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Raj Kumar Makkad (Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh)     17 January 2012

Vote bank politics has spread gloom in the country

Mounting a scathing attack on the ruling UPA coalition at the Centre, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was the "most corrupt" government after Independence even as there was a "lack of direction and leadership at the Central level".

"The UPA government is neck deep in trouble, owing to explicit greed for power and position. It is least concerned about consolidation and expansion of the economy. The present government is by far the most corrupt after
Independence," he said at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Tamil weekly 'Thuglaq', edited by noted political commentator Cho Ramaswamy.

Charging the Congress-led UPA with harping on vote bank politics, he said it had resulted only in "gloom and pessimism".

"Post-Independence, the Congress party's single rule of negative vote bank politics for almost 40 years has spread an atmosphere of gloom and pessimism," he said.

In 2012, the country was faced with many problems such as slowing down of economic growth, menace of terrorism, naxalism, corruption and inflation, Modi said.

Despite increase in the level of aspiration and willingness for hard work on the part of citizens, the country is not moving forward due to lack of direction and leadership at the Central level, he said.

Modi accused the Centre of practising "coercive federalism," besides using government agencies "to target certain states".

While his "Gujarat model of development," had received accolades from all over, the Centre was "reluctant to extend any incentive, leave alone assistance," to the state, he said.

"In fact, the UPA government has spared no stone unturned as part of an individualistic vindictive policy to single out and target certain states only," he alleged, adding agencies like CBI, I-T and Intelligence Bureau were being used for this purpose.

He charged the UPA with using politics of divide and rule which was "eating into the fabric of India".

Citing the Centre rejecting the GujCoc (Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill) Bill, "without weighing the gravity of international security," he said it was a "glaring example of Centre's attitude."

The Communal Violence Bill and the bid to reserve 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities were examples of majority-minority vote bank politics, he said. "India is in need of clean and transparent governance in the 21st Century. A strong, stable and transparent leadership in the demand of the time," he added.

On his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, whose swearing-in ceremony as chief minister he had attended last year, Modi said she was a "courageous and visionary leader capable of making Tamil Nadu as a most progressive state."

"She is a leader who can give good governance and a corruption-free government," he said. - PTI


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SANJAY KUMAR (Lawyer)     02 August 2012

Pime Minister Manmohan Singh Ji  can lead the nation for another two decades with an eye on 10-11 % growth of GDP.What it requires only riddance of Congress old culture of corruption and reemergence of scientific traits of late Rajiv ji, late Scidhia ji, and all his folks of that time like the one who imagined transportation of petroleum from Iran  through pipe lines(perhaps Kamalnath ji)  minus traditional  corrupt leaders with unscientific temperament. By unscientific temperment what I mean is that these sort of people believe that only by corruption alone wealth can be got and not by inculcating qualities of that of Sri Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys and member,Board of Director, Reserve Bank of India. I am quite sure a literate India will certainly push for a new enlightened leadership devoid of these bunch of corrupt social figures. And then there will be smooth sailing of our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Ji's  leadership. He is a game changer.Before he took the mantle of leadership India was not the same as it is today in the process of emergence as  one of the developed nations a la USA, UK, France, Germany, and China.

Thanks Makkad Ji you have started a debate albeit through a remote control- I mean verbally quoting the PTI news clippings.

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