With election results on the edge today and Modi government on the rise already for the second term, what could be the possibilities of NDA this time? Time again and again in the past 5 years we have seen radical views on the rise of “Hindutva Raj” walking side by side on the streets while also witnessing infrastructural development on a wide scale.
2019 elections hold a really important place as it would decide whether BJP will rule again or Indian National Congress would come back in power.
Let’s have a look at the past and possibilities of Namo 2.0:
More of World tours?
In a news article by economic times, Narendra Modi has supposedly taken 165 trips in total and had a total expenditure of 2021 crores. Though the trips were majorly focused on Foreign Direct Investment which did increase in his tenure but do we really need more of FDI and less attention on the root problems of the country such as poverty, unemployment, gender inequality and others?
Compared to Manmohan Singh’s term the total expenditure of his trips were accounted to be 1346 crores in total.
Total number of countries visited by him throughout are as follows according to Wikipedia:
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
France and Japan
He has been to Germany, Nepal, Russia and Singapore four times in total and finally he has visited China and United States for a total of times.
MORE OF LYNCHINGS?
India has witnessed almost 63 attacks done by Cow vigilantes which according to Reuters report came on the rise after the “Hindu Nationalist government” came in power in 2014. The report also states that a total of 28 Indians of which 24 of them were Muslims had been killed.
In 2014 itself we witnessed almost 4 violent attacks leading to communal tension from august 2014 to October 2014.
It only kept increasing and the numbers came up to 6 in total where individuals were beaten to death, it led to the extremes where a right wing Hindu mob in Jammu Kashmir “incorrectly” suspected that an 18-year-old had been transporting beef and had to suffer injuries due to gasoline bombs bring thrown at him.
From 2016 to 2017, India had already witnessed 16 attacks resulting from mob lynching due to alleged suspicion of cow smuggling and beef selling. The frequency of the attacks took a different turn in 2017 where the attacks rose up to 11 from 5 in 2016.
From 2018 to 2019, the attacks decreased down to 9 but still had some gory news to it where individuals aged 50 were shot in head or thrown in gutter.
GOING AGAINST THE NORMS OF EC
Twenty-one parties accused Bhartiya Janata Party of “blatantly” politicizing armed forces for vote bank. The joint meeting of the 21 parties equally criticized how the Modi government had been dealing with national security and failing at it.
“National security must transcend narrow political considerations. The leaders observed that the Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.”
On November 8, 2016 Prime minister declared a possibly beneficial decision for the country to get rid of black money and corruption, Demonetisation. This impulsive decision was not even discussed with the RESERVE BANK OF INDIA and RBI itself was made aware of the decision 2 hours ago before it was announced.
Later in the report released by RBI annually announced that our economy lost 1.5 percent of GDP in growth terms which was near to 2.25 crores a year.
Apart from the “Monetary aspect” to it which apparently failed majorly, this decision took 100 lives.
COMMUNCAL VIOLENCE NECESSARY WITH INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT?
The country saw the rise of infrastructural development on a wide angle, the rise of metros, cleaner cities, our apparent “ache din”. All these came with a cost of lives especially in the north and rural areas of the country.
There was a 28% rise in communal incidents under BJP rule. Statistical data collected by IndiaSpend showed an increase of 47% communal incidents in UP itself from 133 in 2014 to 195 in 2017.
According to RTI in 2017 itself 822 cases of communal violence were reported in which about 111 people were killed and 2384 were injured. Wherein 2016 702 cases were reported in which 86 people were killed and 1921 were injured.
From Jawaharlal Nehru to Gopinath Munde to Jayalalithaa, India has witnessed several politicians losing their lives while in office. Here is a list to help jog your memory:
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The first person from north-east region to receive ‘Bharat Ratna’, Gopinath Bordoloi died on 5th of August 1950. He was the Prime Minister of Assam before India’s Independence and after Independence he served as the Chief Minister of the state.
A leader of Indian National Congress, and Indian Independence movement activist, Ravishankar Shukla was the first Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh from 1 November 1956 to 31 November 1956, when he passed away.
