Ending the political hibernation since the AAP government fell in February, the President dissolved Delhi Assembly, paving way for fresh mandate
The Delhi Assembly was on Wednesday dissolved, paving the way for fresh elections that will end the political hibernation since the Aam Admi Party (AAP) government led by Arvind Kejriwal fell in February.
A notification issued by the Home Ministry said President Pranab Mukherjee has dissolved the ‘Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with immediate effect’ on 4th November.
The Union Cabinet had Wednesday recommended dissolution of the Assembly following recommendation of LG Najeeb Jung after talks on Monday with the BJP, Congress and AAP, who expressed their inability to form a Government and sought a fresh mandate.
While fresh elections may be held early next year, the process for the 25th November by-elections to three constituencies, for which the last date for nominations is today, was revoked by the Election Commission Wednesday.
Modi has also attempted to reach to out to different sections of the society, cultivated an image of moderation and even disarmed his critics selectively. However, it remains to be seen how quickly the Indian English media fall for Modi’s charm offensive
According to a Hindi media website samachar4media.com, it appears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met editors of select English publications on Monday for a completely informal meeting. According to the site, among those present were editors of Times of India (Jaideep Bose), Hindustan Times (Sanjoy Narayan), The Telegraph, Calcutta (Manini Chatterjee), The Hindu (Malini Parthasarathy), Indian Express (Rajkamal Jha), India Today’s group editorial director (Shekhar Gupta), editorial director of Sunday Guardian (MD Nalapat), KTV Reddy of Deccan Chronicle, The Tribune (Raj Chengappa) and the New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla.
It may be recalled that over the past 12 years, Modi has had a frosty relationship with many publications and editors who he thinks have unfairly reported on Gujarat and him. Ever since Modi has become the PM, he has kept the mainstream media out from informal briefings, has asked his ministers and officials not to speak to the press and has allowed only the official media (Air India and Doordarshan) to accompany him on his trips abroad.
However, Modi has also attempted to reach to out to different sections of the society, cultivated an image of moderation and even disarmed his critics selectively. It remains to be seen how quickly the Indian English media, which has felt left out all these months, fall for Modi’s charm offensive.
Hasmukh Adhia, who was Modi's Prinicipal Secretary in Gujarat for two years, will replace GS Sandhu as Financial Services Secretary
After transferring Arvind Mayaram, the topmost bureaucrat in the Finance Ministry, the Narendra Modi government shifted another top level babu. Financial Services Secretary Gurdial Singh (GS) Sandhu is transferred to National Authority for Chemical Weapon Convention as its chairman. Sandhu will be replaced by Hasmukh Adhia.
Adhia is an officer from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)'s 1981 batch, and was working as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department in Gujarat. During May 2004 to May 2006, he also served as Principal Secretary to Gujarat's the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Sandhu is the second secretary among five Secretaries in the Finance Ministry who has been shifted after Mayaram in past few days. Mayaram who was Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary was transferred twice over past 15 days and finally shunted to less important Minorities Affairs Ministry as Secretary.
Mayaram, a 1978-batch officer was replaced by Rajiv Mehrishi, the chief secretary of Rajasthan. Expenditure Secretary Ratan P Watal, who is the senior most among all the five secretaries in the Finance Ministry is likely to be the new Finance Secretary.