Friday, March 16, 2018

Delhi CM Kejriwal surrenders meekly

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has meekly surrendered to former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia because of his unfounded allegation against him. Kejriwal had alleged that Majithia was involved in Drug trafficking, which he has realized now that it was unfounded. That is why Delhi CM tendered an apology to him. The Delhi Chief Minister had settled the defamation case filed against him by the former Punjab revenue minister and said that he has learnt that the drug trade allegations were unfounded. Kejri said it was a political statement that he alleged Majithia was involved in drug trading. It was election time statement and it must not be taken so much seriously. In reaction to Kejriwal's unsought apology, AAP Punjab unit President and MP Bhagwat Mann has already resigned from his post. He said that Kejriwal did not discuss the issue of apology with any party functionary of the state. His "meek surrender" had drawn flak from AAP's Punjab unit leaders who termed Kejriwal's step a "letdown". Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said he was appalled by the apology. The realization of talking too much appears to have dawned on Kejriwal that led him to tender an apology to Bikram Singh Majithis. But it would have suited his political stature if he had leveled allegation with any authenticity. Kejriwal is not a layman. He is the CM of Delhi. He must issue statement responsibly. Politics is not a child's play that it is played by whim. It is a serious field of activities so every politician must think twice before opening his or her mouth against a political rival. Kejri is habituated to talking tall but in the same way unable to collect evidence to corroborate his allegation. The defamation case was already slapped by Majithia against him. It appears that it is out of fear that Delhi CM apologized to Majithia. He feared that if the case continued, it might be possible that he would go to jail. It is also clear that Kejri speaks without a shred of truth in it. So, he apologized to Majithia in haste. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has also filed a defamation case against Delhi CM Kejri in a Delhi court. It is expected that Kejriwal would tender apology also to him. Kejriwal may face a rebellion within his party over his tendering unsought apology. Kejri must think twice before leveling charges. By slapping unfounded charges, he has cut a sorry figure in Delhi among his supporters and sympathizers. Now, there is every possibility that Arvind Kejriwal would tender an apology for alleging him of corruption in DDCA. Kejri has the habit of talking too much. He is loquacious. He forgets about himself while making a statement before the people. Kejriwal now need not be introduced. Provide him a platform to speak, he would start blaming others for messing up everything. His main idea of politics is to defame one and all except himself. But now his idea is exposed before the people of the country.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

By-poll results boost Oppn morale

The victory of the opposition combine of Akhilesh and Mayawati in Phulpur and Garakhpur LS by-polls of UP and of RJD in Araria of Bihar is a distressing signal for the ruling BJP at the Centre and BJP-JD(U) alliance govt. in Bihar. It is a wake-up call for the BJP. The Lok Sabha elections are going to be held next year itself. The polarization of Opposition parties against the ruling BJP, it is a warning for it. The ruling BJP at the Centre must realize that the people of the country are wise enough to feel the ground reality. The defeat of BJP's candidate from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency, which the UP CM represented five times without any break, is a serious development for the party. Gorakhpur LS election was necessitated because of the election of Yogi Aditya Nath as Chief Minister of the state. He vacated the Gorakhpur and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Phulpur seat where the election was held. BJP lost both its LS seats. Gorakhpur was considered to be the strong bastion of BJP. Yogi Aditya Nath himself represented it in Lok Sabha for 5 consecutive times. It was a matter of prestige for the party. The ruling BJP could not keep its prestige intact. It also gives clear signal that if the opposition parties fought LS elections in 2019 unitedly against the BJP, it would be very difficult for it to retain power. SP and BSP showed its strength. It clearly reflected that the need of the hour for Opposition parties is to stand united. One thing also cannot be denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is still the most popular leader in the country. No opposition leader stands before him on his own. But one thing also must be clear for BJP that mere slogan cannot win elections for it every time. People want some work on the ground. The way the problem of unemployment got worsened in the last four years itself reflects the disillusionment among the youngsters with the govt. at the Centre. BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a galore of promises to the people during the last LS elections but didn't deliver on even a single one. BJP had promised to generate 2 Crore employment every year if voted to power. But the ground situation tells a completely different story. Bringing black money stashed in foreign banks and depositing Rs. 15 lakh with every bank account proved to be a mere a saying. What the BJP did is only taking forward the plans and policies formulated by the previous UPA govt. in the last four years. It only repackaged, renamed and reshaped them. There has nothing been done anything new by the NDA govt. in the last four years. The defeat of BJP in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Araria Lok Sabha by-polls clearly shows that the people have no patience to wait for hearing another saying at the election time. So, the BJP must learn that the people cannot be taken for granted only because they voted it to power once. They know how to teach the ruling party a lesson in the election if it failed to deliver in the last five years.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Act against corruption uniformly

