EVOKES NOSTALGIC MEMORIES
April 20: Smt Smriti Irani (the ideal bahu of the small
screen, Tulsi) specially came down to Mumbai from Delhi today
to campaign for Lok Sabha Speaker and Shiv Sena-BJP candidate
from Mumbai North-Central constituency for the 14th Lok Sabha
elections, Shri Manohar Joshi.
|Smt Irani kept
her word and came to Mumbai to campaign for Shri Joshi in spite
of having fever because of the deep respect she has for him.
A special meeting (chowk sabha) was arranged in the Nyaya Rath
at Pallonji Shojpal Chowk, S K Bole Road, Dadar.
Local MLA, Smt Vishakha Raut, started with the introductions
after which Shri Manohar Joshi addressed the crowd. Going back
several decades, Shri Joshi nostalgically recalled, Pallonji
Shojpal Chowk has been visited by great stalwarts like Shyamprasad
Mukherjee, Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi. It is a sacred place
for us; and today, Smt Irani will have the good fortune of making
a speech at such a prestigious and holy venue. Shri Joshi
repeatedly thanked Smt Smriti Irani for honouring his invitation,
notwithstanding that she was unwell and having high temperature.
In her brief speech, Smt Smriti Irani said, I am very
happy and feel greatly honoured to make this speech today at
a place which has been rendered sacred by the touch of the feet
of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.
In a lighter vein, Smt Irani also remarked that if she did not
speak here for the election campaign of the Honourable Lok Sabha
Speaker Shri Manohar Joshi, she would not be allowed to speak
in the Lok Sabha.
Stressing on the importance of the election, Smt Irani urged
people to cast their vote without fail and to vote for Honourable
Joshi Sir only.
Vibhag Pramukh Shri Vishwasrao proposed the
vote of thanks.
JOSHI'S CAMPAIGN GAINS ACCELERATED MOMENTUM:
THREE SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS ON LAST SUNDAY OF CAMPAIGN
April 19: Lok Sabha Speaker and Shiv Sena-BJP candidate
for the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-Central,
Shri Manohar Joshi gave added thrust to his campaign yesterday,
the last Sunday of campaigning, with three successful
campaign meetings in his constituency at Dharavi, Antop
Hill and Dadar, all in one day. Shri Joshi was deeply
moved by the overwhelming response of the people in his
meeting at Dharavi was organized by Ganesh Cultural Group
as part of the election campaign. The big crowd at Dharavi
left no room for doubt that Shri Joshi would be elected by
a huge majority. Shri Joshi said that the Congress had been
constantly putting obstacles in the development of Dharavi.
Without naming Dharavi MLA and rival candidate Eknath Gaikwad,
Shri Joshi strongly criticized the policy of the Congress
party which reeked of double standards. He said that he had
obtained a sanction of Rs 500 crore for the development of
Dharavi from the centre and the Dharavi Development Scheme
was to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari
Vajpayee himself. But when the Congress saw that they could
get no credit for this, they put obstacles in our way, said
Shri Joshi. Not only that, they also played games to stall
the Dharavi Sports Complex project. But not any more,
asserted Shri Joshi, no one can now come in the way
of Dharavis progress and development. The Dharavi voters
have woken up to these callous tactics of the Congress; and
I am confident that they will teach the Congress a lesson
in this election, he confidently declared.
Shri Thiruvannakassur, Minister of State at
the centre, was present for the meeting at Antop Hill. Shri
Thiruvannakassursaid that Shri Balasaheb Thackeray was in
the league of great leaders like Shri Kamaraj and Shri MGR;
and Shri Manohar Joshi working under the guidance of such
a great personality was a dynamic leader with a vision. President
of the South Indian unit of the BJP Shri K Tamil Seswajani
had organized this meeting at CGS colony. Addressing the crowd
in Tamil, Shri Thiruvannakassur said that Shri Laloo Prasad
Yadav had given a call that Shri Joshi should stand unopposed
for this election. But Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was
unable to understand this. Had such a thing happened, it would
have been a great step, he said.