Sri Krishna Sinha
Another Independence Movement activist, Sri Krishna Sinha was known as Bihar Kesari. Influenced by his leadership, Gandhiji gave him the title of ‘The first Satyagrahi of Bihar.’ He remained Chief Minister of Bihar till 1961, and passed away on 31st of January, 1961 while he was Finance Minister of the state.
Bidhan Chandra Roy
Bidhan Chandra Roy was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. A renowned freedom fighter, he is considered as great architect of West Bengal. He remained as Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1948 until his death in 1962 in Kolkata.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, served twice as the President of the Indian National Congress during the Independence struggle. He passed away on May 27, 1964 in New Delhi while still holding the position of Prime Minister of India.
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri, an Independence Movement activist and a leader of Indian National Congress, was the second Prime Minister of India from 1964. He remained in office till 1966, when he died on 11th of January 1966 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
An acclaimed writer in the Tamil language, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from February of 1967 to 3rd February, 1969, when he passed away at the age of 59 in Madras, Tamil Nadu.
An educator an intellectual, Zakir Hussain was the 3rd President of India. He was also the country’s 1st Muslim President and also the first to die in office. The shortest serving President was in office from May 13, 1967 to May 3, 1969, when he passed away.
A member of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, son of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi was a Member of Parliament for Amethi. He was in office from January 18, 1980 to June 23, 1980, when he died in a plane crash near Safdarjung airport.
Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was the founding leader of the National Conference, and played a central role in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir. Being the 4th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, he passed away on 8th of September, 1982 at the age of 76, while still in office.
One of the most prominent figures in Indian politics, Indira Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister and the first female Prime Minister of India. She remained in office from 1966 to 1977, and then again, from March 9, 1980 to October 31 1984, when she was assassinated by her bodyguards.
Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, an actor and politician, was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years, between 1977 and 1987. He passed away on December 24, 1987.
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India. Being in office from 1984 to 1989, he was the youngest Prime Minister of the country. He was killed on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur, while he was a Member of Parliament for Amethi.
A member of Indian national Congress, Beant Singh was the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1992 to 1995. He was killed in a car bombing done out of retaliation, on Ausgust 31, 1995, in Chandigarh.
Rajesh Pilot, born Rajeshwar Prasad Singh Bidhuri, was a member of Indian National Congress, and held several Ministries in the Government of India in his lifetime. He died on June 11, 2000 in a car accident near Jaipur, while he was a member of Lok Sabha for Dausa, Rajasthan.
YS Rajasekhara Reddy
Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy was a two-time Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh. A leader of Indian National Congress, he was also elected four times for Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency. He was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh when he died on September 2, 2009.
Gopinath Pandurang Munde was a leader of Bhartiya Janata party and Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Narendra Modi Cabinet. He died in a road accident on June 3, 2014 in New Delhi, at the age of 64.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Founder of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a well known Indian politician from Jammu and Kashmir. He had been Chief Minister of J&K for two times and had also served as Home Minister of India from 1989 – 1990. He passed away on January 7, 2016 at AIIMS, Delhi while he was still the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayalalithaa Jayaraman was an actress and powerful politician from Tamil Nadu. The general secretary of AIADMK from 1989, she served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five times, over fourteen years, between 1991 and 2016. She was the first woman Chief Minister from South India and was revered as ‘Amma’ in the state. Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016 defeated by Cardiac arrest while she was still the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win,” said Mahatma Gandhi. And this observation of the father of nation stands true for the secular and straightforward voices of our country today, which are constantly being kept under pressure through a lot of methods by the political party – or ideology – in power.
From the chain of events which is flaunting the paranoia of the government and its level of focus on absurdity, the one-day ban on NDTV is probably the most shocking one. NDTV, as we all know, is one of those few news channels in India which remains critical towards the establishment. And now, with the ban put on it for a day on 9th of November, the channel will definitely come out as a symbol of fearless journalism.
Okay, there is a reason given by the government for which it is putting the one-day ban. The alleged reason is that it telecasted live the operation on Pathankot airbase revealing ‘strategically-sensitive information.’ However, if we look at the particular clip, we find it not like what it is being alleged it is. During coverage the reporters try getting as much information as they can to make the report more informative and reliable. The truth is that NDTV has always been a challenge for the establishment at Center and State because of its daring criticism towards Government policies . The ban appears as if the present government had been looking for a chance for a long time, and finally the drowning got a straw to hold on to.
