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Is Shinde fit to be the Home Minister of India?

3 Mar

Sushil Kumar Shinde - Home Minister of IndiaThe Indian democracy has given our country a lot number of elected representatives who have done nothing for the people and have simply added shame for themselves and for the country. There are many ministers who are holding important offices in the country but fail to recognize their responsibilities and duties for which they have been elected. To a larger extent we people are also responsible for electing ministers who in no way qualify for the roles, but then what can be done also, do we Indians have any choice? Do people in big cities actually go out and vote? Do people who go to polling booths have knowledge about the candidate’s background and misdeeds? Anyways that’s a different subject all together about which any of us can write forever.

We are here to discuss about Mr Sushilkumar Shinde who is currently our Home Minister, responsible for maintaining India’s internal security and our highly respected Indian police force comes under his ambit. Apart from many good qualities, a person leading India’s senior most office like Home ministry is expected to possess at least one basic quality which is “he should be aware of what he is speaking”. Looks like our current Home Minister highly lacks that quality. On March 1, 2013, Sushilkumar Shinde during his speech in Rajya Sabha unknowingly disclosed the names of three minor girls of Bhandara in Maharashtra, who were allegedly raped and murdered recently. As per law, the name and identity of victims of rape that too minors should be kept a secret as per Supreme Court guidelines. Shinde did realise his mistake but it was too late as he had already disclosed the names, this mistake can sound silly for him to be picked on, but in an environment of rapes happening all around in the country how can a home minister forget this basic thing. Clearly proves that his old age has taken the better of him or he is just like those senseless ministers who simply read out a piece of paper without actually bothering what’s in it. How can our home minister be so dumb?

There are many such incidents which raise question marks on his ability to hold an office in Indian Ministry. Here are some more of such incidents:

1. Shinde served as Power Minister of India from 2006-2012. During the 2012 northern India power grid failure(a major blackout), Shinde deflected criticism by observing that India was not alone in suffering major power outages, as the United States and Brazil had both experienced similar blackouts within the previous few years. Invariably he told the world that we are behind US and Brazil so what the heck if we have power failure.

2. In august 2012 he taunted actor-politician Jaya Bachchan by saying “This is a serious matter. This is not the subject of a film”. Clearly proves that he forms opinion about people based on their profession, he should not forget that he started his career as a constable in Maharashtra State Police, if we go by his theory of identifying people then we can very well ask him if he was made a home minister with a constable and Sub-Inspector background?

3. In September 2012 Shinde remarked, like the Bofors scam even the Coalgate Scam will be forgotten. A proof of how serious these major corruption issues matters to him.

4. In december 2012 Shinde referred Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed in Parliament using honorifics like ‘Mr’ and ‘Shri’. He said “Mr Rehman Malik, interior minister of Pakistan has been telling us repeatedly that he had arrested Mr Hafiz Saeed thrice and that on each occasion, he was let off by the courts for lack of evidence. We had been given to understand by the interior minister of Pakistan that Mr Hafiz Saeed had been arrested on the charges of being a part of the conspiracy for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. When we pursued this matter, they have given us papers pertaining to the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in 2002 and 2009″. For those who don’t know who Hafiz Saeed is, he is the mastermind behind 26/11 terrorist attack in India which took life of 168 innocent Indians. Clearly this incident shows total lack of common sense in Shinde.

5. In December 2012, Shinde gave one month deadline for Centre’ decision on Telengana but backed out as the deadline approached. A court in Andhra Pradesh even asked police to file a case against Shinde for deferring the decision of separate statehood of Telangana. Once again a proof that Shinde is definitely not a man of his words.

6. On January 20, 2013 during an All India Congress Committee(AICC) meeting in Jaipur, Shinde went a little too far while trying to impress the Congress leaders and said “Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism. Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon. We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert.” Clearly proves that Shinde can go to any level for flattering his bosses.

Suryanelli rape case: 111 people booked for sharing comments on Facebook

27 Feb

Bindu Krishna-PJ Kurien-K SudhakaranIn yet another sad incident of so called moral policing, the Kerala police have registered a case under IT Act on a complaint that ‘abusive’ comments have been posted on Facebook against the state Mahila Congress chief  Bindu Krishna for backing Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P.J .Kurien in the Suryanelli rape case. Bindu Krishna filed a complaint saying that abusive comments, along with her picture, had been posted on Facebook after which a case under Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act had been imposed on Facebook users.

