Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now I talk a lot about being other-oriented on this blog. If you are aiming to be a level 4, trusted advisor sales professional you won’t get there by being focused on yourself. I also talk about not being subservient to your client.A client who does not see you as a trusted peer is not your dream client, and may very well be your nightmare. If you find the balance where you put your client’s needs at the forefront and you gain their trust by being a value creator, you can create a situation where you have an absolute right to their next order.How do you sell so that you have an absolute right to your client’s next order?How do sell so that you have an absolute right to the next initiative, and the right to recommend what that change should look like?Selling is conversations and commitments. The whole concept of selling is about creating a strong preference for you and your solution.You can’t create a preference with the lowest price. Some sales organizations win with lowest price because it’s their business strategy. But even then, a competitor with an even lower price can displace them. That’s not a preference.To create a preference you need relationships. Relationships start with trust, and trust starts with caring. If you’re self-oriented, you make it hard to believe that you care, and when a decision is complex, risky, and expensive, trust is the first test. The relationships you have throughout your dream client’s company deepen their preference for you, your company, and your solutions.But after trust, you create a preference by demonstrating your ability to develop and execute the solution. You need to be someone that your dream client prefers because they want you to be part of their team. You also need ideas that allow you to create value from quarter to quarter and year to year.Relationships matter. The economic value that you create matters.What would you do differently if your goal was to create so strong a preference for you that you had an absolute right to your client’s next order?What would you do now to create the right to develop and execute the next initiative your dream client pursues?”
Are you full of performative contradictions? Are you doing what you say one cannot—or should not—do?You say that your salespeople should block off time for their most important tasks, like nurturing their dream clients, prospecting, and following up. You want the members of your team to do the things that make a difference and produce results. Are you blocking time for coaching your sales team, the most important activity and the one that generates the highest return on effort?You tell your sales team to get out from behind their email and get in front of clients, to go where the action is and make a difference. You tell them not to waste time with the browser and their twelve open tabs. However, you dole out this direction from behind your CRM’s dashboard. Staring at the score never helped anyone win a game. How often do you see a coach with his back to the field of play?You want your salespeople to study so they’ll have the business acumen to create value for their prospects and clients, as well as distinguish themselves in a crowded field of “me too” competitors. You want them to read, to educate themselves, to do their homework. Are you better and more widely read than your sales team? Do you have the business acumen to be a peer when you are sitting in front of their clients? Or might you fail the test you ask your team to pass?Your people will follow your lead. They’re more likely to do what you do than what you say, especially when your words and your actions are in conflict. If you want your people to follow you, you have to lead them. That means you have to embody the values you want them to hold, and demonstrate the actions you want them to take.Your people will do as you do, not as you say.
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Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Let’s correct the record here about commissions.Let’s assume that the critics are correct, and that salespeople who are paid commissions will be motivated to win more business, whatever the cost. Even though many people are not really money motivated, let’s pretend for a moment that every salesperson is, and that they will really do whatever it takes to win business and collect their rewards.That settled, let’s look at what might happen.First, the salesperson who wants to make more money will have to create opportunities. Opportunities are generally generated by prospecting, and the primary method for setting the appointments and gaining the commitment for time is cold calling. And like that, we just found out that a lot of people have just bowed out of the “whatever it takes” proposition in the above paragraph.Second, they would have to do well enough in front of the client during their interactions to actually be preferred over their competitors, all of whom (in this scenario) are equally money motivated.So how does one create a preference? Is it by being self-oriented, pushy, smarmy, and aggressive? Is it by selling the client something that they really don’t need or from which they will receive no benefit? The answer is a resounding “No!” This is a recipe for losing deals, not winning them.You create a preference by being consultative, and for working to be a trusted advisor, a recipe with only two ingredients: 1: trust (the foundation of all relationships, including commercial relationships), and 2: advice (the business acumen and situational knowledge that allows one to provide advice, also now popularly described as “insights”). A self-orientation will end your chances at winning an opportunity as fast as almost anything else. A lack of business acumen will make you irrelevant, and will remove almost all possibility of winning.If one were to want money, their behaviors would have to serve that outcome, and successful salespeople have long known how to sell in a way that allows them to win, to serve their clients, and to make money.Why We Pay CommissionsThe reason we pay commissions is because the variation in results allows for a variation in compensation, with those who want more money and have the ability to generate more sales being paid for doing so, and with those who are only half as motivated or half as effective to be paid appropriately for the results they produce.Treating two groups with widely different results the same is to mistreat both groups, with one being paid too little, and the other being paid too much.Truth be told, we are really commission only salespeople, being paid only for the value we create, what we believe we are worth, and our ability to find the people who see that same value.
