The Candid Eye

January 12, 2010

Every 25 km, PM and Sonia will wish you on highways!!

The government may be shouting “austerity” from the rooftop, but on the ground, literally, it is planning to indulge in lavish self-adulation. The National High Authority of India (NHAI) proposes to put up 1,488 billboards with pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi lining national highways.

The Prime Minister & Manmohan Singh : Image Courtesy - http://www.cartoonistgautam.com/

If the cost of each 20 ft x 10 ft billboard is estimated at Rs 4 lakh, the entire project would amount to around Rs 60 crore. The billboards staring at travellers every 25 kilometres on both sides of the national highways across the country will be alternatively in English, Hindi and the regional language. The boards will display project-related information like the name of the concessionaire, the name of the supervision engineers, project cost, name of project director and telephone number, so that anyone can call in case of a complaint. The information was given by the Centre in a reply to a RTI application filed by SC Agarwal.

However, the NHAI has said that the display boards are to be provided “at the cost of the contractor” and the NHAI would not incur any expenditure on this account. The NHAI head office issued a circular dated October, 2009, to all its project directors regarding provision of display boards at 25-km intervals on both sides.

The idea may be a takeoff from the NDA government. Picture boards carrying photographs of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been put up on National Highways during the NDA regime. But, these had to be covered later on directions of the then Election Commission because of Lok Sabha elections. These boards were later changed or removed causing wasteful expenditure of first putting them up and then dismantling them. At that time, Congress had criticised the effort of highways minister B C Khanduri. Now, BJP is attacking highways and surface transport minister Kamal Nath, saying highways are national assets and cannot be used to fulfil a political agenda.

The NHAI is drawing a distinction between Mr Vajpayee’s boards and the proposed ones of the Congress leaders, saying the earlier boards did not contain project information and were fixed on the overhead gantry giving direction and distance information.

However, the project could land in a controversy given that putting up pictures of political leaders was mere propaganda and may be brought down with the change of government at the Centre.

Source : ET

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November 25, 2009

‘60 years after, our borders aren’t safe’

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said that India was unable to make its borders safe even after 60 years of Independence due to constant meddling of its neighbours– Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.

Addressing a public rally here on his first visit to the state after taking over the reins of the RSS, Bhagwat said India had been extending a hand of friendship with these countries, but they were trying everything to destabilise India. As a result, the security of the country has remained a major issue, he added.

On the internal front also, there was no peace.The growing menace of Naxalism, separatist movements have caused serious problems within.

Mohan Bhagwat,the RSS chief

Vote bank politics coupled with large-scale corruption, and money and muscle power, are hurting the country more, he said. “The lack of national pride is the root cause for this problem.” Indirectly referring to Maharashtra Navanirmana Samiti’s opposition to taking oath in Hindi in Maharashtra Assembly, Bhagwat said: “We have reached a stage where we don’t find anything wrong in taking oath in English but protest if somebody takes oath in national language.’’ “Locals get hurt when people from other places grab their employment opportunities. But it should not be the reason to destroy the national unity. Nothing is more important than the country’s unity,” he added.

Calling upon the Hindus to stay united, Bhagwat, stressed the need for the Hindu community to be more organised as it was necessary for the country and the world to be peaceful. “Wherever Hindus have reduced to minority, that country has suffered problems. Because Hinduism is the way of life which not only preaches national pride but also aspires for a society with good human qualities,” he added. Stating that the RSS was not against any community, Bhagwat called upon people to join it to know it better.

CM Yeddyurappa, Ministers Eshwarappa, Janardhan Reddy, Suresh Kumar, Murugesh Nirani, Shivanagouda Naik and BJP national general secretary H N Ananthkumar were present.

Visit not linked to rift in BJP’

Stating that the RSS does not interfere in BJP’s affairs, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday categorically denied reports which said that he had asked the state BJP leaders to mend their ways in the backdrop of recent dissident activities.

“I need not have to tour the country to teach anybody any lesson.

Only those who do not know about the RSS can draw such inferences,’’ Bhagawat said at the public meeting.

“My tour was planned by the RSS working committee immediately after I took over as the RSS chief and it is the practice in RSS that whoever takes over as its chief will tour all states to meet and interact with the people,’’ he said.

BSY gets praise for Tiruvalluvar statue

Bhagwat heaped praises on Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa for his initiative to end the decades-old rivalry between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over installing Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar’s statue in Bangalore.

“I think this is the first such step in Independent India that two states came forward to settle the decadesold problem by mutual agreement,” the Sarsanghachalak said.

November 8, 2009

Are crorepatis the kingmakers?