Police has filed a case against a man who posted a defamatory comment and the others for sharing the post. Around 120 persons were interrogated by police in Thiruvananthapuram and surrounding areas for posting obscene posts against Bindu Krishna on Facebook. So far Kerala police have booked a case against 111 people for posting derogatory remarks on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, the accused in the Suryanelli rape case.

Just a few days ago on February 16, 2013, K Sudhakaran a Lok Sabha Congress MP from Kannur, Kerala made dirty comments about the girl victim of the Suryanelli rape case. During a press conference in Muscat K Sudhakaran said the Suryanelli rape case victim who was allegedly raped by 42 men over 40 days in 1996, when she was 16 had carried out “outright prostitution”. Bindu Krishna reacted to the statement by saying “He should withdraw his statement and tender an apology”. K Sudhakaran apologizes for his comments and easily got away with the bold statement of referring a rape victim as a prostitute, whereas the common people of India are facing the sword of politician made law just for sharing and commenting on this whole issue.

Why in the world K Sudhakaran was let away for passing bad comments about a rape victim and the common people of India are being punished? The Kerala Government said they do not agree with Sudhakaran’s view, but could not take legal steps as he made the statement in Muscat. What a reason for not booking a minister! If government thinks people have committed a crime so has K Sudhakaran. Isn’t the law equal for everyone? The way things are going in our country, very soon there will separate jails built for Facebook users who comment or share anything against the government. One thing these politicians need to understand is that they should know how to handle criticism by common people of India, if the police of our country go with the politicians complaints of defamatory remarks, the day will not be far when whole of the country will be booked for sharing some kind of comments against some politician.

If these politicians are really true then why shall they worry about the comments, in fact they create more shame for themselves by using the IT act against the people of India. Let’s hope that coming years will give enough common sense to our so called leaders on how to face criticism on Facebook, Twitter and other social media properties on internet. The internet users in India are growing every second and their freedom of speech just can’t be killed by the hands of these politicians who are elected only by the people of India.

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Markandey Katju: A former Supreme Court judge with short temper

22 Feb

Markandey Katju loosing his temper in an inteviewMarkandey Katju is the Chairman of Press Council of India and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. The Press Council of India is one of the most important statutory bodies in India that governs the conduct of the print media. Katju recently wrote an article in a national daily against the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Katju in his article said “The truth today is that Muslims in Gujarat are terrorized and afraid that if they speak out against the horrors of 2002 they may be attacked and victimized. In the whole of India, Muslims (who are over 200 million of the people of India) are solidly against Modi (though there are a handful of Muslims who for some reason disagree.” Katju further wrote: “It is said by his supporters that Modi has no hand in the killings of Muslims in 2002 and it is also said that he had not been found guilty by any court of law. I do not want to comment on our judiciary but I certainly do not buy the story that Modi had no hand in the events of 2002. He was the chief minister of Gujarat at that time, and the horrible events happened on a large scale in Gujarat. Can it be believed that he had no hand in the events of 2002? At least I find it impossible to believe it.”

Markandey Katju cartoonBefore we start bashing Katju for his remarks let us make it clear that klpdindia.com is not a supporter of BJP or Congress or any political parties in India. We found Katju’s remarks on Modi too provocative to an extent that could disturb the communal harmony of our country. What in the world motivated Katju to comment on an even that happened twelve years ago, why was he silent so far? Is it because media is giving enough footage to Modi as a prime minister candidate for 2014? It really makes no sense for a chairman of press council of India speaking against any individual or a political party. His statement clearly divides our nation; it provokes our Muslim brothers to form a wrong opinion about a chief minister who has so far done fairly well for his state as compared to the others. The 2002 incident of Gujarat was a shameful event which was carried by the religious-goons or the anti-social elements of our society who in the name of religion can go to any extent.

Katju was also the former judge of Supreme Court, being retired from such a prestigious post; one would expect him to be more sensible towards sensitive cases like Gujrat-2002 case. Another wild nature of Katju came into limelight during his interview with a news channel India news. The interview proves his impatient nature and his tolerance level, with this kind of volatile nature one wonder what kind of judgments he might have passed during his tenure as the Supreme Court judge.

Here is Katju’s interview:

In December 2012, Katju in one of his remarks said ’90 per cent of Indians are fools’ but later on clarified by saying that it was meant to awaken people to the realities of social evils like casteism, communalism in the country. May God help India from people like Markandey Katju.

