नाकारों के नकारों पर सवार कांग्रेस

कहते हैं, कि जो लोग अपनी गलती से सीखते है वे साधारण होते है। जो दूसरों की गलतियों से सीखते है वे बुद्धिमान होते है लेकिन जो ना अपनी और ना दूसरों की गलतियों से सीखते है वे मूर्ख होते है। कांग्रेस पार्टी का हाल कुछ इस तीसरे वर्ग के लोगों जैसा है। अपनी पुरानी शिकस्तों और वर्तमान राजनीतिक सूझबूझ से वह कुछ भी सीखने के लिए तैयार नहीं है।
एक तरफ कांग्रेस प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का मुकाबला करने की बात करती है जबकि अपने इस लक्ष्य के लिए दूसरी पार्टियों को साथ लेने के लिए वह तैयार नहीं है! सारे राजनीतिक विश्लेषक एक सूर में यह कहते हैं, कि कांग्रेस का अहंकार उसको डुबानेवाला है। राहुल गांधी को प्रधानमंत्री की कुर्सी में बिठाने के लिए कांग्रेस के कार्यकर्ता इतने लालायित है कि उसके लिए पूरी तैयारी करने की भी तैयारी में नहीं दिखा रहे। जंग में जीतने का उनको इतना विश्वास है कि जंग की तैयारी करना वे ज़रूरी नहीं समझते।

शुक्रवार को कांग्रेस ने कहा कि पश्चिम बंगाल सहित जिन राज्यों में गठबंधन को लेकर प्रयास हो रहे हैं, वहां किसी तरह की समस्या नहीं है। पार्टी प्रवक्ता पवन खेड़ा ने यह भी कहा, कि विपक्षी दलों का मकसद प्रधानमंत्री मोदी को हटाना नहीं बल्कि देश को बचाना है।

उन्होंने बताया कि, ‘‘हमारा मकसद मोदी जी को हटाना नहीं है। हमारा मकसद देश को बचाना है, संस्थाओं को बचाना है। सबकी स्वतंत्रता को बचाना है। जिस व्यक्ति विशेष को लेकर भारतीय जनता पार्टी इस चुनाव को व्यक्तिवाद का चुनाव बनाना चाहती है, उस व्यक्ति में ही कोई विशेषता लोगों को नहीं दिखती, तो वो कैसा व्यक्ति विशेष है? ’’

खेड़ा ने कहा, ‘‘ये बड़ा स्पष्ट है कि जहां भी हमारी गठबंधन की बात चल रही है, जिन राज्यों में चल रही है, कहीं कोई समस्या नहीं है, बातचीत चल रही है, बातचीत में जितना समय लगता है, उतना लगता है।’’

इस पूरे कथन को पढ़ने के बाद दो बातें पूरी तरह से समझ आती है। एक तो कांग्रेस में नाकारे नेताओं की भरमार है जिनका अपना कोई जनाधार नहीं है। दूसरी बात यह, की ज़मीनी सच्चाई स्वीकार करने की मानसिकता इन नेताओं में अभी भी नहीं है। अगर भाजपा का प्रचार व्यक्ति विशेष (नरेंद्र मोदी) को केंद्र में रखकर है तो कांग्रेस कहां लोकतांत्रिक परंपराओं का निर्वाह कर रही है। बल्कि वहां तो पार्टी का पूरा खाका ही एक परिवार विशेष पर खड़ा है। मोदी ने 12 वर्ष गुजरात में और पांच वर्ष केंद्र में सरकार चलाते हुए अपना सिक्का चलाया है। तब जाकर भाजपा ने उन्हें अपना नेता बनाया है। राहुल गांधी ने अब तक किया क्या है जिसके बूते कांग्रेस उन्हें अपना मसीहा मानती है?

