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ELECTION BUZZ REACHES A CRESCENDO
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma spearheads
Rajasthan’s ‘Mission-25’initiative
Ravi Katara
Bharatpur
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma has tak-
en command to complete
Mission 25 in Rajasthan.
CM Sharma, who was on
a two-day visit to Bharat-
pur, addressed huge pub-
lic meeting in Berru and
Kumher of Sikri and par-
ticipated in the Prabud-
dhajan Sammelan in
Rupwas. On the second
day on Monday, the
Chief Minister adopted
the formula of social en-
gineering. He participat-
ed in the enlightenment
conference of the Jat
community and the youth
dialogue program and the
people of the Jat commu-
nity raised their hands to
show support for the BJP.
Thereafter CM engaged
in a road show in Bharat-
pur which has given a
given a new motivation
to party workers. Sharma
participated in enlighten-
ment conference with the
people of Jat community
at Hotel Lakshmi Vilas
on Monday. During this,
thousands of people of
Jat community arrived
and welcomed the CM.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets during the roadshow in Bharatpur on
Monday. Also seen are Jawahar Singh Bedam & Ramswaroop Koli.
C
IN BRIEF
SINGAPORE PM TO STEP DOWN
ON MAY 15 AFTER 2 DECADES
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong will
step down on May 15 after 2 decades
in power, paving way for his deputy
Lawrence Wong to take the reins.
RETD JUDGES TO CJI: ATTEMPTS
MADE TO UNDERMINE JUDICIARY
Over 20 retired judges from SC, HCs
have written to CJI DY Chandrachud
sharing concern over attempts made
by some to share tactics of misinfo.
SITHARAMAN TO TAKE PART IN
CAs EVENT IN JAIPUR TODAY
Union FinMin Nirmala Sitharaman will
address professionals of Rajasthan
Chartered Accountants Foundation
at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur today.
INDIA CEO OF BYJU’S, ARJUN
MOHAN RESIGNS IN 6 MONTHS
Byju’s has announced changes in its
leadership structure with CEO Arjun
Mohan stepping down from his posi-
tion having taken it up 6 months ago.
SENSEX
73,399.78
845.12
BSE
22,272.50
246.90
NIFTY
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04
RAJSAMAND FACE TO FACE
Modi’s guarantee and impact
of Ram temple
Advantage of being the daughter-in-
law of the former royal family of Mewar
Husband Vishvaraj Singh is currently
BJP MLA from Nathdwara
Away from local factionalism of Cong
The undeniable face and image of
the social worker
Unity visible among Cong leaders
of parliamentary constituency
STRENGTHS
STRENGTHS
Disadvantages of campaigning
as an external candidate
No prior experience of electoral politics
Ticket received after declared
candidate refused to contest elections
WEAKNESS
MAHIMA
SINGH MEWAR
Age: 52 years
Education: Graduate
Assets: `24,81,000
Vehicle: None
DAMODAR
GURJAR
Age: 59 years
Education: MA, PhD
Assets: `1,29,00,826
Vehicle: None
No experience of electoral politics
No direct connection with voters and
party workers in the area
Danger of conflict in the party
WEAKNESS
GROUND REPORT RAJSAMAND LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY
Thistimepollbattleisbetween
newfacesofBJPandCongress
1
2
Shock to Congress due to former MP Gopal Singh joining BJP and
refusal of the previously announced candidate to contest the elections
BJP has fielded Mahima Singh of the former royal
family of Mewar while Cong fielding Damodar Gurjar
Ashish Choudhary
Rajsamand
he second
phase of voting
for the Rajsa-
mand Lok Sab-
ha seat is on
April 26 and both the ma-
jor parties BJP and Con-
gress are busy working
out the electoral equation
for victory. Talking about
the candidates for the Ra-
jsamand seat, this time
both parties have placed
bets on new faces and
both are contesting their
first elections.
BJPhas made Mahima
Singh Mewar its candi-
date and she belongs to
the erstwhile Panchkot
royal family which is in
West Bengal. Mahima
Singh received her pri-
mary education from
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
and is married to the Me-
war royal family. Her
husband Vishvaraj Singh
Mewar is currently an
MLA from the Nath-
dwara assembly seat.
The Congress had ear-
lier declared Sudarshan
Singh Rawat, former
MLA from Bhim in Ra-
jsamand district, as its
candidate, but Rawat re-
fused to contest the elec-
tions for some reason,
after which Congress
made Damodar Gurjar its
candidate for this seat.
Congress had earlier de-
clared Gurjar as its candi-
date from Bhilwara. Da-
modar Gurjar comes
from a farmer family, was
born in Gawari village of
Sawai Madhopur district
and received his primary
education from his native
village. Gurjar has also
served in the Rajasthan
Police and has also been
active in social work. He
has been active in the po-
litical field since 2011
and is continuously work-
ing for his organisation.
The direct contest for
the Rajsamand seat is be-
tween the BJP and Con-
gress candidates. So far,
three elections have been
held for Rajsamand Lok
Sabha seat, which came
into existence in 2008 af-
ter delimitation. The first
Lok Sabha elections
were held on this seat in
2009 in which Congress
candidate Gopal Singh
Edwa won.After that, the
BJP won two elections in
2014 and 2019 due to the
Modi wave. In such a
situation, the contest of
2024 is going to be very
interesting. It remains to
be seen whether the BJP,
which has won this seat
twice in a row, will score
a hat-trick or will Con-
gress win.
As regards the caste
equation, Rajput votes
decide the victory equa-
tion of this seat because,
in the elections held in
2009, Congress candidate
Gopal Singh won this
seat, while in 2014, Hari-
om Singh Rathore from
BJP, and in 2019, erst-
while Jaipur royal Diya
Kumari, who is currently
the Deputy CM of the
state, won from this seat.
However, Gopal Singh
Edwa has now left Con-
gress and joined the BJP
due to which this time the
election equations seem
to have changed a bit.
T
THIS TIME IN THE ELECTIONS, ALONG WITH
NATIONAL, LOCAL ISSUES ARE ALSO HOT
Talking about issues in the 2024 Lok Sabha elec-
tions, along with national issues, local issues are
also prominently being picked. On one hand, the
people believe that other national issues like Article 370
and Ram Mandir will dominate and problems like inflation,
unemployment, education, roads and water will also be an
issue in the elections.
MP DIYA KUMARI’S REPORT CARD
Diya Kumari, a member of the former royal family
of Jaipur, was the last elected MP from this seat
and after winning the Assembly elections, she re-
signed as MP. Diya Kumari’s image remained good among
the voters. Despite not being a local, she was always active
among the voters and party workers of her area. She also
had full cooperation in the development work of the area.
Congress candidate Damodar Gurjar during public connect rally in Amet of Rajsamand on Monday.
RESULTS OF
ASSEMBLY POLLS
08
BJP CONGRESS
00
Merta
Jaitaran
Bea
wa
r
Bhim
Kum
bha
lga
rh
Rajsamand
Nathdwara
Degana
RAJASTHAN
RAJSAMAND LS
CONSTITUENCY
20,60,942
Total voters in Rajsamand
64.81%
1,48,031
Voters increased
since 2019
Males
10,55,731
10,05,186
Females
25
ThirdGender
Voting recorded on
Rajsamand seat in 2019
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
PRIYANKA GANDHI’S HELICOPTER DRAMA: TAKES A
U-TURN EN ROUTE TO RANTHAMBORE FOR A MOBILE
Priyanka Gandhi arrived from Jalore to
Ranthambore on Sunday. Her helicopter
landed at Chakchainera helipad, from where
she proceeded to the hotel by car. However, just
after leaving the helipad, Priyanka Gandhi’s car took
a sudden U-turn. This unexpected turn created a
stir among other officials accompanying her in the
convoy. It was later discovered that Priyanka Gandhi
had left her mobile phone in the helicopter. She
returned to the helipad to retrieve it. Upon resolving
the situation, officials breathed a sigh of relief.
LOW TURNOUT PLAGUES
CHOPRA’S RALLIES,
EMPTY CHAIRS SPARK
BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA
What’s
happening in
Anil Chopra’s
rallies? Once again,
a low turnout was
observed at his rally
today. The chairs
remained empty at the
gatherings of Congress
leaders Deepender
Hooda and Sukhjinder
Singh Randhawa.
Congress Jaipur Rural
candidate’s Kotputli
rally saw fewer people
than expected. Now,
videos of empty chairs
are going viral on
social media platforms.
Raj tops in seizures
with recovery of
over `800 cr: SEC
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Over 800 crores of drugs,
liquor, precious metals,
freebies and illegal cash
were recovered by differ-
ent enforcement agencies
ofRajasthanaheadofLok
Sabha elections.
CEO Praveen Gupta
said that this time Ra-
jasthan has created a new
record. According to the
data released by the Elec-
tionCommissionofIndia,
Rajasthanranksfirstinthe
country in terms of sei-
zures. Gupta said in a
statement that since
March 1, cash and other
suspicious material worth
Rs812.77crorehavebeen
seized in Rajasthan. This
includes cash worth Rs
36.79 crore, liquor worth
Rs 41.71 crore, drugs
worth Rs 121.79 crore,
gold and silver including
other precious metals
worth Rs 49.21 crore,
freebies worth more than
Rs 563 crore and other
suspiciousitems.Seizures
worth more than Rs 20
crore each were made in
20 districts of the state.
Gupta said that the val-
ue of suspicious items
seized by the agencies
since March 16, after the
implementation of the
MCC for the LS Polls, is
more than Rs 712 crore.
Congres workers
will seek vote for
BAP in Banswara,
says Ram Lal Jat
First India Bureau
Banswara
Former minister and
Congress in-charge Ram-
lal Jat has formally an-
nounced to support the
Bharat Adivasi Party
candidate in Banswara.
Jat said at a press confer-
ence that AICC has de-
cided to support the BAP
in the Banswara Lok
Sabha seat and Bagidora
assembly byelections. In
this regard, he discussed
with the party leaders of
Banswara and Dungar-
pur and appealed to the
workers to make the BAP
candidate win.
“Thisdecisionhasbeen
taken to save Baba Sa-
heb’s Constitution and to
defeat BJP,” he said.
Jat said that after the
declared candidates of
Congress did not with-
draw their names for Lok
Sabha and Assembly by-
election, they were ex-
pelled from the party.
Bhilwara village
boycotts Lok
Sabha elections
over water crisis
First India Bureau
Bhilwara
In a dramatic turn of events,
residents of Kaniya vil-
lage in Bhilwara have
taken a decisive stand by
opting to boycott the up-
coming Lok Sabha elec-
tions. The primary reason
behind this bold move
stems from their frustra-
tion over the prolonged
issue of inadequate
drinking water supply.
Despite repeated appeals
and grievances, their
plight remains unad-
dressed.
Efforts by the election
department to conduct
home voting were met
with staunch resistance,
highlighting the severity
of the situation. As offi-
cials continue their en-
deavors to persuade the
villagers, the standoff
underscores the pressing
need for urgent action to
resolve the water scarcity
in the region.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Regarding the statements
of BJP’s Rajkot candidate
Purushottam Rupala,
MLA Chandrabhan Sin-
ghAkya and former MLA
Randhir Singh Bhinder
and President of Jauhar
Smriti Sansthan said -
Rupala’s statement has
nothing to do with the
party, Kshatriya Samaj is
with BJP and called it a
part of Congress’s con-
spiracy. They stressed
that this is a matter of Gu-
jarat and of one leader
and it is wrong to link it
with other candidates.
Former Vallabhnagar
MLARandhirSinghBhin-
der said on Monday that
Chittorgarh candidate CP
Joshi is the only MP who
raised the issue of Rani
Padmini in Parliament.
“Postalstampswereissued
on Maharana Pratap, Jhala
Manna, Jaimal. He got the
wronginscriptionremoved
in Padmini Mahal and got
the wrong description
made in Light and Sound
show removed. He got an
inscription installed at the
Joharsite.Anoutsidercan-
notknowwhatkindofsitu-
ation we have here, who is
supporting us to what ex-
tent. National President
Mahipal Singh Makrana is
respectable. He represents
the Kshatriya community.
Let’s fight for them. But as
apartywearesayingthisis
wrong. In such a situation,
the Kshatriya community
is being provoked. In this
society, there are people
supporting BJP ideologies
and also people supporting
Congress ideologies. Peo-
ple of opposition are doing
such things. Whereas the
entire Kshatriya commu-
nity is not included in it.
Oursocietywasconnected
toBJPandwillremaincon-
nected. Whatever com-
ment has been made by
Rajkot’s Rupala is abso-
lutelywrong.Buttheentire
party cannot be blamed for
that,” Bhinder said. Mean-
while MLAChandrabhan
Singh Akya said that
whatever Purushottam
Rupala said is very
wrong. “Not only in our
society, but such things
should not be said for any
society. Some people in
the Rajput community
who are with a particular
party are the ones who are
instigating.” he said.
Chandrabhan Singh Akya Randhir Singh Bhinder
RAJKOT’S BJP CANDIDATE RUPALA’S CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS
Kshatriya front asserts loyalty amid allegations
SEIZURE FIGURES FOR 2019 AND 2024
(Amount in Rs crore)
n 2019 n 2024
Cash Liquor Gold
& Silver
Drugs Freebies
& more
6.81
7.8 15.57 7.32
13.92
35.84
41.34 74.82
525.43
35.34
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BJP Lok Sabha candidate
from Mandi & actor Kangana
Ranaut meets Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama
at Dharamshala on Monday.
Highest ever! `4, 650 crore
seized by EC ahead of polls
5 dead and 40 injured as
bus falls from bridge
New Delhi: The enforce-
ment authorities seized
over `4,650 crore so far
even before 1st phase of
Lok Sabha elections be-
gins, EC said on Monday.
The poll panel said author-
ities are making seizures
worth `100 crore every
day since March 1. P5
Jajpur: At least 5 persons,
including a woman, died
and around 40 others were
injured after a Kolkata-
bound bus fell from a
bridge in Odisha’s Jajpur
district on Monday even-
ing, police said. The inci-
dent took place on Baraba-
ti bridge on NH-16.
Dinesh Dangi &
Laxmikant Sharma
Alwar/Dausa
Senior Congress leader
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
on Monday said the talks
about amendment in the
Constitution is being
raised by the BJPbecause
they want to snatch peo-
ple’s rights. The AICC
General Secretary said
after 10 yrs of PM Modi
rule at Centre and false
promises, his speeches
sound shallow to her.
“Talks about amend-
ment in Constitution is
being raised by BJP be-
cause they want to snatch
the people’s rights. And
they want to do it in a
manner that you don’t
even realise that it is hap-
pening,” Priyanka Gan-
dhi Vadra said. The Con-
gress leader said that this
general election of the
country is an election to
save Constitution. Pri-
yanka was addressing an
election meet in Bandi-
kui (Dausa). Earlier, Pri-
yanka did a road show in
support of the party can-
didate in Alwar in sup-
port of Cong candidate
Lalit Yadav. TURN TO P8
2024 LS election will decide
future of the nation: Priyanka
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Ashok Gehlot, Tikaram Jully, Lalit
Yadav and others waves during roadshow at Alwar on Monday.
First India Bureau
Sydney
At least four people in-
cluding a bishop were
wounded in a knife attack
during a service at a
church in a suburb of
Sydney on Monday, po-
lice and witnesses said,
triggering clashes be-
tween angry residents
and police.
It was the second re-
ported mass stabbing in
just three days in Sydney
after six people were
killed in a knife attack at
a mall in the Bondi area.
Officers arrested a man
and took him to an undis-
closed location following
the attack in Wakeley,
about 30 km (18 miles)
west of Sydney’s central
business district.
Sydney church
attack: Several
people injured
PM Narendra Modi in conversation with ANI Editor-in-Chief Smita
Prakash during an exclusive interview, in New Delhi on Monday.
DURING PM’S BIG PRE-POLL INTERVIEW, HE STRESSES
ON MANDIR, ELECTORAL BONDS, WAR & LOTS MORE
ANI
New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Monday touched
upon multiple key issues
ranging from Ram Man-
dir and electoral bonds to
Sanatana dharma and AI,
in an exclusive interview
with ANI Editor-in-Chief
Smita Prakash. PM Modi
responded to questions
on electoral bonds, Elon
Musk-led Tesla’s entry
into India, the misuse of
the central investigative
agencies, and lots more.
The PM also questioned
Congress for its refusal of
invitation to attend “Pran
Pratishtha” ceremony of
Ram Mandir. Modi said
Cong and its allies had
used the Ram Mandir is-
sue like political weapon.
A series of snapshots captures the diverse range of emotions conveyed by PM Narendra Modi as he
speaks during an interview on Monday, offering a glimpse into his nuanced communication style.
KEY REMARKS BY PM MODI
IHAVEBIGPLANS
FORINDIA:MODI
2ND INCIDENT IN 3 DAYS
 Ram Mandir: Opposi-
tion could have been dealt
with in the court earlier
 The ED: I refute Oppn
taunt ‘sent to jail by BJP’,
max cases by ED have no
connection with politics
 1 Nation, 1 Election:
This is our commitment.
 Sanatana Dharma: The
birth of DMK must have
been in this ‘hatred’ and
Strange, Cong joins hands
due to their ‘helplessness’
 Use of AI for roadmap:
Work on ambitious 2047
Viksit Bharat project has
been ongoing for 2 years
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari during a road show in support of BJP’s Jaipur seat candidate Manju Sharma ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jaipur on Monday. SANTOSH SHARMA
Celebrating Maha Ashtami
MAA
MAHAGAURI
Day 8
SHAH SETS THE
SHAH SETS THE
CITY AGLOW!
CITY AGLOW!
SHAH
HELD A
ROADSHOW
IN JAIPUR AS
PART OF BJP’S
CAMPAIGNING
AND EXPRESSED
CONFIDENCE
THAT THE BJP
WOULD SECURE
VICTORY IN
ALL THE 25
PARLIAMENTARY
SEATS IN RAJ
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POLL CRAZE LOOMS LARGE
We are going to win 25 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan, says Shah
ome Minister
Amit Shah,
who reached
Jaipur on Monday for a
road show, held a special
conversation with First
India during the road
show and claimed that
BJP will win all 25 seats
in Rajasthan. During the
road show, Chief Minis-
ter Bhajan Lal Sharma,
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari and BJP’s
LS candidate from
Jaipur city Manju Shar-
ma were present in the
chariot of Union Home
Minister Amit Shah.
“We are going to win 25
out of 25 seats in Ra-
jasthan. This time we
will achieve the target of
crossing 400,” he said. .
On the question of fight
on 2-3 seats in the state,
Shah said, “It seems like
this every time, but when
the box opens, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
wins.” Amit Shah fur-
ther said the ticket has
been given to Jaipur’s
daughter, it can be clear-
ly seen that there is a lot
of excitement for Manju
here. I can see that espe-
cially among women,
there is a lot of enthusi-
asm for the daughter of
Jaipur,” he said. On the
question of fight on two
to three seats in Ra-
jasthan, Union Minister
Amit Shah said that it
seems like this every
time but when the box
opens, only Modi wins.
H
After 500 years, on
April 17, Ram Lalla
will celebrate
birthday in a grand
temple where
bhoomi pujan and
consecration took
place in Ayodhya on
January 22, 2024.
AMIT SHAH,
UNION HOME MINISTER
SHAHWINSJAIPUR’S
HEARTANDSTREETS!
(From L-R) Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing gathering during
a roadshow at the Walled City in Jaipur on Monday. Hawa Mahal MLA
Balmukund Acharya chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans during the roadshow.
Huge gathering take part in mega roadshow of Amit Shah ahead of polls.
