Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nothing is permanent except change

How would otherwise anyone explain, that of all the people it would be me who would start up with twitter? I was one of it's biggest critiques yet thought of giving it another shot. So, even added it as a widget to the blog. Unbelievable !!

I had already written a post once on this blog critically arguing against the use of twitter but somehow realized that there are many things worth sharing online and it is one of the good ways to do it. One might not have enough time and energy to reflect their thoughts on every topic so this makes it easier to share content with like minded people without writing a complete post on it.

This is just an experiment just like this blog. I would like to see if an anonymous, non-celebrity like me could use and maintain such a thing :)

P.S: I think I got bored with all the election posts particularly seeing the indifference people share with the new government.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LS Elections 2014 - Result Highlights - N,O,P

Nagaland
- Neiphiu Rio of NPF won his seat from the single constituency state. (CM Chang of the same party won the seat in 2009).

Orissa
- Almost a clean sweep by the BJD in the state (14 in 2009). Only 1 out of 21 seats went to BJP. INC could not even manage a single seat (6 in 2009).
- JualJuel Oram of the BJP won his seat from Sundergarh.
- The big winners from BJD are Baijayant Panda, Tathagat Satpathy, Pinaki Mishra, Sidhant Mohapatra.
- The big losers from INC are Srikant Jena (former Union Minister), Giridhar Gamang (9 time MP), Hemanand Biswal (former Chief Minister).

Puducherry
R Radhakrishnan of AINRC won his seat from the single seat constituency. 

Punjab
- BJP won 2 seats (1 in 2009) and its alliance SAD won 4 seats (4 in 2009).
- INC won 3 seats (8 in 2009) while the game changer AAP won 4 seats (non existing in 2009)
- Vinod Khanna of the BJP won his seat from Gurdaspur for the 5th time. I have hardly ever heard about him in national political news.
- Amrinder Singh of INC who is former Chief Minister of Punjab won his seat from Amritsar defeating BJP bigshot Arun Jaitely. Personally, I wanted badly for Jaitely to loose. Maybe because of his arrogance I had always seen on TV as well as in his writings. Ironically, even after losing, he is now the Finance Minister. This is democracy!
- Ambika Soni of INC who was introduced to politics by none other than Indira Gandhi and is a senior in INC lost her seat against Prem Singh Chandumajra of SAD.
- Ravneet Singh Bittu of INC won his seat from Ludhiana defeating noted lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka of AAP known for fighting for the cause of 1984 riots victims for free. Bittu is the grandson of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassinated in a bomb blast.
- Harsimrat Kaur Badal of SAD won her seat from Bathinda. She is the daughter-in-law and wife of Prakash Singh Badal (current Chief Minister of Punjab) and Sukhbir Singh Badal (former MP) respectively. Her educational qualifications are 10th pass.
- Harinder Singh Khalsa (former IPS officer) from Fatehgarh Sahib, Prof Sadhu Singh (former College Principal and known writer) from Faridkot, Bhagwant Mann (actor and comedian) from Sangroor and Dr. Dharamvira Gandhi (cardiologist) from Patiala won their seats for AAP. 
 


LS Elections 2014 - Result Highlights - M

Madhya Pradesh
- BJP won 27 seats (16 in 2009) and INC won 2 seats (12 in 2009). BSP lost its one seat that they won in 2009.
- Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath of the INC retained their seats from Guna and Chhindwara respectively. Jyotiraditya Scindia is the son of former Maharajah Madhav Rao Scindia and is one of the wealthiest politicians.
- Kamal Nath is a long time worker of INC. His name came up in the 1984 sikh riots. His name also appeared in the so called Radia Tapes. He was held responsible of environment damage and then fined by the Supreme Court. He was once the wealthiest Cabinet Minister in India with assets worth 273 crore rupees.
- Rao Udhay Pratap Singh of BJP won his seat from Hoshangabad. He changed his party from Congress to BJP just before the elections.
- Sumitra Mahajan of BJP won her seat from Indore. She has won LS seats eight times in her life. She is one of the cleanest names on the BJP list of ministers.
- Sushma Swaraj of BJP won her seat from Vidisha. She is one of the top names in BJP and probably my favorite politician. I would have liked to see her as the Prime Minister of India. I admire her speaking skills and way of presentation.

