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Gazing at 2014

  1. 1. STAR GAZING: 2014
  2. 2. Results of Assemblies: Dec., 2013 • New Delhi: The BJP won in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. • In Chhattisgarh, the BJP / Congress = 47 / 41. • BJP has emerged as the single-largest party just shy of a clear majority in Delhi (31), where Aam Aadmi Party has (28) and the Congress (8). • In Mizoram (40) Congress won 32 out of 38 declared.
  3. 3. Anna Hazare and team led a fast for the Jan Lokpal in Delhi in 2012. The movement graduated into the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Arvind Kejriwal joined the political fray, campaigned, fought elections and was rewarded by the electorate in 2013. The A A P took recourse to the Indian constitution and within the rubric of the democratic principles set down by it, the A A P seeks to conduct politics. Today, India can take pride in their institution: A political system that is premised on universal values (even if we don't always adhere to them). A new entrant has reposed faith in India's democracy.
  4. 4. BJP promoted Modi stating that his state is vibrant (and that 2002 notwithstanding), his “ ynamic”leadership will do d the whole of India good. But Gujarat has always been one of ’ more affluent or less indigent states of India and Modi inherited a reasonably good state of affairs. He has courted corporate giants and Indian media houses boost Modi’ profile. A sizeable number backs Modi although ’s there is no wave. Now it is considered that in 2014, Modi vs. Congress, is what India has to opt for. Will ‘AAP’ have a say too?
  5. 5. Campaign Against corruption By Anna • In 2011, Hazare initiated a Satyagraha movement for passing a stronger anticorruption Lokpal (ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament as conceived in the Jan Lokpal Bill (People's Ombudsman Bill). The Jan Lokpal Bill was drafted earlier by N. Santosh Hegde, former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of Karnataka, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court and Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist along with members of the India Against Corruption movement.
  6. 6. In 2002, Narendra Modi was either negligent during or, by many accounts, actually stoked up an anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, in which more than 2,000 Muslims perished. However, Congress party leaders were implicated in an anti-Sikh pogrom following Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984 when more than 3,000 people were killed. Congress and BJP have to take this issue in their strides and debate on inclusive development and capable and competent state leaders to run local governance and coordinate with Union government.
  7. 7. What has the Congress achieved now? • Rights to information, education and food security are • • • • legal now to be implemented. In response to a demand for a new State of Telangana, the process for bifurcation of the present Andhra State is actively contemplated and debated. Being a coalition, could not closely control implementation of allocation of resources such as ICT, coal and railways efficiently and was critically reprimanded by Comptroller. Action taken after the events brought a scam infested image to the party itself even though individuals involved were punished. Has worked with States governed by other parties. Faced a slowing of international economic situation.
  8. 8. To be sure, the Congress party’’ record in power has been s lackluster as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was unable to proactively act to keep corruption under check or to deliver equitable development. In Karnataka, Congress could come back and is giving a stable government. Kerala has shown how coalitions are able to operate successful governance even if be for one term. Andhra Pradesh is in a turbulent debate on forming a new state. In many States, Congress as a popular party has to be resurrected and sustained against a strong local party.
  9. 9. Sonia and Rahul concede assembly defeat, say they will transform Congress party
  10. 10. Accepting the people's verdict with "humility", top leadership of the Congress on Sunday pledged to transform the party ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls for which it would announce its Prime Ministerial candidate "at the opportune time". Stating that the party was "very very disappointed" over the assembly results in four states, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said there was a need to do "deep introspection".
  11. 11. Gandhi and her son Rahul, party Vice President, met journalists at the Congress headquarters here to acknowledge the victory of "our opponents" whom she congratulated. "Obviously people are unhappy. Otherwise they would not have given the results that they gave," she said. Briefly analysing the causes for the defeat, Gandhi said there were a number of reasons, which included price rise and different issues. Gandhi expressed confidence that the results of assembly polls will not have a bearing on the next Lok Sabha polls.
  12. 12. "General elections are quite different. People in state elections do focus on personality at the state level, at leaders who are likely to lead them," she said. However, in national elections "people look at the person who is likely to guide them and govern them at the national level", the Congress chief said. Asked whether the Congress party would name its Prime Ministerial candidate against BJP's Narendra Modi, Gandhi said, "people need not worry as, at an opportune time, the name of the Prime Ministerial candidate" will be announced.
  13. 13. Initially she appeared reluctant to give an answer when asked whether Rahul would be named as the Prime Ministerial candidate. "We will make a statement. The party has to decide. The party will decide at the opportune time," she said. Rahul said through the elections, "people have given us a message, which we have heard." The Congress party has to transform itself to stand up, he said. "We have to move to a new paradigm and give serious space to the common masses."
  14. 14. Sonia, PM ‘deaf & dumb’ to Andhra agitation: CM Kiran Kumar Reddy • Dec 8, 2013: The chief minister accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi and P M Manmohan Singh of being "deaf and dumb" to the agitation for united Andhra Pradesh without naming them. This is the first time he has publicly criticized the central leadership. "The state has catapulted you (Congress) to power at the centre by giving 33 MPs and you are dividing it now," he said. He wondered if it was justifiable to divide the state just because TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao demanded separate Telangana.
  15. 15. CM asked the party high command to emulate late ex-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in keeping the nation integrated. He referred to the comments of Intelligence Bureau chief on the consequences of the division. "The bifurcation will spell doom not only for one region but for the entire nation."
  16. 16. The chief minister described the state's division and proposed joint board on sharing of Krishna and Godavari waters "unconstitutional". He said the division would lead to water problems and displace nearly two lakh government employees besides causing problems related to pensions.
  17. 17. After Mannu who? Thursday, August 19, 2010 New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tops Newsweek Magazine's list of 10 world leaders who have won respect and is described as "the leader other leaders love" though India figures at 78th place in the list of 100 best countries. 77-year-old Singh, who is into his seventh year in office (in 2010), has played a "key role in India's emergence as one of the rising powers of the 21st century.“ Who will succeed him in 2014?
  18. 18. India’s growth has combined openness with an ability to withstand external turbulence. We were not buffeted by the East Asian crisis in 1997. Recently, India’s economic performance has shown further improvement. The g n p of India grew at over 9.5% per annum for three consecutive years starting in 2005. After the global financial crisis exploded in 2008, our growth rate slowed down but India was even then among the three or four fastest growing nations in the world
  19. 19. We took a number of promotional measures to stimulate the economy. India seeks rapid economic growth that will create wealth for our people and also generate surpluses to fund our ambitious social development programs, particularly in the areas of health, education and environment protection. We seek growth that creates employment and development that is socially and regionally balanced and inclusive.
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