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Pre-election strategy

UPA government is coming up with “popular schemes” at the fag end of its tenure despite having been in power for nine years.

Published: October 4, 2013 2:33:40 am

An editorial in Sangh Parivar weekly,the Organiser,says that the UPA government is coming up with “popular schemes” at the fag end of its tenure despite having been in power for nine years. In contrast,the editorial argues,the BJP has taken a “lead in putting its electoral strategy into action”.

“The declaration of sops in the election year and forged Bharat Nirman campaign,(mis)use of investigation agencies,especially the CBI and the NIA for political gain,and hurriedly coming up with an ordinance to shield criminals against the Supreme Court’s order on disqualification suggest the same. After sleeping for nine years,the UPA government came up with popular schemes,such as the food security bill and direct cash transfers,in the election year,” it says. Moreover,it notes that the government has instituted the Seventh Pay Commission at a time when the economy is in “complete disarray”. Criticising the Congress on an issue that has become internally controversial for the party,the editorial argues that the government’s move of overruling the SC verdict on immediate disqualification of convicted legislators by bringing an ordinance has “eroded public faith in democratic polity”.

Kenya attack

Both Sangh Parivar journals,the Organiser and Panchjanya,devote space to recent terror attacks. While the latter has focussed on the terror attacks in Kenya and Pakistan,the former dealt with the attack on army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir on September 26. According to Panchjanya,al-Shabab massacred 680 non-Muslims at Nairobi’s Westgate mall,“crossing the limits of barbarism”. It discusses how the attack,similar to the 26/11 Mumbai attack,shook nations across the world.

Meanwhile,the Organiser says in a special report that through the September 26 attack that killed four army personnel in J&K,Pakistan has sent a “clear message to New Delhi that it will continue to bleed India with a thousand cuts at regular intervals till the time Jammu and Kashmir remains an integral part of India”. The report,which goes on to describe the attack in detail,asserts that the Indian government “failed the wounded nation” by rejecting demands to “call the Pakistani bluff” and continuing with the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart,Nawaz Sharif,in the US.

Bhopal Rally

Narendra Modi’s Bhopal rally on September 25 has been hailed by both Sangh Parivar publications. A report in the Organiser says Modi “won the hearts of lakhs in Bhopal” and he was welcomed with a “standing ovation” at the rally,which “marked the beginning of the party’s election preparation for the state”.

It claims that the rally “registered the highest number of participants,which,according to the party spokesperson,is the biggest political gathering by a single party in the world”. Interestingly,however,the report says “the unsaid yet strong presence and influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — the guiding factor in the BJP — could be felt when Advani handed a ceremonial bouquet to Modi”.

Panchjanya,meanwhile,says that the rally displayed the party’s poll preparedness for the forthcoming assembly election on one hand,and sounded the war bugle for the Lok Sabha polls next year. It went on to emphasise the issues raised by Modi,including his “appeal to free the country

from the excesses of the Congress and corruption”.

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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