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PJ Kurien: Latest addition to India’s list of shameful ministers

15 Feb

Indian women cartoon by Manoj KureelLadies and gentlemen please put your hands together and welcome yet another character of Indian politics who is about to add more shame to our largest democracy of the world, and this time it’s none other than the speaker of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien who is accused of raping a minor Girl in Kerala. The Rajya Sabha is the upper house of the Indian parliament and has special powers to make laws in respect of any matter in the national interest. PJ Kurien is deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha and takes care of the day-to-day matters of the house. It’s really sad and shocking for the people of India that a person like Kurien who holds such an important position in the Indian parliament is involved in such a horrifying case. So what is this case and how is Kuiren involved in this?

It started way back on January 16, 1996 when a 9th standard girl at Little Flower Convent School in Munnarwa, Kerala was abducted by a bus conductor. After the abduction, the victim was transferred to two others, one of whom a woman and the other a lawyer, victim was presented to the high and mighty in the state’s socio-political spectrum and raped by several persons, the girl was kept in illegal custody in various cities of Kerala and was sexually harassed for one month before she was set free on February 26, 1996. She was given a small amount of money and threatened for dire consequences if she told anyone about what had happened.  The case is known as the Suryanelli rape case, Suryanelli is a village in the backward district of Idukki in Kerala.

On March 28, 1996 the girl’s father submitted a petition to then chief minister AK Antony with a submission by the victim that she had identified from a photo in the Mathrubhumi (Malayalam language newspaper) that one of the assailants was former Union Minister PJ Kurien, who was called Baaji in the testimony. No evidence was found against Kurien and it was opined that Kurien could not have visited the girl at Kumily rest house during the time mentioned by her. Worst part was that Kurien was never interrogated by police in spite of victims’ complaint. However, the victim’s father filed a private complaint in the court of the first class magistrate at Peerumedu, with Kurien as a prime accused. Two witnesses confirmed that they had seen Kurian at the Kumily house during the days as alleged by the victim. In May 1999, the Peerumade first class judicial magistrate court had issued a direction to file a charge sheet against Kurian on the basis of a private complaint filed by the victim, but using influence at the Centre, Kurian managed to get an injunction from the Supreme Court against this indictment. In 1999, under public pressure, the government set up the State’s first-ever Special Court to try a case of sexual assault. A serious inquiry conducted by a team led by Inspector-General of Police Sibi Mathew bringing the culprits to book. On September 6, 2000, the Special Court sentenced 35 persons to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms. Kerala High Court refused to include Kurien as a defendant on April 4, 2007 for the lack of evidence. The worst part was that High Court even declared that the victim was a willing partner. Supreme Court of India dismissed a petition filed by Kerala Government challenging the High Court’s refusal to charge P J Kurien.

PJ KurienOn Jan 31, 2013, the Supreme Court set aside a Kerala High Court verdict acquitting 35 men accused of rape. The Supreme Court also expressed shock over the findings of the high court that the victim was a willing partner. According to the apex court, the high court did not look at the evidence properly and directed that the case be re-judged again within six month.  An interesting turn came to the Suryanelli case on February 11, 2013 when Dharmarajan, the convict who is absconding after obtaining bail, told a television channel that Sibi Mathews, who headed the special investigation team, had pressured him not to mention about Kurien’s alleged involvement in the case. Dharmarjan, who was charged with taking the girl to several places for 40 days between January and February in 1996 and sentenced to five years by the High Court, said that Kurien was spared the identification parade conducted as part of investigations.  He told Mathrubhumi News from an undisclosed place in Karnataka “I took Kurien in my Ambassador car to the Kumily Guest house, Why should I lie on that, I am ready to swear by my deceased father”

Suryanelli case is yet another example of how our Indian politicians exploit the laws of the land to their personal benefits, the funny part is that after such shameful allegations these people still dare to be in politics and become part of the parliamentary system which defines new laws for the country. How can a person like Kurien with such an allegation are even allowed to enter our parliament?

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Justice Verma Committee Report: Recommending action or giving Gyan

24 Jan

Verma Committee report after Delhi Gang Rape

Justice J. S. Verma (centre) with Justice Leila Seth (left) and Gopal Subramaniam

Justice Verma committee, a three member committee headed by Justice JS Verma(former chief justice of India) was formed after the brutal gang rape of a 23 year old women in Delhi to suggest the amendments to laws relating to crime against women. The committee after its formation had issued a notice seeking suggestions from the public by email or fax, the deadline of submitting such suggestions was set to 5th January 2013.The committee was given a deadline of 30 days to submit their report, a 631-page report was finalized in 29 days and was submitted on January 23, 2013 to the home ministry of India.

