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Surprise Inspection By Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

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Delhi government drafts policy to build breastfeeding rooms

To adopt the global practices, the Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Delhi government is exploring the possibility of building breastfeeding and childcare rooms in the national capital. It is also looking at ways to amend the by-laws to open the way for such rooms.

The government has informed the Delhi High Court that it has drafted a policy for building baby feeding rooms and has sought comments and suggestions from the public. The draft policy has also been shared with landowning departments for their opinions.

The government is exploring the possibility of incorporating it in the future building plans and amendments to building by-laws to implement the policy.

Consultations have already held with organisations, like the Municipal Corporations of New Delhi, South Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Department of Women & Child, and the Urban Development Department.

The move to build baby-feeding rooms is aimed at creating the environment that supports, protects and enables the mother to nurse her child in a safe, comfortable and hygienic place.

“The purpose is to formulate guidelines for the public utility departments and others for setting up facilities for nursing mothers and her child,” the government said in an affidavit to the Delhi High Court in a case filed by a nine-month-old Avyaan through his mother Neha Rastogi and advocate Animesh Rastogi, seeking the court”s intervention for providing adequate facilities to lactating mothers and their children.

The government has suggested that an ideal nursing room should preferably be on the ground floor with nursing counters equipped with sink, mirror and disposal bin, no sharp edges and hard corners and facilities for changing soggy diapers and washrooms.

The room size should be adequate, depending upon the footfalls, and easily accessible to all, including persons with disabilities. A female attendant could be posted outside to block entry of unwanted people and an emergency alarm/bell button should be provided alongside the flight button for the mother to call someone in case of emergency.

It should be properly lit, ventilated and have child-friendly atmosphere. In case of non-availability of space for a separate room, the nursing area should be shielded with curtains or flex walls for privacy.

The state government will launch publicity and awareness campaigns to encourage breastfeeding in the public setups, keeping in mind the infant”s holistic development and strengthening of the mother-child bond.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, infants should exclusively be breastfed for the first six months, and even after the introduction of complementary food, the breastfeeding should be continued for two years and beyond.

Some key points of the policy:

To ensure biological and natural right of a mother to nature her child;

The nursing rooms should be set up at all bus terminals and depots, railway stations, major Metro stations, court premises, shopping complexes, government and private commercial buildings, cinema halls, departmental stores and malls; and

The location of childcare room would have signages and the site-plan for easy access.

(IANS)

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Over 50 Dalit protesters held in Delhi, including the Bhim Army chief Azad

Over 50 protesters, including the Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, were detained by the Delhi Police after a Dalit protest over demolition of Saint Ravidas temple turned violent in south Delhi”s Tughlakabad area on Wednesday.

The Delhi Police resorted to mild lathicharge and used tear gas to disperse the violent agitators after they set ablaze couple of two-wheelers and attacked a police vehicle. They also pelted stones.

According to a senior police official, Azad was taken to the Kalkaji police station in southeast district in night and is being questioned. The police may lodge an FIR against for rioting and unlawful activities.

Bhim Army claimed that the police fired at the protesters, but the police denied that.

The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.

The protesters from Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, UP and other states were demanding rebuilding of the temple by the Central government or handing over of the plot to the community and rebuild the temple.

(IANS)

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Woman stabbed by husband in Delhi succumbs to injuries

New Delhi, Aug 16 A 40-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries on Friday, a day after she was stabbed by her husband in an inebriated stated at Safdarjung Hospital, the police said.

The deceased has been identified as Mohini, a resident of JJ Colony in Shakurpur area of North West district, who was stabbed by her husband Sonu after an argument ensued between the couple.

The victim was rushed to Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital for the treatment.

On Thursday, the police received a PCR call about the incident from the couple”s 21-year-old daughter after which a team was rushed to the spot.

“We had rushed her to Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital and later she was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital for the treatment. However she succumbed to her injuries on Friday. We had registered a case of attempt to murder and arrested Sonu. But now the case has been converted into a murder case,” said a senior police officer.

Investigation has revealed that Mohini was stabbed by her husband Sonu after an argument ensued between them.

“Sonu was under the influence of alcohol when he attacked his wife. The knife used in the offence has been recovered,” the officer added.

