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Satish Chaturvedi is a billionaire, who’s beyond his voters’ reach, says Krishna Khopde

Krishna Khopde

In the crowded area of Satranjipura in old Nagpur, BJP MLA Krishna Khopdes office is bustling with people from all over. While the phones are constantly ringing, we try to settle down in the hustle-bustle, waiting for Khopde to arrive. As he reaches, he greets everybody around and immediately orders tea for us. As Khopde, who hails from a humble background, shares with us, his tryst with politics, he is quick to lambast his opponent Satish Chaturvedi at the mere mention of him in the conversation. Excerpts of the interview:

How did you embark on your journey in politics When and where did it start?

I started my political career almost 40 years back. Initially, I would participate in numerous social gatherings, agitations and protests. I have continuously fought six elections in NMC and two in Vidhan Sabha. I emerged victorious in all the elections I contested. I have been associated with the BJP for long and have served as its city president too. Working for the common man and delivering what has been promised has been my agenda since the beginning of my political career. East Nagpur is a constituency that needs a lot of development that includes unauthorised layouts, which comprise almost 60% of the total east Nagpur area. 

In 2014 assembly elections, you won by the second highest margin (after Devendra Fadnavis). What went in your favour? Would you attribute it to the Modi wave?

When I contested the 2009 Vidhan Sabha elections, I faced stiff competition from Satish Chaturvedi, who was a sitting MLA for five terms and a minister in the then Congress governement. Congress always had Shiv Sena as its competitor in the east Nagpur constituency. For the first time, a BJP candidate was pitched against Chaturvedi, and that proved to be extremely challenging for him. All the political pundits, analysts and media believed that it would get difficult for me to survive against Satish Chaturvedi because he’s one of the billionaires of the country with abundance of money. Despite all such assumptions, in 2009, I defeated him by a margin of 36,000 votes! In 2014 assembly elections, I improved my tally by winning people’s heart and won by almost 50,000 votes against Chaturvedi. I feel that because of Nitin Gadkariji and the BJP, I have been continuously winning my elections.

Your constituency – east Nagpur – is one of the most underdeveloped area in the city…

I feel you need to have the will power to work for people. Since 1980, Satish Chaturvedi had been entrusted with the responsibility of east Nagpur constituency. Had he been wanting, in 25 years, he could have changed the face of east Nagpur through development. Also, he had served as the Cabinet Minister in the state for 18 years. But, he was of the mindset that if he developed this area, people wouldn’t approach him frequently with their problems; and in turn they would eventually forget him. In fact, this has been Congress mentality. They (Congress) could have easily solved all the problems, if they really wanted to. Resorting to corruption, fooling the people and misusing public money was their only priority. This was the major reason why people didn’t vote for Chaturvedi. Today, gradually people are forgetting who he is.

He always knew that he would face stiff competition from me so he resorted to all sorts of malpractices to scare me but to no avail. Today, he owns 53 colleges in Nagpur and owns thousands of acres of land. He is so rich that he might not even be aware of the properties that he possesses. He has been misusing his wealth in politics. He’s beyond his voters’ approach as as he resides in a 400 crore palatial mansion in Crorepati lane (Civil Lines). ?Unke ghar par pehle kuttey ke darshan ya fir guard ke darshan hote hain. First you have to meet his dog or his guard at his place, unlike my office, which is flooded with people all day long.

When Nitin Gadkari was being touted as one of the frontrunners for Maharashtra’s chief minister’s position, after the 2014 assembly elections, you had offered to vacate your seat for him. Party insiders say that Devendra Fadnavis was miffed with you because of the same. Whats your equation with the CM now?

My professional and personal relations with both of them (Gadkari and Fadnavis) are very good. Fadnavisji and I started our political career at the same time. No matter what, Nitin Gadkariji has proved his mettle time and again. Hes created many bigwigs in politics. He has always motivated all the party workers including Devendra Fadnavis. So, there was a common feeling among the party workers to consider Gadkari as the frontrunner. Having said that, Devendra Fadnavis is equally capable and deserving. 

As per the election affidavit, you have studied till fifth standard. But initially, you had claimed to have studied up to B.Com first year. Then, in your 2014 election affidavit, you claimed to have cleared exams till eighth standard. Why this discrepancy?

Before the elections, we had given charge to a single person for the documentation in the city. So, while feeding my details in the computer, an error took place; somebody elses B.Com qualification was mistakenly mentioned as mine in my election affidavit form. Unfortunately, I signed the form hurriedly, without going through the details. When I came across this discrepancy, I apologised to the public and thanked the media for bringing the same to my notice.

You plan to make Lakadganj police station the states first smart police station. How do you plan to go about it?

The Britishers had built the Lakadgang Police Station and its quarters ages back. The quarters were so small that the families of the police personnel  couldn’t get accommodated in them.

I got the roads cemented and solved the quarters water problem too. I took all possible efforts to make the accommodation operational for them. When I got the opportunity to become an MLA, I decided to revamp the police station and build good housing societies. Former Home Minster RR Patil had even conducted a meeting and appointed a nodal agency at NIT (Nagpur Improvement Trust) in 2011 for the same. The project went through a lot of problems then because of the Congress. Fortunately, after BJP government came into power, the project sped up.

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution

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Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan

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“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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