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Unidentified Foreigner Spotted Using Drone Near Parliament

By Aglaia Staff

In a major security alarm, an unidentified person was spotted flying a suspected drone near the high-security Vijay Chowk intersection close to Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament here on Saturday evening.

Police said that the incident was reported in the evening after a media person spotted a foreigner standing on the pavement near Vijay Chowk with a remote control in his hands. The foreigner was operating a flying object — suspected to be a drone — which was seen hovering around 20-30 feet above the ground, said a police official. -

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The media person told police that when he confronted the foreigner, he stopped the device and fled in a car that was parked near the pavement. The media person further claimed that the vehicle had a diplomatic registration number pertaining to the Russian embassy, said the official. The incident was caught on camera and the footage — in which the unidentified man can be seen sporting a white T-shirt and shorts — has been handed over to Parliament Street police station, said the official. “

The issue came to our notice through the media. We are inquiring into it,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal. He said that a special team is studying the video footage and further action will be initiated accordingly. Police said that it is only when the person who was operating the device is questioned can it be known whether the gadget was actually equipped with a camera and if he was taking photographs or videos in the high-security zone. Meanwhile, following the incident, security was tightened in and around Parliament Street and several police teams were deployed in the area.

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PM’s Media Address A Farce; Bitter Towards Modi

By Aglaia Staff


Calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s press conference a ‘farce’, BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Friday said, “Except for the announcement of the fact that he is unavailable for future leadership, the rest of the press conference was a formality.” 

Slamming Singh, Jaitley questioned the logic that 2009 election results were indicative of people’s mandate and not the recent state assembly elections. “PM kept looking for points to show that his government did good governance. He manufactured a new logic that corruption happened during the tenure of UPA-I. According to him, electoral sanction wipes out corruption,” Jaitley said. 

“If PM were to be believed, then corruption ceased to be corruption or was no longer accepted by people as being corruption,” he said. “If we go by the same logic, then the performance of Congress in the recent state elections puts a complete stamp of failure on the party,” he said. “You cannot have a different yardstick for measuring two outcomes, Jaitley went on to say that Singh appeared to be bitter towards Narendra Modi. “The benefit of his very same logic can then be extended to Modi as well. If electoral mandates are proof of sanctity, then Modi has won two elections since the riots,” Jaitley added. 

Calling the combined problems of corruption, unemployment and inflation a ‘recipe for disaster’, Jaitley said, “PM admitted that his government failed to curb corruption, check unemployment and contain inflation.” 

Arun Jaitley said, “PM admitted that his government failed to curb corruption, check unemployment and contain inflation.” 

The most frequently used sentences by the PM were, ‘Time will tell’ and ‘It is for historians to write’, said Jaitley. “In a democracy time doesn’t tell, voters tell us. Voters tell us more emphatically,” he said. “From what voters are likely to tell us, it is bad news for the Congress party. The bad news is mainly because of the failures of the Manmohan Singh government.

In a major announcement, Manmohan Singh on Friday ruled out a third term for himself, stating that he will hand over the baton to a new Prime Minister after the 2014 general elections. “In few months, after elections, I will hand the baton over to a new PM. I hope it will be a UPA PM,” Singh said. 

Meanwhile Singh also defended his government and accused Modi often; as the Congress regularly does. He also did not comment on the new contender to the political throne, the Aam Aadmi Party as according to him it was early days yet. The Prime Minister kept up the veneer of political sycophancy and managed to deflect attention away from pressing issues the country is currently dealing with; including price rise, rampant corruption et al. 







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AAP: Should Modi Be Rooting For Kejriwal?

By Aglaia Staff

With the Delhi elections drawing closer and closer, the question on everyone’s minds is whether all the hype around the Aam Aadmi Party is just that – hype. Multiple surveys have predicted that AAP will make more than just a dent in the Delhi polls, and the latest such study, released by the party itself, claimed that it would win 38 to 50 seats

. The survey came after a sting operation, that the party has decried as fake, but one that was seen having an impact on the AAP’s fortunes in the upcoming elections given its proximity to the polls. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, while releasing the fourth and fifth round of its survey results, said that even as the party was hit by the sting operation, it estimates to secure 35.6 per cent vote share and get 38 to 50 seats in the polls. If true, this will make AAP the single largest party in the state.

However the biggest takeaway from the survey, is that it has found that most of Kejriwal’s supporters — a whopping 31 percent — are also rooting for Modi as the next PM of this country. The revelation is not new. A survey conducted by CNN-IBN and CSDS in October, showed that although Arvind Kejriwal was the most preferred choice for Delhi’s chief minister, 51 percent of those who want Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister of Delhi want to see Narendra Modi as the country’s prime minister. However this is the first time that AAP is publicly acknowledging this statistic.

Although the connection may not be obvious, it is also, according to political observers, not surprising. When asked about the profile of AAP and BJP voters, Jai Mrug, political analyst had told Firstpost, “They are exposed to the information technology revolution. They have access to various media which help them making informed choices.” The second common trait between those who prefer AAP and BJP, Mrug said, is that they believe in candidates who are strong enough to take on the establishment. “This is where Arvind Kejriwal fits the bill in Delhi. Irrespective of whether his party can solve the crucial issues or not, Kejriwal raised certain issues in a manner which made people believe that he was the real opposition and not the BJP,” he had said.

“Similarly, at the Centre, voters perceive Modi as the only BJP leader or the only national leader for that matter who is decisive and can be the answer to Manmohan Singh. He comes across as someone who has the ability to challenge the Nehru- Gandhi dynasty,” he added.

According to Rajdeep Sardesai, the similarities between Kejriwal and Modi run even deeper: ‘Shehzada’; Kejriwal talks of being the “aam admi” representative who will “sweep away” brashtachar with his jhadoo. Both essentially claim to have a similar enemy: the Lutyens elite of Delhi which has ruled the country for much of the last sixty years. Both are looking to position themselves as the outsiders who are not members of any cosy club of privilege.

The attraction of such “outsiders” is obvious. Over the last several years, there has been a growing, legitimate anger against the VIP “khaas admi” culture. The “lal batti” of a government car in particular has come to symbolise a decrepit ruling class which is seen to be distant from real India. Moreover, the VIP culture is seen to represent an unequal state in which some are more privileged than others. By repeatedly questioning the prevailing political order, both Kejriwal and Modi have tried to create the basis for a new form of “us” versus “them” anti establishment politics. So although the voter bases for the two parties are different (The BJP appeals to the upper class, caste voter while AAP by its own admission is going for the lower income strata in Delhi which has traditionally voted for the Congress) as far as personalities go, both Kejriwal and Modi represent the same thing to the voter fed up with Congress rule. Radical change.

The promise of something utterly different to the status quo. But as Sardesai points out, it is difficult to say right now, if their mass appeal and clear connect with the masses will translate to votes. As he says: “Their success will depend on just how widespread this mood for change really is. Which is why the Delhi election results are perhaps the most crucial and exciting of the five states going to the polls this winter. If Kejriwal does well in Delhi, it may well be the first real sign that urban India is moving firmly away from the Congress. And that can only be good news for the Modi campaign nationally. On the other hand, a failure for Kejriwal could, ironically, be a warning for the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee not to get swayed by media hype.”



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