Laws needed to give lokpal teeth

“This is not about one Bill; this is about the framework and we would like to deliver that framework to the country.” Rahul Gandhi said so, in a rare intervention in LS before the Lokpal Bill’s passage. It was an appeal to the 15th LS that, besides Lokpal, it should “consider and enact all six pending anti-corruption Bills before its term expires”.

He proposed that the winter session be extended “to complete our unfinished work in our fight against corruption”. Law minister Kapil Sibal made a similar request in RS, “Let’s try and work extra hours to bring these Bills to the House and to have them passed.” Though the House has been adjourned indefinitely, the proposal of reconvening it merits serious consideration, as demanded by Aruna Roy on behalf of civil society — more so because there is apparently a political consensus in favour of these legislations.

Since the term of the 15th LS has been marred by scams, there cannot be a more fitting way of signing off than carrying out this “unfinished work” to complement the Lokpal legislation. Consider the difference each of these Bills could make once passed.

Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011: As Arun Jaitley pointed out in RS, Parliament was obliged to pass this Bill to honour its 2011commitment before Anna Hazare broke his fast. One of the three clauses of the Sense of the House resolution passed then was a promise to enact a citizen’s charter for every public authority. This Bill subsequently introduced seeks to create a mechanism under which the charter will detail goods and services to be provided and their delivery timelines.

The proposed mechanism will have to redress within 30 days grievances related to the charter, functioning of the public authority and violations of a law or policy. It provides for the appointment of central and state public grievance redressal commissions, which will fine errant officers up to Rs 50,000. While Lokpal will deal with corruption, this Bill is about grievances like potholed roads or failure to supply ration cards.

Whistleblowers Protection Bill, 2011: The government came up with this Bill to strengthen safeguards for whistleblowers. It widened the whistleblower definition to include not just a conscientious public servant exposing corruption but also “any other person” including NGOs so that even RTI activists get similar protection. Disclosures of whistleblowers could be about an act of corruption, misuse of power or any criminal offence by public servants.

Under this, whistleblower can make his disclosure in confidence to the central or state vigilance commission. Anyone disclosing the complainant’s identity will be penalized. It imposes a penalty on whistleblowers if they knowingly make false complaints.

Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010: This lays down enforceable standards of conduct for SC and HC judges. Sixteen of the 18 enumerated standards are derived from SC’s code of conduct for judges and requires judges to declare their and their kin’s assets and liabilities. Given the need to maintain judicial independence, it creates three mechanisms to deal with complaints on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity. Once a complaint is filed, the proposed Judicial Oversight Committee will serve as first check. It will be a five-member body comprising two serving judges, a retired judge, attorney general and an eminent person. In keeping with the practice in countries like UK and US, this panel will allow non-judicial members to evaluate complaints.

If the complaint is in order, the oversight committee will forward it to the Scrutiny Panel comprising judicial members. Two of the three members will be judges sitting in the same court as the judge against whom there is a complaint. If the scrutiny committee is convinced of the complaint’s truthfulness, it will be referred to the Investigation Committee, which will have civil court powers. Penalties that may arise from this network of committees could range from an advisory to public censure of a sitting judge. This may also lead to a recommendation to the President for a judge’s removal.

Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013: After the coal scam, the government came up with a radical proposal scrapping the notion of punishing somebody for corruption even when there is no quid pro quo or bribery. The proposed amendment seeks to delete the clause in the corruption law against “misuse of official position to extend undue favours”. This will ensure that a public servant isn’t booked for a judgment error on his part unless there’s evidence of graft.

This introduces the need for sanction to prosecute retired bureaucrats, joint secretary and above and strengthens the investigating agency’s power to go after bribe givers.

The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials Bill: It penalizes Indian companies and individuals bribing foreign state or international agency officials.

Public Procurement Bill: It seeks to ensure transparency in procurement by the Central government and its entities. It exempts procurements for disaster management or strategic purposes, and those below Rs 50 lakh. It sets open competitive bidding as preferred procurement method and mandates publication of all information on a portal.




