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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Jharkhand, Too, Shows The Door To The BJP

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2019-12-23 18:33:43

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The BJP has been decisively beaten in Jharkhand. At the time of writing this article, the Congress-JMM alliance had secured wins/leads in 44 seats (the majority mark is 41). The outgoing chief minister, Rahgubar Das of the BJP has already conceded defeat. This win is a shot in the arm for the Opposition which has finally found three sticks to beat the BJP with - the floundering economy, the NRC and the CAA.

Although state elections are normally fought on local issues (and there were many such issues in Jharkhand), it would not be wrong to say that the state of the economy along with the lack of jobs, the rising food inflation, the general fear over the NRC and the confusion over the CAA must have played on the minds of voters. They have voted for the Opposition to send out a clear signal to the BJP - that it has failed to deliver the promised "acche din".

The overriding concern in the state this time was the decision of the outgoing government to bring changes in the Chota Nagpur and Santhal Pargana tenancy laws to make land acquisition easier in order to bring large projects to the state. But it seemed to have boomeranged. The Adivasis were angry as they thought it to be a backdoor attempt to snatch their land. The Raghubar Das government did nothing to pacify them. They chose to reply by not pressing the button with the lotus symbol.

The youth was disillusioned as whatever little opportunities they had in the backward state have dried up in the last six months as the economy has witnessed a severe downturn. There has been no major development in the state in the last five years and coupled with the anger amongst the Adivasis, the writing was on the wall for the BJP. The exit polls had predicted a close fight but in the end, the Opposition managed to take advantage of the anti-incumbency and put it across the BJP.