रही बात गठबंधन की, तो राजनीति पर थोड़ी सी भी नजर रखने वाले किसी भी निरीक्षक से पूछिए। वह आपको बताएगा कि कांग्रेस का गठबंधन का हर प्रयास विफल रहा है। पिछले वर्ष मई महीने में कर्नाटक में अधिक सीटें मिलने के बाद भी कांग्रेस ने धर्मनिरपेक्ष जनता दल को मुख्यमंत्री पद देकर उदारता दिखाई थी। देश में मोदीविरोधी लगभग हर नेता उस अवसर पर उपस्थित था और तथाकथित सेकुलर दलों के नेताओं द्वारा उठाए गए हाथों की वह तस्वीर अभी भी लोगों के मन से हटी नहीं है। हालांकि उस तस्वीर से उभरी हुई आशाएं एक वर्ष के भीतर ही धूमिल हो चुकी है क्योंकि उस वक्त कांग्रेस ने जो सूझबूझ दिखाई थी आज उसका नामोनिशान तक दिखाई नहीं देता। इसी का कारण है, कि हर नेता, हर कुनबा, हर खेमा और हर पार्टी कांग्रेस से खफा है।
पश्चिम बंगाल में ममता बनर्जी कांग्रेस से गठबंधन करने में बिल्कुल रुचि नहीं रखती। बल्कि उन्होंने तो राज्य में सभी चुनाव क्षेत्रों के लिए अपने उम्मीदवार घोषित कर दिए हैं। दिल्ली में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल गठबंधन के लिए कांग्रेस से गुहार कर कर के थक गए लेकिन कांग्रेस ने उन्हें घास नहीं डाली। बिहार में अगर कांग्रेस राजद से गठबंधन कर भी लेती है तो भी उसका कितना असर होगा यह भगवान ही जाने क्योंकि राजद प्रमुख लालू यादव इस वक्त जेल में है। कर्नाटक में जिस गाजेबाजे के साथ कांग्रेस ने जेडीएस से गठबंधन किया था वह उत्साह नदारद है क्योंकि वहां जेडीएस अपने कुनबे में लगी आग को बुझाने में व्यस्त है। देवेगौडा परिवार अंदरूनी झगड़ों से परेशान है। ऊपर से पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री सिद्धारमैया की महत्वाकांक्षा इस गठबंधन को कमजोर करने में लगी हुई है। आंध्र प्रदेश में मुख्यमंत्री चंद्रबाबू नायडू ने कांग्रेस से गठबंधन कर के तेलंगाना के विधानसभा चुनाव लड़े थे लेकिन वहां इस गठबंधन को मुंह की खानी पड़ी जिसके कारण नायडू भी कांग्रेस से नजदीकी बढ़ाने में ज्यादा रस लेते हुए नहीं दिखते। हालांकि तमिलनाडु में डीएमके के साथ हाथ मिलाने में कांग्रेस को थोड़ी बहुत सफलता मिली है और इसी सफलता पर पार्टी इतरा रही है।

एक पूरी पार्टी की पार्टी एक ही परिवार पर निर्भर हो और जनाधार रखने वाले नेताओं का अकाल हो तो वास्तविकता को नकारनेवाले नेताओं की तूती तो बोलेगी ही। ऐसे नकारों पर सवार कांग्रेस की नैया डूबना तय है।

Priyanka Slams Narendra Modi – An Honest Rendering of a Borrowed Script

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday opened her account in the election camapgin by targetting the Narendra Modi government or just Namo. She alleged the the National Democratic Alliance government failed to fulfill promises and destructed institutions. All this was honest to the script run by the Congress party and one must admit that she adopted to the script very well.

Priyanka Gandhi was recently appointed as the Congress general secretary in early February and this was her first first political rally after assuming charge of the office. Obviously enough, there was much curiosity abound her appearance and the hallowed ‘similarity’ to her grandmother Indira Gandhi.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were present at the rally near Adalaj village of Gandhinagar district.

She exhorted the people to be vigilant, treat their vote as a “weapon” and ask right questions. “Our institutions are being destroyed. Wherever you see, hatred is being spread. Nothing matters more to us that you and I protect this nation, work for it and move forward together,” the Congress leader said.

Earlier in the day, a meeting of the the party’s highest decision-making body Congress Working Committee (CWC) was also held and Priyanka also attended the meeting for the first time.

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It was quite perplexing that Priyanka said that she was appalled at the country’s situation today. This sounds very phony for someone who has chosen to remain in slumber for over two decades and repetedly denying any interest in politics. It also becomes laughable when one looks at the pathetic condition her party is in. obviously, Priyanka must be worried about the situation of her party rather than the country because it is the former that is in predicament right now.

The country is doing fine!

Ayodhya Verdict – Another Tactic to Delay the Inevitable?

That the Supreme Court on Friday referred Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case pertaining to Ayodhya to mediation for amicable settlement reeks of another attempt to delay the inevitable. The court has to give one or another verdict howsoever it may try to evade from its responsibility.

Former apex court judge Justice (retd) F. M. Kallifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. Other members of the panel of mediators include spiritual guru Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. Fortunately enough, the apex court has accepted that the case was not just about property but, also about sentiment and faith.

