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Political updates: Modi’s adopted village showcases BJP optics on development

LiveMint logoLiveMint 01-03-2017 Pretika Khanna

New Delhi: Mint brings to you your daily dose of political news reported by newsrooms across the country.

Religious polarization trumps development in Uttar Pradesh poll chatter

Has identity politics and polarization trumped development to claim centre stage in the ongoing election campaign in Uttar Pradesh? Utterances from all the principal players—the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)—seem to suggest that what was once the sub-text of the campaign has now emerged central to the political messaging as the election moves through each phase and stakes keep increasing. Read more.

IMD forecasts hotter-than-normal summer in weather outlook

India is expected to experience a hotter-than-normal summer this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its weather outlook for the March-to-May period. While IMD has predicted a hotter-than-normal summer for the months from March to May, it hasn’t indicated whether the temperatures will be higher than those witnessed during these months a year ago. Read more.

The missing headline today: Union Budget

It is 1 March and for the first time in (most of the last) 70 years, the headlines of the country’s newspaper have nothing to do with the Union Budget—usually presented on the last day of February. Effectively, it is a quiet burial of one more colonial vestige. Read more.

Modi’s adopted village in Varanasi rues no follow-up on development works

The sleepy village of Jayapur has been a centre of activity since PM Modi adopted it under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in 2014. And understandably a transformation is underway. However, residents of Jayapur village say toilets constructed under Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission starting to crumble, solar panels getting stolen. Read more.

Thiruvananthapuram tops city-wide urban governance survey

Thiruvananthapuram remained at the top of the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), which highlighted inadequacies in urban governance that could affect public service delivery and quality of life. Pune came second in the 2016 survey, rising two spots from the last edition. Bhubaneswar was the biggest gainer, rising eight notches to the 10th spot in the survey, thanks to reforms such as instituting of municipal cares. Bengaluru dropped four places to rank 16. Read more.

Narendra Modi’s Israel visit likely in June to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties

With India and Israel marking 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties on 29 January, the two countries have planned a series of events including the exchange of prime ministerial visits before the close of the anniversary year in January 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Israel in June—the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish country. Read more.

EC bars CSO from releasing state-specific data during assembly polls

The CSO, which released the quarterly GDP figures on Tuesday, has been barred by the Election Commission from releasing any state-specific data during the ongoing assembly elections lest it should influence voting pattern. Read more.

UP polls: NDA leaders now talking of fractured verdict, say Akhilesh Yadav

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his fractured mandate remark, saying those talking about getting 300 of the 403 seats are now giving indications of a coalition government. Read more.

AIADMK MPs meet President, seek probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MPs led by V. Maitreyan, from former chief minister O. Panneerselvam’s camp, on Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and demanded a probe into late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s death. The 12 MPs—10 Lok Sabha and two Rajya Sabha members—met the President. Read more.

Manipur polls: PM Modi should make contents of Naga Accord public, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday demanded that the contents of the Naga Accord, signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should be made public and accused the PM of “spreading hate and lies” wherever he went. Read more.

Varun Gandhi moves bill in Lok Sabha to recall MPs, MLAs for non-performance

MPs and MLAs should be recalled within two years from being elected if 75% of those who voted for them are not satisfied with their performance, according to a bill moved by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi. Stating that the countries all over the world have experimented with the concept of Right to Recall, the Lok Sabha MP has proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Read more.

Students, teachers march to ‘save DU’ from ABVP, reclaim space to dissent

Hundreds of students and teachers of Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Milia Islamia on Tuesday hit the streets with a call to “save” the varsities from the “onslaught” of Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) and “curbing” of dissent. Read more.

Maharashtra CM meets PM Modi post electoral success in civic polls

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and apprised him about the political developments and the electoral success the BJP got in the ten municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis across Maharashtra, the Indian Express report said. Read more.

In Mumbai, Shiv Sena acts to consolidate position to get next mayor elected

With less than 10 days to go for the mayoral election in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena is taking steps to consolidate its position as the party with maximum strength in the House to get the city’s next mayor elected and also to ensure that no defections happen, especially of the independents who have vowed to support the party, Hindustan Times reported. Read more.

Abhiram Ghadyalpatil contributed to this wrap.

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