Gujarat May Witness High Decibel Assembly Polls

Sunil Dang, Editor-in-Chief THE DAYAFTER

Last fortnight has been full of good news for Indian diplomacy. First, they succeeded in forcing Chinese military to back off from Doklam — a standoff that lasted for around two and half months. Immediately after Doklam, New Delhi forced Beijing to abort BRICS + 5 plan, that aims to extend the platform to China friendly nations Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand  who holds key role in its OBOR. Not just that, in recently concluded BRICS Summit in China, India was successful in adding names of Pakistan-based terror outfits in the BRICS Declaration. But, icing on the cake took place in the European Parliament when it debated and adopted a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Pakistan, and slammed Islamabad for breaching international law by not allowing consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who been sentenced to death for espionage. It is huge diplomatic victory of Indian diplomacy as the European Parliament has stood by New Delhi on the penultimate day of ICJ resuming hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence. Let’s hope this series of success continues in the UN General Assembly too and Sushma Swaraj uses global pressure on China and force dragons to reconsider their stand on Hafiz Syeed and Indian bid to NSG.

Assembly Elections in Gujarat is round the corner and is keenly watched by both national and international observers as both Congress and BJP have high stakes there. Going through recent developments, the incumbent government is facing huge challenge on social and business front as GST and reservation rants can work as spiral of silence against the BJP government. But, BJP is not a party that would surrender. Inauguration of the Bullet Train in Gujarat might be the coining of new idea where Modi government can try showcasing the people of Gujarat that they are trying to shift Indian economic capital from Mumbai to Ahmedabad or any other port city of Gujarat. Whether BJP would be able to convince voters is in the womb of time but it’s for sure that coming Gujarat Assembly Polls would be as interesting as recent Rajya Sabha poll. When stakes are high, expenditures are expected to go high. Hence, I expect the Election Commission has cue of this and its lenses are ready to capture poll expenses of the candidates in Gujarat Poll fray.

After the incidence of Asharam Bapu, Rampal and Ram Raheem people have started to question the credibility of such religious saints, which forced the Hindu Akhada to come out and publish 14 names of the saints that are not authenticated by the Akhada. However, my question is who authenticated this Akhada and by what authority they are naming and shaming various religious saints. I also urge the innocent followers of such fake saints to leave such practice of worshipping false gods who degrade our religious faiths for their petty gains.

Amid news of negative export growth, sluggish IIP numbers and GST hitting the national economy, BJP national president Amit Shah met leading Indian industrialists at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi. Our sources in FICCI revealed that the meeting could take place after the strong initiative taken by Sanjay Baru, former media advisor to Dr Manmohan Singh when the later was Prime Minister of India. Though, there is no official response about the goals of this high degree affair, it has been learnt that meeting was aimed at having a cue of various economic initiative being taken by the government and its impact on the national economy in long-term perspective. The principal ruling party would also like to know what extra majors (if needed) are required to be taken by the central government that would pump job creations, foreign investments and manufacturing growth. However, some of the Modi government critics reverberated in unison that had the meeting been aimed at above objectives, it won’t have remained a secret affair. This meeting has helped Modi-baiters to raise doubt as it had happened at a time when there were reports that the ‘party with difference’ had received around 81 percent of its corporate donations from unknown sources. So, the BJP should clear the air over the matter.

Next fortnight would be full of festivities as whole nation would be gearing for Navratra and Dussehra. Hope, like Goddess Durga, our government too kills all devils on both sides of our borders.

Jai Ho!