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War of words between
Dhariwal and Gunjal
Bhanwar S Charan
Kota
The discontent in the lo-
calCongressafterPrahlad
Gunjal was brought from
BJP to Congress and
made the party candidate
from Kota-Bundi LS con-
stituency, erupted on the
stage on Friday when
Shanti Dhariwal & Gun-
jal shared stage at the Dis-
trict Congress office.
Tension arose when
Dhariwal sought a clear
explanation from Gunjal
on allegations ranging
from the stones thrown at
home to the corruption on
the riverfront, levelled
against him.
Gunjal was also seen
losing his temper and
stood up & scolded Dha-
riwal. Later, in a damage
control attempt, Dhari-
wal said whatever he had
to say, he had said it but
should not create differ-
ences or disagreements.
‘MODI KI GUARANTEE’ IS BJP’S STRATEGY
Ill but strong! CM focusses on‘Mission-25’
First India Bureau
Jaipur
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal is
busy making
strategy for BJP’s Mis-
sion 25 and is therefore
planning to make the vis-
its of PM Modi and other
dignitaries successful.
CM’s complete focus is
on election management
for two days and despite
feeling somewhat un-
well, he continues to en-
gage in election manage-
ment for which he is in
contact with BJP state
president and other offi-
cials. CM Sharma is pro-
posed to visit Jodhpur on
Saturday for which CM
will leave at 11 am. A
meeting will be held at
Polo Ground Jodhpur
from 12:00 pm to 1:30
pm in support of BJP
candidate Gajendra Sin-
gh Shekhawat from
Jodhpur. In Jaipur, CM
will attend Holi meet and
greet ceremony of Gurjar
community at 3:15 pm.
He is proposed to visit
Banswara on April 2 &
participate in nomination
of BJPcandidate Mahen-
drajit Singh Malviya.
Sanganer BJP workers called on CM Bhajan Lal Sharma on Friday.
C
Court orders probe
into Ansari’s death
10 lives lost as car
plunges into gorge
First India Bureau
Srinagar
Ten people have died af-
ter a passenger vehicle
they were travelling in
fell into a gorge on the
Srinagar-Jammu high-
way. The officials said
that accident happened
around 1:30 in the night
and the vehicle fell into a
300-feet deep gorge at a
place called Battery
Cheshma in Ramban dis-
trict. The victims are mi-
grant workers who were
on their way to Srinagar.
Amid heavy rains,
rescue operations were
launched by state disaster
management workers
and police to retrieve the
bodies. LG Manoj Sinha
condoled the deaths and
said that I have issued in-
structions to Dist Admin
& Divisional Commis-
sioner for all assistance.
l Post-mortem reveals heart attack as
major cause of Mukhtar Ansari’s death
l Justice has been served: Wife of BJP MLA
murdered by gangster Mukhtar Ansari
First India Bureau
Lucknow
The Chief Judicial Mag-
istrate of Banda on Friday
ordered a judicial inquiry
into the death of gangster-
t u r n e d - p o l i t i c i a n
Mukhtar Ansari who
died after suffering a car-
diac arrest in a prison in
Uttar Pradesh on Thurs-
day night. The court
asked MP/MLA court
judge Garima Singh to
submit the report within a
month to the Banda Chief
Judicial Magistrate.
Controversy erupted
over the death of jailed
gangster-turned-politi-
cian Mukhtar Ansari af-
ter his son claimed that
the former MLA was
subjected to “slow poi-
soning” in prison. Ansa-
ri’s postmortem was con-
ducted on Friday. Mean-
while, Ansari’s son, Ab-
bas, who is lodged in
Kasganj jail, has ap-
proached the SC seeking
permission to attend his
father’s funeral.
AfterGermany&US,UN
reactstoKejriwal’sarrest
First India Bureau
New Delhi
At a time when US and
Germany have reacted to
arrest of Kejriwal, saying
they “encouraged fair,
transparent, timely legal
processes”, a spokesper-
son of United Nations
has also weighed in on
the matter, saying that he
hoped “everyone’s rights
are protected in India”.
In a press briefing on,
Stephane Dujarric,
spokesperson for the
Secretary-General Anto-
nio Guterres, said, “What
we very much hope that
in India, as in any coun-
try that is having elec-
tions, that everyone’s
rights are protected, in-
cluding political and
civil rights, and everyone
is able to vote in atmos-
phere that is free & fair.”
Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secy-General Antonio Guterres.
SDRF recover bodies from 300
feet gorge in Ramban on Friday.
KEJRIWAL’S TIME LIMITED, MADAM
PREPPING FOR POST: MINISTER PURI
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
on Friday took a swipe at jailed
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as some-
one who has “very limited time”, alluding
to the end of his chief ministership. Puri
said the AAP chief’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal,
is likely preparing to take top post soon.
The news of many
casualties in the road
accident in Ramban,
Jammu is extremely sad. The
local administration is fully
engaged in relief and rescue
work. I express my deepest
condolences to the bereaved
families and pray for the
speedy recovery of the injured.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
(Modi Ka Parivar)@JPNadda
PM MODI’S EXCLUSIVE INTERACTION WITH BILL GATES AT PMR
ChAIPE
CHARCHA!
l From AI to UPI, Modi and Gates discuss India’s
digital revolution l Gates praises Indians for the
ability to adopt technology fast l Not just aai,
kids also saying ‘AI’ as the first word: PM to Gates
Moni Sharma
New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and Microsoft co-
founder Bill Gates dis-
cussed a wide range of
issues from Artificial In-
telligence to Digital Pub-
lic Infrastructure and ef-
forts to combat climate
change in a free-wheeling
chat at the PM’s residence
in New Delhi on Friday.
In the conversation, Bill
Gates praised Indians for
their ability to adopt tech-
nology fast as well as lead
the way while PM Modi
encouraged the Microsoft
boss to take a selfie using
the Photo Booth on Prime
Minister’s Namo App.
Modi jokingly said
that kids in India have
become so advanced that
they are saying ‘AI’ as
their first word. “In India,
we call mother ‘aai’ in
most of the states and
now some advanced kids
are sayingAI as their first
word…it’s a joke but aai
and AI sound similar’.
Modi also shared with
Gates that his Hindi
speech was translated
into Tamil during Kashi
Tamil Sangamam event
using AI.
India has a “digital government”, the
country is not only adapting technology
but it is actually leading the way.
BILL GATES, MICROSOFT CO-FOUNDER
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates interact with each other while
discussing various crucial topics, at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi on Friday. PM Modi and
Bill Gates engaged in a free-wheeling chat at 10 in the morning which lasted over 45 minutes.
PM MODI TO BEGIN
LS POLL CAMPAIGN
FROM UP TODAY
PM Modi will kick off
the BJP’s campaign
for the Lok Sabha
election 2024 in Uttar
Pradesh from Meerut
with a mega rally
on Saturday. UP is
crucial for the party
to achieve the target
of 370 seats set by
PM Modi for LS polls
as the state sends
80 MPs, the highest
number of parliamen-
tarians to the LS.
PM MODI WILL VISIT
KOTPUTLI ON APRIL
2 TO SUPPORT RAO
PM Modi will be in
Kotputli on April 2
where he will address
a public meeting at
LBS College ground at
10 am. Modi will hold
public meeting in sup-
port of BJP candidate
from Jaipur Rural Rao
Rajendra Singh Shah-
pura. All BJP leaders
including CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma, BJP State
President CP Joshi &
others will be present.
MODI-GATES COLLOQUY
INDIA’S DIGITAL
REVOLUTION
PM Modi explained how In-
dia has embraced technolo-
gy to prevent
monopolies
and ensure
it is acces-
sible to all
citizens.In addressing the
digital revolution in India,
Modi emphasized its global
curiosity during the G20.
PM’S NAMO APP
DEMONSTRATION
PM Modi demonstrated use
of AI on his Namo app. The
PM asked
Gates to take
selfie via app.
Suddenly
all photos of
Gates with Modi appeared
on the app. PM Modi said
that AI should be embraced
“to enhance daily life”.
‘NAMO DRONE
DIDI’ SCHEME
Modi noted that women in
India are particularly open
to adopting
new tech-
nology. He
highlighted
initiatives
like the ‘Namo Drone Didi’
scheme, which aims to pro-
mote technology, especially
among women.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-AI TALKS
Interestingly, Modi discussed the integration
of artificial intelligence (AI) in various aspects
of governance, including its use during the
2023 G20 Summit. He highlighted how AI is
transforming sectors like health, agri & edu.
AI CHALLENGES
AND DEEPFAKE
Modi called for establishing
clear guidelines and
distinguishing
authentic
content from
deepfake
creations. “It’s
crucial to acknowledge that
deepfake content is AI-
generated and mention its
source,” PM Modi said.
PM MODI WEARS RECYCLED JACKET, HE
TELLS GATES WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT IT
In an interaction with Microsoft co-founder Bill
Gates, PM Modi talked about India’s culture
of recycling waste and said the half-jacket he
was wearing was made of recycled material. It had
been made using spare cloth pieces at tailors’ shops
and also using recycled plastic bottles, he said.
BILL GATES ASKS MODI WHAT HE DOES TO
RELAX. HE SAYS ‘HAPPENS ON AUTOPILOT’
Calling PM Modi one of “most hard-working
leaders” in world, Bill Gates asked Modi what he
does to relax, to which PM Modi replied, saying
that relaxation remains for him in “autopilot mode.”
Recalling his days in the Himalayas, PM Modi said he
used to follow tradition of bathing in “Brahma Muhurat.”
NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY
CM MEETS SANGANER MANDAL PRESIDENTS
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma chaired a meeting on Friday
of all Mandal Presidents and key workers of San-
ganer. In the meeting, preparations for Lok Sabha
in Sanganer Assembly and planning up to booth level were
made. Strategy was also made for Sanganer assembly in
Lok Sabha election campaign and instructions were given
to prepare action plan from 1st April to 19th April in which
contact with beneficiaries, delivery of achievements of 3
months to every home has to be highlighted while also
giving information about Modi’s guarantee and the works of
the central government. During this time, a big meeting of
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma will also be organised.
36°C
23°C
Min
Humidity36%
Max
Very warm with hazy sun
in State during the day
FORECAST
BJP Lok Sabha candidate
from Amravati, Navneet
Rana, meets with Home
Minister Amit Shah, at his
residence, in Delhi, Friday.
IN BRIEF
Cong gets fresh Income
Tax notice of `1,700 cr
New Delhi: The Congress
party has received `1,800
crore notice from the In-
come Tax Department for
assessment years 2017-18
to 2020-21 on Friday. This
comes a day after the Del-
hi High Court dismissed
the party’s petition chal-
lenging the tax notices.
7 convicted in BSP MLA
Raju Pal murder case
Lucknow: A special CBI
court in Lucknow on Fri-
day convicted 7 for mur-
der of BSP MLA Raju Pal
in 2005. The court award-
ed life term to six convicts
and imposed a penalty of
`11.62 lakh. 1 convict was
not present, his punish-
ment to be awarded later.
Bhim Army Chief Azad
gets CRPF’s Y+ security
New Delhi: In a signifi-
cant development, the
Ministry of Home Affairs
(MHA) has accorded Cen-
tral Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) ‘Y’ category se-
curity cover to Bhim
Army Chief Chandrashek-
har Azad in Uttar Pradesh,
sources said on Friday.
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BJP government has done
only one thing in three
months and that is UD tax
notices have been given to every
house. The Central government is
doing the work of destroying MSME.
Pratap S Khachariyawas , Congress Leader
QUOTE-UNQUOTE
The Ashok Gehlot govt
made circumstances unfa-
vourable for me  got work
stalled. I’m not tired. I was  am firm
on development. Shergarh assembly
has once again put seal of trust on me.
GS Shekhawat, Union Minister
Our commitment is
necessary for the resolve of
a developed India. The state
team is working tirelessly and because
of their hard work, BJP will win all the
25 Lok Sabha seats.
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, LS polls Raj incharge
This time the candidates of
INDIA bloc will win. Results
will be in its favour as every
troubled class has made up its mind.
The double engine government lost
in Srikaranpur assembly elections.
Rupinder Singh Kooner, Congress MLA
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
RAJE’S RETURN TO POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT:
ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNS FOR SON, DUSHYANT SINGH
Political activeness of former
CM Vasundhara Raje has
become the talk of the political
corridors. Raje was not seen very
active until recently, but was seen
active in Jhalawar on Thursday,
where she campaigned for her son
and sitting MP, Dushyant Singh.
Will she campaign for other candidates also is a
question which is being asked as her name figures in
the list of star campaigners of the party.
DushyantSinghpoisedtoequalmother
Vasundhara’srecordwithpotentialwin
A unique record could be achieved
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
Dushyant Singh has once
again been made the BJP
candidate from Jhalawar
seatintheLokSabhaelec-
tions 2024. In such a situ-
ation, Dushyant Singh
has a chance to equal the
record of his mother
Vasundhara Raje on this
seat. Because he is also
going to contest elections
from Jhalawar seat for the
5th time. If he wins, he
will equal his mother’s
record. It will be a unique
record when first the
mother and then the son
have registered victory
on a seat for five consecu-
tive times.
Vasundhara Raje con-
tested from the Jhalawar
seat for the first time in
1989, wherein, she won.
After this, she never
looked back. She then
won five consecutive
times in 1991, 1996,
1998 and 1999.
At the same time, in
2004, Vasundhara Raje
gave Jhalawar seat to her
son Dushyant Singh. Af-
ter this Dushyant won in
2009, 2014 and 2019.
Now by winning for
the fifth time in 2024, he
has a chance to equal
mother Vasundhara Ra-
je’s record of winning
five consecutive times.
Notably, the Congress
had last won Jhalawar
Lok Sabha seat in 1984.
At that time Jujhar Singh
had registered victory on
this seat. Since then, the
Congress has faced
continuous defeats.
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
In order to include the de-
prived sections, the Elec-
tion Department has not
only focused on the disa-
bled voters but has also
created booths run by
them. Now, more than 2.5
lakh disabled voters can
exercise their voting
rights in the first phase.
The department has made
200 booths which will be
operated by the disabled.
There has been a sig-
nificant increase in the
number of disabled vot-
ers. There are 2 lakh
51,250 disabled voters in
the state for the first
phase. These include 1
lakh 69,184 men, 82,063
women and three
transgender voters. Churu
has the maximum num-
ber of 25,172 disabled
voters in which 16,414
are male and 8,758 fe-
male voters. Jaipur has
the least number of disa-
bled voters at 12,487.
Bikaner has the least
number of disabled
women voters at 5,000.
 Raje has won from Jhalawar seat five
times in a row  Her son, Dushyant,
who has registered four consecutive
victories, is in the fray for the fifth time
CONG HAS NO STRATEGY TO WIN JHALAWAR SEAT
RAJE CAME FROM MADHYA PRADESH AND MADE
A STRONG POLITICAL BASE IN RAJASTHAN
Congress has been changing its strategy on
Jhalawar seat for 35 years, but has not achieved
success even once. There are preparations to
contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 also under a new
strategy. Congress has given ticket to former minister
Pramod Jain Bhaya’s wife, Urmila Jain. Pramod Jain is
considered close to Ashok Gehlot. However, it is not easy
for Congress to change the history of Jhalawar seat. In
the 17 elections held here, the representative of the royal
family has won 10 times.
Vasundhara Raje belongs to the Scindia dynasty.
This family has dominated the politics of Madhya
Pradesh. Before 1984, Rajmata Vijayaraje and
Madhavrao of the Scindia dynasty won from wherever and
from which party they contested. But, Princess Vasundhara
Raje of this dynasty, who entered the field of politics for
the first time, lost the Lok Sabha elections from Bhind in
1984. After this, she resigned from the politics of Madhya
Pradesh. After this Vasundhara came to Rajasthan and
prepared her political ground in Jhalawar. Raje became the
Chief Minister of Rajasthan twice.
2.5L disabledvoterstocast
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PMModihaspulledIndia
outof slavementality:Birla
BJP accuses
Cong’s Meghwal
of concealing
criminal cases
Ramchandra
Choudhary files
papers in Ajmer
CongshiftsDamodartoR’samand,
fieldsDrCPJoshifromBhilwara First India Bureau
Jaipur
BJP candidate Om Birla
during his visit to various
villages in Kota during
the Jansampark Abhiyan,
hailed PM Narendra
Modi’s leadership, call-
ing it the ‘Amritkaal’ of
the country, where bold
decisions are being made.
“Modi doesn’t shy away
from taking bold deci-
sions, that is why the na-
tion has come out of
slave mentality today,”
he said. Birla highlighted
Modi’s resolve in making
significant policy chang-
es, citing repeal of Arti-
cle 370, amendments to
CAA,  implementation
of Indian Justice Code.
He criticised Congress
for not addressing issues
such as the outdated IPC.
MLA Madan Dilawar
emphasised importance
of voting wisely in polls.
Laxman Raghav
Jaipur
At a press conference
held at BJP’s District
Headquarters in Bikan-
er, the BJP accused Con-
gress Lok Sabha candi-
date Govind Ram Megh-
wal of hiding criminal
cases in his nomination
papers.
District spokesperson
Ashok Prajapat said,
“Govind Ram Meghwal
has written zero in the
record column of crimi-
nal cases in the affidavit.
However, the e-court ser-
vice portal of Rajasthan
High Court shows pend-
ing cases with dates like
4.5.2024, May 13, 2024,
and June 29, 2024. The
information about the
next date is not provided
in his affidavit.”
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former Ajmer Saras
Dairy Chairman, Ram-
chandra Chaudhary filed
his nomination as Con-
gress candidate forAjmer
LS seat. He held a nomi-
nation meeting near pet-
rol pump No. 9 before
filing papers at Collec-
torate. Chaudhary, ac-
companied by his wife,
declared assets to EC,
revealing that his wife
owns 150 grams of gold
and 5 kg of silver. They
have no house or land,
while Chaudhary owns
1.36 acres of agricultural
land  a house in Ajmer.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Senior Congress leader
and former Assembly
Speaker Dr CPJoshi will
be Congress candidate
from Bhilwara. Mean-
while, another party lead-
er, Damodar Gurjar, has
been made candidate
from Rajsamand. Earlier,
Congress had made Da-
modar Gurjar its candi-
date from Bhilwara but
now Dr CP Joshi will
contest polls from
Bhilwara in place of Da-
modar Gurjar.
Interestingly, accord-
ing to insiders in Con-
gress, Damodar Gurjar is
really feeling cheated as
the party shifted Da-
modar from Bhilwara to
Rajsamand whereas, Ra-
jsamand is considered a
‘safe’ seat for BJP. This
raises a question: Did the
High Command take Da-
modar lightly and just
completed the formality
of giving the ticket?
Congress’s Damodar
Gurjar’s fate uncertain
despite his role as Ge-
hlot’s commander at
CMR. Dr Joshi, with a
stronghold in Nathdwara,
contests from Bhilwara.
Uncertainty looms over
both constituencies and
their voters’ future.
Om Birla greets people during the Jansampark Abhiyan at
Ramganj Mandi area of Kota district on Friday. Madan Dilawar 
others were also present.
Dr CP Joshi Damodar Gurjar
BJP PICKS SUBHASH TAMBOLIYA FOR BAGIDORA
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has officially an-
nounced Subhash Tamboliya as its candidate for
the upcoming by-election on the Bagidora assem-
bly seat. This seat fell vacant following the resignation of
former Congress MLA Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya.
Seat is a political roller coaster due to BJP-Cong tug-of-war
Abhishek Tiwari
Jaipur
aking a retro-
spective glance
at the electoral
history of the
Karauli-Dhol-
pur Lok Sabha constitu-
ency reveals a tale of
political oscillation be-
tween the Congress and
the BJP. Formerly
known as Bayana, this
constituency encom-
passed voters from
Bharatpur, Dausa, and
Dholpur districts. In
1962, Tikkaram Paliwal
of the Swatantra Party
was elected as the MP.
The subsequent elec-
tions in 1967 and 1971
saw victories for Con-
gress’s Jagannath Pa-
hadia. In 1977, Shyam
Sundar Lal of the Janata
Party marked his pres-
ence in Bayana. The seat
alternated between Con-
gress and BJP in the
1980s and 1990s, with
Gangaram Koli winning
in 1991 for the BJP. Sub-
sequently, Bahadur Sin-
gh Koli secured victories
for the BJP in 1996 and
1998, followed by Ram-
swaroop Koli’s win in
2004.
In 2009, during the
delimitation process, a
new Lok Sabha seat,
Dholpur-Karauli, was
established, with Khila-
di Lal Bairwa of the
Congress emerging as
the MP. However, the
2014 elections wit-
nessed a shift in the po-
litical landscape as the
Congress replaced its
candidate. Riding on the
Modi wave, the BJP
clinched victory, and
Manoj Rajoria became
the MP. Since then, he
has been re-elected
twice consecutively.
Post-delimitation, this
Lok Sabha seat has been
considered crucial for
Scheduled Caste repre-
sentation in the state.