UHM Amit Shah and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
greet crowd during the roadshow.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on
Monday held a mega roadshow in
the Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency
and exuded confidence that the BJP
would win all 25 parliamentary
seats in Rajasthan for the third time
in a row. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Diya
Kumari and BJP candidate from the
Jaipur seat Manju Sharma
accompanied Shah in the vehicle
during the road show that began
from Sanganeri Gate and passed
through Johri Bazaar, Badi Chaupar,
Tripolia Bazaar and Choti Chaupar
The mega show was reported by VINOD
SINGH CHOUHAN & AISHWARY PRADHAN
and senior photojournalist SANTOSH SHARMA
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
z Union Home Minister
Amit Shah held a road
show in Jaipur, in which a
distance of 1.8 kilometers
was covered.
z Party workers wearing
saffron turbans and raised
slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’
during roadshow which
began from Sanganeri
gate-Badi Chaupar-Choti
Chaupar.
z Under the mega
roadshow, Adarsh Nagar,
Kishanpole and Hawa
Mahal assembly constituen-
cies were covered.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with CM Bhajan Lal Sharma,
Deputy CM Diya Kumari, Manju Sharma addresses huge crowd
during a roadshow in the Walled City in Jaipur on Monday.
Jaipur rae jan-jan
nein kehno hai, vote
toh keval modi ji
nein deno hai.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA,
CHIEF MINISTER
MODI TO BECOME PM
FOR THIRD TIME: CM
CM Bhajan Lal Shar-
ma said on Monday
that overwhelming
crowd at UHM Amit Shah’s
roadshow shows BJP’s
resounding victory on all
25 Lok Sabha seats in Ra-
jasthan, paving the way for
Narendra Modi to become
PM for the third time.
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
The Foundation Day of
Himachal State was cel-
ebrated at Raj Bhavan on
Monday where Governor
Kalraj Mishra interacted
with the people of the
state and congratulated
them. He said that it is a
holy and sacred land.
Talking about mountains,
rivers, waterfalls and
lush greenery, he said
that tourism began here.
Describing Himachal
as the pride of India, the
Governor said that the
purpose of celebrating
the foundation day of the
states is to experience
‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha
Bharat’. He also called
for working to strengthen
national unity and soli-
darity. He said that India
will become strong
through unity and coordi-
nation of various sectors.
For this, an initiative has
been taken at Raj Bhavan
to celebrate the founda-
tion day of states.
Folk artistes from
Himachal enthralled the
people with the harmo-
nium presentation of
‘Jeena Kangre Da’group
folk song and solo folk
song. The people ex-
pressed their gratitude to
the Governor.
ON HANUMAN JANMOTSAV
‘Apne-Apne Ram’at Mehandipur Balaji
First India Bureau
Dausa
n the occasion
of Hanuman
Janmotsav, a
grand event ‘Apne-Apne
Ram’ will be organized
in the presence of the
temple Mahant Naresh
Puri Maharaj in Mehand-
ipur Balaji. There is a
wave of enthusiasm
among the youths and
devotees. Youths believe
that Ram Katha by Ma-
hant Maharaj will help
them learn more about
the Hindu religion and
the life of Lord Ram.
Hundreds of artisans
are busy making ar-
rangements at the venue
on about 22 bighas of
land. Hassle free ar-
rangements for darshan
have been made in the
temple for the devotees
reaching Mehandipur
Balaji, while free food
and prasad packets are
distributed every day in
the afternoon.
In a two-day pro-
gramme to be held at
Mehndipur Balaji in
Jaipur, renowned poet
Kumar Vishwas will en-
thral the devotees with
Shri Ram Katha onApril
22 and 23.
O
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heldwith32kgpoppystraw
First India Bureau
Jodhpur/Jaipur
An operation targeting
the trafficking of Poppy
Straw (Doda) on Monday
which was based on reli-
able intelligence was
conducted by NCB Jodh-
pur and Jaipur. The op-
eration was conducted
under the supervision of
Ghanasyam Soni, IRS,
Zonal Director, NCB
Jodhpur & Jaipur.
The operation focused
on individuals traveling
through the General
compartment of Ajmer
Express (12987) from
Gaya, Bihar to Jaipur.
During the raid, the
suspects Vijaypal Singh
Yadav & Sushma match-
ing the provided intelli-
gence recieved by the
NCB, were identified and
intercepted upon the
train’s arrival. They were
subsequently taken to the
Railway Police Force Po-
lice Station, Jaipur Junc-
tion Railway Station, for
further proceedings.
A case has been regis-
tered under NDPS act of
the Indian Penal Code as
following- Crime No. -
05/2024/Jaipur, dated
April 15, 2024.
Ghanshyam Soni in-
formed that 32.350
KGs of Poppy Straw
(Doda) was seized, the
market value of this is
Rs 4,85,250.
NCB seizes poppy straw worth `4.85 Lakh
Major Drug Bust
The apprehended accused along with the seized contraband in
NCB custody on Monday.
Governor Kalraj Mishra at the celebration of Himachal Foundation Day, in Raj Bhavan on Monday.
Gaurav Goyal and Govind Ram Jaiswal were also present on the occassion.
HC stays order of release of 12
accused of SI recruitment case
Kamalkant Sharma
Jaipur
The Rajasthan High
Court has halted the re-
lease of 12 accused per-
sons involved in the pa-
per leak case of the Po-
lice Sub-Inspector re-
cruitment examination
held in 2021.
Justice Sudesh Bansal
issued this order while
hearing the criminal peti-
tion filed by the state
government. Earlier, the
Chief Metropolitan Mag-
istrate had ordered the
release of the accused on
bail, considering their il-
legal detention.
State government law-
yer Anurag Sharma ar-
gued before the court that
on April 12, the lower
court had ordered the re-
lease of the accused, con-
sidering their illegal de-
tention, whereas earlier
onApril 4, the same court
had remanded the ac-
cused to police custody.
Sharma contended that if
their detention was in-
deed illegal, then the
magistrate should have
released them during the
previous hearing. Once
the magistrate issued or-
ders for police custody, it
wouldn’t be termed as il-
legal detention.
Four accused Hariom
Patidar from Dungarpur,
Shyam Pratap Singh
from Jodhpur, Vikram
Jeet Bishnoi from Bikan-
er, and Shravan Kumar
Godara have been re-
manded in custody.
The accused, being presented
at Raj High Court, in police
custody on Monday.
Celebrating foundation day of states is to
experience ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’
ON HIMACHAL FOUNDATION DAY, GUV SAYS
FakeNOCorgantransplant:
FIR after Home dept nod
Raj Police Raising Day
to be celebrated today
Prepare strategy to achieve targets for FY 2024-25: Pathak
Posing as
cops, 3 held
for extorting
`15,000
Vigilance dept
seizes goods
worth `16,500
from squatters
Vikas Sharma, Shivendra
Singh Parmar, Navin Sharma
Jaipur
In a special interview
with First India, ACS
Shubhra Singh stated
that the “Transplanta-
tion of Human Organs”
Act fully specifies the
procedure for organ
transplantation. This
was in response to the
fake NOC for an organ
transplant at the SMS
hospital and the subse-
quent revelation of the
organ trade in Haryana.
Legal advice has been
received from AAG, fol-
lowing which a proposal
has been sent to the
Home Department. Once
approval is obtained
from Home Department,
an FIR will be filed in
this case.
According to medical
education department,
the FIR will be filed by
Organ Transplant Au-
thority. Along with
this, a joint team can be
formed to investigate
the case, which may in-
clude not only the de-
partment but also the
police and the ACB.
Singh has stated that
various aspects have
come to light in this
case, hence the propos-
al for investigation by a
joint team is under con-
sideration. Additional-
ly, It is believed that
after the FIR is filed
with the police, many
more major revelations
may emerge.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
On the foundation day of
Rajasthan Police today,
formal programmes will
be held at the Police
Headquarters including
Police Commissionerate,
Police Range, Police Dis-
tricts, Police Training
Institutes and units in
view of the Model Code
of Conduct for the Lok
Sabha elections.
Director General of
Police (DGP) Utkal Ran-
jan Sahoo said that in the
third week of June, tradi-
tional events will be held
for two days. He said that
officers will hold a meet-
ing with the police force
in Police Training Insti-
tutes and units, including
Police Commissionerate,
Police Range and Police
Districts in the state.
In the contact meet-
ings, the Commissioner
of Police, Inspector Gen-
eral of Police Range, Su-
perintendent of Police,
Deputy Commissioner or
Commandant will read
the message of DGP tkal
Ranjan Sahoo, Rajasthan
and discuss work of their
respective units.
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
A virtual review meeting
of the Commercial Tax
Department was held on
Monday under the chair-
manship of Finance Sec-
retary Revenue KK
Pathak where the focus
was on the top 25 circles
which were collecting
weak revenue as com-
pared to the targets set by
the department. Along
with the circle in-charges
and their senior officers,
he sought to know the
reasons for lagging and
also gave instructions to
make improvements. He
told the officers to pre-
pare a concrete strategy
to achieve the targets al-
lotted for the financial
year 2024-25.
According to sources,
officers ranging fromAs-
sistant Commissioner to
Assistant Commercial
Tax Officer of the depart-
ment were present in the
meeting held through
Webex of the department
in the Government Sec-
retariat. In his address,
Pathak also directed the
officials to reduce the de-
pendence on the top tax-
payers of the state along
with identifying new tax-
payers and focusing on
collecting tax from them.
It is said that at present
the department has iden-
tified about 61,000 tax-
payers in the category of
top taxpayers in the
state. Taxpayers who
had paid less revenue of
more than Rs 5 crore in
the last financial year
were also discussed.
Revenue targets have
been set for the Commer-
cial Tax Department for
the financial year 2024-
25, in which a target of
60 percent increase has
been set based on the net
revenue of the financial
year 2023-24. Sources
say that achieving the tar-
get seems very difficult
in the current circum-
stances. Some officials
questioned this but it was
said that the targets have
been set by the finance
department and it is the
responsibility of all the
officers to achieve
through teamwork.
First India Bureau
Alwar
On Saturday, in the
Akbarpur police
station area of Al-
war district, the po-
lice arrested three
accused of threat-
ening a youth by
posing as a police-
man and making
him transfer Rs
15,000 online.
SP Anand Shar-
ma said that the ac-
cused, Sher Singh
Shekhawat (38),
Sanjay Saini (35)
and Hemant Kumar
Jat (24) have been
arrested. He said
that the matter was
reported by the vic-
tim at Lakhanpur
police station on
Saturday.
He said that he
was coming to Al-
war from Thanagaji
on a bike when two
people, posing as
policemen, asked
him to stop. Their
other associate was
also present. They
threatened him to
transfer Rs 15,000.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
As per the directions of
Municipal Corporation
Greater Commissioner
Rukmani Riyad, under
the leadership of Deputy
Commissioner Vigilance
Ajay Kumar Sharma, on
Monday, an interim team
of the Vigilance Branch
seized goods worth Rs
16,500 from the areas un-
der the jurisdiction of the
Greater Jaipur Municipal
Corporation, including
Albert Hall, Rajasthan
University, JLN Marg,
Fortis Hospital, World
Trade Park, Patrika Gate,
Airport, Gandhi Nagar
Mod, and Gandhi Nagar
Police Station, along
with a team from Ra-
jasthan University to
Gandhi Circle on both
sides of the road, Lal
Kothi Sabzi Mandi, and
JLN Marg, against those
involved in temporary
encroachments.
Weather takes a turn
Overcast skies at Jal Mahal in Jaipur. Light showers and rain
was observed in several parts of the state on Monday.
NAIM KHAN
The NCB in Jodhpur
and Jaipur conducted
a targeted operation
on Ajmer Express,
resulting in the
seizure of 32.350
KGs of Poppy Straw
worth Rs. 4.85 lakh.
Suspects matching
intelligence inputs
were intercepted,
marking a significant
step in combating
drug trafficking in
the region
 FILE
Mehandipur Balaji is
abuzz with the
preprations for the
grand ‘Apne-Apne
Ram’ event, featuring
Shri Ram Katha by
Mahant Naresh Puri
Maharaj and
performances by
Kumar Vishwas
MismanagementatSafari
bookingsputsofftourists
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Jhalana Leopard Sa-
fari has become one of
the most sought-after
tourist attractions in
Jaipur but the visiting
tourists are facing disap-
pointment as far the
booking in this reserve is
concerned.
Tourists visiting the
safari to have a peek into
the life of these majestic
leopards have to shell
out extra bucks if the ve-
hicle doesn’t get six pas-
sengers. They are asked
to buy the remaining
tickets also if there are
not enough passengers
in the vehicle.
“They cannot deny us
the safari if the number
of passengers in a vehi-
cle is less, we have paid
the money, this should
not be our concern,” said
a disappointed tourist.
The tourists feel that in
such cases they end up
paying much more than
what was mentioned. In
some cases, there have
been arguments between
the safari people and the
tourists.
Moreover, the option
of a student discount is
also not available on the
website so the students
too have to pay the full
safari amount.
The people associated
with the tourism sector
opine that if such flaws
are removed and the en-
tire process is made more
tourist-friendly then
Jhalana Safari can attract
more tourists.
It ay be noted that the
Jhalana Leopard Park is
spread in an area of
23sq km and is home to
30-35 leopards out of
which 6-7 leopards have
their territory in tourism
area of park.
Safari at Jhalana has
been operational since
December 2016 and as of
now two safari routes are
open for visitors.
Jhalana Leopard Safari
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RAJSAMAND FACE TO FACE
Modi’s guarantee and impact
of Ram temple
Advantage of being the daughter-in-
law of the former royal family of Mewar
Husband Vishvaraj Singh is currently
BJP MLA from Nathdwara
Away from local factionalism of Cong
The undeniable face and image of
the social worker
Unity visible among Cong leaders
of parliamentary constituency
STRENGTHS STRENGTHS
Disadvantages of campaigning
as an external candidate
No prior experience of electoral politics
Ticket received after declared
candidate refused to contest elections
WEAKNESS
MAHIMA
SINGH MEWAR
Age: 52 years
Education: Graduate
Assets: `24,81,000
Vehicle: None
DAMODAR
GURJAR
Age: 59 years
Education: MA, PhD
Assets: `1,29,00,826
Vehicle: None
No experience of electoral politics
No direct connection with voters and
party workers in the area
Danger of conflict in the party
WEAKNESS
GROUND REPORT RAJSAMAND LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY
Thistimepollbattleisbetween
newfacesofBJPandCongress
1 2 Shock to Congress due to former MP Gopal Singh joining BJP and
refusal of the previously announced candidate to contest the elections
BJP has fielded Mahima Singh of the former royal
family of Mewar while Cong fielding Damodar Gurjar
Ashish Choudhary
Rajsamand
he second
phase of voting
for the Rajsa-
mand Lok Sab-
ha seat is on
April 26 and both the ma-
jor parties BJP and Con-
gress are busy working
out the electoral equation
for victory. Talking about
the candidates for the Ra-
jsamand seat, this time
both parties have placed
bets on new faces and
both are contesting their
first elections.
BJPhas made Mahima
Singh Mewar its candi-
date and she belongs to
the erstwhile Panchkot
royal family which is in
West Bengal. Mahima
Singh received her pri-
mary education from
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
and is married to the Me-
war royal family. Her
husband Vishvaraj Singh
Mewar is currently an
MLA from the Nath-
dwara assembly seat.
The Congress had ear-
lier declared Sudarshan
Singh Rawat, former
MLA from Bhim in Ra-
jsamand district, as its
candidate, but Rawat re-
fused to contest the elec-
tions for some reason,
after which Congress
made Damodar Gurjar its
candidate for this seat.
Congress had earlier de-
clared Gurjar as its candi-
date from Bhilwara. Da-
modar Gurjar comes
from a farmer family, was
born in Gawari village of
Sawai Madhopur district
and received his primary
education from his native
village. Gurjar has also
served in the Rajasthan
Police and has also been
active in social work. He
has been active in the po-
litical field since 2011
and is continuously work-
ing for his organisation.
The direct contest for
the Rajsamand seat is be-
tween the BJP and Con-
gress candidates. So far,
three elections have been
held for Rajsamand Lok
Sabha seat, which came
into existence in 2008 af-
ter delimitation. The first
Lok Sabha elections
were held on this seat in
2009 in which Congress
candidate Gopal Singh
Edwa won.After that, the
BJP won two elections in
2014 and 2019 due to the
Modi wave. In such a
situation, the contest of
2024 is going to be very
interesting. It remains to
be seen whether the BJP,
which has won this seat
twice in a row, will score
a hat-trick or will Con-
gress win.
As regards the caste
equation, Rajput votes
decide the victory equa-
tion of this seat because,
in the elections held in
2009, Congress candidate
Gopal Singh won this
seat, while in 2014, Hari-
om Singh Rathore from
BJP, and in 2019, erst-
while Jaipur royal Diya
Kumari, who is currently
the Deputy CM of the
state, won from this seat.
However, Gopal Singh
Edwa has now left Con-
gress and joined the BJP
due to which this time the
election equations seem
to have changed a bit.
T
THIS TIME IN THE ELECTIONS, ALONG WITH
NATIONAL, LOCAL ISSUES ARE ALSO HOT
Talking about issues in the 2024 Lok Sabha elec-
tions, along with national issues, local issues are
also prominently being picked. On one hand, the
people believe that other national issues like Article 370
and Ram Mandir will dominate and problems like inflation,
unemployment, education, roads and water will also be an
issue in the elections.
MP DIYA KUMARI’S REPORT CARD
Diya Kumari, a member of the former royal family
of Jaipur, was the last elected MP from this seat
and after winning the Assembly elections, she re-
signed as MP. Diya Kumari’s image remained good among
the voters. Despite not being a local, she was always active
among the voters and party workers of her area. She also
had full cooperation in the development work of the area.
Congress candidate Damodar Gurjar during public connect rally in Amet of Rajsamand on Monday.
RESULTS OF
ASSEMBLY POLLS
08
BJP CONGRESS
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Rajsamand
Nathdwara
Degana
RAJASTHAN
RAJSAMAND LS
CONSTITUENCY
20,60,942
Total voters in Rajsamand
64.81%
1,48,031
Voters increased
since 2019
Males
10,55,731
10,05,186
Females
25
ThirdGender
Voting recorded on
Rajsamand seat in 2019
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
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PRIYANKA GANDHI’S HELICOPTER DRAMA: TAKES A
U-TURN EN ROUTE TO RANTHAMBORE FOR A MOBILE
Priyanka Gandhi arrived from Jalore to
Ranthambore on Sunday. Her helicopter
landed at Chakchainera helipad, from where
she proceeded to the hotel by car. However, just
after leaving the helipad, Priyanka Gandhi’s car took
a sudden U-turn. This unexpected turn created a
stir among other officials accompanying her in the
convoy. It was later discovered that Priyanka Gandhi
had left her mobile phone in the helicopter. She
returned to the helipad to retrieve it. Upon resolving
the situation, officials breathed a sigh of relief.
LOW TURNOUT PLAGUES
CHOPRA’S RALLIES,
EMPTY CHAIRS SPARK
BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA
What’s
happening in
Anil Chopra’s
rallies? Once again,
a low turnout was
observed at his rally
today. The chairs
remained empty at the
gatherings of Congress
leaders Deepender
Hooda and Sukhjinder
Singh Randhawa.
Congress Jaipur Rural
candidate’s Kotputli
rally saw fewer people
than expected. Now,
videos of empty chairs
are going viral on
social media platforms.
Raj tops in seizures
with recovery of
over `800 cr: SEC
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Over 800 crores of drugs,
liquor, precious metals,
freebies and illegal cash
were recovered by differ-
ent enforcement agencies
ofRajasthanaheadofLok
Sabha elections.
CEO Praveen Gupta
said that this time Ra-
jasthan has created a new
record. According to the
data released by the Elec-
tionCommissionofIndia,
Rajasthanranksfirstinthe
country in terms of sei-
zures. Gupta said in a
statement that since
March 1, cash and other
suspicious material worth
Rs812.77crorehavebeen
seized in Rajasthan. This
includes cash worth Rs
36.79 crore, liquor worth
Rs 41.71 crore, drugs
worth Rs 121.79 crore,
gold and silver including
other precious metals
worth Rs 49.21 crore,
freebies worth more than
Rs 563 crore and other
suspiciousitems.Seizures
worth more than Rs 20
crore each were made in
20 districts of the state.
Gupta said that the val-
ue of suspicious items
seized by the agencies
since March 16, after the
implementation of the
MCC for the LS Polls, is
more than Rs 712 crore.
