Cheat Sheet

  • 50 Lakh Jobs In 5 Years, BJP Promises Ahead Of Rajasthan Polls: 10 Points
    The BJP-led government in Rajasthan has fulfilled 95 per cent of the promises made in 2013, the party claimed while releasing its manifesto ahead of the assembly elections in the state on December 7. Vasundhara Raje, who is eyeing a second term as the chief minister, said her government prioritised development work and welfare schemes in the last five years and promised the same for the next five. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, who unveiled the manifesto along with the chief minister and senior BJP leaders, said the party's model for the state and centre are interlinked and have a common vision.
  • At Ayodhya Rally, Calls For Ordinance To Fast-Track Ram Temple: 10 Points
    Ayodhya turned into a fortress as right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad held a massive gathering to mobilise support for the building of a Ram temple. The meet demanded that the government pass an ordinance or executive order to bypass the legal process. The Ayodhya title suit is pending in the Supreme Court, which will take a call on a date of hearing in January. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has been in Ayodhya since yesterday and held a rally, warned that unless the temple is built, the BJP would find itself out of power.
  • Announce Date For Ram Temple, Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray To Centre In Ayodhya: 10 Points
    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who landed in Ayodhya today, wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a date when the construction of the Ram temple will begin. "First say when will you construct the temple, the rest we will talk later," he said in what sounded like a dare to the BJP ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections. Mr Thackeray along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya participated in aarti along the banks of the Sarayu river. Thousands of Shiv Sena arrived in Ayodhya today for Ram Lalla's darshan. Another big event is lined up for Sunday by right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Security has been tightened in Ayodhya with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel keeping a strict watch to keep the situation under control.
  • Maharashtra Farmers End Protest After Chief Minister's Written Assurance: 10 Points
    Thousands of farmers from Maharashtra ended their agitation on Thursday evening, after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave a written assurance that most of their demands would be met within three months. The agitators -- comprising farmers as well as members of the tribal community -- had reached Mumbai's Azad Maidan that afternoon, two days after launching their protest march from Thane. They were seeking loan waivers, drought-related assistance and an enhanced minimum support price for crops, among other measures. This mass protest, held under the Lok Sangharsh Morcha (LSM) banner and supported by political parties such as the Janata Dal (Secular), Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiv Sena, was the third to be taken out in Maharashtra this year.
  • J&K Set For Polls As Governor Stops "Horrible" Claims To Power: 10 Points
    Jammu and Kashmir is headed to elections two years before term with Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolving the assembly on Wednesday evening, a controversial decision that critics say is open to legal challenge. The Governor acted swiftly after two alliances - one supported by the BJP - staked claim to power within minutes of each other. "There was no imminent reason to dissolve it before as "no one had come with a horrible proposition to form government," the Governor told NDTV this morning. Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had teamed up with her long-time political rival Omar Abdullah and the Congress for a shot at forming government, alleged that the Governor acted on the centre's orders to block her as the BJP tried to prop up People's Conference leader Sajad Lone and engineer defections.

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