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anniversary of the UPA Government Kia paaya kia khoya
The common minimum programme of the government has become less than minimum as the parliamentary wheels have almost come to a standstill due to continuous defiance of the Opposition parties led by NDA. The government, in a nutshell, is not working. The Prime Minister Office in its April report shows that only four out of 40 promises made, the results are satisfactory. These include setting up a commission for minorities’ welfare, establishment of a North East Council, Crop and Livestock Insurance and Village Electrification Schemes. All remaining 36 promises have remained unfulfilled. One of the most tragic examples is that the 2% education cess collected for the fund for elementary education is not even going for elementary education. The Prime Minister wanted to know from Mr. Arjun Singh (minister HRD), Mr. Chidambaram, the finance minister, and deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia about this non-fulfilment of one crucial promise. The Prime Minister is unhappy with Shivraj Patil’s Home Department, Arjun Singh’s Human Resource Departmen, Sharad Pawar’s Agriculture, Meira Kumar’s social justice and Empowerment and PM Syeed’s Power department.
BJP or NDA
(whatever you say) Out of Power for One Year - lost in the Maze of
their own creation
all started with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K.S. Sudarshan’s
demand for the retirement of Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee to make
way for younger leaders. A reasonable demand coming from the idealogical
base of the BJP. After all, by the next election (2008-09) Advani himself
will be over 80. The time has come when both Atal Bihari Vajpai and
LK Advani stay in parliament (both were elected by a huge majority)
as elder statesmen; and let the new leader be elected by the BJP members
of parliament under their watchful eyes. The new leadership has to
be a joint one, a combination of idealist and a person of action. For
example, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. Or Mahajan and Modi (Narendra).
And why not Naidu and Naqvi (Mukhtar Abbas). More fun and laughs will
keep members of parliament healthy . Whether they will be able to win
a majority in the Lok Sabha is a different matter.
SAARC Summit is On – Natwar Singh