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PTI He said that there was no question of ever having any scheme to reach out to only the Muslim community and was a "strong opponent" to the idea. Modi said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid wasn’t wrong but doing it to influence the community’s votes was in violation of the Election Commission’s model code of conduct "I would want Sonia Gandhi meet all communities It is part of her responsibilities But what message are you trying to give That is worrying" he said Modi also took the opportunity to take a pot-shot at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that after reading Singh’s former communication advisor’s book he felt that the PM was under pressure from just one family Modi a former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh defended the organisation and said that it had become ‘fashion’ to criticise the right wing group whenever the Congress was in dire straits "It has become a fashion in our country that whenever the Congress is going through a bad phase people emerge to abuse the RSS It is a cultural organisation and many vested interest groups are attempting to hurt it with their statements" he said "It is the biggest non-governmental organisation Its capabilities should be admired and used for the benefit of the people" Modi also said he knew many people in the RSSwho were working for the underprivileged and added that while he had been associated with the organisation in his youth it had never encouraged them to work in a communal fashion He blamed the Congress for resulting in the deterioration of the federal structure of the country and said that in the event he became the prime minister he would ensure a ‘family-like’ environment between the Centre and states He spoke in favour of privatisation of public industries should be done on a case by case basis "We should give them the opportunity of turning themselves around based on professional advice" he said Modi also said that if his party forms the next government they will work to push through the contentious Goods and Services Tax "Until we strengthen the information network GST is impossible The Centre will have to treat states as equals It has to taken them on board for all decisions We agree on the need for GST but there should be advance work done" he said He refused to be drawn into making any promises on delivering any policies in a fixed time frame "Governance is a serious business and decisions should be taken thoughtfully People should be evaluating the government on its five year performance" he said adding that people shouldn’t be made false promises of new schemes in a short time frame By: Express Web Desk | Published: September 8 2017 2:18 pm Washington Sundar has been included in the Board President’s XI squad (Source: Top News After a commendable IPL performance and good outings at the Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy all-rounder Washington Sundar has been included in the Board President’s XI squad that will face Australia in a tour match next week Washington Sundar who has played with Steve Smith in the IPL said “I’m glad to have got this opportunity I have played a lot with Smith in the IPL with Pune Now I’m looking forward to playing against him I’m also happy that people are looking at the performances from the Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy” Earlier in another interview with Sportstar Sundar stated that his experience in the IPL has also helped him a lot “There’s a lot to learn from them on the field or off it Yes I expected to play but what was going on my mind was when this tournament gets over I should be going with a lot of takeaways so that I can implement them in the games I’d play in the future And I learnt a lot and that’s what’s helping me so far” he said Sundar had also said that he loves to come up against situations that test him and never sets any goals Revealing the reason behind this move he said “It helps me to stay calm I think setting goals puts you under pressure puts you under anxiety gets you to overthink and you’ll forget this moment I used to set goals and I changed myself not to be that way That’s why I am able to do whatever I can at this moment in the best possible way For me it’s better not to have any goals” he said” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Ravish Tiwari | Published: December 7 2017 2:35 am No sig yet that Patidar movement (above) will consolidate non-Patel votes (File) Related News The Patidar quota agitation may be one of the central themes for parties in this election but not necessarily for voters of non-Patel communities Many voters from numerically strong communities — Kolis Durbars Bharwad Ahirs and others — have indicated that the agitation will have no effect on their traditional voting choices This came across in interactions with voters in constituencies from Dhandhuka (Ahmedabad) to Bhavnagar Rural Mahuva and Talaja (Bhavnagar); Rajula (Amreli); Una Kodinar and Talala (Gir Somnath); Manavadar and Visavadar (Junagadh); Jetpur and Gondal (Rajkot) This was in spite of occasional criticism for the BJP government and its MLAs The few who did say they would change their choice in fact appeared to be guided by the candidates in their seats This tendency if widespread would go against the BJP’s hopes that the Patidar assertion may result in counter polarisation among other communities Members of the Koli community the largest chunk of the 40% OBC community seemed inclined to go with their previous choice in most places visited by this reporter Kolis constituted over 24% of Gujarat’s population according to the 1931 caste census; Patidars constituted under 15% “I will vote for the Congress as I did last time” said A S Makwana in Una sipping morning tea at the town corner shop Both the Congress and the BJP have fielded a Koli candidate in Una which shot into prominence nationally following atrocities on Dalits by cow vigilantes Makwana said he might have considered voting BJP if they had fielded another Koli one hailing from the town itself Sitting with Makwana are others of the Koli community such as Bharat Solanki who declare they would vote for the BJP as they did last time On the way from Vavuri village in Gir Somnath to Junagadh The Indian Express came across a few Kolis who did say they would move from the BJP to the Congress While being OBCs themselves none of these Koli voters The Indian Express spoke to mentioned the OBC quota demand by Patidars led by Hardik Patel The few who claimed they would change their choice in fact said this was because of low prices for their cotton and groundnut produce OBC Ratharia Rajputs pastoralist sphepherds Bharwads and Ahirs across Bhavnagar Gir Somnath and Junagadh too did not refer to the Patidar agitation when they spoke of their preference Nor did upper-caste Rajputs who call themselves Durbars and are not entitled to a caste quota So Bharat Chudasma a Rajput of Dholera region where farmers have agitated against land acquisition for a special investment region