Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What You Think For Kejriwal

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has left the country choiceless-Hindustan Times
By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
April 03, 2014

When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged on the Indian political horizon, the country was stirred by the prospect of young and dynamic leaders cleansing the system.

Although it began as an apolitical movement, I concurred with Arvind Kejriwal’s view that to cleanse politics, one must enter politics. For this reason, I have been telling the Naxals to move from bullet to ballot.

I was happy to see many young people participate in the last assembly elections in Jharkhand.
The coterie culture of established political parties has left the common man with little scope for participation in the system other than casting votes. The new party created high hopes in millions of Indians who were tired of corruption and criminalisation of politics.

Many signed up for membership of AAP, yearning to see a better India. Its people-to-people connection and sincerity of purpose made Delhi vote for it in a big way.

It was good that, subsequently, AAP formed the government with the Congress’ support. People expected the new government to take on corrupt leaders.

If the AAP government had fallen because of its positive action against corruption, it would have scored high on integrity. But the party was ill-advised to resign so that it could get out of Delhi and sweep the nation.

By doing this, Kejriwal showed himself to be no different from other politicians — the hidden ambition and agenda came to the forefront.

Cheap publicity stunts, self-contradiction, over-ambition and autocracy tarnished the positive image of AAP and soon many respectable people became disillusioned and left the party.
Now Kejriwal says that he is okay with a fractured mandate in this election and mid-term polls in two years’ time. This indicates a very callous attitude towards the nation’s economy and security.

He visited Gujarat for four days and hurled criticism without any basis at the state’s development. I have travelled through the length and breadth of Gujarat over the years. In the 1990s and early 2000s, to see a tree in Saurashtra was a rarity.

It was so drought-prone that people had to sell their cattle often. But today there is greenery everywhere. Electricity supply was scarce — hardly two hours a day. Today there is water and electricity in almost every village and the per capita income has risen.

While Gujarat may not be 100% corruption-free, I have no hesitation in saying that it is much better than what it used to be. Instead of being honest with facts, Kejriwal has chosen to put down BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on flimsy grounds.

If AAP is voted for a role in national politics and if Kejriwal does what he did in Delhi, it will be an absolute disaster for the country.

India cannot afford to take such a risk when the country is on a ventilator with most economic parameters vulnerably placed. We need a stable government at the Centre to put our economy back on track and spur development.

In a hurry to jump on the national scene, AAP has compromised all principles that gave birth to it.
AAP should have proved its mettle in Delhi and taken time to build up its cadre in other parts of the country. It should have gone to villages and contested panchayat and municipality elections and taken time to build a strong and committed cadre, trained in governance.

It could have forced other parties to rethink their strategy of giving tickets to criminals and corrupt people. With a strong foundation, it would have been a boon to the nation. But with so many contradictions, AAP has squandered its agenda of political reform.

When Kejriwal captured people’s imagination with his sharp activism during the anti-corruption movement, he was primed to give an alternative to Indian politics.

But after his recent antics, there is a sense of being let down even among those who were once his staunch supporters. He came to give the country a choice, but has left the country choiceless.

(Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual leader. The views expressed by the author are personal.)
Link Hindustan Times

जी हां! नरेंद्र मोदी से ज्यादा अमीर हैं 'आप' के नेता केजरीवाल--Jagran

नई दिल्ली। आम आदमी पार्टी के नेता अरविंद केजरीवाल और उनकी पत्‍‌नी, भाजपा के पीएम उम्मीदवार नरेंद्र मोदी से ज्यादा बड़े करोड़पति हैं। अरविंद केजरीवाल ने बुधवार को वाराणसी में अपना नामांकन भरा। इस नामांकन के मुताबिक, अरविंद और उनकी पत्‍‌नी के पास कुल 2.14 करोड़ रुपये की चल-अचल संपत्ति है। वहीं, नरेंद्र मोदी की घोषित संपत्ति 1.5 करोड़ रुपये है।
अपने इस नामांकन में केजरीवाल ने यह लिखा कि उनके खिलाफ विभिन्न अदालतों में छह मामले चल रहे हैं। आप के नेता ने नामांकन ने कहा है कि उनके पास दो फ्लैट- एक इंदिरापुरम, गाजियाबाद में और दूसरा हरियाणा के शिवानी में हैं। इंदिरापुरम के फ्लैट की कीमत 55 लाख रुपये आंकी गई है, जबकि शिवानी के मकान की लागत 37 लाख रुपये है।
केजरीवाल की पत्‍‌नी सुनीता के नाम गुडगांव में 2,244 वर्ग मीटर (क्षेत्रफल) बड़ा फ्लैट है, जिसकी लागत 1 करोड़ रुपये है। केजरीवाल काशी नगरी में भाजपा के प्रधानमंत्री पद के उम्मीदवार नरेंद्र मोदी के खिलाफ चुनाव लड़ रहे हैं। दिल्ली के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने घोषित किया कि उनके पास चल संपत्ति 4,25,085 रुपये हैं जबकि उनकी पत्‍‌नी के पास कुल 17,41,583 रुपये हैं। इसमें 300 ग्राम सोना शामिल है जिसकी लागत 9 लाख रुपये है।
नामांकन के मुताबिक, उनकी जेब में फिलहाल 15,000 रुपये नकद राशि है, जबकि पत्‍‌नी के पास 10,000 रुपये हैं। नामांकन के मुताबिक, उनकी पत्‍‌नी पर कुल देनदारी 41 लाख रुपये की है, जिसमें स्टेट बैंक ऑफ इंडिया से लिए 30 लाख रुपये का होम लोन और रिश्तेदारों से लिए 11 लाख रुपये शामिल हैं।