Dr. Manoj Rajoria de-
feated Congress’s Lak-
khiram Lal by securing a
total of 4,01,921 votes in
the 2014 elections, while
his opponent settled for
3,74,828 votes. Similar-
ly, in the 2019 elections,
Dr. Manoj Rajoria se-
cured victory with
5,23,801 votes. Mean-
while, the Congress par-
ty faced defeat once
again with their candi-
date Sanjay Kumar Jatav
receiving 4,27,847
votes. The electoral bat-
tleground in the Karauli-
Dholpur constituency
continues to witness
fierce competition, re-
flecting the shifting dy-
namics of Rajasthan’s
political landscape.
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KARAULI-DHOLPUR LS SEAT
ASSEMBLYSEAT-WISEPOSITIONOFKARAULI-DHOLPUR
l (77) BASERI: Sanjay Kumar Jatav (INC)
l (78) BARI: Jaswant Singh Gurjar (BSP)
l (79) DHOLPUR: Shobha Rani Kushwaha (INC)
l (80) RAJAKHERA: Rohit Bohra (INC)
l (81) TODABHIM: Ghanshyam Mahar (INC)
l (82) HINDAUN: Anita Jatav (INC)
l (83) KARAULI: Darshan Singh Gurjar (BJP)
l (84) SAPOTRA: Hansraj Meena (BJP)
MPs OF KARAULI-DHOLPUR THUS FAR
l 2009 KHILADI LAL BAIRWA: INC
l 2014 MANOJ RAJORIA: BJP
l 2019 MANOJ RAJORIA: BJP
TILL 2009:
CONSTITUENCY
DID NOT EXIST
THE CURIOUS CASE OF RAHU-KETU IN FATEHPUR!
There is mutual conflict between the leaders in
the election field! Dissatisfaction is emerging
among leaders in Fatehpur. There is dissatisfaction
among BJP members in Fatehpur as Shravan
Choudhary, who was BJP candidate in the assembly,
spoke harshly about the rebels and termed them as
‘Rahu-Ketu.’
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
The construction of the
IPD tower has been run-
ning into rough weather.
After the controversy
surrounding it eclipsing
the heritage of Jaipur’s
Albert Hall, now it has
been hit with the paucity
of funds. Actually medi-
cal education depart-
ments wish that the
building should be 24
floors as per the approved
design and for this pro-
ject JDA has sanctioned
Rs 516 crore. But for
construction of a total 24
floors, Rs 100 crore
more are required and
JDAwon’t be giving this
additional amount, as
such the officials of the
department are now do-
ing the exercise for ad-
ditional budget.
Meanwhile health ex-
perts opine that the plan-
ning of IPD tower may
invite certain issues
also. Given the size of
this infrastructure in the
coming future the place
will see an acute short-
age of parking space
while there will be con-
gestion on the road also
because of the vehicles.
Moreover, there will be
a flood of attendants
once this tower becomes
operational and for them
there is no place where
they can stay.
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
On the occasion of Ra-
jasthan Day, being cele-
brated on Saturday, tour-
ists will be allowed free
entry in all the monu-
ments and museums of
the state. Besides, folk
artistes will regel them at
various tourist places.
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma has extended
heartfelt congratulations
and best wishes to the
people of the state. He
said that Rajasthan’s
tourism, folk art, culture
and rich heritage are rec-
ognized across the world.
“The state has numerous
stories of bravery and
patriotism, mutual har-
mony and brotherhood,”
he said. On March 30,
1949, the princely states
of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jais-
almer and Bikaner were
merged to form the great-
er Rajasthan union.
Chief Secy Sudhansh Pant’s concerned approach
towards revenue collection gets officials on toes!
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
hief Secretary
Sudhansh Pant
is extremely
concernedaboutfillingup
the state coffers and thus,
for the past fifteen days,
he has been working tire-
lessly to ensure that the
collection target is
achieved. For this pur-
pose, he is monitoring the
day to day progress of the
five main departments
that bring in most revenue
- Excise, Transport,
Mines,CommercialTaxes
and Registration of
Stamps. He has engaged
Collectors of all fifty dis-
tricts in this work. He has
also gathered the detailed
statisticsofDivisionwise,
district wise and depart-
ment wise achieved tar-
gets and has issued the
same for everyone to see.
Thisisperhapsforthefirst
time in the administrative
history of the state that a
Chief Secretary is being
seen in such an unprece-
dented role.
CS Sudhansh Pant’s
concern regarding reve-
nue collection was ob-
served on Wednesday too
during the Senior Officers
Meeting (SOM). At the
start of the meeting, he
expressed concern over
non-achievement of rev-
enue targets and gave in-
formation that only four
days are left in the end of
financial year and the
state’s exchequer is still
twenty thousand crore ru-
pees short of its revised
target(whichwaslowered
considerably than the
budgettarget). Hestressed
that there are three more
days of leave for the gov-
ernment in the days to
come. Secretary Finance
(Revenue) KK Pathak
could not satisfy CS with
the statistics.
And when the time
came to discuss the Budg-
et and Expenditure, more
thanhalfadozenSecretar-
ies complained to the CS
of the Finance department
not releasing their rightful
money. Although Secre-
tary Finance (Expendi-
ture) - NK Thakral and
Director Budget - Brijesh
Sharma - gave their clari-
fications on this aspect,
the CS appeared to be un-
satisfiedandunimpressed.
According to CS’s in-
structions, every District
Collector is chairing
meetings of five revenue
earning depts of their dis-
tricts on a daily basis and
thereafter they send daily
online progress report to
CS. Based on these de-
tails, different tables have
been created of details till
March 26. And these ta-
bles have made every-
thing crystal clear. CS
considerstheperformance
of Excise and Commer-
cial taxes dept to be poor.
Administrative ex-
perts are surprised with
CS’s keen interest and
concern regarding reve-
nue collection.
CS Sudhansh Pant
C
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hurdlesamidpoorplanning
SI Ashok Meena
TherewereconcernsthatitwoulddwarfAlbertHall
RCA ad hoc panel
formed, MLA
Jaideep Bihani
 others included
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Thegovthasdissolvedthe
executive of RCA over ir-
regularities in organizing
sports events  not send-
ing the accounts to Sports
Councilontime.Coopera-
tive Registrar Archana
Singh dissolved the exist-
ing executive and also
formed an ad hoc commit-
tee late on Thursday.
BJPMLAand treasurer
of Sriganganagar District
Cricket Association,
Jaideep Bihani has been
made the coordinator. Till
the elections of RCA, the
ad hoc committee will run
the RCA. After the BJP
came to power, Vaibhav
Gehlot resigned from the
postofpresidentandinhis
place, Dhananjay Singh,
son of Gajendra Khimsar,
was made acting presi-
dent. Dharamveer Singh,
Harishchandra Singh, Ra-
tan Singh  Pawan Goyal
have been made members
of the ad hoc committee.
JDA opens polo ground
walkway as people object
First India Bureau
Jaipur
After JDA officials came
and inspected the spot in
the Polo Ground on Fri-
day in wake of people
protesting regarding the
shut walkway, the walk-
way was later reopened
for the public.
Interestingly, the walk-
way in Polo Ground was
shut and a road closure
noticeboardwasputcaus-
ing much discomfort to
regular walkers. The
board read that walking is
strictly prohibited in view
ofthesafetyofindividuals
and horses around the
polo field. Besides, the
road was blocked using
iron materials. Walkers
who visit Central Park
said that they used to walk
here every day and they
even complained to JDA.
RPS officer killed,
another injured in
road accident,
CM condoles
Jaipur police
seizes `58.08L
amid MCC for
Lok Sabha polls
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A 29-year-old officer of
the Rajasthan Police Ser-
vice died on
the spot and
his female
colleague
s u f f e r e d
fractures af-
ter their car collided head-
on with a truck on NH-
127 in Kota.
According to police,
their SUV crossed the di-
vider and collided with a
truck on the opposite side
after the car tried to dodge
a close overtake bid by a
truck on their side of the
road. Deceased officer
was identified as
Rajendra Gurjar, a resi-
dent of Govindpura vil-
lage of Sikar district. He
was posted at RAC II Bat-
talion in Kota, said DSP
Rajesh Soni. Meanwhile
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
condoled the demise of
RPS officer and gave di-
rectionstoprovideallpos-
sible support to injured
officer Anjali Singh.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
During the enforcement
of the Model Code of
Conduct amid Lok Sabha
elections, the CST of
Jaipur police commis-
sionerate seized a stag-
gering amount of Rs
58.08 lakhs in a late-night
raid conducted in collab-
oration with Shyam Na-
gar Police at a residence.
The raid led to the appre-
hension of Amit Bharad-
waj, a resident of Rail
Nagar along with recov-
ered cash.Additionally, 2
laptops, 2 mobiles, and 2
diaries were also confis-
cated from the premises.
Police authorities
promptly notified the In-
come Tax Department
regarding the seized
funds. The accumulated
cash, potentially intended
for investment in crypto-
currency, prompted ac-
tion from the teams.
Good Friday Observed
Good Friday being observed with re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion
in the St Andrew’s Church at Chandpole in Jaipur on Friday.
SANTOSH SHARMA
Sub inspector in ACB net
for taking `20K in thana
Navin Sharma
Jaipur
The Jaipur team of Anti
Corruption Bureau
(ACB) nabbed SI Ashok
Meena of the Sodala po-
lice station on Friday
while accepting a bribe
of Rs 20,000. The com-
plainant had stated that
SI Ashok demanded Rs
30,000 in exchange for
assisting in a case.
When the complainant
refused to pay the mon-
ey, the SI began threat-
ening him. On which the
victim filed a complaint
with the ACB headquar-
ters. ACB executed the
trap operation in the
presence of NIA.
SI Ashok Meena was
shamelessly receiving
bribes in front of NIA
and Commissionerate
officials.
The ACB team is now
interrogating Ashok
Meena and probing the
roles of the other ac-
cused; nonetheless, the
accused will be present-
ed in court on Saturday.
ACB action across State
Rajasthan Day: Visits to monuments free today
Beatcancerwithpositivemindset:GuvMishra
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Governor Kalraj Mishra
emphasized the impor-
tance of timely treatment
and positive mindset in
defeating cancer during
the 21st Cancer Winners
Day celebration at Bhag-
wanMahavirCancerHos-
pitalResearchCenterin
Jaipur on Friday.
Cancer survivors from
Rajasthan, UP, and MP
participated, sharing their
journeys and raising
awareness. He praised
hospital’s efforts in or-
ganizing such events and
stressed role of survivors
in spreading awareness.
On this occasion, the
hospital’s president
Navratan Kothari high-
lighted upcoming plans
of the hospital  free
treatment schemes and
the Cancer Check Aapke
Dwar campaign’s success
in screening over 15,000
individuals. Survivors
shared their triumphs,
withVirendra Kaul deliv-
ering a moving Qawwali
performance. Manila
Singh and Upasana re-
counted their experienc-
es, while Jiyaul and Vim-
la Sankhla were honored.
Big gang that targeted
foreign tourists busted
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
On December 2, 2022,
miscreants extorted Rs
29.50 lakh from a Japa-
nese tourist by threaten-
ing him with being impli-
cated in a drug case.
Three miscreants have
now been arrested in con-
nection with the crime.
According to Jaipur
Police Commissioner
Biju George Joseph, in
the matter of recover-
ing money from a for-
eign tourist, the ac-
cused Asghar Khan,
Sharif Back, and Kay-
um have been detained.
All miscreants were
apprehended in a raid on
Thursday night.
The search is under-
way for their three com-
panions who are fleeing
the scene.
Fund Crunch
RANGER CAUGHT RED-
HANDED FOR ACCEPTING
`50K BRIBE IN BEAWAR
Beawar (Ajmer): In a
significant operation,
the ACB in Ajmer
apprehended ranger Nitin
Sharma of the Beawar
Forest Range red-handed
while accepting a bribe of
Rs 50,000 on Friday. He
demanded the bribe to
overlook a coal-laden truck,
which was apprehended on
March 24th. Led by ASP
Bhagchand, the ACB team
executed the trap success-
fully on Friday. Earlier, a
complaint was filed against
the ranger, accusing him of
taking a sum of Rs 185,000.
However, this ACB trap in
Ajmer caught Ranger Nitin
Sharma in the act, ensuring
the operation’s success.
Three accused Asghar Khan,
Sharif Back and Kayum in the
custody of police on Friday.
Tourists throng (L) City Palce and (R) Hawa Mahal in Jaipur on Friday. NAIM KHAN
Governor Kalraj Mishra felicitating a cancer survivor at an event
in Jaipur on Friday. Anila Kothari also seen.  SUNIL SHARMA
Best wishes to the
people of the state.
The Rajasthan has
numerous stories of
bravery and
patriotism. I call upon
the people of the state
to take a pledge to
strengthen mutual
harmony and
brotherhood and keep
the cultural heritage
and rich traditions of
the state
intact.
BHAJANLAL
SHARMA,
CHIEF
MINISTER
There is fund crunch in construction of 24 level IPD tower. FILE
ACSHEALTHINSPECTSSANGANERCHC,INSTRUCTSFORBETTERHEALTHCARE
Jaipur: ACS of the Health Depart-
ment, Shubhra Singh, conducted
a meticulous inspection of a
Government Community Health Center
in Sanganer on Friday. While inspecting
the CHC, she directed the medical staff
and other personnel in to ensure better
healthcare services for patients, emphasiz-
ing zero negligence. She urged all staff
to serve patients and their families with
empathy and convenience. Singh also
instructed proposals for renovating toilets.
Considering the summer season, she
emphasized for adequate shading and
drinking water management in the hospital,
including provisions of coolers for patients.
She also inspected examination facilities
and medicine distribution centers, ensuring
availability of all medicines as per essential
drug list. During the inspection, Director
of Public Health, Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur,
CHC’s in-charge, and others were present.
Shubhra Singh inspecting the CHC on Friday.
For the past fifteen
days, Chief Secretary
Sudhansh Pant has
been working
tirelessly to ensure
that the collection
target is achieved
Poet Kanhaiyalal Sethia has
rightly written about this
Marudhara, ‘Aa To Sarga Nai
Sarmavai, Een Par Dev Raman
ne avai. Dharti Dhora Ri’
After independence, the
process of integration of
princely states started in the
country. From that, today’s
modern Rajasthan came into
existence. I believe that the
formation of Rajasthan was
not merely an event of
geographical integration.
Rajasthan is a state of colorful
culture. Despite diversity in
language, dialect, religion,
customs etc., there is a unique
unity here. Marwar, Mewar,
Hadoti, Mewati, Dhundhar,
Shekhawati, Wagad, despite
being representative of
different cultures, all of them
bind us together.
Rajasthan means a place full
of kings. This land, full of
mystery and adventure, holds
initslapincomparablestories
of devotion-power, courage-
valor, sacrifice-penance and
adornment. It is also
unmatched in terms of art,
culture and rich traditions.
he name ‘Ra-
jasthan’ itself
gives a feeling
of pride in the
mind. This is not
only a confluence of devotion
and power, it is also very rich in
literature, art and culture. Even
in adverse geographical condi-
tions, the people here have
lived a life of celebration. That
is why this earth is said to have
seven seasons and nine festi-
vals. Poet Kanhaiyalal Sethia
has rightly written about this
Marudhara, ‘Aa To Sarga Nai
Sarmavai, Een Par Dev Raman
ne avai. Dharti Dhora Ri.’
It is mentioned in the Rama-
yana written by Maharishi Val-
miki that when Ram conquered
Lanka, Lakshman, fascinated
by the grandeur of Lanka made
of gold, suggested Lord Shri
Ram to rule it. Then Shri Ram
had said that although this Lan-
ka is made of gold, still I do not
have the slightest interest in it,
because my mother and birth-
place are greater than heaven.
It is mentioned in Valmiki
Ramayana itself, ‘Janani Janam
Bhumishch Swargadapi Gari-
yasi.’ It was by following this
saying that the amazingly brave
Maharana Pratap of Rajasthan
not only stopped the Mughals
from ruling his birthplace but
also destroyed the Mughal Sul-
tanate again and again. By fac-
ing the challenge again and
again, a new history of courage
and bravery was written in the
nation. Therefore, this is Shau-
rya Dhara which shows love for
Pratap’s birthplace. This is the
sacred land of a philanthropist
like Bhamashah who donated
everything for the motherland.
This earth cherishes the unique
story of Panna Dhai’s sacrifice,
the land of folk deities, pir-
prophets and saint-mahatmas
likeMaaKarni,Meeran,Dadu,
Baba Ramdev, Sant Pipa,
Gogaji, Gemana Pir, Khwaja
Moinuddin.Along with free-
dom fighters like Kalibai,
Govind Guru, Prataps-
ingh Barhath, this is
the sacred place where Mahari-
shi Kapil explained the essence
of the sutras of Sankhyadarshan
to his mother Devahuti in
Kolayat near Bikaner. Here is
the biggest Nathdwara Peeth of
Vaishnava sect. It is here that
painters have carved the beauti-
ful form of Lord Shri Krishna
and the ever-adorable ‘Radha’.
After independence, the pro-
cess of integration of princely
states started in the country.
From that, today’s modern Ra-
jasthan came into existence. I
believe that the formation of
Rajasthan was not merely an
event of geographical integra-
tion. This was a kind of innova-
tive beginning for the devel-
opment and prosperity of
multicoloured Rajasthan
representedinthecoordina-
tion of different cultures.
Early in the morning on
March 30, 1949, the then
Deputy Prime Minister of
the country and Union
Home Minister Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel inaugu-
rated the formation of Ra-
jasthan in a grand ceremo-
ny held in Jaipur. Jaipur
was later made
the capital of
Rajasthan on
September 7,
1949, based on
the recommen-
dations of the
Rao Commit-
tee constituted
by the Govern-
ment of India.
In the process of creation of Ra-
jasthan,whichwascompletedin
sevenstages,Rajasthanhasbeen
becoming more prosperous and
organized with each stage.
Rajasthan is a state of col-
ourful culture. Despite diver-
sity in language, dialect, reli-
gion, customs etc., there is a
unique unity here. Marwar,
Mewar, Hadoti, Mewati,
Dhundhar, Shekhawati, Wa-
gad, despite being representa-
tive of different cultures, all of
them bind us together. These
unique features today give Ra-
jasthan a distinct and unique
identity in the entire world.
There is not only desert in
Rajasthan, there are huge lakes
with blue water and at some
places there are also high peaks
touching the sky. There are
rocky plateaus and fertile
plains sprouting green and
gold. The grand royal palaces,
artistic airy mansions, impreg-
nable-invincible forts with
various formations and centu-
ries-old ancient temples are liv-
ing treasures of architecture
and architecture.
Swami Vivekananda had
closely seen the land of Ra-
jasthan and its people. While
preserving his experiences, he
has written that ‘I bow down to
the brave Rajasthani heroes
and women who sacrificed
their lives for their country and
religion.’ In the history of Ra-
jasthan written by Colonel
James Tod, it has been de-
scribed as the best land of the
princely states.
Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant
has also written about Ra-
jasthan that ‘among all the
states in the country, Rajasthan
is the highest rated state. Its
history is very interesting and
inspiring. Here, not only the
brave kings sacrificed their all
for freedom, but even the
blacksmiths took a pledge that
until Swaraj is not established,
we will not enjoy even the
slightest comfort and simple
facilities. That is the brave
land, where the seed of free-
dom never withered.’
Rajasthan means a place full
of kings. This land, full of mys-
tery and adventure, holds in its
lap incomparable stories of
devotion-power, courage-valor,
sacrifice-penance and adorn-
ment. It is also unmatched in
terms of art, culture and rich
traditions.This land is also very
rich in biodiversity. This land,
coloured with rainbow colours
of festivals, celebrations, fairs,
customs, costumes and handi-
crafts, gives a sentimental invi-
tation to the people coming here
to ‘Padharo Mhare Des’.
Rajasthan Foundation Day is
not just a day. This day is about
saving our culture of harmony.
We are determined to ensure
everyone’s participation in the
all-round development of Ra-
jasthan. Come, let us all work
together to ensure that Ra-
jasthan continues to progress.
On Rajasthan Day, let us take a
pledge for the all-round devel-
opment of the state and become
the leading state of the country.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
Kalraj
Mishra
THE WRITER IS GOVERNOR
OF RAJASTHAN
T
TODAY MARKS THE CELEBRATION OF RAJASTHAN FOUNDATION DAY
Rajasthan Foundation Day is not just a day. This
day is about saving our culture of harmony. We
are determined to ensure everyone’s
participation in the all-round development of
Rajasthan. Come, let us all work together to
ensure that Rajasthan continues to progress. On
Rajasthan Day, let us take a pledge for the all-
round development of the state and become the
leading state of the country
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MAHARASHTRA’S ‘CHIEF SECRETARIAL GRAPEVINE’!
KAREER TO CONTINUE FOR 3 MONTHS, BUT WILL
CHAHAL BECOME NEXT TOP MAHA BUREAUCRAT?
Adani Green Energy begins op of
775 MW solar projects in Gujarat
First India Bureau
Mumbai
n Maharashtra’s
bureaucracy, an
extension of
three months has been
given to Maharashtra
Chief Secretary Nitin Ka-
reer. Interestingly, IAS
Sujata Saunik, IAS Iqbal
Singh Chahal and IAS
Rajesh Kumar Meena
were in the race for this
coveted position but Ka-
rer’s extension puts an
end to the querries being
posed before the bureau-
cracy as to whowill be the
topbureaucratofthestate.
