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Upcoming 5 States Assembly Election Updates

As 5 states goes to polls between November 12 and December 7, last minute campaign is on the upswing in  Chhattisgarh as it goes to polls on November 12 in its Phase I. Chhattisgarh which have a 90 Assembly seats will go for polling in two phases i.e. 12 November and 20 November. The incumbent Raman Singh government of the BJP will be fighting for its 4th term.This will be the 4th Legislative Assembly election in Chhattisgarh since its formation in 2000.

Similarly, in Madhya Pradesh, the incumbent BJP government under Shivraj Singh Chauhan will be fighting for its 4th term.Madhya Pradesh goes to polls on November 28 for its 230 Legislative Assembly seats.

The youngest state, Telangana, will also be going for its 2nd Legislative Assembly election for its 119 seats on December 7.Incumbent Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) will be seeking a term.

Rajasthan will also go to polls on December 7 for its 200 seats.Incumbent BJP Chief Minister will be seeking another term.She is the only incumbent woman Chief Minister in the upcoming election and have been holding the post since 2013.

Mizoram will also go to polls on November 28 for its 40 member Legislative Assembly seats.Lal Thanhawla of the INC will be seeking re-election for the 3rd term.

Considered a prelude to the 2019 General Election, the Congress and the BJP will be fighting out tooth and nail. According to a survey conducted by Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research ( C-Voter), Congress stands a bright chance in regaining power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and a thumping victory for Congress-TDP alliance in Telangana.C-Voter have predicted simple majority for BJP in Rajasthan and no clear winner in Mizoram.

The Assembly Elections results will be declared on December 11.


Another Manjhi in making: This man from Chhattisgarh dug a pond for 27 years to find water

For years, Saja Pahad village in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district faced water shortage. Villagers found it difficult to quench the thirst of their cattle, but they did not know what to do. And the government, too, did nothing.

Then one day 15-year-old Shyam Lal decided to take his spade and dig a pond. Fellow villagers laughed at him. But the tribal teenager was determined.

Lal identified a spot in the forest in and kept digging — for 27 years, according to villagers.

The result is nothing less than that of Bihar’s mountain man, Dashrath Manjhi — a one-acre 15-feet deep pond, which is filled with the elixir of life.

“No one helped me in my work, neither the administration nor the villagers,” the 42-year-old beams proudly, adding that he did it for the welfare of the people and the cattle of his village.

Villagers hail him as a role model and saviour. Ramsaran Bargar (70), a local who witnessed Shyam toil through the years, says, “The pond is now used by everyone and we are all thankful to him.”

Sources said Saja Pahad, which lies near a hillock under Chirimiri, still does not have electricity or proper road connectivity. The only source of water for the villagers is a couple of wells.

On Friday, MLA Shyam Bihari Jaiswal, who represents Mahendargarh constituency, under which Saja Pahad falls, visited the village and presented Shyam with Rs 10,000 for his efforts.

District collector of Koriya, Narendra Duggal has also promised his support to Lal.

“I came to know about Shyam recently. His effort for his village is commendable and I will go to his village to provide him with all possible help,” he said.

Lal’s efforts match those of Dashrath Manjhi, who carved a path 110m long, 9m wide through a hillock using only a hammer and chisel over 22 years (1960–1983), reducing the distance between Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town in Bihar from 55 km to 15 km.

Lal’s work comes as a relief at a time Chhattisgarh is suffering from drought-like situation this year. The rainfall has been 10% short of the average over 10 years. District collectors have been directed to ensure proper utilisation of irrigation facilities.

Chhattisgarh’s Official revealed horrific police torture of minor tribal girls through her Facebook post!

Varsha Dongre, an official of the government of Chhattisgarh has irked the government and authorities with her Facebook post raising some serious questions about a model of governance that allows for alleged harassment of tribal people in the state.

“I am a witness to the torture of minor tribal girls … In the police stations, women personnel have stripped and tortured girls as old as 14 and 16 … They were given electric shock on their hands and breasts. I have seen the marks … I was horrified … Why third-degree torture on minors? I have given directions for their treatment”, Varsha Dongre, deputy jailer of Raipur Central Jail, recently wrote in a post in Hindi.

“We need to introspect because those who are getting killed on either side of this war in Bastar are our own people. The capitalist system is being forced on Bastar, tribals are being pushed out of their lands, their villages are being burnt, and women raped— all this to grab land and forests. All this isn’t being done to end Naxalism”, she added.

In the wake of the Maoist attack on CRPF jawans in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, her comments about police torture went viral on the Internet.

According to the reports, the jail department has ordered a probe, based on Varsha’s allegations.
“The tribals can’t leave this place as it is their land but when law-enforcers target women and minor girls and false case are registered, where do the victims go for justice?” she went on. “The CBI report says it, the court says it — this is the reality. When human rights workers or journalists tell the truth, they are sent to jail. If everything is fine in tribal lands, why the government is so afraid and why people are not allowed to go there?”

Dongre invoked India’s constitution to say it doesn’t allow anyone the right to harass and torture another citizen. “A particular kind of development can’t be thrust on the Adivasis,” she said. “Farmers and jawans are brothers, they shouldn’t kill each other.”

Known to be an upright officer, Dongre had approached the Chhattisgarh High Court in the PSC scam case in 2007. Based on a Right to Information application filed by her, action against top PSC officials, accused of irregularities and corruption.

