BJP departs from practice, names Sonowal as Assam CM candidate

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) BJP today declared Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal its chief ministerial candidate for the Assam assembly polls, making a departure from its usual practice of not naming a leader for state elections.The BJP parliamentary board made the decision in an hour-long meeting attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, its general secretary J P Nadda told reporters.”The people of Assam know Sarbananda Sonowal as a national hero. The parliamentary board has decided that the party will fight the Assam polls in his leadership…BJP is going to form its government in Assam,” Nadda, accompanied by partys national secretary Shrikant Sharma, said.The decision reflects a strategic shift in the partys approach to contesting state assembly elections after ignoring state leadership and excessive focus on central leaders was blamed by many for its debacle in Bihar polls.Barring the Delhi assembly polls, during which it had inducted Kiran Bedi into the party at the last minute and made her the chief ministerial candidate, BJP has not named a leader for state elections and instead sought votes in Modis name after he emerged as its preeminent leader and Shah took over as its president.Asked if the party will name chief ministerial candidates for other poll-bound states as well, Nadda said the issue was deliberated upon today and a decision will be taken later.Sonowal (53) currently holds independent charge of Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry. Sonowal was All Assam Students Union president and AGP leader before joining BJP in 2011. He headed the partys Assam unit before he was made a Minister in the Narendra Modi government.advertisementHe was appointed Assam BJP chief in November.Among the five states going to polls in a few months, Assam offers the best hope to the saffron outfit after it emerged as the single largest party there during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.In the meeting, the board led by Modi felicitated Shah following his election as the party president for a fresh term with the prime minister hoping that he will lead it to more successes in the future. More PTI KR SKlast_img read more

IOA not replying tomorrow, will consult IOC first: Official

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association is not going to abide by Sports Ministrys direction to reply to the show cause notice on the controversial elevation of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents as it will first consult its parent international body, a top official said today. The IOA has been given time till tomorrow to reply to the show-cause issued by the ministry after scam-tainted Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOAs Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27. “The IOA president is out of the country, he is in New Zealand. We are not replying tomorrow on the show-cause,” the official told PTI. “Moreover, we cannot directly reply to a show-cause notice like this. Under Olympic Charter, the IOA enjoys autonomy and independence from government interference. We will first consult with the IOC on this notice before thinking of replying,” he said. “Normally, we would not have replied on such a notice because we are an autonomous body established under Olympic Charter. We may reply but that may happen after consultation with the IOC,” the official added. The elevation of Kalmadi and Chautala kicked up a storm and stunned the Indian sports fraternity. Under intense pressure from various quarters, Kalmadi chose to step aside yesterday. But Chautala refused to follow suit though he said that he was ready to relinquish the post only if the International Olympic Committee has reservations about it. He asked IOA President N Ramachandran to discuss the matter with the IOC. Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that it will severe ties with the IOA if the decision is not overturned. “Charges have been framed by court against Shri Suresh Kalmadi and Shri Abhay Singh Chautala. In the GBM of IOA held on 27-12-2016 at Chennai, a resolution was passed to appoint Shri Kalmadi and Shri Chautala as Life Presidents. Therefore, persons who cannot contest elections for any post in the IOA have been appointed as Life President of IOA, which in spirit is violative of both IOCs conditionalities and IOAs own constitution,” the ministry said in the notice. “In view of the above, the IOA is asked to show cause as to why IOA should continue to be recognised as the NOC and government support/assistance of all nature should not be stopped when it has failed to conform to the basic principles of ethics and good governance, violated the directive of the IOC and violated its own rules and thus has adversely impacted the standing and prestige of the country. “Your reply should reach the office of the undersigned latest by 17.00hrs of 30 December 2016, failing which it would be construed that you have nothing to say in the matter and action will be taken accordingly,” the notice said. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more