(IANS)

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Kite threads delay Delhi Metro service on Blue line

New Delhi, Aug 15 After excessive kite threads led to the tripping of overhead electrification, Delhi Metro service on Blue line was delayed on Thursday between Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden stations.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in its statement said the service was affected from Subhash Nagar to Rajouri Garden stations between 2 p.m. and 3.15 p.m.

“The cause of overhead electrification (OHE) tripping was due to excessive kite threads getting entangled at multiple locations in this section, that had to be physically removed by maintenance team by patrolling the affected section,” it said.

“We appeal to the general public not to fly kites near OHE lines of Delhi Metro as it may endanger their own safety besides disrupting Metro services,” a Metro official said.

(IANS)

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Delhi to remain partly cloudy, heavy rain forecast for Odisha

The national capital is expected to remain partly cloudy, with light drizzle in isolated places, even as the Met Department has forecast very heavy rainf for Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain can be expected in Delhi only by August 13. Delhi and the National Capital Region had experienced heavy rains on August 6 that resulted in disruption of traffic and normal lives.

“No heavy or moderate rainfall is expected over Delhi as of now. The skies will remain partly cloudy with very light rains or drizzle at some places,” said IMD’s regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastava.

According to private weather forecasting agency Skymet, rainfall over Delhi can be expected only after the monsoon trough finishes passing through the south of the national capital.

The IMD issued a bulletin on Thursday forecasting extremely heavy rainfall over Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Konkan AND Goa, Kerala and Karnataka over the next two days apart from Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Gujarat is also expected to get heavy rainfall by Friday as per Skymet.

Heavy rain was also been predicted over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Meanwhile, the flood situation continued to be grim in Maharashtra and Karnataka with no abatement in rainfall and release of water from major reservoirs over the last few days.

The Indian Army, which is assisting the respective state governments in carrying out relief and rescue operations, has so far rescued 500 persons apart from providing medical aid and distributing food packets to those affected.

Rescue operations were undertaken in Maharashtra in the villages of Birwadi and Asankoli in Raigad district and Mouje Digraj, Haripur and Nandre villages of Sangli and Kohlapur districts.

More than 1,200 people are reported to be stranded in these villages.

(IANS)

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Over 3,000 buses to be inducted by next year: Delhi govt

The Delhi government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that by May next year, the national capital will have 3,035 more buses, including 1,385 low floor AC buses and electric ones.

The process of inducting 1,000 standard-floor non-AC CNG cluster buses with hydraulic lifts, for differently-abled persons, will start this month and would be completed in February 2020, the state government said in an additional affidavit filed before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The government also informed the court that process of bidding is on regarding including induction of 385 low-floor AC electric cluster buses. The state government also informed the court that the government, on July 11, approved procurement of 1,000 low-floor AC buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the process would be completed by April 2020.

The affidavit also mentioned procurement of 650 low-floor AC CNG cluster buses and said the process of procuring this would be completed by May 2020. The matter came up for hearing on before a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta and the counsel appearing for the Delhi government apprised the court about the process of procurement of these buses.

The bench, after perusing the affidavit, asked the state government to act upon it. The issue came up while the top court was hearing a matter related to air pollution in the national capital.

(IANS)

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Six people died while 11 were injured in South Delhi fire

Six people died while 11 were injured in a massive blaze that broke out at a residential building in the national capital early on Tuesday.

According to the Delhi Fire Service, the blaze started at 2.21 a.m. in a four-storey building in Zakir Nagar area near the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Most of the injured were those who tried to jump off to safety.

“Initially five fire tenders were rushed to the spot, later more were sent to douse the flames,” Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg said.

The fire was finally brought under control at 5.30 a.m.

Around seven cars and eight motorcycles were also gutted in the fire.

(IANS)

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Unnao rape survivor’s lawyer to be airlifted to Delhi

 Mahendra Singh, the lawyer of the Unnao rape survivor, will be airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement issued by Aeromed Airambulances, the lawyer and his attendant will be airlifted before noon.

The Unnao rape survivor was airlifted in an air ambulance late on Monday and admitted to AIIMS.

Singh is said to be critical and in deep coma though he has been taken off the ventilator.