But now a new ques-
tion is doing the rounds:
Will Iqbal Singh Chahal
be the next Chief Secre-
tary at the end of Kareer’s
extension? His claim is
strong because Chahal is
the choice of both CM
Shinde and Deputy CM
Fadnavis! It is rare that an
officer is liked by both
BJP and Shiv Sena.
Moreover, Chahal has
also worked with Uddhav
Thackeray and thus, in
such a situation, a con-
sensus can be reached on
the name of Chahal.
The top leadership
also agrees that Chahal’s
image is good and he is
considered a result giv-
ing officer. Therefore,
now Shinde and Fad-
navis will take the final
decision together in the
last week of June.
PTI
New Delhi
Adani Green Energy on
Friday announced the be-
ginning of the operation
of its 775 megawatt solar
power projects in Khav-
da, Gujarat.
The capacities have
been operationalised af-
ter securing relevant
clearances, Adani Green
Energy Ltd (AGEL) said
in an exchange filing.
Adani Green Energy
through its various whol-
ly-owned stepdown sub-
sidiaries has operational-
ised an aggregate 775
MW solar power projects
atKhavda,Gujarat,itsaid.
“Based on the relevant
clearances, it was decid-
ed at 00:12 am on March
29, 2024 to operational-
ize the plant and com-
mence power generation
from March 29, 2024,”
the company said.
Part of the Adani
Group, AGEL has the
largest operating renew-
able portfolio in India,
spread across 12 states.
Gautam Adani. FILE
BJP candidate actor Kangana Ranaut during an election rally
ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Mandi on Friday.  PTI
PM Narendra Modi speaks with Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai at a meeting in Salem.  FILE
But now a new
question is doing the
rounds in
bureaucracy: Will
Iqbal Chahal be the
next Chief Secretary at
the end of Nitin
Kareer’s extension?
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ThecVIGILappdeployed
by the Election Commis-
sion of India (ECI) has
emerged as a potent tool
empowering citizens to
report election code viola-
tions swiftly. Since the
declaration of General
Elections 2024, the app
has logged an impressive
tally of over 79,000 com-
plaints, marking a signifi-
cant stride towards bol-
stering electoral transpar-
ency and accountability.
A staggering 99% of
these complaints have
been successfully re-
solved, with nearly 89%
of them addressed within
a remarkable timeframe
of 100 minutes. The bulk
of grievances, comprising
over 58,500 complaints
(73% of the total), were
registered against illegal
hoardings and banners,
highlighting the preva-
lence of visual pollution
in election campaigns.
Moreover, concerns
related to the illicit distri-
bution of money, gifts,
and liquor accounted for
more than 1400 com-
plaints, underscoring the
imperative to curb un-
ethical inducements dur-
ing electoral processes.
Additionally, instances
of property defacement
constituted around 3% of
the complaints, totaling
2454 cases, while reports
of firearms display and
intimidation numbered
535, with 529 already re-
solved.
It is pertinent to men-
tion here that 1000 com-
plaints were lodged for
campaigning beyond the
stipulated period, includ-
ing unauthorized use of
speakers, indicating a
need for stringent adher-
ence to election timelines.
The efficacy of the
cVIGIL app lies in its
user-friendly interface
and real-time reporting
mechanism, which ena-
bles citizens to promptly
document instances of
political misconduct
without bureaucratic hur-
dles. Upon submission of
a complaint, users re-
ceive a unique ID for
tracking purposes, ensur-
ing transparency in the
resolution process.
The app integrates
cutting-edge features
such as geo-tagging,
which facilitates precise
location identification of
reported violations, en-
hancing the credibility of
citizen-generated evi-
dence. Moreover, the op-
tion for anonymous re-
porting bolsters partici-
pation and safeguards
whistleblowers.
Chief Election Com-
missioner (CEC) Rajiv
Kumar, during the an-
nouncement of General
Elections 2024, had em-
phasized the pivotal role
of vigilant citizens in up-
holding the sanctity of
elections. The cVIGIL
app, as part of the Com-
mission’s technological
arsenal, epitomizes the
commitment to harness-
ing innovation for elec-
toral oversight and fos-
tering a level playing
field for all stakeholders.
PTI
Chennai
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Friday interact-
ed with the Bharatiya Ja-
nata Party (BJP) workers
through the NaMo App
and discussed fieldwork
at the booth level for the
Lok Sabha elections with
them, encouraging them
to devise a strategy for
the party to win the up-
coming elections.
Discussing ways to
win the election at the
‘Enathu Booth Valimai-
yana Booth’(My booth is
the strongest) pro-
gramme, he encouraged
the party workers to
strive towards ensuring
the victory of the BJPand
NDA candidates.
“I understand you are
facing a paucity of time
owing to the general
election scheduled for
April 19 in Tamil Nadu.
You hardly have 15-16
days left (since election
campaigning ends 48
hours before polling
day). Organise your-
selves well, connect with
the voters, highlight our
achievements and hold
tiffin or lunch meetings
amongst you to discuss
the next step,” the prime
minister said.
Referring to the gov-
ernment’s focus on wom-
en-led development,
Modi sought to know
from a party worker the
schemes that have been
the most liked and talked
about by women. The
PM expressed happiness
that the party worker has
been working at the
grassroots level.
PTI
Bengaluru
Former PM HD Deve
Gowda on Friday said
there are no leaders other
than Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi and Home
Minister Amit Shah who
can solve all the prob-
lems at the national level.
At the same time, he
underlined the need for
better coordination be-
tween his party and BJP
to achieve the target of
winning all the 28 Lok
Sabha seats in Karnataka.
The Janata Dal (Secu-
lar) had joined the NDA
in September last year.
Noting that the role of
former Chief Minister
and BJP stalwart BS
Yediyurappa was very
important, Deve Gowda
said he must forget what-
ever had happened in the
past “because the time is
very short”.
Agencies
Mandi
Actor Kangana Ranaut,
the BJP candidate from
Himachal Pradesh’s
Mandi Lok Sabha con-
stituency hit back at Con-
gress leader Supriya
Shrinate’s slanderous
jibe on Friday, saying
that ‘such people can do
no good to the country’.
At a public gathering
after the mega roadshow,
she called out ‘Congress
culture’of demeaning and
denigrating others’ char-
acter with hurtful remarks
and said: “Jo betiyon ke
aur behano ke bhao lagate
hain, who log aapke kabhi
nahin ho sakte hain, yeh
aap yaad rakhiyega,”
(those who insult sisters
and mothers can never be
relied upon, all of you
must remember this).
PTI
Chennai
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) Tamil Nadu unit
chief K Annamalai on
Friday said
the election
campaign of
the ruling
DMK ap-
peared to be
one for state-level polls
and that of the main Op-
position AIADMK
looked like an exercise to
seek votes for polls to lo-
cal bodies.
The BJPleader blamed
the DMK regime for the
state’s “huge borrow-
ings” and appealed to the
people to vote for the
NDA candidates for
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi to return to power,
to ensure continuous
growth.
PTI
New Delhi
Delhi CM Arvind Kejri-
wal’s wife Sunita Kejri-
wal on Friday announced
the Kejriwal
ko Aa-
s h i r w a d ’
campaign,
urging peo-
ple to sup-
port her husband, who is
in the ED’s custody in an
excise policy-linked
money-laundering case.
In a digital media brief-
ing, Sunita Kejriwal
asked people to support
her husband through their
blessings and prayers.
Issuing two What-
sApp numbers –
8297324624 and
9700297002 – Sunita
Kejriwal said people can
send their blessings,
prayers or any other mes-
sages to the Aam Aadmi
Party(AAP)nationalcon-
venor and she will com-
municate those to him.
Nitin Kareer
HD Deve Gowda, BS Yediyurappa and other leaders during the
BJP-JD(S) Co-ordination meeting, in Bengaluru, on Friday. PTI
Iqbal Singh Chahal Sujata Saunik Rajesh Kumar Meena
ECI’s C-VIGIL APP: OVER 79,000 COMPLAINTS LOGGED SINCE LS POLLS ANNOUNCEMENT
Election Commission’s cVIGIL app a big hit with voters
Ensure BJP  NDA candidates’ win, PM tells workers
Chat with booth workers
ModiinteractswithBJPworkers,
discusseswinningstrategyinTN
AFTERCONG,CPIGETS
NOTICEFOR`11-CRDUES
“WON’T CAMPAIGN
AGAINST Jr. ANTONY”
New Delhi: The CPI
has got a notice
from the Income Tax
Department, asking it to
pay “dues” of Rs 11 crore
for using an old PAN card
while filing tax returns dur-
ing the last few years. The
sources said the Left party
is consulting its lawyers to
challenge the notice of the
tax authorities. The sources
said the “dues” to be paid to
the I-T department include
penalties and interest due
to authorities for “discrepan-
cies” in the use of an old
PAN card by the party.
Thiruvananthapuram:
Congress veteran
AK Antony and late
Kerala CM Oommen
Chandy were not only col-
leagues in Congress for six
decades but close friends
too and the latter’s daughter
still cherishes their family
ties. Achu Oommen Chandy
has said that she won’t
campaign against Antony’s
son Anil Antony, who has
joined BJP and been fielded
from the Pathanamthitta
Lok Sabha seat, as “they
are childhood friends”.
I.N.D.I.A.BLOC’SSEAT-SHARING
FORMULAFORBIHARANNOUNCED
RaGaVOWS50%QUOTATOWOMEN
INGOVTJOBSIFCONGRESSWINS
Patna: The I.N.D.I.A. bloc in
Bihar announced its seat-sharing
formula on Friday, with the RJD
to contest 26 of the state’s 40 Lok
Sabha seats. The Congress will
field its candidates in nine seats,
while the Left parties have been
allotted five seats. Katihar, Kis-
hanganj, Patna Sahib, Sasaram,
Bhagalpur, West Champaran, Mu-
zaffarpur, Samastipur and Maharajganj
seats have been alloted to the Congress.
New Delhi: Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that
his party will reserve 50 per cent
of government jobs for women if it
is voted to power. Asserting that
powerful women will change the
destiny of the country, the former
president of the All India Con-
gress Committee (AICC)asked
why, even today only one in three
women is employed and why is there
only one woman in 10 government jobs.
In Mandi, Kangana Ranaut responds to Shrinate’s jibe
WhatsApp campaign to
garner support for Kejriwal
FI TOON
Annamalai raps
DMK, AIADMK
campaigns in TN
“ModiShahcansolveall
problemsatnationallevel”
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CNS Admiral R Hari Kumar addresses Future Leadership of Indian Armed Forces attending the 79
Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington.
Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of
Naval Staff being welcomed.
Agencies
New Delhi
Admiral R Hari Kumar,
Chief of the Naval Staff,
emphasised the impor-
tance of the Indian Na-
vy’s transformation into
a Combat Ready, Credi-
ble, Cohesive, and Fu-
ture-Proof force during
his address to the Future
Leadership of the Indian
Armed Forces at DSSC
in Wellington on March
28, 2024.
Additionally, he em-
phasised the necessity of
joint integration among
the Armed Forces to
achieve national mili-
tary objectives.
The Chief emphasised
the importance of the
Navy’s role in protect-
ing India’s trade and
other maritime interests.
He also underscored the
necessity of jointness
and integration among
the Armed Forces to
achieve national mili-
tary objectives.
79 Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington
ChiefofNavalStaffcallsfor
future-proofIndianNavy
BSF DG Agarwal inspects
security at Jaisalmer border
Suryaveer Singh Tanwar
Jaisalmer
Nitin Agarwal, Director
General, Border Security
Force took stock of the
security arrangements at
the forward border posts
on the India-Pakistan In-
ternational Border in
Jaisalmer on Friday on
the second day of his
three-day visit.
Agarwal reached BOP
Murar on the border of
Jaisalmer Sector South,
where DIG Jaisalmer
Sector (South) Vikram
Kunwar and Utkarsh,
Second Commanding
Officer, Acting Com-
mandant 108th Corps
welcomed him.
Agarwal and other offi-
cers then visited BOPNal-
ka while inspecting the
fencing along the India-
Pakistan border. Nalka
BOPiscompletelymanned
bywomensoldiersofBSF.
Nitin Agarwal with women
soldiers of BSF. (INSET) Nitin
Agarwal taking stock of the
security arrangements in
Jaisalmer on Friday.
BSF DG visited the
166th Corps
deployed on the
Jaisalmer border
Jaipur SOG nabs
suspect related to
CHO recruitment
Zanana Hospital
Superintendent
issued notice
First India Bureau
Jaipur
SOG Jaipur nabbed the
suspect in the CHO Re-
cruitment Exam 2020
case. Accused, Naresh
K u m a r ,
worked as a
Community
Health Of-
ficer at Chu-
ru Health
Center. The action was
taken after interviewing
Ramesh Kumar, who had
already been arrested in
the matter. Naresh Ku-
mar purchased the CHO
test paper from Unique
Bhambu through
Ramesh. CHO test paper
was purchased for Rs 5
lakhs. SOG is now inves-
tigating the case.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Six days after the Addi-
tional Chief Secretary of
the Medical and Health
Department, Shubhra
Singh conducted a sur-
prise inspection of Za-
nana Hospital and ex-
pressed dissatisfaction
over the irregularities,
Medical Education Com-
missioner Iqbal Khan is-
sued notice to hospital
Superintendent Dr Ku-
sumlata Meena and
sought a reply within
three days.
First India Bureau
Dungarpur
The Bichhiwada police
station in Dungarpur dis-
trict along with the elec-
tion department's FST
squad, recovered illicit
silver from a courier
postal parcel vehicle at
the Ratanpur border.
Approximately 10 kilo-
grams of silver ingots
and jewelry were con-
veyed disguised as a
postal delivery. Police
have seized the vehicle
and apprehended the
driver.
The GST team has ar-
rived in Bichhiwara to
investigate the silver pa-
perwork and tax recov-
ery on the seized silver.
The silver was being
taken from Bhilwara to
Gujarat.
Police recovered illegal silver from the vehicle of a postal parcel
courier van at Tanpur border.
10 kg of smuggled silver seized
from courier van in Dungarpur
NAVY RESPONDS TO PIRACY ATTACK ON IRANIAN FISHING VESSEL
Based on the
inputs on a
potential piracy
incident onboard Iranian
Fishing Vessel ‘Al-Kam-
bar 786’ late evening on
March 28, two Indian
Naval ships, mission
deployed in Arabian Sea
for maritime security
operations were diverted
to intercept the hijacked
fishing vessel. The FV at
the time of incident was
approximately 90 Nm
South West of Socotra
and was reported to
have been boarded by
nine armed pirates. The
hijacked FV has been
intercepted on Mar 29.
The operation is currently
underway by the Indian
Navy towards rescue of
hijacked FV and its crew.
This photo
released by
the Indian
Navy shows
pirates
aboard
an Iranian
fishing
vessel.
AVALANCHE HITS SRINAGAR-SONAMARG
Trapped vehicles safely rescued
Agencies
Srinagar
snow avalanche
hit the Srinagar-
Sonamarg high-
way in the Ganderbal
district on Friday, trap-
ping some vehicles which
were safely rescued.
Officials said that a
snow avalanche hit the
Srinagar-Sonamarg high-
way in the Hung area.
“Some vehicles were
trapped in the snow ac-
cumulated on the road
due to the rolling ava-
lanche. Two vehicles
trapped in the heavy ava-
lanche have been res-
cued. However, no casu-
alties or damages have
been reported so far in the
incident,” an official said.
He said that the rescue
teams supervised by sen-
ior police and civil ad-
ministration officers and
those of the BRO are pre-
sent on the spot.
A massive avalanche struck the Hung area of Sonamarg in
Ganderbal district on Friday afternoon. 
Some vehicles were
trapped in the snow
accumulated on the
road. Two vehicles
trapped in avalanche
have been rescued
A
Call for humanity!
Christian devotees participate in a crucifixion procession on the Good Friday, in Mumbai.
Chatra: Two persons
have been arrested and
drugs worth over Rs 2
crore seized from their
possession in
Jharkhand’s Chatra dis-
trict, police said on Fri-
day. During a naka
checking in Gidhaur
area along the inter-dis-
trict boundaries of Cha-
tra and Hazaribag on
Thursday, 45 kg of opi-
um worth Rs 2 crore.
Drugs worth over Rs 2
cr seized, two held
Muzaffarnagar:Two
men travelling in a trac-
tor-trolley were electro-
cuted when they came in
contact with a high-ten-
sion wire here on Friday,
triggering protests by
villagers who blocked a
road. The tractor-trolley
was loaded with sugar-
cane bagasse.
Two electrocuted due
to live wire fencing
Panaji: A seaman from
Goa was honey-trapped
on dating app and Rs
1.35 crore were extort-
ed from him, police
said. Deputy Superin-
tendent of Police San-
tosh Desai said that
three persons have
been booked in this
connection.
Goan seaman honey-
trapped, lost Rs 1.35 cr
IN BRIEF
Agencies
New Delhi
The Department of Tele-
communications (DoT)
issued an advisory to citi-
zens today about calls im-
personating DoT and
threatening people to dis-
connect their mobile
numbers for being in-
volved in illegal activi-
ties.
The DoT has also is-
sued an advisory about
WhatsApp calls from
foreign-origin mobile
numbers, like 92, imper-
sonating government of-
ficials and duping people.
According to an offi-
cial release from the Min-
istry of Communications,
The DoT has issued an
advisory to citizens that
calls are being received
by the citizens wherein
callers, in the name of
DoT, are threatening that
all of their mobile num-
bers would be discon-
nected or their mobile
numbers are being mis-
used in some illegal ac-
tivities.
As per the release, cy-
bercriminals, through
such calls, try to threaten
and steal personal infor-
mation to carry out cyber-
crime or financial fraud.
The DoT does not au-
thorise anyone to make
such calls on its behalf
and has advised people to
stay vigilant and not share
any information on re-
ceiving such calls, it said.
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
The financial year is go-
ing to be huge for the
Commercial Tax Depart-
ment, i.e. SGST, one of
the largest contributory
departments to the state
exchequer, in terms of
achieving the revenue
target. As compared to
the revenue target of Rs
74,000 crore, the depart-
ment has so far earned a
revenue of only Rs
61,100 crore, which is
only 82.5 percent of the
total revised target.
With only two days left
before the end of the fi-
nancial year, the biggest
challenge for the depart-
ment could be to achieve
the maximum share of the
allocated revenue target.
Almost one-third of the
circles of the department
have not been able to
even collect the expected
revenue. There are 38 cir-
cles of the dept in the
state, where even 90 pc of
the target revenue has not
been collected. Last
week, following the in-
structions of the head of
the department and Chief
Commissioner Dr. Ravi
Kumar Surpur to empha-
size continuous revenue
collection, the depart-
ment had prepared a list
of underperforming cir-
cles of the state. It men-
tions circles whose per-
formance has been less
than 90 percent.
PTI
New Delhi
The Govt e-Marketplace
(GeM) has witnessed a
remarkable surge in the
order value of goods and
services sold to govern-
ment entities, public sec-
tor units, and ministries,
reaching Rs 4 trillion in
Gross MerchandiseValue
(GMV) during the finan-
cial year 2023-24 (FY24),
up from Rs 2.01 trillion in
FY23. According to data
shared by the Ministry of
Commerce  Industry,
Micro  Small Enterprise
(MSE) sellers contributed
significantly to this
growth, accounting for
49.37 pc (Rs 1.97 trillion)
of the total order value.
In terms of order vol-
ume, GeM processed a
total of 6.226 million or-
ders in FY24, up from
5.036 million in FY23,
marking a growth of 23.6
per cent in the current fi-
nancial year.
The Ministry of De-
fence (MoD) emerged as
one of the top buyers on
GeM, procuring goods
worth Rs 1 trillion since
the portal’s inception in
August 2016. Transac-
tions worth around Rs
45,800 crore out of the Rs
1 trillion were awarded in
the current financial year
alone.
 Representational
Govt eMarketplace doubles its
order value to `4 trillion in FY24
Surge in order value of goods  services
DoT advisory against
fraud WhatsApp calls
SGSTdeptstrugglesto
meetrevenuetarget
Jodhpur: Film director
Rohit Shetty arrived
in Jodhpur on Friday
evening via charter
plane. Shetty has come
to Jodhpur for shooting
an advertisement, which
will take place amidst
the sandy dunes of the
Khimsar Fort.
ShettylandsinJodhpur
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IN BRIEF
RECORD RAISE FOR REELECTION
Obama, Clinton help Biden raise USD 26 mn
Agencies
New York
arack Obama,
Bill Clinton and
some big names
from the entertainment
world teamed up Thurs-
day night to deliver a
rousing New York em-
brace of President Joe
Biden that hauled in a
record-setting USD 26
million-plus for his ree-
lection campaign.
The mood at Radio
City Music Hall was
electric as Obama praised
Biden’s willingness to
look for common ground
and said, “That’s the kind
of president I want.”
Clinton said simply of
the choices facing voters
in 2024: “Stay with what
works.” Biden himself
went straight at Donald
Trump, saying his ex-
pected GOP rival’s ideas
were “a little old and out
of shape.”
Moderator Stephen
Colbert, in an conversa-
tion, called them “cham-
pion talkers” and joked
that the 3 presidents had
come to town “ not one
of them is here to appear
in court,” a dig atTrump’s
many legal troubles.
