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FROM 1.93 LAKH STATISTIC TO REAL POLITICS
From Gurdaspur to Chikmagalur, via mis-interpretation
16.10.17 - Kamjaat Singh*
From Gurdaspur to Chikmagalur, via mis-interpretation



Trust the winner Congress and the loser BJP to read the wrong lessons in the Gurdaspur verdict. And never lose faith that the Akali Dal will not learn the right lessons till kingdom come.

 

If statistics could prove anything in politics, then politicians could have employed mathematical wizards for micro-tweaking niche votebanks and come up with just the right permutations. Fortunately, that formula does not work in the absence of a politics with people connect.

 

Congress can fall back upon big numbers and claim the 1.93 lakh lead that Sunil Jakhar managed made Gurdaspur a Chikmagalur, the marker often quoted in Indian National Congress' history as the comeback signifier.

 

The BJP can attribute it to bye-elections being a monopoly of the ruling party where the opposition is up against the political rivals as well as the government.

 

This is where the lessons of Gurdaspur are doomed to be lost. The initial statements emerging from the two camps have signalled as much.

 

There is a lesson for the BJP in Gurdaspur that it must learn, and it is the same lesson that the Congress must not deduce.

 

The BJP needs to focus on why the charisma of Narendra Modi, all the talk of nationalism, its commitment to save the cow at the expense of Pehlu Khans, and its thick skinned attitude on the issue of launching a massive investigation and operation to find the JNU's student Najib failed to stem the utter rout that it faced in Gurdaspur. The fact is that the BJP tried several local issues, pointed out the failures of the Congress, promised due representation of the area's people - basically everything that any political party should do when fighting the polls.

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Amarinder Singh is an accomplished analyst of skirmishes, military and political. He needs to bring his sharp intellect to bear on what Punjab is trying to say to him by voting in Sunil Jakhar in the Lok Sabha with such an impressive mandate.

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The problem was that the Gurdaspur electorate also knows that the party has been doing politics with the tricolour, waving the flag in the face of anyone criticising the heavy handed action against university students, asking questions about kids dying in a UP hospital, complaining about the hardships people suffered due to demonetisation, reminding Modi and Jaitley about what they promised the farmers and shrieking loudly about what the GST regime is doing to small businesses and traders.

 

The BJP thought it need not engage with these issues because these are not 'Gurdaspur' issues. It fell back upon statistics – the Hindu areas, areas where Langah's supporters will help, areas where it has MLAs, votebanks that will come with Salaria's Rajput tag. Privately, the BJP's poll managers just regretted the timing of Langah video and Salaria pictures.


The Congress benefitted in a major way from the sleaze in which the SAD-BJP got stuck, and the general mood of despondency that the Modi government's posturing has resulted in 40 months. With just 20 remaining, the voters have sent the message home.

 

But the Punjab Congress leaders are doing the party utter disservice if they are taking all the credit for the stupendous win. Will you bet your money whether Sunil Jakhar, the gentleman that he is, believes that the result of the Gurdaspur bye-election is a stamp on the good work done by Captain Amarinder Singh for the welfare of farmers, traders, dalits, women and all sections of society?

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Will you bet your money whether Sunil Jakhar, the gentleman that he is, believes that the result of the Gurdaspur bye-election is a stamp on the good work done by Captain Amarinder Singh for the welfare of farmers, traders, dalits, women and all sections of society? 

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That is a laughable claim, but with microphones thrust into his face, Jakhar actually made Gurdaspur result look like a referendum on his party's governance of Punjab so far. One only hopes that Amarinder Singh does not actually believe this.

 

It is true that the Indian media saw nothing amiss in a worried-about-farmers Navjot Singh Sidhu dancing to the beat of drums along with other senior leaders of the party. He did not look like a minister whose 150 farmers have committed suicide under his watch in the last seven months.


No one should take away one's right to celebrate victory, but it is exactly in these moments when the statesmen remember those who were left behind in the march of progress. For a Chief Minister who is sitting on a memorandum signed by 40 plus MLAs seeking actual real action against drug mafia, claims of the government having done great work sound a little cruel, even to the electorate of Gurdaspur.

 

If anything, the Central leadership of the Congress should worry that Punjab Congress under Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar does not even touch the core concerns of the Congress with a barge pole. Not one aspect of Narendra Modi's criticism that Rahul Gandhi took up from Berkeley to his Jumlon Ki Barish speech in Gujarat was even mentioned by the Congress leaders in Gurdaspur.

