BJP’s Goal is not just winning elections, we want India to become “World Guru”: Amit Shah

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The people have given BJP the mandate. We have to come up to the expectations of the masses and steer the course of history. Our goal was not just winning the election. – Amit Shah

Amit Shah-Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BJP President Amit Shah gives a warm hug to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal on July 13, 2015

Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said here today that the BJP got people’s mandate in 2014 and the party is now ruling in 14 states. Even in states where we have not been able to form our government, BJP’s vote percentage has gone up.

Focusing on the massive membership campaign launched by the BJP, Shah said that it is based on missed mobile calls and new technology. The membership drive has been highly successful and we have made 110 million members.

The BJP president was addressing a regional (Madhya Pradesh-Chattisgarh) party session attended by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MPs, MLAs, ministers and other party leaders.He said that the 110 million party members can ensure victory for the party in elections but winning elections is not our sole purpose. Our objective is to turn the course of our history, make our culture more rich and vibrant and catapult the nation to the position of “World Guru”.

In the context of a much discussed promise by Prime Minister Narenda Modi, the BJP president told party cadres to work for BJP’s victory in every election from Panchayat to Parliament. BJP should be in power for 25 years to ring in the “achche din” (good days), he went on to assert.

Shah said that the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken 14 important initiatives. These would pave the way rapid socio-economic development. Each of these initiatives have empowered the common man. The “Jan-Dhan” scheme has given social prestige and opened the doors of the banks for the deprived sections. He went on to underscore how millions of new jobs have been created by the “Skill India” and the “Make in India” campaigns.

Shah mentioned one scheme after another to underline Modi’s initiatives inlcudng the Smart City, Amrit-2022, to provide roof over each head, Deendayal Gram Jyoti scheme Digital India, Gas subsidy surrender, Atal pension Scheme, Accident Insurance Scheme on annual premium of Rs. 12, strict law to bring back black mnoney stashed abroad, Adarsh Gram Yojna, traditional Yoga Day, Prime Minister’s Irrigation scheme, “Swachch Bharat” (Clean India), “Namami Gange” (Clean Ganges), farmers’ relief schemes. All these initiatives have laid a solid foundation for building a strong India, the BJP president said adding the country’s growth graph has gone up, prices are now under control and the whole world is looking towards India.

Shah had a word of praise for Madhya Pradesh where the growth rate is above 10% and agriculture growth continues to be 24%. This has been possible due to the good work of the State BJP government and party workers.

Chhattisgarh has been heaped in poverty and hunger since Independence. The BJP Government in that state has ensured there is adequate in rice and wheat, iodised salt and kerosene in every house.

In the entire world, only BJP can claim popular leadership since it is the only party with such a committed army of party workers.

Y-o-Y  Indian Telecom Subscription Data Check

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broadbandNew Delhi : A population of about 125 crores, one of the largest Democracies in the Globe – India in May’14  subscribed  to a ‘one-vote’ electoral down-payment in favor of the Modi-led BJP government. Dreams of Make in India, Digital India, Networked India buzzed ever since. Here’s a reality check on the Telecom sector.

Recently, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI) released  a Report  on Audit and Assessment of Quality of Telecom Services as at July 2015. TRAI has conducted Audit and Assessment of Quality of Service being provided by Pan India service providers. Independent agencies had been assigned the schedule of assessing each of the three services separately, i.e., the Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, Basic Services and Broadband Services for the period January to March 2015. The states and regions covered were thus –

Cellular Mobile Services: AP, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mumbai, North East, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP(East), UP(West) and West Bengal.

Basic Services: Goa, North East, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra

Broadband Services: Goa Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra

The Audit assessment focused on –

  • Verifying QoS (Quality of Service) Monitoring Reports’ data submitted by service providers to TRAI, comparing them vis-à-vis TRAI benchmarks lsid down by TRAI using live measurement for  –

                                           —  A period of 3 days

                                           — for the entire month

  • Performing Operator-assisted Drive Tests of mobile networks.
  • Check out and validate efficiency of Call centers as well as Customer Care Helplines of Telecom Service providers.

Telecom Subscription Data as at 31st May ‘15 stated the following –

Particulars Wireless Wireline Total (Wireless+ Wireline)
Total Telephone Subscribers (Million)Urban Telephone Subscribers (Million)

Rural Telephone Subscribers (Million)

Overall Tele-density

Urban Tele-density

Rural Tele-density

Broadband Subscribers (Million)

975.78558.83

416.95

77.58

143.42

48.03

89.40

26.2721.32

4.95

2.09

5.47

0.57

15.56

1,002.05580.15

421.90

79.67

148.90

48.60

104.96

In the month of May’15, 3.24 million subscribers submitted their requests for Mobile Number Portability (MNP). With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 157.01 million at the end of April ‘15 to 160.25 million in a month.