The arrest of Kartik Chidambaram, son of the senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, for taking an alleged bribe of Rs. 3.1 Crore from INX media is good, but at the same time, other alleged economic offenders must also not be allowed to flee the country. A statement was given before the magistrate by INX media promoters Indrani and Peter Mukerjias about the alleged bribe to Kartik. Indrani and Peter also stated that the then finance minister P Chidambaram asked them to help his son. But the haste with which the CBI arrested Kartik on his landing at Chennai airport from London without establishing the charge smacks of political vtendetta or diversionary tactics of the government. It may be a govt. attempt to divert the attention of the people from the burning issues facing the country as alleged by the Congress party. Action must be taken against all those, who have committed corruption irrespective of their identities or affiliations. The action against corruption must be taken uniformly. The govt. must not apply pick and chose the method in taking action against corruption. Four to five alleged economic offenders defrauded crores of bank money and fled the country in the last 3 years and Narendra Modi govt. remained a mute spectator. It did nothing to stop them from fleeing the country. Govt. has done nothing against Vijay Mallaya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, who are alleged economic offenders and evade the law of the land. All of them are the economic offenders who allegedly swindled crores of bank money and fled the country. The recent PNB scam in which the kingpins are Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi has stunned the nation. This is the biggest bank scam in the country. Govt., especially its finance ministry failed to act in time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the people of the country that he would act as the watchman of public property and not as PM if elected to power. But if the watchman stayed awake, the economic offenders would not have fled the country. Prime Minister Modi had also said that neither he would eat nor would allow anyone to eat ill-gotten money. But he has failed to keep the promises. So, it may be the move of the govt. to divert the attention of the people from the main issue of PNB scam. The impression has gone out that CBI has arrested Kartik to show the nation that now the action has begun against the corrupt. Parliament is to reconvene on March 5 after Budget recess. Opposition parties led by Congress were preparing to raise the PNB scam strongly. The timing of Kartik arrest may have been set to involve Congress in his defence of the corrupt act in Parliament to weaken its attack on the govt. Whether it is the leader of Congress, BJP or any other political party, he or she must be punished if found guilty of corruption. Corruption is like deadly disease Cancer. It spreads very fast. It is not correct to say all political leaders are corrupt. Some in every party are men of character and integrity. So, only those who are found guilty of corruption irrespective of their affiliation, identity and status must be punished. The govt. action must not reflect any bias. There must not be any discrimination in dealing with corruption cases.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BJP starts poll preparation exercise

The ruling BJP is gearing up for the 2019 electoral battle and trying to do its best to retain power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah are going to address the meeting of the Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled states to gauge its prospects in the prevailing situation in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Before this, the three BJP-ruled states are going to assembly polls by the end of the year. These are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattishgarh. BJP is ruling there. If the performance of the party in the just concluded assembly by-poll for one seat and Lok Sabha for two seats in Rajasthan are anything to go by, the party prospects in 2019 in the state appear to be bleak. The position of the BJP's Shivraj Singh govt. in MP is also not very bright and so is of Chhattisgarh. Having experienced the political position and party's popularity among the people in the BJP-ruled states, PM Modi and Shah have rightly called the meeting of its CMs to give them a pep talk. The most important thing is that the political party can hoodwink and sway the people in its favour by making big promises for once or twice, but it is almost impossible to win back their favour for the second time. To win back power, the ruling political party must deliver on the promises made during electioneering. PM Modi is certainly an eloquent speaker and there is no match for him currently in the country's political class. BJP President Amit Shah is also considered to be the master poll strategist. But it is not their first attempt. They have also been tested by the people. They certainly do tall talk but have failed to deliver on the promises made to the people during the last Lok Sabha elections in 2014. There has been no change for better on the ground. The poor have become poorer and the rich have become richer as in the previous UPA govt. The rate of unemployment is rising very fast even faster than during that of the previous UPA regime. One scam after the other has been breaking out in the current regime like in the previous one of UPA. So, no change appears to have taken place with the change of govt. in 2014. The incumbent NDA govt. is running on the same track as the previous one. Only one thing has changed. It is the way of leveling allegation. They charge the previous regime for all the ills in the country. It is baffling for the people. It is because of the ineptitude and corruption of the previous Congress-led UPA govt., people have voted the BJP to power. What is it doing for the people? This is the main question which is haunting them. PM Modi must ask his party CMs to deliver in their states in the right earnest. Either perform or perish should be the mantra of PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for their party Chief Ministers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

