A Jharkhand MP claims he and three others received money to bail out the Rao Government in a 1993 no-trust motion as allegations are made that hawala funds were used to buy four crucial votes
Four JMM MPs who opposed a notrust motion on July 28, 1993, deposited more than Rs.1.60 crore on August 1 and 2 in the same bank in Delhi.
The petition alleges that on August 1, 1993, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in Suraj Mandal‘s account.
Shailendra Mahato says that three days after they voted for the Government, Mandal gave him Rs.40 lakh, saying that the money came from Rao.
On August 1, 1993, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in the account of JMM MP Shibu Soren, his wife, and Hemant Kumar and Basant Kumar. On the same day, Rs.30 lakh was deposited in the name of the four JMM MPs and Rs.12 lakh in the name of Simon Marandi and his wife. Next day, Rs.21 lakh more was deposited in their account.
“When we say this is the Hindu nation, there are some who immediately come up with the question, ‘What about the Muslims and Christians dwelling in this land?’… But the crucial question is whether they remember that they are the children of this soil. No! Together with the change in their faith, gone is the spirit of love and devotion for the nation. They have also developed a feeling of identification with the enemies of this land. They look to some foreign lands as their holy places. It is not merely a case of change of faith, but a change even in national identity.”
-Guru Golwalkar, former RSS chief, in his treatise, Bunch of Thoughts.
Is Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi’s grand dream of ruling India’s first “Hindu state” any different from the Hindu nation of the RSS, in which the minorities are identified with the “enemies of the nation”? Does Joshi disagree with Shiv Sena boss Bal Thackeray, who promised during an election campaign that with the Shiv Sena in power everybody will have to take diksha (initiation) into the Hindu religion?
The Supreme Court apparently thinks so. In a landmark judgement last fortnight, it absolved Joshi of the charge of garnering votes in the name of Hindutva by ruling that his promise to establish the first “Hindu state” did not amount to appealing for votes in the name of religion. It also said that Hindutva and Hinduism are a way of life and not confined to religion, and therefore, its use in a speech did not amount to corrupt electoral practices. Continue reading “When Supreme Court defined Hindutava as a way of life”
Ask any self-respecting Indorean to locate the world capital, and chances are that he would unhesitatingly name Indore. It is a people passionately in love with their city. The citizens of Indore have just discovered one more reason to admire their beloved town.
People of Indore are still gushing about, with awe in their voice, about the city administration’s ongoing crusade against cattle mafia. The unprecedented blitzkrieg against mafia started about a month ago, when illegal cattle-breeders stabbed to death a 25-year-old municipal employee during a drive against stray cattle.
The murder took place in a crowded locality in broad daylight as armed thugs attacked municipal staff removing stray cattle. The stray cattle squad of Indore Municipal Corporation had gone to that area in response to citizens’ complaint to chief minister’s helpline.
भोपाल चुनाव दो परस्पर विरोधी विचारधाराओं की लड़ाई बन गया है. एक तरफ भाजपा का हिन्दुत्व एजेंडा है. दूसरी तरफ गाँधीजी का सर्वधर्म समभाव है. एक तरफ राजनीति का संघ ब्रांड भगवाकरण है. दूसरी तरफ धर्मनिरपेक्षता, भाईचारा और गंगा-जमुनी तहजीब है.
राघोगढ़ किले में ब्राह्म मुहूर्त में ही भजन-कीर्तन शुरू हो जाते थे. “दिग्विजय सिंहजी की मां बड़ी धार्मिक प्रवृति की थीं,” कांग्रेस नेता अजय सिंह याद करते हैं, “वे तड़के उठकर पूजा-पाठ चालू कर देती थीं.” उनकी पत्नी दिग्विजय सिंह की रिश्तेदार हैं और उनके बचपन का एक हिस्सा राघोगढ़ में बीता था. उसीसे उन्होंने किले के ये किस्से सुने हैं. Continue reading “भोपाल, हिंदुत्व की नई प्रयोगशाला”
For me, Kushabhau Thakre, the former BJP president, would always remain the embodiment of all that is good in the RSS. The man who built the BJP from a stretch in MP was known for his Spartan lifestyle. Like most RSS wholetimers, he was a bachelor.
When I first met him in early 80s, he used to live in a small room that opened on a noisy street in a building that housed the BJP office in old Bhopal. That small room served as his bedroom, office, visitor’s room, dining and guest room.
The furniture conisted of a wooden cot, a couple of chairs and an earthen pitcher (ghada) for drinking water. He used to share a table fan with his neighbour, Kailash Sarang, the office secretary, whose family would use it whenever Thakre did not need it.
Some time he would invite me for lunch to that room. The food, a very simple affair, came in a thali from Sarang’s house. This was the life style of a man who could make or unmake a chief minister.
Hence, my eyes nearly popped out when I met Eknath Gore, a Sangh parivar activist, at Bhopal that winter morning in the early 90s. I had gone to meet ex-CM VK Sakhlecha at his office at Nisarga hotel in Bhopal’s MP Nagar area.
-A poem written by Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birthday in 1993.
If politics is the art of the possible, what the BJP tried to achieve was virtually the impossible. The party’s failure to win over even one additional MP-its strength on May 28 stood at 194, the same as when its government was sworn in on May 16-demonstrated its inability to read the signals: that the new liberal mask had convinced no one. Continue reading “Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Out But Not Down”
Atal Government fell because it could not muster even one extra vote
मुझे दूर का दिखाई देता है,
मैं दीवार पर लिखा पढ़ सकता हूं,
मगर हाथ की रेखाएं नहीं पढ़ सकता।
-अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी की 1993 में अपने जन्म दिवस पर लिखी कविता।
अगर राजनीति असंभव को संभव कर दिखाने की कला है तो भाजपा ने वस्तुतः ऐसा ही करने का प्रयास किया। एक भी अतिरिक्त सांसद को अपने पक्ष में कर पाने में विफल रहने से जाहिर हो गया कि पार्टी दीवार पर लिखी इबारत नहीं पढ़ पाई। वह यह समझने में असमर्थ रही कि दूसरी पार्टियों के सांसदों का समर्थन पाने के लिए उसका नया उदारवादी चेहरा किसी को नहीं लुभा पाएगा।
ग्यारहवीं लोकसभा के गणित के मद्देनजर -जिसके अंतर्गत भाजपा और उसके सहयोगिगयों के 194, संयुक्त मोर्चे के 180 तथा कांग्रेस एवं उसके सहयोगियों के 139 सदस्य हैं।-पार्टी ने जो विकल्प चुना वह ऐसा दांव था जिसके गंभीर परिणाम हो सकते थे। फिर, भाजपा ने सरकार बनाने का राष्ट्रपति का न्यौता आखिर क्यों कबूल कर लिया? Continue reading “सरकार गिरी पर अटलजी ने सौदेबाजी नहीं की”