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Read Gurdaspur wrong, and Chikmagalur will return, but differently. Remember what it did to the Janta Party?

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Even in his press conference following the Gurdaspur result, neither Amarinder Singh nor Sunil Jakhar touched any of those concerns. Anyone sitting in 24, Akbar Road must understand that Gurdaspur cannot become Chikmagalur under the tutelage of a Chief Minister who wants a bravery medal for the army officer accused of trussing up a man on the jeep in Kashmir, and wants 10 heads of Pakistanis in lieu of an Indian soldier's head.

 

You cannot speak the language of who you are fighting against. Top political leaders cannot hide behind 'views are personal' fig leaves. (Notice also how the BJP did not make even a passing mention of the Enforcement Directorate case against the Chief Minister and his kin even when it was fighting a desperate battle, not for victory but to find some saving grace.)


There is but a slim hope that the Akali Dal will learn the price it ends up paying for the likes of Sucha Singh Langah. That all political parties have similar "respectable” characters, irrespective of whether they have starred in a viral blockbuster or not, is something the electorate have long stopped tolerating.


As for the third challenger, the AAP will make the worst mistake if it goes home disappointed. No, that will be just worse. Worst will be if it does not come out of the eternal internal bickering mode. There is space for a third force in Punjab provided it believes in serious politics, not merely to hone up as an election fighting machine. Blaming the EVMs is now a joke that has run for too long.

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No one saw anything amiss in Navjot Singh Sidhu dancing to the beat of drums. He did not look like a minister whose 150 farmers have committed suicide under his watch in the last seven months. Victorious moments are the ones when statesmen remember those their politics threw under the bus.

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Amarinder Singh is an accomplished analyst of skirmishes, military and political. He needs to bring his sharp intellect to bear on what Punjab is trying to say to him by voting in Sunil Jakhar in the Lok Sabha with such an impressive mandate. And Rahul Gandhi should read down the result a little, just as the three men in the rocking boat — Modi, Shah and Jaitley — need to amplify the message for the benefit of their party cadre.

 

Read Gurdaspur wrong, and Chikmagalur will return, but differently. Remember what it did to the Janta Party?


P.S. As for those adamant on statistical analysis, here is a figure to remember. Amarinder Singh came to power in March 2017 with 38.5 per cent vote share, down from 40.11 per cent the Congress had secured in 2012. Never in Gujarat has the Congress share dropped below 38 per cent in Modi’s time. So, today, Punjab Congress is at the same level where the party is in Gujarat. How’s that for some sobering up?


*(Kamjaat Singh is an academic activist who also dabbles in journalism and writes under this pseudonym. The author, whose interests encompass politics, media, communication, academics, law, cinema etc., will be writing regularly for Punjab Today, and can be reached at kamjaatsingh@gmail.com.)

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ALL FARMER SUICIDE FAMILIES’ CLAIMS BE SETTLED ON MONTHLY BASIS
Govt to bring in agricultural policy in next assembly session
16.10.17 - TEAM PT
Govt to bring in agricultural policy in next assembly session



Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Monday announced a series of measures for the welfare of the farming community, including its decision to bring in a comprehensive Agricultural Policy for the state in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha.

The announcements came during high-level meetings convened by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh with various farmer unions and their representatives here.

The Chief Minister directed settlement of claims of farmer suicide affected families within a month, with instructions to all DCs to hold a meeting on the 5th of every month to resolve such cases. The government has also decided to reimburse complete expenses of the farmer activist who was hospitalised during the recent farmer protest in Patiala, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meetings.

Reassuring them that his government had no plans to install water meters on tubewells, Amarinder also directed the concerned departments to take up installation of pending tubewell connections on priority. He ordered the officials to look into all concerns of the farming community with sympathy and ensure that their problems are resolved at the earliest.

The farmer representatives raised with the Chief Minister issues relating to farm debt waiver, stubble burning, interest imposed by ahrtiyas on loans and excess loans given by banks, among others. Captain assured them that his government was committed to the welfare of the farmers and would fulfil all promises made to them.

Responding to a demand by the farmer union on installation of tubewell connections, the Power Secretary said all pending cases would be taken up on priority and the necessary notification would be issued within a week. He categorically denied any proposal to install electricity meters. The CM said meters were being put on some pumps on the directions of the state electricity regulatory commission only to assess the quantum of usage to enable payment of subsidy to the powercoms.