AAP Govt.'s shameful act

What can be expected of the government where the head of the state administration is allegedly beaten by none other than some ruling party MLAs? Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly thrashed by some AAP MLAs in presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sishodia. As per govt. version, Delhi Chief Secretary was called to attend an urgent meeting at Chief Minister Kejriwal's residence at 12 PM. The time of the meeting is awkward and imperfect. Chief Secretary went to CM's residence to participate in the urgent meeting called for resolving the issue of distributing Ration Card. In contrary to Kejriwal govt.’s version, CS alleged that MLAs numbering 10 to 12 were present there and they pressurized him to issue the order for advertisement campaign on the completion of three years by AAP in government without taking into consideration the Supreme Court order in regard to issuing of advertisement by the govt. When CS refused to issue an order, two to three MLAs allegedly assaulted and gave him two to three blows on his temple. HIs spectacles fell on the ground and he anyhow rushed to his car and left for his residence. Chief Secretary has already lodged a complaint with the police and IAS and Delhi Officers’ Associations have shown solidarity with the CS and expressed strong reservation at the assault. This is not the first time that the bureaucrat has been attacked by the AAP government. Chief Secretary is the head of the state administration. When he is thrashed in the presence of CM and Deputy CM, how would the junior officers in Delhi Govt. be safe? Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is known for theatrics and dramatizing the issue. As it is a matter of serious concerns, Centre is also required to take note of the unsavoury incident at Delhi CM’s residence. There must be a thorough probe into this callous incident. CM Kejriwal was himself the Income Tax officer before joining politics. He is expected to know better than anyone that how an officer should be treated. Bureaucracy is the backbone of the govt. It is bureaucrats who make all planning, policies, projects and get them carried out in any government in a democratic system. The way Chief Secretary was assaulted allegedly by some AAP MLAs in the presence of CM and Deputy CM not only violates all norms, courtesies, decorum and disciplines but also goes against all ethics of administration. The assault on CS allegedly by some AAP MLAs is the reflection of anarchists' rule in Delhi. Delhi police must investigate the case thoroughly and whoever and howsoever powerful is found guilty of assaulting the Chief Secretary must be awarded deterrent punishment. This type of unsavoury and shameful act has been committed for the first time in the history of the country's government. Lieutenant Governor must take cognizance of the alleged assault on the Delhi Chief Secretary at CM's residence. CM Kejriwal is expert in painting any incident in a dramatic way. His govt. says the meeting was held urgently because the issue of delay in distributing Ration Card could be resolved. AAP Govt. says this to show Delhiites how serious they are for providing relief to the poor people in Delhi. CM Kejri must understand that theatrics in politics does not last long. It is exposed before the people one day or the other. Now, Delhi CM stands exposed before Delhiites. He showed dubious and anarchic character by allowing some loyalist party MLAs beat Chief Secretary at his own official residence.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stop pilfering public money