When the issue of one Pakistani journalist, Cyril Almeida of Dawn newspaper came in the limelight, the government as well as all the right-wing organisations were going ballistic in cursing Pakistan and its government. Now, that the issue has dried down, our very own government – the same government which was speaking so negatively about Pak govt. on Cyril Almeida’s issue – is doing the same with our very own media house.
The ways and the ‘reasons’ behind these two issues may look different, but both Ravish Kumar and Cyril Almeida have become victims of the same predator in different avatars.
It is quite ironic how a government which is so very proud of carrying the information of military’s achievements and planning to the public got offended because a reporter spoke about what was worrying the jawans during one particular operation. Actually, the present central government has adopted the policy of demonising anyone who becomes a challenge to them. The BJP government definitely is putting itself in danger by attaching negativity with it by putting democracy and freedom of speech and expression in danger.
After Aam Aadmi Party removed Punjab chief Sucha Singh Chhotepur as AAP’s Punjab convener over the allegations of corruption, Aam Aadmi Party is most likely to split, reports suggests.
On Friday, last week former state minister, and AAP leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur was removed from the post of Punjab convener by Aam Aadmi Party. According to the party, Mr Chhotepur was allegedly taking the bribe to assign a constituency to a party candidate for the upcoming Punjab elections.
Mr Chhotepur who was before joining AAP was a member of the Akali Dal and Congress denied the allegation by calling it a conspiracy against him within the party.
AAP is most likely to decide Mr Chhotepur’s fate this week. According to sources, it is most likely that the party will expel him.
However, it seems like Mr Chhotepur also doesn’t want to continue with AAP anymore, in a press conference, he said, “They not only humiliated me but ensured that I was drowned. I have been reborn. I do not even want their shadows near me. I cannot forget the pain the party has given me.”
Meanwhile, an ultimatum has already been issued to AAP chief, and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by six out of 12 zonal heads representing 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, asking to restore Mr Chhotepur and remove two top AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak.
While AAP leader and Member of Parliament Bhagwat Mann in a function on Wednesday, said no AAP leader has approached Mr Chhotepur for reconciliation, a report in The Indian Express said that AAP leaders including the state in charge Sanjay Singh tried to negotiate with him but he refused.
The Support Sucha Singh Chhotepur is getting from AAP volunteers from across the state and six zonal heads, suggests that Mr Chhotepur is most likely to form his own party. It is bit clear that his exit from Punjab’s AAP cadre might bring an interesting turn in upcoming Punjab elections.
Aam Admi Party in Punjab is already diving in controversy over the use of the broom, its party symbol alongside the golden temple’s picture on its youth manifesto; not only this after Navjot Singh Sidhu, changed his mood of joining AAP, it also lost a prominent face of the state.
Aam Admi Party’s march for election next year in Punjab doesn’t seem a smooth walk. Will AAP make it in Punjab, as they did in Delhi?
Modi had once said ‘Khaunga Nahi, Khane bhi nahi dunga!’ which meant that he will not get corrupt and neither will he allow others to get corrupted. But riding on the ‘Modi Wave’, came the BJP Government of Devendra Phadnavis in Maharashtra in 2014. Of course, the CM himself is clean and his character is unquestionable but the same cannot be said about the members of his Cabinet.
Here is a list of 16 ministers with a question mark over their credibility:
1. Pankaja Munde
The state’s Women and Child Development ministry led by Munde, daughter of the late stalwart Gopinath Munde, was at the centre of controversy when, in July second week, the Aurangabad High Court struck down tenders issued by the Maharashtra Government worth Rs 12,000 crore for purchase and supply of Take Home Ration (THR), which is raw nutrition provided to Anganwadi children. The tenders issued in February were meant for the state’s 10,000 plus Anganwadis. But Self help Groups (SHG) complained of irregularities, claiming the tenders were designed to favour large companies. This defied Supreme Court guidelines which mandated a proper process for SHGs that would allow employment of women and supply of locally preferred nutritional THR items.
