first_imgMounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that its “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power”, and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting the people. He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir issue and the Ayodhya dispute. “This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Mr. Modi said at a rally in Daltonganj.Social justiceMr. Modi asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice — stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security. Maoism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said. “Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the State. They had their eyes on the riches found beneath the surface of the earth and cared little for those living on the earth. How would it then have been possible to give electricity, roads and water to people? Set up industries?” he said.‘Free from Naxalism’At another rally in Gumla, Mr. Modi said when people would vote for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he said, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to Jal, Jungle, Jameen (water, forest and land).”last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday rejigged the Union cabinet, without disturbing the ‘big four’ incumbents in Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs. This was the first cabinet reshuffle in the UPA-II after it retained power in May 2009. Praful Patel, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Salman Khursheed were elevated as cabinet ministers. While Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy has been shifted to Petroleum and Natural Gas, Kapil Sibal retains Telecom and HRD.  Cabinet ministers:Praful Patel : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesShriprakash Jaiswal : CoalSalman Khursheed : Water Resources and additional charge of Minority AffairsMinister of State (Independent charge): Ajay Maken : Youth Affairs and SportsBeni Prasad Verma : SteelProfessor K. V. Thomas : Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionMinisters of State:Ashwani Kumar : Planning and Parliamentary Affairs and Science and Technology and Earth SciencesK.C. Venugopal : PowerThe portfolios of the following Ministers have been changed:Cabinet ministers:Sharad Pawar : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesVirbhadra Singh : Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesVilasrao Deshmukh : Rural Development and additional charge of Panchayati RajS. Jaipal Reddy : Petroleum and Natural GasKamal Nath : Urban DevelopmentVayalar Ravi : Overseas Indian Affairs and additional charge of Civil AviationMurli Deora : Corporate AffairsKapil Sibal : Human Resource Development and additional charge of Communications and Information TechnologyB.K. Handique : Development of North-Eastern RegionC.P. Joshi : Road Transport and HighwaysKumari Selja : Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and additional charge of CultureSubodh Kant Sahay : TourismDr. M.S. Gill : Statistics and Programme ImplementationPawan Kumar Bansal : Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Science and Technology and Earth SciencesMinister of State (Independent charge): advertisementShri Dinsha Patel : MinesMinisters of State: E. Ahamed : External AffairsHarish Rawat : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesV. Narayanasamy : Parliamentary Affairs and Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s OfficeGurudas Kamat : Home AffairsA. Sai Prathap : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesBharatsinh Solanki : RailwaysJitin Prasada : Road Transport and HighwaysMahadev S Khandela : Tribal AffairsR.P.N. Singh : Petroleum and Natural Gas and Corporate AffairsTusharbhai Chaudhary : Road Transport and HighwaysArun Yadav : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesPratik Prakashbapu Patil : Coallast_img read more