The SC has said that proceedings in the case will be held in Faizabad and process to start within a week. The SC has asked the panel of mediators to complete its mediation process within eight weeks and file a progress report of the mediation proceedings within four weeks.

Court also said that panel of mediators may co-opt more members and in case of any difficulty, they can inform the SC registry. The court directed in camera proceedings of mediation in Ayodhya case and restrained media – both print and electronic – from reporting the proceedings of mediation case.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lala.

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The constant postponing of the matter, sometimes even refusal by the SC to hear any plea, has created a sort of discontent among the Hindus. It seems that the SC simply does not want the case to reach to its logical conclusion lest any political party gets mileage from it. It is pertinent here to remember Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s famous statement where he requested the SC to postpone the hearing of the case till Lok Sabha elections this year are over.

It has been a long wait for Hindus in India to get to see a grand temple to their beloved deity being built on the same site where Shri Rama was born. It is also worth mentioning here that in an interview to a news agency, Modi had said in January this year that a decision on bringing an ordinance on Ram Temple can be taken after the judicial process is complete. The BJP had passed a resolution for the construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya at Palampur in 1989. The party is pursuing the issue ever since and there is tremendous pressure from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to get the issue resolved as early as possible. RSS expects Modi government to fulfil its promise of building the Ram temple within this tenure as the BJP was elected to power in 2014 after committing itself to do so.

In this scenario, even though this has raised the hope for a decision on the long pending case in a stipulated time frame, that possibility still remains a pipe dream because no result from this mediation exercise is guaranteed. So as of now, it seems that all this mediation thing is just a ploy for buying some time till elections are announced. Once the announcement of poll schedule takes place, the government’s hands will be tied and one may expect any further development only thereafter. That is quite a smart move!

After Pulwama : Sense and Sensibility of Politicians

India has given a befitting reply to the proxy war inflicted by Pakistan through a devious mean of terrorism. Even as the Pakistan is licking the wounds of the last surgical strike, the heroes of the Indian Air Force gave another shock. They crossed Pakistan’s border and eliminated the terrorists holed up there. The attack is bigger than the last surgical strikes, but it makes all the more appreciable because of measured reactions coming from all quarters. The responses from both ruling and opposition parties have been subdued this time around. While the ruling party had rushed to take credit of the surgical strike I, the opposition had questioned the action and worse, questioned the Army’s prowess itself. After this arial strike, however, the situation looks a lot different.

Special commandos of the Indian Army crossed the Pakistan border (in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) on the night of September 28-29, 2016 and destroyed the terrorists launchpads. Our bravehearts returned safely after completing the operation. That operation was touted as the avenging of the terrorist attacks in Uri and Pathankot. Following the surgical strike, on September 29, a Cabinet Committee on Security was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. DGMO, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh held a press conference after this meeting. The officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present along with him but only Lt Gen Ranbir Singh explained the chronology of the operation. He described how Indian soldiers killed the terrorists after crossing over to PoK.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party left no stone unturned to take credit for this action. Teaching a lesson to Pakistan in its own language was an important part of BJP’s 2014 election campaign. Therefore, it was understandable for the party to take credit for the action taken during its rule. Tweets were made since early morning. The issue was ferverntly presented during the panel discussions on TV by the party spokespersons. Moreover, BJP openly projected the issue during the assembly elections in the five states held at the beginning of 2017. BJP leaders made most of the surgical strike I even claiming that such an operation was never undertaken in the history of India.

On the other hand, other political parties including the main opposition Congress, had accused the government of lying and that surgical strikes were false. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had said that the people of India wanted surgical strikes but real, not false. Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed doubt over the surgical strikes by referring to Pakistani media. It was also claimed that it was not the first surgical strike and similar operation was carried out during Manmohan Singh’s government and all attempts were made to downplay the significance of that action.

IAFmirage2000On Tuesday, when Indian Air Force showed its might through arial strikes, nothing of that sort of thing happened. The announcement of the strike was made by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and not by any minister. He described this action in a brief and measured speech.

Even though there was a sense of satisfaction across the country for the revenge of Pulwama martyrs, there was no chest thumping in it. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar described this action as a great feat. He said that the whole country was standing with the Air Force. Congress President Rahul Gandhi greeted Air Force pilots for this operation, while former Defense Minister A. K. Antony said that it would send a stern message to Pakistan. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar also congratulated the IAF. Arvind Kejriwal tweeted praise in favor of IAF pilots. Not only this, he also announced the postponement of his planned hunger strike.