The eye-popping fund-
raising haul was a major
show of Democratic sup-
port for Biden at a time of
persistentlylowpollnum-
bers. The president will
test the power of his cam-
paign cash as he faces off
with Trump, who proved
with his 2016 win over
Democrat Hillary Clinton
that he didn’t need to raise
the most money to seize
the presidency.
During the hourlong
conversation, Obama and
Clinton explained just
how hard Biden’s job is.
They spoke of loneliness
frustrationoverpolicies
that work but aren’t im-
mediately felt by the pub-
lic.They gave an insider’s
view of the office as they
sought to explain why
Bidenwasbestforthejob.
President Joe Biden, center, and former presidents Barack Obama
and Bill Clinton participate in a fundraising event with Stephen
Colbert at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday in New York. PTI
B
Miami: Indian tennis
stalwart Rohan Bopan-
na and his Australian
partner Matthew Ebden
sailed into the men’s
doubles final of the Mi-
ami Open with a
straight-set win over
Marcel Granollers and
Horacio Zeballos here.
Bopanna and Ebden, the
Australian Open win-
ners, hardly broke a
sweat to get the better of
Spain’s Granollers and
Argentina’s Zeballos 6-1
6-4 in the semifinals on
Thursday night.
Bopanna-Ebden sail
into men’s doubles
final of Miami Open
Yangon: One person
was killed and 27 others
were injured in multiple
vehicles collision in My-
anmar’s Mandalay re-
gion, rescue officials
said on Friday. The acci-
dent occurred in Meikti-
la town around 4:20 p.m.
local time on Thursday
when a car initially hit a
bicycle and then collided
head-on with another ve-
hicle carrying garment
factory employees. “The
one riding the bicycle
has died. A total of 27
people from both vehi-
cles were injured,” an
official said.
One killed, 27 injured
in multiple vehicles
collision in Myanmar
Moscow: Nine people
have been detained by
Tajikistan’s state securi-
ty service over suspect-
ed contact with the per-
petrators of last week’s
attack by gunmen on a
suburban Moscow con-
cert hall that killed 144
people, as per reports.
Moscow attack: 9
detained in Tajikistan
Ukrainediscussesthe
peaceformulawithIndia
RCB with 2 points are at number 6, KKR with 4 points are at number 2
Iyer’s50,Narine’scameocarry
KKRto7-wicketwinoverRCB
First India Bureau
Bengaluru
A ruthless fifty by Ven-
katesh Iyer worked as the
catalyst for Kolkata
Knight Riders’ smooth
seven-wicket victory
over Royal Challengers
Bengaluru in their IPL
match here on Friday.
Venkatesh’s 50 of 30
balls (3x4, 4x6) and stun-
ning blitzes by openers
Sunil Narine (47, 22b,
2x4, 5x6) and Phil Salt
(30, 20b, 2x4, 2x6) pro-
pelled the Knight Riders
past the 183-run target
that the RCB set for
them, which was built
around Virat Kohli’s skil-
ful unbeaten 83.
The KKR batters never
got bogged down either
by a slow pitch or RCB
bowlers as they hunted
down the target in just
16.5 overs. Their ap-
proach on the night was
best exemplified by Ven-
katesh, who is trying
hard to regain his rele-
vance in white ball for-
mats, who added 75 runs
for the third wicket.
EAM S Jaishankar with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and other delegates
during a bilateral meeting in New Delhi, on Friday. PTI
EAM S Jaishankar with Dmytro
Kuleba in New Delhi on Friday.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Philip Salt plays a shot during the match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru
in the Indian Premier League 2024, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Friday. ANI
Agencies
New Delhi
The foreign ministers of
India and Ukraine said on
Friday they had agreed to
restore trade and coopera-
tion to levels before Rus-
sia’s invasion, as Kyiv
seeks to build support for
its peace plan with an old
friend of Moscow.
Ukrainian Foreign
Minister Dmytro Kuleba
was in India on the first
visit by a top official
since Russia’s full-scale
invasion, ahead of a pos-
sible international sum-
mit in the coming months
to advance its blueprint
for peace. New Delhi tra-
ditionally had close eco-
nomicdefencetieswith
Moscow and refrained
from criticising Russia
over its war in Ukraine.
RUSSIA UKRAINE WAR
Over 40 killed in Israeli
strikes on Syria’s Aleppo
The strikes hit a Hezbollah warehouse in the Jibrin area near
Aleppo Airport, as per the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Agencies
Hezbollah
Israeli air strikes on Syr-
ia’s northern province of
Aleppo have killed more
than 40 people, most of
them soldiers, according
to news agencies and a
war monitor. The fatali-
ties included six mem-
bers of Hezbollah, the
Lebanese armed group
confirmed on Telegram.
The Britain-based Syr-
ian Observatory for Hu-
man Rights (SOHR) put
the death toll at 42 and
said dozens of people
were injured.The Reuters
news agency reported that
38 people were killed.
The strikes hit a Hez-
bollah warehouse in the
Jibrin area near Aleppo
International Airport, as
per the Syrian Observa-
tory for Human Rights.
Agencies
Cairo
Israel sustained its aerial
and ground bombard-
ment of the Gaza Strip
on Friday, killing doz-
ens of Palestinians, as
fighting raged around
Gaza City’s main Al
Shifa hospital, Palestin-
ian officials and the Is-
raeli military said.
Palestinian health of-
ficials said two Israeli
strikes on the Al-Shejaia
suburb in eastern Gaza
City killed 17 people,
while an Israeli air strike
on a house in the Al-
Maghazi refugee camp
in the central Gaza Strip
killed eight people.
Sources said at least 10
policemen, in northern
Gaza, were among those
killed in Al-Shejaia.
Agencies
Washington
The U.S. military said
on Thursday that it had
destroyed four un-
manned drones launched
by Iran-backed Houthi
forces in Yemen. The
U.S. Central Command
said on the social media
site X that the drones
“presented an imminent
threat to merchant ves-
sels and U.S. Navy ships
in the region.”
The drones were
aimed at a coalition ves-
sel and a U.S. warship
and “were engaged in
self defense over the
Red Sea,” the statement
from the U.S. Central
Command said, adding
there were no injuries or
damage reported to the
U.S. or coalition ships.
Report: Israel
kills dozens in
airstrikes across
the Gaza Strip
Destroyed four
drones launched
by Yemen’s
Houthis: US
Bus plunges offbridge
inSA,killing49people
Agencies
Limpopo
A bus carrying worship-
pers headed to an Easter
festival plunged off a
bridge on a mountain
pass and burst into flames
in South Africa Thurs-
day, killing at least 49
people, authorities said.
The only survivor of
the crash was an eight-
year-old child, who was
receiving medical atten-
tion, according to author-
ities in the northern prov-
ince of Limpopo.
The Limpopo govern-
ment said the bus veered
off the Mmamatlakala
bridge and plunged 164
feet into a ravine before
busting into flames.
Search operations were
ongoing, the provincial
government said, many
bodies were burned be-
yond recognition and still
trapped inside the vehicle.
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Islamabad
Pakistan is reviewing a
proposal for resumption
of trade with India even
though there has been no
change in its position on
the matter yet, a spokes-
person for the country’s
Foreign Office (FO) re-
portedly said onThursday
in Islamabad. Pakistan’s
trade ties with India have
remainedsuspendedsince
August 2019.
Pakistani FO spokes-
personMumtazZahraBa-
loch confirmed that her
departmentwasreviewing
a proposal for resumption
of trade with India. How-
ever, during the Thursday
briefing, she emphasised
that so far, there has been
no change in Pakistan’s
position on the issue.
Our discussions focused on the ongoing conflict and
its wider ramifications. Exchanged views on various
initiatives in that context. Spoke as well on global
and regional issues of interest to both of us.
Reiterated our commitment to strengthen the
overall relationship, including bilateral cooperation.
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KOHLI SHATTERS
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Kyiv: Moscow
launched a
large-scale
attack on Ukraine’s
energy infrastructure on
Friday, with a mass bar-
rage of 99 drones and
missiles hitting regions
across the country,
Ukraine’s armed forces
said. Air raid warnings
rang out across the
country, with 10 Ukrain-
ian regions coming
under fire, the country’s
Interior Minister, Ihor
Klymenko, said.
Bengaluru: Virat
Kohli wrecked
records during
Royal Challengers Ben-
galuru’s clahs against
Kolkata Knight Riders in
the IPL 2024 on Friday.
The M Chinnaswamy
Stadium once again wit-
nessed Kohli’s remarka-
ble art with the bat as he
cruised to 83* in mere
59 deliveries which
was glistened with four
boundaries and four
sixes. His four sixes in
the unbeaten knock saw
him go past former CSK
skipper MS Dhoni’s
tally of sixes in IPL. The
iconic RCB batter has
241 sixes under his belt
and became the fourth
highest batter to score
most maximums in the
history of the event. MS
Dhoni slipped to the
fifth spot with 239 sixes
in his kitty. As cricket
fans relished Kohli’s ef-
fortless batting display,
Kohli has now the most
sixes for RCB in the IPL
history as per reports.
New Delhi: The
United Nations Of-
fice for the Coor-
dination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) has said
that more than 1.1 million
people in the Gaza Strip are
facing an extreme level of
food insecurity, as Israel
prevents aid from entering
the enclave.
Islamabad: After five
Chinese nation-
als were killed in
a suicide blast in Besham
in Pakistan, Beijing has
offered help to Islamabad to
contain terrorism. After the
deadly attack, the Chinese
government has called on
the Pakistan government to
ensure more security for its
nationals. China also urged
Pakistan to enhance secu-
rity measures to safeguard
Chinese nationals.
 Seven Hezbollah fighters
killed in Israeli raids in
Syria, Lebanon
 Israel takes steps to
increase communications
competition
 India is completing
rather than competing
with Israel, says Israeli
envoy Naor Gilon as per
latest reports
Pakistani Foreign Office
spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra
Bus carrying Easter worshipers
plunges off bridge
IPL 2024
Virat Kohli plays a shot during the IPL match between Royal
Challengers Bengaluru  Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru, Friday.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Phil
salt and Sunil Narine interact
during the IPL match.
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highest peak of consciousness or down to the
basest of feelings.
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Why is no one interest-
ed in knowing the details
about the funds received
prior to March 14, 2019?
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra:
There are two reasons for
it. Firstly, no one wants to
throw more stones in the
mud.As of now, both do-
nors and political parties
are scared that this con-
troversy has brought an
unnecessary bad name to
them. Secondly, they had
targeted BJP, but all of
them came under fire
while the BJP came out
unscathed. Look at the
arguments BJPhas given,
and they are overconfi-
dent on this issue, hence
questioning other parties
and their leaders over it.
Amit Shah asked Rahul
Gandhi where his party
got `1600 crore in
funding.
Why did the Supreme
Court reject the demand
to give information
about bonds prior to
March, 2019?
Supreme Court might
have thought about how
deep will people dig and
if SC has this one job
only. So it said that the
court has taken a con-
science decision not to
open this case more than
the said date. And the
topic ends there itself.
Out of the bonds worth
`20,000 crore, BJP got
bonds worth `6,300
crore and the remaining
went to other political
parties. However, fingers
were raised only on BJP.
Why was it so?
This was the interesting
part of the whole episode
that a perception was be-
ing created. Even Amit
Shah pointed that out.
Shah said that his party
has 303 members in the
house and his party re-
ceived `6,300 crore and
the remaining 242 mem-
bers of other parties re-
ceived around `14,000
crore, so who is the
real beneficiary of this
scheme? He also threw an
open challenge that he is
ready to debate or answer
questions if anyone wants
to do so. So in the begin-
ning, a perception of sorts
was created, but that per-
ception failed to gain fric-
tion. In the beginning,
BJP leaders also felt a lit-
tle pressure on the issue,
but when they looked at
the facts and when Amit
Shah and other teams of
the BJP worked through
it, they realised that their
party was on a better foot-
ing as compared to oth-
ers. Also, the general
public too understood
that BJP is only `6,300
crore and the remaining
goes to other political
parties.
It is said that the non-
BJP government and the
companies or people that
funded them were em-
barrassed. What is your
take on that?
In fact, Amit Shah had
answered on this very as-
pect saying that people
are afraid since they want
secrecy over which party
they gave funds to. Sup-
pose I give some funds to
BRS, BJD or TMC why
would I want that the BJP
or any other party should
come to know of it? So
every person wants to
avoid this dilemma that
their details come for-
ward.
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah once again
has come across as a
troubleshooter for Modi
government amidst this
controversy. How do you
see that?
That’s true. Since day
one he has been the prin-
cipal troubleshooter for
PM Narendra Modi who
is his Guru, boss, God-
father, guide etc. I have
been observing this
since their time in Guja-
rat. Interestingly, it has
been observed in the
Delhi media especially
that earlier there used to
be some sort of fear re-
garding Amit Shah and
people used to shy away
from talking, but today
he appears to be ex-
tremely friendly, ap-
proachable and has be-
come popular in media.
That is why someone
told me recently that it
now seems he has learnt
the lessons regarding
media in his ‘Guru Nar-
endra Modi’s class’.
Also, he talks logically.
I have seen people want
to meet him and strike
up a conversation be-
cause Shah does not like
to hide anything but
give a logical and prac-
tical answer to ques-
tions. When he gave all
the reasons and logic in
this issue, the media
persons were left im-
pressed and he com-
pletely changed the fo-
cus from BJP to other
parties as he gave all the
details which revealed
that the TMC received
`1,609 crore, Congress
`1,421 crore, BRS
`1,214 crore, and BJD
received `775 crore.
Rahul Gandhi termed it
as ‘Hafta-Wasooli’ to
which BJP countered
saying that even if what
he said was true, then
why did his party also
receive funds through
electoral bonds? So it
has to be said that Amit
Shah has diffused this
entire issue. And after
Shah’s argument, Rahul
Gandhi has lost the mor-
al authority to challenge
BJP or attack it, at least
on this issue.
Why were there two
sides in the Supreme
Court Bar Association
regarding the Electoral
Bond issue?
I believe some politics
or something happened
and a letter who shot to
the Supreme Court cit-
ing that the SC does not
have the power to do so.
After the letter, the Bar
officials formed another
group and said that the
letter may have been
sent by the official in
personal capacity and
does not represent the
voice of SC Bar Asso-
ciation. And the govern-
ment played it smartly.
Harish Salve stood up
and said that the govern-
ment honours the SC’s
orders dated February
15 and March 11 to pro-
vide details from SBI to
Election Commission
and that the government
will do so. During the
hearing, CJI made a re-
mark that this ruse was a
media gimmick which
he did not pay attention
to. So this was only for a
temporary period.
ED’s action is under
consideration on some of
the companies which
gave funds to BJP. Did
that put any negative im-
age in people’s minds
regarding Modi
government?
In initial couple of days,
the BJP leaders did come
on back-foot owing to
the details released and
the general perception
that Opposition tried to
make against BJPin pub-
lic’s mind. But as soon as
Amit Shah held the reins
and the fact that all par-
ties had a good share in
the bond funds, then the
situation changed com-
pletely. So, now every-
thing is fine especially
since the fund has been
taken through cheques.
Now, BJP leaders are
telling other party
leaders that they can
only be questioned once
they (Opposition lead-
ers) have clean hands
and image.
What is this develop-
ment around Santiago
Martin who returned
from Myanmar as a la-
bourer but became lot-
tery King?
See, it is about destiny
and luck. He must have
returned and got in touch
with someone and started
working in the lottery
field. He established
himself in that field and
ventured into education,
health and other fields. A
few cases were also filed.
However, when the de-
tails of donors were re-
vealed it was learnt that
this Lottery King gave a
total fund of `1,368 crore
of which `542 crore were
received by TMC, `503
crore to DMK and BJP
received only `100 crore,
but the perception was
created that BJP took
`1,368 crore as funds
from Lottery King. So
when this perception was
broken, it was then that
the embarrassment
caused to BJP ended. As
far as Santiago Martin is
concerned, he has com-
plete sway over lottery in
Sikkim and Nagaland
and perhaps has made in-
roads in Mamata’s state
too. If someone is paying
over `500 to a state party
then there must have
been something worth-
while to make that dona-
tion. Moreover, when
DMK’s fund is getting
boosted by five hundred
crore that means Chennai
lottery must also be with
the Lottery King. So San-
tiago Martin is a rags-to-
riches story.
What is your take on
Finance Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman’s
statements in this entire
episode?
She said with absolute
clarity that there is no
link between ED raids
and political funding to
ruling party. Further-
more, she also said that
while people were point-
ing at cases, but no case
has been dropped or
closed against any corpo-
rate or company. Neither
have the cases been
dropped against Megha
or Lottery King and it
may have been a coinci-
dence. Sure it looks bad
if you only look at one
angle, but if you see that
the person who is giving
political donation to BJP
is giving to all other par-
ties as well, then that is
where the seriousness of
the issue dies out.
What role did SBI and
Election Commission
play in this episode?
They were at the receiv-
ing end. They had to
comply with the orders.
SBI surely had some res-
ervations. Sometimes
when you are associated
with government you try
to not put any harm or
befall any difficulty be-
fore the government, so
perhaps that thought
struck the SBI too. The
SBI provided the infor-
mation asked of it. When
the Supreme Court asked
for additional informa-
tion, the SBI provided
the same. So they com-
plied with SC’s orders
and sent the details to
Election Commission
and the EC put that up on
its website for the public
to see.
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Revealing why no party wants to delve deep into the issue of political funding prior to 2019,
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses that Opposition parties tried to corner the BJP over the electoral
bond issue. However, Amit Shah turned the tables on them as details were revealed that the
Opposition was, in fact, a bigger beneficiary than the BJP of the scheme. Dr Chandra reveals
why there was a divide in the SC Bar Association on the matter, why ED action on some of the
donors could not tarnish BJP’s image in people’s eyes, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s
take on the matter, and the role played by the Election Commission and SBI. Excerpts... (Part II)
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What does it mean
when we say that elector-
al bonds are an inexpli-
cable puzzle?
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra:
In his budget speech in
the Parliament, late Arun
Jaitley had said that till
the time electioneering is
made independent and
neutral, democracy will
not work. And it will be-
come independent and
neutral only when the
funding of political par-
ties is made transparent.
Taking this thought for-
ward a law was brought
in 2017 and was notified
in 2018. At that time, a
few individuals had told
Jaitley that secrecy
should be maintained in
it. They feared that if
someday the government
went out of power, then
what would happen to
their fate since if they
funded one party, the
other party that came to
power might trouble
them. Jaitley understood
their issues and said their
secrecy would be main-
tained. The payment
mode will be cheques,
but it will be kept secret.
Suddenly a writ was filed
and for 4-5 years, nothing
was done on it. But then,
in October last year hear-
ing was held on that writ
and the court reserved its
judgement in November
and in March this year,
the decision was given.
So the first puzzle in this
issue is that nothing hap-
pened on the matter for
five years but what hap-
pened now all of a sudden
that the case moved
ahead? Elections are
around the corner and
you cannot question the
Court’s resolve since the
matter was ongoing for
the last few years. So why
was it accelerated all of a
sudden by the people who
were pleading in the mat-
ter? This is a puzzle. So
the overall gist that came
out was that the idea with
which this was brought
forward, to keep the fund-
ing transparent and se-
cret, could not be main-
tained since the secrecy is
no more, with all due re-
gard to the Supreme
Court they gave the deci-
sion which was correct.
But the other aspect was
that the secrecy was no
more and that might have
several ramifications in
future therefore the elec-
toral bonds are an inex-
plicable puzzle.
It is being said this en-
tire controversy turned
out to be a flop show.
What is your take on it?
It is not a flop show as yet
but could be in the near
future because the court’s
intention is obviously
good and now the details
are before the public. So
there is no controversy as
far as these two aspects
are concerned, nor is
there any issue of a re-
view. When the numbers
of the electoral bond
scheme were announced,
a bid was initiated to cre-
ate a perception among
the people that BJP is the
only beneficiary and the
party took money from
the companies that were
in controversies and the
propaganda was started
as if BJP’s election fund
has been unearthed.
However, they forgot that
it was the entire nation’s
election fund that is the
fund that all the parties
had, which came to light
since fifteen political
parties benefited from
electoral bonds. So they
were not successful in
creating the perception
and putting the BJP in
grey. So now what has
happened is that all po-
litical parties are feeling
guilty since they were
unsuccessful and could
not create a perception
against the BJP. Perhaps
this is why Amit Shah
had said in Parliament
that his silence is better
otherwise it will create
disturbances for other
political parties and that
is what happened. Addi-
tionally, several political
parties have received
more money than the
BJP and now each of
them would want to bury
this issue and that is why
people have termed it to
be a flop show.
Now that this arrange-
ment has been termed
unconstitutional, what
other choices are the
parties left with?
See, the biggest thing is
that there should be a
consensus on whatever is
to be done. Former Chief
Election Commissioner
of India Sunil Arora re-
cently said in a live dis-
cussion on electoral
bonds that the Supreme
Court did not show any
way out. But the SC is
there to interpret and re-
view and this work is of
the executive and it
should come out with a
new plan which then
they can forward to the
Supreme Court. So con-
sensus and transparency
are two things that are
required and if there is
no consensus, then the
old idea of state funding
could be pursued where-
in the government gives
money to political par-
ties. So a consensus is
important and the new
government should
bring that for the next
elections.