After her post drew attention and caused a controversy, Dongre has now been taken off. However, talking to media persons later, she said that she had merely exercised her right to freedom of expression.

The full post in Hindi, now deleted, is below.

मुझे लगता है कि एक बार हम सभी को अपना गिरेबान झांकना चाहिए, सच्चाई खुद ब खुद सामने आ जाएगी. घटना में दोनों तरफ मरने वाले अपने देशवासी हैं…भारतीय हैं. इसलिए कोई भी मरे तकलीफ हम सबको होती है. लेकिन पूँजीवादी व्यवस्था को आदिवासी क्षेत्रों में जबरदस्ती लागू करवाना… उनकी जल जंगल जमीन से बेदखल करने के लिए गांव का गांव जलवा देना, आदिवासी महिलाओं के साथ बलात्कार, आदिवासी महिलाएं नक्सली हैं या नहीं, इसका प्रमाण पत्र देने के लिए उनका स्तन निचोड़कर दुध निकालकर देखा जाता है. टाईगर प्रोजेक्ट के नाम पर आदिवासियों को जल जंगल जमीन से बेदखल करने की रणनीति बनती है, जबकि संविधान अनुसार 5 वीं अनुसूची में शामिल होने के कारण सैनिक सरकार को कोई हक नहीं बनता आदिवासियों के जल जंगल और जमीन को हड़पने का….आखिर ये सबकुछ क्यों हो रहा है. नक्सलवाद खत्म करने के लिए… लगता नहीं.
सच तो यह है कि सारे प्राकृतिक खनिज संसाधन इन्हीं जंगलों में हैं, जिसे उद्योगपतियों और पूंजीपतियों को बेचने के लिए खाली करवाना है. आदिवासी जल जंगल जमींन खाली नहीं करेंगे क्योंकि यह उनकी मातृभूमि है. वो नक्सलवाद का अंत तो चाहते हैं लेकिन जिस तरह से देश के रक्षक ही उनकी बहू बेटियों की इज्जत उतार रहे हैं, उनके घर जला रहे हैं, उन्हे फर्जी केशों में चारदीवारी में सड़ने भेजा जा रहा है. तो आखिर वो न्याय प्राप्ति के लिए कहां जायें. ये सब मैं नहीं कह रही सीबीआई रिपोर्ट कहती है, सुप्रीम कोर्ट कहती है, जमीनी हकीकत कहती है. जो भी आदिवासियों की समस्या समाधान का प्रयत्न करने की कोशिश करते हैं, चाहे वह मानव अधिकार कार्यकर्ता हों, चाहे पत्रकार… उन्हें फर्जी नक्सली केसों में जेल में ठूंस दिया जाता है. अगर आदिवासी क्षेत्रों में सबकुछ ठीक हो रहा है तो सरकार इतना डरती क्यों है. ऐसा क्या कारण है कि वहां किसी को भी सच्चाई जानने के लिए जाने नहीं दिया जाता.

मैंने स्वयं बस्तर में 14 से 16 वर्ष की मुड़िया माड़िया आदिवासी बच्चियों को देखा था, जिनको थाने में महिला पुलिस को बाहर कर पूरा नग्न कर प्रताड़ित किया गया था. उनके दोनों हाथों की कलाईयों और स्तनों पर करेंट लगाया गया था, जिसके निशान मैंने स्वयं देखे. मैं भीतर तक सिहर उठी थी कि इन छोटी-छोटी आदिवासी बच्चियों पर थर्ड डिग्री टार्चर किस लिए. मैंने डाक्टर से उचित उपचार व आवश्यक कार्यवाही के लिए कहा.
हमारे देश का संविधान और कानून यह कतई हक नहीं देता कि किसी के साथ अत्याचार करें. इसलिए सभी को जागना होगा. राज्य में 5 वीं अनुसूची लागू होनी चाहिए. आदिवासियों का विकास आदिवासियों के हिसाब से होना चाहिए. उन पर जबरदस्ती विकास ना थोपा जाये. आदिवासी प्रकृति के संरक्षक हैं. हमें भी प्रकृति का संरक्षक बनना चाहिए ना कि संहारक… पूँजीपतियों के दलालों की दोगली नीति को समझें …किसान जवान सब भाई-भाई हैं. अतः एक दूसरे को मारकर न ही शांति स्थापित होगी और ना ही विकास होगा. संविधान में न्याय सबके लिए है, इसलिए न्याय सबके साथ हो.
पने अनुभवों को साझा करते हुये वर्षा डोंगरे ने लिखा कि- हम भी इसी सिस्टम के शिकार हुए लेकिन अन्याय के खिलाफ जंग लड़े, षडयंत्र रचकर तोड़ने की कोशिश की गई, प्रलोभन रिश्वत का ऑफर भी दिया गया, वह भी माननीय मुख्य न्यायाधीश बिलासपुर छ.ग. के समक्ष निर्णय दिनांक 26.08.2016 का पैरा 69 स्वयं देख सकते हैं. लेकिन हमने इनके सारे इरादे नाकाम कर दिए और सत्य की विजय हुई… आगे भी होगी.

अब भी समय है, सच्चाई को समझे नहीं तो शतरंज की मोहरों की भांति इस्तेमाल कर पूंजीपतियों के दलाल इस देश से इन्सानियत ही खत्म कर देंगे. ना हम अन्याय करेंगे और ना सहेंगे. जय संविधान, जय भारत

Varsha Dongre.