Calling the verdict shocking, defence counsel Surendra Gadling said that his clients would go in appeal against the verdict in the High Court.Prosecution lawyer Mr. Prashant Sathianathan called it a “unique verdict”. “It’s a very special verdict especially to take care of white collared people who are involved in such (Maoist) activities. Professor Saibaba and other accused in this case were high-profile people and this verdict is a message to their organisations. This is a unique case or probably the first in which the conviction was done based solely on electronic evidence and videos,” he told The Hindu. A sessions court in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Tuesday convicted the Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba for Maoist links and sentenced him to life imprisonment.Four others, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Hem Mishra and former journalist Prashant Rahi, were convicted along with the DU professor and sentenced to “imprisonment for life” by Gadchiroli sessions judge Suryakant S.Shinde.Professor Saibaba, Mr. Mishra, Mr. Rahi and two residents of Gadchiroli —Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote — were convicted under Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code for connections with the banned Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), an organisation linked with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).Also read: Govt. wanted to kill me: Saibaba | The best way to stop me was to throw me in jail, says SaibabaThe sixth accused in the case, Mr.Vijay Tirki, was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for ten years. The court concurred with the prosecution’s charges and held that the police could prove their charges with the help of “hard-disks and information” recovered from his computer and other places. Prashant Rahi, a freelance journalist and human rights activist from Uttarakhand, during his arrest in 2013. Rahi has been convicted for Maoist links and sentenced to life in prison. Photo: Special Arrangement JNU student Hem Mishra, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment, for his alleged Maoist links. Photo: Special Arrangement
Lying on a bench at the Bathinda railway station, sexagenarian Gurjant Singh waits to board the Abohar-Jodhpur passenger train. He, however, is not the only one waiting. As the train chugs into the platform, people rush to claim their seats. Those who are unsuccessful settle down on the floor. Soon, the train plunges into an eerie silence. For many of the passengers, it is another routine journey, wrought with hope and despair.Welcome aboard the “cancer train”. The train commences from Abohar and leaves from the Bathinda station at 9:30 p.m. every day to reach Rajasthan’s Bikaner, where patients undergo treatment at the Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (RCC). A majority of the patients are from the Malwa region of Punjab.For want of moneyRCC is a State government-funded cancer hospital and is supported by a private charity trust called the Acharya Tulsi Shanti Pratishthan. The hospital is fast becoming the only affordable option for the poor, who are driven into debts while meeting their treatment expenses.“My father [Gurjant Singh] is suffering from esophageal cancer [cancer of the food pipe]. Since last December, I have been taking him to RCC for his monthly chemotheraphy sessions,” says Kushwinder Singh, who along with his uncle is accompanying Mr. Gurjant.Mr. Kushwinder points out that he spent nearly ₹30,000 on his father’s treatment at private hospitals in Bathinda. Now, he is under a debt of over ₹1 lakh.“Treatment is expensive. I divide my time between farming and taking care of my father. My younger brother, who goes to school, is also my responsibility…All this is not easy,” says Mr. Kushwinder.Facing similar hardships is the family of Jagpreet Singh (13), who was diagnosed with blood cancer two years ago.“We spent over ₹1 lakh at local private hospitals, and then gave up. RCC was the only option for us,” says Jagpreet’s father Guradeeta Singh (47), a farmer from Kot Shamir village. He adds that he incurred a debt of nearly ₹5 lakh while funding his son’s treatment.Agro-chemicalsExperts say this “cancer train” symbolises the adverse impact of the Green Revolution on public health in Punjab. The rise in cancer cases in the region can be attributed to the indiscriminate use of agro-chemicals.Lakhwinder Singh, a professor of economics and coordinator at the Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies at Punjabi University, Patiala, says, “Punjab is the leading State in terms of consumption of fertilisers and insecticides. This is leading to various diseases, especially in the cotton belt of Malwa.”According to a survey conducted by the government, cancer claimed 33,318 lives in the State between 2008 and 2012, out of which 14,682 were in the Malwa region alone. Research has revealed that the soil in this belt is high in Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), nitrates, phosphates and uranium, which gradually make way to agricultural produce.Agro-chemicals also affect fertility and can lead to mental disorders in infants.