Mamata unsure of UPA tenure

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    Mamata unsure of UPA tenure

    KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has just returned from Delhi after attending a UPA co-ordination committee meeting, has expressed doubt over the tenure of the UPA government at the Centre.

    "I don't know how long the Centre will stay and when it will cease to exist. We are trying to ensure that it stays," she said at the first political convention of Trinamool Yuva.

    She believes that Trinamool will emerge as a party worth reckoning in the national political scenario.

    Despite Mamata's pledge to support the UPA government, it is not willing to give any respite to the Manmohan Singh government in its opposition to FDI in retail and the Pension Bill. Trinamool parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay described these bills as "controversial" and said retail traders were worried over the entry of FDI in retail.

    The Trinamool Yuva meeting was aimed at giving a boost to the image of the chief minister which has taken a beating of late on issues like the arrests of Belpahari farmer Shiladitya Chowdhury and Jadavpur University teacher Ambikesh Mahapatra and some of her public statements on alleged rapes. Some Trinamool leaders assembled on the dais sought to bestow on the chief minister a somewhat exalted image and said that she has progressed from being "an individual to an institution."

    Mamata described herself as a champion of human rights and said the Press Council chairman who had been critical of her, has recently written her a letter, seeking her opinion on the media.

    The chief minister accused the media of inciting rapes and spreading lies to "help bring back the CPM to power". "Just because you own a channel, you cannot incite rapes and suicides. Speak the truth. Do not incite crime," she said, adding that the trend of "fabricating stories" started with baby deaths at a state-run hospital and alleged farmer suicides.

    "Now they have picked up rapes. First there is 'breaking news'. Then there is a contradiction. If the complaints are genuine, the administration will take steps. But if you lie, the police will lodge diaries against you," she warned.

    "Now the media is run by business houses. They instruct the spreading of canards. I have been told by (urban development minister) Firhad Hakim that Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh is being paid for whatever the media says. They also lodge (case) diaries if necessary, and then withdraw it," Mamata said, clarifying that she was not indicting all the media houses. "I do not say that all media is bad. Some media does this."

    She asked the Trinamool Yuva to project a "good image" of Trinamool and "protest, democratically, against all smear campaigns".

    Her partymen heaped praise on her saying that her Singur and Nandigram agitations were "the biggest democratic movements in India". "Now the country needs you," a leader said, projecting her as the future prime minister. Most of these statements were made when Mamata had not reached the venue.

    Senior leaders like Amit Mitra and Saugata Roy tempered the eulogies with factual assessments of the achievements of the government. Mitra pointed out how the tax realization in April and May increased by 30% without any increase in tax rates. The secret, he said, was computerization.

    Roy said the PWD has issued work orders for 92 projects in three months that will benefit 'Jangalmahal'. Roy reiterated the government's achievements in Darjeeling.

    Mamata said that though Trinamool's opposition to forcible land acquisition had inconvenienced many, industries and investors were still flocking to the state. Nearly 16 railway factories that are being set up in Bengal can serve as engines of growth, she pointed out.

    Mamata unsure of UPA tenure - The Times of India
     
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    Ogre of snap poll to govt's rescue

    New Delhi, Aug. 25: Several non-NDA parties have snubbed Sushma Swaraj's call for a meeting of all Opposition groups on Monday, allowing a jittery government to breathe easier.

    The Left, Samajwadis, Bahujan Samaj Party, Biju Janata Dal and Telugu Desam have indicated they did not want to be seen as hobnobbing with the BJP, but sources said the key reason was their reluctance to force an election now.

    These parties apparently suspected the BJP of planning to use the proposed Opposition unity to topple the government by sticking to its demand for the Prime Minister's resignation.

    Congress managers had swung into action yesterday when the possibility of these parties joining hands with the BJP seemed bright. Such a rare event would have projected the Congress as having become isolated and may have lent some legitimacy to the demand for Manmohan Singh's departure.

    The Congress approached the non-NDA parties to tell them that the real motive behind the BJP move was certain individuals' impatience to grab power. It apparently succeeded in convincing these parties that the Prime Minister had a right to explain his position in Parliament.

    Sushma had personally spoken to Samajwadi, Left, Biju Janata Dal and Desam leaders. But after their initial favourable response, these parties seemed to realise the risks of helping the BJP topple the government.

    Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has already asked his cadres to prepare for an early election, was the first to back out, probably with his Muslim vote bank in mind.

    A CPM change of mind followed but, sources said, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta was still eager to join the Sushma bandwagon.

    Then the Left found out that the Biju Janata Dal and the Desam too were unenthusiastic, primarily because they saw the move as a BJP project to force an early election.

