Here are the top news of this month that you should be aware of.
To join the Bharatiya Janata Party, a third member of the Congress has resigned
Former Union Minister RPN Singh has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party after leaving the Congress party on Tuesday. Once again, the Congress has lost one of its own in the shape of a high-profile politician known for his closeness to Rahul Gandhi.
The stupefying astonishment
The two other former federal ministers who have lately resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP are Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jitin Prasad, following Singh’s example.
On Monday, the Congress Party unveiled its list of the party’s 30 most prominent campaigners in Uttar Pradesh’s first round of elections.
In Jharkhand, where the Congress is a coalition partner with the JMM and is now in power, he served as the party’s point man on problems.
Consequently, there is a benefit
An OBC community leader from eastern Uttar Pradesh who originates from the old Sainthwara royal dynasty, Singh has the ability to help the BJP consolidate the non-Yadav OBC group. A wave of resignations by members of the backward castes was sparked by the defection of dissident BJP MLA Swami Prasad Maurya from the saffron alliance.
Singh defeated Swami Prasad Maurya, who represented Kushinagar, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. In the 2014 elections, Rajesh Pandey of the BJP beat him, and in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he finished third with little over 14% of the total votes cast.
The Supreme Court delivers notifications to the government and the Electoral Commission of India (ECI) about election giveaways
This has led to letters being sent out by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, asking for responses to the statement that “the freebie budget is beyond the usual budget” from the Central government and the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Involvement of the SC is essential
These orders came after an application by a top-ranking BJP official to the Supreme Court requesting that the ECI be directed to prevent political parties from distributing illogical gifts using public cash in the build up to elections and to deregister or confiscate the party’s emblems if they do so.
Is it feasible to ban freebies from being given away?
Following publication of election dates, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) prohibits political parties from making remarks or offering inducements that might influence voters.
The Supreme Court maintained that promises made in an election manifesto cannot be considered to be “corrupt conduct” under the law, citing its 2013 ruling in which it requested the Election Commission of India to draught rules on the contents of an election manifesto and include them in MCC.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who have lost their overseas fundraising license have no immediate remedy
It was announced on Tuesday that a Supreme Court panel of three justices would not grant an interim injunction to protect around 6,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose FCRA registration had lapsed and had not been renewed.
They’re all there in the stats
Six thousand non-governmental organizations (NGOs) failed to renew their licenses, according to the Centre, while 11,594 NGOs that did apply for renewal had already been granted authorization to operate. All associations and NGOs that receive foreign funding must be registered with the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).
Pleas have been made
‘Global Peace Initiative’ of Houston, Texas, filed the petition, saying that the cancellation of licenses could cripple relief efforts for Covid-19, given that the country is currently battling the third wave and that the work done by many NGOs have assisted millions of Indians in need.
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