Congres workers
will seek vote for
BAP in Banswara,
says Ram Lal Jat
First India Bureau
Banswara
Former minister and
Congress in-charge Ram-
lal Jat has formally an-
nounced to support the
Bharat Adivasi Party
candidate in Banswara.
Jat said at a press confer-
ence that AICC has de-
cided to support the BAP
in the Banswara Lok
Sabha seat and Bagidora
assembly byelections. In
this regard, he discussed
with the party leaders of
Banswara and Dungar-
pur and appealed to the
workers to make the BAP
candidate win.
“Thisdecisionhasbeen
taken to save Baba Sa-
heb’s Constitution and to
defeat BJP,” he said.
Jat said that after the
declared candidates of
Congress did not with-
draw their names for Lok
Sabha and Assembly by-
election, they were ex-
pelled from the party.
Bhilwara village
boycotts Lok
Sabha elections
over water crisis
First India Bureau
Bhilwara
In a dramatic turn of events,
residents of Kaniya vil-
lage in Bhilwara have
taken a decisive stand by
opting to boycott the up-
coming Lok Sabha elec-
tions. The primary reason
behind this bold move
stems from their frustra-
tion over the prolonged
issue of inadequate
drinking water supply.
Despite repeated appeals
and grievances, their
plight remains unad-
dressed.
Efforts by the election
department to conduct
home voting were met
with staunch resistance,
highlighting the severity
of the situation. As offi-
cials continue their en-
deavors to persuade the
villagers, the standoff
underscores the pressing
need for urgent action to
resolve the water scarcity
in the region.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Regarding the statements
of BJP’s Rajkot candidate
Purushottam Rupala,
MLA Chandrabhan Sin-
ghAkya and former MLA
Randhir Singh Bhinder
and President of Jauhar
Smriti Sansthan said -
Rupala’s statement has
nothing to do with the
party, Kshatriya Samaj is
with BJP and called it a
part of Congress’s con-
spiracy. They stressed
that this is a matter of Gu-
jarat and of one leader
and it is wrong to link it
with other candidates.
Former Vallabhnagar
MLARandhirSinghBhin-
der said on Monday that
Chittorgarh candidate CP
Joshi is the only MP who
raised the issue of Rani
Padmini in Parliament.
“Postalstampswereissued
on Maharana Pratap, Jhala
Manna, Jaimal. He got the
wronginscriptionremoved
in Padmini Mahal and got
the wrong description
made in Light and Sound
show removed. He got an
inscription installed at the
Joharsite.Anoutsidercan-
notknowwhatkindofsitu-
ation we have here, who is
supporting us to what ex-
tent. National President
Mahipal Singh Makrana is
respectable. He represents
the Kshatriya community.
Let’s fight for them. But as
apartywearesayingthisis
wrong. In such a situation,
the Kshatriya community
is being provoked. In this
society, there are people
supporting BJP ideologies
and also people supporting
Congress ideologies. Peo-
ple of opposition are doing
such things. Whereas the
entire Kshatriya commu-
nity is not included in it.
Oursocietywasconnected
toBJPandwillremaincon-
nected. Whatever com-
ment has been made by
Rajkot’s Rupala is abso-
lutelywrong.Buttheentire
party cannot be blamed for
that,” Bhinder said. Mean-
while MLAChandrabhan
Singh Akya said that
whatever Purushottam
Rupala said is very
wrong. “Not only in our
society, but such things
should not be said for any
society. Some people in
the Rajput community
who are with a particular
party are the ones who are
instigating.” he said.
Chandrabhan Singh Akya Randhir Singh Bhinder
RAJKOT’S BJP CANDIDATE RUPALA’S CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS
Kshatriya front asserts loyalty amid allegations
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Fist India Bureau
New Delhi
ven before the
country goes to
vote for the first
phase of polling on April
19, the enforcement
agencies have so far
seized Rs 4650 crores
which is higher than the
total seizures of the 2019
General Elections.
Rajasthan topped the
list with a total seizure
amounting to Rs 778.5
crores, an election com-
mission statement said.
The commission said that
authorities under its su-
pervision are making sei-
zures worth Rs 100 crore
every day since March 1.
“EnforcementAgencies
have made a record sei-
zure of over Rs.4650
crores in ECI’s resolute
fightagainstmoneypower
even before the first phase
of polling for the 18th Lok
Sabha elections com-
mences on Friday. This
marks a sharp increase of
overRs3475croresseized
during the entire Lok Sab-
ha election in 2019,” the
poll panel said.
Significantly, 45 per-
cent of the seizures are of
drugs and narcotics,
which are under the spe-
cial focus of the Com-
mission. The seizures
have been possible by
comprehensive plan-
ning, scaled-up collabo-
ration and unified deter-
rence action from agen-
cies, proactive citizen
participation, and opti-
mal engagement of tech-
nology, it said. The com-
mission has also taken
strict action against ap-
proximately 106 govern-
ment servants who were
found assisting politi-
cians in campaigning
and violating the Model
Code of Conduct.
The seizures are a crit-
ical part of ECI’s resolve
to conduct the Lok Sabha
elections free of induce-
ments and electoral mal-
practices and to ensure a
level playing field.
On 12th April, the
Commission led by Chief
Election Commissioner
Rajiv Kumar and Elec-
tion Commissioners
Gyanesh Kumar and
Sukhbir Singh Sandhu
reviewed all central ob-
servers deployed in
Phase -1 of elections go-
ing to poll on April 19.
Tightening, monitoring,
and checking were
amongst the focus of de-
liberations to ensure an
inducement-free elector-
al process, the ECI said.
First India Bureau
Palakkad
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Monday took a
dig at Rahul Gandhi who
is contesting from Kera-
la’s Wayanad, indirectly
hinting that he is taking
the help of the political
wing of a banned organi-
sation to win this elec-
tion, just to save his face
for losing his family seat
in Uttar Pradesh in the
2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“A big leader of Con-
gress has found it diffi-
cult to save the respect of
his family seat in Uttar
Pradesh and has made his
new base in Kerala. To
win the elections, Con-
gress has entered into a
backdoor agreement with
the political wing of an
organization which has
been banned in the coun-
try for its anti-national
tendencies. Have you
ever heard this from
them?” PM Modi said at
a public meeting here.
Continuing his attack
against the Congress, PM
Modi said, “Have they
said anything about how
they looted money in the
Cooperative bank scam?
Do they even utter a
word? The crown prince
of Congress will ask for
votes from the people of
Kerala but will not say
even a single word on
your issues...”
PM Modi also hit out
at the Pinarayi Vijayan
government in Kerala
saying that the state suf-
fers from the problem of
water scarcity which
points out the failure of
the state government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by MoS V Muraleedharan and others at a public
meeting in support of BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram seat Rajeev Chandrasekhar for the
upcoming Lok Sabha polls, at Attingal, in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.  ANI
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah holds a sword during a public rally ahead of Lok
Sabha elections, in Imphal, Manipur, on Monday. PTI
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organisationinKerala:PMModi
In Southern India, PM Modi sharpens attack against Congress
ElectModiasPMagainto
saveManipur:AmitShah
First India Bureau
Imphal
Manipur and the entire
northeast are so important
that when they shine the
whole nation will move
forward, Union Home
Minister Amit Shah said
addressing a BJP public
meeting at Hapta
Kangjeibung on Monday.
Shah said that Modi is
a friend of the northeast
and Manipur. He ap-
pealed to the people to
elect Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi as the Prime
Minister for the third and
to save Manipur. He al-
leged that the Congress
party is involved in di-
viding the country, and it
has started South and
North India politics.
He reminded the peo-
ple of the incident on
April 14, 1944, when the
Indian flag was unfurled
for the first time at
Moirang by INA.
The BJP government
has fulfilled its promise
to build Ram Mandir and
fight the separatist move-
ment to bring peace to
the country he added.
During the last 10
years 25 cr people were
uplifted from the pov-
erty line 80 crore people
were given free food,
four crore people were
given houses, 14 crore
people were given tap
water, Shah added.
Under PM’s leadership
India touching new
heights: Rajnath Singh
First India Bureau
Jammu
Seeking vote for the BJP
candidate from Kathua-
Udhampur Lok Sabha
seat Dr Jitendra Singh,
Union Minister and sen-
ior leader Rajnath Singh
on Monday said under
the leadership of PM
Narendra Modi, India is
touching new heights.
“India has emerged as
the strongest country
globally on all fronts un-
der the leadership of
Prime Minister Naren-
dera Modi,” said Singh at
a public rally in Basholi
tehsil of Kathua district.
Udhampur Lok Sabha
seat will go to polls on
April 19. Singh also said
in the Sankalp Patra
(Sankalp Patra) of BJP,
PM Modi has ensured the
inclusion of free treat-
ment to people above 70
years of age no matter to
which income group they
belong to.
He urged the people to
vote in large numbers in
favour of Dr Jitendera
Singh stating that BJP is
committed to safeguard
the rights of women.Sin-
gh also added that BJP
will win all seats in Jam-
mu and Kashmir in Lok
Sabha election.
NDA will win 80 LS seats in UP: Yogi
Firing On All Cylinders
PTI
Lucknow
Giving a new election
slogan, Uttar Pradesh
CMYogiAdityanath said
the 80 Lok Sabha seats in
Uttar Pradesh will form
the basis for BJP-led
NDA winning 400-plus
seats in the Lok Sabha
polls. “Assi banega aad-
har, NDA char sau paar,
phir ek baar Modi
sarkar,” he said at a press
conference here.
“BJP’s Sankalp Patra
serves as the blueprint for
a ‘naya, shreshth, aat-
manirbhar and viksit
Bharat (new, great, self-
reliant and developed In-
dia). In addition to de-
claring a war against cor-
ruption, it reaffirms the
commitment to elevate
India from antyodaya to
sarvodaya and position it
as a global leader,” he
said while addressing a
press conference at the
party headquarters here.
The UP CM highlight-
ed that on the birth anni-
versary of Dr Bhimrao
Ambedkar, the architect
of the Constitution, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
unveiled the BJP’s
Sankalp Patra. Its first
four copies represent the
four social pillars of the
country – gareeb (poor),
yuva (youth), annadata
(farmers), and nari (wom-
en), collectively known
as GYAN, he said.
Rahul Gandhi begins
his 2-day election
campaign in Wayanad
Agencies
Wayanad
AICC leader and in-
cumbent MP from Way-
anad has started his
two-day election cam-
paign by holding rallies
and public meetings
from Sulthan Bathery,
Mananthavady, Vella-
munda, and Pulpally and
also visiting the Bishop
of Mananthavady dio-
cese during the election
campaign on the first
day, Monday.
Rahul Gandhi arrived at
Nilgiris Arts and Science
College grounds by heli-
copterfromMysorearound
1000 hrs and proceeded to
Sulthan Bathery by road
andheldarallythere in the
morning. A large number
of people thronged on the
sides of the road to
glimpse him without us-
ing any party flags of
Congress or its allies.
FRESH SALVO
INKERALA,PM
ACCUSESLEFTOF
SWINDLINGPUBLIC’S
CRORESOFRUPEES
Thrissur:
Launching a
scathing attack
on the ruling CPI (M) in
Kerala, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on
Monday alleged that
Chief Minister Pinarayi
Vijayan is lying to the
victims of the Karuvan-
nur Cooperative Soci-
ety scam. Addressing
a BJP election meeting
in Kunnamkulam,
near here for Alathur,
Chalakudy, Ponnani,
and Malappuram Lok
Sabha constituency
candidates, the Prime
Minister alleged that
the Left leaders have
swindled crores of
rupees deposited by
the common man and
assured that the BJP
the government will
spare no effort to return
their lost money.
MANGALURU ROADSHOW MEMORABLE, MYSURU
PUBLIC MEETING PHENOMENAL, SAYS PM MODI
Bengaluru: PM Narendra Modi described his road-
show last night in Mangaluru as “memorable”, and
his public meeting in Mysuru, during which he shared
the stage with former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, as
“phenomenal”. During the public meeting on Sunday evening
at Mysuru’s Maharaja’s College ground, Modi also met Arun
Yogiraj, the sculptor of the Ram Lalla idol consecrated at
Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Pictures of him Yogiraj greeting the
prime minister has gone viral on social media. “The roadshow
in Mangaluru was memorable!” Modi said in a post on social
media platform X on Monday, sharing highlights from it.
SCRAPPING ARTICLE 370, A MILESTONE
ACHIEVEMENT: YOGI ADITYANATH IN BIHAR
Aurangabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath on Monday said that the scrapping of
Article 370, relating to Jammu and Kashmir, is a
big achievement of the Narendra Modi government which
further reinforced the unity and integrity of the country.
Addressing a public meeting in favour of BJP candidate
Sushil Kumar Singh from Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat,
Adityanath said that the Narendra Modi government had
fulfilled its promise of scrapping Article 370 relating to
Jammu and Kashmir. When Article 370 was in existence,
it was very difficult for a common man to visit the state but
after scrapping of Article 370, no such problem was there
and anyone could move freely, he added.
SHAH SAYS DEVELOPMENT OF TRIPURA’S TRIBAL
AREAS PRIORITY FOR BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY
Agartala: Develop-
ment of the tribal
areas in Tripura is a
priority for the BJP, Union
Home Minister Amit Shah
said on Monday. Address-
ing an election rally in
Kumarghat, the Union Home
Minister said all issues of the
state’s tribal community have
been taken care of in the
“historic agreement” signed
with Tipra Motha.
Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh addresses a public
meeting.  FILE
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a public meeting in support of NDA candidates
ahead of Lok Sabha election, in Aurangabad district, on Monday,  PTI
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign for
the Lok Sabha polls, in Wayanad, on Monday. PTI
EC’S RESOLVE TO HOLD
FREE AND FAIR POLLS
The seizures are a
critical part of ECI
resolve to conduct
LS polls free of inducements
and electoral malpractices
and to ensure a level play-
ing field. On April 12, Com-
mission led by CEC Rajiv
Kumar with ECs Gyanesh
Kumar and Sukhbir Singh
Sandhu reviewed all Central
Observers deployed in
Phase -1 of elections to be
held on April 19.
AHEAD OF 1st PHASE POLLS
Enforcement agencies make record seizure of `4650 cr: ECI
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar chairs with Election
Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu.  FILE
E
Police at Kamal
Nath’s residence
in Chhindwara
Agencies
Bhopal
A police team on Mon-
day reached former CM
Kamal Nath’s house in
Chhindwara
in connec-
tion with a
complaint
filed by BJP
candidate
Vivek ‘Bunty’ Sahu. As
per information, Bunty,
who is contesting against
Nath’s son Nakul Nath
from Chhindwara, al-
leged that ex-CM’s aide
RK Mrignali gave mon-
ey to some journalists to
defame him.
ECI cracks down on
money power; `100
crore seizure each
day since 1st March
n the modern
global landscape,
media plays a piv-
otal role in shap-
ing public percep-
tion and understanding of inter-
national affairs. Amidst a com-
plex tapestry of narratives, how
India is portrayed on the world
stage is influenced by various
factors. Global power dynamics,
coupled with anti-India propa-
ganda, often distort the image of
India, overshadowing its pro-
gress and achievements. A re-
cent analysis by The Communi-
cator, a peer-reviewed journal
from India’s Indian Institute of
Mass Communications (IIMC),
highlights the infiltration of neg-
ative narratives about India into
mainstream media through ma-
nipulation. Such coverage often
presents a one-sided view, ne-
glecting positive developments
and reinforcing negative stereo-
types. This underscores the ur-
gency to showcase India’s true
progress and successes, which
are often obscured by a carefully
constructed negative narrative.
One common misrepresenta-
tion revolves around claims of
the “weakening of democracy”
and false allegations of “viola-
tion of citizens’ rights.” How-
ever, as the world’s largest de-
mocracy, India boasts a vibrant
multi-party system with regular,
meticulously prepared elec-
tions. Efforts to include diverse
groups like young voters, wom-
en, the third gender community,
Persons with Disabilities
(PwDs), and Particularly Vul-
nerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)
exemplify India’s commitment
to inclusivity and accessibility.
Beyond electoral participation,
inclusivity extends to economic
growth, evidenced by rising liv-
ing standards paralleling sig-
nificant economic strides across
multiple sectors.
Financial inclusion initia-
tives, such as the JAM trinity,
have expanded access to over
80% of adults, while income in-
equality has declined, supported
by a widening tax base and in-
creased filings. Prudent eco-
nomic management has tripled
indirect tax collections since the
implementation of GST. India’s
unique developmental model,
centered on Digital Public
Goods Infrastructure (DPGI),
has attracted global attention
through platforms like the India
Stack, Aadhaar, UPI, and
GSTN. These DPGIs facilitate
seamless transactions and gov-
ernance, democratizing access
to digital technologies and elim-
inating the digital divide across
public services.
Initiatives like Standup India,
Rozgar Mela, and Pradhan Man-
tri MudraYojana (PMMY) stim-
ulate job creation and economic
empowerment, leveling the
playing field for small entrepre-
neurs. These success stories of
digital inclusivity and economic
empowerment underscore the
health of Indian democracy, ex-
tending beyond elections and
free expression. India’s multi-
dimensional development is re-
flected in marked improvements
across global indices, from in-
novation and logistics to digital
readiness, demonstrating a com-
mitment to growth benefiting
every citizen.
Despite India’s impressive
economic growth under Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s lead-
ership, global media often pre-
sents a narrow and flawed per-
spective, missing the broader
picture. This biased portrayal
borders on foreign interference,
with documented cases of influ-
ence operations originating
from China. Concerns arise over
the weaponization of deep fakes
by malicious foreign actors,
threatening the integrity of In-
dian democracy. Coordinated
flawed commentary on Indian
democracy across global media
outlets necessitates intervention
from the Election Commission
to empower fact-checking and
clamp down on errant platforms
and media outlets.
India’s robust democracy
serves as the cornerstone of its
bright future, empowering citi-
zens’voices and catalyzing tan-
gible economic progress. With
an unwavering commitment to
inclusive growth and expanding
global influence, India is emerg-
ing as a formidable global pow-
er. The world’s largest democ-
racy cannot be trifled with by
global media outlets without
consequences. India’s demo-
cratic experiment offers hope to
the global south, showcasing
democracy’s potential for inclu-
sive growth and sustainable de-
velopment.
Conveying a strong message
to global media outlets that un-
dermining Indian democracy
undermines the aspirations of
over a billion Indians and the
hopes of billions across the
global south is imperative. In-
dia’s journey towards democ-
racy and development serves as
a beacon of hope for nations
worldwide.
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Blessed are those who do not walk
in step with the wicked or stand in
the way that sinners take or sit in
the company of mockers.
BIBLE
BUILDING ON
DEMOCRACY
India’s robust democracy
serves as the cornerstone
of its bright future, em-
powering citizens’ voices
and catalyzing tangible
economic progress. With
an unwavering commit-
ment to inclusive growth
and expanding global influ-
ence, India is emerging as
a formidable global power.
The world’s largest de-
mocracy cannot be trifled
with by global media out-
lets without consequenc-
es. India’s democratic
experiment offers hope to
the global south, showcas-
ing democracy’s potential
for inclusive growth and
sustainable development.
Conveying a strong
message to global media
outlets that undermining
Indian democracy un-
dermines the aspirations
of over a billion Indians
and the hopes of billions
across the global south is
imperative. India’s journey
towards democracy and
development serves as a
beacon of hope for nations
worldwide.
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Heartiest greetings of ‘Himachal Day’ to
the residents of Devbhoomi, the holy land
of incredible natural beauty, picturesque
culture and spirituality. Devbhoomi has an important
contribution in the progress, security and promotion
of cultural heritage of the nation. Today on this
occasion, I pray for the happiness, prosperity and
overall progress of the people of the state.
Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar)
@JPNadda
Huge crowds showcasing
widespread admiration and
support for the leadership of
Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji.
It’s a testament to his ability to connect
with the people and garner enthusiasm
for his initiatives and vision for the
country.