The third meeting of the day was held at Kitte
Bhandari Hall in Dadar. Shri Joshi called upon the party workers
of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance to fulfil the responsibilities
and tasks assigned to them faithfully. Shri Joshi said that
there was no alternative to the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance government.
While the Sena-BJP groomed their followers into faithful party
workers and provided them with jobs, the Congress was busy
trading with other parties and did nothing for its party workers
leaving them to fend for themselves, Shri Joshi said.
Vigorous door to door campaigns are also being conducted by
Sena workers for Shri Joshi.
JOLT TO NCP:
AND DALIT PARTY WORKERS JOIN SHIV SENA
April 17: The Nationalist Congress Party recently got a nasty
jolt when a large number of their Muslim and Dalit party workers
including women workers from Mumbai north-central constituency left
the NCP to join the Shiv Sena.
new entrants were welcomed with open arms and honoured by Shri Manohar
Joshi on behalf of the Shiv Sena.
THAT MANOHAR JOSHI RETURNS TO THE LOK SABHA,
HE WILL ENSURE THAT THE WOMEN'S RESERVATION BILL IS PASSED
- SUSHMA SWARAJ
April 16: "Some personalities are such that it is a matter
of pride to ask people to vote for them, and Shri Manohar Joshi
is one such personality. I feel honoured to stand before you here
today and ask you to vote for him," exclaimed Sushma Swaraj
at a special women's meet (mahila melawa) organized at Kamgar
Maidan, Elphinstone Road this evening. The response to the meet
was tremendous, so much so that women were thronging outside the
Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that Shri
Manohar Joshi had made great efforts to mobilize the women's reservation
bill and tried his best to get it passed. He had also floated several
schemes for the benefit of women. She called upon the huge crowd
to vote Shri Manohar Joshi back to power by a huge majority so that
he could ensure that the women's reservation bill would be passed.
The senior BJP leader said that she was overjoyed to see that women
had turned up in stupendous numbers for this meet while the response
to such meets held by their opponents was very poor. It is rare
to find leaders genuinely interested in the welfare of people. Manohar
Joshi is one such leader, she said. Moreover he has done a lot for
women's welfare. He organized two mega health camps in his constituency
from which women benefited greatly.
senior firebrand BJP leader launched an upfront attack on Sonia
Gandhi. Would a lady who had not accepted Indian citizenship for
16 years send her son or nephew to the front to fight for the country,
she questioned rhetorically. Yet Sonia Gandhi had dreamt of becoming
the Prime Minister of India five years back, but that remained a
dream and will always remain a dream; the Indian voters will see
to that, she said.
to great women like Savitribai Phule, communist party leader Godatai
Parulekar and Anandibai Joshi, the first Indian lady to go to America
for medical studies, Shri Manohar Joshi said that women had great
power. They had shown their strength by assembling here in such
large numbers; now this large workforce of women will be my strength
and see to it that I win by a large majority, he said. He further
expressed that it is imperative for women to be economically strong
and independent. With this in mind, I have started the HMT scheme
for handicapped women and widows in Dharavi and also started a tailoring
scheme for women in Wadala, Shri Joshi revealed. "But above
all, women must get equal power of governance as men so that they
can govern shoulder to shoulder with them. Only the Shiv Sena-BJP
has made efforts towards this cause," he stressed.
Shri Joshi expressed confidence that
this time the voting percentage would go upto 60 percent as compared
to 48 percent last time. He further said that after being elected,
he would first hold a mahila melawa at Shivtirth.
like Kanta Nalawade (BJP), Sena MLA Vishakha Raut, Snehal Jadhav
and Swati Shinde also spoke on the occasion while Manisha Kayande
conducted the meet.
KHANNA PUTS IT TO 'JANTA JANARDAN'
KE SAATH KYA SULUK KIYA JAAYE???