Filed under: BJP,Congress,Indian Politics,Karnataka — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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The Bellary brothers in Karnataka are proving to be the real kingmakers in Karnataka.The sons of a police constable,seem to be power and money thirsty wolves.It has been proven time and again that current system in India and the electoral laws are helping only the crooks to contest elections and win with the help of money power.A hundred rupee note + Free Biriyani + Free Transportation are enough for our poor people to be lured.The people are used to these last minute election freebies now and they are satisfied with what they get from these corrupt leaders.

Reddy brothers in coup

Reddy brothers in coup : Image courtesy - outlookindia.com

Chief minister BS Yeddurappa might not have visited so many temples before. No need to say who are behind this. The reddy brothers money power can get them what they want.Survival without huge money power and corruption seems not possible in Indian politics.The brothers from Bellary have been financing the elections at different times.They are now able to buy the 60 MLAs to their side and in a position to topple a state government.

Similarly, in the recently concluded elections in North East state, Arunachal Pradesh,the winners are mostly from the Congress party and almost all of them invariably are Crorepatis.There is atleast one thing in common among these people.If not all, most of them have become filthy rich after becoming a minister

Sources:

Bellary brothers clout in Karnataka

1 woman and 35 crorepatis win Arunachal Pradesh polls

November 6, 2009

Fearing Jagan, Congress keeps hands off Karnataka!

Source : Livemint.com

It has been a very tempting offer for Congress from the Reddy brothers — G Karunakar Reddy and G Janardhana Reddy! The mining barons from Bellary had offered the Congress party the support of 60 MLAs to topple the B.S Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka.

Reddy brothers - Image Courtesy:http://ibnlive.in.com/

Reddy brothers - Image Courtesy:http://ibnlive.in.com/

It would have been easy for Congress, which has 74 legislators in the 224-member state assembly. But Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided to reject the offer because her advisors told her that the move would strengthen Jaganmohan Reddy – son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy – who has been pressurizing the party leadership to appoint him at the top post in the state, replacing current chief minister K. Rosaiah. Jagan Reddy and the Bellary Reddys are reportedly known to be close business associates. So, for the Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh, a state government at the mercy of Reddy brothers in the neighboring Karnataka was an absolute ‘no no’.

The Congress leaders, who are in the know of the developments, claim that Gandhi had rejected the offer from the Reddy brothers “simply because she was not in favour of breaking a party to get power.”

Besides, Congress leaders in Karnataka also were not very keen for such a move. According to the party MLAs – who were in national capital for the last two days -, accepting Reddy brothers’ support to form a government would be “suicidal” for the Congress’ future in the state. They say such a government would not last for long as Reddy brothers are too demanding. The party, they say, is not ready for a mid-term election because it might lead to Yeddyurappa taking advantage of the “martyr image” he would acquire in the current political game. The Congress leaders also are confident that the Reddy brothers would force the BJP leadership to remove Yeddyruappa ultimately!

Related post:

BS Yeddurappa still the boss,here is why

August 23, 2009

Cow head in Ganapathy temple

Filed under: Hinduism,India,Jihad,Temples,Uncategorized — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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+++++++++++++++++++Shocking News +++++++++++++++++++++++

No dearth for criminals/radical elements in our society is what this incident reminded me.Hurting ones religious sentiments has become a routine for these people.As usual there is not a single congress minister/politician who came down heavily on this.Good for radical elements and they continue to enjoy unflinching support from the goverment which is not interested in finding out the culprits immediately.

Commotion was witnessed around Mahaganapati Temple, Sharavu in the city here in the afternoon on Saturday August 15 with people gathering in a protest following the incident wherein a head of the cow from the slaughter house was placed before the main entrance of the temple.

Mahaganpathy Temple : Image Courtesy - Daiji world

Mahaganpathy Temple : Image Courtesy - Daiji world

However, the situation was brought under control with deploying of police personnel following the incident in the morning. An owner of a shop near the temple, who was an eye witness said that a head of the cow was found in the morning, but was removed as per the direction of the chief priest soon after his arrival to the temple.More on this is here.

+++++++++++++++++++Shocking News +++++++++++++++++++++++

July 6, 2009

DMK Minister A Raja is set to influence the Judiciary system!!

Filed under: India,Indian Politics — thecandideye @ 6:29 AM
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The ruling DMK goverment in TN,is well known for its highhandedness and soft approach towards rowdism,is now attempting to influence the country’s judiciary system.Though their effort in influencing the judiciary will not bring any results,it is highly condemnable and the minister involved in this activity must be inquired.

