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Kiran Bedi joins BJP; to contest Assembly polls in Delhi

Former supercop Kiran Bedi, who last year declared support for Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, would contest Delhi Assembly polls from BJP

 

Kiran Bedi, former officer from the Indian Police Service (IPS) on Thursday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Welcoming her into the party, Amit Shah, president of BJP said, "Bedi's entry into BJP will strengthen the party in Delhi. She will contest Assembly polls in the state."
 
Bedi was the key member of India Against Corruption movement and was arrested hours before the proposed hunger strike by Anna Hazare in 2011. She later split from the group in November 2012.
 
Before the last year's general election, Bedi had declared support for Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
 
Bedi was the first woman officer in the IPS. She was the Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development before voluntarily retiring from the IPS in December 2007.
 
In 1994, Bedi was received the Ramon Magsaysay award for Government service.
 
Meanwhile, in a jolt to West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee, one of her minister also joined BJP. Trinamool Congress' minister Manjul Krishna Thakur resigned from the Banerjee government and joined hands with BJP.
 

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MG Warrier

3 years ago

This is the kind of change we should welcome! If BJP can transform itself to accommodate Kiran Bedi's public views on governance, the day is not far off, when the kind of 'Government by consensus with country's interests in view' will become a reality.

36% of outgoing MLAs from Delhi had criminal cases: report
According to analysis from ADR and DEW, out of 70 outgoing MLAs from Delhi, 25 had criminal cases. Shockingly, 20 MLAs had serious criminal charges filed against them, including attempt to murder, dacoity and assault against women, the data shows
 
The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis shows that 25 out of the 70 outgoing members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Delhi had criminal cases against themselves in 2013. Out of these, 20 of them had serious criminal charges filed against them, including attempt to murder, dacoity and assault against women. 
 
Delhi Election Watch (DEW) and ADR analysed 70 outgoing MLAs out of the 796 candidates in fray during the previous Delhi assembly polls using data from the affidavits filed by the candidates in 2013. According to the analysis, about 36% of them have registered criminal cases against them, 73% of them are crorepatis and 47% had an educational qualification of just 12th pass or below.  Moreover, only 4% of the MLAs analysed were women. 
 
A snapshot of the key findings of the report is presented in the figures below: 

 
 

Criminal Cases: 

 
As mentioned above, a shocking 36% of the MLAs analysed had declared criminal cases registered against them. This includes 55% of the candidates from BJP (17 out of 31), 25% of the Indian National Congress-INC (2 out of 8), while AAP was not too far behind at 11% (3 out of 28). One candidate each from JD(U), SAD (Akali Dal) and an independent candidate also had criminal charges against them. 
 
One candidate from INC has been charged twice with Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder), two candidates – one from BJP and one from INC have been charged with Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and several of them have been charged with Section 147 (rioting). Almost none of them have been convicted for any of their charges as yet.
 

Average Assets: 

 
Average asset per MLA during the 2013 Assembly Elections in Delhi was Rs10.83 crore, compared to an average of Rs2.94 crore in 2008. MLAs from BJP had the highest average assets of Rs12.49 crore, followed by Congress with Rs10.25 crore and AAP with Rs1.82 crore. Another highlight from the analysis is that the only candidate analysed from SAD had average assets worth over Rs235 crore. 
 
Moreover, 30 out of the 31 MLAs from BJP (97%) and 12 out of the 28 MLAs (43%) from AAP were crorepatis. 

 

Educational Qualifications: 

 
About one-fourth (26%) of the MLAs analysed were under the age of 40, while 32% were between 41 and 50 and 40% between 51 and 70. Out of these, a little over a half (51%) had educational qualifications equivalent to a graduate degree or above. 47% were just 12% pass or below. 
 
With the ongoing Delhi elections, one hopes that the citizens from the national capital would chose candidates that are more able and educated and less with criminal records, to represent their constituency. 
 
Note: All graphs and tables are sourced from the ADR release. 
 

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Parrikar says Chander removed to bring in younger generation in DRDO

The Defence Minister said he had recommended that the position of DRDO Chief should not be held by a person on contract and India needs to introduce slightly younger generation in the scientific world

 

India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said there was no controversy in the sacking of Avinash Chander as chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Parrikar said it was he who recommended that the position should be held by someone from a “slightly younger generation” and not by someone on contract.
 
Noting that the tenure of Chander had ended in November, he said it was extended on contractual basis due the previous government’s decision.
 
“At these senior positions, they should not be on contract. There are so many eligible, (someone) should be brought among them,” he said.
 
The Minister maintained that there was no controversy in this decision.
 
“I had recommended that this position should not be held by a person on contract. We should introduce in scientific world, slightly younger generation,” he told reporters outside the North Block.
 
Asked who will head DRDO, he said the senior-most person of the cluster head will hold the post temporarily.
 
“We will find out someone good from the DRDO, who has the urge for development,” he said.
 
Asked if the sudden termination of Chander without informing him was right, Parrikar said, “I also got the information from you, from paper and TV”.
 
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last night “approved termination” of the contract of Chander with effect from 31st January.
 
Chander, who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on 30 November 2014 on attaining 64 years of age and was given a contract for 18 months.
 

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