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The Congress,which was on the defensive for a long time is now in an aggressive position.

August 30, 2013 3:58:45 am

Rashtriya Sahara (editorial,August 28) writes: “Der ayad,durust ayad (better late than never). It would have far reaching consequences. The Congress,which was on the defensive for a long time is now in an aggressive position.. there was indeed politics behind this move. But there was no antidote to it. The BJP was against the bill not only because,as Murli Manohar Joshi said,it was a vote security bill,but also because it was against the interests of its own vote-bank – food grain traders,middlemen and brokers. The BJP tried its best to stop this bill. But all its efforts failed and despite the annoyance of its vote-bank,it had to support the bill. It can lead to many more such predicaments in days to come… Food security was a longstanding desire of Sonia Gandhi. If she takes the credit for its passage,no one can deny it.”

Multi-edition daily Inquilab writes: “The food security bill may have many objectives. But no one can deny that it is the Congress’s trump card,which it has played at an appropriate time,and the BJP lacked the courage to stop it… the statement of the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha,Sushma Swaraj,that despite the bill being defective,they would support it,is a measure of the extent of hurt to the party.” It adds: “In our view,steps should be taken to remove poverty so that all sections,belonging to any community,class,caste or region,get equal opportunities. But,if it is not possible at the moment,distribution of food grain to the poor at low prices is important as a temporary solution that should not be opposed by anyone.” The daily Siasat is critical and predicts economic decline: “How the burden of heavy expenditure (Rs 1.24 lakh crore annually) would be borne is unclear.”

Asaram case

The editor of Inquilab,Shakeel Shamsi,in his signed column (August 25) is of the surprising view that the Asaram Bapu case of alleged molestation deserves stronger condemnation than the Bombay rape. He writes: “It is regrettable that Mumbai’s rape case is being loudly talked about but efforts are being made to suppress the case connected with Asaram Bapu,although the girl who has accused Asaram of raping her is a minor. In our view,Bapu’s crime is more serious… If there is no double standard on rapes,why is there so much delay in Bapu’s arrest?”

Aziz-ul-Hind,edited by Aziz Burney (editorial,August 28) describes in detail the statements of MPs like Sharad Yadav and Gurudas Dasgupta condemning Asaram Bapu in the severest terms. The paper endorses Dasgupta’s demand for a death sentence for rapists but doesn’t demand the same for the alleged rapists of the Mumbai photojournalist.

Wooing Muslims

The Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh has received praise for its handling of the VHP’s plans for a parikrama around Ayodhya. The multi- edition daily Sahafat,in a front page commentary on August 26,says that “Mulayam Singh [Yadav’s farsightedness and Azam Khan’s strategy changed the direction of a storm.” The paper praises the SP leaders for meeting VHP saints. But Jadeed Khabar,(editorial,August 22) has come out against the SP leadership for their two-hour meeting with VHP leaders before the parikrama,comparing it to Mulayam’s embrace of Kalyan Singh at one point. It writes: “It is surprising that Mulayam Singh offered to mediate with the extreme,fascist and aggressive elements guilty of the demolition of the Babri Masjid… If there is any loss of confidence among Muslims,it would have an adverse effect (on the party).”

Hamara Samaj writes: “Mulayam Singh is in the race for the PM’s post. But without the support of Muslims,his political roadmap is full of thorns… Unfortunately,Mulayam Singh does not have the support of adequate number of Muslims to actualise his dreams… therefore,stopping the parikrama could be useful to bring the Muslims closer.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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