The Madras High Court judge’s claim that a Union Minister tried to influence him is fast growing into a political controversy that is set to rock Parliament as it begins its Budget session tomorrow.
The ruling Congress has maintained silence with party sources saying that until the judge names the Minister or writes to the Chief Justice of India identifying him, the party can do little. But the opposition BJP and the AIADMK are determined to raise the heat amid speculation that the Minister could be from the DMK. The Bar Council of India has demanded action against the Minister under the Contempt of Courts Act.
IT and Telecommunications Minister A Raja today denied having made any calls to the judge but his close aides admitted that the Minister knew the accused Dr Krishnamurthy and his son Kiruba Sridhar since they hail from his district.

The Madras High Court judge’s claim that a Union Minister tried to influence him is fast growing into a political controversy that is set to rock Parliament as it begins its Budget session tomorrow.

The ruling Congress has maintained silence with party sources saying that until the judge names the Minister or writes to the Chief Justice of India identifying him, the party can do little. But the opposition BJP and the AIADMK are determined to raise the heat amid speculation that the Minister could be from the DMK. The Bar Council of India has demanded action against the Minister under the Contempt of Courts Act.

IT and Telecommunications Minister A Raja today denied having made any calls to the judge but his close aides admitted that the Minister knew the accused Dr Krishnamurthy and his son Kiruba Sridhar since they hail from his district.

It was during a hearing of their anticipatory bail plea that Justice R Reghupathy made the controversial claim.“I have not made any calls. I don’t know anything about it,” Raja told The Indian Express.

AIADMK leader V Maitreyan said the party has given separate notices in both Houses for discussion on this issue. The AIADMK wants the UPA government to name the Minister and sack him, said Maitreyan. “The Law Ministry should seek a report from Madras High Court. Besides a case should be filed against the minister involved under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” he demanded.

Said Bar Council of India Chairman S N P Sinha: “By trying to influence the judge, the minister has committed contempt of court. Even if the judge pardons him, the Government should initiate action against him as this is a very serious matter. And there is also a need to probe the larger issue of the powerful trying to browbeat the judiciary.” Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily declined to comment.

June 17, 2009

Political parties match their symbols …

I stumbled onto this interesting piece of information about political parties in India by Hemant Sharma.

Q: Why is the Samajwadi Party’s symbol ‘Cycle’?
A: Because after a ban on English and use of computers, that’s all we’ll be able to afford
Q: Why is the Congress party’s symbol ‘Hand’?
A: To remind Indians that our fate is forever in the hand of one family
Q: Why is BJP Symbol ‘Lotus’?
A: Lotus is the symbol of Sarawasti and learning. BJP will educate us through the wisdom of Varun Gandhi and Pravin Togadia.
Q: Why is Mayawati’s symbol ‘Elephant’?
A: It’s a self portrait.
Q: Why is Jayalalitha’ s symbol ‘Two leaves’?
A: Because that’s what remained after Amma ate up all the fruit
Q: Why is DMK’s symbol ‘Sun’?
A: So that Karunanidhi can justify wearing shades indoors
Q: Why is Lalu’s symbol ‘Lantern’?
A: Because there’s no electricity in Bihar
Q: Why is CPM’s symbol ‘Hammer and Sickle’?
A: Because that’s what you will be using if they come to power
Q: Why is Sharad Pawar’s symbol ‘Clock’?
A: Because his time never seems to come

Q: Why is the Samajwadi Party’s symbol ‘Cycle’?

A: Because after a ban on English and use of computers, that’s all we’ll be able to afford.

Q: Why is the Congress party’s symbol ‘Hand’?

A: To remind Indians that our fate is forever in the hand of one family.

Q: Why is BJP Symbol ‘Lotus’?

A: Lotus is the symbol of Sarawasti and learning. BJP will educate us through the wisdom of Varun Gandhi and Pravin Togadia.

Q: Why is Mayawati’s symbol ‘Elephant’?

A: It’s a self portrait.

Q: Why is Jayalalitha’ s symbol ‘Two leaves’?

A: Because that’s what remained after Amma ate up all the fruit .

Q: Why is DMK’s symbol ‘Sun’?

A: So that Karunanidhi can justify wearing shades indoors.

Q: Why is Lalu’s symbol ‘Lantern’?

A: Because there’s no electricity in Bihar.

Q: Why is CPM’s symbol ‘Hammer and Sickle’?

A: Because that’s what you will be using if they come to power.

Q: Why is Sharad Pawar’s symbol ‘Clock’?

A: Because his time never seems to come.

PS: I will be on travel for next one week and I will not be having access to Internet.Hence,I will not be able to respond to your comments if any.

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