Parks Pitching Politics
The very party which initially lashed out at Mayawati government for building parks by taxpayers’ money and not setting up industries so as to create a job opportunity for the youth, the Samajwadi Party government has decided to focus on the projects that were conceived by its patron Mulayam Singh Yadav but were junked by the previous government. The construction work has already started on a number of parks that Mulayam initiated during his reign as Chief Minister. The Greater Noida Authority has been directed to revive the ambitious 102-hectare Night Safari Park based on the lines of Singapore night zoo. The Authority has also started the process of reviving the D-Park in Sector 62, Noida, and claims to complete it within a very short period. Explaining about the parks that Samajwadi Party wants to build, Mayawati said to a senior leader in her party, “Maybe they want to have those parks for themselves after five years. They must know when I come back to power there parks would be their shelter.”
Krishna Thanks Pak
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna thanked Pakisatan for releasing Surjeet Singh, whose death sentence was commuted in 1989 by the then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on the advice of the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Surprisingly, he had thanked Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari when reports came out that the neighbouring country had decided to release Sarabjit Singh. Pakistan later clarified that the Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was not being released. Another Indian called Surjeet Singh was being released after completing his prison term. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar made the clarification following reports on TV channels in Pakistan, which said that Zardari had commuted Sarabjit’s death sentence to life imprisonment and had directed authorities to release him if he had completed his jail term. When asked about this thanks-giving gesture on Krishna’s part, a top official in the External Affairs Ministry said, “After he had read Portuguese minister’s speech at the UN, he became very careful. This time he said what he was asked to say but unfortunately events took a U-turn.”
Raisina’s Uphill Ride
As Pranab Mukherjee prepares to occupy Raisina Hill, there are still issues. The recent being his resignation as chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute. Former Lok Sabha Speaker and a presidential candidate P A Sangma raised objections that Mukherjee could not hold office for profit and file nomination. Sangma urged that his nomination be rejected on grounds of providing false information.
A day later the Bharatiya Janata Party also joined the chorus and said that the resignation letter of UPA Presidential nominee from the Indian Statistical Institute was “fabricated.”
“…It is very unfortunate that persons contesting such offices as President of India are indulging in illegal activities,” BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar said. When asked what suddenly happened to BJP stand as earlier Yashwant Sinha said in Lok Sabha that his party would support Mukherjee’s candidature, Kumar just winked.
No Panacea To Win
Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi recently reached New Delhi to meet the Congress party President Sonia Gandhi to resolve the issues in the state. Chiranjeevi is understood to have met Gandhi and asked her to mitigate the tension in the state. With Jaganmohan Reddy playing a key role, Congress’ allies in Andhra Pradesh are not comfortable. In the recent by-polls, Congress lost the Tirupati assembly seat which was held by Chiranjeevi. Following the poll debacle, Chiranjeevi is reported to have complained about the attitude of many Congress leaders which might be one of the reasons which helped Jagan win the election.
As Chiranjeevi came out of 10 Janpath, a media person said, “Had they (Congress) known the remedy for your problem, they would have solved Rahul Gandhi’s problem post-UP elections.”