“Pesticides lead to neural tube defects, and can cause stunted growth and mental disorders in infants. There have been reports of reduced sperm counts, spontaneous abortions and premature deliveries from some belts in the State,” points out Shantanu Nevrekar, a visiting scholar at Punjabi University.Umendra Dutt, a member of NGO Kheti Virasat Mission, says drinking water crisis and depletion in the groundwater levels are also leading to health problems in the State.Dr. M.K. Mahajan, Director, Advanced Cancer Diagnostic, Treatment and Research Institute, Bathinda, attributes changes in lifestyle and food habits as the other leading causes of cancer. “Smoking and tobacco consumption, which cause cancer, are rampant in this region,” he says.Mr. Lakhwinder points out that the State government is not providing enough support to patients.‘Lack of govt support’“The government should not only provide financial support to patients but also look after their food, health and educational needs,” he says.At present, the Punjab government runs the Cancer Rahat Kosh (Chief Minister Cancer Relief Fund) scheme, which provides free treatment and medicines up to ₹1.5 lakh. Data show that 36,788 people have applied for the scheme since 2012. Dr. Mahajan asserts that ever since the scheme was launched, fewer people have been visiting RCC.Further, with the opening of the Advanced Cancer Diagnostic, Treatment and Research Institute in Bathinda and other cancer hospitals in the State, the demand for RCC has reportedly gone down.“There are not as many passengers on the cancer train as it used to be a few years ago,” says Lal Meena, the Travelling Ticket Inspector who has been serving on this route for nearly three years.Poor patients, however, feel that the amount provided under the cancer scheme is too less. “Treatment expenses usually cross the ₹1.5-lakh limit. What do we do then?” asks Harnek Singh (44), another passenger on the train.“I quit my job as a daily wage farmer after I got diagnosed with mouth cancer. My wife now works as a domestic to meet my treatment expenses,” says Mr. Harnek, as he breaks into tears.
Vikat Bhagat, from Canacona in south Goa, was arrested by local police on Tuesday evening as prime suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin whose nude body was found at an isolated open place in South Goa. Bhagat was remanded to seven days in police custody by local court on Wednesday.Police Inspector Filomeno Costa told The Hindu that though they suspected sexual assault in the case, they have yet not pressed rape charges as postmortem report is awaited. The remand for the accused is till March 21. Danielle McLaughlin was found brutally murdered in a field, around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning. Superintendent of Police, Crime, Umesh Gaonkar told The Hindu that the local police have rounded up several persons and finally zeroed in on a local petty thief and an ex-convict Bhagat.A case of murder has been registered under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The body had several bruises and the face had cuts inflicted probably using a blunt object, said police.According to local police investigating the case the victim had come to Canacona on Monday from Arambol in north Goa along with another friend, who is a UK national. “We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi with during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer associated with the probe said on condition of anonymity.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday offered a job to the wife of Sanjay Roy, who allegedly died of medical negligence at a private hospital in the city last month.Ruby Roy met the Chief Minister at Nabanna Building. She later said that she had been offered a job in the State Tourism Department. Ms Roy was appointed Assistant Trainee Manager with a salary of Rs 20,000 per month.“She talked to me like a mother and said that since you are young, you should stand on your own feet,” Ms Roy told journalists. Assurance on probeShe said the Chief Minister assured her that the investigation in her husband’s death would continue.After the death of Mr Roy on February 23, his family members had levelled allegations of medical negligence against the hospital.The family members also alleged that the hospital authorities had asked them to make full payments of bill before he was shifted to the State-run SSKM hospital.Road accidentMr Roy was admitted to the private hospital on February 16 after a road accident. On February 23, the family members wanted that the patient be shifted to SSKM hospital. The patient passed away at the hospital.Following the incident the State health department had formed a committee to look into the matter.The police have questioned the hospital authorities along with Rupali Bose, the director of the hospital in the eastern region.
