Top Political News – Jan 21


A new face against Kejriwal in Delhi-

 – Gokul G K

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s State Yuva Morcha President Sunil Yadav will contest from the New Delhi constituency against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The decision came early today as the BJP released the second list of ten candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls.

Kejriwal won the Delhi assembly elections, in 2015, with a 65 percent majority than his contender BJP’s Nupur Sharma.

Yadav,  an advocate and a social worker by profession started his political career as the ‘Mandal president’ of Yuva Morcha. Then he went on to become the district president, Delhi general secretary, Delhi secretary of the Yuva Morcha.


The BJP’s second list for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections also has the name of Tajinder Pal Bagga, who will contest from the Hari Nagar constituency against the ruling AAP’s Princess Dhillon.

According to the list, Ramesh Khanna will be contesting from Rajouri Garden, Manish Singh has been fielded from Delhi Cantt constituency and Sumanlata Shokeen will be contesting from Nangloi Jat.

Among these 57 candidates, four are women and 11 belong to the Dalit community.

The BJP has been out of power in Delhi for more than two years. In the 2015 assembly polls the Part could win only three seats while the AAP grabbed 67 seats.


No to NCR, but thumbs-up to NPR – Tamil Nadu

 – Bharath Tampi


Tamil Nadu government said that they were in agreement with the new format of National Population Register (NPR) declared by the Centre, as they were “irrelevant” to the state.

The change in the format included additional fields like place of birth of parents of the resident.

The NPR aims at collecting the data of the “usual residents” of India – those residing, or planning to reside, in a particular area for six months or more.

The list is prepared at the local (village/sub-Town), sub-district, district, state and national level under provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
Many organisations in the state had taken up the issue with the CM, E K Palaniswamy, pointing out that the new format would affect the interests of the Muslims.

The NPR data were first collected in 2010 during the then UPA government with a plan to update it every 10 years. In December 2019, the Union Government had approved Rs. 3,941.35 crore for updating the NPR.

While all the non-BJP ruled states had come out in unanimous agreement on opposing NRC and CAA in recent times, only Kerala and West Bengal had actively opposed NPR and refused to start the exercise itself. Earlier this month, National CPI (M) Leader Prakash Karat had called on more states to follow suit.


Rajnikanth Refuses to Budge over Controversial Remarks

Arnabjit Sur

Actor and politician Rajnikanth today refused to apologize for the controversial remarks he made over social reformer EV Ramaswamy Periyar even as a pro-Tamil group threatened to lay siege outside his house.

“I will not apologize,” he said while speaking to the media outside his house.

“There is a debate on an issue I spoke on and which happened in 1971. I didn’t make up what I said. People are saying I made it up but I didn’t. Sorry, I won’t apologize,” he said according to an India Today report.

The actor addressing the 50th anniversary-cum-readers’ connect event of Tamil Magazine ‘Thuglak’ on January 14 here said that in 1971 , at Salem, Periyar took out a rally in which ‘undressed images of Ramachandramoorthy and Sita featured and no news outlet published it’.

The remark sparked an outrage among political parties , with Dravidar Viduthulai Kazhagam, seeking an unconditional apology saying that  Rajinikanth uttered a “blatant lie that images of Lord Ram and Sita were taken nude” in a rally held by Periyar as part of a superstition eradication conference at Salem , The Week reported

Five members of a fringe Tamil outfit were arrested in Madurai on Monday for burning an effigy of the actor, the report added.

According to a NDTV report, two complaints have been filed by the Dravidar Kazhagam founded by Periyar on January 17, citing charges of promoting enmity and inciting hate.

The DVK has also threatened protests outside theatres showing the actor’s latest movie ‘Darbar’ if he does not apologise, the report added.