According to Mr. Verma, the committee received 80,000 suggestions from Indians, women activists and students from all over the world. Now coming to the point of how effective the Verma committee report is, first of all does it sound real that it took only 29 days to review 80,000 suggestions and come up with a final 631-page report. Surely Mr Verma a 79 year old and the other two members in the committee, Leila Seth-82 years and Gopal Subramaniam-54 years must have worked like super computers to have come up with 631-page report in just 29 days to challenge the current weak laws pertaining to crime against women in India. The Verma Committee, which was constituted by the Indian government, a move to calm down the Indian police and rape victims in India cartoonprotesters on the streets, has again failed to address one basic problem which is amending the current laws on crime against women to an extent that no Tom, Dick or Harry on the streets of India even dare to think about committing any type of crime against women. The Verma committee suggestions are more like gyan or best practices or a roadmap which in some form are already part of the current judicial system. The Verma committee in their report have only suggested and preached the obvious things which we all agree to and no major steps have been taken to create a state of fear in the mind of criminals or future criminals.

Here are key highlights of the report:

No alteration of the legally defined age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years.
- A key demand by Indians after one of the accused involved in the Delhi gang-rape was found to be below 18 years.

Whoever commits the offence of rape shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than seven years but may extend to imprisonment for life.
- Why not death sentence?

Gang-rape will entail a punishment of not less than 20 years, which also may extend to life.
- Why not death sentence?

Gang-rape followed by death shall be punished with life imprisonment.
- Why not death sentence?

MPs facing criminal charges should vacate their seats to honor the Parliament.
- Why not they be barred from politics completely?

Acid attacks would be punished by up to seven years.
- Just seven years for spoiling someone’s life?

A separate Bill of Rights for women that entitles a woman a life of dignity and security.
- Verma Committee’s gyan.

Punishment for causing death or a persistent vegetative state shall be given rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years but may be for life also.
- Why not death sentence?

Establish a new constitutional authority similar to CAG for education and non-discrimination of women and children for proper audit of laws.
- Creating another category of police, will it help?

Increase the strength of judges without affecting the quality.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Implement police reforms for better autonomy and functioning of the police force.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Government must tackle trafficking of children and maintain data on the same.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

Make sure that law enforcement agencies do not become tools at the hands of political masters.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Bring transparency and accountability to the functioning of all institutions of governance.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

The ambiguity on who is responsible for the law and order issues in Delhi should be removed with an immediate effect.
- Delhi state government vs. central government issue, a long known fact to fool Delhi people.

All marriages should be registered. Magistrate should ensure that no dowry is taken.
- Verma Committee’s gyan.

Any officer who fails to report a case of rape or delays the same should be punished.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

The committee has framed a protocol for medical examination of rape victim. The same should be followed.
- Addresses how to handle a rape case rather than preventing rape.

Sexual violence against women perpetrated by armed forces should be brought under the purview of ordinary law.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

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Sushilkumar Shinde: Indian Home Minister gone crazy

23 Jan

Sushilkumar Shinde Home Minister of India - CartoonBefore we start blasting Mr. Shinde for his shameful remark, let’s try and understand what office he is holding in the current ministry of India. Mr. Shinde is a politician from the state of Maharashtra and is currently the Minister of Home Affairs in the Sonia-Manmohan government. The Minister of Home Affairs commonly referred to as the Home Minister is regarded as number two in seniority, next to the Prime Minister of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who actually could have been the first prime minister of India after the independence, was the first home minister of India. The importance of Home Minister in India is proven by the fact that the portfolio in past have been held by many former prime ministers and presidents of India. India’s police force comes under the office of the Home Minister.

On January 20, 2013 during an All India Congress Committee(AICC) meeting in Jaipur, Shinde went a little too far while trying to impress the Congress leaders and gave a shameful statement which in a way humiliated the office of Home Ministry and raised question marks on his capabilities of being the Home Minister of India. He said “Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism. Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon. We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert.” BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is another Indian political party and is also the biggest opposition party against the ruling Congress party. While Mr. Shinde was trying to impress his party men by speaking against the opposition party, he had no idea about the magnitude of impact his statement would have on the people of India. Naturally BJP and RSS were quite upset by his remarks; most importantly the remarks had the potential to disrupt the peace and harmony of the country. Clearly Mr. Shinde with his statement wanted to win the hearts of minority Muslims of India who according to him have been at times mistakenly dragged into terrorism acts which were actually executed by the people trained by BJP and RSS.