Anurag Thakur (मोदी का पिरवार)
@ianuragthakur
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shaping public perception and understanding of
international affairs. Amidst a complex tapestry of
narratives, how India is portrayed on the world stage is
influenced by various factors. Global power dynamics,
coupled with anti-India propaganda, often distort the image
of India, overshadowing its progress and achievements
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA’S INACCURATE
PORTRAYAL OF INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT
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RAM NAVAMI FESTIVAL
“Maine nahi banaya Ram ne banwaya”, says sculptor Arun Yogiraj
ANI
Mangaluru
s lakhs of devo-
tees will be
thronging to
Ayodhya’s Ram Janmab-
hoomi Mandir on April
17 on the occassion of
Ram Navami onApril 17,
Arun Yogiraj, the man
who sculpted the statue of
Lord Ram Lalla shared
the journey of his craft.
Yogiraj said the Ram
Lalla idol created by him
is beautiful owing to the
love for Lord Ram from
devotees at Ayodhya.
“I met a lot of devotees
in Ayodhya and they
shared their pain, the sac-
rifices and sometimes the
love for Lord Ram
Lalla...I listened to eve-
rything...The idol is
beautiful because of the
love for Lord Ram Lal-
la...,” Yogiraj said.
Speaking about his in-
stant fame after his work,
Yogiraj said, “The first
change after I sculpted
Lord Ram Lalla’s statue
is that I am getting a lot of
love everywhere in the
country. Along with this,
I am also getting a part of
the love that people have
for Lord Shri Ram. Eve-
ryone wants to meet me.
They want to talk about
the statue of Lord Shri
Ram that I made and in
fact, I have also decided
that I will spend time with
people, I also want to be
with people. I have kept
their love in my heart and
whenever I get a chance,
I will do something for
my country again.”
On the divine eyes of
Lord Ram crafted by
him, Yogiraj said that it
was not made by him but
Lord Ram Lalla himself.
“People ask about the
eyes of Shri Ram. Every-
one feels that the eyes
will speak to them at that
moment. It seems like a
living statue. So they ask
me how I created the eyes
of Ram. My answer is al-
ways that I did not make
them, Lord Ram made
them,” Yogiraj said.
A
Sculptor Arun Yogiraj making the idol. FILE
PEOPLE WILL QUEUE UP IN BRAHMA MUHURTA AT RAM TEMPLE
Ayodhya: Shri Ram
Janmabhoomi
Teerth Kshetra
General Secretary Cham-
pat Rai gave information
about the arrangements
for Ram Navami festival.
He said that Railway
reservation centre will be
set up at the passenger
convenience centre. Also,
on Ram Navami, arrange-
ments will be made for
the devotees to line up at
3.30 am in the Brahma
Muhurta. Booking of all
types of special passes/
darshan-aarti etc has been
cancelled. Everyone will
have to go through the
same route. The darshan
time has been increased
to 19 hours, which will con-
tinue from Mangala Aarti
till 11 pm. Rai appealed
to the dignitaries, who fall
under protocol, to come
for darshan only after April
19. The General Secre-
tary also reiterated that
the Ram Janmotsav will
be broadcast on about a
hundred big LED screens.
Pankaj Soni
Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel, which
Tehran said was in response to the strike on its consulate in Syria.
Agencies
New York
In a singular moment for
American history, the
hush money trial of for-
mer President Donald
Trump begins on April
15 with jury selection.
It's the first criminal
trial of a former com-
mander in chief and the
first of Trump's four in-
dictments to go to trial.
Because Trump is the
presumptive nominee
for this year’s Republi-
can ticket, the trial will
also produce the head-
spinning split-screen of
a presidential candidate
spending his days in
court and, he has said,
campaigning during
the night.”
And to some extent, it
is a trial of the justice
system itself as it grap-
ples with a defendant
who has used his enor-
mous prominence to as-
sail the judge, his daugh-
ter, the district attorney,
some witnesses and the
allegations — all while
blasting the legitimacy of
a legal structure that he
insists has been appropri-
ated by his political op-
ponents. Against that
backdrop, scores of ordi-
nary citizens are due to
be called onApril 15 into
a cavernous room.
Agencies
Kabul
At least 33 people were
killed after snow, rain,
and subsequent flooding
wreaked havoc in the
country over the past
three days. Moreover, 27
people were injured .
“According to prelimi-
nary statistics, unfortu-
nately, thirty-three peo-
ple have died and twenty-
seven others have been
injured due to the recent
floods. Similarly, 606
homes have been either
partially or completely
destroyed,” said Janan
Saiq, spokesperson for
the Taliban-controlled
State Ministry of Disas-
ter Management.
The majority of the
deaths were in the prov-
inces of Farah, Herat,
Zabul, and Kandahar,
with most victims com-
ing from Kandahar prov-
ince, he said, according
to TOLOnews.
PTI
Singapore
Singapore Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong on
Monday said he will step
down on May 15 and an-
nounced that he will be
succeeded by his deputy
Lawrence Wong. The
date for the handover was
announced in a statement
from the PM's Office.
I will relinquish my
role as Prime Minister on
May 15,  DPM Law-
renceWong will be sworn
in as the next Prime Min-
ister, the statement said.
Agencies
Bengaluru
Expressing confidence in
bringing back the 17 In-
dian crew members on
board the cargo ship
seized by Iran, External
Affairs Minister S Jais-
hankar on Monday said
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s guarantee works
outside India also.
Talking to mediaper-
sons in Bengaluru, Dr
Jaishankar said, “It is
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s free guarantee
that whenever you are in
trouble outside, the Indi-
an government is there to
take care of you.” Taking
up the release of 17 In-
dian crew members of
MSC Aries, the EAM
spoke to Iranian Foreign
Minister Hossein Ami-
rabdollahian on Sunday.
Modi’s guarantee outside
country also, says Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
Representational
Donald Trump
Lee Hsien Loong
US says destroyed drones 
missiles launched from Iran
ANI
Washington
Amid rising tensions be-
tween Israel and Iran,
US military said on
Monday that they have
destroyed more than 80
drones and at least six
ballistic missiles aimed
at Israel from Iran and
Yemen.
In an official post on
X, US Central Com-
mand (CENTCOM)
stated on Monday, “On
April 13 and the morn-
ing of April 14, US Cen-
tral Command (CENT-
COM) forces, supported
by US European Com-
mand destroyers, suc-
cessfully engaged and
destroyed more than 80
one-way attack un-
crewed aerial vehicles
(OWA UAV) and at least
six ballistic missiles in-
tended to strike Israel
from Iran and Yemen.”
“Iran’s continued un-
precedented, malign, and
reckless behaviour en-
dangers regional stability
and the safety of US and
coalition forces,” CENT-
COM said in a post on X
“CENTCOM remains
postured to support Is-
rael’s defense against
these dangerous actions
by Iran.”
MILITARY CHIEF
THANKS US MILITARY
IRAN PREZ RAISI TO
VISIT PAK ON APRIL 22
Tel Aviv: The IDF
Chief of Staff, Lt
General Herzi Halevi,
spoke Sunday
morning with
the Command-
er of the US
Military's Cen-
tral Command
(CENTCOM),
General Michael Erik Kurilla.
He expressed appreciation
for the joint defence effort
to thwart and intercept the
Iranian missile attack on
Israel overnight.
Islamabad: Iranian
President Ebrahim
Raisi is set to visit
Pak on April
22 and hold
meetings with
PM Shehbaz
Sharif, Presi-
dent Asif Ali
Zardari and the
military leadership, according
to a media report on Mon-
day. The Iranian president’s
visit also holds significance
as the two countries share
key economic interests.
GLOBAL AIRLINES FACE BIGGEST DISRUPTION
SINCE 9/11 AFTER IRAN ATTACKS ISRAEL: REPORT
Singapore: Global airlines faced disruptions to
flights on Monday after Iran’s missile and drone
attacks on Israel further narrowed options for planes
navigating between Europe and Asia. At least a dozen
airlines have had to cancel or reroute flights over the last
two days, including Qantas, Germany’s Lufthansa, United
Airlines and Air India. This was the biggest single disruption
to air travel since the attack on the World Trade Centre.
EFFORT TO TELL THEM TO CALM DOWN: S
JAISHANKAR ON ISRAEL-IRAN CONFLICT
India is very concerned over escalating hostili-
ties between Iran and Israel and New Delhi
has told the countries to “calm down,” EAM S
Jaishankar said on Monday, amid spiralling tension in
the Middle East. Iran carried out its first direct attack
on Israel on Saturday in response to a suspected
Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus on April 1
that killed seven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
“We have been telling them not to allow this (the situ-
ation) to escalate and that this is a very crucial region
for the global economy,” he told reporters here.
Trump hush money trial:
Judge denies recusal
request from defense
33 killed, 27 injured in
flash floods in Afghanistan
Singapore PM
Lee to step
down on May 15
First India Bureau
Bengaluru
Travis Head’s destructive
hundred was the driving
force behind Sunrisers
Hyderabad’s record-
breaking 287 for three
againstarudderlessRoyal
Challengers Bengaluru in
their IPL2024 match here
on Monday. In reply,
RCBcouldscore262runs
for the loss of 7 wickets.
TheSunriserswentpast
their own 277 for three
againstMumbaiIndiansat
HyderabadonMarch27to
raisethebarforthehighest
total in the IPL so far.
Travis gave SRH a
Head-start with a 102
(41b, 9x4, 8x6), his maid-
en T20 hundred, and
rarely gave a moment of
respite to the RCB bowl-
ers, who lacked variety or
imagination, after Hyder-
abad were put into bat.
His innings at the
Chinnaswamy Stadium
was a telltale example
of the simple principles
he follows in batting –
anything in his hitting
arc will disappear far
and wide.
Sunrisers Hyderabad batter Travis Head celebrates his century
during the (IPL) match between RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad,
at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, on Monday.
RCB’s Dinesh Karthik stellar
performance against SRH at
M Chinnaswamy stadium in
Bengaluru, on Monday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket
of Royal Challengers Bengaluru batter Faf du Plessis.
Head scored 102 in 41 balls, with nine fours  eight sixes
4th fastest IPL century
Head’stonpowersSRHto287;
hostsRCBfallshortby25runs
KARTHIK FIFTY LEADS
FIGHT IN RECORD
CHASE AGAINST SRH
After Royal Challeng-
ers Bengaluru (RCB)
Nos. 3-5 departed
for 7, 9 and 0 respectively,
Dinesh Karthik provided
some entertainment for
the crowd. He added 59
with Mahipal Lomror, out
of which the latter contrib-
uted only 19. Lomror hit
two sixes, but Karthik kept
pumping boundaries from
the other end. Virat Kohli
and Faf du Plessis powered
RCB to a rollicking start
before Cummins and Co.
chipped in with quick wickets
to dent the chase.
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General
Secretary Champat Rai addressing a presser.
First India Bureau
Kota
BJPcandidate from Kota
Bundi Lok Sabha con-
stituency Om Birla on
Monday said that BJP It
is not a party but a fam-
ily, whose members are
all Indians. He told the
people about the strength
of BJP and said that BJP
will again win the lok
sabha elections and Nar-
endra Modi Prime Min-
ister will become the
prime minister for the
third time.
“Due to the penance of
such workers and the
able guidance of Prime
Minister Modi, BJP is
going to form the govern-
ment for the third con-
secutive time by winning
the love of 140 crore In-
dians,” he said.
Birla was speaking
during ‘Jansampark Ab-
hiyan’ in various villages
of Bundi. Former MLA
Ashok Dogra highlighted
dedicated party workers
across the nation, serving
selflessly without seek-
ing position or recogni-
tion. Former MLAChan-
drakanta Meghwal
praised BJP workers for
supporting people during
challenges, including
COVID-19, further em-
phasising their unique
spirit of service.
Next lot of Raj IAS officers to leave for election duty this weekend
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
he third lot of
IAS officers
from the State,
who were
scheduled to leave for
election duty, will leave
on the coming weekend.
Before this, 16 IAS offic-
ers in the first lot and 7
IAS in the second lot had
already left for election
duty and this weekend, 16
officers will leave for the
sameastheElectionCom-
mission had shortlisted 52
Rajasthan cadre IAS of-
ficers to carry out elec-
tion-related duty owing to
the Lok Sabha polls.
For the seventh and last
phase of the election to be
held on June 1, our offi-
cials will carry out their
designated role for which
theywillleaveonMay13.
Which officer will serve
where and from when is
decided by the Election
Commission.
The 16 officers, who
leaveforelectiondutyand
their respective states
where they will carry out
theroles,areAjitabhShar-
ma (Telangana), T Ravi-
kanth (West Bengal), KK
Pathak (Andhra Pradesh),
Jitendra Soni (Andhra
Pradesh),BLGoyal(Uttar
Pradesh, Bachanesh
Agrawal (Gujarat), Ku-
mar Pal Gautam (West
Bengal), Khajan Singh
(Andhra Pradesh), Punam
(Karnataka), Sitaram Jat
(Andhra Pradesh), HP
Sharma (Karnataka),
Anandhi (Maharashtra),
Manju Rajpal (Andhra
Pradesh), Priyanka Gos-
wami (Odisha) and Neha
Giri (Gujarat).
Every batch will have
to stay in their allotted
constituency for a mini-
mum period of 25 days.
Reportedly, Kunji Lal
Meenaisextremelyhappy
with his responsibility
since he has to carry out
the election role in Uttara-
khand which covers Ya-
munotri, Gangotri, and
Mussoorie.These 25 days
are a ‘blessing in disguise’
for Meena as through this,
he could carry out the
‘Teerth Yatra’ while also
spending time in hill sta-
tion Mussoorie, away
from the summer heat of
the plains.
The first lot of officers
will return to the state on
April 22, having conduct-
ed the first phase of polls
on April 19. Similarly,
PRamesh is serving in the
deep interior area of the
northeast in the Naga
communityareaincluding
Dimapur and Kohima. A
native of Hyderabad,
P Ramesh is happy that
through the election duty,
hehasbeenabletoexperi-
ence and understand an-
other corner of the nation.
However, through this
election duty ‘roster’ of
state cadre IAS officers,
the DoP’s work seems to
have increased, as the or-
ders related to the addi-
tional charge on the posts
of those officials who are
leaving have to be issued.
The DoP has had to work
on various ‘permutations’
to ascertain which officer
can do justice to the addi-
tional charge being given.
Theofficersofthefirstlot,
whoarereturningonApril
22, will also be given an
additional charge.
The administrative cor-
ridors are abuzz with one
question: The second
phase of polling in Ra-
jasthan will take place on
April26andtheresultwill
be declared on June 4, af-
ter 40 days. So will the
Model Code of Conduct
be in effect for these 40
daysintheState?Because
after April 26, there will
not be any need nor logic
fortheCodeofConductto
be in effect in the State.
Administrative experts
believe that it is possible
that some relaxation may
be given for the 40 days
and it is also possible that
the Election Commission
may permit various issues
on request of the State
Government. Sources be-
lievethatwiththispermis-
sion, a transfer list of IAS
and RAS officers may be
released in the first week
of May.
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even our daily salaried work should be done with
the spirit of ‘Karma Yoga,’ to be free!
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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OurSankalpPatraisasacredvision
documentbyandforthepeople:CM
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma,
while addressing a press
conference at Hotel
Clarks Amer in Jaipur,
said that the BJP’s mani-
festo is going to empow-
er the four strong pillars
of developed India -
youth, women, poor and
farmers. Rajasthan is
with PM Narendra Modi.
“We will bloom lotus on
all the 25 seats of the
state to strengthen the re-
solve of developed India
2047 with the coopera-
tion of the people. Our
Sankalp Patra is a sacred
vision document pre-
pared by the people, for
the people. BJP has pre-
sented the development
manifesto before the
country on the birth an-
niversary of Baba Saheb.
I want to say that this
resolution letter is a guar-
antee of fulfilment of the
guarantee,” he said.
In Dausa, BJP’s Na-
tional Minister Alka Sin-
gh said that BJP’s resolu-
tion letter for LS polls is
Modi’s guarantee. “The
free ration scheme will
continue in double en-
gine govt. “80% discount
on medicines at Jan Aus-
hadhi Centres will con-
tinue  will be expanded.
Additionally, 3 cr more
PM Awas will be con-
structed. Elderly indi-
viduals up to 70 years
will benefit from Ayush-
man Yojana. Mudra Yo-
jana limit will increase
from Rs 10L to Rs 20L.
PM SWANidhi scheme
limit will extend to small
towns, villages soon.
We will win all 25 LS
seats to advance
towards a developed
India by 2047 with
the people’s support,
says CM Sharma
We have the
leadership of the
world’s most popular
leader, Modi. The
opposition alliance
lacks vision,
leadership, and policy.
Under Modi govt’s
governance and
welfare initiatives
over the last 10 years,
India has risen from
the 11th largest
economy in 2014 to
the fifth largest today.
It is projected to
become the third
largest economy in
the world during PM
Modi’s third term.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CM
BJP’s manifesto is
excellent. The PM’s
guarantee is the
biggest guarantee.
The manifesto takes
care of every class and
section. We will cross
the 400 seat mark in
the Lok Sabha polls.
VASUNDHARA RAJE,
FORMER CM
The party’s manifesto
includes infrastructure
development, support
for young farmers and
the poor. A new law
will be enacted to
prevent paper leaks in
the future, ensuring
fairness in
examinations.
CP JOSHI, BJP STATE
PRESIDENT
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses a press conference ahead of LS polls at Hotel Clarks Amer in
Jaipur on Monday. Diya Kumari, Vijaya Rahatkar and Pramod Vashishtha are also seen.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma interacts with Assembly Speaker Vasudev
Devnani at CMR, OTS in Jaipur on Monday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma in conversation with Minister of State for
Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale at OTS in
Jaipur on Monday. Both the leaders discussed various issues of
public interest during the courtesy meeting.
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
Lok Sabha elections in
Rajasthan will be held in
two phases on April 19
and April 26. In the first
phase, the fate of the
candidates will be de-
cided with the voting on
12 seats to be held on
April 19. Along with 11
Ministers of the State,
the credibility of many
senior leaders will also
be at stake in this elec-
tion. The victory or de-
feat on these seats will
also serve as a ‘litmus
test’ of the political acu-
men of the State Council
of Ministers members
and many prominent
leaders overseeing elec-
tion campaigns on vari-
ous seats. BJP has ap-
pointed election
in-charges on every seat
by coordinating both
power and organisation.
Atotal of 114 candidates
are in the fray in the 12
Lok Sabha constituen-
cies going to polls in the
first phase. These in-
clude 102 men and 12
women.
In the first phase of LS
elections in Rajasthan,
voting will be held in Sri
Ganganagar, Bikaner,
Churu, Jhunjhunu, Si-
kar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur,
Alwar, Bharatpur, Ka-
rauli-Dholpur, Dausa
and Nagaur.
LSpolls:TopRajleaders,11mins
facecruciallitmustestin1stphase
Modi will become the PM for the
third time, asserts Om Birla
FROM P1…
GS Shekhawat accuses
RaGa of misleading people
In Churu, Rajendra Rathore has taken the charge, while
Balak Nath holds the command of Jhunjhunu seat
In terms of candidates and equations, the most hotly
contested seats in the first phase of elections are
considered to be Dausa, Nagaur, Churu and Jhun-
jhunu. There is expected to be a tough contest between
sitting MP Hanuman Beniwal and former MP Jyoti Mirdha
from Nagaur seat. BJP has handed over the command of
this seat to Minister Kanhaiyalal Choudhary. On the other
hand, the current MP from Churu seat, Rahul Kaswan has
changed sides and is in the Congress camp this time. He
is facing Paralympian, Devendra Jhajharia. Here BJP has
handed over the command to Minister Avinash Gehlot but
BJP veteran Rajendra Rathore is also seen very active in
the elections. Former Minister Brijendra Ola is also seen in
a tough contest on Jhunjhunu seat. BJP has handed over
the election command here to MLA Mahant Balaknath. Bal-
aknath is a Hindutva firebrand leader of BJP in Rajasthan.
There is a direct contest between CPI(M) and BJP on Sikar
seat and BJP has made minister Gautam Dhaka the elec-
tion in-charge on this seat.