In June 2015, Munde was mired in the Rs 206 crore chikki scam, where she allegedly flouted norms by clearing purchase of chikki, mats and books without floating the mandatory tenders.
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2. Girish Bapat
The minister of Food and Civil Supplies was served a notice by Lokayukta in mid-July for failing to curb the sky-rocketing prices of toor dal and other pulses. The Mumbai Grahak Panchayat filed a complaint in which it blamed Bapat for not invoking the provisions of the Essential Commodities Act (ECA) to regulate prices between April 2015 to November 2015, when prices of toor dal went up from Rs 90 per kg to around Rs 200 per kg. It meant the traders earned profits in excess of Rs 4,000 crore and the Opposition has asked for a probe into it.
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3. Girish Mahajan
The Water Source and Medical Education Minister was caught in a murky land purchase. He had forcibly purchased 5 acres of land in 2002 from a Dalit farmer at a cost of Rs 1.11 lakh on the pretext of setting up a sugar mill. The project, however, never took off. He had not divulged the procurement of this land in election affidavits. But immediately after dna broke the news, he said he would return the land to the farmer.
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4. Vinod Tawde
The Education minister was accused of impropriety for awarding contracts to buy fire extinguishers worth Rs 191 crore without inviting e-tenders, similar to Munde’s chikki scam. The scam came to light in June 2015. Previously, the Opposition had accused him of having a fake graduation degree.
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5. Deepak Sawant
In April 2016, the Health minister was accused of a Rs 297 crore drug scam while purchasing drugs for state’s public health system. Leader of Opposition in the legislative council, Dhananjay Munde, had claimed that large quantities of iodine bottles, diabetes medicines etc were bought eventhough the municipal corporations did not need them. Sawant had also suspended three of his officers following the allegations.
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6. Vishnu Savara
Tribal minister Savara was accused of a raincoat scam this month, where the raincoats for tribal kids in residential schools (Ashram Shalas) were ordered without proper tenders. Two months into monsoons, Opposition demanded an explanation as to why the students have not yet gotten the raincoats. “The department had invited e-tenders for procuring rain coats. Due to delay the process was cancelled on June 16, 2016, and the school principals were authorised to carry on the purchases. However, they were later forced to purchase the rain coats from certain vendors and that is why the High Court put a stay on the purchase and lashed out at the government,” Leader of Opposition Vikhe Patil said. The tribal minister did not deny facts but maintained that there was no corruption involved in it.
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7. Chandrashekhar Bawankule
The Energy Minster was accused of purchasing solar pumps priced unreasonably high in favour of a particular company. In January, the CM had stayed its purchase after the red flag, but it was cleared in May after a probe.
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8. Diwakar Raote
Earlier this month, the Lokayukta sent a notice to Transport minister Raote seeking an explanation for an allegation of scam at the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) amounting to over Rs 30 crore. Despite its contract ending in December 2014, Trimax, the company that digitized MSRTC’s ticket vending system, kept receiving payments from the state.
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9. Prakash Mehta
An RTI query by Mulund resident Ankur Patil revealed that a case had been registered against the Housing minister Mehta in 2008 with the Anti Corruption Bureau for “carrying out corruption of crores of rupees in an SRA project”. The building in question is a 22-storey on in Ghatkopar. ACB chief said that the case was still pending in court because the position of the judge was lying vacant in the court. Mehta has, however, said, “The allegation is that there was corruption by me in some 22-storey building in the area, but let me tell you that there is no such building and no transaction involving me has even been done.”
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10. Pandurang Fundkar
Recently sworn in as agriculture minister, Fundkar is one of the suspended directors of Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank and is being investigated for mismanagement of funds and irregularities. His name features in the chargesheet as well. While Sena-BJP was in Opposition, allegations of misappropriation were made against State Cooperative Bank. Opposition leader Vikhe Patil questioned how the same man, who was in charge of the bank then, is a minister now and asked the CM to sack him.
