In an unprecedented meeting with the Press by four senior sitting Supreme Court judges, for taking on the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, accusing him of not strictly adhering to rules in assigning cases of politically sensitive to appropriate benches which they said can create “doubt” about the integrity of the Apex Court, not only have exposed the divisions at the top, also had made people aware of the “extraordinary abuse of power” by the latter, which has shocked the nation.
In any normal practices, the Judges or the Court, normally shy away from the Media, on the other hand even the Legal Experts normally walk a very tight rope while reporting court cases, fearing of Contempt of Court as most matters could be Prejudice. While January 12, 2018 will go down into the history where four senior most SC Judges addressed the media at the residence of Justice J. Chelameswar, along with him the three are Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur. The media was caught off-guard, was unclear how to report such unprecedented interaction with the Media for the first time.
The Election Commission of India is likely to announce the poll date for three North Eastern States and Karnataka by next week, while the political parties, both the national and regional groups are already moving around the cities with their respective party’s flag, even though most of the parties are yet to finalize the complete list. Lobbying for tickets this time is not as much as the earlier election, as most of the aspirants have already affiliated themselves with the hope of being awarded with the ticket to contest.
The colourful party flags in moving vehicles have actually set the temperature for the election fever. The social call or visits by any individual are now being observed as extending the support to the prospective candidate or the party. The marriage or funeral gathering too has taken the political colour even before the Code of Conduct is being imposed.
To commemorate the Silver jubilee of New Delhi’s close ties with the Southeast Asian bloc, ten Leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have confirmed their participation in commemorative summit as well as to be Guests of Honour at India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2018. India has for years contemplated to turn North East (NE) India as the regional aviation hub, should take advantage of the event.
Secretary East in the External Affairs Ministry, Preeti Saran informed that it is a landmark year for ASEAN and India as they are celebrating 25 years of friendship, 15 years of Summit partnership and five years of strategic partnership. In the run up to the summit on January 25, the government has also planned to organise another 16 major events.
The public always looks forward for General Assembly Election. It is the best time for bargaining, and many do take advantages of the polls to extract from the aspirant candidates as they visit to seek vote. However, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Imkong Imchen on January 9, 2018 extended his support to the demand of various Naga pressure groups to defer the upcoming Assembly Elections in order to facilitate a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga insurgency.
Imchen denied that such action is an act of ‘boycotting’ the election, since it was only a proposal to the central government to defer the election. But if the central government is sincere enough, they can defer the elections to pave way for a Naga political settlement. He said elections at this hour would most likely jeopardize Prime Minister’s desire for peace. A political solution to the seven-decade long Indo-Naga political issue must be given greater importance over the democratic electoral exercise.
Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on his arrival to Tripura from Meghalaya capital Shillong on January 7, 2018 claimed that his party is certain that the Left Front would be ousted from power in the Tripura Assembly Elections in February and his party would come to power. While he was in Meghalaya, he only accused the Congress led Government of Dr Mukul M Sangma for misrule and corruption, but he did not dare to claim the same to form the next government in Meghalaya.
Lashing out at what Shah called the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s (CPI-M) politics of poverty and backwardness, he assured that BJP would pave the rapid transformation of the state into a developed one through creation of employment opportunities.
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