Congress Endgame

The Sangh Parivar is jubilant about the BJP’s victory in all six Gujarat by-polls. This happened against the backdrop of the UPA’s economic mismanagement

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Published: June 14, 2013 12:48:34 am

CONGRESS ENDGAME

The Sangh Parivar is jubilant about the BJP’s victory in all six Gujarat by-polls. This happened against the backdrop of the UPA’s economic mismanagement,confirmed by government statistics that pegged 2012-13 GDP growth at 5 per cent. The Organiser and Panchjanya have both carried cover stories and editorials highlighting the “mess in the economy”. The Organiser’s cover story speculated whether India was headed the “Latin American way”,while its editorial says,“The revenue generated by the NDA over six years was wasted by the UPA on unproductive programmes. It neither generated jobs nor eradicated poverty,and thus failed to boost the economy…” It adds that the UPA’s “Bharat Nirman” was therefore more “Bharat Nuksan”. Editorials in both weeklies explained that the dismal performance of the economy over the last decade meant that the “Congress game is over”. It further suggests that the Congress has already lost its mandate even before elections,as evinced by the Gujarat by-poll results.

ENEMIES OF STATE

Both weeklies feature RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to the organisation’s workers,which he delivered at a recent training camp in Nagpur. Bhagwat suggested the government pay back left-wing extremism in the “same coin”. He is also quoted as having suggested that Maoist violence should be dealt with a “firm hand and strong determination” because they are “enemies of the nation”. He is also credited with saying that the government’s suggestion advocating talks with Naxalites is a “very strange” one. “Those who do not accept our Constitution and believe in violence cannot be allowed to hold the nation and society to ransom. There is no point in holding talks with them. They are the enemies of our country and should be wiped out using force,” the weeklies quote Bhagwat as having asserted.

Both weeklies have also carried news of a press conference deploring the NIA chargesheet against alleged Hindu right-wing extremists in the 2006 Malegaon blast case. The report highlights the cases against six Hindus,chargesheeted by the NIA,alleging that their human rights have been violated. The report laments that the NIA’s supplementary chargesheet runs counter to “the impregnable and watertight case” against the 13 originally accused SIMI members. It further apprehends this will “certainly lead to their acquittal”.

VODAFONE HUNT

Panchjanya criticises the law and telecom minister,Kapil Sibal,for his benign stance towards Vodafone,which has led to the decision to invite the company for reconciliation talks on its tax liability. A report in the latest issue alleges that Vodafone’s Rs 20,000 crore tax liability was being forgone in “considerable haste”. It further speculates that the move might have been influenced by “Sibal’s son,Amit”. Interestingly,Sibal’s predecessor,Ashwani Kumar,is presented in glowing terms for saying the reconciliation with Vodafone would be beyond the provisions of the law,and therefore,“illegal”.The report also mentions that Sibal’s son had appeared for Hutchison in the Delhi High Court in a case regarding the deal between Hutchison and Vodafone. “Daal mein kuchh kala hai”,concludes the report.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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