PBs twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. Rs 6,50,000 crore: That’s what drought is going to cost Modi govt
Siddaramaiah told Karnataka citizens that he needs 60k crore to provide clean drinking water to all in the state since Karnataka western ghats and overall India is a rain surplus country. Now since he does not have money he said he will take at least 3-4 years to complete the project! In between he got 12k crore for this year drought alone – no one knows where it went!
For what can we boast of the third technical power of the world if we can’t fix this problem of 7 decades? It is not as if it can’t be tackled. It can be tackled but not by judicial orders alone.
2. PM should apologise: Opposition on Rawat’s return
Whoever won, the nation has lost. Over the last couple of months we have seen politicians lust for power.
Along with the apology, before demanding the resignation of their member, congress must take action against the speaker who has acted in partisan way. It is not to gain political score but to strengthen the institution of speaker office.
3. Accept GST recommendations to clear bill: Congress
Jairam should know that fixing the percentage with constitutional amendment is not correct.
It seems like the Congress wants to dictate the terms of the government. Congress boycotted Rajya Sabha session for days rather months with the sole aim of not letting GST bill be cleared by Rajya Sabha. Now when the Congress realized that its thoughtless action had recoiled on it, the party has found out another way that of ”putting up impossible conditions” before the govt for the bill to be passed by Rajya Sabha.
4. India Plays Down UK’s Refusal to Deport Vijay Mallya
We need to get into the details as demanded by contemporary global journalism. Mallya cannot be ‘deported’ on ground of technicalities with UK Immigration law, which Mallya himself knew before he landed.
He can be ‘extradited’.
5. Modi Compares Kerala to Somalia, Miffed Chandy Says Withdraw Remark
In his speech, he said that the unemployment rate in Kerala is at least three-times higher than the national average. Infant mortality rate among the Scheduled Tribe community in Kerala is worse than Somalia. The state can meet only 13 percent of their requirement of agricultural products. Even after 70 years of Independence, Kerala depends other states for 70 percent of its power requirements. Similarly, most of the youth in Kerala are forced to leave their home state in search of job. Only through overall development, the state could be brought back to its past glory.
So, technically, there was no comparison.