Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Can Anna again create ripples?

Anna Hazare surprised every one by calling off the fast on the day following Loksabha passed Lokpal bill. He also postponed his campaign to fill jails which was to begin from Friday. To support his call more than 1.35 lakh volunteers had got registered. 74-year-old activist gave no reason for the abrupt decisions.

MMRDA Ground on Second Day
The only guess can be poor public response to the three-day fast which he had began in MMRDA ground of Mumbai on Wednesday. On the second day the venue wore a deserted look with only security personnel, journalists and a handful of Team Anna activists in attendance. In other cities also like Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad the craze was missing which was seen in August.

One of the reasons given is the extreme chilling weather and other is the year end vacations. Though both these factors have contributed but there are other factors as well. The biggest is lack of surprise element. This time schedule was pre-planned restricted for three days. In August it was for indefinite period. More over many are unable to understand when the government has tabled the bill then why team Anna is opposing it. “Lack of understanding between the demand and the bill passed. Media failed to educate people.”

Some of the allegations levelled against core team members – Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan has also weakened their credibility. There have been news of cracks within the team and they were visible this time and resulted  in lack of co-ordination and participation by crowd puller celebrities. The efforts were not concentrated but were clearly disintegrated. A certain section of the media has remained engaged in establishing the links of Anna with RSS. If this link is proved, he becomes untouchable. Atleast all pseudo - secular personalities remained away.

Anna’s all hopes will now be on the Rajyasabha, where UPA has uncomfortable strength. But this is subject to Left and BJP joining hands. Left does so only as per their convenience and not under any ideology. This time around relations of TMC with Congress are strained so Left might move closure to Congress and change the game.

So, what can Anna do? Campaign against UPA in assembly elections. This is what he expressed in Mumbai after ending the fast. Hazare said,"I have no power, no money, yet people come. You will see at the time of elections how people rise to the occasion."

He said an atmosphere had been created in the entire country in favour of the proposed Jail Bharo campaign and added that the time will come after its fete in the upper house," What will happen in Rajya Sabha, we don't know. So, the time for it ( jail bharo) has not come."

Will his anti Congress campaign create any waves? Looks doubtful. He is against Congress but wants to maintain a distance with BJP so his team will not ask to vote for BJP. Samajvadi Party and BSP indirectly helped government by staging walk out. Left has no ground in the states going for the poll. So, the best strategy for Anna is to go in hibernation for some time.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Both Anna and Rahul Gandhi Lost in number Game.

Losers of the Debate

A landmark bill for creation of Lokpal was passed by voice vote in  the Lok Sabha on 27th Dec. However, in the number game the government failed to get through its two constitution amendments. This included the government’s proposal to make Lokpal constitutional body as proposed by Rahul Gandhi in August.

The stretched hour debate which lasted for 10 long hours ended with the struggle of numbers for both sides of benches. Due to walk out staged by BSP, SP and RJD  a number of amendments moved by Opposition, including corporate, media and NGOs receiving donations, were defeated.

The behaviour and words of politicians never match. During debate SP, RJD and BSP charged government with tabling a weak bill and urged to withdraw. However, at the critical moment of division of votes moved out and helped the government to get the bill passed against the NDA allies only casting votes against the bill.
"We had demanded a strong lokpal. It is not strong. It is sarkari lokpal. There is no meaning to it. It was brought in a hurry and under Anna Hazare's pressure," SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters. But the silly excuse of not voting against the bill, "We don't want to support BJP."

BSP MPs walked out of the House in protest against the government's refusal to accept their demand of bringing the CBI under lokpal. Both SP and BSP want to keep the option open to form post poll alliance with congress in UP after march results.

Speakers of BJP and the leader of opposition in Loksabha SushmaSwaraj criticised the government for introducing the religion based reservation. She said it would "sow the seeds of second partition" She called the provision for religion-based reservation as  "patently unconstitutional".

The Leader of the Opposition also raised objections to several issues including creation of Lokayukta through the lokpal bill and the process of appointment and removal of the ombudsman and demanded inclusion of CBI under its ambit, saying she had moved amendments on these counts, but all of them got defeated on the floor.

Under the pressure of UPA constituents Trinamool and DMK, government had made amendments for setting up Lokayuktas through Lokpal. With the amendment  a notification would not be issue without the consent of state governments.

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Gujarat Board Exams of class X and XII

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary education Board (GSHSEB) will begin from March 5, 2012. The Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET) for admission to professional courses  including medical, engineering and pharmacy will be held on April 5, 2012. The detailed programme including the time table of the exams will be declared next week.

This year 9.5 lakh students will appear in SSC exams while 3.25 lakh students will appear in the HSC exams.  The board exams will be completed by March 21, 2012.

From the current academic year semester system is adopted for the class XI (science) stream. The GSHSEB will conduct the second semester exams  of theirs from April 16, 2012. This is the first experiment.

The schools will be required to conduct the exams of two optional subjects of SSC and submit the marks obtained to the board. The schools will then schedule their final school exams in April. In February, the schools will organize the prelim exams.

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