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Back, and on the offensive
After two months away, Leader of the Opposition Vasundhara Raje is back in Jaipur just before the start of the monsoon session of the Assembly. She held a core committee meeting to decide the BJP's stance. The party is reportedly planning a series of agitations till November 20, with mass-awareness campaigns against the Congress government in the state and the UPA at the Centre. Apart from FDI in retail, unemployment and corruption issues, the party will also oppose the state government's move to demolish illegally constructed houses on the pretext of an anti-encroachment drive. On October 12, the Mahila Morcha led by Raje will agitate against the cap on LPG cylinders.
Congress veteran dies at 88
On Monday evening, veteran Congress leader and former Gujarat governor Pandit Naval Kishore Sharma passed away. Sharma, 88, was suffering from heart ailments. Sharma played a key role in post-Independence politics in Rajasthan and was one of the most respected Brahmin leaders in the state. He started his career from Dausa, his hometown, and served as Union minister of petroleum. He was also also Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha and a five-time MP, representing Alwar, Dausa and Jaipur. He had defeated Rajmata Gayatri Devi from Dausa. His stature is said to have attracted many Opposition leaders to defect to his camp. His son, Brij Kishore Sharma, is currently education minister in the Ashok Gehlot government.
Banasthali Vidyapith, one of the country's best known women's universities, has been in the eye of a storm since its girl students protested against alleged sexual harassment on campus. Several organisations are now investigating the allegations. The National Commission for Women, the state women's comission, and the state human rights commission have started separate inquiries, while the district administration too has ordered a probe. While the university authorities continued to maintain that the allegations were made only to tarnish the institution's image, investigating officials said that students have raised serious security lapses on the campus that need to be addressed.