The Hindustan Times – Delhi Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Arvind Kejriwal thanks lord Hanuman after Delhi votes in AAP’s favour

Delhi Election Results 2020 Live Updates: With centres across 21 locations in 11 districts, counting of votes in underway. In early trends, AAP is seen leading in at least 52 seats.

After at least 10 rounds of counting of votes for Delhi assembly polls, trends reflect a clear win for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-led party is leading in 59 seats and running in the second spot is BJP with lead in 11 seats. The Congress, which drew a blank the last time, was nowhere in early leads.

Counting of votes for Delhi assembly polls is underway at 21 centres across the city. The final voting percentage in the polls was 62.59%. In Delhi’s 70-seat assembly, there are 58 general seats and 12 reserved seats.

With trends reflecting AAP’s “sweeping victory” several political leaders have taken to Twitter to congratulate Kejriwal, who had in the run-up to the polls repositioned himself as a person focussing on the welfare of the people from being a person always at loggerheads with the authorities.

Manoj Tiwari congratulates Arvind Kejriwal

“Thank you to all the voters of Delhi. Thank you to all the workers for their hard work. We respectfully accept the mandate of the people of Delhi,” Manoj Tiwari tweeted and congratulated Delhi CM and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal as the party leads in 63 seats.

BJP accepts mandate, will act as constructive opposition: Nadda.

BJP president J P Nadda on Tuesday said his party accepts the mandate given by the people of Delhi and it will play the role of a constructive opposition.

Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal and AAP for their victory in the Delhi assembly election, Nadda said in a series of tweets that the BJP hopes the AAP government will work for the overall development of the national capital.

‘I love you’: Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhiites

Addressing people from the AAP office, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his “love” for Delhiites who have overwhelmingly voted in the party’s favour.

“Dilli walon ghazab kar diya aap logon ne! I love you,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal thanks lord Hanuman after Delhi votes in AAP’s favour

“This is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years,” he said.

Kejriwal thanks Delhi for AAP’s massive sweep

Kejriwal thanked the people of Delhi for ensuring AAP’s third term in the national capital. He thanked people for trusting “their son (Arvind Kejriwal)” yet again.

The Tribune – Jakhar seeks probe into kabaddi team’s visit to Pakistan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 February 2020. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar on Monday demanded an inquiry into sending of a Punjabi Kabaddi Association’s team to Pakistan for a world championship.

Jakhar asked how the players had managed to go without any official permission or clearance from the Union Sports Ministry and External Affairs Ministry.

Addressing a press conference, Jakhar alleged Jatinder Singh (Mendu Kheda), who was leading the team, was close to SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. “On one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warns of teaching a lesson to Pakistan, and on the other, a close contact of the SAD leader took the team to Pakistan,” said Jakhar.

The PPCC chief showed a video of the secretary general of the Pakistan Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation, Mohammed Sarwar Butt, who said many countries had refused to participate in the event. He said members of the squad from India were to be part of teams of other countries.

Asking Sukhbir to clarify his stand on the controversial visit of the kabaddi players to Pakistan, Jakhar said the entire issue needed to be probed by the National Investigation Agency, as it was a serious issue. Pakistan is indulging in narco-terrorism while 60 Indian players were granted permission to visit the hostile neighbour, he said.

Drawing attention of the NDA government towards denial of permission to a Punjab minister to visit Nankana Sahib in connection with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, Jakhar said the permission to the 60-player squad raised several questions.

He added the state should also probe the visit of team under the banner of Punjab Kabaddi Association, though it was the issue pertaining to national security.

Congress trying to imitate Sangh Parivar ?
How can a visit from Panjab to Panjab be controversial

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Den Haag – Den Haag Centraal

Den Haag Centraal
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Low level tram platforms – Viaduct to high level platforms

Tram 15 to Wateringen

Tram 17 to Wateringen

Travel info screen not yet switched on

Tram 17 to Wateringen

I only went as far as Holland Spoor

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OFMI – US Diplomat Accused of “Paying Tribute” to “KKK of India”

Controversy over Consul General David Ranz’s visit with RSS paramilitary

Nagpur – Maharashtra – India, 10 February 2020. US Consul General in Mumbai David Ranz’s act of throwing flowers at the feet of the first Sarsanghchalak (Supreme Leader) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has many wanting to pluck him from office.

