calm temperament and direct hold on traditional Jat & Muslim votes Unity in the Congress organisation by creating harmony among the leaders including Youth Congress, NSUI under the leadership of District President Dinesh Sunda Presently Congress MLAs hold 6 seats in 8 Assemblies of the district STRONG SIDE STRONG SIDE The hold in Rajput and Mali society is very weak Displeasure of angry leaders and their workers due to ticket being cut Apart from Udaipurwati, Nawalgarh, there is no direct hold in other Assembly constituencies of the district WEAK SIDE Big weakness of workers to understand election pulse Lack of direct grip among the youth of the district is a major weakness Weakness to persuade angry leaders in the fight for supremacy in district politics in the last decade The old ideology continues to be carried out in the election campaign WEAK SIDE This time, victory will be even bigger than the last. We will further enhance Subhash Bahedia's development initiatives, giving opportunities to party workers will boost enthusiasm. Damodar Agarwal, BJP candidate from Bhilwara QUOTE-UNQUOTE The meeting of Lok Sabha Core Committee of the state was concluded under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister Amit Shah. Under his guidance, Lotus is once again ready to blossom on all seats. CP Joshi, BJP State President I am a Viksit Bharat Ambas- sador! Under the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji our Nation is embarking on a historic journey towards Viksit Bharat. Rajyavardhan S Rathore, Raj Cabinet Minister While campaigning in Khimsar of Nagaur seat, I requested people to send me to Lok Sabha to advocate their interests and made an appeal to them to cast their vote for bottle symbol. Hanuman Beniwal, RLP Supremo A seat characterised by intricate caste dynamics and shifting electoral trends! TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR LS SEAT T ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR MPs OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR THUS FAR # NAME DISTRICT MEMBER PARTY 90 Gangapur SAWAI MADHOPUR Ramkesh Meena INC 91 Bamanwas (ST) Indira Meena INC 92 Sawai Madhopur Kirodi Lal Meena BJP 93 Khandar (SC) Jitendra Kumar Gothwal BJP 94 Malpura TONK Kanhaiyalal Chaudhary BJP 95 Niwai (SC) Ram Sahay Varma BJP 96 Tonk Sachin Pilot INC 97 Deoli-Uniara Harish Meena INC 2009-2014 Namo Narain Meena CONGRESS 2019-2023 Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria BJP 2014-2019 Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria BJP Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka AKHILESH & TEJASHWI MIGHT CAMPAIGN FOR I.N.D.I.A. ON ALWAR SEAT FOR LALIT YADAV In Alwar Lok Sabha Constituency there is a possibility that former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and former deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav may come for campaigning. There is a possibility of promoting I.N.D.I. alliance in Rajasthan under which both these leaders may be seen campaigning for Congress candidate in Alwar. Congress candidate for Alwar seat Lalit Yadav is a rising star. He started his political career in the BSP and shifted to Congress later. POLLPROMISEORBHUPENDRAYADAVREALLYACALL AWAY?BJPALWARCANDIDATE’SWORDSCREATEABUZZ A poll promise by BJP candidate Bhupendra Yadav has caught the attention of the people in Alwar. He recently said that many people ask how we will meet you Bhupendra ji.’ ‘I say, whether in Alwar or Delhi, wherever I am, come without even calling me at 8 in the morning.’ ‘At 9 in the morning, the offices of the Indian government will open, and I will serve you.’ People are wondering if it’s just a poll promise or ‘ guarantee’ by Yadav? Damodar Agarwal is BJP candidate from Bhilwara seat First India Bureau Jaipur In a significant develop- ment ahead of the upcom- ing Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced its candidates for all 25 seats in Rajasthan. On Sunday, the party de- c l a r e d D a m o d a r Agarwal as its candidate from Bhilwara constituency. The decision comes as BJP replaced the incum- bent MP, Subhash Bahe- dia, with the current Pradesh Mahamantri, Da- modar Agarwal. Mean- while, it’s noteworthy that the Congress party also made a change in its can- didate lineup for the Bhilwara seat on Friday night.FormerVidhanSab- ha Speaker Dr C.P. Joshi, has been announced as the Congress candidate, re- placing Damodar Gurjar. P2 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 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 Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Helicopters during the closing ceremony of the Bilateral Tri-Service HADR Amphibious Exercise between India and US. P6 IN BRIEF Naxal camp busted on Maha-C’garh border Gadchiroli: The Gad- chiroli police have bust- ed a camp of Naxalites on the Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border and seized some gelatin sticks, detonators and other items from there, officials said on Sunday. BSF recovers China made drone in Punjab Tarn Taran: The BSF recovered a China- made drone in the bor- der area of Tarn Taran district on Sunday morning. The recovered drone has been identi- fied as a China-made DJI Matrice 300 RTK. SEBI chief speaks on T+0 settlements Ahmedabad: Attaining the global first of T+0 settlement involved a lot of problem-solving and personal discomforts, SEBI chairperson Mad- habi Puri Buch at IIMA Ahmedabad annual con- vocation said, giving the analogy of “onion peel- ing” for the achievement. 7dieashousescollapse duetorainsinPakistan Peshawar: At least sev- en people, including five children, were killed as their houses collapsed due to torren- tial rains and hailstorms in northwestern Paki- stan’s Khyber Pakh- tunkhwa province. President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with veteran BJP leader L K Advani after he was honoured with Bharat Ratna at his residence, in New Delhi, on Sunday. PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP candidate from Sikar Swami Sumedhanand Saraswati during the roadshow. (Top) Huge crowd of public in the roadshow. Advani conferred with Bharat Ratna at home First India Bureau New Delhi President Droupadi Mur- mu on Sunday conferred Bharat Ratna upon veter- an BJP leader LK Advani at his residence in Delhi. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM Narendra Modi and former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu were present. In a series of social posts on X Rashtrapati Bhavan, said, “As a par- liamentarian, his empha- sis on dialogue enriched parliamentary traditions. Whether as Home Minis- ter or as Deputy Prime Minister, he always pri- oritised national interest above all, earning him respect and admiration from across party lines”. “His long and tireless struggle for India’s cul- tural regeneration culmi- natedinthereconstruction of Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya in 2024,” it said. Born in Karachi in 1927, Advani migrated to India in 1947 during Partition. The 96-year-old BJP stalwart served as Depu- ty Prime Minister from June 2002 to May 2004 and as Union Home Min- ister from October 1999 to May 2004. P5 Ayushi Maharshi & Hukum Singh Sikar Union Home Minister Amit Shah and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma led a grand roadshow in Sikar on Sunday in support of BJP candidate Swami Sumedhanand Saraswati. Theenthusiasticparticipa- tion of the district’s resi- dents marked the event. Starting from Kalyan Ji Temple,ShahandSharma traversedmajorcityroads, receiving a historic wel- comefromSikar’speople. The route included land- marks like New Dujod Gate, Ghantaghar, and Surajpole Gate, conclud- ing at Tapadiya Garden. Riding in an open vehicle, alongside Swami Sumed- hanand, the leaders were accompanied by the dis- trict’s top workers. BJP workers from eight as- sembly constituencies showered flowers on the procession. Cultural pro- grams enlivened the jour- ney, with workers ex- PM Modi attacks Cong, Oppn over corruption & Katchatheevu issue PM says that his stance is to eradicate corruption, while Oppn defends the corrupt First India Bureau Meerut PM Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the BJP’s campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from here, echoing his previous poll strategies. Emphasizing the vision of “Viksit Bharat”, PM Modi said the upcoming polls weren’t just about electing a government but about shaping the nation’s future. Promising a third term, he outlined plans for thenextfiveyears,includ- ing significant decisions within the first 100 days. ModitookaimattheCon- gress, accusing them of “anti-national acts” and highlighting Katchathee- vu island issue. P5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other NDA leaders during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Meerut, on Sunday. PTI I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders gather for ‘Loktantra Bachao’ rally in Delhi 36Palestinianskilled inIsraelistrikesatGaza Agencies Gaza At least 36 Palestinians were killed and dozens others wounded in over- night Israeli strikes across theGazaStrip,Palestinian sources said on Sunday. In the town of Bani Su- haila, east of Khan You- nis, at least 11 were killed and dozens injured in an Israeli drone attack. Meanwhile, a Palestin- ian woman and her child were killed in an Israeli artillery shelling that tar- geted a residential house in the “Al-Mawasi” area, west of Khan Younis. In northern Gaza, 17 Palestinians were killed andatleast30woundedin the bombing Saturday nightofagatheringofPal- estinians who were wait- ingforaidatthe“Kuwait” roundabout in theAl-Zay- toun neighborhood. PTI New Delhi Inashowofunityaheadof the Lok Sabha polls, I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders at- tended‘LoktantraBachao’ rally at Ramlila ground here on Sunday. They in- cluded Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Akh- ilesh Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Mehbooba Muf- tiandChampaiSoren.Ke- jriwal’s wife Sunita also addressed the rally. P5 KEJRIPOSTERREMOVED FROMRALLYPODIUM New Delhi: Ahead of the Opposition’s rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, poster of Arvind Ke- jriwal was removed from the podium. The poster had an image of Kejriwal shown be- hind bars. It was not known why Kejriwal’s poster was removed from the podium but what was evident is that Con- gress’s top leadership arrived at the venue much earlier than its alliance partners. The Congress earlier said that it was not a one-person centric rally. PM MODI SAYS Our govern- ment is getting ready for its third term. We are creating a roadmap for the next five years. We are working on the big decisions we need to make in the first 100 days of our next term. The momentum of development created in the last 10 years, will move ahead with more speed. I am taking action against corruption, and that’s why some people have lost their patience. Modi’s mantra is ‘remove corruption’, but they (Opposition) say ‘save those who are corrupt’. BJP ATTACKS CONG ON KATCHATHEEVU ISSUE CONG GAVE AWAY KEY ISLAND TO LANKA: PM BHARAT 24 AIRS PM’S INTERVIEW TO TN TV Decision of the then PM Indira Gandhi to hand over the Katchatheevu Island to Sri Lanka in 1974, is becoming a major issue in Tamil Nadu during Lok Sabha polls, with the BJP taking up this in a big way. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cited a media report to assert that new facts reveal that the Congress “callously” gave away Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka. Ahead of LS polls, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday gave an interview to Tamil channel Thanthi TV and spoke on a range of issues. The interview was also aired by Bharat 24 news channel for an hour. SHAHHOLDSHUGEROADSHOW FORSUMEDHANANDINSIKAR pressing joy through dance and song. Shah in- teracted warmly with the crowd,reflectingtheover- whelmingsupport.Subse- quently, Shah convened a meeting with social or- ganizationrepresentatives in Jaipur, discussing the Modigovernment’svision and seeking support for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP core committee also strate- gized in a meeting attend- ed by key leaders. MORE ON P8