Shinde’s remark went international when Mumbai attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed for whom the US has announced a $10 million bounty, told a press conference in Lahore that India always resorted to propaganda against Pakistani organizations but it now stood “exposed”. Congress party, who initially supported Shinde’s statement, after the uproar in media, is now trying to distance itself from the Home Minister. Home Secretary RK Singh who reports to Shinde, in an effort to rescue his boss said “We have names of at least 10 persons involved in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Dargah Sharif blasts who were associated with the RSS.”

It’s a shame that a minister whose prime job is to maintain law and order in the country comes up with a statement which can disturb the peace of our country. Thankfully we Indians are now mature enough to understand that such kinds of statements by ministers don’t have any ethical value. Gone are the days when the ministers’ values and actions were given the prime importance by the Indian citizens. Common man on the street knows the kind of games these minister play to stay in office for few more years. We Indians very well know the dual standards of these ministers and their provocative words; it makes us even more sad to see the kind of people running our country.

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Rahul Gandhi elevated to number two position in Congress: An Indian affair or a family affair?

22 Jan

Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi cartoon pictureFinally Rahul Gandhi has been appointed as the vice president of the congress party and formally elevated to number two position in the party. Since the independence India has been mostly ruled by the Nehru dynasty or the so called Gandhi family and with the congress party’s vice president announcement it’s quite evident that India has to still go through dynasty domination for many more years to come. Family power politics is nothing new to India; Indian parliament which is full of relatives is by far the strongest proof that the family name plays much more important role in politics than individual qualities or merits.

While the Congress party men are gung-ho about their new leader and trying to project this as breaking news, it hasn’t mattered much to the people of India as everyone was pretty much aware of this to happen at some point or the other. They say that Rahul Gandhi is now numbers two, we already believe he is number one and for good or bad reasons we also know that someday India will surely see Rahul Gandhi being crowned as the Prime Minister. Despite the all time low popularity of Congress party it’s a much known fact that no other political party than congress has the power or the money to form the ruling party in our country. It’s a very well-known fact that elections in India are won by only one thing and that is money, for a simple corporation or MLA election the candidates spend crores of money to win votes, just because the return profits are limitless, the candidates end up spending money like water for their election campaigns. Imagine the kind of money heap the congress party especially the Nehru family must be sitting on as they have ruled the country for maximum tenure. So without a doubt congress will be the leading party in India for many more years to come.

The Congress party is trying to project their vice president’s decision as the party decision, we Indians very well know that it’s the family affair of probably the richest political family in India to whom no one can dare to point back any fingers. It’s unfortunate that India will still have to go through the same ideologies which have leaded us to our downfall. They say we are developed and on the right track, but we Indians on the streets very well know where we are and wonder if ever we can come out of this mess gifted to us by the dynasties of rich and powerful politicians.

Watch Rahul Gandhi’s emotional speech as Congress party’s Vice president:

 

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Crime Patrol postpones Delhi gang-rape episode: Good for government or country?

18 Jan

Crime patrol, a popular TV show on Sony channel which reconstructs the Indian crime cases with actors was scheduled to telecast the shameful Delhi gang-rape episode on January 11, 2013. Unfortunately due to the pressures from Information and Broadcasting ministry in India for the time being the episode has been postponed. The I&B ministry has asked Sony to be sensitive to ground realities.

Considering the outrage that could have been triggered post-airing of the gang-rape episode, many would believe that government has probably taken the right decision by forcing Sony, not to telecast the Delhi gang-rape incident. The big question, does the government really think about Indian people more than losing their reputation? The TV show could have easily tarnished the image of the current Indian government which is currently all time low and would have highlighted the security lapses in providing safety to women. Our smart I&B minister Manish Tiwari who once referred Anna Hazare corrupt said “This is a very sensitive matter. A big question is raised about Section 19 of the Constitution..and what kind of restriction can be put on freedom to speak and write”. Where was Mr. Tiwari’s Section 19 when last year in a press conference he openly alleged Anna Hazare to be a corrupt person?