expresses his apprehensions about the acquisition but still affirms his preference for the BJP A number of Durbar community members who run autorickshaws from a stand outside an engineering college in Bhavnagar Rural on the other hand declare their preference for the Congress From both these camps it emerges that they voted for the same option last election too Ahirs are not a dominant community but have a sizeable presence across Gir Somnath and Junagadh and some other districts While most indicated they would stick to their earlier preferences a few BJP voters said they would go with the Congress — because the party has fielded more Ahir candidates than the BJP “The Congress has fielded 8 Ahir candidates the BJP 2 Otherwise Modiji is good for Gujarat and the country” said Vinu Bhai an Ahir in his mid-30s in Datrana of Junagadh Bharwads such as Oghad Bhai of Rajabra village in Talaja of Bhavnagar populate the arid regions of Saurashtra “I had voted for the BJP and will vote for them again” he said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsSrinagar:The Election Commission is likely to conduct polls in Jammu and Kashmir in late November or early December despite reservations expressed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his party the National Conference Omar had recently warned that if the elections were held on time there would be “zero percentage turnout” in Srinagar and its adjoining areas that saw unprecedented floods However all other parties in the state including the BJP disagree with him “The state capital anyway had less than optimum turnout in elections Tomorrow when zero percentage turnout will happen in Srinagar who will you blame for that You certainly can’t blame me Because I am not the one who is pushing for elections You have to blame those people who are trying to hold elections” Omar said in New Delhi after meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh The devastating floods in Kashmir valley last month left at least 285 people dead and rendered thousands of people homeless Around 25 assembly constituencies including eight in Srinagar city were severely effected Relief and rehabilitation work is still on in these areas Making a strong case for delayed polls PTI image But political observers say it is better to have political governance in the state then the governor’s rule no matter how effective the rehabilitation process “It seems the state administration has given the feedback to Election Commission that elections should be held on time If they are not there would be a vacuum which may not be a good political choice” Rekha Chowdhry a professor of political science at Jammu University told Firstpost “If there is a change of guard the new government would be inheriting problems of current dispensation there are already allegation of corruption against it in the handling of relief material I think it is appropriate to hold the elections then have Governor’s rule” she added It is a view echoed by renowned International Relations and Kashmir expert Professor Amitabh Matoo presently heading the Australia India Institute in Melbourne In an email interview to Firstpost Matoo said if the Election Commission goes ahead with holding the elections on time it would be a timely “well thought out decision” Although counter-intuitive it could prove to be persuasive “Perhaps it is a time for a change and for ensuring the most inclusive of elections" he said The state Matoo said has to now be rebuilt with a vision and its people rehabilitated with dignity and given hope “We cannot afford to have Governor’s rule – however effective it may be but which has no accountability whatsoever- or continue with a government that legally will have outlived its tenure in January but has already lost all moral legitimacy” he said But if the EC decided to hold the elections on time in the wake of the devastating floods the voter turnout mostly in Kashmir region will be effected severely “Srinagar is completely devastated there has already been a precedent of voting percentage remaining low now if the elections are held in November I don’t think Srinagar would witness one percentage of voting” Ajaz Ahmad a political scientist based in Srinagar said “Even in the villages where voting percentage would normally remain high as compared to Srinagar there is every possibility it would be low if polls are held in November or December” he added The Omar Abdullah government will complete its six-year term on January 19 2015 If the Election Commission decided to defer the elections paving way for Governor’s rule in the state it would be least supported by a majority of the political parties in state The BJP’s state unit which wants an early election in the state is banking on the anti-incumbency factor against the Omar government and the pro-Modi wave in Jammu to sweep the Jammu region It also believes the tough response adopted by the Indian government on the Pakistani ceasefire along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu would benefit it Chief spokesperson for the People’s Democratic Party Nayeem Akhtar said the National Conference wants the elections to be delayed as they are facing the anger of the people for failing to deliver and would like Governor’s rule in the state to buy time “But the democratic process should not be derailed their argument is that relief efforts and rehabilitation process would be derailed but there ability to deliver is highly questionable No one in the state takes them serious now” Akhtar said “Kashmir presently needs a long-term plan for rehabilitation and the present government even lacks the skill for that” he said Ahmedabad: Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel’s son was early on Monday prevented by authorities from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Greece after he arrived in a "heavily drunken" state at the airport and argued with the airline’s staff Official sources told IANS that Jaimin Patel who is in his mid-30s his wife Jhalak and their daughter Vaishvi were stopped from boarding the Qatar Airways flight which was to take off at 4 am Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel Image courtesy: @Nitin_patel When Patel who is a land dealer reached Ahmedabad International Airport he was not even able to walk because of his drunken state He cleared the immigration and other checks in a wheelchair due to his inebriated condition said airport officials "Jaimin Patel was prevented from boarding the flight He also had an argument with the staff of the airways" an official said requesting anonymity Meanwhile Nitin Patel told reporters in the evening in Gandhinagar that this was a ploy to defame him "My son his wife and daughter were going for a vacation He was not feeling well" "His wife called up home and then it was decided to return home and not proceed" Patel added "Our opponents are trying to tarnish our image by spreading false and mischievous information" he said also give Greece the fiscal, This is why several countries needed 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