Himachal Pradesh, which shares a boundary with Jammu and Kashmir and a porous International Border with China, depends on outdated arms to tackle crime, the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India said on Saturday. Most of the police stations continue to depend on outdated and obsolete weapons such as .303 rifles and .455 revolvers instead of the prescribed 7.62 mm self-loading rifles (SLRs), the CAG said in its follow-up of performance audit on modernisation of police forces’ report. Against the requirement of 9,074 SLRs of 7.62/5.56 mm range and 323 light machine guns (LMGs), there were 5,889 and 191 weapons, respectively, in the police department as on March 2016. This indicated a shortfall of 35% in SLRs and 41% in light machine guns. On fund utilisationBesides, it said the department had not disposed of, or replaced, the old weapons with modern weaponry. The CAG said that in 2009, there was 71% shortage of SLRs and and 88% of light machine guns in Himachal Pradesh. At that time, 9 mm pistols were 221% in excess. It also picked holes in utilising funds allocated by the Central government for police modernisation. Between 2011 and 2016, Central funds ranging between 21% and 87% remained unutilised at the end of each financial year, the CAG added. Smuggling of rare species of fauna and Chinese goods is reported frequently from Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh.
An FIR was registered against two senior medical officers and other doctors in Farukkhabad on Monday after the district adminstration prima facie concluded that 30 children died in a government hospital due to lack of sufficient oxygen supply over the span of a month.The Chief Medical Officer of Farukkhabad, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital, and other doctors were booked under Sections 304 (causing death by negligence), 176 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The case was registered at the Kotwali police station in Farukkhabad on the complaint of Jainendra Kumar Jain, city magistrate, Farukkhabad.Parents of newborn children who died in the hospital had alleged that the deaths took place due to lack of oxygen supply. Following this, on district magistrate Ravindra Kumar constituted a probe team headed by the CMS and CMO to report within three days on the exact cause of death of 49 new-born children in the month of August. However, the DM was not convinced by the findings of the probe and ordered a separate probe by the city magistrate, sub-divisional magistrate and a tehsildar.The DM said the medical officers neglected the instructions and provided “confusing and incomplete” details of the deaths of children in the hospital. The CMS and CMO could also be sacked. In its probe, the district adminstration found that from July 21 to August 20, 30 children “appeared to have” died in the Sick Newborn Care Unit ward of the hospital due to “perinatal asphyxia.”In his complaint to the police, Mr. Jain said: “Mothers and relatives of the dead newborns told investigators via telephone that doctors did not put the oxygen tube on time and did not provide medicine, which makes it clear that most of the children died due to lack of sufficient oxygen supply.”Mr. Jain further implicated the CMS and CMO for neglecting directions and not providing adequate information into the deaths of children in the SNCU ward over the last six months as instructed by the DM.Taking “a serious view of the incident,” the State government has ordered the transfer of the CMS, CMO and DM, a government spokesperson said. Administrative action could also follow.Barely able to recover from the episode of deaths of children in the BRD hospital in Gorakhpur allegedly due to disruption of oxygen supply, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has not dismissed any possibility yet.Director General Medical Health K.K.Gupta said there could be various reasons for perinatal asphyxia. “Mainly, it could also be due to obstruction of placental blood flow. The exact cause will be clear after a technical probe,” he was quoted as saying in a government statement.A high-level team at the government level will be sent to the hospital for a “factual and technical” scrutiny into the deaths of the children.According to the government spokesperson, 461 women were admitted to the district women hospital between July 20 and August 21. These women gave birth to 468 children. Among these, 19 were still-born. Out of the remaining 449 infants, 66 critical infants were admitted to the new-born care unit out of which 60 infants recovered while six expired.In addition, 145 infants were admitted to the hospital after being referred by other hospitals and nursing homes. Out of 145, 121 regained health. Between July 21 and August 30, 49 new born children died, including 19 still-born.CMS Akhilesh Agarwal denied the allegations saying “propaganda” was being spread that the children died due to negligence or lack of oxygen supply. He asserted that the children died due to natural causes during and post child-birth. “There was no lack of oxygen supply or medicine. Every child was taken care of and served with dedication,” Mr. Agarwal told The Hindu.