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11. Jaykumar Rawal
The newly inducted Tourism minister is accused of misappropriating Rs 36 crore from the Dadasaheb Rawal Cooperative Bank, Dondai, Dhule. Earlier this month, CM Fadnavis transferred the probe from a Special Investigation Team to the Crime Investigation Department (CID).
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12. Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar
Labour minister Nilangekar is named in the CBI chargesheet for his links with a company declared as wilful defaulter by Bank of Maharashtra. He is a guarantor to loan worth almost Rs 50 crore, which was declared as NPA and a fraud account. The CBI investigations show that the property offered as collateral at the time of sanctioning the loan was not the property that was eventually mortgaged.
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Minister of State for Home, Patil is said to have under-reported his properties in the election affidavit in 2010. A complaint has also been filed against him in the Anti Corruption Bureau for allegedly forging a dead farmer’s signature to get land in Akola. He bought the land for Rs 5 lakh from Haribhau Mohite in 2000 and transferred it to his son’s name in 2013. The transfer papers have signatures of Patil and Mohite, but government records show that Mohite died in October 2001. The complaint against him was filed by Mumbai-based advocate Prashant Nimbalkar.
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14. Ravindra Waikar
This Minister of State for Home is accused of usurping land spread across 20 acres in the pristine Aarey colony. Sanjay Nirupam has alleged that Waikar constructed a state-run gymnasium adjacent to the “grabbed” land and is running it through his private unregistered trust.
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15. Ravindra Chavan
The Minister of State for Medical Education has 12 criminal cases pending against him. In December 2015, in a letter to CM Devendra Fadnavis, Dombivli builder Jagdish Wagh wrote, “Please save me from the harassment by BJP MLA Ravindra Chavan and KDMC’s additional commissioner Sanjay Gharat else I will also have to take extreme steps like Thane builder Suraj Parmar.” Wagh also said that Chavan had harassed and threatened him, extorted money from him and encroached on his flat in Dombivli, where Chavan lives with his family.
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16. Gulabrao Patil
Minister of State for Co-operation, Patil was arrested on June 16 by Jalgaon police. A case of usurping a prime plot belonging to a school through forgery is registered against him. He is currently out on bail.
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Besides these, veteran BJP minister Eknath Khadse had to recently resign over charges of corruption and shady land deals. However, even as the opposition continues to mount pressure, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is in no mood to blink, In an aggressive defence of his ministers, Fadnavis backed all of them by giving them virtual clean chits. He attacked the Opposition for “baseless allegations”. He further said the Congress-NCP government did not have the moral right to talk about corruption, by raking up ails like farm distress, losses to cooperative banks etc that began in the previous regime. “If we start to exhibit the deeds of the previous government, not even a single stadium in the state would be enough,” he said in the assembly. “Maharashtra’s image has been sullied. We are here to change that.”
Congress and NCP have refused to buy this defence. “The cabinet expansion was an opportunity for the CM to clean his house,” said Sachin Sawant, spokesperson, Congress, adding that the previous regime acted upon charges of corruption, which proved baseless. “But he has incorporated corrupt people. I do not think the CM is clean either. He is shielding corrupt ministers in his cabinet, which raises question about his integrity as well.”
BJP’s ally Shiv Sena has been measured in its criticism, for four in the above list — Deepak Sawant, Diwakar Raote, Ravindra Waikar and Gulabrao Patil — are Shiv Sainiks.
The state has come to an ethical dilemma now. One of the major election issues in 2014 was the corruption and hooliganism of Congress and NCP leaders. Now, the same leaders, who were once the accused, now accuse BJP of the same. Who will people believe and who will they support?
The state of affairs, in the State, is pretty pathetic.
The political landscape of Gujarat was very volatile since Anandiben Patel took charge. In a surprising move, the first woman Chief Minister of the State has offered to resign.
After a week of protests across the state in reaction to the assault of four Dalits by an allegedly ‘cow protection group’, Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has submitted her resignation. She sent her resignation to the BJP top brass seeking relief from the top job in the state.
What is even more interesting is that she posted the letter of resignation on Facebook. In the letter she said that she had sought to resign two months earlier from the party to give “enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit”.