    Gurudas later said: "The meeting had become infructuous as nobody was attending it."

    "We have interacted with leaders of all the parties; nobody wants the Prime Minister to resign on this issue," a senior minister told The Telegraph.
    "Even in the BJP, the majority of leaders are opposed to the rigid position taken by barely a couple of individuals."

    With the BJP's chances of sewing up a larger Opposition unity diminishing, the Congress appeared emboldened.

    Its new spokesperson, P.C. Chako, said: "It would be fair on the part of the BJP to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government instead of immobilising Parliament on a non-issue."

    Senior ministers avoided throwing such a dare yesterday during intense grilling on the subject of a no-confidence motion.

    On Monday, certain non-NDA parties may possibly state they are in favour of a Parliament debate, including an explanation from Manmohan Singh.
    If Singh is forced to address the nation directly because of a stalled Parliament, these parties might distance themselves from the BJP's tactics.

    The fate of this session, however, remains uncertain as the BJP has reiterated its demand for the Prime Minister's ouster, arguing that a Parliament debate is unnecessary at a time the whole country is discussing the matter.

    Ogre of snap poll to govt's rescue - Yahoo! News India
     
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    The series of scams, coverups, mismanagement, catastrophic situation in the economy, blatant falsehoods bandied, political vendetta against those who are opposing the Govt and so on, has ruined the credibility of the UPA.

    The BJP is hell bent at going for the PM's jugular!

    The Parliament in a lockjam!

    It is better that the people decide what direction the country requires to move in.
     
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    BJP sees regional forces losing clout

    New Delhi, Aug. 25: The BJP believes its "incessant" campaign against the UPA's scams is rapidly etching the battlelines between the NDA, the coalition it leads, and the Congress-headed UPA before the 2014 elections.

    The BJP thinks that in the process regional parties, which have the potential to emerge as a major federal block if push comes to shove, might "lose" the "clout" they have seemed to wield over the past few months.

    Political sources said a scenario in which the UPA was pitted against the NDA as a major challenger "eminently" suited the Congress and the BJP because both fancied themselves as fitting into the same template ' "national" parties with a pan-Indian vision and a larger world-view that helped India grapple with the myriad issues that its integration with a global world order threw up.

    BJP sources said the only "specious" distinction that persisted was that the Congress was considered "secular" and it was dubbed "communal".

    Analysing the political fallout of the washed-out monsoon session, a BJP source said: "It suits us to build up corruption as the major plank because we can weed out the doubting Thomases for those committed to honest and transparent governance.

    "You saw how a big leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav wavered in attending a meeting the BJP planned to call. He said yes, then no. Same is the case with Lalu Prasad etc."

    A Left leader's take was: "Yes, the BJP's campaign has generated some interest at least in urban areas. It is attempting to recreate a Bofors-like atmosphere. It may succeed, it may not. But any political party will want to pull out arrows from its quiver and hope to hit the bull's eye."

    Until two months ago, there was palpable discomfort in the BJP and the Congress over the prospect of a coalition of the regional forces taking over the Centre in 2014, reinforced by the emergence of Mulayam, Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik, Jayalalithaa and even Jaganmohan Reddy.

    The BJP was the more discomfited because a "third front" dispensation, possibly backed by the Congress in the name of "secularism", would mean it was done out of power for over a decade.

    "The scenario rattled our cadres who are already feeling restive. We might boast that we are ruling in nine states. But the point is ruling at the Centre acquires a momentum of its own, gives a special kind of high," a leader confessed.

    There was another reason for the BJP to flog corruption: it was in danger of being turfed out in urban India by the likes of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev who spoke the Opposition's idiom but with far less inhibitions.

    For a while, tutored by the RSS, the BJP tried to latch on to Ramdev and Anna. "But the Sangh figured out that if the BJP's identity was subsumed in the larger streams emanating from the non-political agitations, it might become a B team of the Congress, neither here nor there," a source said.

    Although L.K. Advani is reportedly taking the credit for holding up Parliament over the coal block allocations, RSS and BJP sources said it was a "diktat" from Nagpur to go on the frontfoot on the Congress's corruption that prodded the BJP.

    The RSS's directive was that the party should not become defensive if the Congress paid it back in the same coin. This is why the BJP decided not to go on the backfoot when the Congress sought to blame its chief ministers.

    BJP sees regional forces losing clout - Yahoo! News India
     
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    Even Mulayam said something to this tune .
     
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    One wonders which way one should vote given the total buggers muddle that prevails in the country, if indeed one want to vote or just feel that it is better to give up the ghost!
     

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