On Wednesday, the opposition parties lauded IAF action against the terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed and praised the armed forces for their valor and bravery.

In a joint statement issued after their meeting in New Delhi, 21 opposition parties condemned the Pulwama terror attack and paid homage to martyrs and expressed solidarity with the IAF in crushing the menace of terrorism. Reading out the joint statement, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the meeting also condemned Pakistan’s misadventure and expressed deep concern for the safety of the missing Indian pilot. He said the parties have urged the government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.

The meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief Chandra Babu Naidu, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar are attending the meeting.

In essence, this shows that all the responsible people in the country have sensed the seriousness of the incident and have behaved appropriately befitting their place and posts. So this operation was not reduced to a tamasha.

PM Modi Must Act

The dastardly act by terrorists killing 40 of our brave jawans has left the nation shocked. This is one of the major terrorist incidents in India’s recent history and will be difficult to forget or forgive for long. It has drawn condemnation from all quarters and rightly so. The government will be forced to act in a befitting manner. Especially after the last heroic action of surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the government has to show its sincerity through another such action on similar scale, if not more.

The stakes are disastrously high for Narendra Modi government. The general elections that will decide the fate of next five years of this nation are round the corner. Ever since his election to the Prime Minister’s post in 2014, Narendra Modi has consistently cultivated the persona of a nationalist and patriotic leader. The much celebrated surgical strikes were one of the main achievements of this government giving a sense of pride to the people. The Indians, who were fed of being a weaker nation in the name of peace and non-violence, were jubilant at that juncture. They saw in it the validation that India is not just a victim country that could be targeted easily but an emergent power that pay back the perpetrators of terrorism in their own coin.

Modi will be hard pressed to repeat that feat. The popular mood is to “go behind those bastards”. The sense is even more evident in RSS workers, supporters and sympathizers that form the core of BJP’S voters. Fortunately enough, opposition parties have promised their full support. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that his party is fully supporting the government and country’s security forces in view of Pulwama attack. Such type of violence is disgusting and no force can divide or break India, Gandhi said.

The all-party meeting convened in New Delhi in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack passed a resolution strongly condemning the dastardly act. All parties condemned terrorism in all its forms and the support being given to it from across the border. The resolution said terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by the forces across the border and India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges.

Therefore, it will be a big challenge for NaMo to quench the thirst of his supporters for a bloody revenge. The problem before the government is that such decisions cannot be done with the beating of drum. Be it a strategic move or a diplomatic effort, any dispensation needs to move swiftly but discretely. There is no place for brow-beating in such manner. And going by PM Modi’s response, one may feel assured that this would surely happen.

PM Modi has said that each drop of tear after Pulwama terror attack will be avenged. He made it clear that New India’s policy is that it will respond in full measure if messed with. The PM’s warning that security forces have been given a free hand to punish the perpetrators of the attack have already been carried widely. Even Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has come up with a reaction on it.

Now time is running out fast and Modi has to act.

Kumaraswamy Trapped in His Own Karma

The karma has caught up with Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. The beleagured leader has offered to quit his post after being fed up with the tantrums thrown by coalition partner Congress. It is a no secret that Congress, which has a long history of ditching governments headed by smaller parties, is not happy with his rule.
Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of a program in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy on Monay said that he did not want to continue and stick to the seat if Congress was unhappy.
He said that along with his Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Parameswar, he was trying his best to offer good governance. He said that the government is spending one lakh crore rupees for Bengaluru and has cleared projects like suburban rail service, outer rink road and alleviated corridor.
However, the Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah is not amused. Siddaramaiah, sees himself as the guardian of secular galaxy and would want to keep all affairs in his own hands. He has said that he would speak to Kumaraswamy and resolve the matter. However, this seems easier said than done as Siddaramaiah is accused of developing cold vibes with Parameswar as well.
The crux of Siddaramaiah’s unhappiness is in his reluctance to accept the reality that he is not at the help any longer. He is constantly trying to meddle into the affairs of the state and leading a backseat driving kind of role.
The frustration of Kumaraswamy seems obvious on this backdrop. Within as early as two months of swearing in as the CM of Karnataka in May 2018, he had expressed unhappiness over trepidation of the coalition Government that he was heading with support from Congress. He has broke down a number of times and this month, his outburst was all visible when he said that he was reduced to being a clerk rather than a CM. He had said on more than one occasion that party workers were happy but he was swallowing pain of the coalition.