The Chief Minister cautioned the farmers against excessive use of water, urging them to preserve the precious commodity for the future generations. He exhorted the farmers to go for crop diversification and said he would seek central government support in this regard.

Amarinder assured the unions that he would take up with the central government the issue of abolition of kurki by nationalised banks, as the state government had no jurisdiction over them. It was pointed out that kurki by cooperative banks had already been done away with by the state government, in line with the Congress manifesto promise.

Responding to a demand for complete farm loan waiver, the unions were informed that the loan settlement policy approved by the previous government was being reviewed. He said given the financial constraints being faced by his government, it had not been possible to waive off all loans in one go and it had been decided to first settle the loans of the small and marginal farmers, who constituted a large majority of the state’s total farming community. He pointed out that loan up to Rs 2 lakhs had been waived off for marginal farmers with less than 2.5 acres of land while small farmers with land from 2.5 to 5 acres would also get waiver up to Rs 2 lakhs.

The CM agreed with the unions on the need to implement the Swaminathan Committee report on MSP and said he would pursue the matter again with the central government.

Expressing serious concern on the problem of stubble burning, for which he has already ruled out penalisation of the farmers, he said while his government was exploring alternatives, he was also aggressively following up with the Centre for award of compensation for paddy residue management.

On the issue of jobs for the kin of farmers killed in agitations, the Chief Minister assured the Chief Principal Secretary to look into the matter. With regard to jobs for the kin of farmers who had committed suicide, Captain said those who had not already been provided employment will be inducted under the `Ghar Ghar Naukri’ programme.

The unions also raised the issue of penalties and FIRs against farmers over non-payment of electricity bills. While the Power Secretary pointed out that the penalties were being charged only in accordance with the provisions of the regulatory authority, the Chief Minister directed the department to issue instructions so that the aggrieved farmers could meet the SDM or the DC directly, without requiring a lawyer’s intervention.

He also promised to take up with the Centre the issue of cases filed against farmers by the Railway Protection Force (RPF). As for cases registered by the police to secure eviction of Panchayati land, he directed the Chief Principal Secretary to ensure that these are treated sympathetically.

The Chief Principal Secretary assured the sugarcane farmers that their pending bills, amounting to Rs 71 crore, would soon be cleared.
 

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TO EARN Rs. 45-47 CRORE ADDITIONAL REVENUE
Cabinet approves entertainment tax on DTH, local cable connections
16.10.17 - TEAM PT
Cabinet approves entertainment tax on DTH, local cable connections



Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, has approved levy of an entertainment tax by urban and rural local bodies on DTH and local cable connections.

These local bodies will be eligible to impose and collect a nominal entertainment tax of Rs.5 per DTH connection and Rs.2 per local cable connection per month with the enactment of 'The Punjab Entertainments & Amusements Taxes (Levy & Collection by Local Bodies) Act 2017', which will replace the earlier entertainment tax system under the new GST regime. The government proposes to bring the new legislation in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha.

Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu told the cabinet that the nominal tax would ensure accountability on the part of cable operators. With the new tax structure in place, the government would be able to ask them to disclose details of their connections, which they have so far been prone to hiding in order to evade tax.

The move follows a proposal mooted by the Local Government department, allowing all the Urban Local Bodies and Gram Panchayats to levy such tax. However, no entertainment tax has been proposed for Cinemas, Multiplexes, Amusement Parks and similar other places providing facilities for entertainment and amusements.

With nearly 16 lakh DTH and 44 lakh cable connections in the state, the local bodies are expected to earn annual income of Rs.45-47 crore following the imposition of the tax, which is likely to mop up Rs.9.60 crore and 36.96 crore respectively from the two segments.

It may be recalled that after introduction of GST by the Government of India with effect from July 1, 2017, entertainment tax being levied and collected by the state government through the Department of Excise & Taxations stood withdrawn. The power of levying entertainment tax has now been conferred on the Panchayats and Municipalities through amendment in entry 62 of the State list to the 7th schedule of the Constitution of India.
 

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CONTROVERSY FULL BLOWN
Ajit’s Hamdard slams SGPC over Kuldip Nayar Award Wapsi
13.10.17 - kanwar manjit singh
Ajit’s Hamdard slams SGPC over Kuldip Nayar Award Wapsi



FORMER RAJYA SABHA MP and media baron Barjinder Singh Hamdard has strongly condemned the SGPC’s move to withdraw the honour bestowed upon veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar and said the religious body’s step was neither justified nor something expected of it.