Mumbai, April 13: Picking up
a few lines of a popular song from an old film of his, star campaigner
Vinod Khanna in his address yesterday evening to the gathering largely
composed of Sikhs at Sion-Koliwada, put it to the 'janta janardan'
- "We have unemployment, hunger, corruption and malpractices
to speak of after 45 years of Congress rule post independence. So
what should we do with the Congress? Maar diya jaaye, ke chod diya
jaaye? Congress ke saath kya suluk kiya jaaye?" The audience
responded with thunderous claps. Shri Vinod Khanna was here to campaign
for Lok Sabha Speaker and Shiv Sena-BJP candidate from Mumbai North-Central
constituency for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Shri Manohar Joshi.
Interestingly, the name of the film was very patriotic - Mera Gaon
further elaborated that in spite of being in power right from the
gram panchayat level upto the centre in Delhi, the Congress had
done little or nothing for the development of the country over such
a long period. But look at the stupendous work Atalji has done in
just five years! No wonder there is a strong 'Atal wave' in the
country and everyone is 'feeling good'. During Congress rule, when
our ministers went abroad, they were not received warmly with honour,
as they went to ask for aid. But the whole scenario has changed
after Atalji became the Prime Minister of India. The image of India
changed from an aid-seeking nation to an aid-offering nation. Now
when our ministers go abroad, they are received warmly according
to the protocol. Foreign countries are more than happy to extend
a hand of friendship towards us.
The Congress did not allow the rural
folk to progress and managed to remain in power due to the blind
faith the uneducated villagers had in them. But even the rural folk
have now become educated and wiser. They now know who can lead them
on the path of progress. After struggling for so many years to free
our motherland from foreign rule, how can a foreigner now become
the Prime Minister of the country? So Sonia Gandhi has now brought
her children into the political arena. She has clung to the Congress
only to be in power. Congress rule spells dynastic rule. Why should
we succumb to dynastic rule? The Congress government took huge loans,
but never accounted for them. In contrast, Atalji's government believes
in transparency. They provided the villagers of India with water,
roads, gas, fuel and phones. Essential amenities were provided in
plenty thus reducing black marketeering. Shri Khanna called upon
the people to vote to power the Shiv Sena-BJP government, which
would lead the country further on the path of progress.
BJP spokesperson and MP Shri S S Ahluwalia
who was also present for the meeting said that if people want to
see India as a prosperous self respecting nation, they must vote
for the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. Coming down heavily on the Congress
government, he said that the Congress had pocketed 85 percent of
the funds and resources from the central government and utilized
hardly 15 percent for the country. But the NDA had implemented several
schemes and projects for the uplift of the villagers of India. Atalji's
ambitious project of linking the rivers of India would not only
be of great benefit to farmers but also generate 50,000 MW of power.
This would help small-scale industries to boom and generate employment.
Atalji's bold decision of going ahead with the Pokhran atomic blast
was a decisive step in stepping up the defences of the country.
Shri Ahluwalia also criticized Shri Sharad Pawar for breaking and
making alliances with Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party according
to his convenience. He finally warned the people that one-day of
lethargy would cost them dear. If they did not vote on the D-day,
they might have to repent for the next five years. So he called
upon the people to give their full support to the ideal Lok Sabha
Speaker, Shri Manohar Joshi, representing the Sena-BJP combine,
which had proved its worth.
In his brief speech,
Shri Manohar Joshi said it was imperative that the Sena-BJP government
should be voted again to power to compensate for the grossly inadequate
developmental work carried out by the Congress government. Dalit
leader Aba Arekar said that the real threat to Dalits was from the
Congress and Shiv Sena-BJP was their true friend. And so, all Dalits
should strongly support the Sena-BJP combine adding to their strength.
SABHA SPEAKER IS A STICKLER FOR RULES
Mumbai, April 12: Lok Sabha
Speaker Manohar Joshi recently demonstrated that he is a stickler
for rules and extremely conscious of abiding by the election code
of conduct when he refused an interview with Star Plus after reaching
the venue as they did not have the necessary permissions.