  • 2. Soubhagya Sharma Jaipur he Tonk–Sawai Madhopur Lok Sabha constitu- encyinRajasthan has emerged as a battleground for political parties, with eight Vidhan Sabha segments shaping itselectorallandscape.Be- fore the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, this seat was knownasTonkLokSabha seat,whichincludedDudu & Phulera areas. The area boastspopularleaderslike Kirodi Lal Meena, Ex-Dy CM Sachin Pilot, & Kan- haiyalal Chaudhary among others. The constituency, formed in 2009 after de- limitation, has witnessed significant political ma- noeuvring where voter turnout stood at 63.21% in 2019, indicating signifi- cantengagementandinter- est among the electorate. The BJP and Congress have traded victories, each understandingtheintricate caste equations of Meena, Gurjar, and minority com- munities in the region. In the last three elec- tions, BJP secured victory twice, with Congress win- ning once. In 2014, Con- gressfieldedformerIndian cricket team captain Mo- hammad Azharuddin for this seat. Meanwhile, BJP fielded businessman and Gurjar leader Sukhbir Sin- gh Jaunpuria from Hary- ana who won with a mar- ginof135,506votes,over- shadowing Congress’s minority candidate. Sukh- bir Singh Jaunapuria, the incumbent MP, has estab- lished a strong presence, winning consecutive terms. Jaunapuria’s track record, coupled with his grassroots engagement and welfare initiatives, po- sitionshimasaformidable contender for BJP. The Tonk–Sawai Mad- hopur Lok Sabha constitu- ency remains a key politi- cal arena in State, charac- terized by intricate caste dynamics and shifting electoral trends. The 2024 polls are poised to be fiercely con- tested, with both BJP and Cong strategizing to se- cure victory in this piv- otal constituency. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Monday | April 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 Pradeep Gadhwal Jhunjhunu Former Udaipurwati MLA Shubhakaran Choudhary is the BJP’s candidate from the Jhun- jhunu Lok Sabha seat, while Congress has field- ed four-time Jhunjhunu MLAand former minister Brijendra Ola. There is a direct contest between Congress and BJP on this seat. If we talk about the current political and caste equation for this seat, both candidates belong to the Jat community. The Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha seat is Jat-dominated, but the Muslim community, Saini, and Rajput also play a decisive role. Till the last day of nomina- tion, 10 candidates from Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha have submitted nomina- tion forms. But the con- test is directly between Congress and BJP. Army recruitment and Yamuna water major election issues Most of the families from Jhunjhunu are associated with the army and farm- ing class. After the introduction of the Agniveer scheme in the army, there has been a decrease in youth getting employment. While the BJP is claim- ing to bring water under the Yamuna Water Agreement MoU, the Congress is calling it an election stunt. Report card of outgoing MP Voters’opinion regarding MP Narendra Khichad for the last five years is that Khichad maintained distance from the public mostofthetimeandcould not present the major problems of the district well in Parliament. He asked for the MP ticket for his daughter-in-law, Zila Pramukh Harshini Kulhari. However, the contribution of MP Kh- ichad to railway services was better. GROUND REPORT OF JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY, THE POLITICS OF ‘JAT LAND’ SHUBHAKARANRELYINGON‘SYMPATHY’ WHILEOLAONHISFAMILY’SGOODWILL l Issues of soldiers, farmers, Agniveer and Yamuna water prevail here l Congress had won in Assembly elections but now the effect of Modi wave is visible RAJASTHAN JHUNJHUNU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY 02 BJP 06 CONGRESS ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2023 20,61,889 TOTAL VOTERS IN JHUNJHUNU 10,77,370 Male Voters 9,84,519 Female Voters 1,25,000 VOTERS INCREASED SINCE 2019 IN THE LOK SABHA 62.11% VOTING RECORDED IN JHUNJHUNU (2019) 60.11% VOTING RECORDED IN JHUNJHUNU (2014) Fatehpur Mandawa Pilani Surajgarh Khetri Udaipurwati Nawalgarh Jhunjhunu JHUNJHUNU FACE TO FACE SHUBHAKARAN CHAUDHARY Age: 66 years Education: PUC Assets: `4.44 crore BRIJENDRA OLA Age: 72 years Education: LLB Assets: `2.69 crore Sympathy among voters due to defeat from Udaipurwati by only 416 votes in Assembly elections Better relations with Jat caste and youth, who play a decisive role in the Lok Sabha Direct hold in Nawalgarh and Udaipurwati Assembly constituencies Benefit of kinship with former MP Santosh Ahlawat on Surajgarh seat Since 2014, the party has won the Lok Sabha elections twice in a row by a huge margin He is a veteran farmer leader and has the advantage of being the son of former Union Minister late Shishram Ola Very calm temperament and direct hold on traditional Jat & Muslim votes Unity in the Congress organisation by creating harmony among the leaders including Youth Congress, NSUI under the leadership of District President Dinesh Sunda Presently Congress MLAs hold 6 seats in 8 Assemblies of the district STRONG SIDE STRONG SIDE The hold in Rajput and Mali society is very weak Displeasure of angry leaders and their workers due to ticket being cut Apart from Udaipurwati, Nawalgarh, there is no direct hold in other Assembly constituencies of the district WEAK SIDE Big weakness of workers to understand election pulse Lack of direct grip among the youth of the district is a major weakness Weakness to persuade angry leaders in the fight for supremacy in district politics in the last decade The old ideology continues to be carried out in the election campaign WEAK SIDE This time, victory will be even bigger than the last. We will further enhance Subhash Bahedia's development initiatives, giving opportunities to party workers will boost enthusiasm. Damodar Agarwal, BJP candidate from Bhilwara QUOTE-UNQUOTE The meeting of Lok Sabha Core Committee of the state was concluded under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister Amit Shah. Under his guidance, Lotus is once again ready to blossom on all seats. CP Joshi, BJP State President I am a Viksit Bharat Ambas- sador! Under the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji our Nation is embarking on a historic journey towards Viksit Bharat. Rajyavardhan S Rathore, Raj Cabinet Minister While campaigning in Khimsar of Nagaur seat, I requested people to send me to Lok Sabha to advocate their interests and made an appeal to them to cast their vote for bottle symbol. Hanuman Beniwal, RLP Supremo A seat characterised by intricate caste dynamics and shifting electoral trends! TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR LS SEAT T ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR MPs OF TONK–SAWAI MADHOPUR THUS FAR # NAME DISTRICT MEMBER PARTY 90 Gangapur SAWAI MADHOPUR Ramkesh Meena INC 91 Bamanwas (ST) Indira Meena INC 92 Sawai Madhopur Kirodi Lal Meena BJP 93 Khandar (SC) Jitendra Kumar Gothwal BJP 94 Malpura TONK Kanhaiyalal Chaudhary BJP 95 Niwai (SC) Ram Sahay Varma BJP 96 Tonk Sachin Pilot INC 97 Deoli-Uniara Harish Meena INC 2009-2014 Namo Narain Meena CONGRESS 2019-2023 Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria BJP 2014-2019 Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria BJP Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka AKHILESH & TEJASHWI MIGHT CAMPAIGN FOR I.N.D.I.A. ON ALWAR SEAT FOR LALIT YADAV In Alwar Lok Sabha Constituency there is a possibility that former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and former deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav may come for campaigning. There is a possibility of promoting I.N.D.I. alliance in Rajasthan under which both these leaders may be seen campaigning for Congress candidate in Alwar. Congress candidate for Alwar seat Lalit Yadav is a rising star. He started his political career in the BSP and shifted to Congress later. POLLPROMISEORBHUPENDRAYADAVREALLYACALL AWAY?BJPALWARCANDIDATE’SWORDSCREATEABUZZ A poll promise by BJP candidate Bhupendra Yadav has caught the attention of the people in Alwar. He recently said that many people ask how we will meet you Bhupendra ji.’ ‘I say, whether in Alwar or Delhi, wherever I am, come without even calling me at 8 in the morning.’ ‘At 9 in the morning, the offices of the Indian government will open, and I will serve you.’ People are wondering if it’s just a poll promise or ‘ guarantee’ by Yadav? Damodar Agarwal is BJP candidate from Bhilwara seat First India Bureau Jaipur In a significant develop- ment ahead of the upcom- ing Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced its candidates for all 25 seats in Rajasthan. On Sunday, the party de- c l a r e d D a m o d a r Agarwal as its candidate from Bhilwara constituency. The decision comes as BJP replaced the incum- bent MP, Subhash Bahe- dia, with the current Pradesh Mahamantri, Da- modar Agarwal. Mean- while, it’s noteworthy that the Congress party also made a change in its can- didate lineup for the Bhilwara seat on Friday night.FormerVidhanSab- ha Speaker Dr C.P. Joshi, has been announced as the Congress candidate, re- placing Damodar Gurjar.