Maharashtra
-BJP won 23 seats (9 in 2009) and its ally Shiv Sena won 18 seats (11 in 2009) with SSS winning 1 seat, INC won 2 seats (17 in 2009) and its ally NCP 4 seats (8 in 2009).
- Nitin Gadkari of BJP won his seat from Nagpur against Anjali Damania of AAP who had levied a list of allegations against him and called him a poster boy for corruption in her interviews. He is also the former BJP president who was not re-elected because his name appeared in several corruption cases.
- Poonam Mahajan of BJP won her seat from Mumbai North Central. She is the daughter of former BJP bigwig, Pramod Mahajan and sister of Rahul Mahajan who appear here and there on TV.
- Gopinath Munde of BJP won his seat from Beed. He died in a recent accident. He was one of the top leaders and his wife is the sister of late Pramod Mahajan.
- Ashok Chavan of the INC won his seat from Nanded. He is the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and named in vairous corruption cases like the Adarsh Housing Scam.
- Supriya Sule of the NCP won her seat from Baramati. She is the daughter of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sharad Pawar. Sharad Pawar is a political bigwig with a huge list of scams and allegations against him.
- Biggest names for NCP who lost are Praful Patel who was former Civil Aviation Minister named in Air India controversy,  Chhagan Bhujbal who had been embroiled in various controversies like the Stamp Paper scam, misuse of property at PWD etc.
- Biggest names for INC who lost are Priya Sunil Dutt (Actor Sunil Dutt's daughter), Milind Murli Deora (got into controversy as Petroleum and Natural Gas minister), Sushil Kumar Shinde (former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Minister of Home Affairs and leader of the house in Lok Sabha). 
- There were many big names contesting from AAP but none of them won. Big hopefuls were Meera Sanyal, Mayank Gandhi, Anjali Damania, Medha Patkar. Personally, I was a bit shocked and disappointed at Medha Patkar losing the contest. Also, a bit disappointment with Anjali Damania's loss. It was credible to see someone so vocal against BJP bigwig.
- It was amazing to see BJP winning 23 of te 24 seats it contested. DB Patil was the only contesting BJP candidate losing his seat from Nanded against Ashok Chavan. The calculations were almost perfect.

Manipur
- Both the seats are won by INC (2 in 2009). Dr Thokchom Meinya and Thangso Baite winning from Inner and Outer Manipur respectively.

Meghalaya
- PA Sangma of NPP won his seat from Tura. He is an 8 time MP and was also nominated for the post of 13th President of India.
Vincent H Pala of INC won his seat from Shillong.

Mizoram
- CL Ruala won his seat from the single constituency in Mizoram.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LS Elections 2014 - Result Highlights - K,L

Karnataka
- BJP won 17 seats (19 in 2009), INC won 9 seats (6 in 2009) and JDS won 2 seats (3 in 2009).
- B Sriramulu of BJP won his seat from Bellary. His name had been tainted because of association with the Reddy brothers, one of whom is in prison. Sushma Swaraj, one treated like a mother to him was quite vocal against giving ticket to him because of all the corruption allegations.
- Prahlad Joshi of BJP won his seat from Dharwad. He is the State BJP President.
- Ananth Kumar Hegde of BJP won his seat from Uttara Kannada. He is a 4 time MP and has several pending serious criminal cases against him.
- B S Yeddyurappa of BJP won his seat from Shimoga. He was the Chief Minister of Karnataka and was allegedly involved in many corruption cases for illegal land sale. He resigned, left BJP and then joined it again before the elections.
- Anant Kumar of BJP won his seat from South Bangalore against the former Infosys boss Nandan Nilekani of the INC.
- Mallikarjun Kharge of INC won his seat from Gulbarga. He is one of the few clean faces of INC and now appointed as leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.
- Veerappa Moily of INC won his seat from Chikkballapur. He was once Chief Minister of Karnataka and was recently allegedly involved in the gas price fixing scam with RIL. He also gave a nod to the controversial genetically modified seeds business while in office.
- H D Devegowda of JDS won his seat from Hassan. He was once Chief Minister of Karnataka and Prime Minister of India.
- Once again, 6 of the 17 candidates of BJP who won seats are not graduates.