The lawyer and the rape survivor were critically injured in a road accident in Rae Bareli on July 28 when a truck crashed into their car. The rape survivor’s two aunts were killed in the accident.

The rape survivor and the lawyer were seriously injured and had been undergoing treatment at the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow.

The CBI has been asked to investigate the conspiracy behind the accident and it is on the Supreme Court’s orders that the rape survivor and the lawyer were being shifted to Delhi for advanced treatment.

All cases related to the Unnao rape that involves expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar have been transferred to Delhi.

Sengar too has been transferred to Tihar Jail in the national capital.

(IANS)

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CNG, petrol vehicles can be registered as cabs in Delhi: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed CNG and petrol vehicles to get registered with Delhi government’s transport department as cabs with all-India tourist permit (AITP) which will be eligible to ply in the national capital region.

A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta passed the order while clarifying its May 10, 2016 order which had created confusion as the transport department was not registering CNG or petrol-run vehicles as cabs.

Senior lawyer Aprajita Singh, who is assisting the top court in a public suit related to pollution, sought two weeks to file a fresh report on behalf on Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA).

Meanwhile, the Delhi government supported the EPCA suggestion for removing the cap on the number of auto-rickshaws in the national capital on condition that the vehicles are “BS-VI CNG/petrol/LPG etc (positive ignition based technology) or battery operated”.

The transport department of the Delhi government told the bench that it would file an affidavit on the issue by August 13.

(IANS)

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BSF trooper’s 17-year-old daughter commits suicide in Delhi

The 17-year-old daughter of a BSF trooper was found hanging from the ceiling fan from her home here, having allegedly committed suicide, police said on Wednesday. However, no suicide note was found at the spot.

According to the police, the incident in south Delhi’s Saket area was reported on Tuesday.

“A team reached the house located at sector 3 of Pushp Vihar and found the girl, a class 12 student, hanging from the fan with her ‘dupatta’. During investigation, it was found that the parents of another girl, studying in the same school as this girl, had informed the principal about their daughter being beaten up,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, Vijay Kumar said.

Police said that the girl’s mother was called to meet the principal but when she went to school on Tuesday the teachers had left by then and she was called the next day.

“No foul play was found in the case. A post-mortem was conducted and the body was handed over to the family. The reports are awaited,” the DCP said.

(IANS)

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Delhi Government releases Rs 109 cr to MCDs to fight diseases

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday instructed the Urban Development Department to release around Rs 109 crore to the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi to make sure that the civic bodies had funds required to deal with the vector-borne diseases, like dengue and chikungunya.

In a statement released to media, the Chief Minister’s Office claimed the amount would be shared between the three MCDs with North MCD getting Rs 57.15 crore, East MCD Rs 28.40 crore and the South MCD Rs 23.57 crore to tackle the diseases.

The Chief Minister said the fund shortage should not be an excuse for lack of preparation for prevention of vector-borne diseases in Delhi.

Kejriwal asked the department to tell the MCDs that “maintenance of public health is their mandatory function as defined in the Delhi Municipal Corporations (DMC) Act,” and when enough fund was being provided ahead of time there should now be no excuse in effectively dealing with the diseases.

The Delhi government also released Rs 46.88 crore for primary education to MCDs. Of this, the East MCD will get around Rs 22.50 crore, the North MCD Rs 12.50 crore and the South MCD Rs 11.75 crore.

(IANS)

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Delhi PWD asked to procure 1.5 lakh more CCTV cameras

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to procure 1.5 lakh more CCTV cameras and asked it to submit a daily progress report on the ongoing installation.

At a meeting with PWD officials, he also reviewed Mohalla Clinics construction work and asked for their completion at the earliest, according to a government statement.

On the installation of CCTV cameras, the Chief Minister asked the PWD to expedite the process and seek necessary approvals for installation of nearly 300,000 CCTV cameras in residential areas.

“CCTV cameras’ installation is an important step, speed it up,” the Chief Minister said.

The Delhi government has been installing CCTV cameras since last month as per the poll promise by Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.

On Mohalla clinics, he said construction work, hiring of doctors, para-medics and procurement of medicines be done simultaneously to make the new clinics functional at the earliest.

