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#NoPartyWithADifference

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended its Dabangah Parliamentarian Kirti Azad for anti-party activities. Incensed over his public diatribe against finance minister over alleged cricket corruption, BJP has shown it is no longer a party with a difference. Unlike Congress, BJP had so far shown deep restraint when dealing with dissidents, especially in Bihar. Earlier, BJP had suspended Uma Bharti to take her back soon after while Jaswant Singh moved out on his own when denied a ticket in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The new entrant on political scene in Aaam Aadmi Party (AAP) soon after sweeping power in Delhi Assembly showed the door to its founders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Congress has a history of showing the door to those who do not find favour with the high command. That leaves the voter searching for the party with a difference.

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Beefed Up Violence

Violence in state assemblies in India is not new. But what happened in J&K assembly is shocking for it reflects publicly the alarming religious divide among legislators. Violence of any kind is to be abhorred. But to prevent recurrence, it is important to put the development in context. The Langet independent legislator, who is known for his anti-India utterances, held a beef party at MLA quarters. The assembly attack comes in wake of BJP move to demand capital punishment for those who violate J&K Constitution that calls for total beef ban. The move is being resisted by non-BJP legislators. The PDP-BJP coalition supposed to usher in a new chapter in the state has unfortunately pushed mainstream Valley parties closer to separatist agenda. That is why Omar Abdullah is a changed man today. To secure India’s interests, a rethink is overdue.

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Pic Courtesy: http://www.huffingtonpost.in

Saluting Sartaz

Sartaz Ahmed, son of slain Dadri resident, Ahlaq Ahmed, comes across as a symbol of hope at a time when darkness seems to engulf us. His message of peace and unity at a time when he is in grief shows the mirror to politicians of all hues who are out to make political capital out of #Dadrilynching. His pitch for amity resonates across the country as a voice of restraint and reason. If Sartaz is a picture of stoic composure, why is it that politicians are out there to feast on the Dadri tragedy? Azam Khan, a minister in SP government in UP, has announced his decision to take Dadri case to the UN. This is a dangerous trend. His government ought to focus on dousing the fire rather than inflaming passions. Let focus be on giving Akhlaq speedy justice.

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Pic Courtesy: Indian Express

Gurdaspur Lessons!

BJP is playing with fire. It must act before it is too late. The nation has been grievously wounded in Gurdaspur confirming fears of return of militancy in Punjab. As investigators piece together the remains of the bloody trail, politics around terror has raised its ugly head. BJP, part of the ruling alliance, cannot run away from the charge that the state government has been soft on terror.  BJP catapulted to local partner in 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict D S Bhullar transfer case to state. Post Gurdaspur terror attack, Punjab Chief Minister lost no time to pass the buck to centre. In neighbouring J&K, where BJP shares power with PDP, the story is no different. Mufti administration has publicly emboldened separatists. All this while, BJP is preoccupied in somehow staying on in power in two strife torn states.

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Pic Courtesy: Indian Express

Protest Politics Stinks!

Shiv Sena is protesting against Shoba De in Mumbai over her Twitter utterances. BJP is protesting the need to protest against her. BJP itself is protesting against the chief minister for his politicization of a tragic road rage incident in the capital. Earlier, AAP protested against BJP/Delhi police over the tragedy. Meanwhile, protests galore in Tamil Nadu with bus services to Andhra Pradesh hit over encounter killing of alleged smugglers. Up north, the protest capital of India, is back at it again; this time over a non issue. Separatist leaders are angry over a move to develop township for Kashmiri Pandits living in forced exile for 25 years. The protest list is merely illustrative and not exhaustive. A day doesn’t go when protests don’t make headlines. Protests sadly tend to define the India story. Move over headlines. India is on the move.

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Pic Courtesy: The Tribune

‘Missed Call’ Democracy!

This fiscal closes with an interesting battle for ‘supremacy’. This time it is not about India Inc but about the number one party claim. As BJP claims to be world’s No 1 party with 8.8 core members, rattled Congress calls the ruling party a “missed call” party. BJP got to the imposing number in flat 143 days. A comparable statistic incidentally comes from the wireless mobility domain. India took almost 24 years to reach 955 million wireless subscribers (as of January end this year). Driven by its missed call strategy, BJP now aims to race to 10-crore mark. Are these numbers for real? If wireless world holds the mirror then there indeed is a gap between connections and active users. Bogus members is a challenge that BJP would ignore to its peril. Membership drive is healthy. But sure avoid call drops?

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Pic Courtesy: Livemint