Eknath Khadse, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Revenue Minister, has hit out at the likely inclusion of Narayan Rane, former Congress leader from Konkan, in the Maharashtra Cabinet.The BJP leader from Jalgaon was speaking in Dhule on Tuesday at an event to release a Marathi book on the Emergency. Mr. Khadse lashed out at his party and Mr. Rane in the presence of BJP national vice-president Shyam Jaju. Mr. Khadse said, “Someone [referring to himself] who has devoted his entire life to the party to see it in power in Maharashtra is now on the outside, while people like Narayan Rane who have renounced their party are to be given Cabinet berths.”Mr. Khadse said, “Renegades like Rane have been promised prime positions in the party. It seems my role is being limited to that of an instructor. I am deliberately making these comments in the presence of Mr. Jaju.”Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Monday that Mr. Rane would be soon inducted into the State Cabinet. Mr. Rane floated his own party, Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, after falling out with the Congress last month. Mr. Rane was Maharashtra Chief Minister in 1999 when he was with the Shiv Sena.In June 2016, Mr. Khadse was accused of abusing his position as Revenue Minister and indulging in murky land deals. He was forced to quit the Cabinet following allegations of impropriety in purchasing land belonging to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in Pune’s Bhosari area. The government later initiated a judicial inquiry against him. In April this year, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau in compliance with the Bombay High Court’s directive lodged an FIR against Mr. KhadseCall on Khadse’s futureMeanwhile, current Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil indicated that Mr. Rane may be inducted into the State Cabinet by December 11 following a reshuffle. Mr. Patil said in Pandharpur that Mr. Fadnavis and BJP national president Amit Shah would be soon taking a call on Mr. Khadse’s future in the party.
A special court on Wednesday rejected the interim bail plea of developer Deepak S. Kulkarni, who is accused of defrauding thousands of investors in the State.Special court judge J. T. Utpat passed the directive quashing Mr. Kulkarni’s bail plea. The developer and his wife, Hemanti, now face the prospect of arrest.It now remains to be seen whether officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) will take the builder into custody, or if he will move the Bombay High Court for bail.Mr. Kulkarni, known as DSK, is facing a rash of fraud complaints by investors in Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur. FIRs have been lodged against him in Pune and Mumbai, while the EOW has raided his properties and offices in both cities.Mr. Kulkarni and his wife were granted temporary respite last week after Judge Utpat directed the police to refrain from arresting them as the prosecution had yet to present its arguments.
Reacting to Mukul Roy’s allegation that the Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation is owned by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, the government on Saturday said the company was 100% government owned.This is the second consecutive day that senior officials of the State government have refuted the allegations levelled by Mr. Roy on Friday. “The Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation is no private entity. It is a 100% government owned company. The paid up capital is financed 100% by the Department of MSME and Textiles. If anyone claims that the Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation is a private company, it is a totally false claim,” Rajiva Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, said. Mr. Sinha said that Mr. Banerjee applied for the registration of the Biswa Bangla logo but later it was withdrawn. Now, both the logo and the brand belonged to the State, he said. State Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya said the logo of Biswa Bangla was given to the State government for use by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Any department of the West Bengal government can use the logo. So it is used in events like football tournament and film festivals and the new identity of West Bengal is linked with the logo,” Mr. Bhattacharya said.Mr. Roy said during the Friday rally that he had documents to prove that Biswa Bangla was not a government organisation but a private company owned by Mr. Banerjee. Legal noticeIt is learnt that Mr. Banerjee is planning to send a legal notice to the former Trinamool heavyweight. “I have heard that they are moving court against my allegations. If I receive such a notice, I will give my explanation in the court,” Mr. Roy told journalists.