Post Date : 01-Jan-1970

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Post Name: Bareilly jumps to third spot on state performance index

BAREILLY: After beating Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, Bareillyhas jumped to the third spot from the 69th position on state performance index. The rankings for the month of April were released on Thursday. Chief development officer (CDO) Satendra Kumar said that with rigorous monitoring of all departments and special focus on worst-performing areas in the month of March, they managed to achieve the third position in the state.

On five different scales, of 575 total points, Bareilly managed to secure 308 points at 53.57%. On last month’s index, Gautam Buddh Nagar is on the top with 60.56%, followed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s constituency, Gorakhpur, with 53.83%.

Happy with the improved performance, the CDO said, “All credit goes to our strict monitoring of each and every department. We encouraged the good performers as well as issued warnings to the lethargic ones time and again and ensured that all department heads were feeding data online on time. We are quite confident that we will be able to hold on to this position in the coming months as there is no scarcity of funds for government schemes and all developmental works are in progress at the right pace.”

The state government had started evaluating the progress of all 75 districts on a 136-point scale from March 2018. All 60 departments have been assigned different schemes with every scheme carrying five points.

“Earlier, there was a grading system. But now, the progress of every district is being evaluated on the 136-point scale. Besides, every department will have to send their progress report directly to the government unlike the previous system when the report was sent through our office after compiling data collected from all departments,” the CDO added.

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Post Name: Anatomy of bypolls: Lessons for Opposition, BJP and why losses could end up helping Narendra Modi in 2019

The BJP's losing streak in by-elections continues. It is an interesting paradox because while party is at the pinnacle of its prowess and strongest-ever space in history, it also has a surprisingly vulnerable underbelly. The results have expectedly triggered a rash of speculation in both spectrum, and based on one's ideological bias, commentators are either writing off the results or writing off Narendra Modi.Bypolls rarely work as a barometer for upcoming Assembly or Lok Sabha elections, as political scientists Gilles Verniers and Rajkamal Singh have argued in Indian ExpressThey fall outside the thematic representation of larger ideological battles. Be that as it may, bypolls do hold several lessons that the BJP and Opposition parties would do well to consider.

In Uttar Pradesh's Kairana, for instance, which the BJP took as a prestige fight and ran an intense campaign led by chief minister Yogi Adityanth, the SP 'loaned' a Muslim candidate whose family wields enormous clout in the constituency, to Jat-based party RLD. The aim was to renew the Jat-Muslim consolidation that had been the formula of RLD's success in western Uttar Pradesh for a long time. Tabassum Hasan was supported by SP, BSP, Congress and the AAP while BJP fielded deceased MP Hukum Singh's daughter Mriganka who was defeated by 49,291 votes. This is as good an example of Opposition Unity Index as any.

Questions will be raised on whether this social coalition or Opposition unity may hold but assuming that it does and if replicated elsewhere, this strategy may seriously challenge BJP in upcoming state elections where the saffron unit will additionally fight anti-incumbency issues. The success of the coalition in Kairana may enthuse sceptical Opposition partners such as Mayawati to lower her scepticism and commit to a united front. The win will certainly energise Opposition cadres. That is no less significant.

Certain other signals are also notable. Congress leaders are upbeat despite the party's loss in Palghar— the only Lok Sabha constituency that it contested alone—which resulted in forfeiture of deposit. However, it is showing willingness to "play second, even third fiddle to ensure that the BJP does not repeat its 2014 or 2017 performance in UP", writes Aurangzeb Naqshbandi in Hindustan Times.