There is a tough contest on Dausa seat in East Rajasthan. Murari Lal Meena,
who was a Minister in the Congress government, is stuck in the contest
from Dausa seat. The interesting thing is that Minister Rajyavardhan Singh
Rathore has been appointed as the in-charge here, but more than Rathore, the
credibility of Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena is at stake on this seat. Union Minister
Bhupendra Yadav is contesting from Alwar seat. Here, Minister Suresh Rawat has
been given command as in-charge. Similarly, BJP has given command to Minister
Sanjay Sharma in Bharatpur and Jawahar Singh Bedham has been given command
on Karauli-Dholpur seat. The command has been given to Minister Suresh Rawat in
Alwar, Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar in Bikaner, Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena in
Jaipur Rural and Minister Jogaram Patel in Jaipur City.
DR KIRODI GETS RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAUSA AND JAIPUR RURAL SEATS
TOUGH COMPETITION IN THE FIRST PHASE
Bhaiyaji Joshi
urges medical
system integration
Dimple Sharma
Jaipur
Ex- Sarkaryavah of RSS,
Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi
emphasised integrating
diverse medical systems
in India for public health
during a workshop at Ma-
hatma Gandhi Hospital in
Jaipur. The event includ-
ed 153 doctors from 94
hospitals across 11 dists.
Joshi highlighted impor-
tance of combining medi-
cal approaches. Dr ML
Swarnkar reaffirmed
commitment to accessi-
ble, high-quality medical
services to all.
2024 LS election…
Referring to PM Modi’s
speech, she criticized
his rhetoric as increas-
ingly shallow due to un-
fulfilled promises over
ten years, leading to ris-
ing unemployment and
inflation. She highlight-
ed concerns about BJP
members’ talk of
amending the Constitu-
tion to curb rights, em-
phasising the Constitu-
tion’s role in protecting
citizens. Priyanka Gan-
dhi stressed the upcom-
ing election’s signifi-
cance, framing it as piv-
otal for safeguarding
constitutional rights
against threats posed by
those advocating consti-
tutional changes.
She urged voters to
prioritise issues over
distractions, likening
the focus needed to that
of Arjun in the Mahab-
harat, urging citizens to
recognise their contri-
butions to the nation
amidst perceived gov-
ernment neglect.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Union Jal Shakti
Minister and BJP candi-
date GS Shekhawat tar-
geted Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi, accusing
him of misleading the
public despite knowing
his government won’t be
formed. Shekhawat em-
phasised the BJP’s reso-
lution to develop India
comprehensively and ad-
dress regional disparities.
Responding to Rahul
Gandhi’s contract job
promise, Shekhawat
questioned Congress’s
record in terminating
such jobs in Rajasthan.
He criticised empty
promises, contrasting
BJP’s action-oriented ap-
proach. Shekhawat also
criticised Priyanka Gan-
dhi for her statements on
Ram, highlighting BJP’s
deep belief in Ram.
Om Birla arrives to address public meetings during the ‘Jansampark
Abhiyan’ at Keshoraipatan in Bundi district on Monday.
SANTOSH
SHARMA
GS Shekhawat seeks the blessings of Saint Hariram Shastri at
Bada Ramdwara Chandpole, Soorsagar in Jodhpur on Monday.
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari attended the
‘Navmatdata Abhinandan
Yuva Pravah Programme’
held at Birla Auditorium
in Jaipur. Dr SS Agarwal,
Shehzad Poonawalla and
others are seen.
Navmatdata Abhinandan Yuva Pravah
Priyanka Gandhi addresses
‘Nyay Sankalp Rally’ in support
of ML Meena in Bandikui.
n the ever-evolv-
ing realm of fash-
ion, certain gar-
ments have man-
aged to withstand
the test of time
while also adapting to modern
trends. One such wardrobe essen-
tial that has seen a resurgence in
popularity is the humble shorts.
Once relegated to the confines of
casual summer wear, shorts have
now emerged as a versatile fashion
statement suitable for various occa-
sions and seasons.
Shorts have a rich history dating
back centuries. Originating from
military uniforms and sports attire,
they were initially designed for
practicality and functionality rather
than fashion. However, as societal
norms evolved, shorts gradually
transitioned into mainstream casual
wear. From the classic denim cut-
offs of the 1960s to the tailored Ber-
muda shorts of the 1980s, they have
undergone numerous transforma-
tions over the years.
Today, shorts come in a myriad
of styles, fabrics, and lengths, cater-
ing to diverse tastes and prefer-
ences. From denim and cotton to
linen and athleisure materials, there
is a wide array of options to choose
from. High-waisted shorts, cargo
shorts, board shorts, and cycling
shorts are just a few examples of the
extensive range available in the
market.
What sets shorts apart is their in-
credible versatility. They can be
dressed up or down effortlessly,
making them suitable for a variety
of occasions. Pairing tailored shorts
with a crisp button-down shirt and
loafers creates a polished look per-
fect for a casual office environment
or a weekend brunch. Conversely,
pairing denim shorts with a graphic
tee and sneakers exudes laid-back,
off-duty vibes ideal for running er-
rands or hanging out with friends.
While shorts are commonly as-
sociated with warmer weather,
they have transcended seasonal
boundaries. With the advent of in-
novative layering techniques,
shorts can now be incorporated into
fall and winter ensembles as well.
Pairing them with opaque tights,
ankle boots, and a chunky sweater
can seamlessly transition your sum-
mer shorts into colder months while
keeping you stylish and cozy.
Shorts have also become a sym-
bol of gender-neutral fashion,
breaking away from traditional
norms and embracing inclusivity.
With the rise of unisex clothing
lines and gender-fluid fashion
movements, shorts are now acces-
sible to individuals of all genders,
encouraging self-expression and
personal style.
As the fashion industry continues
to grapple with sustainability and
ethical concerns, consumers are in-
creasingly gravitating towards eco-
friendly and ethically produced
clothing. Fortunately, many brands
are now offering sustainable shorts
made from organic or recycled ma-
terials, thereby reducing their envi-
ronmental footprint.
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  • 1. Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 309 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RNI NUMBER: RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 RAJENG/2019/77764 RAJENG/2019/77764 RAJENG/2019/77764 RAJENG/2019/77764 RAJENG/2019/77764 | | VOL 5 VOL 5 VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 309 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ELECTION BUZZ REACHES A CRESCENDO CM Bhajan Lal Sharma spearheads Rajasthan’s ‘Mission-25’initiative Ravi Katara Bharatpur hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma has tak- en command to complete Mission 25 in Rajasthan. CM Sharma, who was on a two-day visit to Bharat- pur, addressed huge pub- lic meeting in Berru and Kumher of Sikri and par- ticipated in the Prabud- dhajan Sammelan in Rupwas. On the second day on Monday, the Chief Minister adopted the formula of social en- gineering. He participat- ed in the enlightenment conference of the Jat community and the youth dialogue program and the people of the Jat commu- nity raised their hands to show support for the BJP. Thereafter CM engaged in a road show in Bharat- pur which has given a given a new motivation to party workers. Sharma participated in enlighten- ment conference with the people of Jat community at Hotel Lakshmi Vilas on Monday. During this, thousands of people of Jat community arrived and welcomed the CM. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets during the roadshow in Bharatpur on Monday. Also seen are Jawahar Singh Bedam & Ramswaroop Koli. C IN BRIEF SINGAPORE PM TO STEP DOWN ON MAY 15 AFTER 2 DECADES Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong will step down on May 15 after 2 decades in power, paving way for his deputy Lawrence Wong to take the reins. RETD JUDGES TO CJI: ATTEMPTS MADE TO UNDERMINE JUDICIARY Over 20 retired judges from SC, HCs have written to CJI DY Chandrachud sharing concern over attempts made by some to share tactics of misinfo. SITHARAMAN TO TAKE PART IN CAs EVENT IN JAIPUR TODAY Union FinMin Nirmala Sitharaman will address professionals of Rajasthan Chartered Accountants Foundation at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur today. INDIA CEO OF BYJU’S, ARJUN MOHAN RESIGNS IN 6 MONTHS Byju’s has announced changes in its leadership structure with CEO Arjun Mohan stepping down from his posi- tion having taken it up 6 months ago. SENSEX 73,399.78 845.12 BSE 22,272.50 246.90 NIFTY 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 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 04 RAJSAMAND FACE TO FACE Modi’s guarantee and impact of Ram temple Advantage of being the daughter-in- law of the former royal family of Mewar Husband Vishvaraj Singh is currently BJP MLA from Nathdwara Away from local factionalism of Cong The undeniable face and image of the social worker Unity visible among Cong leaders of parliamentary constituency STRENGTHS STRENGTHS Disadvantages of campaigning as an external candidate No prior experience of electoral politics Ticket received after declared candidate refused to contest elections WEAKNESS MAHIMA SINGH MEWAR Age: 52 years Education: Graduate Assets: `24,81,000 Vehicle: None DAMODAR GURJAR Age: 59 years Education: MA, PhD Assets: `1,29,00,826 Vehicle: None No experience of electoral politics No direct connection with voters and party workers in the area Danger of conflict in the party WEAKNESS GROUND REPORT RAJSAMAND LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY Thistimepollbattleisbetween newfacesofBJPandCongress 1 2 Shock to Congress due to former MP Gopal Singh joining BJP and refusal of the previously announced candidate to contest the elections BJP has fielded Mahima Singh of the former royal family of Mewar while Cong fielding Damodar Gurjar Ashish Choudhary Rajsamand he second phase of voting for the Rajsa- mand Lok Sab- ha seat is on April 26 and both the ma- jor parties BJP and Con- gress are busy working out the electoral equation for victory. Talking about the candidates for the Ra- jsamand seat, this time both parties have placed bets on new faces and both are contesting their first elections. BJPhas made Mahima Singh Mewar its candi- date and she belongs to the erstwhile Panchkot royal family which is in West Bengal. Mahima Singh received her pri- mary education from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and is married to the Me- war royal family. Her husband Vishvaraj Singh Mewar is currently an MLA from the Nath- dwara assembly seat. The Congress had ear- lier declared Sudarshan Singh Rawat, former MLA from Bhim in Ra- jsamand district, as its candidate, but Rawat re- fused to contest the elec- tions for some reason, after which Congress made Damodar Gurjar its candidate for this seat. Congress had earlier de- clared Gurjar as its candi- date from Bhilwara. Da- modar Gurjar comes from a farmer family, was born in Gawari village of Sawai Madhopur district and received his primary education from his native village. Gurjar has also served in the Rajasthan Police and has also been active in social work. He has been active in the po- litical field since 2011 and is continuously work- ing for his organisation. The direct contest for the Rajsamand seat is be- tween the BJP and Con- gress candidates. So far, three elections have been held for Rajsamand Lok Sabha seat, which came into existence in 2008 af- ter delimitation. The first Lok Sabha elections were held on this seat in 2009 in which Congress candidate Gopal Singh Edwa won.After that, the BJP won two elections in 2014 and 2019 due to the Modi wave. In such a situation, the contest of 2024 is going to be very interesting. It remains to be seen whether the BJP, which has won this seat twice in a row, will score a hat-trick or will Con- gress win. As regards the caste equation, Rajput votes decide the victory equa- tion of this seat because, in the elections held in 2009, Congress candidate Gopal Singh won this seat, while in 2014, Hari- om Singh Rathore from BJP, and in 2019, erst- while Jaipur royal Diya Kumari, who is currently the Deputy CM of the state, won from this seat. However, Gopal Singh Edwa has now left Con- gress and joined the BJP due to which this time the election equations seem to have changed a bit. T THIS TIME IN THE ELECTIONS, ALONG WITH NATIONAL, LOCAL ISSUES ARE ALSO HOT Talking about issues in the 2024 Lok Sabha elec- tions, along with national issues, local issues are also prominently being picked. On one hand, the people believe that other national issues like Article 370 and Ram Mandir will dominate and problems like inflation, unemployment, education, roads and water will also be an issue in the elections. MP DIYA KUMARI’S REPORT CARD Diya Kumari, a member of the former royal family of Jaipur, was the last elected MP from this seat and after winning the Assembly elections, she re- signed as MP. Diya Kumari’s image remained good among the voters. Despite not being a local, she was always active among the voters and party workers of her area. She also had full cooperation in the development work of the area. Congress candidate Damodar Gurjar during public connect rally in Amet of Rajsamand on Monday. RESULTS OF ASSEMBLY POLLS 08 BJP CONGRESS 00 Merta Jaitaran Bea wa r Bhim Kum bha lga rh Rajsamand Nathdwara Degana RAJASTHAN RAJSAMAND LS CONSTITUENCY 20,60,942 Total voters in Rajsamand 64.81% 1,48,031 Voters increased since 2019 Males 10,55,731 10,05,186 Females 25 ThirdGender Voting recorded on Rajsamand seat in 2019 Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka PRIYANKA GANDHI’S HELICOPTER DRAMA: TAKES A U-TURN EN ROUTE TO RANTHAMBORE FOR A MOBILE Priyanka Gandhi arrived from Jalore to Ranthambore on Sunday. Her helicopter landed at Chakchainera helipad, from where she proceeded to the hotel by car. However, just after leaving the helipad, Priyanka Gandhi’s car took a sudden U-turn. This unexpected turn created a stir among other officials accompanying her in the convoy. It was later discovered that Priyanka Gandhi had left her mobile phone in the helicopter. She returned to the helipad to retrieve it. Upon resolving the situation, officials breathed a sigh of relief. LOW TURNOUT PLAGUES CHOPRA’S RALLIES, EMPTY CHAIRS SPARK BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA What’s happening in Anil Chopra’s rallies? Once again, a low turnout was observed at his rally today. The chairs remained empty at the gatherings of Congress leaders Deepender Hooda and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Congress Jaipur Rural candidate’s Kotputli rally saw fewer people than expected. Now, videos of empty chairs are going viral on social media platforms. Raj tops in seizures with recovery of over `800 cr: SEC First India Bureau Jaipur Over 800 crores of drugs, liquor, precious metals, freebies and illegal cash were recovered by differ- ent enforcement agencies ofRajasthanaheadofLok Sabha elections. CEO Praveen Gupta said that this time Ra- jasthan has created a new record. According to the data released by the Elec- tionCommissionofIndia, Rajasthanranksfirstinthe country in terms of sei- zures. Gupta said in a statement that since March 1, cash and other suspicious material worth Rs812.77crorehavebeen seized in Rajasthan. This includes cash worth Rs 36.79 crore, liquor worth Rs 41.71 crore, drugs worth Rs 121.79 crore, gold and silver including other precious metals worth Rs 49.21 crore, freebies worth more than Rs 563 crore and other suspiciousitems.Seizures worth more than Rs 20 crore each were made in 20 districts of the state. Gupta said that the val- ue of suspicious items seized by the agencies since March 16, after the implementation of the MCC for the LS Polls, is more than Rs 712 crore. Congres workers will seek vote for BAP in Banswara, says Ram Lal Jat First India Bureau Banswara Former minister and Congress in-charge Ram- lal Jat has formally an- nounced to support the Bharat Adivasi Party candidate in Banswara. Jat said at a press confer- ence that AICC has de- cided to support the BAP in the Banswara Lok Sabha seat and Bagidora assembly byelections. In this regard, he discussed with the party leaders of Banswara and Dungar- pur and appealed to the workers to make the BAP candidate win. “Thisdecisionhasbeen taken to save Baba Sa- heb’s Constitution and to defeat BJP,” he said. Jat said that after the declared candidates of Congress did not with- draw their names for Lok Sabha and Assembly by- election, they were ex- pelled from the party. Bhilwara village boycotts Lok Sabha elections over water crisis First India Bureau Bhilwara In a dramatic turn of events, residents of Kaniya vil- lage in Bhilwara have taken a decisive stand by opting to boycott the up- coming Lok Sabha elec- tions. The primary reason behind this bold move stems from their frustra- tion over the prolonged issue of inadequate drinking water supply. Despite repeated appeals and grievances, their plight remains unad- dressed. Efforts by the election department to conduct home voting were met with staunch resistance, highlighting the severity of the situation. As offi- cials continue their en- deavors to persuade the villagers, the standoff underscores the pressing need for urgent action to resolve the water scarcity in the region. First India Bureau Jaipur Regarding the statements of BJP’s Rajkot candidate Purushottam Rupala, MLA Chandrabhan Sin- ghAkya and former MLA Randhir Singh Bhinder and President of Jauhar Smriti Sansthan said - Rupala’s statement has nothing to do with the party, Kshatriya Samaj is with BJP and called it a part of Congress’s con- spiracy. They stressed that this is a matter of Gu- jarat and of one leader and it is wrong to link it with other candidates. Former Vallabhnagar MLARandhirSinghBhin- der said on Monday that Chittorgarh candidate CP Joshi is the only MP who raised the issue of Rani Padmini in Parliament. “Postalstampswereissued on Maharana Pratap, Jhala Manna, Jaimal. He got the wronginscriptionremoved in Padmini Mahal and got the wrong description made in Light and Sound show removed. He got an inscription installed at the Joharsite.Anoutsidercan- notknowwhatkindofsitu- ation we have here, who is supporting us to what ex- tent. National President Mahipal Singh Makrana is respectable. He represents the Kshatriya community. Let’s fight for them. But as apartywearesayingthisis wrong. In such a situation, the Kshatriya community is being provoked. In this society, there are people supporting BJP ideologies and also people supporting Congress ideologies. Peo- ple of opposition are doing such things. Whereas the entire Kshatriya commu- nity is not included in it. Oursocietywasconnected toBJPandwillremaincon- nected. Whatever com- ment has been made by Rajkot’s Rupala is abso- lutelywrong.Buttheentire party cannot be blamed for that,” Bhinder said. Mean- while MLAChandrabhan Singh Akya said that whatever Purushottam Rupala said is very wrong. “Not only in our society, but such things should not be said for any society. Some people in the Rajput community who are with a particular party are the ones who are instigating.” he said. Chandrabhan Singh Akya Randhir Singh Bhinder RAJKOT’S BJP CANDIDATE RUPALA’S CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS Kshatriya front asserts loyalty amid allegations SEIZURE FIGURES FOR 2019 AND 2024 (Amount in Rs crore) n 2019 n 2024 Cash Liquor Gold & Silver Drugs Freebies & more 6.81 7.8 15.57 7.32 13.92 35.84 41.34 74.82 525.43 35.34 P4 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot 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 BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Mandi & actor Kangana Ranaut meets Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at Dharamshala on Monday. Highest ever! `4, 650 crore seized by EC ahead of polls 5 dead and 40 injured as bus falls from bridge New Delhi: The enforce- ment authorities seized over `4,650 crore so far even before 1st phase of Lok Sabha elections be- gins, EC said on Monday. The poll panel said author- ities are making seizures worth `100 crore every day since March 1. P5 Jajpur: At least 5 persons, including a woman, died and around 40 others were injured after a Kolkata- bound bus fell from a bridge in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Monday even- ing, police said. The inci- dent took place on Baraba- ti bridge on NH-16. Dinesh Dangi & Laxmikant Sharma Alwar/Dausa Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said the talks about amendment in the Constitution is being raised by the BJPbecause they want to snatch peo- ple’s rights. The AICC General Secretary said after 10 yrs of PM Modi rule at Centre and false promises, his speeches sound shallow to her. “Talks about amend- ment in Constitution is being raised by BJP be- cause they want to snatch the people’s rights. And they want to do it in a manner that you don’t even realise that it is hap- pening,” Priyanka Gan- dhi Vadra said. The Con- gress leader said that this general election of the country is an election to save Constitution. Pri- yanka was addressing an election meet in Bandi- kui (Dausa). Earlier, Pri- yanka did a road show in support of the party can- didate in Alwar in sup- port of Cong candidate Lalit Yadav. TURN TO P8 2024 LS election will decide future of the nation: Priyanka Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Ashok Gehlot, Tikaram Jully, Lalit Yadav and others waves during roadshow at Alwar on Monday. First India Bureau Sydney At least four people in- cluding a bishop were wounded in a knife attack during a service at a church in a suburb of Sydney on Monday, po- lice and witnesses said, triggering clashes be- tween angry residents and police. It was the second re- ported mass stabbing in just three days in Sydney after six people were killed in a knife attack at a mall in the Bondi area. Officers arrested a man and took him to an undis- closed location following the attack in Wakeley, about 30 km (18 miles) west of Sydney’s central business district. Sydney church attack: Several people injured PM Narendra Modi in conversation with ANI Editor-in-Chief Smita Prakash during an exclusive interview, in New Delhi on Monday. DURING PM’S BIG PRE-POLL INTERVIEW, HE STRESSES ON MANDIR, ELECTORAL BONDS, WAR & LOTS MORE ANI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday touched upon multiple key issues ranging from Ram Man- dir and electoral bonds to Sanatana dharma and AI, in an exclusive interview with ANI Editor-in-Chief Smita Prakash. PM Modi responded to questions on electoral bonds, Elon Musk-led Tesla’s entry into India, the misuse of the central investigative agencies, and lots more. The PM also questioned Congress for its refusal of invitation to attend “Pran Pratishtha” ceremony of Ram Mandir. Modi said Cong and its allies had used the Ram Mandir is- sue like political weapon. A series of snapshots captures the diverse range of emotions conveyed by PM Narendra Modi as he speaks during an interview on Monday, offering a glimpse into his nuanced communication style. KEY REMARKS BY PM MODI IHAVEBIGPLANS FORINDIA:MODI 2ND INCIDENT IN 3 DAYS  Ram Mandir: Opposi- tion could have been dealt with in the court earlier  The ED: I refute Oppn taunt ‘sent to jail by BJP’, max cases by ED have no connection with politics  1 Nation, 1 Election: This is our commitment.  Sanatana Dharma: The birth of DMK must have been in this ‘hatred’ and Strange, Cong joins hands due to their ‘helplessness’  Use of AI for roadmap: Work on ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project has been ongoing for 2 years Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari during a road show in support of BJP’s Jaipur seat candidate Manju Sharma ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jaipur on Monday. SANTOSH SHARMA Celebrating Maha Ashtami MAA MAHAGAURI Day 8 SHAH SETS THE SHAH SETS THE CITY AGLOW! CITY AGLOW!
