Gu­jarat May Wit­ness High Deci­bel Assem­bly Polls

The Day After - - FROM THE ED­I­TOR’S DESK - Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

Last fort­night has been full of good news for In­dian di­plo­macy. First, they suc­ceeded in forc­ing Chi­nese mil­i­tary to back off from Dok­lam — a stand­off that lasted for around two and half months. Im­me­di­ately af­ter Dok­lam, New Delhi forced Bei­jing to abort BRICS + 5 plan, that aims to ex­tend the plat­form to China friendly na­tions Egypt, Kenya, Ta­jik­istan, Mex­ico and Thai­land who holds key role in its OBOR. Not just that, in re­cently con­cluded BRICS Sum­mit in China, In­dia was suc­cess­ful in adding names of Pak­istan-based ter­ror out­fits in the BRICS Dec­la­ra­tion. But, ic­ing on the cake took place in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment when it de­bated and adopted a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan, and slammed Is­lam­abad for breach­ing in­ter­na­tional law by not al­low­ing con­sular ac­cess to In­dian na­tional Kulb­hushan Jad­hav, who been sen­tenced to death for es­pi­onage. It is huge diplo­matic vic­tory of In­dian di­plo­macy as the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has stood by New Delhi on the penul­ti­mate day of ICJ re­sum­ing hear­ing of Kulb­hushan Jad­hav death sen­tence. Let’s hope this se­ries of suc­cess con­tin­ues in the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly too and Sushma Swaraj uses global pres­sure on China and force dragons to re­con­sider their stand on Hafiz Sy­eed and In­dian bid to NSG.

Assem­bly Elec­tions in Gu­jarat is round the corner and is keenly watched by both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ob­servers as both Congress and BJP have high stakes there. Go­ing through re­cent devel­op­ments, the in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment is fac­ing huge chal­lenge on so­cial and busi­ness front as GST and reser­va­tion rants can work as spi­ral of si­lence against the BJP gov­ern­ment. But, BJP is not a party that would sur­ren­der. In­au­gu­ra­tion of the Bul­let Train in Gu­jarat might be the coin­ing of new idea where Modi gov­ern­ment can try show­cas­ing the peo­ple of Gu­jarat that they are try­ing to shift In­dian eco­nomic cap­i­tal from Mumbai to Ahmed­abad or any other port city of Gu­jarat. Whether BJP would be able to con­vince vot­ers is in the womb of time but it’s for sure that com­ing Gu­jarat Assem­bly Polls would be as in­ter­est­ing as re­cent Ra­jya Sabha poll. When stakes are high, ex­pen­di­tures are ex­pected to go high. Hence, I ex­pect the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has cue of this and its lenses are ready to cap­ture poll ex­penses of the can­di­dates in Gu­jarat Poll fray.

Af­ter the in­ci­dence of Asharam Bapu, Ram­pal and Ram Ra­heem peo­ple have started to ques­tion the cred­i­bil­ity of such re­li­gious saints, which forced the Hindu Akhada to come out and pub­lish 14 names of the saints that are not au­then­ti­cated by the Akhada. How­ever, my ques­tion is who au­then­ti­cated this Akhada and by what au­thor­ity they are nam­ing and shaming var­i­ous re­li­gious saints. I also urge the in­no­cent fol­low­ers of such fake saints to leave such prac­tice of wor­ship­ping false gods who de­grade our re­li­gious faiths for their petty gains.

Amid news of neg­a­tive ex­port growth, slug­gish IIP num­bers and GST hit­ting the na­tional econ­omy, BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah met lead­ing In­dian in­dus­tri­al­ists at the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) in New Delhi. Our sources in FICCI re­vealed that the meet­ing could take place af­ter the strong ini­tia­tive taken by San­jay Baru, for­mer me­dia ad­vi­sor to Dr Man­mo­han Singh when the later was Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia. Though, there is no of­fi­cial re­sponse about the goals of this high de­gree af­fair, it has been learnt that meet­ing was aimed at hav­ing a cue of var­i­ous eco­nomic ini­tia­tive be­ing taken by the gov­ern­ment and its im­pact on the na­tional econ­omy in long-term per­spec­tive. The prin­ci­pal rul­ing party would also like to know what ex­tra ma­jors (if needed) are re­quired to be taken by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment that would pump job cre­ations, for­eign in­vest­ments and man­u­fac­tur­ing growth. How­ever, some of the Modi gov­ern­ment crit­ics re­ver­ber­ated in uni­son that had the meet­ing been aimed at above ob­jec­tives, it won’t have re­mained a se­cret af­fair. This meet­ing has helped Modi-baiters to raise doubt as it had hap­pened at a time when there were re­ports that the ‘party with dif­fer­ence’ had re­ceived around 81 per­cent of its cor­po­rate do­na­tions from un­known sources. So, the BJP should clear the air over the mat­ter.

Next fort­night would be full of fes­tiv­i­ties as whole na­tion would be gear­ing for Navra­tra and Dussehra. Hope, like God­dess Durga, our gov­ern­ment too kills all devils on both sides of our bor­ders.

Jai Ho!

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