Shiv Sena-BJP candidate Manohar Joshi
and Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad, both from the Mumbai North-
Central constituency, had been invited by Star Plus tonight at Shivaji
Park for a live telecast in their program 'Kahiye Netaji'. The time
was 10.30 p.m. Shri Eknath Gaikwad had already arrived before time
with great aplomb along with his supporters.
When Shri Manohar Joshi arrived on
the dot, he first enquired whether the necessary permissions required
under the election code of conduct had been sought. It was found
that the Election Commission had not given the required permission.
A good crowd had already assembled for the program which was to
be telecast live on Star Plus. However, when Shri Joshi learnt that
the permission from the Election Commission had not been granted,
he put his foot down and flatly refused to take part in the program.
On the other hand, Shri Gaikwad astounded all present when he expressed
willingness to go ahead with the program.
By taking this step, Shri Joshi has
shown that he respects the law and will make no compromise when
it comes to following rules. This small but significant incident
goes to prove that the Lok Sabha Speaker sure is a stickler for
rules and leads by example.
JOSHI PROVES TO BE A SAVIOUR FOR LAKHS OF LIC TENANTS
April 9: The
recent landmark judgement of the Mumbay High Court in favour of
the LIC tenants has come as a fitting grand finale to the relentless
strategic efforts and able guidance of the Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri
Manohar Joshi, who was instrumental in spearheading the movement
of the All India LIC Tenants Action Committee against their
landlord Life Insurance Corporation of India. Heaving a sigh of
relief in the wake of the reassuring verdict and now assured that
the LIC tenants will not be evicted or homeless, the Committee has
given full credit to Shri Manohar Joshi for his key role in their
The LIC had hiked the rent astronomically
under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupant) Act,
1971, which covers public sector undertakings (PSUs). Anticipating
that the move might boomerang on them, they had also served eviction
notices to some tenants. The tenants were thus living in constant
fear and dread with the sword of forced eviction or a magnified
rent way beyond their modest means hanging on their heads, rendering
them either homeless or bankrupt. But acting on the advice of Shri
Manohar Joshi and picking up courage due to his solid unfailing
backing, the Committee knocked on legal doors for justice.
On 7 April 2004, the Mumbai
High Court pronounced its historic judgement. Justice S Radhakrishnan
and Justice V M Kanade ruled that guidelines issued by the Centre
under the Public Premises Act and the government resolution from
May 2002 to prevent such arbitrary use of power to evict genuine
tenants from public premises have statutory force and stand binding
on LIC. The judges also held that the stupendous increase in rent
by LIC (500 times the original rent in some cases), was arbitrary
and in violation of the Constitution.
The High Court ruling has brought
immense relief to lakhs of LIC tenants all over the country and
dealt a strong blow to LICs policy of unreasonable rent hike.
Jubilant at this judgement, the All India LIC Tenants Action
Committee has declared in a release that their success has been
due to the constant guidance and consistent solid backing of the
Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Manohar Joshi, in their struggle against
the LIC over the past three years. The Committee Chairman Amarnath
Kamat and Vice Chairman Subodh Sapre have heartily acknowledged
that Shri Joshi has proved to be a true saviour for lakhs of LIC
tenants and their families. They can now rest assured that they
will not be deprived the secure roof above their heads. Shri Sapre
further added that Shri Manohar Joshi was instrumental in obtaining
an ordinance on 8 June 2002 against implementation of the Public
Premises Act by the LIC.
SENA CHIEF IS NOT AGAINST MUSLIMS
- Manohar Joshi
April 9: "Hinduhrudaysamrat
Shiv Sena supremo Shri Balasaheb Thackeray is not anti-Muslim. It
was at his instance alone that the Shivshahi government procured
a ground having a rental of Rs 2 crore for the use of the Muslim
community in Bandra for a drastically subsidized rent of just Rs
2 lakhs. You will not find even a single instance of any Hindu-Muslim
riot in the state during the Shiv Sena-BJP regime. The Shiv Sena
chief has always been proud of patriotic Muslims of India who have
love for their motherland," clarified Lok Sabha Speaker Shri
Manohar Joshi at a function last evening at Qureishi Nagar, Kurla
(E), as part of the election campaign for the popular election candidate
of the Shiv Sena-BJP combine from Mumbai north-central constituency.