Indian PM Spends a Whopping 642 Crore on Travel

Strong austerity measures are being taken up from time to time by the Central Government to deal with increasing inflation in the country. But on the other hand, a study of the travelling expenses of so many ministers shows that it does not correspond with the government’s measures of strictness. The Cabinet ministers, ministers of state and even Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime minister of India spent huge amounts on their domestic and overseas trips over the last few years.
This has raised questions by many sections of the society on the government’s policy to control expenditure and also inflation. Given here is the list of travelling expenditures incurred by the Ministers of India during the year 2004 to 2011, as reported by The Hindu.

Manmohan Singh

q8964E35 The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh’s foreign trip by means of air travel has hugely affected the government’s funds as he has spent a whopping amount of 642 crore in the previous nine years.

The information on PM’s official visits gives an insight about the overall 67 travels undertaken by Dr. Singh since 2004 when his tenure as PM started. The bills of his 62 visits were received whereas the other five still remain a mystery.  Among all the visits of the Prime minister, the highest expenditure of 26.94 crore was incurred from his weeklong visit to Mexico and Brazil in 2012 for attending the G20 Summit and Rio +20 Summit. There is also an expense of 22.70 crore used up for travelling to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, BRIC Summit and IBSA Summit at Washington DC, and Brazil in 2010. All theis information is disclosed by the PMO as part of obligations under the compulsory proactive revelation clause of the Right to Information Act.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

fE7D3IXY Montek Singh Ahluwalia has undertaken around 42 official trips and spent every ninth day abroad during his seven year tenure as the deputy chairman for Planning Commission. Between May and October 2011, Ahluwalia has cost the exchequer a daily average amount of 2.02 lakh. He also further made four international trips that cost around 36.40 lakh just for 18 nights. UK and the U.S. were the first few destinations for the deputy chairman’s official foreign trip in the year 2004 whereas the trip to Davos, Switzerland from January 24 to January 30 was his latest according to the information provided by the Planning Commission under the Right to Information Act (RTI).

The exact expenditure incurred by Ahluwalia is 2.34 crore which he has spent on these trips. According to the Commission, he has spent 11.68 lakh during his visit to U.S. and the UK during April 18-28, 2006.But this figures might not be the exact figures as the actual numbers might be much more.

Rahul Gandhi

NfZVpyLb Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president whom everyone looks up to as the youth icon of India is one of those politicians of the country who spent in lakhs and crores for a trip in and around the country and abroad too.  His trip to Tamil Nadu in 2009 raised quite a few eyebrows as his three day visit is believed to add to a sum of around 1 crore, reported The Hindu.

The report also reveals that Gandhi who flew back to New Delhi in an eight-seater Falcon 2000 aircraft which belonged to the Mumbai-based Taj Air costed approximately 20.31 lakh for a oneway trip. On September 8, Gandhi was on a day-long whirlwind tour to southern districts and had used a Pawan Hans helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram after arriving there in the Beechcraft. The total cost incurred was around 15 lakh for all these trips.

Cabinet Ministers

S0q2xlBF Almost all the Cabinet Ministers of the UPA Government have successfully contributed its shares of spending from the government’s funds. This accounts to a whopping sum of 300 crore, especially spent from their foreign and domestic travels since the government came into existence.

During the period 2006 to 2009, a sum of around 271 crore was spent on overseas visits and a sum of more than 29 crore was spent on domestic travel by the cabinet ministers. In the data given by the Cabinet Secretariat shows that more than 137 crore was spent by the cabinet ministers on their overseas travels between the year 2006-07 and 2008-09 showing the highest amount (more than Rs 115 crore) in the period 2007-08 spent on such kind of trips. The data provides shocking information about the domestic travels of the ministers of cabinet. It ranks much more than that of the expenditure spent on the abroad trips. More than Rs 163 crore was lavishly thrown away by the cabinet ministers during their tenures.

Ministers of state

59S1haI6 The ministers of state of the central government of India are also among those who enjoy all the benefits a minister of a country should get which are much more than it is endowed to be.