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 RAJ BUREAUCRACY TALES IAS ROHIT K SINGH’S RETIREMENT NARROWS RAJ’S SECRETARY-LEVEL PARTICIPATION AT CENTRE Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur ajasthan’s par- ticipation in the Central Gov- ernment has further re- duced. With the retire- ment of Rohit Kumar Singh, only three IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre at the secretary level are in the Centre, including V Srinivas, Sanjay Malhotra and Rajat Kumar Mishra. Administrative experts remember that at one time, 10 IAS officers of Rajasthan were at the secretary level in the Centre. Tanmay Kumar (1993 batch) is the only IAS officer from Rajast- han who can be promoted to the post of Secretary in the near future. Naresh- pal Gangwar and Roli Singh, working at the Centre on the post ofAd- ditional Secretary, have not been empaneled for the post of Secretary yet. Rohit Kumar Singh re- tired as Secretary of Con- sumer Affairs on March 31. The state of affairs is that the Rajasthan cadre’s three present secretaries will remain working for a long time. V Srinivas still has two-and-a-half years left for his retire- ment (September 2026), Sanjay Maltotra has four full years left (February 2028), and Rajat Mishra also has about four years left for retirement (Janu- ary 2028). The entire bureaucra- cy is looking towards Sanjay Malhotra with hopeful eyes. He cur- rently holds the very im- portant and high position of Secretary of Finance (Revenue). He is now just one step away from the top posi- tion of Cabinet Secretary in the Central Govern- ment. It is believed that Sanjay Malhotra will also get the responsibility of playing a new innings in the third term of the Modi government. Wajahat Akar Tonk In March, a severe drink- ing water deficit began in Tonk, the home area of PHED Minister Kanhai- yalal Chaudhary, and the Bisalpur dam. Drinking water is pro- vided to lakhs of people in the city for only one hour per 48 hours. Many parts of the city, notably Kalipaltan, Old Tonk, and Rajban, are experi- encing drinking water problems. Instead of drinking water, black sewer water is delivered to people’s taps. Recent- ly, the situation has dete- riorated due to the in- competence of private contracting business EMS Infracon. Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur The police have nabbed Sandeep Singh, the mas- termind in the case of robbery of Rs 33 lakhs by putting chilli powder in a businessman’s eyes. He has been abscond- ing for the past 23 days. The police had set a re- ward of Rs 15,000 for the culprit. During the ac- cused’s interrogation, it was revealed that in order to avoid the police, he traveled to five other states. On March 1, a heist occurred involving businessman Garv Khan- delwal, in the parking lot of Dhanshri Tower where three miscreants threw chilli powder in his eyes and robbed him off 33 lakh rupees. Information concerning Sandeep Singh being in the Kard- hani police station area was received by the cops, following which the criminal was apprehend- ed by the police. Vimal Kothai Jaipur Today is the last day of fiscal year 2023-24. It is a difficult day for reve- nue-related departments. However, this time, the departments responsible for all tax heads per- formed satisfactorily. All departments, in- cluding mines, petro- leum, transportation, ex- cise, and GST, are on alert. The revenue targets set for the fiscal year 2023-24 were met. This time, the Mines and Pe- troleum department is also close to meeting its revenue targets. Corona impacted the state’s revenue projec- tions for almost three years in a row. However, because the environment has changed swiftly, it will be benefi- cial to conduct regular reviews of revenue char- acteristics. Assistance will be provided in fi- nancing the state govern- ment’s schemes. Now it will be easier to imple- ment the state budget. First India Bureau Jaipur The capital city of Ra- jashan, is witnessing a growing crisis as water supplies dwindle with rising temperatures. De- spite repeated com- plaints, authorities seem negligent.Areas like Jag- atpura, Pratap Nagar, and Sanganer are the worst hit, with shortages per- sisting in Jhotwara and Shastri Nagar. Bisalpur Scheme has reduced wa- ter supply timings, exac- erbating the situation. Government-supplied water is also being sold by contractors, fetching hefty prices of 400 to 500 rupees per tanker. Private tanker operators are gain- ing prominence, with residents relying on their services. As the mercury climbs, Jaipur’s thirst intensifies, but the water depart- ment’s arrangements have faltered. The crisis has prompted many to turn to private tankers. First India Bureau Jaipur Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Rajasthan State Fair Authority Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Chief Security Offi- cer Jigyasa inspected the site for the annual Lakhi fair of Sheetla Mata Mandir which starts to- day in Chaksu. During the inspection, representatives of the temple trust along with the police administration and the municipality were present. Sharma held a meeting regarding the preparations for the fair. He said that about two lakh devotees are ex- pected at the fair today and tomorrow. “The administration has made adequate ar- rangements for drinking water, toilets and medi- cal facilities for the pil- grims. There are fire bri- gade stations at two places and about 400 police personnel have been deployed for secu- rity. There is a separate arrangement for men and women for dar- shan,” Rajesh Kumar Sharma said. First India Bureau Rajsamand Today in Rajsamand, an Anti Corruption Burau (ACB) squad appre- hended Assistant Ac- counts Officer of Sub Treasury Office Sandeep Sharma while he was re- ceiving a bribe of Rs 10,000 in the Railmaga- ra subdivision area. Rajsamand ACB Ad- ditional SP Himmat Singh Charan stated that Assistant accounts offi- cer Sandeep Sharma de- manded Rs 10,000 in lieu of paying the victim’s mother’s pension arrears. Troubled by this, the vic- tim filed a complaint against the Sub Treasury employee with ACB Ra- jsamand. following this, the information was veri- fied and a trap was laid. On Sunday, while per- forming a trapping oper- ation at Railmagra area, the ACB team detained the accused, Sandeep Sharma and bought him to the Rajsamand ACB office.According toASP, the search is also taking conducted in other loca- tions, including the ac- cused’s home. Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Travelling on National Highways got dearer from Sunday midnight as toll rates have been in- creased from Rs 10 to Rs 30. Toll rates for cars, jeeps and other LMVs have been increased by Rs 10, trucks, buses by Rs 20 and heavy vehicles by Rs 30. The proposal has been approved by Ministry of Road Trans- port and Highways. There are a total of 95 toll plazas operated at National Highways in the state. Rates have been in- creased at more than 30 toll plazas, including Ra- jgarh to Haryana border and the well traversed- Jaipur Ring Road. Toll rates at some toll plazas are set to increase from July 1 and Septem- ber 1 respectively. With this hike in toll amount, going from Jaipur to Sikar and Tonk will become expensive. However, toll rates on Jaipur-Agra, Jaipur-Del- hi and Jaipur-Ajmer by- pass have not been in- creased. Toll rates on these bypasses are said to increase from June and July. Shivendra Singh Parmar Jaipur Despite today being a lo- cal holiday on the occas- sion of SheetlaAshtmi in Jaipur, both RTO offices will remain open as the transport department will roll out e-RC and e-driv- ing licence systems to- day. Work will be done in both RTO offices of Jai- pur. Only work related to RC and DL will be done. Now e-DL and e-RC will be issued in place of smart cards in transport offices. With this new system, applicants will not have to pay Rs 200. New driv- ing licences, vehicle reg- istration certificates and related services like re- newal, finance hypothe- cation, etc. have been included in the new sys- tem.in last few years at- tempts have been made by the department of transport to make it eais- er for the people to get their licences without much hassle. Earlier, it was stated in a notification that start- ing April 1, the transport department will issue e-RC and e-licence in place of smart cards. These will be available in PDF format on the appli- cants’ mobile phones. One can take its printout from the e-Mitra kiosks in the offices. However, applicants who have paid online fees for driving licence smart cards will get a re- fund from the depart- ment. The transport de- partment is also collect- ing data of applicants who have made online payments. Rohit Kumar Singh V Sirinivas Sanjay Malhotra Rajat Kumar Mishra Sandeep Singh FILE The accused assistant accounts officer, Sandeep Sharma of Sub Treasury office in ACB custody on Sunday. R JprRTOtoremainopendespite holiday,togive e-RC&e-licence RTO will remain functional even on Sheetla Ashtmi e-Governance at its best DyCEOSharmareviewspreps forSheetlaMataLakhiFair ACB nabs assistant accounts officer with bribe worth `10,000 PHED mins’s home district reeling under water crisis Accused on the run after robbing businesman of `33 lakh held by cops in Jaipur Revenue departments meet FY 2023-24 goals adequately Jaipur facing water worries, people turn to pvt tankers Aroundtwolakh devoteesexpected visittempleinChaksu inthenext2days Jaipur: Senior journalist Virendra Singh Rathore has been elected as the President of the Pink City Press Club, the elections for which were held on Saturday. On Sunday the results were declared in which Vimal Tanwar and Rahul Bharadwaj were elected as VPs,Yogendra Pancholi GS and Girraj Gurjar as treasurer. Mon- ica Sharma, Omvir Bhar- gava, Anita Sharma, Pushpendra Singh, Umang Mathur, Satya Pareekh, Sanjay Gautam, Namonorayan, Shalini Srivastava and Siddharth Upadhyay elected as ex- ecutive members. FIB VSRathoreisnewpresident ofPinkCityPressClub Jaipur’s revenue departments hit their FY 2023-24 goals, paving the way for smoother state budget execution With just the beginning of summers, several parts of the Pink City has started to report water-related issues Prices hiked at more than 30 toll plazas TravelonNHroadsgetscostlier asauthoritiesincreasetollrates Missing girl found, reunited with mother in Kota Missing minor girl found after two years in Udaipur First India Bureau Kota The revelation about the missing coaching student in Kota caused alarm among the police admin- istration. The cops dis- covered the student and handed her over to her mother. The mother stat- ed that she was residing in Kota with her daughter who is studying for med- ical exams. On Saturday, she chastised her daugh- ter over her studies. The girl then departed the room without alerting anyone on Sunday morn- ing. After that, the moth- er went to the police sta- tion to give information. First India Bureau Udaipur Police have found a miss- ing minor girl from Prat- ap Nagar police station in Udaipur district after a two-year search. The SP office an- nounced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 for the search of the girl. SPYogesh Goyal stated that in 2022, the minor’s mother reported that her daughter had left home to play Garba but did not return.Acase was filed, and research was initiated. The cops appre- hended the child near Geetanjali Medical Col- lege in Dabok. FILE FILE