Number of active wireless subscribers on the date of peak Visitor Location Register (VLR) in May ‘15 were 868.64 million.

Interestingly, a comparison of this Subscription data on a Y-o-Y basis indicates that total number of Broadband Subscribers rose at an approx. rate of 45% in the Wireless category (50.38 million on 31st May’14). The Wireline category did not register any substantial increase (it was at 14.95 m past yr).

Overall Tele-density (both Urban and Rural combined) indicated a mere 5% increase Y-o-Y (73.24m in May’14).

CBI hands are tied in several States

Lalit Shastri

north blockThe Government of India has been pursuing with the state Governments for consent and the linked notification to extend powers and jurisdiction of Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) to whole of their states under IT Act.

This matter was taken up at the meeting of Principal Secretaries (Personnel and General Administration) of all State Governments held in New Delhi on 18 May this year.

On the request of CBI, the Department of Personnel earlier had requested all State Governments to convey their general consent under section 6 of DSPE Act, 1946 to enable the CBI to take up the investigation of cases registered under IT Act, 2000 as amended by IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 in the territorial jurisdiction of their States.

The Central Government had requested the State Governments to convey their general consent. Till now only Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Jharkhand have issued general consent under section 6 of the DSPE Act for investigation of offences under IT Act to CBI and the Government of India has issued notifications in this regard under section 5 of DSPE Act.

Madhya Pradesh Government’s Gazette notification insulates IAS, IPS, IFS officers of the MP cadre serving under the state govt from probe by the CBI of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act

The request by Government of India for “general consent” and the linked notification to extend powers and jurisdiction of Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) to whole of their states under IT Act notwithstanding, the Madhya Pradesh government, in October 2012, had issued a gazette notification that completely insulates Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service officers of the Madhya Pradesh cadre serving under the state government from investigation by the CBI of alleged offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, or any other offence or acts of criminal conspiracy.

The Madhya Pradesh Home Department had issued an extraordinary gazette notification on 12 October 2012. The operative part of this notification is self explanatory. It reads: “In supersession of all previous notifications and letters issued by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in pursuance of Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946 (25 of 1946) the state government hereby gives its consent to the extension of the powers and jurisdiction of the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment in the whole of the state of Madhya Pradesh for investigation of the offences committed by the employees of Central government, Central public undertakings and persons connected with the affairs of the Central government (excluding officers of Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service borne on Madhya Pradesh cadre serving under the government of
Madhya Pradesh at the time of commission of the alleged offences or their investigation).” With this gazette notification, the CBI loses the power and jurisdiction to investigate alleged offences by an all-India service officer of the MP cadre while on deputation to the Centre after the officer returns to the parent cadre from deputation.”

What about the Vyapam scam?

With the Madhya Pradesh Government notification in place, question arises how the CBI will investigate alleged involvement of any all-India service officer involved in the massive Vyapam Scam or any other case under its investigation.

Another important matter linked with the CBI relates to the deadline of 10 April 2014 that was fixed by the apex court for setting up the special CBI courts.

Government of India has reminded the concerned state governments about this deadline which is already over and asked the concerned state governments to expedite the process to operationalize the Additional Special CBI Courts.

The matter has been hanging fire and the Government of India was even compelled to take up the matter with the State Governments at the last meeting with the Principal Secretaries (Personnel and General Administration) of all State Governments and Union Territories.

The Supreme Court in CBI vs.Saurin Rasiklal Shah case (Crl App. No.88-93 of 2003) had directed on 10 December 2013 that the “concerned” State Governments will provide necessary assistance to the Government of India to make the additional Special Courts functional within a maximum period of four months from the date of order else the Central Government may take action under Article 247 of the Constitution.

The Department of Personnel and Training has requested the concerned State Governments several times to make operational the remaining additional special courts in compliance of the Supreme Court direction. According to confirmed information, of the 22 special courts to be set up, have become operational in different States but five such courts, 1 each in Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and 3 in West Bengal were remaining to be operationalized due to administrative reasons.


CBI derives power to investigate from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946. Section 2 of the Act vests DSPE with jurisdiction to investigate offences in the Union Territories only. However, the jurisdiction can be extended by the Central Government to other areas including Railway areas and States under Section 5(1) of the Act, provided the State Government accords consent under Section 6 of the Act.