Since  two years from its government formation in May 2009, the ministers are found to have at least 750 visits abroad. Of all these trips, the media are just aware of the only 260 trips which amount to over Rs 12 crore. In the year 2006 to 2009, the ministers of state had a travelling expenditure to foreign countries that are more that Rs 20 crore. An amount of more than 27 crore was used up just for travels expenses of the ministers of state for a trip within the country in the period 2006-07 to 2008-09.  It was in the year 2010, the Union government put up an austerity measure to check foreign trips by the ministers of state.

I’m not interested in becoming PM: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he was not interested in becoming the prime minister and wants to focus on his party instead.


“The party is my priority. I believe in long-term politics,” Gandhi was quoted by TV channels as saying in Delhi.

“I am not interested in becoming the prime minister,” he was quoted as saying.

Gandhi, who is the second-in-command in the Congress, told reporters there was a need to end the “high command culture” in the party.

The Congress party has not announced a prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but Gandhi is a clear favourite.

Gandhi has been working on improving the party’s grasroots and has convened a meeting of all general secretaries and central leaders in charge of states on March 6.

BJP blames UPA policies for poor economic growth

Accusing the government of flip-flops, indecision and mis-governance, the BJP today said its policy paralysis and corruption have affected the country’s growth rate and left its economy in a mess.

Slamming the government for its “failure” to control price rise and inflation, it also demanded an “immediate” roll back of hike in all administrative prices of diesel, gas, petrol, rail and other services “as the common man is reeling under unprecedented economic burden.”

Targeting the government on the issue of corruption, it said, the VVIP helicopter scam and the Farm Loan Waiver scam are the latest additions in this government’s “unending list of corruption.”

“It is fascinating to note that Italy, which was to benefit from the helicopter deal, went after the bribe givers immediately when they got the wind of corruption, while India, the sufferer of this scam is not ready to trace the bribe takers. Mystery still shrouds over the mention of the recipients as ‘the family’,” the BJP Economic Resolution passed at its National Council meeting here said.

It said while the government has ordered a CBI probe, it is not ready to have it monitored by the court.

“It has neither registered FIR nor issued Letters Rogatory (LR). It is offering JPC knowing full well that it cannot investigate and come to conclusion. This fuels speculation that the government is more interested in ensuring a white wash to protect the bribe receivers rather than unearth the truth and punish the guilty,” it said.

It said the biggest failure of the UPA government is its inability to tame inflation and bring down the prices.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, while seconding the Economic Resolution, said India will scrap FDI in multi-brand retail policy when BJP-led NDA comes to power.

“Unfortunately, inflation is not the result of any natural disaster but is purely a gift of this government. Bad food stock management and distribution anomalies triggered the inflationary pressure in the first place,” the resolution said.

When the country is required to stock only 30 million tonne of food grains in the godowns, the UPA has stocked a huge quantity of more than 70 million tonne of food grains thereby creating shortages in the market and fuelling prices, the opposition party said.

Drawing comparison of the economic situation of the country between now and the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the resolution maintained that the BJP-led government inherited a lowly growth rate of 4% in 1998, but due to its commitment to make India an economic superpower, it had put the economy on a fast growth trajectory.

“As a result of the visionary leadership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India for the first time in decades witnessed 8.25% growth rate in 2004 when the BJP led NDA government demitted office.”

It said the NDA government had put in place the historic economic legislation – the Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management (FRBM) Act which sought to rein in the fiscal deficit below 3%.

“Ironically, under the Congress leadership, it is the central government that has shown scant commitment towards this resolve while the state governments are instead broadly adhering to the FRBM targets which is reflected in their financial numbers,” the resolution said.

It alleged that inflation and corruption have become the “hallmarks” of the UPA government.

“The country also has to suffer the ignominy of experiencing economic downslide under the leadership of an economist Prime Minister under whom every economic macro-parameter has steadily declined…The BJP holds the Congress led UPA government guilty of non performance, policy paralysis and lack of direction,” the resolution said.


Tough times ahead for Rahul, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family

Rahul Gandhi

 A special Congress session over the weekend formally launched Rahul Gandhi as the official No. 2 after party chief Sonia Gandhi, making him the presumptive prime ministerial candidate of the party for the 2014 general elections, but the battle is half won and tough times lie ahead for the 42-year-old fifth-generation leader of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Gandhi alluded to the challenges when he talked about the “poison” that came with such heavy political responsibility and the attached personal risks. His mother, who came to his room and cried on Saturday night, perhaps understands it better than anyone else.

