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The great ‘Illegitimacy’ debate

LK Advani’s reference to the events going into 2008 was totally inappropriate and uncalled for which were a violation of parliamentary norms and a waste of precious time and public money just to score political brownie points
     
The opening day of the monsoon session of Parliament session saw democratic values hitting an abject new low. The Leader of the Opposition and a BJP leader of long standing, possibly longer than any of the young MPs, sounding more like an angry old man rather than the grand old leader of the principal opposition party in the Lok Sabha.  

Lal Krishna Advani initiated a parliamentary debate with a disparaging reference to the 2008 confidence vote by horribly mixing his facts and describing the subsequent UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government ‘illegitimate’ thundering—“Never in Indian history crores of rupees were spent to win votes in the House.” When pandemonium broke out, the usually unflappable UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, for the first time in 14 years was seen getting agitated to angrily gesture wildly pointing fingers to intervene as many as nine times and signal Congress MPs to retaliate by stonewalling Advani. This prompted the Speaker to threaten to rule that she would order the expunction of the ‘objectionable’ remarks. It was only after Advani withdrew the remark by clarifying that he was referring to the “2008 cash–for-vote” scam that he was allowed to continue his speech.   

Media went overboard to scream with headlines—“Advani loses UPA plot, Sonia her cool” said one, another—“Angry Sonia makes Advani swallow his illegal words in LS”.  It has rightly questioned the relevance and context of Advani’s remark when the parliamentary procedures require speeches on such occasions to be restricted only to matters under notice for adjournment censure motion and discussion and on urgent current matters.

In this case the notice was for discussion on the government’s continuing failure on the Assam violence. His reference to the events going into 2008 was totally inappropriate by being irrelevant and uncalled for and went on to strongly condemn the violation of parliamentary norms and a waste of precious time and public money just to score political brownie points.

(Nagesh Kini is a Mumbai-based chartered accountant turned activist.)

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R Balakrishnan

5 years ago

Given the quality of people in the parliament and that one third of them face criminal charges,where is the question of any decorum? It is a free for all place. Not that I support the geriatric man who gave a sham of an apology. This is no news at all. In a parliament where we have film stars and defaulters, what respect should one have for the institution as a law making one?

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Rajkumar Singh

In Reply to R Balakrishnan 5 years ago

The same question is raised against the voters, what respect will they have for choosing the corrupt, inefficient politicians?

It is very easy to blame others under the garb of a tax-payer or honest or a law abiding citizens, but very difficult to bear the reverse remarks or comments from a like minded people or friends!

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

We have chosen them. We are responsible for their misconducts. And they know the morality of the people which they use it during the elections.

Each session starts with a plot, then objection, angry, argument, debate, etc., because it has to have a drama, tragedy, emotions, etc. to make an entertaining one for all is well that ends well.

If such things are not reported, no one will watch TV or read newspaper.

Those who are in the business know the taste of their users, consumers, readers, viewers, and accordingly, they sell their products.

Media is under an obligation to provide social service, but it goes beyond that for its vetsted interest.

Before pointing a finger towards anyone, we should understand that the 3 fingers are pointing towards us only.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

We have chosen them. We are responsible for their misconducts. And they know the morality of the people which they use it during the elections.

Each session starts with a plot, then objection, angry, argument, debate, etc., because it has to have a drama, tragedy, emotions, etc. to make an entertaining one for all is well that ends well.

If such things are not reported, no one will watch TV or read newspaper.

Those who are in the business know the taste of their users, consumers, readers, viewers, and accordingly, they sell their products.

Media is under an obligation to provide social service, but it goes beyond that for its vetsted interest.

Before pointing a finger towards anyone, we should understand that the 3 fingers are pointing towards us only.

Mallya says pilots who feel their actions are justified can quit

Vijay Mallya's letter came on a day when at least 16 Kingfisher flights, 10 from Mumbai and six from Delhi, are cancelled due to the pilot's strike


New Delhi: With a strike by pilots disrupting Kingfisher Airlines' flight schedules, its Chairman Vijay Mallya on Thurday termed the protest as "disruptive" and warned the agitators that they could quit if they felt their action was justified, reports PTI.

 

He also asserted that the airline would be "re- capitalised whether the government changes the current FDI policy or not".

 

In an open letter to his staffers, the third in so many months, Mallya warned, "If some colleagues feel that I will be pressurised by flight cancellations, they are wrong. Instead, I will stop my own support as a few are effectively holding the entire Company to ransom...

 

"If a section of our colleagues feel their actions are justified and that they know best, they can elect to leave our company. But such threats and disruptive actions are not acceptable. The actions of a few can adversely affect all of us."

 

The letter came on a day when at least 16 Kingfisher flights, 10 from Mumbai and six from Delhi, were cancelled due to the strike. About 30 flights were cancelled yesterday.

 

The airline is expected to announce its quarterly results shortly.

 

Appealing to the employees to "understand the extreme hardship that I am going through to keep our Airline flying to the highest safety standards", Mallya said he was writing cheques to various vendors on a daily basis "irrespective of the revenue inflow".

 

"We have continuing issues with the tax authorities with frozen bank accounts. As if that is not bad enough, some of our own colleagues are ensuring, by their actions, that our revenue prospects fall down further due to shaky guest confidence and poor load factors."

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Government says three executives of SEBI being probed in bribery, other cases

These SEBI executives being investigated for alleged cases of irregularities, bribery and corruption are assistant general managers Jerome K Alexander and Rajesh Pratap Singh and deputy general manager Avarjeet Singh

 
New Delhi: The government on Thursday said three executives of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) are being investigated for alleged cases of irregularities, bribery and corruption, and all of them have been suspended from their respective jobs, reports PTI.
 
Replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in Finance Ministry Namo Narain Meena said that these executives include Assistant General Managers Jerome K Alexander and Rajesh Pratap Singh and Deputy General Manager Avarjeet Singh.
 
To a question from MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar that whether any investigation has been conducted into allegations of irregularity, bribery and corruption by the staff in SEBI, Meena replied in affirmative.
 
Giving specific details for the three executives, Meena said an investigation is being held against Alexander relating to his alleged involvement in the issuance of a forged letter in the matter of Pyramid Saimira Theatre Ltd.
 
Alexander has been placed under suspension from 15 April 2011, the minister said.
 
In another matter, CBI, Kolkata has informed SEBI that two cases have been registered against Rajesh Pratap Singh for alleged possession of disproportionate assets and alleged acceptance of bribe.
 
"The employee has been placed under suspension from 1 February 2010..." Meena said.
 
Besides, CBI, Gandhinagar has informed SEBI that a case has been registered against Avarjeet Singh for allegedly demanding illegal gratification and the employee has been placed under suspension from 31 May 2012.
 
The Minister further said the alleged involvement of Alexander in the matter of forged letter is yet to be concluded by SEBI's Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), while alleged corruption case against Singh is being investigated by SEBI.
 
Anti-Corruption Bureau, CBI, Kolkata has initiated prosecution against Avarjeet Singh and has filed two charge sheets against him before CBI court in Kolkata.
 
 

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