Indian government with this kind of dictatorship has clearly demonstrated that they are no different from government of country like Pakistan, a couple of days back the Pakistani government had cut the cable TV connections in an attempt to stop the live speech of Tahir-ul-Qadri’s who was in open confrontation with the Pakistani government. Those days are not far when the Indian government will be secretly reading the personal emails of the citizens.

With the protest against Delhi gang-rape gone into a silent zone, the Crime patrol’s episode would have done wonders to the outcry of people for framing strong laws to protect the women of our country. It would have certainly brought new life to the fight of common man against the government. The Indian Government as usual have played their waiting game by forcing the postponement of the show, they know protests have gone into a dormant phase and there will be no much fuss if they come with the same old or slightly modified remedies for protecting women of India.

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Gopal Kanda’s shameless birthday celebration

2 Jan

Gopal Kanda in Jail - Cartoon by Kushal BhattacharyaWhile India has still not overcome the agony of Delhi gang rape, here is an incident which proves that ministers of India are really not serious about the crime against women of India. Gopal Goyal Kanda a former home minister of Haryana state who is currently in jail for harassing his airline’s former employee Geetika Sharma to an extent that she committed suicide, was praised shamelessly on his 47th birthday by group of ministers who gathered at the Tara Baba complex in Haryana for Kanda’s birthday celebrations. Haryana Minister for Labour and Employment Shiv Charan Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Fatehabad MLA Prahalad Singh Gillankhera and Panipat MLA OP Jain along with a paid crowd of supporters, on December 29, 2012 joined together at a function to celebrate the birthday of former minister Gopal Kanda who is in jail for his alleged involvement in the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

The three ministers who are supporting Bhupinder Singh Hooda government of Haryana praised Kanda at his 47th birthday ceremony. Shiv Charan Sharma, a congress leader categorized the Geetika Sharma case as a small one and supported Kanda by referring the dead victim as a servant mistakenly hired by Kanda. Sharma further said “His birthday is being celebrated in jail and in Delhi also. Gopal Kanda is always amongst us. He doesn’t get afraid of anything. He doesn’t fear anyone”. Sharma also referred Kanda as a brave and honest person who has been falsely accused by those who are jealous of his extra-ordinary growth in life.

Isn’t this a shame that a person who initially went underground before surrendering against police, is now been treated as hero by his colleague ministers. Really makes us sad for the people of Haryana who are being ruled by such insensitive and low grade ministers. Currently CBI is inquiring the Geetika Sharma suicide case and we are sure that in few months Gopal Kanda will be again out on streets, in public and free of all charges. When the ministers who contribute towards the law reforms of the country are themselves talking highly about the people like Kanda, who the whole India knows is corrupt and a womanizer, how can we assume that this country will change and will bring reforms in the life of Indian Women?

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Rs 2 crore spent for President Pranab Mukherjee’s one hour visit

31 Dec

President Pranab Mukherjee's one hour expense by Karnataka Ministers - Image India TodayRs 198 lakh of Indian taxpayers’ money was spent in the name of renovations when President of India Pranab Mukherjee visited Belgaum to inaugurate the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in October 2012. The information was released by public works department (PWD) after an RTI application was filed by activist Bheemappa Gadad from Mudalagi in Gokak taluk.

Most of the money, Rs.1.61 crore was spent on renovating an old circuit house where the President stayed for hardly an hour. Rs.37 lakh was spent on refurbishing the main suite of the circuit house in which the President stayed for under an hour. Curtains cost Rs.5 lakh, while Rs.6 lakh was spent on the bathroom tiles, toilet doors and locks. Rs.7.5 lakh was incurred on buying bed sheets, towels and other kits while Rs.4 lakh was spent on portraits to decorate the circuit house. There are two circuit houses in Belgaum, the other was already renovated during the World Kannada Meet in 2011. The government so far had already spent Rs.50 lakh on the other circuit house. The money this time was spent on the second circuit house in which the President opted to stay because of its proximity to Suvarna Vidhana Soudha building.

The president of India obviously made a costly choice of using the wrong circuit house for his stay which forced the Karnataka ministers to spend a whopping amount towards face-lifting and renovation. According to Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act, 1999 the Public Works Department (PWD) should have invited competitive bids from contractors to execute civil works as the cost exceeded Rs. 4 lakh. So far it’s not clear if any competitive bidding took place for the repairs and maintenance of the Circuit House. It’s a shame that in a country where 80% of people earn $2 per day, the ministers of India are spending such a hefty amount for no major reason.

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