(IANS)

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Delhi court frames charges against Kejriwal, 3 others in 2014 dharna case

A Delhi court on Friday framed charges against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three others in connection with a case related to violation of prohibitory orders and obstructing public servants.

The case relates to a dharna staged by Kejriwal and others outside the Rail Bhawan on January 20, 2014, demanding action against police officers who allegedly refused to cooperate with AAP leader Somnath Bharti.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal framed the charges against Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla and Bharti.

The court, however, discharged Sanjay Singh and journalist and former party leader Ashutosh.

Advocates B.S. Joon and Mohd Irshad represented the AAP leaders in the court.

The police had chargesheeted the AAP leaders under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 145 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 186 (obstructing public servant) and 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant).

(IANS)

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Delhi Court sentences AAP MLA to 6 months in jail

A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somdutt to six months imprisonment for physically assaulting a man, leaving him grievously injured during the 2015 Assembly election campaign.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal pronounced the quantum of sentence on the MLA from Sadar Bazar constituency.

The court also fined him Rs 2 lakh, of which Rs 1 lakh is to be paid to the victim, Pandit Sanjiv Rana. Somdutt had been convicted on June 29.

During the run up to the 2015 elections in Delhi, Somdutt along with 50 men went to Gulabi Bagh and continuously rang the doorbell of Rana’s house. When Rana objected to it, he was allegedly attacked by Somdutt’s supporters mercilessly.

(IANS)

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Delhi Congress leaders discuss 2019 election defeat with Rahul

Former Chief Minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Friday met party President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the reasons for the party’s defeat in the national capital in the Lok Sabha elections.

The meeting was also attended by Congress candidates Ajay Maken, Mahabal Mishra, J.P. Agarwal, Rajesh Lilothia and Arvinder Singh Lovely as well as P.C. Chacko, who is the Congress in-charge of Delhi. Dikshit was also a candidate.

The meeting lasted for over more than an hour.

The Congress, which was defeated by the BJP on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, also discussed the preparedness for the Assembly elections early next year.

The Congress ruled the national capital from 1998 to 2013 but since then has lost every major election.

Gandhi has held similar review meetings with leaders from Chhattisgarh and Haryana.

(IANS)

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Centre seeks funds from Delhi for 427 electric buses

Stressing the need for a robust last-mile connectivity, the Centre has urged the Delhi government to release funds to procure 427 electric buses by Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC).

Informed sources said that DMRC had submitted a proposal in January 2018 to the Delhi government for providing a grant under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for the procurement of the buses to boost its feeder service. The request has been pending since then.

The Secretary in the central Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, has written to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev requesting him to intervene and expedite the approval of the DMRC proposal.

VGF is a grant to support projects that are economically justified but not financially viable. It was launched in 2004 to support infrastructure projects that fall under Public Private Partnerships.

“You are aware that provision of a good feeder service towards last mile connectivity improves modal shift from private transport to mass transit system like metro rail,” Mishra’s letter read.

“In Delhi this is a challenge and needs to be addressed squarely so as to provide easy accessibility to commuters from homes to offices, hospitals, institutes, shopping centres.

“This will not only reduce the congestion, vehicular pollution and accidents but also enhance the ridership of Delhi Metro,” Mishra added.

Mishra said the DMRC had said that it has submitted the proposal and flagged it several times, besides providing necessary clarification.

The State Transport Authority in Delhi had agreed in principle to support the proposal, he said.

Mishra added that the DMRC had invited tenders from various players in the anticipation that the purchase of these buses would be approved.

(IANS)

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Delhi Assembly and BJP leader Vijender Gupta’s wife robbed

The Delhi Police have received a complaint from Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly and BJP leader Vijender Gupta’s wife who has alleged that she was robbed at Mandi House in Lutyen’s Delhi on Monday.

According to the police, the complainant Shobha who runs an NGO claimed that the incident took place at about 10:15 a.m. when she left her Pandara Road residence in her car along with her associate and driver.

When she reached near Mandi House, unknown bike-borne persons intercepted her car and later threw some flammable substance on the car’s bonnet.

