Rajasthan assembly: Money and muscle power reign supreme in newly elected House

The average asset per MLA in the Rajasthan 2018 assembly elections is Rs. 7.39 crore. In 2013, it was Rs 5.81 crore.

The average asset per MLA in the Rajasthan 2018 assembly elections is Rs. 7.39 crore. In 2013, it was Rs 5.81 crore. (Image: Twitter)

The newly elected Rajasthan assembly has more members with pending criminal cases and crorepatis as compared to the previous one. Rajasthan Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed affidavits of 199 newly elected MLAs of 2018 out of 200 seats in the Rajasthan Assembly.

Polling to Ramgarh constituency has been deferred following the death last month of Laxman Singh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.

Criminal background

Of the 199 MLAs analysed, 46 (23 per cent) MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. In 2013, the number of MLAs with criminal cases was 36 (18 per cent). When it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder or kidnapping the number this year is 28 (14 per cent) compared to 19 (10 per cent) in 2013.

Parsadi Lal, a Congress MLA from Lalsot has a murder charge (Section 302 of IPC) registered against him; four MLAs, all from Congress, have cases related to attempt to murder (Section 307). Out of Congress’s 100 MLAs, 25 (25 per cent) have criminal cases against them; the number for BJP is 12 (16 per cent) and two (33 per cent) for BSP. As for serious criminal cases, Congress has 16 MLAs (16 per cent), BJP seven (10 per cent) and BSP two (33 per cent).[“source=cnbc”]

Soldier Seen In Videos Key Suspect In UP Cop Killing: Sources

Uttar Pradesh: 

A soldier has emerged as a key suspect in the killing of a police inspector in mob frenzy over cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday. Police sources say they are investigating whether Jeetu Fauji, an army jawan posted in Srinagar, could have fired the shot that killed Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh. A senior officer investigating the incident told NDTV it is too soon to say conclusively that Jeetu Fauji is the one who shot inspector Singh.

Two police teams have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir to track down Jeetu Fauji, who is seen in various videos of the mob violence in Bulandshahr. His mother Ratan Kaur said she could not identify her son from videos of the mob attack.

Other family members of Jeetu Fauji, however, confirm that he was present when the mob killing took place and left for Kargil after the incident. “He came from the spot and said, ‘see the drama’ and left for Kargil the same evening,” said Chandravati, Jeetu’s aunt.

Four people have been arrested for the mob violence which erupted after cow carcasses were found scattered in a forest near a village.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and his team had gone to the village to tackle the violence when they came under attack. On video, a wild mob is seen chasing the policemen and shouting: “Maaro, take his gun!” Inspector Singh was assaulted with a sharp weapon and then shot in the head.

In one of the mobile videos apparently taken by the rioters, the police officer is seen with a man looking like Jeetu Fauji around the time he was killed.


Mother of soldier Jeetu Fauji, suspected to have shot Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, claims that her son is in Kargil

Jeetu was in the village on the day of the violence and went back to Kashmir the same evening.

Police sources say there are other videos in which the same man is present and part of the mob.

At Jeetu’s village, his mother told NDTV the police vandalised their home when they came looking for him on Wednesday. She claimed that her son was in Kargil.


The mother said she did not believe her son had killed inspector Singh. “If he is the one who has killed the inspector then he deserves to be punished,” she said.


Jio nahi chal raha: Photographer quips when clicking Mukesh Ambani. Video goes viral

Hanuman jain dalit tribal

t’s election time in India. Religion and caste, the two narratives that drive this fever, are in business. This time, it is not just the Ram temple issue. For some change, politicians have also roped in the name of his trusted aide, Hanuman, into the fray.

The monkey god has been called a Dalit, then a tribal, and now a Jain.

A Jain priest in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, has claimed that Lord Hanuman was neither a Dalit nor a tribal, but a Jain.

Aacharya Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj, who heads a Jain temple in Samasgad, nearly 25 km from Bhopal, said according to Jain scriptures, Lord Hanuman was a Jain. He was part of the 169 great persons identified in Jainism.