  • 2. SHAH HELD A ROADSHOW IN JAIPUR AS PART OF BJP’S CAMPAIGNING AND EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE BJP WOULD SECURE VICTORY IN ALL THE 25 PARLIAMENTARY SEATS IN RAJ SHAH IN CITY 02 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia POLL CRAZE LOOMS LARGE We are going to win 25 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan, says Shah ome Minister Amit Shah, who reached Jaipur on Monday for a road show, held a special conversation with First India during the road show and claimed that BJP will win all 25 seats in Rajasthan. During the road show, Chief Minis- ter Bhajan Lal Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari and BJP’s LS candidate from Jaipur city Manju Shar- ma were present in the chariot of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “We are going to win 25 out of 25 seats in Ra- jasthan. This time we will achieve the target of crossing 400,” he said. . On the question of fight on 2-3 seats in the state, Shah said, “It seems like this every time, but when the box opens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins.” Amit Shah fur- ther said the ticket has been given to Jaipur’s daughter, it can be clear- ly seen that there is a lot of excitement for Manju here. I can see that espe- cially among women, there is a lot of enthusi- asm for the daughter of Jaipur,” he said. On the question of fight on two to three seats in Ra- jasthan, Union Minister Amit Shah said that it seems like this every time but when the box opens, only Modi wins. H After 500 years, on April 17, Ram Lalla will celebrate birthday in a grand temple where bhoomi pujan and consecration took place in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. AMIT SHAH, UNION HOME MINISTER SHAHWINSJAIPUR’S HEARTANDSTREETS! (From L-R) Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing gathering during a roadshow at the Walled City in Jaipur on Monday. Hawa Mahal MLA Balmukund Acharya chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans during the roadshow. Huge gathering take part in mega roadshow of Amit Shah ahead of polls. UHM Amit Shah and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greet crowd during the roadshow. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a mega roadshow in the Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency and exuded confidence that the BJP would win all 25 parliamentary seats in Rajasthan for the third time in a row. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari and BJP candidate from the Jaipur seat Manju Sharma accompanied Shah in the vehicle during the road show that began from Sanganeri Gate and passed through Johri Bazaar, Badi Chaupar, Tripolia Bazaar and Choti Chaupar The mega show was reported by VINOD SINGH CHOUHAN & AISHWARY PRADHAN and senior photojournalist SANTOSH SHARMA MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a road show in Jaipur, in which a distance of 1.8 kilometers was covered. z Party workers wearing saffron turbans and raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ during roadshow which began from Sanganeri gate-Badi Chaupar-Choti Chaupar. z Under the mega roadshow, Adarsh Nagar, Kishanpole and Hawa Mahal assembly constituen- cies were covered. Union Home Minister Amit Shah with CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Deputy CM Diya Kumari, Manju Sharma addresses huge crowd during a roadshow in the Walled City in Jaipur on Monday. Jaipur rae jan-jan nein kehno hai, vote toh keval modi ji nein deno hai. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER MODI TO BECOME PM FOR THIRD TIME: CM CM Bhajan Lal Shar- ma said on Monday that overwhelming crowd at UHM Amit Shah’s roadshow shows BJP’s resounding victory on all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Ra- jasthan, paving the way for Narendra Modi to become PM for the third time.
  • 3. Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur The Foundation Day of Himachal State was cel- ebrated at Raj Bhavan on Monday where Governor Kalraj Mishra interacted with the people of the state and congratulated them. He said that it is a holy and sacred land. Talking about mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lush greenery, he said that tourism began here. Describing Himachal as the pride of India, the Governor said that the purpose of celebrating the foundation day of the states is to experience ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. He also called for working to strengthen national unity and soli- darity. He said that India will become strong through unity and coordi- nation of various sectors. For this, an initiative has been taken at Raj Bhavan to celebrate the founda- tion day of states. Folk artistes from Himachal enthralled the people with the harmo- nium presentation of ‘Jeena Kangre Da’group folk song and solo folk song. The people ex- pressed their gratitude to the Governor. ON HANUMAN JANMOTSAV ‘Apne-Apne Ram’at Mehandipur Balaji First India Bureau Dausa n the occasion of Hanuman Janmotsav, a grand event ‘Apne-Apne Ram’ will be organized in the presence of the temple Mahant Naresh Puri Maharaj in Mehand- ipur Balaji. There is a wave of enthusiasm among the youths and devotees. Youths believe that Ram Katha by Ma- hant Maharaj will help them learn more about the Hindu religion and the life of Lord Ram. Hundreds of artisans are busy making ar- rangements at the venue on about 22 bighas of land. Hassle free ar- rangements for darshan have been made in the temple for the devotees reaching Mehandipur Balaji, while free food and prasad packets are distributed every day in the afternoon. In a two-day pro- gramme to be held at Mehndipur Balaji in Jaipur, renowned poet Kumar Vishwas will en- thral the devotees with Shri Ram Katha onApril 22 and 23. O RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 2onboardAjmer-boundtrain heldwith32kgpoppystraw First India Bureau Jodhpur/Jaipur An operation targeting the trafficking of Poppy Straw (Doda) on Monday which was based on reli- able intelligence was conducted by NCB Jodh- pur and Jaipur. The op- eration was conducted under the supervision of Ghanasyam Soni, IRS, Zonal Director, NCB Jodhpur & Jaipur. The operation focused on individuals traveling through the General compartment of Ajmer Express (12987) from Gaya, Bihar to Jaipur. During the raid, the suspects Vijaypal Singh Yadav & Sushma match- ing the provided intelli- gence recieved by the NCB, were identified and intercepted upon the train’s arrival. They were subsequently taken to the Railway Police Force Po- lice Station, Jaipur Junc- tion Railway Station, for further proceedings. A case has been regis- tered under NDPS act of the Indian Penal Code as following- Crime No. - 05/2024/Jaipur, dated April 15, 2024. Ghanshyam Soni in- formed that 32.350 KGs of Poppy Straw (Doda) was seized, the market value of this is Rs 4,85,250. NCB seizes poppy straw worth `4.85 Lakh Major Drug Bust The apprehended accused along with the seized contraband in NCB custody on Monday. Governor Kalraj Mishra at the celebration of Himachal Foundation Day, in Raj Bhavan on Monday. Gaurav Goyal and Govind Ram Jaiswal were also present on the occassion. HC stays order of release of 12 accused of SI recruitment case Kamalkant Sharma Jaipur The Rajasthan High Court has halted the re- lease of 12 accused per- sons involved in the pa- per leak case of the Po- lice Sub-Inspector re- cruitment examination held in 2021. Justice Sudesh Bansal issued this order while hearing the criminal peti- tion filed by the state government. Earlier, the Chief Metropolitan Mag- istrate had ordered the release of the accused on bail, considering their il- legal detention. State government law- yer Anurag Sharma ar- gued before the court that on April 12, the lower court had ordered the re- lease of the accused, con- sidering their illegal de- tention, whereas earlier onApril 4, the same court had remanded the ac- cused to police custody. Sharma contended that if their detention was in- deed illegal, then the magistrate should have released them during the previous hearing. Once the magistrate issued or- ders for police custody, it wouldn’t be termed as il- legal detention. Four accused Hariom Patidar from Dungarpur, Shyam Pratap Singh from Jodhpur, Vikram Jeet Bishnoi from Bikan- er, and Shravan Kumar Godara have been re- manded in custody. The accused, being presented at Raj High Court, in police custody on Monday. Celebrating foundation day of states is to experience ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ ON HIMACHAL FOUNDATION DAY, GUV SAYS FakeNOCorgantransplant: FIR after Home dept nod Raj Police Raising Day to be celebrated today Prepare strategy to achieve targets for FY 2024-25: Pathak Posing as cops, 3 held for extorting `15,000 Vigilance dept seizes goods worth `16,500 from squatters Vikas Sharma, Shivendra Singh Parmar, Navin Sharma Jaipur In a special interview with First India, ACS Shubhra Singh stated that the “Transplanta- tion of Human Organs” Act fully specifies the procedure for organ transplantation. This was in response to the fake NOC for an organ transplant at the SMS hospital and the subse- quent revelation of the organ trade in Haryana. Legal advice has been received from AAG, fol- lowing which a proposal has been sent to the Home Department. Once approval is obtained from Home Department, an FIR will be filed in this case. According to medical education department, the FIR will be filed by Organ Transplant Au- thority. Along with this, a joint team can be formed to investigate the case, which may in- clude not only the de- partment but also the police and the ACB. Singh has stated that various aspects have come to light in this case, hence the propos- al for investigation by a joint team is under con- sideration. Additional- ly, It is believed that after the FIR is filed with the police, many more major revelations may emerge. First India Bureau Jaipur On the foundation day of Rajasthan Police today, formal programmes will be held at the Police Headquarters including Police Commissionerate, Police Range, Police Dis- tricts, Police Training Institutes and units in view of the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. Director General of Police (DGP) Utkal Ran- jan Sahoo said that in the third week of June, tradi- tional events will be held for two days. He said that officers will hold a meet- ing with the police force in Police Training Insti- tutes and units, including Police Commissionerate, Police Range and Police Districts in the state. In the contact meet- ings, the Commissioner of Police, Inspector Gen- eral of Police Range, Su- perintendent of Police, Deputy Commissioner or Commandant will read the message of DGP tkal Ranjan Sahoo, Rajasthan and discuss work of their respective units. Vimal Kothari Jaipur A virtual review meeting of the Commercial Tax Department was held on Monday under the chair- manship of Finance Sec- retary Revenue KK Pathak where the focus was on the top 25 circles which were collecting weak revenue as com- pared to the targets set by the department. Along with the circle in-charges and their senior officers, he sought to know the reasons for lagging and also gave instructions to make improvements. He told the officers to pre- pare a concrete strategy to achieve the targets al- lotted for the financial year 2024-25. According to sources, officers ranging fromAs- sistant Commissioner to Assistant Commercial Tax Officer of the depart- ment were present in the meeting held through Webex of the department in the Government Sec- retariat. In his address, Pathak also directed the officials to reduce the de- pendence on the top tax- payers of the state along with identifying new tax- payers and focusing on collecting tax from them. It is said that at present the department has iden- tified about 61,000 tax- payers in the category of top taxpayers in the state. Taxpayers who had paid less revenue of more than Rs 5 crore in the last financial year were also discussed. Revenue targets have been set for the Commer- cial Tax Department for the financial year 2024- 25, in which a target of 60 percent increase has been set based on the net revenue of the financial year 2023-24. Sources say that achieving the tar- get seems very difficult in the current circum- stances. Some officials questioned this but it was said that the targets have been set by the finance department and it is the responsibility of all the officers to achieve through teamwork. First India Bureau Alwar On Saturday, in the Akbarpur police station area of Al- war district, the po- lice arrested three accused of threat- ening a youth by posing as a police- man and making him transfer Rs 15,000 online. SP Anand Shar- ma said that the ac- cused, Sher Singh Shekhawat (38), Sanjay Saini (35) and Hemant Kumar Jat (24) have been arrested. He said that the matter was reported by the vic- tim at Lakhanpur police station on Saturday. He said that he was coming to Al- war from Thanagaji on a bike when two people, posing as policemen, asked him to stop. Their other associate was also present. They threatened him to transfer Rs 15,000. First India Bureau Jaipur As per the directions of Municipal Corporation Greater Commissioner Rukmani Riyad, under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Vigilance Ajay Kumar Sharma, on Monday, an interim team of the Vigilance Branch seized goods worth Rs 16,500 from the areas un- der the jurisdiction of the Greater Jaipur Municipal Corporation, including Albert Hall, Rajasthan University, JLN Marg, Fortis Hospital, World Trade Park, Patrika Gate, Airport, Gandhi Nagar Mod, and Gandhi Nagar Police Station, along with a team from Ra- jasthan University to Gandhi Circle on both sides of the road, Lal Kothi Sabzi Mandi, and JLN Marg, against those involved in temporary encroachments. Weather takes a turn Overcast skies at Jal Mahal in Jaipur. Light showers and rain was observed in several parts of the state on Monday. NAIM KHAN The NCB in Jodhpur and Jaipur conducted a targeted operation on Ajmer Express, resulting in the seizure of 32.350 KGs of Poppy Straw worth Rs. 4.85 lakh. Suspects matching intelligence inputs were intercepted, marking a significant step in combating drug trafficking in the region FILE Mehandipur Balaji is abuzz with the preprations for the grand ‘Apne-Apne Ram’ event, featuring Shri Ram Katha by Mahant Naresh Puri Maharaj and performances by Kumar Vishwas MismanagementatSafari bookingsputsofftourists First India Bureau Jaipur The Jhalana Leopard Sa- fari has become one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in Jaipur but the visiting tourists are facing disap- pointment as far the booking in this reserve is concerned. Tourists visiting the safari to have a peek into the life of these majestic leopards have to shell out extra bucks if the ve- hicle doesn’t get six pas- sengers. They are asked to buy the remaining tickets also if there are not enough passengers in the vehicle. “They cannot deny us the safari if the number of passengers in a vehi- cle is less, we have paid the money, this should not be our concern,” said a disappointed tourist. The tourists feel that in such cases they end up paying much more than what was mentioned. In some cases, there have been arguments between the safari people and the tourists. Moreover, the option of a student discount is also not available on the website so the students too have to pay the full safari amount. The people associated with the tourism sector opine that if such flaws are removed and the en- tire process is made more tourist-friendly then Jhalana Safari can attract more tourists. It ay be noted that the Jhalana Leopard Park is spread in an area of 23sq km and is home to 30-35 leopards out of which 6-7 leopards have their territory in tourism area of park. Safari at Jhalana has been operational since December 2016 and as of now two safari routes are open for visitors. Jhalana Leopard Safari FILE
  • 4. 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 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 04 RAJSAMAND FACE TO FACE Modi’s guarantee and impact of Ram temple Advantage of being the daughter-in- law of the former royal family of Mewar Husband Vishvaraj Singh is currently BJP MLA from Nathdwara Away from local factionalism of Cong The undeniable face and image of the social worker Unity visible among Cong leaders of parliamentary constituency STRENGTHS STRENGTHS Disadvantages of campaigning as an external candidate No prior experience of electoral politics Ticket received after declared candidate refused to contest elections WEAKNESS MAHIMA SINGH MEWAR Age: 52 years Education: Graduate Assets: `24,81,000 Vehicle: None DAMODAR GURJAR Age: 59 years Education: MA, PhD Assets: `1,29,00,826 Vehicle: None No experience of electoral politics No direct connection with voters and party workers in the area Danger of conflict in the party WEAKNESS GROUND REPORT RAJSAMAND LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY Thistimepollbattleisbetween newfacesofBJPandCongress 1 2 Shock to Congress due to former MP Gopal Singh joining BJP and refusal of the previously announced candidate to contest the elections BJP has fielded Mahima Singh of the former royal family of Mewar while Cong fielding Damodar Gurjar Ashish Choudhary Rajsamand he second phase of voting for the Rajsa- mand Lok Sab- ha seat is on April 26 and both the ma- jor parties BJP and Con- gress are busy working out the electoral equation for victory. Talking about the candidates for the Ra- jsamand seat, this time both parties have placed bets on new faces and both are contesting their first elections. BJPhas made Mahima Singh Mewar its candi- date and she belongs to the erstwhile Panchkot royal family which is in West Bengal. Mahima Singh received her pri- mary education from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and is married to the Me- war royal family. Her husband Vishvaraj Singh Mewar is currently an MLA from the Nath- dwara assembly seat. The Congress had ear- lier declared Sudarshan Singh Rawat, former MLA from Bhim in Ra- jsamand district, as its candidate, but Rawat re- fused to contest the elec- tions for some reason, after which Congress made Damodar Gurjar its candidate for this seat. Congress had earlier de- clared Gurjar as its candi- date from Bhilwara. Da- modar Gurjar comes from a farmer family, was born in Gawari village of Sawai Madhopur district and received his primary education from his native village. Gurjar has also served in the Rajasthan Police and has also been active in social work. He has been active in the po- litical field since 2011 and is continuously work- ing for his organisation. The direct contest for the Rajsamand seat is be- tween the BJP and Con- gress candidates. So far, three elections have been held for Rajsamand Lok Sabha seat, which came into existence in 2008 af- ter delimitation. The first Lok Sabha elections were held on this seat in 2009 in which Congress candidate Gopal Singh Edwa won.After that, the BJP won two elections in 2014 and 2019 due to the Modi wave. In such a situation, the contest of 2024 is going to be very interesting. It remains to be seen whether the BJP, which has won this seat twice in a row, will score a hat-trick or will Con- gress win. As regards the caste equation, Rajput votes decide the victory equa- tion of this seat because, in the elections held in 2009, Congress candidate Gopal Singh won this seat, while in 2014, Hari- om Singh Rathore from BJP, and in 2019, erst- while Jaipur royal Diya Kumari, who is currently the Deputy CM of the state, won from this seat. However, Gopal Singh Edwa has now left Con- gress and joined the BJP due to which this time the election equations seem to have changed a bit. T THIS TIME IN THE ELECTIONS, ALONG WITH NATIONAL, LOCAL ISSUES ARE ALSO HOT Talking about issues in the 2024 Lok Sabha elec- tions, along with national issues, local issues are also prominently being picked. On one hand, the people believe that other national issues like Article 370 and Ram Mandir will dominate and problems like inflation, unemployment, education, roads and water will also be an issue in the elections. MP DIYA KUMARI’S REPORT CARD Diya Kumari, a member of the former royal family of Jaipur, was the last elected MP from this seat and after winning the Assembly elections, she re- signed as MP. Diya Kumari’s image remained good among the voters. Despite not being a local, she was always active among the voters and party workers of her area. She also had full cooperation in the development work of the area. Congress candidate Damodar Gurjar during public connect rally in Amet of Rajsamand on Monday. RESULTS OF ASSEMBLY POLLS 08 BJP CONGRESS 00 Merta Jaitaran B e a w a r Bhim K u m b h a l g a r h Rajsamand Nathdwara Degana RAJASTHAN RAJSAMAND LS CONSTITUENCY 20,60,942 Total voters in Rajsamand 64.81% 1,48,031 Voters increased since 2019 Males 10,55,731 10,05,186 Females 25 ThirdGender Voting recorded on Rajsamand seat in 2019 Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka PRIYANKA GANDHI’S HELICOPTER DRAMA: TAKES A U-TURN EN ROUTE TO RANTHAMBORE FOR A MOBILE Priyanka Gandhi arrived from Jalore to Ranthambore on Sunday. Her helicopter landed at Chakchainera helipad, from where she proceeded to the hotel by car. However, just after leaving the helipad, Priyanka Gandhi’s car took a sudden U-turn. This unexpected turn created a stir among other officials accompanying her in the convoy. It was later discovered that Priyanka Gandhi had left her mobile phone in the helicopter. She returned to the helipad to retrieve it. Upon resolving the situation, officials breathed a sigh of relief. LOW TURNOUT PLAGUES CHOPRA’S RALLIES, EMPTY CHAIRS SPARK BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA What’s happening in Anil Chopra’s rallies? Once again, a low turnout was observed at his rally today. The chairs remained empty at the gatherings of Congress leaders Deepender Hooda and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Congress Jaipur Rural candidate’s Kotputli rally saw fewer people than expected. Now, videos of empty chairs are going viral on social media platforms. Raj tops in seizures with recovery of over `800 cr: SEC First India Bureau Jaipur Over 800 crores of drugs, liquor, precious metals, freebies and illegal cash were recovered by differ- ent enforcement agencies ofRajasthanaheadofLok Sabha elections. CEO Praveen Gupta said that this time Ra- jasthan has created a new record. According to the data released by the Elec- tionCommissionofIndia, Rajasthanranksfirstinthe country in terms of sei- zures. Gupta said in a statement that since March 1, cash and other suspicious material worth Rs812.77crorehavebeen seized in Rajasthan. This includes cash worth Rs 36.79 crore, liquor worth Rs 41.71 crore, drugs worth Rs 121.79 crore, gold and silver including other precious metals worth Rs 49.21 crore, freebies worth more than Rs 563 crore and other suspiciousitems.Seizures worth more than Rs 20 crore each were