Kejriwal's party would be different path for same goal: Hazare

Anna Hazare said even if he did not enter in to electoral politics, there is a need to determine the direction of his movement and send good people to Parliament

Pune: Affirming his views on not forming a political party, social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said floating a political outfit by his associate Arvind Kejriwal would mean "taking a different path" to reach the same goal of corruption free India, reports PTI.
"I have decided for myself not to form a political party or fight elections. But if Arvind floats one, it would mean taking a different path with the same goal of corruption free India," Hazare told reporters when asked if creation of a political party by Kejriwal would mean a split between him and his mentor.
Hazare, who was in Pune to meet some activists to discuss the course of his movement, said if Kejriwal's party fielded candidates of "clean character", he would support them in elections.
"If Arvind's party fields a proper candidate, we will support that particular person and not all of them," he added.
The anti-graft crusader said he was going to hold a series of meetings with like-minded people as even if he did not enter electoral politics, there was a need to determine the direction of his movement and send good people to Parliament.
Hazare said he would undertake a nation-wide tour to seek direction to his movement by interacting with experienced social activists.
"The exercise has started with the Pune meeting and it will continue in Delhi where I am expecting 100-125 activists for discussion," he added.
Those who met Hazare in the city included Right to Information (RTI) activist Vishwambhar Choudhary and social worker and former bureaucrat Avinash Dharmadhikar.



Black Mamba

5 years ago

Now the Arvind Kejriwal has formed a political party. I put forward my demand of the following reforms as an Aam Aadmi:

1. Banking & financial sector reforms - more transparency in banking system, not hiding large corporate & political defaulters & NPAs in the name of fiduciary relationship, efficiency and profitability. All banking sector frauds to be dealt with severe punishment. It is public money, It is our money, we can not allow Corrupt Public Sector Bank Officials to plunder it on Selfish Politicians and Greedy Industrialists

2. Reversing of pressure on Urban India by rural development - development of rural cottage handicraft industry, re-fueling and kick start of co-operative sector like AMUL. Rural self employment, farming productivity and efficiency, rural infrastructure and transportation development, more Govt investment in rural economy, industrial investment in deeper rural and Adivasi areas.

3. Adivasi rehabilitation and development Bill- To end the maoist and naxalite problem.

4. Imm. Stop plundering of natural resources by mafia - Jungle wood smuggling, illegal ore mining, illegal sand mafia, illegal stone crushing - all owned by politicians and their relatives.

5. Social reforms - Reservation in promotion, reservation in basic and higher education 'only for economically weaker' SC ST BC OBS and Minorities. No reservation for creamy layer in SC ST BC OBS and Minorities. Dissolve caste ism by social reforms involving all castes and religions.

6. Petroleum reforms - Policy on cost cutting of on domestic oil exploration. Consumer fuel retail pricing policy, fuel adulteration, deregulation of fuel prices, low fiscal burden, promote alternate fuel generation of Bio-diesel & ethanol. Disinvestment in domestic oil exploration. Fix the profit margin % for oil companies, reduce dependence on kerosene as cooking fuel.

7. Agriculture & Farming - Productivity, prices, land acquisition laws, stoppage of Change of Land Use for commercial gains, safe storage of food grains, stoppage of alcohol production from food grains.

8. Judicial reforms - safeguard the right to life and liberty, independent and impartial judiciary, more fast track courts for long pending civil cases, more judges in High Courts for fast clearance, rural courts (gram nyayalaya), judicial procedure, crime investigation, self governance, decentralization of higher courts to reduce pressure on them.

9. Constitutional reforms - end of archaic colonial era laws & acts.

10. Policing reforms - end of police bad behavior, third degree, fake encounters, police brutality, inhuman behavior, refusal to register a case, atrocities, corruption, political interference, minimum educational qualification for even a constable, increase in salaries of lower police staff, working conditions, end of rigorous duty hours of policemen.

11. Electoral reforms - End of dynastic system, minimum educational qualifications for a person to contest the assembly and parliamentary elections, right to reject, right to recall.

12. Power sector - Generation, theft, losses and tariffs.

13. Educational reforms - Basic & high end education both.

14. Vigilance reforms - Vigilance bodies in all departments to be quasi judicial, autonomous and with statutory powers.

15. Health & medical reforms - Immediate national ban on all tobacco products - cigarette, bidi, khaini, zarda, gutkha etc.
Slap very high excise duty and taxes on both country liquor and English liquor to compensate for loss of exchequer from stoppage of tobacco products. State sponsored medical insurance for BPL.

16. PDS System reforms - Cancel all fake ration cards, stop black marketing in PDS,

17. Investigating & intelligence agencies reforms - CBI, IB, NIA, ED etc to be transparent, autonomous, statutory powers in them, zero political interference.