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday released its second list of candidates for nine constituencies for the Gujarat elections, nearly a month after announcing its nominees for 11 seats.As per the second list, the candidates are Gunvant Patel (Gandhinagar-North), Jilubhai Bavaliya (Botad), Nagajibhai Ambaliya (Katargam), Ajit Lokhil (Rajkot-East), Salim Multani (Surat-East), Jignesh Mehta (Karanj), Ramesh Nabhani (Palanpur), Govind Danicha (Gandhidham) and Paresh Bhanderi (Jamnagar-Rural), party spokesperson Harshil Nayak said.Rajkot (East), Palanpur, and Jamnagar (Rural) are being held by Congress MLAs, while the remaining six are with the Bharatiya Janata Party.Anil Verma replacedThe AAP replaced Anil Verma, declared in the first list, for the Bapunagar constituency after receiving complaints against him with Amjad Pathan, Mr. Nayak said.The candidates come from varied backgrounds like businessmen, educators, social workers, a former corporator, lawyer and an academician.The party said more candidates might be declared in the coming days though it might not be contesting all the seats. The elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The results will be declared on December 18.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday served notice on Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a 2002 case and sought his personal appearance here on December 18.The notice served by an Assistant Director of the ED reads that the matter had been fixed for “personal appearance” of Mr. Geelani at the office of the ED in Srinagar at half past noon on December 18.“In case of failure to appear, the adjudicating authority may proceed with the adjudication proceedings in Mr. Geelani’s absence under Sub Rule 7 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 2000,” reads the ED notice.A case under FEMA was registered against 86-year-old Geelani for possession of foreign currency in 2002 after raids were conducted at his residence in Srinagar by the Income Tax department. In 2003, the ED took over the case.The notice has come at a time when the Government of India special representative, Dineshwar Sharma, is making attempts to engage separatists in a “sustained dialogue” in Kashmir.Rally on Dec. 15Without referring to the ED notice, the Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Mr. Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, called for a “peaceful public rally” on December 15 in south Kashmir.“The public rally at Lal Chowk in Anantnag has been called to demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for. The Indian leaders falsely presume to have defeated indigenous Kashmiri resistance by military oppression, NIA and ED terrorism,” said a statement from the group.
“Whenever our leader Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sent to jail, our party has emerged stronger,” senior RJD leader and party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told presspersons soon after Mr. Prasad was found guilty on Saturday in a fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi.While opinion is divided on the impact of the conviction on the party, public perception on the surface is that “it will make the RJD voters more aggressive and supportive”.A day before the judgment, Mr. Prasad had put up a brave face. “If I go to jail, each and every worker of the RJD will become a Lalu Prasad Yadav,” he had said.Also Read Accompanied by his younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD chief said, “Wherever Tejashwi will be, Lalu Prasad will be there too”.Senior party leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Jagdanand Singh and Shivanand Tiwari too said Mr. Prasad’s conviction would not have any impact on the morale of the party.“This is not the first time Lalu Prasad has been sent to jail … in 2013 too he went to jail in a fodder scam case in Ranchi, but we came to power in 2015 with the largest number of seats,” party leader Shivanand Tiwari said. Leaders of the ruling JD(U) and BJP however predicted a split in the party.“There will be confusion in the RJD … in their family too there will be rivalry between the two sons … just wait and watch the drama,” said JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar.Political pundits of the State said the conviction of Lalu Prasad might shake the party but “it will not have much of an impact”. “Jail and Lalu Prasad have now become synonymous with Bihar politics and moreover corruption is no longer an issue in politics … Lalu Prasad has commanded his party even from inside the jail in the past … now, his sons are by his side,” said political observer Ajay Kumar.Tejashwi appealMr. Tejashwi Yadav meanwhile appealed to party workers to remain calm. “Nobody can defeat truth…we’ll win and definitely win…keep your love and trust…jai Bihar, Jai Hind,” he said in a tweet.Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, who was present along with several RJD leaders at the court in Ranchi, also said they would appeal in the High Court against the verdict. Lalu Yadav convicted in second fodder scam case
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) issued an alert saying that tidal waves may be above normal in low lying areas in the State owing to Perigean Spring Tides. The INCOIS said that the high tides would lash the State between Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 11. p.m. and 2 a.m. The State government in a press release on Tuesday advised people residing in low lying areas such as Mormugao, Panaji and Vasco da Gama to remain alert.