made in 20 districts of the state. Gupta said that the val- ue of suspicious items seized by the agencies since March 16, after the implementation of the MCC for the LS Polls, is more than Rs 712 crore. Congres workers will seek vote for BAP in Banswara, says Ram Lal Jat First India Bureau Banswara Former minister and Congress in-charge Ram- lal Jat has formally an- nounced to support the Bharat Adivasi Party candidate in Banswara. Jat said at a press confer- ence that AICC has de- cided to support the BAP in the Banswara Lok Sabha seat and Bagidora assembly byelections. In this regard, he discussed with the party leaders of Banswara and Dungar- pur and appealed to the workers to make the BAP candidate win. “Thisdecisionhasbeen taken to save Baba Sa- heb’s Constitution and to defeat BJP,” he said. Jat said that after the declared candidates of Congress did not with- draw their names for Lok Sabha and Assembly by- election, they were ex- pelled from the party. Bhilwara village boycotts Lok Sabha elections over water crisis First India Bureau Bhilwara In a dramatic turn of events, residents of Kaniya vil- lage in Bhilwara have taken a decisive stand by opting to boycott the up- coming Lok Sabha elec- tions. The primary reason behind this bold move stems from their frustra- tion over the prolonged issue of inadequate drinking water supply. Despite repeated appeals and grievances, their plight remains unad- dressed. Efforts by the election department to conduct home voting were met with staunch resistance, highlighting the severity of the situation. As offi- cials continue their en- deavors to persuade the villagers, the standoff underscores the pressing need for urgent action to resolve the water scarcity in the region. First India Bureau Jaipur Regarding the statements of BJP’s Rajkot candidate Purushottam Rupala, MLA Chandrabhan Sin- ghAkya and former MLA Randhir Singh Bhinder and President of Jauhar Smriti Sansthan said - Rupala’s statement has nothing to do with the party, Kshatriya Samaj is with BJP and called it a part of Congress’s con- spiracy. They stressed that this is a matter of Gu- jarat and of one leader and it is wrong to link it with other candidates. Former Vallabhnagar MLARandhirSinghBhin- der said on Monday that Chittorgarh candidate CP Joshi is the only MP who raised the issue of Rani Padmini in Parliament. “Postalstampswereissued on Maharana Pratap, Jhala Manna, Jaimal. He got the wronginscriptionremoved in Padmini Mahal and got the wrong description made in Light and Sound show removed. He got an inscription installed at the Joharsite.Anoutsidercan- notknowwhatkindofsitu- ation we have here, who is supporting us to what ex- tent. National President Mahipal Singh Makrana is respectable. He represents the Kshatriya community. Let’s fight for them. But as apartywearesayingthisis wrong. In such a situation, the Kshatriya community is being provoked. In this society, there are people supporting BJP ideologies and also people supporting Congress ideologies. Peo- ple of opposition are doing such things. Whereas the entire Kshatriya commu- nity is not included in it. Oursocietywasconnected toBJPandwillremaincon- nected. Whatever com- ment has been made by Rajkot’s Rupala is abso- lutelywrong.Buttheentire party cannot be blamed for that,” Bhinder said. Mean- while MLAChandrabhan Singh Akya said that whatever Purushottam Rupala said is very wrong. “Not only in our society, but such things should not be said for any society. Some people in the Rajput community who are with a particular party are the ones who are instigating.” he said. Chandrabhan Singh Akya Randhir Singh Bhinder RAJKOT’S BJP CANDIDATE RUPALA’S CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS Kshatriya front asserts loyalty amid allegations SEIZURE FIGURES FOR 2019 AND 2024 (Amount in Rs crore) n 2019 n 2024 Cash Liquor Gold Silver Drugs Freebies more 6.81 7.8 15.57 7.32 13.92 35.84 41.34 74.82 525.43 35.34
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  • 6. Fist India Bureau New Delhi ven before the country goes to vote for the first phase of polling on April 19, the enforcement agencies have so far seized Rs 4650 crores which is higher than the total seizures of the 2019 General Elections. Rajasthan topped the list with a total seizure amounting to Rs 778.5 crores, an election com- mission statement said. The commission said that authorities under its su- pervision are making sei- zures worth Rs 100 crore every day since March 1. “EnforcementAgencies have made a record sei- zure of over Rs.4650 crores in ECI’s resolute fightagainstmoneypower even before the first phase of polling for the 18th Lok Sabha elections com- mences on Friday. This marks a sharp increase of overRs3475croresseized during the entire Lok Sab- ha election in 2019,” the poll panel said. Significantly, 45 per- cent of the seizures are of drugs and narcotics, which are under the spe- cial focus of the Com- mission. The seizures have been possible by comprehensive plan- ning, scaled-up collabo- ration and unified deter- rence action from agen- cies, proactive citizen participation, and opti- mal engagement of tech- nology, it said. The com- mission has also taken strict action against ap- proximately 106 govern- ment servants who were found assisting politi- cians in campaigning and violating the Model Code of Conduct. The seizures are a crit- ical part of ECI’s resolve to conduct the Lok Sabha elections free of induce- ments and electoral mal- practices and to ensure a level playing field. On 12th April, the Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Elec- tion Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu reviewed all central ob- servers deployed in Phase -1 of elections go- ing to poll on April 19. Tightening, monitoring, and checking were amongst the focus of de- liberations to ensure an inducement-free elector- al process, the ECI said. First India Bureau Palakkad Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a dig at Rahul Gandhi who is contesting from Kera- la’s Wayanad, indirectly hinting that he is taking the help of the political wing of a banned organi- sation to win this elec- tion, just to save his face for losing his family seat in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “A big leader of Con- gress has found it diffi- cult to save the respect of his family seat in Uttar Pradesh and has made his new base in Kerala. To win the elections, Con- gress has entered into a backdoor agreement with the political wing of an organization which has been banned in the coun- try for its anti-national tendencies. Have you ever heard this from them?” PM Modi said at a public meeting here. Continuing his attack against the Congress, PM Modi said, “Have they said anything about how they looted money in the Cooperative bank scam? Do they even utter a word? The crown prince of Congress will ask for votes from the people of Kerala but will not say even a single word on your issues...” PM Modi also hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala saying that the state suf- fers from the problem of water scarcity which points out the failure of the state government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by MoS V Muraleedharan and others at a public meeting in support of BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram seat Rajeev Chandrasekhar for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, at Attingal, in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. ANI Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah holds a sword during a public rally ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Imphal, Manipur, on Monday. PTI INDIA 05 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Conginsecretpactwithbanned organisationinKerala:PMModi In Southern India, PM Modi sharpens attack against Congress ElectModiasPMagainto saveManipur:AmitShah First India Bureau Imphal Manipur and the entire northeast are so important that when they shine the whole nation will move forward, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said addressing a BJP public meeting at Hapta Kangjeibung on Monday. Shah said that Modi is a friend of the northeast and Manipur. He ap- pealed to the people to elect Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi as the Prime Minister for the third and to save Manipur. He al- leged that the Congress party is involved in di- viding the country, and it has started South and North India politics. He reminded the peo- ple of the incident on April 14, 1944, when the Indian flag was unfurled for the first time at Moirang by INA. The BJP government has fulfilled its promise to build Ram Mandir and fight the separatist move- ment to bring peace to the country he added. During the last 10 years 25 cr people were uplifted from the pov- erty line 80 crore people were given free food, four crore people were given houses, 14 crore people were given tap water, Shah added. Under PM’s leadership India touching new heights: Rajnath Singh First India Bureau Jammu Seeking vote for the BJP candidate from Kathua- Udhampur Lok Sabha seat Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister and sen- ior leader Rajnath Singh on Monday said under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, India is touching new heights. “India has emerged as the strongest country globally on all fronts un- der the leadership of Prime Minister Naren- dera Modi,” said Singh at a public rally in Basholi tehsil of Kathua district. Udhampur Lok Sabha seat will go to polls on April 19. Singh also said in the Sankalp Patra (Sankalp Patra) of BJP, PM Modi has ensured the inclusion of free treat- ment to people above 70 years of age no matter to which income group they belong to. He urged the people to vote in large numbers in favour of Dr Jitendera Singh stating that BJP is committed to safeguard the rights of women.Sin- gh also added that BJP will win all seats in Jam- mu and Kashmir in Lok Sabha election. NDA will win 80 LS seats in UP: Yogi Firing On All Cylinders PTI Lucknow Giving a new election slogan, Uttar Pradesh CMYogiAdityanath said the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will form the basis for BJP-led NDA winning 400-plus seats in the Lok Sabha polls. “Assi banega aad- har, NDA char sau paar, phir ek baar Modi sarkar,” he said at a press conference here. “BJP’s Sankalp Patra serves as the blueprint for a ‘naya, shreshth, aat- manirbhar and viksit Bharat (new, great, self- reliant and developed In- dia). In addition to de- claring a war against cor- ruption, it reaffirms the commitment to elevate India from antyodaya to sarvodaya and position it as a global leader,” he said while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here. The UP CM highlight- ed that on the birth anni- versary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the BJP’s Sankalp Patra. Its first four copies represent the four social pillars of the country – gareeb (poor), yuva (youth), annadata (farmers), and nari (wom- en), collectively known as GYAN, he said. Rahul Gandhi begins his 2-day election campaign in Wayanad Agencies Wayanad AICC leader and in- cumbent MP from Way- anad has started his two-day election cam- paign by holding rallies and public meetings from Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady, Vella- munda, and Pulpally and also visiting the Bishop of Mananthavady dio- cese during the election campaign on the first day, Monday. Rahul Gandhi arrived at Nilgiris Arts and Science College grounds by heli- copterfromMysorearound 1000 hrs and proceeded to Sulthan Bathery by road andheldarallythere in the morning. A large number of people thronged on the sides of the road to glimpse him without us- ing any party flags of Congress or its allies. FRESH SALVO INKERALA,PM ACCUSESLEFTOF SWINDLINGPUBLIC’S CRORESOFRUPEES Thrissur: Launching a scathing attack on the ruling CPI (M) in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is lying to the victims of the Karuvan- nur Cooperative Soci- ety scam. Addressing a BJP election meeting in Kunnamkulam, near here for Alathur, Chalakudy, Ponnani, and Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency candidates, the Prime Minister alleged that the Left leaders have swindled crores of rupees deposited by the common man and assured that the BJP the government will spare no effort to return their lost money. MANGALURU ROADSHOW MEMORABLE, MYSURU PUBLIC MEETING PHENOMENAL, SAYS PM MODI Bengaluru: PM Narendra Modi described his road- show last night in Mangaluru as “memorable”, and his public meeting in Mysuru, during which he shared the stage with former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, as “phenomenal”. During the public meeting on Sunday evening at Mysuru’s Maharaja’s College ground, Modi also met Arun Yogiraj, the sculptor of the Ram Lalla idol consecrated at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Pictures of him Yogiraj greeting the prime minister has gone viral on social media. “The roadshow in Mangaluru was memorable!” Modi said in a post on social media platform X on Monday, sharing highlights from it. SCRAPPING ARTICLE 370, A MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT: YOGI ADITYANATH IN BIHAR Aurangabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that the scrapping of Article 370, relating to Jammu and Kashmir, is a big achievement of the Narendra Modi government which further reinforced the unity and integrity of the country. Addressing a public meeting in favour of BJP candidate Sushil Kumar Singh from Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat, Adityanath said that the Narendra Modi government had fulfilled its promise of scrapping Article 370 relating to Jammu and Kashmir. When Article 370 was in existence, it was very difficult for a common man to visit the state but after scrapping of Article 370, no such problem was there and anyone could move freely, he added. SHAH SAYS DEVELOPMENT OF TRIPURA’S TRIBAL AREAS PRIORITY FOR BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY Agartala: Develop- ment of the tribal areas in Tripura is a priority for the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday. Address- ing an election rally in Kumarghat, the Union Home Minister said all issues of the state’s tribal community have been taken care of in the “historic agreement” signed with Tipra Motha. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses a public meeting. FILE Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a public meeting in support of NDA candidates ahead of Lok Sabha election, in Aurangabad district, on Monday, PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, in Wayanad, on Monday. PTI EC’S RESOLVE TO HOLD FREE AND FAIR POLLS The seizures are a critical part of ECI resolve to conduct LS polls free of inducements and electoral malpractices and to ensure a level play- ing field. On April 12, Com- mission led by CEC Rajiv Kumar with ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu reviewed all Central Observers deployed in Phase -1 of elections to be held on April 19. AHEAD OF 1st PHASE POLLS Enforcement agencies make record seizure of `4650 cr: ECI Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar chairs with Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu. FILE E Police at Kamal Nath’s residence in Chhindwara Agencies Bhopal A police team on Mon- day reached former CM Kamal Nath’s house in Chhindwara in connec- tion with a complaint filed by BJP candidate Vivek ‘Bunty’ Sahu. As per information, Bunty, who is contesting against Nath’s son Nakul Nath from Chhindwara, al- leged that ex-CM’s aide RK Mrignali gave mon- ey to some journalists to defame him. ECI cracks down on money power; `100 crore seizure each day since 1st March
  • 7. n the modern global landscape, media plays a piv- otal role in shap- ing public percep- tion and understanding of inter- national affairs. Amidst a com- plex tapestry of narratives, how India is portrayed on the world stage is influenced by various factors. Global power dynamics, coupled with anti-India propa- ganda, often distort the image of India, overshadowing its pro- gress and achievements. A re- cent analysis by The Communi- cator, a peer-reviewed journal from India’s Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC), highlights the infiltration of neg- ative narratives about India into mainstream media through ma- nipulation. Such coverage often presents a one-sided view, ne- glecting positive developments and reinforcing negative stereo- types. This underscores the ur- gency to showcase India’s true progress and successes, which are often obscured by a carefully constructed negative narrative. One common misrepresenta- tion revolves around claims of the “weakening of democracy” and false allegations of “viola- tion of citizens’ rights.” How- ever, as the world’s largest de- mocracy, India boasts a vibrant multi-party system with regular, meticulously prepared elec- tions. Efforts to include diverse groups like young voters, wom- en, the third gender community, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), and Particularly Vul- nerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) exemplify India’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Beyond electoral participation, inclusivity extends to economic growth, evidenced by rising liv- ing standards paralleling sig- nificant economic strides across multiple sectors. Financial inclusion initia- tives, such as the JAM trinity, have expanded access to over 80% of adults, while income in- equality has declined, supported by a widening tax base and in- creased filings. Prudent eco- nomic management has tripled indirect tax collections since the implementation of GST. India’s unique developmental model, centered on Digital Public Goods Infrastructure (DPGI), has attracted global attention through platforms like the India Stack, Aadhaar, UPI, and GSTN. These DPGIs facilitate seamless transactions and gov- ernance, democratizing access to digital technologies and elim- inating the digital divide across public services. Initiatives like Standup India, Rozgar Mela, and Pradhan Man- tri MudraYojana (PMMY) stim- ulate job creation and economic empowerment, leveling the playing field for small entrepre- neurs. These success stories of digital inclusivity and economic empowerment underscore the health of Indian democracy, ex- tending beyond elections and free expression. India’s multi- dimensional development is re- flected in marked improvements across global indices, from in- novation and logistics to digital readiness, demonstrating a com- mitment to growth benefiting every citizen. Despite India’s impressive economic growth under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lead- ership, global media often pre- sents a narrow and flawed per- spective, missing the broader picture. This biased portrayal borders on foreign interference, with documented cases of influ- ence operations originating from China. Concerns arise over the weaponization of deep fakes by malicious foreign actors, threatening the integrity of In- dian democracy. Coordinated flawed commentary on Indian democracy across global media outlets necessitates intervention from the Election Commission to empower fact-checking and clamp down on errant platforms and media outlets. India’s robust democracy serves as the cornerstone of its bright future, empowering citi- zens’voices and catalyzing tan- gible economic progress. With an unwavering commitment to inclusive growth and expanding global influence, India is emerg- ing as a formidable global pow- er. The world’s largest democ- racy cannot be trifled with by global media outlets without consequences. India’s demo- cratic experiment offers hope to the global south, showcasing democracy’s potential for inclu- sive growth and sustainable de- velopment. Conveying a strong message to global media outlets that un- dermining Indian democracy undermines the aspirations of over a billion Indians and the hopes of billions across the global south is imperative. In- dia’s journey towards democ- racy and development serves as a beacon of hope for nations worldwide. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. BIBLE BUILDING ON DEMOCRACY India’s robust democracy serves as the cornerstone of its bright future, em- powering citizens’ voices and catalyzing tangible economic progress. With an unwavering commit- ment to inclusive growth and expanding global influ- ence, India is emerging as a formidable global power. The world’s largest de- mocracy cannot be trifled with by global media out- lets without consequenc- es. India’s democratic experiment offers hope to the global south, showcas- ing democracy’s potential for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Conveying a strong message to global media outlets that undermining Indian democracy un- dermines the aspirations of over a billion Indians and the hopes of billions across the global south is imperative. India’s journey towards democracy and development serves as a beacon of hope for nations worldwide. DISTORTEDREALITIES I Heartiest greetings of ‘Himachal Day’ to the residents of Devbhoomi, the holy land of incredible natural beauty, picturesque culture and spirituality. Devbhoomi has an important contribution in the progress, security and promotion of cultural heritage of the nation. Today on this occasion, I pray for the happiness, prosperity and overall progress of the people of the state. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda Huge crowds showcasing widespread admiration and support for the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji. It’s a testament to his ability to connect with the people and garner enthusiasm for his initiatives and vision for the country. Anurag Thakur (मोदी का पिरवार) @ianuragthakur l Vol 5 l Issue No. 309 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. 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  • 8. Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 RAM NAVAMI FESTIVAL “Maine nahi banaya Ram ne banwaya”, says sculptor Arun Yogiraj ANI Mangaluru s lakhs of devo- tees will be thronging to Ayodhya’s Ram Janmab- hoomi Mandir on April 17 on the occassion of Ram Navami onApril 17, Arun Yogiraj, the man who sculpted the statue of Lord Ram Lalla shared the journey of his craft. Yogiraj said the Ram Lalla idol created by him is beautiful owing to the love for Lord Ram from devotees at Ayodhya. “I met a lot of devotees in Ayodhya and they shared their pain, the sac- rifices and sometimes the love for Lord Ram Lalla...I listened to eve- rything...The idol is beautiful because of the love for Lord Ram Lal- la...,” Yogiraj said. Speaking about his in- stant fame after his work, Yogiraj said, “The first change after I sculpted Lord Ram Lalla’s statue is that I am getting a lot of love everywhere in the country. Along with this, I am also getting a part of the love that people have for Lord Shri Ram. Eve- ryone wants to meet me. They want to talk about the statue of Lord Shri Ram that I made and in fact, I have also decided that I will spend time with people, I also want to be with people. I have kept their love in my heart and whenever I get a chance, I will do something for my country again.” On the divine eyes of Lord Ram crafted by him, Yogiraj said that it was not made by him but Lord Ram Lalla himself. “People ask about the eyes of Shri Ram. Every- one feels that the eyes will speak to them at that moment. It seems like a living statue. So they ask me how I created the eyes of Ram. My answer is al- ways that I did not make them, Lord Ram made them,” Yogiraj said. A Sculptor Arun Yogiraj making the idol. FILE PEOPLE WILL QUEUE UP IN BRAHMA MUHURTA AT RAM TEMPLE Ayodhya: Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Cham- pat Rai gave information about the arrangements for Ram Navami festival. He said that Railway reservation centre will be set up at the passenger convenience centre. Also, on Ram Navami, arrange- ments will be made for the devotees to line up at 3.30 am in the Brahma Muhurta. Booking of all types of special passes/ darshan-aarti etc has been cancelled. Everyone will have to go through the same route. The darshan time has been increased to 19 hours, which will con- tinue from Mangala Aarti till 11 pm. Rai appealed to the dignitaries, who fall under protocol, to come for darshan only after April 19. The General Secre- tary also reiterated that the Ram Janmotsav will be broadcast on about a hundred big LED screens. Pankaj Soni Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel, which Tehran said was in response to the strike on its consulate in Syria. Agencies New York In a singular moment for American history, the hush money trial of for- mer President Donald Trump begins on April 15 with jury selection. It's the first criminal trial of a former com- mander in chief and the first of Trump's four in- dictments to go to trial. Because Trump is the presumptive nominee for this year’s Republi- can ticket, the trial will also produce the head- spinning split-screen of a presidential candidate spending his days in court and, he has said, campaigning during the night.” And to some extent, it is a trial of the justice system itself as it grap- ples with a defendant who has used his enor- mous prominence to as- sail the judge, his daugh- ter, the district attorney, some witnesses and the allegations — all while blasting the legitimacy of a legal structure that he insists has been appropri- ated by his political op- ponents. Against that backdrop, scores of ordi- nary citizens are due to be called onApril 15 into a cavernous room. Agencies Kabul At least 33 people were killed after snow, rain, and subsequent flooding wreaked havoc in the country over the past three days. Moreover, 27 people were injured . “According to prelimi- nary statistics, unfortu- nately, thirty-three peo- ple have died and twenty- seven others have been injured due to the recent floods. Similarly, 606 homes have been either partially or completely destroyed,” said Janan Saiq, spokesperson for the Taliban-controlled State Ministry of Disas- ter Management. The majority of the deaths were in the prov- inces of Farah, Herat, Zabul, and Kandahar, with most victims com- ing from Kandahar prov- ince, he said, according to TOLOnews. PTI Singapore Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday said he will step down on May 15 and an- nounced that he will be succeeded by his deputy Lawrence Wong. The date for the handover was announced in a statement from the PM's Office. I will relinquish my role as Prime Minister on May 15, DPM Law- renceWong will be sworn in as the next Prime Min- ister, the statement said. Agencies Bengaluru Expressing confidence in bringing back the 17 In- dian crew members on board the cargo ship seized by Iran, External Affairs Minister S Jais- hankar on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guarantee works outside India also. Talking to mediaper- sons in Bengaluru, Dr Jaishankar said, “It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s free guarantee that whenever you are in trouble outside, the Indi- an government is there to take care of you.” Taking up the release of 17 In- dian crew members of MSC Aries, the EAM spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Ami- rabdollahian on Sunday. Modi’s guarantee outside country also, says Jaishankar External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Representational Donald Trump Lee Hsien Loong US says destroyed drones missiles launched from Iran ANI Washington Amid rising tensions be- tween Israel and Iran, US military said on Monday that they have destroyed more than 80 drones and at least six ballistic missiles aimed at Israel from Iran and Yemen. In an official post on X, US Central Com- mand (CENTCOM) stated on Monday, “On April 13 and the morn- ing of April 14, US Cen- tral Command (CENT- COM) forces, supported by US European Com- mand destroyers, suc- cessfully engaged and destroyed more than 80 one-way attack un- crewed aerial vehicles (OWA UAV) and at least six ballistic missiles in- tended to strike Israel from Iran and Yemen.” “Iran’s continued un- precedented, malign, and reckless behaviour en- dangers regional stability and the safety of US and coalition forces,” CENT- COM said in a post on X “CENTCOM remains postured to support Is- rael’s defense against these dangerous actions by Iran.” MILITARY CHIEF THANKS US MILITARY IRAN PREZ RAISI TO VISIT PAK ON APRIL 22 Tel Aviv: The IDF Chief of Staff, Lt General Herzi Halevi, spoke Sunday morning with the Command- er of the US Military's Cen- tral Command (CENTCOM), General Michael Erik Kurilla. He expressed appreciation for the joint defence effort to thwart and intercept the Iranian missile attack on Israel overnight. Islamabad: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is set to visit Pak on April 22 and hold meetings with PM Shehbaz Sharif, Presi- dent Asif Ali Zardari and the military leadership, according to a media report on Mon- day. The Iranian president’s visit also holds significance as the two countries share key economic interests. GLOBAL AIRLINES FACE BIGGEST DISRUPTION SINCE 9/11 AFTER IRAN ATTACKS ISRAEL: REPORT Singapore: Global airlines faced disruptions to flights on Monday after Iran’s missile and drone attacks on Israel further narrowed options for planes navigating between Europe and Asia. At least a dozen airlines have had to cancel or reroute flights over the last two days, including Qantas, Germany’s Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air India. This was the biggest single disruption to air travel since the attack on the World Trade Centre. EFFORT TO TELL THEM TO CALM DOWN: S JAISHANKAR ON ISRAEL-IRAN CONFLICT India is very concerned over escalating hostili- ties between Iran and Israel and New Delhi has told the countries to “calm down,” EAM S Jaishankar said on Monday, amid spiralling tension in the Middle East. Iran carried out its first direct attack on Israel on Saturday in response to a suspected Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus on April 1 that killed seven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards. “We have been telling them not to allow this (the situ- ation) to escalate and that this is a very crucial region for the global economy,” he told reporters here. Trump hush money trial: Judge denies recusal request from defense 33 killed, 27 injured in flash floods in Afghanistan Singapore PM Lee to step down on May 15 First India Bureau Bengaluru Travis Head’s destructive hundred was the driving force behind Sunrisers Hyderabad’s record- breaking 287 for three againstarudderlessRoyal Challengers Bengaluru in their IPL2024 match here on Monday. In reply, RCBcouldscore262runs for the loss of 7 wickets. TheSunriserswentpast their own 277 for three againstMumbaiIndiansat HyderabadonMarch27to raisethebarforthehighest total in the IPL so far. Travis gave SRH a Head-start with a 102 (41b, 9x4, 8x6), his maid- en T20 hundred, and rarely gave a moment of respite to the RCB bowl- ers, who lacked variety or imagination, after Hyder- abad were put into bat. His innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium was a telltale example of the simple principles he follows in batting – anything in his hitting arc will disappear far and wide. Sunrisers Hyderabad batter Travis Head celebrates his century during the (IPL) match between RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad, at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, on Monday. RCB’s Dinesh Karthik stellar performance against SRH at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, on Monday. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Royal Challengers Bengaluru batter Faf du Plessis. Head scored 102 in 41 balls, with nine fours eight sixes 4th fastest IPL century Head’stonpowersSRHto287; hostsRCBfallshortby25runs KARTHIK FIFTY LEADS FIGHT IN RECORD CHASE AGAINST SRH After Royal Challeng- ers Bengaluru (RCB) Nos. 3-5 departed for 7, 9 and 0 respectively, Dinesh Karthik provided some entertainment for the crowd. He added 59 with Mahipal Lomror, out of which the latter contrib- uted only 19. Lomror hit two sixes, but Karthik kept pumping boundaries from the other end. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis powered RCB to a rollicking start before Cummins and Co. chipped in with quick wickets to dent the chase. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai addressing a presser.
  • 9. First India Bureau Kota BJPcandidate from Kota Bundi Lok Sabha con- stituency Om Birla on Monday said that BJP It is not a party but a fam- ily, whose members are all Indians. He told the people about the strength of BJP and said that BJP will again win the lok sabha elections and Nar- endra Modi Prime Min- ister will become the prime minister for the third time. “Due to the penance of such workers and the able guidance of Prime Minister Modi, BJP is going to form the govern- ment for the third con- secutive time by winning the love of 140 crore In- dians,” he said. Birla was speaking during ‘Jansampark Ab- hiyan’ in various villages of Bundi. Former MLA Ashok Dogra highlighted dedicated party workers across the nation, serving selflessly without seek- ing position or recogni- tion. Former MLAChan- drakanta Meghwal praised BJP workers for supporting people during challenges, including COVID-19, further em- phasising their unique spirit of service. Next lot of Raj IAS officers to leave for election duty this weekend Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur he third lot of IAS officers from the State, who were scheduled to leave for election duty, will leave on the coming weekend. Before this, 16 IAS offic- ers in the first lot and 7 IAS in the second lot had already left for election duty and this weekend, 16 officers will leave for the sameastheElectionCom- mission had shortlisted 52 Rajasthan cadre IAS of- ficers to carry out elec- tion-related duty owing to the Lok Sabha polls. For the seventh and last phase of the election to be held on June 1, our offi- cials will carry out their designated role for which theywillleaveonMay13. Which officer will serve where and from when is decided by the Election Commission. The 16 officers, who leaveforelectiondutyand their respective states where they will carry out theroles,areAjitabhShar- ma (Telangana), T Ravi- kanth (West Bengal), KK Pathak (Andhra Pradesh), Jitendra Soni (Andhra Pradesh),BLGoyal(Uttar Pradesh, Bachanesh Agrawal (Gujarat), Ku- mar Pal Gautam (West Bengal), Khajan Singh (Andhra Pradesh), Punam (Karnataka), Sitaram Jat (Andhra Pradesh), HP Sharma (Karnataka), Anandhi (Maharashtra), Manju Rajpal (Andhra Pradesh), Priyanka Gos- wami (Odisha) and Neha Giri (Gujarat). Every batch will have to stay in their allotted constituency for a mini- mum period of 25 days. Reportedly, Kunji Lal Meenaisextremelyhappy with his responsibility since he has to carry out the election role in Uttara- khand which covers Ya- munotri, Gangotri, and Mussoorie.These 25 days are a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Meena as through this, he could carry out the ‘Teerth Yatra’ while also spending time in hill sta- tion Mussoorie, away from the summer heat of the plains. The first lot of officers will return to the state on April 22, having conduct- ed the first phase of polls on April 19. Similarly, PRamesh is serving in the deep interior area of the northeast in the Naga communityareaincluding Dimapur and Kohima. A native of Hyderabad, P Ramesh is happy that through the election duty, hehasbeenabletoexperi- ence and understand an- other corner of the nation. However, through this election duty ‘roster’ of state cadre IAS officers, the DoP’s work seems to have increased, as the or- ders related to the addi- tional charge on the posts of those officials who are leaving have to be issued. The DoP has had to work on various ‘permutations’ to ascertain which officer can do justice to the addi- tional charge being given. Theofficersofthefirstlot, whoarereturningonApril 22, will also be given an additional charge. The administrative cor- ridors are abuzz with one question: The second phase of polling in Ra- jasthan will take place on April26andtheresultwill be declared on June 4, af- ter 40 days. So will the Model Code of Conduct be in effect for these 40 daysintheState?Because after April 26, there will not be any need nor logic fortheCodeofConductto be in effect in the State. Administrative experts believe that it is possible that some relaxation may be given for the 40 days and it is also possible that the Election Commission may permit various issues on request of the State Government. Sources be- lievethatwiththispermis- sion, a transfer list of IAS and RAS officers may be released in the first week of May. T 08 True liberation of the mind lies in selfless service, even our daily salaried work should be done with the spirit of ‘Karma Yoga,’ to be free! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 16, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia OurSankalpPatraisasacredvision documentbyandforthepeople:CM Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, while addressing a press conference at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur, said that the BJP’s mani- festo is going to empow- er the four strong pillars of developed India - youth, women, poor and farmers. Rajasthan is with PM Narendra Modi. “We will bloom lotus on all the 25 seats of the state to strengthen the re- solve of developed India 2047 with the coopera- tion of the people. Our Sankalp Patra is a sacred vision document pre- pared by the people, for the people. BJP has pre- sented the development manifesto before the country on the birth an- niversary of Baba Saheb. I want to say that this resolution letter is a guar- antee of fulfilment of the guarantee,” he said. In Dausa, BJP’s Na- tional Minister Alka Sin- gh said that BJP’s resolu- tion letter for LS polls is Modi’s guarantee. “The free ration scheme will continue in double en- gine govt. “80% discount on medicines at Jan Aus- hadhi Centres will con- tinue will be expanded. Additionally, 3 cr more PM Awas will be con- structed. Elderly indi- viduals up to 70 years will benefit from Ayush- man Yojana. Mudra Yo- jana limit will increase from Rs 10L to Rs 20L. PM SWANidhi scheme limit will extend to small towns, villages soon. We will win all 25 LS seats to advance towards a developed India by 2047 with the people’s support, says CM Sharma We have the leadership of the world’s most popular leader, Modi. The opposition alliance lacks vision, leadership, and policy. Under Modi govt’s governance and welfare initiatives over the last 10 years, India has risen from the 11th largest economy in 2014 to the fifth largest today. It is projected to become the third largest economy in the world during PM Modi’s third term. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CM BJP’s manifesto is excellent. The PM’s guarantee is the biggest guarantee. The manifesto takes care of every class and section. We will cross the 400 seat mark in the Lok Sabha polls. VASUNDHARA RAJE, FORMER CM The party’s manifesto includes infrastructure development, support for young farmers and the poor. A new law will be enacted to prevent paper leaks in the future, ensuring fairness in examinations. CP JOSHI, BJP STATE PRESIDENT CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses a press conference ahead of LS polls at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur on Monday. Diya Kumari, Vijaya Rahatkar and Pramod Vashishtha are also seen. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma interacts with Assembly Speaker Vasudev Devnani at CMR, OTS in Jaipur on Monday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma in conversation with Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale at OTS in Jaipur on Monday. Both the leaders discussed various issues of public interest during the courtesy meeting. Pankaj Soni Jaipur Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan will be held in two phases on April 19 and April 26. In the first phase, the fate of the candidates will be de- cided with the voting on 12 seats to be held on April 19. Along with 11 Ministers of the State, the credibility of many senior leaders will also be at stake in this elec- tion. The victory or de- feat on these seats will also serve as a ‘litmus test’ of the political acu- men of the State Council of Ministers members and many prominent leaders overseeing elec- tion campaigns on vari- ous seats. BJP has ap- pointed election in-charges on every seat by coordinating both power and organisation. Atotal of 114 candidates are in the fray in the 12 Lok Sabha constituen- cies going to polls in the first phase. These in- clude 102 men and 12 women. In the first phase of LS elections in Rajasthan, voting will be held in Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Si- kar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Ka- rauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur. LSpolls:TopRajleaders,11mins facecruciallitmustestin1stphase Modi will become the PM for the third time, asserts Om Birla FROM P1… GS Shekhawat accuses RaGa of misleading people In Churu, Rajendra Rathore has taken the charge, while Balak Nath holds the command of Jhunjhunu seat In terms of candidates and equations, the most hotly contested seats in the first phase of elections are considered to be Dausa, Nagaur, Churu and Jhun- jhunu. There is expected to be a tough contest between sitting MP Hanuman Beniwal and former MP Jyoti Mirdha from Nagaur seat. BJP has handed over the command of this seat to Minister Kanhaiyalal Choudhary. On the other hand, the current MP from Churu seat, Rahul Kaswan has changed sides and is in the Congress camp this time. He is facing Paralympian, Devendra Jhajharia. Here BJP has handed over the command to Minister Avinash Gehlot but BJP veteran Rajendra Rathore is also seen very active in the elections. Former Minister Brijendra Ola is also seen in a tough contest on Jhunjhunu seat. BJP has handed over the election command here to MLA Mahant Balaknath. Bal- aknath is a Hindutva firebrand leader of BJP in Rajasthan. There is a direct contest between CPI(M) and BJP on Sikar seat and BJP has made minister Gautam Dhaka the elec- tion in-charge on this seat. There is a tough contest on Dausa seat in East Rajasthan. Murari Lal Meena, who was a Minister in the Congress government, is stuck in the contest from Dausa seat. The interesting thing is that Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been appointed as the in-charge here, but more than Rathore, the credibility of Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena is at stake on this seat. Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav is contesting from Alwar seat. Here, Minister Suresh Rawat has been given command as in-charge. Similarly, BJP has given command to Minister Sanjay Sharma in Bharatpur and Jawahar Singh Bedham has been given command on Karauli-Dholpur seat. The command has been given to Minister Suresh Rawat in Alwar, Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar in Bikaner, Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena in Jaipur Rural and Minister Jogaram Patel in Jaipur City. DR KIRODI GETS RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAUSA AND JAIPUR RURAL SEATS TOUGH COMPETITION IN THE FIRST PHASE Bhaiyaji Joshi urges medical system integration Dimple Sharma Jaipur Ex- Sarkaryavah of RSS, Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi emphasised integrating diverse medical systems in India for public health during a workshop at Ma- hatma Gandhi Hospital in Jaipur. The event includ- ed 153 doctors from 94 hospitals across 11 dists. Joshi highlighted impor- tance of combining medi- cal approaches. Dr ML Swarnkar reaffirmed commitment to accessi- ble, high-quality medical services to all. 2024 LS election… Referring to PM Modi’s speech, she criticized his rhetoric as increas- ingly shallow due to un- fulfilled promises over ten years, leading to ris- ing unemployment and inflation. She highlight- ed concerns about BJP members’ talk of amending the Constitu- tion to curb rights, em- phasising the Constitu- tion’s role in protecting citizens. Priyanka Gan- dhi stressed the upcom- ing election’s signifi- cance, framing it as piv- otal for safeguarding constitutional rights against threats posed by those advocating consti- tutional changes. She urged voters to prioritise issues over distractions, likening the focus needed to that of Arjun in the Mahab- harat, urging citizens to recognise their contri- butions to the nation amidst perceived gov- ernment neglect. First India Bureau Jaipur The Union Jal Shakti Minister and BJP candi- date GS Shekhawat tar- geted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of misleading the public despite knowing his government won’t be formed. Shekhawat em- phasised the BJP’s reso- lution to develop India comprehensively and ad- dress regional disparities. Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s contract job promise, Shekhawat questioned Congress’s record in terminating such jobs in Rajasthan. He criticised empty promises, contrasting BJP’s action-oriented ap- proach. Shekhawat also criticised Priyanka Gan- dhi for her statements on Ram, highlighting BJP’s deep belief in Ram. Om Birla arrives to address public meetings during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ at Keshoraipatan in Bundi district on Monday. SANTOSH SHARMA GS Shekhawat seeks the blessings of Saint Hariram Shastri at Bada Ramdwara Chandpole, Soorsagar in Jodhpur on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari attended the ‘Navmatdata Abhinandan Yuva Pravah Programme’ held at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur. Dr SS Agarwal, Shehzad Poonawalla and others are seen. Navmatdata Abhinandan Yuva Pravah Priyanka Gandhi addresses ‘Nyay Sankalp Rally’ in support of ML Meena in Bandikui.
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