Do you agree that use
of black money in elec-
tion funding will gain
momentum now?
That is a natural process.
Amit Shah had asked
everyone how they used
to get election funds. It
was in cash as everyone
knows. Demonitisation
was brought to bring an
end to the black money
circulating everywhere
and it was after this
move, that digital trans-
actions and transactions
through cheques, in-
creased. Now sup-
pose today I want
to give one lakh
rupees as an
election fund
donation to
any political
party, what
option do I
have? The
e l e c t o r a l
bond scheme
has been
termed illegal.
So now dona-
tions would
have to be
made in
cash. That is
why it was said that we
are soon entering the
cash era if we do not
bring an effective solu-
tion to this conundrum.
Supreme Court has
said that citizens have a
right to know about
funds of political parties.
Do you think people are
eager to know about it?
See, SC’s view is crystal
clear in this aspect i.e. the
voter has a right to know
who gave which political
party how much money
and what benefit was de-
rived out of it. The coun-
ter view of the govern-
ment is that people do not
have a right to know
about their funds,
which the Supreme
Court overruled
and later the gov-
ernment also ac-
cepted SC’s deci-
sion.As far as peo-
ple being eager to know
about it is concerned,
obviously, people would
be, but not to a great ex-
tent. People in general are
least concerned whether
Adani, Reliance or some
other companies have
given money to a certain
political party. In fact,
there was a survey done a
few years back which
gave shocking results and
it came to light that about
twelve per cent of voters
took money to cast a vote.
Few people believe SC
moved way past what the
applicants had demand-
ed through their appli-
cation on the issue. Do
you agree?
Oh, that is very interest-
ing. It may be in the larg-
er interest of justice done
by the Supreme Court.
The application was to
make the scheme unques-
tionable but SC went one
step ahead and realised
that even the people must
be curious to learn about
which party has received
how much in electoral
bond funds and then this
decision was given. So
the applicant must have
been extremely happy be-
cause his application
sought something but the
SC gave more than what
he had asked for.
Lok Sabha election
process has started and
some people are ques-
tioning the timing of this
decision. What is your
take on it?
See, the SC and its bench-
eshaveaveryhighdegree
of credibility, dignity, and
integrity and it is abso-
lutely non-political.
When we read about CJI,
we can observe that he is
absolutely non-political
andisadignifiedperson.
So you can’t level any
hidden motive or agen-
da charge on the bench
that heard this matter.
But what happens is
that sometimes people
indulgeinloosetalkand
believe that there is
some judicial activism
going on. The reason
for this was because
some decisions caused in-
convenience to the gov-
ernment. Take, for in-
stance, the case of the
Chandigarh Mayor or the
protection of press free-
dom, where the Supreme
Court rightfully ques-
tioned how democracy
could thrive otherwise.
So, you may cite timing
but see this is a democ-
racy and you can’t stop
people from saying what
they want and even if
people may be saying it,
I don’t buy this theory.
The law follows a pro-
cess which goes on and
does not get bothered
with who says what.
Why is it that the politi-
cal parties and compa-
nies donating money to
these parties are shying
from giving details?
They are shying because
theyhaverealisedthatthis
would open a pandora’s
box so the political parties
said what has come in
public knowledge is al-
rightandnownoinforma-
tion is to be given. As far
ascorporatesandindustri-
alists not willing to share
the information is con-
cerned, is because they
realised that they might
get stuck in some litiga-
tion somewhere and they
brought Mukul Rohatgi, I
think, to present their case
in SC, but the SC refused
to hear. So now both par-
ties want the matter
should die down and
come to an end.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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Taking a look back at the recent developments regarding electoral bonds and the
Supreme Court’s decision on it, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses that although it is not
known who or what acted as a catalyst to speed up the hearing on the matter, the
outcome is for the greater good of the public. Dr Chandra also explains how political
parties tried to create a narrative against BJP for getting the most funds but failed
miserably, how the new government will have to come up with a new plan in place of
electoral bonds, and how black money could again come back in play. Excerpts... (Part I)
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  • 1. Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 292 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia War of words between Dhariwal and Gunjal Bhanwar S Charan Kota The discontent in the lo- calCongressafterPrahlad Gunjal was brought from BJP to Congress and made the party candidate from Kota-Bundi LS con- stituency, erupted on the stage on Friday when Shanti Dhariwal & Gun- jal shared stage at the Dis- trict Congress office. Tension arose when Dhariwal sought a clear explanation from Gunjal on allegations ranging from the stones thrown at home to the corruption on the riverfront, levelled against him. Gunjal was also seen losing his temper and stood up & scolded Dha- riwal. Later, in a damage control attempt, Dhari- wal said whatever he had to say, he had said it but should not create differ- ences or disagreements. ‘MODI KI GUARANTEE’ IS BJP’S STRATEGY Ill but strong! CM focusses on‘Mission-25’ First India Bureau Jaipur hief Minister Bhajan Lal is busy making strategy for BJP’s Mis- sion 25 and is therefore planning to make the vis- its of PM Modi and other dignitaries successful. CM’s complete focus is on election management for two days and despite feeling somewhat un- well, he continues to en- gage in election manage- ment for which he is in contact with BJP state president and other offi- cials. CM Sharma is pro- posed to visit Jodhpur on Saturday for which CM will leave at 11 am. A meeting will be held at Polo Ground Jodhpur from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in support of BJP candidate Gajendra Sin- gh Shekhawat from Jodhpur. In Jaipur, CM will attend Holi meet and greet ceremony of Gurjar community at 3:15 pm. He is proposed to visit Banswara on April 2 & participate in nomination of BJPcandidate Mahen- drajit Singh Malviya. Sanganer BJP workers called on CM Bhajan Lal Sharma on Friday. C Court orders probe into Ansari’s death 10 lives lost as car plunges into gorge First India Bureau Srinagar Ten people have died af- ter a passenger vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge on the Srinagar-Jammu high- way. The officials said that accident happened around 1:30 in the night and the vehicle fell into a 300-feet deep gorge at a place called Battery Cheshma in Ramban dis- trict. The victims are mi- grant workers who were on their way to Srinagar. Amid heavy rains, rescue operations were launched by state disaster management workers and police to retrieve the bodies. LG Manoj Sinha condoled the deaths and said that I have issued in- structions to Dist Admin & Divisional Commis- sioner for all assistance. l Post-mortem reveals heart attack as major cause of Mukhtar Ansari’s death l Justice has been served: Wife of BJP MLA murdered by gangster Mukhtar Ansari First India Bureau Lucknow The Chief Judicial Mag- istrate of Banda on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of gangster- t u r n e d - p o l i t i c i a n Mukhtar Ansari who died after suffering a car- diac arrest in a prison in Uttar Pradesh on Thurs- day night. The court asked MP/MLA court judge Garima Singh to submit the report within a month to the Banda Chief Judicial Magistrate. Controversy erupted over the death of jailed gangster-turned-politi- cian Mukhtar Ansari af- ter his son claimed that the former MLA was subjected to “slow poi- soning” in prison. Ansa- ri’s postmortem was con- ducted on Friday. Mean- while, Ansari’s son, Ab- bas, who is lodged in Kasganj jail, has ap- proached the SC seeking permission to attend his father’s funeral. AfterGermany&US,UN reactstoKejriwal’sarrest First India Bureau New Delhi At a time when US and Germany have reacted to arrest of Kejriwal, saying they “encouraged fair, transparent, timely legal processes”, a spokesper- son of United Nations has also weighed in on the matter, saying that he hoped “everyone’s rights are protected in India”. In a press briefing on, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the Secretary-General Anto- nio Guterres, said, “What we very much hope that in India, as in any coun- try that is having elec- tions, that everyone’s rights are protected, in- cluding political and civil rights, and everyone is able to vote in atmos- phere that is free & fair.” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secy-General Antonio Guterres. SDRF recover bodies from 300 feet gorge in Ramban on Friday. KEJRIWAL’S TIME LIMITED, MADAM PREPPING FOR POST: MINISTER PURI Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday took a swipe at jailed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as some- one who has “very limited time”, alluding to the end of his chief ministership. Puri said the AAP chief’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal, is likely preparing to take top post soon. The news of many casualties in the road accident in Ramban, Jammu is extremely sad. The local administration is fully engaged in relief and rescue work. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar)@JPNadda PM MODI’S EXCLUSIVE INTERACTION WITH BILL GATES AT PMR ChAIPE CHARCHA! l From AI to UPI, Modi and Gates discuss India’s digital revolution l Gates praises Indians for the ability to adopt technology fast l Not just aai, kids also saying ‘AI’ as the first word: PM to Gates Moni Sharma New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Microsoft co- founder Bill Gates dis- cussed a wide range of issues from Artificial In- telligence to Digital Pub- lic Infrastructure and ef- forts to combat climate change in a free-wheeling chat at the PM’s residence in New Delhi on Friday. In the conversation, Bill Gates praised Indians for their ability to adopt tech- nology fast as well as lead the way while PM Modi encouraged the Microsoft boss to take a selfie using the Photo Booth on Prime Minister’s Namo App. Modi jokingly said that kids in India have become so advanced that they are saying ‘AI’ as their first word. “In India, we call mother ‘aai’ in most of the states and now some advanced kids are sayingAI as their first word…it’s a joke but aai and AI sound similar’. Modi also shared with Gates that his Hindi speech was translated into Tamil during Kashi Tamil Sangamam event using AI. India has a “digital government”, the country is not only adapting technology but it is actually leading the way. BILL GATES, MICROSOFT CO-FOUNDER Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates interact with each other while discussing various crucial topics, at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi on Friday. PM Modi and Bill Gates engaged in a free-wheeling chat at 10 in the morning which lasted over 45 minutes. PM MODI TO BEGIN LS POLL CAMPAIGN FROM UP TODAY PM Modi will kick off the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha election 2024 in Uttar Pradesh from Meerut with a mega rally on Saturday. UP is crucial for the party to achieve the target of 370 seats set by PM Modi for LS polls as the state sends 80 MPs, the highest number of parliamen- tarians to the LS. PM MODI WILL VISIT KOTPUTLI ON APRIL 2 TO SUPPORT RAO PM Modi will be in Kotputli on April 2 where he will address a public meeting at LBS College ground at 10 am. Modi will hold public meeting in sup- port of BJP candidate from Jaipur Rural Rao Rajendra Singh Shah- pura. All BJP leaders including CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, BJP State President CP Joshi & others will be present. MODI-GATES COLLOQUY INDIA’S DIGITAL REVOLUTION PM Modi explained how In- dia has embraced technolo- gy to prevent monopolies and ensure it is acces- sible to all citizens.In addressing the digital revolution in India, Modi emphasized its global curiosity during the G20. PM’S NAMO APP DEMONSTRATION PM Modi demonstrated use of AI on his Namo app. The PM asked Gates to take selfie via app. Suddenly all photos of Gates with Modi appeared on the app. PM Modi said that AI should be embraced “to enhance daily life”. ‘NAMO DRONE DIDI’ SCHEME Modi noted that women in India are particularly open to adopting new tech- nology. He highlighted initiatives like the ‘Namo Drone Didi’ scheme, which aims to pro- mote technology, especially among women. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-AI TALKS Interestingly, Modi discussed the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in various aspects of governance, including its use during the 2023 G20 Summit. He highlighted how AI is transforming sectors like health, agri & edu. AI CHALLENGES AND DEEPFAKE Modi called for establishing clear guidelines and distinguishing authentic content from deepfake creations. “It’s crucial to acknowledge that deepfake content is AI- generated and mention its source,” PM Modi said. PM MODI WEARS RECYCLED JACKET, HE TELLS GATES WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT IT In an interaction with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, PM Modi talked about India’s culture of recycling waste and said the half-jacket he was wearing was made of recycled material. It had been made using spare cloth pieces at tailors’ shops and also using recycled plastic bottles, he said. BILL GATES ASKS MODI WHAT HE DOES TO RELAX. HE SAYS ‘HAPPENS ON AUTOPILOT’ Calling PM Modi one of “most hard-working leaders” in world, Bill Gates asked Modi what he does to relax, to which PM Modi replied, saying that relaxation remains for him in “autopilot mode.” Recalling his days in the Himalayas, PM Modi said he used to follow tradition of bathing in “Brahma Muhurat.” NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY CM MEETS SANGANER MANDAL PRESIDENTS CM Bhajan Lal Sharma chaired a meeting on Friday of all Mandal Presidents and key workers of San- ganer. In the meeting, preparations for Lok Sabha in Sanganer Assembly and planning up to booth level were made. Strategy was also made for Sanganer assembly in Lok Sabha election campaign and instructions were given to prepare action plan from 1st April to 19th April in which contact with beneficiaries, delivery of achievements of 3 months to every home has to be highlighted while also giving information about Modi’s guarantee and the works of the central government. During this time, a big meeting of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma will also be organised. 36°C 23°C Min Humidity36% Max Very warm with hazy sun in State during the day FORECAST BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amravati, Navneet Rana, meets with Home Minister Amit Shah, at his residence, in Delhi, Friday. IN BRIEF Cong gets fresh Income Tax notice of `1,700 cr New Delhi: The Congress party has received `1,800 crore notice from the In- come Tax Department for assessment years 2017-18 to 2020-21 on Friday. This comes a day after the Del- hi High Court dismissed the party’s petition chal- lenging the tax notices. 7 convicted in BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case Lucknow: A special CBI court in Lucknow on Fri- day convicted 7 for mur- der of BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005. The court award- ed life term to six convicts and imposed a penalty of `11.62 lakh. 1 convict was not present, his punish- ment to be awarded later. Bhim Army Chief Azad gets CRPF’s Y+ security New Delhi: In a signifi- cant development, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has accorded Cen- tral Reserve Police Force (CRPF) ‘Y’ category se- curity cover to Bhim Army Chief Chandrashek- har Azad in Uttar Pradesh, sources said on Friday.
  • 2. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 02 BJP government has done only one thing in three months and that is UD tax notices have been given to every house. The Central government is doing the work of destroying MSME. Pratap S Khachariyawas , Congress Leader QUOTE-UNQUOTE The Ashok Gehlot govt made circumstances unfa- vourable for me got work stalled. I’m not tired. I was am firm on development. Shergarh assembly has once again put seal of trust on me. GS Shekhawat, Union Minister Our commitment is necessary for the resolve of a developed India. The state team is working tirelessly and because of their hard work, BJP will win all the 25 Lok Sabha seats. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, LS polls Raj incharge This time the candidates of INDIA bloc will win. Results will be in its favour as every troubled class has made up its mind. The double engine government lost in Srikaranpur assembly elections. Rupinder Singh Kooner, Congress MLA Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka RAJE’S RETURN TO POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT: ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNS FOR SON, DUSHYANT SINGH Political activeness of former CM Vasundhara Raje has become the talk of the political corridors. Raje was not seen very active until recently, but was seen active in Jhalawar on Thursday, where she campaigned for her son and sitting MP, Dushyant Singh. Will she campaign for other candidates also is a question which is being asked as her name figures in the list of star campaigners of the party. DushyantSinghpoisedtoequalmother Vasundhara’srecordwithpotentialwin A unique record could be achieved Pankaj Soni Jaipur Dushyant Singh has once again been made the BJP candidate from Jhalawar seatintheLokSabhaelec- tions 2024. In such a situ- ation, Dushyant Singh has a chance to equal the record of his mother Vasundhara Raje on this seat. Because he is also going to contest elections from Jhalawar seat for the 5th time. If he wins, he will equal his mother’s record. It will be a unique record when first the mother and then the son have registered victory on a seat for five consecu- tive times. Vasundhara Raje con- tested from the Jhalawar seat for the first time in 1989, wherein, she won. After this, she never looked back. She then won five consecutive times in 1991, 1996, 1998 and 1999. At the same time, in 2004, Vasundhara Raje gave Jhalawar seat to her son Dushyant Singh. Af- ter this Dushyant won in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Now by winning for the fifth time in 2024, he has a chance to equal mother Vasundhara Ra- je’s record of winning five consecutive times. Notably, the Congress had last won Jhalawar Lok Sabha seat in 1984. At that time Jujhar Singh had registered victory on this seat. Since then, the Congress has faced continuous defeats. Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur In order to include the de- prived sections, the Elec- tion Department has not only focused on the disa- bled voters but has also created booths run by them. Now, more than 2.5 lakh disabled voters can exercise their voting rights in the first phase. The department has made 200 booths which will be operated by the disabled. There has been a sig- nificant increase in the number of disabled vot- ers. There are 2 lakh 51,250 disabled voters in the state for the first phase. These include 1 lakh 69,184 men, 82,063 women and three transgender voters. Churu has the maximum num- ber of 25,172 disabled voters in which 16,414 are male and 8,758 fe- male voters. Jaipur has the least number of disa- bled voters at 12,487. Bikaner has the least number of disabled women voters at 5,000.  Raje has won from Jhalawar seat five times in a row  Her son, Dushyant, who has registered four consecutive victories, is in the fray for the fifth time CONG HAS NO STRATEGY TO WIN JHALAWAR SEAT RAJE CAME FROM MADHYA PRADESH AND MADE A STRONG POLITICAL BASE IN RAJASTHAN Congress has been changing its strategy on Jhalawar seat for 35 years, but has not achieved success even once. There are preparations to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 also under a new strategy. Congress has given ticket to former minister Pramod Jain Bhaya’s wife, Urmila Jain. Pramod Jain is considered close to Ashok Gehlot. However, it is not easy for Congress to change the history of Jhalawar seat. In the 17 elections held here, the representative of the royal family has won 10 times. Vasundhara Raje belongs to the Scindia dynasty. This family has dominated the politics of Madhya Pradesh. Before 1984, Rajmata Vijayaraje and Madhavrao of the Scindia dynasty won from wherever and from which party they contested. But, Princess Vasundhara Raje of this dynasty, who entered the field of politics for the first time, lost the Lok Sabha elections from Bhind in 1984. After this, she resigned from the politics of Madhya Pradesh. After this Vasundhara came to Rajasthan and prepared her political ground in Jhalawar. Raje became the Chief Minister of Rajasthan twice. 2.5L disabledvoterstocast ballotsat200specialbooths PMModihaspulledIndia outof slavementality:Birla BJP accuses Cong’s Meghwal of concealing criminal cases Ramchandra Choudhary files papers in Ajmer CongshiftsDamodartoR’samand, fieldsDrCPJoshifromBhilwara First India Bureau Jaipur BJP candidate Om Birla during his visit to various villages in Kota during the Jansampark Abhiyan, hailed PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, call- ing it the ‘Amritkaal’ of the country, where bold decisions are being made. “Modi doesn’t shy away from taking bold deci- sions, that is why the na- tion has come out of slave mentality today,” he said. Birla highlighted Modi’s resolve in making significant policy chang- es, citing repeal of Arti- cle 370, amendments to CAA, implementation of Indian Justice Code. He criticised Congress for not addressing issues such as the outdated IPC. MLA Madan Dilawar emphasised importance of voting wisely in polls. Laxman Raghav Jaipur At a press conference held at BJP’s District Headquarters in Bikan- er, the BJP accused Con- gress Lok Sabha candi- date Govind Ram Megh- wal of hiding criminal cases in his nomination papers. District spokesperson Ashok Prajapat said, “Govind Ram Meghwal has written zero in the record column of crimi- nal cases in the affidavit. However, the e-court ser- vice portal of Rajasthan High Court shows pend- ing cases with dates like 4.5.2024, May 13, 2024, and June 29, 2024. The information about the next date is not provided in his affidavit.” First India Bureau Jaipur Former Ajmer Saras Dairy Chairman, Ram- chandra Chaudhary filed his nomination as Con- gress candidate forAjmer LS seat. He held a nomi- nation meeting near pet- rol pump No. 9 before filing papers at Collec- torate. Chaudhary, ac- companied by his wife, declared assets to EC, revealing that his wife owns 150 grams of gold and 5 kg of silver. They have no house or land, while Chaudhary owns 1.36 acres of agricultural land a house in Ajmer. First India Bureau Jaipur Senior Congress leader and former Assembly Speaker Dr CPJoshi will be Congress candidate from Bhilwara. Mean- while, another party lead- er, Damodar Gurjar, has been made candidate from Rajsamand. Earlier, Congress had made Da- modar Gurjar its candi- date from Bhilwara but now Dr CP Joshi will contest polls from Bhilwara in place of Da- modar Gurjar. Interestingly, accord- ing to insiders in Con- gress, Damodar Gurjar is really feeling cheated as the party shifted Da- modar from Bhilwara to Rajsamand whereas, Ra- jsamand is considered a ‘safe’ seat for BJP. This raises a question: Did the High Command take Da- modar lightly and just completed the formality of giving the ticket? Congress’s Damodar Gurjar’s fate uncertain despite his role as Ge- hlot’s commander at CMR. Dr Joshi, with a stronghold in Nathdwara, contests from Bhilwara. Uncertainty looms over both constituencies and their voters’ future. Om Birla greets people during the Jansampark Abhiyan at Ramganj Mandi area of Kota district on Friday. Madan Dilawar others were also present. Dr CP Joshi Damodar Gurjar BJP PICKS SUBHASH TAMBOLIYA FOR BAGIDORA Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has officially an- nounced Subhash Tamboliya as its candidate for the upcoming by-election on the Bagidora assem- bly seat. This seat fell vacant following the resignation of former Congress MLA Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya. Seat is a political roller coaster due to BJP-Cong tug-of-war Abhishek Tiwari Jaipur aking a retro- spective glance at the electoral history of the Karauli-Dhol- pur Lok Sabha constitu- ency reveals a tale of political oscillation be- tween the Congress and the BJP. Formerly known as Bayana, this constituency encom- passed voters from Bharatpur, Dausa, and Dholpur districts. In 1962, Tikkaram Paliwal of the Swatantra Party was elected as the MP. The subsequent elec- tions in 1967 and 1971 saw victories for Con- gress’s Jagannath Pa- hadia. In 1977, Shyam Sundar Lal of the Janata Party marked his pres- ence in Bayana. The seat alternated between Con- gress and BJP in the 1980s and 1990s, with Gangaram Koli winning in 1991 for the BJP. Sub- sequently, Bahadur Sin- gh Koli secured victories for the BJP in 1996 and 1998, followed by Ram- swaroop Koli’s win in 2004. In 2009, during the delimitation process, a new Lok Sabha seat, Dholpur-Karauli, was established, with Khila- di Lal Bairwa of the Congress emerging as the MP. However, the 2014 elections wit- nessed a shift in the po- litical landscape as the Congress replaced its candidate. Riding on the Modi wave, the BJP clinched victory, and Manoj Rajoria became the MP. Since then, he has been re-elected twice consecutively. Post-delimitation, this Lok Sabha seat has been considered crucial for Scheduled Caste repre- sentation in the state. Dr. Manoj Rajoria de- feated Congress’s Lak- khiram Lal by securing a total of 4,01,921 votes in the 2014 elections, while his opponent settled for 3,74,828 votes. Similar- ly, in the 2019 elections, Dr. Manoj Rajoria se- cured victory with 5,23,801 votes. Mean- while, the Congress par- ty faced defeat once again with their candi- date Sanjay Kumar Jatav receiving 4,27,847 votes. The electoral bat- tleground in the Karauli- Dholpur constituency continues to witness fierce competition, re- flecting the shifting dy- namics of Rajasthan’s political landscape. T KARAULI-DHOLPUR LS SEAT ASSEMBLYSEAT-WISEPOSITIONOFKARAULI-DHOLPUR l (77) BASERI: Sanjay Kumar Jatav (INC) l (78) BARI: Jaswant Singh Gurjar (BSP) l (79) DHOLPUR: Shobha Rani Kushwaha (INC) l (80) RAJAKHERA: Rohit Bohra (INC) l (81) TODABHIM: Ghanshyam Mahar (INC) l (82) HINDAUN: Anita Jatav (INC) l (83) KARAULI: Darshan Singh Gurjar (BJP) l (84) SAPOTRA: Hansraj Meena (BJP) MPs OF KARAULI-DHOLPUR THUS FAR l 2009 KHILADI LAL BAIRWA: INC l 2014 MANOJ RAJORIA: BJP l 2019 MANOJ RAJORIA: BJP TILL 2009: CONSTITUENCY DID NOT EXIST THE CURIOUS CASE OF RAHU-KETU IN FATEHPUR! There is mutual conflict between the leaders in the election field! Dissatisfaction is emerging among leaders in Fatehpur. There is dissatisfaction among BJP members in Fatehpur as Shravan Choudhary, who was BJP candidate in the assembly, spoke harshly about the rebels and termed them as ‘Rahu-Ketu.’