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“For the last some time there has been a tradition in the party that those who attain the age of 75, voluntarily retires from the post. I will attain the age of 75 in November,” the state’s first woman chief minister, who succeeded Narendra Modi on May 22, 2014, said in the Facebook post.
“It (the rule of 75) is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,”
“Two months ago I had requested the party to relieve me from the post and today also through this letter, I request the party to relieve me of the post,” Patel said.
“I am asking the party to relieve me two months in advance as the new chief minister will require the time to work, when the state is going to face elections in 2017 and an important event like Vibrant Gujarat Summit to be held in January,” Patel said.
“It (the rule of 75) is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,” she added.
Anandiben Patel made the disclosure in a Facebook post. Elections in the state are due in the later part of 2017.
The unwritten convention in the party, set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in recent times has been that those attaining the age of 75 have to quit the post.
In 2015, Patel had to face the heat when BJP fared unsatisfactorily in rural civic body polls. Congress, on the other hand did considerably better in the same elections.
The Patidar communities quota agitation and the State subsequently bowing down to them was also backlash for her. Another dent to the image of BJP in the state came with the thrashing of Dalit youth in Una.
Resignation by Anandiben Patel might be an opportunity or a political gimmick. Whatever it is, the story is only unfolding.
Was it a good move on the side of BJP to expel Dayashankar Singh? It certainly proves to be. The leader, who made controversial statements, has now been arrested.
In a joint operation between UP Police and Bihar Police the expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh was arrested from Buxar in Bihar.
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Dayashankar had yesterday failed to get a stay on his arrest from the Allahabad High Court which directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply by August 5 on his plea challenging the lodging of FIR against him for allegedly using derogatory language against BSP supremo Mayawati.
Singh had moved the HC challenging the FIR lodged against him by BSP leaders after he used derogatory language against party chief Mayawati. In his petition, Singh had sought direction for stay on his arrest in the case.
An FIR was lodged against Singh on July 20 at Hazratganj police station here under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for his remarks against Mayawati. The complaint, which was lodged by national secretary of BSP Mewalal Gautam, alleged that Singh’s remarks had hurt the feelings of BSP workers and the Dalit community across the country and were aimed at provoking them. Singh, who was state BJP Vice President, was expelled by the party for six years in the wake of the storm triggered by his remarks against the BSP supremo and had since gone underground.
The impact of the comments made by him is far reaching. In a time when BJP hopes to win the Assembly elections, such comments from the top brass will affect their vote shares as Dalit community hold great sway in the electoral results. Although BJP was quick in realising the mistake, and expelling Dayashankar, the incidence has once again portrayed Mayawati as a champion of the Dalit cause. This might not work in favour of BJP. Dayashankar has unknowingly earned himself an expulsion and an arrest while giving much needed political mileage to Mayawati.
The drama and the thrill are rising in Uttar Pradesh. It is only going to get better (or worse) from here as the all-important election nears.
A BJP MP on Tuesday compared BSP leader and self-proclaimed “Goddess” Mayawati to a Prostitute. Which led to a stormy controversy, and BJP immediately had to Expel MP Dayashankar Singh, for his indecent statement.
In a statement made by BJP MP Dayashankar Singh on Camera, he said, “Mayawati is selling tickets (to contest polls)…She is a three-time chief minister but she gives tickets to anyone who gives her Rs. 1 crore. If someone comes with 2 crores in the afternoon, she gives him a ticket. If somebody comes with 3 crores in the evening, she dumps the previous candidates and picks him. Today her character is worse than that of a prostitute.”
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Although, after the roar he apologized and said, “I can’t even think of Mayawatiji that way. She has come up after a lot of struggle.”
In a crucial state marching towards the election next year, where BJP hopes high gain in vote share after 2014 general election’s victory, Mr. Singh’s statement not only embarrassed BJP but gave opposition parties a chance to take a dig and spot dirt on Hindu nationalist party’s moral and values.
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In a statement Indian National Congress member, Kumari Selja said, “The comments show the BJP’s mindset,”
While, Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien condemned and said, “This is not only a women’s issue. This is a man’s issue. The problem is with men making these statements,”
Delhi’s CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal also criticized and tweeted “This (BJP leader’s remark) is shameful. BJP’s abuses and threats against women continue unabated both online and offline,”
However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed ‘personal regret’ in Parliament, telling Mayawati: “It is not right and I condemn the use of this word and if a person has said this, we will investigate. I express personal regret. I associate with your dignity and stand with you.”