The most serious thing behind the scam of 11,300 crores in Punjab National Bank branch of Mumbai is that neither the bank nor any Finance Ministry official ever paid attention to check it. NDA govt. says that the scam was born in 2011 under UPA, but what did it do to stop it since coming to power in 2014? PNB was defrauded of Rs. 11,300 Crore. It is four years since NDA govt. came to power, but it also did nothing to stop the bank scam. Diamond jewelry designer Nirav Modi, his uncle, and business partner Choski, wife Ami and brother were main players in the Punjab National bank scam of 280 crores. Before the scam came to light and FIR could be lodged by the PNB, Nirav Modi along with his all associates in the scam fled India. Nirav Modi is said to be very close to power. His photo was also displayed on TV news channels showing him as among the Indian Businessmen in the delegation to Davos with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The scam of this magnitude also cannot take place without the active role of bank insiders. It could also be they who tipped Nirav Modi in advance about the complaint being lodged by the bank with CBI. NDA govt. may have not any role in the Punjab National Bank scam, but was it not its responsibility to be vigilant against any malpractices of this nature in regard to financial matters. Some Shetty is reportedly working in the bank on the same desk for the last 7 years and he is said to be the instrumental and accomplice in the scam of this magnitude. The way LoUs obtained by Nirav Modi from the Punjab National Bank in a fraudulent manner may have cast the shadow of scam in more banks. The role of bank officials must be thoroughly investigated and whoever is found guilty must be awarded deterrent punishment. Besides the bank officials, the officials at Ministry of Finance must also be asked as to how the scam of this magnitude occurred right under their nose. What were they doing? Why did the Ministry of finance fail to get a scent of the scam of this magnitude in the state-run bank in advance? It is a major systematic failure of the NDA govt. at the Centre. Prime Narendra Modi's claim of being the watchman of the nation has turned out to be hollow. He failed in carrying his duty as the watchman of the wealth of the nation. The act of pilfering public money was carried out right under the nose of the govt. at the Centre. The govt. undertaking banks are required to be administered by the govt. strictly. This is not the first time that irregularities and embezzlement of Crores of rupees has taken place in the bank in connivance with its officials. During the period of demonetization, the corrupt activities of certain banks had also come to light. Bank officials and govt. authorities failed to deliver their duty. How could Nirav Modi and his associates flee the country? Why did the PMO not act in time just after a Mumbai-based Jeweler wrote to it about the murky dealings? It is a matter of great concern for the nation. The message has also gone loud and clear that Narendra Modi govt. at the Centre also failed to curb corruption. An impression has also developed among the common people that it has become the habit of Modi govt. to blame the opposition for all ails gnawing the nation and doing itself nothing. The Punjab National Bank scam has also shaken the faith of the people.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Need for reasoned debate in Parliament

Parliamentary debate and discussion must be constructive, development-oriented and people-centric. Whether it is opposition or ruling leaders, all must take care of the sanctity of Parliament. It must not be made a fish market. Unnecessary disruption, walk-outs, and chaos result in the loss of crores of public money. People send their representatives to Parliament for resolving their problems through debate and discussion and take the country forward. But what their representatives do in the Parliament is only making noises to attract the attention of the national media. Most of the precious parliamentary time is wasted in every session over the issue of no significance. Even the top leaders, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot speak without noisy protests. Noisy protests have become the way of parliamentary behaviour of its MPs. Now it is rarely heard a reasoned debate and discussion on the national or international topic in Parliament. The speech of every leader irrespective of his or political affiliation aims directly or indirectly at scoring political points. It is nothing to do with the development of the nation or the burning issue of the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a blistering attack on Congress party while speaking on the Motion of Thanks to President Address to the joint session of Parliament. The opposition benches made noisy protests all through the speech of PM Modi in Lok Sabha. PM Modi also spoke in Rajya Sabha. He said while speaking on the issue of Addhar that it was for the first time in 1998 that one of the tallest leaders of BJP LK Advani had talked of a national identity card, Congress MP Renuka Chaudhury burst into laughter at his utterance. PM Made sarcastic remarks against her by pleading with the Chairman of Rajya Sabha Vice President Venkaih Naidu not to say anything to her because it is for the first time after the Ramayan Serial he heard such type of laughter. This remark of PM against Renuka Chaudhury was taken seriously by the Congress party. Congress says that comparing Renuka Chaudhury to Ravan's sister Supernekha by the BJP reflects its anti-womanhood mindset. Neither the Congress party nor the BJP should involve themselves in superfluous issues which have nothing to do with the day to day interest of the common people. This is not the first time that parliamentary time is wasted. It is the new development in recent times that business of the Parliament is hampered as a way of opposition. Today, Congress is in opposition and BJP is in government. Tomorrow, Congress may be in power and BJP in opposition, but the nature of their functioning will not change. Whichever political party is in opposition opposes the ruling benches in Parliament only for the sake of opposition. They oppose the ruling party without any sum and substance. This is a very bad trend and practice set in our political system. It hurts the interest of the people as well as the nation. Neither the Congress nor the BJP is perfect. Both have deficiencies and both lack in delivering honestly. As long as the people of this country remain uneducated and unaware, the political parties would continue to exploit them by giving new slogan in every Lok Sabha election.