मोदी लहर को न मानने वाले नासमझ: उमर अब्दुल्ला

20 Apr 2014, 0800 hrs IST,नवभारतटाइम्स.कॉम  नई दिल्ली
जम्मू-कश्मीर के मुख्यमंत्री उमर अब्दुल्ला को भी अब देश में बीजेपी के पीएम कैंडिडेट नरेंद्र मोदी की हवा नजर आने लगी है। उमर अब तक 'मोदी लहर' को खारिज करते रहे थे। कुछ ही दिन पहले उमर ने कहा था कि मोदी की लहर नहीं है, लेकिन अपने पिछले बयान से उलट उन्होंने न सिर्फ यह माना कि देश में मोदी का लहर है, बल्कि इससे भी एक कदम आगे जाकर यहां तक कह दिया कि मोदी लहर को नकारने वाले नासमझ हैं।
इंग्लिश न्यूज चैनल न्यूज एक्स से बातचीत में केंद्र की यूपीए सरकार में शामिल नैशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस के नेता उमर अब्दुल्ला ने कहा कि जो लोग सोचते हैं कि मोदी का प्रभाव नहीं है, वे नासमझ लोगों की दुनिया में रह रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि मोदी के प्रभाव को जमीनी स्तर पर स्पष्ट देखा जा सकता है और यह लहर जम्मू-कश्मीर के भी कुछ हिस्सों में भी दिखती है।
सहयोगी पार्टी के शीर्ष नेता का नरेंद्र मोदी को लेकर यह बयान कांग्रेस और खासकर राहुल गांधी की परेशानी को बढ़ा सकता है। राहुल लगातार मोदी की लहर नहीं होने की बात कह रहे हैं। जम्मू-कश्मीर से जुड़े केंद्रीय मंत्री और कांग्रेस नेता गुलाम नबी आजाद ने कुछ ही देर में उमर के बयान का जवाब भी दे दिया। उन्होंने उमर की बात को नकारते हुए कहा कि देश में मोदी की लहर नहीं है।
नरेंद्र मोदी के उस बयान पर जिसमें उन्होंने कहा था कि कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष सोनिया गांधी ने भी कभी नमाजी टोपी नहीं पहनी, उमर ने कहा कि वह मुसलमान हैं और उन्हें सिख और हिंदू धर्म के बारे में कम ज्ञान है और वह इस बात को कबूल करते हैं। उमर ने कहा, 'मुझे नहीं पता कि मोदी इस्लाम के बारे में कम जानकारी होने की बात को स्वीकार करने से क्यों डरते हैं।'
उमर अब्दुल्ला द्वारा मोदी लहर को स्वीकार करने पर कयास लगाए जा रहे हैं कि नैशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस चुनाव बाद बीजेपी को समर्थन दे सकती है। हालांकि, उनके पिता फारूक अब्दुल्ला अब तक यही कहते रहे हैं कि वह यूपीए के साथ ही रहेंगे। पहले उमर ने भी कहा था कि मोदी लहर बीजेपी द्वारा फैलाई गई अफवाह है, लेकिन अब उन्हें साफ तौर पर देश में मोदी की लहर नजर आ रही है और उसे न देख पाने वाले नासमझ।Link Nav Bharat Times

No Modi wave in the country: Manmohan-The Hindu

24th April 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday dismissed claims of a "Modi wave" in the country and said it was a creation of the media.
“I don’t think there is any Modi wave. It is the creation of the media. The country has not been swept by any Modi wave,” Dr. Singh told reporters after voting at a polling booth in the Dispur Government Higher Secondary School along with his wife Gursharan Kaur.
To a question, Dr. Singh said, “I don’t think Congress is losing ground. Wait for the results on May 16. We will win a majority.”
He also urged all citizens to participate in the democratic process and cast their vote.
Earlier, the Prime Minister arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here in a special IAF aircraft from Delhi and then flew in an IAF helicopter to Khanapara where he was received by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita.
Dr. Singh and his wife drove to the voting centre where they cast their votes and left for the airport to return to Delhi.
The Prime Minister has been representing Assam in the Rajya Sabha since 1991, and his local address is a rented apartment in the house owned by former Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia’s widow Hemoprava Saikia in Sarumotoria area of the city.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar calls Kejriwal a kid-Times of India-15th march 2014
VARANASI: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday described Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal as a kid in the country's politics.

"Arvind is a kid at present," he reacted when asked about the AAP leader.

He called upon the people to ensure 100% voting to make the country's politics free of corruption and criminal elements.

"Because the honest people prefer to stay behind the curtains, the political parties are also becoming bound to field criminal elements during election as they are maintaining their vote banks," he said. He added it does not mean all politicians are corrupt or criminals.

Sri Sri said the country's industrial growth is passing through its worst phase, which had never been experienced in the past 60 years. "This is due to faulty policies. Time has come for a change in policy." He said religious leaders and gurus should avoid supporting any politician as by doing so they would deprive the political rights of their followers.

"Their basic work is to guide the society instead of indulging in party politics," he said. He said if someone is doing so, it is his personal issue.

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