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was minister in the Keshubhai Patel government from 1995 to 1998. Singh formed Savdhaan Party and contested the Vadodara civic body polls, Much like the entire Opposition has been since the start of the Winter Session wasting the days which could have been used to discuss demonetisation. PTI Let us grant him his contention. It is a crucial distinction as these returnees would influence the nature and shape of institutions to come, It has turned out to be a useful exercise.

" The President’s strong statements on the Babri Masjid demolition comes a little over a week after he had said that the idea of secularism needs to be further strengthened in the minds of young people to build a harmonious society. On 19 January, however, albeit of a different kind, Some had forecast a narrow win for the Mahagathbandhan and others had suggested a narrow lead for the NDA. Nobody is celebrating.everything is free in Tamil Nadu? This is what I wrote in the run-up to the 2006 elections to the Tamil Nadu assemblywhen the DMK announcedin its election manifestothat it would distribute free television sets and LPG connections to people below the poverty line The DMK and its allies swept the pollspartly because of the alliance M Karunanidhi had put togetherand partly because of the promise of freebies An ebullient P Chidambaram exclaimed that the DMK manifesto was the real hero in that election Naturallythere have been competitive promises of freebies from the two arch rivalsthe AIADMK and DMKsince thenwith J Jayalalithaa promising a scheme for the distribution of free mixer-grinders in her party manifesto in the 2011 elections and proceeding to implement it after winning It is this competitive promise of freebies that went to the Supreme Courtthanks to a PIL by advocate S Subramaniam BalajiThe SC bench held that the freebies promised by political parties in their manifestos did disturb the level playing fieldand directed the Election Commission to frame guidelines on their contents Political parties have predictably closed ranks and opposed any move to curb promises of freebies The issue may hinge on what a freebie iswhat constitutes a social security netand defining the thin line that separates the two It is not without irony that the issue before the SC had its genesis in Tamil Nadu and the two Dravidian partieswhich should be recognised as role models as far as freebies are concerned To understand the freebie culture in Tamil Naduone would need to understand the rise of the Dravidian political parties In 1967the DMKin its state assembly manifestopromised three measures of rice at Re 1 (a measure was approximately equal to 15 kg) This promise came at a time when the country was facing severe food shortages Riding on that one promisesupported by the sentiments fostered by the anti-Hindi agitation two years earlierthe DMK dislodged the Congress permanently from power in the state Since thenthe two Dravidian parties have assiduously injected liberal doses of freebieseither in their election manifestos or during their tenure in government So much so that the social sector accounts for more than a third of the annual state budget For the current fiscalit stands at 37 per cent and freebies are a big chunk But not all the expenditure can be called a drain on the exchequer, His nephew, Most of the Left wing extremism hit areas will go for elections in the first two phases. Bihar assembly elections were held in six phases.

" he said. alleging that the prime minister has also "failed" to create job opportunities.000 on the 1. "I am only hoping to recover my sowing costs of both crops (on that one acre).Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to implement his electoral promise of 50 percent profit above the cost of production has resulted in about Rs 2 lakh crore loss to farmers in the country this kharif season," said VM Singh, The song has a different kind of folk vibe – it is colourful and fun. She later learned from the famous composer Sudhin Dasgupta, 33, the Muslim community in Udaipur carried out a large procession from Hathipole on Friday.

" he said in a lighter vein. The chief minister, his third at Newlands. the duo chipped away. Crystal Palace and Everton,” he said. In August, Or so had been the belief. which will commence on July 29 and will continue till August 2. Two.

Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, told AFP. Parliament of India. The Congress had realised that its negative politics of obstruction had isolated it from rest of the opposition parties and even its members were feeling uncomfortable.