  • 4. he outbreak of conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East makes it hard not to feel powerless as onlookers. Scenes of violence present ines- capable evidence of inhumanity and standing by passively only makes the impression worse. But there’s an invisible force at work that needs to be noticed, the force of consciousness. Hot spots around the globe can’t erase the trend toward peace that has been mounting for two gen- erations after the end of the last global conflict, World War II. Peace is the prevailing mood accepted by the vast majority of people. Now we are looking for ways to make our will and desire more powerful than war. Fortu- nately, this is both possible and practical. According to the an- cient Vedic tradition in India, you will know you are living the way of peace when three things are present: 1. Seva: Your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. 2. Simran: You remember your true nature and your purpose for being here. 3. Satsang: You join the com- munity of peace and wisdom. These three “S” words come from Sanskrit.They describe the ideal life of any spiritual person at any time in history, but just as crucially, they unlock the power of consciousness, which exter- nal events can’t defeat, as a rock can’t defeat the rain even though one is hard and the other soft, or defeat the wind even though it is invisible. Consciousness can sound abstract, but with each “S” word comes a satisfaction that war will never be able to match. Seva brings the joy of know- ing that your daily actions sup- port life as a whole. You live in peace with your conscience be- cause you have fulfilled your duty to be a steward of every aspect of Nature, down to the most sacred level. Simran brings the satisfaction of expanded possibilities. You are not limited to being one in- dividual lost in a sea of human- ity. You find your authentic self and your authentic truth. A unique path is opened for you and you alone. Satsang brings the satisfaction of having no enemies.You are at home in the world. The rest of the human family is part of you. Older and younger generations are no longer separated by a gap but work together toward the vi- sion of a world without poverty, ignorance, and violence. The prime reason that peace is the trend of the future is that all three of these things are already strong trends in themselves. By some estimates between a third and half of Americans accept some form of New Age values, a broad enough spectrum so that it’s no longer useful to even use that label New Age—we are talking about a consensus in col- lective consciousness. Moreover, this shift in aware- ness means that you matter and are not alone. A German house- wife walking in the rain to get bread in the shadow of the Berlin Wall might have had no idea that her suppressed will to be free was more potent than the wall. It overcame bricks, machine gun towers, and barbed wire. Will is an aspect of consciousness, and the trend of time must obey con- sciousness when human aware- ness decides to change. Your will to peace, I believe, is already shaping the future, even though you are only en- gaged in everyday things like buying bread. Here is just a sam- ple of beliefs that support a transformed future. l Do you believe the world needs to unite around global warming? l Do you want to see a major effort to end pandemics worldwide? l Do you want to see the oceans free of pollution? l Do you thinkAmerica should lead the way to achieve sus- tainable economies? l Do you defend freedom of religion and an end to reli- gious fanaticism in all its forms? l Do you want full equality of rights for immigrants? l Do you want to see an end to all nuclear stockpiles? l Do you want to see America become less militarized? l Do you want to see an alterna- tive to fossil fuels developed as quickly as possible? l Do you believe in the equality of women in every society? Decades of striving may lie ahead before these goals be- come reality, but as accepted beliefs, they are already alive and vital. Millions of people who have no identification with the New Age, who have never marched in a demonstration for equal rights or against corporate pollution, who regard them- selves as centrists in social pol- icy, are in fact part of a majority waiting to recognize itself. The way of peace includes all these objectives, since each one falls under the category of ser- vice for the common good (Seva), a shift in self-image to a higher level (Simran), and erasing differences to bring about a new human community (Satsang). Without a doubt, the way of peace, despite the vio- lence of conflicts that dominate the news, is silently exerting power that will only increase in the future. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL SPIRITUAL SERENITY These three “S” words come from Sanskrit. They describe the ideal life of any spiritual person at any time in history, but just as crucially, they unlock the power of consciousness, which external events can’t defeat, as a rock can’t defeat the rain even though one is hard and the other soft, or defeat the wind even though it is invisible. Consciousness can sound abstract, but with each “S” word comes a satisfaction that war will never be able to match. HOWTOBEPARTOF THETRENDTOPEACE The prime reason that peace is the trend of the future is that all three of these things are already strong trends in themselves. By some estimates between a third and half of Americans accept some form of New Age values, a broad enough spectrum so that it’s no longer useful to even use that label New Age—we are talking about a consensus in collective consciousness T l Vol 5 l Issue No. 294 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 PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he INDI Alliance rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on Easter Sun- day became a rallying point for the incarcerated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose wife read out her hus- band’s speech to reach out to Aam Aadmi Party supporters. The first rally before the Lok Sabha elections looked impor- tant because AAP and later the Trinamool Congress an- nounced their support for the Opposition alliance. There’s always a gap be- tween what one preaches and what is practiced. Mamata may have openly extended support for the Alliance but on seat sharing in West Ben- gal she has been very close- fisted. D. Raja of the CPI too came out attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi but has fielded his wife against Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad, a constituency represented by the Congress scion. Arvind Kejriwal’s support to INDI Alliance was also a dynamic within dynamic given the mu- tual antipathy between AAP and Congress over seat shar- ing in Delhi and elsewhere. The target of Tejashvi Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s Akh- ilesh Yadav was the Enforce- ment Directorate which was being used by the Central government to torment the opposition leaders. The common refrain of the speakers at the iconic venue was to seek the ouster of BJPto save the Constitution and de- mocracy. The presence of all the opposition bigwigs like So- nia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Ra- hul Gandhi, Uddhav Thackeray and others did signal their com- ing together for the final push. The undercurrent of differenc- es within could prove to be the undoing of the Alliance. Will this perceived show of strength stand in front of PM Modi’s popularity is doubtful. SPIRITUAL SPEAK The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind. BHAGAVAD GITA Will voters respond to Oppn Poll Bugle TOP TWEETS Slow claps for Congress! They willingly gave up #Katchatheevu and had no regrets about it either. Sometimes an MP of the Congress speaks about dividing the nation and sometimes they denigrate Indian culture and traditions. This shows that they are against the unity and integrity of India. They only want to divide or break our nation. Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar) @AmitShah It was very special to witness the conferring of the Bharat Ratna upon Shri LK Advani Ji. This honour is a recognition of his enduring contributions to our nation’s progress. His dedication to public service and his pivotal role in shaping modern India have left an indelible mark on our history. I am proud to have got the opportunity to work with him very closely over the last several decades. Narendra Modi @narendramodi T There’s always a gap between what one preaches and what is practiced. Mamata may have openly extended support for the Alliance but on seat sharing in West Bengal she has been very close-fisted. D. Raja of the CPI too came out attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi but has fielded his wife against Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad, a constituency represented by the Congress scion 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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  • 6. INDIA 05 Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ARUNACHAL PRADESH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 133 candidates in fray for 50 assembly constituencies PTI Itanagar total of 133 candidates are in the fray for the 50 assembly constitu- encies in Arunachal Pradesh, which will go to the polls on April 19, of- ficials said on Sunday. The ruling BJP has al- ready won 10 seats of the 60-member assembly un- contested. Among those won are Chief Minister Pema Khandu, and two first-time candidates — Ratu Techi from Sagalee and Hage Appa of the Ziro-Hapoli seat. The BJP has fielded candidates in all the 50 seats that are going to the polls, while the opposi- tion Congress is fighting in only 19 seats. The Meghalaya-based NPP has fielded candi- dates in 20 seats, the NCP is fighting 14 seats, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) is con- testing 11 seats, the Arunachal Democratic Party has fielded candi- dates in four seats, while the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) is fighting one seat. Also, there are 14 In- dependent candidates in the fray, CEO Pawan Ku- mar Sain said. A total of 80 nominees are first-time candidates. The highest number of first-time candidates has been fielded by the Con- gress. Of its 19 candi- dates, 17 are new. BJPhas fielded 14 new candidates, while the NPP has nominated 16 first-time nominees. There are eight women — the highest in any as- sembly election in the state, though it’s dismally low compared to other parts of the country. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already clinched victory in 10 out of the 60-member assembly uncontested. A Advani'slifefullofsacrifice, tenacity,dedication:AmitShah PTI New Delhi Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said former deputy prime minister L K Advani re- mained selflessly dedi- cated to national welfare and social upliftment throughout his life.Ex- pressing happiness over the BJP patriarch being conferred with Bharat Ratna, Shah also said that Advani’s life is “full of sacrifice, tenacity and dedication” and is an “unlimited source” of strength and inspiration to crores of people.“Today, being a witness to this historical moment, I am both happy and emotional. Honour- able Shri LK Advani be- ing honoured with ‘Bharat Ratna’ by Hon- ourable President Smt. Droupadi Murmu is a proud moment fwor all of us.“Advani remained selflessly dedicated to national welfare and so- cial upliftment through- out his life,” he wrote on ‘X’ in Hindi.President Murmu conferred Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, on Advani at his resi- dence here on Sunday. The ceremony was at- tended by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shah and the family members of Advani among others. Union Home Minister Amit Shah takes blessings of veteran BJP leader L K Advani before the latter was honoured with the ‘Bharat Ratna’ at his residence, in New Delhi, Sunday. CONGRESS CHIEF KHARGE HITS BACK AT PM MODI’S CLAIMS New Delhi: Hit- ting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his charge that Indira Gandhi gave away Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka, Congress chief Mal- likarjun Kharge on Saturday asked why he did not take steps to get it back during his 10-year rule and alleged that raising the “sensitive” issue ahead of elections shows his “desperation”. The opposition leader also questioned why the prime minister gave a “clean chit” to China after 20 bravehe- arts made supreme sacri- fice in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. Kharge said that Katchatheevu island was given to Sri Lanka as part of a friendly agreement in 1974. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN ASKS DMK TO STOP DISSEMINATING ‘FALSEHOOD' AMIT SHAH SAYS CONG AGAINST INDIA’S UNITY, INTEGRITY Chennai: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK should stop its “misinformation” on the Katchatheevu issue. On X, Sitharaman said: “...What the RTI reply has revealed has been stated authoritatively by former CM Jayalalitha Amma in the TN state assembly itself.” New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked the Congress over a media report which suggested that Indira Gandhi’s government gave away Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka, saying it reflected that the party is against the unity and integrity of India. Not ‘save democracy’ but ‘hide corruption’ rally, says Trivedi PTI New Delhi The BJP on Sunday slammed the opposition INDIA bloc’s rally at Ramlila ground here, say- ing it is not a “save de- mocracy” meeting as pro- jected but a “save family” and “hide corruption” rally.BJP spokesperson SudhanshuTrivedi cited corruption cases of a host ofleaders,includingthose from the Congress, DMK and the RJD, to assert that all these charges date back to the pre-2014 pe- riod amid the opposition’s accusation that the Modi govt is implicating them in graft probes due to its political vendetta.Ramlila ground once hosted the “India against corruption” movementunderthelead- ership of Anna Hazare, Trivedi said, adding that it is hosting on Sunday a rally for “everybody with corruption”. PGV DECLARES INDIA BLOC’S 5 DEMANDS VOTE TO SAVE DEMOCRACY: AKHILESH YADAV BJP TRYING TO DO MATCH-FIXING: RAGA INDIA BLOC LEADERS ASSEMBLE IN DELHI MOTHER INDIA IN PAIN: SUNITA KEJRIWAL ‘YOUR FAMILY HAD DONE DEAL-FIXING’ New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday put forth five demands on behalf of the INDIA bloc at a rally at Ramlila Maidan here, including the immediate release of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. She announced the demands to underline the imperative “need for a level playing field in the electoral process”. New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday urged people to vote against the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls if they wanted to save democracy in the country. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister questioned why the BJP is using agencies against the opposition if it is confident of crossing the 400-seat mark in the upcoming polls. New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP during INDIA bloc’s mega event ‘Loktantra Bachao’ (save democracy) rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi accusing them of orchestrating a game of “match-fixing” as the country gears up for the LS polls. New Delhi: Top INDIA bloc leaders gathered at the Ramlila Maidan here on Sunday to express solidarity with arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. New Delhi:As top opposition leaders gathered at Ramlila Maidan for the ‘Loktantra Bachao’ rally, Sunita Kejriwal said, “The people of Delhi have faced injustice in last 75 years. We will make Delhi a full state if the INDIA bloc comes to power.” New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday hit back at Rahul Gandhi over his “match-fixing” accusation against PM Modi, alleging that the Congress government in the past handed over Katcha- theevu island to Sri Lanka. Diggi: Polls should be held through ballots Jairam Ramesh criticises PM’s fiscal centralisation tactics Those who have more TRP get good rate in ads: Gadkari Agencies Nagpur Avowing abiding confi- dence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of 370 seats, BJP leader Ni- tin Gadkari says the ad- ditional seats to its cur- rent strength of 288 will come from gains in southern India in the up- coming Lok Sabha elec- tions. Gadkari said there is “no doubt” in his mind that the BJP-led NDA will cross 400 seats and that Modi will take over as prime minister for a third term because of the solid work done by the government in the last 10 years. He dismissed al- legations that the Modi government is “weapon- ising” central probe agencies such as the ED and CBI to weaken the opposition, saying BJP’s rivals should make ef- forts to overcome adver- sity by winning the con- fidence of the people. Agencies New Delhi As INDIA bloc leaders gathered for a show of unity at the Ramlila ground here, the Con- gress on Sunday accused the Modi government of violating the Constitu- tion by resorting to “con- frontational federalism”. The Congress also ac- cused the prime minister of resorting to fiscal cen- tralisation, obstruction of state programs, destabi- lising state governments, misusing governors and subverting the rights of States. In a statement, Con- gress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said as the INDIA Janbandhan’s rally at Ramlila Maidan gets underway, it is nec- essary to recall how the PM is “violating”, in let- ter and spirit, Article 1 of the Constitution of India that states “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.” “Instead, what he has delivered is confronta- tional federalism. Coop- erative federalism is based on consensus, for which the PM has dem- onstrated a singular un- willingness and incapac- ity,” Ramesh charged in his statement. PTI Agar Malwa Congress leader Digvi- jaya Singh, who is con- testing from Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, on Sunday said he was making efforts to get 400 people to file nominations so that polls will be held through bal- lot paper. He said this after ask- ing people during a cor- ner meeting in Kachnari- ya village in Susner if they wanted elections to be held through EVMs or ballot papers. Responding to the crowd shouting ballot pa- per, Singh said, “There is only one way for this (election through ballot paper). If 400 candidates fill nomination forms. I am preparing for this. Candidates in the general category will have to submit security deposit of Rs 25,000, while those in reserved categories will have to give deposit of Rs 12.500,” he said. This way, Rajgarh will see elections through ballot papers, Singh said, adding “let us see what happens”. CONG WILL WIN ALL 5 SEATS IN 1ST PHASE OF LS POLLS IN MAHA Mumbai: The Maha Vikas Aghadi will win all the five constitu- encies going to polls in the first phase of LS elections in Maha next month, state unit president Nana Patole said on Sunday.Patole claimed the people are fed up with the “dictato- rial” BJP govt at the Centre which will be thrown out of power in elections.The opposition MVA comprises Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, Cong, NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar). Challenge BJP to