Ranz visited the headquarters of the RSS, a powerful Indian paramilitary, on 06 February to meet with RSS-Nagpur President Rajesh Loya. Media was restricted from the closed-door meeting and Ranz refused to take their questions afterwards.

One of the only images that has emerged is one of Ranz, accompanied by Loya, laying flowers at the feet of a statue of K B Hedgewar, who served as the RSS’s Supreme Leader from 1925 to 1940.

Loya told media that Ranz “paid floral tributes at Hedgewar memorial” and visited the RSS because he was “curious” to know about “how RSS does character building of its cadres.”

“Anyone familiar with basic etiquette in India knows that touching the feet is a sign of obeisance and subservience,” says Arvin Valmuci of Organization for Minorities of India. “Consul General David Ranz’s worshipful act of laying flowers at the feet of the first RSS chief is a diplomatic disaster.

The image he conveyed is one of surrendering to the RSS and the violent ideology that fascist organization represents. He needs to resign or be recalled for paying tribute to the RSS.”

“Bowing down to a statue of Hedgewar is way worse than bowing down to a statue of David Duke,” comments activist Jada Bernard. Explaining that he grew up in Louisiana, where Ku Klux Klan leader Duke was an elected official, he says, “The KKK of India is called the RSS, but their body-count is astronomically higher, especially as they operate with impunity in today’s India.

The RSS is responsible for lynchings, assassinations, bombings, and pogroms against Christians, Muslims, and anyone who stands up against its xenophobic agenda.”

Ranz’s visit occurred amidst reports by Voice of the Martyrs, a US-based advocacy group for persecuted Christians, that the RSS operates a “spy network” to monitor and stop Christian activity in India. “They want to have radical Hindu nationalists stationed in every one of India’s villages, watching for Christian activity. and then actively trying to strike that down,” said VOM spokesperson Todd Nettleton.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “The RSS is a controversial, extremist paramilitary-style volunteer organization connected to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. It shares fascist ideology supporting Hindu nationalism and anti-Christian and anti-Muslim beliefs.

The RSS has been banned several times throughout its history, and has been incriminated in instigating anti-Christian and anti-Muslim violence in India, including involvement in the 1992 demolition of the 16th-century Babri mosque.”

Accused of organizing or being involved in at least a dozen pogroms since 1969, the RSS most recently was reported by various international human rights groups as taking a leading role in the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom (which left over 2,000 Muslims dead) and the 2008 Odisha Pogrom (which left over 100 Christians dead).

Demanding Ranz’s resignation, West Sacramento Sikh Gurdwara President Balbir Singh Dhillon says, “The RSS is the world’s biggest terrorist organization. The CIA named RSS subsidiaries like the VHP and Bajrang Dal as ‘religious militant organizations.’

Consul General David Ranz’s support for the RSS creates an atmosphere of fear for minorities of Indian origin living in America, many of whom came to this country as refugees fleeing the violence of the RSS. David Ranz should resign.”

Last year, similar controversy swirled around Germany’s Ambassador to India, Walter Lindner, after he became the first ambassador in the world to publicly pay homage to the Hedgewar statue despite accusations that the RSS was heavily inspired by European fascist movements like that of Nazi Germany.

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The Print – Five reasons why Modi-Shah’s BJP lost to Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in Delhi election

For the losing BJP under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the problem was that its success mantra for elections became its biggest foe.

Rama Lakshmi

New Delhi – India, 11 February 2020. Every election has its set of lessons. The Delhi assembly election results show that Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is on course for a clear victory. For the losing BJP under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the problem was that its success mantra for elections became its biggest foe.

Here are the five things that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did wrong in Delhi.

Curse of best practices model

1) In my organisational behaviour class, I was taught about the ‘curse of best practices model’.

Since 2014, the BJP under Modi and Shah has built a successful formula for winning elections – we will call it the party’s best practices model. But there are times when an organisation becomes too complacent because its best practices are working well and there isn’t an overwhelming need to tweak. The model gets etched in the template in such a way that it allows no room for deviation or plan B.

