Describing the formation of the AAP government in Delhi as a political revolution, Jadeed Khabar,in its editorial on December 30 writes that by singing a popular film song at the swearing in ceremony,the new Delhi chief minister has aroused the sentiments of love and community between the people in a manner no other leader has done.
The paper adds: the swearing-in ceremony for the AAP government was unique in many ways. One was reminded of a meeting at Ramlila Maidan to felicitate the Janata Party after its victory in 1977. It should be noted that the swearing-in ceremony then was held at Raj Ghat instead of Rashtrapati Bhawan… The AAP victory creates the sense of an emerging revolution.
Rashtriya Sahara,in its editorial on the same day,writes: The manner in which the AAP targeted the BJP,particularly Narendra Modi,during its assembly election campaign suggests the magnitude of the BJPs problems has increased. It would not be inappropriate to say that the AAP has played a role in puncturing its propaganda about Modi,therefore helping the Congress… the AAP saying it will put up candidates in every constituency in Gujarat in the 2014 parliamentary elections is no mean challenge.
Sahafat,in an editorial on December 30,asks: What is the Congresss hidden agenda for supporting the AAP? The decision must have been taken after much thought… But the names of Congressmen would also come up in the AAPs campaign against corruption,and a clash in inevitable. The Congress will withdraw support,but it has to be seen when it will take that decision.
In an editorial on December 28,Inquilab states: There is little doubt that the decision of the metropolitan court in Zakia Jafris petition against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a disappointment… But there is still scope to knock on the doors of higher courts. The courage of Zakia Jafri and her supporters is encouraging… Those in the know say that there is evidence concerning the Gujarat riots that could prove that the riots were organised and took place at the command of the states supreme functionary.
Hamara Samaj,in its editorial on December 28,asks: For what reason was the statement of a suspended senior police officer present at the meeting where the conspiracy for the riots was hatched not considered acceptable?
Siasat,on December 20 (editorial),writes: This lokpal law may not be the one demanded in the beginning. But,certainly,social activists have forced the government to… respect the peoples demands… Yet,we must recognise that corruption cannot be fought merely through the governments effort and the passage of laws. To get rid of it,it is necessary that the people launch struggles and fulfil their responsibilities.
Inquilab notes on the same day: Neither the UPA nor the NDA was interested in having a lokpal,nor did any Third Front care about it. The UPA ultimately took considerable interest in its enactment and the NDA agreed because of the changed situation,where both alliances are intensely feeling insecure. Hamara Samaj,in its editorial on same day,warns: The enactment of the lokpal bill has created hope… But,the appointment of a lokpal will be problematic. It is necessary that the lokpal be someone who is absolutely honest and not a supporter of any political party. Today,bureaucrats also act as members of political parties. If non-partisanship is not ensured,the office of lokpal will become meaningless.
Compiled by Seema Chishti