cross even 200 seats: Mamata PTI Krishnanagar (WB) West Bengal Chief Min- ister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday mocked the BJP-led NDA’s target of winning 400-plus seats in the Lok Sabha polls and challenged the saffron party to win at least 200 constituencies. The TMC chief also reaffirmed her refusal to allow the enforcement of the Citizenship Amend- ment Act in the state and cautioned the people that applying for CAA would turn an applicant into a foreigner and urged them not to apply for it. “The BJP is saying ‘400 paar’, I challenge them to cross the 200- seat benchmark first. In the 2021 West Bengal as- sembly polls, they aimed for 200 plus seats but had to stop at 77. Some of these 77 have since joined us,” she said while campaigning for TMC candidate Mahua Moitra in the Krishnanagar area. Dubbing the BJP a ‘jumla’ party, the TMC supremo accused them of “peddling lies” regarding the CAA, stating “Modi’s guarantee on CAA is a zero guarantee.” “The CAA is a trap to turn le- gal citizens into foreign- ers. We would allow nei- ther CAA nor NRC in West Bengal. Don’t fall for the false assurance of the central government. If you apply, you will be designated as a foreigner for 5 years,” Banerjee said while addressing her first rally in the election season after her injury earlier this month. Mamata Banerjee with party candidate Mahua Moitra at an election rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, at Dhubuliya, in Nadia. KCR's vehicle searched by election officials: BRS PTI Hyderabad As part of poll duty, elec- tion officials on Sunday searched the bus in which former Telangana Chief Minister and BRS supre- mo K Chandrasekhar Rao was traveling during his visit to Suryapet dis- trict, about 170 km from here. Telangana will vote for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on May 13 for which the MCC is currently in place. According to sources in the BRS, Rao was on his way to Suryapet as part of his tour to inspect agricultural fields which are allegedly facing drought-like conditions. The BRS sources said the vehicle was checked at Edulaparre tanda check post in the district. KCR was interacting with farmers to instill confidence in view of the drought-like conditions faced by them, party sources said. Dehradun: One independent candidate from Almora has withdrawn from the contest leaving only 55 candidates in the fray for the April 19 Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand. Arjun Kumar Dev, the independent candidate from Almora, withdrew on the last date for withdrawal of nominations on Saturday, Ad- ditional Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Kumar Jogdande said. Dev was the lone candidate to withdraw, he said. There are now a total of 55 candidates in the fray for the five Lok Sabha constituencies in the state which go to polls in the first phase on April 19. 55 CANDIDATES LEFT IN FRAY FOR FIVE LOK SABHA SEATS OF UTTARAKHAND: JOGDANDE
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia IN BRIEF ‘TIGER TRIUMPH-24’ PTI New Delhi he 14-day bilat- eral tri-service exercise be- tween India and the US, ‘Tiger Triumph-24’, has concluded, officials said on Sunday. The exercise that be- gan on March 18 aimed at developing interoper- ability for conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations and refining standard operat- ing procedures to enable rapid and smooth coordi- nation between the forces of the two countries. TheIndianArmy’scon- tingent comprising one battalion group took part in the second edition of the tri-service exercise in Visakhapatnam and Kaki- nada in Andhra Pradesh, along with the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. The exercise signi- fies the “robust strategic partnership” between the two countries and was aimed towards sharing best practices and stand- ard operating procedures in undertaking multina- tional HADR operations. India and US Navy personnel during the closing ceremony of the Bilateral Tri-Service HADR Amphibious Exercise on Sunday. PTI India and US Navy personnel during the closing ceremony of the Bilateral Tri-Service exercise. PTI India and US Navy personnel during the the Bilateral Tri-Service Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Amphibious Exercise between India and US, Tiger Triumph 2024. PTI T Jamshedpur: Two per- sons including a 28-year-old woman were arrested from Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district for allegedly killing a Jamshedpur- based para-badminton player Prasant Kumar Sinha over money mat- ter, a senior police offic- er on Sunday said. Two held for killing Para-badminton player in Jharkhand New Delhi: Food deliv- ery app Zomato today said it has received a goods and services tax (GST) notice of over `23 crore, and will file an ap- peal against the demand. In a letter to the capital markets, Zomato said the company believes it has a strong case against the GST demand. Zomato to appeal against `23 Crore GST notice: Report New Delhi: Infosys ex- pects a refund of `6,329 crore from the Income Tax Department, Infosys said. It also informed the stock exchanges about tax demand to the tune of `2,763 crore, cit- ing various assessment orders. Infosys Ltd said it has received orders from the IT Department for assessment years 07- 08 to 15-16, 17-18, and 18-19 during the quarter. Expecting refund of `6,329 cr from IT department: Infosys Patna: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sun- day announced the class 10 results, with the overall pass per- centage being 82.91. The pass percentage for boys was 84.45, while it was 81.4 for girls. Bihar Board class 10 results declared MILDSNOWFALLINHP MILDSNOWFALLINHP PTI Shimla Mild snowfall continued in high- er reaches and tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh in the past 24 hours while wide- spread rains lashed middle and low hills, the weather office said on Sunday. The local MeT office predicted a wet spell in the state till April 6 barring April 1. Gondla in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district received 22 cm of snow followed by Ku- kumseri 11.6 cm, Keylong 7.5 cm and Kalpa 5.5 cm while hail was re- corded in parts of S u n d e r n a g a r, Shimla and Solan. Vehicularmove- ment was suspend- ed on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway on Sun- day following landslides, trig- gered by overnight rains,atafewplac- es in Ramban dis- trict, officials said. Congress gets fresh I-T notice of over `1,745 cr: Report Total tax demand now `3567 cr PTI New Delhi In mounting trouble for the Congress, sources in the party said it has re- ceived fresh notices from the Income Tax depart- ment, raising a tax de- mand of Rs 1,745 crore for the assessment years 2014-15 to 2016-17. With this latest notice, the Income Tax depart- ment has raised a total demand of Rs 3,567 crore from the Congress. According to sources, the fresh tax notices re- late to 2014-15 (Rs 663 crore), 2015-16 (around Rs 664 crore) and 2016- 17 (around Rs 417 crore). The authorities have end- ed the tax exemption available to political par- ties and have taxed the party for the entire col- lections, they added. The Congress has also been taxed for “third- party entries” made in diaries seized from some of its leaders by probe agencies during raids, the sources said. “ApachehelicopterswillbolsterArmy’saerialstrikestrength” PTI Mumbai The recent introduction of Apache helicopters, heralded for their ability to conduct missions in diverse weather and ter- rain conditions, is set to bolster the IndianArmy’s operational reach and aerial strike capabilities in the western sector, ac- cording to a high-ranking Army official. During an interview, Lt Gen A K Singh, the Gen- eralOfficerCommanding- in-Chief of the Southern Command, emphasised the significant impact of this move on the army’s transformation and opera- tionaleffectiveness.Mark- ing a pivotal moment, the first medium lift attack helicopter squadron with- intheSouthernCommand region was established on March 15 this year. This squadron will be outfitted with cutting-edge Apache AH-64E helicopters man- ufactured by Boeing. A total of six contracted helicopters are scheduled for delivery to the country in two phases over the up- coming months. 4 people, including 3 women of a family, killed in road mishap PTI Moradabad (UP) Four people, including three women of a family, died on the spot in a road accident here in the early hours on Sunday, while two persons were in- jured, police said, adding that the deceased were residents of Dehradun. Superintendent of Po- lice (Rural) Sandeep Ku- mar Meena said that the accident took place on Sunday morning. A snow-covered road after fresh snowfall in Lahaul and Spiti. People take a stroll under umbrellas during hailstorm in Shimla, Sunday. PTI Sissu gets covered in a thick layer of snow following snowfall, in Lahaul and Spiti on Sunday. ANI A woman resident waits to collect drinking water from a tap after snowfall in Lahaul and Spiti district, Sunday. PTI Ashok Gehlot campaigns in support of son Vaibhav First India Bureau Jalore Former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot on Sunday campaigned for his son and Congress candidate Vaibhav Ge- hlot in the Jalore-Sirohi Lok Sabha constituency. Addressing the party workers’ meeting in Revdar, Gehlot said with peoples’blessings, he be- came CM thrice. Gehlot added that this election is not only for Vaibhav but also for peo- ple of the constituency and so all the communi- ties will join hands with Congress to defeat the BJP and bring Sirohi on the path of progress. Ashok Gehlot Vaibhav Gehlot TRI-SERVICE EXERCISE OF INDIA-US CONCLUDES 4 killed, 70 injured after storm batters West Bengal PTI Jalpaiguri Four persons were killed and at least 70 people in- jured as a storm de- stroyed parts of Jalpaig- uri district in northern West Bengal on Sunday, officials said. Several houses were damaged, trees uproot- ed and electric poles fell as strong winds devas- tated most parts of the district headquarters town and many areas of neighbouring Maina- guri, they said. Among the most af- fected areas were Ra- jarhat, Barnish, Bakali, Jorpakdi, Madhabdanga and Saptibari, they said. Most affected areas are Rajarhat, Barnish, Bakali.