That is what happened to the BJP in Delhi. Its ‘best practices’ potion contains — last-stage amping up of Hindutva and anti-Pakistan rhetoric, rolling out of Modi’s oratory, boxing the opposition as anti-nationals, carpet-bombing constituencies with VIP leaders, and doing road-shows. All this fires up the party workers who will work to ‘get out the vote’.

This cocktail worked like a charm in many states since 2014. But it locked the BJP into a tight, unchanging template that faltered in the Delhi election.

Delhi had a strong chief minister in Arvind Kejriwal, who had built a public perception of service delivery. He was projecting nationalism-minus-Hindutva but was also embracing Hinduism. This was unfamiliar territory for the BJP’s success formula. And yet, it did not edit its template in the face of this changed context. After all, it had worked so well in so many elections for Amit Shah.

In software terminology, when a system is tightly coupled, it doesn’t respond to change in external context very well. When a system is loosely coupled, it is able to adapt and change quickly.

But the BJP’s success formula under Modi and Shah is a centralised, tightly coupled system today.

Gujarat model-style story

2) Remember the Gujarat model? The national election took place in 2014, but I began getting APCO emails containing data and endorsement about the investment climate in Gujarat way back in 2012. The narrative was being built that far back.

By 2014, Modi was already a larger-than-life figure who had in public perception turned around Gujarat and made it into a Shanghai-like success, with low crime, high investment, better roads, clean river, prosperous agriculture. He was the man India was waiting for. The beleaguered Congress, which began its campaign only in 2014, could do nothing to dislodge what was part mythology, the Gujarat model.

Similarly, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government also began its mohalla clinic and school reforms narrative way back in 2018. This went politically unchallenged for too long. The BJP did nothing to counter the AAP’s campaign of happy schools and neighbourhood healthcare early enough.

Perhaps it was too complacent, relying too heavily on the Modi magic to yield results like always. Kejriwal was building his own version of vikas-purush (development man) model. The BJP’s sting operations around government schools came too late.

Propping the Congress

3) A sure-shot strategy for the BJP would have been to prop up voting for the Congress party in Delhi and make it somewhat of a triangular contest to chip away at the AAP’s vote bank. This isn’t unthinkable. The BJP had exported some of its votes in the 2017 Punjab election to the Congress to defeat the AAP in the final rounds of polling amid fears of Khalistani separatist revival.

But in Delhi, it failed to do this. The Congress did not put up a fight, its candidates had to fend for themselves financially, and got less-than-enthusiastic support from the party high command.

Manoj Tiwari was no match

4) The BJP got so bruised after the Kiran Bedi debacle in the 2015 Delhi election that it did not even attempt to announce a CM candidate to take on Arvind Kejriwal. It deployed Manoj Tiwari in pockets but not as its CM candidate. And Tiwari was just no match for the middle-class friendly Kejriwal. Instead, the BJP relied on Modi’s governance record and the demonisation of Shaheen Bagh protesters too heavily.

Imitating Modi’s playbook

5) Finally, the playbook. The BJP forgot that its playbook for success was canonised and has been in the public domain since 2014 and is now being emulated by other parties. The AAP knew all the tricks of the game.

The party’s IT Cell and meme factory were as active as the BJP’s from the beginning. The way the BJP has diminished Rahul Gandhi’s persona through memes, jokes, and WhatsApp forwards, the AAP did the same with Manoj Tiwari. He never really took off.

The other is about embracing barbs as trophies. BJP’s Parvesh Verma called Arvind Kejriwal a “terrorist”. The latter latched on to it, saying let the people of Delhi decide if he was a bhai (brother), beta (son) or a terrorist.

He reminded voters about how he had sacrificed his job as an IRS officer to do public sewa. This is a strategy very similar to how Modi treats the attacks that are mounted on him. In Bihar, when Modi questioned the DNA of Nitish Kumar, the latter began sending DNA samples to Modi’s home address.

Everybody is learning the game.

5 reasons why Modi-Shah’s BJP lost to Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in Delhi election