He further reiterated, "There was not even a single Hindu-Muslim
riot during my tenure as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, because
it is the leader who sets a precedent and people always follow the
leader. The head of our family Shri Balasaheb Thackeray is the chief
of the Shiv Sena and our leader. We are fortunate to always work
under his invaluable guidance. He has always assured us that he
has full faith in Muslims and we need not worry about any kind of
threat or danger from them. He has shown such large heartedness
and love for our Muslim brethren by seeing to it that they could
get the maidan in Bandra for public use at a grossly subsidized
price. How then can Balasaheb be anti-Muslim?"
we found that the Muslim fraternity was cramped for space for offering
their daily namaaz in the masjid, the Sena-BJP government immediately
decided to expand the open area in the masjid. Yet the Congress
made a false propaganda that we are against Muslims and tried to
create mistrust and misunderstanding. We have always strived to
see that Hindus and Muslims live together and share a strong fraternal
bond not only in Maharashtra but all over the country. With these
words, Shri Joshi thus made matters crystal clear.
a more emotional note, he said, "Whatever heights I may reach
in my career or wherever I may go in the country, I shall never
forget the people of Qureishi Nagar who have always showered me
with so much love and affection. If I take into account the love,
support and good wishes I have from all the communities, I am confident
that I will win by a margin of three lakh votes."
Labour Minister Sabir Sheikh said that while Shri Manohar Joshi
was Chief Minister, he spread a strong feeling of friendliness and
brotherhood in Maharashtra among all communities.
Prominent Shiv Sena leaders Advocate Liladhar Dake, Habib Faki,
Bashir Mulla, Suryakant Mahadik, Chandrakant Vishwasrao, Ramzan
Ali, Swati Shinde, Ramesh Joshi and Anuradha Pednekar also addressed
the audience on this occasion.
MODI DEMANDS TO KNOW
WHAT HAS THE CONGRESS CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE NATION'S PROGRESS?
The British rulers are remembered for introducing the railway in
India. Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be remembered for the vast network
of roads all over the country. Atalji set the country on the path
of progress linking the whole of India with good roads. But what
is the contribution of the Congress, Narendra Modi demanded to know,
while speaking at an election campaign for Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar
Joshi at Matunga.
Shri Joshi as a Shiv Sainik and Atal Sainik, Narendra Modi said
that the coming elections were crucial and it was imperative for
the future of the country that people vote Shri Joshi and Atalji
to power. We have already shown what a non-Congress government can
do for the country, he continued. All
Prime Ministers before Atalji were either Congressmen or followed
the Congress ideology. Atalji established a new tradition and proved
that even a non-Congress government can govern the country ably
and bring about a revolution. When the citizens of India voted the
Congress out of power in 1998, there was some apprehension as to
whether we would win and govern the country for a full five years.
But five years down the line in 2004, the scene is entirely different.
Citizens have full confidence in us.
Congress has never allowed anyone to rise. They have a history of
being destructive. But now with a handsome growth in the GDP, the
nation is poised to zoom ahead on the path of progress with complete
confidence. Atalji was acclaimed worldwide for his creditable breakthrough
in the tussle between propagators of brotherhood and peace and supporters
of terrorism. The whole world is impressed with India's achievement
in this arena, he said.
Attacking Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi questioned,
" Why did she wait for 30 years after marriage to become an
Indian citizen? While filing her nomination, she has declared that
she has residential property worth Rs 12 lakhs in Italy. Why? Something's
fishy here. When one billion people are 'feeling good' why is it
that only Miya Musharraf and Madam are not to 'feeling good'",
posed two questions to the Congress. Why is the Congress making
efforts to get the guilty in the Godhra carnage released in spite
of their inhuman act of burning alive innocent kar sevaks? This
itself shows the character of the Congress. Again Congress has welcomed
into the party Sayyed Shahabuddin, a person who took a controversial
stand in the Shahbano case. Does the Congress agree with his line
of thinking? Let the Congress answer these two vital questions.