But, was this issue required such attention? Was there anything to be so offensive about being compared to a profession? Yes, a profession, Prostitution is also a profession, practiced by a mass majority of people in our Nation, since ages.
In fact, prostitution is considered to be world’s oldest profession; it has its trace in every Civilization.
Just think if the word itself hurt the leader and their Bhakts to this extent that BSP members are protesting on the streets of Uttar Pradesh, threatening people, and what not, then imagine how much effort they would have indulged in bringing up and providing a better life to a mass backward population practicing this profession because of their immunes poverty, lack of skills and opportunity.
But, Unfortunately, the self-proclaimed ‘Goddess’ and her party member have done nothing for uplifting the poor people practicing Prostitution for survival in her state.
Whole of their life they sell their body, they do something a normal person would like to do with someone special, they allow anyone to penetrate in them, to bleed not only their skin but their soul, and this goes every night, every day. And they die, without family, without health care, without respect.
I would like to ask, Behen jee, what have you done for the people, because of whom you took such deep offense? What is your party’s stand on Prostitution? And, do you consider Prostitutes also backward? If they are backward, why is the leader who considers her the leader of backwards not doing anything for the leftover backward society, who live and die without respect?
Maybe they might have no caste, maybe they have no religion, but Behen Mayawati jee and Dayashankar jee they’re still backward and an integral part of society, don’t abuse them for your pity political drama, at least until you do something for these backward lives.
You must have used or abused them, try to understand them, because every life counts.
In the olden times, in every war, there used to be war elephants who thrashed enemies without mercy. But these elephants had a problem, after a while they get into musth and become mad. They run anywhere and sometimes turn on their own army, breaking their own lines. Although, Subramanian Swamy cannot be compared with an elephant, his occasional bouts can be compared with its musth.
Nominated Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy is known for his “news boiling” statements and his long love of opposing elected governments. Recently he came to news again when he started a proxy war against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Mr. Swamy’s first attack was on the Ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, and recently after Rajan quit, it seemed like Mr. Swamy won the first round of his battle against the Finance minister but on June 27, 2016 in an interview with Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Prime Minister Modi, without taking the name criticized Mr. Swamy’s allegation on Ex-RBI Governor by saying “My experience with him has been good and I appreciate the work that he has done. He is no less patriotic. He loves India. Wherever he will work, he will work for India and he is patriotic,”
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Prime Minister also gave his message loud and clear by defending the Finance Minister and mentioning that such statements for publicity will not be tolerated, he said “whether it is in my party or not, I think such things are inappropriate. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility. If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong.”
“What do I have to do with what Jaitley said or did not say? I speak to the Prime Minister and the (BJP) party president when required.” – Swamy.
Earlier this month Mr. Swamy bombarded a lot of tweets against the Finance Minister and his officers in the Ministry. Which made Mr. Jaitley upset and he recently tweeted “An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the Finance Ministry”. He also said, “The government has full confidence in chief economic advisor Mr. Arvind Subramanian. His suggestions from time to time are of great value. The party has said that we don’t share Mr. Swamy’s view…The constraints of their offices prevent some people (the CEA) from responding.”
However, Mr. Swamy in his own style tweeted back, “What do I have to do with what Jaitley said or did not say? I speak to the Prime Minister and the (BJP) party president when required.” Although Prime Minister Modi clearly chose his side by supporting Mr. Jaitley, and it was very obvious too, as BJP might not have forgotten Mr. Swamy’s famous tea party in 1999 that led to the downfall of Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government where he hosted Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi as the guest of honor (Yes! Sonia Gandhi) and according to Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, the sole idea of the Party was to bring down the one-year-old and first ever elected Hindu nationalist government.
Aggressive tweets of Mr. Swamy confirm his ambitions of becoming Finance Minister. This fight between the two eminent Leaders of BJP is getting interesting day by day, what do you think, where will it end?