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Major News and Events of 02 March 2014

What Happened on 02 March 2014

Sale of cars has gone up following the reduction in excise duty

Car makers are seeing the rise in the number of queries by buyers. This is happening because the recent lowering of excise duty which has slashed down the price of cars. Domestic sale of Maruti Suzuki has gone up by 1.8% during this month as compared to the same time period last year.  Whereas the company is seeing dip of 9.6% in the sales of mini segment cars including M800, Alto, A-Star and Wagon R. In the month of February the sale of the compact segment cars of the Maruti Suzuki has gone up by 19.4%. Hyundai sales have also surged. The company sold 34,005 vehicles in the month of February this year as compared to 34,002 vehicles in February 2013. Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice-president (sales and marketing), HMIL said that excise duty reduction has given some push to the enquiry inflow and it is believed that it will create some positive environment. Mahindra & Mahindra’s domestic sale is seeing a dip on a year-on-year basis. Pravin Shah, chief executive, automotive division, Mahindra & Mahindra said that recent Auto expo and reduction in excise duty are the two positive initiatives for the auto industry. We will definitely see positive results because of these initiatives.

Former Army Chief General VK Singh joins BJP and wants to serve the country

Former Army Chief General VK Singh is now part of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). He promised to serve the country. He was invited by the party chief Rajnath Singh, so he thanked him on the occasion and also said that BJP is the only political party in the country which can provide stable government and good governance. BJP has the capability to strengthen the country. Before joining the office he visited Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at India Gate. General Singh retired in May 2012 and he is not alone from the army to join the party. With him many ex-servicemen are joining the party. He said that we had protected the borders during our career and now is the time to work for nationalist forces. Our decision to join BJP is to bring stable government and the government that can take decision in the interest of general public.  Singh also said that an army person always thinks about his or her nation and wants to serve it throughout his life. But he has not commented on whether he will contest for Lok Sabha elections or not and said that it is decision of the party.

Former BJP president Bangaru Laxman passed away

BJP’s first Dalit head and a former BJP President, Bangaru Laxman, passed away in Hyderabad today at the age of 74. Laxman was not well for the past some time and died in a private hospital in Hyderabad because of cardiac arrest. He was survived by his wife, son and three daughters. He was the President of the BJP and appointed as President in August 2000. After eight months he was removed from his post because of involvement in the bribery case reported by Tehelka, a news portal. In a sting operation by Tehelka he was shown taking bribe of Rs one lakh in his chamber to fix a fabricated deal of supplying equipment to the Indian Army. He was sentenced to four years jail in 2012. His deteriorating health let him to get a bail in October 2012 and after this he resigned from the BJP’s national executive. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996 and the Minister of State for Railways in 1999-2000. Laxman was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He led a very humble life. At the age of 12 he got interested in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and involved in very scholarly work. He worked for many departments like electricity, railways and the office of Accountant General. After resigning from his job he joined Jana Sangh to become a fulltime activist in 1969. For seven years he led the SC wing of the BJP.

Advani is keen to contest from Gandhinagar

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi is most likely to contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Gandhinagar in the coming Lok Sabha election. But party’s patriarch L.K. Advani has also shown keen interest in contesting from Gandhinagar. Advani won the Gandhinagar seat five times in the past and got elected in 1991, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. In the year 2006, former Prime Minister A.B. Vaypayee won the seat from Gandhinagar. Advani said that his name has not been included in the first list of the party but he is interested to contest from Gandhinagar. Again Narendra Modi’s and Advani’s interest to contest elections from a particular seat are clashing with each other. Earlier also Advani has resigned from all the posts of the party when Modi was appointed as chairman of the election committee. He later withdrew his resignation and complaints. On the other hand BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi is showing unwillingness to vacate the Varanasi seat for Modi as he is an MP from Varanasi.

Decision on IPL venue on March 5

Decision regarding the venues for this year’s IPL will be taken on March 5. Board vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that decision will be taken in the meeting by the BCCI. He added that it is likely that matches won’t be played in India because of its coinciding dates with the general Lok Sabha elections in April-May. Home Ministry has very clearly stated that it won’t provide the security to the players because of elections. The Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs had earlier said that the BCCI has destination options which include South Africa, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka was also under consideration but this venue option had been ruled out due to prospect of extensive rains during that period. Rajiv Shukla also added that they are ready to conduct half of the tournament in India once the elections are over in May.

AAP chief Kejriwal might contest from Varanasi against Modi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is preparing ground for the coming Lok Sabha elections. The party has given a minor hint that Arvind Kejriwal might contest from the same seat and against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. AAP leader Manish Sisodia gave a hint that Kejriwal might contest from Varanasi if Modi will contest from that seat. Such speculations are going on but both the leaders are quiet on the issue. BJP has not declared a seat from where Modi will contest for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal had earlier targeted Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its chairperson Ambani over the issue of gas price. Kejriwal even said that Ambani had kept money in illegal accounts abroad. Now also Kejriwal is targeting Ambani and saying that Ambani’s helicopter is used by Modi. He added that no response from Modi has come so far in which he has asked Modi about his links with Ambani and his stand on gas pricing. On his 2nd day road show Kejriwal said that AAP would get 100 seats in Lok Sabha elections and it will form the government at the Centre. In any circumstance number of AAP’s seats will be more than the Congress.

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