Nine assembly polls – five big ones in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, where the Congress will have direct contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party, and four in the northeast – will test his leadership skills.

The return of the third edition of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in 2014 will also depend on how the Amethi lawmaker is able to restructure and re-energize the party for the big political fight. He heads the party’s coordination panel for the 2014 polls.

Rahul Gandhi is also expected to give key roles to younger leaders so the party is able to reach out to all voters, 70 per cent of whom are below the age of 35. Connecting with the country’s youths, who are angry over corruption, crave for better systems of governnance and want accountability from politicians, will be a major task for the new Congress vice president.

The Nehru-Gandhi family scion would also be expected to spell out his position on various national issues clearly as he now holds an official post in the Congress.

While any success in the elections will bring him credit, he would also have to accept the blame in case of a failure.

“Rahul Gandhi faces enormous challenges during the coming polls as his leadership skills would be tested,” Zoya Hasan, who teaches political science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, told IANS.

“His speech after being made vice president pointed out many wrongs in the party. Now he has to set things right,” she said.

The move to make him vice president, which marks a generational shift in the 127-year-old party, is significant. Party insiders said the decision was postponed for a while due to reservations among some senior leaders. But members of the Youth Congress, National Students Union of India and the younger leaders in the party – who comprised a third of the 350-odd delegates at the session – made strong demands for his elevation.

Over 50 senior leaders who shared the dais with Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the session, not only heard Rahul with rapt attention, but stood up as soon as he finished his speech and were seen competing with one another in congratulating him. Rahul had arrived.

In an impassioned speech, Rahul made it clear that he does not hanker for power and stressed the need to transform the party’s systems and develop new leaders at all levels while saying the youths must be involved in decision-making.

Rahul struck an emotional chord when he related how his mother cried when she met him after his appointment.

The question now is whether he will be able to bring the middle class, especially the “restless and impatient” young, to the Congress camp from which they stood quite alienated over perceptions of corruption, misgovernance, inflation and insensitivity to issues that concern them


Rahul Gandhi aims at transforming India

25.01.2012 Индия политика Рахул Ганди партия Индийский национальный конгресс

Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty and widely tipped as a future prime ministerial candidate, promised to work to transform the country in a speech Sunday.

Gandhi, 42, son of party head Sonia Gandhi, was elevated to the Congress party‘s vice presidency on Saturday.

He exhorted his party to prepare 40 to 50 leaders who can effectively run the country and called for a greater role for youth in decision-making.

“There is a young and impatient India, demanding a greater voice in the nation’s future,” he told a party conclave in the northern city of Jaipur.

“Our priorities are clear, the time has come to question the centralized, unresponsive and unaccountable systems of decision-making, governance, administration and politics. The answer is not in making the system better, the answer is to completely transform the systems,” he said.

While Congress leaders have maintained that Gandhi’s candidacy will only be decided at a later stage, the Indian media have forecast a face-off between Gandhi and Narendra Modi, a leader from the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party.

First Jobs of Indian Political Leaders

Most of us would have not known that before becoming the public figures, what our famous political leaders’ first jobs were? If you have that curiosity, check out the list of the famous political leaders with their first jobs.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of our independent India was often called as ‘Chacha Nehru’. Nehru was an outstanding statesman and also a respected patriot. After he completed his early education in India, he was sent to Britain by his father Pandit Moti Lal Nehru for further education. Before becoming the Prime Minister of India, his first public career was started as the Chairman of Allahabad Committee. He was working there with such practical efficiency for which even his opponents praised him for his good job. He also served as an eminent lawyer.

2. Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, earlier called as Antonia Edvige Albina Maino, is an Italian-born Indian politician and she is currently serving as the President of the Indian National Congress. When she went to study English at the Bell Education Trust’s language school at Cambridge, she met Rajiv Gandhi, former Indian Prime Minister in the year 1965 at the Greek restaurant. She was working as a waitress at that Greek restaurant which was inside the University campus. After she married Rajiv Gandhi in the year 1968, she took care of the family while Rajiv worked as an Airline pilot. Later after her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi was assassinated, her husband was elected as the next Prime Minister. During that time, as the PM’s wife she acted as his official hostess and visited number of states with him during his term.

3. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, was the renowned former President of our nation often called as ‘People’s President’. Before becoming the President of our nation, he served in many fields. Basically he was a well known aerospace engineer and he also served as a professor of aerospace engineering.He served as the first Chancellor of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram. Before all that, as soon as he completed his graduation from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, he joined as the chief scientist at the Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO, reports the Wikipedia. At DRDO, Kalam started his career after designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army.

4. Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh, born to the Punjabi family in the year 1932, completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics at the Panjab University at Chandigarh. He completed his further studies at the University of Oxford and after completing his Ph. D he worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and he also taught at the University of Delhi he worked as an advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Trade. In 1991, he was chosen as the Finance Minister by then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.

5. Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, is the son of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from the Rollins College,he moved on to Trinity College of Cambridge University to complete his M.Phil in 1995. After graduation, he started working at the Monitor Group, which is a management consulting firm in London. In the year 2002, he joined as one of the directors of Mumbai based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private firm.

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

 ‘Behind every successful man is a woman’. But in certain cases, behind successful men are other men. If you do not have any clue as to who is working hard for Rahul Gandhi UP campaign, then read on.

Kanishka Singh, a 34-old young man is the man behind Rahul’s campaigns in UP a success. He is his chief strategist for the UP polls. Prior to this Kanishka has worked with Sheila Dixit in the run-up to Delhi’s assembly elections in 2003. A great hush-hush was created with his column, “Why Sonia is Like John Kerry” in outlook magazine, as it argued polls in India and the U.S.

Today if someone claims to be familiar to the Grand Old Party, they know Singh too. Call him a close adviser, confidant, guide or gatekeeper to Rahul Gandhi, if meeting Gandhi is what you looking up for, then there is no better way to ask Kanishka for an appointment.

Holding a MBA degree from Wharton School, Kaniska is busy overlooking the folks who run spread sheets and numbers at Rahul’s Tughlak lane home-office. A Congressman familiar to both Gandhi and Singh said, “Rahul doesn’t want woolly, gut-feel political hunches. He wants numbers, percentages, and Kanishka gets the data and analyses it for him. Both are analytical, it’s a good fit,” as reported by The Economic Times.

Kanishka and his team are burning their sweat out months before the dates for polls in Uttar Pradesh were announced by the Election Commission. Singh these days is working hard on plotting strategies and sifting through the possible names for the candidates. Singh said, “Once we know our rivals’ moves, we can plan ours better. It’s simple game theory.”

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

As Kanishka has an experience of working in the U.S. with investment bank Lazard Freres, he plans to implement some the best practices in his work. There are many members in the party that tend to mock at some of his practice but then it is very limited. Being with Gandhi 24/7 and working for him is not a easy task, it can take a toll anytime, he is playing a gamble, which would pay off amply if worked out well.

The long working hours explains Singh’s stubble and crumpled very well as he makes an appearance just behind Gandhi at a rally at southern UP. A bespectacled figure looking younger than his age is one who can be easily overlooked. Being polite all the time he speaks, “By the end of campaigning Rahul would have done 200 public meetings. That’s one rally for every two assembly seats.”

You can find him busy looking into his spreadsheets and arranging people who can be available for the campaign. In one of the recent rallies, a Congress MP from UP approaches him to have Raj Babbar as a star speaker. Kanishka glares at the spread sheets in his Black Berry and assured Raj Babbar or Azharuddin to be one of the star speakers.

With so much happening around, the younger son of diplomat Shailendra Kumar Singh who died in office as governor of Rajasthan in 2009 is left with no time for social life. But what probably drives him is the sheer feeling of being able to make a difference. In his article for Seminar Magazine called “Dreaming of India in 2010″, he predicted that both the Congress and the BJP would renovate their elderly leaderships by 2010.


Will Maya Come Back To Unveil Her Statues?

January 11 is set as the deadline by the Election Commission to drape the statues of Mayawati and the elephants (the BSP’s election symbol) in Uttar Pradesh and it raises many eye brows on the issue whether Mayawati and her elephants would come back to power and continue their reign in the state?