18. Environmental quality - Stricter norms for vehicular and industrial pollution. Immediate ban on plastic packaging in the retail and industry sectors. Plastic bags, plastic pouches to be immediately banned. Strict criminal action for non compliance – cancellation of industrial licenses, harsh fiscal punishments. Stop polluting rivers and ground water of India.

PIL in Gujarat HC challenges Sonia's photos in Union Government ads

The petitioner has claimed that a president or chairman of any political party has no constitutional position and hence his/her images should not be used in government ads

Ahmedabad: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Gujarat High Court seeking a prohibition order on Central government's advertisements carrying photos of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who does not hold any constitutional position, reports PTI.
Dhaval Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, has sought the Court's directions to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme implementation to stop publication and withdrawal of advertisements being published and telecast in the state ahead of the elections.
The said advertisements, showing Sonia's photographs are titled as "Twenty Point Programme and Central Sector Projects Contributing to Gujarat's Overall Development".
The petitioner has claimed that a president or chairman of any national/regional party be it Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) or any other political party has no constitutional position.
"In spite of the aforesaid fact, in every publication of the Central Government, the photographs of Sonia Gandhi are prominently projected. These photographs are advertised from the funds of Central Government," reads the petition which is likely to be heard soon by the court.
"The action of the Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister in projecting the achievements of Government with the photograph of other person who has no constitutional position, who was neither Prime Minister, nor a Cabinet Minister nor the President of India, cannot be permitted to be continued," a petition filed yesterday through advocate Vijay Patel, who was a former BJP MP, said.




5 years ago

This is a wider issue media also should take cognizance of and debate. Governments in power and the political parties and others who are able to silence law enforcement arms do misuse or misinterpret ‘law’ to their advantage. A cartoonist was arrested for basing his drawings on a national symbol. But, how many times tricolor is used to the advantage of political parties including Congress? Even the use of tricolor as flag by some political parties does not add respectability to National Flag.


5 years ago

The present Congress(I)party is Congress Italiano and all the party members are slaves to Antonia Edvige Albina Maino & family.

Monsoon revival may benefit rabi crop output

Improvement in rainfall since August has lifted water reservoir levels to above normal levels and this would benefit rabi or winter crop output, Morgan Stanley said

There has been significant improvement in rainfall in the second half of the monsoon season—but the cumulative rainfall has still been 7% below normal with about 91% of the monsoon season over. While this may affect the kharif or summer crop output in India, the revival in monsoon would help rabi or winter crops as late rains has lifted water reservoir levels to above normal levels, says Morgan Stanley Asia.


In a report, the securities, asset management and credit services provider, said, “...the cumulative rainfall has still been 7% below normal with about 91% of the monsoon season over. We believe this, coupled with poor distribution trends (temporal as well as spatial), will affect the summer (Kharif) crop output (harvesting for which will take place in September-October 2012). Summer crops are estimated to account for about 50% of full-year agricultural production. The impact of the weak summer crop will be reflected in agricultural production for the quarter ending September and December 2012.”


On an all-India area-weighted basis, cumulative rainfall improved to 7% below normal up to 14th September compared with 9% below normal as of the week ended 5th September. Rainfall for September so far (until 14th September) has been 28% above normal compared with 0.2% above normal for August, 13% below normal for July and 29% below normal for June. With regard to spatial distribution, on an unweighted basis, cumulative rainfall for the week ended 12th September was below normal in all the regions—North (-26%), West (-4%), South (-1%), and East (-3%).


“Based on cumulative seasonal rainfall deficiency (up to 13th September, we estimate that 23% of total area is affected by moderate drought (26%-50% rainfall deficiency), compared with 20% as of week ended 5th September. About 4% of total area is affected by severe drought (50% and more rainfall deficiency), compared with 7% as of the week ended 5th September,” the report said.


The regions affected by drought conditions are Punjab, Gujarat, central Maharashtra, West Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar amongst others, it added.

As of 14 September 2012, the overall crop area under cultivation for summer (kharif) crop dipped slightly to -5.4% year-on-year (YoY) compared with -5.2% YoY as of last week. By this time, 98% of the overall sowing was completed last year. Typically, volume growth in summer crop output tends to track the area under cultivation. The crop area under cultivation was lower for rice (-4.6% YoY), coarse cereals (-11.3%), pulses (-5.9%), oilseeds (-3.3%) and cotton (-4.7%), whereas it was higher for sugarcane (4.4%). Erratic pattern of rainfall, however, could affect crop yields.


According to Morgan Stanley, though the area under coverage is lower for rice, excess stock for rice will mean that the government will be able to prevent adverse impact on rice prices by offloading the inventory.


However, lower area under coverage for pulses and coarse cereals is a key concern from the perspective of food inflation, it said.


Total live storage in the 84 important reservoirs is at 71% of the storage capacity at full reservoir level (FRL) as of 13 September 2012 compared with 81% during the same period last year and the 10-year average of 67%. The improvement in water reservoir levels will benefit winter (rabi) crop output, Morgan Stanley added.


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