PBs twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. AAP fears attack on Kejriwal – Drama to get Z+ security!
AAP after ink attack has alleged that it was art of a “big rehearsal” to possibly “physically harm” Arvind in future. Delhi police in connivance with Center is deliberately providing lax security. Party also referred to history of political assassinations in India including former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Punjab CM Beant Singh.
This is clearly part of bigger strategy to deflect criticism from taking security while Arvind promised in election rallies he doesn’t need cover. Its also part of a strategy to pressurize govt. to provide him Z+ security. Z+ is a status symbol and which politician doesn’t like it.
2. Is Smriti Irani CM face for BJP in UP assembly polls? – She’s good but bahari (outsider)!
The name of Smriti Irani is doing the rounds as CM candidate of UP. UP polls in 2017 are being touted as semi-final to LS polls to be held in 2019. She gave a tough contest to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, and if her name was announced a bit earlier she might have actually won as well as per some commentators. She is an aggressive campaigner and being a woman would help to take on main competitor Mayawati.
I would say that as a first step BJP realizing that they need a CM candidate to win in UP is a good sign and a departure from their previous stand. I have always maintained they need a leader to take on Mulayam and Maya. The only problem with Irani is she could be branded as an outsider!
3. Dalit Suicide Case – Can India get over its caste prejudice?
Police have charged Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya with abetting the suicide, University of Hyderabad vice-chancellor Appa Rao and two Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leaders in a case for abetment of suicide. Caste is cast in stone in India and lower class has been badly treated across generations and states.
Blaiming BJP for such incidents is not fair. Its just a case of heightened intolerance debate that you blame everything on BJP. How can the party which won on massive support of Dalits across the country in Lok Sabha alienate them. This suicide is a social issue and we need to look within as to what is going wrong in the society.
4. Coal India output to hit record 550 million tonnes in fiscal 2016 – Good show by Piyush Agarwal!
The state-run miner is set for a record production of 550 million tonnes (MT) this fiscal (+9%). This has resulted in the decline in imports and savings by Rs. 17000 crore (USD 2.5 billion). The increased production has not only resulted in enhanced energy production but also increased stock of coal with power plants (24 days vs 3-7 earlier).
This is good show by state miner which has been dealing with production inefficiencies and labour problem for quite some years now. The decline in price of coal (-18% in 2015) actually reduces the impact of savings in imports, else it would have been to the tune of USD 3b. Piyush is one of the silent star performers in the Cabinet.
5. Karunanidhi appears in defamation case by Jayalalithaa – Old rivalry, when will it end!
A sessions court adjourned till 10th March the next hearing in the defamation case filed against DMK chief M Karunanidhi by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Karunanidhi, 92, appeared before the court and has been granted exemption from personal appearance for the next date. He was kept just about 30 seconds inside the court. Why was he called in the first place then?
AIADMK and DMK are the key players in this year’s state polls. Since 1984 both parties have alternatively ruled the state for 5 years each. This time its DMK’s turn. Will the trend be broken this time is the biggest question?
It brings us to our court processes again and why do they take such a long time to clear cases. What purpose did this short hearing serve? Does it make sense that the accused and the accuser are both not required to be in the court in proceedings. Anyways you can’t question judiciary!
With inputs from Risha Bhattacharya!