  • 8. Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 ANI New Delhi The US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, said that sometimes New Del- hi and Washington can “agreetodisagree”oncer- tain things and it should not be read negatively. The US State Depart- ment had earlier said that it is “concerned” over the notification of the Citi- zenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in India, add- ing that it is “closely monitoring” the imple- mentation of the act. “We have a deep friendship. It’s very re- spectful. Sometimes we can agree to disagree on things and continue with our business, we shouldn’t take it person- ally,” Garcetti said. HOCKEY INDIA AWARDS Hardik, Salima win Players of the Year 2023 PTI New Delhi tar Indian mid- fielders Hardik Singh and Sali- ma Tete were on Sunday conferred with the Player of the Year awards in men and women catego- ries respectively during the sixth Hockey India Annual Awards here. Both the awards, in the name of legendary Balbir Singh Sr, carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh each. India vice-captain Hardik also bagged Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year, which carries a prize purse of Rs 5 lakh. India captain Harman- preet Singh won the Par- gat Singh Award for De- fender of the Year and took home Rs 5 lakh, while veteran custodian PR Sreejesh was hon- oured with the Baljit Singh Award for Goal- keeper of the Year. Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year went to young striker Ab- hishek. Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Wom- en,Under-21)wasbagged by Deepika Soreng, while the recognition in the men’s division, which is in the name of former In- dia drag-flicker Jugraj Singh, went to Araijeet Singh Hundal. Both the awards carry a prize mon- ey of Rs 10 lakh each.The prize pool at Hockey In- dia awards was a whop- ping Rs 7.56 crore. Hardik Singh with Balbir Singh award for best men’s player. US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti. A rocket is fired from the Russian army’s missile system toward Ukrainian position at an undisclosed location. PTI Volunteers and students of Kyiv State Arts Academy clear the rubble after the Academy was ruined during the missile attack. Salima Tete poses with the Balbir Singh award. Delhi Capitals’ captain Rishabh Pant celebrates his half-century during the match against CSK . PTI Gujarat Titans’ Rashid Khan with teammates celebrates the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Heinrich Klaasen during the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, Sunday. Gujarat Titans’ Vijay Shankar and David Miller shake hands with Sunrisers Hyderabad players. PTI Chennai Super Kings’ Maheesha Pathirana with teammates celebrates after he takes the catch of Delhi Capitals’ David Warner during the IPL match in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. PTI S MOHIT'S MASTERCLASS, MILLER'S BRILLIANCE PROPEL GUJARAT TO WIN AGAINST HYDERABAD IPL Match 12 First India Bureau Ahmedabad Dishing out an all-round show, Gujarat Titans brought down high-fly- ing Sunrisers Hyderabad with a clinical seven- wicket win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Sunday. Veteran seamer Mohit Sharma was at his de- ceptive best in the last over for his splendid fig- ures of 3/25, while Af- ghan spin twins Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad bossed the middle overs as GT restricted the ma- rauding SRH to a modest 162/8 after Pat Cummins opted to bat. SRH must be disap- pointed with themselves after putting on board an astonishing 277 for five in their last outing. South African batter David Miller found his flair in his 44 not out from 27 balls to anchor the small chase despite suffering cramps and fin- ished the game with a six off Jaydev Unadkat in the first ball of the final over. Now,GujaratTitansen- ters top-four with win overSunrisersHyderabad. Agencies Visakhapatnam It was an emotional mo- ment for Rishabh Pant as the Delhi captain hit his first fifty on return to the IPL after recovering from multiple injuries he suf- fered in a car crash in De- cember 2022. The wick- e t k e e p e r- b a t t e r brought up the milestone on a spe- cial Sunday evening ingameagainstChennai. TITANSCRUISETOCOMFORTABLEWIN Match 13 - Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings Gujarat Titans’ Vijay Shankar and David Miller celebrates after winning the match. Rishabh Pant hits first fifty on IPL return, gets roaring response in Visakhapatnam Agencies Florida Unseeded American Danielle Collins captured the highest-level title of her career after toppling No.4 seed Elena Rybaki- na 7-5, 6-3 to win the WTA 1000 Miami Open. In an intense 2-hour and 2-minute display of power hitting by both players, 30-year-old Col- lins toughed out the win to take home her third career WTA singles title, her maiden WTA 1000 title, and her first title at any level since 2021, re- ports the WTA. PTI Kathmandu Nepalese and Indian San- skrit scholars have pro- posed to organise an In- ternational Sanskrit Con- ference every year and set up a study centre to conduct research and ar- range publication of San- skrit scriptures, especial- ly the manuscripts found in the Himalayan nation. Adopting a five-point resolution at the end of a three-day Nepal-India In- ternational Sanskrit Con- clave in Kathmandu, the participants also adopted a resolution to provide support for the develop- ment of gurukuls in Ne- pal with the collaboration of Maharshi Sandipani Veda Vidya Pratisthan, Ujjain, according to a press release. Agencies Kyiv Russia launched 16 mis- siles and 11 drones at Ukraine in an overnight air attack, Ukraine’s air force said on Sunday. In a statement on Tel- egram, the air force said it had managed to down nine of the drones and nine of the missiles. It did not identify their targets. Foroveraweek,Russia has significantly stepped up an air strike campaign against Ukrainian energy facilities, causing signifi- cant damage and leaving Ukrainians fearing a re- turn to the blackouts seen in the first winter of the full-scale war. CollinstopsRybakinatoclaim Miamititle in farewellseason Danielle Collins became the sixth American woman to win the title Shouldn’ttakeitpersonally: EriconconcernsoverCAA Nepal, India to collaborate to promote Sanskrit Ukraine says Russia fired 16 missiles, 11 drones overnight 2 DEAD AS RUSSIA LAUNCHES ATTACKS ON UKRAINE'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE Kyiv: A Russian cruise missile strike on infrastruc- ture in Ukraine's western Lviv region killed one man, while another man died in an attack in the northeast officials said Sunday. The attack in Lviv destroyed a build- ing and sparked a fire, Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi wrote on social media app Telegram. He said that rescue operations were being conducted. In the Kharkiv region, Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said that an air attack killed a 19-year-old man Sunday after a projectile hit a gas station. “BIDEN MEANT IT WHEN HE SAID INDIA-US TIES MOST CONSEQUENTIAL IN WORLD”: ERIC GARCETTI New Delhi: Emphasising US President Joe Biden’s assertion regarding the significance of India-US partnership, US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti said that the relationship between the two countries is consequential not only for New Delhi and Washington but for the whole world. Garcetti said that both India and the US are defending democracies domestically and interna- tionally. “The reality is Indians love Americans. The reality is Americans love Indians. The bridge has never been stronger. The work that we’re doing has never been more important. And it’s consequential not just for India and for the United States. It’s consequential for the world.”
