Referring to the BJP’s performance in the assembly elections, Inquilab, in its editorial on May 20, writes: “The BJP is trying to present a minor success in Assam as a great victory… In Assam, the BJP benefited from having allies. Secular votes were divided due to the failure of the Congress and the AIUDF of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal in forging an alliance. Besides, the Congress faced anti-incumbency. In Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the BJP does not have any success worth talking about. In Puducherry, there was no BJP. These elections are more a demonstration of the failure of secular parties than of the BJP’s success.”
Rashtriya Sahara, on May 22, writes: “The emerging picture shows that the graph of the Congress is consistently going down. The Congress will have to start preparing for the UP assembly elections due in 2017 after learning from its experiences in West Bengal and Kerala.”
According to Jadeed Khabar (May 22), the BJP has got only 64 of the 822 assembly seats where elections were held whereas the Congress has won 115 seats and the Left 124 seats. “The BJP is thus celebrating a false victory,” the paper says.
The daily Siasat, in its editorial on May 14, writes: “The cat is out of the bag. The NIA has given a clean chit (in its new chargesheet) to the main accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and five others in the Malegaon bomb blast case of 2008. Cases against Lieutenant Colonel Purohit and nine other accused under MCOCA have been withdrawn and now they would be tried under ordinary charges. The Mumbai ATS had filed cases against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and others after comprehensive investigations. Then joint director of ATS, Hemant Karkare, had unveiled the role of Hindu terrorists in this case and arrested them. He was killed during the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack before the investigation was completed. The special prosecutor of NIA had made the sensational allegation that she was being pressurised by
NIA officials to go soft on Hindu terrorists. Following the formation of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, a climate favourable to Sangh Parivar and its associated agencies was created and concessions to accused in terror cases started being given. This amounts to a compromise with the national interest for political considerations and for cleansing the image of the Sangh.”
Daawat, in a commentary on May 19, writes: “The most tragic aspect of the latest chargesheet of NIA in the Malegaon blast case of 2008 is that baseless and very despicable remarks have been made about the ATS officer Hemant Karkare. These have raised serious questions about the functioning of NIA. Why is this anti-terrorist agency trying to save the perpetrators of terrorism?”
Hyderabad-based, Munsif, on May 16, writes: “That 37 Muslim candidates (qualified in this year’s civil services examination) is a cause for delight but the proportion of success in relation to their population in the country is very low. According to Census 2011, Muslims comprise a little over 14 per cent of the population. But normally, their share in the higher services is about three per cent. Why is it so? Is only the government responsible for this low percentage of Muslim officers, or are Muslims themselves responsible? This is a very serious question that calls for a well-thought-out answer. No doubt, India is a democratic and secular country. But, equally undoubtedly, communal hatred and prejudice too are factors.”
Jamaat-e-Islami’s bi-weekly, Daawat, too wrote on the subject. “This year, there are 37 Muslims in the final list 1,078 qualified candidates, which comes to about three per cent. But one should also look at the level of participation of Muslims in the civil services examinations. The total number of candidates appearing in these examinations was 9.5 lakh, while the number of Muslim candidates was less than 2,000. While Muslims made 0.21 per cent of the applicants, three per cent of the successful ones were Muslims. This shows our youngsters have got tremendous capabilities. But they have to be guided in the right direction. To increase the participation of Muslims in these competitions, a positive consciousness at the grassroots must be created.”