As per Opinion Poll by Star News-Nielsen for Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party will be the front runner in the 2012 while BSP will suffer a major setback. Congress was seen to be improving a lot in several areas despite spate of scam and corruption cases against its ministers. The report also suggests that Mayawati’s plan of dividing UP in 4 different states found a lot of support in public, especially in the areas of Purvanchal, but according to Star News, it is not going to translate into votes for the party. The poll predicts that BSP will get 120 seats (-86), SP 135 seats (+38), Congress 68 (+46) and BJP 65 (+14).

After addressing massive election rallies in U.P, Congress claimed that AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with his ongoing campaign would secure majority in the upcoming assembly elections. On Mayawati’s recent sacking of ministers, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said “She thought of removing them only days before elections. Such gimmicks do not work. It is clear that like her council of ministers has crumbled, her five-year rule is also crumbling and she is not going to come back to power.”

Much drama was seen when the exercise of draping the massive statues began as the officials ran out of sheets to cover the giant statues and as they also ran out of ideas on how to effectively go about the task.

As per reports a confusion prevailed between two agencies — the UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), which has constructed the parks and erected the statues and the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), which has been entrusted with the upkeep of the memorials, parks and statues. The statues which UPRNN had covered on Sunday were unveiled again by the LDA staff by evening. Similar confusion delayed the work in Noida as well.

When the statues were not draped even after the orders from the EC, UP Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, “The officials are deliberately not covering the statues to give as much political mileage as possible to the BSP.” Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said, “Even two days after the EC’s orders, the state administration is hesitating to cover the statues. Obviously, these officials either fear Mayawati or are delaying the work deliberately,” reported DNA.

The Election Commission says the decision to cover up the statues is to ensure free and fair elections, but many have expressed skepticism over whether it will achieve its purpose. Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, “A covered Mayawati statue will get more attention than an uncovered one. People will say – Oh that is Mayawati’s statue covered.” Author Chetan Bhagat was quoted saying in NDTV, “Either you don’t let them erect statues first place, or let them be. Poor people need blankets more than the statues need drapes. Doesn’t draping the elephant statues in Lucknow bring even more attention to them?”

The question really is, if Mayawati rises back to power then the statues could be unveiled as a mark to her re-entry as the ruling power but what happens if BSP doesn’t see the sunlight and fails to come to power? Would the statues never be unveiled until she rises back to power again?

War of Words

The Indian politicians are constantly seen having a verbal war with one another. The attacks made by them are sometimes hilarious rather amusing. A remark passed by one becomes the food for thought for another. The war of words never ends! Be it BSP’s elephant not eating fodder but cash as said Rahul Gandhi or the sarcasm showered by Digvijay at Team Anna. A few instances of the attacks made by the politicians recently are:

Rahul vs Mayawati: The recent election campaigns in Uttar Pradesh saw Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi making serious allegations at Mayawati, saying that her government misuses the Central Government aid and that the money goes into the pockets of the BSP workers. He said “When Hindustan is moving forward, Uttar Pradesh is going backwards.” In a rally in U.P, Gandhi was quoted saying “There is an elephant sitting in Lucknow and this elephant is eating your money. This time UP has decided to throw away this elephant.” On many occasions Rahul raised the corruption issue in Mayawati’s rule and with regard to the food security bill, he said that there were welfare schemes like the MNREGA but the funds were appropriated by the ministers. He said he wasn’t sure if the U.P Government would provide food to all or just BSP leaders, ministers and criminals. To this statement Mayawati retorted saying “The Congress is getting nightmares about BSP’s election symbol elephant driving them away.”

Karunanidhi Vs Jayalalithaa: The two very well known for their rivalry and counter attacks at each other were in news again in the recent past over Jaya’s decision to convert a library into hospital. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s announcement to convert Anna Centenary Library building into a hospital was slammed by DMK president M Karunanidhi and he said “the AIADMK government was destroying all symbols of Tamil culture.” He alleged that Jayalalithaa’s latest announcement was driven by vendetta, “which shows her rage (against DMK).”

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