In a hard hitting signed editorial in the mass circulation Ajit newspaper, Hamdard, known to be an admirer of Kuldip Nayar, said as an independent journalist, Nayar had every right to his views and hardly anyone could be acquitted of responsibility as far as the events of 1980s and 1990s were concerned.

The SGPC had withdrawn the Shiromani Patarkar Award conferred on veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar in 2006 after Nayar, in an article, ostensibly compared Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale with Dera Sacha Sauda head and rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Criticising the Kirpal Singh Badungar-led SGPC for the move, Hamdard, while acknowledging the SGPC chief as a resolved person with a good understanding of the Sikh history, said it was not expected that the religious body will take recourse to such a line of action under his leadership.

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"The SGPC has only dimished its own commitment and suffered a loss in stature by withdrawing the honour since Kuldip Nayar will remain someone known for his good work and great writing,” Hamdard wrote.
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Liberal Sikh circles said Barjinder Singh Hamdard’s public views on the issue were directly in contrast with some of the hardline voices from within the community.
 
The fact that the Ajit’s editor has opted to make his stand amply clear with an expansive signed editorial showed not only that he felt strongly about  the issue, but also represents the wider feeling among the progressive, educated Punjabis who hold that a difference in views must not result in petty and whimsical actions.
 
Hamdard recalled the role that Kuldip Nayar played while incessantly fighting for the interests of Punjab and Sikhs, along with other worthies such as former premier the late Inder Kumar Gujral, Rajinder Sachar, the late Lt General Jagjit Singh Arora, the late Air Martial Arjun Singh, Justice RS Narula and civil rights bodies such as Citizens for Justice Committee, PUCL, PUDR and many other Sikh and non-Sikh personalities.
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Barjinder Singh Hamdard’s voice counts for a lot in Akali political circles and it will be interesting to see how the SGPC extricates itself from the mess it has landed itself in with the Nayar controversy.
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"The SGPC has only damaged its own commitment and stature by withdrawing the honour (to the veteran journalist), since Kuldip Nayar in any case will forever remain a part of the tribe of scribes known for their good work and great writing,” Hamdard concluded.

Barjinder Singh Hamdard’s voice counts for a lot in Akali political circles and it will be interesting to see how the SGPC extricates itself from the mess it has landed itself in with the Nayar controversy.
 

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DIRECTS DC TO 100% LIFTING, TIMELY PAYMENT TO FARMERS
CM takes stock of paddy procurement in Hoshiarpur
09.10.17 - TEAM PT
CM takes stock of paddy procurement in Hoshiarpur



HOSHIARPUR: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh today reviewed the progress of ongoing paddy procurement here and directed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure the payment to farmers within the stipulated time of 48 hours.

Amarinder also asked the DC to ensure lifting of crop within 72 hours.

Presiding over a review meeting, the Chief Minister said that requisite basic amenities in all mandis of the districts should be made available to facilitate the farmers and no laxity in procurement operations would be tolerated. Reiterating his Government's resolve to procure every single grain of the farmers, Captain said that the state government had taken all measures to ensure seamless paddy procurement. He also asked Deputy Commissioner to ensure the availability of adequate stock of gunny bags in all grain markets.

Chief Minister urged the farmers to bring only dry produce in Mandi's to avoid problems or delays in selling their produce.

Apprising the Chief Minister about the Paddy procurement, Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal said that 43,221 tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis of the district so far, of which 42,388 had been procured by different procurement agencies. The Deputy Commissioner also informed Amarinder that the district administration would make all out efforts for timely procurement of the entire paddy crop.

Emphasising the need of crop diversification in view of the prevailing agrarian crisis, Captain also issued directions for smooth procurement of Maize, which he said could play a pivotal role as an alternate crop to break the conventional wheat and paddy cycle.

The DC told the CM that two maize dryers were in operation in the district at villages Saila Khurd and Phuglana. He pointed out that the Hoshiarpur district has surpassed the last year's total procurement of 5.50 lac quintal with the arrival of 5.73 lac quintal maize across the various mandis in the district.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting were Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, IG Police Arpit Shukla, SSP J. Elanchezhian and senior officers of various departments.




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