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Pakistan Votes

'It can be said that Pakistanis have rejected the Sangh Parivar of Pakistan.'

Published: May 17, 2013 3:36:11 am

Applauding the men and women of Pakistan — and not its political parties — for the triumph of democracy in the recent elections in the face of the Pakistani Taliban’s threats,Rashtriya Sahara,in its editorial on May 13,congratulates voters for rejecting right-wing religious parties. “It can be said that Pakistanis have rejected the Sangh Parivar of Pakistan”,it remarks. The paper writes: “Expecting too much from Nawaz Sharif would mean inviting great disappointment. Sharif is not considered to have much vision as a politician,and even his supporters have doubts about his ability to deliver good governance… But since he has attained his position after winning an election through democratic means,it is necessary to sincerely offer him our best wishes.”

The editor of Inquilab,Shakeel Shamsi,in his signed column on May 13,writes: “In this election,a new face of Pakistan has emerged,which shows that the people in that country are divided along linguistic lines. In Punjab,the party of Punjabi-speaking Nawaz Sharif was triumphant,whereas in Sindh,the Pakistan Peoples Party… has won in the state assembly and in the state assembly of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa,the party of Imran Khan — who belongs to a Pushto-speaking Pathan dynasty — has won… This shows that the idea of Pakistan is lost in the crowd of languages and dialects,and linguistic and regional prejudice is present.” Sahafat (May 13) observes: “A visible aspect of the Pakistan National Assembly election has been that the charisma of the Bhutto family has disappeared. Those with luxurious and glamorous lifestyles have raised the slogan of socialism and won the people over.”

Change in Karnataka

Siasat in its editorial on May 9,writes: “The Congress’s victory in Karnataka,despite it being submerged in various scams at the national level,has been due to a desire for change among the people and the anti-incumbency sentiment… the BJP… will find that its loss was because of internal squabbles and its bad image due to corruption… The communal viewpoint could not cut much ice and therefore,the BJP was undone by its own ideology.”

Writer and lyricist Hasan Kamal,in his column in Rashtriya Sahara on May 11,writes that the Karnataka election has demolished many myths. The first is the common belief in the effectiveness of social media in political campaigns. “The second myth demolished was that the youth of the urban middle class is with the BJP. Vast numbers of urban youth voted in Karnataka. Seventy per cent polling could not have been possible without their participation,but it seems that their majority did not vote for the BJP. Another myth that was demolished was that people are angry with the Congress because of scams like 2G and Coalgate. Not that people are not agitated about corruption,but the corruption they are worried about is not on such a scale… Their grievance is against the corruption faced by them in their daily lives… The greatest myth demolished is that Narendra Modi has captured the minds of the country’s youth… Wherever Modi canvassed,the BJP candidate lost; wherever Rahul Gandhi went,the Congress candidate won. This ‘schoolboy’ has won the bet.”

Daawat (May 13) says that “Modi’s show was a flop,and Rahul too could not make any impression in the areas he visited. The southern state was not favourable to the BJP and the party could not pass the test of the Southerners.”

Congress and corruption

Rashtriya Sahara on May 12 states that despite coming under fire for corruption,the Central government’s actions have other dimensions. “It is also being realised… that the UPA government is serious about acting with full responsibility against those involved in acts of corruption… For the first time action has been taken against two ministers who belong to the Congress party. This step of the Congress should be welcomed.”

Jadeed Khabar,in its editorial on May 10,writes: “The government and the opposition have different views on giving complete autonomy to the CBI. The silence of the Central government on this issue makes it obvious that the Supreme Court has rightly described the CBI as a parrot,repeating what it is taught by its master.” Sahafat,in its editorial on May 12,writes: “The allegations made by the BJP have been proved right. But what is the record of this party in such matters? One of its presidents was caught red-handed accepting a bribe. The case of another,Nitin Gadkari,is still fresh in our minds.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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