  • 3. Vikas Sharma Jaipur The construction of the IPD tower has been run- ning into rough weather. After the controversy surrounding it eclipsing the heritage of Jaipur’s Albert Hall, now it has been hit with the paucity of funds. Actually medi- cal education depart- ments wish that the building should be 24 floors as per the approved design and for this pro- ject JDA has sanctioned Rs 516 crore. But for construction of a total 24 floors, Rs 100 crore more are required and JDAwon’t be giving this additional amount, as such the officials of the department are now do- ing the exercise for ad- ditional budget. Meanwhile health ex- perts opine that the plan- ning of IPD tower may invite certain issues also. Given the size of this infrastructure in the coming future the place will see an acute short- age of parking space while there will be con- gestion on the road also because of the vehicles. Moreover, there will be a flood of attendants once this tower becomes operational and for them there is no place where they can stay. Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur On the occasion of Ra- jasthan Day, being cele- brated on Saturday, tour- ists will be allowed free entry in all the monu- ments and museums of the state. Besides, folk artistes will regel them at various tourist places. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma has extended heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the people of the state. He said that Rajasthan’s tourism, folk art, culture and rich heritage are rec- ognized across the world. “The state has numerous stories of bravery and patriotism, mutual har- mony and brotherhood,” he said. On March 30, 1949, the princely states of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jais- almer and Bikaner were merged to form the great- er Rajasthan union. Chief Secy Sudhansh Pant’s concerned approach towards revenue collection gets officials on toes! Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur hief Secretary Sudhansh Pant is extremely concernedaboutfillingup the state coffers and thus, for the past fifteen days, he has been working tire- lessly to ensure that the collection target is achieved. For this pur- pose, he is monitoring the day to day progress of the five main departments that bring in most revenue - Excise, Transport, Mines,CommercialTaxes and Registration of Stamps. He has engaged Collectors of all fifty dis- tricts in this work. He has also gathered the detailed statisticsofDivisionwise, district wise and depart- ment wise achieved tar- gets and has issued the same for everyone to see. Thisisperhapsforthefirst time in the administrative history of the state that a Chief Secretary is being seen in such an unprece- dented role. CS Sudhansh Pant’s concern regarding reve- nue collection was ob- served on Wednesday too during the Senior Officers Meeting (SOM). At the start of the meeting, he expressed concern over non-achievement of rev- enue targets and gave in- formation that only four days are left in the end of financial year and the state’s exchequer is still twenty thousand crore ru- pees short of its revised target(whichwaslowered considerably than the budgettarget). Hestressed that there are three more days of leave for the gov- ernment in the days to come. Secretary Finance (Revenue) KK Pathak could not satisfy CS with the statistics. And when the time came to discuss the Budg- et and Expenditure, more thanhalfadozenSecretar- ies complained to the CS of the Finance department not releasing their rightful money. Although Secre- tary Finance (Expendi- ture) - NK Thakral and Director Budget - Brijesh Sharma - gave their clari- fications on this aspect, the CS appeared to be un- satisfiedandunimpressed. According to CS’s in- structions, every District Collector is chairing meetings of five revenue earning depts of their dis- tricts on a daily basis and thereafter they send daily online progress report to CS. Based on these de- tails, different tables have been created of details till March 26. And these ta- bles have made every- thing crystal clear. CS considerstheperformance of Excise and Commer- cial taxes dept to be poor. Administrative ex- perts are surprised with CS’s keen interest and concern regarding reve- nue collection. CS Sudhansh Pant C RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 IPDTowerbattlesfunding hurdlesamidpoorplanning SI Ashok Meena TherewereconcernsthatitwoulddwarfAlbertHall RCA ad hoc panel formed, MLA Jaideep Bihani others included Naresh Sharma Jaipur Thegovthasdissolvedthe executive of RCA over ir- regularities in organizing sports events not send- ing the accounts to Sports Councilontime.Coopera- tive Registrar Archana Singh dissolved the exist- ing executive and also formed an ad hoc commit- tee late on Thursday. BJPMLAand treasurer of Sriganganagar District Cricket Association, Jaideep Bihani has been made the coordinator. Till the elections of RCA, the ad hoc committee will run the RCA. After the BJP came to power, Vaibhav Gehlot resigned from the postofpresidentandinhis place, Dhananjay Singh, son of Gajendra Khimsar, was made acting presi- dent. Dharamveer Singh, Harishchandra Singh, Ra- tan Singh Pawan Goyal have been made members of the ad hoc committee. JDA opens polo ground walkway as people object First India Bureau Jaipur After JDA officials came and inspected the spot in the Polo Ground on Fri- day in wake of people protesting regarding the shut walkway, the walk- way was later reopened for the public. Interestingly, the walk- way in Polo Ground was shut and a road closure noticeboardwasputcaus- ing much discomfort to regular walkers. The board read that walking is strictly prohibited in view ofthesafetyofindividuals and horses around the polo field. Besides, the road was blocked using iron materials. Walkers who visit Central Park said that they used to walk here every day and they even complained to JDA. RPS officer killed, another injured in road accident, CM condoles Jaipur police seizes `58.08L amid MCC for Lok Sabha polls First India Bureau Jaipur A 29-year-old officer of the Rajasthan Police Ser- vice died on the spot and his female colleague s u f f e r e d fractures af- ter their car collided head- on with a truck on NH- 127 in Kota. According to police, their SUV crossed the di- vider and collided with a truck on the opposite side after the car tried to dodge a close overtake bid by a truck on their side of the road. Deceased officer was identified as Rajendra Gurjar, a resi- dent of Govindpura vil- lage of Sikar district. He was posted at RAC II Bat- talion in Kota, said DSP Rajesh Soni. Meanwhile CM Bhajan Lal Sharma condoled the demise of RPS officer and gave di- rectionstoprovideallpos- sible support to injured officer Anjali Singh. First India Bureau Jaipur During the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct amid Lok Sabha elections, the CST of Jaipur police commis- sionerate seized a stag- gering amount of Rs 58.08 lakhs in a late-night raid conducted in collab- oration with Shyam Na- gar Police at a residence. The raid led to the appre- hension of Amit Bharad- waj, a resident of Rail Nagar along with recov- ered cash.Additionally, 2 laptops, 2 mobiles, and 2 diaries were also confis- cated from the premises. Police authorities promptly notified the In- come Tax Department regarding the seized funds. The accumulated cash, potentially intended for investment in crypto- currency, prompted ac- tion from the teams. Good Friday Observed Good Friday being observed with re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion in the St Andrew’s Church at Chandpole in Jaipur on Friday. SANTOSH SHARMA Sub inspector in ACB net for taking `20K in thana Navin Sharma Jaipur The Jaipur team of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) nabbed SI Ashok Meena of the Sodala po- lice station on Friday while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000. The com- plainant had stated that SI Ashok demanded Rs 30,000 in exchange for assisting in a case. When the complainant refused to pay the mon- ey, the SI began threat- ening him. On which the victim filed a complaint with the ACB headquar- ters. ACB executed the trap operation in the presence of NIA. SI Ashok Meena was shamelessly receiving bribes in front of NIA and Commissionerate officials. The ACB team is now interrogating Ashok Meena and probing the roles of the other ac- cused; nonetheless, the accused will be present- ed in court on Saturday. ACB action across State Rajasthan Day: Visits to monuments free today Beatcancerwithpositivemindset:GuvMishra First India Bureau Jaipur Governor Kalraj Mishra emphasized the impor- tance of timely treatment and positive mindset in defeating cancer during the 21st Cancer Winners Day celebration at Bhag- wanMahavirCancerHos- pitalResearchCenterin Jaipur on Friday. Cancer survivors from Rajasthan, UP, and MP participated, sharing their journeys and raising awareness. He praised hospital’s efforts in or- ganizing such events and stressed role of survivors in spreading awareness. On this occasion, the hospital’s president Navratan Kothari high- lighted upcoming plans of the hospital free treatment schemes and the Cancer Check Aapke Dwar campaign’s success in screening over 15,000 individuals. Survivors shared their triumphs, withVirendra Kaul deliv- ering a moving Qawwali performance. Manila Singh and Upasana re- counted their experienc- es, while Jiyaul and Vim- la Sankhla were honored. Big gang that targeted foreign tourists busted Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur On December 2, 2022, miscreants extorted Rs 29.50 lakh from a Japa- nese tourist by threaten- ing him with being impli- cated in a drug case. Three miscreants have now been arrested in con- nection with the crime. According to Jaipur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph, in the matter of recover- ing money from a for- eign tourist, the ac- cused Asghar Khan, Sharif Back, and Kay- um have been detained. All miscreants were apprehended in a raid on Thursday night. The search is under- way for their three com- panions who are fleeing the scene. Fund Crunch RANGER CAUGHT RED- HANDED FOR ACCEPTING `50K BRIBE IN BEAWAR Beawar (Ajmer): In a significant operation, the ACB in Ajmer apprehended ranger Nitin Sharma of the Beawar Forest Range red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 on Friday. He demanded the bribe to overlook a coal-laden truck, which was apprehended on March 24th. Led by ASP Bhagchand, the ACB team executed the trap success- fully on Friday. Earlier, a complaint was filed against the ranger, accusing him of taking a sum of Rs 185,000. However, this ACB trap in Ajmer caught Ranger Nitin Sharma in the act, ensuring the operation’s success. Three accused Asghar Khan, Sharif Back and Kayum in the custody of police on Friday. Tourists throng (L) City Palce and (R) Hawa Mahal in Jaipur on Friday. NAIM KHAN Governor Kalraj Mishra felicitating a cancer survivor at an event in Jaipur on Friday. Anila Kothari also seen. SUNIL SHARMA Best wishes to the people of the state. The Rajasthan has numerous stories of bravery and patriotism. I call upon the people of the state to take a pledge to strengthen mutual harmony and brotherhood and keep the cultural heritage and rich traditions of the state intact. BHAJANLAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER There is fund crunch in construction of 24 level IPD tower. FILE ACSHEALTHINSPECTSSANGANERCHC,INSTRUCTSFORBETTERHEALTHCARE Jaipur: ACS of the Health Depart- ment, Shubhra Singh, conducted a meticulous inspection of a Government Community Health Center in Sanganer on Friday. While inspecting the CHC, she directed the medical staff and other personnel in to ensure better healthcare services for patients, emphasiz- ing zero negligence. She urged all staff to serve patients and their families with empathy and convenience. Singh also instructed proposals for renovating toilets. Considering the summer season, she emphasized for adequate shading and drinking water management in the hospital, including provisions of coolers for patients. She also inspected examination facilities and medicine distribution centers, ensuring availability of all medicines as per essential drug list. During the inspection, Director of Public Health, Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, CHC’s in-charge, and others were present. Shubhra Singh inspecting the CHC on Friday. For the past fifteen days, Chief Secretary Sudhansh Pant has been working tirelessly to ensure that the collection target is achieved
  • 4. Poet Kanhaiyalal Sethia has rightly written about this Marudhara, ‘Aa To Sarga Nai Sarmavai, Een Par Dev Raman ne avai. Dharti Dhora Ri’ After independence, the process of integration of princely states started in the country. From that, today’s modern Rajasthan came into existence. I believe that the formation of Rajasthan was not merely an event of geographical integration. Rajasthan is a state of colorful culture. Despite diversity in language, dialect, religion, customs etc., there is a unique unity here. Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti, Mewati, Dhundhar, Shekhawati, Wagad, despite being representative of different cultures, all of them bind us together. Rajasthan means a place full of kings. This land, full of mystery and adventure, holds initslapincomparablestories of devotion-power, courage- valor, sacrifice-penance and adornment. It is also unmatched in terms of art, culture and rich traditions. he name ‘Ra- jasthan’ itself gives a feeling of pride in the mind. This is not only a confluence of devotion and power, it is also very rich in literature, art and culture. Even in adverse geographical condi- tions, the people here have lived a life of celebration. That is why this earth is said to have seven seasons and nine festi- vals. Poet Kanhaiyalal Sethia has rightly written about this Marudhara, ‘Aa To Sarga Nai Sarmavai, Een Par Dev Raman ne avai. Dharti Dhora Ri.’ It is mentioned in the Rama- yana written by Maharishi Val- miki that when Ram conquered Lanka, Lakshman, fascinated by the grandeur of Lanka made of gold, suggested Lord Shri Ram to rule it. Then Shri Ram had said that although this Lan- ka is made of gold, still I do not have the slightest interest in it, because my mother and birth- place are greater than heaven. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana itself, ‘Janani Janam Bhumishch Swargadapi Gari- yasi.’ It was by following this saying that the amazingly brave Maharana Pratap of Rajasthan not only stopped the Mughals from ruling his birthplace but also destroyed the Mughal Sul- tanate again and again. By fac- ing the challenge again and again, a new history of courage and bravery was written in the nation. Therefore, this is Shau- rya Dhara which shows love for Pratap’s birthplace. This is the sacred land of a philanthropist like Bhamashah who donated everything for the motherland. This earth cherishes the unique story of Panna Dhai’s sacrifice, the land of folk deities, pir- prophets and saint-mahatmas likeMaaKarni,Meeran,Dadu, Baba Ramdev, Sant Pipa, Gogaji, Gemana Pir, Khwaja Moinuddin.Along with free- dom fighters like Kalibai, Govind Guru, Prataps- ingh Barhath, this is the sacred place where Mahari- shi Kapil explained the essence of the sutras of Sankhyadarshan to his mother Devahuti in Kolayat near Bikaner. Here is the biggest Nathdwara Peeth of Vaishnava sect. It is here that painters have carved the beauti- ful form of Lord Shri Krishna and the ever-adorable ‘Radha’. After independence, the pro- cess of integration of princely states started in the country. From that, today’s modern Ra- jasthan came into existence. I believe that the formation of Rajasthan was not merely an event of geographical integra- tion. This was a kind of innova- tive beginning for the devel- opment and prosperity of multicoloured Rajasthan representedinthecoordina- tion of different cultures. Early in the morning on March 30, 1949, the then Deputy Prime Minister of the country and Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel inaugu- rated the formation of Ra- jasthan in a grand ceremo- ny held in Jaipur. Jaipur was later made the capital of Rajasthan on September 7, 1949, based on the recommen- dations of the Rao Commit- tee constituted by the Govern- ment of India. In the process of creation of Ra- jasthan,whichwascompletedin sevenstages,Rajasthanhasbeen becoming more prosperous and organized with each stage. Rajasthan is a state of col- ourful culture. Despite diver- sity in language, dialect, reli- gion, customs etc., there is a unique unity here. Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti, Mewati, Dhundhar, Shekhawati, Wa- gad, despite being representa- tive of different cultures, all of them bind us together. These unique features today give Ra- jasthan a distinct and unique identity in the entire world. There is not only desert in Rajasthan, there are huge lakes with blue water and at some places there are also high peaks touching the sky. There are rocky plateaus and fertile plains sprouting green and gold. The grand royal palaces, artistic airy mansions, impreg- nable-invincible forts with various formations and centu- ries-old ancient temples are liv- ing treasures of architecture and architecture. Swami Vivekananda had closely seen the land of Ra- jasthan and its people. While preserving his experiences, he has written that ‘I bow down to the brave Rajasthani heroes and women who sacrificed their lives for their country and religion.’ In the history of Ra- jasthan written by Colonel James Tod, it has been de- scribed as the best land of the princely states. Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant has also written about Ra- jasthan that ‘among all the states in the country, Rajasthan is the highest rated state. Its history is very interesting and inspiring. Here, not only the brave kings sacrificed their all for freedom, but even the blacksmiths took a pledge that until Swaraj is not established, we will not enjoy even the slightest comfort and simple facilities. That is the brave land, where the seed of free- dom never withered.’ Rajasthan means a place full of kings. This land, full of mys- tery and adventure, holds in its lap incomparable stories of devotion-power, courage-valor, sacrifice-penance and adorn- ment. It is also unmatched in terms of art, culture and rich traditions.This land is also very rich in biodiversity. This land, coloured with rainbow colours of festivals, celebrations, fairs, customs, costumes and handi- crafts, gives a sentimental invi- tation to the people coming here to ‘Padharo Mhare Des’. Rajasthan Foundation Day is not just a day. This day is about saving our culture of harmony. We are determined to ensure everyone’s participation in the all-round development of Ra- jasthan. Come, let us all work together to ensure that Ra- jasthan continues to progress. On Rajasthan Day, let us take a pledge for the all-round devel- opment of the state and become the leading state of the country. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL Kalraj Mishra THE WRITER IS GOVERNOR OF RAJASTHAN T TODAY MARKS THE CELEBRATION OF RAJASTHAN FOUNDATION DAY Rajasthan Foundation Day is not just a day. This day is about saving our culture of harmony. We are determined to ensure everyone’s participation in the all-round development of Rajasthan. Come, let us all work together to ensure that Rajasthan continues to progress. On Rajasthan Day, let us take a pledge for the all- round development of the state and become the leading state of the country PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Rajasthan Culturallandofdevotionandpower  Vol 5  Issue No. 292  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act The magnificent palaces and forts in Jaipur are synonymous with the royal vibe and history of the city. (T to B) Amber Fort is the epitome personifying Rajputana culture. Elephants ridden by their mahouts in front of iconic Hawa Mahal. Jantar Mantar is one of the oldest astronomical observatories featuring the world’s largest stone sundial. NAIM KHAN
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  • 6. MAHARASHTRA’S ‘CHIEF SECRETARIAL GRAPEVINE’! KAREER TO CONTINUE FOR 3 MONTHS, BUT WILL CHAHAL BECOME NEXT TOP MAHA BUREAUCRAT? Adani Green Energy begins op of 775 MW solar projects in Gujarat First India Bureau Mumbai n Maharashtra’s bureaucracy, an extension of three months has been given to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Nitin Ka- reer. Interestingly, IAS Sujata Saunik, IAS Iqbal Singh Chahal and IAS Rajesh Kumar Meena were in the race for this coveted position but Ka- rer’s extension puts an end to the querries being posed before the bureau- cracy as to whowill be the topbureaucratofthestate. But now a new ques- tion is doing the rounds: Will Iqbal Singh Chahal be the next Chief Secre- tary at the end of Kareer’s extension? His claim is strong because Chahal is the choice of both CM Shinde and Deputy CM Fadnavis! It is rare that an officer is liked by both BJP and Shiv Sena. Moreover, Chahal has also worked with Uddhav Thackeray and thus, in such a situation, a con- sensus can be reached on the name of Chahal. The top leadership also agrees that Chahal’s image is good and he is considered a result giv- ing officer. Therefore, now Shinde and Fad- navis will take the final decision together in the last week of June. PTI New Delhi Adani Green Energy on Friday announced the be- ginning of the operation of its 775 megawatt solar power projects in Khav- da, Gujarat. The capacities have been operationalised af- ter securing relevant clearances, Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) said in an exchange filing. Adani Green Energy through its various whol- ly-owned stepdown sub- sidiaries has operational- ised an aggregate 775 MW solar power projects atKhavda,Gujarat,itsaid. “Based on the relevant clearances, it was decid- ed at 00:12 am on March 29, 2024 to operational- ize the plant and com- mence power generation from March 29, 2024,” the company said. Part of the Adani Group, AGEL has the largest operating renew- able portfolio in India, spread across 12 states. Gautam Adani. FILE BJP candidate actor Kangana Ranaut during an election rally ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Mandi on Friday. PTI PM Narendra Modi speaks with Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai at a meeting in Salem. FILE But now a new question is doing the rounds in bureaucracy: Will Iqbal Chahal be the next Chief Secretary at the end of Nitin Kareer’s extension? I LS POLL BUZZ 05 Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia First India Bureau New Delhi ThecVIGILappdeployed by the Election Commis- sion of India (ECI) has emerged as a potent tool empowering citizens to report election code viola- tions swiftly. Since the declaration of General Elections 2024, the app has logged an impressive tally of over 79,000 com- plaints, marking a signifi- cant stride towards bol- stering electoral transpar- ency and accountability. A staggering 99% of these complaints have been successfully re- solved, with nearly 89% of them addressed within a remarkable timeframe of 100 minutes. The bulk of grievances, comprising over 58,500 complaints (73% of the total), were registered against illegal hoardings and banners, highlighting the preva- lence of visual pollution in election campaigns. Moreover, concerns related to the illicit distri- bution of money, gifts, and liquor accounted for more than 1400 com- plaints, underscoring the imperative to curb un- ethical inducements dur- ing electoral processes. Additionally, instances of property defacement constituted around 3% of the complaints, totaling 2454 cases, while reports of firearms display and intimidation numbered 535, with 529 already re- solved. It is pertinent to men- tion here that 1000 com- plaints were