Aacharya Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj, the Jain priest, who claimed Hanuman was Jain.

“Hanuman was a Kamdev. In Jainism, there are 24 Kamdevs. Hanuman was a kshatriya (warrior).” Making his claim, he said Jain scriptures have many references to Hanuman. “Like other Jains. Hanuman too did not have any caste,” he said.

Ascribing identities to Lord Hanuman started with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who while addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar claimed that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit.

Yogi, who is also the head of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, said: “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west. This was his resolve as it was Lord Ram’s wish. Just like him, we should also not rest till we fulfil that wish.”

When asked about this comment, BJP president Amit Shah told India Today TV that he would not like to comment on it.

Speaking at a session at Aaj Tak’s Panchayat Rajasthan, Shah said, “I refrain from commenting on such issues. He is a responsible person and chief minister of a big state. If anyone has queries and disagreements on his comment, they should ask him to elaborate.”

“He interpreted the characters in some context. He has tried to describe the character of Lord Hanuman. If you disagree with the statement, you should definitely ask him.”

After Yogi’s claim, Dalit organisations in Lucknow came out and demanded control over Hanuman temples. They said since Lord Hanuman is their God, only Dalits should be allowed to perform prayers and rituals at all Hanuman temples across the country.

Days after Yogi’s claim, chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Nand Kumar Sai floated another claim. He said Hanuman was not a Dalit but a tribal.

“Lord Hanuman was a tribal and not Dalit. He lived in the forest for years. He played a crucial role in Lord Ram winning the battle against Ravan. We still have a sub-caste which is called Hanuman. It has been proved in history that he was a tribal and the UP CM may have tried to convey the same. Those raising questions on my statement must read history first,” Sai had told India Today TV earlier.


Cash transfer can up nutrition intake

Cash transfer can up nutrition intake

pregnant womenAmit Bhatt

Updated: Nov 16, 2018, 06:10 AM IST

At the time when combating malnutrition in children, pregnant and  lactating mothers is a major concern for government in order to curb Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the state, a recently conducted survey brought out compelling revelations that as many as 80.8% of women in the state favour cash transfer as a practical means to facilitate nutrition intake for themselves and their children. It is worth mention here that as per experts, women’s ability to conveniently purchase food of their choice and increased variety in consumed food is the most commonly cited benefit of receiving direct cash support.

The survey was conducted by a social organization across 5 districts of Rajasthan including Ajmer, Baran, Jodhpur, Sirohi and Udaipur, with the objective of assessing people’s feedback on existing nutrition support scheme of the Government and the opinion of women on receiving direct cash support for fulfilling nutritional intake of pregnant and lactating women and infants below 3 years of age. “Survey across the five districts gives us a view of the sense of activism and preferences amongst women in Rajasthan towards accomplishing their nutrition needs. While there is good general awareness amongst women about government schemes for nutrition, direct cash transfer for nutritional intake is being viewed as an impactful mode of supplementing the current programs” Pradip Bhandari, Founder & CEO of Jan Ki Baat, the social organization conducted the survey, said.

In Rajasthan child malnutrition remains a major public health concern. National Family Health Survey(NFHS- 4) has shown that 39.1% of children under five years are stunted, 36.7% are underweight, and 23% are wasted. Anaemia prevalence in children is as high as 60.3% and amongst women 46.8%.

“In cases where people faced problem in receiving services of current scheme, the key reason was distance from Anganwadi Centres. Women working as agricultural labourers and cultivators also expressed inability to leave work and let go of the wage in order to travel to Anganwadi Centres for availing supplementary nutrition.  The survey also brought to the fore compelling findings such as caste and class play a significant role in accessing the existing supplementary nutrition scheme, as a notable number of upper caste women who were surveyed expressed inhibitions towards consumption of ration being provided through Anganwadi centres,” said Bhandari.

The survey also identified that 80% of women are of the opinion that chances of misuse of the government money given to women for consuming nutritive food is minimal.