Modi called upon the voters to make the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance victorious
all over the country. Apart from Shri Manohar Joshi, the function
was attended by Babubhai Bhawanji, Chandrakanta Goyal, Pratibha
Malvi, BJP district President Ravji Gala and other volunteers in
election which will decide the future of the country in the 21st
the dais, Shri Manohar Joshi said, "This election is a decisive
one which will lay the foundation of the country for the 21st century
and determine its future. This election is an election which will
be a true reflection of democracy, nationalism and patriotism; and
so everyone must entrust the country to a dynamic personality par
excellence like Shri Atalji, a true supporter of humanism. And for
this, you all have to vote for the Shiv Sena-BJP.
"There really is no need for us to impress upon the people
to bring the National Democratic Alliance to power once again. If
we simply splace before the people our achievements in the past
five years with what the Congress has done in the last 35 years,
there is no doubt that they will vote for the Shiv Sena-BJP only,"
proclaimed Shri Joshi.
Vibhag Pramukh Chandrakant Vishwasrao, Swati Shinde, Ramesh Joshi
and other dignitaries were also present for this campaign conducted
by Anil Trivedi.
MANOHAR JOSHI CAN GIVE A NEW LEASE OF LIFE TO DHARAVI
DREAM GIRL HEMA MALINI
April 6: She came, she saw, and cast a magic spell on all
It is only Shri Manohar Joshi and none
other who can give a new lease of life to Dharavi, proclaimed
Hema Malini in chaste Tamil and the mammoth crowd at Dharavi cheered
with gusto. The dream girl had the Dharavi residents spellbound
with her beautiful oratory. She further went on to announce that
Shri Manohar Joshi would get a record number of votes in the country.
The response to the rally organized at 90 ft road,
Dharavi, on the eve of April 5 on Monday for Hema Malini to address
her Tamil brothers and sisters was more than overwhelming. People
simply flocked in large numbers to catch a glimpse of this ethereal
beauty and Basanti of the all-time blockbuster Sholay.
sooner had she greeted the crowd with Vanakkam in Tamil, than the
whole of Dharavi reverberated with shouts of Manohar Joshi
zindabad. When the local Tamil representatives crowned the
dream girl and Shri Joshi with the traditional South Indian crown,
people just couldnt stop clapping.
Hema Malini spoke like a veteran in politics. Referring
to Shri Kamarajs photograph in the neighbouring Congress office,
Hema Malini interjected, Had Kamaraj been alive today, he
would certainly have joined the Shiv Sena-BJP combine. Some years
back, I used to pass through Dharavi in my car. And what I remember
about Dharavi are the narrow roads, filth and stench. But today,
the picture is completely different. This has been made possible
only through the efforts of Sir, Shri Manohar Joshi.
But a lot still needs to be done for Dharavi. You people need good
houses, gardens, playgrounds, and Sir will provide you with these.
Dharavi will also have a school, hospital and wide roads. Sir has
obtained special sanction and funds from the centre for this purpose;
so you cant even think about voting for any candidate other
than Sir. The crowd went into raptures listening to this call
of Hema Malini. The Tamilian men and women started dancing and cheering
lustily flashing the victory sign and raising slogans.
Manohar Joshi responded with matching faith and vigour. Seeing
you wonderful people here today has quelled any worry I may have
had about my victory, he said. As Speaker of the Lok
Sabha, I look upon Dharavi as a miniscule India. People of diverse
castes and cultures reside in this region. I consider it my bounden
duty to give them their rightful due and elevate their quality of
life. Hema Malini has set a precedent lending a touch of beauty
to Dharavi by coming here today. And we are now going to make Dharavi
even more beautiful through our developmental work, he concluded.