Gurugram: Unlike 2014 General elections when Prime Minister Narender Modi, then a challenger, had done a massive public meeting in Gururgam, this time neither Modi nor Amit Shah did a rally in Gurugram. In fact, the only major leader from BJP who had done a major rally in Gurugram was Rajnath Singh. To fill the gap of major national leaders not campaigning in the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, the mantle was donned by the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khatar. From October to May 10, Khattar held over 30 public meetings in and around Gurugram. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe Chief Minister realised from the very beginning that the weak areas of the party were in Mewat. The 65-year-old leader, therefore, held various public meetings in the area which is among the most backward districts in the country. Khattar did not shy away in conceding among the electorate of Mewat that while Gurugram was one of the richest cities in the country, the neighbouring Nuh was the most backward district in the country. In his campaigns, he blamed the lack of development, the discrimination of the previous governments in not ensuring equitable growth in Haryana. The CM highlighted that how a large number of investments by the Central and the state government helped develop national highways and expressways around the region. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe chief minister also assured the voters of Mewat that he will provide suggestions towards not making changes in the Central Motors act which had rendered most of the drivers of Nuh jobless. It is important to note that in the recently modified Central motors act those drivers who have not passed class 10th will not be given commercial licence. Just before the starting of the hectic election campaigns, the CM also resolved the difference with the winning candidate Rao Inderjit Singh to make sure that the BJP unit functions as a team in winning over Gurugram. While Rao Inderjit consolidated over his voter bases in Rewari and Bawal, the CM tried to consolidate on the urban middle-class votes of Gurugram.
26 July 2010Top United Nations officials have strongly condemned the attacks targeting the offices of the regional satellite television channel Al-Arabiya in Baghdad, while urging Iraqi authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of media professionals. Four employees were killed and two bystanders were wounded when a car bomb exploded this morning outside the television station, which had reportedly been targeted several times in the past. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Iraq, Ad Melkert, both condemned the attack.“Journalists in Iraq have again turned out to be prime targets for insurgents and all parties should act to counter this impunity in the targeting and killing of journalists,” said Mr. Melkert, who is head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “The attack of this morning shows once more that an immediate response is needed through an effective agreement on the formation of a new government that will be dedicated to the protection of citizens and freedom of the press.” The head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom also condemned the attack, and stressed that journalists must be able to go about their work freely, without fearing for their lives.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), called on the Iraqi authorities to do everything within their ability to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack are brought to justice.