lodged for campaigning beyond the stipulated period, includ- ing unauthorized use of speakers, indicating a need for stringent adher- ence to election timelines. The efficacy of the cVIGIL app lies in its user-friendly interface and real-time reporting mechanism, which ena- bles citizens to promptly document instances of political misconduct without bureaucratic hur- dles. Upon submission of a complaint, users re- ceive a unique ID for tracking purposes, ensur- ing transparency in the resolution process. The app integrates cutting-edge features such as geo-tagging, which facilitates precise location identification of reported violations, en- hancing the credibility of citizen-generated evi- dence. Moreover, the op- tion for anonymous re- porting bolsters partici- pation and safeguards whistleblowers. Chief Election Com- missioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar, during the an- nouncement of General Elections 2024, had em- phasized the pivotal role of vigilant citizens in up- holding the sanctity of elections. The cVIGIL app, as part of the Com- mission’s technological arsenal, epitomizes the commitment to harness- ing innovation for elec- toral oversight and fos- tering a level playing field for all stakeholders. PTI Chennai Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interact- ed with the Bharatiya Ja- nata Party (BJP) workers through the NaMo App and discussed fieldwork at the booth level for the Lok Sabha elections with them, encouraging them to devise a strategy for the party to win the up- coming elections. Discussing ways to win the election at the ‘Enathu Booth Valimai- yana Booth’(My booth is the strongest) pro- gramme, he encouraged the party workers to strive towards ensuring the victory of the BJPand NDA candidates. “I understand you are facing a paucity of time owing to the general election scheduled for April 19 in Tamil Nadu. You hardly have 15-16 days left (since election campaigning ends 48 hours before polling day). Organise your- selves well, connect with the voters, highlight our achievements and hold tiffin or lunch meetings amongst you to discuss the next step,” the prime minister said. Referring to the gov- ernment’s focus on wom- en-led development, Modi sought to know from a party worker the schemes that have been the most liked and talked about by women. The PM expressed happiness that the party worker has been working at the grassroots level. PTI Bengaluru Former PM HD Deve Gowda on Friday said there are no leaders other than Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah who can solve all the prob- lems at the national level. At the same time, he underlined the need for better coordination be- tween his party and BJP to achieve the target of winning all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. The Janata Dal (Secu- lar) had joined the NDA in September last year. Noting that the role of former Chief Minister and BJP stalwart BS Yediyurappa was very important, Deve Gowda said he must forget what- ever had happened in the past “because the time is very short”. Agencies Mandi Actor Kangana Ranaut, the BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi Lok Sabha con- stituency hit back at Con- gress leader Supriya Shrinate’s slanderous jibe on Friday, saying that ‘such people can do no good to the country’. At a public gathering after the mega roadshow, she called out ‘Congress culture’of demeaning and denigrating others’ char- acter with hurtful remarks and said: “Jo betiyon ke aur behano ke bhao lagate hain, who log aapke kabhi nahin ho sakte hain, yeh aap yaad rakhiyega,” (those who insult sisters and mothers can never be relied upon, all of you must remember this). PTI Chennai Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu unit chief K Annamalai on Friday said the election campaign of the ruling DMK ap- peared to be one for state-level polls and that of the main Op- position AIADMK looked like an exercise to seek votes for polls to lo- cal bodies. The BJPleader blamed the DMK regime for the state’s “huge borrow- ings” and appealed to the people to vote for the NDA candidates for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return to power, to ensure continuous growth. PTI New Delhi Delhi CM Arvind Kejri- wal’s wife Sunita Kejri- wal on Friday announced the Kejriwal ko Aa- s h i r w a d ’ campaign, urging peo- ple to sup- port her husband, who is in the ED’s custody in an excise policy-linked money-laundering case. In a digital media brief- ing, Sunita Kejriwal asked people to support her husband through their blessings and prayers. Issuing two What- sApp numbers – 8297324624 and 9700297002 – Sunita Kejriwal said people can send their blessings, prayers or any other mes- sages to the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP)nationalcon- venor and she will com- municate those to him. Nitin Kareer HD Deve Gowda, BS Yediyurappa and other leaders during the BJP-JD(S) Co-ordination meeting, in Bengaluru, on Friday. PTI Iqbal Singh Chahal Sujata Saunik Rajesh Kumar Meena ECI’s C-VIGIL APP: OVER 79,000 COMPLAINTS LOGGED SINCE LS POLLS ANNOUNCEMENT Election Commission’s cVIGIL app a big hit with voters Ensure BJP NDA candidates’ win, PM tells workers Chat with booth workers ModiinteractswithBJPworkers, discusseswinningstrategyinTN AFTERCONG,CPIGETS NOTICEFOR`11-CRDUES “WON’T CAMPAIGN AGAINST Jr. ANTONY” New Delhi: The CPI has got a notice from the Income Tax Department, asking it to pay “dues” of Rs 11 crore for using an old PAN card while filing tax returns dur- ing the last few years. The sources said the Left party is consulting its lawyers to challenge the notice of the tax authorities. The sources said the “dues” to be paid to the I-T department include penalties and interest due to authorities for “discrepan- cies” in the use of an old PAN card by the party. Thiruvananthapuram: Congress veteran AK Antony and late Kerala CM Oommen Chandy were not only col- leagues in Congress for six decades but close friends too and the latter’s daughter still cherishes their family ties. Achu Oommen Chandy has said that she won’t campaign against Antony’s son Anil Antony, who has joined BJP and been fielded from the Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha seat, as “they are childhood friends”. I.N.D.I.A.BLOC’SSEAT-SHARING FORMULAFORBIHARANNOUNCED RaGaVOWS50%QUOTATOWOMEN INGOVTJOBSIFCONGRESSWINS Patna: The I.N.D.I.A. bloc in Bihar announced its seat-sharing formula on Friday, with the RJD to contest 26 of the state’s 40 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress will field its candidates in nine seats, while the Left parties have been allotted five seats. Katihar, Kis- hanganj, Patna Sahib, Sasaram, Bhagalpur, West Champaran, Mu- zaffarpur, Samastipur and Maharajganj seats have been alloted to the Congress. New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that his party will reserve 50 per cent of government jobs for women if it is voted to power. Asserting that powerful women will change the destiny of the country, the former president of the All India Con- gress Committee (AICC)asked why, even today only one in three women is employed and why is there only one woman in 10 government jobs. In Mandi, Kangana Ranaut responds to Shrinate’s jibe WhatsApp campaign to garner support for Kejriwal FI TOON Annamalai raps DMK, AIADMK campaigns in TN “ModiShahcansolveall problemsatnationallevel”
  • 7. NEWS 06 Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Promoted by FS Township LLP CNS Admiral R Hari Kumar addresses Future Leadership of Indian Armed Forces attending the 79 Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington. Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff being welcomed. Agencies New Delhi Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, emphasised the impor- tance of the Indian Na- vy’s transformation into a Combat Ready, Credi- ble, Cohesive, and Fu- ture-Proof force during his address to the Future Leadership of the Indian Armed Forces at DSSC in Wellington on March 28, 2024. Additionally, he em- phasised the necessity of joint integration among the Armed Forces to achieve national mili- tary objectives. The Chief emphasised the importance of the Navy’s role in protect- ing India’s trade and other maritime interests. He also underscored the necessity of jointness and integration among the Armed Forces to achieve national mili- tary objectives. 79 Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington ChiefofNavalStaffcallsfor future-proofIndianNavy BSF DG Agarwal inspects security at Jaisalmer border Suryaveer Singh Tanwar Jaisalmer Nitin Agarwal, Director General, Border Security Force took stock of the security arrangements at the forward border posts on the India-Pakistan In- ternational Border in Jaisalmer on Friday on the second day of his three-day visit. Agarwal reached BOP Murar on the border of Jaisalmer Sector South, where DIG Jaisalmer Sector (South) Vikram Kunwar and Utkarsh, Second Commanding Officer, Acting Com- mandant 108th Corps welcomed him. Agarwal and other offi- cers then visited BOPNal- ka while inspecting the fencing along the India- Pakistan border. Nalka BOPiscompletelymanned bywomensoldiersofBSF. Nitin Agarwal with women soldiers of BSF. (INSET) Nitin Agarwal taking stock of the security arrangements in Jaisalmer on Friday. BSF DG visited the 166th Corps deployed on the Jaisalmer border Jaipur SOG nabs suspect related to CHO recruitment Zanana Hospital Superintendent issued notice First India Bureau Jaipur SOG Jaipur nabbed the suspect in the CHO Re- cruitment Exam 2020 case. Accused, Naresh K u m a r , worked as a Community Health Of- ficer at Chu- ru Health Center. The action was taken after interviewing Ramesh Kumar, who had already been arrested in the matter. Naresh Ku- mar purchased the CHO test paper from Unique Bhambu through Ramesh. CHO test paper was purchased for Rs 5 lakhs. SOG is now inves- tigating the case. First India Bureau Jaipur Six days after the Addi- tional Chief Secretary of the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra Singh conducted a sur- prise inspection of Za- nana Hospital and ex- pressed dissatisfaction over the irregularities, Medical Education Com- missioner Iqbal Khan is- sued notice to hospital Superintendent Dr Ku- sumlata Meena and sought a reply within three days. First India Bureau Dungarpur The Bichhiwada police station in Dungarpur dis- trict along with the elec- tion department's FST squad, recovered illicit silver from a courier postal parcel vehicle at the Ratanpur border. Approximately 10 kilo- grams of silver ingots and jewelry were con- veyed disguised as a postal delivery. Police have seized the vehicle and apprehended the driver. The GST team has ar- rived in Bichhiwara to investigate the silver pa- perwork and tax recov- ery on the seized silver. The silver was being taken from Bhilwara to Gujarat. Police recovered illegal silver from the vehicle of a postal parcel courier van at Tanpur border. 10 kg of smuggled silver seized from courier van in Dungarpur NAVY RESPONDS TO PIRACY ATTACK ON IRANIAN FISHING VESSEL Based on the inputs on a potential piracy incident onboard Iranian Fishing Vessel ‘Al-Kam- bar 786’ late evening on March 28, two Indian Naval ships, mission deployed in Arabian Sea for maritime security operations were diverted to intercept the hijacked fishing vessel. The FV at the time of incident was approximately 90 Nm South West of Socotra and was reported to have been boarded by nine armed pirates. The hijacked FV has been intercepted on Mar 29. The operation is currently underway by the Indian Navy towards rescue of hijacked FV and its crew. This photo released by the Indian Navy shows pirates aboard an Iranian fishing vessel. AVALANCHE HITS SRINAGAR-SONAMARG Trapped vehicles safely rescued Agencies Srinagar snow avalanche hit the Srinagar- Sonamarg high- way in the Ganderbal district on Friday, trap- ping some vehicles which were safely rescued. Officials said that a snow avalanche hit the Srinagar-Sonamarg high- way in the Hung area. “Some vehicles were trapped in the snow ac- cumulated on the road due to the rolling ava- lanche. Two vehicles trapped in the heavy ava- lanche have been res- cued. However, no casu- alties or damages have been reported so far in the incident,” an official said. He said that the rescue teams supervised by sen- ior police and civil ad- ministration officers and those of the BRO are pre- sent on the spot. A massive avalanche struck the Hung area of Sonamarg in Ganderbal district on Friday afternoon. Some vehicles were trapped in the snow accumulated on the road. Two vehicles trapped in avalanche have been rescued A Call for humanity! Christian devotees participate in a crucifixion procession on the Good Friday, in Mumbai. Chatra: Two persons have been arrested and drugs worth over Rs 2 crore seized from their possession in Jharkhand’s Chatra dis- trict, police said on Fri- day. During a naka checking in Gidhaur area along the inter-dis- trict boundaries of Cha- tra and Hazaribag on Thursday, 45 kg of opi- um worth Rs 2 crore. Drugs worth over Rs 2 cr seized, two held Muzaffarnagar:Two men travelling in a trac- tor-trolley were electro- cuted when they came in contact with a high-ten- sion wire here on Friday, triggering protests by villagers who blocked a road. The tractor-trolley was loaded with sugar- cane bagasse. Two electrocuted due to live wire fencing Panaji: A seaman from Goa was honey-trapped on dating app and Rs 1.35 crore were extort- ed from him, police said. Deputy Superin- tendent of Police San- tosh Desai said that three persons have been booked in this connection. Goan seaman honey- trapped, lost Rs 1.35 cr IN BRIEF Agencies New Delhi The Department of Tele- communications (DoT) issued an advisory to citi- zens today about calls im- personating DoT and threatening people to dis- connect their mobile numbers for being in- volved in illegal activi- ties. The DoT has also is- sued an advisory about WhatsApp calls from foreign-origin mobile numbers, like 92, imper- sonating government of- ficials and duping people. According to an offi- cial release from the Min- istry of Communications, The DoT has issued an advisory to citizens that calls are being received by the citizens wherein callers, in the name of DoT, are threatening that all of their mobile num- bers would be discon- nected or their mobile numbers are being mis- used in some illegal ac- tivities. As per the release, cy- bercriminals, through such calls, try to threaten and steal personal infor- mation to carry out cyber- crime or financial fraud. The DoT does not au- thorise anyone to make such calls on its behalf and has advised people to stay vigilant and not share any information on re- ceiving such calls, it said. Vimal Kothari Jaipur The financial year is go- ing to be huge for the Commercial Tax Depart- ment, i.e. SGST, one of the largest contributory departments to the state exchequer, in terms of achieving the revenue target. As compared to the revenue target of Rs 74,000 crore, the depart- ment has so far earned a revenue of only Rs 61,100 crore, which is only 82.5 percent of the total revised target. With only two days left before the end of the fi- nancial year, the biggest challenge for the depart- ment could be to achieve the maximum share of the allocated revenue target. Almost one-third of the circles of the department have not been able to even collect the expected revenue. There are 38 cir- cles of the dept in the state, where even 90 pc of the target revenue has not been collected. Last week, following the in- structions of the head of the department and Chief Commissioner Dr. Ravi Kumar Surpur to empha- size continuous revenue collection, the depart- ment had prepared a list of underperforming cir- cles of the state. It men- tions circles whose per- formance has been less than 90 percent. PTI New Delhi The Govt e-Marketplace (GeM) has witnessed a remarkable surge in the order value of goods and services sold to govern- ment entities, public sec- tor units, and ministries, reaching Rs 4 trillion in Gross MerchandiseValue (GMV) during the finan- cial year 2023-24 (FY24), up from Rs 2.01 trillion in FY23. According to data shared by the Ministry of Commerce Industry, Micro Small Enterprise (MSE) sellers contributed significantly to this growth, accounting for 49.37 pc (Rs 1.97 trillion) of the total order value. In terms of order vol- ume, GeM processed a total of 6.226 million or- ders in FY24, up from 5.036 million in FY23, marking a growth of 23.6 per cent in the current fi- nancial year. The Ministry of De- fence (MoD) emerged as one of the top buyers on GeM, procuring goods worth Rs 1 trillion since the portal’s inception in August 2016. Transac- tions worth around Rs 45,800 crore out of the Rs 1 trillion were awarded in the current financial year alone. Representational Govt eMarketplace doubles its order value to `4 trillion in FY24 Surge in order value of goods services DoT advisory against fraud WhatsApp calls SGSTdeptstrugglesto meetrevenuetarget Jodhpur: Film director Rohit Shetty arrived in Jodhpur on Friday evening via charter plane. Shetty has come to Jodhpur for shooting an advertisement, which will take place amidst the sandy dunes of the Khimsar Fort. ShettylandsinJodhpur
  • 8. Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 IN BRIEF RECORD RAISE FOR REELECTION Obama, Clinton help Biden raise USD 26 mn Agencies New York arack Obama, Bill Clinton and some big names from the entertainment world teamed up Thurs- day night to deliver a rousing New York em- brace of President Joe Biden that hauled in a record-setting USD 26 million-plus for his ree- lection campaign. The mood at Radio City Music Hall was electric as Obama praised Biden’s willingness to look for common ground and said, “That’s the kind of president I want.” Clinton said simply of the choices facing voters in 2024: “Stay with what works.” Biden himself went straight at Donald Trump, saying his ex- pected GOP rival’s ideas were “a little old and out of shape.” Moderator Stephen Colbert, in an conversa- tion, called them “cham- pion talkers” and joked that the 3 presidents had come to town “ not one of them is here to appear in court,” a dig atTrump’s many legal troubles. The eye-popping fund- raising haul was a major show of Democratic sup- port for Biden at a time of persistentlylowpollnum- bers. The president will test the power of his cam- paign cash as he faces off with Trump, who proved with his 2016 win over Democrat Hillary Clinton that he didn’t need to raise the most money to seize the presidency. During the hourlong conversation, Obama and Clinton explained just how hard Biden’s job is. They spoke of loneliness frustrationoverpolicies that work but aren’t im- mediately felt by the pub- lic.They gave an insider’s view of the office as they sought to explain why Bidenwasbestforthejob. President Joe Biden, center, and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton participate in a fundraising event with Stephen Colbert at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday in New York. PTI B Miami: Indian tennis stalwart Rohan Bopan- na and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden sailed into the men’s doubles final of the Mi- ami Open with a straight-set win over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos here. Bopanna and Ebden, the Australian Open win- ners, hardly broke a sweat to get the better of Spain’s Granollers and Argentina’s Zeballos 6-1 6-4 in the semifinals on Thursday night. Bopanna-Ebden sail into men’s doubles final of Miami Open Yangon: One person was killed and 27 others were injured in multiple vehicles collision in My- anmar’s Mandalay re- gion, rescue officials said on Friday. The acci- dent occurred in Meikti- la town around 4:20 p.m. local time on Thursday when a car initially hit a bicycle and then collided head-on with another ve- hicle carrying garment factory employees. “The one riding the bicycle has died. A total of 27 people from both vehi- cles were injured,” an official said. One killed, 27 injured in multiple vehicles collision in Myanmar Moscow: Nine people have been detained by Tajikistan’s state securi- ty service over suspect- ed contact with the per- petrators of last week’s attack by gunmen on a suburban Moscow con- cert hall that killed 144 people, as per reports. Moscow attack: 9 detained in Tajikistan Ukrainediscussesthe peaceformulawithIndia RCB with 2 points are at number 6, KKR with 4 points are at number 2 Iyer’s50,Narine’scameocarry KKRto7-wicketwinoverRCB First India Bureau Bengaluru A ruthless fifty by Ven- katesh Iyer worked as the catalyst for Kolkata Knight Riders’ smooth seven-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their IPL match here on Friday. Venkatesh’s 50 of 30 balls (3x4, 4x6) and stun- ning blitzes by openers Sunil Narine (47, 22b, 2x4, 5x6) and Phil Salt (30, 20b, 2x4, 2x6) pro- pelled the Knight Riders past the 183-run target that the RCB set for them, which was built around Virat Kohli’s skil- ful unbeaten 83. The KKR batters never got bogged down either by a slow pitch or RCB bowlers as they hunted down the target in just 16.5 overs. Their ap- proach on the night was best exemplified by Ven- katesh, who is trying hard to regain his rele- vance in white ball for- mats, who added 75 runs for the third wicket. EAM S Jaishankar with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and other delegates during a bilateral meeting in New Delhi, on Friday. PTI EAM S Jaishankar with Dmytro Kuleba in New Delhi on Friday. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Philip Salt plays a shot during the match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the Indian Premier League 2024, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Friday. ANI Agencies New Delhi The foreign ministers of India and Ukraine said on Friday they had agreed to restore trade and coopera- tion to levels before Rus- sia’s invasion, as Kyiv seeks to build support for its peace plan with an old friend of Moscow. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was in India on the first visit by a top official since Russia’s full-scale invasion, ahead of a pos- sible international sum- mit in the coming months to advance its blueprint for peace. New Delhi tra- ditionally had close eco- nomicdefencetieswith Moscow and refrained from criticising Russia over its war in Ukraine. RUSSIA UKRAINE WAR Over 40 killed in Israeli strikes on Syria’s Aleppo The strikes hit a Hezbollah warehouse in the Jibrin area near Aleppo Airport, as per the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Agencies Hezbollah Israeli air strikes on Syr- ia’s northern province of Aleppo have killed more than 40 people, most of them soldiers, according to news agencies and a war monitor. The fatali- ties included six mem- bers of Hezbollah, the Lebanese armed group confirmed on Telegram. The Britain-based Syr- ian Observatory for Hu- man Rights (SOHR) put the death toll at 42 and said dozens of people were injured.The Reuters news agency reported that 38 people were killed. The strikes hit a Hez- bollah warehouse in the Jibrin area near Aleppo International Airport, as per the Syrian Observa- tory for Human Rights. Agencies Cairo Israel sustained its aerial and ground bombard- ment of the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing doz- ens of Palestinians, as fighting raged around Gaza City’s main Al Shifa hospital, Palestin- ian officials and the Is- raeli military said. Palestinian health of- ficials said two Israeli strikes on the Al-Shejaia suburb in eastern Gaza City killed 17 people, while an Israeli air strike on a house in the Al- Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip killed eight people. Sources said at least 10 policemen, in northern Gaza, were among those killed in Al-Shejaia. Agencies Washington The U.S. military said on Thursday that it had destroyed four un- manned drones launched by Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen. The U.S. Central Command said on the social media site X that the drones “presented an imminent threat to merchant ves- sels and U.S. Navy ships in the region.” The drones were aimed at a coalition ves- sel and a U.S. warship and “were engaged in self defense over the Red Sea,” the statement from the U.S. Central Command said, adding there were no injuries or damage reported to the U.S. or coalition ships. Report: Israel kills dozens in airstrikes across the Gaza Strip Destroyed four drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis: US Bus plunges offbridge inSA,killing49people Agencies Limpopo A bus carrying worship- pers headed to an Easter festival plunged off a bridge on a mountain pass and burst into flames in South Africa Thurs- day, killing at least 49 people, authorities said. The only survivor of the crash was an eight- year-old child, who was receiving medical atten- tion, according to author- ities in the northern prov- ince of Limpopo. The Limpopo govern- ment said the bus veered off the Mmamatlakala bridge and plunged 164 feet into a ravine before busting into flames. Search operations were ongoing, the provincial government said, many bodies were burned be- yond recognition and still trapped inside the vehicle. Reviewingproposalfor tradewith India,butno changeinstance:Pak Agencies Islamabad Pakistan is reviewing a proposal for resumption of trade with India even though there has been no change in its position on the matter yet, a spokes- person for the country’s Foreign Office (FO) re- portedly said onThursday in Islamabad. Pakistan’s trade ties with India have remainedsuspendedsince August 2019. Pakistani FO spokes- personMumtazZahraBa- loch confirmed that her departmentwasreviewing a proposal for resumption of trade with India. How- ever, during the Thursday briefing, she emphasised that so far, there has been no change in Pakistan’s position on the issue. Our discussions focused on the ongoing conflict and its wider ramifications. Exchanged views on various initiatives in that context. Spoke as well on global and regional issues of interest to both of us. Reiterated our commitment to strengthen the overall relationship, including bilateral cooperation. S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER RUSSIALAUNCHES BARRAGEOFDRONES KOHLI SHATTERS RECORDS WITH HIS EFFORTLESS KNOCK ‘1.1 MN PEOPLE IN GAZA FACING FOOD CRISIS’ CHINA TO HELP PAK TO CURB TERRORISM MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS Kyiv: Moscow launched a large-scale attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure on Friday, with a mass bar- rage of 99 drones and missiles hitting regions across the country, Ukraine’s armed forces said. Air raid warnings rang out across the country, with 10 Ukrain- ian regions coming under fire, the country’s Interior Minister, Ihor Klymenko, said. Bengaluru: Virat Kohli wrecked records during Royal Challengers Ben- galuru’s clahs against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2024 on Friday. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium once again wit- nessed Kohli’s remarka- ble art with the bat as he cruised to 83* in mere 59 deliveries which was glistened with four boundaries and four sixes. His four sixes in the unbeaten knock saw him go past former CSK skipper MS Dhoni’s tally of sixes in IPL. The iconic RCB batter has 241 sixes under his belt and became the fourth highest batter to score most maximums in the history of the event. MS Dhoni slipped to the fifth spot with 239 sixes in his kitty. As cricket fans relished Kohli’s ef- fortless batting display, Kohli has now the most sixes for RCB in the IPL history as per reports. New Delhi: The United Nations Of- fice for the Coor- dination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that more than 1.1 million people in the Gaza Strip are facing an extreme level of food insecurity, as Israel prevents aid from entering the enclave. Islamabad: After five Chinese nation- als were killed in a suicide blast in Besham in Pakistan, Beijing has offered help to Islamabad to contain terrorism. After the deadly attack, the Chinese government has called on the Pakistan government to ensure more security for its nationals. China also urged Pakistan to enhance secu- rity measures to safeguard Chinese nationals.  Seven Hezbollah fighters killed in Israeli raids in Syria, Lebanon  Israel takes steps to increase communications competition  India is completing rather than competing with Israel, says Israeli envoy Naor Gilon as per latest reports Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Bus carrying Easter worshipers plunges off bridge IPL 2024 Virat Kohli plays a shot during the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru, Friday. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Phil salt and Sunil Narine interact during the IPL match.
  • 9. 08 Emotion has the power to take you to the highest peak of consciousness or down to the basest of feelings. Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Saturday | March 30, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Why is no one interest- ed in knowing the details about the funds received prior to March 14, 2019? Dr Jagdeesh Chandra: There are two reasons for it. Firstly, no one wants to throw more stones in the mud.As of now, both do- nors and political parties are scared that this con- troversy has brought an unnecessary bad name to them. Secondly, they had targeted BJP, but all of them came under fire while the BJP came out unscathed. Look at the arguments BJPhas given, and they are overconfi- dent on this issue, hence questioning other parties and their leaders over it. Amit Shah asked Rahul Gandhi where his party got `1600 crore in funding. Why did the Supreme Court reject the demand to give information about bonds prior to March, 2019? Supreme Court might have thought about how deep will people dig and if SC has this one job only. So it said that the court has taken a con- science decision not to open this case more than the said date. And the topic ends there itself. Out of the bonds worth `20,000 crore, BJP got bonds worth `6,300 crore and the remaining went to other political parties. However, fingers were raised only on BJP. Why was it so? This was the interesting part of the whole episode that a perception was be- ing created. Even Amit Shah pointed that out. Shah said that his party has 303 members in the house and his party re- ceived `6,300 crore and the remaining 242 mem- bers of other parties re- ceived around `14,000 crore, so who is the real beneficiary of this scheme? He also threw an open challenge that he is ready to debate or answer questions if anyone wants to do so. So in the begin- ning, a perception of sorts was created, but that per- ception failed to gain fric- tion. In the beginning, BJP leaders also felt a lit- tle pressure on the issue, but when they looked at the facts and when Amit Shah and other teams of the BJP worked through it, they realised that their party was on a better foot- ing as compared to oth- ers. Also, the general public too understood that BJP is only `6,300 crore and the remaining goes to other political parties. It is said that the non- BJP government and the companies or people that funded them were em- barrassed. What is your take on that? In fact, Amit Shah had answered on this very as- pect saying that people are afraid since they want secrecy over which party they gave funds to. Sup- pose I give some funds to BRS, BJD or TMC why would I want that the BJP or any other party should come to know of it? So every person wants to avoid this dilemma that their details come for- ward. Union Home Minister Amit Shah once again has come across as a troubleshooter for Modi government amidst this controversy. How do you see that? That’s true. Since day one he has been the prin- cipal troubleshooter for PM Narendra Modi who is his Guru, boss, God- father, guide etc. I have been observing this since their time in Guja- rat. Interestingly, it has been observed in the Delhi media especially that earlier there used to be some sort of fear re- garding Amit Shah and people used to shy away from talking, but today he appears to be ex- tremely friendly, ap- proachable and has be- come popular in media. That is why someone told me recently that it now seems he has learnt the lessons regarding media in his ‘Guru Nar- endra Modi’s class’. Also, he talks logically. I have seen people want to meet him and strike up a conversation be- cause Shah does not like to hide anything but give a logical and prac- tical answer to ques- tions. When he gave all the reasons and logic in this issue, the media persons were left im- pressed and he com- pletely changed the fo- cus from BJP to other parties as he gave all the details which revealed that the TMC received `1,609 crore, Congress `1,421 crore, BRS `1,214 crore, and BJD received `775 crore. Rahul Gandhi termed it as ‘Hafta-Wasooli’ to which BJP countered saying that even if what he said was true, then why did his party also receive funds through electoral bonds? So it has to be said that Amit Shah has diffused this entire issue. And after Shah’s argument, Rahul Gandhi has lost the mor- al authority to challenge BJP or attack it, at least on this issue. Why were there two sides in the Supreme Court Bar Association regarding the Electoral Bond issue? I believe some politics or something happened and a letter who shot to the Supreme Court cit- ing that the SC does not have the power to do so. After the letter, the Bar officials formed another group and said that the letter may have been sent by the official in personal capacity and does not represent the voice of SC Bar Asso- ciation. And the govern- ment played it smartly. Harish Salve stood up and said that the govern- ment honours the SC’s orders dated February 15 and March 11 to pro- vide details from SBI to Election Commission and that the government will do so. During the hearing, CJI made a re- mark that this ruse was a media gimmick which he did not pay attention to. So this was only for a temporary period. ED’s action is under consideration on some of the companies which gave funds to BJP. Did that put any negative im- age in people’s minds regarding Modi government? In initial couple of days, the BJP leaders did come on back-foot owing to the details released and the general perception that Opposition tried to make against BJPin pub- lic’s mind. But as soon as Amit Shah held the reins and the fact that all par- ties had a good share in the bond funds, then the situation changed com- pletely. So, now every- thing is fine especially since the fund has been taken through cheques. Now, BJP leaders are telling other party leaders that they can only be questioned once they (Opposition lead- ers) have clean hands and image. What is this develop- ment around Santiago Martin who returned from Myanmar as a la- bourer but became lot- tery King? See, it is about destiny and luck. He must have returned and got in touch with someone and started working in the lottery field. He established himself in that field and ventured into education, health and other fields. A few cases were also filed. However, when the de- tails of donors were re- vealed it was learnt that this Lottery King gave a total fund of `1,368 crore of which `542 crore were received by TMC, `503 crore to DMK and BJP received only `100 crore, but the perception was created that BJP took `1,368 crore as funds from Lottery King. So when this perception was broken, it was then that the embarrassment caused to BJP ended. As far as Santiago Martin is concerned, he has com- plete sway over lottery in Sikkim and Nagaland and perhaps has made in- roads in Mamata’s state too. If someone is paying over `500 to a state party then there must have been something worth- while to make that dona- tion. Moreover, when DMK’s fund is getting boosted by five hundred crore that means Chennai lottery must also be with the Lottery King. So San- tiago Martin is a rags-to- riches story. What is your take on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statements in this entire episode? She said with absolute clarity that there is no link between ED raids and political funding to ruling party. Further- more, she also said that while people were point- ing at cases, but no case has been dropped or closed against any corpo- rate or company. Neither have the cases been dropped against Megha or Lottery King and it may have been a coinci- dence. Sure it looks bad if you only look at one angle, but if you see that the person who is giving political donation to BJP is giving to all other par- ties as well, then that is where the seriousness of the issue dies out. What role did SBI and Election Commission play in this episode? They were at the receiv- ing end. They had to comply with the orders. SBI surely had some res- ervations. Sometimes when you are associated with government you try to not put any harm or befall any difficulty be- fore the government, so perhaps that thought struck the SBI too. The SBI provided the infor- mation asked of it. When the Supreme Court asked for additional informa- tion, the SBI provided the same. So they com- plied with SC’s orders and sent the details to Election Commission and the EC put that up on its website for the public to see. During the show #JConElectoralBonds trended topAll-India on X Dr Jagdeesh Chandra in conversation with (L-R) Preeti Negi, Shashi Mishra, Pooja Yadav, Shikha Thakur and Poornima Mishra, during The JC Show. Revealing why no party wants to delve deep into the issue of political funding prior to 2019, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses that Opposition parties tried to corner the BJP over the electoral bond issue. However, Amit Shah turned the tables on them as details were revealed that the Opposition was, in fact, a bigger beneficiary than the BJP of the scheme. Dr Chandra reveals why there was a divide in the SC Bar Association on the matter, why ED action on some of the donors could not tarnish BJP’s image in people’s eyes, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s take on the matter, and the role played by the Election Commission and SBI. Excerpts... (Part II) Modi’s principaltroubleshooter Amit Shah makesCongressandOppositionspeechless on electoral bonds, says Dr Chandra Scan to watch The JC Show 08 It takes far more intelligence and depth of character to understand and give in, than to argue and fight. Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Friday | March 29, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia What does it mean when we say that elector- al bonds are an inexpli- cable puzzle? Dr Jagdeesh Chandra: In his budget speech in the Parliament, late Arun Jaitley had said that till the time electioneering is made independent and neutral, democracy will not work. And it will be- come independent and neutral only when the funding of political par- ties is made transparent. Taking this thought for- ward a law was brought in 2017 and was notified in 2018. At that time, a few individuals had told Jaitley that secrecy should be maintained in it. They feared that if someday the government went out of power, then what would happen to their fate since if they funded one party, the other party that came to power might trouble them. Jaitley understood their issues and said their secrecy would be main- tained. The payment mode will be cheques, but it will be kept secret. Suddenly a writ was filed and for 4-5 years, nothing was done on it. But then, in October last year hear- ing was held on that writ and the court reserved its judgement in November and in March this year, the decision was given. So the first puzzle in this issue is that nothing hap- pened on the matter for five years but what hap- pened now all of a sudden that the case moved ahead? Elections are around the corner and you cannot question the Court’s resolve since the matter was ongoing for the last few years. So why was it accelerated all of a sudden by the people who were pleading in the mat- ter? This is a puzzle. So the overall gist that came out was that the idea with which this was brought forward, to keep the fund- ing transparent and se- cret, could not be main- tained since the secrecy is no more, with all due re- gard to the Supreme Court they gave the deci- sion which was correct. But the other aspect was that the secrecy was no more and that might have several ramifications in future therefore the elec- toral bonds are an inex- plicable puzzle. It is being said this en- tire controversy turned out to be a flop show. What is your take on it? It is not a flop show as yet but could be in the near future because the court’s intention is obviously good and now the details are before the public. So there is no controversy as far as these two aspects are concerned, nor is there any issue of a re- view. When the numbers of the electoral bond scheme were announced, a bid was initiated to cre- ate a perception among the people that BJP is the only beneficiary and the party took money from the companies that were in controversies and the propaganda was started as if BJP’s election fund has been unearthed. However, they forgot that it was the entire nation’s election fund that is the fund that all the parties had, which came to light since fifteen political parties benefited from electoral bonds. So they were not successful in creating the perception and putting the BJP in grey. So now what has happened is that all po- litical parties are feeling guilty since they were unsuccessful and could not create a perception against the BJP. Perhaps this is why Amit Shah had said in Parliament that his silence is better otherwise it will create disturbances for other political parties and that is what happened. Addi- tionally, several political parties have received more money than the BJP and now each of them would want to bury this issue and that is why people have termed it to be a flop show. Now that this arrange- ment has been termed unconstitutional, what other choices are the parties left with? See, the biggest thing is that there should be a consensus on whatever is to be done. Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora re- cently said in a live dis- cussion on electoral bonds that the Supreme Court did not show any way out. But the SC is there to interpret and re- view and this work is of the executive and it should come out with a new plan which then they can forward to the Supreme Court. So con- sensus and transparency are two things that are required and if there is no consensus, then the old idea of state funding could be pursued where- in the government gives money to political par- ties. So a consensus is important and the new government should bring that for the next elections. Do you agree that use of black money in elec- tion funding will gain momentum now? That is a natural process. Amit Shah had asked everyone how they used to get election funds. It was in cash as everyone knows. Demonitisation was brought to bring an end to the black money circulating everywhere and it was after this move, that digital trans- actions and transactions through cheques, in- creased. Now sup- pose today I want to give one lakh rupees as an election fund donation to any political party, what option do I have? The e l e c t o r a l bond scheme has been termed illegal. So now dona- tions would have to be made in cash. That is why it was said that we are soon entering the cash era if we do not bring an effective solu- tion to this conundrum. Supreme Court has said that citizens have a right to know about funds of political parties. Do you think people are eager to know about it? See, SC’s view is crystal clear in this aspect i.e. the voter has a right to know who gave which political party how much money and what benefit was de- rived out of it. The coun- ter view of the govern- ment is that people do not have a right to know about their funds, which the Supreme Court overruled and later the gov- ernment also ac- cepted SC’s deci- sion.As far as peo- ple being eager to know about it is concerned, obviously, people would be, but not to a great ex- tent. People in general are least concerned whether Adani, Reliance or some other companies have given money to a certain political party. In fact, there was a survey done a few years back which gave shocking results and it came to light that about twelve per cent of voters took money to cast a vote. Few people believe SC moved way past what the applicants had demand- ed through their appli- cation on the issue. Do you agree? Oh, that is very interest- ing. It may be in the larg- er interest of justice done by the Supreme Court. The application was to make the scheme unques- tionable but SC went one step ahead and realised that even the people must be curious to learn about which party has received how much in electoral bond funds and then this decision was given. So the applicant must have been extremely happy be- cause his application sought something but the SC gave more than what he had asked for. Lok Sabha election process has started and some people are ques- tioning the timing of this decision. What is your take on it? See, the SC and its bench- eshaveaveryhighdegree of credibility, dignity, and integrity and it is abso- lutely non-political. When we read about CJI, we can observe that he is absolutely non-political andisadignifiedperson. So you can’t level any hidden motive or agen- da charge on the bench that heard this matter. But what happens is that sometimes people indulgeinloosetalkand believe that there is some judicial activism going on. The reason for this was because some decisions caused in- convenience to the gov- ernment. Take, for in- stance, the case of the Chandigarh Mayor or the protection of press free- dom, where the Supreme Court rightfully ques- tioned how democracy could thrive otherwise. So, you may cite timing but see this is a democ- racy and you can’t stop people from saying what they want and even if people may be saying it, I don’t buy this theory. The law follows a pro- cess which goes on and does not get bothered with who says what. Why is it that the politi- cal parties and compa- nies donating money to these parties are shying from giving details? They are shying because theyhaverealisedthatthis would open a pandora’s box so the political parties said what has come in public knowledge is al- rightandnownoinforma- tion is to be given. As far ascorporatesandindustri- alists not willing to share the information is con- cerned, is because they realised that they might get stuck in some litiga- tion somewhere and they brought Mukul Rohatgi, I think, to present their case in SC, but the SC refused to hear. So now both par- ties want the matter should die down and come to an end. TO BE CONTINUED… During the show #JConElectoralBonds trended topAll-India on X Dr Jagdeesh Chandra in conversation with (L-R) Ranjana Rawat, Palak Sharma, Pooja Yadav, Sakshi Mishra and Poornima Mishra, during The JC Show. Taking a look back at the recent developments regarding electoral bonds and the Supreme Court’s decision on it, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra stresses that although it is not known who or what acted as a catalyst to speed up the hearing on the matter, the outcome is for the greater good of the public. Dr Chandra also explains how political parties tried to create a narrative against BJP for getting the most funds but failed miserably, how the new government will have to come up with a new plan in place of electoral bonds, and how black money could again come back in play. Excerpts... (Part I) Entireelectoralbondcontroversymay provetobeaflopshow!:DrChandra Scan to watch The JC Show Dr Jagdeesh Chandra during The JC Show. You read Part I on MARCH 29, 2024
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