Kumaraswamy is heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition government but Congress legislators, especially Siddaramaiah fraction, has refused to give him ample time for smooth functioning of the government. He is facing frequent brickbats from some sections of the coalition partner. The only glue keeping them together is their aversion to BJP.
Last year, he had said oenly, “I am not bothered how long I am here in this post. I believe I am here for five years. God gave me this opportunity, which I have to use for the benefit of people.” Immediately after coming to power, Kumaraswamy had said that no one could touch at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are over.
Statements like these only serve to show how certain his insecurity is. It is as if he was bidding time till the Lok Sabha elections in May after which the real fate of his government is determined.
The JD(S) and the Congress had entered into a post-poll alliance but from the onset, this alliance was more a helplessness than natural camaraderie. The assembly polls last May yielded a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single largest part. It actually tried to form a government, hoping to buy some legislators with lure of power, but failed to do so. With a prospective third front being proposed at the national level and Congress’s role in it being unsure, the future appears for JD(S) not only bleak but confusing and self-destructive.

EVM Hacking Drama – A Cheap Gimmick by Congress

The grand old party of India (which incidentally is only 49 years old and not 113-years, as if popularly believed) is kicking and shouting like a spoiled child after being out of power. Its latest salvo in the form of EVM hacking has backfired terribly, upsetting even its staunch supporters in media. More than bringing ridicule to the party through such cheap gimmicks, it has brought disrepute to the democratic institutions in the country.
The Election Commission was justified in asking Delhi Police to lodge FIR against the purported hacker identified as Syed Shuja.
The cyber expert, during an event in London, claimed that he was part of the EVM design team and he can hack the EVMs used in the elections in India. He also made some sensational claims alleging that Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and even Bahujan Samaj Party achieved success in elections through EVM tampering. The so called cyber expert, who had little antecedents to prove his credentials, had claimed that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged. And most explosive claim was that BJP leader and Union Minister Gopinath Munde was “killed” because he was aware of EVM hacking in 2014 general elections.
The self-proclaimed cyber expert’s claims had all the elements of creating a magnificent scandal in the country even as Lok Sabha elections are barely a couple of months away.
Luckily enough, the game was spoiled because of presence of former Union Minister Kapil Sibal. That gave away all clues of this being a Congress-sponsored drama. Sibal is a respected name in legal circles, but he does not enjoy a good reputation in politics. He was the one asking the Supreme Court to postpone hearing of Ram Mandir case till after 2019 polls.
Thus, he is seen as someone who leaves no stone unturned to achieve his goals. Defeating BJP, and especially Narendra Modi, is a dream for Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and Sibal, like every other darbari politics in his party, is hell-bent on realizing this dream. However, his physical presence made the matters extremely difficult for his ilk and his party. Congress was too swift in denouncing him and distanced itself from his involvement in the matter.
What was Sibal doing there and in what capacity was he present – these are the questions that will be asked repeatedly. The secular campers will have a hard time replying to these questions satisfactorily.
This is why he went back foot immediately and explained that he was present in his personal capacity. However, no leader with a stature such as Sibal will dare to attend such a highly repercussive event without the party’s approval. Moreover, the said hacked targeting all parties except Congress was another red flag in believing Sibal’s words.

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As pointed by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Indian Journalists’ Association, which organized the conference in London, is headed by Ashis Ray who is a “committed Congressman” and has been singing paeans in support of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He is a regular contributor to Congress mouthpiece National Herald, campaigns for the Congress on social media and has often attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not only this, he had also organized Gandhi’s public event in London.
In such a scenario, a well-thought and potential weapon from Congress’s stead has gone in vain. The exercise was reduced to being a circus, a farce and a political stunt. This was supposed to be a press conference, yet Shuja did not offer any proof nor did he faced questions by the media. It was a really bad PR exercise.
It must be noted that EC had organized EVM hacking challenge about two years ago but no party or organization could prove anything. Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party was the only party that had shown interest in taking part in that challenge, but it failed miserably. Aam Admi Party and BSP were the parties at the forefront in levelling allegations of EVM tampering.
Therefore, the EC considers the EVM tampering as a closed chapter and rightly so. Congress has made a laughing stock by putting up theatrics in the name of democracy. It would be worthwhile it they spend their energies in building organization rather in indulging in cheap acts. If they do not stop and listen to conscience, they would probable require such flimsy excuses after defeat in ensuing elections.