Kerala
- BJP maintained its record of not winning a single seat in Kerala just as in 2009.
- INC won 8 of the 20 seats (13 in 2009). CPM won an impressive 5 seats.
- K C Venugpal of INC won his seat from Alappuzha. His name appeared in the Solar panel scam in which Saritha Nair was also named as culprit.
- Shashi Tharoor of INC won his seat from Thiruvanthapuram. Though a big name in the party, apparently there was a controversy over his wife's recent suicide. He was also named in the IPL controversy over buying of a team.

Lakshwadeep
- PP Mohammed Faizal of NCP retained his seat. NCP is in alliance with INC.



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

LS Elections 2014 - Result Highlights - G,H,J

Goa
- Sripad Yasso Naik of BJP won from his seat in North Goa. He had won the same seat twice before.
- Narendra Keshav Sawaikar of BJP won from his seat in South Goa. The seat was won twice before by INC candidate and former CM of Goa, Francisco Sardinha. He was denied the INC ticket this time and instead given to Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco who lost.

Gujrat
- It was a clean sweep by BJP. All the 26 seats in Gujrat are won  by BJP. Most famous candidates were Narendra Modi, LK Advani, Presh Rawal (actor).
- INC had won 11 seats in LS 2009, which was  reduced to 0 this time.
- Something which I noted was that 12 out of 26 candidates were not even graduate, i.e. almost 50%. It can be debated whether any qualification is needed to be an MP, but from the state of prime ministerial candidate who boasts of development, it seems a bit strange.

Haryana
- BJP won 7 out of 10 constituencies. INC won 1. INLD won 2.
- INC won 9 seats in 2009 and 1 was one by Haryana Janhit Congress.
- Famous industrialist and politician, Naveen Jindal of INC lost his seat from Kurukshetra. 
- Dushyant Chautala of INLD won his seat from Hisar. He inherits an interesting political lineage: Devi Lal -> Om Prakash Chautala -> Ajay Singh Chautala -> Dushyant Chautala (4th generation).
- Deepender Singh Hooda of INC won his seat from Rohtak. He is the son of Chief Minister of Haryana. He also inherits an interesting political lineage: Ranbir Singh Hooda -> Bhupinder Singh Hooda -> Deepender Singh Hooda (3rd generation)
- To sum it up, it seems that all the important people won their seat in Haryana. The legacy of Hoodas and Chautalas continue irrespective of their work done.

Himachal Pradesh
- It was a clean sweep by BJP. All the 4 seats  are won by BJP.
- Anurag Singh Thakur and Virender Kashyap of BJP retain their seats from Hamirpur and Shimla respectively.
- INC lost its one seat of Mandi it had won in 2009 to the BJP. The seat was won by INC heavyweight and 5 time MP, Virbhadra Singh in 2009. He is currently the chief minister of HP with a series of serious corruption charges against him.

Jammu & Kashmir
- BJP won 3 seats and independent candidates won the other 3 seats.
- The alliance of INC with JKNC did not manage to win a single seat which had won 5 out of 6 seats in 2009.
- The big names who lost their seats are Ghulam Nabi Azad of INC from Udhampur and Farooq Abdullah of JKNC from Srinagar.

Jharkhand
- BJP won 12 out of 14 seats as compared to 8 in 2009.
- JMM won 2 seats of Dumka and Rajmahal out of the 3 seats contested.
- INC and JMM had one seat each in 2009.
- Sibu Soren of JMM won his seat from Dumka. He is one time Chief Minister of Jharkhand who was convicted for a murder case and later acquitted.