Mumbai: The ambitious corridor between Mumbai and Nagpur is set to gain some momentum with the State government announcing the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the ₹45,000 crore project. The Public Works Department (PWD) has named the new company Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Express Way Limited for the augmentation of the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.The SPV will not only help speed up land acquisition but also generate better financing and operational control for contractors who have been leased large chunks of the project work, State government officials said on Tuesday. “The designation of the officials of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which is the nodal agency, has also been altered accordingly,” said PWD Under Secretary, Avinash Dhondge.The SPV’s primary task would be to assist in acquisition of land which is underway in as many as 10 districts. So far, officials informed, 9,800 hectares has been acquired with a ‘consensus and negotiation’ based approach. The 700-kilometre long super communication expressway will be connected to 24 nodes, which will be developed as Smart Cities in future. The expressway, approximately costing ₹45,000 crore, will pass through 10 districts, and influence development in 14 others.The SPV’s announcement comes at a time when the government is under pressure over the death of a farmer from Dhule, who committed suicide over a faulty compensation. Dharma Patil consumed poison after he received ₹4 lakh for his five acres acquired for a thermal power plant. He had claimed a neighbouring farmer got ₹1.89 crore for land not even half the size as his.
The special court, which awarded stringent punishment to Asaram Bapu here on Wednesday, relied on the rape victim’s statements, circumstantial evidence and the testimony of witnesses to conclude that the self-styled godman had sexually assaulted the teenage girl.In his 453-page judgment, special judge Madhusudan Sharma dealt with the evidence placed before him and discussed in detail the judicial precedents relating to inconsistencies in statements, weightage given to the prosecution and defence witnesses, the quality of the investigation and criminal conspiracy involving the co-accused.Firm in her statementsMr. Sharma, posted as the Special Judge (SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Cases) here, is also authorised to try cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012. The matter came up before him in his capacity as the presiding officer of the court for children’s cases.The 16-year-old girl who lodged the complaint against Asaram in Delhi appeared in the court and was cross-examined. The questions and answers run into 81 pages. The court observed that she had satisfactorily explained the circumstances on the night of August 15, 2013, when she was raped by the convict in his ashram at Manai village near here. “The victim has been firm in her statements, which were recorded in the FIR and were later made before the Magistrate under Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code,” said the court.There was no reason to disbelieve her narrative. Her sole testimony was sufficient to establish the commission of rape even in the absence of corroborative evidence, the court said.Conspiracy theoryThe judge rejected the theory of conspiracy proffered by the 77-year-old Asaram’s counsel, who claimed that the girl’s father, who was once a disciple of the godman, had demanded ₹50 crore from him. The court also disagreed with the defence counsel’s contention that the prosecution’s witnesses had been given a greater weightage in the case. All witnesses deserved equal treatment, provided their evidence was not tainted, it said.Abetted himThe court held that the prosecution had successfully proved that the victim had gone into Asaram’s room in the ashram and was sexually assaulted.“A person may make a false statement, but the circumstances never lie,” it said. Even if it was assumed that the police investigation was faulty, the perpetrator of such a ghastly crime could not be allowed to go scot-free.While convicting two of the co-accused, Sharatchandra and Shilpi, of criminal conspiracy, the court said they had sent the girl to Asaram from Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, where she was staying for her studies, and ensured that she was alone with him for some time. They had asked her parents to take her to Asaram in Manai to drive away the “evil spirits that had possessed her.”Betrayal of trustAs for Asaram’s status as a spiritual guru, the court said the evidence on record had proved that he had lakhs of disciples and followers in India and abroad and over 400 ashrams running in his name. Such was the faith of the victim’s father in Asaram that he had sent his daughter to study in his residential school in Chhindwara, far away from his native place Shahjahanpur.“The convict has not only broken the girl’s trust, but also tarnished the image of saints in the society. The court will be failing in its duty if it does not award a stringent punishment to him,” said the Judge.The court rejected the defence plea for leniency in sentence in view of his old age and the “social service” he had rendered.
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