  • 9. THAKUR AT VIKSIT BHARAT AMBASSADOR MEET UP ‘We saved every penny, invested for people’s welfare’ Kamalkant Sharma Jaipur nion Minister Anurag Thakur talked about the achievements of the Cen- tral government in the last 10 years during a Viksit Bharat Ambassa- dor meet programme held at Rajasthan Inter- national Centre on Sun- day and interacted with hundreds of youths. Thakur said that in 2014 they had promised to run the government with honesty and after 10 years we have saved every penny of the coun- try and have invested it for the welfare of the people. He said, “There was a time when the country’s money was stolen through defence deals but today the coun- try is strengthened in the defence sector. Earlier, the players were cheated but today they are groomed to win medals. Today, the third largest startup of the world has been set up. The Naren- dra Modi government has increased the coun- try’s treasury.” Industries Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said “The PM is think- ing about Rajasthan. In two months, people will benefit from such deci- sions. There is no dearth of resources in Ra- jasthan but no govt cared about it. Now, the double engine govt will help in State’s develop- ment,” he said. “People are leaving Congress joining BJP. Some are returning their tickets. The rest are playing vid- eos of BJP.” Anurag Thakur addresses during the Viksit Bharat Ambassador, Jaipur Meet Up at RIC in Jaipur on Sunday. Rajyavardhan Rathore and others during The Viksit Bharat Ambassador, Jaipur Meet Up. U 08 As we step into another month, it is a new beginning and we can always choose to be more kind, compassionate, loving and understanding than we were before! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Monday | April 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Yogesh Sharma Jaipur Home Minister Amit Shah commenced the Lok Sabha election campaign from Hotel The Lalit in Jaipur on Sunday. During the event, he chaired a meeting with cluster in- charges of eight Lok Sabha constituencies, discussing election management strategies in detail. In the joint meeting of the Cluster Core Committee, members deliberated extensively on issues related to campaign and publicity during the upcoming elections. Shah empha- sised the party’s goal of achieving a hat-trick victory on all 25 seats in the state, seeking in- puts and suggestions from committee mem- bers on this front. He reiterated the par- ty’s commitment to se- cure a resounding vic- tory, setting a target of winning with a 15% higher margin than the previous elections. Stressing the impor- tance of robust booth management and ensur- ing active participation of every worker, Shah delegated responsibili- ties to each party work- er and booth head. The meeting was at- tended by CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, BJP State Prez CP Joshi, State poll in-charge Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, co-in- charge Vijaya Rahatkar, Dy CMs Diya Kumari, Dr PC Bairwa, and oth- er senior leaders. Later in the evening, while addressing the gathering, Union Home Min Shah expressed confidence in party’s prospects, predicting a hat-trick win on all 25 LS seats in the State. BJP LS CLUSTER CORE COMMITTEE MEET IN JAIPUR AmitShahaimsfor15%margin, urgesstrongboothmanagement l The Union Home Minister stressed leaders’ participation in the ‘BJP 370 Paar and NDA 400 Paar’ slogan l Shah scrutinised Core Committee members on task allocation and future strategies aimed at clinching a clean sweep across all 25 LS seats in state, while seeking inputs from them Union Home Minister Amit Shah, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Diya Kumari, Dr PC Bairwa, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, CP Joshi, Vijaya Rahatkar and Rajendra Rathore during the Cluster Core Committee meet in Jaipur on Sunday. NAIM KHAN Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the party workers during the LS Cluster Core Committee meeting at hotel The Lalit in Jaipur on Sunday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Diya Kumari CP Joshi were also present. SHAH IN JODHPUR TODAY TO HOLD PARTY MEETINGS AHEAD OF LS POLLS Jodhpur: Union Minister Amit Shah will be holding party meetings in Jodhpur to review the preparedness for the Lok Sabha election during his one day visit to the city on Monday. Chief Minis- ter Bhajan Lal Sharma will also be accom- panying Shah who will meet BJP workers and give the mantra of victory for the Lok Sabha elections. As per the program, Amit Shah and Bhajan Lal will leave from Jaipur at 9 am today and reach Jodhpur airport at 9:45 am. LS Joint Core Committee meeting of Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore- Sirohi, Barmer LS seats will be held here at a private hotel. After this, Shakti Kendra coordinators and Jodhpur LS booth presidents will participate in a meeting to be held at Polo Ground. Shah will leave for Delhi at 1:10 pm. Shiv Prakash Purohit Rajeev Gaur Jaipur Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, during his visit to Jodhpur on Mon- day, will attend the impor- tant meeting of the core committee members of Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore-Siro- hi and Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha constituencies along with Home Minis- ter Amit Shah. Sharma will reach Ra- tanada Chami Polo Ground at 1:30 pm, where he along with Amit Shah, will attend the Shakti Kendra Convenor’s Con- ference, the meeting of BJP leaders of Jodhpur, Pali, Jalore-Sirohi and Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha and the booth pres- ident of Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency. After this, he will reach the airport at 3:30 pm and leave for Jaipur. Sharma was in Jodhpur on Satur- day also and addressed the nomination meeting of BJP Lok Sabha candi- date GS Shekhawat. ShahSharmainJodhpurtoshare victorymantraforLSseatstoday SrIASRohitKumarSinghretires after35yrsofillustriousservice Union Home Minister Amit Shah being welcomed by CM Bhajan Lal Sharma during the BJP’s Lok Sabha Core Committee meeting held at hotel The Lalit in Jaipur on Sunday. First India Bureau Jaipur Senior IAS Rohit Kumar Singh retired from the service after serving for 35 years. A Rajasthan cadre IAS of 1989 batch, Singh was till now post- ed as secretary in the ministry of consumer af- fairs in government of India in New Delhi. During his more than three decade long ser- vice, he served in key positions of government of India and in govern- ment of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan he held the position of ACS Rural Development Pan- chayati Raj, ACS home, ACS Medical Health in the past apart from other significant post- ings. He also held the posi- tion of Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport Highways in New Delhi. Diya inaugurates Lok Sabha poll office in Vidyadhar Nagar India’s strength multiplied under PM Modi’s leadership, asserts Birla Jhalawar: Raje Dushyant meet party workers Piyush Goyal extends his best wirshes to IAS officer Rohit Kumar Singh on his retirement from the services in New Delhi on Sunday. His wife Nina Singh who is CISF DG others were also present. First India Bureau Jaipur Vidyadhar Nagar assem- bly area in Jaipur wit- nessed the inauguration of the ‘Lok Sabha Elec- tion Office’ of BJP can- didate Manju Sharma by Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari on Sunday. The event saw the pres- ence of several promi- nent figures including Assembly Coordinator Rajendra Karodia, Dis- trict President Raghav Sharma, former MLA Biru Singh Rathore, for- mer Deputy Mayor Pawan Sharma, District Vice- President Chan- draprakash, District Minister Sunita and Ke- dar, Mandal Presidents, Councilors, Booth Presi- dents, and a large num- ber of party workers. With this, the cam- paign of BJP LS candi- date Manju Sharma will expedite in vidyadhar nagar area. Later in the evening, Diya Kumari met with Home Minister Amit Shah at hotel The Lalit. First India Bureau Kota BJP’s Kota-Bundi candi- date and LS Speaker Om Birla asserted that PM Narendra Modi’s trans- formative impact on In- dia, citing a significant rise in global stature over the past decade. Birla, campaigning in Ladpura and Ramganjmandi, highlighted Modi’s poli- cies, emphasising India’s independent stance on the global stage. Visiting numerous villages, Birla engaged with voters, “The reason for this is that PM Modi made the welfare of the entire world the agenda of G-20 meeting in accordance with Vasudhaiva Kutum- bakam. Today the world is running on the same agenda created by Modi,” he said. MLAMadan Di- lawar declared Modi as the irreplaceable leader for India’s continued progress. MLA Kalpana Devi credited PM Modi for instilling newfound confidence in India. Diya Kumari being felicitated by local leaders during the inauguration of LS Election Office of Manju Sharma at Vidyadhar Nagar area in Jaipur on Sunday. Om Birla greets people as he arrives to address a public meeting during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ at Ladpura Ramganj Mandi areas in Kota district on Sunday. Kalpana Devi others were present. Om Birla addresses people during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ at Jagpura, Shantinagar, Ranapur, Bavdi Kheda, Kolan, and Amarkuan areas in Kota district on Sunday. Now the campaign of BJP LS candidate, Manju Sharma will intensify in the area Over 3 decades, he served in key roles in both Centre and State govts The CEO and Managing Editor of First India News, Pawan Arora along with the judges, (L-R) Mamnoon Fatma, Dr Nasir Mohammad Madani and Savita Verma light the lamp to launch the Ajmer Auditions of Super Singer Plus Rajasthan, in Ajmer on Sunday. Dr Swati Malik, Vijay, Show Director Shruti, Anchors Manmeet Singh and Indu Rathore were also present. SuperSingerPlusRajasthanauditions First India Bureau Jhalawar Former CM Vasundhara Raje and BJP candidate from Jhalawar-Baran seat and MP Dushyant Singh held a meeting of the party workers in Jhal- awar on Sunday. Divisional level party leaders and workers were present in the meeting. Raje asked them to get involved in the prepara- tions and distributed them tasks.She also gave the Mantra of victory to everyone. Raje also held a meeting of municipal councilors District chair- men. Dushyant Singh will file his nomination on April 2 preps are underway for the same.
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