Weekly Political Roundup: From Lingayat Separate religion status to BJP’s big Rajya Sabha win

In the biggest ever data leak by the Cambridge Analytica- a data mining company it was alleged that the company used personal data of 50 million Facebook users in an unauthorised manner.

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From Siddaramaiah government according a separate religion status to the Lingayat community to the Cambridge Analytica row hitting Indian political system to the recently concluded Rajya Sabha elections, here is all you need to know in detail:

  1. Karnataka government grants separate religion status to Lingayats:

In the biggest move ever taken by the government of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah finally granted a separate religion status to the Lingayat community. The move which was termed as an attempt to “play with fire” by both opponents and some party insiders quickly sparked a row as the Veershaiva-Lingayat community objected to the decision.

The state government assured the community that it will also recommend the Centre to grant the separate religion tag to Lingayat community. With this move, the state Congress government has put the ball in BJP’s court.

You can read the more detailed report, here:

Siddaramaiah’s Lingayat card trumps Karnataka BJP unit

  1. Parliament in lockdown for another week:

Continuing the weeks-long impasse, the parliament remained unproductive for another week. It must be noted that after the passing of Finance bill on March 5, the parliament hasn’t conducted a productive discussion or debate yet. The YSRCP and TDP have moved in total three no-confidence motion against the BJP government. However, the motion which was to be taken up for discussion on Monday hasn’t yet been introduced in the parliament. BJP MPs are citing the ruckus created by the opposition as the reason. The Congress party will also move a no-confidence motion against the ruling government next week.

You can read the more detailed report, here:

Parliament drama orchestrated by the BJP: CPI(M)

  1. Cambridge Analytica row hits Indian politics:

The biggest ever data leak by the Cambridge Analytica- a data mining company took the western world by storm. It was alleged that the company used personal data of 50 million Facebook users in an unauthorised manner in an attempt to influence the voters for their clients which also includes, US President Donald Trump.

Back home, both BJP and Congress alleged each other of having links with the company. While Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Congress of using the company service for voter profiling Congress President Rahul Gandhi called it a “fake news” and accused BJP of diverting the attention from real issues.

You can read the more detailed report, here:

BJP and Congress caught in social media tussle, allege each other of having links with analytics firm

Rahul Gandhi calls data theft accusation an invention by BJP to divert attention from the killings of 39 Indians in Iraq

  1. Anna Hazare goes on indefinite hunger strike again:

Almost eight years after his historic movement that steered India’s biggest Anti-corruption movement Anna Hazare is set to repeat the history once again. Starting from today, the social activist Anna Hazare will go on indefinite hunger strike against the present Modi government.

He began his protest at the iconic Ram Lila Maidan from where he had started the Anti-corruption movement that led to dethroning of UPA government. Anna Hazare then was demanding the government bring in force a Lokpal act to investigate the corruption cases. The demand of Anna is same this time, however, the target is the present day government who he feels has not done anything to bring in force the Lokpal act.

You can read the more detailed report, here:

Anti-corruption movement 2.0: Anna Hazare to begin his indefinite hunger strike today

Anna Hazare hits out at the government for its ‘sly’ attitude, says trains have been cancelled for hedging protest

  1. Rajya Sabha election: BJP emerges as the largest party in the Upper house

Recovering from the humiliating loss in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll, the BJP on Friday was all smiles when it won more than 10 seats in Rajya Sabha election. While BJP backed Independent Rajya Sabha candidate Rajeev Chandrashekhar won comfortably from Karnataka, all the three candidates fielded by Congress from the state won too. From West Bengal, Congress’s Abhishek Manu Sanghavi won with the support of TMC. However, it was Uttar Pradesh which saw a high voltage showdown between the ruling BJP and opposition alliance SP-BSP and Congress.

You can read the more detailed report, here:

Rajya Sabha Election: BJP now has ‘Upper Hand’ in the Upper House

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