Results of Assemblies: Dec., 2013
• New Delhi: The BJP won in Rajasthan and
• 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
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.
BJP promoted Modi stating that his state is vibrant (and
that 2002 notwithstanding), his “ ynamic”leadership will do
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
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?
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.
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.
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
Has worked with States governed by other parties.
Faced a slowing of international economic situation.
To be sure, the Congress party’’ record in power has been
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
In many States, Congress as a popular party has to be
resurrected and sustained against a strong local party.
Sonia and Rahul concede assembly defeat,
say they will transform Congress party
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
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.
"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
Initially she appeared reluctant to give an answer when
asked whether Rahul would be named as the Prime
"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."
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.
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
"The bifurcation will spell doom not only for one
region but for the entire nation."
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.
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?
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
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.