When her driver and associate got out of the car to look into the matter, taking advantage the robbers fled away with her handbag, she stated.

Later she approached the police and reported the matter after which a police complaint was lodged. She hit out at the Delhi government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for their lukewarm response over women’s safety in the national capital.

(IANS)

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Kejriwal, Delhi Police in war of words over increase in crime

Hours after an elderly couple was found murdered along with their maid in the national capital on Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Police traded barbs over the crime situation in the city.

The Chief Minister slammed the Delhi Police saying that with nine murders reported in 24 hours there has been a “dangerous spurt” in serious crimes in the city.

“Delhi is witnessing a dangerous spurt in serious crimes. An elderly couple and their domestic help murdered in Vasant Vihar. Nine murders reported in last 24 hours across the city. Whose door should be knocked for safety and security of Delhiites?” Kejriwal tweeted.

The Aam Aadmi Party chief’s remarks came after an elderly couple who had retired from government service were found murdered in their house along with their maid in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area.

All three – Vishnu Mathur, 78, Shashi Mathur, 75, and Khushbu, 20 — had their throats slit.

Responding to the Chief Minister, the Delhi Police on its official Twitter account said: “No such increase in crime in Delhi. Overall heinous crimes down by 10 per cent this year compared to 2018. Similarly heinous crime committed against senior citizens also down by 22 per cent due to preventive efforts of Delhi Police.”

“Also, two of the three incidents of murder which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is referring have been committed by family members or persons living in the house. Both cases are solved and accused arrested. In the Vasant Vihar case also entry is friendly and police has vital leads,” the police said referring to the recent murder cases.

After coming to power in 2015, Kejriwal has been in the midst of a power struggle with the Centre and the Lieutenant Governor over control of Delhi Police and other services in the national capital.

(IANS)

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Rahul Gandhi turns 49, Narendra Modi extends wishes

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday turned 49. Wishes poured in from political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi tweeted: “Best wishes to Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life.”

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also greeted the Congress chief. “I greet Congress President Rahul Gandhi happy birthday.”

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “Your indomitable courage in face of every adversity, your indelible commitment to principles in face of every onslaught, your simplicity and straight forwardness when being machiavellian is often considered a virtue is what endears you and sets you apart. Happy Birthday Rahul Gandhi.”

Senior leaders, inlcuding former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, and supporters reached the party office on Akbar Road here to meet and greet Rahul.

Birthday celebrations were also held in the party headquarters.

(IANS)

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New Delhi, In Birla Modi-Shah surprise again, forego seniority

By naming Rajasthan MP Om Birla as the NDA nominee for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have again given preference to competence over seniority.

Birla is a two-time Lok Sabha member from Kota in Rajasthan. His choice as the Speaker came as a surprise as the post is generally given to a leader who has substantial exposure of multiple terms in the lower house.

True to the Modi-Shah style, not many knew about their choice till the last moment.

But a number of factors went in his favour, said informed sources. He is close to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). His official residence in Delhi was often used for hosting RSS functions.

Birla is also close to Amit Shah as well as Prime Minister Modi from their early days.

The BJP President had launched the social media campaign for the Lok Sabha elections from Kota in 2018.

In terms of caste factor, Birla belongs to the Vaishya community, a section which has been a traditional BJP supporter but was antagonized because of the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Birla’s nomination as Speaker is the party’s attempt to reach out to the community.

Within Rajasthan’s politics, Birla, who has been a MLA thrice from Kota South, is considered to be in the anti-Vasundhara Raje camp. Another Rajasthan leader, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, also known to be anti-Vasundhara, is in the Modi cabinet.

The BJP leadership went by the principal of commitment to party, organizational capability and ability to handle tough situations in elevating Birla for the coveted post, forgoing the seniority matrix.Birla’s nomination for the Lok Sabha ticket from Kota, however, was strongly resisted by local BJP leaders after videos raising questions about his character went viral on social media though it did not affect his election prospects.

Modi and Shah are known for springing surprise decisions — be it in the appointment of non-Jat Manohar Lal Khattar as the Haryana Chief Minister or Devendra Fadnavis, a Brahmin, as Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Yogi Adityanath, head priest of the Gorakhnath sect, as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

(IANS)