Posts Tagged ‘Uttar Pradesh’

The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) looks to be financially a rich party and presenting a cash garland of Rs 5 crore on the anniversary bash and another one of Rs 18 lakh just show it.

Wonder who presented it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati? It is none other than Karnataka party unit chief Marsandra Muniyappa, who gave her a garland made of hundreds of Rs 1,000 notes worth Rs 5 crore at a BSP rally marking the 76th birth anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram on Monday.

When channels flashed the pictures of the garland, we all mistook it to be made up of  some shiny, imported flowers. But no! Close-up shots showed that the garland was made up of currency notes and it took nearly three months to prepare it in Mysore.

The event was indeed a white elephant, costing the party a jumbo affair. Reportedly, the cost of BSP’s silver jubilee rally was Rs 200 crore, and Rs 5 crore was spent of catering. Not to be left behind, as many as 2,400 buses were hired to ferry audience and 1,00,000 kg flowers were used in the venue, besides deploying 10,000 policemen on duty.

But what is surprising is, Maya had openly told that her state government was not in a position to pay compensation to the victims of stampede recently. And everybody is busy criticizing her ugly show of wealth and power. The party of the state is bankrupt to pay compensation to the victims, but has lot of money to celebrate the anniversaries or birthdays.

Now it is official, and no wonder if Maya is welcomed everywhere with garlands made of currency notes.

Many political parties, including the Congress, is condemning this shameless show of money power. The Congress is getting outside support of the BSP for the UPA government at the Centre. If Congress is an ally, why can’t the party members, or say chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tell Mayawati openly that they don’t need her support, as she is indulging in the so-called ugly show of money power?!

But I doubt if the Congress can ever tell Maya to withdraw her support. For, indirectly, they too are indulging in the same kind of game. The Congress is spending crores of rupees for the glorification of  former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and even Priyanka Gandhi Vadodra through various advertisements all these years. There are several statues of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv in many parks across the country.

If the Congress points finger at the BSP, they will in turn get pointed from others and they are aware of it! So, the question remains. Who is indulging in the ugly show? Just the BSP or even others?!

Now, that TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao has succeeded in getting the nod from the Centre for a separate state for Telangana, he will be considered to be a hero. Earlier, Potti Sriramulu had resorted to the same method and Nehru had to yield to the demand for Andhra Pradesh and bifurcation of states on linguistic basis.

Sardar Vallbhai Patel brought 500 provinces together after Independence and gave us one united India. And now, leaders, rather say, separatists are hell-bent on making separate states.

A seperate statehood during 1968-69 was meaningful and possible because most of the Telangana area was predominantly occupied by locals and few people were settlers from other states and Andhra region. People of Telangana are not on par with the people of Andhra and Telangana is backward compared to Andhra in various factors. Now, after 40 years, a sea change has taken place in Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana.

The creation of Telangana state will definitely have a ripple effect on the length and breadth of the country, leading to further balkanization of the country. It will encourage regionalism, linguistic chauvinism and fanaticism. Though smaller states with compact areas may witness better development, the experience with Chattisgarh with huge mineral resources, has taught a good lesson to people. It has witnessed unparalleled looting of state’s mineral resources by politicians, who have feathered their nests by leasing the mines to private parties.

When the whole world is thinking in terms of globalization, people in Andhra Pradesh apparently seem to remain local and don’t want to move ahead with the rest of the world in race for development.

How genuine is the demand for a separate state? Unlike Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh is geographically not that vast. Telangana may lose the advantage of unified Andhra Pradesh, as the coastal Andhra is rich in agriculture and Rayalseema has vast mineral wealth. The new state may not be economically viable.

Now that the Centre has agreed to the political pressure, there will be a demand for a large number of such new states like Rayalseema, Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Hareet Pradesh, Bundelkhand, Purvanchal Pradesh, Bodoland, Gorkhaland. Not just there, even in Karnataka, people will seek separate states for Coorg and North Karnataka, which will only further jeopardize the integrity of the country.

Creating a seperate state will not solve the problems of Telangana, but will add additional problems for the new state. Instead of creating a new state, the Centre could have generated more employment opportunities, establishment of large and small scale industries, eradication of illiteracy, child labor, poverty and gender equality. It could have supported agricultural sector and helped in bringing down the prices of essential food grains and meet the basic needs of a common man.

The Centre should have thought of resolving the issue which is acceptable to all regions instead of unilaterally imposing a decision. Anyways, it is time to roll up sleeves and get down to smart work. It is time for leaders to develop all fields — education, science and technology, trade and commerce — to make Telangana’s economy a strong and vibrant one.

According to Hindu tradition only statues of dead persons are installed, but here is a different scene. BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawti unveiled 15 statues, which include that of party founder Kanshi Ram and herself on June 25, nine days ahead of the scheduled date July 3, after the apex court decided to hear the PIL challenging the Rs 52.20 crore project.

A view of statues of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and dalit icons at Ambedkar Sthal in Lucknow on Friday which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Thursday evening, a week before the schedule.

A view of statues of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and dalit icons at Ambedkar Sthal in Lucknow on Friday which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Thursday evening, a week before the schedule.

Chief Minister has spent crores of rupees on parks, memorials and statues at a time when the farmers are facing drought. There is no water and irrigation channels have gone dry and the people are reeling under the impact of power shortage.

I wonder if she becomes prime minister of India, she might get her statues installed across the country!